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students may be placed on a two hour, after school Thursday detention or in an In-School Suspension, where they are withdrawn from regular classes for the day.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.