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Medication

Students are not permitted to keep medications on their person, in their bags or in classrooms (with the exception of Asthma Puffers).

Medications required during school hours will be stored in the office and students requiring medication at school must go to the office. Prescribed medications only may be taken at school and must be administered by a member of staff. Teachers will not ‘mind’ medications.

Students with asthma should carry asthma treatment with them on all school activities

Infectious Diseases

The NSW Department Of Education and Training requires the following periods of exclusion from school for students with infectious diseases listed below.

Chicken Pox – Exclusion from school until fully recovered. Minimum exclusion – 7 days after first spots appear and all spots have crusted and formed hard scabs.

German Measles – Exclusion from school until fully recovered. Minimum exclusion – 5 days after rash appears.

Measles – Minimum 5 days after rash appears.

Mumps – Exclusion from school until fully recovered. Minimum exclusion 1 week after swelling occurs.

Whooping cough – Exclusion from school until fully recovered. Minimum exclusion is 3 weeks from onset of whoop.

Ringworm/Scabies – Re-admission to school after appropriate treatment has commenced. A medical certificate detailing treatment is required.

Pediculosis (head lice) – Parents will be contacted if a child has head lice.  Once the child has been treated they may return to school as long as head lice management is on going.

For more information on infectious diseases please read the pdf below.

Infectious Diseases.pdf

Homework

Homework reaffirms the role of parents and caregivers as partners in education and is a valuable part of schooling.

The Home Reading Scheme is a nightly requirement for all students and allows for practicing, extending and consolidating work done in class.

Homework provides training for students in planning and organising time and provides parents and caregivers with insights into what is being taught in the classroom and the progress of their children.

Implementation

  1. The amount of homework will vary according to age and learning needs. Particular emphasis should be placed on English and Mathematics. Students from Kindergarten to year 6 will be expected to complete homework activities each week. Where homework is regularly not completed, parents should be informed.
  2. Homework requirements are notified to parents each year, generally at the Parent/Teacher meeting as to the class teacher's requirements for the completion of homework.
  3. Homework is given on Mondays to take into account students home responsibilities and extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports during the week.

Written homework should take no longer than 40 minutes to complete for senior students, and less for younger students.

Students are not expected to persist with something that they genuinely do not understand. In this case they could do something else, such as tables or reading. If your child does not have the information needed to do the set homework, he/she can practice multiplication tables or any other exercise at the discretion of parents who might then note this down for the class teacher’s information. 
 
 

Discipline 

The Public Schools of New South Wales exist to provide a first-class education for all young people. The public school system has three over-riding priorities:
  • Raising educational standards and levels of educational achievement;
  • The provision for quality education for all and the care and safety of the students in its charge.
In achieving these priorities, it provides young people with their foundation for life.

The priorities at Bond Public School are to: 
  • Enhance student achievement by providing a challenging, caring and supportive learning environment that is:
    • Safe and secure
    • Inclusive
    • Free from bullying, harassment, intimidation and victimisation 
  • Recognise and value each child's academic, social and emotional potential. 
  • Value and model tolerance and acceptance. 
  • Develop a school atmosphere based on trust, fairness and respect. 
  • Promote a positive, supportive and effective learning community.
  • Promote Quality Teaching and Learning. 

The School Discipline Policy informs and guide students, staff and parents about the aims, expectations, strategies and responsibilities for student discipline.

When parents enrol their children at public schools they enter into a partnership with the school staff to support 'Student Welfare, Good Discipline and Effective Learning'. Each family will receive a copy of the Discipline Policy.

Outcomes are achieved through the implementation of: 

  • The Discipline Code.
  • Strategies and practices to promote positive student behaviour, including specific strategies to maintain a climate of respect.
  • Strategies and practices to recognise and reinforce student achievement.
  • Strategies and practices to manage inappropriate student behaviour. 

1. The Discipline Code (school rules)

The Core Rules in NSW Government Schools and Positive Behaviour Intervention System (PBIS) are incorporated into Bondi Public School Rules. The school rules come under three main expectations (The 3 Bs) 

  1. Be Safe 
  2. Be a Learner 
  3. Be Respectful 

Under these expectations are sub-rules outlined in a matrix that is displayed in all classrooms and is explicitly taught to students. The matrix clearly outlines the expectation for students in different environments in and outside the school.

Student engagement and challenge through the:

  • Implementation of The Quality Teaching Framework and Quality Teaching and Learning programs. E.g. Literacy; Numeracy; connected Outcomes Groups (COGs) including Human Society and its Environment, Science & Technology, Creative and Practical Arts, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education,  Music, Languages including Italian and Mandarin, Sport, and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.
  • Implementation of the Bounce Back emotional resilience program in Personal Development lessons. The Bounce Back program teaches social and emotional wellbeing for effective learning and positive, respectful relationships.
  • Implementation of Restorative Practice social justice program implementation of Three-way conferencing to resolve problems and incidents. 
  • Implementation of the Philosophy for Children Program. 
  • Access to school support programs: Learning Assistance, School Counsellor and English as a Second Language (ESL). 
  • Access to programs for Gifted and Talented students and for those requiring enrichment.
  • K-6 Child Protection, Drug Education, Road Safety, Anti-Racism and Anti-Bullying programs.
  • Teachers model appropriate behaviours and attitudes. 
  • Teacher Professional Development and training programs.
  • Collaborative whole school decision making through the Parents and Citizens Association (P&C), parent support groups, class parents and Student Representative Council. (Further information or policy documents on the above programs are available upon request.) 
2. Strategies and practices to recognise and reinforce student achievement. 
 
  • Verbal praise, encouragement and positive reinforcement that is genuine and valid. 
  • Stickers, Assembly Awards and certificates 
  • Ongoing communication with parents 
  • Merit award hierarchy.
  • Academic, sporting and Citizenship certificates awarded at the annual Presentation Day Assembly.
  • Ongoing quality assessment, evaluation and feedback to students and parents through regular informal and formal reporting. E.g. Student reports, teacher/student/parent conference. 
3. Strategies and practices to manage inappropriate behaviour

Support Options  
  • Teacher/student conference 
  • Parent/Teacher conference 
  • Behaviour monitoring card 
  • Home/School Communication book
  • Referral to Learning support Team 
  • Individual Behaviour Plan 
  • Student Counselling 
  • Referral to District Learning Support Team 

Sanction Options

Sometimes pupils break school rules. When this happens there needs to be some form of sanction so that the pupils are reminded of the rules of the school and of their responsibilities to help keep those rules. Generally the following sanctions will apply to breaches of school rules. However, each situation that occurs must be judged on its effect on the total school population and on individual student circumstances.

Strategies for dealing with unacceptable behaviour   

  1. Reprimand and reminder of the school/class rules 
  2. After three reminders, a time out in class 
  3. Time out in 'buddy' class (timed out for 1 minute per age of child) 
  4. Teacher to inform Parent/s 
  5. Formal Detention with Principal - parental note 
  6. Parental interview 
  7. Referral to Learning Support Team & School Counsellor
  8. Individual Behaviour Plan developed 
  9. Short Suspension - Up to and including 4 school days. 
  10. Long suspension - Up to and including 20 school days. 
  11. Expulsion - Recommendation to the Minister for Education that the student be expelled from the Public Education system. 

Suspension

Bondi Public School’s Suspension policy is consistent with the DET Suspensions and Expulsion of School Students Policy. (Students Discipline in Government Schools PD 2006 0316)

Suspension allows the students time to reflect on their behaviour, to acknowledge and accept responsibility for the behaviours which led to the suspension and to accept responsibility for changing their behaviour to meet the school's expectations in the future. It also allows time for school personnel to plan appropriate support for the student to assist with successful re-entry. Students demonstrating the following behaviours will be immediately suspended from school:   

  • Possession of an illegal substance. Suspension is to occur immediately if a substance is being represented by a student as an illegal substance. 
  • Violence resulting in pain or injury, or seriously interferes with the safety and wellbeing of other students, staff or other persons 
  • Possession or use of a weapon or threatening to use a weapon 
  • Use of an implement as a weapon or threatening to use an implement as a weapon 
  • Persistent disobedience, misbehaviour, harassment, racist remarks or bullying 
  • Criminal Behaviour 

Short Suspension

In circumstances where the above Supportive Options have been unsuccessful in resolving the inappropriate behaviour, the Principal may choose to impose a short suspension of up to and including four school days. Short suspensions may be imposed for the following reasons and will be reported in the following categories:

Continued Disobedience. This includes, but is not limited to , breaches of the school discipline code such as: refusal to obey staff instructions; defiance; disrupting other students; minor criminal behaviour related to the school; use of alcohol or persistent use if tobacco.

Aggressive Behaviour. This includes, but not limited to: hostile behaviour directed towards students, members of staff or other persons, including verbal abuse and abuse transmitted electronically such as by email of SMS text messages.

Long Suspension If short suspensions have not resolved the issue of inappropriate behaviour, or the misbehaviour is so serious as to warrant a long suspension, the principal may impose a long suspension of up to and including twenty school days. In determining if a student's behaviour is serious enough to warrant a suspension the principal must consider:  

  • the safety of students and staff 
  • the merit and circumstances of the particular case 
  • factors such as the age, individual needs, any disability and developmental level of students. 

Suspension Procedure

Parents/Carers will be contacted by telephone or in person to inform them of the suspension of their son/daughter from Bondi Public School and informed of Appeal Procedures. Parents will be provided with copy of NSW Department of Education and Training(DET) Resolution of complaints. Parents/Carers will be provided with an appeals contact and number should they wish to appeal the suspension. A resolution meeting between parents and the principal will occur as soon as possible. Parents/Carers will be provided with a written statement of their child's behaviour. A planned program of support and sanctions will be negotiated. Return to BPS from suspension is conditional on an agreed program of counseling and demonstration of appropriate behaviour.

While on suspension a student: 

  • Needs to complete assigned school work; 
  • Needs to be provided with adult supervision; 
  • Is not permitted on school grounds; 
  • Is unable to enrol in another government school 
     

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