Policies

Policies

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Electronic Devices

Acceptable Use Agreement
Information and Communication Technologies

(Parents and students are required to sign this agreement when enrolling at Belmont City College.)

All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and, as part of that, to develop their technological skills through the use of computers and the Internet in all Learning Areas. This service is provided to assist students in their study at the College.

The following Agreement is to be read and signed by the student and parent/guardian/carer to ensure the appropriate use of Information and Communication Technologies at the College.

Mobile Phones and Other Electronic Devices: Students are required to switch off their mobile phones and other electronic devices before entering the college grounds and switch them on again after leaving the grounds at the end of the school day.

It is preferred that mobile telephones, MP3 players and other electronic items not be brought to the College.

Mobile Phones with Cameras: Students must not take photographs or recordings of other students, teachers or events without the appropriate authority to do so. Photographs are not to be sent on to other people or downloaded onto Internet sites unless permission to do so has been given by the relevant person.

Internet Sites, Chat Rooms and Email: College computers are to be used for educational purposes only.

  • Students are not permitted to access or use inappropriate or offensive material, e.g. pornography, violence, obscene language, computer crime, hacking, purchasing items, entering competitions, gambling.
  • Personal information or College names, addresses and/or phone numbers are not to be revealed on the Internet.
  • If an inappropriate site is accessed by mistake, students are required to exit from it immediately.
  • Students are not to bypass filters on banned sites.
  • Students must not access others’ accounts.
  • Email and chat rooms are only to be accessed under the direction and supervision of a teacher.
  • Copyright requirements must be adhered to avoid plagiarism.

Any breach of this Agreement will be dealt with through the College’s Behaviour Management Policy.


Uniform

BELMONT CITY COLLEGE UNIFORM
(Parents and students are required to sign this agreement when enrolling at Belmont City College.)

Rationale

The Belmont City College community, through its College Board, has chosen to have a designated College uniform for the following reasons:
College uniform:

  • enhances a sense of belonging, equality and community spirit
  • separates College from leisure time, focusing students’ efforts on learning
  • prepares students for the expectations of post College employment
  • assists the College identify unwelcome strangers
  • promotes a positive image of the College by ensuring a minimum standard of presentation of all students.

Changes to College Uniform Requirements

The College Board is responsible for managing any review of College uniform requirements. Formal reviews will take place every five years with widespread community consultation. For any major change in uniform requirements, a phasing in period will ensue.

Management of and Sanctions for Non-Compliance

The College appreciates the genuine commitment to the policy by all members of its community and will take all reasonable action to this policy.

If on a particular day for some reason a student is not able to conform to our uniform requirements, they should bring an explanatory note from home.

In cases where a student is repeatedly inappropriately dressed for College, the matter will be investigated by a member of the Administration Team with a view to finding a solution to the problem. Contact with parents and guardians by telephone or letter will be made.

Students not in college uniform may be excluded from non-essential excursions, functions and activities if the problem persists and until the matter is resolved.

Exemptions

In special circumstances, parents and guardians may apply for exemptions for their child from wearing College uniform through the College principal. The nature of and reasons for the request for exemption will be considered in the light of the good management of the College and with procedural fairness.


Assessment

STUDENT ASSESSMENT POLICY
INTRODUCTION

The following guidelines have been developed so that students, parents and teachers are aware of their responsibilities in the assessment process.

    1. Overview

      Assessment assists teachers and schools in:

      • Monitoring the progress of students and diagnose learning difficulties.
      • Adjusting programs to ensure all students have the opportunity to achieve the intended outcomes.
      • Developing subsequent learning programs.
      • Reporting student achievement to parents.
      • Whole school and system planning, reporting and accountability procedures.

      Assessment procedures must therefore be fair, valid and reliable.

    2. Assessment Guidelines

      Post-compulsory student assessment has guidelines set by the Curriculum Council. Adherence to these guideline parameters is mandatory.

      A Subject Outline and clear Assessment Guidelines must be provided to students at the commencement of the learning program.

      1. Assessment tasks should measure students’ achievement of knowledge and skills as defined and required by the syllabus. Construction of assessment tasks should involve a critical evaluation of the extent to which the choice of task type, items and conditions for completion is likely to privilege certain groups of students and exclude others by virtue of gender, cultural or linguistic background.
      2. Out of school assessments –
        The task is designed based on the subject syllabus or Workplace Learning skills list.
        The relative importance of tasks is stated.
        Copies of assessment tasks are retained by the school for moderation purposes.
    3. Student Responsibilities

      It is the student’s responsibility to:

      • Complete the prescribed work requirements in each subject by the due date.
      • Complete all assessment tasks described in the Subject Outline.
      • Maintain a good record of attendance, conduct and progress. A student who is absent for ten days or more is deemed to be at risk.
      • Initiate contact with teachers concerning absence from class, missed assessments, extension requests and other issues pertaining to assessment.
    4. Staff Responsibilities

      It is the responsibility of the staff to:

      • Develop a teaching/learning program that adheres to current Curriculum Council guidelines.
      • Provide students with an “overview and assessment guidelines at the commencement of the subject”.
      • Ensure that assessments are fair, valid and reliable.
      • Maintain accurate records of student achievement and assessment.
      • Meet school and external time frames for assessment and reporting.
      • Inform students and parents of academic progress as appropriate.
    5. Absence from Class/Missed Work

      1. General
        If a student is absent from class, his/her ability to achieve to his/her potential is diminished. Extended periods of absence will result in lower levels of achievement. Absences may result in a student not fulfilling the requirements of a subject and thus will be deemed as unable to be assessed. Potential achievement will not be considered.
      2. Specially scheduled assessment tasks
        Absence from a specially scheduled assessment task (including tests and examinations) must be explained by at least one of the following:

        • Medical certificate
        • Letter from parent
        • Telephone call from parent

        Where possible, satisfactory explanation of the absence will enable the student to complete that assessment task or a similar task and gain credit.

        Where possible, advance notification of absence is required.

        In cases where a student is unable to attend school to complete a specially scheduled assessment task, and where appropriate supervision can be provided and assured, the student may be given permission to complete that task in an alternative venue.
        In cases where there is no satisfactory explanation of an absence from a specially scheduled assessment task, or alternative arrangements cannot be made, the student will not have fulfilled the subject completion requirements and may be awarded U for Unfinished. The student and parent/guardian will be informed and the school will use its discretion in determining the appropriate strategy to address the issue.

      3. Prolonged Absence
        Where a student is unable to attend school for a lengthy period due to injury or illness, the school will endeavour to provide support to the student’s learning program.
    6. Changing Subject

      1. Generally, students cannot be given credit for work not completed in the subject. However, where possible:
        • Students will be given the opportunity to complete assessments missed and gain credit.’
        • Recognition of comparable achievement will be given and gain credit.
      2. All subject changes are subject to the ability of the school to provide for the change, and must have parental support. Subject changes must be organised through the associate principal or a member of the school administration nominated by the principal.
      3. Post-Compulsory subject changes should be completed by the end of Term 1.
        Where a student changes school during a school year, credit for the completion of work in the same subject will be given upon the student and/or previous school supplying appropriate evidence.

      NB: (a) as above.

    7. Late Work

      1. General
        A subject outline and assessment schedule should be provided to each student at the commencement of the course. Due dates are to be clearly outlined and adhered to. Where adjustments are made to the assessment schedule, it should be done so in close consultation with all students and clearly publicised.
        It is a teacher’s responsibility to manage the assessment schedule.
        It is a student’s responsibility to submit assessed work on time.
        Parents/guardians will be notified in cases where concern for a student’s progress emerges.
      2. Extensions
        A student may apply to the class teacher for an extension to the due date for an assignment.
        Extensions may be given at the discretion of a teacher in cases of illness or significant personal problems.
        If a student does not apply for or receive an extension then the same consequences will apply as those that apply for missed work when there is no satisfactory explanation of an absence.
    8. Cheating, Collusion and Plagiarism

Students shown to have cheated in assessed work or in examinations will not receive an assessment for that task.

Collusion is when a student submits work that is not their own for assessment.

Plagiarism is when a student uses someone else’s words or ideas without acknowledging that they have done so. That is, a work is essentially copied.

If work that is not the original product of that student is submitted for assessment, it will be deemed not to have been completed.

  • Examinations

    1. Regulations
      When attending examinations, students must adhere to the regulations that pertain to that examination.
      Regulations will be issued with the examination timetable.
      Infringement will result in an appropriate penalty.
    2. Attendance
      Students must attend scheduled examinations. In exceptional circumstances, special alternative arrangements may be made through the principal.
      Participating in family holidays will not be accepted as exceptional circumstances.

 

Good Standing

GOOD STANDING PROCEDURE 2014
YEARS 11 & 12

The Good Standing procedure provides a system that assists in ensuring that students maintain a satisfactory level of attendance, punctuality, course participation and behaviour. It also aims to help our students take responsibility for their actions and to encourage them to reach their educational potential.

All senior students commence the year with the status of Good Standing.

Maintaining Good Standing requires:

  • Acceptable behaviour and dress
  • Satisfactory academic performance
  • Satisfactory attendance and punctuality

Loss of Good Standing may lead to review of a student’s enrolment and assistance with exploring other education and training options.

There are four stages of status for Year 11/12 college students. The college reserves the right to place students at any point in the process as it sees fit. The phases are:

Stage 1

Good Standing – all students start with this and retain it as described above.

Stage 2

On Probation – this may occur after a suspension or series of lesser misbehaviours, 5 days of unexplained or unsatisfactory absences (including truancy) and/or non-completion of 1 piece of course work or assessments without satisfactory explanation.

The process clearly identifies the problem with the student and provides them with a period of time (minimum of 4 weeks) to demonstrate an improvement in the target area. A letter is sent to the parent/guardian. Students On Probation are not permitted to attend any non-curriculum school excursion or event including the College Ball, Graduation Dinner and River Cruise. At the end of a review period the student’s status may revert back to Good Standing provided the problem has been satisfactorily addressed.

Stage 3

Conditional Good Standing – this may occur after a second suspension or major breach of school rules, a further 5 days of unexplained or unsatisfactory absences (including truancy) and/or non-completion of 1 piece of course work or assessments without satisfactory explanation.

This stage of the process requires an interview with both the student and parent/guardian. A contract must be completed focussing on required areas of improvement. Students with Conditional Good Standing are not permitted to attend any non-curriculum school excursion or event including the College Ball, Graduation Dinner and River Cruise. At the end of a review period (10 weeks) the student’s status may revert back to Good Standing provided the problem has been satisfactorily addressed.

Stage 4

Loss of Good Standing – this is likely to occur after a third suspension, further breaches of school rules, a further 5 days of unexplained or unsatisfactory absences or no change in the non-completion of course work or assessments.
This stage is administered by the Associate Principal Senior School and a referral may be made to School Attendance Officer or District Participation Coordinator. The parent/guardian and student are required to attend an academic review meeting. The options negotiated are likely to be:

    1. enrolment at another school, TAFE, Registered Training Organisation, apprenticeship, traineeship, a gazetted course provided by a community based provider or other approved programs;

or

  1. a combination program involving part-time school/training and part-time work or approved full time work.

Appeals

Appeals may be made on the grounds that there were extenuating circumstances leading to the loss of Good Standing.

All appeals must be submitted to the Principal in writing within 7 days of the notification of the loss of Good Standing. An appeal interview will be organised, attended by the Principal, Associate Principal Senior School, parent/guardian and student. Students can bring a support person if they wish. Students should provide appropriate evidence and/or documentation to support their case. This material could include letters of support from teachers, medical certificates, proof of appointments and any other reasons for absences. Some examples are bereavements, family illness etc.

  • If the appeal is successful, the student will be placed back on the status of Conditional Good Standing. Full Good Standing will only be reinstated when the student satisfies the Good Standing requirements for up to 20 weeks.
  • If the appeal is not successful, the college will work with the parent/guardian and the District Participation Coordinator, if required, to negotiate the most suitable option for the student that meets the requirements of the Education Act.

BMAD Policy – Code of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS
It is a responsibility of students enrolled at Belmont City College to:

  • Wear College uniform daily on the College grounds and to all organised College activities unless the nature of an activity, for example a visit to the beach, requires a different kind of dress.
  • Remain at the College within defined boundaries during the College day or seek permission from the Administration if they need to leave the College grounds.
    Attend and remain in scheduled classes unless given permission to leave by a teacher or another member of staff.
  • Arrive to classes and other organised College activities on time and with the books and/or equipment necessary for active participation.
  • Wear hats in the sun but remove them inside College buildings.
  • Ensure that mobile phones, walkmans and other pieces of equipment that may be disruptive to class or College activities, are turned off before entering any College buildings.
  • Refrain from eating or drinking, other than bottled water, in College buildings unless eating or drinking are part of organised class or College activities.
    Treat all members of the College community with care and respect, and use courteous and appropriate language, at all times.
  • Refrain from using alcohol, tobacco and drugs, other than those prescribed for medical reasons, on the College grounds and at all organised College activities.
  • Respect communal and private property at all time.