Behaviour Expectations

General school rules ensure that our students are safe and equipment is respected. Sensible and respectful behaviour is expected when in classrooms, the playground and when using public transport.

General Behaviour Expectations

  • General school rules ensure that our students are safe and equipment is respected

  • Sensible behaviour is expected when in classrooms, the playground and when using public transport

  • Students may not enter any room without the teacher’s permission and must be supervised

  • Chewing gum is not permitted on school grounds. Students caught by staff members with chewing gum will result in a Tuesday afternoon detention

  • School property, and property belonging to others, must be respected and should be cared for properly. Students will be required to clean, replace or pay for any deliberate damage

  • Students should be aware of the emergency evacuation and lockdown procedures. These procedures are posted in each classroom and must not be marked or altered in any way

  • Uniform policies must be adhered to at all times

Students in Primary School are asked to follow three basic understandings when in our playground and classrooms. This will ensure that our school is safe and fun for all:

I care for others

I am a responsible citizen

I am an excellent learner

There are areas of school life in which there are very clear policies for all students at St Columba:

Bullying

St Columba Anglican School believes that every person in the School should be valued, feel cared for and safe. This means that bullying behaviour has no place in this School.

Bullying typically includes an abuse of power (which can be based on physical, age, psychological, racial or numerical victimisation) and may include physical intimidation, violence, persistent teasing, verbal abuse, picking on someone over a period of time or deliberately marginalising a fellow student and is a problem that causes serious distress. The issue of bullying is therefore the responsibility of everybody in the School. This should be understood, freely talked about and worked at so that all students feel safe and comfortable at school.

Reporting Bullying

Students and their parents/guardians are sometimes reluctant to pursue bullying incidents, for fear that it will only make matters worse. A key part of the School's bullying prevention and intervention strategy is to encourage reporting of bullying incidents as well as providing assurance to students who experience bullying (and parents/caregivers) that: bullying is not tolerated within the School, their concerns will be taken seriously, the School has a clear strategy for dealing with bullying issues, and follow-up communication is provided.

Bullying incidents can be advised to the School verbally or in writing through any of the following avenues: informing a trusted teacher, using the 'nobullying@scas.nsw.edu.au' email address, informing a student’s teacher or Directors of Wellbeing, Head of School, Principal or School Chaplain.

Bullying behaviours vary enormously in their extent and intent and, as a consequence, each incident needs to be dealt with on its facts. In all circumstances the School:

  • takes bullying incidents seriously

  • provides assurance to the victim that they are not at fault and their confidentiality will be respected

  • takes time to properly investigate the facts including discussing the incident with the victim, the bully and any bystanders

  • takes time to understand any concerns of individuals involved

  • maintains records of reported bullying incidents

  • will escalate its response when dealing with persistent bullies and/or severe incidents.

Racism

St Columba Anglican School has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of racism. Negative comments, marginalisation, ostracism, vilification, exclusion from activities and games, inappropriate physical contact based on or related to race or culture are indefensible and cannot be tolerated. Students who indulge in racism will be counselled and sanctions may be applied.

Sexual Harassment

St Columba Anglican School is committed to providing all staff and students with a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment.

Courtesy and Inappropriate Language

Students at St Columba Anglican School are expected to interact with each other, staff, visitors, parents/caregivers and volunteers, in a positive manner. All members of the St Columba Anglican School community are expected to acknowledge courteous behaviour, including “please” and “thank you” when making requests and using names and titles whenever they are known. All forms of inappropriate language are discouraged. Students ignoring common courtesy will be corrected and those using profane language will be warned once, before becoming subject to the School’s Disciplinary Procedures.

Digital Citizenship

A digital citizen refers to a person who has the knowledge and skills to effectively use digital technologies to communicate with others, participate in society and create and consume digital content. Digital citizenship is about confident and positive engagement with digital technologies. By educating students about digital citizenship, they will have the opportunity to develop the skills required to navigate a digital world. Digital Citizenship themes and responsibilities are explicitly taught through student Wellbeing programs.

The following policies guide students and digital citizenship.

Digital Citizenship in Primary School

While at school, student activity on the school network and internet may be monitored. Any student activity in the SCAS Google Education Suite can be monitored and reviewed. This includes emails or communications that are sent while students are connected to other networks. The use of iMessage or chat apps are only to be used within a supervised class activity. Devices that record images or sound must only be used for learning purposes. Devices found to contain inappropriate or offensive material will be confiscated and their owner’s parents/caregivers informed.

Social networks are dynamic, positive and connective when used appropriately. Social media terms and agreements generally exclude students from under 13 years accessing their services. At SCAS we safely utilise selected social media to enhance teaching and learning. In these cases, students are able to use these secure services below the age of 13 years.

Consequences of a Breach of Policy

A breach of the BYOT, ICT or Social Media Policies will result in disciplinary action in line with Discipline Procedures. Consequences could include closely supervised technology access, a behavioural contract or a technology ban.

Mobile Phones and Personal Technology Devices

The School discourages students from bringing mobile phones and personal technology devices to the School. The School cannot accept liability for lost, damaged, or stolen devices and students who bring these items to school, do so at their own risk.

Mobile phones are not permitted on Primary School excursions (including HRIS). In the case of an emergency, SCAS administration will communicate with teachers and parents/caregivers. Mobile phones, iPods etc. that come to the attention of members of staff during normal school days will be immediately confiscated and will remain in safe-keeping until the end of the day.

The use of any device which records images or sound must be for learning purposes only. Recording images for any other purpose is not permitted, and students should not be accessing these devices during the school day. This includes 'toys' such as children's smartwatches and phones with recording capability. Devices found to contain inappropriate or offensive material will be confiscated and their owner’s parents/caregivers informed.

Prohibited Items and Substances

The following items must not be brought onto the school campus or to any Outdoor Education event at any time: Alcohol, tobacco, cigarette lighters, e-cigarettes (vapes), any illegal substance, aerosol sprays (including deodorant sprays), chewing gum or bubble gum, liquid paper (in bottles), any item designed to shock or injure other students, knives, water pistols and any other projectile weapons, razor blades, skateboards and rollerblades (unless required for sport), laser pointers, medications (both prescription & non-prescription) that have not been approved for self-administration.

Physical Contact

  • Students are to respect the personal space of others.

  • Physical contact between students is not permitted.

  • Rough play or behaviour which results in personal contact is not permitted. This includes tackling, punching and any other forms of physical contact.

Uniform Guidelines

You can find a detailed explanation of our Uniform Policy here. In general:

  • Earrings are limited to one set of plain gold or silver studs or sleepers no bigger than a match head.

  • Other jewellery is not to be worn unless approved.

  • Boys hair is neat and tidy and trimmed if at or below the collar. Undercuts and shaved designs are not permitted.

  • Girls hair at or below shoulder length is worn with plain school coloured hair ties (white, maroon or navy).

  • Socks must be SCAS socks on sports days. Shoes must adhere to shoe guidelines.

  • Not Hat no Play is strictly adhered to. Caps are only worn with the sports uniform.

  • Nails must be free of nail polish and colour will be removed immediately if worn to school.

Out of Bounds areas

The following areas are out of bounds for all students unless express permission is given from a teacher:

  • Teachers’ staff rooms

  • Classrooms and other teaching spaces, except for a lesson or with a teacher’s permission

  • Car parks

  • Maintenance sheds

  • Waste transfer area

  • Playgrounds before or after school

School Bus Behaviour Expectations

  • Students must behave safely whilst waiting and lining up for buses.

  • Students must have their bus passes ready to show them to the driver upon entering the bus.

  • Students must behave responsibly and safely whilst travelling on buses.

  • Whilst on the school bus students must wear the school uniform appropriately at all times.

  • If travelling on an alternative bus, students will be charged for the fare.