2018-2019 Parent Handbook - Morayfield State High School

 
2018-2019 Parent Handbook - Morayfield State High School
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2018-2019 Parent Handbook - Morayfield State High School
Contents

PRINCIPAL ............................................................................................................................................... 6
DEPUTY PRINCIPALS ................................................................................................................................ 6
BUSINESS SERVICES MANAGER............................................................................................................... 6
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT ........................................................................................................................ 6
SUPPORT STAFF....................................................................................................................................... 6
CONTACTS ............................................................................................................................................... 6
SCHOOL DETAILS ..................................................................................................................................... 7
   Address Details ................................................................................................................................... 7
   Telephone Details............................................................................................................................... 7
   School Year 2019 ................................................................................................................................. 7
   Final Dates for 2019 ............................................................................................................................. 7
   School Hours ....................................................................................................................................... 7
   Formal Uniform Days ........................................................................................................................... 7
   Bell Times............................................................................................................................................ 7
PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME .......................................................................................................................... 8
SCHOOL VISION AND VALUES ................................................................................................................. 9
   Our Vision Statement ......................................................................................................................... 9
   Our School Values .............................................................................................................................. 9
       Learning .......................................................................................................................................... 9
       Respect for Ourselves and Others ................................................................................................. 9
       Working Together........................................................................................................................... 9
       Honesty and Fairness ..................................................................................................................... 9
       A Pleasant and Safe Environment.................................................................................................. 9
   Our School Code ................................................................................................................................. 9
   Our School Motto ............................................................................................................................... 9
   Our Statement of Purpose ................................................................................................................. 9
ENROLMENTS ........................................................................................................................................ 10
   Years 8-12 ......................................................................................................................................... 10
   Year 7 ................................................................................................................................................ 10
CURRICULUM ........................................................................................................................................ 11
   Junior School .................................................................................................................................... 11
   Senior School .................................................................................................................................... 11

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Instrumental Music .......................................................................................................................... 11
   Sport ................................................................................................................................................. 11
   House Structure ................................................................................................................................ 11
   CONNECT .......................................................................................................................................... 12
   TOTEM .............................................................................................................................................. 12
MAXIMISE LEARNING ............................................................................................................................ 13
   Student Responsibilities................................................................................................................... 13
   Parent/Carer Responsibilities .......................................................................................................... 13
   Teacher Responsibilities .................................................................................................................. 13
HOME LEARNING EXPECTATIONS ......................................................................................................... 14
A LEARNING FRAMEWORK ................................................................................................................... 15
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR ................................................................................................................... 16
THE AIM PROGRAM .............................................................................................................................. 16
RECOGNISING POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR.................................................................................................... 18
   Summit Club ..................................................................................................................................... 18
   Student Leadership .......................................................................................................................... 18
GENERAL INFORMATION ...................................................................................................................... 19
   Visitors .............................................................................................................................................. 19
   Blue Card........................................................................................................................................... 19
   Photos and Videos ............................................................................................................................ 19
   Assemblies ........................................................................................................................................ 19
ATTENDANCE ........................................................................................................................................ 20
   Absenteeism ..................................................................................................................................... 20
   Late Arrivals and Early Departures .................................................................................................. 21
   Students Who Become Sick ............................................................................................................. 21
   Students Who Are Absent From Class without a Reason ............................................................... 21
   Youth Allowance .............................................................................................................................. 21
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SCHOOL AND HOME ............................................................................. 22
   Reporting .......................................................................................................................................... 22
   Contacting Students ......................................................................................................................... 22
   Newsletters ...................................................................................................................................... 23
   QSchools and QParents .................................................................................................................... 23
   Facebook ........................................................................................................................................... 23

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Email/SMS ........................................................................................................................................ 23
STUDENT HEALTH ................................................................................................................................. 24
   Accidents and Illness ........................................................................................................................ 24
   Medical Conditions........................................................................................................................... 24
   Medication and Asthma Medication ............................................................................................... 24
   Asthma Medication .......................................................................................................................... 24
   Health Plans ...................................................................................................................................... 24
       Action Plans .................................................................................................................................. 24
       Emergency Health Plans ............................................................................................................... 24
       Individual Health Plan .................................................................................................................. 25
PUBLIC LIABILITY ................................................................................................................................... 25
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES ............................................................................................................... 26
   Behaviour Support Team ................................................................................................................. 26
   Guidance Officers ............................................................................................................................. 26
   Chaplain ............................................................................................................................................ 26
   School Nurse ..................................................................................................................................... 26
   Indigenous Education Co-Ordinator ................................................................................................ 27
   Year Level Co-Ordinators ................................................................................................................. 27
   Special Education/Special Needs Support ....................................................................................... 27
   Senior Schooling Head of Department ............................................................................................ 27
   Youth Support Co-Ordinator ............................................................................................................ 27
   School Based Police Officer .............................................................................................................. 27
TRAVEL TO AND FROM SCHOOL ........................................................................................................... 28
   Contact Numbers.............................................................................................................................. 28
       Bus Companies ............................................................................................................................. 28
       Trains ............................................................................................................................................ 28
   Bicycle Riders .................................................................................................................................... 28
   Skateboard/Scooter Riders .............................................................................................................. 28
   Student Drivers................................................................................................................................. 28
DRESS CODE 2017 ................................................................................................................................. 29
   Uniform............................................................................................................................................. 30
   Procedures for Non-Compliance with Dress Code .......................................................................... 32

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UNIFORM SHOP .................................................................................................................................... 32
SCHOOL POLICIES .................................................................................................................................. 33
MOBILE PHONES/MEDIA PLAYERS ........................................................................................................ 33
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOx) ........................................................................................................ 33
PERSONAL AND LOST PROPERTY .......................................................................................................... 34
SMOKING .............................................................................................................................................. 34
PARENTS & CITIZENS’ ASSOCIATION INFORMATION ............................................................................ 35
   Tuckshop ........................................................................................................................................... 35
       Flexischools................................................................................................................................... 35
FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS .................................................................................................................. 36
   Stationery Items ............................................................................................................................... 36
STUDENT RESOURCE SCHEME .............................................................................................................. 36
   Purpose of the Scheme .................................................................................................................... 36
   Benefits of the Scheme .................................................................................................................... 37
   Terms and Conditions ...................................................................................................................... 37
   Refunds ............................................................................................................................................. 38
   Scheme Inclusions ............................................................................................................................ 39
   Non-Participation in Scheme ........................................................................................................... 39
   Key Payment Dates .......................................................................................................................... 40
   Student Resource Scheme – Non-Participation Form ..................................................................... 40
   Payment Options Available.............................................................................................................. 40
       In Person - Cashier Window ......................................................................................................... 40
       BPoint ........................................................................................................................................... 40
       Direct Deposit ............................................................................................................................... 40
       Centrepay Deductions .................................................................................................................. 40
   Parents/Carers Experiencing Financial Difficulties ......................................................................... 41
   Related Policy ................................................................................................................................... 41
REFUND POLICY..................................................................................................................................... 42
   Related Policy ...................................................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.

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PRINCIPAL
  ................................................................................................................................... Ms Leasa Smith

DEPUTY PRINCIPALS
  ................................................................................................................................. Ms Kerri Furlong
  .............................................................................................................................. Ms Nicole O’Hearn
  ................................................................................................................................ Ms Michelle Pole
  ..................................................................................................................................... Mr Joe Bucher

BUSINESS SERVICES MANAGER
  .................................................................................................................................... Ms Jodie Blunt

HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
  BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT: .................................................................................... Mr Steve Mabb
  ENGLISH: .......................................................................................................... Ms Verushka Torrens
  HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION: ............................................................................. Mr Bill Schneid
  HUMANITIES AND LANGUAGES: .......................................................................... Ms Teena Norman
  INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY: ...................................................................................... Mr Darren Kerr
  LEARNING ENHANCEMENT ..................................................................................... Mr Warren Steel
  MATHEMATICS: ............................................................................................................ Ms Jane Irvin
  SCIENCE: .................................................................................................................. Mr Robert Balfe
  SENIOR SCHOOLING AND BUSINESS: ...................................................................... Mr Ken Simpson
  SPECIAL EDUCATION: ............................................................................................... Ms Lindy Stokes
  STUDENT WELLBEING ......................................................................................... Mr Charlie Williams
  TECHNOLOGY: ......................................................................................................... Mr Bill McIntyre
  THE ARTS: ............................................................................................................ Ms Elizabeth Rigby

SUPPORT STAFF
  GUIDANCE OFFICERS: ......................................................Ms Tabitha Ford, Ms Natane Kriedemann
  SCHOOL BASED YOUTH HEALTH NURSE ....................................................................................... TBA
  SCHOOL CHAPLAIN ....................................................................................................................... TBA
  SCHOOL BASED YOUTH SUPPORT OFFICER ........................................................... Mr Tavita Timaloa
  SCHOOL BASED POLICE OFFICER ................................................................Snr Constable Kris Parker
  BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT CO-ORDINATORS... Ms Mi-Chal Purcell, Ms Lee Justice, Mr Cameron Daniel
  INDIGENOUS EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR................................................................Ms Karen Scott

CONTACTS
  ENROLMENTS OFFICER: ........................................................ Ms Mary-Clare Sexton (07) 5428 5555
  ABSENTEE OFFICER: ........................................................................ Ms Lyndal Balfe (07) 5428 5522
  TUCKSHOP CONVENOR: .................................................................. Ms Leah Collins (07) 5428 5539
  CASHIER: ................................................................................................ Ms Julie Hill (07) 5428 5553

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SCHOOL DETAILS

Address Details                                        Telephone Details
Postal Address: PO Box 835, CABOOLTURE, 4510           Telephone: 07 5428 5555
Address: Visentin Road, MORAYFIELD, 4506               Fax: 07 5428 5500
School Location: 2154                                  Student Absentee Line: 07 5428 5522
E-Mail: admin@morayfieldshs@eq.edu.au                  Canteen: 07 5428 5539
Facebook:                                              Cashier: 07 5428 5553
https://www.facebook.com/MorayfieldSHS

School Year 2019
Semester 1     Term 1 – Tuesday 29 January to Friday 5 April
               Term 2 – Tuesday 23 April to Friday 28 June
Semester 2     Term 3 – Monday 15 July to Friday 20 September
               Term 4 – Tuesday 8 October to Friday 13 December

Final Dates for 2019                                   Bell Times
Year 12        Friday 15 November                                       Every Day
Year 10, 11    Friday 29 November
Year 7, 8, 9   Friday 13 December                    Warning Bell       8.40am
                                                     Form Class         8.45am – 8.55am
                                                     Transition         8.55am – 9.00am
School Hours
                                                     Period 1           9.00am – 10.10am
Office Hours: 7.45am to 3.45pm (School Term)         Transition         10.10am – 10.15am
Cashier Hours: 7.45am to 1.30pm (School Term)
                                                     Period 2           10.15am - 11.25am
                                                     Morning Break      11.25am – 11.55am
Formal Uniform Days                                  Warning Bell       11.50am
Junior Students - Monday and Wednesday               Period 3           11.55am-1.05pm
Senior Students - Monday and Thursday                Lunch              1.05pm-1.45pm
                                                     Warning Bell       1.40pm
                                                     Period 4           1.45pm-2.55pm

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PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME

                       It is my pleasure to work with the students, staff and parents/carers of the
                       Morayfield school community as Principal. Morayfield State High School is a
                       dynamic, growing and ambitious school where we seek to gain the best
                       educational, vocational and social outcomes for our students. We provide high
                       quality education that is relevant to the needs of individual students, provide
                       multiple pathways to engage our learners and are focused on building a culture
                       of success. Our goal is to ensure each of our graduates leaves with the skills
                       and qualifications to be successful in the next step of their life journey.

Students choosing to attend Morayfield State High School will have the opportunity to:
* Engage with a diverse range of quality educational, co-educational and extra-curricular opportunities
and programs.
* Be part of a school culture that values high achievement, ongoing improvement and student
ownership of learning within a safe and supportive environment.
* Work with experienced staff who are committed to supporting the educational and wellbeing needs
of students to ensure they reach their full potential.

At Morayfield State High School students are expected to:
* Attend school every day with a positive attitude and be ready to learn.
* Take personal responsibility for their learning and aim high to achieve their learning goals.
* Show respect for fellow students, staff, parents and the local community in their thoughts and actions.
* Cooperate with staff and students by contributing positively to the school’s culture and achieving the
high standards expected for behaviour and performance.

We are continuing to build strong partnerships with the local community, service providers,
educational institutions and businesses to provide enhanced study and practical training experiences
for our students. We are also committed to continuing our successful partnership with the Morayfield
Coalition of Schools where we work closely with our local primary schools to promote public education
and to produce better outcomes for students as they transition from primary to secondary education.

At Morayfield State High School we are focused on maximising student achievement. We are
committed to supporting all of our graduates to leave school with:
* Attainment of a QCE
* Attainment of a VET qualification
* Attainment of an ATAR aligned to course entry requirements (where relevant)
* Literacy, numeracy, thinking and technology competencies and
* A strong sense of social and emotional wellbeing and resilience.

Morayfield State High School is a great school which is working proactively to ensure every student
succeeds!

Regards,

Leasa Smith

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SCHOOL VISION AND VALUES

Our Vision Statement
Achieving excellence through innovation and integrity; leadership and community.

Our School Values
Learning
We learn from our experience and use this to improve things for the future.
Respect for Ourselves and Others
Viewing and treating others and ourselves as individuals of worth.
Working Together
People working in a harmonious and co-operative manner to focus on solutions and positive outcomes
free from criticism and blame.
Honesty and Fairness
Communication and behaviours that reflect truthfulness and openness and equitable treatment for
all.
A Pleasant and Safe Environment
Attractive physical surroundings that are: clean, well maintained and safe. An environment that values
the expression of diverse opinions, free from intimidation, bullying and harassment.

Our School Code
Aim High – Respect, Responsibility, Cooperation

Our School Motto
Strength Through Integrity

Our Statement of Purpose
Our school is committed to the development of each individual and the economic, social and cultural
contribution that each person can make to our community. We aim to provide a high quality education
that is relevant to the needs of individuals, provides multiple pathways for students and engage
student interest. Our goal is to instil in students a love of learning, to have all students learn well and
become life-long learners. We will achieve this by focusing on:
     Improving literacy and numeracy
     Success in subjects
     Vocational training
     Personal growth
     Communication skills
     Sporting skills
     Informed citizens
     Social Skills

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ENROLMENTS

Morayfield State High School has an Enrolment Management Plan to manage our school capacity and
regulate growth in our area. This plan sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled
into Morayfield State High School. A copy of the plan and the catchment map are both available on
the school website (https://morayfieldshs.eq.edu.au).

Years 8-12
All new enrolments are by interview only. A Parent/Carer and the enrolling student are required at
the enrolment interview. A copy of your student’s most recent report card and birth certificate are
required along with any other relevant information. This information can include catchment
documents, whether your student has an AIMS record and any medical practitioner’s documentation
regarding medical conditions. After your completed paperwork has been sighted, a suitable
appointment time can be arranged.

Year 7
Due to the large number of students transitioning, Year 7 enrolments will not require an enrolment
interview unless their enrolment is being processed after the beginning of Week 3, Term 1. When
returning completed enrolment forms, a copy of your student’s most recent report card and birth
certificate are required along with any other relevant information. This information can include
catchment documents, whether your student has an AIMS record and any medical practitioner’s
documentation regarding medical conditions.

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CURRICULUM

Junior School
All students in Years 7- 9 complete studies from the Key Learning Areas of English, Mathematics,
Science, Humanities, Health and Physical Education, Technology, The Arts and Languages Other Than
English. Literacy and Numeracy classes are also available in Years 7- 9. Teaching and learning
experiences are planned using the National Curriculum and draw on the principles of the Junior
Secondary Agenda. In Junior School, students develop the knowledge and skills to engage effectively
in learning across a range of subject disciplines in a range of learning environments. A key feature of
the Junior Secondary curriculum is also focused on ensuring students have the Literacy and Numeracy
skills to engage in the Senior Curriculum.

Senior School
Senior Education and Training (SET) Plans are developed for all students in the Senior School,
identifying a designated pathway to Tertiary Studies, further training or employment. Students in Year
10 select a course of study that prepares them for studies in Years 11 and 12. Year 11 and 12 students
complete studies in English and Mathematics and a selection of General Subjects, Applied Subjects
and Vocational Education and Training Certificates. Traineeships and school based apprenticeships are
also available.

Instrumental Music
Instrumental Music (string, wind and percussion) instruments are available for students from Year 7.
Entry into this program is determined by student interest, aptitude and the availability of instruments.
Students who have their own instruments may join the program. Students can enter the school’s
instrumental music program to receive tuition from Education Queensland’s Instrumental Music
Teachers. An annual hire and participation fee applies. When an appropriate standard is achieved,
students will be invited to join one of the school ensembles. Instrumental Music Program Enrolment
Forms are available from the Arts Department.

Sport
Sport is part of our school curriculum. It is linked directly to our school motto Strength Through
Integrity; healthy lifestyles and wellbeing of individuals. Throughout the year students have the
opportunity to be involved in a wide range of interschool sporting events, organised sport, lunchtime
sporting competitions and recreational programs. In addition to this, there are opportunities for
students to be involved in full day carnivals and special events throughout the year such as Athletics
Carnival, Cross Country and Swimming Carnival. These events foster participation, school/house spirit,
community spirit and challenge and learning in a different environment. We encourage parent/carer
support for these programs.

House Structure
Morayfield State High School’s House structure is clearly visible through the school. Our four houses,
named after islands in Moreton Bay, are Bribie Bears (Blue), Moreton Mustangs (Green), Russell
Rhinos (Yellow) and Stradbroke Scorpions (Red). These four teams compete on a regular basis in lunch
activities, school events and our annual carnivals.

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CONNECT
CONNECT is our whole school wellbeing and positive education program. The aim of the program is
to equip our students with organisational, social and personal skills that enable them to become
healthy and resilient individuals and members of the wider community. We educate our students
about the amazing benefits of adopting an optimistic outlook in their lives and introduce them to the
little positive actions they can do often so that they shine. Through this program we are able to
prepare students to adopt growth mindsets to learn and try new things and as a result enhance their
brains ability to grow and develop. This program is delivered to students on a Wednesday and
Thursday afternoon.

TOTEM
The TOTEM program is designed to enable a small number of students in the junior school to achieve
their potential by focusing on a variety of goals ranging from educational, social and emotional.
Students are selected by the Student Management and Wellbeing panel. This panel takes into
consideration a variety of reasons including social emotional and behavioural in their selection
process. The program lasts for seven weeks each term. The curriculum covered includes a Resilient
Adolescent Program (cognitive behaviour) as well as year level appropriate Maths, English and
Health and Physical Education.

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MAXIMISE LEARNING

To get the most out of their learning our students need to:
     Be at school every day;
     Be at every lesson on time;
     Have all necessary textbooks, writing books, materials and technology at each lesson;
     Use the homework diary to record all homework, assignments and research requirements
     Do all class work as the teacher requests;
     Hand all assignments in on time to an acceptable standard;
     Work on assignments as soon as they are received. Never leave them until the last minute;
     Keep all books neatly, with ruled lines and no other scribble;
     Build in regular sessions to
        revise work.

Student Responsibilities
      Develop a plan for completing
       tasks on time and add due
       dates to your student diary.
      Set up a home study plan.
      Complete all work by due
       dates (including drafts and
       final products).
      Ask for assistance when
       needed.
      Use class time efficiently.
      Special consideration including
       extension requests are to be negotiated with the appropriate Head of Department BEFORE
       the due date.
      A medical certificate is required for incomplete or late work in the Senior Secondary, to
       comply with QSA requirements. An explained absence (note from parents/carers) will be
       sufficient in Junior Secondary.

Parent/Carer Responsibilities
      Discuss with student tasks/assignments due for the term.
      Encourage student to plan and work towards task completion through appropriate time
       management.
      Assist student in accessing resources needed for task completion.
      Contact class teacher for support if required.

Teacher Responsibilities
      Support students in planning to complete tasks by due dates.
      Provide some class time for completion of tasks.
      Provide detailed task and criteria sheets for student reference.
      Contact parents/carers for support when work is incomplete or late.
      Liaise with Heads of Department and Deputy Principals for persistent incomplete or late work.
      Provide feedback to students about performance in tasks/assignment.

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HOME LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

The classroom is the place where much of the learning takes place. However, real understanding (and
transferring knowledge from short to long term memory) is achieved when students:
     Revise the work introduced in class.
     Revise work covered in class or on any one day – revision involves more than just reading the
        material – it involves note taking i.e. looking for main ideas of the speaker/writer and then
        writing them out in your own words – be concise which does not mean just writing down main
        headings but includes the explanation and/or information – notes should be neat, orderly and
        legible and should be a summary of the main facts.
     Test their understanding.
     Apply their newly acquired knowledge/skills.
     Extend their reading.
     Summarise the information obtained in class or from the textbook.

This additional work comes under the heading of home learning and also includes:
     Set homework – this is negotiable and will be checked by the teacher.
     Assignment work and test/exam preparation.

Home learning provides students with an opportunity to work independently and develop greater
responsibility for their own learning. For home learning to be effective students should:
     Have a regular routine and time for study.
     Develop a weekly home learning planner/study plan (modify it after two weeks if there are
       problems).
     Have an area where they can learn without unnecessary distractions.
     Have a short break every 45 – 60 minutes.
     Focus on what they are doing.
     Ask for teacher assistance if, after reading and thinking about a section of work, they still have
       difficulty understanding it.

Recommended times for home learning:
    The general expectation for students in Years 7-9 is approximately 5 hours a week depending
      on the individual.
    The amount of time devoted to home learning will vary for students in the Senior Phase,
      dependent on their learning needs, abilities, individual strengths, course of study, assessment
      load and other commitments.
    Year 10 is a transition year so students should be increasing the amount of time spent on
      home learning. Generally, students in Year 10 should be spending between 1 ½ to 2 hours a
      night.
    To achieve solid results in Year 11 and 12 students should be spending an average of 10 to 12
      hours per week on home learning. We recommend spending at least two hours per week on
      each General subject. Students studying Applied subjects and VET Competencies also need to
      make a substantial commitment of time to ensure all work is complete.

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A LEARNING FRAMEWORK

Morayfield State High School has adopted the Art and Science of Teaching model to assist teachers in
planning and sequencing their learning experiences for their students. It is based on extensive
research led by Dr Robert J. Marzano about learning and how the mind works. Using this model allows
the school to create an environment for students where there is a consistency and commonality within
curriculum language and learning processes.

There are 10 Design questions within the framework that underpin good teaching and learning
practices. They are:
    1. What will I do to establish and communicate learning goals, track student progress and
        celebrate success?
    2. What will I do to help students effectively interact with new knowledge?
    3. What will I do to help students practice and deepen their understanding of new knowledge?
    4. What will I do to help students generate and test hypotheses about new knowledge?
    5. What will I do to engage students?
    6. What will I do to establish or maintain classroom rules and procedures?
    7. What will I do to recognise and acknowledge adherence and lack of adherence to classroom
        rules and procedures?
    8. What will I do to establish and maintain effective relationships with students?
    9. What will I do to communicate high expectations for all students?
    10. What will I do to develop effective lessons organised into a cohesive unit?

While these design questions represent separate parts of the total learning process, they work
together in successful learning in the manner depicted in the diagram below that has been adapted
to suit the requirements of our school:

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APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR

We believe that all students are responsible for their own actions and must respect the rights of others
and model our school values. Students have a right to learn and teachers have a right to teach. No
student has the right to disrupt the good order and management of the school, or prejudice the good
name of the school in a public place, regardless of where they are, especially if they are preventing
other students from learning or threatening the safety or rights of others.

Please refer to the “Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students” available on our website for information
about how student behaviour is managed.

THE AIM PROGRAM

Learning is maximised in environments that are structured, positive, orderly, courteous and safe. At
Morayfield State High School we pride ourselves on providing a holistic education for all of our young
people and ‘AIM HIGH’ is a significant part of our educational program. The program is based on sound
academic research into Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL). It is a multi-tiered approach that
provides a continuum of positive behaviour support strategies. PBL is comprised of a three tiered
approach to the prevention of behaviour that impacts upon the good order of the school.

i. Preventing development of new cases of problematic behaviours.
ii. Reducing the number of existing cases of problem behaviour.
iii. Reducing the intensity and complexity of extremely challenging cases.

                                                                Adapted from Walker , H.M., Horner, R.H., Sugai, G., Bullis,
                                                                   M., Sprague, J.R., Bricker, D., & Kaufman, M.J. (1996).
                                                                 Integrated approaches to preventing antisocial behavior
                                                                patterns among school-age children and youth. Journal of
                                                                   Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 4 , pp. 194-209.

The program has an emphasis on instruction and the acknowledgement of positive behaviour whereby
specific behavioural expectations and skills are explicitly taught to all students and acknowledged
when displayed. It is also a function-based approach to better understand and manage the variables
(times, places, relationships, skill deficits) leading to problem behaviour. The required behaviours have
been clearly defined at Morayfield State High School and students are being taught these expectations
within a variety of settings at the school. At Morayfield State High School, the three behaviour
expectations are:
Be Respectful
Be Responsible
Be Cooperative

Within the school, these behaviour expectations translate into the following behaviour matrix within
the various settings

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RECOGNISING POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR

Summit Club
Students can collect AIM Stamps or Merit Points from their teachers for displaying positive behaviours
in the classroom and throughout the school. If students reach the benchmarks below they are
awarded either GOLD or PLATINUM Summit Club card which entitles them to significant discounts at
the Morayfield Shopping Centre. To achieve the Gold and Platinum Levels students must collect:
GOLD – 75 stamps AND have above 90% attendance
PLATINUM – 150 stamps and above 95% attendance
        The PLATINUM SUMMIT CARD allows students more significant discounts than the GOLD SUMMIT CARD. Students
         who are in the Summit Club must maintain their behaviour and attendance standards throughout the year to
         remain eligible for recognition on Celebration Assemblies and to be invited to Reward Excursions and activities.

 Store                Gold Card Offer                                   Platinum Card Offer
                      10% off full priced items.                        20% off full priced items.

                      Free upsize on drinks.                            Free upsize on drinks.

                      10% off. Excluding body piercing service,         10% off. Excluding body piercing service,
                      jewellery and sale items.                         jewellery and sale items.
                      20% off all sunglasses including Rayban           30% off all sunglasses including Rayban and
                      and Oakley.                                       Oakley.
                      10% off any item at original retail price.        15% off any item at original retail price. *Not
                      *Not in conjunction with any other offer.         in conjunction with any other offer. Excludes
                      Excludes catalogue & gift cards.                  catalogue stock & gift cards.
                      15% off any purchase including Rayban &           25% off any purchase including Rayban &
                      Oakley.                                           Oakley.
                      10% off original size Boost.                      15% off original size Boost.

                      10% off any sunglasses.                           15% off any sunglasses.

                      Free Warrior Bite with the purchase of 2          10% discount off the total bill.
                      sushi rolls and a bottle of water.

                      5% off full priced items - Can be used with       10% off full priced items - Can be used with
                      family members.                                   family members.

                      Free can of softdrink with any Pide or Pizza      Free choice of ANY drink with Pide or Pizza
                      purchase.                                         purchase.
        Table is an example only. Discounts offered by participating stores are published each semester.

Student Leadership
Students at Morayfield State High School are encouraged to participate in all aspects of school life.
Many are nominated and selected as Student Leaders in Years 7-11 who participate in school
committees and represent their fellow students on the Student Representative Council (SRC). Year 12
students are nominated as School Prefects with key roles of leadership around the school. Some of
these include the positions of School Captain and Vice-Captain, Student Council President, House
Captains, Cultural Captain and Chairs of School Committees.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Visitors
Maintaining a safe and secure school environment is a priority at Morayfield State High School. It is
important that all visitors in the school grounds are easily identified. All visitors (classroom helpers,
library aides, volunteers, and workers) must report to the office and sign in. A name tag will be
provided that must be displayed predominantly.

While on site, visitors are to sign out on departure. We ask that all parents/carers and visitors support
these measures in the interest of the security of our students. Staff and students are encouraged to
report anyone on school grounds who they cannot identify.

Blue Card
Volunteers in the school community need to have a Positive Blue Card. The Commission for Children
and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 requires people providing regulated services or
conducting activities with children under 18 years to obtain a blue card. For further information please
visit the website: https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/

Blue cards for volunteers are valid for three years and there is no application fee. A volunteer or
trainee student must not commence regulated child related work until they hold a valid blue card.
Volunteer parents/carers are exempt under certain categories when providing services or conducting
activities that relate to their own children. If you do not require screening under one category, you
might still need screening under another. Please check all categories. Volunteers under 18 are exempt
from requiring a blue card unless they are a trainee student doing a practical placement as part of
their studies with an education
provider.

Photos and Videos
Please be aware that some
parents/carers have requested that
their students not be photographed
or videoed. Check with staff before
using cameras and videos to record
events at school and help to
maintain the confidentiality of all
our families.

Assemblies
On odd weeks the school gathers
together in sub-school assemblies to
celebrate the efforts and achievements of students (Wednesday – Junior, Thursday – Senior). Students
will be responsible for leading these assemblies to develop skills in leadership and public speaking.
Assemblies are an opportunity for us to celebrate the success of students – academic, sporting, social
and cultural achievements. Year level assemblies are on even weeks when sub school assemblies do
not occur (Wednesday – Junior, Thursday – Senior). Year level assemblies provide information specific
to cohort needs.

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ATTENDANCE

Students must attend School regularly in order to ensure satisfactory learning outcomes. It is essential
that our students learn to value every lesson and every day as an integral to their developing good
study habits that promote learning for life. Our target is for all students to have attendance above
90%. If your student is absent from school, please notify the school on the day of absence:
      By phoning the student absence line on the day of absence on 5428 5522
      Or by email on the day of absence at studentabsence@morayfieldshs.eq.edu.au
If your student has a prolonged absence of more than 10 days due to illness or family commitments,
please contact the school to apply for an Exemption from Compulsory Schooling. It should be noted
that there is no guarantee that exemption requests will be granted.

Absenteeism
Teachers will report unexplained student absences to the Administration, assuming no other
communication has been made. Formal correspondence will be sent home every week if any absences
have been unexplained. Text messages will be sent to the nominated parents/carers mobile each
morning if a student has been marked absent or late (without contact from a parent/carer) from
school. The Administration team will request that communication be made and will target support
structures where required. If school communication is not responded to, the school may engage with
other government agencies and take disciplinary actions to ensure your student re-engages with
school.

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Late Arrivals and Early Departures
In order to ensure accurate school attendance records and to provide a safe and secure environment,
students who arrive late must sign in at Student Services with the Attendance Officer. There should
be an explanation provided in writing upon late arrival. If late arrivals are unexplained, students will
be required to make up any missing class time in their breaks.

If departure prior to the end of the school day is required students must sign out through Student
Services. Students should have a letter from a parent/carer explaining this variation, once again
ensuring their safety. This letter should be provided to the Attendance Officer at Student Services in
the morning and an early departure slip will be provided to the student so they can be released from
class early, once again ensuring their safety.

Late arrivals and early departures from school are recorded as a half day absence in line with
departmental procedure.

Students Who Become Sick
When a student becomes sick during the day, the student should see their class teacher. If necessary,
the class teacher will refer the student to Student Services who will then contact the parent/carer to
collect the student.

Students Who Are Absent From Class without a Reason
Class teachers keep records of attendance in their classes and check for absences. Students who are
out of class must carry with them their school diary signed by the class teacher. Students without a
signed diary or valid reason will be required to make up missed work and complete detentions.

Youth Allowance
Some students are eligible for Youth Allowance. This is paid to students to help them attend school
and to assist with the cost of uniforms, school charges and appropriate books and materials. Youth
Allowance requires full-time attendance. Youth Allowance is withdrawn for any unauthorised or
unaccounted absence in excess of five days per term, and the student will incur an additional
deduction of two weeks’ allowance. This does not occur immediately and students must be aware
that any unaccounted absences are included in the five days. It is not possible to change attendance
records at a later date. It is therefore essential that Youth Allowance students attend regularly and
account for any absence from school.

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COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SCHOOL AND HOME

Ongoing communication between school and home plays a vital role in each student’s learning
experience. We encourage you to be involved and to communicate with teachers about your student’s
progress. It is important to notify us if you have a concern or if you believe your child is experiencing
a problem. Some ways of communication are:
     Parent/Carer/Teacher/Student Performance Meetings - You are welcome to discuss your
        student’s progress with the teachers concerned. Please organise a mutually agreeable
        meeting time. Teachers are unable to meet with you while they are responsible for supervising
        students. Please telephone or email to coordinate a mutually agreeable time.
     Parent/Carer – Administration and Support Personnel interviews - Parents/Carers are
        welcome to discuss their child’s progress with any of the school’s support personnel. Each
        year level has an assigned Year Level Co-Ordinator and Behaviour Management Co-Ordinator
        to support communication and consistency.
     Messages - Contact with the school can always be made by telephone, email or letter. Letters
        that contain sensitive information should be sealed and addressed to the intended reader.
        Phone messages will be relayed to teachers.
     Student Recognition – The school recognises students and advises parents of positive
        behaviour in a number of ways. These include AIM High Postcards, student awards and email
        contact from teachers.

Reporting
The school issues an Interim Report to parents/carers at the end of Term One and Semester Reports
at the end of each Semester. Interim Reports are also issued to Year 7-9 students at the end of Term
Three. A range of interviews are held across the year to support students to achieve success.
     Parent/Carer/Student/Teacher Performance Interviews
            o Year 7-12 – Commencement of Term 2
            o Year 7-9 – Commencement of Term 4
     Parent/Carer/Student/Administration Pathway Interviews
            o Year 10 – SET Plan Interviews, Term 3
            o Year 11 – Pathway Interviews, Term 4 (Week 9-10 after students complete school)
            o Year 12 – Pathway Interviews, Term 1
     Student/Year Level Co-Ordinator/Head of Department/Deputy Principal At Risk Interviews
            o Ongoing across the year
                      Student/Head of Department – Failing 1 subject
                      Student/Year Level Co-Ordinators – Failing 2 subjects
                      Student/Deputy Principal – Failing 3 or more subjects

            *Please note that these dates are subject to change due to the introduction
                                 of the new SATE Agenda in 2019

Contacting Students
Parents/Carers are advised to contact their students only through the Office should an emergency
arise. All students are required to have mobile phones turned off and away during classes unless used
for learning under teacher direction. Unless an emergency, students should remain in classes for the
day as this disrupts their learning and that of the class.

Contact details must be kept up to date to ensure that you, or the emergency contacts you have
submitted on your enrolment form, can be contacted in an emergency. You should also update any
medical information relevant to your student’s health and safety.

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