GENERAL INFORMATION 2018
Please check at home during the holidays for any school library books or text books and return them to the College office.
Many Physical Education lessons will be outside in summer months. Please be aware of the need for sun protection. All students likely to be exposed to the sun during the day should apply sunscreen before coming to school and carry some in their bags to apply again during the day. Students are advised also to wear the optional St Bernard’s College sun cap.
We are becoming concerned that a number of students are bringing expensive electronic equipment, games and large sums of money to school. Furthermore, many of these students are being very casual about how they keep these items secure during the day.
We want to take this opportunity to reiterate some messages about security of personal items.
• Students should not bring expensive electronic devices or valuables to school unless necessary for their school work.
• If it is necessary to bring a wallet or an item which is valuable, it should not be left in an unattended bag.
• We provide for security of items during PE lessons but there are limits on what is reasonable to store, so ask that only essential items are brought to school.
• Items of value should, if kept in bags, be placed at the bottom of the main compartment, not in outside pockets. A travel lock on the zip is also a good idea.
• Lockers should be secured with a sturdy padlock. Some students are putting their faith in very poor quality locks. Combination locks are not recommended as they are easily defeated.
• Clothing must be well named.
• Claims for loss of personal property should be made through your personal insurers.
Please take the time to discuss sensible security precautions with your son and check from time to time that he is following them.
Messenger Duties for Students
All Year 7 to 10 students take part in this school service. Each student is rostered on for two lessons at a time. This usually occurs twice a year dependent on the number of students in the four Year groups. The roster begins in term one with the Year 10 students and then rotates down through the Year 9, then Years 7/8 students.
Publishing Student Images and Work
When students enrol we seek permission for St Bernard’s College to use photos and electronic images and/or examples of student’s work in school publications including the newsletter, annual report, yearbook, production videos and publicity material, press releases, advertising and the school websites. If you do not wish your son to have his photo or work published, please advise the office.
St Bernard’s College Health Clinic provides a free, confidential health service to students who want advice, support or treatment for any sort of health issue. Things like vision and hearing concerns, skin infections, asthma, sports injuries, allergies, sexual health questions, information about alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs or feeling unwell or unhappy. Prescriptions are free.
If there is a health problem that is getting in the way of you making the most of what is happening at school or getting in the way of you growing and developing as a young person - come and see us - we will do our best to help.
A nurse will be at the clinic, based at the college on Thursdays. Students can make an appointment at the school office.
Parents/caregivers are welcome to telephone the school office if they are concerned about a health issue or if they want to make an appointment for their son/young person. Parents may choose to come to the appointment with them.
VIBE Youth Health Service
Free, confidential health and support services for young people ages 10 – 24 are available from VIBE Youth Health Clinic 4 Daly Street, Lower Hutt. The telephone number is 566 0525 or go to www.vibe.org.nz on line.
It’s free to see the Nurse
It’s free to see the Doctor
It’s free for prescriptions
It’s another option for young people
We can help with sports injuries, asthma, skin infections, vision and hearing stuff, sexual health, alcohol and drug issues, any health problem. We also provide support to young people for the transition from college to tertiary education, training and jobs.
School Rules and Code of Conduct
These Rules and Code of Conduct apply whenever students are in school uniform or on an official school activity. Students represent the College as well as themselves and their parents. They are required to attend to their responsibilities to the College and to its reputation in their everyday behaviour. They are expected to always show self-respect and respect of others and their property.
When a student is absent, parents are to inform the school by telephone (ph 560 9250) or via the SBC School App that day. Parents will be contacted by text if their son is not marked present at school. It is important that parents reply or phone the college as soon as possible to confirm where the student is.
All absences must be explained in writing or by phone or email, setting out the reason for the absence and the exact period involved. It is preferable for notes to be written in the school diary.
Because attendance at school is part of legislative requirements, the College is required to adhere to Ministry of Education coding for attendance matters. We are not free to form our own judgements about whether attendance is ‘justified’ or ‘unjustified’. These criteria are defined by the Ministry.
The Ministry rules are that if a student is selected for a national sports or cultural event then his absence is considered a justified absence. However, if a family wishes to take their son on a holiday during term time and needs to remove their son from school the Ministry rules define this as an “unjustified absence”. This does not mean that the College does not support the family’s decision or is making judgements about it.
All students must by law be enrolled at school and attend each day until they reach the age of sixteen. Teachers need to keep a lesson by lesson check on classroom attendance. Students must attend all classes on their personal timetable and a parent needs to be contacted if a student truants from school or skips individual classes. Normal school hours start at 8.40 am and conclude at 3.00 pm.
Behaviour in or out of class
- Students walk to class in an orderly manner without obstructing corridors
- Outside the classroom, if it is locked, students line up against the wall keeping clear of the doorway.
- On entering the class students go to their seat, make ready their books and be fully prepared for the lesson to begin.
- Misbehaviour that disrupts teaching and learning may result in offenders being withdrawn from class and parents being informed.
Emergency Evacuation Procedure
There are emergency procedures for different types of emergencies, natural disaster, intrusion, substance spills and plant failures.
All instructions for emergency evacuations must be carefully observed.
Emergency procedures and emergency information is contained in our Emergency Management Plan.
Interfering with school alarms may result in injury and is a very serious offence.
- Electronic devices are forbidden in class. If they are visible they will be confiscated unless the teacher has given permission for them to be used as a learning aid.
- Chewing gum and all other forms of gum.
- Matches, lighters, fireworks and aerosol cans.
- Penknives or other dangerous instruments [e.g. air and imitation guns, water pistols, water bombs, chains, etc].
- Skateboards and skates.
The College accepts no responsibility for the loss of forbidden articles.
Any behaviour at any time considered by the Principal to be detrimental to the good order and/or name of the school is unacceptable as a mark of a St Bernard’s College student and disciplinary action may be taken.
Hair has to be neat and tidy at all times. Students in Year 11 and above who have visible facial hair are required to be clean shaven. Only hair dyes that imitate natural hair colours are permitted. If hair is dyed it must appear natural, not in stripes or patches of colour. Mohawks, shaved patterns and other extreme hair styles are unacceptable. Boys with long hair are expected to tie it back neatly.
- Spitting, misbehaviour in the toilets and other unhygienic acts can have serious consequences and are prohibited.
- Sharing of drink bottles is unhygienic and is prohibited.
- Students who need to take daily medication must do so under the supervision of office staff.
Students are only allowed to wear a small single stud in one or both ear lobes. Earrings are to be smaller than 4mm. They are to be gold, silver or clean glass in colour. Hoops are not to be worn. Unacceptable jewellery items will be confiscated. Any other form of body piercing is prohibited. Rings, bracelets or necklaces are not to be worn except College approved religious, cultural and/or similar artefacts. Visible tattoos or tattoo transfers are not permitted.
Polite, respectful language is expected both within the college and in public. Swearing and foul language go against our special character, give a bad name to a student and St Bernard’s College and are not acceptable at any time and disciplinary action may be taken.
Lateness (after 8.40am)
All students who arrive after the bell has gone must report to the Main Office and obtain a late pass before they go to their first period lesson. They then hand this late pass to the subject teacher. Lateness should be explained by a note and presented at the Main Office upon arrival. Parents by email are informed of all unexplained lateness’s. Subject teachers will send students back to the office if they arrive late and without a late pass.
Leaving the School Grounds
Students are to remain on the property (defined by the natural boundaries) at all times from 8.40 am till 3.00 pm. If there is a need to leave the property at any time, a written note from parents (preferably in the student diary) is to be given to the Dean to be signed. The student must produce the note at the Main Office before signing out. On his return he signs back in at the office. Where possible, parents should ensure appointments are made outside of school hours.
Lunch time Activity
Students are encouraged to be active (reading, chess, informal games) during breaks especially lunch time. Sports equipment is available for use at lunch time from the PE shed. It is advisable to wear a tee shirt if engaging in physical activity. Students should respect any roped off area on the grounds – likewise trees and shrubs. A sign on the field indicates if the field is open or closed.
Out of Bounds Areas
- Behind the Gymnasium.
- Area along the western boundary from Marina Grove to behind the canteen.
- Area along eastern boundary on the Waterloo roadside.
- Waterloo Road frontage.
- Anderson Grove.
- Marina Grove.
Students are required to maintain in good order the property (including textbooks) provided for their use. School property must not be marked in any way. Damage to anything in class is to be reported to the teacher. Students who damage school property during breaks etc. are to report it to the Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care. Students must be prepared to pay for damage caused. Students will also be expected to pay for or replace lost books.
Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs
The possession and/or use of tobacco products, alcohol, drugs, solvents or other similar substances on the College grounds, at College functions, or while wearing school uniform are prohibited. Such infringements may result in suspension.
Transport – Bicycles & Scooters
- Bicycles and scooters may not be ridden on the school property during the day.
- Students use the stands provided to store bicycles & scooters during the day. Locks are mandatory.
- Students may only borrow another student’s bicycle or scooter with the permission of the Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care or Dean.
- Bicycles are to be wheeled in and out of the school grounds. Helmets are a legal requirement.
Transport - Buses
The College and Cityline have an agreement that students board the Wainuiomata buses at the College stop. Those waiting for the school buses to Wainuiomata, Kelson, Stokes Valley etc. are to wait in an orderly manner. It is dangerous to rush forward to the kerb when the bus approaches. Students should travel in an orderly, respectful manner. Those who misbehave will be reported by the driver to the College.
Transport - Student Vehicles
Vehicles are normally parked in Anderson Grove clear of driveways. They are not to be used or sat in during the day (including lunchtime). No student has the college’s permission to carry passengers. A student driving a vehicle must show his licence to a staff member on request.
Transport - Trains
Behaviour at railway stations and on the trains should be orderly and dignified. Those who misbehave will be reported to the College.
On enrolment, parents sign up and agree that their son will attend the College in the correct uniform at all times. The uniform is to be worn neatly and in good condition. The College makes every effort to see that student’s display, both in and out of school grounds, a well presented image in which all associated with the school can take pride. When temporary difficulties arise, parents must advise the school, by note, of the problem. Uniform articles should be clearly named. The wearing of the correct and tidy uniform is seen as a sign of personal pride as well as presenting a good image of the school. [link]
• There must be no mixing between the summer and winter uniform items
• Ankle boots, cloth shoes and sports-style shoes are not acceptable
• Only a white t-shirt or singlet may be worn underneath the shirt.
• The only permissible rain jacket/coat is the one available from the College.
• Jeans of any type and casual trousers are not acceptable.
All sports uniforms and tracksuits provided by the college will be approved by Board of Trustees and must not be worn as part of the summer or winter uniform.
The uniform will be worn correctly at all times. Shirts must be tucked in. When the polo shirt is worn under a jersey or jacket it must be tucked in. Long sleeved t- shirts must not be worn under short sleeved shirts. The top shirt button must be done up with the wearing of the College tie. Socks must be worn pulled up at all times. No socks are to be worn with sandals.
Short-term exemptions may be given on medical or genuine financial grounds at the discretion of the Principal. A note from parents is requested to allow a Principal’s pass to be issued.
Points to Note
• Ensure that every article of clothing and personal property is clearly marked and named.
• If you are in doubt about a particular item of clothing, check with the Director of Pastoral Care.
• The fact that a non-uniform item of clothing has already been purchased is not a reason for wearing it to school.
All visitors must report to the Main Office. It is a Health & Safety requirement that all visitors to the College must sign the visitor’s book upon arrival and sign out again at the conclusion of the visit.