A Message from the High School Deputy

Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to meet many of your children’s teachers at the Meet the Teacher evenings and started a new dialogue, partnering together in the education of your child. Some of you would have also met the new Dean of Students, Mr Scott Roby and Mr Chris Smith.

As stated in the last newsletter, these staff members will be responsible for the academic monitoring and welfare support of students in High School. The Deans of Students will manage, monitor and respond to matters of student welfare (including discipline), lead and support team of Year Advisers, and manage student academic and welfare programs. They are located in the High School Student Office.

In practice, this means a change in the way classroom based management is conducted.

Classroom management is the responsibility of each teacher.  The Head Teacher’s role is to lead and support classroom teachers in the delivery of quality teaching and student learning. Head Teachers support their staff by communicating the School’s policies and procedures, providing advice, mentoring and visiting classes.  Head Teachers no longer manage referrals for student conduct in the classroom.

Head Teachers will continue to manage students sent to them for non-completion of homework and assessment tasks. Head Teachers will deal with NESA requirements such as:

  • Receive and process N determinations (10-12)
  • Process assessment appeals

The Deans of Students are to manage, monitor and respond to matters of student welfare (including discipline), lead and support team of Year Advisers, and manage student academic and welfare programs. The new structure allows teachers to send students directly to the Deans.

Below are the steps or guidelines that teachers follow:

  • Make student referrals for disruptive, disrespectful, or disobedient behaviour to Dean of Students. Teachers are expected to maintain a responsive classroom
  • As part of the referral process teachers are expected to have taken steps with students to modify their conduct:
    • Reminder to student to complete work and keep behaviour on track
    • Redirection if student is not able to self-correct work or behaviour
    • Relocation to a position in the classroom where they can be more settled
    • Referral to Dean of Students.
  • A case of extreme behaviour may result in referral without accumulated steps
  • A student referred from class can expect a consequence e.g. lunch detention
  • A referral may result in an ongoing process of restoration for a return to class (referral is part of a process not an isolated event).

Year Advisers may become involved in student management as they fulfill their role of oversight of the academic and social welfare of each student in their year group. Year Advisers also support their Pastoral Care team in delivering effective student management.

The Deputy Principal will work with students who have been referred by Dean of Students. This will happen as a student has not responded to earlier attempts by both class teachers and Dean of Students.

Please click here to see a flowchart outlining the School’s response to pastoral problems and concerns.

In His Service,

Anthony Hudson
High School Deputy