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Policy on discipline

School rules

In the absence of a specific regulation, common sense will prevail. More detailed requirements follow for some specific issues.

1. Students demonstrate respect for others, their property and themselves

  • Use appropriate language and do not swear.
  • Address teachers as Sir, Miss or Brother and refer to them by surname.
  • Stand at the beginning of the lesson for Prayer and when a teacher comes into class.
  • Do not steal property or use the property of others without their permission.
  • Take care of textbooks issued by Book Hire.
  • Respect equipment such as computers and other school technical equipment.

2. Students acknowledge and support everyone’s right to learn

  • Actively work and listen in class while supporting the learning environment.
  • Ensure that they do not cause disturbance or distractions in class.
  • Do not bring personal electronic equipment (mobile, iPod, etc.) to the classroom without the permission of the teacher.
  • Secure laptops, mobile phones, MP3 players and the like in the locker during the school day when not in use.

3. Students take responsibility for their own learning and actions

  • Record all homework in the student diary.
  • Complete the required Home Study period each night, including all set homework and assignments.
  • Do not deface the school laptop, diary cover or pages with drawings, graffiti or stickers.
  • Read notice boards daily and do not interfere with notices.
  • Only go to the toilet during class time with a note from a teacher.

4. Students take responsibility for their punctuality and preparation

  • Report to the main office to record lateness if arriving late for school.
  • Line up outside each classroom door prior to the lesson.
  • Bring homework, diary, equipment and books to class for two periods at a time.
  • Have a signed permit in the diary if leaving class during normal periods.
  • Bring a signed note giving reason, time and date to enter a class if arriving after a period has commenced.

5. Students demonstrate pride in the College

  • Recognise that offensive behaviour outside of school hours or term impacts on the reputation of the College and may be reviewed by College authorities.
  • Give up seats to adults when travelling on public transport.

6. Students are aware of safety

  • Do not carry drugs, alcohol, tobacco, lighters or weapons at any time.
  • Do not bully others verbally, physically or via electronic means.
  • Keep hands off other students and play contact-free games.
  • Do not bring skateboards and similar items to the College.
  • Do not remain on verandahs during lunch or recess.
  • Only be in classrooms when with a teacher.
  • Do not open/shut windows or curtains.
  • Leave school bags in lockers.
  • Walk quietly along corridors and passageways without calling out or whistling.

7. Students take responsibility for cleanliness

  • Put all litter in the bins provided.
  • Pick up litter nearby or when walking past.
  • Keep any food or drink out of the classroom.
  • Do not spit.
  • Do not bring liquid paper, marker pens or spray paint to the College.
  • Do not deface or vandalise school property.


Appearance and uniform policy

It is a valuable part of a boy’s education to learn to present himself publicly in a neat and appropriate manner.

If, for some serious reason, the uniform cannot be worn, then the full College Tracksuit is the only approved alternative.

All boys are required to report to the Year Master by 8.30am if they are not wearing the formal school uniform. A Doctor’s Certificate is required if the uniform cannot be worn for medical reasons.

Boys who have split their trousers, or have damaged their uniform must have a letter from their parents explaining the circumstances.

Dry cleaning is to be undertaken during the weekend with spot cleaning arranged at home to minimise the problem during weekdays. It is always advisable for boys to have a second pair of trousers.

If the weather is too cold in Terms 1 or 4 for shirts only to be worn, then the College blazer or pullover can be worn.

Sometimes T-shirts with colours or logos are worn under the school shirt. These detract from the plain blue shirt and are thus not acceptable. Similarly, care must be taken that the sleeves of T-shirts do not extend beyond those of a short-sleeved school shirt.

Sports wind cheaters issued to teams or touring groups are not part of the normal daily uniform. On Saturdays they are not to be worn with other normal school day items such as school trousers or blazers.

Haircuts and shaving

Hairstyle is a matter that requires good taste and a judgement as to what is in the best interest of the school overall, as well as each boy’s own interest. Allowing a boy to adopt the latest fad or trend is not always consistent with both these points.

College authorities have the final say as to the appropriateness of a hairstyle.

Parents are asked to assist by ensuring that their son’s hairstyle conforms to the following:

  • Boys are required to be clean shaven at all times.
  • Side burns are not to be exaggerated or long.
  • Hair should be neatly cut, combed and maintained.
  • Undercut styles are not acceptable, nor are tracks or lines.
  • Dramatic layered effect of levels are not permitted.
  • Hair should not be overly styled by the use of hair products.
  • Hair is not to be tinted or coloured.
  • Long hair is not acceptable, nor are long strands of hair.
  • Hair must not be shaved, nor extremely cut with clippers, 3 being the shortest acceptable cut.

Bullying policy

Every student at Waverley College has the right to learn, play and grow in an environment where he is treated with fairness and respect; where he feels safe, happy and senses that he belongs to this community of Waverley College.

Bullying occurs when a person receives repeated threats or actions, which are unwanted from an individual (or group) who is more powerful than he is. Bullying is violent behaviour because the victim is intentionally and frequently caused pain and misery by the bully.

This may be through physical acts (pushing, punching etc) or verbal abuse (name-calling, insults, ridicule, gossip, rumours or lies) or other actions (photographs, web sites, chat lines) which are deliberately used to cause pain, hurt and humiliation. Bullying can happen in the school yard, classrooms, verandahs, stairs and on transport and in public and by means of the internet.

Often bullies justify their behaviour by saying they were only teasing another, or having fun. If the person being teased does not like it, or does not want it, and yet others persist with it, then it is a clear case of bullying. It is cruel and unfair behaviour. Once a person makes it clear that they do not like what is happening to them, whether it is physical or verbal, or some interference with their property, then bullying is occurring.

A PDF version of the Waverley College Bullying Policy can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Sport policy

Waverley has a tradition of setting goals for its students and helping them to strive for excellence whether it be in the academic or sporting spheres. We encourage our students and offer opportunities to our students at all levels of ability to fulfill their maximum potential.
Waverley College is a member of the Associated Schools of NSW and this is our primary sporting commitment. Every boy is expected to become involved in the sporting program of the school which has been designed to help him explore his potential, to develop sportsmanship and a camaraderie with his own school mates and the students of other schools.

We require students to play for school teams if requested, and we do not readily allow exemptions unless specifically granted. The exemptions will generally be granted on medical grounds or for a valid reason approved by the Headmaster. All sports involve at least two practice sessions per week and a Saturday commitment for the season. It is expected that parents will not make arrangements that conflict with Saturday sport.

Students are required to play their games for Waverley College in good spirit and good sportsmanship. The proper formalities and courtesies, in particular respecting the umpire’s decision and the congratulations and thanks at the end of the game, are to be regarded as very important.

Spectators at College matches are asked to observe a proper standard of barracking and participation as laid down in the code of behaviour published by the General Committee of the CAS.

A PDF on the operation of the Waverley College Sport Policy and the operation of the college’s Sport Tribunal can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Acceptable use of technology (IT) policy

All Students at Waverley College have access to the college network. The purpose of the following text is to introduce and outline the current acceptable use policy that applies to all users of the Waverley College Network. The policy outlines what is classed as acceptable, unacceptable and the controls that are in place for monitoring the Network.

Acceptable uses of the network are activities which support learning and teaching. Network users are encouraged to develop uses that meet their individual educational needs and that take advantage of the network’s functions.

Unacceptable uses of the Waverley College IT facilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Removing any IT equipment from IT labs.
  • Deliberately entering, or remaining in websites containing objectionable material.
  • Attempting to run any programs other than those authorized by a teacher or IT staff.
  • Interfering with any cabling connected to PCs.
  • Defacing or marking any equipment or desks.
  • Vandalising equipment.
  • Copying materials in violation of copyright law.
  • Plagiarising, which is the taking of someone else’s words, ideas, or findings and intentionally presenting them as your own without properly giving credit to their source.
  • Attempting to degrade or disrupt system performance or unauthorized entry to and/or destruction of computer systems and files.
  • Accessing, downloading, storing, or printing files or messages that are sexually explicit, obscene, or that offend or tend to degrade others. The administration invokes its discretionary rights to determine such suitability.
  • Downloading or copying information on to disks or hard drives without prior teacher approval.

Controls that are in place to monitor the network are:

  • All internet content is monitored and filtered according to a pre-defined set of rules.
  • All email sent externally is scanned for content.
  • Any breach of these rules can result in access to the internet and/or the College network being revoked.

Personal electronic devices (PED) policy

Waverley College embraces emerging digital technologies and encourages its teachers and students to look for ways of using them to enhance teaching and learning. The technology of mobile phones and other electronic devices to facilitate the recording of sound, take photographs and video images is open to abuse, which can lead to an invasion of a person’s privacy. The availability and appropriate use of these resources provide opportunities that can help students develop spiritually, academically, socially and physically.  Their inappropriate use can be detrimental to the teaching/learning process, anti-social, and even harmful.  The PED Policy outlines the principles and parameters for the use of PEDs at the College. A PDF of the policy can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Drug policy

The College has an interest in the health, personal and legal wellbeing of students and staff. It recognises that the consumption of alcohol and other drugs whether illegal, illicit or prescription can impair an individual’s wellbeing and can also interfere with the teaching/learning environment. Alcohol or other drug use adversely impacts on students, staff and the whole school community. Waverley College, as a responsible corporate body, seeks to support community attitudes and laws that encourage the proper use of drugs in our society. The College also seeks to provide appropriate drug education.

This policy has three main goals:

1. Prevention – to provide a curriculum designed to prevent alcohol and other drug problems.
2. Intervention – to provide an intervention component for those for whom preventative efforts have been unsuccessful.
3. Action – to ensure fair but firm action is taken in the instances of drug-related infractions.

A PDF of the Drug Policy can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.


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PED policy Download
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