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Drug and 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 of 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 (eg. 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 school premises or at a school 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 using or misusing legal or illegal drugs respectively; 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 breeched the College Drug Policy, they will face expulsion from Thornlie Christian College.

Should the circumstances of any such breech of the Thornlie Christian College’s Drug 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 counseling with a registered counseling programme and complete an educative task designed to reinforce the dangers and risks associated with drug use and abuse. The Principal’s determination in such matters will be final. However, in line with the dictates of the College Behaviour Management Policy, the student and/or parent/s may appeal against the decision to the Chairperson of the College Board of Directors.

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

Having investigated the matter, should it be confirmed that the staff member has breeched the Thornlie Christian College’s Drug 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.

Parents or visitors to the Thornlie Christian College found to be using or misusing legal or illegal drugs respectively; 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 breeched the Thornlie Christian College’s Drug Policy he/she may be permanently banned from coming onto the Thornlie Christian College property. In the event that the parent’s behaviour is unlawful the matter will be referred to the police.