Blaxland High School

A School of Excellence, Opportunity and Success

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Welfare and discipline policy

Our school discipline policy statement is in 4 parts as required by the Department of Education policy, student welfare and discipline in government schools.

The policy includes:

  • the students core expectations—safe, respectful learners
  • strategies and practices to promote positive student behaviour
  • strategies and practices designed to recognise and reinforce student achievement
  • strategies and practices to manage inappropriate student behaviour.

Strategies and practices to promote positive student behaviour

As a Year 7 to Year 12 high school which aims to provide quality education in a caring and academically challenging environment, we:

  • provide caring and appropriate adult and student role models

  • promote the wearing of our uniform with pride

  • provide student leadership and decision-making opportunities through school captains, sport and house captains, student representative council and membership of school committees

  • actively support our students in a wide range of extra-curricular activities

  • provide appropriate support programs such as guidance, counselling, learning support and transition programs to assist students in times of change

  • encourage the establishment of a partnership with all members of the school community through the parent and citizens' sssociation (P&C), school committees, newsletter, open days and information evenings

  • recognise Aboriginal, multicultural and gender equity issues in various programs across the school

  • support all staff in developing and maintaining good teaching practices through ongoing professional development programs.

Strategies and practices to recognise and reinforce student achievement

At Blaxland High School we acknowledge student achievement in the following way:

  • merit system

  • positive feedback in student and teacher interactions

  • recognition at assemblies

  • performances and displays

  • sporting achievements at district and regional zones, combined high schools and state knockouts

  • references and reports

  • contact with parents and caregivers in person, by letter or telephone

  • honour boards

  • school publications such as the fortnightly e-newsletter

  • involvement in academically challenging competitions

  • a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Principal's award assemblies

Recognition of students who have received an outstanding result in their Term 1 reports.

Strategies and practices to manage inappropriate behaviour

Our discipline policy at Blaxland High School is based on the following principles:

  • Student conduct in the classroom, in the playground, representing the school and while travelling to and from school, supports the school's welfare and discipline policy.

  • Students have a thorough understanding of their responsibilities and rights.

  • All investigations are based on procedural fairness.

  • Consequences for breaches of the welfare and disciple policy are applied fairly.

Possible consequences for breaches of the welfare discipline policy

  • reprimand
  • loss of privilege—for example being barred from using school computers
  • self-review
  • counselling
  • lunch detention
  • parental contact and involvement
  • referral to the learning support team
  • student monitoring and modification programs
  • restitution—for example restoration of damaged items and the environment
  • supervised withdrawal
  • suspension or exclusion from school.