The Rehoboth Christian College community acknowledges the authority and rights of parents in the education of their children. The College’s approach to discipline is to regard it as positive – to disciple the young people under our care.
The teacher has the responsibility, given by parents, to manage, lead and direct students.
1. It is our goal at Rehoboth to provide students with a range of opportunities to serve the Lord. We encourage each other to serve the Lord by serving others. The development of leadership skills is encouraged through such avenues of service as the Buddy system, and classroom responsibilities.
2. As senior students in the school, Year 6 students are to see themselves as having a leadership role, setting an example of attitude and behaviour to the whole school community and taking on opportunities to develop and use their gifts as opportunities allow.
3. A Christian school community is characterised, through God’s grace, by the quality of relationships. We serve the Lord by serving others.
School uniform should be worn (at school and also to an from school) unless otherwise directed by a teacher. See the uniform handbooks and uniform policy available on SEQTA for more information.
Where students display persistent or severe misbehaviour the following procedure will apply:
1. The principle underpinning the College’s Discipline (Students) Policy is that the student receives a warning prior to a consequence and there is an escalating series of consequences if the student’s behaviour does not improve.
2. ‘Discipline’ at Rehoboth may sometimes include the concept of punishment but must be seen as being much broader than simply punishment for wrongdoing. In its fundamental meaning, discipline in the school refers to the idea of ‘discipling’ the students, encouraging and leading them into conformity to the person of Christ. As such it should include many aspects, including praise, encouragement, teaching, nurturing, example and correction. The ‘other side of the coin’ includes chastisement, retribution, punishment and restitution, as well as aspects of justice, graciousness, repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation.
3. In the event of a serious breach of conduct, the consequences may be escalated more quickly. If parents would like their child to be readmitted after exclusion, they will need to have a meeting with the Principal at the end of the time of suspension to discuss this. Sometimes a student may only be readmitted on a ‘conditional enrolment basis’ with various conditions being documented and requiring the student and parent to sign the document (or contract) to indicate that they are aware that continued enrolment is subject to the stated conditions being met.
4. In certain cases, a student may be excluded from attending the College. A student can only be excluded from the College if the Board (or its representative members) agrees to a recommendation from the Principal that such an action is necessary. This occurs after a review of the circumstances by a Discipline Panel. Suspension and exclusion are very rare occurences in this College, but parents need to be aware of the policies that apply. Parents who would like to discuss these matters should contact the Principal.
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