As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a Child Safe environment at Ave Maria College, we have implemented two new codes of conduct. The Ministerial Order 870 requires the College to ensure the safety for all students.
Code of Conduct- Students
The student Code of Conduct outlines specific behavior that is acceptable and unacceptable. It outlines the expectations that the College has for all students. We aim to provide a safe, supportive, faith-filled and enriching environment. We want to make sure that every student is empowered spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
Together, we aim to foster a culture that enables all students to develop their self-esteem, dignity and integrity.
At our school:
· Every student has the right to feel safe at all times.
· Every student has the right to be protected from abuse of all kinds.
· Every adult associated with the school must create a safe and comfortable environment for all students.
· Every adult must be aware of and follow the Child Safety Policy and the College Statement of Commitment. They are required to report any concerns or breaches of the Code of Conduct to the College Leadership Team.
The Code of Conduct outlines behaviour that is unacceptable in particular any form of bullying: cyber or cyber abuse and it also includes sending inappropriate text messages, photos and videos. Students will be introduced to the Code of Conduct through Mentor periods over the next few weeks and a copy will be given to every student to put in their Student Planner.
Code of Conduct- Parents/Guardians
Parents/Guardians play a crucial role in the educational, social and emotional development of their children. At Ave Maria College we partner with parents/guardians to ensure that the young people in our care receive a high standard of education that prioritises their wellbeing, and spiritual and social growth in a safe and supportive environment.
Interactions within the College community must demonstrate respect of the rights and responsibilities of its members, including other parents and College staff. In doing so, Ave Maria College's parents/guardians are expected to model acceptable behaviour at all times within the school setting.
Ave Maria College expects parents/guardians to partner with the College to enhance their daughter’s faith development, learning and wellbeing.
All policies can be found on the College website. Alternatively, if you would like a copy of any of the policies or Codes of Conduct please contact the College.
Punctuality to Classes
Last term the College sent attendance letters home to students who were not meeting the requirements of the College Attendance Policy. If your child is 15 minutes late each day for a year, they will have missed two full weeks in one year. We are committed to providing high quality education for all students. To maximize student learning we have the expectation that all students will attend school regularly and on time. Being in school on time every day and ready to learn is essential for success.
Period 1 class commences at 8.40am. This means that students must be in class and ready to learn at 8.40am. It is unacceptable that students would be walking into the College grounds at this time. If students arrive late to Period 1 (after 8.40am) they are required to sign in at Student Services and an SMS message will be sent home to parents/guardians. Incidents will be issued if students continue to arrive to the College late. We ask that you support us with this standard. Our priority to maximize all student learning opportunities and being on time is essential for good learning.