Pastoral Care

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As a Christian School our role is to teach and train children according to Biblical principles. All staff are professing Christians who are committed to building into the lives of young people. There is huge support in the school environment, but with declining standards in our society today it is important that we outline our expectations regarding boundaries, which means discipline.

Behaviour Management

One of the distinctives of the Christian School is the commitment to work with parents in helping them to educate and prepare their children for service. This means that discipline is seen to be a joint venture between the school and the home. Obviously there are issues that arise on a daily basis where students require immediate correction and the school has policies and procedures for dealing with these.

General Principles

The Special Character states that the school will provide an environment where children, parents and teachers can experience godly relationships, showing the character of Christ in love, discipline, respect, honour and trust. With the behaviour management policy, it is essential that this aspect of the Special Character of the school is maintained.

The goal of the Behaviour Management policy is to have the home and the school working closely together. The Bible places first responsibility for discipline on the home. It follows from this that where a pupil has difficulties, the school will relate closely with the parents to work through any problem misbehaviour.

It should be noted that the school is not “a school of last resorts” or “a corrective institution”. While we have seen some wonderful changes occur in students’ lives, it does not automatically follow that this will occur every time. The staff will try their best, but in the end the pupil must also be teachable and home training effective.

Further, many parents send their children to the school to be protected from negative influences. These parents also have the right to have that desire upheld.

The School’s procedures seek to establish in each student:

• Self-control and self-discipline.
• Consideration of others.
• Recognition and respect for authority and deadlines.
• Submissiveness and obedience to authority.
• Acceptance and fulfilment of God’s will for their life.

Specific Rules

Students are expected to act in an orderly and respectful manner, maintaining Christian standards of courtesy, kindness and honesty. Students are to show respect to those in authority over you, and respect towards other students and their property.

The following detailed outline of acceptable behaviour is provided so that consistent standards can be enforced by teachers and teacher-aides supervising students.

• All behaviour is to reflect and uphold good Christian standards and principles. Untoward behaviour will result in discipline and may require restitution.
• Students shall exercise care in relation to their property and that of others, and shall not deface or destroy school property. The expectation is that students will replace, or reimburse for any damage.
• Students will not threaten, harass, or hurt another student, nor in any way actively seek their unhappiness.
• Students are expected to obey the adult in authority while on school grounds, on field trips or at any school function.
• The use or possession of tobacco, drugs or weapons is forbidden at school, or at any school function.
• Chewing gum is not permitted at any time.
• All personal property, books and equipment should be clearly named.
• All staff members and supervising adults are to be treated with respect and addressed by Mr, Mrs or Miss followed by the individual’s surname.
• Bicycles are to be ridden to school responsibly. Bicycles may only be ridden by their owners and they must wear a helmet.
• No electronic equipment (i-pads, tablets, MP3,4 players etc.) can be used within the school except those required for school use.
• Cell phones may be brought to school by students, but must remain switched off and not used during school hours, except with a teacher’s permission.
• There shall be no instances of a male and a female student separating themselves from other students in the school environment without the expressed permission of a teaching staff member.

Learning Environment

The focus of the Christian School is education which is learning and training. For learning to happen effectively teachers in classes must be able to teach.
This requires that the appropriate learning environments are created and maintained where teachers can teach and students can learn. This becomes especially important as students learn (especially in Senior School, where they have a certain amount of material to cover prior to assessments).

While appropriate guidance and pastoral assistance will be given to help change inappropriate behaviours and attitudes, it is necessary that the learning of the whole class take precedence over that of the individual.

Consequences

Where students choose to break rules there will be consequences. The expectation is that students will, with parent’s support, complete the tasks/impositions placed upon them.
If students choose to negatively impact the education of others through disrupting the learning environment there will be consequences, which include detentions or removal from the learning environment and may eventually lead to stand downs or suspension which may lead to exclusion. These consequences will impact the students own learning and they may be required to catch up on work at a later period. Note: – we are here to train firstly in Biblical standards and Christian character. There are other educational establishments in town where students who do not want to try to live according to Biblical principles can attend.

Integrated School (Year 1-13) Whangarei Northland NZ