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Parent Handbook

Introduction

Thank you for taking the time to read the information in this handbook. The College Parent Handbook is designed to explain to parents the policies, procedures and expectations of the College. We would therefore encourage you to read through it carefully, if you have any questions regarding procedures please refer them to us for clarification.

The first section of the Handbook addresses the Aims and Educational Philosophy of the College, and a brief outline of the Primary and Secondary Schools. This material is also presented in the College Prospectus that you may already have had an opportunity to read.

We trust you will find the Handbook informative and will refer to it from time to time when you have questions relating to the operation of the College.

Core Values

At Thornlie Christian College, by the Grace of God, we...


Learn for Eternity 
Grow in Christ 
Love unconditionally 
Live in Relationship 
Strive for Excellence 
Equip for Service



Our History

Thornlie Christian College is a ministry of Thornlie Church of Christ that grew out of a vision held by its members to establish a Christian school based on Christian principles. The goal of the College was and is to offer a quality education where students learn the importance of academic performance, a balanced spiritual life and self-discipline. It is from this that we derive our motto, “Learning for Life”. Founded in 1984, the College has become an interdenominational Christian College that provides a complete education from Kindergarten to year 12. The College produces high calibre graduates and through its commitment to individualised pastoral care and the learning needs of its students, has built a reputation for excellence.

Affiliation

The College is affiliated to Christian Schools Australia (CSA), a national association of Christian schools that provides fellowship, support and advocacy for member schools. CSA member schools provide an education that seeks to establish in students a practical understanding of how our Christian Faith applies to life, through the integration of Biblical principles into the curriculum.

In Partnership

We recognise that an effective partnership with the family is necessary to ensure success in achieving our objectives. To this end, parents are encouraged to participate in the life of the College in a number of ways including: helping out in the classrooms, supporting College activities and the Parents in Action, joining the College prayer group, providing opportunities for work experience placement, attending weekly assemblies, or volunteering to help in the Library or Office.
The College is a close-knit community and our partnership with parents helps to build and maintain a joint commitment to offering students the best possible educational opportunities. We hope you will see the College as a place where you are welcome to share and participate in the life of the community.

Educational Philosophy

Positive Environment

Thornlie Christian College provides a complete educational program for students from Kindergarten through Primary & Secondary School. It is our belief that educational goals are best achieved by providing continuity for students and their families in an atmosphere where relationship and community are fostered and encouraged. In such an environment students have the security of being “known” and “belonging” and have the opportunity to excel to the best of their ability using their God-given talents.

Staffing

The example set by our teaching staff is fundamental to establishing and maintaining a caring environment and we take great care in the selection of our staff. We only employ Christian teachers whose lives reflect the Godly characteristics we seek to encourage and develop in our students. We recognise the uniquely individual nature of each child as a special creation of God and provide a range of educational experiences and training that allow each student to discover their personal gifting. Specialist teachers assist in the development of these gifts, guiding students in their choice of subjects and helping them to achieve balance in their academic learning.
We offer an education that encourages both academic learning and the development of Godly values. These values help to form the foundations for life and are vitally important to the spiritual, emotional, social and academic development of young people. The presentation of these values in the curriculum and their demonstration in the lives of our staff serve to reinforce what is taught at home and in the family church.
Our hope and prayer for every student is that they make a commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ and learn to walk in His ways, for it is through a relationship with God that our students will find real meaning in life and a genuine sense of purpose and worth.

Early Learning (Kindergarten & Pre-Primary)

At Thornlie Christian College, our early learning programs provide children with an excellent start to their educational journey. The Early Learning Centre provides children with a broad-based introductory program, giving them a tremendous introduction to formal learning and the College community, under the direction and care of Christian teachers.
Socialization skills such as sharing, working together, courtesy, honesty and respecting others are reinforced. The curriculum introduces important fundamental Christian values through the sharing of Bible stories and themes. These are reinforced through the learning of scripture songs and memory verses. Children are also encouraged to pray together and for each other during daily devotions.
In our early learning programs we cater for the diverse learning needs of this age group. The combined program provides our children with the opportunity to be involved in learning activities that are designed to meet their individual learning needs, while offering opportunities for reinforcing and extending learned concepts and skills. Parents play an important role in the early learning of their children and are therefore encouraged to participate on a rostered basis in the daily program. This partnership with parents is fostered throughout the College and is important in achieving success for our students.

Primary School: (Yr1 – Yr6)

Thornlie Christian College offers a comprehensive Primary education program catering for children in Years 1 to 6.
The Primary School staff are dedicated Christian teachers who work to build a solid academic basis in their students while recognising and encouraging the development of spiritual foundations in their lives. Daily shared devotions encourage concern for one another and emphasises the importance of acknowledging and making time for God in our lives.

The Primary School curriculum places an emphasis on acquiring literacy and numeracy skills in an integrated approach across the eleven areas of learning, including:
  • English 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science 
  • History 
  • Geography 
  • Health and Physical Education 
  • Technology and Enterprise 
  • Languages other than English (Indonesian) 
  • Art 
  • Music 
  • Christian Living
In addition to the College’s commitment to the core curriculum, the Primary School community enjoys the benefits of access to specialist subject teachers in many areas. These programs include Physical Education, Technology, Indonesian and Music to enhance the learning outcomes of our Primary School students. 
  • A specialist Sports Teacher provides our students with many opportunities throughout the week to participate in vigorous activity and develop basic skills through the medium of enjoyable play. 
  • A specialist ICT Teacher operating from the Primary School’s own dedicated ICT Laboratory assists our students to develop their computing and media skills. 
  • A specialist LOTE (Language other than English) teacher prepares our Primary students for the possibility of taking Indonesian as a language of study through to Tertiary entrance level. 

Opportunities also exist for younger students to interact positively through mentoring and buddy programs with more senior students. This interaction aims to encourage a College-wide sense of community and cooperation.
Thornlie Christian College has been fortunate to take part in several state and national initiatives for school improvement. We have enjoyed the positive academic impact that these initiatives have had throughout our school community. Our staff take part in frequent professional development which reflects our core values of ‘Strive for Excellence and Equip for Service’ and our belief that learning is a lifelong journey.
The Primary School program provides students with a balanced academic, social and spiritual development in preparation for entry to the Middle School.

Middle School: (Yr 7- 9)

The College Middle School is part of the Secondary School and caters for students in Years 7 to 9 providing a specific program aimed at meeting the particular needs of students in this age group. Students in these years are strongly influenced by their peers and typically question previously accepted conventions, practices and values. They are also developing an awareness of social issues and acquiring personal interests. It is particularly important that during these years students are supported by teaching staff who understand this developmental stage and are able to relate positively to their students. The Middle School curriculum, while developed to meet the requirements of the School Curriculum & Standards Authority, places significant emphasis on collaborative learning, integrated work units and values education. The emphasis on values is designed to reinforce and further develop a Christian worldview, providing students with a foundation from which they can examine and explore wider community and social issues. The main objectives of the Middle School program include: 
  • Providing students with a smooth transition into Secondary schooling. 
  • Ensuring pastoral care is provided by staff who know the students and understand their needs. 
  • Providing the flexibility in programming to ensure that students are given the best opportunities to achieve to the best of their ability. 
  • Assisting students in the identification and development of their gifts and interests. 
  • Providing learning support where necessary. 
  • Extending gifted and talented students. 
  • To prepare every student for Senior Schooling in their final years at the College 
  • Encouraging positive peer interaction. 
  • Building a sense of community and commitment to one another. 
The Middle School program seeks to build relationships and assist our students in finding their place in the community. In doing so, our programs are designed to motivate interest in the wider community and guide students in their understanding of the world around them. In addition to the “core curriculum” and compulsory subjects, students are exposed to a variety of Interest Subjects, including:
  • Art 
  • Dance 
  • Design and Technology 
  • Drama 
  • Home Economics 
  • Music 
Students may also avail themselves of the many other opportunities that the College provides throughout their years in the Middle School.
  • Tutoring from Staff 
  • Study Café 
  • Sporting Teams 
  • College Choir 
  • Musical Productions 
  • Drama Productions 
  • College Leadership 
  • Student Councillors 
  • College Choir Leadership 
  • Sound Team Leadership 
  • Personal Development programmes 
The Middle School program is designed to keep students of this age interested and focused on their learning while helping them to understand their abilities and explore their limits in readiness for entry into the Senior College program and its various pathways.

Senior School: (Yr10 – Yr12)

Senior School life is challenging, varied and exciting, providing a variety of new possibilities for our students. The Senior School curriculum builds on the foundation laid by the academic and Interest subject programmes offered in Middle School. In Years 10, 11 & 12 we fine-tune those skills by offering students a wide range of learning experiences and the support of enthusiastic Christian teachers who are there to listen, advise and inspire.
Our students are encouraged to strive for educational excellence, endeavouring to achieve to the best of their ability and are well prepared for Secondary Graduation and a pathway to University, TAFE or the workforce. The College is recognised for its innovative and flexible programming, providing students with the opportunity to plan and select the ideal direction for achieving their personal goals. By combining a selection of units from accredited Courses from the pathways – Tertiary Entrance and Vocational - a course is structured specifically to suit the strengths and abilities of each student.

Our Senior School students have the positive support of committed teachers in small, focused classes. Our students benefit from the close attention that small classes afford and are well prepared for the rigours of further study at tertiary level, or entry into the workplace. Students also enjoy the pastoral care and support of Form Teachers during these pressure-filled final years of their schooling. In addition to the core academic studies of English, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities and Health Studies, the College encourages Senior students to pursue other interests. Programs in Biblical Studies, Sport and Recreation, Hospitality, Creative Industries Media, Information Technology, Materials Design and Technology, Children Community and the Family and the Arts all of which provides a balance to their study programme.

Our Senior students are also encouraged to participate in service and leadership functions within the College community, including mentoring younger students, leading College worship, serving as Prefects and Chairpersons of a variety of committees, or serving on the College Student Council. Serving in this way reflects the College ethos, encourages the development of leadership skills and gives students the satisfaction of contributing to the College community.

Senior students at Thornlie Christian College have the full support of a close knit and caring team of staff who are committed to helping them set and achieve their goals and bring this stage of their learning journey to a rewarding conclusion ready to be a person of influence and engage life from a Christian worldview utilising the skills to succeed in their life and calling.

Conditions of Enrolment, General Conditions

1. Students and parents/guardians agree to actively support the College’s Vision and Values.

2. Student attendance is required at official College functions (eg. Awards Evenings) and all timetabled activities, including intra/inter school sporting events, camps, etc. Students are expected to attend College during the published term dates. If circumstances (other than illness) require a student to be absent from the College for a period greater than five (5) days, advance notification must be made in writing to the Head of Schools.

3. The College reserves the right to discipline students for breaches of College rules and general misbehaviour. The Principal reserves the right to suspend or permanently exclude a student from the College.

4. Parents/guardians who enrol their student in the College agree to accept liability jointly and individually for the cost of restitution for any damage resulting from the wilful or negligent actions of their student.

5. All fees and charges are to be paid in accordance with the College’s fees schedule as published from time to time. The arrangements for payment of such fees and charges must be made prior to the commencement of the period to which they relate. Parents or guardians are jointly and individually responsible for ensuring payment of fees and charges are made to the College in accordance with the fee schedule.

6. A student may be refused admission to a new term at the College if any fees and charges from the previous term remain unpaid and satisfactory alternative arrangements are not in place.

7. One term’s notice in writing must be given to the College before the withdrawal of a student from the College, including withdrawal at the end of the year. Failure to give such notice by the last day of any term for withdrawal no earlier than the last day of the following term will involve the payment of one term’s tuition fee dating from the last day of attendance of the student. This fee will only be waived in the case of there being, in the view of the Principal or Business Manager, extenuating circumstances that could not have been anticipated leading to the withdrawal of the student. These circumstances need to be set out in the letter notifying the intent to withdraw.

8. The payment of full fees is necessary to hold a guaranteed place whenever a student is absent from the College for any period of time during the year.

9. The College reserves the right to amend these conditions and the College fee schedule from time to time without prior notice.

10. The College accepts no liability for personal property brought to the College or a College excursion or event.

11. All students are bound by the College rules and regulations issued by the Principal from time to time.

12. Parents agree to provide details of any mental, physical or behavioural conditions of a student

a) prior to enrolment at

b) currently enrolled at

the College, that may affect their learning or welfare, or the learning or welfare of another student, or the welfare of any person at the College.

13. Parents or guardians have read and agree to the College Privacy Policy.

14. It is the obligation of the parent or guardian to provide the College with current and updated information. 

Christian Expectations

1. Parents and guardians will declare unequivocal support for the Statement of Faith of the College. 
2. Parents and guardians will pray for the College, its staff and programmes.
3. Parents and guardians will lay a spiritual foundation through a Godly example at home.
4. Parents and guardians will support the College’s endeavours to develop in their children a Christian world-view.

College Expectations

Student Punctuality

Parents are expected to ensure that students attending the College arrive in good time and are picked up promptly after school. 8:40am is the official College start time and all students must move directly to class at this time. Primary students who arrive after 8:50am and Secondary students who arrive after 9am are required to report to the Student Services Office to collect a late slip, recording the nature of their lateness which must then be presented to the classroom teacher before they will be admitted to class. Parents are asked to accompany children to the Student Services Office to explain their lateness.

Student Absences

If for any reason your child is absent from school, we ask that you contact the College absentee line (9456 3025) and let the office staff know before 9:00 am. Class rolls are checked during the first Form period for the day and Form teachers return a list of absent students to the office by 9:05am. If no notification has been received from parents by this time the office staff will send an SMS to families to confirm the whereabouts of students who have not been accounted for. Parents are asked to respond to these messages immediately to confirm the absence of the student. This procedure is a duty of care issue and designed to ensure the safety of our students. Priority will be given to contacting the parents of younger students followed by more senior students.

The College is required to keep a record of student attendance for up to five years. We therefore require families to provide the College with an explanatory note for every absence from school. Please note that memos in class diaries are not sufficient but the use of the absentee note provided in the Student Diary may be used.

Supervision

Please note that students should not be dropped at school before 8:30 am in the morning and should be picked up promptly after school in the afternoon. If you are delayed in the afternoon for any reason please ring the College as early as you can so we can make sure your children are not left unsupervised. If you do need to drop your children off early or they are left at school after the teaching duty ends, please be aware that staff are on supervision duty from 8:30 am in the morning until 8:40 am when the first siren sounds and in the afternoon from 3:10 pm until 3:40 pm.

Visiting the College

There may be times when parents need to visit the College to drop off children or help out in classes etc. If you are visiting the College during school hours i.e. 8:40 am – 3:30pm we ask that you report to the office to sign in and obtain a Visitor’s Badge. On leaving the campus we ask that you return to the office to sign out and return the badge. Again, this is a safety requirement that helps us to track visitors to the College. Students can quickly recognise staff and approved visitors as both staff and visitors are required to wear an identification badge. This procedure is also important in an emergency in determining who is on campus.

Excursions / Incursions

Teachers often plan excursions and incursions to enhance their programmes and reinforce student-learning outcomes. Before any excursion takes place teaching staff are required to complete an application form, which includes a copy of notes/letters to be sent home, safety provisions, transport issues etc. to ensure student safety while on the excursion.
Upon enrolment parents are requested to sign a Notice of Permission for excursions and photographs. This Permission may be updated as required by the parents. Parents can assist with the process of organising an excursion by making sure that you complete and return information and payment slips (if required) in good time and by offering to help your children’s teacher with adult supervision on the excursion.
Parents are required to cover the costs of both entry fees for excursions and additional costs that may be incurred with incursions.

Dress Standards

The College has high expectations for dress standards. These apply to both students and staff. We ask that if you are visiting the College, you dress in a manner consistent with our expectations for staff. As a general rule of thumb think “neat casual”, “practical” and “modest”. The example of adults is important in reinforcing our expectation for students to dress appropriately. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

College Website (The HUB), Facebook, SMS and Schoolzine

Thornlie Christian College is committed to providing timely and relevant information to members of the College Community.

The HUB is a portal of information for parents which is located on our College website. Some areas require visitors to use their child’s College log-in to be able to access the information.
Our College Schoolzine Newsletter allows parents to receive information in real time and at their convenience. Please register at the following address to receive the latest information, photos and videos, as well as a link to the College calendar.
http://thornlieccwa.worldsecuresystems.com/subscribe
A mobile version is available here (please bookmark and add this to your smart devices)
http://thornlieccwa.schoolzinenewsletters.com/mobile

We strongly encourage families to “Like” us on Facebook. Information for the public domain is regularly published on this page.
(www.facebook.com/ThornlieChristianCollege)

When necessary the College will communicate important information by SMS. Eg. Cancellation of a significant event due to bad weather.

Library

The sections of the library include Picture books, Primary fiction, Middle School fiction, Senior School fiction, Non-fiction, Secondary School non-fiction, Reference, Closed Reserve and Staff Resources. There are a number of public access computers that are networked to the main school library catalogue and students can facilitate searches and reserve books within the library. Internet access is also available to students for research.

All students are issued with a library card, which is held in the library. Library books can be borrowed for two weeks and this period may be extended by a further two weeks, as long as the book has not been reserved by another student. Students can access the library during scheduled recess and lunch times. With the class teacher’s permission they may use the library during class time for research.

Pre Primary to Year 6

Primary School students have a weekly library time when books are exchanged and the teacher librarian provides lessons. These lessons are designed to promote library awareness, develop research skills and will include a range of activities to demonstrate these skills.
Primary School students must have a library bag to borrow books.

Middle School & Senior School

Students may exchange library books during recess and lunch time. Class texts are issued from the library and each student is responsible for the texts issued in their name and must ensure they return that book when it is no longer required.

Overdue, Lost and Damaged Library Books

The procedure for overdue library books is as follows:

1. Two weeks overdue: the student is given a printout reminder.

2. No response to this reminder after one week: a second printout reminder is posted home.

3. Still no response after a further week: an invoice for the replacement cost of the book is posted home.

4. Borrowing rights are suspended until the book has been returned or payment made.

For library books/texts that are damaged beyond repair an invoice will be sent home for the replacement cost.

The library is an essential part of a student’s life and therefore developing effective research skills and a sound understanding of how a library works is most important.

Class Time

Bell Times

 

8:40

First Bell

8:45

Form Begins

9:00 – 9:45

Module 1

9.48 - 10:33

Module 2

10.33 – 10:48

Recess

10:50 – 11:35

Module 3

11:38 – 12:23pm

Module 4

12:26 pm– 1:11

Primary School Lunch

 

Module 5

1:11pm – 1:50

7-12 Lunch.

1:55pm – 2:40

Module 6

2:43pm – 3:23

Module 7

3:23pm – 3:30

Clean-up Time

3:15pm

Primary School End of School

3:30pm

7-12 End of School


Assemblies

Assemblies for the Primary, Middle School and Senior Schools are held separately so as to address the specific needs of each group. All assemblies are held in the Multi-Purpose Hall.

The Primary School assemblies are held fortnightly on Tuesday mornings whilst Middle School and Senior School assemblies are held once a month on Thursday mornings.

Assemblies normally commence promptly at 9:00am. Assemblies usually last one module (approximately 45minutes).

Assemblies will include an opening prayer, the singing of the National Anthem, our Christian response, and possibly a message from a guest speaker or staff member and/or a short item by students. In Secondary School, Prefects and Student Councillors lead the assembly, whilst in Primary School different classes and groups of students will be rostered to run the assemblies each fortnight.

Chapel services are held fortnightly on Thursday mornings for Secondary School students. These commence at 8:50am and are held in the Multi-Purpose Hall. The assembly includes Praise and Worship and/or a short devotional presentation by a staff member, the College Chaplain or a guest speaker.

We welcome the attendance of parents, family members and friends at our Assemblies.

Mobile & Telephone Use

While at school, students are not permitted to make phone calls for any reason other than illness or emergency. Students are therefore NOT permitted to make or receive mobile phone calls whilst at school. If you need to contact your child with a message or details of a change of pick-up plans etc, you will need to ring the College office. A message will be taken and relayed to the student through the class or form teacher.

If a student is unwell and needs to be sent home they should, in the first instance, report to the class or form teacher who will refer them to the Student Services Office where staff will assess the student’s condition and phone home if required.

School Bags

The College provides lockers for all students in the Secondary school (Yr7 – Yr12). Students in the Middle and Senior Schools are expected to keep their books at home and plan for each day by bringing only those books for the subjects/courses that are timetabled for that day. The College endorses the use of a wheeled bag to prevent back injuries caused by carrying heavy book bags. Student may access their lockers before school, during recess and lunch and after school only. Therefore books are collected for relevant modules at those times. The student lockers are designed to be able to store the school bag.

Primary students have book trays in their classrooms where they are able to store many of their books.

Vehicle Policy for Students

Students in Year 11 or 12 who wish to drive a vehicle to and from the College must first seek permission from the Principal or the Head of Secondary School and must complete a Student Vehicle Information Sheet.

Once given permission, the student may drive to and from the College. Students must park in the allotted bays within the College grounds and are not permitted to go to vehicles during the school day. The vehicle may only carry student passengers who have an approval in writing from the parents of the driver to transport them and from their parents/guardians to travel in the nominated vehicle. This must be obtained before any student can be transported in a car driven by another student. The Vehicle Information Sheet and the Approval of Passengers to travel must be given to the Head of Secondary School.

Failure to observe these regulations will result in the loss of “driving privileges”. 

Process for Student Leadership Team Elections

The College Student Leadership Team consists of the following: 

Head Boy, Head Girl (or College Captain, College Vice Captain), Prefects, House Captains, Student Councillors and if necessary Bus Monitors.

The following is the procedure for the selection of Prefects, College Captain, Vice College Captain, Head Boy and Head Girl, House Captains and Student Councillors. · Prefect Nominations are open in week eight of Term Three and close in week nine. Any student in Year 11 may nominate.

  • A written application must be completed by each nominee addressing certain criteria. 
  • Students who choose to be considered for the position of College Captain or College Vice-Captain, Head Boy or Head Girl, must indicate this preference on the nomination form. 
  • Those who choose to stand for College Captain or Vice Captain, Head Boy or Head Girl, are required to present a five minute speech at a whole Secondary School assembly in week nine stating why they would like to be elected to this position. 
  • Those standing for the position of Prefect will at the same assembly, introduce themselves and briefly state why they would like to be elected to the position of Prefect. 
  • Immediately following the assembly a secret ballot is held for all students in the Secondary School to vote for their choice of Prefects, Head Boy and Head Girl in preference order. 
  • The staff are also invited to vote. 
  • As a result of the voting “Prefects in Training” are announced at the end of third term at a Whole School Assembly. 
  • At the commencement of Term Four the “Prefects in Training” perform as Prefects in a probationary role under the guidance and leadership of the current Prefects. 
  • In week two of Term Four still as “Prefects in Training” they take over from the present Year 12 Prefects until the final day of the Year. 
  • In week seven of Term Four, an interview is arranged between the Principal, Head of School Secondary and the student. 
  • In week eight of Term Four, the final stage of the selection process takes place. An interview is held with the selected students and maybe their parents so that both parties understand their responsibilities. If still considered suitable, the student is offered a place on the team. If the position is accepted a contract is signed by both the student and the parents indicating they understand what is expected of both parties. 
  • A letter/email is sent to each Prefect nominee prior to the Awards Night advising them of their successful appointment or otherwise, to the position of Prefect for the following year. 
  • The Prefects are announced at the College Senior School Awards Night along with the announcement of Head Boy and Head Girl or College Captain. Each is presented with their badge. The College Captain/Head Boy or Girl will present a short acceptance speech. 
Depending on the number of suitable applicants, the Prefects will be given Chairperson roles in all or a number of the following: 
  • College Captain 
  • College Vice-Captain OR 
  • Head Boy/ Head Girl 
  • Chairperson – Entertainment / Functions 
  • Chairperson - Publications 
  • Chairperson - Worship 
  • Sports Captain 
  • Chairperson - Social Concerns & Environment 
  • Chairperson - Fundraising.
Prefects are required to attend a Prefect Retreat at the beginning of Term One.
The College Captain and Vice Captain or Head Boy and Head Girl Chair the Prefect meetings and oversee the Prefects.
Prefect meetings are held fortnightly, first and third Wednesday, Chairperson/Committee meetings on the second Wednesday of the month and Student Council meetings on the Fourth Wednesday of the month.

House Captain and House Vice Captain
Any student in Year 11 or 12 may nominate to become a House Captain or House Vice Captain. Two students are elected from each House - preferably one Male and one Female. The following is the procedure: 
  • Nominations open on Friday of Week One of Term One and close on Wednesday of Week Two. 
  • A nomination form is completed by each nominee addressing criteria on why they would like to be chosen as a House Captain or Vice Captain. 
  • Those who choose to stand, present a speech at a House meeting in Week Two. 
  • Voting (secret ballot) takes place in all Secondary School Form Classes the following day. 
  • The announcement of the successful candidates and presentation of badges is made at a Secondary School assembly in Week Three. 
House Captains attend Committee meetings held on the second Wednesday of each month and Student Council meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Student Council Representatives
The Student Council consists of College Captain. Vice Captain or Head Boy, Head Girl, Prefects, House Captains, and Vice Captains, two Students Councillors from each Form class, House Captains and House Vice Captains and Bus Monitors (if operating).
The following is the procedure for electing the two representatives for each Form in the Secondary School.
  • Nominations are open in Week Two of Term One and close in Week Three. 
  • A nomination form is completed by each nominee addressing the reasons why they would like to be a Student Councillor and represent their Form. 
  • Form elections are held in Week Three. 
  • Announcement of the Student Councillors and presentation of badges is made at the next scheduled assembly. 
  • Student Councillors may be elected for one semester or for the whole year. This is at the decision of the Form Teacher. Head of the Student Council are the two Year 12 representatives who Chair and run the meetings. 
Student Council Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Sound Team
Students are invited to join the Middle School or Senior School Sound Teams. They must complete a training course, after which they will be promoted to the Sound Team.
Requirements: 
  • Setting up and packing away of sound equipment for assemblies and College events. 
  • Students to be available to attend College events to assist with working the equipment 
  • Ongoing training of new equipment 
Choir Leaders
Members of the Choir who meet the criteria are given the responsibility of being leaders of the choir.
Requirements:
  • Have been a member of the choir for 3 years 
  • Attend all weekly practices 
  • Attend all extra-curricular events including camps, eisteddfods 
  • Show leadership to other members of the choir 
  • Fulfil other duties as required by the Teacher in Charge - Music 

Bus Monitors

The appointment of Bus Monitors is at the discretion of the Principal and the Bus Drivers.
If they are required they are chosen by the Principal in consultation with the Leadership Team and will be chosen from responsible Year 12 or Year 11 students who travel on College buses.

  • Bus Monitors are part of the Student Leadership Team 
  • Bus Monitors are required to attend Student Council Meetings 
  • Bus Monitor badges are presented at an assembly 

Uniform Information

Please note the Uniform Handbook is the definitive reference point for all uniform related matters.

The Uniform Handbook is available on-line via The Hub.


Lost Property

All property brought to the College must be clearly marked with the student’s name. Lost property is kept in the Student Services and may be reclaimed from there.

The College encourages parents to check from time-to-time, the names in the clothing their children bring home as mix-ups can and do occur.
The College advises students not to bring valuable items to College and can accept no responsibility for items that are mislaid.
The items listed below are not encouraged to be brought to College by students. The College will not accept responsibility for the loss or damage of items that are brought to school.

Items include;
  • Mobile phones 
  • MP3 players 
  • Electronic Games/Equipment
  • Toys etc 

Mobile Phones, MP3 Players, iPods

Primary: Students are not permitted to have mobile phones, iPods or mp3 players at the College and should not bring these items to school.

Secondary: The College prefers that students do not have mobile phones, iPods and mp3 players on campus. These items may be handed into Student Services on arrival to the College and collected on departure. Should a student choose not to do so, the College takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen. Students who use mobile phones and mp3 players between the hours of 8:40am and 3:30pm will have them confiscated. These devices must be switched off not just set to ‘silent’. Confiscated mobile phones/MP3 players must be collected by parents from Parent Services unless alternative arrangements are made with the Deputy Principal by the parent.

Under no circumstances, should students be recording anything at any time on any device without staff permission.

Parental Involvement

Parents are encouraged to be involved in the education of their children and our staff are committed to work at maintaining openness in our relationships with parents. The stronger the Family/College relationship is, the more secure your children are likely to feel in the College environment and this is bound to have a positive impact on their development.


During the course of the year the College organises a number of events, which are designed to bring the College community together and provide parents with the opportunity to meet both formally and informally with the staff. We encourage you to make the most of these opportunities and keep in close contact with your children’s teachers. We are a community and communication is vital if we are to be effective in our shared responsibility for the children in our joint care.
College special events include:

  • Commencement Service in Term One
  • Association’s Annual General Meeting
  • Concert Nights
  • School Assemblies
  • Chapel Services
  • Information Evenings
  • Parent/Teacher Evenings
  • Open Day
  • Special Prayer Events
  • End of Year Awards and Graduation Nights
  • Sporting Carnivals (Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country)

Reporting To Parents

TERM 1
An acquaintance night will be held early in term one for parents to meet Classroom/Form teachers and other staff working with their children. Classroom programmes, expectations and procedures are explained to parents at these meetings.
An Interim Report is prepared and sent home for both Primary and Secondary students in Term 1.

TERM 2
Parent/Teacher interviews are held in Week 2 or 3 to discuss student progress as reported in the Term 1 Interim Report.
Semester reports are prepared for the whole College.

TERM 3
Parent/Teacher interviews are held in week 2 or 3 to review students’ progress in the First Semester and set goals for the Second Semester.

TERM 4
End of year reports are prepared for the whole College.

Grievance Policy

As a Christian College it is important to stress that while we recognise that grievances can and do arise, there is a Biblical pattern for resolving such issues that is aimed at bringing about resolution without undermining or damaging relationships. While we would hope that such issues will not arise, it is important that when they do, there is a procedure to guide staff, students and parents in addressing such matters. It is our aim to resolve complaints fairly, efficiently, promptly and in accordance with relative legislation. 

The details of the Grievance Policy can be found on The Hub

Student Assessment & Attendance Policy

The Student Assessment & Attendance Policy  has been developed so that students, parents and teachers are aware of their responsibilities in the assessment process. 

Secondary Students and their Parents will be required to read and agree to the conditions set out in the  Secondary Student Assessment & Attendance Policy located on The Hub.

Disclosure of Personal Information

Please be aware that because of the Duty of Care Regulation under which all teachers operate, any information that is disclosed in your personal writing may need to be disclosed to another appropriate party.

Character Development/Behaviour Management Policy

When our students take ownership of their learning, personal development and behaviour they thrive and inspire others around them to do the same. The Character Development Policy helps us support our students to this end. This policy can be found on The Hub under Policies.

School Rules & Behaviour Expectations

The rules and behaviour at Thornlie Christian College are formulated primarily to reflect Biblical principles. It is expected that students will behave in a manner which puts the interests of others first. Students are encouraged to set a Godly example in attitude and action, assisting in the creation of an environment characterised by unity, harmony and safety.

Biblical Expectations

RESPECT GOD In all you do, seek to honour and obey God. Matthew 22:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength.

RESPECT OTHERS In all things show respect for others Matthew 22:39 “Love your neighbour as yourself”

RESPECT YOURSELF Know that you are a holy vessel, created and loved by God. 1 Corinthians 3:16 & 17 “ Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the spirit of God dwells in you”. Conduct yourself accordingly in all things.

RESPECT THE STAFF Follow their instructions, address them politely, and seek their help in learning. Titus 3:1 Remind your people to submit to rulers and authorities, to obey them and be ready to do good in every way.

RESPECT FELLOW STUDENTS Seek to build one another up and encourage each other. All students have the right to learn free from disruption, be treated courteously and be free from discrimination including physical or verbal abuse. Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up"

RESPECT THE PROPERTY OF OTHERS Don’t steal or damage other people’s property and be sure to hand in lost property. Exodus 20:15 "You shall not steal"

RESPECT THE TRUTH 1 Peter 2:1 "Rid yourself then, of all evil; no more lying or hypocrisy or jealousy or insulting language".

LEARN ALL YOU CAN Proverbs 23:12 "Pay attention to your teacher and learn all you can".

OBEY THE COLLEGE RULES James 4:7 "Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin".

Rules and Boundaries

The rules outlined below are by no means exhaustive, but give an example of acceptable behaviour and expectations.

  • The students are expected to be polite and well mannered, conducting themselves in a manner that will bring honour to God and the College community.
  • Full College uniform must be worn neatly and in accordance with the College uniform policy, and students should do nothing to disgrace the uniform in public.
  • Bad and disrespectful language, rowdy behaviour and rebellion against authority are prohibited.
  • Students are expected to arrive at the College and classes on time, and attend between the hours of 8:40am and 3:30pm (3:15pm for Primary) unless they are unwell or have a legitimate reason why they are not able to attend.
  • Students are expected to care for and keep their books neat and do all school and homework set.
  • Students are to treat College property with care and respect. Deliberate defacing or damaging of College property is prohibited.
  • Students/families will be held responsible for the replacement costs of damaged equipment.
  • Fighting, teasing bullying and verbal abuse of any kind are not permitted.
  • The furthering of romantic relationships is not permitted during College hours.
  • No drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or any other prohibited substances may be used or brought to College by students. A breach of this standard may result in immediate expulsion for any student.
  • Students should not run on verandas or pathways.
  • Skateboarding, roller-skating and bike riding are not permitted on campus.
  • Students may not play with sticks.
  • Throwing of missiles is not permitted.
  • Playground equipment is to be used with care and safety.
  • Rough games such as “Brandy” and “British Bulldog” are not permitted.
  • Instructions given by ANY staff member or prefect are to be obeyed.
  • All car park areas are out of bounds unless under staff supervision.
  • Students may not enter bush areas surrounding the College.
  • The maintenance shed at the Western side of the campus is out of bounds.
  • Primary students may not enter the High School area without staff permission.
  • High School students may not enter the Primary School area without staff permission.
  • Students are not permitted in classrooms unless under staff direction.
  • The rubbish skip bin areas are out of bounds except for student who have been sent to empty classroom bins.

Privacy Policy
Your privacy is important.

Introduction and General Principals

1. Thornlie Christian College (“the College”) respects the right to privacy of individuals and the need to protect their confidential information.

2. The College is committed to acting in accordance with the National Privacy Principles (NPP) contained in the Privacy Act 1998 (Cth) and with this policy.

3. This policy sets out the terms on which the College will collect, store, use and release personal information regarding its students, parents, guardians and third parties.

4. This policy will apply to all information collected by the College about students or their parents and guardians before, during and after their enrolment at the College unless otherwise stated.

5. The College reserves its right to review and update this policy as required to take into account new laws, technologies and the College’s operations and activities.
Collection and Use of Personal Information

6. The College collects personal information, including ‘sensitive information’ as that term is defined in the Privacy Act (Sensitive Information) about students, parents and guardians, before and during the course of a student’s enrolment at the College. The primary purpose of collecting this information is to enable the College to provide of the students’ educational, social, spiritual, mental and physical well-being and development.

7. The College may also collect, use, disclose and retain personal information about students and their parents and guardians for the following purposes:

7.1 keeping parents and guardians informed about their child’s schooling and school activities.

This may occur through personal meetings, correspondence, newsletters, magazines and on the College’s website;

7.2 day to day administration of the College

7.3 marketing and promotion of the College to prospective students and their parents and guardians;

7.4 fundraising for the College;

7.5 developing and maintaining a student alumni.

8. Some of the information collected is to satisfy the College’s legal obligations, particularly to enable the College to discharge its duty of care to students and staff.

9. The Education Act and other Commonwealth and State Government statutory authorities governing or relating to the operation of colleges require that certain information is collected. Some information is required to be passed on to these authorities.

10. Health information about students is Sensitive Information within the terms of the National Privacy principles under the Privacy Act. We may ask parents or guardians to provide medical reports or medical information about students from time to time in order to assist the College in obtaining appropriate medical assistance for students if required and in discharging the College’s duty of care.

11. The College may, from time to time, disclose personal and Sensitive Information to others about students for administrative and educational purposes. This includes to other colleges, government departments, medical practitioners and people providing services to the College, including specialist visiting teachers, sports coaches and volunteers. Such information is only Provided to the extent necessary for the providing of the relevant services to the College or student or as required by law.

12. Sensitive Information will be used and disclosed only for the purposes for which it was provided or a directly related secondary purpose unless the College is authorised to use or disclose the information by law, is authorised by the person the information relates to or is required to do so to prevent imminent danger or personal harm.

13. On occasions student information (which is not Sensitive Information) such as academic and sporting achievements and activities is published in College newsletters, local newspapers and on our web site. Student information (although not Sensitive Information) may also be used in the course of fundraising and promotional activities by the College in order to assist the College in achieving or maintaining optimum student numbers, and to maximise the financial resources of the College.

14. Parental contact details are made available to Thornlie Christian College staff members as required.

15. The College will not disclose personal information about current or former students to third parties for marketing purposes of the third parties without the person’s consent.

16. If you provide the College with the personal information of others, such as doctor or emergency contacts, we encourage you to inform them that you are disclosing that information to the College and why, that they can access that information if they wish and that the College does not usually disclose the information to third parties.
Right to Access and to Correct Personal Information

17. The Privacy Act grants individuals the right to obtain access to personal information held by the College about them.

18. Parents may seek access to personal information collected about them and their child. Students may also seek access to personal information about themselves. Access may need approval by the Principal and there will be occasions when access may be denied. Such occasions would include where access would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others, where access may result in a breach of the College’s duty of care for the student, or where students have provided information in confidence.

19. If a person wants to have access to information held by the College about them or their child then they should apply in writing to the Principal.

20. The College will use its reasonable endeavours to ensure that information it collects and/or discloses is accurate and up to date. It is the obligation of parents/guardians of students to provide the College with current and updated information and to notify the College if the personal or contact information of the student, parent, guardian or emergency contact persons change.

21. Full Fee Paying Overseas Students: Information provided to the College about the student may be made available to State and Commonwealth agencies.
Security of Personal Information

22. College staff are required to respect the privacy of individuals and to take reasonable steps to keep personal information that the College holds about individuals confidential except to the extent it is required to be disclosed or used for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy or as contemplated by it.

23. The College takes reasonable measures to protect personal information from wrongful disclosure, misuse, loss or unauthorised access or modification.

24. The College will take reasonable steps to destroy personal information when it is no longer required by law to be held by it or is no longer required by the purposes contemplated by this policy.

Drug & Alcohol Policy

Introduction
Thornlie Christian College recognises that legal and illegal drugs present potential problems for students and members of the Thornlie Christian College Community and has therefore drafted this policy to define the College’s position on the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. The following policy document is designed therefore to ensure that all school community members are encouraged to identify and implement appropriate preventive measures for dealing with drug-related issues.
Rationale
Fundamental to our Christian beliefs is the assumption that we are in fact created beings. Created by God to fulfil His purposes for our lives and to bring Him glory. He has given each one of us a physical body the care for which we remain accountable. 1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; and that in fact it is sinful to harm your own body or that of others.

For the purposes of this document, a drug shall be defined as: "Any substance, with the exception of food and water, which when taken into the body alters its function physically and / or psychologically" This definition includes all drugs (e.g. analgesics, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, amphetamines). Solvents such as glue and petrol for the purposes of sniffing are also included.

Practice

Prevention:
We recognise that Thornlie Christian College has a role to play in educating students against the dangers and health risks associated with the use and misuse of legal and illegal drugs. For this purpose Drug Education forms part of our over-all Health & Physical Education program.


Intervention:
Thornlie Christian College does not permit students, staff or visitors, while on College premises or at a College function or where there are students present, to:

  • smoke and/or possess tobacco products
  • consume, possess or be under the influence of alcohol
  • possess, use or be under the influence of pharmaceutical drugs for non-medical purposes
  • inhale solvents and/or volatile Substances
  • possess drug-related equipment such as syringes, bongs, pipes, etc.
  • possess, use or be under the influence of prohibited drugs

Students found to be misusing legal drugs or using illegal drugs; under the influence of; in possession of and/or involved in the sale of, drugs including cigarettes or alcohol will be immediately suspended from the College pending a full investigation. In the event that the student’s behaviour is unlawful the matter will be referred to the police.

Having investigated the matter, should a student be confirmed to have breached the College Drug and Alcohol Policy, they will face expulsion from Thornlie Christian College.

Should the circumstances of any such breach of the Thornlie Christian College’s Drug and Alcohol Policy be deemed by the Principal to warrant leniency, parents will be required to attend an interview with the Principal to discuss what action is to be taken. The student/s involved will be required to attend counselling with a registered counselling programme and complete an educative task designed to reinforce the dangers and risks associated with drug use and abuse.

Staff found to be misusing legal drugs or using illegal drugs; under the influence of; in possession of and/or involved in the sale of, drugs including cigarettes or alcohol will be immediately suspended from all College activities pending a full investigation.

Having investigated the matter, should it be confirmed that the staff member has breached the Thornlie Christian College Drug and Alcohol Policy he/she will be summarily dismissed. In the event that the staff member’s behaviour is unlawful the matter will be referred to the police.

Should the circumstances of any such breach of the Thornlie Christian College’s Drug and Alcohol Policy be deemed by the Principal to warrant leniency, the staff member will be required to attend an interview with the Principal to discuss what action is to be taken. The staff member involved may be required to attend counselling with a registered counselling programme designed to reinforce the dangers and risks associated with drug use and abuse.

Parents or visitors to the Thornlie Christian College found to be misusing legal drugs or using illegal drugs; under the influence of; in possession of and/or involved in the sale of, drugs including cigarettes or alcohol will be banned from the Thornlie Christian College pending a full investigation.

Having investigated the matter, should it be confirmed that the parents, or visitor has breached the Thornlie Christian College’s Drug and Alcohol Policy he/she may be banned from coming onto the Thornlie Christian College property for a period of time. In the event that the parent/visitor’s behaviour is unlawful the matter will be referred to the police.


Information Technology - Acceptable Use Policy

Thornlie Christian College has strict guidelines governing student access to computer technology, the College Local Area Network and the Internet. Every student should be aware of the Acceptable Use Policy. Together with on-line monitoring of student access to websites and the dynamic blocking of inappropriate, offensive or non-educational websites, TCC ensures that the Internet is used as an effective learning resource. Students (Years 3-12) and their Parents will be required to sign an agreement to the terms and conditions of the Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy at the beginning of each school year.

Bullying Policy

Bullying is a form of abuse that can seriously affect the health, wellbeing and educational outcomes of children. This includes those being bullied, those bullying others, families and the whole school community. It is important that Parents and Students familiarise themselves with the College Bullying Policy so that as a community we can most effectively address in issues that may arise. 

Bus Behaviour Management Policy

Thornlie Christian College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students while travelling to and from the College by bus. It is important that parents and the students using the buses familiarise themselves with the Bus Behaviour Management Policy. 

Lockers

At the beginning of the year all Secondary Students will be issued with a locker by their Form teacher. Students must not swap lockers without the permission of their Form teacher who will inform the Deputy Principal.

Students must use a College combination padlock or one approved by the Deputy Principal.

Students requiring a lock to be cut will be provided with a replacement College combination padlock and charged $10. This can be paid immediately or put on the families school account.

Students are encouraged to inform their Form teachers of their lock combination and should not leave this in a place likely to be seen by other students.

Students should be courteous to other students at the lockers and avoid congregating around the lockers so that other students, staff, parents and visitors can move freely by.

Lockers are to be kept clean and free of graffiti.

Students are not to affix pictures or writing in their locker other than a copy of their timetable.

Food or drink is not to be stored in the locker overnight.

Calculators and other valuables are not to be stored in lockers overnight.

Students are to keep their padlocks locked at all times when not in use.

Students’ bags are to be stored in their lockers throughout the day and must not be taken from class to class.

Students caught tampering with another student’s locker will be disciplined.

Students will be required to have their locker emptied and cleaned as part of the clearance requirements at the end of the year or if leaving. The locker will be inspected by their Form teacher.

College Governance

Thornlie Christian College is am incorporated association operating under the objective of the establishment and operation of a Christian College and the delivery of Christian Education programmes.

The Associations’ members include all families who have children enrolled in the College and other community members who have applied for and met the criteria membership. Full membership and Associate membership is available to families. Only Full members have voting rights within the Association. An annual association membership fee is charged with the College tuition fees that must be paid before families are able to vote at association meetings.

The College is a ministry of Thornlie Church of Christ and is subject to the authority of the Church Eldership who maintain responsibility for the overall operation of the College. The Association in most instances operates under the direction of its Board of Directors who are appointed by the Association to work with the Principal of the College to oversee its operation. 
The Principal is the Chief Executive Officer of the College and manages all day-to-day operational affairs of the College under the Board’s direction including the setting of curriculum and the employment of all College staff.

The Association may appoint parents interested in serving on the College Board after approval of their nomination by the Church Eldership. 

The Church Eldership maintains responsibility for the spiritual tone and direction of the College and for the acquisition and or disposal of College assets and debt.

In the event that the College Board or Association were to make a decision, which the Church Eldership considered was contrary to the objectives of the College or its spiritual ethos, they may exercise their right of veto in overturning such decisions. The Eldership of the Thornlie Church of Christ maintains overall responsibility for the operation and management of the Association. 

At the very core of Thornlie Christian College is the Christian faith. The College's principles of faith can be found in the Statement of Faith available on the website. A copy of the constitution can be provided on request.


Other College Policies

Other College Polices are available on The Hub. Parents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with these policies.