School Rules & Expectations
Waitākere College students have the right to learn in a safe environment. Everyone in this school, both staff and students has the right to be treated with respect.
Most Waitākere College rules and expectations are obvious and based on common sense and respect for the learning rights of all students. They are explained in the ‘Code of Conduct’ and ‘The Waitākere Way’. Expectations of behaviour, day-to-day school routines and uniform regulations are displayed on classroom bulletin boards, at the Student Centre and on notice boards around the school. All students should become familiar with these expectations and endeavour to meet them.
Let common sense be your guide! Not knowing is not an excuse!
LEARNING AND BEHAVIOUR:
- All students have the right to benefit from uninterrupted learning, just as all teachers must be able to teach without disruption or lack of cooperation.
- All students must respect and support these rights by taking personal responsibility for their own behaviour, showing respect for staff and fellow students and promoting a positive learning experience.
- Homework and assignments should always be completed and presented to a high standard and on time.
- In all circumstances, students MUST do as requested by staff immediately and without question. (There are opportunities to seek clarification later from staff members, Tutor Class teachers, House Leaders and Deans)
- Attendance and punctuality are important. Students should attend school every day and be punctual to school and all classes. Explanation is required for all absences and lateness. Truancy is regarded seriously and dealt with by disciplinary consequences or referred to official agencies. Serious truancy may lead to legal action.
- NO students may leave the College campus during the school day, without special permission from the Student Centre. Wherever possible, appointments should be made outside of school hours.
DAY-TO DAY ROUTINES:
- No student should bring any item to school which is not absolutely necessary during the normal school day. This applies particularly to all prohibited, dangerous or valuable items.
- Cellphones, music players and iPads must be turned off and safely stored in your locker, bag or pocket at all times while in class; except where use is authorised by staff for curriculum purposes.
- The school takes no responsibility for any such items brought to school which are lost or stolen. Prohibited items may be impounded by staff and returned to parents when possible and convenient. Take care of and name all personal items. Some lockers are available. (details from the Student Centre)
- Students must not invite or encourage outsiders into the College. Students should not associate with outsiders on campus or at boundaries. Parent/caregiver access to their child must be through the Student Centre.
- Students are not to congregate on their way to or home from school in parks, at shops or any other place. You should come directly to school and go directly home. Where this is not happening, parents will be contacted. This is a matter of safety and good sense and important to the impression made by students to our community.
- Some areas of the College grounds are out of bounds. Students must be aware of these areas and not be in them. Out-of-bounds areas are not suitable for students for safety reasons or are limited to certain types of use.
- It is College policy that students must have permission from the Deputy Principal if they wish to bring a motor vehicle to school. Permission is granted based on genuine need. Normal license conditions apply.
- A clean environment is a shared responsibility. Please assist by picking up litter even if it is not yours, especially when asked to do so. Litter is unacceptable. There are many bins. Please use them. Students who litter face serious consequences.
- Eating or drinking is not permitted in corridors, classrooms, the gymnasium or the assembly hall. Chewing gum is not permitted on school campus.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU BREAK RULES OF RESPECT FOR OTHERS, CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS OR BEHAVIOUR?
- In classrooms, teachers may ask you to fill out a form to reflect on what has happened and to understand how you might have behaved to meet expectations. They will discuss this with you. This is called a restorative practice because it tries to restore things to where they should have been before you caused a disruption in the classroom. The key thing is for you to see that you have harmed the learning of others and to prevent this from occurring in the future. Most minor incidents can be resolved between teachers and students when they occur if you participate in respectful and sensible discussions and accept responsibility for your own actions.
- Around the campus, staff and senior students may tell you not to do something which breaks our common expectations of acceptable behaviour, safety or respect for people and property. In some cases, there are consequences for unacceptable behaviour.
- Where problems continue or are not resolved or where more serious issues occur, the matter is often referred to your House Leader or Dean and may also involve parent/caregiver contact.
- Restorative Justice Conferencing is used in more serious cases, bringing together everyone affected by the behaviour. Typically the families of the offender, any victim, the teachers concerned, guidance staff and senior staff may also attend. Everyone gets to speak as to how the matter has affected him or her. The offender gets to see how their action has affected others and to examine how they might make the situation right in the future.
- Waitakere College increasingly uses restorative thinking to enable students to accept responsibility and resolve situations
UNIFORM AND GROOMING:
- It is the responsibility of students to know and follow all uniform regulations
- First impressions count. The College expects all students to be well behaved, courteous and appropriately dressed in full and correct uniform from the time they leave home for school until they arrive home again.
- Waitakere College believes that well-groomed students, wearing uniforms correctly show pride in themselves and their College.
- The College reserves the right to decide on the acceptability of all items of uniform.
- No uniform may be altered without the permission of the College: e.g. length or ‘style’, etc.
- Uniform which is unclean or in an unsatisfactory state will not be accepted.
- All non-uniform items may be impounded and parents contacted for collection.
- Students needing to temporarily wear any non-regulation item of uniform must bring a note explaining the situation and report to the Student Centre to obtain a permit or loan items. Full, correct uniform is a priority.
- Items other than those brands and styles listed in the prospectus will not be accepted.
WEARING UNIFORM CORRECTLY MEANS …
- It will be clean, tidy, unmarked and in good condition (or be replaced).
- Shoes must be clean, plain black, polished finish dress or school shoes of a style approved by the College. Details are available from the Student Centre and Main Office.
- Trousers and shorts must be worn with a belt at all times, at waist height. T-shirts must be white and only visible at the neck. Year 13 Dress shirts worn with a tie must be tucked in
SUITABLE GROOMING MEANS …
- Hair should be neat, tidy and groomed with safety in mind. Hairstyles and colour must be conservative. Boys must be clean shaven.
- No jewellery is allowed except a small, single, plain gold or silver stud in each ear lobe. No other jewellery or visible piercings are acceptable. Tongue studs are not appropriate at school.
- A taonga or recognised cultural or religious symbol, approved by the College may be worn on a suitable length necklace.
- Any tattoo should be removed or covered by a normal uniform. Any unacceptable symbol must be removed.
- No make-up or coloured nail varnish is to be worn to school.
- If in doubt on any matter, parents are encouraged to contact the Student Centre, especially before purchasing items which may not be accepted. N.B. This particularly applies to shoes
- N.B. Full details of Uniform requirements are shown to all pupils at the time of enrolment. Copies are available at the Student Centre and throughout the College. You can also view it HERE
Become familiar with the College ‘Code of Conduct’ and ‘The Waitākere Way’.
Your ‘journey’ at Waitākere College is most enjoyable and productive when you understand and work within the expectations we have for you and your success. ‘Achievement for All’ is possible when we share this vision.