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Parent Code of Conduct
This Code has been developed so that parents and those with parental responsibilities are aware of and meet the School’s expectations with regard to their interaction with the School, its teachers, other parents and students. Adherence to this Code is important to promote positive and productive relationships within the school community.
Role Of The School Generally
The School is responsible for establishing and administering the policies, procedures and rules which govern the day to day operations of the School. It is important that parents recognise and respect this, adhere and have their children adhere to the School’s requirements, and support these decisions.
The School expects students to comply with its rules and not engage in behaviour which is harmful to others or is contrary to the ethos and philosophy of the School. Parents are expected to support the School in relation to its discipline policy and not do anything which undermines its authority. It must be understood that in the case of minor disciplinary matters, the School will be the arbiter of what took place and what is a fair punishment. It will not engage in debate about the details of the conduct for the appropriateness of the punishment.
In relation to more serious disciplinary matters which may result in suspension or expulsion, the School will inform parents of the matter and will deal with it in accordance with the School’s disciplinary policy. While parents will be consulted, the final decision will be the School’s.
Interaction With Staff
The School conducts regular meetings between staff and parents at which the student’s progress can be discussed. There may be other times when a parent or staff member requests a meeting to discuss particular issues that may arise during the course of a student’s schooling.
If a parent wishes to meet with a staff member, they should make an appointment so that a mutually convenient time can be arranged. This can be done through the Administration Office.
Parents should never attempt to contact a staff member at their home.
Parents also can make an appointment to see the Principal about any particular concerns they may have relating to their son or daughter.
It is important that parents show respect for staff and not publicly criticise them or seek to undermine their authority. If a parent has a particular concern about a member of staff, they can raise it with the staff member concerned or with the Principal. However, when doing so they should observe the general rules of conduct set out in this Code.
The School has a duty of care to protect all staff and for this reason any aggressive or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated.
Parent Code of Conduct
If a parent has a complaint about an issue, this should be directed to the Principal or to the teacher responsible for the particular area of activity.
If a parent wishes to make a complaint, they should not use rude or abusive language. This is not productive and can make it harder to resolve concerns.
Communication whether verbal or in writing with other members of the school community whether teachers, administration staff, other parents or students should:
- show respect, courtesy and consideration;
- not harass or bully another person;
- not use intemperate language; and
- not be confrontational. Social media should not be used to criticise or denigrate others in the school community.
Parents are welcome to attend sporting events, but should exercise restraint when supporting school teams. In particular, this should not abuse, threaten or otherwise seek to intimidate an umpire or referee or be directed against a player, or any school representatives.
The School picks teams based on their view of the most appropriate selection at the relevant time. It is not appropriate for parents to complain about the failure of their son or daughter to be picked for a particular team.
Where some students have parents that are separated or divorced, parents should not attempt to involve the School in any parental dispute that may arise. The School is not able to make judgments on the merits of claims made by one parent against another and should not be asked to do so. Nor should it be asked to take any action which would or is designed to disadvantage one party. The School will of course, observe any orders made by a Court in relation to a student or communication with parents.
Failure To Observe This Code
If a parent fails to observe this Code after being warned about a breach, the School may:
- limit access to a teacher or teachers;
- limit access to the school premises or sporting or other school events;
- terminate the enrolment of the student.
Parents and Friends Association
Our Parents and Friends Association is a committee of parents and friends who support the function and administration of the school in a variety of ways.
The P&F Association:
- Advances the cause of Christian education in the home and school.
- Promotes a sense of community.
- Raises funds to provide the school with additional facilities and
- Assists the School with the running of special events.
- Fosters understanding, appreciation and cooperation between
teachers and parents.
- Creates an environment where parents are comfortable in being part
of the school community and sharing their needs and concerns.
- Supports the School Advisory Council’s aims and objectives.
The Parents and Friends Association is organised at the beginning of each year. At least one meeting is held each term and school parents are welcome to attend.
Private School Bus Service
Toronto Adventist School operates a daily bus service to and from:
- Dora Creek
For further information about our bus service, please contact our Administration Office on 02 4959 5647.
Public School Bus Services
Hunter Valley Buses operates a bus service directly to Toronto Adventist School from a variety of areas in our local community.
For more information about the School Opal card which gives eligible students free or discounted travel between home and school please visit:
Private Music Tutors
Our school provides opportunities for students to participate in private music lessons including piano and ukulele tuition. Please contact our Administration Office on 02 4959 5647 for more information.