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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
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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
       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
       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
       31.    PRIVACY STATEMENT .................................................................................................................31




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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.




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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                                                      office@benowashs.eq.edu.au
 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




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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”




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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




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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




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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




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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

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


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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                                      International Coordinator
School Health Worker                                   International Homestay Co-ordinator
Chaplain                                               Individual Student Profile Program
Youth Support Worker                                   Literacy & Numeracy Support Teachers
Care Teachers                                          Gifted & Talented Coordinator
Heads of Year                                          Indigenous Education Tutor
Heads of Department                                    Study Centre Tutoring Program
Homestead Coordinators                                 Transition Program
Responsible Thinking Program                           Careers Liaison Officer

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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                                  Totally black enclosed leather lace up
 shoes.                                                                  shoes.
 School bucket hats are compulsory for all                               School bucket hats are compulsory for all
 Year 7, 8, & 9 students. Hats are to be                                 Year 7, 8, & 9 students. Hats are to be
 worn when students are out in the school                                worn when students are out in the school
 grounds, during outdoor lessons and                                     grounds, during outdoor lessons and
 lunch breaks. Please refer to the photo in                              lunch breaks. Please refer to the photo in
 the Sports Uniform section.                                             the Sports Uniform section.
SENIOR SECONDARY DRESS CODE - SUMMER
 BOYS                                                                    GIRLS
 White, button-through short sleeve shirt                                White, button-through short sleeve
 with grey check trim – top button to be                                 blouse with grey check trim and tie.
 undone.
 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                                  Totally black enclosed leather lace up
 shoes.                                                                  shoes.
 Bucket hats are compulsory wearing for                                  Bucket hats are compulsory wearing for
 Year 10 & 11 students. Hats are to be                                   Year 10 & 11 students. Hats are to be
 worn at all times when students are out                                 worn at all times when students are out
 in the school grounds, during outdoor                                   in the school grounds, during outdoor
 lessons and lunch breaks. Please refer to                               lessons and lunch breaks. Please refer to
 the photo in the Sports Uniform section.                                the photo in the Sports Uniform section.
 Year 12 students are required to wear a                                 Year 12 students are required to wear a
 hat that may include a baseball style cap,                              hat that may include a baseball style cap,
 broad brimmed hat or bucket hat whilst                                  broad brimmed hat or bucket hat whilst
 outdoors.                                                               outdoors.




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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 t-
                             shirts 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                Year 12 students also have the option of
                             worn.                                          wearing a Senior Jersey, replacing the jumper
                             Plain Stockings may be worn with the                 NOT in replacement of their shirt.
                             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.



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.




 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.

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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 dresses with spaghetti straps
 No slippers                                              Shorts, skirts and dresses must be of 3/4 length
 No pyjamas                                               No t-shirts with slogans or inappropriate illustrations
 No jumpsuits (onesies)                                   Enclosed footwear only - No thongs
 No bare midriffs                                         Sandals or shoes must have enclosed heels and toes
 No low cut tops or dresses                               No short shorts with panty hose or tights underneath
 No singlet tops – both male and female students          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                                                    Boys
   Black microfibre embroidered Music Shirt                 Black microfibre embroidered Music Shirt
   Black dress pant (not faded, or tight fitting – no       Black dress trousers
   leggings)                                                Black leather or leather look shoes and black socks
   Black dress shoes with small heel 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.




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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.


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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


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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.

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JUNIOR SECONDARY PHASE OF LEARNING
                                         Behaviour Management in a supportive          Teacher Aide student support program              Merit Scheme
                                         school environment                            School Leadership                                 Negotiated Timetables
                   Year 7 - 9
                                         Flexible ability groupings                    Student Support Services Team                     Access Department Programs
                                         (Literacy/Numeracy)                           Appraisement Literacy Tutor                       Teacher Awards to students
                   Specialist Programs   Dance Excellence          French Immersion Excellence           Music Excellence          Sports Excellence          STEM          Waldorf
                                         Excursions                    Leadership camps                    Student Council                       Environment Club
                                         Instrumental Music            Choral Program                      Instrumental Music                    Year 9 Linguistic and Cultural
                                         Visiting Artist               Interschool Sport                   Program                               Exchanges
                                         Community Performances        ITD Design Software                 Carnivals                             Cultural Activities
SUPPORT PROGRAMS




                                         Alliance Francaise            Vocal and Choral Program            Year 7, 8 & 9 Waldorf Program         Science Club
                   Extra-Curricular
                                         Tournament of Minds           Maths Challenge(Year 7>8 Link)      Dance, Drama, Music                   Australasian Mathematics Assessment
                   Opportunities
                                         School Musical                National Chemistry Quiz             Performances/Competitions             Festivals, Eisteddfods, Evening of Song
                                         Science Summer Schools        MLTAQ Multimedia                    Instrumental Music Program            MLTAQ Speaking Competition
                                         Rio Tinto Teams Challenge     Multicultural Day                   International French Exchanges        History/Geography Specialities
                                         QAMT Problem Solving          National Competitions               Art Exhibition                        Mathematics Challenge for Young
                                         Competition                   (English/Mathematics/Science)       Flexible Ability Groupings            Australians
                                         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;
                   Assessment
                                         Engages students in authentic assessment.
                   Policy
                                         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.
                                         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:
                   Reporting
                                         oral     written         electronic       diagnostic      formative        summative
                   Policy
                                         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.

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SENIOR SECONDARY PHASE OF LEARNING
                                  Student       Student Leadership                                                                   Merit Award Scheme
                                  Recognition   Teacher Awards to students                                                           Certificates of Achievement
        SUPPORT PROGRAMS




                                                School Based Apprenticeships Traineeships           Open Pathways Program                                                Vocational Training Program
                                  Year 10       SET Planning and Subject Planning                   SSS Team                                                             School Maintenance Projects
                                                Negotiated Timetables                               Behaviour Management in a supportive school environment
                                                School Based Apprenticeships Traineeships           Open Pathways Program                                                QCS Program
                                  Year 11-12    Negotiated Timetables                               Behaviour Management in a supportive school environment              SSS Team
                                                Vocational Training Program
                                                Maths Challenge                     BEAQ Business Competition                        International Excursions                  Gold Coast Eisteddfod
                                                QETA Economics Competition          Writers Day of Excellence                        Music Extension                           French Extension
               SUPPORT PROGRAMS




                                                Fanfare                             Festival of Music                                English Extension                         Science Competitions
                                                National Chemistry Quiz             AMP Economics/Business Studies                   Extension Assessment Tasks (Mathematics) Vocal and Choral Music
                                  Year 10-12    Reef Trip                           Year 10 Linguistic and Cultural Exchanges        Festival of Literature Excursions         Public Speaking Competitions
                                                Leadership Camps                    National Science Quizzes                         Community Performance                     Homestead Leadership
                                                Choral Groups                       Vocational Showcase                              Visiting Artist                           Environment Club
                                                Instrumental Music                  Multicultural days                               School Based Apprenticeships Traineeships Student Council
                                                Interschool Sport                   Outdoor Education Programs
                                                INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAMS
INTERNATIONALP




                                                Senior Schooling/University Pathways Program
                                                Lower Secondary Schooling Program
ROGRAMS




                                  Year 10-12
                                                Study Abroad Program - Short term, 6 Months, 12 Months
                                                Student Exchange Program

                                                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;
                                  Assessment
                                                Ensures that students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they know, understand, and can do, in a variety of ways;
                                  Policy
                                                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.
                                                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
                                  Reporting     being reported, including:
                                  Policy        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.
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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                                        Drama Festival
 Gold Coast Eisteddfod                                    String Ensemble
 Instrumental Music                                       Jazz Ensembles
 Concert and Big Bands                                    School Choirs
 LOTE Speech Contest                                      Griffith Business School Outreach Program
 Athletics Carnival                                       Maths Competitions
 Science Competition                                      Accounting Competitions
 Cross Country                                            Gold Coast Junior Council
 Volleyball                                               Traineeships/Apprenticeships
 AFL                                                      Work Placements/Work Experience
 Rugby Union                                              Overseas Student Exchanges
 Swimming Carnival                                        Reef Trip
 Inter-school Sport                                       Ski Trip
 Gold Coast Schools Business Ambassador




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19.    DISTINCTIVE PROGRAMS
 DISTINCTIVE PROGRAMS                                   SPORT
 Early Childhood Studies                                Football – Touch Football, Rugby
 Hospitality Practices                                  League, Rugby Union, Soccer, Australian Rules
 Marine Sciences                                        Cricket
 Prevocational Mathematics                              Volleyball
 Engineering                                            Life Saving/Surf Awareness
 Furnishings                                            Netball
 Photography                                            Basketball
 Applied Art                                            Dance
 Multi-Media                                            Dance
 Drama Studies                                          Aerobics
 Excellence programs in French                          Yoga
 Music Industry                                         Golf
 LANGUAGES TAUGHT                                       Baseball
                                                        Tennis
 French
                                                        Ice
 Japanese
                                                        Skating
 Spanish
                                                        Sailing
 Italian
                                                        Ten
 TERTIARY PATHWAYS                                      Pin
 Bond University and Griffith University                Bowling
 GCIT Certificate I, II, III and Diploma Courses        Zumba
 SPECIAL EVENTS                                         SPECIAL ACTIVITES
 Marine Studies Reef Trip                               School Based Apprenticeships
 Snow Trip                                              and Traineeships
 STUDENT EXCELLENCE                                     Music Programs
 High Distinctions in National Mathematics              Drama and Dance Performance
 & Science Competitions                                 SCHOOL FACILITIES
 High Distinctions in National Language                 Maritime Training Centre
 Competitions                                           Business Education Centre
 Olympic Representation                                 Dance Studio and Recording Studio
 Volleyball excellence – National Top 10 schools        Library link to University Libraries
 Touch Football – World Champions                       Photographic Darkroom
 STAFF EXCELLENCE                                       Tennis, Basketball and Volleyball
 Masters Degrees in Teaching, Education                 Courts
 Education (Learning Support), Arts Education           Art facilities including Kiln
 Special Education, Engineering Science                 6 Science Laboratories
 Information Technology                                 INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
 Prestigious ‘Palmes Academiques’ – Highest Award in    Junior Secondary School Program
 French Education                                       Senior Secondary School Program
 National Top 10 School – ‘Distinction in French        Study Abroad Program
 Immersion’ (The Australian Newspaper                   Study Tours
 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Cyclist              Exchange Programs
 Recognition as ‘A School of Achievement in the Arts’




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20.     PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
All students Year 7 – Year 12 have one lesson a week of Personal Development Program (PDP).
Year 7 – Year 11 cover a variety of topics with their Care Class teacher or guest speaker appropriate to their year
level. These topics cover the four key values of the school: Cultural Acceptance and Respect; Integrity; Diligence
and Compassion.
Topics may also include career tasks, SET-Planning, conflict resolution, goal setting etc.
All Year 10 students will complete an introduction to CPR training in 2019.
Year 12 students complete QCS training or a Certificate 1 Digital Interactive Media. All Year 12s complete CPR
training during the year.


POLICIES
21.   ATTENDANCE POLICY
COME EVERY DAY! BE ON TIME!
PROCEDURES FOR ALL STUDENTS:
        a. Students are to attend school on every official school day gazetted by Education Queensland unless
           the student is ill or special family circumstances prevent the student from attending.
        b. On each occasion the student is absent, an SMS text message is sent direct to a parent/guardian
           phone and a reply text should be made immediately. A note of explanation is then to be handed in at
           the Absence Office the day the student returns to school. Notes must include: Care Class, Student’s
           full name, Parent’s/Guardian’s name and signature; and a specific explanation. Parents should notify
           the school if a student is going to be absent for an extended period of time due to sickness or special
           circumstances. Absences will be approved when a note or medical certificate is received within one
           week from the date of absence.
        c. Parents intending to take students for holidays during the school year must apply to the school in
           writing stating the dates the students will be absent from school and the reason why the vacation
           must be taken in school time. A request for work or special arrangement for assessment which will be
           missed during absence should be arranged through a negotiation sheet available from the office.
        d. It is expected that parents will notify the school in writing when a student is leaving/ transferring to
           another school so that the student clearance form can be completed, and all books and equipment
           returned. This is necessary to enable a refund of fees or a transfer form to be issued.
        e. Students who are late for school are to report to the Absence Office for a LATE PASS (otherwise an
           absence will be recorded).
        f.   Students who have to leave school early are to report to one of the Directors before school with a
             note stating the reason from their parents. A leave pass will be issued by the Absence Office.
        g. Students of the school must be in attendance up to and including the last day of school of each
           semester.
        h. The last week of school of each semester is to be a normal week in terms of behaviour, uniform and
           staff-student activities.
        i.   Year 11 and 12 students must be in attendance up to and including the dates set each year by the
             Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)
        j.   It is vital for students to strive to have 100% attendance or to obtain medical certificates to cover
             absences.
        k. Each student is responsible for their punctuality and attendance. Parental support is appreciated but
           ultimately it is the individual student who will be held accountable by the school for being on time,
           being present or advising of genuine absences.



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