Student Management

The College has put in place a number of student management systems both across Primary and Secondary School that are designed to nurture a safe and caring environment where emphasis is given to the prevention of problems before they arise and to teaching students appropriate ways to behave. Social skills are taught within the context of the school environment and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour.

PRIMARY

“The interaction between the teacher and the learner is at the heart of schooling. The quality of this relationship is the single most important factor in learning.” (Education Department of South Australia).

The staff at Cornerstone are committed to building positive and meaningful relationships with students to optimise each child’s learning potential. The College upholds a Charter which clearly articulates what we seek to achieve and provides the framework for our pastoral care and discipline processes.

At Cornerstone we believe that parents are the most influential educators in the life of a child. At times students are unable to manage their behaviour in an acceptable manner. When this happens the College works in partnership with parents. There is a clearly defined process with increasingly serious consequences alongside a system of specific interventions. This may result in the student being withdrawn or permanently excluded from the College.

Emphasis is given to the prevention of problems before they arise and to teaching students appropriate ways to behave. Social skills are taught within the context of the school environment. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour.

Parents are asked to keep in regular contact with teachers and/or the Head of Primary or Assistant Head of Primary. It is critical that parents advise the College about concerns they may have, before a small matter becomes a major crisis. The staff would rather know about something that may seem insignificant at the time, than find out when the issue becomes more complex.

Our College is committed to maintaining an atmosphere where the community of students and staff can work and learn cooperatively and harmoniously. Whenever this is jeopardized, action will be taken. We will not allow the actions of a single student to jeopardize the positive learning atmosphere of our community.

Clearly defined boundaries are set and appropriate consequences are applied. Where boundaries are exceeded, students will be held accountable for their actions. Teachers will assist students to understand why the behaviour is unacceptable, the impact of the behaviour on others and alternative ways to behave. Students will be supported by all members of staff in their efforts to change inappropriate behaviour. Students are expected to be responsible and cooperative in their behaviour, reflecting self-respect and respect of others at all times.

Each member of the staff and student community has the right to feel comfortable and safe at school. To this end there is no tolerance for the following:

Vandalism
Harassment – verbal, physical, bullying
Possession and/or sale of illegal substances or materials

For more information please refer to the Primary Student Management Guide

SECONDARY

The objective of our student management system is to support young men and women to become exemplary adults through dialogue with students, teachers and parents. Communication is a key factor to achieving positive behaviour outcomes.

The student management system at Cornerstone has two levels.

1. Concerns and
2. STEPs

Concerns are an initial response to problematic behaviours, which give the student the opportunity to mend his/her ways before matters get out of hand.

STEPs signal that behavioural concerns have become a serious issue.

Concerns
Concerns are handled by the Student Services Coordinator (SSC).

  • A teacher reports problems with students to the SSC.
  • The SSC assesses the report and notifies parents via email of the issue that has arisen.
  • The student is requested to attend a lunchtime detention between 1 and 1:15pm on either a Tuesday or Thursday.
  • If a student is issued with three (3) Concerns for similar issues, he or she is issued with a STEP.v
  • All Concerns remain on record but only accumulate per term. At the beginning of each new term, a student’s tally of Concerns returns to zero.

STEPs
Second STEP and over is dealt with by the Head of Secondary (HOS).

  • STEPs are issued for ongoing behaviour issues or for single occurrences of serious misbehaviour.
  • Parents are notified of initial STEPs by email but should further STEPs be issued, the HOS will contact parents by phone and set up interviews.
  • If a student logs eight (8) STEPs in a calendar year, he or she is likely to be asked to leave the school i.e. STEPs are cumulative.
  • The censure for STEPs increases in severity as a student’s tally of STEPs increases ranging from in school suspension to out of school suspension and finally, exclusion from the school.
UNIFORM

The consistent wearing of the school uniform by all students is important. In the interests of maintaining a standard that avoids competitiveness among students and allows them to wear the uniform with pride, it is necessary that the agreed specific expectations are clearly understood and adhered to.

During the enrolment interview, parents are advised of the importance of adhering to the school uniform policy. Parents are asked to ensure that their children are properly and neatly dressed as they drop them off or as they leave home. Students should also arrive home properly dressed in the school uniform. This is regarded by the College as an expectation for families, as part of your support of the College ethos.

Below are the expectations for all students with respect to the wearing of the College uniform. The Principal will be the final arbiter in any matters of doubt or dispute in relation to grooming standards. Details of what constitutes the actual uniform are outlined on the college’s website.

Jewellery
– No more than 2 piercings in each ear – small discrete studs or sleepers (no larger than 5c piece)
– No other body piercings permitted.
– No bangles including “friendship” bangles and rubber wrist bands.
– One ring that is simple and neat in nature.
– No anklets or “friendship” anklets
– One simple gold or silver coloured necklace with a small pendant.
– Simple watch

Makeup
– No makeup
– Clear nail polish is acceptable, any other colour is not.

Hair
– Hair must be neat and not touching the collar or falling over face. If so, to be neatly tied back. Lackies or scrunchie bands to be in school colours.
– Hair dye is to be a natural colour.
– No outrageous hair styles as determined by the Principal including shaved heads, dreadlocks etc.
– Facial hair is permitted so long as it is kept neat and well groomed, at the discretion of the Principal.

FORMAL UNIFORM

Socks
• Regulation College socks only
Jumper
• Regulation college jumper only
Shoes
• Black leather lace up shoes in good repair.

SUMMER UNIFORM

Boys
• Regulation college white short sleeved shirt neatly tucked in at all times.
• Regulation college grey shorts or long trousers worn with the college belt as supplied by the Uniform Shop.
• Undergarments should not be showing and pants to be worn on the waist or hip.

Girls
• Regulation college dress, must be long enough to touch the knees in a normal standing position.

WINTER UNIFORM

Boys
• Regulation college shirt with top button fastened and tucked in.
• College tie
• Regulation college trousers or shorts worn with the college belt as supplied by the Uniform Shop
• Undergarments should not be showing and pants to be worn on the waist or hip.

Girls
• Regulation college tie.
• Regulation college blouse with top button fastened and tucked in.
• Regulation college skirt, must be long enough to touch the knees in a normal standing position.
• Black tights or stockings (optional)

Sport Uniform
• Regulation college sports shirt
• College sports jacket
• Regulation College sports shorts or college track pants.
• Lace up runners or cross trainers that support the foot adequately. Skate shoes, volleys and slip ons are NOT permitted.
• May be worn for the entire day a student has sport.

Red Cross Cadets
• Same as sports uniform, except the Red Cross Cadets polo shirt substitutes the regulation school sports shirt.

Scarves
• School black or red scarf.

Hats
During Terms 1 and 4, students must wear the college hat when in the sun for any length of time, including during recess, lunch-breaks and physical education classes.

Other
• Coloured undergarments (such as bras, underpants and t-shirts) should not be visible through the school shirt.
• Blazers will be supplied to the year 11 and 12 Student Council representatives at no cost to the student to be worn at official functions within and outside of the college.
• Students must not write/draw on their skin or clothes.
• Non uniform days, students are to still be neat in appearance as well as modest, inoffensive and considered appropriate for the day’s activities. Health and safety regulations will apply.
• Existing tattoos must be covered at all times while in attendance, and no new tattoos shall be acquired.