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Discipline

The Code of Conduct is based on each student’s rights and responsibilities.

Children are expected to abide by the school code of conduct and obey the school rules at all times.  Each teacher has a class discipline system that is effective in encouraging good behaviour. While at school, students are expected to do their best in all aspects of the School program and co-operate with the administration and staff in whatever is asked and expected of them.

 It is the firm belief of the School community that corporal punishment is not an effective method of discipline as it contradicts the strongly held value that physical violence is never acceptable in our society.  While the School recognises the rights of parents to choose their own form of discipline, it is the policy of the School to never recommend or sanction the use of corporal punishment in the home. The School Community recognises and supports society’s limits on the amount of force used in corporal punishment in the home and will not hesitate to meet their obligations on mandatory reporting if a parent or guardian uses excessive force in administering corporal punishment.

As a Christian school, we recognise the responsibility assumed in providing an education so that students will in turn develop accountability to themselves, their families, the community and to God. The following rights and responsibilities are the framework in which this accountability can occur.

Bullying

Sydney Adventist School Auburn endeavours to ensure the safety of each student by creating an environment that is free from any form of ridicule or threat, where students enjoy coming to school and can achieve their best in a classroom environment that is enthusiastic, challenging and well-managed. 

The School also has a commitment to the safe and appropriate use of communication technology. Students who are involved in any form of bullying will be disciplined by the school and may be suspended or expelled.

Child Protection

Sydney Adventist School Auburn recognises that all children have a right to feel emotionally and physically safe, and to be safe.  Protecting students from harm and the risk of harm is fundamental to maximising each child’s personal and academic potential.

Students are expected to show respect to staff and volunteers and to comply with safe practices, and all employees are expected to ensure that their behaviour towards and relationships with students reflect proper standards of care for students and are not un-lawful.  The School will respond diligently to a report of suspected or actual harm, or risk of harm to a student.

Sydney Adventist School Auburn abides by the legislation pertinent to child protection.  This includes:

•           Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998

•           Ombudsman Act 1974

•           Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998

•           Commission for Children and Young People Amendment Act 2005

The School has a comprehensive Child Protection Policy that covers the actions to be taken if a member of staff or a parent of the School becomes aware or reasonably suspects that harm has been done to a student of the School by other staff, people outside the School or by other students.  The School’s full Child Protection Policy is available upon request.

Parent & Visitor Code of Conduct

A code of conduct for parents and visitors ensures a safe and harmonious  environment for our students and teachers. Respect and positive relationships are of paramount importance in our school and this code of conduct supports those values.

Parents and visitors to the school are to:

  • Treat everyone associated with the school with respect and courtesy
  • Make a prior appointment with a staff member if you wish to discuss a matter in detail
  • Only enter a classroom on invitation from the teacher
  • Allow staff to supervise, investigate and manage students without interference
  • Use polite language in the presence of students, staff or other visitors
  • Discuss issues or concerns about the school, staff or students by talking directly with the principal or class teacher at an appropriate time
  • Behave at all times in a manner that does not cause alarm or concern
  • Follow school procedures governing entry and behaviour on school grounds, including any restrictions that may be imposed

Disregarding this code of conduct may result in restricted access to school grounds.

Complaints Handling

Please contact Danyel Efstratiou, School Principal, for a complaints form if required.

 

Counselling

A counsellor is available on request by parents of students and in consultation with the school principal.

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