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Student Handbook

Code of Conduct

I will play safely and fairly
I will respect others, my school and myself
I will speak politely and use appropriate language
I will listen and follow directions

Expectations for Students

Some key expectations include:

  • Respecting the school’s Christian foundations
  • Arriving after 8:30 am and leaving before 3:30pm
  • Remaining in bounded areas
  • Moving to my classes punctually
  • Following my teacher’s instructions
  • Speaking respectfully
  • Thinking the best of other people
  • Allowing each person to speak without interruptions or put downs
  • Waiting for my turn
  • Raising my hand to answer questions or make a comment
  • Doing the best that I can at my work
  • Completing my homework
  • Asking for help if I don’t understand my work
  • Bringing all my books and stationery to class
  • Getting drinks and going to the toilet at break times
  • Wearing my correct uniform neatly.
  • Bringing a note from home to explain my absences
  • Reporting accidents to the teacher
  • Keeping my area clean and tidy
  • Keeping my locker locked
  • Looking after my personal property
  • Leaving valuable items home
  • Handing medications (except asthma puffers) to the office
Tasksheets / Assignments

It is the student’s responsibility to take notice of due dates and plan around commitments to meet deadlines. Year 10 and 11 students will be provided with an Assessment Planner early each term to help them manage their study and homework schedules.

Assessment tasks in the Middle and Senior Schools are uploaded to the College website.  The Username and Password will be given to students via their diary.

Students are expected to submit assessment on the due date. In general, work will be submitted during the relevant subject’s lesson, but on occasions teachers may make special arrangements for submission if they will not be seeing their classes on the due date. Under special circumstances it may not be possible for the work to be submitted on time and a request for an extension should be made with the subject teacher (Years 7-9) or the Senior School Coordinator. Where appropriate a medical certificate should accompany the request.

Please note that problems with technology or equipment are not an acceptable excuse for late submission, and students should manage their time so that allowance is made for the unexpected.

Study helps for students are set out in the College Diary.

Homework

Primary School Students

Homework can consist of any of the following

  • Practising reading
  • Learning to read and spell words
  • Learning number facts
  • Preparing for speaking and listening (show and tell)
  • Revising work

Homework tasks are generally set on a weekly basis so that students have flexibility completing tasks.

Middle & Senior School Students:

Homework and study can consist of any one or more of the following:

  • The set work for the night
  • On-going projects and assignments
  • Additional reading in the subject area
  • Memorisation of information, formulae, vocabulary, etc
  • Revision of earlier work
  • Wider reading of relevant material including novels, non-fiction, newspapers, etc.

 Year 7 & 8 students should set aside 60 minutes to spend on homework and study each night.

 Year 9 & 10 students should set aside 90 minutes to spend on homework and study each night.

Year 11 & 12 students may spend up to 180 minutes each night on homework and study

Students should formulate a homework and study schedule using the template in the school diary. This schedule should be realistic and include time for out of school activities, completing set work and study.

ICT Usage

Parents must sign an ICT user agreement before students can access the College’s network. In general terms, students must agree to

  • Use the College network for the educational uses specified by their teacher. This excludes students from accessing social media sites.
  • Never give out personal information such as surnames, addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Seek permission before publishing on the Internet.
  • Report inappropriate internet sites to their teacher.
  • Never use ICTs to harass, bully or defame another person.
  • Reference material they have used from software and Internet sites.
Mobile Phone Usage

Geelong Lutheran College acknowledges that mobile phones have become an important part of our modern lifestyle.

The College understands that mobile phones provide a sense of safety and security for students and parents. However, students are not permitted to receive phone calls throughout the course of the day. Staff will endeavour to ensure messages are passed on to students. Students may only contact parents during the day through the College office.

Primary School students are not permitted to bring mobile phones to school. Middle School and Senior School students are permitted to bring mobile phones to school. However, they must keep their mobile phones switched off and safely secured inside their locker. Teachers will confiscate mobile phones if students use them during the school day.