Admissions Policy & Procedures
Sandridge School Junior School in Williamstown will initially offer places to students entering Prep to Year 5* in 2016. The Principal reserves the right to determine to whom places are offered.
*subject to VRQA Registration.
DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES POLICY
Sandridge School is committed to adhering to the principles and practices of Australian democracy by delivering its programs and teaching in a manner that supports Australian democratic practices and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy.
Child Safe Standards Policy and Procedures
Sandridge School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This is the primary focus of our care and decision-making.
Sandridge School has zero tolerance for child abuse.
Sandridge School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention is paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
All individuals involved in the Sandridge School program has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
In its planning, decision-making and operations, Sandridge School commits to the following:
- To take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
- To value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
- To foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
- To respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
- To provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
- To engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
- To ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
- To report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
- To share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
- To value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.
Child Safety Code of Conduct
Sandridge School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Our school community recognises the importance of, and a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of children and young people, and enables them to thrive in their learning and development.
This Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It also assists in understanding how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, Department policy, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics as these apply to staff and other personnel.
The Principal and school leaders of Sandridge School will support implementation and monitoring of the Code of Conduct, and will plan, implement and monitor arrangements to provide inclusive, safe and orderly schools and other learning environments. The Principal and school leaders of Sandridge School will also provide information and support to enable the Code of Conduct to operate effectively.
All staff, contractors, volunteers and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work are required to comply with the Code of Conduct by observing expectations for appropriate behaviour below. The Code of Conduct applies in all school situations, including school camps and in the use of digital technology and social media.
As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work individually, we are responsible for supporting and promoting the safety of children by:
- upholding the school’s commitment to child safety at all times.
- treating students and families in the school community with respect, both within the school environment and outside the school environment as part of normal social and community activities.
- listening and responding to the views and concerns of students, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused or that they are worried about their safety/the safety of another child
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of students with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
- promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of students with a disability.
- reporting any allegations of child abuse or other child safety concerns to the school’s leadership.
- understanding and complying with all reporting or disclosure obligations (including mandatory reporting) as they relate to protecting children from harm or abuse.
- if child abuse is suspected, ensuring as quickly as possible that the student(s) are safe and protected from harm.
As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work we must not:
- ignore or disregard any concerns, suspicions or disclosures of child abuse.
- develop a relationship with any student that could be seen as favouritism or amount to ‘grooming’ behaviour (for example, offering gifts)
- exhibit behaviours or engage in activities with students which may be interpreted as abusive and not justified by the educational, therapeutic, or service delivery context.
- ignore behaviours by other adults towards students when they appear to be overly familiar or inappropriate.
- discuss content of an intimate nature or use sexual innuendo with students, except where it occurs relevantly in the context of parental guidance, delivering the education curriculum or a therapeutic setting.
- treat a child unfavourably because of their disability, age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability, sexuality or ethnicity.
- communicate directly with a student through personal or private contact channels (including by social media, email, instant messaging, texting etc) except where that communication is reasonable in all the circumstances, related to school work or extra-curricular activities or where there is a safety concern or other urgent matter.
- photograph or video a child in a school environment except in accordance with school policy or where required for duty of care purposes
- in the school environment or at other school events where students are present, consume alcohol contrary to school policy or take illicit drugs under any circumstances .
This Code of Conduct was endorsed/approved by the Sandridge School Board on November 18, 2016 for review if legislative or other changes require in the interim or no later than December 2018.
- SPAG: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/spag/safety/pages/alcohol.aspx. The policy says the school must obtain school council approval before alcohol can be consumed on school grounds or at a school activity. The policy says staff members should not consume alcohol during camps and excursions. It is silent on whether they can consume alcohol at other school events
MANAGEMENT OF COMPLAINTS OR GRIEVANCES POLICY
Staff at Sandridge School are willing to assist students and parents with a range of concerns or issues that may arise. All complaints at and with the School are handled with respect and fairness within the principles of natural justice.
ANAPHYLAXIS MANAGEMENT POLICY
This policy sets out how anaphylaxis will be managed at Sandridge School. The School aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for students at risk of anaphylaxis, ensuring they can participate in all aspects of school life.
This policy aims to raise awareness of anaphylaxis in the School community and engage with parents to assess risks, minimise risks and develop management strategies. The policy also aims to ensure staff have adequate knowledge to respond to an anaphylaxis reaction.