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Code of Behaviour

The Code of Behaviour aims to foster a healthy school culture in which high levels of achievement take place within a positive social environment. It will foster high standards of behaviour based on cooperation, mutual responsibility and self-discipline and will promote positive, anti-discriminatory relationships among students.

The Code of Behaviour sets out student discipline standards and procedures. It provides the school with systematic strategies for fostering and maintaining student discipline and includes logical and consistent sanctions to be applied consistently across the whole school.

Respect, Responsibility, Relationships and Resilience are the four core values of Hazel Glen College. To develop a positive culture within our school community, we continually emphasise to all our students and parents the importance of our school values. These are outlined with examples in our student and parent values matrix. At Hazel Glen College you have the opportunity to exercise your rights and are expected to carry out your responsibilities in an environment that is fair and understanding.

Our Code of Behaviour outlines your rights and responsibilities. These are required to provide you with a learning environment that will enable you to develop to your full academic, potential as well as giving you the opportunity to grow as a caring, cooperative and responsible person.

The overall intention of the Code of Behaviour is to highlight and promote positive behaviour at all times.

Hazel Glen College has established a tradition in its foundation year of providing high quality care for individual students and other members of the College community. Classroom/Homegroup Teachers, at each year level, work as a team with the PLT Leaders, YLL, Instructional Leaders and the Heads of School. The College Wellbeing Leader is available to work with these teams. A key goal is to work with students to make sure that there are known expectations regarding behaviour and the reasons for those expectations. In Middle School, these team members also work with subject teachers. It is believed that for students to achieve maximum development in all areas, these key principles for the College need to be upheld.

The principles, which underpin the expectations for student behaviour are:

  • Students and teachers have the right to work in a secure environment where the principles of care, courtesy and respect for others are valued.
  • Parents have the right to expect that their children will be educated in a purposeful environment in which the care, courtesy and respect for others are valued.
  • Respect is required for self, each other, property and the Hazel Glen community.
  • All individuals are to be valued and treated with courtesy and respect.
  • Students will share the responsibility for their own learning.
  • All students have the right to learn and develop in a safe environment, free from intimidation, bullying or harassment.
  • Positive and respectful relationships between all students, regardless of gender, ethnic origin or disability.
  • The prime focus in the College is learning.

Students will cooperate with one another and their teachers to create an orderly and cooperative learning environment.

RIGHTS EXPECTATIONS/ RESPONSIBILITIES
As individuals, we are all different but we all have the same rights. We all have the responsibility to ensure that we do not interfere with the rights of others ●      Students are expected to exhibit such qualities as honesty, trust, thoughtfulness, sensitivity, good manners, tolerance, diligence and self-discipline.

●      Students should treat each other fairly regardless of religious, cultural, racial or sexual differences.

●      As a representative of Hazel Glen College students will present positively to other people.

●      Students should assist in maintaining the good condition of all school facilities.

As individuals we have rights. At Hazel Glen College you have the right to learn and grow in a safe, caring and stimulating environment ●      Students should be able to listen and be heard with acceptance.

●      Students have the responsibility to be actively involved in their learning.

●      Students should keep the environment positive, clean and safe.

●      Students should participate in a broad range of learning experiences either individually or cooperatively.

 

The following is an expansion of our behavioural expectations:

Hazel Glen College provides high quality care for individual students and other members of the College community. Classroom Teachers and Home Group Teachers, at each year level, work together with Domain Leaders, Year Level Leaders and with the Heads of School. The Student Wellbeing Leaders are available to work with these teams. An important part of providing care is to ensure that expectations of behaviour are clear. For students to achieve their full potential in all areas, the essential principles for the College need to be upheld as mentioned above.

Standards of Behaviour

Hazel Glen College’s Student Wellbeing and Code of Behaviour clearly outlines the expectations and guidelines expected to ensure a safe and orderly learning environment.

Students are expected to adopt a code of behaviour that:

  • encourages establishing positive relationships in a safe and caring environment
  • promotes the view that people are accountable for their choices about behaviour
  • develops self-discipline and self-esteem
  • promotes the values of honesty, fairness, courtesy and cooperation
  • develops pride and sense of belonging
  • fosters and promotes student leadership and whole school involvement
  • encourages sharing, tolerance, acceptance and compassion
  • celebrates cultural diversity
  • respects the physical environment

Selfdiscipline and Personal Responsibility

Hazel Glen College endorses a process to enable a student to be on task with their learning, to develop self-control and to foster a sense of responsibility for their behaviour. The process will:

  • Allow effective teaching and learning to take place.
  • Promote the values of fairness and respect for others.
  • Develop students’ ability to participate and be productive contributors to their environment.
  • Enable students to be focused on their learning.
  • Enable students to recognise and respect the rights of others and to be accountable for their own behaviour and actions.

The Learning Environment

To maintain an effective College environment:

  • Students are expected to know the College guidelines and other behavioural expectations as they are formulated and announced. These can be found on Compass and the College website.
  • Students are expected to follow all College behavioural guidelines, understand that they are responsible for their own actions and become increasingly self-disciplined.
  • Clear expectations are established within the classroom.
  • Classroom behaviour is expected to be orderly, cooperative and purposeful.
  • High standards of behaviour and appearance are expected in classes, around the College and when travelling to or from the College.
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development regulations and guidelines concerning student behaviour and consequences will be followed.
  • Students will not possess, store, or use, tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, and other prohibited substances, solvents, or apparatus associated with illegal drug use.
  • Students will not possess or use any object which might endanger self or other members of the school community.
  • Students will treat all members of the school community with courtesy and respect.
  • Students will not engage in discriminatory behaviour (including harassment) towards another person based on sex, race, appearance, marital status, parent status, beliefs, physical or mental disability or impairment or any other condition.

Hazel Glen College will:

  • Provide a secure environment without intimidation, bullying or harassment so that all students are able to fully develop their talents, interests and ambitions.
  • Encourage participation in the wide range of extracurricular activities which are offered.
  • Offer programs that provide student support and leadership opportunities.
  • Develop a curriculum, which encourages an understanding of physical, emotional and social differences and promotes positive, healthy relationships.
  • Encourage cooperative learning both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.

Hazel Glen College implements the use of positive reinforcement to enable a focus on desired rather than unwanted behaviour. We believe that the use of individual encouragement will create classrooms that inspire responsible behaviour.

Behaviour and activities which may cause injury to students at Hazel Glen College are not permitted. These include:

  • Throwing balls or any objects directly at others;
  • Playing games of an unduly aggressive nature;
  • Pulling, pushing, kicking or any offensive or intimidating actions.

College Property

Students are beneficiaries of College facilities which have been provided and entrusted to them for safekeeping by previous generations of the Hazel Glen community.

Students are required to:

  • Care for school buildings, furniture, educational materials and technology, sports equipment and grounds;
  • Be responsible for any College property borrowed, until it is returned to the appropriate member of staff;
  • Be well aware that littering, graffiti or defacing property in any way is not permitted. It is each student’s responsibility to work towards enhancing the environment.

Personal Property

Students should make every effort to ensure:

  • That their personal property will be safe while they are at school;
  • That their environment is hygienic, pleasant and expressive of the pride that is taken in it.

Students should ensure their personal belongings are placed in appropriate storage areas and any unnecessary items of value or large sums of money are not brought to school.

Mobile phones, iPods or electronic game devices are not to be used inappropriately. The College accepts no responsibility for the loss of such items.

HAZEL GLEN COLLEGE GUIDELINES AGAINST BULLYING

There is an increasing awareness that bullying exists within the community. Research and anecdotal evidence confirms that bullying takes place within schools.

Bullying can make people feel powerless, scared and insecure at school. This can affect their ability to learn and concentrate, and their relationships with others.

Members of the Hazel Glen community have the right to expect a safe and caring environment, which promotes emotional wellbeing and learning. This right has concurrent responsibilities which include accepting others and treating them with dignity and respect.

Definition:

Being bullied means that someone is subjected to behaviour that is hurtful, threatening and frightening to them. This behaviour is often repeated over a period of time.

  • Verbal bullying

The use of language to threaten or hurt, including name-calling and put-downs.

  • Physical bullying

Any intentional and unwelcome use of physical contact or deliberate property damage.

  • Gesture bullying

The use of non-verbal signals to cause intimidation or fear.

  • Exclusion bullying

Leaving someone out on purpose in order to cause feelings of non-acceptance and hurt.

  • Extortion bullying

The use of threat and power to obtain favour and goods.

  • Racial bullying

Antagonism or prejudice directed towards someone on the basis of their race.

  • Emotional bullying

Repeatedly talking about others in a negative way and spreading rumours to defame a person’s reputation.

  • Cyber bullying

Repeatedly telephoning/emailing or networking with the intention to harass or cause discomfort.

  • Sexual bullying

Any unwelcome and uninvited comment, attention, contact or behaviour of a sexual nature that is found to be humiliating, offensive or intimidating.

 

CYBER BULLYING

Bullying that is carried out through an internet service, such as email, chat room, discussion group or instant messaging is an offence. It can also include bullying through mobile phone technologies such as short messaging service (SMS).

Examples of cyber bullying include teasing, spreading rumours online, sending inappropriate messages or content, sexting or defamation.

Cyber Bullying is a criminal offence.

 

WHAT DO WE DO TO PREVENT BULLYING AT HAZEL GLEN COLLEGE?

As a College we will endeavour, through a variety of approaches and in collaboration with all parties concerned (staff, students and parents), to prevent bullying.

This requires the College to:

  • Provide a safe environment for members of its community
  • Provide a supportive environment that encourages positive relationships between peers, staff and parents
  • Provide discussion forums and curriculum material that raises bullying awareness (eg. definition and effects) and challenges attitudes and beliefs that spread the behaviour. In addition provide students with skills (eg. conflict resolution) to negotiate potential bullying
  • Maintain a wellbeing system that enables students to develop a feeling of connectedness and belonging, and fosters relationships based on trust
  • Take all reports or signs of bullying seriously
  • Provide ongoing professional development for staff in how to manage incidents of bullying (eg. Restorative Practice).

The College recommends that parents:

  • Watch for signs of distress in your son/daughter (eg. unwillingness to attend school, missing equipment without explanation, a pattern of repeated headaches or unexpected abdominal pain);
  • Advise your son/daughter to act assertively and avoid making emotional responses when the bullying first occurs;
  • Advise your son/daughter to report incidents of bullying. Encourage them to report the incident himself/herself. This will result in a greater sense of control and self-respect that the experience of bullying often diminishes.
  • Role model assertive approaches in interpersonal interactions;
  • Notify the school of any bullying incident you become aware of, even if your child was not involved;
  • Help your children to develop a “pro-victim” attitude. This may involve challenging beliefs such as “people who are bullied are wimps/deserve it”;
  • Challenge the age-old myths that “sticks and stones may break their bones but names will never hurt them” and that “bullying is part of growing up”;
  • Support the school in its actions if your son/daughter has been bullying others.
  • Don’t take matters into your own hands, seek assistance from the College for all bullying matters.

Please note: Parents, family members or friends are not permitted to enter the College grounds to confront students.

 

Hazel Glen College is committed to dealing with bullying behaviour using preventative (as outlined above) and proactive/reactive processes. The College is reluctant to include a prescriptive reactive process in these guidelines, as this would minimise the myriad of complexities that often surround bullying incidents.

We will, however, take all reports of bullying seriously, tailoring interventions to the individual incident.

These could include:

  • Education involving empathy raising, remembering that the severity of bullying is often in the eye of the beholder
  • Consultations with parents
  • Consultations with the peer group
  • Referral to the Heads of School, Year Level Leaders, School Wellbeing Leaders
  • Structural changes (eg. procedure, locker positioning)
  • Detention
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

Hazel Glen College is a Bully Free Zone There is Zero Tolerance at Hazel Glen College!

 

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