Caboolture State High School is committed to providing a safe, respectful and disciplined learning environment for students and staff. In this environment students have opportunities to engage in quality learning experiences and access equitable educational opportunities resulting in improved outcomes for all students. High standards of behaviour ensure learning and teaching can be achieved. Underpinning our commitment in this area is the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students (PDF, 785KB).
Rules and policies are made clear to our community through the enrolment process. They are reiterated in the Parent and Student Handbook (PDF, 15.7MB) and student diaries.
Uniform and the dress code
Please continue to help us to set the right tone and maintain pride
in our school through our uniform dress code. Already we have had a
lovely start to the year, with so many of our students presenting to school
each day in the full school uniform. A big thank you to all of our
parents and guardians for your efforts so far to make sure your students follow
the dress code! Your support at home definitely helps us at school. The majority of our students are on board and looked sensational in the first
week. My staff have asked that I again mention shoes and the importance
of shoes that are either leather or vinyl. We do not want your students
to miss experiments in science, cooking in home economics, practical lessons in manual arts, activities on the farm in agriculture, hands on lessons in visual arts or fun in the playground because they have the wrong shoes on. We
think our students look great and we want them to be safe and be able to
participate in all of our lessons.
The following picture is a great example of the right footwear:
Attendance and truancy from class
Many of you have already heard my message around attendance and on assemblies last week I spoke to all of our students about attending school every day. Your student cannot learn to their full potential if they are not here, in class, on time and stay for the entire day. The majority of our students understand this and attend every day. If that sounds like your student, then a big ‘thank you’ goes out to you from my staff because we cannot teach them if they are not in our classrooms! In 2019, we have put in place a number of new systems and processes to support everyone to improve attendance and participation. We have invested resources in this as a direct result of feedback from our parents and students on our School Opinion Survey relating to the way we manage student behaviours. If you need help getting your student to school, please contact their year level co coordinator, HOD or DP listed at the end of this letter.
Contacting your students during school hours
In secondary schools, students change rooms and learning environments every lesson. Sometimes even within a 70 minute lesson, students can move from inside to outside, or to and from break out spaces within the same building, or to other areas of the school. This is a normal practice and a common thing that occurs. Also not all of our rooms have individualised phones, nor do we have the staff allocations to support staff leaving their duties without notice or a school based purpose. During breaks, students roam around freely and whilst often congregate in the same areas, not always can they be found in the same spot in the playground.
This means that it can be time consuming to locate a class and or student quickly. During an emergency we have an evacuation process that allows us to account for the where a bouts of all staff and students. Rather than ringing administration with the expectation, someone can spare the time to personally find your child, I would ask that you follow the procedures outlined below when possible.
If you student needs to leave school during the day for a legitimate reason, then they are required to bring a note to the student counter in the morning, before school starts. The student will be issued with a printed pass that they can show their teacher at the time in the day that they need to be released. The teacher will let them exit the class and leave the school via the administration office. Alternately, you can ring the administration office on XXXXXXX before 8.45 and a pass will be printed for your student to collect from the student counter before they go to house group.
Legitimate reasons do not include:
- I don’t like the class, subject, teacher or other students in the class
- I don’t want to go to sport, access, reboot, etc
- I haven’t completed assessment or a task and I am trying to avoid the teacher/class.
These are all things that need to be resolved, not avoided. Our entire curriculum is important and that includes things classes or subjects your students might not like. We need your help to build resilient young people, who will be ready to enter the world of work where a note from home won’t get you want you want.
If your student has a mobile phone, then during the day it is appropriate to contact your student directly on their mobile phones via text if you need to pass on information. Whilst they may not be able to answer during lesson time, they can respond to you in the break times to confirm they have received the information. They can come up to the student counter at either first or second break to collect a pass if something unexpected happens and you need them to leave early. Students not wanting to go to lesson 4, is not a valid reason to leave school early.
First break is between 10.15am and 10.40am. Second break is between 1.00pm and 1.45pm.
Early departure from school
We understand that from time to time students will need to leave school early to attend essential appointments only. Break time is the appropriate, least disruptive time to collect students for early departure, not lesson time. If you send a note to the office before school (stating the student’s name and house-group, the time of departure and the reason for early departure), a confirmation text is sent to you, the student will be given a pass and will exit through the front gate, outside of the administration centre. Alternatively, you can choose to park out the front of the administration centre and come in to meet the student at the parent counter to sign them out. We are not able to release your child without contact from the parent/carer via a signed note or direct phone call. Students won’t be released after 1.45pm or during Session 4. Please use the school number when you want to talk to us, rather than ring your child’s mobile phone. We have no way of knowing who we are talking to when a student try’s to show us a text or hand over their phone. Your call needs to come via the school phone number please.
I believe strongly in our Every Day Counts strategies and want all students to attend every day. We are required by the Department of Education to implement a same day absence notification to parents. A big thank you to all of our parents who are notifying us on the day about why their student is away. At Caboolture State High School you may advise us of an absence by:
Phone: 5498 0160 (this is the direct absentee line)
Text: 0451 562 283 prior to 8.50am
Students who are late to school miss vital information and roll marking in their house group. This creates extra work for our hard working office staff and causes problems as the data used to text parents of a student absence comes from the marking of house group rolls. Please help us by ensuring your child is at school on time and in their house group each day. House group teachers and our Year Coordinators are using lots of their valuable time chasing after students who are late, without a valid reason. We really need your support to get your student to understand why it is so important for them to be at school, on time.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and the contributions you make to ensure the good order and management of our school. A strong partnership between staff and parents is a great way to improve student attendance patterns. Please contact your student’s year level DP if you would like to meet to discuss further.
In 2019 the Year level DPs are:
In 2019 we are adding a new extra layer of support for student behaviour management and wellbeing: