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.


“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 This may result in the student being withdrawn or permanently excluded from the College.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:

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

For more information please refer to the Primary Student Management Guide


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 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.

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.