A to Z of Student Wellbeing
All of the College’s important rules and policies are outlined for students and families in this “A” to “Z” listing.
Regular attendance at school is essential to assist students to maximise their potential. It is the family’s responsibility to notify the school by 10.00am when their son is absent.
Senior College absentee line: 9369 0632
Junior College absentee line: 9387 5022
A text message will be sent to the parents’ nominated mobile phone at approximately 11.00am each day if a student has not been marked present in class.
Wherever possible personal appointments (eg. doctors appointments, driving test) should be made outside of school hours. If appointments or early departure are unavoidable, parents should write a letter or make a note in their son’s diary detailing the reason for leave and whether the student is leaving on their own or being collected.
The Head of House will authorise an exit pass for the student, who must report to the Wellbeing Centre before leaving the school grounds.
Students must report to reception before leaving the school grounds and must be collected by a parent.
Where to go for help outside of school:
In Case of Emergency – Tel: 000
Head Space – Tel: 1800 650 890 Web: www.headspace.org.au
Kids Helpline – Tel:1800 551 800 Web: www.kidshelpline.com.au
Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner (online bullying) – Tel: 1800 880 176 Web : www.esafety.gov.au
The Line (for those concerned about their own behaviour) – Tel: 1800 695 463 Web: www.theline.org.au/get-help
Youth Beyond Blue – Tel: 1300 22 4636 Web: www.youthbeyondblue.com
Black Dog Institute – Tel: 9382 2991 Web www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
The Waverley College issued backpack is the only approved school bag for use by students. Sports bags may only be used to keep sports gear separate. School bags are to be left in lockers during the school day. All bags should be clearly labelled with the student’s name. Large sporting equipment may be left with the student’s Head of House (senior students), Director of Junior School or Assistant Director of Junior School (junior students).
Cycling to school is acceptable at the discretion of parents, however, parents should be aware that the roads around Waverley are very busy, with few bike lanes that connect.
- Bicycles are not to be ridden in the school grounds.
- Waverley’s Insurance does not cover the loss, damage or theft of bicycles stored on campus. Parents should ensure they have household contents insurance to cover this eventuality.
- Bicycles must to be parked in allocated spaces and secured with a lock.
Every student should eat breakfast at the start of the day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and students who do not eat breakfast are less able to learn. Growing boys need a big and healthy breakfast. Both the Junior and Senior canteens sell breakfast if for any reason breakfast at home is not possible.
Good care should be taken of hired school books as any damage will be charged to the student’s school account.
Waverley College is committed to providing all staff and students with an inclusive community that values diversity and respects difference. Each person is to be treated with courtesy and respect in a fair and just manner. All members of the College have a responsibility to ensure a safe and supportive environment, which fosters growth, self-esteem and positive interpersonal relationships. This means that bullying, discrimination and harassment in any form damage relationships in our College and are therefore completely unacceptable.
Once actions or words have been identified as harmful, and there are repeat occurrences, then bullying is occurring. Bullying can happen anywhere: at school, home, work, transit or via digital technologies such as social media, text message or email. Bullying may be student to student, staff to student, student to staff or outside groups.
Bullying is not the same as conflict. While disliking someone or a one-off isolated incident of teasing or aggression may not constitute bullying, these behaviours harm relationships between our community members and are also seen as unacceptable behaviours. Bullying can have a negative impact on everyone — it is not just a problem for those who are bullied. People who bully others need help to change. All members of our community have a responsibility to help minimise the frequency and severity of bullying.
Those who see others being bullied can help by informing a parent or staff member, by offering the victim support or assistance or by simply walking away and showing the bully that others do not support their actions.
Effects of Bullying
A person who experiences deliberate, persistent threats or actions from an individual or a group can become lonely, isolated and depressed. Their schoolwork and health can suffer serious consequences and they can experience a loss of confidence and self-esteem.
Bullies who are allowed to go unchallenged in their anti-social way of relating to others are also at risk because cowardice, cruelty and selfishness are allowed to flourish in them. This can lead to much future unhappiness, and anti-social, even criminal behaviour. Both the bully and the person being bullied need help.
Students, staff and parents at Waverley College seek to create an environment that totally rejects all forms of bullying behaviour. The following procedures will help bring this about:
If a student is being bullied he should…
Try some strategies
These strategies should only be tried if there is no immediate threat or danger of physical injury.
❏ Ignore the bullying — turn and walk away
❏ Say ‘No’ or ‘Stop it’ firmly. The tone of your response should be assertive, rather than aggressive or submissive.
❏ Take a copy of offensive words, messages or images exchanged via digital technologies.
❏ It may also be useful to note any witnesses to the incident.
Talk to someone
Bullying is not ok, ever! It is really important to tell someone, particularly if the bullying has been going on for a while or the strategies tried previously haven’t worked. Telling someone shares the problem and it helps the victim feel supported. Sharing your concerns can be a very empowering action that leads to positive changes.
❏ Talk to friends — they can help by telling a teacher or parent or just by helping the victim to feel better by knowing they don’t have to deal with the situation alone.
❏ Talk to parents — tell them the ‘who, what, when and where’ of what’s been happening.
❏ Talk to a teacher, coach, priest or other trusted adult. This can be done discreetly by email or over the phone if the victim does not feel comfortable coming forward in person.
❏ Talk to someone at one of the helplines listed under “Assistance” above.
How the College can help
Any report of bullying will be treated seriously and followed up promptly. The College has a responsibility to investigate and take appropriate action regarding bullying and harassment. Action may include:
❏ The person being bullied is given some ideas on how to deal with the situation.
❏ The person being bullied is helped to confront the bully in a safe way that causes the bully to reflect on his actions and change his behaviour.
❏ Parents may be required to attend a meeting at the College.
❏ Consequences may be necessary when a bully refuses to change his way of relating to others.
❏ Bullying may constitute a criminal offence and the victim and their family may be within their rights to contact police or seek legal representation.
❏ In repeated or extreme cases the bully’s enrolment may be reviewed.
A responsibility for ALL students
The prevention and management of bullying, inappropriate use of technology and disrespectful behaviour is more readily achieved in a caring and supportive school culture that promotes positive relationships. Bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, aggression and violence disregard core values of our faith including dignity, respect, justice, equity, compassion, trust and courage. Importantly, such actions can adversely affect the wellbeing of students and are therefore unacceptable.
All members of our school community are expected to prevent and challenge such actions in order to build respectful relationships that respond effectively and sensitively to the needs of each person. If bullying is to cease, all students have a responsibility to work for this.
Care for oneself and others is at the core of our College values. Caring for others is one of the key elements that leads to personal happiness.
Chewing gum is not permitted at the College. It is very hard to get off surfaces and leaves a mess for someone else to clean up.
Waverley College meets all legislative requirements for child protection, including: ensuring all staff have a current Working With Children (WWC) check; providing regular child protection training for staff; responding to any reported child protection matter and, when appropriate, instigating Mandatory Reporting of child protection concerns. If a student has any concerns for his personal safety, he should contact one of the following people immediately: Head of House, Director of Junior School, Director of Student Wellbeing, Deputy Head of College or Head of College.
Waverley College 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 students at all levels of ability to fulfill their maximum potential.
Waverley College is a member of the Combined Associated Schools of NSW (CAS) 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 develop sportsmanship and a camaraderie with his own school mates and the students of other schools.
All sports involve at least two practice sessions per week and a Saturday commitment for the season.
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 giving congratulations and thanks at the end of the game, are to be regarded as very important (see “Co-curricular Tribunal”).
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. All students in attendance at a co-curricular event as spectators must be in full school or sports uniform.
At the point of enrolment, students agree to place their commitment to JSHAA / CAS and other Co-curricular (eg.Debating) before any other commitments that they may have outside of the College. Students will participate in / be present (if required) at all usual school activities such as CAS events, Swimming, Athletics, Parent/Teacher/Student evenings and interviews, Concerts etc.
Wet Weather Arrangements for Saturday Sport
The Wet Weather number is 8250 3780 and is updated by 7am for morning games and 11am for afternoon games on Saturdays.
Exemptions from co-curricular events will generally be granted on medical grounds or for a valid reason approved by the Head of College. It is expected that parents will not make arrangements which conflict with Saturday sport.
Parents/guardians may apply for up to two co-curricular event exemptions each academic year. These must be in writing no later than two weeks prior to the date of leave and sent to the Head of College.
CO-CURRICULAR (SPORTS) TRIBUNAL
The Associated Schools of NSW (CAS) of which Waverley College is a member, has a proud history of inter-school competition. Waverley College endorses the guidelines set down by the CAS. Students engaging in unsportsmanlike behaviour whilst taking part in a co-curricular sport or activity may be called upon to attend a Sports Tribunal.
The Tribunal is generally chaired by the by the Director of Co-curriculum and attended by the Head of Sport and the Convener of that sport;
Prior to the Tribunal:
The Head of Sport advises the student involved in the alleged incident that the Tribunal will be convened to investigate the details of the incident.
At the Tribunal:
- the Director of Co-curriculum will explain to the student the nature of the report
- the student is allowed to respond to the report and present his version of the event
- sometimes questions are asked by the members of the Tribunal to clarify details
- the student is excused from the room while the Tribunal deliberates
- the student returns to the Tribunal to hear the outcome
- a letter is prepared and sent to the parents, and
- the incident along with any outcomes are logged on the student’s file.
Penalties imposed by the Tribunal vary accordingly to:
- the nature of the incident
- the impact on the College’s reputation
- whether or not the student is a repeat offender
- the need to ensure that the behaviour is not repeated, and
- that the student involved learns from his experience.
On occasions exoneration or a caution is the outcome of a Tribunal, however, where a student is clearly guilty of an offence, suspension from representing Waverley College for one or more weeks is the normal penalty. In most cases this also involves the offending student being required to attend sport on the day of suspension in full College uniform to assist the Head (or Assistant Head) of Sport with allocated duties.
The details of the incident are then logged on the student’s official College file.
In order to optimise the wellbeing of Waverley students all members of the College community have a vital role to play. Positive relationships foster connectedness and feelings of belonging which are essential for wellbeing. Waverley College welcomes transparent communication and collaboration between school staff, students and their families.
DETENTIONS / CONSEQUENCES
Students are responsible for their actions and choices. Detentions are a consequence of actions which involve a breach of the College rules. Second and subsequent detentions will be tracked and appear on a student’s College record. Detentions are an opportunity to catch up on work or get ahead. Students should own their mistakes, learn from them and move forward.
There are five main consequences issued by the College:
1) Individual teacher detention
- Issued by a specific teacher and taken by that teacher. It may be part of a recess or lunch time.
- Failure to attend this detention will result in an afternoon or before school detention being issued.
2) Monday and Tuesday afternoon 3:30pm – 4:30pm / Thursday and Friday morning 7:30am – 8:30am (Room E02)
- Issued by a Head of House (HoH) or Head of Department (HoD)
- This detention is issued for the following types of behaviour:
- not doing homework
- not following instructions
- lateness to class / school
- poor behaviour
- assignment not completed
- breach of the IT policy.
- Negotiation of which day the detention is served may be possible directly with the Head of House or Head of Department.
- Detentions take priority over all other College activities and commitments.
- Students need to ensure they bring with them written work that they can progress. This may include assignment work, homework, taking notes from a source, planning an essay, writing a speech, reading an English novel and taking notes.
- Laptops are not permitted to be used during this detention.
- Failure to turn up for this detention will result in the issuing of an automatic Saturday detention.
3) Saturday Detention 8:00am – 11:00am (Room E02)
- Issued by Head of Year / Head of Department / Head of Sport / Directors / Director of Student Wellbeing / Deputy Head of College / Head of College.
- This detention is issued for more serious breaches of College policies and procedures such as:
- being rude to a staff member / visitor
- poor behaviour on public transport
- non attendance at co-curricular activity
- inappropriate Personal Electronic Device usage
- any type of physical assault on another student
- not turning up to Saturday activities
- repeated poor application to studies
- poor behaviour on transport or when being hosted by another school.
- Students need to ensure they bring with them written work that they can progress. This may include – assignment work, homework, taking notes from a source, planning an essay, writing a speech, reading an English novel and taking notes.
- Laptops may be brought to this detention and used for research purposes only.
- Detentions take priority over all College activities.
- Failure to turn up for this detention will result in the issuing of an automatic second Saturday detention.
- Further escalation by a student by not turning up will involve a meeting with the Deputy Head and possibly involve an enrolment review.
- Issued by the Deputy Head of College / Head of College
- This consequence is issued for more serious breaches of College policies and procedures such as:
- repeated poor behaviour
- aggressive or threatening behaviour
- throwing a punch to another person’s head or neck
- receiving too many Saturday detentions in a Semester
- inappropriate use of technology
- serious breach of College policy
- bringing disrepute to the College.
5) Enrolment Review
Conducted by the Head of College, this consequence is issued for serious breach of College policy including inappropriate use of technology, involvement with drugs, bullying, violent behaviour or bringing disrepute on the College.
The College Diary should be:
- used to enter homework everyday
- used to manage calendar commitments and responsibilities
- signed by Parent/Carer each week
- signed by Wellbeing Mentor each week.
The College has an interest in the health, personal and legal wellbeing of students and staff. We recognise that the consumption of alcohol and other drugs whether illegal, illicit or prescription can impair wellbeing and can also interfere with the teaching/learning environment.
This policy has three main goals:
- Prevention – to provide a curriculum (PDHPE and Wellbeing Time) designed to prevent the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. The College invites local police liaison officers and other experts in the field to present at various times throughout the year.
- Intervention – incidents will be dealt with in a positive, supportive manner and in the best interests of the students, staff and other concerned parties.
- Action – to take firm but fair action in instances of drug related infractions. The College has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drug use at school or school related events. Partaking in any drug usage, possession, supply, exchange, negotiations or the possession of any drug related objects such as syringes, bongs, pipes, lighters etc will result in an enrolment review.
Students are not permitted to possess, consume, buy or sell alcohol at the College or at any College related activity. Parents should not run or support parties where alcohol is served to minors: doing so risks ‘secondary supply of alcohol’ prosecution, which carries a $11000 fine or 12 months imprisonment (or both).
Students who use inhalers are required to carry them at all times. Additional inhalers, e.g. Ventolin, are kept in the Health Centre for emergency use.
Performance Enhancing Drugs
Waverley College prohibits performance enhancing drugs both on the sporting field and for study purposes. ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority) clearly identifies a variety of banned substances. These are clearly available on their website www.asada.gov.au Any student found to be using or supplying any substance on ASADA’s prohibited list will face exclusion and be reffered to the NSW Police. Students should be aware that gains on and off the sporting field can be safely and legally achieved via correct training methods / study, balanced diet, adequate sleep and optimal hydration.
Tobacco / Smoking
Waverley College is a ‘smoke free zone’. It is illegal to smoke on or within 8m of any school campus. Smoking is prohibited by students at all times including their journey to and from school, and at all school organised activities (day, evening or holiday times).
Register of Medical Conditions
Parents must notify the College in writing of all medical conditions which are then placed in the school medical file. Only staff members have access to these files. Medical conditions affecting participation in PDH&PE or other practical classes require a copy of the original letter sent to the Head of the Department concerned.
Prescription or Illegal Drugs
Any prescription medications that must be taken at school should be registered with the College. Students are not permitted to self-administer prescription medication with the exception of asthma puffers and epipens. Any other medications will be held by the medical centre and dispensed under supervision. Students who are asthmatic should lodge an Asthma Action Plan with the College. Parents should also advise the College of any side effects of prescription medications.
If a prescription or illegal substance is suspected to be, or is, in the possession of a student, the Head of College, Deputy Head of College or Director of Student Wellbeing must be notified immediately.
Appropriate action will then be taken
- Where substances, suspected of being illegal drugs are found in the possession of students, the College has to follow mandatory reporting to Police requirements
- In general, students apprehended with illegal drugs or alcohol will be suspended immediately. An investigation will follow, with an enrolment review.
- Parents will be immediately informed of any incident in which their son has been investigated for alcohol or illegal drug involvement.
Where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a student has possession of prescription or illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco or goods suspected of being stolen or dangerous, the Head of College, Deputy Head of College or Director of Student Wellbeing may conduct, or authorise the conduct of a search of a student, a student’s locker and personal effects (including personal belongings and clothing found on school property) and seize any offending items.
This policy shall apply to all students on College property as well as during out-of-classroom programs, activities and facilities approved of, or under the jurisdiction of the College. The College also utilises policies developed by the NSW AIS and the CEC regarding School-based Drug Education Policies and Practices.
Drug Testing at Waverley College
Instances where students use illicit drugs, such as marijuana, outside of school hours and seemingly on a regular or semi-regular basis, are of serious concern to the College. Over a period of time the effects on students, their behaviour and attitude to school become apparent, often with the students creating a danger to themselves and others around them. Where the College has reasonable grounds to believe that a student is using an illicit drug, such as marijuana, the College will seek co-operation from the parents / carers of the student for their son to be drug tested by a medical professional on a regular basis. Counselling and support services will also be part of any rehabilitation program. Boys unwilling to co-operate with the College will be withdrawn from classes until a satisfactory resolution has been reached.
There is no place for discrimination, harassment or bullying at Waverley. The College seeks to provide an inclusive community for students, staff and parents. The College expects students, staff and parents to behave consistently with these values and to treat others with respect and without bias. Discrimination occurs in the School community when a person is treated less favourably than other students because of their i) disability, ii) race, ii) age, iv) gender or v) religion. This list is not exhaustive.
These should be read every day as they provide reminders about events and change of class information.
When emailing a staff member, all proper language conventions should be used.
Please start the email with Dear Mr or Ms …………..
Please make sure the tone of the email is positive.
Manners go a long way (‘please’, ‘may I’, ‘thank you’, etc.)
Parents are requested to provide an email address to the College upon enrolment and always keep this up to date by informing the Registrar whenever there is a change. Email is used by our teachers and for the school newsletter, alerts and notices.
Emotional literacy may be described as the ability to understand, and use information about the emotional states of ourselves and others. It includes the ability to identify, express and manage our own emotions in a socially acceptable fashion and respond appropriately to the emotional states of those around us. Acknowledging that emotions such as fear, sadness, anger and jealousy all exist and are a normal part of day to day functioning is the first step. Students will be provided with opportunities and strategies to assist in identifying when and how each of these emotions is likely to occur and selecting appropriate ways to articulate, manage and act when faced with such emotions.
There are serious consequences for any student found in possession of fake identification. Police frequently target this activity in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
In the event of a fire or smoke alert a staff member. If evacuation is required an alert is played over the College PA system.
Students and staff should then calmly evacuate buildings and move to the Lower Recreation Area at the eastern end of the Senior Campus.
In the event that the Lower Recreation Area is unavailable, the alternative evacuation point is Waverley Park.
When evacuating each building:
- Move quickly and quietly under the directions of teachers and/or fire wardens.
- Senior College – move directly to the perimeter of the campus using either Birrell Street or Salisbury Street to reach the Lower Recreation Area.
- Junior College – move via Henrietta Street to the Lower Recreation Area.
- Once at the Lower Recreation Area, find the name of the building you just came from and the classroom number.
- Line up alphabetically.
- Once your name has been called sit down or crouch down if the ground is wet.
- All visitors to the College must also evacuate to the Lower Recreation Area.
Setting individual learning goals is an important part of successful learning. The most effective learning goals are action based, rather than a desired result.
An action based goal can be a general learning behaviour, such as working on persistence with difficult tasks or checking for accuracy more often. Action based goals can relate to required knowledge or skills for a specific learning area; for example, spending a set amount of time daily to memorise new grammar or using a wider variety of research sources for an assignment. Discussing possible action goals with your Wellbeing Mentor will help you identify those which will best support your learning for the Term.
Keep your action based learning goals SMART:
Specific, action based learning goals rather than results based
Please adhere to the following rules regarding use of the Br J P Lacey Gymnasium:
- NO food or drink
- Sports shoes must be worn whilst playing games.
- Hair should be neatly cut, combed and maintained. Hair should be shorter than the collar
- Long hair is not acceptable
- Undercut styles, dramatic layering, tracks, mohawks, overuse of product, tinting, colouring, dreadlocks, strands of hair, or lines are not acceptable
- A number 2 cut is the shortest acceptable cut
- If boys do not comply with a request to address any breaches by their Head of House, they will be asked to return to the College only when this has occurred
HANDS OFF POLICY
The College adheres to a strict hands off policy. Playfighting and rough play are unsafe and inappropriate.
Harassment is any type of behaviour that is i) unwelcome, ii) targets a person because of their disability, race, age or gender, iii) would offend or intimidate a reasonable person. Harassment usually consists of a pattern of unwelcome behaviour. However, it can also consist of one act where the act is of a serious nature. Some forms of harassment are also criminal offences.
If a Senior School student is feeling unwell during school time he must have his diary signed by his current teacher and report to the Health Centre to be assessed. Students may not self-admit to the Health Centre. Students who require medication for short term conditions are required to take the pharmacy labelled medication to the Health Centre with a covering letter. The Health Centre will then administer the medication as prescribed
Junior School students who are unwell should inform a teacher and report to Reception.
Students/Parents are reminded that there is an expectation that students are at school for the entire term as outlined in the school diary and calendar. Please remember that:
- We publish our term times well in advance so that you can make correct holiday bookings.
- We enjoy more vacation time than most schools in the Sydney metropolitan area.
- Our school program determines that the students work right up to the end of the term.
Students are encouraged to act with integrity and are expected to be honest and truthful in their interactions with others and take responsibility for their choices and actions.
- A simple chain and cross is permitted to be worn at the owner’s risk.
- No other jewellery is permitted to be worn at the College or at College events / activities.
- A clear ear stud is permitted to enable an ear piercing to be maintained.
- An RUOK wrist band or the equivalent is permitted as long as it is kept clean.
We are all responsible for keeping the College clean and ensuring rubbish and plastics do not get washed into our nearby ocean. Please put all litter in the bins provided. Do not drop it along corridors or in stairwells.
Please label all possessions brought to school so that lost items can be returned to the owner.
All members of the College community are expected to speak with an appropriate level of respect and forethought (ie. address staff correctly and think before speaking). Swearing, racism, sexism and any other forms of derogatory commentary detracts from the standing of the whole College community and will not be tolerated whether in the school grounds, on sporting fields or during school activities in the wider community.
To Class: Report to the Wellbeing Centre and collect a note from the Wellbeing Assistant or your Head of House. Students who receive four late notes in a Term receive a Saturday detention. Further lateness will receive a Saturday Detention per occasion.
To School: Report to the Wellbeing Centre if arriving late to school to obtain a late slip. Remember to have a note from your parent if you are late with a reason. After four instances of being late to College with no reason in a Term, a Saturday detention will be issued, and then a Saturday detention for every subsequent lateness.
Junior School students who are late should report to reception with their parents or a note from their parents.
Application for leave during term time must be sent in writing to the Head of College or the Director of Junior School with at least two weeks notice.
Senior school : firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior school : email@example.com
It is expected that students are present at all compulsory College events including: College Sport, Co-curricular activities, CAS Swimming and CAS Athletics carnivals. An application for exemption must be made directly to the Director of Co-Curriculum with two weeks notice prior to the date for any anticipated absences. Medical certificates must be supplied for illness. Unauthorised absences from compulsory events will result in an appropriate sanction.
In some circumstances it is not advisable to evacuate from a building, but rather to stay inside and out of harm’s way (eg. storm, gas leak, terrorist threat, intruder on campus). In these situations lockdown procedures will be enacted. The signal to let staff and students know of this will be the playing of the national anthem over the PA.
- If students are in class, remain there with your teacher, get out of sight and lock the door
- If students are outside class, during a break or between classes, then move into to the nearest building and stay out of sight
- All visitors to the College must also proceed to the nearest building and stay out of sight
- Do not use mobile phones during a lockdown procedure
- Once the lockdown is over, an ‘all clear’ will be given by either the Head of College, Deputy Head or member of the Executive.
- The College provides every student with a locker assigned in his House area
- The College provides a padlock for each locker
- A staff member is available to assist with lockers each day from 8:10am to 8:40am and from 1:15pm to 1:35pm at the ground floor stairwell, East Wing.
- Students who lose, misplace or damage their padlock will have the padlock replaced and costs will be charged to their school account.
- Lockers should be used to secure laptops, mobile phones and PEDs when not in use.
- Lockers need to be kept clean at all times.
- Students who damage or graffiti lockers will receive the appropriate consequences.
Attendance by students at the Annual May Procession is compulsory. Exemptions are rarely granted for this Waverley College tradition, which is the oldest Marian Procession in Australia and has run for over 100 years.
Mindfulness involves slowing down internal processes and blocking out distractions and negative thoughts in order to focus on the present moment. It takes a considerable amount of practice and focussed attention in order to ignore thoughts of the past or future and focus purposefully on what’s happening in the immediate environment. Students will receive practice in these skills during Wellbeing time and also as a part of assemblies and guest presentations. They may find this beneficial when having trouble sleeping, starting their day, managing exam stress or other personal, social and emotional challenges.
Courtesy, politeness, etiquette and having good manners all involve treating others with respect so that they will treat you with respect in return. Good manners helps develop empathy and altruism by putting the feelings, needs and priorities of other people at the forefront of our thinking.
Students who are absent from compulsory College events will be required to produce a medical certificate to account for this absence. Likewise students who present at the College Health Centre on a regular or ongoing basis may be asked to produce evidence that they are seeking professional medical intervention to assist with their condition.
Nurrunga newsletter is distributed weekly. It provides highlights of events that have occurred at the College, celebrates achievements and provides information about relevant topics for students and parents of the College. News of significant achievements of current and past students can be directed to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUT OF BOUNDS
Students must remain inside the College grounds at all times during the school day. Students leaving the College early to attend appointments must sign out through the Wellbeing Centre (Senior students) or Junior School Reception (Junior Students). Verandahs and stairwells are to be used only when accessing lockers or classrooms. Students should avoid loitering or congregating in these spaces.
PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICY (PED)
Introduction and Definition
Relates to any personal electronic device (PED) that could be used for communications or data storage and retrieval including: mobile phones, smart phones, USB drives, laptop computers, tablet computers, portable game consoles, DVD players, calculators – this is not an exclusive list.
Usage of PEDs when in school
- The College will indicate which PEDs may or may not be used at specific times and places, and in which ways they may or may not be used. Students should not presume the right to use a particular PED in any circumstance.
- PEDs should be used for only positive purposes: for learning, for legitimate communication or research.
- During class and study time, the internet may only be accessed through the College network. Students may not access the internet through another account or means.
- Students are expected to comply with the standards and act within the ethical framework of this Catholic College, where respect for individuals, their good name and dignity is paramount.
- In some situations, such as formal examinations, other specific rules may apply to PEDs. These will be outlined clearly and must be adhered to fully.
- The College wishes to maintain a balance between utilising PEDs to assist with learning whilst being cognisant that students should not be connected to technology at all times. Wellbeing of students will be maintained via educational programs, no mobile phone access during class time and a sleep mode enabled laptop during the evening.
- Any inappropriate use of the College name or resources in any form is totally unacceptable. This includes but is not limited to the posting of material relating to Waverley College or students/staff at Waverley College into the public domain web space.
- PEDs must not be used to harass or victimise other students or staff, or to abuse a person’s right to privacy (for example, taking, storing, using and/or disseminating a digital photo/video without a person’s permission) This is in direct breach of the College’s Code of Conduct and may in some circumstances be required to be reported to the NSW Police..
- A staff member who has reasonable grounds to suspect a PED has been or is being used inappropriately may inspect any PED brought onto the College campus by a student.
Students who breach any of the regulations contained in this Policy will receive a Saturday Detention in the first instance. More serious breaches of this policy will result in suspension and enrolment review.
Security of PEDs
- Students are responsible for the security of their own PEDs.
- The College takes no responsibility for damage or theft of a student‘s PED.
- Students are advised to lock their PED in their locker during the course of the school day when not in use.
- Do not leave PEDs in items of clothing that are likely to be removed – e.g., blazers.
- Do not leave PEDs in school bags.
- Do not bring PEDs to school on special activity days – such as sports days, swimming carnivals, athletics championships, etc.
Rules specific to Mobile Phones
At the College:
- Are to be stored in Lockers.
- Can be only used next to one’s locker before school, recess, lunch or after school for short periods of time.
- Can not be taken to class (every student has at least one other device in class ipad/laptop).
- If a mobile phone is brought to any class, a student will receive a Saturday detention.
- Parents needing to contact their son during class time, should contact school reception directly.
At College Activities:
- The teacher or supervisor in charge of any activity will determine the use of mobile phones during off-campus activities arranged by the College, including field trips, camps and retreats.
Rules specific to Laptops
- Laptop computers that are not part of the College Laptop Program are not permitted to be brought onto the College premises without being approved and registered with iAssist prior to use. Users must comply with the standard College protocols relating to IT use.
Rules specific to USB storage devices
- Students are allowed to use storage devices for transferring school-related data to and from the College.
- When brought on campus USB drives are to be free from files that contain inappropriate or offensive content.
- A Staff Member may inspect a USB drive at any time. Students found with offensive, inappropriate or non-educational material will be issued with a Saturday detention.
- Students are required to label clearly their USB drive with their name.
Rules specific to Calculators
- When calculators are required for class use or assignments, teachers will advise students when and how they should be used, and the type of calculator to use.
Rules specific to Earphones
- Students in Years 6 to 12 are responsible for providing their own earphones for listening to content on their laptop.
- Earphones will be provided to students in Year 5 as part of their iLearn pack.
Acceptable Use of IT (AUP)
All students at Waverley College have access to the College network. Waverley College embraces emerging digital technologies and encourages its teachers and students to look for ways to use them to enhance teaching and learning.
A breach of the Acceptable Use of IT whilst at Waverley is defined as:
- Any student who posts material on a website that College authorities deem inappropriate or damaging to the good name of the College will face disciplinary action. This may include immediate suspension or even exclusion from the school.
- Accessing, downloading, storing, printing and/or disseminating files or messages that are sexually explicit, obscene, or that offend or degrade others is in direct breach of the College’s Code of Conduct and may in some circumstances be required to be reported to the NSW Police.
- Attempting to degrade or disrupt system performance, or unauthorised entry to and/or destruction of computer systems and files.
- Deliberately entering, or remaining, in websites containing objectionable material.
- Removing, damaging or vandalising any IT equipment.
- Interfere with any cabling connected to devices.
- Hacking or attempting to hack the school network or systems.
- Attempt to run any programs other than those authorised by a teacher or IT staff.
- Copying materials in violation of copyright laws.
- Plagiarizing (which is taking of someone else’s words, ideas or findings and intentionally presenting them as your own without properly giving credit to their source.
- Downloading or copying information to disks or hard drives without prior teacher approval.
- Tethering school laptops to alternative mobile devices in an attempt to circumvent the College’s filtering policies.
- Using software to mask or operate anonymously on the school network.
Controls that are in place to monitor the network are:
- All internet content is monitored and filtered whilst a student is on campus according to a pre-defined set of rules.
- All emails sent externally are scanned for content and messages archived.
- Any breach of these rules can result in access to the internet and/or College network being revoked.
The College authorities have the right to determine the appropriateness or otherwise of any aspect of the above guidelines/policies. The College has the right to modify any of the guidelines according to the circumstances.
Your punctuality says a lot about your attitude to school and how well you want to do. Getting to places on time is a key skill that is required in almost all workplaces and every aspect of life. Get into good habits now, get to class on time and send a clear message to yourself and teacher that you are ready to learn. Factor-in travel times for appointments and co-curricular activities that you are involved in.
Emotional health and personal wellbeing can be optimised by recognising desirable attributes in yourself and others. By providing opportunities for students to identify and reflect upon their own character strengths they can consolidate their strengths and work to enhance those attributes and qualities which are less well-developed.
The way that students conduct themselves and relate to others reflects upon all members of the College community. This is of particular importance when interacting with members of the public. As such, students’ behaviour, courtesy and conduct is to be of the highest standard. Students who are inconsiderate of the rights of others and disregard the reputation of Waverley College will receive consequences.
Resilience involves the ability to cope or adapt well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress— such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. The ability to “bounce back” from disappointment or difficult circumstances will depend upon preparedness for these events and the range of coping strategies and support networks that can be utilised.
Rudeness is never justifiable. Even when someone is rude, be the better person, stay calm and use positive language to move past the moment.
All parents and students are strongly encouraged to download the Waverley College Skoolbag app to receive instant notices and alerts from the school on their iOS and Android devices. For more information go to: skoolbag.com.au or search ‘Skoolbag’ on the College website.
Students should not bring valuables to the College or College activities. The College takes no responsibility if any such items are misplaced, lost or stolen. Students who bring them to school do so at their own risk and the College does not have insurance cover for such items.
Boys are required to be clean shaven at all times (no stubble, beards or moustaches are acceptable).
Side burns are not to be exaggerated or long.
SKATE BOARDS / SCOOTERS
These items or the like are not permitted at the College.
Allows the brain and body to replenish and new information to be stored effectively in long term memory. A lack of sleep will limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. The school has adopted a sleep mode across all of its PED issued devices.
Stealing is unacceptable and a serious breach of College policy and will be treated as such. Do not use other people’s property without permission. Stealing from a shop or business also brings the College’s good name into disrepute and will be considered a serious breach of College policy.
Sugar is a form of carbohydrate and provides our body with kilojoules (energy). It is a naturally occurring substance in many foods such as fruit, honey, vegetables, legumes and milk and is also added to many processed foods to improve taste and texture. It is the ‘added sugars’ found in foods such as soft drinks, energy drinks, cakes, biscuits and confectionery that should be avoided. These foods lack vitamins, minerals and fibre. Sugar consumption has a direct correlation with an increase in obesity and other dangerous diseases (such as diabetes). The College has a blanket ban on soft drinks and energy drinks. The College canteen has a number of policies in place to support students’ healthy eating habits.
- The College recommends strongly that students do not get a tattoo whilst they are at school as their decision at such a young age lasts a lifetime and some future employers may have a no tattoo policy.
- The College respects that some cultures have rites of passage that include tattooing.
- The College requires all tattoos to be covered at all times.
Please adhere to the following when travelling on public transport
- Give up seats to adults.
- Treat other travellers and bus and railway employees with respect and follow their directions.
- Use appropriate language only (no swearing, no inappropriate stories).
- Respect bus and train property and the property of others by not damaging it.
- Do not put bags on the seats as this stops other people from using the seats.
- Show constraint, keep the noise level down and do not move around the bus or train while it is in motion.
- Stand on the footpath away from the kerb while waiting for the bus or behind the yellow line while waiting for a train. Do not obstruct others who are using the footpath.
- Do not carry bags on your back when entering and exiting the bus or train.
- Keep all parts of your body within the train or bus.
- Do not throw any objects inside the bus/train; eat or drink while on the bus/train without the permission of the driver.
The College expects all students to wear the uniform with pride and spirit. Please adhere to the following requirements:
- Students unable to wear the correct school uniform are required to report to their Head of House before school starts with a letter from their parent/carer.
- If for some serious reason the uniform cannot be worn then the full College Tracksuit is the only approved alternative.
- Boys who have damaged their uniform must have a letter from their parents explaining the circumstance.
- Dry cleaning is to be undertaken during the weekend with spot cleaning arranged at home to maintain cleanliness 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.
- If T-shirts or other undergarments are worn beneath the College shirt, they must not be visible either through or protruding from the uniform.
- Sports windcheaters 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.
All uniform items are to be purchased from the Uniform Shop, Level 3 Main Building.
For a pricelist and opening times, SEE HERE.
Students should not bring valuables to the College such as game consoles, iPads, iPods, cameras, portable speakers and large sums of cash. Please leave any necessary items with your Head of House.
Vandalism of the College’s property or anyone else’s property is not acceptable and will be seen as a serious breach of College policy. Any damage caused by a student will be required to be paid for in full.
Students are not allowed to record (video or photograph) staff or fellow students without the person’s direct permission. This would be considered a serious invasion of a person’s privacy and rights and can lead to enrolment being terminated.
There is no room for physical violence in any circumstances from any of our students. The College supports non-violent resolution to problems.
Maintaining optimal levels of hydration during the day enhances both mental and physical performance. Boys should be encouraged to consume at least two litres of water on a mild day and up to four litres of water on a warm day when exercising. Thirst is a sign that dehydration has already commenced. Boys should also be consuming water BEFORE they begin to feel thirsty.
Students may not bring any weapons to the College or any College activities.
SEXTING AND EXPLICIT ONLINE CONTENT
Sexting involves sending provocative or sexual photos, messages or videos. They are generally sent using a mobile phone but can also include posting this type of material online. Sexting can have serious social and legal consequences. Creating and/or distributing sexual images with minors constitutes the production and/or distribution of child pornography. Likewise accessing websites with inappropriate content and sharing these with students under the age of 18 may also constitute a criminal offence.
YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the responsibility of all Waverley College students to have read and familiarised themselves with the policies and procedures outlined on this page and in your school diary.
An important sun care product and one the College advises students to keep on hand at school and at co-curricular activities. Students are encouraged to be mindful at all times to protect themselves against UV rays.