Policies and Procedures

The policy and procedures contain all the policies applicable to staff and students at Dili International School. The appendices of this folder contain related procedural documentation.

School policies define the roles and responsibilities of community members and make clear accountabilities. While policy initiatives may come from various members of the school community policies must be ratified by the governing body before they come into effect. Where possible policies will be kept brief as they are meant to provide guidelines for decision making. Where necessary the policies in the manual are supported by detailed procedural documentation in the appendices.

Policies in this manual are grouped into the following categories:

Section 1 Governance and guiding statements

Section 2 Teaching and learning

Section 3 Communication

Section 4 Health and safety

Section 5 Staff

1.1 Governance Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to define the governance structure of Dili International School.

Philosophy

Dili International School is a private PreK-12 school developed to meet the needs of the local and expatriate community of Timor-Leste requiring an English medium education with international recognition. The school is governed by the owner/managers and an appointed Principal. The governing body is committed to providing the highest level of service to its clientele.

The full policy can be found here.

1.2 Ethical practice policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is outline parameters of ethical practice at Dili International School.

Philosophy

In an endeavour to guarantee ethical practice both amongst staff and by the governing body . Dili Internationals School has adopted the Council of International School’s Code of Ethics. This code of ethics will define the nature of transactions between the school and its community.

The full policy can be found here.

2.0 Admissions policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to develop common understandings of the requirements and procedures associated with admissions to Dili International School.

Philosophy

Dili International School was established to serve the needs of the expatriate community of Timor-Leste and provide an international education to Timorese nationals. Dili International school does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in its employment or educational practices, but recognises that it has limited means to support students with special educational needs and students who are not proficient in the language of instruction. Dili International School supports the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The full policy can be found here.

2.1 Fee policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure common understandings of the fee structure and associated procedures of the setting and collection of fees.

Philosophy

DIS employs a differentiated fee schedule as a strategy to ensure inclusivity and diversity within the student body. DIS is committed to the differentiated fee schedule as a means of meeting the aims of our mission and vision.

The full policy can be found here.

2.2 Student Placement Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to make clear to the school community Dili International School’s criteria for the placement of students into appropriate classes.

Philosophy

Dili International School strives for transparency in its provision of education for students. In an effort to be clear as to the decisions of the placement of students into age appropriate classes Dili International school has adopted a standard set of age appropriate entry and exit criteria for each grade.

The full policy can be found here.

2.3 Student advancement and retention policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish common understandings of retention and advancement of students between grade levels at Dili International School. As Dili International School is a southern hemisphere school the school often receives students who have finished or are part way through a school year.

The full policy can be found here.

2.3 Student advancement and retention policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish common understandings of retention and advancement of students between grade levels at Dili International School. As Dili International School is a southern hemisphere school the school often receives students who have finished or are part way through a school year.

The full policy can be found here.

2.4 Assessment & reporting policy

Purpose

To establish and communicate common understandings and practices of assessment and reporting at Dili International School for the school community.

Philosophy

At DIS we recognize that students learn in different ways, and in keeping with a holistic view of education, we believe it is important to provide a variety of ways for students to communicate their learning as they experience the written, taught and assessed curriculum. Targeted authentic assessment ensures children’s learning is measured against agreed upon learning outcomes, that teachers regularly monitor student progress and that we as a school can report to parents and others about children’s learning. It is the responsibility of each teacher to ensure that they understand and use assessment practices which are in line with the philosophy of the programme that they teach in to inform their planning, teaching. and as a means of gathering data on student learning.

The full policy can be found here.

2.5 Academic Honesty Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure common understandings of academic honesty and the consequences for academic dishonesty and malpractice within our community.

Philosophy

The IB programme standards and practices require that we promote academic honesty throughout our community. Our school is committed to developing in students the attributes of the IB learner profile which include inquiring, principled, knowledgeable, caring learners fit for the demands of the 21st century.

Developmentally appropriate skills which promote academic honesty will be explicitly taught throughout the school.

The full policy can be found here.

2.6 Language Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure common understandings of the role of language and language learning at Dili International School.

The full policy can be found here.

2.7 Resource acquisition policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to create common understandings of the processes by which to request academic resources.

Rationale

The school must ensure that it is resourced to deliver the IB Programmes and the Australian Curriculum. Resourcing will be based around the curriculum review cycle.

The full policy can be found here.

2.8 ICT user policy

Purpose:

The purpose of the policy is to establish common understandings of the expectations for the use of ICT resources at Dili International School.

Philosophy

Information communication technologies enhance teaching and learning at Dili International School. Using technology enables community members to access global information from a wealth of sources and perspectives. While the provision of access to global information supports the programming at the school it also presents a risk that these resources could be misused. It is important to establish common understandings of the use and consequences for misuse of the ICT resources provided by the school to ensure students are safe, legal and responsible.

The full policy can be found here.

2.9 Learning Enhancement Policy

Purpose

The purpose of the policy is to establish common understandings of learning enhancement which can be catered for within our community and the means by which we do so.

Philosophy

Dili International School supports diversity and inclusivity within its student body and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in its employment or educational practices. We do however recognise that within the community there are limited means to support individuals with additional needs and therefore can only admit students with additional needs which we can accommodate.

The full policy can be found here.

2.10 Attendance policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is develop common understandings of attendance expectations at Dili International School.

The full policy can be found here.

2.11 Relationship Management Policy

Purpose

In order to create a harmonious and positive learning environment we aim to promote the resolution of conflicts between and restoration of relationships between community members to provide high quality interpersonal relationships of care and support. A restorative practice approach

  • Addresses and discusses the needs of the school community
  • Builds healthy relationships between educators and students
  • Resolves conflict, holds individuals and groups responsible
  • Repairs harm and restores positive relationships relationships
  • Reduces, prevents and improves harmful behaviour
  • Teaches important skills to manage conflict, such as active listening, ability to express emotion/feelings, problem solving skills and the ability to take responsibility for our actions

Restorative Practice is about

  • Helping people to identify the impact their behaviour has had on others
  • Holding them accountable for their behaviour
  • Supporting them to accept responsibility for their actions
  • Helping them find a way to “put it right” and make better choices in the future.

The full policy can be found here.

2.12 Homework policy

Purpose

To develop the approaches to learning skills of self-management, thinking, and research. It also serves to develop the IB Learner profile attributes of being balanced, thinkers, knowledgeable, and reflective.

Rationale

DIS values the role of homework in providing opportunities for students to reflect upon and reinforce skills and knowledge gained in the classroom. In addition DIS recognises that homework helps to develop student self-management and other affective skills, such as concentration and self discipline.. These are trans-disciplinary and transferable life skills, useful to them beyond their school years. Homework activities also provide a valuable connection between school and home as a window for parents and carers to gain an insight into the learning occurring in the classroom as well as an opportunity for parents to get involved and engage in their child’s learning. There is an agreed expectation that learning occurs at home as well as the classroom on a regular basis.

The full policy can be found here.

4.0 Child protection code of conduct

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to develop common understandings within the community of the behaviours expected of community members who work with or around students of Dili International School.

The full policy can be found here.

4.1 Security Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to develop common understandings of actions to be taken in the event of various security situations at Dili International School.

The full policy can be found here.

4.2 Accidents and medical situation policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure there are common understandings of the procedures surrounding accidents and medical situations which arise.

The full policy can be found here.

4.3 Critical incident management policy

Purpose

To ensure there are common understandings of practices and procedures for dealing with critical incidents within the school community. Critical incidents may include; death, injury, allegations of sexual abuse, major vandalism, terrorist threat etc.

The full policy can be found here.

4.4 Supervision of students on site

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure there are common understandings of the responsibility of staff with regards to the supervision of students during non instructional times at school.

Philosophy

The safety of students is of paramount importance at all times while under the care of DIS staff members both on and off campus. Staff are responsible for the supervision of students during non instructional time while on site in both the upper and lower campuses.

All staff are responsible for monitoring student behaviour at all times. Staff will be assigned specific supervision duties.

The full policy can be found here.

4.5 Head lice policy

Purpose

To establish common understandings of the steps to take in the event that a member of a class is suspected of having head lice.

Rationale

To ensure a there is a common response to a head lice infestation and that the infected individual is not singled out or stigmatized by the experience.

The full policy can be found here.

4.6 Health and wellness policy

Purpose

The health and wellbeing of students and staff enhances the learning outcomes of students and upholds social justice and equity concepts. Health-promoting schools provide a safe and supportive environment for all members of the school community. They also link health and education issues and systems, and integrate health into the school’s ongoing activities, curriculum and assessment with all the measures at its disposal.

Dili International School

  • is committed to providing a safe, healthy and supportive environment in which to work
  • recognises that the health and wellbeing of our staff is important
  • is committed to a workplace culture where healthy lifestyle choices are valued and encouraged.
  • commitment to providing a diverse and rigorous extra curricular program providing opportunities for students to fully develop their creative, sporting, interpersonal, and academic interests
  • wishes to increase levels of personal well-being among staff

The full policy is found here.

4.7 Student transport policy

Purpose

To develop common understandings of procedures surround student transportation.

Procedures

Students are to be transported to and from school by parents, guardians or personal drivers. Any change to regular transportation arrangements must be cleared by parents in the form of a written request in the student diary/KIT book. The office is to make sure any messages through the office about transport arrangements are to be communicated to the classroom or homeroom teacher. If students use the bus service they will not be allowed to get a lift with another family unless the driver has been notified.

The full policy is found here.