Policies

In confirming their acceptance of a place for their student at the College, parents/guardians/students:

  • Agree to be bound by the present and future policies of the College
  • Accept that the enrolment deposit will be retained by the School
  • Agree to pay all fees by the due date shown on the term's account
  • Accept that the College takes responsibility for students only during teaching hours while they are on the College grounds
  • Accept that students may leave the premises between classes, but at their own risk
  • Accept that students may be required to attend organised school excursions and activities as part of a course of studies and that they may also be required to view films and multimedia presentations where appropriate and that parental permission is granted

The College follows the DETE school calendar as this ensures maximum class time throughout the year.

Stage 1 (Year 11) and adult re-entry students are encouraged to complete diagnostic assessments on their commencement day to enable teachers to provide suitable programs for them.

Stage 2 (Year 12) students have trial exams at the end of Terms 2 & 3. Teachers aim to complete the theory component of their courses by the end of Term 3 to enable the trial exams to cover the entire syllabus.

The school year finishes at the end of November for the Stage 1 students, and at the completion of final exams for Stage 2 students (usually the last week of November).

 

  • Statement of Purpose Open or Close

    Muirden Senior College is a co-educational, multi-cultural school committed to fostering academic and personal growth.

    This is promoted by

    •  modelling respect

    •  developing sound study habits

    •  inspiring students to express their intelligence and creativity

    •  individual learning and achievement

    Values

    We value the characteristics of:

    •  integrity

    •  respect

    •  honesty and truthfulness

    We value an environment which

    •  is positive

    •  focuses on learning

    •  is safe friendly and caring

    •  provides quality educational opportunities

    •  encourages co-operative learning

    •  encourages risk taking

    •  celebrates personal success

    Vision

    Our vision is to develop independent life learning skills and the courage and self-belief to succeed in an ever-changing and fast-paced world. Our school culture continues to empower and equip students to aspire to a positive and bright future for themselves, their families and for the wider community.

  • Anti-Harasment, Anti-Bullying, Anti-Violent Open or Close

    Rights and Expectations

    • Everyone has the right to feel safe and happy while at the college, travelling to and from the college, or attending a college organised activity.
    • Students have the right to learn in a safe, enjoyable environment.
    • No student should feel at risk from any kind of physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or any other form of harassment such as bullying,
    • Teachers have the right to enjoy their teaching, and to be given every opportunity to teach in a calm, safe, pleasant and purposeful learning environment. No teacher or other adult should feel at risk from any kind of physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or any other form of harassment.

     

    Definition

    Harassment, bullying and violence is deliberate, persistent physical or mental intimidation of a person by another person or group with the intent of causing hurt or discomfort.

    Forms of Harassment, Bullying and Violence

    Physical
    e.g. hitting, punching, pushing or any kind of sexual interference; threatening to harm people or their property; hiding, damaging or destroying the property of others.

    Verbal
    e.g. name-calling, putting others down, "paying out", using offensive names, ridiculing someone's name; making derogatory comments about a person's culture, background, customs, gender, sexuality or beliefs; spreading rumours about people or their families and friends; mocking or denigrating another person's abilities and talents (including via e-mail and sms).

    Gesture
    e.g. looks, shrugs or other gestures which are associated with threats or which are offensive.

    Sexual
    Sexual harassment in this context, refers to " deliberate sexual comments and gestures, or any other conduct of a sexual nature which is perceived to be embarrassing, demeaning or compromising"

    Cyber Bullying
    This is harassment and bullying which uses e-technology to harass or victimise others. It can take the form of text messaging, using social networking sites (such as Facebook, Internet chat-rooms, email and web-sites with the intention of harming another person.

    How Can Harassment, Bullying and Violence be Prevented

    Muirden Senior College policies are proactive and orientated towards prevention and intervention. Managing incidents of abuse/victimisation includes:

    • Being friendly and respectful to everyone
    • Creating opportunities for students to share concerns
    • Developing procedures encouraging early identification of incidents
    • Refusing to join in if your friends encourage you to harass others
    • Helping your friends to stop harassing others if they are doing so
    • Encouraging students to seek immediate help when bullying is witnessed or experienced
      Reporting incidents of harassment
    • Explicitly encouraging all members of the college community to take a proactive stand against bullying and violence
    • Listening and helping when victims of harassment confide in you

    If you are Being Harassed, Bullied or Victimised

    You can:

    • Ask the person to stop harassing you and explain why you don't like what they are doing
    • Tell someone you can trust
    • Tell a teacher or the principal


    Harassment, Bullying and Violence Procedure

    Muirden Senior College will actively intervene following all incidents of harassment, bullying and violence. The following steps may be taken:

    • Every complaint will be taken seriously and will be investigated by the principal
    • The person accused of harassing will be interviewed. At the interview the offending behaviour will be described and an explanation given of how this behaviour is harassing the other student
    • An agreement to discontinue this behaviour will be sought
    • Any retaliation towards the person who made the formal complaint will cause progression to the next step
    • Counselling with students involved
    • Suspension from college
    • Expulsion from college
  • Assessment Open or Close

    Muirden Senior College uses and applies the SACE Board of South Australia policies on assessment, and to promote valid, reliable assessment of syllabus objectives.

    There Are Two Types Of Assessment

    Summative Assessment

    Summative assessment is used to provide information to the SACE board.

    Formative Assessment

    Formative assessment gives feedback on a student's progress in a subject. It is built into the learning process and does not constitute marks submitted for SACE or to the SACE board.

    Subject Assessment Plans

    Each subject has an assessment plan, outlining the nature, date and weighting of each summative assessment item. Students should ensure they have a copy of each plan for their reference.

    Deadlines

    The deadlines set by teachers for summative assessment items must be adhered to by the students.

    Teachers will give at least 7 days notice of deadlines.

    Non-attendance at summative tasks without medical certificate/prior negotiation will result in '0' (zero) score awarded.

    Procedures In Cases Of Illness

    If the student is ill, or there exists some other extenuating circumstances, a phone call by the student or close relative should be made to the school as soon as possible.

    Medical certificates are to be given to the Principal on arrival back at school. Extended illness does not mean failure. A number of mechanisms exist to cope with this. Early consultation with the Principal is essential so the most appropriate solution can be decided.

  • Behaviour Management Open or Close

    The social and emotional wellbeing of young people in schools has been linked to the academic outcomes of their schooling. Muirden Senior College will provide students with a supportive and nurturing environment as a foundation for intellectual physical, moral and spiritual and aesthetic development.

    Classroom management will be effective, sensitive and appropriate for the education programme. Muirden Senior College has embraced and promotes 'values based education' and education for responsibility so we have a policy and a framework for appropriate behaviours in the classroom, school and in the community.

    Muirden Senior College will foster values of tolerance, respect for one another, courage and compassion.

    Student Responsibilities and Requirements

    Students are required to:

    Attend all scheduled lessons
    Be punctual
    Be prepared for lessons
    Hand up work by the due date
    Co-operate with staff and students
    Show respect for
    staff and students
    personal and school property
    local community and businesses

    Behave responsibly when unsupervised
    Notify the school of absences by either:
    prior communication
    phone
    email
    Explain absences
    to the principal on return
    or show a medical certificate to the front office on return
    Legal and Safety Requirements

    Fire exits are to be used only in an emergency
    Visitors are to report to the front office
    Staff need to be notified when students leave the classroom
    Students receiving Centerlink payments are reported for unexplained absences of five days or more
    Muirden Senior College campus is a
    smoke free zone
    alcohol free zone
    drug free zone
    Eating and drinking are not permitted in the laboratory
    Response and Resolution

    In the event of a breach of the Behaviour Management Policy (Student Code of Conduct) the following may occur (some steps may be dispensed with depending on the severity of the breach)

    The student will be contacted to discuss the breach and to remedy the situation
    The parents/caregiver will be contacted to discuss the breach and to remedy the situation
    The student may be suspended from the college
    The student's enrolment may be terminated

  • Child Protection Open or Close

    All children have a right to be safe and protected from harm.

    This college's objective is to provide a safe and caring environment at the college and at places where college activities are undertaken to assist students to develop and reach their full potential.

    Muirden Senior College will comply with legislative requirements on student protection, including the Children's Protection Act 1993 which governs children under the age of 18. This includes requiring teachers, the principal and other mandatory notifiers to promptly report to Families SA via the Child Abuse Report Line (131478) any suspicion on reasonable grounds that a student has been or is being abused or neglected.

    Definition

    Inappropriate behaviour includes, but is not limited to:

    Sexual abuse
    Physical abuse
    Emotional abuse
    Neglect
    Any behaviours that threaten a person's wellbeing
    Prevention and Preparedness

    In support of the college's commitment to child protection we have developed a range of support and monitoring strategies both immediate and long term.

    All staff in accordance with the Child Protection Act are trained and aware of their obligation by law to notify the Families SA via the Child Abuse Report Line (131478) if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child has been or is being abused or neglected.

    Action

    In the case of suspected abuse it is the personal responsibility of a mandated notifier to report suspected abuse - it is not the responsibility of their supervisor, principal or employer.

    Grounds for notifying suspected abuse or neglect may include the following:

    When a child/young person tells you he/she has been abused
    When someone else tells you (perhaps a relative, friend, neighbour or sibling of the child/young person);
    A child/young person tells you he/she knows someone who has been abused (a child/young person could possibly be referring to himself/herself)
    And importantly, when your own observation of a particular child/young person's behaviour and/or injuries, or your knowledge of children/young people generally leads you to suspect that abuse is occurring.
    Actions to be made by notifier:

    Advise that the college is legally obliged to act on certain information even if the person disclosing the information that makes an allegation says they don't want it to go any further.
    Notify Families SA via the Child Abuse Report Line (131478) of the reported abuse at the earliest possible moment
    Carefully document the conversations as soon as possible
    Advise principal (as appropriate) of the disclosure or observation, however it is not a requirement to inform the principal as to whether a mandatory notification has been made
    Should otherwise keep the matter confidential.

  • Critical Incident Open or Close

    Muirden Senior College promotes an environment of friendliness, genuine concern for students, staff and community safety. We aim to ensure the safety of staff, students, visitors and the wider community in the event of an emergency/critical incident occurring.

    Definition

    An Emergency/Critical Incident is an unforseen occurrence which requires sudden and urgent action. This may include, but not limited to, events such as:

    Threatened/actual assault, injury or fatality
    Vehicle accident
    Siege/hostage/disappearance or removal of a student
    Firearm/bomb threat
    Damage to buildings or equipment
    Fire in college building/bushfire
    Fume/spill/leak/contamination by hazardous material/s
    Earthquake/building collapse/storm damage
    Prevention and Preparedness

    Establish and communicate procedures
    Have designated OHS&W rep
    Have access to panic button system
    Know who is in building - all non-college members are to report to the front office
    Remain vigilant and inform police in regards to threats to worksite or specific staff/students
    Maintain close liaison with local Emergency services and community
    Alert staff to potential medical or emergency situations
    Action and Responses During Critical Incidents

    Assess danger identify immediate risks and threats to life - aggressor, medical, environmental hazards, fire
    Raise the alarm - inform critical incident management team:
    a teacher/principal
    first aid officer
    H & S representative
    DO NOT CONFRONT AGGRESSOR OR IMMEDIATE RISK refer to Principal or nominated delegate to refer to Critical Incident Management Plan
    Restrict danger area (if possible) - remove yourself and others from immediate danger
    The critical incident management team will convene . When safe to do so, evacuate and remain in designated area, account for and supervise students.
    All follow instructions given by principal, and or, the critical incident management team.
    Response After Critical Incidents

    Inform incident to relevant family/carers or organisations.
    Counselling and/or debriefing for all persons affected.
    Make people aware or services and support available.
    Continued monitoring of all persons affected by critical incident.

  • Driver Open or Close

    A student who drives a motor vehicle unsupervised, must, at minimum, be the holder of a P1 Drivers Licence .

    A student must not

    drive a vehicle or
    attempt to put a vehicle in motion
    while so much under the influence of intoxicating liquor, as specified in the Road Traffic Act 1961 , or prohibited drugs, as to be incapable of exercising effective control of the vehicle.

    If the student is under 18 years of age, approval from the parent/caregive must be obtained if the student wishes to travel as a passenger in another student's motor vehicle or motorcycle, to and from the school.

    The school does not provide parking facilities on the premises.

    Both short and long term parking facilities are available in locations adjacent to the school.

  • Electronic Devices Open or Close

    Definition

    Muirden Senior College allows students access to its computer network and online facilities such as Internet and email. Muirden Senior College also allow students use of electronic devices such as digital cameras, mobile phones or walkmans/diskmans/ipods. Students have unrestricted access to the college facilities and other electronic devices on the basis that the use is only for acceptable and ethical purposes.

    What students should do

    Students using the computer network and other electronic devices will comply with the following acceptable and ethical purposes.

    Acceptable Uses

    Computer network and facilities

    use in connection with subject curriculum
    carry out school work
    research projects or assignments
    send and receive email
    explore the Internet in connection to school work and along guidelines set out by the subject teacher
    use the network storage space for curriculum related files and delete files when no longer needed
    Other electronic devices

    arrange with subject teacher for mobile phone to be on during lesson time
    use walkmans in a manner that does not disturb others or as requested by the subject teacher
    Ethical Uses

    Ethical purposes means that students are not allowed to breach standards of common decency, or manners, and must not break any laws. Ethical behaviours may include but are not limited to the following :

    be polite, courteous and respectful toward anybody else
    use appropriate language
    comply with the standards of public decency
    respect the rights of other computer users
    observe the copyright that exists on other people's work on the computer network and Internet
    obey the law
    refrain from downloading or uploading any software without approval
    be respectful of others when using digital cameras and mobile phones such as only take or use anybody's photo with their permission
    comply with this Policy
    What the college will do

    If in the College's opinion a student has used the computer network and other electronic devices:

    for an unacceptable purpose
    unethically; or
    otherwise inappropriately including violation of this Policy
    any of the following may occur:
    that student's privilege of access may be temporarily removed or restricted
    any inappropriate files may be deleted without warning
    a meeting with the principal concerning the breach of Policy
    Students should be aware that breaches of the criminal law using the computer network may be a matter for the police.

    Students should also be aware that Muirden Senior College will cooperate with the police, and other authorities, in any investigation relating to the illegal uses of the computer network or other electronic devices.

    Network Privacy and Security Issues

    Students should be aware that their electronic communication and work created via the college's network is not private, and that Muirden Senior College may access their work.

    This extends to:

    files in connection with their curriculum
    incoming and outgoing email communications
    sites assessed on the Internet
    So that Muirden Senior College can comply with its obligations under law, Muirden Senior College reserves the right to screen student's files and work to ensure that the computer network is being used for acceptable purposes and in accordance with this Policy.

    In addition, student's files may be assessed by Muirden Senior College's system administrators as part of normal maintenance procedures. "Normal maintenance" includes spot checks to ensure that inappropriate materials, or words subject to another person's copyright, are not being kept in private folders and inappropriate Internet sites have not been visited.

    Safety

    Students should not do anything via Muirden Senior College's computer network which may possibly jeopardise their personal safety either at college or outside college.

    In particular, students:

    MUST NOT give out any identifying details such as their home address or telephone number, college name in a public chat or bulletin board. Students should only disclose those details to people personally known to them, and those they trust.
    MUST NOT give out personal information such as age, marital status or financial position.
    MUST NOT arrange a meeting in person with another person they have "met" on only communicated with by computer, without prior parental approval. If a meeting is arranged, it should be in a public place in the presence of a parent or responsible adult.
    MUST NOT respond to messages or bulletin board items that are indecent, suggestive, belligerent, discriminatory, threatening, or which make the student feel uncomfortable or unsafe in any way.
    In addition, students;

    MUST tell the principal, the system administrator or their parents if an indecent, suggestive, belligerent or threatening message is encountered. The principal will then make a copy of that message and refer it to the appropriate authorities, including the police if necessary.
    SHOULD be aware that people they "meet" or communicate with online may pretend to be someone else.
    SHOULD remember that everything they read online may not be accurate.
    SHOULD avoid offers which involve either financial transactions or personal meetings.
    Limitations of Liability

    Students will be allowed access to the computer network as part of curriculum work. It is not practical that every student will be supervised individually when using the computer network and Muirden Senior College expects students to act responsibly and sensibly when using the computer network.

    Muirden Senior College does not accept any liability which may result from any student's unacceptable or unethical uses of the computer network.

  • Excursions Open or Close

    Excursions are a valuable part of the learning experience. Teachers are encouraged to make use of these, especially where these can be undertaken within the city precincts.

    Definition

    For the purposes of this policy an excursion is defined as any activity undertaken outside of college premises for a specific educational purpose.

    Excursions undertaken within ordinary lessons - on foot and in the local area.

    Students do not need parental approval to leave the college.
    A teacher will be present with the students during the formal part of the excursion, but may arrange to meet students at the site. They may also be dismissed from the site.
    Excursions undertaken within ordinary lessons - transport other than by foot.

    Excursions requiring travelling a distance from the college for a part or full day trip may require the permission of a parent/guardian, if the student is under 18 years of age.
    A teacher will be present with the students during the formal part of the excursion, but may arrange to meet students at the site. They may also be dismissed from the site.
    Students must have signed permission from their parent/guardian if travelling in another student's vehicle.
    Excursions requiring students to miss other classes.

    Parents/caregivers must be informed and approval may be required if other lessons are missed as a result of the excursion.

    Staff members whose lessons will be affected by the absence of students on an excursion must be informed.

    Excursions out of college hours.

    If the student is under 18 years of age, parents/caregivers must be informed and approval may be required if an excursion will be undertaken during out of college hours.

    Excursions necessitating overnight accommodation

    If the student is under 18 years of age, parents/caregivers must be informed and approval will be required if an excursion is held over a period where overnight accommodation is needed.
    Medical forms must be completed and returned to the office before a student is given final approval by the Principal to attend the excursion.
    Note

    All excursions must be recorded at the front office.
    There is to be a minimum requirement of 2 students for an excursion to take place unless approval has been granted under special circumstances.
    There may be some costs involved to the student.
    Staff are encouraged not to transport students to or from sites unless in special circumstances.

  • Grievance Open or Close

    The grievance procedures included here are designed to provide students with an opportunity to raise matters of concern about their interaction with the students and staff in an environment which facilitates due consideration of these concerns.

    Muirden Senior College is committed to providing a high quality of teaching standards and to dealing with any concerns raised by students in a fair and equitable manner consistent with maintaining these standards.

    Grievances are characterised by conflict and/or a breakdown of communication and respect between two or more persons resulting in unhappiness, friction or stress.

    For a grievance with another student

    Step 1: Try to reach a resolution with the other party using discussion.

    Step 2: If a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved, report the grievance to a teacher who will:

    record the grievance if verbal
    listen to both parties without judgement
    mediate to reach a mutually satisfactory solution
    If the teacher is unable to reach a satisfactory outcome:

    Step 3: Report the grievance to the principal who will:

    listen to both parties without judgement
    commit to find a resolution
    For a grievance with a teacher

    Step1: Try to reach a resolution with the teacher concerned using discussion.

    Step 2: If a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved, report the grievance to the principal, not another teacher , who will:

    record the grievance if verbal
    arrange a meeting with the student and staff member
    listen to both parties without judgement
    mediate to reach a mutually satisfactory solution
    For a grievance with the principal

    Step 1: Try to reach a resolution with the principal using discussion.

    Step 2: If a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved, report the grievance to a member of the Board of Directors who will:

    record the grievance if verbal
    arrange a meeting with the student and principal
    listen to both parties without judgement
    mediate to reach a mutually satisfactory solution