Senior Students

Driving to School

As a Senior Student, you have the privilege of being allowed to drive to School. Of course, there needs to be parameters set to ensure the safety of yourself and the School community. Students are only permitted to drive to School if they have a driver's licence, and are driving a registered car. Before you can drive to School you must have gained the school's permission by bringing a note in from your parents that tells us that they too have given their permission.

You are not permitted to drive other students unless the School has received a note from the parents of both the driver and the passenger. These notes must give the names of the driver, passengers, and details of when permission is given (e.g. to and from school; for a specific excursion).

Cars are out of bounds during School hours and are to be parked in the School car park. Of course, it is expected that students will drive safely and within the law if they wish to keep this privilege.

Study periods

The School has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that students are supervised and productive during the time that they are at School. For this reason students are allocated to a specific room during study periods and are expected to be there unless written permission is granted by a Secondary Co-ordinator. While in the room, students are expected to be using their time wisely on School work. Senior students are permitted to bring a personal music player to School, which they may listen to while working in study periods. Headphones must be used so that other students are not disturbed, nor any classes that might be in the vicinity. The security of these players are the student's responsibility.

Sport and Recreation

Senior Students are required to do Sport and Recreation in Term 1. Extension students may be excused from this requirement if the timetable demands it. In Terms 2 and 3 students may elect to do Sport and Recreation or to use that time in study. Students who elect Sport and Recreation are required to keep that commitment throughout the term. Students who elect to use that time to study may also elect to go home for that time. In this case students are required to arrange their own transport, be off the School site by the end of lunch and to be at home -- nowhere else.   Please note that permission for this must be given and can be withdrawn if the School believes that the privilege is being abused. Students who stay at School during Sport and Recreation will be allocated to a classroom.

Senior common room

One of the privileges of being a Senior Student is access to the Senior Common Room. The Senior Common Room is a community room which requires our members of the Senior School Community to use wisely and appropriately. It needs to be kept clean. Whether that is done by way of everyone cleaning up after themselves or a roster system is for the students to decide. It is important that students note that teachers will monitor the cleanliness and use of the room but will not insist on it being cleaned -- that is your responsibility. If that responsibility is not carried out, the School reserves the right to close the room for a time period that it determines. If students have a concern that other students are misusing the room they must approach those students and discuss the matter with them. If students believe that one or two are acting in a way that is inappropriate, they may ask their Year Advisor to talk to the students involved. This may lead to the banning of individual students from the room for a time.

On rare occasions a male and female student may find themselves in the Common Room with no other students present. Should that happen, one or both students are to leave the room until more students arrive.

In many schools the Common Room becomes a point of contention between the students and the School. We are very keen for this not to happen. Initially, the use and control of the Common Room will be the responsibility of the School's Prefects. Should the Senior Student Body wish to form a Committee to monitor the room's use, this is most acceptable, provided the names of Committee members are given to the front office.

Subject Allocations - Part time and off-line options

When students are allocated to subjects for senior subjects, there may be times when the school will consider allocating students to part time or off-line subjects. This is done at the school's initiative in an attempt to meet students' needs, and students should not assume that this option will automatically be available to them. An off-line allocation means that a student will be able to study a subject that is offered on a different line, where they are already studying a different subject. This means that 2 subjects are affected. A part time allocation is where a student is permitted to complete a subject with greatly reduced face to face teacher allocation. In both part time and off-line allocations, the following issues are considered by the school:

  • Has the student demonstrated an aptitude for the subjects in the junior years?
  • Has the student demonstrated the ability to work independently, without direct supervision?
  • Does the relevant subject have a significant proportion of practical/project work that the student can complete independently?
  • Does the school have a suitably qualified teacher who has the capacity in his/her timetabled allocation to provide reasonable support to the student?
  • Does the likely supervising teacher and the student have a relationship that will allow the more mature approach that off-line and/or part time study entails?

The final decision whether a student will be offered a part time or off-line subject remains with the school. The final decision is made in consultation with the Principal, teachers, the student and the student's parents.

If a student is allocated to an off-line or part time subject, they will need to be aware of the following:

Part-time allocations

  • Students will be required to be in an allocated classroom (usually in another senior class) when not having face to face lessons - they are not to view these periods as off-campus time;
  • Students should anticipate that their position studying a part-time subject will be reviewed at the end of foundation studies and throughout the preliminary program. If the student does not maintain an acceptable standard, the student will not be permitted to progress the subject into the HSC course.

Off-line allocations

  • The student will negotiate with relevant teachers to determine when s/he is attending lessons in what subject;
  • Students are expected to use any non-face to face periods to maintain their learning in the affected subjects;
  • Students should anticipate that their position studying an off-line subject will be reviewed at the end of foundation studies and throughout the preliminary program. If the student does not maintain an acceptable standard, the student will not be permitted to progress the subject into the HSC course.


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