St Patrick's Marist College has a number of school-based policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our School life. 

  • St Patrick's Marist Policies
    • Absences

      Checking student absences is now done via SMS procedure.
      In the case of an absence, parents/guardians are no longer required to ring  and inform the College before school begins unless the student has an assessment task, or an excursion. In this case the parent will still receive an SMS message to respond to.

      If a student is marked absent during the morning Administration period an automatic SMS message will be sent to the designated family mobile to verify the absence.
      If the parent receives an attendance SMS they are asked to respond by either:

      • replying to the SMS with a reason for the absence (this satisfies as the parental note), or
      • calling the College as soon as possible (96385644) to indicate the student should be at school.

      Student absence during term time is not encouraged and any requests for student leave outside of normal school holiday periods must be applied for, and approved, by the College Principal.

    • After Hours Use of Devices

      Advice to Parents

      Use of the device after hours should be subject to the parental supervision in the home. The College does not accept responsibility for monitoring the manner in which the device is used after hours.

      Be Informed

      Be informed about the risks and benefits of internet access. Understand about instant messaging, forums, personal spaces like Twitter and Facebook. The College has stressed to the students that the internet is anonymous and you never know who you are speaking to, that personal spaces are open and easily accessible to all, and that personal information should never be published for the whole world to see.

      Students should not publish schedules of their activities or exchange information.

      Be In View

      Where possible have your son’s or daughter’s device in view. Try to keep internet activity in an active and well visited part of the home. It is easier to be informed and interested when you can see the sites they are surfing, the friends they are making and talking to, or the spaces they are creating. This also limits access to inappropriate and unacceptable sites.

      Be Interested

      Be interested in what your child does on their computer and who they are talking or chatting to. Parents should ask their child to show their spaces and their work. Discuss with them the risks of revealing personal information such as their name, address or photos. Explain to them the dangers of meeting in person the 'friend' they have met on the net.

      Bridging the gap between home and school

      At school the internet is mostly used to support teaching and learning. However, it is often used differently. Not only is it a study resource for students, but it is increasingly being used as a social space to meet and chat. If you have the internet at home, encourage your child to show you what they are doing online.

      At home it is recommended that you:

      • Find out how your child uses the internet and who else is involved in any online activities.
      • Have computers with internet access in a shared place in the house – not your child’s bedroom.
      • Ask questions when your child shows you what they are doing, such as:
        • How does it work and how do you set it up?
        • Who is else is sharing this space or game? (do you know them or did you ‘meet’ them online?)
        • Can you see any risks or dangers in the activity - what would you say to warn/ inform a younger child?
        • What are you doing to protect yourself or your friends from these potential dangers?
        • When would you inform an adult about an incident that has happened online that concerns you (discuss why your child might keep it to themselves).

      Statistics show that students will not approach an adult for help because:

      • they might get the blame for any incident
      • they don’t think adults 'get' their online stuff
      • they might put at risk their own access to technology by either: admitting to a mistake or highlighting a situation that might lead a parent to ban their access.
    • Banned Items

      The following items are banned from use at the College or any College activity:

      • alcohol
      • any tobacco product
      • E-cigarettes
      • Any unlawful drug
      • bubble gum
      • chewing gum
      • collector cards
      • fireworks, etc
      • knives
      • imitation weapons
      • laser pointers
      • liquid paper
      • permanent marker pens
      • skateboards
      • steel rulers and any articles which may be dangerous to the safety of others.
    • Complaint Handling

      The College acknowledges that sometimes people may have a complaint about a decision, behaviour, act or omission that they feel is unacceptable.

      The underlying principles in managing complaints are that:

      • Complaints will be investigated in a fair and impartial manner.

      • A person facing a complaint is entitled to know detailed information about the complaint and given the opportunity to respond.

      • Confidentiality will be observed.

      • Respect will be provided to all parties.

      • It is expected that complaints are made in good faith are not vexatious.

      • Complaints will be addressed in a timely manner.

           Options available for those with a complaint include:

      • Discuss the issue directly with the parties concerned.

      • Contact the College through reception, Leaders of Learning, Assistant Principals or the Principal.

      • Contact the Catholic Education Office.

      The underlying intake process involves the following steps: 

      • Recording the complaint/enquiry.

      • Assessing how the complaint will be managed.

      • Maintaining accurate and confidential records.

      • Addressing complaints will be managed in a timely and appropriate manner where the rights of all parties are respected. 

      • If an individual is not satisfied that a matter has been resolved appropriately, then an appeal may be lodged with the Principal or the Catholic Education Office.

      Further information is also available from the Parramatta Catholic Education website:


    • Consumption of Food and Drink at the College

      Food and drink may only be consumed at recess and lunch. Food or drink is not to be consumed inside College buildings, nor on the basketball courts or ovals.

    • Illness

      Students who are ill during class time are to see their Pastoral Leaders of Learning who will sign the appropriate section of the student’s diary. The student should then report to the office before being admitted to the Sick Bay. Where it is deemed necessary, students will be sent home and transport arrangements will be negotiated with their parents. Permission from the relevant Pastoral Leader of Learning is required if a student is to go home. Parents / guardians will always be contacted in the case of serious illness.

    • Injury

      There are staff members qualified to administer first aid. In the event of serious injury, an ambulance will always be called and the student will be taken to hospital. Parents / guardians will be notified immediately and given full details.

    • Medication

      If it is absolutely necessary for a student to bring any form of medication to school, the student must have the appropriate section of their diary completed and signed by their parent / guardian. Any student who does not have a covering note will have the medication confiscated until parents / guardians have been notified.

    • Mobile Phones

      The increased ownership of mobile phones requires that school administrators, teachers, students and parents take steps to ensure that mobile phones are used responsibly. This Acceptable Use Policy is designed to ensure that potential issues can be clearly identified and addressed, ensuring the benefits that mobile phones provide can continue to be enjoyed by our students.

      St Patrick’s Marist College has established the following Acceptable use Policy for mobile phones that provides teachers, students and parents guidelines and instructions for the appropriate use of mobile phones during school hours.

      In order for students to carry a mobile phone during school hours, students and their parents or guardians must first read and understand the Acceptable Use Policy.

      The Acceptable Use Policy for mobile phones also applies to students during school excursions, camps and extracurricular activities.




      Personal Safety and Security

      St Patrick’s Marist College accepts that parents give their children mobile phones to protect them from everyday risks involving personal security and safety. There is also ever-increasing concern about children travelling alone on public transport or commuting long distances to school. It is acknowledged that providing a child with a mobile phone gives parents reassurance that they can speak with their children quickly at any time.


      Young people and mobile phones

      The scientific evidence does not indicate the need for special precautions for either adults or children in the use of mobile phones. This view is supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other leading experts and health authorities internationally. Mobile phones sold in Australia are required to comply with the Australian Communication Authority’s Electromagnetic Energy (EME) safety standard, which is for all people, including children. The safety margins on national and international guidelines are significant and already take into account any differences in exposure that could be experienced by children due to conductivity and head size.



      It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile phone onto school premises to adhere to the guidelines outlined in this document.

      Parents should be aware that their child takes a mobile phone onto school premises.


      Acceptable Uses

      Mobile phones should be switched off (power off, not on ‘silent’) during the school day. Exceptions may be permitted in special circumstances, should the parent/guardian specifically request it. Such requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and should be directed to the student's Pastoral Leader of Learning. Parents are reminded that in cases of emergency, the College office remains a vital and appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child is reached quickly, and assisted in any appropriate way.

      If a student needs to use their mobile phone they must gain the permission of their Pastoral Leader of Learning before using it.


      Unacceptable Uses

      Unless express permission is granted to the contrary, mobile phones should not be used to make calls, send SMS messages, surf the internet, take photos or any other application during the school day.


      Theft or Damage

      The school accepts no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged phones.

      The school accepts no responsibility for student mobile phones lost or stolen while travelling to and from school.

      It is strongly advised that students use passwords / pin numbers to ensure that unauthorised phone calls cannot be made on their phones (e.g. by other students, or if stolen). Students must keep their passwords / pin numbers confidential. Mobile phones and / or passwords may not be shared.


      Inappropriate Conduct

      Any student who uses vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language while using a mobile phone will face disciplinary action.

      Students with mobile phones may not engage in personal attacks, harass another person, or post private information about another person using SMS messages, taking / sending photos or objectionable images, and phone calls. Students using mobile phones to bully other students will face disciplinary actions as sanctioned by the Principal.

      Failure to observe these guidelines may result in withdrawal of this privilege and/or confiscation of the phone.

    • Out of Bounds

      Out of bounds areas around the College are clearly defined by yellow lines around College buildings.

      It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the out of bounds area. If they are unsure of these areas, the student will need to consult a staff member.

    • Permission to Leave the College

      To leave the College, parents / guardians are requested to avoid making appointments for their daughters / sons during school hours. This includes Thursday sport, which is integral to the curriculum. Sport is organised between 12:45pm and 2:45pm.

      If an appointment is unavoidable during school time, the student is to complete the appropriate section of the Diary and have it signed by a parent or guardian. This is to be shown to the relevant Pastoral Leader of Learning before Homeroom for endorsement. Students should show courtesy to teachers by informing them if they are to be absent for a particular lesson.

      Before leaving the College, students are to present their Diary at the Office and sign the Leave Book. Under no circumstances are the students to leave the College without signing out. If applicable, upon returning, students are to return to counter-sign the Leave Book in the office. Once a student leaves the property at the end of the school day, the student is not allowed to return to the property. This particularly applies to students waiting for their bus at the College Bus Bay.

    • Protecting personal privacy rights and those of other students

      Students like to publish information about themselves and their friends in spaces like Facebook, YouTube and blogs, but in doing so they can make themselves more vulnerable to being approached, groomed or bullied online. When posting online, the golden rule students should keep in mind is always assume that anyone or everyone will see what is posted.

      In deciding whether or not to post something, students should run through the following mental checklist:

      • How will I feel if it is seen by my mother, father, grandparent, or other relative?
      • How will I feel if it is seen by my teacher or the Principal?
      • How will I feel if it is seen by my friends and the other students of the school?
      • If what I am posting is about a person, how will I feel if it is seen by that person?
      • How will I feel if it is seen by an unwanted stranger who may want to find me in real life?

      This checklist applies even where the posting or upload is set to private. Students should appreciate that as soon as something is posted, they lose control of the material and that any of the people who do have access to it could re-share it to a wider audience.

      Using the Internet in line with the College’s student Code of Conduct

      When using the internet for any school-related purpose (or that could in any way be linked back to the College) students should use appropriate language when talking to and working with others online. Being online can make students feel that they are anonymous and sometimes students may say things online that they would never say to someone’s face. Often very few adults visit this online environment. The web space or online chat environment that they use in leisure time might also have explicit language and they may feel they have to be part of it. Students need to be reminded that their behaviour online must fall in line with the College’s Code of Conduct.

      Privacy implications of recording images, videos and sounds

      The recording of both images and sounds can breach other student’s rights under the Privacy Act. Sometimes students feel embarrassed telling their peers that they don’t want their image or voice recorded. The use of such images can be instantly transmitted by SMS and/or posted online. The Privacy Act says that the posting and sharing information online or in any other way requires consent. This consent must be fully informed, freely given, current and specific in how the information will be presented and who it will be presented to.

      It is for this reason the College obtains a signed authority from parents to use student images for promotional and other purposes. The same requirement for consent applies to images captured by other students. Students who distribute recordings of other students without consent will face disciplinary action. All citizens need to respect the rights of others to privacy, and students are no exception.

      When using equipment and resources properly for educational purposes as directed by teachers, It is important to realise that there is a time for fun and a time for work, even on the internet. Students may often see the internet as ‘free’, but just looking at a page on the Internet incurs a download cost. By just taking care of the equipment, and thinking carefully about printing and downloading from the internet, students can save time, money and the environment.

      Using social networking sites for educational purposes and only as directed by teachers

      Web tools and social networking spaces allow students to be contributors to the web and allow them to work collaboratively online with other students. Creating or contributing to blogs, wikis, digital stories and podcasts can all be legitimate educational activities which allow students to publish, share and inform others and be active contributors to the web.

      These sites will typically require students to enter some information about themselves during the 'sign up' process. Students must take care not to offer too much personal information. In some cases, the use of pseudonyms and ‘fake’ details may be recommended. This will be covered in greater depth as part of the student induction program, and the classroom teacher will issue guidance to students on a case by case basis. 

      When publishing, students should be aware that they are posting to the web and should follow safe practices which protect both their privacy and other members of the school community, and post/create in an appropriate way for the school project.

      The teacher will provide guidance as to what is acceptable and it is expected students will adhere to these guidelines. 

      Keeping away from offensive sites

      In school settings filters block out a lot of inappropriate content, but these filters are not always foolproof. Students who deliberately seek out inappropriate content, or use technology that bypasses filters, will invoke the College’s Behaviour Management Policies and their parents will be immediately informed.

      Following copyright procedures

      All music, information, images and games on the Internet are owned by someone. 
      Copyright is a legal term and there are laws to enforce it.

      By downloading copyright content through illegitimate means, students can risk bringing a virus or spyware to the computer or system. These can damage a computer system or provide hackers with details such as passwords and bank accounts.

      Evaluating and using content on the Internet carefully

      Not everything on the internet is true, accurate or unbiased. The College will work to teach information literacy skills, which enable students to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively on the internet.

      Copying and pasting information can help organise arguments, ideas, and information, but it is important that your child uses their own thoughts and language to express what they have learnt.

      All information that ends up in submitted work must be attributed or the student will be charged with plagiarism. The College diary provides guidelines for students regarding this.

      There must be no interfering with network security, the data of another user or an attempt to log into the network with a user name or password of another student.

      Computer facilities are for the use of all students, so due care should be taken at all times when using these resources. Students are responsible for everything done using their accounts, and everything in their home directories. To this end students need to keep their password secret and not gain access to other students’ login details. (adapted from DoE Vic, 2007)

       A range of resources, posts and information for parents about the use of technology can be found at Digital Education Revolution NSW.

      Ipad Responsibilities

      at school students will The College will
      Register their device with IT support Maintain and provide access to registered devices.
      Arrive with devices fully charged Offer some support for a limited number of devices to be charged
      Have material and all equipment well labelled
      Have College required software loaded and ready to be used Provide a list of required software apps and links
      Ensure the device brought to school has memory space available to attend to the required learning tasks in the class
      Remember to build in time for rest from screen time Expect that devices are not in use more than 50% of the day
      Use social media sites for positive communication or comment, only posting or sharing comments about the College and peers with permission Reserve the right to ask that all offensive uploads be taken down on request
      Report issues or concerns with IT to staff for resolution Work to facilitate easy access for 24 hour educational experiences
      Take care of all IT resources whether owned by the College or other students, and be held accountable for deliberate damage Act to discipline breaches of deliberate damage
      Take care to place the device on a stable surface and carry it with care
      Not share passwords or private information with others
      Offer the device for auditing and review when asked by the College
      Support students in good choices of appropriate material by way of downloads and communication
      Choose to use appropriate sites for learning, mindful of College values
      Provide appropriate choices in apps and programs that represent good value and maximise learning and presentation experiences

    • Punctuality

      It is an expectation that students arrive at school by 8:30 am. School commences at 8:40 am. Any student who arrives at school after 8:45 am must report to the Office, give a reason for being late and have their diary stamped. Students arriving after 9.00 am must have a written note signed by their parent / guardian. On the fourth occasion that a student is late for school without a satisfactory excuse, he/she will receive a Pastoral Leader of Learning Detention. A Saturday detention will be given to a student who is late six times in a term.

    • Security

      The classrooms are locked by the teacher at recess and lunchtime and will be reopened at the end of the break. Students are to carry their school bag and be responsible for it. We strongly discourage students from bringing expensive items to school. Students are encouraged to use the lockers that are allocated to them.

      All clothing should be labelled with the student’s name and appropriate identification.

      Students are reminded that it is essential to respect other people’s property. Students who interfere with or steal other students’ possessions face serious sanctions.

    • Student Drivers

      The College’s expectations regarding students driving have been compiled in the interests of the safety of our students and the community. There has been significant concern from the Australian public about the number of accidents involving inexperienced drivers over the past few years. Some of these accidents have led to serious injury and death. 

      The expectations for student drivers at St Patrick’s Marist College are as follows:

      • Students are only permitted to drive to and from the College from the beginning of Term 4 in Yr 11 once a completed Permission Form has been personally given to their Pastoral Leader of Learning.
      • Students are only permitted to drive to and from school. They are not permitted to drive to other College events or activities, including; sport, retreats, excursions, etc. unless specifically approved by the Principal.
      • Drivers are only permitted to carry one passenger, unless direct permission has been given by the Principal to carry more than one passenger. The passenger’s name must be included on the Permission Form.
      • The nominated passenger must have written permission from their parents/ guardian. The written permission is to be personally given to the Pastoral Leader of Learning.
      • Any student driver who is involved in illegal, dangerous or irresponsible behaviour while driving will have their permission revoked.
      • Students are to consider the College neighbours at all times, ensuring they do not park across driveways, be quiet and do not litter.

      If any of the above expectations are breached, then the student will face significant disciplinary consequences (including suspension from the College). If any student (other than the nominated passenger) is a passenger in the car then he/she will also face significant disciplinary consequences (including suspension from the College).

      The expectations listed above apply at all times that the College deems to have its Duty of Care (including before school and after school). 

      The College takes its responsibility to ensure the safety of the students and the public, seriously. It presumes that parents/guardians will also take their responsibilities in a similar serious manner. Accordingly, the College would expect the support of parents/guardians when dealing with matters of driver safety. 

    • Student Safety

      St Patrick’s Marist College believes the teaching of cybersafe and ethical online behaviour is essential in the lives of students and is best taught in partnership between home and school.

      21st Century students spend increasing amounts of time with online learning and socialising. These online communities need cybercitizens who do the right thing by themselves and others online, particularly when no one is supervising them.

      Safe and ethical behaviour online is explicitly taught at our school and support at home is required. It is important to note that some online activities are illegal and as such will be reported to police. This includes harassment of others and publishing inappropriate images.

      As part of these safety measures, each student will be required to sign an agreement on cyber bullying and digital citizenship. If any student breaches these agreements, further disciplinary action will be taken. Please refer to your child’s diary for more detailed information on these agreements, and also the correct procedures for dealing with areas that relate to student safety and the use of ICT.

    • Telephone Calls and/or Messages

      So as to avoid disruptions to classes, students are not permitted to receive telephone calls. Should a parent / guardian wish that an urgent message be passed on to a student, we request that it be short and clear.

    • Use of the College Diary

      The College Diary is not to be used as a personal diary. The Diary is used for school matters only. It is to be kept clean and tidy. Students who deface or graffiti their Diary will be required to purchase a new Diary from the College. The cost of a replacement Diary is $20.00.

      Students are required to bring their College Diary to school each day. Students who forget their Diary are to see their Pastoral Leaders of Learning before school to obtain a diary sheet.

      The Diary is for the recording of the student’s daily school activities, set homework and project and assignment work. Additional study and revision should be entered each lesson.

      Students are to bring their Diary to all classes, detentions, and interviews, and must present the Diary to any teacher when requested.

      The student must immediately report the loss of the Diary to their Pastoral Leader of Learning. The student will be required to purchase another Diary. The Diary should be an effective form of communication between parents and teachers regarding their child, but does not replace direct contact with the teacher. Parents / guardians are to sign the Diary weekly.

      Parents are asked to check that homework is placed in the Diary for all subjects. If homework for a particular subject has not been recorded over a period of time, parents should write a note in the Diary to the teacher to ask if homework has been set.

    • Infectious Diseases Procedure
    • Attendance

      Approval and Review


      Approval Authority

      Principal & AP M&W

      [Relevant approval authority, i.e. Principal, Academic Committee or AP]

      Advisory Committee to Approval Authority

      CLT PLOL

      [Relevant advisory committee, e.g. Assessment Committee]


      AP T&L

      [Title of position/s with overall responsibility for compliance, monitoring and review]

      Next Review Date


      [AP updates this information]



      The Education Act requires that children of school age (six - seventeen years) are required to be in full- time attendance at a government or registered non-government school unless formally exempt. Our College requires that post-compulsory aged students also attend school unless a valid reason exists.

      Regular attendance at school is essential if students are to maximise their potential.  While parents are legally responsible for promoting regular attendance for their children, school staff, as part of their duty of care, monitor absences.


      To maximise student learning opportunities and performance by ensuring that children required to attend school do so regularly, and without unnecessary absences.


      - Education is a sequential process.  Absences often mean students miss important stages in the development of topics, causing them to find 'catching up' difficult.

      - Absenteeism contributes significantly to students experiencing difficulties at school.

      - All enrolled students are required to attend school unless reasonable and valid grounds exist for them to be absent.

      - Parents/Carers have a responsibility to ensure that their children attend school regularly, and are only absent if ill or if absolutely necessary.  Parents / Carers have a further responsibility to provide a written note to the school explaining why an absence has occurred.

      - Parents/Carers of students who are to be absent are required to telephone the school before 8:45am to report the absence. The absence is then to be confirmed in writing by a note from parents/carers.

      - Independent students not living with parents or carers are also required to provide notes.

      - Inadequately explained absences will cause  the Homeroom Teacher to communicate with parents/carers and the student involved so as to implement strategies that will resolve the problem.

      - Ongoing unexplained absences or lack of cooperation regarding student attendance will result in a formal attendance conference being organised. Unresolved attendance issues of post-compulsory students may result in their withdrawal from school.

      - The  Principal will ensure all student absences  are recorded each period by teachers, are aggregated on our database and communicated to the C.E.O.

      - The  Department of  Education, C.E.O. and  enrolment auditors may seek  student attendance records.

      - Student attendance and absence figures will appear on student half year and end of year reports.


      The College staff are responsible for supporting the regular attendance of students by:

      - Maintaining accurate records of student attendance.

      - Providing a caring teaching and learning environment which fosters students’ sense of well-being and belonging to the school community.

      - Implementing programs and practices to address attendance issues when they arise.

      1.0 Procedures

      For Staff

      - Homeroom Teachers will mark the roll electronically during the Homeroom period. The exception method is to be followed (marking absences only) and only the official codes listed in the NSW Attendance Register Codes are to be used.

      - A hard copy of the electronic record is to be generated fortnightly.

      - Notifications to parents regarding overdue explanations of absences are issued weekly.

      - All teachers are to mark a class roll at the beginning of each lesson.  Matters of truancy must be reported to the Faculty Leader of Learning. When truancy involves more than one missed class in one day, the student is referred to the Year Leader of Learning.

      - The Homeroom Teacher and your Leader of Learning should look for patterns of absenteeism and truancy and implement procedures to address the issue.

      - The Homeroom Teacher must sign, initial and file notes which explain students’ absences and file them in the designated student folder.

      - When a student reports to the Clinic, the Clinic staff will contact parents or caregivers. The Staff will electronically record the time in the clinic and if necessary, make an entry indicating a partial absence.

      - If a pattern of late arrival to school develops, it is the responsibility of the Homeroom Teacher to make contact with the parent/caregiver.  If a poor punctuality or attendance pattern continues, the Homeroom Teacher will refer the student to the Year Leader of Learning who will conduct an interview with the student and parent in an attempt to rectify the situation.

      For Students

      - Students must be in attendance between 8.45am and 3.15pm (students attending TAFE and Years 11 and 12 students timetabled for study periods are exempted).

      - Students arriving after the roll marking announcement must report to Stu- dent Services where the lateness will be recorded.  If a student is not signed in by a parent, they are to have the late slip signed by a parent or caregiver and return it to their Homeroom Teacher.

      - When a student arrives after the roll call period, they are to present the late slip to the class teacher who will sign it. The student must return the slip to Student Services.

      - Students who need to leave the school premises before the end of the school day must present a note signed by the students’ parent or caregiver. The note must indicate the time and reason for early departure. The note must be signed by the Year Leader of Learning.

      - Students leaving the school premises must sign out at Student Services.

      - Students who need to leave school due to illness are to report to the School Clinic. A student will be signed out from the Clinic when collected by a parent or caregiver.

      - All absences (partial and full) must be explained in writing (letter or email)

      within 7 days (in special circumstances this can be done via a phone call).

      Improving Attendance

      - Interviews with parents, Homeroom Teachers and Year Leader of Learning.

      - Reviewing education program of student with parents and relevant staff.

      - Referral to School Counsellor.

      - Using support from Student Services.

      - The outcomes of meetings are to be recorded and copies of implemented plans are to be kept as a record.

      When school-based interventions are unsuccessful:

      If a problem with a student’s attendance persists following the implementation of the above listed

      options, the Principal will notify the Diocesan office.

      School Refusal - What can I do? Causes of School Refusal

      A small number of students become agitated when they are at school.  If your child becomes very fearful or anxious and our suggested strategies do not work, you may want to consider seeing your GP who might recommend

      a psychologist or family therapist. Our School Counsellor would be a good person with whom to discuss these options.

      If your child reports that they are being bullied, you need to notify the school. Action needs to happen to ensure your child feels safe at school.

      It is a real concern when a child refuses to go to school. There are concerns about their progress and friendships being affected by absences. It is important for you to stay calm and let your child see you are in control.

      Giving messages about school

      Let your child know you have confidence in the school (you had good reason for choosing our school for your child).

      Don't take your child's complaints about school at face value.  It is better to say "I'll look into that" and follow up with the appropriate person at the school.

  • Pastoral Care
    • Stages of Pastoral Care Action

      The basis of a good structure in any school is the self-disciplined student. To develop self-discipline a student needs to realise that there are certain logical consequences of inappropriate behaviour.


      Teachers submit ‘Misconduct Report’ to the Pastoral Leaders of Learning informing them of inappropriate behaviour. In submitting a Misconduct Report a teacher will also impose his or her own sanctions when misbehaviour is persistent. The Misconduct Report is a form of communication and not a sanction in itself.

      Pastoral Leaders of Learning and KLA Leaders of Learning may issue the student with an after school detention. In more serious situations the Assistant Principal may issue a Saturday detention.

      Lunchtime Detention

      A student may be given a detention during the lunch break. The student will be given sufficient time to eat lunch and to use toilet facilities.

      After School Detentions

      An after school detention is not given lightly and is always the result of a serious matter. We ask parents to support the College’s Detention Policy. Pastoral Leaders of Learning or KLA Leaders of Learning may place a student on one hour’s detention after school on any afternoon.

      A detention always begins at 3.20pm and parents will be given 24 hours notice of this event.

      Saturday Detention

      At the College’s discretion a student may receive a Saturday Detention.

    • Student Monitoring Cards

      The aim of this reporting system is to monitor a student’s behaviour at the College for a period of time determined by the Pastoral Leaders of Learning. This initiative enables a student to monitor and reflect upon her / his classroom actions with a view to improving their achievement within the College community. Reasons for being placed on a Student Monitoring Card may include:

      • The student accumulates multiple 'Misconduct Reports'
      • The student’s behaviour is of concern to the College
      • The student has continued to ignore the rights of other people within the College
      • The student has not shown an interest in advancing her or his own education.
    • Suspension

      In-School Suspension

      In situations of continual misbehaviour or where an incident occurs endangering the safety of others or seriously disrupts the good order of the College, a suspension may be issued. It may be issued for overt and deliberate breach of College rules that impinge on the safety, rights and wellbeing of others.

      An in-school suspension means that a student’s right to attend classes has been withdrawn for a period of time. The Assistant Principal authorises the in-school suspension after discussion with appropriate members of staff and the student.

      Whilst on an in-school suspension a student will:

      • Report to the Assistant Principal’s office at Administration
      • Be isolated from her or his peers in the isolation room at the office
      • Complete set written work
      • Be allocated time for recess and lunch which will precede or follow the normal day’s recess and lunch. At the end of the day the student will be dismissed by the office staff.


      Suspension from the College

      A suspension from the College means that the student’s right to attend school has been withdrawn for a period of time. The Principal or Assistant Principal authorises a suspension after discussion with appropriate members of staff, parents and the student.

      It allows a period of time where the College, parents and the student involved can work together towards the resolution of the problem.

      Whilst on a suspension from the College a student will:

      • Not be allowed on the College premises
      • Complete set written work
      • Report to the Assistant Principal on return to the College.


      Due Process

      With incidents of serious discipline the College will follow due process. Due process means that the student will be confronted with the allegation and given an opportunity to respond. Parents will be informed of the issue as soon as possible and given the opportunity to discuss the matter.

      The person conducting the investigation (if one is required) will not be the person making the final punitive outcome. The nature of the incident and the eventual punishment will be formalised in writing to the parent/parents/guardian as soon as possible.

    • Student Responsibilities

      The following regulations regarding the possession and /or use of alcohol, tobacco, unlawful drugs and breaches of the “hands off” apply to students:

      • at the College
      • on their way to and from the College
      • during excursions, retreats, socials, or any College based activity.



      The consumption and /or possession of alcohol in any form is strictly prohibited. Any student who comes to the College or who is involved in any College based activity and is under the influence of or in possession of alcohol, will face automatic suspension from the College.


      The smoking and / or possession of any type of tobacco product is prohibited. Any student breaching this rule will be given an automatic suspension.


      Unlawful Drugs

      Under no circumstances whatsoever will the use or possession of unlawful drugs of any kind be permitted. The temptation to experiment with the effect of drugs must be resisted and no excuse will be accepted. Any student who disobeys this rule will face severe penalties (including, but not limited to, police intervention).


      Prohibited Weapons

      The College has a strict prohibition on the carrying or usage of items that can be used to inflict harm upon another person. This includes items such as knives. Any incident of this nature will necessitate suspension and immediate police referral.


      Breaking 'Hands Off' Policy

      The College has a “Hands Off” policy and therefore no student should break this rule. This includes: fighting, hitting, pushing, wrestling, or any other physical contact. It also includes physical contact between “girlfriends” and “boyfriends”. The College enforces this rule for the safety and wellbeing of all its students. Students who fight at the College will be given an automatic suspension from school.


      Cyberbullying and 'Sexting'

      These activities can be extremely hurtful to other people. Accordingly they are treated as a very serious issue.


      Referral to Authorities

      Matters involving; under age drinking, illegal drugs, violence, weapons, bullying and ‘sexting’ are frequently illegal. Accordingly, incidents involving any of these issues will be generally referred to the police and/or other authorities (such as FACs) for determination. The College co-operates fully with law enforcement in dealing with illegal behaviour.

    • Status of Enrolment

      The philosophy of the College suggests that termination of enrolment should be rare. However, in cases where continued enrolment appears not to be beneficial the College will apply to the Executive Director for cancellation of enrolment. In some circumstances a transfer to another school may be negotiated.

    • Bullying


      Approval and Review


      Approval Authority

      Principal & CLT

      [Relevant approval authority, i.e. Principal, Academic Committee or AP]

      Advisory Committee to Approval Authority


      [Relevant advisory committee, e.g. Assessment Committee]


      AP M&W

      [Title of position/s with overall responsibility for compliance, monitoring and review]

      Next Review Date


      [AP updates this information]

      Other Related Documents

      •  St Patrick’s Staff Handbook

      •  Anti-Bullying Policy – Parramatta CEDP.

      •  Anti-Discrimination – Parramatta CEDP

      •  Countering discrimination, harassment and bullying – Parramatta CEDP

      •  Complaint Handling procedures and guidelines – Parramatta CEDP

      At St Patrick’s Marist College, we believe that all students have the right to learn in a safe environment. We commit our students to be good Christians and citizens “with gentle hearts and strong minds.” (College Mission statement)

      As a Catholic School we are committed to developing an educational and organisational culture based on mutual trust and respect.  Bullying is contrary to Gospel values and detrimental to the school’s ethos of and promotion of justice and inclusivity.

      College Responsibilities:

      It is the responsibility of the school to ensure the Anti-Bullying Policy and procedures are implemented so that a culture of care is developed and maintained and that there is zero tolerance towards bullying.

      Our commitment towards duty of care requires us to take all reasonable measures to ensure that the school is a safe place for students and staff. This means we have a responsibility to ensure that our school offers a safe learning environment for all our students, free from victimization, harassment, abuse, vilification and unlawful discrimination.

      St Patrick’s Anti-Bullying Policy is aligned to the CEDP’s Anti-Bullying Policy and the guiding principles of the National Safe Schools Framework.

      Related Documents:

      St Patrick’s Responsible Use of Technology Policy

      Student Management Policy

      What Is Bullying?

      “Bullying may be defined as a student being exposed, repeatedly and over- time to intentional injury or

      discomfort inflicted by one or more students.” (Olweus, 1993) Bullying behaviours include:

      - Direct physical attacks such as hitting, tripping, pushing, throwing things etc.

      - Name calling, mocking, insulting or belittling someone

      - Making insulting racist or sexist comments or comments about sexual orientation

      - Trying to damage someone’s reputation, spreading  rumours

      - Using verbal or non-verbal put downs

      - Playing nasty practical jokes

      - Physical intimidation

      - Social exclusion

      - Cyberbullying (via e-mail, chatrooms, text messages etc.) Consequences of Bullying

      Students who are victims of bullying behaviour may experience effects that range from low levels of psychological well-being and social adjustments, to high levels of psychological distress and adverse physical health symptoms.

      College Curriculum:

      The school curriculum will be used to:

      - Raise awareness about bullying behaviour

      - Increase understanding about victims of bullying

      - Help build an anti-bullying ethos in the school

      - Explore ways for students to build resilience

      The issue of bullying is addressed in the following cross-curricula areas:

      - Stage 5 Religious Education – Moral Decision Making.

      - PDHPE

      - English

      Opportunities to raise awareness about bullying should occur:

      - In classrooms

      - At school and year assemblies

      - At S.R.C. meetings

      - In year 7 & 8 Anti–Bullying Programmes

      - Through talks by Police Liaison Officers

      Opportunities to build a positive culture in the school could include:

      - Award ceremonies

      - Merit ward system

      - Presentation ceremonies

      - Leadership programmes

      Six Step Procedure for Addressing Incidents of Bullying

      It is essential that any student who is being bullied or witnesses incidents of bullying feel that he/she will be listened to and supported and appropriate measures will be taken to ensure their physical and emotional well-being.

      Disclosure should involve an adult/s and can be open or anonymous. All students need to be challenged to promote a culture of responsible reporting.

      STEP ONE:

      “Report of Bullying Behaviour” is completed. This response must include details of:

      - The nature of the complaint

      - Who made the complaint

      - Date / time / location

      - To whom the complaint was made OR what the staff member witnessed

      STEP TWO:

      Report is referred to Year Leaders of Learning. In the case of bullying of a serious nature the Year

      Leaders of Learning will defer the matter to the Pastoral LOL or Assistant Principal.


      - Interview to complete Incident Report

      The student being bullied may bring a support person (parent or friend) to the interview.

      (In compiling the report from the victim confidentiality and procedural fairness must be considered.)


      - Interview the bully (Support person can be parent or friend) Complete bullying report after consultation with relevant staff and school



      – Determination / Intervention

      - Consequence issued

      - Restorative conference (if requested or advised)

      - Parents of victim and bully contacted

      - Follow-up plan for victim

      STEP SIX

      – Monitoring Follow Up Plan

      College Documentation

      Documentation gathered in the school’s response to specific instances of bullying should indicate:

      - What was allegedly said and done to the victim.

      - Time and place where the incident occurred.

      - Names of witnesses to the incident.

      - Reactions of the victim.

      - Notes relating to a bullying complaint should be kept in the student file. All notes relating to a complaint of bullying should be kept in student’s file. Bullying of a More Serious Nature

      In the event where the nature of the bullying warrants further action –

      - When bullying behaviour involves a crime, such as common assault, a report to the police may be made.

      - The school may request a police warning or prosecution of the perpetrator where the bullying is of a serious nature.

      - Serious incidents of bullying that interfere with the safety and well-being of other students and that constitute aggressive behaviour, (including abuse transmitted electronically by email, websites and SMS text messages), need to be reviewed in the context of other relevant diocesan student welfare policies

      What Students Can Do: Students should:

      •  remember that all students have a right to feel safe and not be bullied

      •  not feel ashamed if they are bullied

      •  report bullying when it occurs. Doing nothing can lend support to bullies.

      •  tell someone if you are being bullied.

      •  ask parents, teachers, school counsellor for help and advice. A friend can help and support students to report bullying.

      •  seek advice from the Police-School Liaison Officer Phone: 4751 0299

      •  Kid’s Helpline Website: http://www.kidshelp.com.au Phone: 1800 55 1800

      What Parents Can Do:

      We acknowledge our partnership with parent  / caregivers and value their support in our endeavour to make our school a bully-free environment

      Parent / Caregivers Should:

      - watch for signs of bullying

      - listen and take seriously comments that your son / daughter make about bullying

      - reassure your child that reporting bullying is the right thing to do

      - encourage your child to talk to someone he / she trusts at school

      - work with the school to develop strategies that will support your child at school.

      - implement cyber safety networks. Visit www.cybersmart.gov.au

      Strategies for dealing with bullying

      1.   The Method of Shared Concern

      This approach aims to establish the ground rules to help children get on in school. This is at the heart of the Mission Statement and the policies that follow from it. It is evident in the modeling of behaviour by staff in their interactions with students and with other members of staff. It is intended to help young people to be better functioning and is best combined with specific action targeted on significant individuals.

      2. The No Blame Approach

      Aims to tap into children’s capacity for empathy.

      3. Restorative Justice

      4. Incident Reporting

      Fosters an atmosphere in which children can disclose openly and confidentially. This enables children to offload worry, give support because they know that notice will be taken and action will follow.

      5. Resilience Training

      The aim is to enable bullied students to develop greater range of skills and responses when caring for themselves. Students need to develop the confidence to take control of situations using responses which “de-escalate” conflicts.


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