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How do parents find out about other policies such as use of mobile phones and use of ICT?

The details of College’s linkpolicies are on this website, in the student handbook and simplified versions can be found in the Student Planner.

Why does the College charge for school programs?

Rosebud Secondary College requests two types of payments from parents to assist in the purchase of resources and items used in delivering our curriculum to your child. We make every effort to keep the cost and the number of items that need to be purchased to a minimum. We also try to ensure that costs are affordable for all parents.

Essential Education Items are materials or services that support the course of instruction in the standard curriculum. They are also items or activities that the school deems compulsory, such as:

  • items that the student consumes (i.e. cooking ingredients)
  • items that the student takes possession of (i.e. diary, handbooks and stationery)
  • activity-related costs such as entry fees, travel, accommodation (i.e. for camps, incursions/excursions or sporting affiliations)

Rosebud Secondary College has divided the Essential Education Items into two parts:

  • Essential Education Items (Subjects)
  • Essential Education Items (General)

Both these charges are expected to be paid by all families.

Optional Extras are for materials and services which are offered on a user-pays basis, that parents/guardians may choose whether their child accesses or participates in. Examples include such things as:

  • graduation dinners, formals, presentation balls
  • school magazine
  • school photographs
  • school concerts, performances and productions
  • hire fees for musical instruments
  • extra-curricular programs such as interschool sport, music tuition and camps

School Councils are able to invite parents to make Voluntary financial contributions. The Building Fund and the Language Assistants Program have been approved by Rosebud Secondary College’s School Council as voluntary financial contributions to the school.

Do all students get a locker? Where are they located?

All lockers are located close by the sub-school area and main classrooms assigned to that year level. At enrolment, all students are issued a locker and can purchase a school-recommended lock as part of the College fees and charges. This lock has a master key over-ride and serial number, so keys can be easily replaced.

What is the uniform policy?

The College Council has endorsed a strict uniform policy and all students must follow it while travelling to and from school, as well as while at school. The details of the policy are on the linkuniform link and in the Student Planner. In extreme cases, with a very good reason, a note from a parent/guardian may warrant a uniform pass however, parents are encouraged to plan ahead and support the College’s uniform code.

What are Non-Negotiables?

A number of years ago the College introduced linkNon-negotiables. These are simple, clear guidelines in regard to uniform, piercings, jewellery, shoes etc. Many of our parents have said they like having clarity around this with their child. It is expected on entry to the College that the Non-negotiables are agreed to and the College is supported in implementing them.

What happens if my child breaches the Code of Conduct?

If a student breaches the linkCode of Conduct, the incident is recorded on the Student Management Tool (Xuno) which is an online record-keeping system. The Year Level Coordinator follows up as soon as possible and, if the matter is of a more serious nature, an Assistant Principal may become involved. Allegations are investigated and Student Support Group meetings may be conducted, in line with the Student Engagement Guidelines and College policies.

How does the College deal with bullying?

Rosebud Secondary College does not tolerate any form of bullying. We encourage students to report any incidence of bullying to their Year Level Coordinator and it is acted upon immediately. After investigating the situation, Year Level Co-ordinators follow these steps:

  • Discussions with students including the victim/s, the bully and any witnesses
  • Parents may be contacted
  • Student Support Group meeting/s may be held with consequences issued
  • Referral to the Student Wellbeing Team to provide strategies to modify behaviour
  • Restorative Practice sessions are held to repair the harm to relationships between students
  • Further follow up occurs
  • Other actions as deemed necessary, such as class changes, suspensions or contact with student mentors
How is the day structured?

The school day starts at 8.50 am and finishes at 3.00 pm. There is a form meeting at 8.50 am for all Year 7-9 students and regular year level assemblies for all students. It is recommended that students arrive at the College no later than 8.45 am. There are six periods per day and classes run for 48 minutes. There are a few minutes between each class to allow for student and teacher movement to their next room. There is a recess and lunch break after Period 2 & 4. The College timetable runs on a ten day cycle.

What is the 1:1 Laptop Program and are all students expected to participate?

The 1:1 Laptop Program provides every student access to their own laptop computer in a wireless environment at the College, allowing teachers to integrate technology into their curriculum. All students in the designated year levels are expected to participate in the program as it is rolled out across the school over a three-year period, starting at Years 7 and 10 in 2015.

All purchasing details are handled by linkEdunet. A secure online portal has been set up where information can be accessed and orders can be placed.