For Students

Student Rights and Responsibilities

All members of the school community have rights which must be respected and responsibilities which must be carried out.

All members of the school community are responsible for their behaviour and will have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

The foundation of our rights and responsibilities is underpinned by the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools.

Rights Responsibilities
We have the right to feel happy and be treatedwith understanding. We have the responsibility to treat others fairly and with understanding
We have the right to be treated with respect and politeness. We have the responsibility to treat others with respect and politeness.

We have the right to be safe and to be free from physical danger. We have the responsibility to play safely and not endanger anyone else.
We have the right to expect that our property is safe. We have the responsibility to make sure that all personal belongings are labelled and that we don’t touch the property of others.
We have the right to learn. We have the responsibility to listen and behave in a manner that will not distract others from learning
We have the right to have a pleasant and clean environment. We have the responsibility to keep our school clean and place all rubbish in the bins provided
We have the right to express our concerns We have the right to express our concerns. We have the responsibility to listen to others and state the truth.

Discipline Policy

The Mary Immaculate Discipline Policy aims at safeguarding the rights of teachers to teach and of students to learn in a safe, supportive environment.

The school acknowledges and rewards good work and behaviour with a tiered system of awards and special privileges. In addition to the class system of stickers, Class Awards, Merit Awards and other incentives, students may receive Birthday Ribbons, Principal Awards, Gold Awards and the Medal of Excellence at the Thursday Prayer Assemblies.

The Mary Immaculate Medal for Academic Excellence, the Most Improved Medal and the Parliamentary Award are presented to one member of each class at the end of the year. Graduating students also have the opportunity to be nominated for and receive the following awards:

  • Principal’s Award for Consistent and Outstanding Achievement and Development
  • Mary Immaculate Award for Achievement and Community Service
  • Mary Immaculate Teacher’s Award
  • Mary Immaculate Award for Ambassadorship of the school.

The school endeavours to implement educational interventions and Restorative Justice problem-solving strategies when dealing with disciplinary problems.

The main objective of our Discipline Policy is for students to:

  • develop self-discipline and a sense of self worth
  • accept responsibility for their own behaviour and actions
  • accept the consequences that flow from their actions

Parents will be informed of warnings for unacceptable behaviour. The school may also take action which may include loss of privileges or time out for reflection. Reflection time is used for occasions when students break the class rules or school rules and need to be excluded from their peers at lunch or play time.

Continued misdemeanors and matters of particular concern will be reported to the parents.

Corporal punishment is expressly prohibited in this school. The school does not sanction administration of corporal punishment by school persons and non-school persons, including parents, to enforce discipline in the school.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Bullying is the inappropriate use of power by an individual or group, with intent to injure either physically or emotionally. It is usually deliberate and repetitive. Bullying can be physical, verbal or indirect.

All students at Mary Immaculate have the right to feel safe.

Each student has the right to seek assistance as soon as he/she feels threatened.

Bullying is regarded as a serious and punishable offence and will not be tolerated at Mary immaculate.

If a student is subjected to bullying:

  • the student should approach a teacher to seek assistance or advice.
  • the school will follow up on reports and will undertake appropriate investigations
  • if the report is verified, the school will view the matter seriously and will take appropriate action.

Please note: - All incidents will be investigated. However, this takes time and pupils should be reassured that action is being taken and they should not resort to taking matters into their own hands or involve other pupils.

Action may include loss of privileges, time out for reflection or suspension. In some cases, counselling and support through the STAR Program, HELP Program or other outside agencies may need to be accessed. Ultimately, persistent bad behaviour can result in temporary or permanent exclusion; however, this is a rare outcome at the present time.