Keira High School

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Rules and policies

KHS Mobile Phone Policy

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Keira High School supports the restrictions of mobile phones in accordance with the NSW Department of Education: Students’ Use of Mobile Phones in Schools policy

Mobile phone use in schools can impact student learning and wellbeing. Restricting mobile phone use at school aims to increase focus in classrooms, remove distractions and promote positive social interaction, while reducing the potential for online bullying. Keira High School has strong teaching and learning practices to support students in the classroom using various forms of appropriate technology, which maximises the benefits and minimises the risks of digital environments and prepare students for life beyond school. We foster a safe learning environment which supports and enhances each child’s social and emotional health through our wellbeing and learning support teams. 

Formal Cautions

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What is a formal caution for a behaviour of concern?

A behaviour of concern is something someone does that might cause or has caused harm or danger to themselves or others. A formal caution tells a student that their behaviour caused or may cause harm or danger to themselves and other people. It is designed to let you and your child know that their behaviour needs to improve.

A formal caution is a letter in which your child’s behaviour of concern has been recorded. Your child will not be suspended at this time.

Rules and policies are in place to make sure your child remains safe and well at school.

Visit the NSW Department of Education’s policy library for all current operational policies.

Our school uses the department's School Community Charter to ensure all of our communication is collaborative and respectful.

Attendance and absences

Students must attend school regularly so they can achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options.

In NSW, all children from the age of 6 are legally required to attend school or be registered for home schooling through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). All students must complete Year 10, or its equivalent.

Young people below the age of 17 who have completed Year 10 must be:

  • in school, or registered for home schooling 

  • in approved education or training, such as a traineeship, apprenticeship or TAFE

  • in full-time paid employment (average 25 hours a week) 

  • in a combination of work, education and/or training (average of 25 hours a week combined).

Students 17 years and over who are enrolled in school must attend school regularly to meet HSC course requirements. 

As a parent or carer, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day when they are of compulsory school age. You must explain all absences to the school within 7 days.

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School frameworks (school rules)

As well as following the department’s operational policies, we have developed frameworks for our students in line with our school’s values and commitments.

Welfare and discipline

Support for Students

School Counsellors are experienced teachers who have post graduate qualifications in Psychology and School Counselling. They work with students from pre-school to Year 12. School Counsellors work with students, parents, carers and teachers in a variety of ways and their work includes; counselling students, assisting parents or carers to make informed decisions about their children’s education, assessing student’s learning and behaviour and liaising with other agencies to support students.

Students may refer themselves to the school counsellor at any time or may seek an interview at the suggestion of parent/carer, teacher or friend. School Counselling is a confidential service, and confidentiality will be maintained unless legal requirements override it, eg. Child Protection legislation.

 Parents/carers may seek advice from the school counsellor regarding a student’s school progress, education services, child’s behaviour and obtaining information from other agencies. Parental/carer consent is always required before any psychological testing is undertaken. It is necessary that parents/carers who wish to see the school counsellor make an appointment by telephoning the school. Priorities for the school counsellor’s time will be determined, in consultation with the School Counsellor, by the Principal.

Read our Student welfare and discipline policy to learn more about our anti bullying policy.

Merit System

Students are rewarded for displaying behaviours or actions of a positive nature. This might include exemplary classwork, sporting achievements, social responsibility and academic excellence.

Read more about the merit policy in our merit category system (PDF 98KB).

Discipline Policy

If you would like to save or print the Student Welfare and Discipline policy you see on this page, please download the following file.

Student Welfare and Discipline Policy (PDF 44KB)