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Policies

Attendance

In order for students to achieve success it is crucial that they attend school. According to the Department for Education and Children’s Services (DECS), if a student is absent:

  • 10% of the school term (5 days), this is classified as having serious educational consequences
  • 15% of the school term (7.5 days), this is classified as having chronic educational consequences

To support students to achieve their best, Modbury High School has incorporated increased student attendance as a target in our site improvement plan.

The school aims to achieve a 95% attendance rate for students throughout the academic year and all members of the school community, staff, students and parents/guardians have responsibilities to fulfil this.

Behaviour Management

Proper school discipline is vital for the effective running of every school. At this school we stress self discipline and expect students to develop an acceptance of responsibility for their own behaviour. The Student Code of Conduct, devised by the SRC and endorsed by students, states clearly the rights and responsibilities of students. This is a key document in guiding student behaviour management at Modbury High School.

Our students are expected to be co-operative and courteous at all times. For example, our school policy prohibits the use of bad language. All members of our school community are expected to comply with this policy.

In general, students are expected to respect the rights of teachers to teach and other students to learn without interruption. The actions of a few individuals will not be allowed to interrupt the educational process within the school or the right of all students to feel safe and secure in our school environment.

The Behaviour Management Policy incorporates disruptive students being removed from class and consequently receiving a lunchtime detention. Continuation of this behaviour can lead to Saturday morning detention. Further persistence can culminate in suspension.

Computer Use

Computers are made available to all students to use as part of their school studies. However, we need to safeguard this resource by using them to gain maximum educational value while maintaining network security, assuring user privacy, adhering to school rules and caring for the equipment to ensure its longetivity.

To achieve these outcomes it is expected that all users will read and follow the directions in their copy of the ICT policy document. This needs to be signed by themselves and their parents/caregivers and placed in their diary.

Cybersafety

The following is an extract from the Policy. For the full policy, please refer to the attachment below.

  1. Modbury High School will take all reasonable steps to filter or screen all material accessed using the school’s network or Internet access facilities. However when using a global information system such as the Internet, it may not always be possible for the school to restrict access to all such material. This may include material which is inappropriate in the school learning environment, dangerous, or objectionable as defined in the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993.
  2. All persons accessing the Internet on personal electronic devices whilst at school, must use the school’s Internet network and access facilities. No outside providers are permitted, whilst at school.
  3. While using the Modbury High School network, Internet access facilities or ICT equipment/devices, or using any privately-owned ICT equipment/devices at the school or at any school-related activity, no person may:
    1. initiate access to, or have involvement with, inappropriate, dangerous, illegal or objectionable material or activities
    2. save or distribute such material by copying, storing or printing

Deadline

The SACE Board has determined an equitable policy for all students studying SACE. Teachers of SACE subjects are required to set reasonable deadlines by which students must hand in set work. Work handed in after the deadline may be checked for feedback purposes only, but must be awarded a mark of zero.

Teachers have the responsibility of establishing deadline dates and giving reminders, which are appropriate for the age group of students concerned. Bereavement or sickness (supported by a medical certificate) would certainly be valid reasons for negotiating a different deadline, but attending a party or playing sport would not.

Clearly, part of our expectation of students at in senior school is responsible self-organisation.

This policy will be strictly observed for Year 11 and 12 students at this school and will apply in principle, taking into account age level and maturity, for younger students throughout the school.

Drugs and Drug Abuse

The following is a summary of the Modbury High School Drug Policy. At Modbury High School, the health, safety and wellbeing of students is most important.

Use of drugs

  • the school does not allow student involvement with:
    any use of illegal drugs
  • the possession or sale of illegal drugs 
  • the inappropriate use of prescribed or over the counter medicines 
  • the inappropriate use of solvents or other chemical agents 
    the consumption of alcoholic beverages and other products 
    the smoking of tobacco or other drugs 
  • the possession of drug related objects, such as syringes, bongs, pipes, lighters/matches.

The school also prohibits the possession, sale, supply, exchange or negotiation by students in relation to any of the above when:

  • on school premises 
  • on any occasion when the staff of the school have a responsibility for an individual or group of students. 
  • travelling to and from school other than with parents.

Confirmed possession and/or use of legal drugs

  • parents are informed, advised of the offence 
  • police will be contacted 
  • students will be involved in the Drug Diversion Strategy through SAPOL 
  • during suspension, the student will be required to complete a Health Education package provided by the school.

Confirmed supply of illegal drugs

  • Students who, based on the evidence availabel to the school, are considered to be supplying drugs, will receive automatic suspension pending exclusion and possible expulsion proceedings.
  • Police may charge offenders under Section 32/5 of the Controlled Substances Act.

Recommened consequences

All consequences will be negotiated as appropriate to the individual student as well as considering the impact of the student's behaviour upon the school community

Fundraising

Please see the following document for our Fundraising policy.

  1. Modbury High School Fundraising Policy
  2. Fundraising Activity Request Form
  3. Fundraising Activity Summary Form

Grievances

  1. Greivance_Procedures_Policy.pdf

Harassment and Bullying

  1. Modbury High School is committed to providing a safe and caring environment that fosters respect for others and does not tolerate bullying. We want all students and staff to feel safe.
  2. At Modbury High School we believe that:
    • bullying is the systematic abuse of power
    • bullying is not simply about difference. It may occur because of people’s inability to accept and value difference
    • bullying includes racist or sexual harassment or any other form of disciminatory behaviour
    • bullying can involve violence
    • we all have a responsibility to stop bullying.
  3. All bullying is wrong and must be stopped.

    If you have been bullied you need to tell someone you can trust so that he/she can help you.

    Our school has a Behaviour Code that supports student safety. If you are bullied, this is what you should do:

    • try to ignore it and walk away
    • if safe, tell the person to stop the behaviour
    • tell someone you can trust
    • tell your class teacher, student counsellor or other staff member.
  4. What we do at Modbury High School to reduce bullying:

    • Students and/or parents can report incidents of bullying to any teacher or the principal. Any bullying incidents that are dealt with will be recorded.
    • At Modbury High School we use prevention, intervention strategies and post-intervention strategies.

Homework

All students are required to do homework on each weeknight and the following is provided as a guide for students and parents in the Middle School i.e Years 8, 9 and 10.

Each subject should set homework twice per week. This means 3 subjects are set on four nights and 2 subjects on the fifth night.

  • Year 8 students should spend about 60 minutes per night
  • Year 9 students should spend about 75 minutes per night
  • Year 10 students should spend about 90 minutes per night

A new homework timetable relevant to the year level is distributed to students each semester.

Success or failure in subsequent years may well depend on sensible study habits established during the first and very vital secondary year.

No homework is set for year 8, 9 and 10 students during holidays.

 Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices

Mobile phones and electronic devices such as MP3 players and iPods are not to be used at school during school hours.

Students who choose to bring these items to school may keep them (switched off) in their school bag or lockers at their own risk or hand them in at the Front Office for safe keeping during the day.

At no time will the school accept responsibility for students’ mobile phones/electronic devices if they are damaged, lost or stolen.

A staged series of consequences applies to students who use their mobile phone at school.

  1. Warning
  2. Lunchtime Exclusion in Room 1
  3. After School Detention
  4. 1 Day Internal Suspension

In emergency situations, parents can contact the school and a message is passed to the students.

Parent Complaint Policy

Parent guide to raising a concern or complaint.

Education and quality care are vital for your child’s success. We are committed to delivering high quality education and care.

Please let us know if you have feedback or a complaint, or if you want to give us a compliment. Feedback is valuable as it helps us shape our services to meet your needs. Working with you to resolve any concerns or complaints is a key part of how we will deliver on this commitment.

Use the following information to help you think about what you are concerned about and how to resolve the matter respectfully and effectively. Please see the process for DECD Feedback and complaints here.  Please click on the Raising a complaint with DECD to view the brochure.

Please email the school for any enquiries

Sun Smart

This policy is for implementation throughout the whole school year. Its purpose is to ensure that all members of our school community are protected from skin damage caused by the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.

The sun protection policy aims to promote among students, staff and parents:

  • positive attitudes towards skin protection
  • lifestyle practices, which can help reduce the incidence of skin cancer and the number of related deaths
  • personal responsibility for and decision making about skin protection
  • awareness of the need for environmental changes in schools to reduce the level of exposure to the sun

Uniform

The uniform is an important aspect of the school and the very high standard of dress attained by the students is a result of parents and the school working in partnership. The school community uses the following assumptions as a guide:

  • Parents enrolling their son or daughter at Modbury High School support the wearing of the school uniform
  • It is the task of parents to see that students wear the correct uniform
  • Staff will follow up uniform infringments but should not be expected to fight battles about uniforms
  • Uniform worn to school should identify students belonging to Modbury High School
  • The wearing of the school uniform by all students positively promotes good school tone
  • The wearing of uniform is not influenced by fashion trends
  • Competition between students with regard to clothing, make-up and jewellery in inequitable
  • Clothing should promote due modesty for all students and therefore should not be tight fitting or too short
  • Second hand uniforms may be available for sale from the uniform shop throughout the school year

In order to maintain our student's normal impressive personal presentation, one of which most students do consistently every day, we will now offer clean replacement uniform items, on loan for the day.