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The Parent Handbook has all the information you and your child will need.


If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries please feel free to contact Bede Polding College by email or phone on (02) 4560 2900 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday.


About Bede Polding

School hours
8:30 am – 3:00 pm

School office hours
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Address
Rifle Range Rd, South Windsor NSW 2756
PO Box 5521, South Windsor, NSW 2756

Phone
02 4560 2900

Fax
02 4560 2999

Email
BedePolding@parra.catholic.edu.au

Principal 
Mr Kevin Jones

General Information

Monday 29th January  Staff only
Tuesday 30th January Year 7 and Peer Support Leaders only
Wednesday 31st January Whole school returns
Monday, Wednesday
&  Friday
 Thursday  Tuesday 
Form Meetings / Assembly
Tuesday
Staff Meeting 
Music
8.35am Music 8.35am Music 8.35am Music 9.35am
Homeroom 8.45am Homeroom 8.45am Homeroom 8.45am Homeroom 9.45am
Period 1 9.00am Period 1 9.00am Ass / FM  9.00am    
Period 2 10.00am Period 2 10.00am
Period 2 10.00am Period 2 10.00am
Recess 11.00am Recess 11.00am Recess 11.00am Recess 11.00am
Music 11.25am Music 11.25am Music 11.25am Music 11.25am
Period 3 11.30am Period 3 11.30am Period 3 11.30am Period 3 11.30am
Prayer 12.25pm Prayer 12.25pm Prayer 12.25pm Prayer 12.25pm
Period 4 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Period 4 12.30pm Period 4 12.30pm
Lunch 1.30pm Music 12.55pm Lunch 1.30pm Lunch 1.30pm
Music 1.55pm Period 4 1.00pm Music 1.55pm Music 1.55pm
Period 5 2.00pm Period 5 2.00pm Period 5 2.00pm Period 5 2.00pm
Dismissal 3.00pm Dismissal 3.00pm Dismissal 3.00pm Dismissal 3.00pm

  • Students are expected to arrive at school by 8.30am on normal school days and by 9.30am on days that staff meetings are held in the mornings. On days that staff meetings are conducted in the mornings, all students are expected to be at school no later than 9.30am.

  • SMS text notifications are sent from the school to parents at 10am each day for students that are absent from school. A text response from parents to this notification is required within 24 hours. If a response is not received from the parent notifying the school of the reason  for their child's absence, a note of explanation of absence must be provided on the child's return to school, on the first day that they return.

  • When a student needs to leave school early, a written note from a parent is required on the morning of the day the leave is to be taken. The homeroom teacher must sign this during homeroom. When it is time for the student to leave the school, she/he takes the note to the student foyer where they are signed out. The student then waits in the student foyer to be collected by her/his parent.

  • If you know in advance that your child is to be absent on leave, an Application for Leave form (for 1-9 days leave) or an Application for Extended Leave form (for 10-100 days leave) must be completed and returned to the Student Foyer before the commencement of leave, for approval by the Principal. These forms can be downloaded from the College website, collected from the child's Homeroom teacher or from the office. These forms need not be completed if the student is having any medical or dental procedures or for sickness. A parent note is sufficient in these cases.

  • Students that truant part of a lesson will be required to attend a Thursday detention after school. In the case of whole day truancy, the student will be required to attend school on a pupil-free day. 

  • Students with irregular attendance may be subject to intervention procedures as per CEDP policy.
  • School opens at 8:00 am and supervision is provided from this time. All students should be on the school campus by 8:30 am to be in time for morning homeroom, which commences at 8.45am. School closes at 3:45 pm and supervision is not provided after this time.
  • Students that arrive late to school and are not in Homeroom for its commencement at 8.45am are to bring a note explaining their late arrival at school. This is to be presented at the Student Foyer, where their diary will also be stamped and the time of arrival recorded. If a note is not provided, a late slip will be issued from the office, which needs to be signed by a parent with an explanation and returned to the Homeroom teacher on their next day at school. 

  • If a student arrives late to school on four occasions in a term they will receive a Tuesday after school detention. 

  • There should be no reason to return to lockers between periods. Students are to organise themselves to carry books for all their lessons before recess, from recess to lunch time, then from lunch to dismissal.

  • Students are expected to be in class on time and are to move promptly from one class to another.

Bus and Train travel

School Opal Cards are issued to students who live more than 2km straight line distance or 2.9km walking distance from the school. More information can be obtained from www.opal.com.au if a new card is required or details need to be updated. Cards can be used for multiple years so do not discard at the end of the school year.

Passes must be used when traveling to and from school. 

Students should move quietly and sensibly to buses on dismissal at the end of the day. Students who catch later buses are supervised in the Top Yard and are asked to follow the directions given to them by the teachers on bus supervision.

Bikes

Bikes should not be ridden in the school grounds. Students who choose to ride bicycles must also wear helmets. Bikes can be stored securely on the bike rack near the entrance to the Student Foyer. 

Walking/parent pick-up

All students who cross Rifle Range Road are to use the pedestrian crossing. Parents should park their cars on Rifle Range Road, on Sirius Road, or on Collith Avenue.

The diary is to be used by students to record set homework and for reminders about assignments, assessment tasks and any other school-related information.

  • It is a means of direct communication between teachers and parents for written notes about the student’s progress or any other relevant information.

  • Diary notes to parents from teachers are to be signed by parents on the day the note is written.

  • The school diary is NOT to be used for personal notes e.g. friends’ birthdays, social events etc.

  • Students are required to have their diaries with them from the start of each Homeroom period and for all classes they attend during the day. They should also have their diary with them at any time they need to leave the class for any reason, with the teacher’s permission clearly noted in the diary.

  • If the diary is left at home, a diary slip is to be obtained from the Homeroom teacher to be used for the day. This slip must be glued in to the appropriate page in the diary at the end of the day.

  • Diaries must be signed by the parents and the Homeroom teacher each week to monitor student progress and ensure that all communication has been received. Failure to do so three times in a term will result in a Tuesday after school detention. 

  • Parents and students are to read all the front pages of the diary so as to be clear about policies and procedures in the College, and sign the front page of the diary to acknowledge that they have done so.

The canteen is available for the purchase of breakfast, recess and lunch items. Students may order their lunch directly from the canteen before school or at recess. EFTPOS is available.

Business hours during school term
Tuesdays and Fridays 8:15 am - 2:15 pm
Before P & F meetings 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Normal trading hours from Friday 29 January (i.e. Tuesdays and Fridays 8:15 am – 2:15 pm)

A pack of school approved stationery requirements will be available for Year 7 and Year 8 students. Stationery packs are limited so please shop early.

The Uniform Shop will be open for new and used clothing at the above times.

Terms of Trade – Mastercard, Visa and EFTPOS are available.

Subject Requirements

Religious Education

1 A4 exercise book 192 pages*
1 display folder*
Catholic Youth Bible#

Design and Technology

1 Olympic Stripe A4 exercise book 96 page*
Drawstring bag (pillow case size)#
1 apron (navy)#
1 kitchen cap and apron (white)#
1 pair of safety glasses#
1 A4 display folder*

English

Pocket dictionary*
2 A4 Binder books 240 pages

Geography

1 A4 exercise book 192 pages*

History

1 A4 exercise book 192 pages*

Mathematics

1 grid book 240 pages*
1 plastic jacket for worksheets and tests*
1 geometry set*
1 Casio Scientific calculator (available from the Uniform Shop)

Music

Prepared workbook purchased through the school
1 A4 display folder*

PD, Health and PE

Prepared workbook purchased through the school
1 pair of swimming goggles for lifesaving program
Sports uniform for practical lessons
Sports joggers for practical lessons
1 A4 exercise book 98 pages

Science

1 A4 exercise book 192 pages*
Science goggles (provided by Science Department)

Visual Arts

Visual Arts process diary#
2B pencil*
Old shirt or apron
Clear A4 wallet
coloured pencils

 

Each student should have:

  • USB storage drive (2GB)
  • ruler - 30cm (not steel)*
  • pens*
  • pencils*
  • textas
  • scissors*
  • glue*

No liquid paper may be used. Liquid paper is a banned item and if brought to school will be confiscated and a Thursday after school detention issued. Only correcting tape may be used.

*  These items are included in the book pack which may be purchased at the College Uniform Shop at a cost of approx. $55.00.
#  These items will be available at the College Uniform Shop.

 

A school diary will be distributed on the first day of school.

Mobile devices (phones, iPads) provide a number of tools that can be used to support student learning. This includes the ability to film, photograph, record audio and take notes. As well as this, these devices are capable of providing access to the internet.

The College does not accept responsibility for the loss, damage, theft or misuse of any mobile device.


Expectatios

Students are able to use their mobile devices at the College as long as they meet the following expectations:

  • In order to prevent inappropriate use of mobile devices during school hours all mobile devices must be switched OFF from the commencement of the music for Homeroom and not switched on at any time during classes, unless permission as been granted by a staff member.

  • During classes the use of any mobile device will be directed by the supervising teacher.

  • The use of mobile devices will be allowed before school, at recess and lunch, and after school and it is the students' responsibility to ensure that the device is used appropriately.

  • Parents are not to message or call students at any time other than recess and/or lunch times. Bell times are available on the 'Parent Handbook' page of the College website.

  • Students are NOT to take their device with them if they need to leaver class for any reason (eg toilet visit). Their device should be left in their bag or with the teacher.

Inappropriate Use

  • The student is not to use the device to breach anyone's privacy. Filming, photography and audio recordings are not to occur in classes or in the yard at any time unless directed by the teacher for specific educational purposes. Please note: the filming of violent incidents is a serious offense and may jeopardise the student's enrolment at the College.

  • The audio or video recording or photographing of other students or staff without their permission, in or out of school, will lead to a suspension from school.

  • Please note: Staff have the right to confiscate a student's phone if it is believed that there is evidence related to an incident or incidents of a criminal nature recorded on the phone. This phone will be provided for any Police investigation should this be required.

  • Phones are not to have offensive ring or message tones. Inappropriate images, slogans or texts are not to be used as screen backgrounds and these should not be stored on any device.

  • Inappropriate use of the mobile device will lead to the device being confiscated and the privilege of having the device at school withdrawn. This means that over the course of the school year if a student's mobile device is observed to be switched on at any time without the teacher's permission, it will be confiscated and the privilege of having the device for use at school will be withdrawn.

Confiscation Policy

  • On the first occasion, the device will have to be 'checked in' at the student foyer each morning and collected at the end of the day, for a period of five days. A letter informing parents of the phone confiscation is sent home, which is required to be signed and returned.

  • On the second occasion, this check in period will be for 10 days and a Tuesday after school detention of one hour will be issued.

  • On the third occasion, the check in period will be for 20 days and a Thursday after school detention will be issued.

  • Should there be any further breaches of the mobile device policy, a parental interview may be required to discuss the student's entitlement to being a mobile device to school.

  • Students removed from a classroom for disciplinary reasons are not to use their mobile device while outside the classroom.

The following expectations apply when students are listening to devices using ear phones:

  • The supervising teacher will use their discretion in deciding whether it is appropriate for a student to be listening to a mobile device with earphones.

  • Teachers will take into account a number of factors including the nature of the work that students are engaged in and the safety of the students.

  • These devices are not to be used at any time where their use would compromise safety eg during sport or while walking to/from sport.

  • The College allows the use of earphones but does NOT accept the use of headphones (earphones sit discretely in the ear).

  • Earphones are to be removed for all announcements, including daily prayer.

  • Listening with earphones at a high volume damages hearing. People in close proximity to the students listening should not be able to hear what is being played.

  • Students are encouraged to have their own personal set of earphones. Sharing earphones is not hygienic, and is discouraged.

  • Students are not to listen to music through speakers at any time, including during breaks.

Any of the following items brought to school or school events will result in suspension from school and could lead to expulsion and referral to the police where appropriate:

  • Knives and weapons or replicas of these
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes, electronic cigarettes or Vaporisers
  • Illicit drugs
  • Any material or item that can be deemed by the school to be potentially dangerous. 

The following banned items, if brought to school, will be confiscated and will incur a Thursday detention for the student: 

  • Cigarette lighters, matches or other ignition devices.
  • Permanent felt pens or markers
  • Liquid paper
  • Gadgets that can inflict pain or discomfort to others eg 'zapper pens'
  • Metal rulers
  • Laser pens or devices with lasers
  • Chewing gum
  • Aerosol spray cans e.g. deodorant sprays
  • Super glue

Consequences for chewing gum at school are currently being reconsidered. 

Other items that are banned and will be confiscated and retained at school for parent collection include: 

  • Skateboards or scooters
  • Energy drinks
  • Items deemed by the school to be unsafe or inappropriate in the school environment

Homework and Study

Students in Years 7-10 are required to satisfactorily complete courses in the following Key Learning Areas for the hours indicated over Years 7 - 10 which will lead to the awarding of a Record of School Achievement (RoSA). Each of these is taught across a number of years as indicated in the table.


KLA Hours Courses Years

English

400

English

7-10

Mathematics

400

Mathematics

7-10

Science

400

Science

7-10

Human Society & its Environment

400

Mandatory Geography (100 hrs)

Mandatory History (100 hrs)

Australian Geography, Civics and Citizenship (100 hrs)

Australian History, Civics and Citizenship (100 hrs)

7-8

7-8

9-10

 

9-10

Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE)

300

PDHPE

7-10

Technology & Applied Studies

200

A minimum of 6 from:

Animal Production Technologies

Control Technologies

Electronic Technologies

Food Technologies

Graphics Technologies

Information Technologies

Media Technologies

Metals Technologies

Mixed Material Technologies

Model Making Technologies

Plant Production Technologies

Polymer Technologies

Textiles Technologies

Timber Technologies

7-8

Creative Arts

200

Music (100 hrs)

Visual Arts (100 hrs)

7-8

Language other than English

100

Either French or Italian

8

 

At Bede Polding College, Religious Education is studied in all of Years 7-12 which is taught for a minimum of 300 hours over Years 7-10.

A student will be considered to have satisfactorily completed a course if in the Principal's view, there is sufficient evidence that the student has:

  • followed the course endorsed or developed by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority); and

  • applied themselves with diligence and sustained effort to the set tasks and experiences provided by the school, i.e. all set work is to be submitted on time, students are to attend all classes, students are to concentrate on their studies in class and not be disruptive.

  • achieved some or all of the course outcomes.

Homework benefits students by complementing classroom learning, fostering good study habits and providing an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning; becoming independent learners with the ability to set themselves goals with regard to the work to be completed each night.

The aims of students completing homework are:

  • to support, consolidate and extend classroom learning
  • to develop positive study habits
  • to encourage self-directed and life-long learning.

Regular homework is encouraged. Homework includes formal work set by the teacher, completion of classwork, assignments, projects, independent research and examination preparation. On some occasions the teacher may set no formal homework, but there is no reason why home study cannot be performed. There is always work to be done - revision, assignments, working ahead and consolidation of past work, as well as reading. From 2018, students in Stage 4 will be required to engage in journal writing to reflect on what they have learned in each of their classes. This could be done in class or as a homework reflection activity as directed by the teacher.

All students will be allocated a diary which is to be used for the purpose of recording homework and other school related tasks. This should be done for each period of the day.

The following are guidelines for the amount of time to be spent on homework:

Years 7 and 8 1½ hours per night
Year 9 2 hours per night
Year 10 2½ hours per night
Year 11 2½ - 3 hours per night
Year 12 3 hours per night
Weekends The equivalent of one week night

The College library is open 8:00 am till 4:00 pm. This provides the students with the opportunity out of class time to complete tasks, do research or study.

If the homework cannot be done a note should be written in the diary explaining the circumstances.

Uniform & Grooming

The College has a strong commitment to the maintenance of high standards; this includes those of grooming and uniform. How a student wears the uniform gives a clear message about how the student sees themselves and their College. As members of this community all students are expected to wear the uniform with pride, and groom themselves appropriately.

The school reserves the right to say what is acceptable in all matters relating to uniform and grooming.
Download 2018 Uniform and Price ListDownload 2018 Uniform and Price List

 

Summer uniform — Terms 1 and 4

Years 7 – 10
Girls Boys
  • Pale blue/grey check dress worn to the middle of the knee
  • Short plain, light blue socks
  • Black polishable firm leather lace-up shoes with low heels
  • Optional: Maroon jumper with crest and / or College blazer
  • Navy blue school trousers, or navy school shorts (optional), with plain black leather belt
  • Blue school shirt with crest on pocket
  • Plain grey, navy or black socks
  • Black polishable firm leather lace-up shoes with low heel
  • Optional: Maroon jumper with crest and / or College blazer

 

Years 11 and 12
Girls Boys
  • Navy skirt worn below the knee
  • Striped school blouse
  • Plain white socks
  • Black polishable firm leather shoes with low heels
  • Optional: Navy jumper with crest and / or College blazer
  • Navy blue school trousers, or navy school shorts (optional), with plain black leather belt
  • Striped school shirt
  • Plain grey, navy or black socks
  • Black polishable firm leather lace-up shoes with low heel
  • Optional: Navy jumper with crest and / or College blazer

 

Winter uniform — Terms 2 and 3

Years 7 - 10
Girls Boys
  • Maroon/blue tartan skirt worn to the middle of the knee
  • Navy tailored school slacks (optional)
  • Blue school shirt with maroon tie worn appropriately - to the top of the skirt
  • Short plain blue socks or grey or black stockings
  • Black polishable firm leather lace-up shoes with low heel
  • College blazer or jacket (maroon jumper for extra warmth)
  • Navy blue school trousers with black leather belt
  • Blue school shirt with navy school tie worn appropriately - to the top of the trouser
  • Plain grey, navy or black socks
  • Black polishable firm leather lace-up shoes with low heel
  • College blazer or jacket (maroon jumper for extra warmth)

 

Years 11 and 12
Girls Boys
  • Navy skirt worn to the middle of the knee
  • Navy tailored school slacks (optional)
  • Striped school shirt with school scarf
  • White socks or navy blue or black stockings
  • College blazer (Navy jumper for extra warmth)
  • Black polishable firm leather shoes
  • Navy blue school trousers with plain black leather belt
  • Striped school shirt with navy school tie worn appropriately - to the top of the trousers
  • Grey, navy or black socks
  • College blazer (Navy jumper for extra warmth)
  • Black polishable firm leather lace-up shoes

All students

  • The College blazer or jacket must be worn to and from school in Terms 2 and 3 up to the end of Homeroom and before being dismissed from classes at the end of each day.

  • Plain black, navy or maroon gloves and a plain black, navy or maroon scarf may be worn during Terms 2 and 3.

  • Protective wet-weather clothing may be worn to and from school. It is not to be worn during school.

  • Soft leather shoes, black joggers, boots or suede shoes are not acceptable.

  • Garments worn under blouses or shirts, if worn, are not to be visible.
  • The only acceptable headwear is the College cap.

Sports Uniform

Girls and Boys
  • Blue uniform shorts
  • College socks
  • College tracksuit (jumper may be worn underneath but not instead of the tracksuit top)
  • College sports shirt
  • Only proper lace up sports shoes are to be worn. Laces must be properly done up at all times. 
  • College cap.

 

  • The full College tracksuit is a compulsory item of uniform for ALL students in Year 7 to 10.  

  • Students may wear their sports uniform to and from the College on the designated sports day, i.e. Thursday. A student who doesn’t have full sports uniform must wear normal school uniform and get changed for sport. On days when students have PE, they must bring their sports uniform and change for their PE lesson at the appropriate time. They are not to come to school dressed in their PE uniform.

  • A College cap is a compulsory item of the uniform and must be worn during PE lessons and sport.
  • Soft leather shoes, black joggers, boots or suede shoes are not acceptable

  • In all descriptions of socks above, anklet socks are not to be worn.

  • Appropriate clothing must be worn for participation in specialist courses.

General

All students must have hair that is of a natural colour. Unnatural colours and extreme contrasts created through the use of dyes are not permitted. Students are not permitted to have facial or body piercings (other than those described as approved jewellery) or tattoos or other permanent markings on any part of their body that is not covered by their school uniform.


Girls

  • Girls’ hair that is longer than shoulder length is to be tied back from the face and behind the head. Fringes and other lengths of hair are to be off the face and out of the eyes.
  • Ribbons, hair slides or bands, elastics etc. if worn, must be plain, single coloured and either navy, maroon, black or white only.
  • If nail polish is worn, it must be clear and plain, not coloured or decorated in any way.
  • Artificial nail extensions, if worn, must be of a length that is deemed to be safe.
  • The use of the following make-up is accepted at the College:
  • Lightly applied natural shades of foundation
  • Brown or black mascara
  • Clear nail polish
  • Clear lip gloss
  • The following will NOT be accepted:
  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Lip balm must be clear, non-glitter and without any colouring

Boys

  • Hairstyles where there are clearly contrasting extremes in length are not permitted.  Shaved patterns or partings are not permitted.
  • Excessive use of gel or wax and all extreme styles eg spikes or layers are not permitted.
  • Boys’ hair should not extend beyond the collar.
  • Length of boys’ fringes must not extend beyond the eyebrows when brushed forward over the forehead.
  • Hair is not to be brushed forward over the face or temples.
  • Shaved heads are not permitted.
  • Boys are to be clean shaven with sideburns not extending beyond the bottom of the ear lobe. (Boys that come to school unshaven will be sent to the student foyer and required to pay $1.00 for a razor and shave cream, and shave before returning to classes).

Jewellery

Students may wear only the following items of jewellery:

Girls Boys
  • A wrist watch
  • A chain with cross or religious medallion may be worn under shirt line. 
  • One pair of sleepers or small, plain, round studs. One earring in each ear and only in the lobe. Earrings must not be any larger than 1cm in diameter.
  • Senior girls' earrings may have a single stone, but should not be dangling.
  • stones in the earrings must not be more than 5mm in width or diameter
  • Girls may wear one small ring on the ring finger.
  • A wrist watch
  • A chain with cross or religious medallion may be worn under shirt line.
  • Boys may wear one small ring on the ring finger
  • Facial piercings are not permitted for any student in the College.
  • Plastic spacers to keep piercings open (e.g. ear, nose or eyebrow piercings) are not to be worn at any time by any student at school


Please label all articles of uniform clearly.


Bags

  • The Bede Polding College bag (available from the uniform shop) is compulsory for all students in the school.

  • Graffiti and stickers must not be used to decorate bags.

Mufti days

The only variation to students’ attire will be that they are allowed to wear neat casual clothing instead of their normal school uniform. All other regulations still apply.

This means that:

  • All normal school rules for hair, jewellery and make up will apply.
  • All students must wear enclosed footwear, i.e. no thongs or sandals.
  • All clothing must be neat, modest and appropriate. The following guidelines for clothing are to be observed:
    • There should be no inappropriate slogans or images on any clothing.
    • Clothing should cover the shoulders (ie. no shoe string straps for girls and no sleeveless singlets for boys) and should completely cover the midriff. Girls’ tops should have appropriately modest necklines that are not revealing.
    • If dresses, skirts or shorts are worn, they must be of suitable length and style, i.e. at least to the middle of the thigh.
    • Skin tight pants or leggings are not to be worn without a skirt or shorts of appropriate length worn over them.
    • Jeans for both boys and girls must be intact, without cuts or holes in them and are not to be worn in such a manner that any part of the midriff or underwear is exposed.

Any student who breaches the above dress regulations may be asked to go home immediately and will lose the privilege of wearing mufti for any other mufti days held during the year.


Lapses in grooming or the wearing of uniform

In all cases except those relating to facial piercings, the following process will be followed:

  • Any student whose uniform or grooming does not comply with College expectations will be issued with a uniform slip which they sign to acknowledge their non-compliance. 3 uniform slips issued in a term will result in a Tuesday after school detention for one hour.

  • In cases of students who continually fail to comply with uniform and/or grooming expectations and who need to complete more than 3 Tuesday detentions in one semester, correspondence will be sent home to parents warning them of consequences for any further uniform or grooming infringements which may include suspension from the College.

  • Students who continue to choose not to comply after this correspondence and the action described will be making a choice not to be part of the College community.

In all cases involving piercings, the following process will apply:

  • If a student arrives at school with a visible facial or body piercing, the parents of the student will be notified by phone immediately of the nature of the problem and the student will be sent home or withdrawn from classes immediately.

  • If the student returns to the College with the piercing after this communication, the parents will be notified immediately and the student will be withdrawn from classes until an interview can be organised with the Principal.

Note: All items of school uniform, including the school bag, are readily available from the School Uniform Shop with the exception of jackets, blazers and tracksuits, which need to be ordered. Opening hours will be advised in the fortnightly school newsletter.


Valuables

  • Valuable items should not be brought to school as no responsibility will be taken for their loss.

  • Money and valuables should not be left in bags. Students should use the lockers provided to store any items of value. N.B. All lockers must be locked at all times when not in use.

  • Technological aids may be used only in relevant learning situations under the direction of the teacher (e.g. digital cameras, MP3 players, iPods and other such devices).

  • If any such devices are used at school or on school activities without a teacher’s permission, they will be confiscated and retained in the College until the end of the next school day.

Parent Involvement & Interaction

The College Executive encourages and values parental involvement in both the curricular and extracurricular activities of the College.

The Parents and Friends Association (P&F) is a well established and active body that over many years has provided funding for numerous projects to enrich the life experiences and learning facilities at the College.

Their regular meetings are held at the College. New members are always welcome and meeting times are advertised in the ‘Good Samaritan’, the College newsletter.

Visit our website to learn more about how you can get involved

On occasions the school will use the phone to make contact with parents. Therefore, it is essential that the school be informed if a home, mobile or work number is changed. 

Telephone messages for students cannot be passed on through the school office except in cases of emergency.

It is extremely difficult to ensure that messages get to students so it is advisable that parents be aware that changes and variations to normal routine should be discussed at home before a student comes to school.

The diary will be used as a means of communication by the staff to you, or by you to the staff. Teachers may indicate your child's progress by way of a diary note, and you may wish to contact your child's teacher(s) using the diary.

Parents are asked to sign the diary by Wednesday of each week.

The school newsletter ‘Good Samaritan’ is published every second Friday (Week B) and distributed through our Skoolbag App. Newsletters are also published and archived on the school website. ‘Good Samaritan’ contains information that we consider to be of importance to parents. 

If you require a paper copy of our newsletter please feel free to contact Bede Polding College by phone on 4560 2900 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Twice a year, reports will be sent to parents informing them of student progress. In some cases it will be necessary to follow this report with a parent interview.

Before the end of Term 2 there will be special evenings when all teachers will be available to discuss the progress of students. Parents are expected to attend.

Parents may contact the school and arrange an interview whenever they consider a situation needs clarification or communication.

Health Care & First aid

If a student feels ill or suffers an accident at school, this fact is to be brought to the attention of the class teacher or playground supervisor. This teacher will arrange for another student to accompany him/her to the student office, where the appropriate attention will be decided.

Where a student is not well enough to continue at school, or requires hospital treatment, every effort will be made to contact the parents. It is vital that the school is notified of any changes to contact details. When contacted regarding a child’s illness parents are expected to either collect the child themselves or arrange for a relative or friend to do so.

Students are covered for ambulance travel to the hospital and the diocese provides some accident insurance. Students are covered by School Care Policy provided by Catholic Church Insurances. They are covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week for school organised activities. Claim forms are available from the College office.

Students on prescribed medication or with existing medical conditions must notify the school in writing. The school cannot legally administer any medications without written permission from a parent. If a student is diagnosed with a new condition, they need to collect a Medical Information form from the office and return completed, to ensure records are up to date and students are cared for appropriately.

On occasions, students are sent to school when they are sick and report to sick bay as soon as they arrive at school. Please keep your child at home if he/she is sick. We do not have the staff and resources to look after sick children all day. The sick bay is meant as a temporary waiting area for a child who needs to be picked up.

Caring for our Students

Every student at Bede Polding College has a fundamental right to feel safe. It is the right of everyone to be able to come to our school each day without fear of intimidation, humiliation or being threatened with harm, verbally, physically or by any other means. Teasing and name calling are not tolerated at Bede Polding College.

Any student who is bullied in any way in class or at school must inform their teacher, their Year Coordinator or anyone they feel comfortable speaking to about the situation, as soon as it happens. Parents are encouraged at all times to contact the College to report any bullying of their children. Please do not hesitate to use the bpcnobullying@parra.catholic.edu.au email to report cases of bullying.

Students that are victims of bullying are added to a register that is maintained by Year Coordinators. This register is used by staff as part of a process of regular checks on these students to ensure that they continue to feel safe at the College.

Students involved in bullying behaviours will be dealt with most seriously. In most cases the parents of the bully are contacted and involved in the process to support a change in their child’s behaviour. In most cases this behaviour will involve some consequence which may include counselling. The process is designed to directly address the inappropriate behaviour that is causing another student at the College to feel unsafe.

Repeat bullying behaviours can lead to a significant suspension and even withdrawal of the student from the College.

If any student requires adjustments in order to access and/or participate in any aspect of College life, a Personalised Plan may be required. If there are any requirements or changes to a student's health, wellbeing and/or learning needs, please contact the Case Management team for more information. We aim to cater for individual learning needs and we ask for as much communication as possible.

Defiance is the refusal by a student to follow a reasonable instruction by a staff member.

Defiance is not acceptable behaviour at Bede Polding College. Any student displaying defiant behaviour will be suspended from school and will not return to school until after a parental interview has been conducted with the Principal.

Defiant Behaviour - Not acceptable in the workplace – Not acceptable at Bede Polding College

In order to ensure the safety of all students at all times, there is a strict 'Hands-Off' policy at Bede Polding College. This simply states that students are not to make any physical contact with any other student or their property in any way. This includes hugging and throwing things including water at other students. The consequence for breaking the 'Hands-Off' rule is an immediate non-negotiable Tuesday after school detention.

In serious examples of students being unable to conduct themselves within the guidelines as set by the College, the Principal may suspend the students from classes or from attending school for a period of time.

As part of the process of developing responsible and self-disciplined students, they are expected to be well-organised for all lessons.

All teachers utilise Management Record Forms (MRF) to monitor behaviour and the quality of students’ work in or out of the classroom. (An example of these forms with an explanation is provided later in this document). The process is designed to encourage students to work positively to improve their learning.

Year Coordinators and teachers constantly advise and counsel students to be punctual to school and to classes, to be organised for lessons by bringing all necessary materials to classes, to complete class-work and homework to a high standard, to return notes on time and to have their diaries signed by parents each week. These are obligations that all students are expected to meet on a regular basis.

On the MRFs, students are given at least three opportunities each term (till the end of Week 2 of the next term) to meet their responsibilities. In the case of inappropriate behaviour in or out of the classroom, after the second incident that is recorded on the MRF, parental contact is made by the teacher via telephone to inform the parent about the behaviours in an endeavour to prevent a further incident. If there is a third incident, this results in a Tuesday after school detention for an hour.

In the case of poor organisation or any other failure to meet expectations, incidents are recorded on the MRF for Learning Behaviours. For each incident recorded on these forms, a diary notification is made to keep parents informed. It is very important that parents check and sign diaries each week to monitor their child’s progress.


General Behaviour

Learning Behaviour

At Bede Polding College, the focus on student management is on building positive relationships with students both in and out of the classroom. Based on our College motto 'Called to bring peace' students are encouraged to be 'Safe, Respectful Learners'. Recognition is given to students who display positive behaviours through a Merit Award Scheme. There are guidelines for staff to reward students for a range of good behaviours. The Merit Award Scheme operates on a four-tiered system as follows:


Positive Behaviour 1 Merit Award presented to student by teachers
5 Merit awards received Coordinator's Award presented by Year Coordinator at Year Assembly
5 Coordinator's awards received Assistant Principal's Awards presented at College Assembly
2 Assistant Principal awards received Principal's Award presented at College Assembly plus medallion

A student that receives 2 Principal's awards will be offered the opportunity to meet the requirements for a higher award known as the College Medal.

Positive Behaviour Awards are issued for any of the following and other behaviours deemed by staff to be deserving of recognition:

In-class behaviours

  • Consistency in effort, cooperation, involvement, achievement or application over a sustained period of time (for a minimum of half a term or on completion of a full unit of work)
  • Maintaining a high quality of work e.g. classwork, bookwork (again, over a sustained period of time)
  • High achievement in assessment tasks
  • Showing significant improvement in learning through application and effort e.g. for a student who is not necessarily academic, but tries hard or demonstrates perseverance
  • Demonstrating positive learning behaviours e.g. showing initiative by asking questions, seeking assistance, taking responsibility for their own learning
  • Positive contribution and participation in class discussion (sustained)
  • Actively and frequently (or always) demonstrating and promoting safe or respectful  behaviour - in or out of class (this could be a one-off behaviour if it was something significant, displaying true character or courage. Less significant positive behaviours could be rewarded by diary notes or verbal affirmation).
  • Displaying genuine compassion, responsibility towards others
  • Going out of their way to help staff and fellow students e.g. peer teaching, mentoring

Out of class behaviours

  • Voluntary community service, assisting others (students or staff) without being asked

  • Making contributions to the school e.g. assisting with events such as debating after school hours, soup kitchen. If this is done over an extended period of time e.g. 5-6 weeks or more, the student/s could be considered for a Coordinator’s Award

  • Honesty e.g. finding and handing in lost items

  • Doing something over and above normal expectations (this could be in or out of class)

  • Showing leadership without being expected to in activities such as sport, e.g. encouraging others to participate or try harder

  • Reporting or intervening in a bullying incident

The education provided at Bede Polding College extends beyond academic achievement. Other aspects of student development such as organisation, punctuality and responsibility are all promoted through the policies and procedures of the College.

While the approach is based on positive interactions between staff and students, there will be occasions when students fail to live up to expectations of the College. Teachers will take steps to modify inappropriate behaviours by students with the aim of maintaining positive relationships.

Staff at Bede Polding College maintain management records for behaviour, time and resource management to encourage organisation, good management of time including punctuality, as well as a sense of responsibility.

An after school detention system operates at the College and is implemented when students fail to follow expected procedures.

In most instances a student is given three opportunities before a one hour, after school Tuesday detention is issued. Notifications are made by teachers on Management Record Forms (MRFs) and in the student's diary for the first 3 points below. Detentions are given to students who:

  • Fail to have their diary signed by their parent three times in a term
  • Display three instances off disruptive behaviour in a particular class in a term
  • Fail to complete homework, bring essential resources to class or satisfactorily complete classwork in a subject three times in a term
  • Break the 'Hands Off Rule'
  • Arrive at school late four times in a term
  • Receive four uniform infringements in a term.

Students that receive multiple detentions or have poor uniform or attendance records over the course of the year may forfeit their right to participate in school activities eg Tennis Day, representative sport, the Year 10 Dinner Dance and end of year celebrations and functions.

For more serious infringements, students may be placed on a two hour, after school Thursday detention or in an In-School Suspension, where they are withdrawn from regular classes for the day. After school detentions cannot be substituted by other forms of detention such as recess, lunch or sport detentions because parents are unable to pick up their children after the detention. It is the responsibility of parents to make the necessary arrangements for their child's transport home after these detentions.

In situations where the behaviour of students is such that it threatens the safety of others in the school or is deemed to be unacceptable by the Principal, the student may be suspended from school for a period of time or expelled, excluded or transferred from school. Note: a suspension from school will require a parental interview with the student and the Principal before the student is allowed to return to school. Policies in relation to these matters can be located on the 'Policies' page of our website.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBL)

Positive Behaviour Support is about teaching students behaviours that are expected of them. All individuals have the right to be safe at school, to be treated respectfully and to learn to their full potential. The aim of these skills is to promote positive behaviour and make sure that at Bede Polding College all students are safe and able to learn all of the time.

The following table summarises the behaviours expected by students at Bede Polding College in order for them to be safe, respectful learners.


Behaviour
Rights & Responsibilities

SAFE

I have the right to be safe at school and it is my responsibility to promote the safety of myself and others when:

  • lining up and entering a room
  • in all learning environments
  • in corridors and walkways
  • using the canteen
  • using the facilities and equipment
  • outside of school.

 

RESPECTFUL

I have the right to be treated respectfully at school and it is my responsibility to show respect:

  • in the classroom – to teachers and peers
  • when using the canteen
  • when in the playground
  • by sharing communal space
  • by valuing the College and wider community.

 

LEARNERS

I have the right to learn to the best of my ability at school and it is my responsibility to:

  • prepare to learn
  • engage in learning
  • be a learner outside of the classroom, e.g. by participating in extracurricular activities.

Rights Responsibilities

To learn and actively participate in all classes without being disrupted by others

  • To be regular in my attendance at school
  • To be punctual to school and to all lessons
  • To participate and be attentive in class
  • To complete all set work, homework and assignments on time
  • To follow all teacher instructions and directions in class
  • To set study goals and strive to achieve them
  • To be considerate of the needs of other students in the class
  • To behave in a manner which does not affect the learning of others

 

To be treated fairly and with respect and courtesy

  • To respect each other’s uniqueness
  • To show respect for each other’s property
  • To show respect for school facilities and ensure that they are well maintained
  • To respect the authority of all staff in the classroom and the school
  • To speak respectfully at all times and use appropriate language
  • To extend a warm welcome to visitors and to new teachers and students

 

To feel safe in a just and caring environment

  • To abide by all rules relating to entry and exit to and from classes
  • To remain in designated areas on the school grounds during school hours
  • To avoid activities that could be potentially dangerous to myself or to others
  • To move around the school in a quiet and orderly manner, keeping to the left along footpaths and in corridors
  • To avoid any physical contact, even in fun, with other students

 

To share in the enjoyment of a clean and attractive environment

  • To take good care of school furniture and equipment
  • To keep the school grounds clean by placing all litter in bins
  • To keep classrooms clean and tidy
  • To avoid eating or drinking in any part of the school buildings
  • To refrain from having or using chewing gum at school

 

To have pride in being a member of the Bede Polding College community

  • To wear the school uniform proudly and correctly
  • To observe and abide by all rules relating to grooming and deportment
  • To be ambassadors of the College in all activities in or out of school
  • To always uphold the College motto in word and in deed

 


It is a fundamental right of everyone in our school community to feel safe. It is the right of everyone to be able to come to our school each day without fear of intimidation, humiliation or being threatened verbally or physically with harm. Bullying denies this right to members of our school and as such bullying is not accepted in our school.

Care of School Facilities

  • Students are responsible for the cleanliness and good order of the classrooms under the direction of the teachers.

  • Bags are to be placed in an orderly manner in the classroom, or on bag hooks outside of the classroom as directed by the teacher.

  • AV equipment, including data projectors is not to be interfered with under any circumstances.

  • Any damage to rooms or equipment will be paid for by the person causing the damage.

  • Students are not to operate the fans and air conditioners.

  • Students are not to be in classrooms during recess and lunch time except for the first five minutes to access lockers (B Block only)

Students should make every effort to keep the grounds free of paper and other refuse by making use of the rubbish and recycling bins provided. The trees and gardens should be carefully protected.

  • Students should maintain an atmosphere which will assist research and study.
  • Bags must be left in the outside bag area in an orderly way, utilising the hooks available.
  • Glue, scissors, food and drink are not permitted in the library.
  • Students must abide by the borrowing regulations and follow other directions as indicated by the librarians.

A locker is allocated to each student by their Homeroom teacher.

  • Each student’s locker must have a combination lock on it, available from the Uniform shop.
  • Students who do not provide a lock for their locker will not have access to a locker.
  • Year 7 students will be provided with a lock at the start of the year. If another lock is required for any reason it is the student's responsibility to purchase.
  • No student is permitted to go to another student’s locker even with the owner’s authority.
  • Lockers should be kept free from foodstuffs.
  • Regular locker inspections will be conducted by Homeroom teachers.
  • Students are only permitted to go to their lockers during homeroom and the first 5 minutes of recess and lunch and after school.
  • There is to be no sharing of lockers by students.