Junior High 2021 Handbook

 
Junior High 2021 Handbook
Junior High 2021 Handbook
Junior High 2021 Handbook
Junior High Handbook / Contents

                                                                                                Contents

                                                            FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR HIGH................................... 4
                                                            ST PETERS MISSION, MOTTO, VALUES AND GOALS....... 5
                                                            Our Mission........................................................................ 5
    KEY STAFF CONTACTS
                                                            Our Motto.......................................................................... 5
    Mrs Patricia Aishford                                   Our Values .......................................................................... 5
    Head of Junior High                                     Our Goals............................................................................ 5
    p.aishford@stpeters.qld.edu.au                          LUTHERAN ETHOS AT ST PETERS...................................... 6
                                                            What is the Lutheran ethos?............................................. 6
                                                            What does this mean?........................................................ 6
    Ms Kelly Fox                                            ABOUT THE COLLEGE......................................................... 7
    Deputy Head of Junior High                              HEADS OF COLLEGE........................................................... 8
    k.fox@stpeters.qld.edu.au                               LUTHERAN EDUCATION QUEENSLAND - A BRIEF HISTORY....8
                                                            SPORTS HOUSE SYSTEM.................................................... 9
                                                            Bradman ............................................................................. 9
    Mrs Sharman Bolton
                                                            Cawley ................................................................................ 9
    PA to Head of Junior High
                                                            Chisholm ............................................................................. 9
    s.bolton@stpeters.qld.edu.au
                                                            Cunningham ....................................................................... 9
                                                            Gould .................................................................................. 9
    Mrs Alison Arnold                                       Laver.................................................................................... 9
    Junior High Attendance and Reception                    Leichhardt .......................................................................... 9
    a.arnold@stpeters.qld.edu.au                            Mitchell .............................................................................. 9
                                                            Sutherland ......................................................................... 9
                                                            ACADEMIC MATTERS....................................................... 10
    Mr Nick Trethan                                         Academic honesty............................................................. 10
    Year 9 Year Level Coordinator                           Assessment........................................................................ 10
    n.trethan@stpeters.qld.edu.au                           Homework guidelines...................................................... 11
                                                            ATTENDANCE / ABSENCE................................................. 12
                                                            Before school .................................................................. 12
    Mr Nathan Edwards                                       During school................................................................... 12
    Year 8 Year Level Coordinator                           After school..................................................................... 13
    n.edwards@stpeters.qld.edu.au                           Leave.................................................................................. 13
                                                            BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS AND SCOOTERS.................... 14
                                                            CHILD (AND ADULT) PROTECTION.................................. 14
    Mrs Belinda Byrne                                       CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS.......................................... 15
    Year 7 Year Level Coordinator                           Punctuality....................................................................... 15
    b.byrne@stpeters.qld.edu.au                             Entry to classroom.......................................................... 15
                                                            Greetings........................................................................... 15
                                                            Seating............................................................................... 15
                                                            Dismissal............................................................................ 15

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Fittings, furniture and equipment................................. 15                         RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS......................................... 31
General behaviour........................................................... 15               respectful relationships.................................................. 31
Speech and address to others......................................... 15                      counselling....................................................................... 32
Movement between classes............................................. 15                      junior high ‘Chill Out’..................................................... 32
Staffrooms and storerooms........................................... 15                       defamation........................................................................ 32
Class absence slips (purple slips)..................................... 15                    harassment and bullying................................................ 32
COCURRICULAR RESPONSIBILITIES................................ 16                              SAFETY.............................................................................. 33
COMMUNICATION........................................................... 18                   bounds............................................................................... 33
When should you contact the College?......................... 18                              evacuation procedures.................................................... 33
Whom should you contact?............................................ 18                       safety................................................................................. 34
What is the best method of communication?................ 19                                  sunsmart........................................................................... 34
COMMUNITY FOCUS DAY DRESS CODE......................... 20                                    SPORT................................................................................ 35
DISCIPLINE........................................................................ 21         Draws for Sport............................................................... 35
Detentions......................................................................... 21        Training............................................................................. 35
Internal Withdrawals..................................................... 22                  Extreme Weather ............................................................. 35
Suspension and/or exclusion.......................................... 22                      TECHNOLOGY................................................................... 36
Application for re-enrolment......................................... 22                      bring your own technology............................................ 36
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP.................................................. 23                     Selecting a Device and Accessories................................. 36
GROOMING AND APPEARANCE...................................... 24                              Purchasing a Device......................................................... 36
Fingernails/Cosmetic Enhancements............................. 24                             Acceptable Use of Technology........................................ 37
Hair.................................................................................... 24   Use of email and communication tools ........................ 37
Jewellery........................................................................... 24       Student-owned devices ................................................... 37
Make-Up............................................................................. 24       Student responsibilities................................................... 37
Piercings............................................................................ 24      Parent responsibilities..................................................... 38
Tattoos.............................................................................. 24      Monitoring and privacy.................................................. 38
IDENTIFICATION CARDS.................................................. 25                     Breaches............................................................................ 38
LIBRARY SERVICES............................................................ 25               Storage.............................................................................. 38
LOCKERS AND LOCKS....................................................... 26                   Viruses............................................................................... 38
LOST PROPERTY................................................................ 27              Mobile phones................................................................... 38
MEDICAL........................................................................... 28         Junior high summary....................................................... 39
illness and injury.............................................................. 28           UNIFORMS........................................................................ 40
medication at school....................................................... 28                Uniform requirements..................................................... 41
POCKET AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE............................... 29                                Consequences of failure to meet uniform requirements.... 43
PROHIBITED ITEMS.......................................................... 29
PROPERTY......................................................................... 30

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Junior High Handbook / From the Head of Junior High

                                         From the Head of Junior High

Welcome to St Peters Lutheran College Indooroopilly.

St Peters prides itself on being a Christian school and the values of ‘care, dignity and respect’ are at the core of everything
we do. Whilst at St Peters we hope that students experience far more than an excellent academic education. Through
our holistic program students are expected to be involved in the wider school community. This includes participating in
two cocurricular activities to be chosen from the areas of Music, Culture or Sport, attending Year Level Camps and the
compulsory five-week Ironbark program; supporting the Interhouse Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals each
year; and participating in year-level or whole-school activity days.

High school can be an exciting yet sometimes anxious experience for many students. The purpose of this document is to
provide some essential information about our College, its history and our expectations in Junior High. We very much look
forward to sharing the Junior High journey ahead with you.

Patricia Aishford
BA, GradDipEd, GradCertTheol.
Head of Junior High

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Junior High Handbook / St Peters Mission, Motto, Values and Goals

                               St Peters Mission, Motto, Values and Goals

                                                                    OUR GOALS
OUR MISSION
                                                                    • God’s love: We aim to celebrate our Lutheran heritage
Excellence in Christian Co-education.                                 and the traditions of St Peters Lutheran College, by
                                                                      encouraging each other in developing a strong faith
OUR MOTTO                                                             and showing it in times of worship, and encouraging
                                                                      each other to use God’s name in prayer, praise and
The St Peters motto ‘Plus Ultra’ translated means ‘ever
                                                                      thanksgiving.
higher or more beyond’. In serving out our mission
statement, ‘Excellence in Christian co-education’, all at St        • Our curriculum: We aim to encourage learning for
Peters are expected to strive ‘ever higher’ in all aspects of         ourselves and others, make the best use of time at school,
teaching, learning, life and in the building of relationships.        for ourselves and others, and respect and appreciate the
                                                                      staff of our College as we grow and learn.
OUR VALUES                                                          • Our partnerships: We aim to closely support our families
• God’s love: A Christ-centred community where all are                and the wider community in nurturing students’ spiritual,
  treated with care, dignity and respect.                             physical, academic and social growth as part of life-long
• Holistic Education: A focus on equity, diversity,                   learning.
  individuality, inclusivity and multiculturalism.                  • A student-centred environment: We aim to provide
• Curriculum: A broad and appropriate range of quality                quality Christian education which is vibrant, relevant and
  academic and cocurricular programs promoting                        challenging, and values students as the centre of our
  innovation and excellence in teaching, learning and                 community.
  pastoral care.                                                    • A holistic approach: We aim to deliver a holistic education
• Relationships: Nurturing positive local and global                  encompassing spiritual development, academic studies,
  connections with students, families, staff and the wider            cocurricular opportunities and social development.
  community.                                                        It is expected that students and families who become
• Service: God’s love actively lived out with hope and              members of the St Peters community support the mission,
  confidence in service to others.                                  motto, values, goals and policies of the College, and aim to
• Environment: An inclusive and safe environment where              live and work constructively and harmoniously within the
  all are challenged to strive for excellence.                      community.

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Junior High Handbook / Lutheran Ethos at St Peters

                                          Lutheran Ethos at St Peters

The Lutheran Ethos impacts every area of life in the St           All communities bring with them successes, room for PLUS
Peters community – both at Indooroopilly and Springfield          ULTRA – more beyond, brokenness and a need for healing. A
and our Outdoor Education campus at Ironbark. The                 restorative community is one which is continuously seeking
Lutheran Ethos affects the way community is experienced,          to restore and heal broken relationships. This is how God’s
behaviour management is exercised, successes are                  reconciliation through the love of Christ is experienced in
celebrated and hurts are healed. The Lutheran Ethos               authentic community.
impacts the way EVERYTHING is done at St Peters - 24/7,
                                                                  Therefore, these values motivate us to:
365 days a year.
                                                                  • Strive for excellence in developing the whole person;
WHAT IS THE LUTHERAN ETHOS?                                       • Respectfully and regularly experience, share and
                                                                    participate in Christian sacramental worship;
We are called to be the Gospel of Christ amongst the people
                                                                  • Show care, dignity and respect for all people in every
of St Peters so that all may experience authentic life in a
                                                                    situation;
restorative community.
                                                                  • Acknowledge each person’s God given worth and value,
                                                                    despite their imperfections;
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
                                                                  • Help each person to discover and grow in the assurance
The Gospel is the good news that God is with us in Christ.          of their unique God-given worth and purpose;
Jesus shares the journey with ALL people. Despite our             • Enjoy community life through active and positive
unworthiness, God sees us as worthwhile through Jesus’              engagement;
life, death and Resurrection.                                     • Empower people in serving, and learning from, the
The People of St Peters includes ALL Students, families,            community;
staff, old scholars and congregation members.                     • Celebrate each person’s contribution to the community;
                                                                    and
To experience an authentic life means that each person is
                                                                  • Employ restorative practices in all situations where there
allowed and encouraged to discover who they are and who
                                                                    is brokenness or wrongdoing.
God calls them to be in community.

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Junior High Handbook / About the College

                                                 About the College

St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly, was established       Junior High began at the College in 2007 to create a distinct
by the Lutheran Church in 1945 with 56 boarding students.        sub-school for Years 8 & 9. In 2015, Junior High expanded to
Ross Roy was the main building and focus for early College       include Year 7.
life with Luther House built by voluntary labour soon after
                                                                 St Peters Lutheran College Springfield commenced in 2008,
the College’s commencement.
                                                                 as a Prep to Year 8 school. By adding one year level per
Today St Peters Indooroopilly is the largest Lutheran school     year, it progressed to Year 12 in 2012 and now provides
in Australia, with an enrolment of approximately 2000            the Springfield and adjacent communities with the many
Prep to Year 12 students including around 150 boarding           benefits of the St Peters journey. The Springfield School
students from Year 6 – Year 12. There are currently over         currently has approximately 500 students and opened its
400 academic and corporate staff.                                Kindergarten in 2013.

St Peters Lutheran College Ironbark Outdoor Education            All St Peters schools operate under the control of the
Centre, near Crows Nest, was established in 1974 as a trial      St Peters Lutheran College Council and Head of College,
program and in 1976 as an ongoing Outdoor Education              governed by the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland
Program. This life changing experience is a five-week            District.
compulsory program for Year 9 students and indicates St
Peters positive and strong commitment to ‘growing’ our
Junior High students in significant ways. The ‘Ironbark
Experience’ is a compulsory and vital part of the St Peters
journey, fostering independence, resilience, team work,
problem solving, ethical decision making, sustainability and
environmental awareness in our young people.

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                                                  Heads of College

    HEAD OF COLLEGE                                             TENURE
 Mr Wilfred C. Schneider                                        1945 – 1954
 Mr William Lohe                                                1955 – 1970
 Dr Carson Dron                                                 1970 – 1994
 Mrs Sally Chandler                                             1995 – 2002
 Mr Stephen Rudolph                                             2003 – Mar 2011
 Mrs Sally Chandler (Acting)                                    Apr 2011 – Dec 2011
 Mr Adrian Wiles                                                2012 – 2016
 Mr Tim Kotzur                                                  2017 – present

                           Lutheran Education Queensland - A Brief History

The Lutheran Church grew out of the Christian Reformation       The majority of Australian Lutherans have always lived in
of sixteenth-century Europe. Lutherans were the first           South Australia. The other colony to attract considerable
Protestants. By the seventeenth century, Lutheranism            numbers of Germans, mainly Lutherans, was Queensland.
was the majority religion in northern Germany and had           Significant numbers of them migrated in the latter half of
spread from there to the Scandinavian countries and other       the nineteenth century.
states of northern Europe. By the early nineteenth century,
when it found its way to Australia, it was one of the largest
Protestant groupings in the world.

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Junior High Handbook / Sports House System

                                   Sports House System

BRADMAN                                                            LAVER

Bradman House was named after Sir Donald                           Laver House was named after Rod Laver who
Bradman, one of the world’s greatest cricketers                    was one of the world’s greatest tennis players.
who played Sheffield Shield for NSW at the age                     Rod is the only player to have won the Tennis
of 18. He played his first 1st class cricket match                 Grand Slam i.e. Wimbledon, French Open,
against England in 1928 and retired from                           Australian Open and United States Open titles
1st class cricket in 1948. Sir Donald held the                     in one year, twice. Laver’s sportsmanship and
highest ever test average of 99 runs.                              great tennis achievements were and are still
                                                                   acclaimed throughout the sporting world.
CAWLEY
                                                                   LEICHHARDT
Cawley House was named after Evonne
Cawley (nee Goolagong) who was named the                           Leichhardt House was named after Frederich
number one female tennis player in the world                       Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt who was one of
in 1971. In 1972 won the Australian Women’s                        Australia’s famous explorers. His expeditions
Championship and in 1980, was the first                            took him by sea from Sydney to Brisbane, onto
mother to win a Wimbledon Women’s Singles                          Toowoomba and through to the Northern
Championship.                                                      Territory travelling 4,800km over eighteen
                                                                   months. Leichhardt and his companions
CHISHOLM                                                           vanished during his second attempt at crossing
                                                                   Australia from east to west.
Chisholm House was named after Caroline
Chisholm, an Australian Pioneer who dedicated
                                                                   MITCHELL
a large amount of her life to helping new
Australian immigrants, especially women.                           Mitchell House was named after Sir Thomas
Because of her campaigning for immigration                         Livingstone Mitchell who was appointed as
housing, thousands were given housing                              Surveyor General of Australia in 1828. He
assistance.                                                        carried out surveys for town layouts, roads and
                                                                   reserves in Eastern Australia and established
CUNNINGHAM                                                         the courses of the Darling and Murray Rivers.
                                                                   He further discovered many rivers and land
Cunningham House was named after Allan
                                                                   around the Roma district and the town of
Cunningham who was one of Australia’s
                                                                   Mitchell was named after him following his
famous botanists/ explorers. During his
                                                                   explorations in the area in 1846.
explorations, he headed an expedition to the
area now known as The Darling Downs and on
                                                                   SUTHERLAND
his return journey, discovered a pass through
the range now known as Cunningham’s Gap.                           Sutherland House was named after Dame
The Cunningham Highway, a National Highway,                        Joan Sutherland, one of the world’s greatest
has been given his name and follows close to                       soprano singers. Joan was bestowed the title of
the route of this expedition.                                      “Dame” in 1975 after battling many obstacles
                                                                   both physical and prejudicial in the World of
GOULD                                                              Opera.
Gould House was named after Shane Gould
who was a world swimming champion in
distance sprint racing. Shane set the world
freestyle record for women in 1972 at
the age of 15. In 1974, she was voted the
internationally all-time best woman freestyle
swimmer. Shane is an Old Scholar of St Peters.

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Junior High Handbook / Academic Matters

                                                  Academic Matters

ACADEMIC HONESTY                                                  Variations to assessment (special consideration)

At St Peters Lutheran College, honesty is fundamental to all      The College’s Special Consideration Policy is based on the
aspects of academic work. Maintaining academic honesty is         principle that students with special educational needs
the responsibility of all members of the College community,       should be provided with the opportunity to have reasonable
and students are held to the highest standards of conduct         adjustments made to their conditions of assessment to
in this regard. In addition, the Queensland Curriculum and        ensure equitable opportunities for all students. Those
Assessment Authority and the College demand of students           students who require variations to be made to their
the very highest standard of academic integrity in all            assessment because of absence from school due to
aspects of internally and externally assessed work.               extended periods of illness, family situations, or sporting or
                                                                  cultural representation are required to follow the College’s
All assignments, written and oral, completed by a student
                                                                  policy and procedures in relation to Special Consideration
for assessment must use that student’s own language ideas
                                                                  provisions:
and expression. Where sources are used or referred to;
                                                                  • Any student who misses an assignment submission due
whether in the form of direct quotation or paraphrase, such
                                                                    date due to a period of illness or a scheduled outing
sources must be fully and appropriately acknowledged.
                                                                    (sport representations etc.) must either submit the work
Students must take particular care when helping each                early or apply for an extension (Special Consideration)
other or working collaboratively, that their individual work        before the due date.
remains original and uniquely their own.                          • Any student who is sick on the day an assignment is due
                                                                    to be submitted must contact their teacher and send
Failure to demonstrate academic honesty may result
                                                                    an electronic copy of the completed task on that day;
in a lesser or no mark being given for the assessment.
                                                                    submitting the full assignment as soon as possible.
Disciplinary action may also result.
                                                                  • Any student who is sick on the day an exam is scheduled
For more information, refer to the Academic Integrity               must contact their teacher (email or phone message to
section in the Academic Assessment and Reporting Honours            the school) to advise them of their absence. When the
Guide (AARH Guide) on Firefly.                                      student returns to school they must submit a Special
                                                                    Consideration form accompanied by a Medical Certificate,
ASSESSMENT                                                          and seek confirmation from their class teacher in relation
                                                                    to the exam catch-up arrangements.
The Academic Assessment and Reporting Honours Guide
(AARH Guide) is a comprehensive document outlining the            Process
College’s policies and procedures in relation to all aspects
                                                                  When a student in Junior High is applying for Special
of curriculum and assessment - from the early years of
                                                                  Consideration in only one subject area for one piece
school through to Year 12. This document is available for
                                                                  of assessment, the student may apply directly to the
download from Firefly.
                                                                  Curriculum Leader or the Year-level Curriculum Assistant for
Assessment calendar                                               that particular subject area. This should be discussed with
                                                                  their classroom teacher first. Any enquiries or applications
An Assessment Calendar, identifying the scheduled dates
                                                                  for Special Consideration in more than one subject area,
for all assignment submissions and exams in every subject,
                                                                  however, should be made to the Head of 7-12 Curriculum –
is compiled and published on Firefly at the beginning of
                                                                  Students.
each term. Using an online document and working with
their teachers, students create a personal version of the
assessment calendar at the beginning of each term, to use
as a planning tool.

The Assessment Calendar is managed by the Head of 7-12
Curriculum – Students.

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Special consideration (SC) procedure                            Note:
                                                                • Approval is not automatic.
Special consideration due dates
                                                                • Unless the circumstances warrant an extension, one will
There is a strict policy on due dates:                            not be given.
• A Non-Submit will be recorded if an assignment is not         • Approval in one subject does not guarantee approval in
  submitted on the due date;                                      another subject as each department may have different
• Will appear as an ‘NR’ on the report; and                       policies and the requirements of tasks are different.
• This result will apply unless a request for Special
  Consideration is submitted and approved by the Head of        HOMEWORK GUIDELINES
  7-12 Curriculum – Students, the Curriculum Leader or the      Homework helps students by complementing and
  Curriculum Assistant for that subject.                        reinforcing classroom learning, fostering good lifelong
When to apply:                                                  learning and study habits and providing an opportunity for
• Planned holiday or absence from school when an                students to be responsible for their own learning.
  assignment is due or when an exam is scheduled – notify       • Students are required to complete homework tasks by
  in advance. Note: Special Consideration is not generally         the due date.
  approved for family holiday reasons, other than approval      • Students who have not completed their homework may
  for early submission of assignments. Exams are not               be requested to complete it during lunch time or after
  usually able to be re-scheduled.                                 school, under supervision of a teacher.
• Unexpected illness or absence in the period leading up to     • Failure by students to complete homework on a regular
  an assignment or exam due date that affects preparation          basis will be followed up with parents.
  or completion:
                                                                See the Curriculum Reporting and Assessment Guide for
  1. email advising teachers of absence; and                    more information.
  2. either prior to, or immediately upon returning to
     school, obtain a Special Consideration request form to
     apply for SC.
• Unexpected illness or absence on the day of an exam or             KEY STAFF CONTACTS
  the day an assignment is due:
  3. email advising teacher/s of absence; and                        Mrs Rachael Turnbull
  4. immediately upon returning to school, obtain a Special          Head of 7-12 Curriculum - Students
     Consideration request form to apply for SC.                     r.turnbull@stpeters.qld.edu.au

How to apply:                                                        Mrs Nicole Maynard
• Download a ‘Special Consideration Application’ form                Assistant to the Heads of Curriculum
  from Firefly;                                                      n.maynard@stpeters.qld.edu.au
• Fill out all the details, indicating:
   • how long you were/will be absent from school;                   Mr Peter Macdonald
   • why you were absent;                                            Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation
   • what you have missed (e.g. which exam in which                  p.macdonald@stpeters.qld.edu.au
       subject or what assignment?); AND
   • what sort of SC you are seeking (e.g. two days                  Mrs Pip Morton
       extension).                                                   PA to the Director of Teaching and Learning
• Provide documentation in support of your application               Innovation
  (e.g. parent letter/doctor’s certificate)                          p.morton@stpeters.qld.edu.au
• Sign the form and either hand it to your teacher or
  directly to the Curriculum Leader for that subject for
  approval. Your teacher will tell you who that is.
• If you were away for a long period of time and several
  subjects were affected, the application is to come
  through the Head of 7-12 Curriculum – Students.

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                                               Attendance / Absence

All students at St Peters Lutheran College must attend           Unplanned absence
school for the entire school year as set out in the College
                                                                 If a student is absent due to illness, arriving late or leaving
calendar, unless participating in an activity approved by
                                                                 early during the school day, a parent/carer can advise by:
the Head of Junior High in consultation with the Head of
College.                                                         • Email Junior High attendance at:
                                                                    jhattendance@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Students are expected to attend all classes (including           • Leave a voicemail: 3377 6503
Chapel) as indicated on their timetable. St Peters will          • SMS to: 0428 937 348
regularly assess the attendance of all students and deal with
inappropriate or frequent absence as required.                   Please note that Junior High Reception must be advised
                                                                 before 8.00am on each day of absence. A medical
BEFORE SCHOOL                                                    certificate is required on the third consecutive day of
                                                                 absence.
Students are required to be in attendance by the specified
start time each day (8.00am) and to attend assemblies,           If a student is unwell during the school day:
lessons and Chapel, as timetabled. Parents are requested         • they must report to Junior High Reception (students are
to note that day students are not allowed to be at College          not to contact parents directly); and
at times when there is no supervision. The College grounds       • they will be sent to the Health Centre where staff will
in the area of the classrooms are not supervised before             assess their condition and decide if they can continue at
7.45am. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their        school; if not, parents will be contacted.
children before 7.45am.
                                                                 Junior High students being picked up during the school
DURING SCHOOL                                                    day must sign out at Reception and wait on campus to be
                                                                 collected e.g. College Bus Stop. Students leaving campus
The College has a duty of care to contact a student’s parent     must be in formal school uniform at all times.
and establish the whereabouts of a student during any
unexplained absence.                                             LEAVE: families requesting leave (more than 2 days)
                                                                 during the school term must formally apply via email
Planned absence
                                                                 to leaveapproval@stpeters.qld.edu.au. Please refer to
When a student is absent from school for any reason, a           the Leave: Early Holiday or Late Arrival section for more
parent or carer is to inform the College by phone, text (SMS)    information.
or email, by no later than 8.00am on the day of absence.         Late arrival
• Email: jhattendance@stpeters.qld.edu.au
• Leave a voicemail: 3377 6503                                   Students who arrive after 8.00am must report to Junior
                                                                 High Reception and sign in. Parents are asked to advise the
• SMS: 0428 937 348
                                                                 reason for the lateness. This can be done by phone, text
                                                                 (SMS), note or email.

                                                                 In the case of a late arrival without a notification, a parent
                                                                 or guardian will be contacted either by phone or by text.
                                                                 Regular, unexplained lateness is viewed as a serious matter
                                                                 and will be dealt with through the College’s pastoral care
                                                                 process.

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Early departure or appointments during the school day              LEAVE

Students who leave before 3.10pm must report to the                All students are expected to be in attendance at school for
Junior High Reception and sign out. Parents of Junior High         the entire school term as set out in the College Calendar.
students must contact Junior High Reception if their child         Parents must consider carefully the implications of taking
needs to be picked up during the school day (phone 3377            leave during term time. It is not always feasible for teachers
6503). For safety reasons, Junior High students must be            to provide work for students to complete while away or to
picked up within the College grounds.                              catch them up once they return. Student leave should not
                                                                   create extra work for teachers.
Students who return to school during the school day need
to report to Junior High Reception and sign in.                    All requests for additional leave must be directed to the
                                                                   Head of Junior High and emailed to s.leave@stpeters.qld.
Parents are requested not to schedule appointments on
                                                                   edu.au, giving details of the dates requested and the reason
days that are deemed full school compulsory attendance
                                                                   for the leave. In order to ensure equity and thoroughness, a
such as house carnivals or QGSSSA/AIC events.
                                                                   minimum of 72 hours (three days) notification is required.
Students who attend appointments during the school day
                                                                   The student’s name and form class should be referenced in
are to leave the College grounds in formal uniform.
                                                                   the email.
AFTER SCHOOL                                                       The process for approval by the Head of Junior High will
                                                                   apply, and each request will be considered on its own merit.
When school has finished, day students are to leave the
school by 3.30pm unless involved in an official, adult-            Where students need additional leave (at the start or finish
supervised activity.                                               of term) and consequently miss classes and/or assessment
                                                                   items, there will be no academic penalty imposed by the
After 3.30pm, day students who are still at school must go
                                                                   College if:
to one of:
                                                                   • absence is due to a medical condition of the student;
• the Langer Library;
                                                                   • the student is involved in a cocurricular activity
• an organised cocurricular activity; or
                                                                      representing the College, state or nation; or
• extended day program for Junior High students.
                                                                   • there are compassionate grounds discussed with
Students should not wait in the vicinity of the boarding              and agreed to by the Head of Junior High or their
houses, classroom passageways, locker rooms, ovals or                 representative.
other isolated areas after 3.30pm. The College cannot
                                                                   It is expected that the above reasons for absence will
accept responsibility for the care of day students during
                                                                   be supported with appropriate documentation. Under
these ‘out of hours’ periods, if they are not attending one
                                                                   circumstances like those above, the College does not
of the above activities. Should parents have an exceptional
                                                                   normally reschedule tests or assignment deadlines for
need for their student to be at College outside the hours
                                                                   students.
of 7.45am and 3.30pm without being involved in any of
the above-mentioned activities, either on one occasion or          More information can be found in the Academic Assessment
as a regular pattern, notification should be given to and          and Reporting Honours Guide (AARH Guide) on Firefly.
acknowledged by the Head of Junior High so that specific
arrangements can be made.
                                                                        KEY STAFF CONTACTS
By 3.30pm, boarders are to return to their respective
boarding environments and are not to loiter in unsupervised             Mrs Sharman Bolton
areas around school. Boarders may return to the library in              PA to Head of Junior High
either full uniform or clean, neat and modest plain clothes.            s.bolton@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Staff reserve the right to determine inappropriate or unsafe
attire.
                                                                        Mrs Alison Arnold
Students waiting at the College after 5.00pm due to sports              Junior High Attendance and Reception
practice or other activities are encouraged to use the                  a.arnold@stpeters.qld.edu.au
College bus stop waiting area. This area has seating, is under
shelter, is well lit, has telephone facilities and is on private
property.

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                                   Bicycles, Skateboards and Scooters

Students are not to ride skateboards, scooters, or other       Whilst the school provides bike racks for students to store
such devices to or from school, or on school grounds.          their bike, it is their responsibility to make sure they are
(The only exception to this is Outside School Hours Care –     secured by a chain and lock. The school insurance does not
children attending St Peters Outside School Hours Care are     cover bicycle theft hence students must store bicycles at
permitted to ride bicycles and two-wheeled recreational        their own risk.
vehicles under staff supervision during nominated activities
in vacation care. Written parental permission is required
and helmets must be worn.)

Day students considering riding a bicycle to school are
asked to seek approval from the Head of Junior High before
they do so. Helmets must be worn by all students when
riding their bicycles, and students are responsible for
complying with all road rules. Students cycling to school
must bring their formal hat to wear when required.

                                         Child (and Adult) Protection

The Child Protection Policy provides written processes         Information regarding Blue Cards for parents can be
about the appropriate conduct of staff and students that       obtained from the College’s People and Culture department
accord with legislation applying in Queensland about the       on 3377 6583, or email People&Culture@stpeters.qld.edu.au
care and protection of children. Further information can
be found in the following documents: Child Protection
Compliance Policy and Child Protection Student Leaflet.

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Junior High Handbook / Classroom Expectations

                                             Classroom Expectations

Rules and expectations for student behaviour in and out           GENERAL BEHAVIOUR
of class are based on a mixture of considerations that are        • Behaviour should be courteous and considerate at all
prudential, conventional and common sense in nature, but            times.
also reflect the College’s emphasis on the proper balance of      • Art knives, white out and thick marker pens are
rights and responsibilities.                                        prohibited unless directed otherwise by the teacher.
                                                                  • Strictly prohibited items/actions include chewing gum,
PUNCTUALITY
                                                                    spitting and graffiti (see p29).
• Students are to assemble quietly and in an orderly
                                                                  • Water bottles may be brought to general classrooms and
  manner outside the classroom and await the arrival of
                                                                    be used without creating distraction.
  the teacher.
                                                                  • Hats are not to be worn in classrooms.
• Passageways are to be kept clear.
                                                                  • Students should not impede the teacher’s work by
• Students who arrive late are to bring a Class Absence Slip
                                                                    unwarranted conversation, by distracting one another, by
  or note from the teacher with them to their class.
                                                                    lack of attention or lack of application to tasks assigned
                                                                    by the teacher.
ENTRY TO CLASSROOM
                                                                  • Students who display unacceptable behaviour in class
• Students are not to be in a classroom without a teacher
                                                                    may be removed from the class; the need for such action
  present, unless it has been organised/approved by a
                                                                    is considered a very serious matter.
  teacher.
• Students are to enter at the teacher’s direction in a quiet     SPEECH AND ADDRESS TO OTHERS
  and orderly manner.
                                                                  • Speech should at all times be considerate of the feelings
• Headwear is to be removed before a student enters a               of others (see also Harassment and Bullying section).
  room.
                                                                  • Staff and students should greet one another when
                                                                    passing.
GREETINGS
                                                                  • Raucous loud-mouthed behaviour, swearing and
• Students are to remain standing behind their desk upon
                                                                    blasphemy are not acceptable and will result in
  entry to the classroom until greeted by the teacher. The
                                                                    consequences.
  students are to respond and be seated when requested
  to sit.
                                                                  MOVEMENT BETWEEN CLASSES
                                                                  • Students are to move in a brisk and orderly manner.
SEATING
                                                                  • Lockers are not to be used at times other than breaks.
• Students are to comply with the general seating pattern
  as required by the teacher.                                     • Students should keep to the left of stairs, corridors,
                                                                    passages and pathways, giving way to staff and visitors.
DISMISSAL                                                         • Students must be able to produce their formal or bucket
• Students are to wait to be dismissed. The bell is only an         hat throughout the day.
  indication of the end of the lesson.
                                                                  STAFFROOMS AND STOREROOMS
FITTINGS, FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT                                 • Students may only enter staffrooms and storerooms
• Windows, fans, media equipment and other electrical               under the direction and supervision of a staff member.
  equipment are only to be operated by students at the
  instruction of the teacher.                                     CLASS ABSENCE SLIPS (PURPLE SLIPS) A student seeking
                                                                  to be absent from a class must ask for, receive and carry
• Graffiti or writing on furniture and fixtures is strictly
                                                                  with them a “Class Absence Slip” or note from the teacher.
  forbidden and will result in serious consequences.
• Tampering with electrical and safety equipment is strictly
  forbidden.

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Junior High Handbook / Cocurricular Responsibilities

                                          Cocurricular Responsibilities

Part of the benefits of life in the St Peters Lutheran
College community is the wide-ranging activities offered                 MUSIC CONTACTS
to students. The College expects all students to actively
participate in our College cocurricular program.                         Mrs Christine Taylor
                                                                         Co-Director of Cocurricular Music, Head of
Students are expected to actively participate in a minimum               Choirs, Coordinator of Keyboard And Voice
of two cocurricular activities offered within the College                c.taylor@stpeters.qld.edu.au
and to support College activities throughout the year                    Ph: 07 3377 6279
which require spectator involvement. Activities noted for
spectator support are advertised throughout the year.                    Mr Grantley Sutch
From time to time, the College may expect a large group                  Co-Director of Cocurriucular Music, Head of
of students (e.g. a year level or sub-school) to attend                  Bands / Brass Coordinator
an interschool activity or competition as supporters.                    g.sutch@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Attendance is compulsory and is viewed as a significant                  Ph: 07 3377 6554
activity, e.g. Associated Independent Schools (AIC)/
Queensland Girls Secondary Schools Sport Association                     Mr David Deacon
(QGSSSA) events.                                                         Co-Director of Cocurricular Music, Head of Strings
                                                                         d.deacon@stpeters.qld.edu.au
The College expects full attendance at interhouse and Junior             Ph: 07 3377 6530
High activities. Medical certificates may be requested if
absent.
                                                                         Mrs Jenny Flottmann
In the event of extreme or wet weather, students                         Theory and Aural Skills Coordinator
are advised that cocurricular training will continue as                  j.flottmann@stpeters.qld.edu.au
programmed but may be delivered in a safer alternate                     Ph: 07 3377 6279
location. If training is cancelled due to weather conditions,
students will be notified in advance.                                    Mrs Amanda Saffery
                                                                         Music Administrator
For games or fixtures students are expected to turn                      a.saffery@stpeters.qld.edu.au
up ready to play unless they have been told otherwise.                   Ph: 07 3377 6279
Students or parents should download the College App to
receive notifications.                                                   Ms Zoe Reitsma and Miss Sarah Lewis
                                                                         Music Assistants
                                                                         music@stpeters.qld.edu.au
                                                                         Ph: 07 3377 6279

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SPORT CONTACTS                                                    OTHER COCURRICULAR CONTACTS

Mr Shaun Nodwell                                                  Ms Allie Walsh
Director of Sport                                                 Debating Coordinator
s.nodwell@stpeters.qld.edu.au                                     a.walsh@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6217                                                  Ph: 07 3377 6553

Mr Luke Donatini                                                  Miss Meg Foley
Boys Sport Coordinator                                            Robotics Coordinator
l.donatini@stpeters.qld.edu.au                                    m.foley@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6234                                                  Ph: 07 3377 6710

Mrs Anne-Marie Champion                                           Mrs Sylvia Sanjurjo
Girls Sport Coordinator                                           Multicultural Coordinator
a.champion@stpeters.qld.edu.au                                    s.sanjurjo@stpeters.qld.edu.au
Ph: 07 3377 6218                                                  Ph: 07 3377 6782

                                                                  Ms Maree Schabe
                                                                  Environmental Committee Coordinator
                                                                  m.schabe@stpeters.qld.edu.au
                                                                  Ph: 07 3377 6549

                                                                  Mrs Angela Braby
                                                                  Service Learning
                                                                  a.braby@stpeters.qld.edu.au
                                                                  Ph: 07 3377 6103

                                                                  Mrs Anni Gold
                                                                  Academic Competitions (eg DaVinci Decathlon,
                                                                  Optiminds etc) Exceptional Learners Department
                                                                  a.gold@stpeters.qld.edu.au
                                                                  Ph: 07 3377 6365

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Junior High Handbook / Communication

                                                     Communication

Transitioning into High School can be challenging. New             WHOM SHOULD YOU CONTACT?
teachers, new systems and new expectations can be both
                                                                   When you have a concern regarding your child’s school
exciting and daunting. If problems arise it can be difficult for
                                                                   work or their emotional well-being it can often be difficult
parents to know when and who to contact.
                                                                   to decide who to contact. For successful communication
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONTACT THE COLLEGE?                               between home and school please consider the following:
                                                                   Who, What, When.
In Junior High we work very hard to foster a supportive            • Who is the most appropriate person to contact?
environment where young people know who they can seek              • What is the best method of communication – email,
out for support. We also aim to develop their ability to              phone, letter, student diary, face-to-face?
be independent problem solvers who are confident and
                                                                   • When should you contact the College – would it be better
can use their initiative when facing challenges. It is at this
                                                                      to wait and see if the situation is resolved or can my child
age where parents can struggle to know when to step in
                                                                      resolve this independently?
on their child’s behalf. It is often best to give a situation
a day or two before deciding whether to take action. In            Different types of concerns are managed by different areas
the meantime, give your child suggestions as to what they          within the College:
might do to resolve the situation – including talking to the       • Social/Emotional/General Organisation/Uniform/
teacher. This will help them to develop invaluable skills in         Challenges at home - Pastoral
problem solving, relationship building, responsibility and         • Subject specific: homework, workload, assignments, due
independence.                                                        dates - Curriculum

                                                                   It is important to understand the Pastoral Care and
                                                                   Curriculum structures within Junior High when deciding who
                                                                   is best to contact:

        Curriculum Inquiries                 Pastoral Care Inquiries                           Curriculum Leaders

                                                                                 Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation –
        1. Classroom Teacher                  1. Form Class Teacher              Mr Peter MacDonald
                                                                                 Head of 7-12 Curriculum – Students –
                                                                                 Mrs Rachael Turnbull
      2. Curriculum Assistant or            2. Year Level Coordinator
                Leader                                                           The Arts – Ms Julie Seidel
                                                                                 Christian Studies – Mr Trevor Collie
     3. Head of 7-12 Curriculum -               3. Deputy Head of                English – Mr Ross Boyle
              Students                              Junior High                  HPE – Mr Ben Innes
                                                                                 Languages – Mrs Anne Tetley-Jones
     4. Director of Teaching and                                                 Mathematics – Mr Douglas Bransgrove
                                              4. Head of Junior High
         Learning Innovation
                                                                                 Science – Ms Liz Holt
                                                                                 SOSE (History/Geography) – Ms Tracey Dowell
                  Year 9 Coordinator – Mr Nick Trethan                           Technology – Mr Danny Arrow
                  Year 8 Coordinator – Mr Nathan Edwards                         initial.surname@stpeters.qld.edu.au
                  Year 7 Coordinator – Mrs Belinda Byrne

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Because issues with curriculum often manifest themselves          • Sending an email when you are in ‘reaction mode’ – 4pm,
pastorally and vice versa it is a good idea to include people       late at night or when you are upset about an issue can be
from both areas in your communication. However, it is               unwise. Saving an email in draft form and taking the time
important to understand that Form Teachers and Year Level           to read it with a fresh set of eyes the next day is often the
Coordinators do not have the ability to alter curriculum.           best course of action.
The subject teacher should always be the first point of call      • The tone of an email can often be difficult to read due to
for curriculum matters, followed by the Curriculum Assistant        the lack of vocal expression and body language. Often a
or Curriculum Leader.                                               phone call or face-to-face meeting is a better alternative.
                                                                  • Keep in mind that students explain events from an
WHAT IS THE BEST METHOD OF COMMUNICATION?                           adolescent’s point-of-view. While it is only natural to
While advances in technology, particularly the advent of            want to support your child it is essential that you seek
email, has made communication between home and school               the adult’s perspective on events before choosing how to
much easier it is not without its challenges. If email is the       proceed – please talk to the teacher involved.
best form of communication I would ask you to consider the
following:
• Consider carefully to whom you are addressing the email.
   The person you want to respond to your email or to act
   on your information should be the ‘To’ recipient. It is
   best to keep this to as few people as possible. If you send
   an email ‘To’ a large number of recipients it is unclear
   who is required to do the follow-up. You may wish to
   keep a number of people informed of information and
   their names should appear in the ‘CC’ row. For example:
   While your first port of call for any subject matters should
   be the classroom teacher you might want to CC your
   child’s Form Class teacher, so they can keep abreast of
   the situation and can offer support. The person in the
   ‘CC’ row is not expected to reply.

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Junior High Handbook / Community Focus Day Dress Code

                                    Community Focus Day Dress Code

From time to time, a planned activity as approved by            In keeping with the College’s SunSmart Policy, students are
College Administration may invite students to wear a            to have a hat.
mixture of plain clothes and school uniform (this may or
                                                                Students must wear enclosed footwear.
may not include to and from school). A charge is often
imposed, with fundraising monies being used for various         The College reserves the right to determine inappropriate
projects as determined by the term focus.                       or unsafe attire and will take appropriate action for a breach
                                                                of this code, including providing alternative attire or where
The Community Focus Day dress code will be determined
                                                                deemed necessary, sending a student home.
by the Head of College, Deputy Head of College, the Heads
of Sub-Schools and the Coordinator of Service Learning.         The College reserves the right to cancel scheduled
Students are to present themselves in a manner which            Community Focus Days.
ensures uniform and items of casual dress are neat, clean,
in good repair and that they also have appropriate clothing
for classes on these days i.e. correct footwear for Science/
Technology/ HPE.

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Junior High Handbook /Discipline

                                                         Discipline

The College expects every student to cooperate                    Lunchtime detentions
in observing its behaviour regulations and blatant                • These may be given and administered by the subject
disobedience will not be tolerated. The College naturally           or Form teacher for non-completion of homework or
expects that students will observe the law of the land, both        classwork.
inside and outside the grounds.                                   • Teachers may also assign a lunchtime detention to a
The College attempts to establish and maintain the                  student for infringements of College grooming and/or
observance of these regulations in many ways – by personal          uniform expectations, persistent lateness to class or low-
counselling, explanation and encouragement, by teaching             level behavioural issues. These are organised through the
and where necessary, by imposing consequences. Minor                Year Level Coordinator.
infringements may be dealt with immediately, and repeat           • The lunchtime detention removes the student from the
offences may warrant detention.                                     playground for part of the lunch break (and out of contact
                                                                    with other students). It does allow the student time to
Detentions are a consequence for breaches of our College            consume lunch prior to attending.
expectations and are an important opportunity for students
to reflect upon and talk with staff about what has occurred.      After-school detentions
They are only one aspect of a more holistic approach to           • Given for repeated non-compliance with behavioural/
managing student behaviour of which the elements are:               academic expectations or other repeated grooming/
prevention, correction, consequences, support/repair and            uniform issues. The purpose of an after-school detention
build.                                                              is to assist students to reflect upon their behaviour and
                                                                    make better choices with regards to their actions and
Continuous and/or significant disregard for or refusal to           behaviours. This will be done with the use of a structured
comply with College behavioural expectations, following             program. Students in Junior High report to Junior High
exhaustive efforts by College staff, may result in a student’s      Reception. Students and Parents will normally be given
enrolment being withdrawn.                                          24hrs notice.
Issues concerning non-submission of an assessment task are        Saturday detentions
to be dealt with by the classroom teacher and/or Curriculum       • Students will receive a Saturday detention for persistent
Leader. If students are asked to complete these tasks during        breaches of College expectations or for a serious one-
lunch time or after school, this would be done under the            off breach of College expectations. The Year Level
supervision of the classroom teacher or Curriculum Leader.          Coordinator is responsible for determining this level of
                                                                    detention. Parents will be informed by the appropriate
DETENTIONS                                                          Year Level Coordinator, that their son/daughter is to
There are essentially three types of detentions operating at        report to school on the determined Saturday from
St Peters Lutheran College for Junior High School:                  8.00am-10.00am. The College will determine the
                                                                    appropriate actions for the day. Students are required
                                                                    to wear full formal uniform. The detention is usually
                                                                    supervised by either the Head or Deputy Head of Junior
                                                                    High or Senior School.
                                                                  • Students can also be required to attend detention on
                                                                    student-free days.

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INTERNAL WITHDRAWALS                                                Prior to any decision being made to exclude a student, the
                                                                    student and the parents will be given an opportunity to be
Where students are making choices or demonstrating
                                                                    heard in respect to the events and possible consequences.
behaviours that are not consistent with College
expectations and values, they may be internally withdrawn           The College sees nothing incongruous in the exclusion of a
for a period of time. This involves students being withdrawn        student where the welfare of the College is threatened or
from classes and/or the playground and completing school            the well-being of other students is placed at risk, since the
work under the supervision of a member of the Junior High           College states quite clearly what is expected of all students.
Administration Team.                                                The College understands that when students commence at
                                                                    St Peters Lutheran College, they have agreed to contribute
SUSPENSION AND/OR EXCLUSION                                         in a positive manner to the College and abide by the College
                                                                    policies and procedures.
Where students have committed breaches of the College
policies, or otherwise acted in a manner inconsistent with the
                                                                    APPLICATION FOR RE-ENROLMENT
standards of the College, as determined by the Head of Junior
High in consultation with the Deputy Head of College or             After a period of time deemed appropriate by the Head of
Head of College (for example but without limitation offences        College or the Deputy Head of College, an excluded student
involving drugs or alcohol, offences of violence or of a violent    may apply for re-enrolment. No guarantee of re-enrolment
nature, the theft of property or repeated breaches of a less        is given by the College. Such a process is based on the
serious nature) the student may be suspended for a period of        repentance of the student and a demonstrated ability prior
time or excluded from the College.                                  to re-enrolment of the student’s willingness to comply with
                                                                    the College’s values and practices. This process is in keeping
                                                                    with the College’s Christian values.

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Junior High Handbook / Drop-off and Pick-up

                                             Drop-off and Pick-up

Parents and carers are asked to set down and pick up             Parents are asked not to drive on campus between 7:00am -
students off school grounds except when the student              8:15am and 2:30pm - 3:30pm.
is disabled either temporarily or permanently or has
an unmanageable load e.g. large musical instrument.
Permits can be requested to cover the latter exceptional
circumstances from the People and Culture department
peopleandculture@stpeters.qld.edu.au.

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