School Policies

SCHOOL COUNCIL POLICY ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES (MOBILE PHONES & MUSIC PLAYERS) 

The 2017 Acceptable use policy for all electronic devices allows students to use these devices for education reasons under the direction and discretion of their classroom teacher. The policy covers the use of mobile phones, cameras, music players, the use of social media and the internet whilst at school. The school accepts no responsibility for loss or damage, or the cost of replacing the item. All breaches of the policy will correspond to a disciplinary action as specified in the policy. The full document can be viewed on the school website.

 
CHILD SAFETY CODE OF CONDUCT
NETBOOK POLICY
KERANG TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL UNIFORM
HOMEWORK POLICY
LATENESS
SCHOOL LEAVE PASSES
REPORTING AND ASSESSMENT OF WORK
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

NETBOOK POLICY 

Students must bring their Netbook to school every day, fully charged, and take them to ALL classes unless advised otherwise by their teacher.

Strict adherence to the Netbook Policy, Procedures & information that was signed on issue must be followed.

Netbooks must be kept in the hard covers that are provided with the Netbook, and it is recommended that all students purchase a Netbook Bag with their booklist.

All damage and broken screens will incur a $150 charge, and may be more depending on the extent of the damage. The Netbook will not be returned until the fee has been paid.

Devices may be collected throughout the year for a “Health Checkup”. Software updates will be loaded by the School IT Technician. If students have any issues with the Netbook they must take it to the IT Technician’s office in the administration corridor, between rooms 15 and 16.

 

KERANG TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL UNIFORM 

The School uniform must be worn to and from school and at all school functions. It is expected that students will wear the uniform neatly at all times. The only exception to this is some special school excursions (such as field trips) where school uniform is inappropriate.

DETAILS OF THE SCHOOL UNIFORM 

GIRLS YEAR 7 TO 12 
SUMMER 

Blue/White check dress with collar and cap sleeve respectable length (at the discretion of the House Manager) OR 

Navy blue poly/cotton tailored shorts (inside leg measurement must be a minimum of 20cm) with sky blue polo shirt, navy collar and logo

Royal blue Rugby top with navy, gold and white (school colours) as stripes OR Royal Blue V-neck jumper

Black leather lace-up shoes or t-bars

Plain white socks

No thongs, canvas shoes or ballet-style shoes allowed

WINTER 

Winter skirt of grey and blue plaid fabric (adjustable waistband and three inverted pleats at back and front) OR 

Navy blue poly/cotton tailored slacks

Polo Shirt (sky blue, navy collar and logo) OR Long sleeve poly/cotton shirt – Vic blue

Royal blue Rugby top as for summer OR Royal Blue V-neck jumper

Optional: Year 11 may wear Senior School Rugby

Grey tights OR grey socks (but not worn together)

Black leather school shoes

YEAR 12 GIRLS 
SUMMER 

Maroon polo shirt with logo

WINTER 

Senior School navy blue Rugby top, with yellow, red, blue and green (House colours) as stripes OR Royal Blue V-neck jumper

BOYS YEAR 7 TO 12 
SUMMER 

Long grey trousers OR 

Approved navy blue shorts (No Sports Logos)

Black leather school shoes

White socks

Sky blue polo shirt with Navy collar and logo

Royal blue Rugby top as for girls OR Royal Blue V-neck jumper

No thongs or canvas shoes allowed

WINTER 

Polo Shirt (Sky blue, navy collar and logo) OR long sleeve poly/cotton shirt –– Vic blue

Long grey trousers (as for Summer)

Royal blue Rugby top as for girls OR Royal Blue V-neck jumper

Optional: Year 11 may wear Senior School Rugby

Dark grey socks

Black leather school shoes

YEAR 12 BOYS 
SUMMER 

Maroon polo shirt with logo

WINTER 

Senior School navy blue Rugby top, with yellow, red, blue and green (House colours) as stripes OR Royal Blue V-neck jumper

SPORTS UNIFORM – ALL STUDENTS 

New Kombat Sports Shirt embroidered K.T.H.S.

Black Mesh “basketball” shorts or black/navy track suit pants in winter.

It is expected that these will be worn in all Physical Education classes and all Sporting events, including Inter School competitions.

FOR WINTER: Navy waterproof jacket with fleecy lining (available in the uniform store) (to be worn over the rugby top)

NOTE: The school runs the Uniform Store which sells all the above uniform new, and sells secondhand items also. Opening times are advertised on the weekly Parent’s Bulletin, or can be by appointment with coordinator, Gail McKenzie on 5452 1638.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING 

Suitable clothing must be worn in workshops for safety reasons. This means that school shoes MUST be worn in Workshops at all times. Sandals are not acceptable. Safety Goggles are supplied where required, such as in the Engineering Workshops, altshough students may bring their own if they wish. Finally, overalls and aprons are essential when students are in workshops. Scuffs are not acceptable for any class.

Hats must not be worn into classrooms or the corridors.

JEWELLERY 

Jewellery can consist of a wristwatch, a fine chain and small pendant and no more than two rings are to be worn.

RULES 

It is expected that all students will be in full school uniform at all times. Where students are out of uniform, one or more of the following actions may be taken:

– If the student lives in town, the student may be sent home to change into their proper uniform.

– The student may be loaned items of uniform from the Discipline cupboard. The student will be expected to clean the uniform and return it the following day.

– Where it is judged that the student is persistently out of uniform, the student may be denied participation in discretionary activities, including sporting and other excursions or work experience programs.

 

HOMEWORK POLICY 

WHAT IS HOMEWORK? 

Homework is:

1. Review of the day’s work.

2. Revision of a topic.

3. Completing set homework sheets and exercises.

4. Working on assignments and research.

5. Completing work set in class.

6. Preparation for a test.

7. Reading.

WHY HOMEWORK IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: 

1. It gives you time to catch up.

2. It gives you time for important ideas to sink in.

3. It allows you time to practise skills and problem solving.

4. It helps you to develop regular study habits.

5. It ensures greater success at school.

TIMES: 

All students are expected to complete a certain amount of homework each week. Given that students work at different rates, the following minimum times are provided as a general rule:

Years 7 and 8 1 hour, 4 nights/week

Years 9 and 10 1.5 hours, 4 nights/week

Year 11 2 hours, 5 nights/week

Year 12 3 hours, 5 nights/week

Homework which is simply completing work set in class should be finished by the next lesson. Other exercises and assignments are to be completed over a longer period by the due date set by the teacher.

FOR PARENTS: 

Parents are encouraged to help or monitor students with their homework. A complete statement of the School’s homework policy is available on request.

 

LATENESS 

School begins at 9.00 a.m. 

A student who arrives to a class or Home Group after this time will be sent to the Office. The student must sign in electronically.

The student’s lateness is recorded as an absence and this will show on absence letters, therefore notes must be supplied if the student is late or absent. If the student is constantly late to school, the Assistant Principal will inform the appropriate Year level coordinator, so that steps can be taken to overcome the problem.

The same procedure should be followed for lateness after lunch.

Lateness to class throughout the day will be treated in the same way as any other classroom misdemeanour under the School’s Discipline Policy. Lateness can disrupt class and interfere with the learning of the other students.

 

SCHOOL LEAVE PASSES 

Students are required to remain at school for the duration of the day. The Principal and Staff are responsible for the safety of students and are expected to exercise the care of a reasonable parent. If there is a specific reason why a student is to leave a note needs to be given to their corresponding Year Level Coordinator, before school, to receive a pass. At the time of departure each student needs to go via the office and sign out. For all last minute departures, all communication with the student should be organized through the office and the sign out process will be undertaken.

If parents need to contact children, or children need to contact parents, this should be done through the office. 

 

REPORTING AND ASSESSMENT OF WORK 

Parents can expect the following reports and assessments.

1. Interim Report (brief) at the end of Terms I and III.

2. Detailed written reports at the end of Term II (Semester 1) and Term IV (Semester 2).

Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held at the beginning of Term II and Term IV. Progress Reports can be issued at other times at the discretion of the School or on parents’ request (please contact the House Manager).

ASSESSMENT, WORK REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES 

The following guidelines apply to assessment and deadlines for all electives:

• Class teachers will set clear due dates and deadline dates, with sufficient time to complete tasks.

• A due date is the time by which a piece of work must be submitted for a graded assessment

• A deadline date is the time by which a piece of work must be submitted to be considered for a pass.

• There will be no automatic granting of extensions.

• Students are able to re-submit inadequate work, if it is re-submitted before the deadline date.

• Late submissions after the due date will be ungraded and marked S (satisfactory) or N (unsatisfactory).

• Late submissions after deadline dates will be N (unsatisfactory).

• Students must record due dates and deadline dates in their student record book.

 

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT 

All staff and students at Kerang Technical High School have a right to work in a safe and caring environment in which discipline and welfare are seen as essentially inter-related.

Students have the right to learn, and teachers have a right to teach, in an atmosphere of order, co-operation and mutual respect. Consequently, students are expected to accept their share of responsibility for maintaining a productive educational and social environment.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

The following principles aim to protect the rights of all members of our school community.

1. To sustain an environment free from dangerous or harmful substances.

2. To respect the physical and emotional rights, welfare, and property of other people.

3. To be educated in a secure environment without harassment and disruption and where interest, abilities and ambitions can be developed.

4. To act in a manner in all school activities that reflects well on ourselves and our school.

5. To attend all classes; be punctual and properly prepared for work, and in correct school uniform.

6. To observe the school rules and expectations.

7. V.C.E. students are expected to sign and adhere to a contract.

The Student Rights and Responsibilities are published annually in the Student Record Book and are on display near the School Office.

STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTATION 

The following are strategies that will be adopted to promote an atmosphere in which personal responsibility and self-discipline in students will be fostered.

1. Encouraging students to recognise and respect the rights of others.

2. Promoting the values of honesty, fairness and respect.

3. Enhancing and encouraging parent, student and teacher contact.

4. Recognising and assisting students who encounter problems.

5. Developing a sense of community and pride in the school.

6. Recognising student achievement.

BREACHES OF THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT 

Given that students understand the school’s Code of Conduct and the effect that breaches could have on themselves and others, it is therefore logical that breaches of the code should incur some penalty. At some stage a counsellor, Year Level Co-ordinator, Assistant Principal or Principal may be involved.

Accepted penalties include: 

• counselling and warning

• removal of privileges

• litter collection

• referral to Year Level Co-ordinator

• class room/yard checks

• contact with parent

• introduction of Behaviour Contract

• referral to Assistant Principal/Principal

• detention

• extreme cases may result in suspension or removal from the school within Department of School Education guidelines

• referral to appropriate outside authority

DISCIPLINE – CLASSROOM 

The School Discipline system is a constructive, firm non-punitive way of dealing with disruptive behaviour. It maintains that every child should have a chance to learn each day. School must be a ‘good’ place, and a ‘good’ place is one where:

• people are courteous

• people are doing relevant work

• there are reasonable rules

• people can talk with, not at each other

• discipline teaches self-responsibility

Our system makes an important distinction between the student as a person and the student’s behaviour. Sometimes a student may interfere with another student’s chance to learn by disrupting the class. Classroom misdemeanours are handled primarily by the classroom teacher. Warnings to a student that their behaviour is unacceptable, requests for a change in behaviour or a request to remove themselves from their peers are some of the acceptable ways to manage students in the classroom. If the student still does not modify their behaviour then the teacher may choose to remove the student from the classroom. If a student continues to break class rules then the class teacher can follow up with lunchtime or after school detentions. If a student chooses to further disobey these rules, then the school has no choice but to ask parents to keep their child at home until he/she is ready to behave.

 

K.T.H.S. ANTI BULLYING POLICY 

RATIONALE 

All members of the school community have the right to work in a safe and caring environment, free from ALL forms of harassment and bullying. Harassment and bullying seriously affects the welfare and educational development of individuals.

Our school is strongly committed to eliminating all types of harassment and bullying.

WHAT IS CYBER BULLYING? 

Cyber bullying is when a student is targeted more than once using the internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. Quite often it occurs via Facebook or Mobile phones outside of school.

As a parent, you can alert the school, then we can keep an eye out for in-school bullying.

WHAT IS HARASSMENT AND BULLYING? 

Harassment and bullying is any written, verbal, phone call, e-mail, visual material or physical conduct which is unwelcome and/or offensive. It is often hurtful and frightening.

Bullying is designed to make a person feel small and/or excluded.

IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICY 

The entire school community (parents, teachers and students) are responsible for the successful implementation of this policy.

Students can report an incident to a teacher or any trusted adult. Students may feel more comfortable if a friend can speak to the teacher as well. Parents please contact K.T.H.S. if you are concerned.

The House Managers and Year Level Coordinators are responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating the operation of this policy.

ACCEPTABLE USE AGREEMENT

School profile statement

At Kerang Technical High School we support the rights of all members of the school community to be provided with and engage in a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment. This extends to the use of digital tools and online communities and is underpinned by our expectation of safe and responsible behaviour of all members of the school community.

At our school we:
• have a Student Engagement Policy – Electronic Devices Policy that states our school’s values and expected standards of student behaviour, including actions and consequences for inappropriate online behaviour
• educate our students to be safe and responsible users of digital technologies. (Include any specific programs or approaches the school undertakes.)
• raise our students’ awareness of issues such as online privacy, intellectual property and copyright
• supervise and support students when using digital technologies within the classroom and establish clear protocols and procedures when working in online spaces including reviewing and considering the safety and appropriateness of online tools and communities:
o Bullystoppers Duty of Care and Supervision (www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/prindutycare.aspx)
• provide a filtered internet service but acknowledge that full protection from inappropriate content can never be guaranteed
• respond to issues or incidents that have the potential to impact on the wellbeing of our students including those reported through online services
• know that some online activities are illegal and as such we are required to report this to the appropriate authority
• support parents/guardians to understand safe and responsible use of digital technologies, potential issues and the strategies that they can implement at home to support their child; providing this Acceptable Use Agreement and current information from both the Department of Education and Training and Cybersmart:
o Bullystoppers Parent Interactive Learning Modules (www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/parentmodules.aspx)
o Parents Cybersafety guide (www.cybersmart.gov.au/Parents.aspx)

Student declaration

When I use digital technologies and the internet I agree to be a safe, responsible and ethical user at all times, by:
• respecting others and communicating with them in a supportive manner; never writing or participating in online bullying (e.g. forwarding messages and supporting others in harmful, inappropriate or hurtful online behaviours)
• protecting my privacy; not giving out personal details, including my full name, telephone number, address, passwords and images
• protecting the privacy of others; never posting or forwarding their personal details or images without their consent
• talking to a teacher or a trusted adult if I personally feel uncomfortable or unsafe online
• talking to a teacher or a trusted adult if I see others participating in unsafe, inappropriate or hurtful online behaviours
• carefully considering the content that I upload or post online; knowing that this is a personal reflection of who I am and what people think of me
• investigating the terms and conditions of use (e.g. age restrictions, parental consent requirements) and if my understanding is unclear seeking further explanation from a trusted adult
• confirming that I meet the stated terms and conditions and completing the required registration processes
• handling ICT devices with care and notifying a teacher of any damage or required attention
• abiding by copyright and intellectual property regulations; requesting permission to use images, text, audio and video and cite references where necessary
• not downloading unauthorised programs, including games
• not interfering with network systems and security, the data of another user or attempting to log into the network with a user name or password of another student.

In addition, when I use my personal mobile devices (including my phone) I agree to be a safe, responsible and ethical user at all times, by:
• keeping devices on silent during class times; only making or answering calls or messages outside of lesson times (except when approved as part of a lesson)
• respecting the privacy of others; only taking photos or recording sound or video when others are aware and formal consent has been provided as part of an approved lesson
• respecting others and communicating with them in a supportive manner, including outside school hours and in social contexts by not making harassing phone calls/text messages or forwarding on messages
• obtaining appropriate (written) consent from individuals who appear in images or sound and video recordings before forwarding them to other people or posting/uploading them to online spaces.

1-to-1 personal devices (Program for Year 10 to 12 Students)

Ownership

• The device is owned by the parents/student but is made available for use as part of the school learning program.
• Parents/students should be aware that files stored on the device are private but may be publicly accessed as part of learning programs.
Software and access

• The school will provide information about standard software programs and applications required for installation on personal devices and will advise when new software or applications need to be purchased.
• Parents are responsible for purchasing and installing new programs on personal devices. Parents are advised to set up a separate family account (not use their own accounts) to manage purchases for their child’s device.
• The school will provide access to some software and applications through Edustar. There is a no cost for this access.
School support

Support will be provided for:
• connecting the device to the school network, internet and other digital technologies
• set up and management of school, student email accounts
• all school-based software (including Office 365) and associated issues with school applications.

Support will not be provided for:
• connecting to home networks, the internet, printers, or other devices
• personal email accounts and settings
• software issues of own software.
• hardware issues including broken screens and keys.
Damage or loss of equipment

• Parents are responsible for making sure the device is covered under their insurance, so that it can be replaced if lost or damaged and student learning is not interrupted.
• The school must be notified if the device is damaged or lost so that a student’s learning program is not interrupted whilst being replaced.

User responsibilities

Students are responsible for:
• bringing portable devices fully–charged to school every day
• ensuring the device has appropriate virus protection
• backing up data securely
• carrying their device in an appropriate protective case at all times
• adhering to this Acceptable Use Agreement when using the machine, both at home and at school,
including during lunchtime or when not in the classroom.

1-to-1 school owned devices – Trolley & Library Borrowing
(Program for Year 7 to 9 Students)

Ownership

• The school retains ownership of the device and the device is to remain at School.
• Parents/students should be aware that files stored on the device, or on the school’s server, are not private.

Damage or loss of equipment

• All devices and batteries are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. The warranty covers manufacturer’s defects and normal use of the device. It does not cover negligence, abuse or malicious damage.
• Any problems, vandalism, damage, loss or theft of the device must be reported immediately to the school.
• In the case of loss or accidental damage, a statement must be signed by a parent and provided to the school.
• In the case of suspected theft, a police report must be made by the family and a copy of the report provided to the school.
• If a device is damaged or lost, the principal or their nominee will determine whether replacement is appropriate and/or whether the student retains access to a device for home use.
• If a device is damaged and the damage is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty or any of the school’s insurance arrangements, the principal may determine that the student will pay the costs of repairing the damage or if necessary the costs of replacing the device.

User responsibilities

Students are responsible for:

• backing up data securely
• carrying their device in an appropriate protective case at all times
• adhering to the Acceptable Use Agreement when using the machine

Acknowledgement
This Acceptable Use Agreement applies to all digital technologies and environments, including (although not limited to):
• school owned ICT devices (e.g. desktops, laptops, printers, scanners, interactive boards)
• mobile phones and student owned devices
• email and instant messaging
• internet, intranet
• social networking sites (e.g. Facebook)
• video and photo sharing websites (e.g. YouTube)
• blogs or micro-blogs (e.g. Twitter)
• forums, discussion boards and groups (e.g. Google groups)
• wikis (e.g. Wikipedia)
• vod and podcasts
• video conferences and web conferences.

This Acceptable Use Agreement applies when digital technologies are being used at school, during school excursions, at camps and extra-curricular activities, and at home.

Signature
I understand and agree to comply with the terms of acceptable use and expected standards
of behaviour set out within this agreement.

I understand that there are actions and consequences established within the school’s Student Engagement Policy if I do not behave appropriately.

Student name:
Student signature:
Parent/Guardian Name:
Parent/Guardian Signature:
Date:

CHILD SAFETY CODE OF CONDUCT 

KERANG TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL 
IN COMPLIANCE WITH MINISTERIAL ORDER NO.870 Clause 9
Child Safe Standard 3

Kerang Technical High School regards child safety a priority. The school council have endorsed that all teaching staff (both permanent and casual) at our school will at all times adhere to the Victorian Teaching Service Code of Conduct, as published by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
The above document is available to all teaching staff online via the Victorian Institute of Teaching website.

Code of Conduct for Non-Teaching Staff:
Persons working within our school (paid and volunteer) are to observe the following:

• Be familiar with and follow the procedures contained within the Strategies to Embed a Culture of Child Safety at Kerang Technical High School document.

• Be familiar with and follow the procedures contained within the following policies
– Child Safety Policy
– Duty of Care Policy
– Emergency Management Plan
– External Providers Policy
– First Aid Policy
– ICT Policy
– Mandatory Reporting Policy
– Student Welfare and Engagement Policy

• Adhere to their own personal industry Code of Conduct (if available).

Kerang Technical High School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Our school community recognises the importance of, and a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of children and young people, and enables them to thrive in their learning and development.
This Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It also assists in understanding how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, Department policy, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics as these apply to staff and other personnel.
The Principal and school leaders of Kerang Technical High School will support implementation and monitoring of the Code of Conduct, and will plan, implement and monitor arrangements to provide inclusive, safe and orderly schools and other learning environments. The Principal and school leaders of Kerang Technical High School will also provide information and support to enable the Code of Conduct to operate effectively.
All staff, contractors, volunteers and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work are required to comply with the Code of Conduct by observing expectations for appropriate behaviour below. The Code of Conduct applies in all school situations, including school camps and in the use of digital technology and social media.

Acceptable behaviours
As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work individually, we are responsible for supporting and promoting the safety of children by:
• upholding the school’s statement of commitment to child safety at all times
• treating students and families in the school community with respect both within the school environment and outside the school environment as part of normal social and community activities.
• listening and responding to the views and concerns of students, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused or that they are worried about their safety/the safety of another child
• promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
• promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of students with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
• promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of students with a disability
• reporting any allegations of child abuse or other child safety concerns to the school’s leadership.
• understanding and complying with all reporting or disclosure obligations (including mandatory reporting) as they relate to protecting children from harm or abuse.
• if child abuse is suspected, ensuring as quickly as possible that the student(s) are safe and protected from harm.

Unacceptable behaviours
As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work we must not:
• ignore or disregard any concerns, suspicions or disclosures of child abuse
• develop a relationship with any student that could be seen as favouritism or amount to ‘grooming’ behaviour (for example, offering gifts)
• exhibit behaviours or engage in activities with students which may be interpreted as abusive and not justified by the educational, therapeutic, or service delivery context
• ignore behaviours by other adults towards students when they appear to be overly familiar or inappropriate
• discuss content of an intimate nature or use sexual innuendo with students, except where it occurs relevantly in the context of parental guidance, delivering the education curriculum or a therapeutic setting
• treat a child unfavourably because of their disability, age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability, sexuality or ethnicity.
• communicate directly with a student through personal or private contact channels (including by social media, email, instant messaging, texting etc) except where that communication is reasonable in all the circumstances, related to school work or extra-curricular activities or where there is a safety concern or other urgent matter
• photograph or video a child in a school environment except in accordance with school policy or where required for duty of care
• in the school environment or at other school events where students are present, consume alcohol or take illicit drugs under any circumstances.

This Code of Conduct was endorsed/approved by the Kerang Technical High School Council on 21st November for review if legislative or other changes require in the interim or no later than December 2018.

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