Pastoral Care

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

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The aim of the Assumption College Pastoral Care Programme is to encourage a whole school, supportive approach to behaviour management. The management strategy that will be implemented to deal with disruptive and harmful behaviour is the Responsible Thinking Process (RTP), which is based on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) incorporating Restorative Justice Principles.  This relies on the student taking responsibility for his/her own behaviour while seeking to re-build relationships which have  broken down.

In the school's daily and routine life, the ways in which people interact with each other significantly affect each person's sense of self-worth, belonging and well-being. The fostering of high-quality interpersonal relationships among teachers, students, parents and ancillary staff is a responsibility shared by everyone.

Wherever humans are, there are also rules, standards, and procedures. Their purpose is simple: they provide guides for how we should act to accomplish our goals without in any way interfering with others who are trying to achieve their goals. This is how all of us can live in harmony with each other.

If I respect the rules of wherever I am, I should not in any way violate the rights of others. Whether it is on a football field, in a public forum, at a staff meeting, at a restaurant, while driving, or in a school, the purpose of rules remains the same. If they are followed, we will have both the freedom and opportunities to achieve our goals while respecting the rights of others who want to do the same thing.

As a member of the Assumption College community:

  1. I will ensure my behaviours and attitudes are respectful toward myself, other students, staff and property.
  2. I will place safe behaviours at the heart of all I do.
  3. I will come to the learning environment on time, prepared and ready to work.

The RTP relocation process aims to maintain a safe, respectful learning environment. As a part of our relocation process students are given the opportunity to identify and take ownership of their behaviour when they choose to disrupt during a lesson. This allows them to make the choice as to whether they would like to stop their disruptive behaviour or continue and be relocated.

When a student is relocated to another class they are given a "Relocation Action Plan". The purpose of completing the plan is so students can: identify and take ownership of their behaviour; identify how their behaviour affects others; and identify what actions need to take place so they can make better choices in the future. This plan is to be completed and returned to their House Coordinator.

The next step in the process involves the student meeting with the House Coordinator, who will review their plan, discuss it and ensure the student has completed it appropriately. In line with Restorative Justice Practices, the student will then discuss their plan with the classroom teacher to "repair the relationship" and negotiate their re-entry into the class.

Lunch Time Detentions - Minor transgressions of College rules may result in a student being placed on lunchtime detention.  The detention will be held on a Friday for 20 minutes.  Failure to attend or late attendance can result in an afternoon detention.

Afternoon Detention - In more serious or repeated incidents, students can be placed on detention for one hour after school: 3.15 - 4.15 pm.  When this occurs, students will be given a detention letter in advance to provide early notification to parents.  This will be signed by parents and returned to the College.

Suspension and Exclusion - The College reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student whose general conduct or attitude to study falls seriously short of expected standards.

STUDENT ABSENCE

College Attendance Rolls are marked daily, at the beginning of the school day. Students who are identified as being away are marked absent and the College contacts each family via SMS to notify them that their child is not at school. If a student is absent from school for any reason, parents are asked to advise the school by 8.40 am on the day of absence.  During the school day individual teachers mark rolls lesson by lesson. Pastoral Care teachers also follow up with students for notes for unexplained absences. Students at risk are identified by PC teachers and Pastoral Leaders are notified.  Pastoral Leaders, Deputy Principal and College Counsellor work with students and families.  Continual absenteeism is address by the Principal. A letter is sent to the family requesting an interview and show cause for continued enrolment.

Students are expected at school by 8.40am and must not leave the grounds until the conclusion of the school day, unless they have express permission from a member of the College Leadership Team.  Any requests for permission to leave the school grounds must be accompanied by a written request from the student's parents/guardian/carer.  Students who arrive at school after Pastoral Care Class must report to the office and collect a late pass.  Students who arrive to class late will generally require a late slip or note explaining their late arrival. Should a parent be aware of a child’s extended absence because of illness, family holidays, sporting or other commitments, prior notice in writing is expected.  This should be addressed to the Principal.

LEAVE PASSES

Should a child need to be absent from school for a legitimate purpose during school hours,  he/she must provide a note from his/her parent or guardian explaining the circumstance and the period of time involved.
This note must be handed in to the College Secretary, who will refer it to a member of the College Leadership Team.  The student must sign out in the Students Register.  When the student returns to the school, he/she must report to the College Secretary and sign back in the register

ILLNESS AT SCHOOL

Should a child become ill while at school, a staff member will try to contact a parent or other person to arrange for him/her to go home.  Neither the facilities nor the staff are available to care for an ill child for an extended time.  Students are not to contact parents direct through mobile phones.  Because of our ‘duty of care’ responsibility students are to report to the Office where contact will be made with parents.

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS

Should your child be prescribed medication by their medical practitioner, the Toowoomba Catholic Education Office regulations require the following:

  1. The parent/guardian must firstly make a written request to the Principal using the Authority Form available from the Office.  The form asks for the following information: type of medication, time(s) to be administered, the doctor prescribing the medication, period of treatment and the quantity to be administered.
  2. Following the Principal’s authorisation the medication should be handed into the office in a container that has the doctor’s/ pharmacist’s instructions (name, dosage, times) clearly labelled.  Parental instructions ARE NOT ENOUGH
  3. Administering of the medication will be carried out by an adult staff member designated by the Principal.
  4. Non-prescribed oral medications (e.g. panadol, over-the-counter medications, analgesics etc.), will NOT be administered by College Staff.