Promoting the values of integrity, diligence, compassion and respect, we serve our school community by nurturing and challenging students and staff to reach their personal best. The 21st century belongs to people who can live and work in more than one country and communicate effectively with other cultures. The world is our classroom through information and communication technologies, international language studies and cultural exchanges. Through a varied and engaging curriculum we draw students from across our city and around the world.
Guided by the beliefs and values expressed in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, we foster international perspectives to create global citizens. We commit to our community as an outward looking school, building local and international partnerships through: Specialised Academic Programs Diverse Courses Flexible Vocational Pathways Extension Activities Student Support Staff Development
0 - INFORMATION BOOKLET 2020 Table of Contents INFORMATION BOOKLET 2020 ___ 0
WELCOME ___ 1
1. CONTACT INFORMATION ___ 2
2. SCHOOL PROFILE Benowa State High School (South East Region ___ 3
ENCOURAGING EXCELLENCE ___ 4
4. ENROLMENT ___ 4
5. HOUSE STRUCTURE ___ 4
6. 2020 STUDENT RESOURCE SCHEME ___ 7
7. INDEPENDENT STUDENTS ___ 8
8. EXCURSIONS ___ 8
9. STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS ___ 8
10. SUPPORT SERVICES ___ 8
11. UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS ___ 9
12. OUR TEXT MESSAGE COMMUNICATIONS TO YOU ___ 12
13. COMMUNICATION/COMPLAINTS MANAGEMENT ___ 13
14. MEDICATION/ILLNESS/INJURY ___ 13
15. STUDENT DIARIES ___ 14
16. 2020 SUBJECT OFFERINGS ___ 14
JUNIOR SECONDARY PHASE OF LEARNING ___ 15
SENIOR SECONDARY PHASE OF LEARNING ___ 16
PROGRAMS ___ 17
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAMS ___ 17
18. CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM ___ 17
19. DISTINCTIVE PROGRAMS ___ 18
20. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ___ 19
POLICIES ___ 19
21. ATTENDANCE POLICY ___ 19
22. PASTORAL CARE AND BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT ___ 21
23. ASSESSMENT AND ASSIGNMENT POLICY ___ 24
24. HOMEWORK POLICY ___ 27
25. TRANSPORT ___ 28
26. MOBILE DEVICES AND PERSONAL MUSIC PLAYERS ___ 29
27. PROPERTY ___ 29
28. PROHIBITED ITEMS ___ 29
29. SPORT, RECREATION & LEISURE ACTIVITIES ___ 30
30. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES ___ 30
PRIVACY STATEMENT ___ 31
(last revised March 2019)
1 - WELCOME We are a community that encourages excellence, applauds achievement and celebrates diversity. Benowa State High School was founded in 1980 and is now one of the Gold Coast’s leading co-educational schools. It is recognised as a School of Achievements in the Arts and is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). Our school offers a broad curriculum with a range of nationally recognised programs that truly create the “Many Pathways” of our vision statement. Quality teaching and learning has long been evident in Benowa State High School and our staff and student achievements are outstanding.
Our excellent reputation is based on a strong commitment to students within a disciplined and respected learning environment. We provide award winning programs for students, in which there are “No Limits” to the opportunities for success.
2 - 1. CONTACT INFORMATION EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL Mr Mark Rickard DIRECTOR JUNIOR SECONDARY Mr Glenn Chippendale DIRECTOR SENIOR SECONDARY Ms Lieve Rimbaut DIRECTOR OF STUDIES Mr Brendon Wolski DIRECTOR SCHOOL ORGANISATION Mrs Sarah Douglas HEAD OF SOCIAL JUSTICE JUNIOR SECONDARY Mr Anthony Larkin HEAD OF SOCIAL JUSTICE SENIOR SECONDARY Ms Tina Mackay BUSINESS MANAGER Ms Michelle Black ADDRESS Mediterranean Drive, Benowa, Qld 4217 PO Box 5733 Gold Coast Mail Centre Qld 9726 TELEPHONE (07) 5582 7333 ABSENCE LINE VOICEMAIL (07) 5582 7360 ABSENCE LINE TEXT 0429 318 486 FAX (07) 5582 7300 E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE benowashs.eq.edu.au OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm SCHOOL HOURS Monday - Friday 8.45am – 2.45pm CRICOS PROVIDER NAME Department of Education and Training TRADING NAME Education Queensland International CRICOS Code: 00608A INTERVIEWS WITH ADMINISTRATION (Executive Principal, Directors & BM) ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, booked through the office on (07) 55827333.
TERM DATES 2019 SEMESTER ONE: Term 1 (10 wks) Monday, 29 January – Friday, 5 April 2019 Term 2 (10 wks) Tuesday, 23 April - Friday 28, June 2019 SEMESTER TWO Term 3 (10 wks) Monday, 15 July – Friday, 20 September 2019 Term 4 (10 wks) Tuesday, 8 October – Friday, 13 December 2019 Concludes:- Years 7, 8 & 9 Friday, 13 December 2019 Years 10 & 11 Friday, 29 November 2019 Year 12 Friday, 15 November 2019 TERM DATES 2020 SEMESTER ONE: Term 1 (10 wks) Tuesday, 28 January – Friday, 3 April 2020 Term 2 (10 wks) Monday, 20 April - Friday 26, June 2020 SEMESTER TWO Term 3 (10 wks) Monday, 13 July – Friday, 18 September 2020 Term 4 (10 wks) Tuesday, 6 October – Friday, 11 December 2020 Concludes:- Years 7, 8 & 9 Friday, 11 December 2020 Years 10 & 11 Friday, 27 November 2020 Year 12 Friday, 20 November 2020
3 - 2. SCHOOL PROFILE Benowa State High School (South East Region) Benowa State High School is located in the heart of Gold Coast City, three kilometres west of the Surfers Paradise/Broadbeach tourist centre. Since opening in 1980 the school has worked in partnership with its community to build a reputation as one of the Gold Coast’s leading broad comprehensive schools, providing compulsory and post-compulsory programs to approximately 1950 students. The 18ha campus is set on a gentle hillside bordering Benowa and Ashmore Roads and Mediterranean Drive. The school draws its students from suburbs with diverse socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Students from 56 nationalities and new arrivals to the Gold Coast form a significant proportion of the student population. In 1990 Benowa State High School pioneered Education Queensland’s International Student Program.
The school offers an extensive range of QCAA & IB subjects for students. Special programs in Marine Studies, Instrumental Music, STEM, Languages and The Arts earn Benowa State High School recognition for its unique curriculum. Additionally, the Careers Centre places young people in school based apprenticeships, traineeships and Vocational Education work placements in the Open Pathways Program. The school’s enrolment is managed and each year 70% of students enter on merit into academic, sport and cultural excellence programs.
The school climate is positive and students are encouraged to develop self-discipline and self-management.
Each year the school enters National and International competitions in English, Maths and Science to promote academic achievement. Numerous opportunities exist for students to be involved in sport, practical and performing arts and debating, language and public speaking competitions. The school is a multiple winner of the Language Perfect - World Language Championships with our students encouraged to appreciate and consider both language and the culture of others. The school vision statement of “Many Pathways ~ No Limits” is exemplified by all in the school community. In 1985 the school pioneered Queensland’s French Immersion teaching program in Years 8-10 with extension into advanced language studies in Years 11-12.
Various Diploma programs operates with the school having links to the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, as well direct articulation links with Griffith University. In 1997 Benowa SHS won Queensland Government recognition as a `School of Achievement’ in the Arts and in 2007 Benowa State High School was accredited by the Council of International Schools. In 2017 Benowa became an IB ‘World School’ with authorisation to offer the International Baccalaureate, Diploma Programme. The school is also recognised by the government of France for its bilingual French Immersion program, with Benowa State High School being one of only 20 such schools in the world.
The School’s Access Program caters for students experiencing difficulty with mainstream education programs and Gifted and Talented students benefit from Individual Education Plans that recognise their strengths. Personalised tutoring in literacy and numeracy is offered by community volunteers, and an extensive after hours tutoring program meets the needs of learners. A Direct Instruction program provides key teaching in reading and mathematics as part of the school’s four tiered, 2017 Differentiation/Intervention Strategy.
Staff and students offer advice to the Principal through a number of parent and student forums including the School Council with a range of collaborative decision-making processes.
An active P&C provides a forum for parent involvement as well as operating the Canteen and Uniform Shop. Student representatives meet in Student Forum to provide a student voice in the school. The local community strongly supports the school, its philosophy and its achievements. The school’s staff of 200 comprise an experienced, well qualified team.
In the school, people live and breathe a relentless commitment to excellence in a culture of achievement. A professional autonomy that has encouraged innovation and real teacher professionalism blends with a caring attitude embedded in the daily life of the school. Symbolically the spirit of Benowa High is reflected in our school vision statement and charter. “Many Pathways ~ No Limits”
4 - 3. ENCOURAGING EXCELLENCE Our Partnership Agreement is the central document guiding the school in its development over the next three years. To ensure flexibility, provision is made for the plan to be “fine-tuned” each year.
It has been formulated on a collaborative basis after extensive consultation with students, staff, parents and the wider school community. 4. ENROLMENT A School Enrolment Management Plan sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled into Benowa State High School.
Parents who wish to enrol their children at the school will need to demonstrate that the student’s principal place of residence is within the catchment area. Current proof of residency at the address must be provided – further information is available on the school website. Subject to availability, enrolment applications from outside of the catchment area will be assessed against criteria in order of priority. Criteria are included in the school’s ‘Enrolment PROSPECTUS Programs of specialisation’ booklet, available on the school’s website.
Prospective families can check their address eligibility through the street name and number search option also on the school website.
Applications for P&C Membership & the Parents Contribution Scheme are available online (Both optional). Orientation and commencement for new students is on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. 5. HOUSE STRUCTURE The School is divided into eight houses. Students stay in the same House competing in a variety of competitions, for the entire time they are at school. Brothers and sisters are kept in the same House.
The student House leaders are selected by the students themselves. They play a major role in organisation of House sporting days (Swimming, Cross-Country and Athletics Carnivals). The Houses are: Bandler House Named after Faith Bandler, an Australian civil rights activist and campaigner for the rights of Indigenous Australians. Faith Bandler was best known for her leadership in the campaign for the 1967 referendum on Aboriginal Australians. She was awarded the Human Rights Medal in 1997. Mascot: Dragons Housemaster: Mr Andrew Taylor Colour: Red Assembly Area: Sports Hall Associated Director: Mr Glenn Chippendale
5 - Florey House Named after Howard Florey, an Australian pharmacologist who in 1945 won a shared Nobel prize in Medicine for his role in the development of penicillin. Florey’s research team investigated the large-scale production of the mould and efficient extraction of the active ingredient, succeeding to a point where, by 1945, penicillin production was an industrial process for the Allies in WWII. Mascot: Phoenixes Housemaster: Mr Matthew Anderson Colour: Purple Assembly Area: First Level W Block Associated Director: Miss Sarah Douglas Hinkler House Named after Herbert Hinkler, a pioneer Australian aviator and inventor.
He designed and built early aircrafts before being the first person to fly solo from England to Australia, and the first person to fly solo across the Southern Atlantic Ocean. Hinkler was an exceptional mathematician and inventor and made a lot of aviation instruments which were in use up until the Second World War.
Mascot: Flamingos Housemaster: Mrs Kylie Diviak Colour: Hot Pink Assembly Area: K05 Associated Director: Mr Brendon Wolski Hollows House Named after Fred Hollows, a humanitarian and eye surgeon who has helped restore eyesight to thousands of people in Australia and Overseas. He always pushed for change and, because of that, put in motion a legacy to end avoidable blindness. Mascot: Owls Housemaster: Mr Andrew McKee Colour: Orange Assembly Area: Under W Block Associated Director: Mrs Lieve Rimbaut
6 - Laver House Named after Rod Laver, an Australian tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest in history.
He was the number One ranked amateur in 1961 and 1962 and the number One ranked professional from 1964 to 1970. He also won eight Pro Slam titles and contributed to five. Mascot: Lions Housemaster: Mr Adrian Comiskey Colour: Blue Assembly Area: K03 Associated Director: Mr Brendon Wolski Murdoch House Named after Elisabeth Murdoch, an Australian philanthropist who was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1963 for her charity work in Australia and overseas. She was a life Governor of the Royal Women’s Hospital, patron of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and of the Australian American Association along with patron and founding member of a disability organisation EW Tipping Foundation and founding member of the Deafness Foundation of Victoria.
Mascot: Minotaurs Housemaster: Ms Mandy Howden Colour: Green Assembly Area: First Level W Block Associated Director: Miss Sarah Douglas Wake House Named after Nancy Wake, also known as the “White Mouse” in World War II. She worked as a nurse from age 16 and later trained herself as a journalist which she worked as a European correspondent in the 1930’s. In 1940 she became a courier for the French Resistance and a key player in the escape network. Nancy Wake became instrumental in recruiting members and led attacks on German installations and the local Gestapo. Mascot: Wolverines Housemaster: Ms Dee Thorsborne Colour: Aqua Assembly Area: Top of W Block Associated Director: Mrs Lieve Rimbaut
7 - HOUSE LEADERS House Leaders will assist with organisation of House activities and also conduct the TIP (The Inter-Year Program). There is an induction and support program for Year 7 & 8 students in Term 1 of each year. 6. 2020 STUDENT RESOURCE SCHEME At Benowa State High School, the Executive Principal and Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C) support the operation of a Student Resource Scheme (SRS). The scheme is reviewed on an annual basis and operates in accordance with the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006. The cost of providing instruction, administration and facilities for the education of students enrolled at State Schools who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, or children of Australian citizens or permanent residents, is met by the State.
Parents are directly responsible for providing the student with textbooks and other resources for a student’s use while attending school. As a service to assist parents, the voluntary Student Resource Scheme is to provide the parent with a cost effective alternative to purchasing textbooks, resources, consumables and/or materials from elsewhere. Reduced prices are gained from the school’s bulk purchasing processes. The Student Resource Scheme enables a parent to enter into a written agreement with the school that, in return for payment of a specified annual fee, provides temporary use of prescribed textbooks and other resources for the student's use.
Resources other than textbooks may include: course consumables, reproduced class workbooks and worksheets, and teacher prepared material which complement and/or substitute textbooks, and a student diary. Additionally a basic stationery pack is provided and includes: 10 exercise books, highlighter pens and biros, and an USB with software for the BYOD program.
The school operates under Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 and FNM-PR-019 State Education Fees where we ask parents to pay specific subject fees (where applicable) towards the subject/certificate courses that students elect to undertake each year and/or programs with selective entry. Optional school activities such as excursions, camps, performances, graduations and formals are not included in the Student Resource Scheme. Monies raised through the Student Resource scheme are expended directly on student resources that improve teaching and learning outcomes.
Resource Booklist A student, whose parent has joined the scheme but not paid the participation fee, will continue to be provided with instruction, administration and facilities for the education of the student at the school.
A parent who does not wish to join the scheme is responsible for providing the student with the items that would otherwise have been provided under the scheme. The necessary items are detailed on the Resource Booklist to enable the student to engage with the curriculum. Student Resource Issue Students who have agreed to participate in the Student Resource Scheme will receive their textbooks over the course of weeks 1 and 2 of the new school year.
Student Resource Scheme Fees (prices are subject to change) Year 7 $360.$360.00 per annum Wright House Named after Judith Wright, the second Australian to receive the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. She was a founding member and President of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and fought to conserve the Great Barrier Reef. Judith Wright was also an ardent supporter for the Aboriginal land rights movement. Mascot: Griffins Housemaster: Ms Alex Armour Colour: Yellow Assembly Area: Tennis Courts/ Sports Hall Associated Director: Mr Glenn Chippendale
8 - The P & C Association Building Fund is a voluntary but important contribution and is the major fundraising activity of the P & C Association.
The contribution rates are: $50 per student $80 for two children $100 for the family (maximum) Only with strong parental support can the school provide facilities to match our aspirations for students. 7. INDEPENDENT STUDENTS Independent students are those not living with, nor being supported by a family (formal documentation required). They may sign their own absentee notes, consent forms and other school forms; however these notes and forms are to be initialled by the Head of Year. Independent students are expected to conform with all school requirements which apply to the normal secondary student.
8. EXCURSIONS All excursions to be offered to students will be listed in the school calendars which will be issued: Semester One Calendar – at the end of the first week of Term 1 Semester Two Calendar – by the end of the last week of Term 2 If students are participating in excursions, payment should be made as soon as possible after the notification letter and permission form are issued by the class teacher. The payment must be received by the due date, usually one week before the date of the excursion. As bus sizes and venues need to be confirmed, and teacher replacement arranged, no late payments will be accepted.
If an excursion does not proceed or a student is sick on the day of the excursion, a credit balance will be placed on the student’s account. In order to participate in excursions, the Resource Scheme must be paid in full or a payment plan has commenced. 9. STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships are awarded to Year 6 students for:- Academic Excellence – French Immersion, Academic, STEM Achievement in The Arts – Cultural -Music, Dance and Drama Sporting Excellence These scholarships (provided by our P & C) valued at $600 are credited to your students school account, and can be used for school related expenditure.
Year 7, 2020 scholarships are available during Term 1. Applications open on Monday, 4 March and close 4pm Friday, 5 April 2019. 10. SUPPORT SERVICES The following support people are available. Appointments for and information about these services may be obtained from the Student Support Services Office: Guidance Officers School Health Worker Chaplain Youth Support Worker Care Teachers Heads of Year Heads of Department Homestead Coordinators Responsible Thinking Program International Coordinator International Homestay Co-ordinator Individual Student Profile Program Literacy & Numeracy Support Teachers Gifted & Talented Coordinator Indigenous Education Tutor Study Centre Tutoring Program Transition Program Careers Liaison Officer
9 - Chaplain - The Chaplaincy Service at Benowa State High School has and continues to provide support for disengaged young people to reconnect with school. The Chaplaincy continues to establish connections for young people to activities and venues that promote appropriate values and behaviours. The benefits of the Chaplaincy program to students have been focused in several areas including social, emotional and spiritual support, family support and student mentoring. School Dental Service - Queensland Health provides the School Dental Service offering treatment to children from 4 years of age through until completion of Year 10.
For appointments and enquiries phone: 1300 300 850. International Full Fee Paying students or Independent Special Fee students are not eligible for this government dental program or any immunisation program. 11. UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS ALL UNIFORM ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE ONLY FROM THE SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP. JUNIOR SECONDARY DRESS CODE - SUMMER BOYS GIRLS Red Polo shirt. Red Polo shirt. Dark grey dress shorts. Grey pleated check skirt no shorter than 7cm above the knee or school shorts. Short white ankle socks (no sockets). Short white ankle socks (no sockets). Totally black enclosed leather lace up shoes.
Totally black enclosed leather lace up shoes. School bucket hats are compulsory for all Year 7, 8, & 9 students. Hats are to be worn when students are out in the school grounds, during outdoor lessons and lunch breaks. Please refer to the photo in the Sports Uniform section. School bucket hats are compulsory for all Year 7, 8, & 9 students. Hats are to be worn when students are out in the school grounds, during outdoor lessons and lunch breaks. Please refer to the photo in the Sports Uniform section. SENIOR SECONDARY DRESS CODE - SUMMER BOYS GIRLS White, button-through short sleeve shirt with grey check trim – top button to be undone.
White, button-through short sleeve blouse with grey check trim and tie. Dark grey dress shorts. Grey pleated check skirt no shorter than 7cm above the knee. Short white ankle socks (no sockets). Short white ankle socks (no sockets). Totally black enclosed leather lace up shoes. Totally black enclosed leather lace up shoes. Bucket hats are compulsory wearing for Year 10 & 11 students. Hats are to be worn at all times when students are out in the school grounds, during outdoor lessons and lunch breaks. Please refer to the photo in the Sports Uniform section. Year 12 students are required to wear a hat that may include a baseball style cap, broad brimmed hat or bucket hat whilst outdoors.
Bucket hats are compulsory wearing for Year 10 & 11 students. Hats are to be worn at all times when students are out in the school grounds, during outdoor lessons and lunch breaks. Please refer to the photo in the Sports Uniform section. Year 12 students are required to wear a hat that may include a baseball style cap, broad brimmed hat or bucket hat whilst outdoors.
10 - JUNIOR & SECONDARY DRESS CODE - WINTER Long trousers for boys and girls in the school uniform design and colour are able to be worn on an optional basis during Term 2 & 3. The trousers are available (by order) through the school’s Uniform Shop.
School charcoal grey fleece jumper with black/red/white trim and school logo on the left side. This may be worn with the dress and sports uniform. Long sleeved t-shirts and coloured tshirts are not permitted. White t-shirts may be worn but should not show through the uniform. No t-shirts or long sleeved t-shirts are to be worn outside the uniform. Grey or black scarves only may be worn.
Plain Stockings may be worn with the dress uniform in Term 2 & 3. School bucket hats are compulsory for all Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 students. Year 12 students are required to wear a hat that may include a baseball style cap, broad brimmed hat or bucket hat. Hats are to be worn at all times when students are out in the school grounds, during outdoor lessons and lunch breaks. Please refer to the photo in the Sports Uniform section. JUNIOR & SECONDARY SPORTS UNIFORM White polo t-shirt with black/red/white collar with school logo on left shoulder.
Black Benowa sports shorts with school logo on lower left leg.
Short white ankle socks (no sockets). Designated sport shoes (joggers). No skate shoes or canvas shoes. School bucket hats are compulsory for all Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 students. Year 12 students are required to wear a hat that may include a baseball style cap, broad brimmed hat or bucket hat. Hats are to be worn at all times when students are out in the school grounds, during outdoor lessons and lunch breaks. The uniform is to be worn in its complete form at school and when travelling to and from school. Dress Uniform is to be worn on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Sports Uniform is to be worn on Wednesdays.
If a student has a practical lesson (Science, Home Economics, Art, Industrial Technology and Design) on Wednesdays, leather shoes must be brought for that lesson. Examples of Shoes not permitted to be worn on school days OR sport days (these are examples only and not limited to the pictures detailed below.
Year 12 students also have the option of wearing a Senior Jersey, replacing the jumper NOT in replacement of their shirt.
11 - Leather shoes are required to comply with workplace safety regulations for practical lessons. Students will be excluded from classes in these areas if they are not wearing adequate foot covering. For Physical Education Classes students are required to wear a “school authorised” sports uniform. This includes track & field team shirts. Students are to change into their Physical Education uniform at the beginning of the P.E. lesson and change back into dress uniform immediately after the lesson.
Sports uniform is not to be worn to other classes and not to be worn to and from school except on Wednesdays.
Complete School Uniform is to be worn on all excursions. Dress uniform is worn to venues such as Parliament House, etc. Sports uniform is worn when the student expects to be involved in activities which may soil their clothes, eg. Science excursions to Seaworld, etc. Out of Uniform – Parents need to use the Out of Uniform section in the back of the diary. This is to be presented to the Care teacher to explain and excuse the unavoidable occasions when correct uniform is not worn. If a replacement uniform item is available for loan from the Bookroom on such occasions, students are expected to wear this item for the day.
Students who do not follow set procedures are subject to the same consequences as students who do not comply with rules and procedures in other areas of the school’s operations. Uniform Free Days – Several times a year the school conducts a uniform free day. These days are used to raise funds for worthy causes. Students who participate are asked to adhere to the following: Clothing must be modest No slippers No pyjamas No jumpsuits (onesies) No bare midriffs No low cut tops or dresses No singlet tops – both male and female students No dresses with spaghetti straps Shorts, skirts and dresses must be of 3/4 length No t-shirts with slogans or inappropriate illustrations Enclosed footwear only - No thongs Sandals or shoes must have enclosed heels and toes No short shorts with panty hose or tights underneath No stilettos or high heeled shoes.
Please note students who choose not to participate in uniform free days are expected to wear full school uniform as per the description in the Dress Code section of this Prospectus. You must not wear your sports uniform instead of your dress uniform if it is a dress uniform day. MUSIC UNIFORM Required by students performing in the various school bands and ensembles. Girls Black microfibre embroidered Music Shirt Black dress pant (not faded, or tight fitting – no leggings) Black dress shoes with small heel and black socks Boys Black microfibre embroidered Music Shirt Black dress trousers Black leather or leather look shoes and black socks (black runners are not acceptable) All Big Band members wear music shirt and pants (not flares for girls) and red socks.
Choir members must wear the full School Formal Uniform – Blazers for Year 12s (these can be loaned from the bookroom).
N.B. Runners, denim or white socks are not appropriate or acceptable for any performance by any ensemble. THE UNIFORM SHOP – One Stop Shopping The Parents’ and Citizens’ Association operates the Uniform Shop situated in G Block near the Canteen. It is the sole provider of the school’s uniform Shirts, Skirts, Socks, Stockings are available at the Uniform shop (but not shoes) Second hand uniforms may also be purchased from the Uniform Shop. Clean, ironed, used uniforms are purchased from parents who receive half the anticipated re-sale price. All profits from the Uniform Shop are directed to the benefit of students of the School.
Trading Hours During term, every day Monday - Friday, 8.00am to 12.00pm.
12 - Hair Must be neat, clean and worn in an appropriate style. Hair colour must be one colour and of a natural tone. Black, red or white ribbons may be worn. Hair styles not appropriate include: Obvious streaks or foils Red, pink, green, purple or colour other than natural Balayage or Ombre Headbands, bandanas, beanies ‘bald’ haircuts, exposed ‘rat tails’, undercuts , tracks and mohawk Jewellery One watch One pair of earrings (sleepers or studs in silver or gold) No visible body piercings (including nose sleepers/studs, lips sleepers/studs, eyebrow sleepers/studs) Religious or cultural items may only be worn if on a long chain, NOT VISIBLE AT THE NECK).
Nails Makeup No coloured nail polish No lipstick No coloured acrylics No mascara No acrylic features No eyeliner No long acrylic nails No eye makeup No visible tattoos No blush No makeup/foundation Students who wear makeup to school will be required to remove it. The consequence applied to students choosing not to comply with the school’s uniform policy in accordance with the gazetted Education Regulations is an afterschool detention of 30 minutes.
12. OUR TEXT MESSAGE COMMUNICATIONS TO YOU Benowa State High School is bringing you the next generation in school-parent communications. Personalised SMS text messages sent directly to and from your mobile phone are the best solution for student safety, attendance management, and significant event reminders. Benefiting You and Your Child 1. You have the right to know that your child is safe. If your child has not arrived at school, you need to know. A personalised text message will be sent by the school to your mobile phone. This is the fastest, most reliable way of reaching you, discreetly, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
2. Your child deserves the best possible chance of success. Regular attendance is a key factor in school success. If your child shows any sign of poor attendance, SMS text messaging will immediately inform you that a problem may exist, allowing swift intervention. 3. You deserve the most responsive delivery system available. Letters are slow and can be intercepted. Phone calls can be intrusive and may not reach parents in time. A text message direct to your mobile phone is fast, effective and discrete.
4. You must have immediate notification in times of crisis. There may be times when the school will need to reach a large number of parents instantly.
It could be because the school bus is late returning from an excursion, or it might be something much more serious. In any case, a broadcast SMS text message is by far the most effective solution. 5. You deserve a communication tool which fits your busy lifestyle. Sending a text message to the school is the most cost and time effective option for busy parents. The message is sent from wherever you are located directly to the Absence Office.
13 - Working Together For Our Children: What Parents Must Do Your child’s school is taking important steps to benefit your child. This is a shared responsibility, and parents must also help the school. Keep your mobile phone details up to date. Make sure the school has your current mobile phone number, and notify the school immediately if this number changes. 1. Notify the school in advance when your child is absent Please notify the school as soon as you know your child will be absent, so then the school will know your child is safe and we will not need to contact you. Please report an absence by sending an SMS to 0417 159 081 stating the students name, date and reason for absence.
You may also ring the 24 hour absence line 5582 7360 or you may reply to our “unexplained absence” text message or you can send a note with the student on their return to school to be taken to the Student Absence Window. If a student is arriving late they must report to the Student Absence Window and present a note with an explanation for their lateness. Students are reminded that punctuality is expected at all times. Late arrivals will be recorded on reports.
Respond to messages from the school. If you receive an absence message from the school, please respond via return SMS. The school needs to know why your child is absent and we would ask you to please ensure you reply with the full name of the student. If you don’t have a mobile phone... Details of low-cost phone plans ideal for parents who want to benefit from the new system are available from mobile phone providers. The school will maintain its existing contact methods for parents who do not have mobile phones.
13. COMMUNICATION/COMPLAINTS MANAGEMENT Junior Secondary Year 7, 8 & 9 parent/teacher interview will be held in Term 2.
Parent/teacher interviews for Years 10, 11 and 12 will be held early in Term 2. Semester 1 reports for Years 7-12 will be emailed home and there will be parent/teacher interviews early in Term 3. Semester 2 reports for Years 7-12 will be emailed home in the last week of Term 4. Teachers with concerns regarding student work or behaviour will contact parents by phone or note. Heads of Year, HOD’s and Administration may also phone parents. Parents can contact the school by telephone or email with concerns, complaints or information in regards to student absences or well-being. Interviews are available on request.
14. MEDICATION/ILLNESS/INJURY Prescribed medication is stored and administered by the Administration Officers following a written request from the parent/guardian (forms are available from the office). Non-prescribed medications such as Panadol, will only be administered from a student’s personal supply sent in by parents with a completed authorisation form. This medication should be clearly labelled with the student’s name and instructions stating the circumstances in which it may be administered.
Students who are injured or feel ill, should report with a note from their teacher to the First Aid Room in the office where they will be assisted by the First Aid Officer.
ANAPHYLACTIC/ALLERGY MEDICATIONS Parents are required to provide documentation from their doctor/Allergist (ASCIA form) as well as medication clearly labelled by a pharmacist. Medical Action Plans are to be completed by students who may require medication for severe or life threatening allergies. The Action Plan must be signed by the students Doctor to confirm the details are correct. ILLNESS AT SCHOOL Under no circumstances is a student to contact home and arrange to be collected. In the first instance, any student who becomes ill during the school day must initially advise the teacher and report to the office with a note.
From there, students will either return to class or a parent or listed emergency contact person will be notified. Please ensure that the Administration office always has the current home and mobile telephone numbers. The emergency contact person should be someone who is available to collect your child from the school if the
14 - parent/guardian is unable to do so. Your child should be collected as soon as possible after you have been contacted by the school. We cannot provide long term bed care for students. Parents should not send sick children to school. 15. STUDENT DIARIES Parents should familiarise themselves with the content of the Student Diary. It has important information about students’ daily routine, discipline procedures, guidelines for arriving at school, late notes etc. WHAT DO I DO WHEN I arrive late... Get a late pass from the Absence Office in G block. Please note students are required to bring a note on the date of their late arrival or for prearranged appointments/family commitments etc.
I have been absent from school ... Your parents can call the absence line (Tel. No. 5582 7360) or respond to the text message or send a note with you on your return. You will be required to hand the note in at the Absence Office. I will be absent for an exam or assignment due date ... Refer to the Assessment Policy. I need to leave school early ... You will be required to bring a note and have it signed by a Director. Once the letter is signed take it and get a leave pass from the Absence Office in G block. If you return to school you must report back to the Absence Office. I am in the incorrect uniform ...
Bring a note explaining why you are in the incorrect uniform. The note must be signed by a parent or guardian. You need to present this note to your Care Teacher or Year Coordinator. If you don’t have a note you will be given detention.
I am hurt or feel unwell ... In class – inform your teacher who will send you with a note to the office. Outside the classroom – you are to report to the office. If you are injured at school – report to the office. In cases of a more serious injury, have someone notify the office immediately. If you are not able to be moved, a Director or Teacher is to be sent for immediately. I need to take medication during school ... Asthma inhalers/Anaphylaxis pens are the only form of medication to be carried by students. All other medications MUST be left at the office with specific instructions from a Doctor or Chemist as to their use and dosage.
School staff are not permitted to hand out Panadol or other pain medication unless the correct forms have been completed and handed into the office. No medication is to be given by any student.
I am unable to participate in a lesson/activity ... You must bring a note from your parent/guardian explaining why you cannot participate in a lesson/activity. The note should be handed to the teacher/teachers concerned. I need to pay monies ... Payments over the counter to the Cashiers Office. Hours of operation for students are: Tuesday to Thursday 8.00am to 9.30am Monday and Friday CLOSED Other payment options are Internet Banking and BPOINT – details are available on the school’s website: https://benowashs.eq.edu.au.
16. 2020 SUBJECT OFFERINGS Benowa State High School’s “Many Pathways ~ No Limits” is a major focus towards 2020.
Benowa SHS boasts a diverse curriculum responsive to the needs and interests of students. Course Outline Booklets for each year level provide comprehensive information on Modules taught and assessment required. Extensive information including course outlines and semester overviews can be found on the school website (www.benowashs.eq.edu.au). Years 7, 8 and 9 students in the Junior Secondary phase of learning will study a core of English, Mathematics, Science, SOSE and HPE, with an opportunity to “sample” various electives in Year 7 & 8 and “select” in Year 9. Year 10 to 12 students in the Senior Secondary phase of learning will select subjects to reflect a range of academic and/or vocational pathways.
Subject selection processes support students in Years 9 to 12.
15 - JUNIOR SECONDARY PHASE OF LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAMS Year 7 - 9 Behaviour Management in a supportive school environment Flexible ability groupings (Literacy/Numeracy) Teacher Aide student support program School Leadership Student Support Services Team Appraisement Literacy Tutor Merit Scheme Negotiated Timetables Access Department Programs Teacher Awards to students Specialist Programs Dance Excellence French Immersion Excellence Music Excellence Sports Excellence STEM Waldorf Extra-Curricular Opportunities Excursions Instrumental Music Visiting Artist Community Performances Alliance Francaise Tournament of Minds School Musical Science Summer Schools Rio Tinto Teams Challenge QAMT Problem Solving Competition Leadership camps Choral Program Interschool Sport ITD Design Software Vocal and Choral Program Maths Challenge(Year 7>8 Link) National Chemistry Quiz MLTAQ Multimedia Multicultural Day National Competitions (English/Mathematics/Science) Student Council Instrumental Music Program Carnivals Year 7, 8 & 9 Waldorf Program Dance, Drama, Music Performances/Competitions Instrumental Music Program International French Exchanges Art Exhibition Flexible Ability Groupings Environment Club Year 9 Linguistic and Cultural Exchanges Cultural Activities Science Club Australasian Mathematics Assessment Festivals, Eisteddfods, Evening of Song MLTAQ Speaking Competition History/Geography Specialities Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians Assessment Policy In order to ensure effective assessment, Benowa State High School’s coordinated whole school approach will mean that the school: Plans for assessment at all stages of curriculum planning and implementation; Provides clear information to students and parents about how assessment and reporting will occur in the School; Ensures that students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they know, understand, and can do, in a variety of ways; Engages students in authentic assessment.
Teachers will determine how well students are achieving in relation to the eight key learning areas. Core learning outcomes will be the basis of assessment. Assessment will be both formative and summative across the KLA’s. Students will be assessed continually throughout the year by both informal and formal processes. Curriculum Department assessment plans are implemented by teachers and monitored by Heads of Department. Reporting Policy The school reporting practices will be planned and reviewed in consultation with the school community. The P&C, School Council and Staff will be part of the annual reporting review.
Reporting will reflect the needs of individual students and take a variety of formats and purposes depending upon the performance or achievement being reported, including: oral written electronic diagnostic formative summative Reports will include information about continuums of work which students are working towards demonstrating and will also provide data on social skills development.
The school will report to parents three times per year, in addition to any subsequent reporting determined by annual reviews.
16 - SENIOR SECONDARY PHASE OF LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAMS Student Recognition Student Leadership Teacher Awards to students Merit Award Scheme Certificates of Achievement Year 10 School Based Apprenticeships Traineeships SET Planning and Subject Planning Negotiated Timetables Open Pathways Program SSS Team Behaviour Management in a supportive school environment Vocational Training Program School Maintenance Projects Year 11-12 School Based Apprenticeships Traineeships Negotiated Timetables Vocational Training Program Open Pathways Program Behaviour Management in a supportive school environment QCS Program SSS Team SUPPORT PROGRAMS Year 10-12 Maths Challenge QETA Economics Competition Fanfare National Chemistry Quiz Reef Trip Leadership Camps Choral Groups Instrumental Music Interschool Sport BEAQ Business Competition Writers Day of Excellence Festival of Music AMP Economics/Business Studies Year 10 Linguistic and Cultural Exchanges National Science Quizzes Vocational Showcase Multicultural days Outdoor Education Programs International Excursions Music Extension English Extension Extension Assessment Tasks (Mathematics) Festival of Literature Excursions Community Performance Visiting Artist School Based Apprenticeships Traineeships Gold Coast Eisteddfod French Extension Science Competitions Vocal and Choral Music Public Speaking Competitions Homestead Leadership Environment Club Student Council INTERNATIONALP ROGRAMS Year 10-12 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAMS Senior Schooling/University Pathways Program Lower Secondary Schooling Program Study Abroad Program - Short term, 6 Months, 12 Months Student Exchange Program Assessment Policy In order to ensure effective assessment, Benowa State High School’s coordinated whole school approach will mean that the school: Plans for assessment at all stages of curriculum planning and implementation; Provides clear information to students and parents about how assessment and reporting will occur in the School; Ensures that students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they know, understand, and can do, in a variety of ways; Engages students in authentic assessment.
Teachers will determine how well students are achieving in relation to key syllabus areas. Syllabus performance dimensions will be the basis of assessment. Assessment will be both formative and summative across subject offerings. Reporting Policy The school reporting practices will be planned and reviewed in consultation with the school community. The P&C, School Council and Staff will be part of the annual reporting review. Reporting will reflect the needs of individual students and take a variety of formats and purposes depending upon the performance or achievement being reported, including: oral written electronic anecdotal diagnostic formative summative Reports will include information about continuums of work which students are working towards demonstrating and will also provide data on social skills development.
The school will report to parents three times per year, in addition to any subsequent reporting determined by annual reviews.
17 - PROGRAMS 17. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAMS Since 1990, Benowa has welcomed hundreds of International students to its programs offering a variety of opportunities for international students. The Graduate Program Study Abroad Programs – Short Term; 6 months; 12 months Student Exchange Programs Based on home country academic results and English language test results (ie ISLPR or IELTS) the student may be offered a place in the school or given a conditional offer and required to undertake a High School Preparation (HSP) prior to enrolling in the school. All international students are expected to attend English as a Second Language (ESL) classes from 3-5 pm one afternoon per week.
Strict attendance and academic performance rules apply to international students.
18. CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM A variety of activities, clubs and competitions outside the academic curriculum are available for students who have a particular interest they wish to pursue. These include: School Production Gold Coast Eisteddfod Instrumental Music Concert and Big Bands LOTE Speech Contest Athletics Carnival Science Competition Cross Country Volleyball AFL Rugby Union Swimming Carnival Inter-school Sport Gold Coast Schools Business Ambassador Drama Festival String Ensemble Jazz Ensembles School Choirs Griffith Business School Outreach Program Maths Competitions Accounting Competitions Gold Coast Junior Council Traineeships/Apprenticeships Work Placements/Work Experience Overseas Student Exchanges Reef Trip Ski Trip
18 - 19. DISTINCTIVE PROGRAMS DISTINCTIVE PROGRAMS Early Childhood Studies Hospitality Practices Marine Sciences Prevocational Mathematics Engineering Furnishings Photography Applied Art Multi-Media Drama Studies Excellence programs in French Music Industry LANGUAGES TAUGHT French Japanese Spanish Italian TERTIARY PATHWAYS Bond University and Griffith University GCIT Certificate I, II, III and Diploma Courses SPECIAL EVENTS Marine Studies Reef Trip Snow Trip STUDENT EXCELLENCE High Distinctions in National Mathematics & Science Competitions High Distinctions in National Language Competitions Olympic Representation Volleyball excellence – National Top 10 schools Touch Football – World Champions STAFF EXCELLENCE Masters Degrees in Teaching, Education Education (Learning Support), Arts Education Special Education, Engineering Science Information Technology Prestigious ‘Palmes Academiques’ – Highest Award in French Education National Top 10 School – ‘Distinction in French Immersion’ (The Australian Newspaper Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Cyclist Recognition as ‘A School of Achievement in the Arts’ SPORT Football – Touch Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Soccer, Australian Rules Cricket Volleyball Life Saving/Surf Awareness Netball Basketball Dance Dance Aerobics Yoga Golf Baseball Tennis Ice Skating Sailing Ten Pin Bowling Zumba SPECIAL ACTIVITES School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Music Programs Drama and Dance Performance SCHOOL FACILITIES Maritime Training Centre Business Education Centre Dance Studio and Recording Studio Library link to University Libraries Photographic Darkroom Tennis, Basketball and Volleyball Courts Art facilities including Kiln 6 Science Laboratories INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS Junior Secondary School Program Senior Secondary School Program Study Abroad Program Study Tours Exchange Programs