Policies and Procedures
The framework in which our school operates.
Santa Sophia has a number of school-based policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our school life.
Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD), also provides advice and recommendations on educational and administrative policies and priorities, and monitors policy implementation.
Policies and Procedures
Governance Risk and ComplianceThe purpose of this policy is to encourage reporting of corrupt conduct, maladministration and serious and substantial wrongdoing without fear of reprisal or detrimental treatment.
Privacy Records and Information ManagementThe Information Policy sets out how Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD), its schools and related services obtain and release personal information from and to third partiesThe Standard Collection Notice outlines the types of personal information, including sensitive information about students, parents or guardians, and how that information is used. (updated logo 2023)In applying to provide your services you will be providing our schools, Catholic Early Learning Centres (CELCs), Catholic Out of School Hours Care services (COSHCs) and offices with personal information (Updated 2023)
SafeguardingThis Code of Conduct is to inform staff members of CSPD of the standards of behaviour and other requirements that must be adhered to when working in an organisation which delivers services to children and studentsThis document outlines the procedures that must be followed by staff members when responding to concerns relating to children and young persons and any alleged breach of the CSPD Code of Conduct When Working With Children and Students.
In addition to their professional obligations, principals and teachers have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to protect students in their care from risks of injury that are reasonably foreseeable. This document outlines how Santa Sophia Catholic College implements this policy.CSPD has in place a variety of strategies to ensure child safe schools and communities are maintained including the obligation for all staff members undertaking child-related work to hold a valid NSW Working with Children Check clearance.
School CommunityCSPD and its schools, value parents and carers as partners and this partnership is critical in supporting each child to achieve their best throughout their learning and faith journey.
This policy document details the nature and purpose of communications at Santa Sophia Catholic College. In order to develop a common understanding between the school, the student and the home, this document outlines how we intend to obtain the greatest impact from the College’s communications for all stakeholders.
Positive community partnerships greatly enhance the ability of schools to provide for the needs of students, and contribute significantly to the potential for parents and community groups to impact positively on the lives of young people. This policy aims to develop our school as a focal point of the community, with opportunities for both the school and community members to gain from mutually beneficial arrangements.
Our school has both a desire and a responsibility to ensure that high standards of conduct are maintained by staff and students at all times, and that complaints are managed and resolved fairly, efficiently, promptly and in accordance with relative legislation.
This document details the appropriate use of information and communications technologies (ICT) and social media. ICT include computers, mobile phones, PDAs, iPads, email, internet and network services, portable data storage devices, online data storage mediums, telephones, printers and all other digital communications devices. Social media means web-based and mobile technologies which turn communication into interactive dialogue. Examples include but are not limited to Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, blog or wiki posts and comments. This policy applies to all students and their parents when using ICT provided by the school, when using the school's network and/or when accessing social media.
StudentsThe purpose of this procedure is to prevent bullying through the creation of safe, respectful & supportive school cultures & responding to bullying behaviour in ways that are just & effective, with a focus on safety, restoring relationships.These guidelines apply to all university students who have been accepted into a professional experience placement at a CSPD school in the fields of social work and psychology.
The school will provide a positive culture where bullying is not accepted, and in so doing, all will have the right of respect from others, the right to learn or to teach, and a right to feel safe and secure in their school environment at all times.
This policy document details the conditions and behaviour expectations around students in Years 11 and 12 driving to and from school, and includes an Agreement Form which must be signed by parents/carers before students drive to school.
Homework and revision benefits students by complementing classroom learning, fostering good study habits and providing an opportunity for students to develop themselves as Assessment Capable Learners.
Santa Sophia Catholic College recognises that some students require medication and/or management of health conditions at school. While parents have the ultimate responsibility for the administration of medication and the management of health conditions, schools/colleges are often asked to assist with the provision of these services.
The mobile phone policy is not about trust. Rather, this policy is about maximising the learning that happens in the school every day and minimising distractions to this. Additionally, the use of mobile phones by students during recess and/or lunch can also distract them from developing important face to face social skills. With so much time spent with technology, it is critical that students are provided with ample opportunities to be device-free within their friendships.
The Wellbeing and Pastoral Care policy at the College, strives to develop a nurturing climate for students that is based on the dignity and uniqueness of each child, made in the image and likeness of God.Central to championing diversity and equity is our commitment towards the attendance of all students. This Policy sets out the requirements for all staff managing, recording, reporting and monitoring student attendance at CSPD schools.School attendance plays a critical role in enhancing the lives of children and young people. Every day of attendance adds to a student's opportunity to learn, develop and experience success in education. Attendance is a core responsibility of schools.This Policy is about Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) students’ use of Digital Devices and Online Services in School-Related Settings.This Policy states that principles followed when making decision about students. It is based on an acknowledgement that parents and carers are the first and most important educators of their children.CSPD is committed to developing an educational and organisational culture based on mutual trust and respect that assists people to recognise and develop their personal capabilities.
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