School Based Procedures And Guidelines
In the administration of medication, parents/guardians are encouraged to administer it to students on a schedule that allows for administration at home, out of school hours. As this is not possible in all instances, the school may be able to assist in the administration of medication to a student but the school’s procedures must be followed and completed prior to this being agreed to by the Principal (or Assistant Principal when necessary).
Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening. The most common allergens in school aged children are peanuts, eggs, tree nuts (e.g. cashews), cow’s milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, sesame and certain insect stings (particularly bee stings).
The ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions is for people with mild to moderate allergies, who need to avoid certain allergens.
Staff are trained in asthma first aid and can provide routine asthma medication as authorised in this care plan by the treating doctor. Please advise staff in writing of any changes to this plan.
Legally all children should attend school on a daily basis, especially in the compulsory years of schooling. St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School maintains attendance records for each student. Staff frequently report to parents when students are absent without notice or without explanation. The school provides a multi-faceted communication system whereby parents can contact administration to give forewarning of student absences. Staff expectations are that all students will be at school and on time. Parents should contact class teachers to discuss any matters that prevent a child from being happy and wanting to attend school.
Behaviour Management of Students – Kindergarten to Year 2
At St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School we believe the provision of a high quality early childhood setting involves a consistent, positive approach to behaviour management, that takes into account the needs of each individual child and the well being of the group as a whole.
Behaviour Management of Students – Year 3 to Year 6
At St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School we believe the provision of a high quality childhood setting involves a consistent, positive approach to behaviour management, that takes into account the needs of each individual child and the well-being of the group as a whole.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
By implementing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at St Andrew’s CPS we assist students in developing digital literacy, fluency and citizenship, while preparing them for a technologically diverse world in which they will live, learn and work. It empowers students and gives them direct involvement in the way they use technology in their learning. The program also allows teachers to continue to employ technology in the classroom while building on to previous student experiences and knowledge.
From the moment students join the St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School community, they should learn of their value as human persons. Every aspect of the school’s life should reflect a Christian pastoral dimension. The pastoral dimension of a Catholic school needs to include the mutual care and support staff demonstrate both towards each other and for their students.
Christian Service Learning
The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia Mandate calls us to Christian witness, evangelisation, gospel values, justice, participation and helping the poor.
Code of Conduct
The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to describe minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision making to ensure the safety and well-being of students, parents and staff.
Dealing with Bullying, Harassment and Violence (Students)
Saint Andrew’s School has a responsibility to provide an educational environment that promotes the dignity and respect of the person and, therefore, aims to eliminate bullying and harassment in all forms.
Management of Confidential Information
Schools are required under the Privacy Act legislation to ensure that where confidential information is collected, that it is managed in such a way as to preserve the dignity of those involved and to maintain confidentiality.
Members of St Andrew’s Catholic Primary school strive to create an inclusive Christian community where the message, practice and values of Jesus Christ, as proclaimed in the Gospels, are given practical expression.
Dispute and Complaint Resolution
The interactions and protocols of schools emphasise the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the individual. The school is committed to ensuring that disputes and complaints are dealt with fairly, objectively and in a timely manner, and that processes reflect the principles of participation, co-responsibility and subsidiarity.
Catholic schools exist to further the mission of the Church. In Western Australia, the Mandate of the Bishops requires the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia to make Catholic school education available to all Catholic children, as far as resources allow.
Exclusion of Student for Disciplinary Reasons
Exclusion is an extreme disciplinary action reserved for cases of gross misconduct, serious breaches of school rules, or repeated behaviour that is persistently disruptive. Given the significant implications for the student and their family exclusion is, therefore, to be applied as a last resort.
Healthy Eating and Nutrition
St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School acknowledges the need to educate students about the value of a balanced and nutritious diet. Children who eat a healthy diet are more likely to become healthy adults and have a reduced risk of many diseases. A wide range of foods should be eaten so that children have the energy for learning and growing. Our school and canteen are well placed to support healthy eating and in fact have a vital role to play in educating children to develop life-long healthy eating habits.
A Homework routine assists a student to establish practices that will enable them to monitor their independent studies. This routine is necessary if students are to continue to enjoy success with formal education.
Information and Communication Technology - Students
The focus of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School is to prepare students for the 21st century world of digital technology. We will provide a safe, positive and supportive technological environment in which the students can achieve their greatest educational potential.
Mobile phones are part of modern society and the school accepts that students will possess mobile phones. There are times when it may be genuinely appropriate and useful for students to have access to them. However, the ever-changing mobile phone technology presents a number of challenges to the school environment.
Occupational Health and Safety
Dignity, safety and well being of people are central to the Church’s teaching. Saint Andrew’s School Clarkson acknowledges this and recognises that it is obligated under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (WA) 1984 (the OSH Act) to ensure the safety and health of all school-based workplace participants.
Pastoral Care expresses the ethos and philosophy of the school. It is experienced whenever people of the school community interact creatively to make positive choices about life. Pastoral Care is a comprehensive concept, which embraces the whole life of the school by inviting people to realise more fully their giftedness for the wellbeing of society. Kevin Treston – ‘Choosing Life: Pastoral Care for School Communities’ 1997.
It is important for the school to recognise the significance of protecting the information held. The Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 amended the Privacy Act 1988 to direct the manner in which private sector organizations, including St Andrew’s, manage the personal and sensitive information of individual members of the school community.
‘Religious Education is the first learning area in the Catholic school curriculum. This is so because, though a classroom activity, Religious Education is a form of the Ministry of the Word. Unlike the other Learning Areas, it is an activity of Evangelisation in its own right’ (Mandate)
School Excursions and Incursions
Where St Andrew’s school excursions and incursions are conducted they shall be undertaken as an integral part of the educational programme of the school and shall reflect authentic Catholic principles and values.
School Fees: Setting and Collection
The School has a responsibility to communicate the financial constraints under which it operates, to parents enrolling their children. Parents are required to make a commitment to support Catholic education financially by paying fees.
Strengthening Immunisation Reporting Requirements
Guidelines for persons in charge of child care services, kindergartens and schools.
Our SunSmart policy has been adopted to ensure that all staff and children attending St Andrews Catholic Primary School are protected from skin damage caused by UV radiation from the sun. This policy is to be implemented throughout the year, but with emphasis from the beginning of September through to the end of May. The sun protection practices outlined in this policy will be applied to all school activities, including sports carnivals, excursions and camps. The policy has been developed in consultation with the whole school community.
The uniform at St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School is a symbol of the School community and it assists students to develop a sense of unity and belonging. Wearing a uniform encourages a sense of pride in appearance.