Our values are based on creating a culture of care for our students and community, which allows our students to achieve in all aspects of school life; Academia, the Arts, Community, Innovation, Leadership and Sport. We support our students to achieve their own levels of personal excellence and become positive and valued members of a global society. By modelling our values, our students are enabled to make solid progress in the classroom, have rewarding experiences in co-curricular activities and develop acceptable social skills. Our desire is for all students to feel a strong sense of belonging at Long Bay College.
We show Care and Respect within the Long Bay College community by:
Restorative practice is a relational approach to school life grounded in beliefs about equality, dignity, mana and the potential of all people. The Restorative Positive model focuses on building and maintaining positive relationships across the school community and offers school practice tools and techniques to restore relationships when things go wrong. The Restorative Positive approach to problem solving recognises that misconduct harms people and relationships and that those involved in the problem also need to be involved in finding a solution.
Source: Institute of Professional Learning,The University of Waikato
Long Bay College takes a restorative approach to resolving unacceptable behaviour. Clear consequences, relevant to the behaviour, will be outlined and put into place.
After school detentions are held at 3.20pm for one hour. They take precedence over any other activity: work, sports practise or leisure/family activity. All students and parents/caregivers are emailed advising of the detention. If a student is unable to attend for good reason, they need to see the Dean in advance.
Any student who has had multiple after-school detentions for the same offence may be required to attend an interview with the Dean, accompanied by their parents/caregivers.
All incidences of unacceptable behaviour are considered on their own merits.
Other rules exist for aspects of school life. These are publicised in a variety of ways, as appropriate, for example: the proper use of private student vehicles; the specific behaviours expected in laboratories and workshops; and the behaviours expected on school field trips.
Long Bay College is committed to ensuring all students maximise their educational opportunities. Students who attend school regularly learn more and achieve better results. It is an important role of parents/caregivers to ensure their child is regularly attending school.
Students who are late to school must obtain a pass from the Student Centre in order to be admitted to class. A lunchtime detention will be issued for lateness for unjustified reasons.
Year 13 Period 1 Study
Some Year 13 students will have a timetabled study period. When this occurs during Period 1, they may choose to arrive at school later than 8.45am. For Health and Safety purposes, it is important to sign in at the Student Centre if arriving at school after 8.45am and before Period 2.
If a student will be undertaking a planned absence from school for longer than three days, parents/caregivers are asked to write a letter or email to the Principal at least two weeks prior to the absence.
Email: [email protected]
Any items confiscated from students at school, such as clothing, jewellery or digital devices can be collected on Fridays from the Student Centre. Alternatively, a parent/caregiver may visit the school via the Reception at any time to collect the items.
Our community respects our environment by behaving appropriately and respectfully within the work and social spaces of our school and while representing the college.
We expect all members of the Long Bay College community to use digital devices with respect.
Digital devices are permitted at school but students are discouraged from bringing them unless for educational purposes. Classroom use of devices, such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets as tools for learning is increasing. However, use of these in the classroom is at the discretion of the teacher and must be appropriate to the purpose of the lesson.
The school will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen devices.
NetSafe New Zealand provides some excellent resources to help manage the complexities of cyberspace. We strongly encourage students and their caregivers to visit Netsafe’s website: netsafe.org.nz
While cell phones are permitted at school, use of them at school must be appropriate. It is not acceptable or appropriate for students to send/receive text messages or phone calls in class. If appropriate, permission may be given by teachers for mobile phones to be used as a tool for learning, eg to take a photo, video record an experiment, or to access information.
At all times, during class time, assemblies and between classes, mobile phones and headphones are to be switched off and in bags.
The school upholds and expects students, staff and parents/caregivers to uphold the principles of the Harmful Digital Communications Act:
Under the Act, harmful digital communications can be private messages or public content where someone uses the internet, email, apps, social media or mobile phones to send or publish harmful content.
For a communication to be considered harmful under the Act, the content needs to:
The 10 principles say that a digital communication should not:
The inappropriate use of any electronic device may result in serious consequences.