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Attendance Policy

Bounty Boulevard State School is committed to promoting the key messages of the Queensland State­wide initiative Every Day Counts.

Every Day Counts in Prep because…

  • going to Prep every day makes sure all Queensland children get the most out of their important first year of school Prep gives children a head start for Year 1

  • going to Prep every day improves children’s reading, writing and maths

  • going to school every day builds a positive approach to learning going to school every day strengthens your child’s independence and confidence.

Every Day Counts at school because…

  • children achieve better when they attend school all day, every day 

  • because going to school means getting a better chance at life

  • because school helps children build social and emotional skills such as communication, teamwork and resilience

  • because going to school is a legal requirement.

Aim

 

It is important that students, staff and parents/carers have a shared understanding of the importance of attending school. At Bounty Boulevard State School, we are committed to achieving the following targets in improving and maintaining attendance:

  • A 94% average attendance rate for students across all year levels.

Responsibilities

 

School responsibilities: 

  • Regularly inform students, staff and parents/carers about the Bounty Boulevard State School Attendance Policy and make this publicly available through the school’s website and enrolment package.

  • Monitor student attendance daily through marking the roll at the beginning of each day and at the beginning of the final session of the day, every day, using OneSchool.

  • Notify parents/carers of any unexplained absence, requesting a satisfactory explanation for the child’s absence.

  • Notify the Executive Team when concerned that the explanation for student absence is unsatisfactory.

  • Discuss individual attendance with students and offer support and help to parents and students when school attendance has become a problem.

  • Provide students with school work when they are absent for legitimate extended periods of time.

  • Archive all communication related to student absence.

  • Notify the Executive Team if non-­‐attendance persists.

  • Monitor student absences and identify when a student is absent for three or more consecutive days, or where there is a pattern of persistent unexplained absences, or where a student’s attendance rate is reasonably considered unsatisfactory.

Student responsibilities:

  • Under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, students must attend school each day. They must be on time and have all necessary equipment.

  • Never leave school during school hours without permission from parents/carers or the school and without obtaining an appropriate Early Departure Slip from the office.

  • Report to the office if arriving to school after 8:55am and provide a note or explanation from parents/carers explaining their lateness. 

  • Ensure all missed school work is completed. 

  • Regularly discuss attendance with their class teacher.

Parent/Carers responsibilities:

  • Ensure that their child attends school on every school day for the program in which they are enrolled.

  • Provide a satisfactory explanation for all absences, that is, any time during which a student is not attending or participating in their educational program.

  • Contact the school prior to any planned absence. Where this is not possible, parents must provide the reason for any absences prior to 10:00am on the day of absence, or within 2 days of the student’s return to school. This may take the form of a medical certificate or a satisfactory explanation for the absence.

  • Contact a member of the Executive Team if student absence is to be for an extended period of time (eg family reasons or illness) and request school work.

  • Contact a member of the Executive Team if a student is refusing to attend school. Initiate or attend meetings to seek support and discuss their child’s attendance or participation in their educational program.

  • Provide a written note (signed and dated) or an email to the class teacher, if their child requires a Early Departure Slip to leave school early.

  • Provide a written not (signed and dated) from parents/carers explaining their lateness.

  • Advise the school of any change of address or phone numbers to ensure school records are accurate. Up to date contact details are essential in an emergency

Behaviour Policy

 

Expectations

 

All members of school communities are expected to:

  • conduct themselves in a lawful, ethical, safe and responsible manner that recognises and respects the rights of others.

 Students are expected to:

  • participate actively in the school’s education program

  • take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning

  • demonstrate respect for themselves, other members of the school community and the school environment

  • behave in a manner that respects the rights of others, including the right to learn

  • cooperate with staff and others in authority.

Parents/carers are expected to:

  • show an active interest in their child’s schooling and progress

  • cooperate with the school to achieve the best outcomes for their child

  • support school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students

  • initiate and maintain constructive communication and relationships with school staff regarding their child’s learning, wellbeing and behaviour

  • contribute positively to behaviour support plans that concern their child.

Schools are expected to:

  • provide safe and supportive learning environments

  • provide inclusive and engaging curriculum and teaching

  • initiate and maintain constructive communication and relationships with students and parents/carers

  • promote the skills of responsible self management.

Principals are expected to:

  • play a strong leadership role in implementing and communicating the Behaviour Policy in the school community

  • ensure consistency and fairness in implementing the school’s Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students

  • communicate high expectations for individual achievement and behaviour

  • review and monitor the effectiveness of school practices and their impact on student learning

  • support staff in ensuring compliance with the Behaviour Policy and facilitate professional development to improve the skills of staff to promote responsible behaviour.

Principles:

The Behaviour Policy is underpinned by the following principles.

  • State schools expect high standards of personal achievement and behaviour.

  • The foundation of positive classroom behaviour is effective teaching, inclusive and engaging curriculum and respectful relationships between staff and students.

  • Positive behaviour is enhanced through a whole school approach and effective school organisation and leadership.

  • Partnerships with parents/carers, the wider school community and other support agencies contribute to positive behaviour in schools.

  • Staff expertise is valued and developed.

  • Standards of expected student behaviour are linked to transparent, accountable and fair processes, interventions and consequences.

  • Responses to inappropriate student behaviour must consider both the individual circumstances and actions of the student and the needs and rights of school community members.

Dress Code

The Bounty Boulevard State School Community has agreed on a dress code for all students, which support students to participate fully in school learning activities.

Consistent student dress standards promote students to share the school identity and communicate a positive image of our school as a highly regarded community of learners. We expect that all students uphold and enhance that image of Bounty Boulevard State School with good standards of dress and behaviour at all times.

Students are supported to:

  • be of neat and tidy appearance at all times;

  • wear the agreed BBSS uniform;

  • wear enclosed shoes suitable for participation in physical activity each day;

  • wear the BBSS wide brimmed, hat while engaged in outdoor activities; and

  • wear the full uniform when representing our school at community events or activities.

The Bounty Boulevard State School Dress Code enables students to participate fully in all school activities and contributes to, and supports, a healthy and safe learning environment in compliance with Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld), Workplace Health and Safety Act 1989 (Qld), and Gender Equity in Education Policy Statement 1992.

Our uniforms utilise the recommended sun safety fabrics and appropriate styles which support the students to be sun safe and healthy, now and for the future.

The Bounty Boulevard State School Dress Code addresses the following principles:

  • Responsiveness and sensitivity

  • Access and participation

  • Upholding community expectations

  • School community awareness

  • Continuity and fair trade practice

The Bounty Boulevard State School Dress Code takes into account the following considerations:

  • personal comfort

  • non-discrimination between sexes

  • body shape

  • religious or cultural considerations

  • socio-economic factors, including mobility patterns of families

  • skin cancer prevention

  • particular dress requirements for specific school activities, including extra-curricular activities

  • health and safety, including restriction of jewellery and protective equipment for contact sports

  • commercial supply or competition

  • affordable prices

Bounty Boulevard State School Dress Code for Students

Girls Prep –Year 3 

  • School dress with BBSS logo

  • School (button up) shirt with BBSS logo (no tie)

  • Navy skort or skirt with school BBSS Elements Logo

  • BBSS Socks - navy ankle socks with one small light blue stripe on band

  • Navy broad brimmed hat with BBSS logo

  • Black enclosed shoes (suitable for running)

  • BBSS clips, hair ties and headbands of plain navy, light blue or the registered school fabric only

Girls – Years 4-5

  • School (button up) shirt with BBSS logo (no tie)

  • Navy skort or skirt with BBSS Elements Logo

  • BBSS Socks - navy ankle socks with one small light blue stripe on band

  • Navy broad brimmed hat with BBSS logo

  • Black enclosed shoes (suitable for running)

  • BBSS clips, hair ties and headbands of plain navy, light blue or the registered school fabric only

Girls – Year 6

  • School fabric button up shirt and navy girls tie

  • Navy skort or skirt with BBSS Elements Logo

  • BBSS Socks -navy ankle socks with one small light blue stripe on band

  • Navy broad brimmed hat with BBSS logo

  • Black enclosed shoes (suitable for running)

  • BBSS clips, hair ties and headbands of plain navy, light blue or the registered school fabric only

Please note: Year 6 girls are to wear their tie on assembly days, for special events and when also representing the school at official functions.

Boys Prep – Year 3

  • School (button up) shirt with BBSS logo (no tie)

  • Navy basic elastic or tailored shorts with BBSS Elements Logo

  • BBSS Socks - navy ankle socks with one small light blue stripe on band

  • Navy broad brimmed hat with BBSS logo

  • Black enclosed shoes (suitable for running)

Boys – Years 4-5 

  • School (button up) shirt (no tie)  

  • Navy basic elastic or tailored shorts with BBSS Elements Logo

  • BBSS Socks - navy ankle socks with one small light blue stripe on band 

  • Navy broad brimmed hat with BBSS logo

  • Black enclosed shoes (suitable for running)

Boys – Year 6

  • Navy tailored shorts with BBSS Elements Logo for assembly /special events

  • Navy basic elastic shorts (optional for everyday wear)

  • School fabric button up shirt

  • BBSS boys navy tie

  • BBSS Socks - navy ankle socks with one small light blue stripe on band

  • Navy broad brimmed hat with BBSS logo

  • Black enclosed shoes (suitable for running)

Please note: Year 6 boys are to wear their tie on assembly days, for special events and also when representing the school at official functions.

All Students

Sports Uniform for All Students

  • School design sports shirt

  • Navy micro-fibre sport shorts

  • BBSS Socks -navy ankle socks with one small light blue stripe on band

  • Navy broad brimmed hat with BBSS logo

  • Black enclosed shoes (suitable for running)

  • Sunscreen

Other Items

  • Navy BBSS Backpack with school logo

  • Art Apron or old paint shirt

  • Sunglasses are optional and may be worn outside only 

Year Six Students

Year six students will have the option to purchase a specially designed Year Six shirt. Students may wear their special shirt on any day except Monday or when the students have been instructed to wear formal uniform.

Jewellery

Students are permitted to wear:

  • a watch

  • one small plain stud or small plain sleeper of silver or gold in the lower lobe of each ear.

  • Medical alert bracelets

  • Religious pendants by the request of the parent

Hair

Students are to wear their hair in a clean tidy manner. Hair that is longer than shoulder is to be tied up neatly.

Specific Learning Activities

For specific learning tasks students may be required to cover or contain their hair or wear specially provided protective clothing to participate in the activity eg food preparation (hairnet, apron, gloves) or science activities eg soldering (safety glasses, lab coat, gloves). For representative sports, students may be required to provide their own protective equipment eg mouth guards, shin guards etc.

These requirements support the appropriate Workplace Heath and Safety procedures to reduce risks to health, injury or potential harm to students. Non compliance with teacher requests to wear protective clothing may result in the student not being permitted to participate in the specific learning activity.

Homework Policy

 

Relevant Legislation and Policy

Part 4 Section 22 and Section 23 Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2000

http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/E/EducGenProvR00.pdf

Bounty Boulevard State School has a homework policy, developed in consultation with the school community.

Homework provides students with opportunities to consolidate their classroom learning, pattern behaviour for lifelong learning beyond the classroom and involve family members in their learning. The setting of homework takes into account the need for students to have a balanced lifestyle. This includes sufficient time for family, recreation, cultural pursuits and employment where appropriate.

Homework that enhances student learning:

  • is purposeful and relevant to students needs

  • is appropriate to the phase of learning (early, middle and senior)

  • is appropriate to the capability of the student

  • develops the student’s independence as a learner

  • is varied, challenging and clearly related to class work

  • allows for student commitment to recreational, employment, family and cultural activities.

Using varied and challenging homework appropriate to students’ learning needs. Homework can engage students in independent learning to complement work undertaken in class through: 

  • revision and critical reflection to consolidate learning (practising for mastery) 

  • applying knowledge and skills in new contexts (a topic of interest, an authentic local issue)

  • pursuing knowledge individually and imaginatively (investigating, researching, writing, designing, making)

  • preparing for forthcoming classroom learning (collecting relevant materials, items, information).

Implementing the school homework policy

  1. In developing the school homework policy, Principals may consider Part 4 Section 23 Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006 regarding Detention of Students for not completing homework. www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/E/EducGenPrR06.pdf

  2. Regular monitoring and collaboration amongst teachers will ensure consistent and effective implementation of the school homework policy.

Responsibilities

Principals:

  • Develop a school homework policy, in consultation with their school community, particularly the Parents and Citizens’ Association.

  • Distribute the school homework policy to staff, students, and parents and caregivers, particularly at the time of student enrolment. 

  • Ensure the homework policy is effectively implemented throughout the school. 

  • Include an up-to-date school homework policy as part of their annual school reporting.

Teachers:

Teachers can help students establish a routine of regular, independent study by:

  • ensuring their school’s homework policy is implemented

  • setting homework on a regular basis

  • clearly communicating the purpose, benefits and expectations of all homework.

  • checking homework regularly and provide timely and useful feedback.

  • using homework that is varied, challenging and directly related to class work and appropriate to students’ learning needs.

  • explicitly teaching strategies to develop organisational and time-management skills and providing opportunities to practice these strategies through homework

  • giving consideration to other academic and personal development activities (school based or other) that students could be engaged in when setting homework 

  • discussing with parents and caregivers any developing problems concerning their child’s homework and suggesting strategies to assist with their homework.

Students:

Students can take responsibility for their own learning by:

  • being aware of the school’s homework policy

  • discussing with their parents or caregivers homework expectations

  • accepting responsibility for the completion of homework tasks within set time frames

  • following up on comments made by teachers

  • seeking assistance when difficulties arise

  • organising their time to manage home obligations, participation in physical activity and sports, recreational and cultural activities and part-time employment.

The role of parents and caregivers with homework:

Through their Parents and Citizens’ Association, parents can have a key role in the development of our school's homeworkork policy.

Parents and caregivers can help their children by:

  • reading to them, talking with them and involving them in tasks at home including shopping, playing games and physical activity

  • helping them to complete tasks by discussing key questions or directing them to resources

  • encouraging them to organise their time and take responsibility for their learning

  • encouraging them to read and to take an interest in and discuss current local, national and international events

  • helping them to balance the amount of time spent completing homework, watching television, playing computer games, playing sport and engaging in other recreational activities

  • contacting the relevant teacher to discuss any concerns about the nature of homework and their children’s approach to the homework.

Considering students’ other commitments when setting homework:

In determining homework, it is important to acknowledge that students may be engaging in many different activities outside of school. These include a range of physical activities and sports, recreational and cultural pursuits.

Homework appropriate to particular phases of learning:

The following is to operate as a guide in determining the amount of set homework that students might be expected to undertake. It is of course open to parents to consult with a student’s teacher about additional materials or practice exercises with which parents can assist their children at home.

In the Early Phase of Learning (Prep to Year 3) many activities at home or in play can assist children to develop literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.

Homework tasks may include:

  • daily reading to, with, and by parents/caregivers or other family members

  • linking concepts with familiar activities such as shopping, preparation of food, local environment and family outings

  • conversations about what is happening at school

  • preparation for oral presentations

  • opportunities to write for meaningful purposes.

In the Prep Year, generally students will not be set homework.

In Years 1, 2 and 3, set homework could be up to but generally not more than 1 hour per week.

In the Middle Phase (Year 4 to Year 9) some homework can be completed daily or over a weekly or fortnightly period and may:

  • include daily independent reading

  • be coordinated across different subject areas

  • include extension of class work, projects and research.

Homework in Year 4 and Year 5 could be up to but generally not more than 2-3 hours per week.

Homework in Year 6 and Year 7 could be up to but generally not more than 3-4 hours per week.

Medications

In order to ensure that students have access to a reasonable standard of support for their health needs whilst attending school or school-based activities, a request for school staff to administer medication during school hours should be considered only when there is no other alternative in relation to the treatment of specific medical conditions or when a prescribing health practitioner has determined that the administration of medication at school is necessary.

Bounty Boulevard State School requires medical authorisation from a prescribing health practitioner to administer any medication to students (including over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol or alternative medicines).

Responsibilities

The principal is responsible for the receipt, storage, training in and administration of medications for students attending school or school-based activities.

Information for Parents

Medications must be taken to the school office and accompanied by a completed a request to administer medication at school permission form, available from the school office. This form details the student’s name, dosage and time to be taken as per the General Practitioner’s instruction. A pharmacy label must be attached to the medication bottle/ package.

Communication with the School

  • notify the school if the student requires medication during school or school-based activities (including camps and excursions) via:

    • a letter (for short term medication) or

    • a request to administer medication at school  permission form, completed and signed by the parent and the prescribing health practitioner, if the student has a chronic (long term) medical condition and requires routine or emergency medications

  • notify the school in writing of any requests and/or guidelines provided by the students’ prescribing health practitioner concerning medication administration

  • consult with the school to develop an Emergency Health Plan if emergency medication is required for the student

  • notify the school in writing (with an accompanying letter from the prescribing health practitioner) when changes occur to the students’ routine or emergency medication

  • notify the school in advance (in writing) if medication is being transported with the student for purposes other than administration at school (respite, shared parental arrangements)

  • advise school in writing and collect medication when it is no longer required at school.

Communication with Health Practitioners and Pharmacists:

  • where possible ask the prescribing health practitioner if the required medication is available in a form which minimises or eliminates the need to administer medication at school

  • discuss the option with the dispensing pharmacist to supply the medication in a multi-dose pack with clear administration directions (particularly when multiple medications are prescribed)

  • obtain written advice from the prescribing health practitioner if the dose is to be varied in response to specific criteria (e.g. blood glucose level, behaviour).

Supplying Medication and Written Advice:

  • provide the medication in person or via a delegated adult in a safe manner to the school and in the original container (rather than send medication with the student if possible) with the medical authority attached

  • provide an Action Plan for Anaphylaxis or Asthma completed by the student’s medical practitioner when medication is prescribed to manage emergency health conditions/situations for these health conditions

  • ensure the medication supply has not expired and is adequate for the agreed time period, and replenished as required (school may notify).