This page highlights some of the most important policies for students to be aware of and adhere to. All the policies listed here should have been read and acknowledged at enrolment.
All members of Canning Vale College are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that adheres to the 3 core values of the college:
The student code of conduct defines the college’s expectations on of the student behaviour, conduct and responsibilities;
Canning Vale College operates on the belief that all students have the right to learn to their full potential in a safe positive and inclusive environment. Canning Vale College will endeavour to provide every student with the educational support the student needs to learn and maintain positive behaviour. This plan is based on the principles of the Department of Education Student Behaviour policy and procedures.
The aim of the policy is to:
Behaviour management at Canning Vale College is based around the following guidelines:
Canning Vale College staff seek opportunities to build positive student staff relationships and elicits positive student behaviour.
Canning Vale College staff understand that a high level of communication with parents and the wider community is paramount to student achievement. (ie a culture of no surprises).
Canning Vale College staff utilise a range of strategies and responses when dealing with inappropriate issues, ensuring they are consultative, restorative, educational and reflective in practice and application.
Policy Statement - Students must:
- Ensure that all communication using online services is related to learning or school activities
- Keep passwords confidential, and change them when prompted, or when known by another user
- Never knowingly allow others to use their personal online services account unless directed to by a teacher for the purposes of collaborative learning
- Log off at the end of each session to ensure that nobody else can use their online services account
- Not send or publish unacceptable or unlawful material or remarks, including offensive, abusive or discriminatory comments
- Not access or attempt to access inappropriate material
- Not engage in any bullying, intimidation or other inappropriate behaviour online
- Ask a staff member’s advice if another user is seeking excessive personal information, asks to be telephoned, offers gifts by email or wants to meet them
- Immediately tell a nominated staff member if they receive a computer virus or a message that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable
- Never knowingly initiate or forward emails containing: a message that was sent to them privately, a computer virus or attachments that are capable of damaging recipients’ computers, chain letters and hoax emails, spam, eg unsolicited advertising material, or mail unrelated to learning, be aware that emails sent or received via the Department’s online services may be audited and traced to the online services accounts of specific users
- not damage or disable computers, computer systems or networks of the school or WA Department of Education and Training; and ensure that online services are not used for unauthorised commercial activities, political lobbying, gambling or any unlawful purpose.
Department of Education Policy requires that CVC gains parental/guardian permission before using images of students or their work outside the school environment. CVC will frequently use images of students in a variety of ways to recognise excellent achievement, inform parents and the local community of school matters, publicise events and to promote the college. From time to time we may also be asked to contribute to Education Department materials such as educational videos and the “School Matters” newspaper. CVC also has a website. We request your permission to use images of your child in some or all of the ways listed below:
- College Website/CDROM/Video/Newsletters/Magazines or any medium in relation to college activities.
- Promotional material for the Department of Education or CVC Articles for West Australian/School Matters/Community Newspapers
Permission is requested to use written and verbal quotes, photographs and digital images of your child and/or their work. These pictures/work samples may be used in print, media and electronic publications including the Department intranet and internet and other publicly accessible Australian educational websites. You are of course at liberty to withdraw your consent at any time by contacting the college in writing.
Canning Vale College aims to provide and maintain a health promoting school environment which enables students to reach their full academic and personal potential. A Health Promoting School is characterised as a “school that is constantly strengthening its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working”. The three interconnecting domains of the Health Promoting School are the teaching and learning environment, school organisation and ethos and the broader community relationships. Canning Vale College does not permit any member of the college community, including students, staff and visitors while on college premises, at any college function, excursion or camp to:
- Smoke and/or possess tobacco products
- Consume and/or possess alcohol
- Deliberately inhale volatile substances (solvents)
- Possess and/or use pharmaceutical drugs for non-medical purposes
- Possess and/or use illegal drugs
- Possess and/or use drug related equipment
- Knowingly be in the presence of others who are in breach of this policy.
It is accepted that parents give their children mobile phones to enable them to be in contact to increase the feeling of safety. However, increased ownership of mobile phones requires that staff, students and parents take steps to ensure that mobile phones are used responsibly.
We know that:
- Mobile phones can be disruptive to teaching and learning.
- Mobile phone functions are constantly evolving and currently include SMS or text messaging and image capture and image messaging – all of which may be used to bully. Digital bullying is insidious and powerful and can have very serious consequences for those who are the subject of the attack.
- Invasion of privacy is a major concern. The MMS capacity of newer phones means any person can be photographed, videoed or recorded unaware and without permission. This can occur at any time in any circumstance, for example in students’ change rooms. The possible inappropriate use of such images, which can also be digitally altered and enhanced, is a very real concern.
- Security in the school grounds may be potentially compromised when a student in conflict with others chooses to enlist the assistance of “outsiders” with the aid of a mobile phone instead of referring the matter to the appropriate school personnel.
- With the capabilities that mobile phones have, security of children and adults, security of confidential school information such as tests, examinations and assessment procedures, and students cheating are potentially major issues.
In order to carry Mobile Phones/iPods/Electronic Devices during school hours, all students must abide by the Mobile Phone/iPod/Electronic Device Policy. This policy applies during school time including on excursions, camps and extra curricula activities unless otherwise specifically requested.
- Students are responsible for the security of these devices at school.
- Devices are turned off or on silent in classes unless directed by the teacher.
- Devices are used in classrooms only at the direction of the teacher for legitimate educational reasons.
- Prior permission must be gained before taking images or video of others at school.
- The privacy and safety of others must be considered when using devices.
- Messages or internet transmissions that relate to any staff member or another student at the school are not to be initiated or passed on.
- Mobile Electronic Devices are not to be used in change rooms or toilets at school.
- Face to face interaction with others who are present in class plays an essential role in education.
- Electronic devices are not to be visible or used during assessments unless explicitly stated by the teacher (This contravenes the school’s Assessment Policy and may compromise the validity of the assessment).
- Phones may be used at break time for appropriate purposes only that do not break the behaviour management policy or Code of Conduct expectation of students.
- Mobiles should not be used to notify parents during the day. In all cases, students wishing to contact parents during the day must report to Student Services and they will contact the parent.
Inappropriate use of Mobile Electronic Devices in classes cause disruption to learning and will be managed by the classroom teacher as they would any other disruption in class. A logical consequence (CMS) of short term confiscation may be used and managed by the teacher after other interventions have been unsuccessful (if they feel it is necessary to help the student use the device responsibly).
Taking of and/or distribution of inappropriate material at school is in contravention of the school’s code of conduct and behaviour management policy and may result in suspension police contact where necessary e.g. recording of conflict, distribution of inappropriate photos etc.
The principal/ all staff will follow the procedures detailed in the Child Protection policy when concerns about the welfare of students arise in the context of dealing with use of Mobile Electronic Devices, or where the principal/ all staff are made aware that a recording that contains sexually explicit material involving minors.
The Principal has exercised his right under the Occupation, Health and Safety Act to make the uniform compulsory. The College Council supports the Principal and insists that students and parents abide by the uniform policy. As part of their learning environment it is very important that all students are dressed appropriately so that they can be easily identified. In order to keep the uniform streamlined all garments will only be available through our uniform shop.
CVC seeks to promote a high standard of dress and personal presentation and therefore students will not be permitted to wear excessive jewellery (no body jewellery except earrings) and are asked to keep make up and bold hair colours to a minimum.
Due to the Occupational Health and Safety Act all students must wear closed in shoes that attach at the heel. Eg. Runners, black lace up etc. Thongs, slip-ons, open toes and ugg boots are not permitted. Black sole shoes are not to be worn in the school gym. Hats and bags are the choice of the students and their parents. Hats/beanies are not to be worn indoors.
During the cooler months students can wear either the school jacket or rugby jumper. Year 12's are allowed to wear their leaver's jackets. All students are expected to wear their correct tops (CVC polo shirt for Yr 8-9) (CVC shirt for Yr 10-12) under their jackets/jumpers. In the case of a student needing to wear more clothing they are able to wear white short sleeve undershirt or t-shirt (no motifs), under their school top. Coloured t-shirts with motifs, camisoles and waistbands are not uniform and therefore not to be worn during school hours. Leggings are not allowed. Stockings/tights are not to be worn under shorts. Skirts are not part of the CVC uniform and therefore are not permitted. Sports uniforms are to be worn only for sport. It is expected that students will change out of this uniform and back into their regular uniform for the remainder of classes.
Consequences applied to those students who breach the uniform policy may include wearing a second hand uniform item or remaining in a supervised area during break times.
At Canning Vale College we recognise that Viewing and Listening form a significant part of the curriculum so it is essential that we have, in writing, permission to show films and television programmes – including the news and news commentary programmes –documentaries and advertisements which compliment our courses and make the students more critically aware.
Your permission is requested to show appropriate ‘G’ and ‘PG’ rated programmes to your child. If it is considered necessary to use an ‘M’ rated video a specific permission form for that particular video will be sent home by the class teacher. The teacher will have consulted with the Learning Area Coordinator before this occurs. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the college.
Many parents new to CVC ask about the technology available to students and what they need to have at home to help their son or daughter keep up with their school work.
Under the Western Australian Curriculum, it is expected that students learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create, share and communicate information and ideas, solve problems, show initiative and work collaboratively across all the learning areas.
At the College we have several hundred computers available to students including laptops and desktops. The Federal Government’s 1:1 laptop program promoted the value of students having their own device but this program ceased in 2013. In consultation with primary schools, universities and other expert groups, the College decided the most sustainable strategy to support the shared laptops/desktops was a Parent Funded program. With this in mind Canning Vale College implemented the Parent Funded 1:1 Program for students in Year 7 in 2017, with a 98% uptake. In 2018 the program will be rolled out to Year 7 and 8 students. By 2022 all year groups will be expected to ‘bring their own device.’
The benefits of a Parent Funded 1:1 Program include:
• Enabling students to use the same device at home and school.
• Allowing students to access information according to their need.
• Giving teachers the ability to improve how they teach a concept.
• Building student organisation skills and sense of responsibility.
• Allowing learning to be more engaging.
The Canning Vale College (CVC) Facebook page provides a convenient medium to communicate with our school community. It will not replace our website as the primary source of information about our school, but will enable the college to highlight significant events and celebrate the many achievements of students and staff on a regular basis. It is a forum to celebrate our great college and build its reputation.
The use of social media provides a wonderful opportunity to share and promote positive interaction but its misuse can cause harm, distrust and suffering. Please click here to read the full Code of Conduct that provides a framework for the safe and positive use of our Facebook page.