School Policies

Absentee Policy

If a child is going to be absent from school, parents are requested to inform the class teacher beforehand. When absence is unforeseen, a note must accompany the child on return to school the following day or phone call on the day. In the event of children being absent from school for more than two days through illness, parents should contact the school office staff or class teacher.

Behaviour Support Policy

Behaviour Learning

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policy.jpgAt Our Lady of Fatima School behaviour is part of our teaching and learning philosophy. It involves children, parents and staff collaboratively working together with a “We Can Work It Out” belief as the basis for developing a community of inclusion where everyone belongs.

The policy has been developed collaboratively with staff and parents. Children and staff work together to develop classroom expectations for their “belonging environment” in the classroom, that are in alignment with our school expectations. They are encouraged to develop responsibility for their choices, knowing in advance of the positive (affirming) and negative (intervention) consequences that follow from those choices.

Bullying

Bullying is recognised as any type of unacceptable behaviour, which makes people, feel threatened, embarrassed, frightened, uncomfortable, humiliated, intimidated, and which has a negative effect on their self-esteem.

Types of Bullying

​Physical aggression: ​physical harm or destroying property
​Social aggression: ​rumours, racial slurs, or exclusion from a group
​Verbal aggression: ​name-calling, teasing, or threatening
​Intimidation: ​phone calls, dirty tricks, or taking possessions
​Written aggression: ​threatening notes or graffiti
​Sexual harassment: ​comments or actions of a sexual nature, which make the recipient uncomfortable
​Racial and cultural: ​comments or actions of a racial or cultural nature, which make the recipient uncomfortable/offended.

 

Our Process

We aim for all children to feel safe and secure at school. With the underlying principle of “we can work it out”, our process is cooperative in nature and proactive in dealing with situations of bullying. We aim for children to understand that there will be both positive and negative consequences for all behaviours associated with bullying.

The Process involves the following:

  • Communicating clear expectations and consequences to all
  • Publicly reward positive and non-violent behaviour
  • Recognise incidents of bullying
  • Identify the victim of bullying, the person bullying, and the passive onlookers, each of whom plays a significant part in preventing or promoting these interactions
  • “We can work it out” conferences involving bully, victim, staff and parents (as appropriate)

Our main focus is creating a school climate that feels safe and secure for all members of the school community.

Process for management of inappropriate behaviour - “A NON-BELONGING SYSTEM”

  • Reminders of expectations of school/class covenant
  • Verbal (“What questions”) & Non-verbal cues, and warning of consequences.
  • Isolation within classroom e.g. “thinking chair/cool down chair”, and warning of further consequences.
  • Withdrawal to other appropriate known area within classroom.
  • (This procedure can be removed when a child continues to display non-belonging behaviour)
  • Review classroom practices and procedures for organisation.
  • If inappropriate behaviour persists, notify administration team, and removal to office. Admin team member revisits school expectations and consequences with child, documents incident, and follows up with teacher to review “Relearning Plan”. (Parents notified)
  • If inappropriate behaviour continues to persist, conference with parents, teacher, principal, and child is needed. New action plan agreed on, and further conference involving outside agencies may then need to occur.
  • If inappropriate behaviour is continually repeated, then child, in consultation with parents, is removed from school.
    • a) For a short period of time
    • b) Formal suspension

» Click here to review our school Expectations & Consequences Compendium.

Code of Conduct

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Homework Policy

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Medication Administration

Children and Medication

Our most recent advice has established that "no drugs, prescription or otherwise, can be administered by school staff except in certain circumstances where it is necessary for a student to take medicine on a medical practitioners orders during school hours."

The effect of this policy is that we are unable to administer Panadol or any non-prescription medications for minor pain relief and parents will have to be called to either take sick children home or administer panadol etc. at school.

Prescription Medications

Where a medication has been prescribed by a Medical Practitioner and the child is well enough to attend school but needs medication during the day, parents are required to complete a Student Medication Authority and attach a note or certificate from the doctor advising your child's teacher that s/he may administer a particular medication during school hours. The note should include the name of the medication, the dosage and the time(s) to be administered. Please note that both forms are required.

»Download Student Medication Authority form

The medication is to be handed to the teacher to be kept in the First Aid Room (refrigerated if required). Alternatively, you as parent may wish (as some already do) to come to school and administer the medication.

Children administering Medications

Sometimes children bring a medication which parents have given them instructions to take during the day (e.g. cough lollies). For these medications where the teacher is not involved in administering the medication, no authority is required.  However, particularly in the case of asthma sprays, a note from the doctor advising the necessity for the child to always carry the inhaler, is necessary. Otherwise, all medication is labelled and stored securely in the first aid room, and administration is monitored. As a general rule, we would rather that children do not keep medications themselves.