Merici College is committed to ensuring that all members of the community, particularly students, feel safe and are free from verbal and physical abuse and harassment in the school grounds, classroom and allied teaching and sporting areas. The College endorses the Principles of a Safe School (listed below) from the ACT Department of Education and Training’s Safe Schools Policy Framework.
In safe schools:
- All individuals are valued and treated with respect
- The curriculum is inclusive and supports democratic values and access and equity principles
- Students learn in a safe environment where, without intimidation, bullying or harassment by members of the school community or outsiders, they are able to achieve positive learning outcomes.
- Principals and their staff, consistent with school policy, have the authority to determine the interaction students have with outside members of the community during school hours
- Environments reflect the values of the school community and those of a democratic culturally diverse society
- School staff have the right to expect that they will be professionally supported to teach and work in an orderly and cooperative environment
- Principals and staff have an obligation to fairly, reasonably and consistently implement a range of provisions from positive prevention to intensive intervention. Departmental and school policies will contribute to a safe school environment and will comply with relevant legislation, and
- Schools are accountable for monitoring and evaluating educational practice which will encourage a safe environment through the School Development Planning and Review process
Within the parameters of the Safe Schools Framework, Pastoral Care and behaviour management at Merici are closely linked, as both aim to promote a respectful, secure and healthy environment for all members of the college community. At Merici College, our approach is based on Glasser principles (PDF 69KB) and where possible we encourage staff to undertake formal PD in this area and to incorporate the principles into their dealings on all levels with students.
The aims of disciplinary procedures in the college are to ensure the welfare and good order of the community and to encourage the development of responsible behaviour in students.
Students, parents and teachers should have a clear understanding of what is expected of members of the college community. The Behaviour Management Flowchart sets out the process to be followed in serious cases of behaviour problems. Students should also be aware of the consequences of irresponsible behaviour. The Behaviour Management Flowchart supports staff in the management of students and to provide consistency in approaches to and consequences for irresponsible behaviour.
Please note that this school does not use corporal punishment. Corporal punishment is not allowed in ACT schools.