Behaviour Expectations

St Columba Anglican School is committed to developing and maintaining good lines of communication between people, based on mutual trust and respect, honesty and empathy. St Columba Anglican School aims for members of its community to be able to relate to each other in an open, positive and affirming environment.

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.

Students who are being harassed or bullied are encouraged to tell their parents/caregivers, a teacher, the Directors of Wellbeing, Head of School or the School Chaplain.

Further information to assist students and parents/caregivers can be found here or alternatively students and parents/caregivers can email nobullying@scas.nsw.edu.au to confidentially report matters of concern. In all cases, School staff will make every effort to maintain confidentiality, up to the point where it is necessary to inform the appropriate authorities if child protection issues come to light. The identities of student victims will not be divulged to the alleged bullies unless it is determined necessary for counselling or community conferencing purposes, which will be conducted in a safe and non-threatening manner.

Students who are harassing others will be counselled to recognise the harm they are doing. They may be punished for their action. On a day-to-day basis St Columba Anglican School staff will act promptly on complaints of bullying. All students and staff should be consistently vigilant and support students who are being excluded, teased or bullied.

All members of our SCAS community are encouraged to:

  • become empathetic (help others who need help, do not be a bystander—research shows that this helps to stop bullying);
  • take a co-operative approach to interaction;
  • resist negative group pressure (don’t join in bullying or let others push you into bullying behaviour);
  • be assertive but not aggressive;
  • and attempt to resolve differences constructively.

Remember: Talk to a responsible adult (e.g. parent, teacher, Head of School, Chaplain) if bullying continues.

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

Refer to the Bring Your Own Technology, Using Technology and Social Media Policies. All students and their parents/caregivers are required to agree to the BYOT, Technology and Social Media policies at the commencement of each school year.

Prohibited Items and Substances

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

Mobile phones and personal technology devices:

The School discourages students 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 day. 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.

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.

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.