RATIONALE:

The School’s Dress Code plays an important role in creating a sense of identity and maintaining a positive public image of the school.  The benefits of dress requirements include: promoting safety of students through easier identification; keeping costs of clothing within reasonable limits for parents; and assisting students to learn the importance of appropriate presentation. Being suitably groomed is part of the process by which students learn to engage with employers and the community.

The Code outlining the dress requirements of students, was established by the School Council following wider school community consultation and applies to all students whilst at school and  when representing the school.

DEFINITION :

Dress Code refers to the dress requirements of students at Marmion Primary School.

PURPOSE:

To enhance school image, reputation and tone.

To assist in maintaining a safe, happy and  caring learning environment.

To ensure that students are safely and appropriately dressed for all school activities

To support the values expressed in the School Values Statement.

BROAD GUIDELINES:

The school Dress Code

1.       is established by the School Board and administered by school staff.

2.      is documented and clearly states:

  • Dress Requirements
  • Review Process
  • Management of Exemption Applications and
  • Management of Non Compliance Sanctions

3.    is provided to all families at enrolment

4.   will be reviewed each five years (2015) unless extenuating circumstances apply.

To provide assurance for parents, items may be added, but not deleted, within the five year period..

CONCLUSION:

It is expected that all students and families will support all school policies

RATIONALE:

Mobile phones are increasingly prevalent in schools and with increased student access to them, there is a necessity for an understanding of their appropriate use in the primary school setting.  While parents provide these to their children for safety and other reasons, it is necessary to protect staff and students from disruption in classrooms and to maintain good order in the school.  Not only can their use within the school prove disruptive, using them to film people and their activities without their knowledge and / or permission is an invasion of privacy and is not permissible.

DEFINITION :

This policy applies to all mobile phones and recording devices.

PURPOSE:

To protect the safety of all students and to maintain good order within the school.

BROAD GUIDELINES:

1.0       Staff Mobile Phones

1.1             are to be turned to silent at school

1.2             are to be kept out of sight or on your person when not in use

1.3             are not to be used to receive or send calls or messages during class teaching sessions or   meeting times

2.0              Student Mobile Phones

2.1            are to be turned off on entering the school grounds and not used for any purpose at school

2.2            are to be kept out of sight or on your person when not in use

3.0       Principal will

3.1             remind all students and parents through newsletters and assemblies of the following order:

“All student mobile phones are to be switched off at all times on the school grounds, are to be kept out of sight by their owner and are not to be used for any purpose at school.” 

3.2              request parents to collect phones from school where a student contravenes the directive

3.3              immediately suspend any student found to be involved in recording, distributing or uploading inappropriate images or videos of students, parents or staff on school premises

CONCLUSION:

The teaching and learning programs and the good management of the school will not be affected by the inappropriate use of such devices.   In all cases where parental contact is necessary (either parent or student initiated) during the course of the school day, calls are to be made and received in the front office.

RATIONALE:

Homework can support higher levels of student achievement by providing opportunities for students to consolidate skills and concepts learned at school or research current or planned programs of work.  There are some times when homework may be deemed beneficial given the school context and guidelines below.

Whilst homework is more common in secondary schools, it should be noted that in a Primary School setting, there are many learning programs and situations where the provision of homework is either not useful or inappropriate.  Such situations often result in unnecessary frustration and anxiety for students, parents and staff.

BACKGROUND

It has never been a requirement of teachers to administer homework.  However, when teachers choose to do so, it will be within the guidelines below. The preparation of students for the time commitment of homework anticipated in years to come is not a reasonable basis for setting homework.  

DEFINITION :

Homework is a task  required of students which when provided, relates directly to the learning and teaching programs appropriate to the needs of the students.

BROAD GUIDELINES:

 Homework when administered will:

  • support the development of the student’s independence as a learner
  • avoid dependence on unreasonable levels of parental assistance or resources
  • be applied, monitored and assessed in a whole-school approach
  • be used to facilitate the achievement of learning outcomes
  • be part of a developmental learning program, responsive to individual needs
  • be clearly relevant and supported by classroom practice
  • be marked or recognised with appropriate feedback
  • be disassociated from any form of punishment and
  • be phased in gradually, and consistently in the upper primary years

 Homework will not be provided:

  • to students taking family holidays within school terms.

 CONCLUSION:

For most primary school aged students, there is little benefit of lengthy, formal homework sessions. It is recommended that parents engage meaningfully in a “fun” way with their child at the end of each school day in the manner outlined on the Parent Handout and Information Brochures on the school website.  When homework is requested by staff, it will be within the above Guidelines and as outlined in the Information Brochure.