The College’s complete Child Protection Policy is available at the school administration. Parents and students may have access to this policy at any time. You may also make an appointment to discuss the policy with the Head of College if you wish to clarify any matters.
Assessment is on-going and regular, with Parent/Teacher interviews planned at various stages of the year. (See school calendar). Formal written reports will be issued at the end of each Semester and will provide a summary of the progress of the student. Informal reporting will occur throughout the year through comments and suggestions on assignments, projects or homework. Parents are encouraged to communicate with class teachers if there are concerns or problems. Communication between parents and teachers can be greatly enhanced by the use of email.
All students will be expected to review all material covered during the school day and to complete tasks which may be assigned by the teacher. Set homework assignments will not be excessive for written and learning activities and will generally be as follows:
|Years 1-4||Up to an hour per week|
|Years 5-6||Up to 2 hours per week|
|Year 7||Up to 3-4 hours per week|
|Years 8-9||Up to 5 hours per week|
|Years 10-12||Will vary per subject|
All Primary children are expected to learn memory verses, review tables and spelling and read aloud to parents. Homework should not be an imposition, and if you have concerns, please contact your class/subject teacher. Failure to adequately complete homework tasks by children in Years 7 to 12 will adversely affect their final results. Parents will be contacted in the event of continued failure by their children to complete homework tasks. Parents are expected to monitor homework by regularly viewing and signing your child’s Student Diary.
Mueller College welcomes suggestions and comments from parents and takes seriously complaints and concerns that may be raised. The College will endeavour to ensure that concerns are dealt with speedily and those who have raised them are kept informed about progress. If a parent has a grievance concerning a student matter or the child’s teacher, in the first instance, please discuss the issue with the teacher. If the problem is not resolved then please contact the relevant Head of Sub School; failing that, contact the Head of College.
Parents or guardians must telephone the school and leave a message (see number below) on the day the student is absent, giving a reason. On return to school the student should bring a note from the parent or guardian and give it to the form teacher during form class.
It is very important for notes and Doctors’ certificates, where appropriate, to be supplied for absences involving Years 11 and 12 students as assessment consideration can be given in extenuating circumstances.
If students are sick it is advisable to keep them at home. Parents will be contacted by the school to collect students who exhibit signs of illness during the day.
First Aid may be provided at school. In the cases of serious injury or illness parents will be requested to take students to a doctor or to hospital by ambulance if necessary. Where there is an emergency, the school will arrange for an ambulance to attend the scene, and if necessary the ambulance will take the student to hospital.
Please be considerate of your child’s friends and teachers. These illnesses spread quickly and easily through whole classes and families. Parents should ensure their children are appropriately vaccinated. This table should be read in conjunction with the ‘time out’ poster published by Qld Health (http://www.health.qld.gov.au/ph/documents/cdb/timeout_poster.pdf)
|Measles||Exclude for four days after the onset of the rash|
|German Measles (Rubella)||Exclude until fully recovered or for at least four days after the onset of rash|
|Chicken Pox||Exclude until all blisters have dried. This is usually at least five days after the rash first appeared in nonimmunised children, and less in immunised children.|
|Mumps||At least 9 days after onset of swelling|
|Diarrhoea||At least 24 hours without symptoms|
|Vomiting||At least 24 hours without symptoms|
|Glandular Fever||Exclusion not necessary|
|School Sores (Impetigo)||Exclude case until has received appropriate antibiotics for at least 24 hours. Sores are not contagious if covered, or after the child has taken antibiotics for 24 hours. Weeping or crusted sores on exposed areas should always be covered with a watertight dressing until at least 24 hours post antibiotics commenced and for as long as practical.|
|Whooping Cough (pertussis)||Exclude until five days after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment, or for 21 days from onset of coughing.|
For security and Workplace Health and Safety reasons, all visitors to the school must first report to the main College Reception. After permission is obtained a register detailing the name and reason for the visit must be signed. A visitor badge will be issued and returned to the Office before leaving the school.
Students are encouraged to make friends and be friendly to others. However, we have a “hands-off”, “lips-off” policy which precludes outward displays of affection between students while in attendance at school or travelling to and from school.
By definition bullying is repeated oppression, psychological or physical, of a less powerful person or group by a more powerful person or group of persons. It may be manifested in many ways e.g. harassment (verbal, sexual or psychological), victimisation, alienation, coercion, intimidation, exclusion, ostracism, discrimination. Bullying results in hurt, fear, loss of self-esteem and decreased social effectiveness for the victim.
In any form, bullying is not acceptable behaviour within Mueller College because it is entirely contrary to the ideals of the school. In accordance with the school’s Mission statement, Mueller College seeks to eradicate bullying by developing in the classroom and publicly in assemblies:
The following steps are a guide to dealing with reports of bullying.
Students who have been bullied will be supported by:
Students who have bullied will be helped by:
When property goes astray, or something is found that belongs to someone else , please check the lost property boxes, either:
Portable CD Players, Ipods, Cameras, Music or PDA devices
These items are not permitted and will be confiscated and returned at a later date.
It is a condition of enrolment or continued enrolment at Mueller College that students adhere to the following boundaries in regard to computer use of social networking sites and electronic media:- Students must demonstrate respect to others and their school.
Students must not make any comment on social networking sites (whether the profile or user-generated content is identifiably theirs or belonging to someone else) or any other digital media including email that targets any Mueller College student or staff person with perceived negative intent, or undermines the name and/or good work of the school.
Current social networking sites and digital media forms would include, but not be limited to:-
Myspace, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, email, Bebo, MSN, text messaging, all mobile content – all texting and mobile transmission of photos, as well as mobile platforms of social networking sites.
Students must not bring large sums of money or other items of value to school. If, however, it is necessary, any money or valuable item(s) should be left in safekeeping with Student Services N Block or at the main office Reception. They can be collected at the end of the school day. The school accepts no responsibility for loss of money and/or valuables or damage to same.
It is the objective of Mueller College to provide a safe, healthy working environment for all persons involved in its operations. To this end the Directors of the College will:
All other persons (‘workers’) are required to:
School Crossing Supervisors are employed by the Transport Department. The supervisors for Mueller College work the crossing in the mornings from 7:45am to 8:45am and in the afternoons from 3:00pm to 3:30pm. All students and parents crossing Morris Road are asked to use the crossing at these times.
When the Supervisor has placed the “Children Crossing” signs, pedestrians are to wait behind the yellow line until the Supervisor is in place in the middle of the road with the STOP sign and blows the whistle. When the whistle blows pedestrians are to cross between the red and white poles. When the signs are taken down the Supervisor can no longer allow pedestrians to cross under his/her supervision.
Motorists parking or setting down or picking up passengers PLEASE DO NOT USE the “No Standing” zones. Bus zones must be kept clear at all times.
The Morris Road speed limit is 40 kph at all times.
The College is a Sun Smart Accredited School. All students are required to wear suitable sun protective hats (as per section on School Uniforms) and sunscreen for all outdoor activities for all seasons, including winter. Sunscreen is provided by the College and kept in classrooms, sports kits and buses.
Where possible, events are organised outside peak UV radiation periods. Swimming carnivals are held either in the evening or in covered venues. Sun protection issues are included in the health curricula.
Supervision of students at school includes before school, recess and lunch breaks, and after school. However, parents are reminded that staff members are not rostered for duty until 8:00am each morning. Parents are discouraged from sending their children to school before this time. Staff members are also rostered to undertake supervision until 3:30pm each day. Parents are requested to ensure that their children have been collected or have left the school grounds by this time. Parents wishing their children to be at school outside the hours of teacher supervision provided may avail themselves of the fee-for-service arrangement of after- or before-school care provided by OSHC staff (Outside School Hours Care).
CHILD PROTECTION AT MUELLER COLLEGE
Mueller College recognises that protecting students from harm and the risk of harm is fundamental to maximising their personal and academic potential. For this reason, the welfare and best interests of the children within our College will always be a primary consideration.
We expect our students to show respect to our staff and volunteers and to comply with safe practices and we expect all employees to ensure that their behaviour towards and relationships with students reflect proper standards of care for students and are not unlawful. The College will respond diligently to a report of suspected or actual harm, or risk of harm to a student.
WHAT DOES THE COLLEGE MEAN BY ‘HARM’?
Section 9 of the Child Protection Act 1999 – ‘Harm’ to a child is any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the child’s physical, psychological or emotional well-being.
HOW DOES THE COLLEGE PROTECT STUDENTS FROM HARM?
The College has a comprehensive Child Protection Policy, which covers the actions to be taken if a member of staff or a parent of the College becomes aware or reasonably suspects that harm has been done to a student of the College by a member of staff, people outside the College or by other students.
What should you do if you become aware or reasonably suspect that harm has been caused to a student of the College by a member of staff, someone outside of the College or by other students?
You are to report your concerns to the Head of College, Deputy Head of College or any other College staff members.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?
If you report your concerns to a staff member, that staff member must report it to the Head of College.
If the report where the Head of College is the subject of the report of inappropriate behaviour, the staff member must report to the Chairman of the College Board.
WHAT WILL THE HEAD OF COLLEGE, DEPUTY HEAD OF COLLEGE OR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COLLEGE BOARD DO?
Once reports are received by either the Head of College, Deputy Head of College or Chairman of the College Board, it will be dealt with under the school’s Complaints Handling Policy.
The Head of College determines an investigative process for the complaint, including notes from the original interview with the student and other persons named in the report, and takes appropriate action.
If the harm relates to sexual abuse, the staff must give a written report about the abuse or suspected abuse to the Head of College, Deputy Head of College or Chairman of the College Board immediately.
The Head of College, Deputy Head of College or Chairman of the College Board must immediately give a copy of the report to a police officer.
If the person who becomes aware or reasonably suspects sexual abuse or likely sexual abuse is the Head of College, the Head of College must give a written report about the abuse, or suspected abuse to a police officer immediately and must also give a copy of the report to the Chairman of the College Board.
WHAT HAPPENS ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?
Your report will be treated in a confidential manner and with respect. Knowledge of it will be limited to the Head of College and those directly involved. The Chairman of the College Board may also need to be informed. It is the College’s policy that confidentiality between the College and parents will be respected as much as possible and any concerns raised by parents will not rebound adversely on their children.
Each person who has access to information regarding suspected or disclosed harm has an obligation to observe appropriate confidentiality. However, the College is unable to promise absolute confidentiality since the steps of the Policy will require disclosing, internally and externally, certain details involved in responding to the report. State authorities can compel people to give evidence about actions under the Policy and to produce documents. You would be fully informed if information you provided were to be passed on to a third party.
Any action, which needed to be taken under staff disciplinary procedures as a result of an allegation not requiring police intervention, would be handled confidentially within the College.
HOW WILL THE COLLEGE HELP MY CHILD?
The Head of College will ensure that the following things are done to reduce the chance of harm occurring:
If the Head of College receives a report of harm to your child, he/she will support the child by:
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I REQUIRE MORE INFORMATION?
The College’s complete Child Protection Policy is available at the school administration. Parents and students may have access to this policy at any time. You may also make an appointment to discuss the policy with the Head of College if you wish to clarify any matters
Mueller College is committed to the provision of educationally valid excursions as part of the school curriculum. Excursions will be prepared, managed, supervised and monitored in a way that seeks to ensure the health, safety and security of the participating students and staff, as well as others who may be affected by the conduct of an excursion.