A Message from the Principal

Information for Parents

The following information is provided to assist parents at the beginning of the school year.

Leadership

The 2015 College Leadership Team consists of:

Mr Frank Pisano - Principal

Mr Richard Chapman - Deputy Principal - Pastoral Care

Assists students and parents with enquiries related to student well-being.

Mr Gavin Hicks - Deputy Principal - Learning & Teaching

Assists students and parents with enquiries related to school studies.

Mr Kamil Douglas - Coordinator of Ministry

Mr Ian Cruickshank - Daily Planner

Ms Debbie Clarke - Business and Operations Manager

General Procedures and Information

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

  1. In order that learning is not affected, please avoid appointments during school hours.
  2. We ask all parents to contact the school should their child be absent and inform the school as to the reason why.
  3. For unexplained absences, an SMS will be sent out to parents. This usually occurs before 10:00am each day.
  4. On receiving the SMS, we would ask parents to contact the school as confirmation that their child is absent. The school also requires a reason why the absence is occurring.
  5. Should there be no reply to the SMS by 1:30pm of the same day, time permitting a member of the school office staff will contact the parent or guardian in order to seek confirmation that they are aware their student is absent and an explanation as to why.

ATTENDANCE AT COLLEGE EVENTS

College events such as the sporting carnivals and Founders Day are important for building school spirit and building connections to the College and the College community. All students are expected to attend College events.

BEFORE and AFTER SCHOOL

1. From 8:20 am supervision is provided, in the following areas:

a. St Brendan's quadrangle

b. St Mary's Courtyard/Undercover area

c. Outside the Shaw building.

Students must be in one of these supervised locations and must not leave the College grounds once they have arrived at school.

2. After school, students are to vacate all buildings by 3.15pm, unless supervised.

3. The Bus lay-by is for the transit of bus passengers only.

CANTEEN OPERATION

The College canteen operates from Monday to Friday, at recess and lunch times.

Lunches are ordered during Morning Homeroom period and are placed inside the Homeroom attendance folder to be taken to the Caritas Office at the end of morning Homeroom. Students collect their own lunch from the Canteen in the first 15 minutes at Lunch time.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Students will be made aware of the College's emergency procedures during each year.

Code Red refers to a fire alarm. Procedures for this are practised at least twice during the year.

Code Blue refers to an intruder on the property or a situation deemed dangerous for students. The procedures for this are not often practised but students are informed of the procedures and teachers are also briefed upon them throughout the year.

LOCKERS

Every student in the College is supplied with a locker and a lock. Students who lose locks will be asked to purchase a new one from the Caritas office. Locker combinations should not be shared with other students, nor should lockers be shared with other students.

Lockers remain the property of the College, can be inspected at any time with or without student permission, and should not have graffiti put on them or damaged in any way.

Students should store all belongings in their locker and keep the lock on it. The school will not be held responsible for items which have gone missing from a locker which has not been locked.

Breaches of locker security should be reported to the House Head or Deputy Principal (Pastoral Care).

MOBILE PHONES/PERSONAL MUSIC PLAYERS

The school will not be held responsible for the loss of any phone, iPod, etc. The use of technology is at the discretion of individual teachers, but students must first gain teacher permission to use any personal technology. If these guidelines are not followed, any staff member can confiscate the phone or music players. Students will be able to collect these from the Deputy Principal (Pastoral Care) at the end of the school week. Parents may wish to come and collect it earlier.

Parents are asked not to contact their children via mobile phone during the school day, especially during lesson time.

MEDICATION

All medication sent to school must come in its original container with the instructions provided by the pharmacist. A specific permission form must accompany the medication. This is available at the Caritas Centre.

NEWSLETTER

The Newsletter, containing College news and information will be emailed home every Thursday. It is also published on our website www.sbsc.tas.edu.au. Please supply the College with the email address(es) to which you would like the newsletter sent. At present the newsletter is sent home with students on Thursdays, but this will be phased out in 2015.

OUT OF BOUNDS AREAS

During the school day students should not be off the school property or out-of-bounds without a teacher supervising. Out-of-bounds areas (within the property) include in the ditch at the back of the oval, inside buildings at recess and lunch, the James and Sorell St sides of the Brendan block and in student and staff car parks.

TRAVELLING TO AND FROM SCHOOL

All students are expected to do their best, be safe and welcome diversity at all times, even when travelling to and from school. Having arrived at school ,all students are expected to remain on the property.

Students who ride to school are required to wear a helmet by law. Bikes can be left in the bike racks outside the Edmund Rice Centre (MDT building).

Students who travel to school by car should be dropped off in a safe area. The College recommends using the turning circle at the front of the school.

Students who travel to school by bus should show responsible behaviour on the bus, follow the guidelines set in place by the bus company and show respect to all other passengers. The College will support the bus companies in ensuring safe and respectful behaviour on the buses. Details about bus routes can be found on the College website. Students should not be getting off the bus before it reaching the College.

Senior students who drive to school are asked to sign a MOU at the beginning of the year where further details are given. Parents must give permission for their children to travel in a car with a student as driver.

WET WEATHER ARRANGEMENTS

On days of inclement weather, students may access the Brendan block, the Undercover area and the library. The College also endeavours to hold fun sporting competitions at lunchtime in the Nazareth Gym during the winter months.

WHO DO I CONTACT WHEN...

I am concerned about the progress of my child in a particular subject?

The first point of call should always be the subject teacher. They will advise if the Head of Faculty or the Deputy Principal (Learning and Teaching) needs to be involved.

I am concerned about the learning environment in a particular subject?

Again, it is best to ring the subject teacher first. They will advise if anyone else needs to be involved.

I am concerned about my child's well-being?

Contacting your child's House Head or Mr Richard Chapman (Deputy Principal - Pastoral Care) is a good starting point.

I am concerned my child is being bullied or harassed at school?

Contact should be made with your child's House Head or Mr Richard Chapman (Deputy Principal - Pastoral Care).

Our family situation has changed (e.g. living arrangements, contact numbers, etc)?

Contact should first be made to the Caritas Office. Depending upon the situation, the Caritas Office staff may then ask you to speak to others in the College.

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