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The school community supports the following standards for all students.  These standards apply when students are at school, involved in any school activity during or outside school hours or travelling to and from school. 
Students will:
  • Focus on learning
  • Follow directions of all staff
  • Act in a safe manner
  • Be proud of Mabel Park State High School
In line with the four standards above, the following behaviours are unacceptable and will result in suspension and/or other firm, relevant consequences. “Persistent” is most often interpreted as three separate incidents. Extreme or continuing violation will lead to cancellation of enrolment or exclusion. 
1.    Gross or persistent disobedience or disruption of learning. 
2.    Violence/bullying/harassment. 
3.    Persistent swearing/abusive language. Swearing/abusive language directed at staff. 
4.    Persistent truancy in public location (e.g. other schools, shops, service stations, parks, local streets, houses other than own). 
5.    Persistent absence from class. Persistent lack of preparedness for class. 
6.    Theft/wilful damage. 
7.    Possession, use, or being under the influence of drugs alcohol or other harmful substances. Possession of weapons or harmful objects. 
8.    Persistent failure to comply with uniform and/or jewellery guidelines.
As a member of the Mabel Park State High School community I will adhere to the Statement of Standards.
Focusing on Learning requires me to:
·       Bring a book and writing equipment to each class, complete all tasks and assessments by the due date. 
·       Attend all classes on time. 
·       Maintain an attendance average of 95%. 
·       Explain all absences by parent/carer phone call or note. 
·       Remain in the school grounds throughout the day. Obtain permission from administration if there is a need to go home. 
Following Directions of all staff requires me to:
·       Listen and complete tasks as requested by staff. 
·       Switch off and place out of sight all personal electronic devices while participating in school activities.
Acting in a safe manner requires me to: 
·       Resolve conflict peacefully.  
·       Refrain from all physical violence. 
·       Use respectful language at all times. 
·       Engage only in behaviour which is safe for self and others. 
·       Refrain from using any personal   electronic devices to film and share any acts of assault or harassment.
Being proud of Mabel Park State High School requires me to:
·       Follow the school uniform policy at all times. 
·       Keep school grounds and buildings clean.  
·       Respect property. 
·       Respect self and others.
Education Queensland has developed a policy for the use of Mobile Phones in schools:
·       Mobile phones must be switched off during the entire school day and must remain out of sight.  
·       Students who use their phones in school time will have them confiscated and they will be kept in the office until the end of the day. 
·       Inappropriate use of mobile phones, such as taking photographs without consent or texting harassing or threatening messages, will not be tolerated and students may be prosecuted for unlawful actions. 
·       Mobile phones are used at their owner’s risk.  No liability will be accepted by the school in the event of loss, theft or damage.
BULLYING:  One person or a group of people using power to deliberately hurt another person.
Bullying is….
·       Calling someone names. 
·       Teasing someone.  
·       Pushing or pulling someone.  
·       Hitting or attacking someone. 
·       Touching or taking someone’s possessions without their permission. 
·       Spreading rumours about someone. 
·       Ignoring someone and deliberately leaving them out. 
·       Forcing someone to hand over money or possessions. 
·       Attacking someone, either physically or verbally, because they are of a different race or colour or religion than you. 
Students who bully and pick on others, have no right to do so.
 Steps to take:
·       Ignore 
·       Walk away 
·       Tell them to stop—don’t use ‘put downs’.  Be assertive. 
·       Tell someone—if you get no help tell somebody else (if you don’t tell it won’t stop) 
·       If the bullying persists, report to a Teacher, Head of Department
Rationale - Well presented bookwork is a valuable aspect of the teaching and learning process.
It reflects your willingness to take responsibility for your own learning and shows that you take price in your education.
·         To encourage you to take pride in your bookwork. 
·         To foster your organizational skills. 
·         To assist you in developing positive work habits. 
·         To provide opportunities for you to refine your literacy skills and authenticity.
·         You are to have one book per subject.
·         Books are to be labelled with name and subject.
·         All work is to be presented neatly in blue or black pen or pencil.
·         Margins must be ruled in red pen.
·         Titles must be ruled in red pen.
·         All work must include a date.
·         Completed work to be ruled off underneath using red pen and ruler.
·         There will be no empty spaces or blank pages.
·         Correct mistakes with a single neat line to cross out.
·         Books are strictly for class work. Graffiti is anything unrelated to class work and does not belong in your book or diary.
·         Worksheets should be carefully trimmed and glued in so they are stored neatly.
·         Bookwork rules will be taught explicitly by your teachers and glued in books.
Purpose - Homework is school work done outside of class times and it provides opportunities for students to practice, strengthen and master skills taught and learnt in the classroom.  Homework also helps students to develop the self-discipline to work on their own and in the company of others.  Teachers ensure that homework is given and checked regularly. It is relevant and provides purposeful learning experiences for the student.  The amount of time devoted to homework should increase as the student progresses through their school life.
The recommended minimum times for Homework, five times a week are:
Years 7 - 9 - Up to, but generally not more than 5 hours
Years 10 - 12 - Will vary accordingly to the student's learning needs and individual program of learning determined through their Senior Education and Training Plan.
The following supports are in place for all students:
·       Study Planner - Students are issued with a planner at the start of every year to help them maintain effective time and study management. This also contains vital information about school policies such as uniform and assessment requirements.
·       Assessment Outline - An assessment outline is published at the start of each semester and our school assessment policy is clearly articulated and communicated to students.
·       Course Outline – All students receive a course outline for each subject at the start of the semester, which provides an overview of the key topics to be studied.
·       Homework Centre – The school’s library is open after school on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons specifically to assist students with completing their homework, research, drafting and assignments.   The library is also open during lunch times to assist students and provide computer/internet access.
·       Teachers help students establish a routine of regular, independent study by:
o       setting homework on a regular basis;
o       clearly communicating the purpose, benefits and expectations of all homework;
o       checking homework regularly and providing timely and productive feedback;
o       using homework that is varied, challenging and directly related to class work and appropriate to students' learning needs;
o       explicitly teaching strategies to develop organisational and time-management skills and providing opportunities to practice these strategies through homework; 
o       giving consideration to other academic and personal development activities (school based or other) that students could be engaged in when setting homework; and
o    discussing with parents and caregivers any developing problems concerning their child's homework and suggesting strategies to assist with their homework.
Teachers employ a range of strategies to ensure that homework is both positive and productive. However, there are times when teachers will need to employ a range of strategies to ensure that students complete the set work. These strategies range from lunchtime detentions, contact with parents through to 30 min after school detentions
A School Principal in consultation with the school P& C association “may develop a dress code that is to apply when the students are attending, or representing the school” (Section 360, Education General Provisions Act, 2006).
Mabel Park State High is a “uniform” school. Our ‘Student Uniform Policy’ consists of an agreed standard of appearance and items of clothing, which are defined as a school uniform that our students wear when:
 ·       attending school
 ·       travelling to and from school
 ·       engaging in outside school events
Parental notes do not override this policy.
  • Navy blue school cap/hat with white platypus on back.
  • Other caps/hats are not permitted. 
  • Black leather shoes are permitted.
  • Ballet flats, high heels and high tops are not permitted.
  • White/coloured markings are not permitted. Shoes must be 100% black in colour.
  • Suede, material and mesh are not permitted. Shoes must be 100% leather in material.
  • Plain white socks are permitted.
  • Socks must be visible.
  • Hair must be clean and tidy and comply with workplace health and safety provisions.
  • Hair colour should be conventional with natural colours.
  • Hairstyles should be conventional. Hairstyles such as dreadlocks and mohawks are not acceptable.
  • Multiple or extreme hair adornments are not appropriate.
Make-Up and Nail Polish
  • Make-up and fingernail polish is not permitted.
  • False nails are not permitted.

·       A wrist watch is permitted.

·       One set of plain sleeper or studs may be worn in ear lobes only (in silver or gold).

·       Necklaces are not permitted. ‘Medic Alert’ necklaces will be permitted. Pendants or religious items that cannot be removed must be on a long chain that cannot be seen.

·       Rings are not permitted.

·       Bracelets/wrist bands are not permitted. ‘Medic Alert’ bracelets will be permitted.

·       Anklets are not permitted.

·       Facial piercings of any description are not permitted even if they are clear or covered with a band-aid.

Hijabs and Burkas
·       Students may wear black and navy blue only.
·       Adornments are not permitted.
·       Tattoos must be covered at all times.
Other items
The following clothing items are not permitted:
·       Undershirts
·       Hooded jumpers
·       Beanies
·       Bandannas
·       Scarves
·       Gloves
·       Track pants
·       Denim


Students failing to comply with the "Student Uniform Policy" must report to administration and the following may occur:

·           Parents/carers will be contacted in order to discuss non-compliance and to arrange for the correct uniform to be delivered to school.
·           If the student is unable to be provided the correct uniform or contact cannot be made, the student will remain in Administration and an alternate program of study will be provided.
·           Repeated non-compliance will result in disciplinary action.
·       Students are to have the correct materials needed to complete the test.
·       Students are to follow the instructions of the exam supervisor without question.
·       Communication with other students is not permitted.
·       Actions which may lead to ‘cheating’ are not permitted.
·       Students are to raise their hand if they need assistance.
Any violation of these conditions may result in the cancelling of the result for that exam.
To ensure the integrity of the process, teachers must:
·       Store electronic and printed copies of examinations and Year 11 and 12 folios securely at all times. 
·       Not give examination papers back to students for keeping. 
·       Actively supervise exams. 
·       Supervise students who are permitted to sit for examinations at alternate times and ensure the same conditions are maintained. 
·       If a student is caught cheating, the supervising teacher should note this on the paper.  The source of cheating to be removed and the student to complete the paper.  Teacher to inform HOD, who will initiate discussions with the relevant deputy, parents and the student.  Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis and records must be kept. 
Missed Examinations
If a student is absent on the day of an exam the absence must be justified by a Medical Certificate. 
Under extenuating circumstances, parents/carers may contact the relevant Head of Department on the date of the absence. 
Failure to produce a Medical Certificate or a legitimate reason will mean that a student is absent without cause and therefore receives no credit for that particular piece of assessment.  The exam may still have to be taken in order to cover course requirements. 
Students who miss an exam are required to negotiate with the teacher a date for the completion of the exam on the day of their return to class.  
Should prior known circumstances prohibit a student sitting an exam at the designated time, it is at the discretion of the HOD as to the suitability of the student being offered an opportunity to sit for an early or late examination.
It is the student's responsibility to submit assessment on or before the due date to ensure course completion and the awarding of a level of achievement.
Check / draft dates
·       Students will be notified of a draft due date for their assignment.
·       The purpose of a draft due date is to give feedback, check authenticity, ensure students are completing the task correctly and that sufficient progress has been made.
·       If a draft is not sighted or sufficient progress is not being made, parental contact will be made, by phone, email or mail using ­Notice of draft not submitted (see Appendix 2 for this letter).
·       Each faculty area will have a specific draft procedure that will be made explicit to students.
·       Feedback will be given on drafts that are handed in on time.
·       Teachers may use the Assessment Compliance Form (see Appendix 3) to track student progress.
Request for an extension
·       An extension will only be granted in cases of genuine illness or exceptional circumstances.  An application for extension form must be handed to the HOD at least one week prior to the due date.  The application must be supported by appropriate documentary evidence – a medical certificate and/or a note from parent/carer with legitimate reason.
·       Students are expected to plan ahead for assessment tasks.  Excursions, camps, sporting activities and other extra-curricular activities are not legitimate reasons for applying for extensions. 
·       Extension requests must be via Request for Extension (see Appendix 4) form and be signed by parent and student before taking to the relevant HOD.  This form must then be kept in the students’ file. 
Submission of assignments 
·       Assignments will usually be handed in during class time on the due date, however must be handed in by 2.45pm at the latest.  Assignments should be handed to the class teacher wherever possible.
Students absent on the due date for the assessment task
If students are aware they will be absent on the due date, the assessment task must be handed in prior to this day.
If a student is absent on the day an assessment is due and has failed to submit the assessment item electronically to the teacher or prior to this absence, the absence must be justified by a Medical Certificate. Under extenuating circumstances, parents/carers may contact the relevant Head of Department on the date of the absence.
Failure to produce a Medical Certificate or a legitimate reason will mean that a student is absent without cause and therefore receives no credit for that particular piece of assessment.  The assessment may still have to be submitted in order to cover course requirements.
Late submission of assignments
·       If an extension has been granted – the assessment will be marked and credited towards your level of achievement.
·       If an extension has not been granted – the assessment will be commented on, but the final result will be based on the work sighted at the draft stage / or up until the due date.
Non-submission of assignments
·       If a draft has been submitted (or progress checks recorded) a level of achievement is to be awarded on the draft against the criteria as if it was the final product.  The student’s folio is to be notated accordingly.  Students still must submit a final copy in order to meet course requirements.
·       If a draft has not been submitted and if after all other avenues have been exhausted an assignment has not been produced, the student will receive a Not Submitted (NS) for this assignment.
When non-submission of assessment prevents a teacher from making valid judgements about a student’s coverage of a course of study, the student may receive a ‘Not Rated’ for the particular semester.  In this case, the HOD will advise the Deputy Principal who will make the decision not to give credit for the semester if they consider the achievement and coverage of the course of study to be insufficient to be able to award a level of achievement for the subject.
        If credit is not given for the semester, students are advised and this could affect:
·       QCE eligibility; 
·       The recording of the subject on the Senior Statement;
·       OP or rank eligibility; or 
·       Progression to the subsequent year level.
Failure to submit an assignment on the due date will result in a letter being sent home to parents by the teacher – Notice of late or non submission – junior or  Notice of late or non submission – senior.  The HOD will keep a record of these letters being sent home.
Use of computers
  • Problems with computers, printers are no excuse for late assessment.  In the case of printer failure, the student is to either e-mail the assessment or submit it on a USB or electronically.
 Original work
  • All assessment tasks submitted must be the original work of the students and all references used must be acknowledged following the appropriate reference policy. 
  • A bibliography must accompany drafts as well as final copies of assessment. 
  • Drafts and journals may be required to be handed in with the final copy as proof of authorship.rafts and journals may be required to be handed in with the final copy as proof of authorship. 
  • Only the original work of a student will be marked.
For more information please see the attached Code of School Behaviour