At the beginning of the year, it is important students and caregivers are aware of some of our important policies including use of Mobile Phone-and devices.
Mobile Phones: If students choose to bring a mobile phone, it must be switched off and in their school bag during lessons. In Science and practical Technology lessons where bags are placed in cubby holes outside the classrooms, students can choose to leave their phone in their bag or deposit them in the ‘mobile phone box’ in the classroom at the start of the lesson.Removing the mobile phone from our person ensures that it is not a distraction to students or teachers during classes. At the discretion of the teacher, students may be allowed to access their phone for a set time to enhance learning.
Personal/school devices: We have moved to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) from Y7-13. Students must be vigilant in looking after their device and being careful with how they treat their own bags and equipment and those of their peers. We have devices available in the library for those who do not have access.
Student Shoe Requirement: A reminder for all Yr 7-13 students who attend Hard Materials and Food Technology classes: A Health and Safety requirement for all these students is to wear covered shoes in workshops and kitchens. This is mandatory.
Student Absences: If a student is going to be away from school, or needs to leave the school grounds, a message can be left on the Absence Line 24 hours a day (07 543 2400 Extension 1). This is cleared each morning by the Attendance Officer. Please leave your child’s name, year level and a brief reason for the absence.
If your child is going to be away for 3 days or more please email or write to the Principal, Mr. Matt Dalton. This is a Ministry of Education requirement. If a student is leaving the school during the day please provide a note to be shown to the teacher and given to the office when the child signs out. If the student is to leave with another parent please provide written or verbal consent.
Student Wellness: The College has two professional and caring counsellors who understand how to support young people who may be feeling wobbly, out of sorts, or stuck.
Students can self refer by filling out a yellow slip in the wellness waiting room. Follow the link for a comprehensive guide on how to identify the signs, and the kind of support your child may need, all in a confidential and caring environment. https://www.aquinas.school.nz/student-welfare/
HEEADSSS Assessments: Adolescence is a time of growth and development and can be challenging for some. Our school nurse Ana McFarlane will be conducting health checks on students over the next two terms using the Ministry of Health’s ‘HEEADSSS’ Assessment tool. This includes a range of questions relating to home, school, eating, drugs/alcohol, depression, sexuality and safety etc.
Any health risks identified will have the appropriate support offered to student and family. If you wish to opt out from having the check done please contact the Nurse on 543 2400 – Ext 241