SUMMARY OF SCHOOL POLICIES

Including policies for Student Welfare, Student Discipline and Reporting Complaints and Resolving Grievances

Policies

A summary statement of the policies for the three reporting areas is shown below, with the actual titles of the policies in brackets.


Student Welfare (Pastoral Care Policy)

Macarthur Anglican School is committed to the development of the whole student, spiritually, academically, physically, socially and affectively through the development and implementation of a Pastoral Care Programme.

Rationale

Education at Macarthur focuses on the complete student and as such encompasses more than academic outcomes. Macarthur has developed a Pastoral Care Programme, T-12, which endeavours to promote resilience within students as well as providing a caring environment and assistance when students encounter difficulties within their lives. Pastoral Care at Macarthur is both proactive and re-active in that it responds to crisis within students and their parents’ lives as well as preparing them to deal with crises before they occur.


Student Discipline (Student Behaviour Modification Incorporating Sanctions and Awards (Discipline) Policy)

Macarthur Anglican School is committed to the development of a school environment that fosters the dignity, respect and personal development of each member of the community.

Macarthur will not at any time accept corporal punishment as a means of behavioural modification by any staff member and will not sanction the administering of corporal punishment by non-school persons including parents.

The discipline guidelines are set to ensure procedural fairness in accordance with the Education Act 1990 (NSW), particularly, but not exclusively in relation to suspension, expulsion and exclusion.

Rationale

Our motto, ‘Through Christ Alone’, reminds us that Christ is at the centre of our school life. The expression of our relationship to Him is not merely restricted to our Chapel services, Biblical Studies lessons and other spiritual endeavours; it relates to the whole of our life. The teaching and example of Jesus are the foundation stones of our Christian lifestyle. His standards are absolute and apply throughout the Christian world and therefore to all members of our school community - students, council, parents, friends and staff. The principle of developing and maintaining self-discipline are at the core of the school’s expectations of its students. All behaviour modification strategies used at Macarthur aim to develop self-discipline within each student so that when they move from the structured environment of formal schooling, they are well prepared to function as a positive citizen within the community.


Anti-Bullying Policy (Student Anti-Bullying Policy)

Macarthur Anglican School is committed to the development of a school environment that fosters the 
dignity, respect and personal development of each member of the community and as such does not 
tolerate bullying in any form. 

Rationale 

Students and staff members at Macarthur are expected to work together to create a culture and 
environment characterised by safety, trust, mutual respect and professionalism. In such an 
environment, the School considers that bullying is inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour. 
Consequently, the School is committed in its attempt to providing a school environment that is free 
from bullying. 


Reporting Complaints and Resolving Grievances (Complaints and Grievances Policy)

Macarthur Anglican School has a complaints and grievance procedure that allows parents, students, members of the public and staff to make complaints when dissatisfied with an aspect of the school.

Rationale

In order to meet the guidelines of best practice Macarthur Anglican School has developed complaint guidelines and procedures to help resolve and where possible avoid potential dissatisfaction.

There are essentially four areas of complaints:

  • parents (and guardians); 
  • students;
  • the public, and
  • staff.

It is a condition of Accreditation and Registration, that a school has a dispute resolution procedure. While parents will often wish to raise issues on behalf of their children, there are other issues, which students may choose to raise on their own behalf, and which are best raised by them. Complaints from members of the public will be treated in a similar way to complaints from parents, although most complaints from the public will normally be referred directly to the Headmaster or the Deputy Headmaster.


Location of Policies, Changes Made in 2014 and Access to Full Text

The critical policies above are reviewed annually. In 2015 only minor editorial changes were made to these policies. Access to the full text of each of these policies is available upon request to the Headmaster or Deputy Headmaster. The policies are located on Macarthur's intranet and are regularly reviewed by the Headmaster's Executive and updated by the Headmaster's Personal Assistant.