St Joseph's College - Parent / Guardian and Student Information Booklet Year 13 2019 2020 - St Joseph's College

 
St Joseph's College - Parent / Guardian and Student Information Booklet Year 13 2019 2020 - St Joseph's College
St Joseph’s College

Parent / Guardian and Student
    Information Booklet
           Year 13
         2019 - 2020

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St Joseph's College - Parent / Guardian and Student Information Booklet Year 13 2019 2020 - St Joseph's College
Contents

Head of Sixth Form Welcome 			                    Page 3

Welcome:- Head Boy 				                           Page 4

Welcome:- Head Girl 				                          Page 5

Uniform Policy 					Page 6-7

Points To Note 					Page 8-9

Sixth Form Agreement				Page 10

Independent Study				Page 11

Attendance / EMA 				                             Page 12

Managing Life Outside School / Part Time Jobs     Page 13

Student Leaders and Student Mentors		             Page 14

Healthy Eating 					Page 15

Lunchtime Arrangements				Page 16

Sharing A Concern Advice To Parents / Guardians   Page 17

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St Joseph's College - Parent / Guardian and Student Information Booklet Year 13 2019 2020 - St Joseph's College
A Welcome Message from the
                Head of Sixth Year Mrs Glover
                       I would like to begin by congratulating you on your GCSE results
                       and on deciding to continue your education in St Joseph’s College.
                       The decision will require 100 percent commitment to your academic
                       studies. The benefits of returning to school include gaining further
                       qualifications with a view to progressing into the world of work,
                       further education or university.

                       I will be your Year Head for the next 2 years and look forward to
                       working with all of you as members of the Student Leadership Team,
                       mentors to younger students and as you participate in fundraising
                       events throughout the school year.

I sincerely hope you benefit from and enjoy your time as a sixth year student. Make the most
of the opportunities which come your way, such as John Paul II Award, Student Council and
Senior Prefect Team. Use your time wisely and enjoy the experience. Remember you are
ambassadors for St. Josephs College, representing us on work experience, educational visits
and on many other occasions throughout the year.
We are proud of our sixth year students and look forward to watching you develop and
mature into young adults.
Good luck with all your studies.

                      A G l o ver
                  Mrs

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St Joseph's College - Parent / Guardian and Student Information Booklet Year 13 2019 2020 - St Joseph's College
A Welcome Message From Our Head Boy
                  2019 / 2020
                       Hello Everyone, and welcome to St Joseph’s College as a Year 13
                       student!

                       I would like to begin by congratulating you all on your GCSE results, I
                       hope that you achieved the grades that you wanted and deserved.

                       Year 13 will be a significant step up from Year 12 GCSEs and you may
                       find the transition a little overwhelming; trust me this is completely
                       normal. However, with hard work, determination, and a positive mind-
                       set, you will be able to cope with this step up and achieve success with
                       your sixth form studies.

                     As a sixth form student you should wear your green blazer with pride.
You are now a role model for the younger pupils and must lead by example at all times.

Throughout sixth year many opportunities will come your way. These include becoming a
student leader; reading buddy; lunchtime mentor, or completing the John Paul 2 award. Avail
of these opportunities as they will be both enjoyable and rewarding. Before beginning my
journey in sixth form I was extremely shy and I know that participating in and availing of
different opportunities this year has helped me to grow in confidence.

Sixth year will allow you to develop great working relations with staff, build new friendships
and make lasting memories.

As Head Boy, I really look forward to representing you and working with you all throughout
the year, I know a few of you very well and I am keen to get to know the rest of you.

Please do not hesitate to ask for guidance or support from myself, Erin, Head Girl, our Deputy
Head Boys Peter and Christopher, our Deputy Head Girls Catherine, Leona and Roksana
along with all the student leaders; we will be ready to help in any way possible.

I would like to wish you the best of luck for the year ahead and I hope you have a wonderful
experience as a year 13 student as I have; as long as you stay ahead of your work I assure you
that the best years of your life are starting now!

      Aodhan

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St Joseph's College - Parent / Guardian and Student Information Booklet Year 13 2019 2020 - St Joseph's College
A Welcome Message From Our Head Girl
                  2019 / 2020
                        Hello Everyone!
                        Welcome back to St Joseph’s College as a Year 13 student and
                        congratulations on your GCSE results. I wish you the best of luck
                        for the coming year as you begin your A-level or Vocational studies.
                        The transition from GCSE to A-level is one that you may find
                        challenging, yet with the right attitude and hard work throughout the
                        year I am sure you will achieve many successes.

                      As a sixth year student you have both a responsibility and standard to
                      uphold. You are now a role model for the younger pupils therefore
                      setting a good example at all times is very important. Sixth year also
allows you to develop good working relations with staff, build new friendships as well as
making memories that will last a lifetime.

Throughout your time in sixth year there will be many opportunities to become involved in the
life of the school including taking on new roles as senior prefects or representing the school
at events. I strongly advise you to take advantage of these opportunities, they are both fun and
enjoyable!

As Head Girl, I look forward to representing you and working with you all throughout the
year. I would also like to stress that myself, Aodhan, Peter, Catherine, Christopher, Leona and
Roksana are all willing to give you advice and support in any way - so please do hesitate to
ask!

Sixth year will allow you to develop great working relations with staff, build new friendships
and make lasting memories

Once again good luck for the year ahead! I hope you enjoy your experience as a sixth form
student in St Joseph’s College.

            Erin

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St Joseph's College - Parent / Guardian and Student Information Booklet Year 13 2019 2020 - St Joseph's College
Uniform Policy
By sending your son/daughter to St Joseph’s College as a Sixth Year student you are accepting
and supporting our school policies and procedures on SCHOOL UNIFORM, HAIRSTYLES
and PRESENTATION. Students and parents are reminded that if a student is in breach of the
uniform regulations, parents will be contacted immediately. Our 6th Year students are often
complimented on their high standard of presentation when they represent the school at events
or even when travelling to and from school.
We are very proud of the Sixth Form uniform and expect our students to wear it with pride.
Students must always be clean, neat and tidy in appearance. Parents/Guardians co-operation
and support in helping us to maintain our extremely high standards is greatly appreciated and
valued.

Parents are asked to retain this information for reference throughout the year.

Every student must wear the prescribed uniform set out below.

Girls:
• Petrol Blue Blazer (school badge obligatory)* worn to and from school and when
    moving around school
• Grey Skirt (with inverted pleat)* no other skirt permitted
• White Shirt (short or long sleeved)
• Black Jumper * Must be worn at all times
• School Tie*
• Black opaque tights 70+ Denier (no patterned tights or sheer
    tights)
• School Scarf*
• The school half zips can be worn, under the school blazer, to
    and from school in the winter months. Half zips cannot be worn
    inside school. Students are not permitted to wear hoodies under
    their school blazer.

Girls Shoes should be:

•   Plain, flat, all black, leather school shoes (with laces or a strap)
    that will last the school year.

Shoes that are not suitable for school and are not permitted:

•   Shoes with wedges
•   Shoes with heels over 3cms
•   Fashion slip-on or ballet pumps
•   Trainer-type shoes
•   Fabric, Canvas
•   Patent shiny or suede shoes
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St Joseph's College - Parent / Guardian and Student Information Booklet Year 13 2019 2020 - St Joseph's College
Uniform Policy
Boys:

•   Petrol Blue Blazer (school badge obligatory)* worn to and from school and when
    moving around school
•   Black Trousers
•   White Shirt (short or long sleeved)
•   Black Jumper Must be worn at all times
•   School Tie*
•   Black Socks
•   Flat all-black School Shoes (Boots, trainers and “trainer-type” shoes are not permitted)
•   Outdoor coats are not to be worn inside school
•   Plain black hat & scarf may be worn in cold weather
•   The school half zips can be worn, under the school blazer, to and from school in the
    winter months. Half zips cannot be worn inside school. Students are not permitted to
    wear hoodies under their school blazer.

Official suppliers only

Available only from official suppliers:

Burns & Company

295 Ormeau Road
Belfast
BT7
Tel No: 02890 647199

Gowdys

121 Woodstock Road
Belfast
BT5
Tel No: 02890 459052

Truly Fare

397 Ormeau Road
Belfast
BT7 3GR

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Points To Note
Hairstyles:

Hairstyles and hair cuts must be suitable for school. Students should keep their hair neat,
tidy and acceptable in appearance. Extreme and unusual styles, cuts and colours are not
acceptable.

Boys:

•   Boys should not have any part of their heads shaved. No shorter than no.2 on any part of
    the head.
•   Boys who choose to have long hair (below collar length) must wear their hair tied back
    at all times.
•   Boys are not permitted to have “step” haircuts, hair spiked at the back or lines shaved
    into their hair at side or any part of head or dyed hair, “dread lock” style hair, hair
    shaved into a “V” at the back.

Girls:

•   Girls should only wear school colours (black, green or white) in their hair.
•   Girls are not permitted to wear any accessories (bows/braiding etc) in their hair.
•   Girls are not permitted to wear fashion hair extensions.
•   Girls are not permitted to dye their hair extreme colours.
•   Girls are not permitted to dip dye their hair.
•   Girls are not permitted to have any part of their heads shaved.

It is strongly recommended that long hair be tied back for safety and hygiene reasons.

The Principal’s decision on all aspects of uniform is final.

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Points To Note
Jewellery

The wearing of jewellery should be kept to a minimum and may include:

•   A watch
•   One small ring only
•   Girls – one pair of small gold/silver/ white pearl stud earrings worn in ear lobes only
•   Boys – are NOT permitted to wear earrings
•   Students are NOT permitted to wear earrings in ANY OTHER PART OF THEIR
    EARS
•   Bracelets/necklaces are not permitted

Absolutely no body piercing on nose, tongues, eyebrows, chin, upper lips or others parts the
body is allowed for health and safety reasons.

Make-up/Tanning products

Students should not wear any make up or tanning product to school. This practice is not in
keeping with the school’s uniform policy.

Nail polish

Students are NOT permitted to wear nail polish, or acrylic nails.

Boys
Boys must be clean shaven at all times.

School Bags

All students should carry a school bag which is:

•   Fit for purpose
•   Strong/durable
•   Preferably plain black
•   Graffiti free
•   Plain

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Sixth Form Agreement
This agreement seeks to clarify what is expected from you and what the school will
provide for you over the next year.
We are here to help, encourage and support you to achieve the best you possibly can in
the next year. If you have problems or concerns, you can seek help at any time.
However, it is important that you understand that success in your studies and in
your future career depends to a very great extent in your commitment, effort and
determination.
At the heart of success in the Sixth Form is the relationship between staff and students
which is based on courtesy, trust, reliability and openness.
Your commitment to the school;
•   To study for 3 AS Levels or complete the Vocational course
•   To have full attendance except exceptional circumstances
•   To arrive punctually each morning and for all classes
•   To reach suitable standards of academic attainment
•   To complete all tasks set by my teachers and to the best of my ability, on time,
    adhering to all     deadlines
•   To study independently in school and at home
•   To be present for all taught classes prior to the day of any external examination
•   To complete all examinations. This includes both internal and external modular
    examinations.
•   To maintain the highest standards of behaviour and comply with the school rules
    especially all uniform regulations.
•    Be active members of our School community
•   Be considerate of others and act as a positive role model for the younger pupils.

St Joseph’s College commits to:
Providing students with
•   An opportunity to develop their academic, personal and spiritual well-being.
•   A friendly, caring, supportive environment.
•   Committed teachers who will monitor progress, provide guidance and assistance in
    setting targets for improvement.
•   Study facilities.
•   A Form Teacher, Head of Year and staff who will take a personal interest in your
    progress.
•   CEIAG- Careers education, information and guidance.
•   The opportunity to develop life skills.

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Independent Study

Study periods provide you with time to carry out independent research which is essential for
success in your exams. They are not intended for doing homework so that you can be free in
the evenings! Take full advantage of study periods by planning in advance so that you have the
required books and materials to hand.

Study Room
The study hall is supervised at all times by the Sixth Form Study Supervisor - Mrs Michele
Johnston

We ask you to:

•   Co-operate fully with the Study Supervisor
•   Arrive punctually to the study hall for all the study periods allocated to you on your
    timetable
•   Please respect the rights of other students and allow everyone the opportunity to use their
    study time effectively
•   Please do not use your mobile phone or listen to your iPod while in the Study Hall

It is important that all students are present in the Study Hall during their allocated time.

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Attendance / EMA
Good attendance at school is vital for students if they are to achieve their full potential.
Students with good attendance benefit in the following ways:

•   Continuity of learning which makes progress easier.
•   Improved performance = better results in examinations.
•   Building up good relationships and friendships.
•   Good reference for further education and employment.

Please help us to achieve this by ensuring your son’s/daughter’s attendance
remains above 95% (NI Average 94%). In St Joseph’s College full
attendance for students is a priority.

EMA – Education Maintenance Allowance

EMA provides students who are continuing in full time education with financial support. It is a
means tested weekly allowance, paid fortnightly, according to a student’s attendance.
Two bonus payments of £100.00 each are made to students if they achieve goals and targets
agreed with the college at the beginning of the academic year. These payments are made in
January and again at the end of June.

Students entitled to EMA will sign a Learning Agreement in the first month of the new
school year (September). The Learning Agreement outlines clearly conditions for the
payment of their weekly allowance and the bonus payments.

EMA can not be paid if the student is:

•   Absent from school
•   Persistently late to school or class.
•   Leaves early to attend a doctor, dentist appointments
•   Does not attend a class while present in school.

Further details about EMA will be given to students during the induction programme at the
start of the year.

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Managing Life Outside School

Students should realise there will be conflicting demands on their time and energies. Parents
and teachers will expect you to devote lots of time to your studies. Friends and peers will
expect you to spend lots of time socialising. Students with part time work will have pressure
from employers who will insist on punctual attendance at work. Those who play sport for a
club will need to attend training sessions and matches. It is not easy managing all of these
conflicting demands.

You should ask yourself the following questions:

Is there a healthy balance in my life between my studies, my leisure time, sports and my part
time work? The answer should be Yes.
Have I allowed my social or sporting life to take precedence over my studies? The answer
should be No.
Have I missed school work deadlines due to an over active social life? The answer should be
No.

Advice to Students (Part Time Jobs)

Many of you have part time jobs and it is understandable that you desire the financial
independence this gives you. However, we would ask you to consider your priorities by
answering the following questions honestly:

•   Which is more important to me in the long run, my part time job or my studies?
•   Am I coming into school tired or lacking motivation because of too many hours spent in
    my job?
•   Is my job having a detrimental effect on my school work and on my assignment grades?
•   Have I missed homework deadlines because of my job?
•   Are there school events and extra curricular activities that I miss out on because of my
    job?
•   Who is more genuinely concerned about my welfare and future, my employer or my
    teachers?

There is no suggestion that you should not have a part time job, or be involved in sport or
have a social life. You should realise that at this stage of your life your studies must take
priority and then make wise choices to strike a balance between these areas/aspects of your
life.

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Student Leaders

At the beginning of each academic year all Year 13 and 14 students are invited to apply for the
posts of Student Leaders and Mentors, we would encourage you to do so.

Role of Student Leader

•   To demonstrate leadership and display a range of skills, qualities and attributes.
•   To act as a role model for other students including setting exemplary standards of be-
    havior, uniform, work ethic and timekeeping.
•   To carry out the duties and responsibilities of a student leader as detailed when ap-
    pointed.
•   To perform one break time duty per week as well as supervise in a designated area dur-
    ing the last few minutes of lunch every day.
•   To attend school events when asked to.
•   To help ensure school rules are adhered to by all students
•   To liaise with Head of 6th Form ( Mrs. Glover) and Vice Principal (Ms L’Estrange)

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Healthy Eating / Packed Lunches
We ask our Sixth Form students to adhere to our Healthy Eating Policy and not bring the
following products into school:

•   High fat snacks and confectionery
•   Coke, Fanta and other fizzy drinks
•   High energy high caffeine drinks such as Boost, BPM, Redbull etc.
•   Crisps
•   Sweets
•   Nut products*

* We have students in school who suffer from nut allergies. They may have a severe reaction
if they come into contact with nuts. Consequently we would ask that no nuts/nut products are
brought into school for break or in packed lunches.

Healthy alternatives to the above products can be purchased in the canteen to supplement
students’ lunches such as:

•   Bottled water
•   Milk
•   Fruit Juices
•   Fresh fruit salad
•   Plain digestive biscuits/crackers

Our canteen supervisor regularly adapts/modifies menus for students with particularly dietary
requirements. Please let her know if you have specific dietary needs. Parents will appreciate
the health reasons for making the above requests and we trust that you will give us your full
co-operation in these matters.

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Lunchtime Arrangements

LUNCHTIME ARRANGEMENTS

The timetable for the school day includes TWO lunchtime periods

First Lunch      12.50pm to 1.25pm         Year 13 Students
Second Lunch     1.25pm to 2.00pm          Year 14 Students

Students are NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE SCHOOL AT LUNCHTIME.

Sixth form Students will be accommodated in the small canteen during their lunchtime where
they may purchase food or bring their own food in line with our healthy eating policy.

Students are NOT permitted to leave the canteen with food.

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Sharing A Concern
   Advice To Parents / Guardians
I have a concern about my son/daughter or another
               young persons safety

        Talk to their child’s Form Teacher

      If I am still concerned, I can talk to
                 Ms M Gribbin
    (Designated Child Protection Teacher )

       If I am still concerned, I can talk to
       Ms C L’Estrange (Vice Principal)
         (Deputy Designated Teacher)

        If I am still concerned, I can talk to
                    The Principal
                Mrs M McCormick

   If I am still concerned, I can talk/write to the
    Chair Person of the Board of Governors,
               c/o St Joseph’s College

 At any time, I can talk to a social worker at the
Gateway Team, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
             Tel no: 02890 507000

      The local Police Central Refearal Unit
       Tel no: 02890 259299 /101 x 30299

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School Prayer

          School Prayer to St Joseph

                Dear St Joseph,
             our faithful guardian,
          whose protection is so great,
            obtain for us the grace
           to use our talents wisely
                and work hard.
          Keep our school community
          united in the love of Christ.

                     Amen

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Saint Joseph’s College
518 - 572 Ravenhill Road, Belfast, BT6 OBY
       Tel: (028) 90491280 / 90491474

   Web: www.saintjosephscollege.co.uk
  E-mail: info@stjosephs.belfast.ni.sch.uk

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