Anti Bullying Policy
The School Board of Sage College is committed to protecting his students, employees and applicants for admission from bullying, harassment, or discrimination for any reason and of any type. They shall be just cause for disciplinary action.
Sage College prohibits the bullying of any student or school employee during any educational program or activity; through the use of any electronic device or data while on school grounds or on a school bus, computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network; through threats using the above to be carried out on school grounds.
Discipline and Behaviour Policy
The school setting is an environment where young students are encouraged to become productive members of society. In addition to the important academic focus, the school is a training ground where children are taught basic social skills. At Sage College, we have formulated a reasonable behavior policy which all students need to address as they reach various levels of maturity.
Proper behaviour is crucial if pupils and students are to achieve their potential and meet the five outcomes of “Every Child Matters” which are:
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic success
As they grow, our students are continually taught to be courteous, kind, thoughtful, and honest toward their fellow classmates and to the many adults who are guiding them in various facets of school life. Children are encouraged to be proud of their school, friends, and teachers, as well as themselves. Students are expected to relate respectfully to teachers and other staff members.
Positive reinforcement of good behaviour works well in most instances. All staff should be constantly looking for ways to encourage a good community spirit and responsible behaviour. Sage College operates a merit system in order to reward good behaviour in and out of the classroom. Thus, whenever possible, students are encouraged and rewarded. Students thrive on praise and this is recognised through our reward system which offers the opportunity to reward students for a variety of achievements including exceptional work, progress in behaviour, making a contribution to the community or participating in extracurricular activities. Celebration evenings are also an important feature of our reward system which allows a very visible way for all stakeholders to share in our success.
Students are expected to observe regulations, take care of the school, respect teachers, care for schoolmates, keep good discipline, study diligently, be serious, honest, responsible, thrifty, polite and neat in appearance and be enthusiastic in service. Students must not damage school reputation or school ethos, endanger public security, infringe the rights of others, steal any public or private property and violate rules and regulations.
Health, Nutrition and Physical fitness Policy
We understand we have an important part to play in this strategy by introducing our children to a broad variety of physical activities and removing barriers to participation. Every student shall be physically educated - that is, shall develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, maintain physical fitness, regularly participate in physical activity, understand the short and long-term benefits of physical activity, and value and enjoy physical activity as an ongoing part of a healthful lifestyle. In addition, all staff is encouraged to participate in and model physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.
Physical Education Lessons
There is a sequential scheme of work of physical education that involves moderate to vigorous physical activity on a regular basis; teaches knowledge, motor skills, self-management skills, and positive attitudes; promotes activities and sports that students enjoy and can pursue throughout their lives.
The school has playgrounds, playground markings and equipment available for free play. Mid-day supervisors engage pupils in physical activity at lunchtime (Huff and Puff, skipping, team games etc), which reduces boredom and ‘squabbles’ and the time it takes to sort such issues out. Peer mediators help pupils in dispute work out their problems through discussion. Disputes can range from bullying to unkind behaviour or disagreements in the playground. Teachers should be introduced and involved in the use of more disruptive pupils to act as lunchtime games leaders.
Celebrating Physical Achievements
We regularly hold achievement assemblies to celebrate physical achievements as well as academic performance. We believe these assemblies are very important as they raise the children/young people’s confidence and self-esteem, which in turn may encourage them to continue being active. Certificates are given to children who are trying their best at a new activity or who have achieved their personal best.
The college shall provide lunches that meet the nutritional standards required by state. Refer to World Health Organization Child Growth standards for further information.
Children who eat well-balanced meals and are healthy are more likely to learn in the classroom. The board supports increased emphasis on nutrition as well as physical activity at all grade levels to enhance the well being of our students. Therefore, it is the policy of the board to:
- Provide students access to nutritious food; Nutritious meals served by the school nutrition and food services operation complies with state and national law.
- Provide opportunities for physical activity and developmentally appropriate exercise; and
- Provide accurate information related to these topics.
In order to safeguard the children in our care and to protect the interests of all those who work in the school we have a policy for the admission and management of visitors to the building. It is most important that only those people who need to have access to the building are allowed to enter and that the reason for their visit and their identity is checked before they are allowed to enter the building. It is also important to remember that we are a school working in close partnership with our parents, consequently a sensitive, tactful and caring approach to them is appropriate at all times.