Our School - School Policies

A summary of our major school policies can be found in the School Handbook. The full text of school and Diocesan policies are available at the school office.

Complaints and Grievance Resolution Policy

St Mary's Catholic Primary School procedures for resolving concerns and complaints are based on the Bishop's Commission Complaints and Suggestions Policy for the Diocese of Armidale. This policy is based on procedural fairness and recognized that members of the school community must have access to processes that allow them to resolve concerns in a supportive, conciliatory environment.

Discipline Policy

St Mary's Discipline Policy is seen as a positive part of our pastoral care process, where children are helped to understand their responsibilities as members of the Catholic school community, invited to try again when they fail in acting responsibly and are supported and encouraged in their efforts.

The school recognises that the school and home have complimentary roles in the children's development and education and that the best work of the school occurs where home and school support each other.

St Mary's Catholic Primary School bases its Discipline Policy on the following Bishop's Commission Policies: Pastoral Care in the Catholic Systemic Schools of the Armidale Diocese, Policy on Suspension, Expulsion, or Exclusion of students in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Armidale and Management of Drug Related Issues in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Armidale These policies are based on procedural fairness and discussed with students on a regular basis.

In compliance with the NSW Education Reform Act 1990, corporal punishment is banned in all, Armidale Diocesan schools.

Enrolment Policy

St Mary's Catholic Primary School bases its Enrolment Policy on the Bishop's Commission Policy for the Enrolment of Students in Catholic Systemic Schools in the Diocese of Armidale. First priority for enrolment is given to Catholic families and the siblings, both Catholic and non Catholic, of the children already enrolled in our school. Children of other denominations, whose families support the Catholic ethos of our school, are welcome if places are available. Kindergarten enrolments are taken from May, the previous year, with interviews being held in Term 2.

Kindergarten children will turn five years of age by 30th June in the year of entry. Exceptions will only be considered when supporting evidence is presented by parents and the Principal and CSO Administration support the enrolment. Parents seeking enrolment attend an interview during which the Catholic values of the school are discussed in relation to family values. Aspects of the School Handbook including policies and practices are discussed with parents. Children transferring from other schools bring a report from the school. The former school may also be contacted to discern the child's needs.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important.

St Mary's School's Privacy Policy describes how the School uses and manages personal information provided to or collected by it. The School is bound by the National Privacy Principles contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Act.

The School may, from time to time, review and update this Privacy Policy to take account of new laws and technology, changes to the School's operations and practices and to make sure it remains appropriate to the changing School environment.

On enrolment parents are asked to sign Media Permission forms giving permission for photographs, video recordings of their child involved in school activities, and work samples to be used for legitimate promotional/advertising usage in school publications including the school website. Parents have the right to withhold this permission. On enrolment parents are also asked to sign release forms for their name, address and phone numbers to be passed on to the Class Parent of their child's class in a confidential manner to be used for contact purposes only in accordance with the Class Parent role description. Again parents have the right to withhold this permission.

Student Pastoral Care Policy

St Mary's seeks to provide a safe and supportive environment which: Minimizes risk of harm and ensures students feel secure Supports the physical, social, academic, spiritual, and emotional development of students

Provides student welfare policies and programs that develop a sense of self-worth and foster personal development

St Mary's Catholic Primary School bases its Student Welfare Policy on the Bishop's Commission Policy Pastoral Care in the Catholic Systemic Schools of the Armidale Diocese. The students are taught the No Go Tell approach to Bullying.

Many of St Mary's Catholic School Policies are based on the Policies developed by the Bishop's Commission for Catholic Schools. Click on the link to view the Bishop's Commission Ratified Policies