Code of Conduct

Our code of conduct is the College community’s expectations of student behaviour and management procedures to implement the code. Our College Board has assisted with the formulation of the code of conduct, including specific behavioural consequences and serious breaches of discipline that adversely affect or threaten safety.

Learning Community Status

There is a strong expectation from the College community that our students behave in accordance with our school ethos and that they meet satisfactory work standards. Should a student ignore these requirements then the student’s Learning Community Status will be altered.

There are consequences for this change of status at Southern River College. In extreme cases, the school can seek the exclusion of a student. Under normal circumstances however, change of Learning Community Status means that the student is not invited to the many special events held throughout the year. This change of Learning Community Status will exclude the student from attending events for up to 6 school weeks. This may carry across terms except for the school holidays.

Mobile Phones and Ipods

Mobile phones and music devices are a part of modern society and the school accepts that many students will possess mobile phones and ipod’s. We also recognise that mobile phones are a useful tool, especially where the issue of safety is concerned. However teachers and students have a right to teach and to learn in a classroom environment free from interruption by mobile phones and other telecommunication devices.

At Southern River College ALL phones and music devices are to be switched off and out of sight during the school day. Any devices sighted by a teacher will be confiscated and sent to the principal for collection at the end of the day. If a parent needs to contact a student they can do so through the front office, and a message will be forwarded to the student.

Information Technology Policy

Acceptable Usage Agreement must be signed prior to using the online services at Southern River College together with Permission to Publish Students’ Work or Images.

Students at Southern River College agree to the following terms when using technology at school:

  • Technology is to be used for educational purposes only
  • Obtain teacher permission before printing any documents.
  • Do not store music, movies, sound files, games etc. in any network or local drive without permission
  • Only educational games on the school web site are permitted
  • You must seek permission before using personal portable storage devices eg. Flash drives, ipods, mp3players, CD’s, DVD’s floppy disks. These are to be used only for educational purposes and must be scanned for viruses. Your supervising teacher may ask to check these devices for inappropriate or unlicensed data.

Respect ICT

  • Do not to vandalise or misuse technology. This includes altering settings and adding or deleting software.
  • Vandalism, faults and any material that is illegal, dangerous or offensive must be reported.
  • Do not plagiarise information. The rights of copyright owners must be respected and work referenced.

Attendance at School

Unless you are sick you should be at school on all school days. If you are away from school you must bring a note from your parents on the day you return explaining your absence.

The College asks parents to contact the school by 9.00am if they know their child is to be absent.

An SMS text message will be automatically sent to the mobile phones of parents explaining that our records show that your child is absent from school.

Signing in and Out

Students who arrive late are to sign in at Student Services and obtain a “Late Pass” Students require written permission from their parent or guardian before leaving school during the day. Students who leave early for appointments are required to present their note to the Student Services office before school. Students will be issued a “Leave Early Pass” that they must hold on to for the duration of the day. At time of departure students will sign out of the school at the Student Services office.

Uniform

Like all public schools Southern River College has a compulsory uniform policy. It is essential that all students are easily identified therefore no variation of the SRC uniform will be accepted. All garments are available through our uniform shop. All students must wear closed in shoes that attach to the heel. No thongs, slip-ons or open-toed shoes. The Uniform Shop is open every Tuesday and Friday from 8.00am to 10.30am.

Piercings

The College does not condone students wearing piercings under the grounds of Occupational Health and Safety. This is particularly in the case of Physical Education and in areas where student’s are working with tools and machinery. Eyebrow, nose and lip piercings are not an acceptable part of the College’s Dress Code. If students have such items on their body they will need to negotiate with the college as to why they need to display them and in the spirit of providing a supportive environment for your child, the College may allow a tiny straight clear/visible retainer as an acceptable alternative to the College during school hours.

Asthma Friendly School

Southern River College is recognised as an Asthma Friendly School by the Asthma Foundation WA, and actively supports the whole school community in the management of asthma. Asthma medication is available in the following locations – Front Reception, Student Services Office, Physical Education Office, Health Centre, Middle School Office, Senior School Office and Technology and Enterprise Office. Students are not allowed to bring aerosol (spray) deodorants to school.

Homework Policy

As a general guide, Years 7, 8 and 9 should be spending about one to one and half hours per night on their homework. This time should increase accordingly as student’s progress through Years 10 to 12.

Homework is a valuable tool in encouraging school-to-home bonds and is a primary source of information to parents about what is being studied at school. Homework generally takes the form of specifically set work or home study.