Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are a part of life today and the High School accepts that many students carry them. They are a useful tool, especially where the issue of safety is concerned. However, teachers and students have a right to teach and learn in an environment free from interruption. Mobile phones at Geraldton Senior High School present a number of challenges. These include:

  • Interrupts lessons and assessment tasks
  • Disrupts the learning of others
  • Theft
  • Bullying
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Violates the rights of the High School community to enjoy participating in a safe, secure environment.

While we prefer students not have mobile phones at our High School, we realise that this is unrealistic; therefore, the High School has adopted the following policy:

1.   Students are discouraged from bringing mobile phones to the High School. We accept no responsibility for mobile phones that are brought to the High School and undertake no responsibility to investigate their misplacement, loss or theft.

2.   Mobile phones may only be used during recess and lunch breaks, before Form class and after the day concludes in the High School grounds.

3.   Students must not be late to class because of mobile phone calls.

4.   Mobile phones must be switched off and out of sight at all other times including in class and at assemblies. Silent or discreet settings are not acceptable. The phone must be off.

5.   When a phone rings or interrupts a class, the teacher has been instructed to confiscate and secure it.

  • If first offence, the device can be collected by the student from the deputy Principal at the end of the day.
  • If second or more offence, students will be required to go to their parents, explaining what has occurred. The phone will be returned when the student’s parents have contacted the High School either in person or by phone and have discussed this policy and the student’s breach of it with a Deputy Principal.
  • Failure of a student to hand over the device to the classroom teacher will result in a parent contact with intent to impose a suspension of one day. Please note: Refusal to follow a reasonable instruction is considered to be a serious breach or behaviour code.

Where parents need to contact their son or daughter during the school day, please ring our front office phone number 08 9965 8400.

Please refer to the Parent Information Booklet for the full policy wording. If you require any clarification or would like to discuss a particular case, please contact the school on 08 9965 8400.

Assessment

All aspects of assessments comply with guidelines established by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. The assessment policy covers:

  • requirements to complete courses and what happens in the event of an unforseen circumstance
  • how students can show reliability of their work and consequences of plagiarism and late submission
  • procedures regarding transfer of courses and school during the year
  • modification to course assessments based on ability and cultural beliefs
  • assessment review and appeals process

Please refer to the Parent Information Booklet for the full policy wording. If you require any clarification or would like to discuss a particular case, please contact the school on 08 9965 8400.

Homework

Homework and home study improve performance and foster success.  At a senior school level it is appropriate that both be undertaken.

Homework is set by teachers for students to:

  • Complete work started in class
  • Work on and complete assignments
  • Practice work already dealt with in class
  • Cover certain sections of a course on their own

Home study is set by students.  It involves:

  • Practice
  • Extension
  • Memorisation

By completing homework and home study a student can develop independent learning skills and produce higher levels of achievement.

Please refer to the Parent Information Booklet for more information about homework and home study expectations and how to develop great habits.

Excursions

Excursions are a great tool to enhance learning in a stimulating environment. There are many benefits including gaining life experience and personal development. The possibilities are endless.

A wide variety of excursions are conducted at the High School. Each excursion is carefully planned by teachers and approved by the principal. Safety is paramount and a comprehensive plan is put in place. All excursions follow Department of Education guidelines.

Costs of excursions are kept at a minimum and parental consent is required for all excursions. Communications regarding the details of the excursion are provided in writing.

Please feel free to contact the school or the appropriate teacher to discuss the particulars about an excursion.

Dress Code

Uniforms are available from Total Uniforms (2B Jensen St, Geraldton).

Please note the new uniform policy states the requirements of our daily uniform:

  • (Year 7-10) Navy and sky blue polo shirt with GSHS logo
  • (Year 11-12) Navy and white polo shirt with GSHS logo
  • Navy shorts with GSHS embroidery
  • Navy tracksuit pants with GSHS embroidery
  • Navy jacket with GSHS logo
  • Navy trousers (defined style/brand from Total Uniforms)
  • Enclosed shoes, suitable for sport and practical classes
  • Program specific shirt (i.e. Midwest Clontarf Academy, STEP, Music Ensemble) with GSHS logo
  • Leavers jacket of current year
  • Religious dress in school colours
  • Broad brimmed hats recommended when outdoors but must be removed indoors (navy blue broad brimmed hat – optional and available from Total Uniforms)
  • Appropriate sporting shirt, shorts or pants and shoes for Physical Education classes
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment is to be worn where required

Year 12 formal uniform (can be worn everyday but required for formal events including assemblies and Valedictory):

  • White collared shirt
  • School tie
  • Navy blue trousers (defined style/ brand from Total Uniforms)
  • Black shoes preferred

Items that are not permitted to be worn at school in 2019 include:

  • GSC uniforms
  • Hoodies
  • Extra jumper under the school jacket
  • Beanies
  • Board shorts or beach wear
  • Thongs and other non-enclosed shoes
  • Visible, coloured undergarments such as t-shirts, bathers, boxer shorts, bras
  • Denim clothing

It is inappropriate for students to wear excessive make-up, jewellery or piercings at school. Any jewellery or piercing must comply with the occupational health and safety requirements of the environment.

Upon enrolment students, who for religious or health reasons, may apply to modify the school Dress Code. Please speak with the enrolment officer for further details.

The Dress Code is monitored on a daily basis. Non-compliance can affect whether a student is eligible to attend or participate in school events. Unless otherwise instructed, students are asked to wear school uniforms on excursions. Students refusing to follow the dress code will not be permitted to enter the school cafeteria – students can access an external service window for purchases. Students not in full school dress code will be directed to a designated part of the school for their recess and lunch break times. Ongoing non-adherence to the dress code will require a parent/student meeting with the college administration.

If you require any clarification or would like to discuss a particular case, please contact the school on 08 9965 8400.

Complaints

All complaints are resolved in a prompt and efficient manner with a high standard of professionalism.

Complaints can be made verbally or in writing. Written complaints should be addressed as follows:

“Private and Confidential”
Mr Greg Kelly, Principal
PMB 10100
GERALDTON WA 6531

Please describe the complaint including your name and address. Include what a possible resolution could be along with copies of any relevant documentation.

In the case of a verbal complaint, where you do not want to be identified or to lodge the complaint in writing, we will endeavour to work directly with you to resolve the matter.

If you are not satisfied with our attempts to resolve your complaint, you may wish to express your concerns to the Regional Executive Director.  To do this contact:

Regional Executive Director
Mid West Regional Education Office
PO Box 63
GERALDTON WA 6531

If you require any clarification or would like to discuss a particular case, please contact the school on 08 9965 8400.

Bullying

At Geraldton Senior High School we look to establish a culture of openness where students who are feeling bullied can come and speak with appropriate links at the school.

Orientation days are held at the beginning of each year for incoming Year 10 students where they meet members of staff who are trained in this area and can help all students throughout the year to diffuse situations.

We operate with a pastoral care model to provide students with support from Form Teachers, Student Services, School Psychologist, Chaplain, Nurse and Aboriginal & Islander Education Officers. All staff engages in professional learning to develop their skills and knowledge of behaviour management techniques.

Our staff are passionate about working with young adults at a senior school level and are available to help whenever someone needs a hand.

“I’ll stop doing what I’m doing to help,” says Kim Treffone, Deputy Principal. “If you’re not here to tell me, I don’t know that there is a problem. It’s our job to help.”

Bullying can take many forms such as:

• Physical bullying, such as hitting, pushing or punching
• Verbal bullying, such as teasing, name-calling or swearing
• Nonverbal or emotional bullying, such as intimidating someone through gestures, spreading rumours, making threats and exclusion
• Cyber bullying, by sending insulting messages by phone, SMS, e-mail, or social media

Please refer to the Parent Information Booklet for the full policy wording including:

• What to do if you are being bullied and the effects of bullying
• What to do if you see someone being bullied
• What role staff plays and what will be done about it
• Parental involvement and what can be done
• Consequences for those who are bullying

If you require any clarification or would like to discuss a particular case, please contact the school on 08 9965 8400.

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