Our School Policies

Health Policy

IMMUNISATION

The immunisation status of each child will be checked upon entry into Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Primary School.

MEDIC ALERT

The parent of any child with a serious medical condition requiring urgent medical attention needs to contact the school administration and fill out the necessary documentation. The Principal and class teacher need to also be notified.

MEDICATION

As a result of the increased number of children in schools being prescribed medications on a long and short-term basis, the educational, medical and legal authorities are continually up-dating their recommendations on practices and procedures for administration of medication in schools.

In line with the Catholic Education Office policy, all decisions regarding the storage and administration of medication will be the responsibility of the Principal.

1. Non-Prescriptive Pain Suppressants

Non-prescriptive pain suppressants (Aspirin, Panadol, etc) will not be administered by staff without the written permission of the student’s parent/guardian. The parent/guardian is responsible for the supply of any medication. It should be noted that aspirin may only be administered to students with a medical practitioner’s written instruction because of the possibility of the development of Reye’s Syndrome (a potentially fatal disease in childhood). (Handbook for Catholic Schools – Policy 5-G2)

2. Prescribed Medication

The misuse of prescribed medication can place the user in a serious, and in some instances life-threatening, situation. Bulk quantities of medication will not be left on the school premises and all medication will be removed from the school premises at the end of the year. Parents/guardians must provide written authority for school staff to administer the prescribed medication. The authority form must be renewed at the beginning of each year and updated by the parent as required during the year.

  • Parents/guardians are responsible for advising the Principal, in writing, of any specific requirements when administering the medication. This should include details from the medical practitioner regarding the circumstances for use.
  • School staff will only administer medication in accordance with the medical practitioner’s instructions. No medicine can be administered by staff unless taken from the labelled packet or medicine bottle issued by the medical practitioner.
  • The Principal must ensure that a student’s medical condition and the medication for that condition are brought to the attention of the relevant staff. (Handbook for Catholic schools – Policy 5-G3)

3. Storage of Medication

The prescribed medication will be stored in the school office or in the case of Pre-Primary children, in the Pre- Primary. Access will be restricted to authorised personnel. (Handbook for Catholic Schools – Policy 5-G3)

Parents/guardians must ensure sufficient quantities of medication are supplied. All medication sent to the school must be in the labelled packet or medicine bottle issued by the medical practitioner. This must clearly show the:

  • name of medication
  • student’s name
  • dosage
  • frequency of dosage

Students are not to carry medication around in their pockets or leave medication in their bags or desks because of the likelihood of other children having access to the medication.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Parents are requested to inform the school if a child has had a communicable/infectious disease and is required to observe the exclusion from school period. Public Health Department recommendations for most common infectious diseases are listed below.

Disease Period of Exclusion
Chicken Pox Until scabs are healed
Conjunctivitis Until discharge from eyes has ceased
Diphtheria Until medical certificate of recovery NB Contacts excluded also
German Measles Until at least 4 days after onset of rash
Glandular Fever Until child is well
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease Until all blisters have crusted
Head Lice Until treatment has commenced
Hepatitis A Until medical certificate of recovery is received
Hepatitis B & C Not necessary
Measles At least 4 days after the onset of the rash
Mumps At least 9 days after onset of symptoms
Ring Worms Until the day after treatment has commenced
Scabies Until mites and eggs are destroyed.
Whooping Cough For 2 weeks from onset of illness or for 5 days after starting antibiotics
SICK STUDENTS

The sick bay is intended for temporary ailments only. Parents will be contacted if the child is unable to continue with school work. Parent’s emergency contact details need to be kept current in case their child is sick or injured at school. Please do not send children to school if they are unwell as this results in your child being upset and spreads the illness and infection to other students and teachers.

SCHOOL CHILDREN INSURANCE

All children attending Notre Dame Catholic Primary School are covered by a 365 day, 24 hour, Accident Insurance Scheme (CCI). This cost is included in the annual school fees. Please contact the School Office during school hours for further information.


Mobile Phone Policy

RATIONALE

Mobile phones have become an important and invaluable part of our modern lifestyle. The school understands there are times when possession of a mobile phone can provide a sense of safety and security while travelling to and from school. Given the primary school setting we should consider their use in this context.

AIMS
  • The school aims to provide a happy, safe and stimulating learning environment for all students.
  • The purpose of this policy is to ensure that mobile phone usage does not disrupt this learning environment.
  • To clarify the responsibilities of students with regard to mobile phones
GUIDELINES
  • In general, students should not bring valuable items to school as they can be easily lost or stolen which can be distressful for a primary age child. While we fully acknowledge a parent’s right to allow their child to bring a mobile phone to school, Notre Dame Catholic Primary School discourages students from bringing mobile phones to school.
  • Students remain responsible for all their personal effects whilst at school. When students enter the grounds the school takes no responsibility for mobile phones. Mobile phones are brought to school entirely at the owner’s risk. The school accepts no responsibility for replacing lost, stolen or damaged phones.
  • There are no reasons why a student needs to have in their possession or use a mobile phone during the school day. Mobile phones are to be turned off or in silent mode and kept in the child’s school bag.
  • Parents are reminded that in cases of emergency, the school office remains a vital and appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child can be reached quickly and assisted in any appropriate way.
SANCTIONS

The following sanctions will apply to students who fail these guidelines:

  • The mobile phone will be confiscated (handed back to student or parent at the end of the day)
  • Communication with parents regarding mobile phone use at school


Bullying Policy

RATIONALE

The Notre Dame Catholic Primary School community respects the rights of its students to be free from all forms of bullying and are committed to providing a safe environment for all students.

PRINCIPLES

Through our shared vision and whole school policy we are committed to addressing all incidents of bullying. At Notre Dame Catholic Primary School we aim to ensure that all students are valued and that engaging in bullying behaviour is unacceptable.

Disregarding bullying behaviours or participating as a bystander is unacceptable. It is the responsibility of all community members to ensure our safety, security and respect for all individuals.

The process (action plan) will target individuals engaging in bullying and any bystanders.

At the classroom and playground level, teachers will endeavour to educate students about appropriate and acceptable social behaviour.

At the school community level, issues of bullying will be addressed by relevant students and staff and where necessary, the School Leadership Team.

Resistance to behaviour change and repeated offending will require the school’s discipline procedures to be enforced.

WHAT IS BULLYING?

Bullying is seen as a behaviour by one or more persons, which is used to intimidate, exclude, frighten or dominate others. An individual or a group can carry out bullying.

FORMS OF BULLYING

Bullying can take many forms including:

Physical

  • Hitting, punching, tripping.
  • Kicking, biting.
  • Negative body language.
  • Damaging someone’s property.
  • Stealing someone’s property.

Verbal

  • Making hurtful and racist comments/jokes, name calling.
  • Commenting on social and/or family backgrounds.
  • Picking on others.

Emotional

  • Spreading rumours, gossip.
  • Taking or damaging property.
  • Sending hurtful notes.
  • Attempting to intimidate, threaten or belittle.
  • Forcing an individual to do something he/she doesn’t want to do

Social

  • Deliberately ignoring or avoiding.
  • Excluding from the group.
SIGNS OF BULLYING

Signs of being bullied may be:

  • Feeling frightened, angry or embarrassed.
  • Finding it hard to concentrate on school work.
  • Not wanting to come to school.
  • Not getting along with others.
STUDENT ACTION PLAN

If you think you are being bullied… Ask yourself – was it deliberate? Yes or No

If yes follow these steps:

• Ignore the behaviour and show it doesn’t upset you.

If the behaviour continues..

• Tell the individual/s engaging in bullying behaviour to stop it.

If the behaviour continues..

• Move to a safe area.

If the behaviour continues..

• Tell another student around you that you are being bullied.

If the behaviour continues..

• Tell a staff member.

BYSTANDER ACTION PLAN

If you think someone is being bullied..

Ask yourself – does this look or sound like a bullying situation? Yes or No

If yes follow these steps –

  • Tell the person who is bullying to “Stop it.”
  • Offer friendly help to make the individual/s feel safe.

If the behaviour continues…

  • Take the individual/s to a staff member and report what you saw or heard.
SCHOOL ACTION PLAN
    • A staff member will assess the situation and speak with the students involved.

If necessary…

    • Class discussion about bullying will be included in general teaching lessons across learning areas such as Religious Education and Health

If necessary…

  • Refer to the Leadership Team who will take appropriate action and make contact with parents if necessary.
PARENTS’ ROLE

Parents can help by:

  • Showing an interest in your child’s school, social, sporting and cultural life.
  • Having a warm and friendly home environment where your child is encouraged to bring friends home.
  • Developing your child’s self esteem by offering encouragement, saying and doing positive things, nurturing their positive qualities and valuing them for who they are.
  • Teaching children to respect differences and be tolerant.
  • Setting a good example, as role models, when resolving your own conflicts.
  • Discussing school expectations about behaviour and how best to deal with bullying.
  • Assisting your child to understand and practice the strategies stated here.
  • Being observant and looking out for telltale signs that something is wrong.
  • Informing the school if you become aware of any bullying incident so that it can be stopped.


Student Use Of Information & Communication Technology (Years K-3)

RATIONALE

Communication Technology (ICT) has been introduced into schools predominantly through email and the internet. The availability of such resources provides the opportunity for schools to help students develop their full potential. ICT provides significant educational value but can pose a risk of exposure to inappropriate and offensive material and personal safety.

In accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church, the practice of communication must be totally honest and reflect the highest standard of accountability and sensitivity to human rights and relationships.

DEFINITIONS

‘Information and Communication Technology (ICT)’ means all computer hardware, software, systems and technology including the internet, email, and social networking sites (eg facebook) and telecommunications devices (eg mobile phones) in facilities that may be used or accessed from a school campus or connected to a school’s communication network.

Defamation is the publication, declaration or broadcast of material that is capable of lowering a person’s reputation in the estimation of others.

Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying is unlawful behaviour as defined in the Catholic Education Commission Policy Statement 2-B4: ‘Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying’.

PRINCIPLES
  1. Notre Dame Catholic Primary School has made rules about how students use email and the internet so that they can use it in the best way. Students must follow these rules and listen to their teacher so that ICT can be used to communicate with others and learn about things.
  2. Notre Dame Catholic Primary School has made rules about using ICT so that everyone at the school is safe and happy. Students can use ICT only if they look after it and follow all the rules about the use of ICT.
  3. Notre Dame Catholic Primary School can check all the school’s ICT to make sure students are following the school rules.
PROCEDURES
  1. Students shall obey all of the school rules about email and the internet and take good care of the school computer equipment.
  2. Students shall only use the school software on the schools computers. Students will not bring any software from home to install on the school computers.
  3. Students shall only send emails with their teacher’s permission.
  4. Students shall go only to sites on the internet that a teacher has said they can use. If students find anything on the internet that makes them feel bad or uncomfortable they must click on HOME or turn the monitor off and tell their teacher.
  5. Before students send an email they must show it to the teacher. Everything a student writes in an email or through the internet must be their best work that they would be proud to show to their parents. A student will not use email or the internet to annoy, bully or frighten anyone.
  6. People who put information on the internet for students to read own that information. If students use anything from the internet in their own work they must check with their teacher before they copy it to make sure they have the owner’s permission to copy it.
  7. Students shall never tell anyone via email or the internet their name, address, telephone number or any other private information. Students shall not send their photograph to anyone without checking with their teacher and having a permission note from their parents.


Student Use Of Information & Communication Technology (Years 4-6)

RATIONALE

Communication Technology (ICT) has been introduced into schools predominantly through email and the internet. The availability of such resources provides the opportunity for schools to help students develop their full potential. ICT provides significant educational value but can pose a risk of exposure to inappropriate and offensive material and personal safety.

In accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church, the practice of communication must be totally honest and reflect the highest standard of accountability and sensitivity to human rights and relationships.

DEFINITIONS

‘Information and Communication Technology (ICT)’ means all computer hardware, software, systems and technology including the internet, email and social networking (eg facebook) and telecommunications devices (eg mobile phones) in facilities that may be used or accessed from a school campus or connected to a school’s communication network.

Defamation is the publication, declaration or broadcast of material that is capable of lowering a person’s reputation in the estimation of others.

Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying is unlawful behaviour as defined in the Catholic Education Commission Policy Statement 2-B4: ‘Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying’.

PRINCIPLES
  1. The Notre Dame Catholic Primary School ICT is provided for educational purposes only.
  2. Using Notre Dame Catholic Primary School ICT is a privilege. This privilege can be removed if school rules are broken. Students using the school’s ICT must not break State or Commonwealth laws (a summary of these laws is an attachment to this Policy and forms part of this Policy).
  3. The school has the right to check all written, graphic, audio and other materials created, produced, communicated, stored or accessed on school ICT by students, including emails.
  4. Students shall be made aware that access to ICT, particularly the internet and email, can expose them to inappropriate material or potential harm.
PROCEDURES
  1. Students understand that the use of Notre Dame Catholic Primary School ICT is a privilege. This privilege may be lost if a student uses ICT in an unacceptable way.
  2. The acceptable and unacceptable use by students of the ICT are listed below.2.1 Acceptable use shall include but is not limited to:
    • following teachers’ instructions.
    • accessing only the information the teacher has agreed to.
    • being polite and courteous when emailing.
    • seeking the teacher’s permission before sending an email.
    • researching information for a topic or assignment given by the teacher.
    • correctly acknowledging the work of others according to copyright laws.
    • respecting the privacy of others including other students and staff members.
    • informing the teacher if you are concerned that you have accidentally accessed inappropriate material.
    • handling all ICT equipment with care.

    2.2 Unacceptable use shall include but is not limited to:

    • using ICT without permission or without supervision by a teacher.
    • visiting any site that has not been approved by the teacher.
    • using the internet to access offensive or inappropriate information.
    • interfering with emails or files belonging to others.
    • downloading anything without the teacher’s permission.
    • sending a personal photograph without the written permission of a parent.
    • sending anything without the teacher’s permission.
    • sending or receiving a message which has a false name or has used another’s name without permission.
    • sending an email to bully, frighten, annoy or upset a person.


Disputes And Complaints Policy

How to Deal with a Dispute or Complaint in a Catholic School

This information is provided as an overview of the process to be utilised in Catholic schools in the resolution of a dispute or complaint that may arise from time to time.

The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA), Dispute and Complaint Resolution Policy was implemented in First Term 2002 and provides a process that must be followed by all Catholic schools when addressing issues of dispute or complaint.

The Dispute and Complaint Resolution Policy is consistent with the accountability requirements under the School Education Act (1999).

The Dispute and Complaint Resolution Policy has been developed on the following basis:

  • The principles of the policy are based on the Church’s social teachings and the principles of natural justice eg. the right to be heard and the right of responses etc.
  • The need to resolve the dispute or complaint initially at the school level before involving the Director of Catholic Education.

In the case of a dispute or complaint arising that directly relates to an existing CECWA policy, the procedural aspects of this policy shall be followed eg. student enrolment.

In the case of a dispute or complaint resulting from an employment related issue, the prescribed provision of the relevant Enterprise Bargaining Agreement or Award shall be adhered to.

A copy of the policy and guidelines is available upon request.

Overview of Procedures
  1. All issues of dispute or complaint must be addressed in the first instance at the school level.
  2. Where the parties are having difficulty achieving a resolution at the school level, they may request the assistance of the Director of Catholic Education or Congregational Leader.
  3. Any party may appeal the Principal’s decision to the Director of Catholic Education who will then in turn review the decision.

Any party may appeal the Director of Catholic Education’s decision to the Minister for Education. The Minister for Education will review the process utilised to resolve the dispute or complaint but will not review the merits of the matter.


Safe Arrival And Departure Of Students Policy

RATIONALE

Notre Dame Catholic Primary School believes all members of the school community play an important role in ensuring our students arrive at, and depart from school in the safest possible way. Notre Dame Catholic Primary School has, therefore, developed a policy to safeguard students when arriving and departing the school grounds.

PRINCIPLES
  1. Notre Dame Catholic Primary School staff owe a duty of care to their students.
  2. Notre Dame Catholic Primary School provides a supportive and safe environment for all.
  3. Students are valued members of our school community.
  4. Parents are an important part of our school community and play an essential role in ensuring students arrive at, and depart from school safely.
ORGANISATION

Early Childhood Policy (Kindergarten, Pre Primary, Year 1):

  • All children in Kindergarten, Pre Primary or Year 1 must be collected from class by a parent, or by an adult who has been given permission by the parent to do so.

Street Parking Signs:

Parents are advised that there are no parking signs on the northern side of Daly Street and no parking signs on Oswell Street (both sides). These regulations must be obeyed at all times. Drivers not adhering to these signs are liable to be fined by the City of Belmont Rangers.

Designated Drop Off and Pick Up Areas:

Drive Through:

This is for parents who wish to pick up their child/ren without parking. Students will be supervised by a staff member to ensure they are collected safely by the child’s parent or someone the parent has given permission to, at the end of the school day. The drive through:

– Is located in the Church car park (netball court gate – 1st Term 2011) – enter from Gilroy St and exit into Daly St (one way traffic only).

– Operates in the mornings unsupervised by staff.

– Is available from 3.00pm to 3.15pm in the afternoons. Parents will need to collect children from the office after this time.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE DRIVE THROUGH IS ALSO A CAR PARK FOR PARENTS WISHING TO COLLECT CHILDREN. PLEASE BE PATIENT AND COURTEOUS AT ALL TIMES. A SPEED LIMIT OF 10KMH APPLIES AT ALL TIMES.

• Parking:

For parents wishing to collect their child/ren from the classrooms, the following parking is available:

– Bays on the southern side of Daly Street may be used by parents to park.

– The Church car park may be used by parents to park their car. If using this car park parents must alight from their car and walk to the child’s classroom. Children are not permitted to walk through the car park on their own.

– Disabled parking is located in the Church car park and the Administration car park. Only cars with ACROD permits have access to these bays.

IN ALL INSTANCES, PLEASE PARK IN MARKED BAYS ONLY. THERE IS NO PARENT PARKING IN THE ADMINISTRATION BLOCK CARPARK UNLESS VISITING THE OFFICE.

Cycling/scootering to and from School:

– Children riding to and from school on either bikes or scooters are a parent’s responsibility.

– It is recommended that children under the age of ten years should not ride to school independently. It is recognized that younger children do not have fully developed peripheral vision and hearing and do not fully comprehend the traffic code.

– Riders should walk bikes/scooters across Daly Street and when on the school grounds.

– Riders enter the school grounds through the Daly Street gate and walk their bikes/scooters to the bike rack.

– Riders must give way to pedestrians at all times.

– It should be noted that the wearing of bike helmets (clipped on) is a State Government regulation.

Walking to and from School:

– Children walking to school are a parent’s responsibility.

– All students walking to or from school, with or without a parent / guardian are to enter or exit via the Daly Street gate.

– The gate between Block 1 & 2 will be supervised by a staff member from 3.00pm to 3.15pm. After 3.30pm, the gate will be locked and access to the school will be through the Administration Block gate only.

Bus to and from School:

– All students catching the Carlisle bus are to make their way immediately after the bell to the designated bus collection point located adjacent to the Medical Room.

– Students catching the school bus are to adhere to the School Bus Policy