Grandparents’ Morning on May 1 was once again well patronised and thoroughly enjoyed by the 450 grandparents and guests in attendance. It was very evident that they valued the opportunity to spend time with their grandchildren at the College and to find out about the various activities in which their grandchildren are involved. The grandparents particularly enjoyed the music and vocal groups, which showcased the students' talents throughout the morning.
Thank you to those grandparents who contributed towards the development of Primary and Secondary facilities by making a monetary donation. A special thank you to the many staff and parental volunteers whose efforts made Grandparents’ Morning a truly memorable occasion – a wonderful community effort and a fitting tribute to our grandparents.
A reminder to parents that the Student Absence Policy states the following:
Regular, punctual and continuing attendance is required of all students. Prolonged unapproved absence will impact on a student’s academic attainment, and may jeopardise a student’s continuing enrolment in the College. Student absences are recorded electronically on a central database. If a student is absent for more than two days, a medical certificate is required.
Student Protection Information
CHAC recognises that protecting students from harm and the risk of harm is fundamental to maximising their personal and academic potential. For this reason, the welfare and best interest of our students will always be a primary consideration.
The College has in place a comprehensive Student Protection Policy that is regularly articulated to staff and students. This Policy covers the actions to be taken if a student, member of staff or parent becomes aware of or reasonably suspects that harm or likely harm has been done to a student of the College by other staff, people outside the College or by other students. The Policy also includes what action students can take if they are not feeling safe. This is articulated in the Student Diary (page 25) and can also be accessed via the Parent Lounge.
The Student Protection in Anglican Schools Policy and The Student Protection in Anglican Schools Procedures were reviewed and updated in 2018. Along with the Protocol for Dealing with Sexual Misconduct and the Complaints Management in Anglican Schools Policies and Procedures, these documents can be found on the College website and hard copies are held at Student Reception (Primary and Secondary). Parents are welcome to access them at any time.
The Anglican Schools Office and the Office of Professional Standards- Anglican Church Southern Queensland have prepared resources to assist parents and staff to understand these changes and the implications for families and the College.
I would also like to draw your attention to the Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy. The purpose of the Strategy is to help to identify potential risks of harm to children and young people and to implement strategies to minimise these risks. A well-developed strategy will assist the College to achieve its objectives by providing a clear and consistent framework to guide and support all members of the College community. The Strategy was reviewed in November 2018 and is available on the College website and Parent Lounge.
If you require further information, please contact the College’s Student Protection Officers. They are:
- Mr Dave Pavish, Assistant Principal (3896 0440)
- Mrs Meggy Delaunay, College Psychologist (3896 0441)
- Mrs Desiree Duvenage, Teacher - Life and Faith (3896 0418)
- Mr Rob Hawkin, Teacher – ITD (3896 0483)
- Mrs Elizabeth Chaplain, Director of Primary (3906 2752)
- Mrs Anita Spencer, Deputy Director of Primary (3906 2742)
- Mr Chris Williams, Teacher Primary (3906 2750)
Year 12 Students Driving to School
I would like to remind Year 12 students who wish to travel to school by private car that they must meet certain conditions (as outlined in the Student Diary). Students who drive to school must:
- Obtain a permission form from Student Reception and inform the Assistant Principal that he/she intends to drive to school. The students will be given permission to drive after obtaining certain provisos and signing an agreement.
- Park the vehicle in Krupp Road in front of D Block or in streets adjacent to the College.
- Drive responsibly and safely at all times while obeying the Road Rules.
Students must not take passengers in their cars unless written permission by parents and agreement by the Assistant Principal is given.
Parenting Ideas – Speak So Young People Will Listen
Parenting educator Michael Grose suggests five simple strategies parents can use to encourage their children to listen to what they have to say. I refer you to his article.