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Matipo Primary School
School Rules Policy 2014 Draft
Rationale: The school needs to have rules which are precise, transparent and easily understood.
Purpose: All organisations have rules, expectations and consequences. One of the roles of the school is to assist in the socialisation of children to societal norms. The rules take this into consideration while also assisting with ensuring children’s overall safety at school.
1. Travel to and from school
i. Children from year 4 and above may ride bikes to and from school but must wear a helmet at all times.
ii. Children from year 0-3 may do the same, wearing a helmet, but must be accompanied by a parent or other adult for the entire journey.
i. Children may ride scooters to and from school but must wear a helmet at all times.
c. Inside school grounds:
i. Children may not ride bikes or scooters within the school grounds and must “walk” them to the parking areas.
2. Child Safety and behaviour at school
a. Children may not leave the school grounds during school hours unless accompanied by a parent or other adult and signed out at the School Office before departure.
b. Matipo School has a zero tolerance policy towards violence. Violence can be defined as, but not limited to: Physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, including, but not limited to, intimidation, harassment, damage to property, threats of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or psychological abuse.
c. No children are permitted to be inside the classrooms at lunchtime or breaks without a teacher or staff member present.
d. Children are not permitted to use computer equipment without a teacher or staff member present.
e. Balls are not to be kicked inside classrooms, or near windows in the area covered by the archgola covering.
3. Sun Safety
a. From Labour Weekend until the end of term one each year, children are required to wear hats at lunchtime and during breaks. If a child does not wear a hat, he or she will be required to remain in shaded areas during breaks.
4. Dress standards
a. Matipo Primary school encourages individual expression of children’s personalities, and the following rules exist for safety reasons and to reflect the values of the school.
i. No dangly earrings to be worn at school.
ii. No cosmetic makeup to be worn at school.
iii. Children are encouraged not to have extreme hairstyles (for example mohawks, rat tails, carvings).
iv. Children are encouraged not to wear valuable jewellery to school.
5. Personal belongings and mobile devices
a. Children are strongly encouraged not to bring valuable or sentimentally important items to school.
b. Any mobile phones or devices must be handed to the classroom teacher at the beginning of the school day and will be returned at the end of the school day.
c. The school takes no responsibility for any items which are brought to school and are lost or stolen at school.
6. Intentional Damage to school property
a. Where the Board of Trustees is satisfied that a child has intentionally caused damage to school property, parents or guardians will be contacted and asked to contribute to the cost of replacement.