As we approach the end of Term 1, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude and appreciation to all students. This year has begun incredibly well due to their hard work, dedication, and commitment to their studies and responsibilities at Waverley.
I have been impressed by the level of engagement and participation that I have witnessed in our classrooms, on excursions and across all our co-curricular activities.
I also want to acknowledge our teachers for their unwavering dedication and tireless efforts in guiding and inspiring all students. It is through their hard work that they are able to attend a school that offers rich learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom.
When we return to school next term, we will hold Horizontal meetings as we did this term. During these meetings, we will provide students with key information for the Term ahead and ensure our high standards continue to be met. Our expectations as we move into Term 2 are outlined below:
Waverley College has a strict haircut policy, which all students are required to adhere to. Please support the College in its implementation.
Hair should be neatly cut, combed and maintained. Hair should be shorter than the collar.
Long hair or outlandish styles are not acceptable.
Undercut styles, dramatic layering, tracks, mohawks, mullets, overuse of product, tinting, colouring, dreadlocks, strands of hair, buns, braids or lines are not acceptable.
A number 2 cut is the shortest acceptable cut.
If students do not comply with a request by their Head of House to address any breaches, they will then have two options:
- Go immediately to the barber at Charing Cross and have the inappropriate haircut rectified.
- Return home until such time as the inappropriate haircut is rectified.
If your son arrives at the College at the commencement of Term 2 with a haircut that is not in line with College policy, he will either be sent home on his first day or we will have a hairdresser on site where he can receive a haircut at the cost of $20, charged to his school fees account. Your son will be given a choice on this day and a note will be logged on his file. There will be no phone calls home.
Mobile phones continue to be a distraction to students in school. During school hours, students should be focussing on learning and their relationships with the people around them.
For the safety and wellbeing of students, our mobile phone policy is as follows:
At the Senior School (Years 7 – 12)
Devices are to be stored in lockers, and preferably placed on silent or flight mode to eliminate loud ringtones. They can only be used next to one’s locker before school, recess, lunch or after school for short periods of time.
The only exception to this is when students are instructed to contact their parent/carer regarding variations to scheduled events or, under direct teacher supervision, they may use their device.
Devices cannot be taken to class (every student has a laptop in class).
If a mobile phone is brought to any class, a student will receive a one-hour detention. If they continue to bring their phone to class, they will receive a three-hour detention.
Parents/carers needing to contact their son during class time, should contact the College reception directly.
Students found to have mobile devices switched ‘on’, using devices to ‘hotspot’ laptops to external data sources, bypassing the College’s network, or used in any way deemed inappropriate by College staff, can expect a one-hour detention.
Mobile phones will be confiscated if it becomes a distraction to the learning process, has been a medium for a breach of privacy, or holds information pertaining to a crime. Parents/carers will be notified immediately about any confiscation.
At the Junior School (Years 5 – 6)
Devices are collected in the classroom at the beginning of the day and placed securely in a locked cupboard. At the end of the school day they are collected and returned to each student.
Wearing a uniform is a badge of pride, it creates an identity for a school, and is an important part of being a school student.
We ask that students wear their uniform with pride, which includes wearing the shirt tucked in at all times. Students who continue to ignore this request will receive a one-hour detention.
As we move into Term 2, blazers are required to and from school.
We also ask that students ensure they are wearing appropriate footwear. Please see our expectations below:
Standard black leather lace-up shoes are the only acceptable footwear, except during sport.
No suede or branded shoes ie: Nike, New Balance, ASICS etc. Shoes must be of a leather type that can be polished to a shine. Shoes with coloured stitching or other embellishments such as buckles, are not acceptable. Boots of any type are not permissible.
Locks are provided for all students at the commencement of their Year 7 Waverley journey. A large number of students do not have locks on their lockers and therefore continue to carry their mobile phones with them, as they can not lock them away. All students will be required to use their allocated Waverley lock from the commencement of Term 2. If they do not have this lock, they will be given a replacement at a charge of $50, which will be charged to their school fee account.
We expect students to report any incidents of bullying, harassment, discrimination, injuries, near-misses or acts of violence. Reporting directly contributes to preventing a future incident happening again. The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept. You can report an incident directly or anonymously – speak with your parents, carers, Wellbeing mentor, teacher, psychologist, College Registered Nurse, Head of House, College Leadership Team member, Deputy Principal, Principal or online via the Incident Report form.
We expect all students to be responsible and respectful to one another, and to the community. We ask that they treat each other with kindness and respect, and that they take responsibility for their actions. We believe that by working together, we can create a positive and inclusive community for everyone.
Ms Gabby Smith
Deputy Principal – Students