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Policies & Regulations

This School Community Code of Conduct applies to parents and visitors of our school.  It outlines their responsibilities to ensure we provide an environment where our students can thrive. Positive relationships are at the core of an effective school and all strong relationships require shared understandings and expectations.

Community Code of Conduct

Please read our Communication Guidelines, which aim to enhance communication between the school and families.

Please click the link below to read our Complaints Management Policy
Complaints Management Policy

The North Cottesloe School values are ‘strive for excellence, show respect, act with integrity and care’. These values are explicitly taught and reinforced with our students and promoted with and expected from, our staff and community, so we can provide a safe and supportive environment for all.

There are a number of resources available to staff and parents to assist with positive relationships amongst our school community:

– Our School Board has developed the ‘NCPS Family Communication Guidelines’ to assist families with accessing the appropriate avenues for communication with the school

– The ‘NCPS Communication Guidelines’ outline the schools’ processes for transparent, positive and meaningful communication between staff, the school community and students.

– The school has also developed a ‘Complaints Management Policy’ based on the Department of Education’s ‘Disputes and Complaints Policy’ to give stakeholders an overview of the Departments procedures and processes for managing enquiries, concerns and complaints.

To support students in their social development the school follows the Friendly Schools Plus program. This program is taught through the Health curriculum and is the basis for our approach to addressing bullying concerns as well as social and emotional development, resilience and by stander behaviour. The school implements a positive, proactive approach to supporting student behaviour and this is linked to our school values. For more information on how we address bullying concerns and promote positive student behaviour please see the following documents:

Bullying is:
– A targeted, repeated, unjustifiable behaviour that may be physical, verbal, sexual and/or psychological
– Intended to cause fear, distress or harm to another
– Conducted by an individual or group in an attempt to assert power
– Against an individual or group who is unable to effectively resist
– Bullying can occur in person and/or through the use of technologies

Ideas of what to do if you are being bullied:
– Don’t put up with it! Tell them to stop
– Tell someone you trust: a teacher, a friend, parents. This is not “dobbing”.
– Don’t react. Just walk away with your head held up high.
– Use a strong, confident voice. Be assertive, don’t be “put down”
– Avoid the person who is harassing you
– Stay away from places where you might be bullied
– Don’t show you are scared even if you might be
– Don’t try to swap insults
– Remember, you are not alone

What should I do if I know someone is being bullied?
If you witness someone being bullied, we hope you want to help and that you know you have the power to help. We all need to work together if we are going to stop bullying behaviour in our school. You should:
– Offer friendship and support to the person being bullied. Encourage them to get help from an adult, family or councillor.
– If possible, intervene while the bullying is happening by saying, “Leave him/her alone!” or “Cut it out!” or “Hey, that’s not fair!”.
– Report the incident to a teacher or parent as soon as you can. Don’t be afraid to come forward as you can speak in privacy and your identity will be kept anonymous if you desire.
Some things you can do to stop yourself bullying others:
– Avoid people who encourage you to bully others – make different friends and don’t encourage others
– Learn to say and do what you want without making other people unhappy
– Talk to someone you trust and get help

What parents can do to help:
– Be aware of signs and distress in your child
– Assist your child to discuss the problem with a teacher
– Discourage any planned retaliation, whether physical or verbal, if your child is bullied by discussing positive strategies they can use
– Be positive about your child’s qualities and encourage your child to be tolerant and caring

What will the school do?
The school implements The Friendly Schools Plus program which is the basis for our approach to addressing bullying concerns as well as social and emotional development, resilience and bystander behaviour.
In the case of confirmed bullying, staff will:
– Listen and respond with empathy
– Refer the incident to Administration
– Hear both parties explain the situation and counsel where necessary
– Record incidents of bullying
– Ensure there is a follow up with the student being bullied
– Contact parents of the child being bullied and the child who is bullying
– Where appropriate, manage the situation using a “shared concern” approach
– Where appropriate apply consequences from the school’s Behaviour Management Policy (currently under review)

Useful links
Friendly Schools and Families

Michael Carr-Gregg

Bullying – No Way, Safe Australian Schools Together

Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800

Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14

At North Cottesloe Primary School we implement a curriculum to meet the learning needs of students and assess and report student achievements in accordance with the established standards of the (SCSA) School Curriculum and Standards Authority, K-10 Outline. Please click the link below to read our Curriculum, Assessment and reporting Policy.

Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Policy

To comply with our Duty of Care regulations, the school must be able to account for any student absences from school, whether part or full days.  If your child arrives at school after school has commenced, or if your child needs to leave the school before the end of the school day, you must come in to the school office and sign the appropriate register.

If your child has not attended school for any reason, eg illness or holiday, you may complete this absence on the School Flexibuzz app (www.flexibuzz.com) or alternatively send an email to the school northcottesloe.ps@education.wa.edu.au.

North Cottesloe Primary School endorses a Homework Policy, designed to:

– create a healthy, positive attitude towards work,
– develop a personal responsibility and self-regulation of learning,
– encourage the integration of school and home life for children and parents, and
– produce higher levels of student achievement.

Click here to read this policy, which will be outlined by teachers early in the year at parent/teacher meetings.

Please here to read the mobile phone policy.

In accordance with Department of Education guidelines, the school has formulated a policy on the administration of medication to students at school. Parents must complete a Medication Authorisation Form prior to any staff member administering medication to your child. Copies of this form are available at the office.

It is also critical that if your child has any allergies, an action plan is prepared and discussed with staff, to ensure we are aware of your child’s needs and that your child receives the best possible care in the event of an allergic reaction whilst at school.

Please refer to the school’s  Healthy Eating Guide.

School facilities are available for use by organised sporting and/or community groups for a small cost, when not being used by the school.  Permission from school administration must be granted and a Community Use of School Facilities Licence must be completed and signed.  Please contact the school for futher details.

Please refer to the school’s Dress Code