School Policies & Procedures
Kariong Mountains High School Policies and Procedures provide guidance on the processes used to manage all incidents and activities associated with being a member of the school community. Policies are either determined at a school level or are mandated by the Department of Education and Communities. Where possible, the P&C is involved in their development to ensure that they reflect community values and the school’s motto of ‘unity knowledge respect’. Policies are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they are appropriate and applicable to our school’s context.
Summary of each policy below with link to view the full version:
Kariong Mountains High School’s Aboriginal Education Policy is focused on consolidating and improving on existing educational outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This includes specifically improving retention and academic results from Year 7 to Year 12, bringing them into line with comparable outcomes with the student population as a whole.
Acceptable Use of Internet and Email
The use of the Internet and email services at Kariong Mountains High School will provide secure access for students and staff, while assisting students to develop research and communication skills necessary to use the services productively and appropriately.
Kariong Mountains High School Anti-bullying Policy review was undertaken in 2016 by a team representative of students, staff and parents. Wider representation of student and parents/carers was ensured through surveys and workshops. The plan was communicated to the school and the wider community via presentations, lessons, the school newsletter and website. The plan will be reviewed in 2019.
Report an Incident
To report an incident you can either contact the school (Year Advisor or Deputy Principal) or use this online form:
At Kariong Mountains High School, we will ensure that all school policies, procedures and practices are non-discriminatory. All school resources and curriculum materials will be carefully selected to ensure they meet these standards. We believe that all students are entitled to participate in a system that is free from racism and prejudice.
Assessment and Reporting Policy
Assessment is the ongoing process of gathering, analysing and reflecting on evidence to make informed and consistent judgements to improve future student learning. At Kariong Mountains High School, teachers use assessment strategies to inform their practice and engage in dialogue with students and their parents about student progress.
All students who are enrolled at school, regardless of their age, are expected to attend school whenever instruction is provided.
Behaviour Management Policy
The Behaviour Management Policy is one of many policies which support Kariong Mountains High School Welfare Policy. Kariong Mountains High School aims at all times to recognise and celebrate positive behaviour. Whilst the majority of students are well behaved, a small number are involved in anti-social and disruptive behaviour.
‘Bring your own device’ (BYOD) refers to students bringing a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning. The purpose of BYOD is to enhance technology-rich learning for all students at Kariong Mountains High School. There are more opportunities for students to collaborate with others, connect with a global community, receive feedback from teachers, and create products like videos to show their learning.
The DET has set procedures in place to deal with complaints. Any person can make a complaint, including a student, parent or caregiver, a community member, contractor or volunteer. The information in this document is to inform how policy is actioned at Kariong Mountains High School.
This document provides information on local and non-local enrolment policies at Kariong Mountains High School.
Environmental Education Policy
Environmental education is based on the principle of conservation for sustainable development. This involves managing our heritage and natural resources so that they continue to support life.
School excursions are an integral part of the department’s education learning programs and provide students and staff with invaluable experience outside the school environment.
Gender Equity Policy
Gender equity is embodied in anti-discrimination and other relevant state and federal legislation. It should inform educational programs and decisions made about school management and procedures.
Gender equity provides not only a framework to improve the educational outcomes for boys and girls, but a solid basis for effective citizenship in the future.
Gifted and Talented Students Policy
All government schools have a responsibility to educate each and every child to their potential. Regardless of ethnicity, cultural, religious or socio-economic background, students are to be catered including those with disabilities and those who underachieve.
At Kariong Mountains High School we believe that homework is part of the learning process and as such is a valuable part of lifelong education. Homework can be a vital part of the home/school partnership which supports young people as they learn. Homework is supported by the NSW Department of Education and Communities in its Policy release of August 2000.
Multicultural Education Policy
The policy of Multiculturalism recognises, accepts and values the diversity of cultural, racial, religious and political origins of the multitude of Aboriginal and ethnic groups of English and non-English speaking people who have contributed to the development of Australia. By encouraging people to understand and appreciate the cultural diversity within Australian society, multiculturalism promotes harmonious coexistence and enhances the life options available to its people.
Personal Electronic Devices Code of Conduct
Mobile phones and other personal music or communication devices are in common usage in our society today. The use of each of these devices has a communication or entertainment benefit which is highly desirable for the user. They do, at the same time, also have the potential to distract the user from other tasks, make those tasks more difficult or intrude upon the rights of other individuals nearby. For this reason Kariong Mountains High School has developed a positive behaviour for learning approach to managing electronic devices.
Playground Duty and Implementation Procedure
Establishing a well-structured playground that promotes opportunities for positive interactions will have a beneficial effect on social, physical and cognitive development. Therefore, it is important that teachers encourage positive playground behavior and respect for their areas. Teachers need to model the behavior that they wish students to adopt.
Rights and Responsibilities of Students
All students have the responsibility to respect the rights of other students and staff.
Student Support Policy
The welfare of students at our school is the responsibility of the whole school community. It is imperative that all staff not only support and respond to the students in their own classrooms, but look for opportunities to acknowledge and support all students in our school. Acknowledgment may be through co-curricular activities, within the playground setting and through involvement in sport.
Student Welfare and Discipline Policy
The Student Welfare and Discipline Policy is one of many policies which supports the students of Kariong Mountains High School. All students and teachers have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity in an environment free from disruption, intimidation, harassment and discrimination. KMHS is a PBL (Positive Behaviour for Learning) school. PBL provides a framework for positive recognition and discipline on a consistent basis. The school’s core values of Unity, Knowledge, Respect are embedded into our PBL framework.
It is the expectation of our school community that all students attending Kariong Mountains High School will be dressed in the school uniform. It should be the aim of every student to wear the uniform with pride.