Handbook

The Parent Handbook contains important College information for parents and students.

If you have any further questions in relation to College times, dates, policies or other general enquiries, please feel free to contact the College office.

Welcome to St Pauls College

A very warm welcome to our school, St Pauls Catholic College, Greystanes. St Pauls is part of the system of schools of the Diocese of Parramatta, educating young men from Years 7-12. We invite you to explore the pages of our website, where you will read much about our community: our vision, mission, curricular and co-curricular offerings, and the Charism of St Paul.

We are very proud to name ourselves St Pauls Catholic College.

St Pauls educates young men, so that they may live their lives with integrity and faith. Students are challenged to make the most of their individual God-given giftsand contribute wisdom and labour for the benefit of the community. Our hope is that by showing the face of Jesus to all whom they meet, our young men will change a small part of the world for the better. And so, our College Spirit is very much alive with our motto Many Gifts - One Community.

Similarly, our school is also characterised by the strong partnership between our students, their families and the College. In doing so, we have continued to build a fine educational establishment for our young men.

I hope you enjoy browsing our website and gain a sense of the great pride and joy we have in our College.

Mr David Bourne
Principal

Prefects
Nitin Moopnar
Jason Seymour
Haider Zawaidi

 

Bennelong House Prefects   Churchill House Prefects
Bennelong Nana Bobby
Junior Mathew
  Churchill Jack Edwards
Raymond Matar

 

Florey House Prefects   Greenway House Prefects
Florey Nathan Boulous
Elie Elkorr
  Greenway Liam Abdy
Nicholas Lette

 

MacKillop House Prefects  
MacKillop Joshua Delailoa
Nicholas Petreski
 

General Information

Many Gifts – One Community

(Kevin Bates sm)

 

Many gifts to build a community
Many gifts that each of us brings
Gifts break open and speak to each other
So together as one gift our family sings

Chorus
You’re welcome here, whoever you are
Tell us your story and sing us your song
St Paul
s is a chance for your spirit to run
St Paul
s is a place for your heart to belong

Growing free and wiser each season
Growing in courage and truth clear and strong
Growing in faith and hope gives a reason
To celebrate here in the place we belong

Hope is the power to gather our memories
Hope is the future that we long to shape
Hope is the rising of Jesus’ own spirit
Hope is the gift to each other we make

 

November 25, 1998
For St Pauls College Greystanes

 

Lord Jesus, may we as members of the community of St Pauls College
Be always humble, gentle and patient.
May we show your love by being tolerant with each other.

Let your Spirit be in us to give us a peace that binds us together.
We celebrate the hope that your Spirit gives us in our daily lives.
We are one body and one spirit, in the one Lord.

Amen.

(based on Ephesians 4:2–4)

We welcome parents and community members to be involved in the College. Your views, as parents and members of the College community, are important to us, as we strongly believe that the growth of our College relies on collaboration with students, parents and parish communities.

Our strong Parents & Friends Association provides a forum for communication. Meetings are held every term on a Monday evening, beginning at 7.30pm. The P&F Executive sets these dates in conjunction with the College administration. Reminders of these dates are found in the College newsletter.

Community members are invited to contact the College at any time to discuss individual concerns.


Our motto, “Many Gifts – One Community” encompasses the spirit of St Paul’s teachings.

We view St Paul as an excellent role model for our community. Paul’s willingness to change – from one who persecuted the faith, to a person who, upon conversion, has his commitment to the spreading of the Good News as the passion of his life.

Paul’s role as apostle provided a model and a challenge for us all as Christians – we too are called to teach the Good News of Jesus and to model this faith in our daily living. We need to live our lives with the same integrity and faith as our namesake. These are the features that we all are striving to make a hallmark of our community – and will be central to the education that we offer to the young men from the communities that we serve.

We welcome you and your son to the St Pauls College Community.


The Canteen provides a range of food and drink that can be ordered. The price list can be found on the 'Notes From College' page of our school website under the 'Current Community' menu.

We are always in need of volunteers to help with serving the counter and preparing food for our boys. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. We will provide you with lunch and the ladies are very friendly and welcoming and looking forward to meet the new parents. It is a great way to meet new friends.

If you are able to assist in the canteen please contact the Canteen Manager Deb Hartland a call on 8868 3728.

Year 7 Information

All days except... Thursday A Thursday B
8.35
Warning Bell
8.35
Warning Bell 8.35 Warning Bell
8.40-8.50
Homeroom
8.40-8.50
Homeroom
8.40-9.05
Homeroom
8.50-9.40
Period 1
8.50-9.35
Period 1
9.10-10.00
Period 1
9.40-10.30
Period 2
9.35-10.20
Period 2
10.00-10.50
Period 2
10.30-10.50
Recess
10.20-10.40
Recess
10.50-11.15
Recess
10.55-11.45
Period 3
10.40-11.25
Period 3
11.20-12.10
Period 3
11.45-12.35
Period 4
11.25-12.10
Period 4
12.10-12.30
Lunch 1
12.35.12.55
Lunch 1
12.10-12.30
Lunch 1
12.30-12.50
Lunch 2
12.55-1.15
Lunch 2
12.30-12.50
Lunch 2
12.50-1.00
Assembly
1.20-2.10
Period 5
12.50-1.00
Assembly
1.00-3.00
Sport
2.10-3.00
Period 6
1.00-3.00
Sport
   

A list of required textbooks for Year 7 as well as student resources and equipment requirements is available on the St Paul Catholic College website on the ‘Notes From College’ page under the ‘Current Community’ menu.


Monday 23 January to Wednesday 25 January
Friday 27 January
College office open (8.30am – 3.00pm) 
Monday 23 January to Wednesday 25 January
Friday 27 January
Monday 30 January
Uniform shop open (8.00am – 2.00pm)
Monday 30 January
Year 7 commences in full summer uniform along with Year 11 Support Leaders only
Tuesday 31 January
Years 8 to 12 return
Friday 3 February
Opening college mass at 11am in OLQP Church
High achievers assembly following mass in hall
Thursday 9 February
Measurement for blazers ($100 deposit required)
Thursday 23 February
Last day for blazer measurements ($100 deposit required)
Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 February
Year 7 Orientation Camp camp the Great Aussie Bush Camp, Tea Gardens

Year 7 will participate in the Peer Support Program during Term One and Term Two. A number of our Year 11 students have been trained in the Peer Support Program and will conduct fortnightly Peer Support sessions with the Year 7 students.

The Peer Support Programme offers the following benefits for Year 7 students:

  • An opportunity to improve communication skills, self-awareness and self-esteem and be able to better cope with peer pressure.
  • An opportunity to develop more caring friendships amongst peers.
  • A more comfortable transition from Primary to Secondary education.
  • An awareness of the similarities and differences in people and an ability to cope with these.

An opportunity to make a Senior friend with whom they can share their concerns.

Holroyd Council Award
This award is presented annually by Holroyd Council. The award acknowledges the student in Year 7 who has in his first year at the College, exemplified the spirit of St Paul in the areas of community involvement, school spirit and personal excellence. The recipient of this award receives a certificate and individual trophy whilst a perpetual trophy is engraved & kept at the College. This award is confirmed by the College Executive.

P & F Award
The St Pauls P & F Award recognises a student’s involvement and commitment to the activities and goals of the College throughout the year and who has very generously contributed towards the building up of school spirit and exemplified the charism of St Paul. The recipient of this award receives a certificate and individual trophy whilst a perpetual trophy is engraved & kept at the College. This award is confirmed by the College Executive.

1st Aggregate
The College recognises the achievement of the student who has achieved the highest academic standard in his year group. The recipient of this award receives a certificate and individual trophy whilst a perpetual trophy is engraved & kept at the College.

Certificate of Merit
The Certificate of Merit is in recognition of the consistency and conscientiousness of a students’ effort across all of his subjects throughout the academic year. The number of awards are determined by the Year Coordinators under the direction of the Curriculum and Studies Coordinators. A certificate and medallion is awarded to each recipient.

Please note that there is to be no student pick-up in the carpark between 2.30pm – 3.30pm

 

15–17 February 2017

The problems confronting children moving into high school have become increasingly apparent over recent years. Students are often overwhelmed by the prospect of learning to cope with a large number of new teachers and classrooms.

The whole structure of High School is much ‘larger’ than Primary School and students can feel lost in the system. To top it all off, they are thrown into a classroom full of many new faces, perhaps with very few friends. This has led in the past to fears, competition and rivalry, making the High school transition all the more difficult.

With these and other factors in mind, it is a requirement of ALL Year 7 students at St Pauls to attend a three day Orientation Camp early Term 1. This time is specifically designed with activities to allow the boys to become used to both the members of their own class and also some of the teachers that they will come into contact with most often, as well as generally introducing them to the ‘spirit’ of the College itself. In past years, Year 7 students have found this Camp to be the highlight of their year and an important easing into their new school.

This camp is in line with the Peer Support Programme that runs with Year 11 students. The Peer Support Leaders also attend the Year 7 Camp and assist their allocated groups in the organised activities. This has always been a successful programme and allows the Year 7 students to become more familiar with their senior leaders.

Although it is understood that some parents may be concerned for their son in spending two nights away from home, the school has seen a definite and immediate need for such an event in the early weeks of Year 7 and for this reason the camp is compulsory for all except the most extreme cases. Parents should rest assured that their sons will be more than adequately supervised.

The Learning

English is one of the most important subjects in the curriculum. It is compulsory in all years from 7 to 12. English study involves the development of language skills so that students can understand, enjoy and participate fully in the world around them. Spelling, punctuation, grammar and reading are concentrated on, as well as creative and formal writing.

It is important that Year 7 students become actively involved and do their best in English classes. One way parents can help to develop their son’s skills in English is to encourage reading at home, which includes reading various forms of media. The aim of this is to boost knowledge and understanding, appreciation of current issues and to encourage development in their writing. Reading should occur every day for homework and for pleasure. This is often the key which unlocks literacy for many students.

Extra-curricular activities which also pick up on skills learnt in English include Debating and Public Speaking, English Competition, Spell-a-Thon, Tournament of the Minds and much more. There are also guest speakers/performers at different stages of the year.

Year 7 English outline
Year 7 students cover the following focus areas during their study of English:

Autobiographical Writing
Within these units different types of text are taught eg Recount, Narrative, Procedure, Explanation, Discussion
Fiction (Novel)

Non-Fiction
Persuasive language & Advertising, Biographies, Media
Explanation, Discussion 
Poetry
Picture Books
Film as Text
Focus on “LITERACY” and assessment can occur through a range of modes (eg writing, speaking, viewing, representing)
Debating and Public Speaking
Visual Literacy
Language Skills
Includes spelling, vocabulary work, comprehension, punctuation and sentence structure. The NAPLAN test takes place each year in May.
Homework
Homework is given at the end of each lesson and can involve set activities, completion of classwork, sustained and regular nightly reading, assignment work, study for upcoming tests, research and even watching the news! 
Wide Reading
This is an integral part of the Year 7 curriculum. All students participate in a Wide Reading program where regular, quiet, individual and sustained reading takes place in class and in the College Library across a range of genres and boys complete various activities and reflection to improve their reading level.

The Years 7 and 8 Course consists of four focus areas from the new National Australian Curriculum:

  • Landscapes and Landforms
  • Place and Liveability
  • Water in the World
  • Interconnections

The Years 9 and 10 Course consists of four focus areas in relation to Australia:

  • Changeable Biomes
  • Changing Places
  • Environmental Change and Management
  • Human Wellbeing

Both courses utilise fieldwork and examination of contemporary geographical issues to foster understanding and interest. A variety of skills involving mapping, photographic interpretation, data analysis and research are central to the study of Geography.

The Ancient World to The Modern World
The Stage 4 curriculum provides a study of the nature of history and historical sources, both archaeological and written. Students investigate ancient history from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period (approximately 60,000BC –c.AD 650).

Students study a range of depth studies from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern period (c. AD 650 – c. 1750). During this period, major civilisations around the world came into contact with each other. Social, economic, religious and political beliefs were often challenged and significantly changed, underpinning the shaping of the modern world.

The Making of the Modern World and Australia
The Stage 5 curriculum provides a study of the history of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1945. It was a period of industrialisation and rapid change in the ways people lived, worked and thought The period culminated in World War 1 (1914 – 1918) and World War II (1939 – 1945).

The history of the modern world and Australia from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on Australia in its global context, follows. The twentieth century became a critical period in Australia’s social, cultural, economic and political development. The transformation of the modern world during a time of political turmoil, global conflict and international cooperation provides a necessary context for understanding Australia’s development, its place within the Asia-Pacific region, and its global standing.

Students entering Year 7 are required to study a course in World Geography/ World History/Civics and Citzenship for 100 hours per year from Years 7 to 10. This is a mandatory requirement of the Board of Studies. At St Pauls Catholic College, this will involve a semester of History and a semester of Geography in each of Years 7 and 8, with the Civics and Citzenship part of the course integrated into either History or Geography where appropriate.

All students in Year 7 will study a language for the entire year. Interested students can continue their study of the subject, if it is offered as an elective in Years 9 and 10. The language offered will be determined by available Staff.

The aims of these courses are:

  • To develop students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • To impart some knowledge and understanding of culture, geography and history
  • To enable students to gain a sense of achievement and cultural appreciation through the experience of learning a language
  • To develop in students the basic reading and writing skills which would enable them to further their study of a language at a later date
  • Students may choose Italian as an elective subject in Years 9 and 10.

Years 7 and 8
Mathematics is the search for patterns and relationships that lead to the development of concepts and generalisations. These can be applied to finding solutions to problems, involving the understanding of the world around us and meeting the specific needs of the people. Mathematics is considered to be a dynamic and process orientated endeavour and a precise means of communication characterised by invention, intuition and discovery. The junior course of study in Mathematics at St Pauls Catholic College endeavours to meet the needs of students of all levels of mathematical ability.

In Years 7 and 8, students follow a common course in keeping with the requirements of the Board of Studies. It is presented in 4 strands incorporating working mathematically, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability, number and algebra. In Year 7, Mathematics will include the following topics:

  • Computation with Positive Numbers
  • Angle Relationships
  • Computation with Positive and Negative Integers
  • Understanding fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Probability
  • Computation with decimals and fractions
  • Time
  • Algebraic Techniques
  • Equations
  • Measurement and Computation of Length, Perimeter and Area
  • Introducing Indices

Using Calculators
Calculators are a part of modern society and will be used at St Pauls Catholic College, commencing at the start of Year 7, depending on the nature of the topic. Calculators are a tool for calculation, but should not replace the understanding of the process that students should perform themselves.

Integrating technology
As part of the new K-12 syllabus, each Key Learning Area eg Mathematics, has been given the responsibility of providing opportunities in using a range of information and communication technology, that is, Computers, Graphics Calculators, Dynamic Software etc.

Homework
Homework is an important and integral part of the curriculum in Mathematics at St Pauls College and as such is compulsory. The majority of periods will entail homework; constant revision is presumed.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is a formal part of your son’s curriculum in Year 7 at St Pauls Catholic College. This subject is the beginning of a four year journey of study in PD/H/PE. It is an integrated subject covering all areas of development (socially, mentally, physically and spiritually). All areas of the Catholic Church’s philosophy are reflected in these areas.

The subject aims to develop in each student the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand, value and lead healthy and fulfilling lifestyles. In so doing, the subject prepares students for a responsible and productive role in society and to develop in them a commitment to life planning.

Areas of study covered include Active Lifestyle, Composition and Performance, Growth and Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Movement Sense and Skill, Personal Awareness and Choice, Promoting Health and Safe Living.

These are all presented in a number of different teaching methods to maximise learning including decision making, communicating, interacting, valuing, problem solving, critical thinking, planning, moving and performing.

The practical Physical Education classes look at a number of sports including Athletics, Gymnastics, Softball and Soccer. Students must wear the College sports uniform, which is available from the school uniform shop. It is recommended that your son buy two shirts so he has at least one clean for Thursday Sport.

As a Catholic College, we exist to pass on the Catholic faith and teachings. In sending your son to this College, you have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of Religious Education in the life of all Christians and especially of the members of St Pauls College.

The purpose of Religious Education at St Pauls is to instil into the members of its community the rich tapestry of traditions, values and customs that are the Catholic Church. This is achieved through formal class lessons, College Liturgies and Retreat/Formation days. All members of the College community are expected to participate fully at all levels of instruction.

The class lessons explore the traditions and history of the Catholic Church through the study of the Scriptures, the study of Church history, the exploration of official teachings of the Church, the Church’s emphasis on Social Justice and the example provided by the lives of Jesus and the Saints.

At St Pauls students follow the Parramatta Diocesan Religious Education Programme: Sharing Our Story and in Years 11 and 12 have the opportunity to study the Board of Studies developed Course; Studies of Religion.

Religious Education provides a deeper understanding of the teachings upon which a Catholic establishes their faith. In order to further nurture this faith development, participation in Class, Year and College liturgies is essential. In addition, a programme of Retreats and Formation Days may also be organised at the College. In junior years, it comprises of Year Group reflections, while in Years 11 –12, overnight retreats are arranged. The overall programming of these days is developmental from Years 7 – 12. All students are expected to attend these compulsory days.

Religious Education will simply not be theoretical, but students will be given many opportunities to put their values into practice. This includes a program of prayer groups, Reconciliation, Lunch Time Masses and Pilgrim experiences. The College has a number of Social Justice activities, but it is also embarking on a fuller community service program.

Over Years 7 and 8, students will study Stage 4 of the NSW Science Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum. They will engage in a range of activities that use and apply the processes used by scientists. Students will identify problems that can be tested or researched scientifically.

Individually and collaboratively they will plan and conduct a range of first-hand investigations and controlled experiments.

Students will process and analyse data and information from first-hand investigations and secondary sources to identify trends, patterns and relationships, leading to the formation of evidence based conclusions. They will reflect on how the methods used and the quality of data obtained can be improved. Their ideas, methods and findings will be communicated to a given audience using appropriate scientific language, representations and text types.

Over Stage 4, students will have the opportunity to develop the following skills that will help them work scientifically:

  • questioning and predicting
  • planning investigations
  • conducting investigations
  • processing and analysing data and information
  • problem solving, and
  • communicating.

The units of work studied will cover the following areas of knowledge and understanding:

  • The Physical World (Physics)
  • Earth and Space (Geology and Astronomy)
  • The Living World (Biology and Ecology), and
  • The Chemical World (Chemistry).

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to develop the following values and attitudes:

  • an appreciation of the contribution of science to finding solutions to personal, social and global issues that are relevant to their lives now and in the future, and
  • a willingness to use evidence and reason to engage with and respond to scientific and technological ideas.

Music permeates society. It is a significant part of all world cultures and in the oral and recorded history of civilization. It occupies an important role in the social, cultural and spiritual lives of all people. Music allows for personal expression, sharing of ideas and experiences. It also promotes the individual’s process of learning and their overall appreciation of music and all it has to offer. Music is the universal language.

The study of music assists in fostering the individuals’ physical, social and academic skills. Through the act of music making, students are provided with opportunities to work collaboratively, engage in problem solving and develop skills in taking responsibility for their own learning.

The mandatory Stage 4 Music Course is designed to provide an enjoyable experience for all students through activities in performing, composing and listening.

In Year 7, students examine the foundation of music, traditional and nontraditional notation and learn to play the guitar. Their knowledge, skills and understanding are further developed in Year 8 with keyboard studies.

Students have the opportunity to select Stage 5 Elective Music in Years 9 and 10, where they can further develop their practical skills on any chosen instrument and also enhance their musical knowledge.

Technology (Mandatory) is our foundation course at St Pauls which introduces the students to the use and application of technology through a process of design. This course is concerned with learning about a broad range of technologies through design and involves practical experiences of designing, communicating, evaluating, managing, and making.

Opportunities to use these skills will come from the students producing design projects in each of the following Areas of Study:

  • Products
  • The Built Environment
  • Information and Communication

Whilst in these Areas of Study, students will enjoy the experience of working with wood, metal, plastics, electronics and food. And in so doing, are also given the opportunity to the use tools, machines and equipment necessary to produce quality design projects. Over the course of Years 7 and 8 the students will be using the facilities in the Industrial Technology workshops, Information Technology Centre and the Food Technology room.

At St Pauls Catholic College, Visual Arts education incorporates the aspects of making and interpreting art works and images, in a way that allows the students to visually express their ideas and visions of the local and broader environment.

Incorporated with this, the students are asked to interpret, respond to and appreciate their culture and the culture of others.

The Visual Arts activities planned for the students at St Pauls Catholic College have been designed to provide positive and constructive learning experiences based on the careful consideration of their interests, ability level and resources. All students in Years 7 and 8 participate in Visual Arts. Students may choose Visual Arts as an elective in Years 9 and 10 and may choose to study Visual Art in Years 11 and 12.

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • Stage 4 Music
  • LOTE - Italian

Communication with the school

The College requests that parents notify the College promptly of any change of address, telephone number, email, their place of employment, or any other family details of which the College should be aware.


Our College Newsletter is produced fortnightly to assist parents/guardians to stay in touch with what is happening within the College.

The College Newsletter will be emailed to all parents and students. The benefits are:

  • the newsletter is received regularly
  • improvement in quality due to colour layouts
  • impact on the environment greatly reduced because fewer trees are destroyed for the paper required.

If you wish to subscribe or have the College newsletter emailed to you, then please enter your details into the subscription form on the 'Latest News' page of our website.

The College Newsletter is also archived for your convenience.


All parents must download the St Pauls Schoolbag App

The Skoolbag app provides key school information via one single Communication Centre on your Smartphone.

To download the St Pauls College Skoolbag app which provides key school information via one single Communication Centre on your Smartphone:

  • Visit the link directly on our website for instructions how to connect, through your iPhone or Android smartphone, or
  • Go straight to the APP STORE (for iPhone) or PLAY STORE (for Android Smartphone).

APP Store (iPhone)

  • Open the ‘App Store’ and search ‘St Pauls Catholic College Greystanes Skoolbag’
  • Tap ‘Get’ then tap ‘install’(The app is FREE)
  • Once downloaded click ‘open’
  • Tap ‘more’
  • Select ‘Setup Push Notifications’
  • Choose the Year 6 group. Note: Every year this will need to be changed to suit the year your son is in.

Play Store (Android)

  • Open the ‘Play Store’ and search ‘St Pauls Catholic College Greystanes Skoolbag’
  • Tap ‘Install’ then tap ‘accept’ (The app is FREE)
  • Once downloaded click ‘open’
  • Tap ‘more’
  • Select ‘Setup Push Notifications’
  • Choose the Year 6 group.
  • Note: Every year this will need to be changed to suit the year your son is in.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter…
https://www.facebook.com/stpaulsgreystanes2145
https://twitter.com/stpauls_college


Students may only be contacted during school hours in a family emergency. Arrangements for getting home, forgotten lunches, assignments, sports gear etc. are not considered an emergency. Please attend to these matters before school. The office staff will not be able to pass these types of messages on. Too many interruptions are disruptive to other students and staff, and must be kept to an absolute minimum.


Throughout the academic year, all students receive reports on progress, effort and general attitude. Generally, an Interim Report is issued at the end of Term 1 and Semester Reports are issued at the end of Terms 2 and 4. Parent/teacher interviews are generally held in Term 2 or Term 3.

 

St Pauls Catholic College has a web site where all information relating to the College is recorded. The College Web address is www.stpaulsgreystanes.catholic.edu.au

Policies & Procedures governing the running of the school can be located under the ‘About Us’ menu while ongoing information for parents such as College photographs, school notes and forms for Sport and excursions as well as all the latest news and College events are located under the 'Current Community’ menu of the website.

The Parent Orientation Handbook can be located under the ‘Enrolment’ menu. Any Information you may need is in this booklet. It can also be printed as a PDF and kept for future reference.

Procedures

All absentees must be reported by phone to the College office on the second day of absence. A note must be brought to school on the first day back, explaining the reason for the absence. The note should be dated and signed by the parent/guardian. Partial absences (e.g. lateness or early departure) also require a note of explanation. Students have seven (7) days to explain any absence.

After this time an ‘unexplained absence’ will be permanently recorded.


The minimum standard for satisfactory student attendance is considered by the College to be 85%. Should any students fall below this standard of attendance, then he will have to demonstrate clear evidence that he has continued his education during his absence.


Parents need to be aware that the College curriculum entails continuous assessment as a form of learning and as a means of gauging academic performance and achievement. In view of this knowledge, parents must be willing to undertake the responsibility for the impact of substantial leave not due to illness or misadventure, during the school term. Parents who wish to take their sons on any extended period of leave will need to seek approval from the Principal within a reasonable amount of time before departure. The Extended Leave Form is obtainable from your son’s Year Coordinator.

The endorsement of any leave shall consider the student in relation to:

  • attendance record
  • academic record, in terms of both effort and achievement
  • meeting course outcomes
  • any impact on missing formal assessment tasks
  • work placement for VET students
  • commitment to extracurricular activities, e.g. sport, debating, etc.

Approved Leave: If Approved Leave is given by the Principal, any assessment missed will be treated as an approved “Illness & Misadventure” situation. Students may be given the opportunity to submit tasks late, do an alternative task or, in some situations, be given an estimate mark. It is the prerogative of the College as to which option is taken.

General recommendations for work missed:

  • Leave of one week
    Catch up on missed work on return to school.

  • Leave of two/three weeks
    Where possible, take work to complete during absence. (N.B. There's a form available for collecting work from teachers.)

  • Leave of more than three weeks
    No formal work will be given by teachers. Students will be able to refer to their Subject Outline for course information.

If a student needs to sign out early for any reason, the following guidelines need to be followed:

  • The student must bring a note from his parent clearly outlining these details:
  1. the reasons for his early departure

  2. how he will be travelling from the College
    (e.g. car, bus, walking, cycling etc.)

  3. whether he will be being picked up or not, and who he has parental permission to travel with.

  • The student must have this permission note signed by his Year Coordinator (usually done during morning homeroom).

  • The student must show this note (signed by the parent and the Year Coordinator) to his class teacher when it is time to leave. He must bring it with him to the administration office and then be signed out by the College secretary and by the person nominated as permitted to pick him up early.

If approval is not given, at the very least, students will receive a zero mark for tasks missed, but will still need to demonstrate the meeting of course outcomes missed, during the remainder of the course. There may be substantial enough impact for outcomes not to be met for the completion of that Year, the Record of Student Achievement (RoSA), or the Higher School Certificate.


The process for collecting payments
There will be an envelope provided to students at the College Office for payments for all excursions, school fees and other activities over $10.

We accept cash, cheque, credit card, EFTPOS and Bpay.

All information must be filled in on the envelope, i.e. Name, Year, School Fees, Excursion etc.

All payments must be made prior to roll call, at recess or at lunch. Payment of less than $10 is generally collected by the class teacher. Please note that the correct money needs to be placed in the envelope.

Sports Payments
Each term, students are required to select their sports for the upcoming term. Payment for term sport will be added to school fees.


Students are expected to participate in an MCS Sport or an internal school sport of their choice, every Thursday afternoon. Attendance on this day is compulsory and exemption from sport is only granted in cases of emergency.

In the case where students require permission to leave early on Thursday, the College requires 24 hours notification in order to clarify the authenticity of this request. A follow-up phone call to a parent or guardian may be made to confirm the request.

A permission note from a parent/guardian is required.

It is then given to the Year Coordinator to sign and finally to the Sports Coordinator to stamp. Before leaving the College grounds, students must present the note to the administration office and sign out appropriately.


The Student Diary is to be used at the end of each lesson to record homework/assignments etc. and is an important method of communication between teachers and parents. The Student Diary is included in school fees. Students who mistreat or lose their diary will have to replace it at additional cost.No graffiti stickers/pictures of any kind is allowed on/in the College Diary. For students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 the College Diary must be signed by parents weekly. All students of the College must have their diary with them every day.


In line with child protection laws, the College has a Visitors Policy. All visitors to the College must report to the administration building prior to entering the College grounds. All visitors will be issued a Visitor’s Badge which must be worn at all times. When leaving the College, visitors must also sign out.

This procedure means that the College staff is aware, at all times, of who is on the College grounds.


Uniform & Grooming

In all aspects of grooming, extremes of fashion are not acceptable. The College uniform must be worn with pride at all times. Uniform items can be ordered and purchased through the St Pauls Uniform Shop (the Uniform Shop is open every Wednesday 8am to 2.00pm).

The items of St Pauls’ uniform are listed below. Students who do not wear the College uniform correctly and who do not have an acceptable reason for this, will be issued with a Uniform Breach by their year coordinator. This needs to be completed and returned to his year coordinator, signed by his parents, the next day. Continual breaches of uniform will result in further action being taken.

Students who do not have the correct sports uniform are required to wear the normal College uniform.


Grooming guidelines are listed below:

  • All boys are to be clean shaven at all times.

  • Full College uniform includes black leather lace-up school shoes that are able to be polished (no boots), and a black leather belt.

  • Students not able to wear full sports uniform on Thursdays are required to wear the normal College uniform instead. There are no notes to excuse the incomplete sports uniform on this day. (Sports uniform on Thursday includes St Pauls sports socks).

  • Students wishing to wear College blazers during Term 1 and Term 4, must also wear the College tie whenever they wear the blazer, with the top button of the long sleeve shirt always done up.

  • Earrings and rings are not to be worn – inconspicuous neck chains are permitted, but must be covered by the College shirt. No ear plugs or any type or bracelets are permitted.

  • Sports jackets may only be worn with the sports uniform. They are never to be worn with the normal uniform.

  • Non-uniform clothing may not be worn where it can be seen through or outside the College uniform.

Students are expected to keep their hair moderately short (i.e. collar length, fringe not exceeding top of eye length at any time, including during sports carnivals etc). Hairstyles should avoid the extremes of fashion.

In regards to hairstyles/grooming, the following are unacceptable:

  • Long, untidy, dirty or unwashed hair
  • Undercuts, steps or ridges; flat tops
  • Shaved hair (no number 1 or 2 blade cuts permitted)
  • Long hair tucked behind the ears
  • Hairstyles that are inappropriate i.e. attention-seeking hairstyles. We encourage all boys to be responsible for their appearance. Failure to do so may require boys to stay away from the College until the problem is fixed.

School uniforms can be purchased from the school's Uniform Shop, which is open every Wednesday from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

A navy scarf purchased from the College Uniform Shop is permitted to be worn during Terms 2 and 3.

The College blazers are available through:

OTELE Manufacturing Pty Limited
16 Bridge Street, Rydalmere 2116
Telephone 9682 1111
Facsimile 9637 0579

N.B. Please make contact with the company by phone before going there, as they are occasionally out on the road rather than at the factory.


Our College believes in very high standards associated with the wearing of uniform and general grooming. We have devoted much time and thought to its place in the life of our students. In addition to its contribution to neatness, dress sense, College identity, good order and discipline, it should be a bond between parents and the College in a common endeavour to present our young men with one acceptable standard.


SUMMER WINTER SPORTS

Long College grey trousers black leather belt.

Long College grey trousers black leather belt.

St Pauls sports shorts.

Short sleeved, open neck mid-blue shirt with the College crest on the pocket.

Long sleeved, dress collared mid-blue shirt, no crest on the pocket.

St Pauls house polo shirt.

St Pauls jumper (the junior jumper does not have red stripe in the neckband).

St Pauls blazer (gold buttons are for senior blazers only).

St Pauls tracksuit.

College grey socks.

College grey socks.

St Pauls sports socks.

Black leather lace-up shoes.

Black leather lace-up shoes.

Proper Sports sandshoes, predominantly white.

St Pauls hat or cap (one or the other - we have a 'no hat - no play' policy).

College tie (junior tie 7–10) (senior tie 11–12)

 

 

St Pauls jumper (the junior does not have a red stripe in the neckband).

 

 

Navy blue scarf (optional)

 

Students may have any bag of their choosing, but no graffiti is to be on it!

All clothing, bags, calculators etc, must be clearly labelled with the name of the student.


Health

If a student is ill he should not attend school. If a student becomes ill at school, he must report to the administration office with a note from his class teacher. His year coordinator will then be notified. If there is an emergency case, accident or illness, the College will contact the parents/guardians – students are not allowed to make this contact. If the student needs to leave school he is required to be taken home and signed out by a parent or guardian.


No student is allowed to keep medicines of any kind in their bag or on their person, excluding “Ventolin” for asthma. If medicine is required, it must be left at the office and taken under supervision. For the wellbeing of all, the College has in place the following procedures concerning medication for students, where students need our office staff to supervise the taking of such medication:

  1. Parents are required to bring medication to school, with a signed note stating the student’s name, name of medication and dosage. N.B. The medication is not to be sent to the school with a student.

  2. Leftover medication is to be collected and signed for by a parent. N.B. No student will be given medication to carry home. Please note that no headache medication e.g. Panadol, can be issued to students.

Policies

Chewing gum is not permitted in the College at any time. The cost of chewing gum removal from desks, carpets, walking areas etc. is very expensive. If a student does bring chewing gum into the College then he will pay a fine of $25.


Technology is creating and shaping our present and our future. For students to become independent, collaborative and self-motivated learners, they need to be skilled in its use and applications in their daily social and working lives.

St Paul’s Catholic College encourages each student to stretch the boundaries of their individual capabilities. As well as collaboration, creativity, discussion, and research, a strong emphasis is placed on the use of resources and technology to help stimulate independent thinking and to equip our students with 21st century skills, specifically:

  • critical thinking
  • student-centred learning practice
  • working collaboratively
  • learning to share in ethical ways
  • shared knowledge construction
  • problem solving

Whenever electronic technology is used it must be used with due regard for people’s rights to privacy and proper courtesy. Only one device (iPad) as requirements specified by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta may be connected to the College Network at any time and both students and parents/guardians must read and sign the Acceptable Use of Technology policy available on the 'Notes From College' page of our website under the 'Current Community' menu.


Common sense is expected with this issue, but for good reason the following items are not to be brought to school:

  • Drugs
  • Tobacco
  • Fireworks
  • Liquid Paper 
  • Chewing Gum
  • Knives/Weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Matches or fire lighters
  • Steel Rulers 
  • Markers
  • Pornographic Material
  • Textas

 

The use of College lockers are provided under the following conditions:

  • Lockers are provided for the use of students to store school equipment e.g. books, Ipad, stationery and sports clothes.

  • Students are not to go to their lockers during periods, or at times other than those specified in Point 3 below.

  • When accessing the lockers, students are to get what they need for the next set of two periods and carry these with them until the next access time. E.g. Before morning homeroom students will get everything they need until recess; then at recess they will get all books for periods 3 and 4; at lunch all books for periods 5 and 6 and after school.

  • Food and drinks are not to be put in lockers.

  • Each student is responsible for the security and cleanliness of his own locker. Each student must provide his own keyed padlock (not a combination lock) and he must supply a spare key in an envelope labelled with his name and Homeroom. This will be kept by the year coordinator. To keep the call on the spare keys to a minimum there will be a $2 charge if a student needs to access it.

  • Lockers incur a yearly fee of $40. If a student elects to pay the locker fee this is done at the beginning of the year, so he will need to pay at the College office and keep his receipt. Students will be given two weeks from the start of the year to pay the fee.

  • If the College has reason to inspect a locker, a student may be asked to open his locker in the presence of the year coordinator and another staff member.

  All students will be required to clean their lockers out at the end of each term.

  • No pictures or items are to be displayed on the inside/outside of the locker.

  • As usual, for any damage to College property, damage to a locker must be reported immediately to the Assistant Principal.

  • Students who do not look after their lockers or abuse the privilege will lose the privilege of having a locker, and their $40.00 fee.

St Pauls does not allow the public display of any offensive or sexually graphic material. This includes inappropriate writing, pictures, photographs, posters, cartoons or drawings of any type which may be displayed publicly on folders, books, student diaries, pencil cases or school bags. The public display of such material may constitute a form of sexual harassment. Students are asked not to place any such material on their property. If a complaint of this nature is made, the offensive material may be removed from public display under the direction of the Assistant Principal.


Our College realises that the problem of bullying is faced by every school. Over the last few years the teaching and learning agenda at St Pauls has centred on Boys Education, and we acknowledge that school bullying has a significant impact in an all boys school.

However, the solution to the problem remains the task of individual schools. We rigorously enforce our 'Hands Off Policy' that states that all students have the right to be safe, and be treated with respect and politeness.

Consequently, not even in fun may any student intimidate, mock, bully or deal with anyone in a way physically, verbally or psychologically, which diminishes their rights as human beings and children of God. However, the subtle bullying that can be carried out verbally and psychologically is a little more difficult to directly address and deal with in a significant way. Our mandate is that every student has the right to feel safe, happy and well educated each day in a positive educational environment. The following outline is the Policy of this College in dealing with subtle bullying.

What Is Bullying?
While verbal exchanges of name calling and other insults may occur as a result of a spontaneous conflict situation, which happens in all schools and has been around since schools began, it is the ongoing persecution of an individual that is of significant concern. For the purposes of this Policy the following criteria will be used to describe the range of bullying that will incur serious action:

  • intentional and repetitive harassment of an individual or individuals by another or others
  • intentional and repetitive intimidation of another person or persons by physical contact
  • intentional and repetitive abuse of a person’s possessions as a form of intimidation e.g. stand-over tactics, using threats to another’s personal safety
  • academic bullying, whereby classmates undermine and make fun of others’ efforts who are striving for quality and excellence in their school work.

Procedure for Dealing with Bullying
The Student Diary outlines in detail the College procedure for Bullying. Take the time to read through this information with your son.

Final Remarks
It is not always possible, because of the size of the College and the subtle nature of bullying, for teachers to pick up all incidents of continual bullying, harassment and intimidation. Therefore, the boys themselves need to work on strengthening their own resilience in the face of bullying and assert that they will not surrender their rights to be safe, happy or well educated every day, to anyone else.

One of the best strategies for dealing with bullying is the proactive awareness and education of what bullying is about. To this end, the College will endeavour to always take a proactive stance in building resilience to bullying, by running appropriate educational programs through Year Groups, Peer Support and our Pastoral Care initiatives.

Other strategies our boys can use as they work together to eradicate bullies, includes:

  • Naming bullies is not "dobbing". Bullies rely on others’ belief that it is not acceptable to dob – this is one of their key protections, and they use it to rob their victims of their rights (to be safe, happy and well educated). Naming the bully – dobbing him in – is just refusing to let him have power over one’s rights.

  • All of us, boys and Staff, always look out for and stand up for the victim, for the bullied boy. The victim is our first care, not the bully.

  • We are also expected to be Good Samaritans in action. Seeing or knowing that anyone of us is being victimised, bullied, mocked etc, requires that we go and see someone in authority about it and help ensure something is done to rectify that injustice.

  • If parents are aware of any bullying in the College carried out against their son, or another boy, they are expected to notify the College immediately. Should bullying continue outside the College, and students are intimidated on the way home, at home via visits or technology, then the police should be contacted and the College informed. The College will generally support any action taken by parents in such situations. On site bullying will be dealt with by the College according to the guidelines above and in conjunction with parents of both parties.

All students have the right to be safe and happy, and treated with respect and politeness. Consequently, not even in fun may any student intimidate, mock, bully or treat anyone in any way – physically, verbally or psychologically – which diminishes their rights as human beings and children of God, or interferes with their happiness or safety.

Refer to our Bullying Policy available on the St Pauls Catholic College website on the 'Policies' page under the 'About Us' menu.