Teaching the
                              Love of Christ
                               2011 Parents/Students Handbook

The College logo reflects its central motto and theme. It features a black cross consisting
of boxes to suggest the school buildings. These boxes are open to portray the openness
of the College to all in the community that might seek its services. The open side of each
end box conveys the outreach mission of the College to the community and the love for
God and desire to serve others that it is hoped students will learn. The cross reminds us of
Christ’s death and resurrection, the open boxes also doubling as a reminder of the empty
tomb. Curving through this cross is a red arc representing the ridge referred to in the name,
‘Tatachilla’. This red sandstone ridge can be seen as the rock of Christ at the foundation
and core of the school. The colour red and the shape of the arc is also a reminder of the
flowing blood of the crucified Christ.

                                     Tatachilla Lutheran College


Administration of Non Prescribed Drugs to            Mobile Devices, p26
Students, p23
                                                     Newsletters, p20
Aims, p3
                                                     Office Times, p15
Bushfire Advice, p17
                                                     Pastoral Care & Houses, p12
Caffeinated Energy Drinks, p26
                                                     Performing Arts, p40
Camps & Field Studies, p21
                                                     Policies & Procedures, p52
Canteen, p20
                                                     R-12 Houses and House Staff, p13
Care of Property, p25
                                                     Reporting & Parent/Teacher Interviews, p48
Chapel Schedule, p15
                                                     Sickness & Emergencies, p24
Computer Network & Internet, p19
                                                     Sport, p47
Contacting your Child, p24
                                                     Stationery, p19
Curriculum – Junior, Middle & Senior, p27
                                                     Student Attendance/Absence, p22
Diaries, p18
                                                     Student Dress & Appearance, p41
EcoClassroom, p48
                                                     Student Drivers, p17
Governance of Tatachilla Lutheran College, p4
                                                     Student Environment Council, p47
Hairstyles, p43
                                                     Student Leadership, p33
Home Class, p15
                                                     Support Staff, p10
Home Class Teachers, p14
                                                     Teaching Staff, p5
Homework, p39
                                                     Term Dates, p16
Infectious Diseases, p23
                                                     Travel, p17
Jewellery & Make up, p42
                                                     Tuition Fee Schedule, p49
Lesson Schedule, p15
                                                     Uniform Guidelines, p43
Library, p19
                                                     Vocational Eduction & Training, p32
Locks & Lockers (6-12), p16
                                                     Vision Statement, p3
Logo, p1
                                                     Year Level Coordinators, p14
Mission Statement, p3

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                                  VISION STATEMENT
                          Building Community : Enriching Lives

                                     COLLEGE AIMS
Provide students with a comprehensive program of education that is conducive to the
          development of their talents and skills for responsible Christian living
                       and service and meets societal demands
 Encourage children to strive for excellence in learning according to individual ability
Help children to value themselves as persons created in the image of God, redeemed
 by Christ and made members of His body, the Church and to express their new life in
                     Christ in their relationship with God and others
  Promote the spiritual life and development of children through worship, study of the
scriptures and pastoral care, whereby they may know God and his saving love in Jesus
                 Christ, respond in faith and grow to Christian maturity
          Encourage children to give witness to their faith in Christ at school,
              at home, in their congregations and in the community
        Assist parents in fulfilling their God-given responsibilities to their children
              Serve society by providing responsible citizens equipped to
                         contribute positively to its well-being.

                                 MISSION STATEMENT
                                Teaching the Love of Christ
                        for a fulfilling life which values self-worth,
                         pursues excellence and serves others.

                                  Tatachilla Lutheran College

Tatachilla Lutheran College Association Inc.
Ownership and control of Tatachilla Lutheran College are under the auspices of the Tatachilla
Lutheran College Association Incorporated. Each member Lutheran congregation of the
Association shall be entitled to be represented at the Annual General Meeting and the
general meetings of the Association by five delegates, which could include the Pastor/s.
Each delegate will have one vote.
The Association meets once a year to receive reports from the Chairperson of the Council
and the Principal, to receive the audited statements of the College for the previous year
and to elect the officers and members of Council. It delegates the responsibilities of the
operational aspects of the College to the College Council.

The management of the College is entrusted to the Tatachilla Lutheran College Council,
which is accountable to the Association and is under the Association direction.
The voting membership of Council shall comprise of 11(eleven) members:
   •   7 (seven) members who are delegate members of the associated congregations
       including the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson
   •   a representative of the Lutheran pastor’s fraternal within the Association; and
   •   3 (three) members from the wider community elected by the College Council.
The non-voting membership shall comprise the following:
   •   Principal
   •   Pastor
   •   Business Manager
   •   A representative from the College staff, by invitation of the College Council

Andrew Venning             Chairperson (Aberfoyle Park Lutheran Church)
Peter Maxfield             Vice Chairperson (McLaren Vale Lutheran Church)
Trevor Boerth              (McLaren Vale Lutheran Church)
Craig Camm                 (additional member from the wider community)
John Gerhardy              (Lutheran Pastor’s Fraternal Representative)
Michael Gieck              (McLaren Vale Lutheran Church)
Ian Kreymborg              (Hallett Cove Lutheran Church)
Dani Oniszk                (additional member from the wider community)
Peter Traeger              (Hallett Cove Lutheran Church)

Non Voting Members
Colin Minke                Principal
Paul Andrejic              Business Manager
Andrew van der Wal         College Pastor
Frances O’Leary            Staff Representative

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                           TEACHING STAFF
Janet Allen          Learning Support Teacher (R-5)
                     Dip.T.Prim. B.Spec.Ed. Grad.Dip.Theo.Ed
Seona Anderson       Parental Leave
Angela Andrews       Teacher Librarian (R-5)
                     Dip.T.Prim Grad.Dip.Theo.Ed
Shelley Badenoch     Middle: Science/Maths
Kathy Best           Senior: Physics, Maths & Science
                     B.Sc.Hons. Grad.Cert.Educ.
Neil Borgas          Head of Junior School
                     Dip.T.Prim. Grad.Dip.Theo.Ed.
Donna Brown          Junior: Year 2
Jim Brown            Senior & Middle: Technology, Electronics & CAD
                     B.Ed.Sec.Tech.Ed. Assoc.Dip.Elec.Eng
Rowan Bullock        Middle: MF1 (Christian Studies/Health) & MF2 (Math/Science), PE,
                     Dip.T.Inft.Prim. B.Ed.Phys.Ed
Tim Castle-Schmidt   Student Pathways Coordinator; CRAVE, Personal Learning Plan
                     B.A.Hum. B.A. Theo. B.Ed
Seelan Chetty        Senior: Mathematics, Science; Middle: MF2 (Math/Science)
                     Dip.Ed.Jnr.Sec. Further Dip.Ed. B.Ed.Hons.
Therese Cook         Middle: Year 7; Girls SAPSSA Sports
                     B.T. Prim.
Peter Cornthwaite    Emerald House Coordinator; Year 6/7 Coordinator; Middle: Year 7
Sharmayne Crowe      Junior: Creative Arts, Physical Education
                     B.T.Jnr.Prim. Dip.Luth.Ed
Kimberley Daniel     Junior: Year 5; PE
Rosemary Dare        Senior: Textiles; Middle: Art, Textiles
Keryn Day            Senior: Art, CRAVE, Personal Learning Plan; Middle: Art
                     Dip.T.Sec. B.Ed.Sec. Grad.Dip.Art Hist.
Scott Deverson       Middle: Media & Multi-Media & MF2 (Ma/Sc); Senior: Information
                     Technology, Media Studies.
Harry Dewar          Arts Coordinator (6-12); Senior: Drama & Dance
                     Dip.T. B.Ed.

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Jasmin Dinno        Maternity Leave
Sarah Dodd          Junior: Year 1
Cassandra Domingo   MF3 Coordinator; Senior: English; Middle: MF3 (English/SOSE)
                    B.A. Grad.Dip.Ed
Helen Dorling       Year R-2 Coordinator; Junior: Year 1
James Emswiler      Director of Staff; Senior: Media; Reports Coordinator
Georgena Eves       Junior: Year 3
                    B.A.Hons Grad. Cert.Educ
Tonia Fielke        Senior & Middle: English, SOSE, PE, CRAVE
                    B.Ed. B.Hlth.Serv
Graeme Fielke       Senior & Middle: PE
Fiona Gore          Junior: Year 2
Rex Griswood        Senior: Biology, Maths
                    Dip.Ed.Sec. B.Sc.Hons. B.Theo. Dip.Past.St.
Skye Grivell        Librarian
Gregory Hettner     Senior & Middle: Technology
                    Dip.T.Sec B.Ed
Sarah Hoff-Zweck    Head of Middle School (6-9); Middle: MF1 (Christian Studies/Health)
                    B.Ed.Sec. PostGrad Cert Ld
Lisa Hollis         Resource Centre Manager, Research Project Coordinator
                    Dip.T.Prim. G.Dip.Ed.Lit.Lang. M.Ed.
Greg John           Performing Arts Coordinator (R-12)
                    Grad.Dip.T. B.A.Hons. B.Mus. Grad.Dip.Inst.Comp.
Amy Klar            Senior & Middle: English, SOSE, Personal Learning Plan
                    B.A. Grad.Dip.Ed
Alice Kleinig       Junior & Middle: Learning Support Teacher (5-9)
                    B.Ed.Spec.Ed B.Vis.Arts
Paul Lambert        Senior: Technology Studies, Media & Multi Media;
                    Senior: Photography
                    Dip.T.Sec. B.Ed.
Edwinna Lee         Middle: Japanese; Middle & Senior: Dance, Drama
                    B.A. B.A. Hons. B.Ed.Sec.
Tyson Leech         Topaz House Coordinator; Senior: Science, PE; Middle: MF1
                    (Christian Studies/Health), PE
                    B.App.Sc.Ex.Sp.Sc. B.Ed.Sec.

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Larissa Leese        Junior: Year 4
                     B.Ed. Prim.
Geoff Lienert        Head of Senior School (10-12); Senior: Maths
                     B.Sc, Dip.Ed., GradDipTh.Ed., M.Ed.St
Margaret Lockett     Home Ec Coordinator (9-12), Senior: Food & Hospitality, Early
Linda Long           Middle: MF2 (Math/Science); Senior: Pure Maths
                     B.E. Civil.Hons
Hannah Marsland      Maternity Leave
Sue Matena           Middle & Junior: Music
Andrew McDonald      Senior & Middle: Music
                     Dip.Ed.Music.PE, Grad.Cert.MusTech, M.Mus.Tech
Penny McKenzie       Middle: Senior Leader; Year 8 Coordinator; MF1 Coordinator
                     (Christian Studies/Health); Middle: MF3 (English/SOSE)
Stephanie McKeough   Middle & Senior: Food Technology
                     Dip.Fine.Art. Dip.T.Sec
Tess McLeod          Senior: CRAVE, Girls Sport; Middle: MF1 (Christian Studies/Health)
                     & MF3 (English/SOSE), PE
                     B.Sc B.Ed.UP/LS
Kristy McRae         Parental Leave
Colin Minke          Principal; Senior: Materials Technology
                     B.Ed.Sec.Tech.Ed. Ma.Ed.Ld.
Stacey Moros         SOSE Coordinator; Senior: Research Project, History; Middle: MF3
                     B.Int.St. B.Ed.(Mid/Sec)
Emma Murphy          Middle: Year 6
                     B.A. B.Ed.Jnr.Prim/Prim
Margaret Naylor      Middle: MF2 Coordinator (Math/Science); MF2 (Math/Science);
                     Senior: Science
                     BSc. Chem PGCE
Christian Neumann    SAPSSA Boys Sports; Middle: Year 6
                     B.Ed (UP/LS) M.Ed,
Cassandra Norton     Art Coordinator; Senior: Art; Middle: Art
Melissa O’Donnell    Senior: English, History, Personal Learning Plan
                     B.A. B.A.Hons. Grad.Dip.Ed.
Yayoi Okuda          Junior: Japanese

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Lyn Parker             Coordinator of Teaching & Learning (R-5); Year 5
Deadrea Peak           Senior: Food & Hospitality, Food Tech, Child Studies, Textiles, CRAVE
Adam Pfeiffer          Outdoor Education Coordinator (6-10); Middle: MF1 (Christian
                       Studies/Health), MF2 (Math/Science)
                       B.Sc. Grad.Dip.Ed.
Louise Pfeiffer        Teacher Librarian (6-9)
                       B.A. B.A.Hons. Grad.Dip.Ed.Sec. Grad.Dip.Lib.Info.Mgmt
Susann Phair           ABW Coordinator; Senior: Business Studies, Community Studies
                       Assoc.Dip.Bus. B.Com. B.Com.Hons. M.Ed. Grad.Dip.Ed
Caroline Pritchard     Parenting Leave
Glyn Roberts           Senior Leader: English Coordinator 10-12; Year 12 Coordinator;
                       Senior: English
                       B.A.Hons. Grad.Cert.Educ. Grad.Cert.Ed.Ldship
David Robusti          Middle: MF1 (Christian St/Health), MF3 (English/SOSE)
                       B.A. B.Ed.UP/LS.
Robyn Rouvray          Maternity Leave
Richard Rowe           Sapphire House Coordinator; Senior: English, CRAVE
                       B.A.Hons. Grad.Cert.Ed.
David Salisbury        Design Technology Coordinator 8-12; Senior & Middle:
                       B.A.Hons. Grad.Cert.Ed.
Kate Sautner           Parental Leave
Rebecca Schirmer       Junior: Year 3
                       B.Ed.Jnr.Prim/Prim. Grad.Dip.Theo.Ed.
Suzanne Schmidt        Junior: Year 4
                       Dip.T.Prim. Grad.Dip.Theo.Ed.
Bronwyn Self           Learning Support Coordinator (R-12); Senior: Community Studies
                       B.A.Hons. Grad.Dip.Ed. Grad.Dip.Archiv.Admin.
Cheryl Simes           SACE Coordinator; Science Coordinator (10-12); Open Access
                       Coordinator; Senior: Chemistry
                       B.Sc.Hons. Dip.Ed. Grad.Dip.Ed.St. Cert.3.Inf.Tech.
Kate Stavrides         PE Coordinator (6-12); Year 10 Coordinator; Middle & Senior:
                       CRAVE, PE
Andrew Squire          Junior: Year 3-5 Coordinator; Year 5
                       Dip.T.Prim. E.Ed
Chelsea Temple-Slack   Senior: English; Middle: MF3 (English/SOSE), Drama
                       B.A.Prof.Wr.Com. B.Ed.Sec

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Mark Turner          Mathematics Coordinator (10-12); Year 11 Coordinator;
                     Senior: Maths
                     B.Sc.Ma.Comp.SC. Grad.Dip.Ed
Kathryn Valamanesh   Junior: Year R
Darren Vile          Middle: Year 9 Coordinator; Math/Christian Studies
                     B.Ed Hons
Peter Ward           Middle & Senior: Japanese
                     B.Ec. B.Ed.(Mid/Sec)
David Wellington     Student & Family Counsellor
                     B.Soc.Wk. Dip.Ed. M.Ed.
Scott Wendelborn     Ruby House Cordinator; Boys Sport Coordinator (8-12);
                     Senior & Middle: PE; Senior: CRAVE
Sandra Were          Junior: Reception
                     Dip.T. Grad.Dip.Theo.B.Spec.Ed
Belinda Westlake     Senior: Mathematics, Biology
                     B.Sc. Grad.Dip.Ed.Sec.
Michelle White       Parental Leave
Grant Wildman        Christian Studies / Pastoral Care Coordinator (10-12); Senior:
                     B.Ed. Dip Biblical Studies, MSS
Robecca Williams     Coordinator of Environmental Education; Senior: Geography,
                     Personal Learning Plan
                     B.A. Dip.Ed.

                                 Tatachilla Lutheran College

                                   SUPPORT STAFF

Dolores Amos           Environmental Officer; Indigenous Education, EcoClassroom
                       Diploma of Natural Resource Management, Cert 4 Training & Assessment

Paul Andrejic          Business Manager
                       B.A Acctg. Grad.Dip.Acctg. MBA CPA

Jorin Arch             Property Services Officer
Ron Armstrong          Property Services Officer
Debbie Breakey         Library: Student Services Officer
Kristy Burns           Environmental Assistant
Clinton Camac          Audio Visual Technician
Narelle Camm           Enrolment Registrar & Family Finance Officer
                       B.Bus – Administrative Management

Jill Carratt           Junior: Student Services Officer
Rosemary Caston        Middle: Student Services Officer
Robyn Clark            Senior: Special Education Support Officer
                       TAFE SA: Autism Spectrum Disorders Support Work

Jane Comas             Finance Officer Accounts Payable
Sue Cooper             Uniform Assistant
Kay Digby              Publications & Administration Officer
Jenni Edwards          Canteen Assistant
Michelle Goldfinch     Uniform Shop Assistant
Tracey Guyers          ICT/AV Technician
Sian Hall              Laboratory Officer
Helen Hicks            Middle: Learning Support Officer
              Cert.IV.Dis.Support Work, ASD.Support Work

Janet Hounslow         Canteen Assistant
Deborah Kaye           Library; Performing Arts
                       Cert II Library.Info Services

Deb Kelly              Finance Officer Accounts Receivable
Chris Koop             Performing Arts Support Officer
                       Associate Diploma in Pianoforte, A.mus.A

Mandy Laidlaw          Food Technology, Art, Junior: Special Ed
Cathie Lincoln-Bouts   Laboratory Manager

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Sue Lobban           Library: Student Services Officer
                     Cert IV Library.Info Services

Dawn Maidment        Manager, Finance and Administration
Gordon Marshall      Grounds Supervisor Officer
Vanessa Mathews      Senior: Student Services Officer
Sheryn Maxfield      Junior: Student Services Officer
Therese McCrackan    Canteen Manager
Colin McKenzie       Property Services Officer
Narelle Mistiades    Executive Assistant to the Principal
                     B.App.Sc, Grad.Cert.HRM

Mark Mosel           Design Technology Assistant
Frances O’Leary      Senior, Middle: Special Education Officer
Chris Roberts        Canteen Assistant
Tracy Ross           Receptionist
Nola Sears           Academic Executive Secretary
Ray Sharrad          ICT & Curriculum Support Officer
Cathy Sherriff       Uniform Shop Assistant & Senior Student Services Officer
Andrew van der Wal   Pastor
                     Dip. App Sc, B Nurs, B Th, Grad Dip Min

Aubrey Wagner        Property Services Manager

Graeme Whitmore      Network & Systems Manager
                     Dip. Network Management

Janene Williams      Junior: Student Services Officer
Denise Williams      Junior: Student Services Officer

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                           PASTORAL CARE & HOUSES
Pastoral Care is integral to the daily life of Tatachilla Lutheran College. It is not a specific
program but an attitude and approach which permeates everything we do at TLC. It is a
concern for the spiritual, physical, social, intellectual and emotional health and well-being
of all persons in the College. Pastoral Care at TLC is based on the Christian values which
underpins the school derived directly from the Bible, our College motto and mission statement.
It aims to draw individuals closer to Christ in the context of a Christian community.
Authentic pastoral care involves establishing and maintaining boundaries, learning from
our mistakes, empathy, care, concern and compassion for others, love and forgiveness. It
includes activities in home class, house, social interaction, student government, curriculum,
methodology, behaviour management, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and
College leadership and management. It is intrinsic to the culture and climate of the College.
Pastoral Care is people care following the example of Jesus, our Leader.
All students belong to a House and all members of a family belong to the same house.
The names of the houses are based on gemstones. They are:
         Emerald (green)                        Ruby (red)
         Sapphire (blue)                        Topaz (yellow)
The gemstones are all precious and rare and the contribution of each house is precious to the
College. Different gemstones originate in different types of rocks and conditions and therefore
have different characteristics. This reminds us that we are all unique parts of God’s creation
and that each house will have its own distinctive ‘cut’ and ‘refraction’ – its own personality.
Houses compete against each other for a House Shield in sporting, academic and cultural
events, including but not limited to, athletics, swimming, mixed netball, volleyball, chess,
public speaking, handball, visual arts and theatre sports.

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                            R-12 HOUSES AND HOUSE STAFF
    EMERALD                 RUBY                      SAPPHIRE            TOPAZ
    Peter Cornthwaite       Scott Wendelborn          Richard Rowe        Tyson Leech

    Kathy Best              Janet Allen               Dolores Amos        Shelley Banenoch
    Rosemary Caston         Jorin Arch                Angela Andrews      Debbie Breakey
    Seelan Chetty           Ron Armstrong             Donna Brown         Narelle Camm
    Robyn Clark             Rowan Bullock             Jim Brown           Kay Digby
    Therese Cook            Kristy Burns              Clinton Camac       Helen Dorling
    Scott Deverson          Tim Castle-Schmidt        Jill Carratt        Jenni Edwards
    Sarah Dodd              Jane Comas                Sharmayne Crowe     Graeme Fielke
    James Emswiler          Sue Cooper                Keryn Day           Tonia Fielke
    Georgena Eves           Kimberley Daniel          Harry Dewar         Michelle Goldfinch
    Skye Grivell            Rosemary Dare             Gregory Hettner     Lisa Hollis
    Janey Hounslow          Cassandra Domingo         Helen Hicks         Paul Lambert
    Amy Klar                Fiona Gore                Greg John           Larissa Leese
    Alice Kleinig           Rex Griswood              Mandy Laidlaw       Sue Lobban
    Chris Koop              Tracey Guyers             Edwina Lee          Sue Matena
    Cathie Lincoln-Bouts    Sian Hall                 Margaret Lockett    Sheryn Maxfield
    Dawn Maidment           Deb Kaye                  Linda Long          Penny McKenzie
    Vanessa Mathews         Deb Kelly                 Gordon Marshall     Tess McLeod
    Therese McCracken       Stephanie McKeough        Andrew McDonald     Emma Murphy
    Colin McKenzie          Narelle Mistiades         Mark Mosel          Melissa O’Donnell
    Cassandra Norton        Stacey Moros              Margaret Naylor     Frances O’Leary
    Deadra Peak             Lyn Parker                Christian Neumann   Rebecca Schirmer
    Susann Phair            Adam Pfeiffer             Yayoi Okuda         Nola Sears
    David Salisbury         Louise Pfeiffer           Chris Roberts       Ray Sharrad
    Andrew Squire           David Robusti             Glyn Roberts        Kate Stavrides
    Aubrey Wagner           Cathy Sherriff            Tracy Ross          Mark Turner
    David Wellington        Chelsea Temple-Slack      Suzanne Schmidt     Kathryn Valamanesh
    Sandra Were             Grant Wildman             Bronwyn Self        Darren Vile
    Belinda Westlake        Denise Williams           Cheryl Simes        Graeme Whitmore
                            Robecca Williams          Pater Ward          Janene Williams

    On Leave                On Leave                  On Leave            On Leave
    Jasmin Dinno            Kristy McRae              Seona Anderson      Michelle White
    Hannah Marsland         Caroline Pritchard
    Robyn Rouvray
    Kate Sautner
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Helen Dorling     R-2          Andrew Squire         3-5         Peter Cornthwaite   6-7
Penny McKenzie 8               Darren Vile           9           Kate Stavrides      10
Mark Turner       11           Glyn Roberts          12

Rec     0KVA    Kathryn Valamanesh                  0SWR    Sandra Were
Yr 1    1SDO    Sarah Dodd                          1HDO    Helen Dorlling
Yr 2    2DBR    Donna Brown                         2FGO    Fiona Gore
Yr 3    3RSC    Rebecca Schirmer                    3GEV    Georgena Eves
Yr 4    4LLE    Larissa Leese                       4SSC    Suzanne Schmidt
Yr 5    5LPA    Lyn Parker, Kimberley Daniel        5ASQ    Andrew Squire

Yr 6    6EMU    Emma Murphy                         6CNE    Christian Neumann
Yr 7    7TCO    Therese Cook                        7PCO    Peter Cornthwaite
Yr 8    8TFI    Tonia Fielke                        8PMC    Penny McKenzie
        8APF    Adam Pfeiffer                       8RBL    Rowan Bullock
        8TML    Tess McLeod
Yr 9    9TLE    Tyson Leech                         9MNA    Margaret Naylor
        9CDO    Cassandra Domingo                   9DRO    David Robusti
        9DVI    Darren Vile

Yr 10   10JBR   Jim Brown                           10SCH   Seelan Chetty
        10GFI   Graeme Fielke                       10SMC Steph McKeough
        10KBE   Kathy Best                          10DSA   David Salisbury
Yr 11   11GHE   Greg Hettner                        11PLA   Paul Lambert
        11SDE   Scott Deverson                      11SPH   Susann Phair
        11RWI   Robecca Williams                    11AKA   Amy Klar
Yr 12   12AMC Andrew McDonald                       12SMO   Stacey Moros
        12CNO Cassandra Norton                      12MLO   Margaret Lockett
        12RRW   Richard Rowe                        12TCA   Tim Castle-Schmidt

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                                      OFFICE TIMES
The Administration Office is open Monday - Friday 8:15am to 4:30pm

Staff Devotion    8.20 - 8.30                            Lesson 4          11.35 - 12.20
Home Class        8.40 - 8.55                            Lesson 5          12.20 - 1.05
Lesson 1          8.55 - 9.40                            LUNCH             1.05 - 1.50
Lesson 2          9.40 - 10.25                           Lesson 6          1.50 - 2.35
Lesson 3          10.25 - 11.10                          Lesson 7          2.35 - 3.20
RECESS            11.10 - 11.35                          DISMISSAL         3.20

Students generally should not arrive at College before 8.20am, and should have left by
3.40pm. Supervision of students begins and ends at these respective times. If there is a reason
why a student needs to be on the College grounds outside of these hours on a regular basis,
parents should arrange this with the Principal and/or Head of School.

It is important that students are organised for the day and attending home class by 8.40am.
Home class teachers are responsible for recording the attendance roll at this point, and it is
imperative that this roll is accurate.
Further activities take place in home class - depending on the time available on the morning/
week in question. Home class teachers use this important time at the beginning of the day
to ‘touch base’ with their students. As part of this home class teachers (in Middle School and
Senior School) use resources such as the reflection sheets provided by the School Pastor to
aid in their conversations and relationship building.

In addition to the reflective activities of home classes, students and staff regularly come
together as ‘community’ in chapel gatherings on a sub-school or whole-of-school basis. This
provides a time of corporate reflection and celebration with a distinctively Christian focus,
in keeping with our motto of ‘Teaching the Love of Christ’.
The standard term pattern for chapel gatherings is as follows:

Week              Monday                        Tuesday                    Wednesday
 1                                                                         R-12
 2                Junior School                 Middle School              Senior School
 3                Junior School                                            R-12
 4                Junior School                 Middle School              Senior School
 5                Junior School                                            R-12
 6                Junior School                 Middle School              R-12 House
 7                Junior School                                            R-12
 8                Junior School                 Middle School              Senior School
 9                Junior School                                            R-12
10                Junior School                 Middle School              Senior School

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                                       TERM DATES
 TERM                          DATES                              STUDENT FREE DAYS/
                                                                  PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

 1                             7 February - 15 April              14 March - Adelaide Cup

 term break                    18 April - 29 April                22 -25 April - Easter
                                                                  26 April - Anzac Day

 2                             2 May - 8 July                     *Monday 2 May
                                                                  13 June - Queen’s B/day

 term break                    11 July - 22 July

 3                             25 July - 30 September             *Friday 2 September
                                                                   Show Day
                                                                  *Monday 19 September
                                                                   In lieu of 1st Monday T3

 term break                    3 October - 14 October             3 October - Labour Day

 4                             17 October - 16 December           *Monday 17 October

                         *Student free dates are subject to change.

                               LOCKS AND LOCKERS
Years 6-12
Each student is provided with a locker to securely store their books, bags and items of clothing.
At the beginning of their first year at the College, each student is issued with a combination
lock that they must use on their locker for the duration of time spent at the College. When
not being accessed the locker must be kept locked.
A ‘one-of’ service fee of $12 is charged per student.

Years R-5
Students will be provided with a space to keep their bags and belongings.

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Bushfire Advice
Recent changes to the national fire rating system applied as a result of the tragic events
in Victoria in 2009, include the creation of a Catastrophic fire danger rating. TLC has now
been audited and has been categorised as a low risk site. While our school site may be
rated as potentially safe on a Catastrophic day, many of our bus runs travel through areas
that may have a higher rating. We are currently working through a scenario based process
which will enable us to determine which bus runs may be cancelled should a Catastrophic
day be called. A dedicated mobile phone has been purchased by the College to be used
in emergencies only. This will also be operating when there is a power blackout to enable
parents to contact the College. The number is: 0400 567 880.

Travel to and from College
Students using the College bus services are reminded that it is important for behaviour to
be sensible and consistent with the safety and welfare of others as outlined in the Bus Code
of Conduct (please refer to ‘Policy Section’ of Handbook).
It is important that parents comply with posted speed limits as well as observe safety
Cyclists are urged to exercise extreme care at all times. Bicycles are to be parked in the
bicycle rack during the day (located on the western side of the Resource Centre alongside
Junior School). Cyclists are required to wear an Australian Standards approved helmet.

Student Drivers
The Year 12 Coordinator must interview students before using vehicles for transport to and
from College. Student Driver Application Forms can be found in the Senior School Diary or
can be obtained from Senior Student Services. Once completed and letters from parents/
caregivers of the driver and passengers are attached, an appointment with the Year 12
Coordinator can be made.
Student Driver conditions will be fully explained at an interview with the student. Passengers of
a student driver require written permission from the parents of both driver and passenger.
Please refer to the ‘Policy Section’ rear of booklet.

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Junior School (R-5)
Years R-3
	 •	     R-3 students use a communication book instead of a diary.
Students are to take pride in all of their work, which includes filling out their diary neatly, without
scribble, graffiti or private notes.
Years 4-5
The diary is a record of set homework as well as:
	   •	   Remarks by teachers and parents concerning homework
	   •	   Absences from school
	   •	   Notices and acknowledgements of them
	   •	   Personal reminders of daily requirement and coming events
	   •	   Informal communication between parent and class teacher; eg. reason for
The diary is not a private document but shared between school and home, so it is
inappropriate for a student to use it for very personal information.
Diaries must be replaced if lost.
Diaries will be checked regularly by the class teacher.
Middle/Senior School (6-12)
The student diary has (3) three main purposes to:
	 •	     Enable students to record homework and assessment tasks
	 •	     Provide students with the opportunity to list and record other significant events of the
         College year, eg. due dates for assignments, test results, Sports Day, etc
	 •	     Act as a communication link between teachers and parents.
It is expected that parents/caregivers check the diary regularly and sign it each week except
Year 12.
Please read the more detailed advice on the use of the diary contained within it at the
commencement of each year.

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Tatachilla Lutheran College’s Library and Information Service provides a wide range of book
and non-book resources including reference sources, video and audiotapes, newspapers,
magazines and access to a variety of Information Communication Technologies.

Main Library (Years 6-12)
Emphasis is placed on developing students’ skills and confidence in locating and using
information effectively and independently.
Space is provided for classes to work in the Library as whole classes, small groups or as
individuals to conduct research, do extension work, borrow resources, engage in private
study and/or use the Library’s computers.
The Library has computers dedicated to searching the Library catalogue and 52 computers
for student use. Access to all Library cyber services is available via the College Intranet.
The Main Library is open each weekday from 8.00am until 4.00pm and is staffed by trained
Teacher Librarians and Library Support staff. Students are able to contribute to the Library
through a lunchtime volunteer program.

Junior Library (Years R-5)
The Junior Library is adjacent to the Main Library allowing access to shared facilities. Classes
from Reception to Year 5 are involved in a regular borrowing time where a love of reading is
encouraged and promoted. Students are familiarised with the location of resources in both
the Junior, Middle and Senior sections. Skills in locating, identifying and using information are
introduced within a cooperative teaching program.
The Junior Library is open Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 3.45pm.

Additional Services
In addition to the traditional services above the Resource Centre also provides facilities
(support personnel, resources, information) for SACE, Environmental and Indigenous Education,
Adaptive Education, Open Access and Pathways (Careers).

Detailed information about acceptable use, privilege, monitoring, etiquette, security,
vandalism and harassment and access times is outlined in the Student Diary.
Tatachilla Lutheran College makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied,
for the service it is providing.

The College carries supplies of commonly used stationery items. These may be purchased
from the canteen each day in the last few minutes of the recess and lunch breaks.

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The Canteen at TLC is open every school day for students at recess and lunch times. Students
from Years 3-5 are served at recess and lunchtime from the junior school window on the
driveway side of the Canteen and Years 6-12 from the main window.
Students in Years R-6 order their lunches through lunchboxes provided in their classrooms.
These lunches are distributed in their classrooms under the supervision of their classroom
Students in Years R-2 are not permitted to purchase directly from the Canteen at recess or
lunch times but recess orders can be made by parents and placed in the lunchbox on a
separate bag clearly marked ‘Recess’. The Recess box will then be collected and distributed
by a Junior Primary staff member in the Junior Primary area.
Students in Years 7-12 have the opportunity to order their lunch at the Canteen before school
or during recess time. Lunch order bags are provided at the Canteen and should be posted
through the Lunch Order Chute before the end of recess. Any lunch orders made after this
time should be handed to the canteen staff.
The Canteen menu gives students the opportunity to eat healthily at the College but also has
some occasional foods included. Please check the menu and help your child to choose
If your child has special dietary needs you can supply the Canteen with his/her food to be
placed in with the lunch orders. This needs to be arranged with the Canteen Manager.
The Canteen is staffed by the Manager and three assistants. Volunteer help is always
appreciated and most needed on Mondays from 8.45am - 9.30am, Fridays from 11am
- 1.45pm. Notices for this go out to parents /caregivers at the beginning of the year for a
roster to be coordinated.
We also welcome any donations of fruit and vegetables especially lettuce, tomatoes and

The Fortnightly Newsletter is issued to all families via the youngest child in the family at College.
It is the main form of regular communication between the home and the College. It is
important that parents ask to see the Fortnightly Newsletter on the due date, read it carefully
and follow up matters where required. An electronic copy of the newsletter is available via
email or downloaded from the website.
The Semester newsletter called ‘Beyond the Ridge’ will generally be published each semester.
Its purpose is to celebrate College achievements, record old scholars’ news and to keep
the wider community informed.

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                          CAMPS AND FIELD STUDIES
Camps provide alternative venues, atmospheres, time frames and resource bases enabling
us to achieve educational and socialisation objectives which cannot be achieved as part
of the normal programs at the College.
Attendance at camps is compulsory and costs are additional to the standard school tuition
Camps will be held at key year levels for specific purposes.

Junior School Camp Program
Year R               Evening at school (no sleep over)
Year 1               Friday evening sleep over
Year 2               1 night sleep over - excursion
Year 3 & 4           1 night/2 days - late T3
Year 5               2 nights/3 days - late T3

Middle School Camp Program
Year 6               T4, Week 5 - 16-18 November (Narnu Farm)
Year 7               T4, Week 5 - 16-18 November (El Shaddhai)
Year 8               T1, Week 4 - 2-4 March (Woodhouse, Adelaide Hills)
Year 9               T4, Week 1 - 17-21 October (Ilawonga, Solo Challenge)

Senior School Camp Program
Year 10              T3, Week 9 - 19-23 September
Year 10              T3, Week 10 - 26-30 September
	 	 	                (Fishing Camp; KI Expedition; Adventure Camp; Kayaking Camp)
Year 11              Peer Support Camp - T1, Week 2 14-15 February
Year 11              T1, Week 3 - 25-27 February (Vetamorphus Retreat 1)
Year 11              T2, Week 3 - 21-22 May (Vetamorphus Retreat 2)
Year 11              T4, Week 2 - 28-30 October (Vetamorphus Retreat)
Year 12              T1, Week 10 - 14-15 April (Retreat at Mylor)

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                      STUDENT ATTENDANCE/ABSENCE
Late Arrival
Years 6-12 students who arrive late at College but before 8.55am must report directly to
Home Class. Students who arrive after this must report to the appropriate Student
Services Office with their diary. Diaries will be stamped with a ‘late arrival’ stamp. Unless
phone contact is made, students must provide a note in diary the next day. There
will be follow up for students who persistently arrive late.
Junior School students who arrive after 8.50am have their name listed as late in the class
roll. They are to report to the Junior School Student Services office to sign in.

Early Departure
	 •	   Students who need to leave school early must bring a note from their parent/caregiver
       in their diary.
	 •	   This note must be shown at Student Services Office where the student signs out.
	 •	   No student will be allowed to leave the College under any circumstance without
       consent from the parent/caregiver.
	 •	   All students must be collected from the Student Services Office.

	 •	   Parent/Caregivers are requested to inform the College prior to 9am when their child
       is absent. Please ring the absentee line 8329 4444; or
	 •	   Email details to
   • The College will contact all non-reported absences on the day.

Please Note
Students are not to contact parents via mobile phones between the hours of 8.40am and
3.20pm. All telephone contact is to be made through the blue phone in the Senior School
foyer (or via Junior School or Middle School SSO by arrangement).

Year 12 Students
Special arrangements may be negotiated with the Year 12 Coordinator re arrival and
departure times.
Planned Absences
Parent/caregivers are requested to inform the Principal in writing prior to a planned absence
eg. holidays, operations.

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The College does not administer non-prescribed drugs. If there is a medical condition for a
student to take a non-prescription drug then parents are requested to discuss this with the
relevant sub school Student Services Officer as a matter of urgency.

The College discourages the dispensing of paracetamol except where the person
administering first aid considers that the giving of paracetamol will help alleviate the student’s
pain. Where this occurs, the following controls must be observed:
	 •	   Only the school’s First Aid Officer on duty will be authorised to give the
	 •	   Written permission will be obtained from parents/caregivers at the beginning of the
       school year and must be done annually. A record must be kept of the name of the
       child who is given any paracetamol.
	 •	   The Senior First Aid Officer reserves the right to refuse paracetamol and in any case
       students will only be administered one dose of paracetamol a day.
	 •	   Students under 12 years of age will not be given any medication without written
       consent from a Medical Practitioner.
	 •	   A record must be kept of the type, number and frequency of paracetamol given.
	 •	   No paracetamol will be administered after 2.15pm on any day.
	   •	 The student’s parents must be advised via diary or phone call of paracetamol that
       was administered, the amount and the time at which it was administered.
	 •	   Students are also strongly discouraged from carrying these or any non-prescribed drugs
       on their person or storing them in their school bag or locker.

Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases are illnesses caused by the spread of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses,
fungi or parasites) to humans from other humans, animals or the environment, including
food and water.
Some of the infectious diseases are described as notifiable. In South Australia this means
that the doctor and laboratory diagnosing this disease are required by law, under Section 30
of the Public and Environmental Health Act, 1987, to notify all cases to the Communicable
Disease Control Branch of the SA Government Dept of Health - Ph: 8226 1777. Notification
ensures that steps are taken, where necessary, to prevent the spread of an infectious disease
to other people in the community.
Students should not attend school if they present with the following illnesses:
Chicken pox, Measles (including German measles), Gastrointeritis, Tonsilitis, Head Lice, Flu
and Swine Flu, Whooping Cough

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                           CONTACTING YOUR CHILD
Please refer to the absentee section. Students can also be contacted through the relevant
SSO. A blue phone is situated in the Senior School SSO area for student use.

                         SICKNESS AND EMERGENCIES
Office staff hold current Senior First Aid qualifications and will make the initial assessment
of medical situations. If a student is unwell they can rest for half-an-hour in the appropriate
sickbay. If they are no better after this time parents/caregivers will be asked to collect their
child from the College. Parents/caregivers are expected to collect their children within a
reasonable time frame. It is imperative that parents/caregivers have alternative arrangements
in place in the event that their child is sick and they are unable to personally collect them
from the College.
In the event of an accident or other medical emergency an ambulance will be called
and parents/caregivers notified. It is imperative that student medical records and contact
details are current and updated as necessary. Check School Newsletter for update forms.

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                                  CARE OF PROPERTY
   • Students are requested to respect their possessions and exercise the same respect
     towards other students’ belongings.
   • All student items, including clothing and hats must be permanently named and/or
   • Calculators should be engraved.
   • Money must not be left in school bags, lockers or unattended clothing. Requests can
     be made for safe keeping at Student Services Office. Large sums of money should
     not be brought to school.
   • Musical instruments must be stored in the Storage Area in the Performing Arts building.
     Primary students are requested to leave their instruments under the supervision of their
     classroom teacher.
   • Musical instruments should be taken to all classes unless otherwise specified by the
     teacher. At all other times they should be left in securely locked lockers.
   • Year 9 and 10 students are reminded that laptops must be stored in secured lockers
     when not in use.

Lost Property
 	 •	   Lost Property is the students’ responsibility.
	 •	    A Lost Property container will be housed in the Student Service Area.
	 •	    At the end of each term unclaimed lost property will be recycled through the second
        hand section of the Uniform Shop.

Appearance of Student Possessions
(Books, Folders, Diaries, Pencil Cases, School Bags, etc.)
It is important that students show proper care and attention to the above, so that their
appearance reflects and compliments the College’s total approach to education.
The following guidelines have been established:
	 •	    Each of the above items should have the owner’s name neatly and clearly written
        on them for identification purposes.
	 •	    There should be nothing else on pencil cases, school bags or the diary.
	 •	    Any pictures, etc. on exercise books or folders should be minimal and should not be
        offensive in any way.
	 •	    Students are asked not to permanently mark in any way hire books they receive from
        the College.

Valuable Items
Valuable items that students choose to bring to school that are not a prescribed part ot the
curriculum are the responsibility of students.

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                                   MOBILE DEVICES
Policy Statement
Mobile devices (such as mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, MP3 player, digital camera and multi
function devices) are permitted to be carried by middle and senior school students and
used before and after school and during recess and lunch only.

Guidelines for Use
The College provides adequate essential communication facilities; however, we
acknowledge that mobile phones, IPods, iPhones, MP3 players and digital cameras are part
of our everyday life and culture. Students using a mobile phone, IPod, iPhone, MP3 player
or digital camera, or found with it switched on during lessons, Chapel/Worship, Home Class
or any planned activity time will have it confiscated by a member of the teaching staff. It
can be collected from the relevant Student Services Office (SSO) at the end of the school
day. If the device was being used inappropriately, there will be consequences in keeping
with the breach of rules. During exam or test situations students will be asked to place their
mobile devices at the front of the room. Students caught cheating using any of the above
mentioned devices will be dealt with very seriously, and the SACE Board may be contacted
in the case of senior students.
If such items are brought to school, the College will take no responsibility if they are lost,
stolen or damaged.
Students will be educated on the appropriate use of mobile devices at the start of each
school year, therefore, we are allowing students to use their mobile phones, IPods, iPhones
and MP3 players during recess and lunch time only. Parents and students are asked to
only communicate with each other on their mobiles during these times. At any other time,
communication must be made through the relevant SSO. The relevant SSO must be informed
of all student movement in and out of school.
It is expected that music or videos brought to school either on an MP3 player or any other
electronic device has not breached copyright laws. The College does NOT condone any
kind of piracy.
The College has a legal obligation to inform students that any still picture, video or audio
recording of any persons without their knowledge and consent is a breach of privacy laws
and will be dealt with appropriately. The use of digital photo functions, such as phone and
camera features, are prohibited during school time with the exception of consent and at
sanctioned school activities such as excursions and special events.
In the event of an incident involving illegal practices, parents will be contacted and Police may
be informed. Consequences may vary and will depend on the nature of the situation.

                         CAFFEINATED ENERGY DRINKS
Students are not to bring caffeinated energy drinks, such as Red Bull, to school. Our experience
and that of researchers has shown that these drinks tend to have an adverse impact on
students’ engagement and performance.

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A Christ-centred broad, comprehensive curriculum in line with the requirements of the Non-
Government Schools Registration Board has been implemented, with special emphasis on
Christian Education, Literacy, Numeracy, Performing Arts, Technology and VET.
The College aims to develop strong traditions in a wide range of co-curricular activities
including performing arts, knockout sport, student government/leadership, house competition,
public speaking and debating.
The College aims to strive for a culture characterised by Reverence and Respect, Care and
Nurture, Excellence and Success, and Joy. Spiritual nurture is of central importance.
The three sub schools each add some distinctive features to our R-12 teaching and learning
activities as follows:

Junior School Statement
The Junior School (Years R-5) has two classes at each level.
While maintaining a strong core literacy and numeracy focus, the Junior School provides a
wide range of educational experiences in order that the interests and abilities of each student
may be identified and nurtured. An Integrated Studies Curriculum, coordinated across the
sub school has a focus on process rather than content and a social skills program aims to
develop personal qualities of each student.
In the R-2 classes play can be integrated into many aspects of the curriculum. Play assists
children to inquire further into topics being taught, consolidate their learning and to build
on their social skills.
An integral part of Junior Schooling is the opportunity for student leadership in a number of
areas and a fostering of the R-12 community culture of Tatachilla.

Middle School Statement
Set within the community of an R-12 school, the Middle School is seen as a developing and
dynamic sub-culture where students are placed at the centre of all learning.
We strive to teach and model the core values of Lutheran Education in our programs and
relationships. These values are; love, compassion, forgiveness, service, courage, humility,
hope, quality and appreciation.
In order to fulfill these values a smaller number of teachers work in teams to form positive
relationships, whereby students experience success and develop their intellectual, social
emotional and spiritual well-being.
Links in learning are carefully crafted for students, as teachers plan towards an inter-disciplinary
approach that utilizes common themes and diverse learning styles. This promotes academic
rigour, and challenges students to use higher order thinking skills.
Students are empowered to become independent, insightful, analytical and reflective
learners, and are given the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that they will need
for life.
Using the gifts that students have been given, they are encouraged to lead and serve others
in the school and wider community.

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Senior School Statement
Staff and students alike are part of a sub-school that values the individual while encouraging a
sense of community. Senior Schooling in South Australia is in the process of significant change,
and Tatachilla is well positioned to make the most of these changes. Through a process of
individualising pathways for students from Year 10, and encouraging the development of
independent and interdependent skills, senior students are able to respond to the increasingly
complex demands of post-compulsory schooling.
A combination of academic, vocational and community based learning allow students
to encounter the full range of educational experiences, developing an understanding of
themselves and their place within society along the way. The partnership between home
and school is a significant factor in the success of our students, and this relationship is
strengthened through regular contact and information sessions. The future is indeed exciting
for our students, and the Senior School is committed to ensuring all students reach their full
potential and emerge as valuable contributors to society.

Junior School Curriculum (Years R-5)
R-5 students will experience the required eight Learning Areas with the addition of Christian
R-2 students will spend additional time in English and Society and Environment.
	      •	   A process based Integrated Studies curriculum incorporates the areas of Science,
            Health and Studies of Society and Environment
	      •	   Specialist teachers are employed in Physical Education, Arts, Music and
	      •	 Teachers plan collaboratively in each year level.
As a guide the following subject areas have the approximate time allocation, in hours per
Year R-5 Curriculum
       English              90 (100)                Maths          60 (50)
       Christian Studies    15                      PE/Health      25
       ARTS                 25                      SOSE           20 (25)
       Science              15 (10)                 Technology     5
       Japanese             6
The numbers in brackets denote the different emphasis for students in Years R,1 and 2.
Additional Support
Classroom teachers have oversight of all subject areas. In addition we aim to provide
Technology/Computing, Special Education and Library support.
Other Opportunities
We will also aim to provide opportunities
	      •    For groups of students in instrumental music, choir, wet lands (EcoClassroom).
	      •	   By tapping into the resources and expertise of specialist teachers and team

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Middle School Curriculum (Years 6-9)
The Middle School is a dynamic sub-culture where students and positive relationships are
placed at the centre of all learning. Teachers work in teams to create an engaging, relevant
and rigorous curriculum that recognises the diverse learning styles, interests and experiences
of students while promoting high levels of expectation, cooperation and participation.
Students are empowered to take control of their learning and given autonomy with choice
in their learning and assessment tasks.
Features of the Middle School curriculum include:
	      •	   An integrated Pastoral Care program encompassing Health and Christian Studies
            that is delivered by all Home Class teachers in the Middle School.
	      •	   The promotion of higher-order thinking skills and problem solving.
	      •	   Recognition and encouragement of a range of learning styles.
	      •	   An emphasis on negotiation, relevance and challenge .
	      •	   A commitment to advancing the learning capacity and success for all
	      •	   Integration of learning through the use of common themes and inter-disciplinary
            teams (macrofaculties).
	      •	   Teaching students how to achieve success and develop social, emotional and
            spiritual well-being.
	      •	   The provision of opportunities that encourage active, responsible leadership.
Years 6-8 Curriculum
Key Learning areas from the SACSA Framework have been woven together to be more
authentic for students. These key learning areas have been entitled Macrofaculties 1- 4.
Macrofaculty                Learning Areas
Macrofaculty 1              Christian Studies, Health
Macrofaculty 2              Maths, Science
Macrofaculty 3              English, Study of Society & Environment
Macrofaculty 4              Music, Art, Drama, Technology, Japanese & Physical Education
Year 9 Curriculm
Macrofaculty                Learning Areas
Macrofaculty 1              Christian Studies, Health
Macrofaculty 2              Maths, Science
Macrofaculty 3              English, Study of Society & Environment
Macrofaculty 4              4 Semester choices from:
                            Art, Drama, Food Technology, Japanese
                            (must choose for 2 Semesters)
                            Media & Multimedia, Music (must choose for 2 Semesters),
                            Technology (Systems and Materials) Physical Education

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Senior School Curriculum (Years 10 - School Leaving)
There are many pathways from school to further education, training, and employment. Senior
School curriculum is flexibly organized to allow students to select and follow any of a wide
range of pathways appropriate to their individual needs and aspirations.
Examples of pathways supported include:
	      •	   direct entry to university from school, via the acquisition of an Australian Tertiary
            Admission Rank (ATAR)
	      •	   acquiring qualifications up to Certificate III level through a school-based
	      •	   preparation for a trade or traineeship or direct employment through:
              • SACE comprising traditional school-based subjects
              • SACE containing more or less negotiated curriculum (through the
                Community Studies subject)
              • SACE containing more or less short-course vocational education
                and training
Features of Senior School Curriculum include:
	      •	   Emphasis on Enterprise Education (through compulsory Personal Learning Plan and
            Australian Business Week participation in Year 10 and a focus on the availability
            of Vocational Education and Training from Year 10)
	      •	   Early start to the SACE. Students in Year 10 can complete a minimum of twenty
            SACE credits, adding flexibility in Years 11 and 12
	      •	   Strong pre-ATAR curriculum for those students needing it. In 2011, 27 Stage 2
            subjects in addition to the Research Project and Community Studies are taught
            at Tatachilla. Students
            may supplement these with subjects offered through external providers such as
            Open Access College. Appropriate pathways in Years 10 and 11 prepare
            students for these subjects.
	      •	   Encouragement of students who do not want an ATAR to undertake some negotiated-
            curriculum subjects through Community Studies. Students negotiate a project in
            an area of personal interest, and successful completion of that project counts as
            a SACE unit.
	      •	   Timetable organisation which gives students the flexibility to take subjects not
            normally taken by students at their year level. So, for example, Year 11 students
            have the option of taking some Stage 2 subjects.

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Structure of Senior School Curriculum
Year 10
Students take the equivalent of 7 units per semester.
All students take PLP and Studies of Society and Environment for the full year.
Students normally take two semesters each of Mathematics, English, and Science.
In Semester 1 all students take the same course, but in Semester 2 there is differentiation as
students choose the Mathematics and Science appropriate to their needs. Some students
will gain SACE units in these subjects.
Students choose four semester units of elective subjects. In 2011 elective subjects include
Art, Drama, Electronics, Food Technology, Geography, History, Japanese, Media Studies,
Metal Technology, Multimedia, Music, Physical Education (elective), Small Engines, Textiles
and Wood Technology,
All students take CRAVE and Physical Education for the full year.

Year 11
Students take the equivalent of eleven semester units, plus a compulsory CRAVE/Study line.
The emphasis is on the completion of the compulsory Stage 1 part of the SACE. Many students
fill their load with Stage 1 subjects. A significant number substitute VET training for some of
these subjects. Some students begin a Stage 2 subject in Year 11.
Subjects offered are:
Applied Maths, Biology, Art, Business Studies, Chemistry, CAD (Computer Aided Drafting),
Child Studies, Community Studies, CRAVE, Dance, Drama, Electronics, English, Geography,
Hospitality Studies, Information Technology, Japanese Continuers, Materials Technology, Media
Studies, Metal Engineering, Modern History, Music, Performance Technology, Photography,
Physical Education, Physics, Pure Maths, Specialist Maths, Sustainable Futures, Textiles,

Year 12
Students wanting a TER choose four Stage 2 subjects from those offered at Tatachilla Lutheran
College or other providers such as Open Access College. Students not wanting a TER choose
at least three Stage 2 subjects and sufficient units from either VET or further Stage 1 or 2 subjects
in order to gain the SACE and fulfil their training needs. In addition all students undertake the
Research Project. All students complete CRAVE, a short non-credit course taught through a
number of seminars. Subjects also offered in 2011 include:
Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Community Studies, Computer Aided Design, Digital
Photography, Drama, Early Childhood Studies, Electronic Systems, English Communications,
English Studies, Food & Hospitality Studies, Furniture Construction, Geography, Information
Technology Studies, Japanese Continuers, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Studies,
Media Studies, Modern History, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Specialist Mathematics,
Visual Arts Studies, Workplace Practices
In addition, many students take a number of units of Community Studies. This should not be
selected by students wanting an ATAR but offers a very relevant pathway to SACE completion
for all other students.

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V.E.T. - What is it?
VET stands for Vocational Education and Training, and is a way for Year 11 and 12 students
to experience the world of work while still at school. It is an opportunity for keen young
students to learn work skills and get relevant industry experience to make them productive
and employable.
In line with TLC’s commitment to providing an education for all students, structured VET
programs across a range of areas are being implemented, tailoring courses to suit individual

As not all students are interested in continuing with tertiary education, VET provides a pathway
for students to explore while still achieving their SACE. VET programs offer a mix of workplace
learning and off-job training, with students receiving formal credit towards their SACE as
well as industry accreditation. Students’ job competencies are assessed in the workplace
to industry standards, which then have direct credit transfer should they continue with their
chosen course at TAFE.

In keeping with the geographical location of TLC, and the nature of industry in the surrounding
area, we aim to provide pathways in Tourism and Hospitality, Conservatioln and Land
Management and General Construction. These courses are being introduced progressively,
responding to student demand and industry trends. The Student Pathways Coordinator is
also able to negotiate and enrol students in courses suited to students’ interest and career
pathways. All enrolments must be negotiated through the Student Pathways Coordinator to
ensure it fits in with their SACE and future aspirations.

Work Experience
Work Experience is an integral part of the Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan (PLP) program and
all Year 10’s are expected to do work experience. Students in Years 10 and 11 may do further
work experience in their own time. Arrangements for extra work experience still need to be
made through the Student Pathways Coordinator so that the student is insured and other
legal obligations are fulfilled.

Career Counselling
The Student Pathways Coordinator is available to advise students in a general way on careers
and specifically on courses and their requirements. Detailed analysis of career interests and
aptitudes is not available from the College, and parents seeking this information are advised
to contact professional agencies.

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                                STUDENT LEADERSHIP
Student Leadership has many forms at Tatachilla Lutheran College.
Listed below are the R-12 leadership positions:

College Captains/House Captains
College Captain                      Joseph Burgess
College Captain                      Kaitlyn Gotley
College Captain - Deputy             Meg Downing
College Captain - Deputy             Stuart Packer
Topaz House Captain                  Nick Christainsen
Topaz House Captain                  Emily Rowe
Emerald House Captain                Demi Atkin
Emerald House Captain                Grace Dunbar
Sapphire House Captain               Amber Elphick
Sapphire House Captain               Hannah Linsell
Ruby House Captain                   Lance Fakes
Ruby House Captain                   Emma Fitzpatrick

Senior School Student Leadership
Year 12 students are able to formally develop leadership skills in the following positions:

College Captains
Students considered for this role should have demonstrated as much as possible these
qualities based on the following aims:
‘Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus’. Philippians 2:5
1.     Being an active support of the College mission, aims and motto:
	      •	   being an active Christian witness
	      •	   being an effective ambassador for the College
2.     Being an excellent role model by demonstrating:
	      •	   honesty and integrity
	      •	   positive attitude
	      •	   self discipline
	      •	   pride in the College
3.     Showing initiative and a willingness to help others by their:
	      •	   service from the heart for other people
	      •    encouragement of others and a strong sense of responsibility to the people of
            TLC and the wider College community

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4.        As College Captain you will be expected to:
	         •	   meet on a regular basis with the Principal, House Coordinators and relevant
               Year Level Coordinators
	         •	   Co-Chair the student governing body
	         •	   be prepared to organise and lead whole school and Senior School assemblies
               as required
	         •	   maintain a commitment to activities which may occur outside of school hours
               and/or dates ie. Middle and Junior School Orientation Days
	         •	   represent the College along with the Principal and other Senior Leaders at functions
               both in and out of the College
	         •	   model leadership qualities that promote and enhance student leadership
	         •	   additional duties in relation to the Senior School Centre and associated Year 12

Senior House Captains
Students considered for this role should have demonstrated as much as possible these
qualities based on the following aims:
As a House Captain you will be expected to:
	    •	   be a good role model and support the Christian ethos of the College
	    •	   promote House spirit
	    •	   attend House functions
	    •	   support other House Leaders
	    •	   organise teams and participate in House activities
	    •	   work closely and neet regularly with the House Coordinator in developing House
          culture and activities
	 •	      visibly take an active part in House worship, House assemblies and Senior School
          assemblies as required
	 •	      maintain a commitment to activities which may occur outside of school hours and/or
	    •	   take an active role in the R-12 House structure and culture
	    •	   be available to represent the House/Student Body/ Whole School as required.
	    •	   report to the House and wider school community on various events
	    •	   actively promote participation in all House events
	    •	   promote and display good sportsmanship, positive attitudes and a willingness to be
	 •	      serve as Valedictory usher after election in Year 11(Senior School only)
	 •	      perform other duties as required by the House Coordinator

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Senior School Annex
As a member of the Senior School Annex, you will be expected to:
  •    be a good role model and support the Christian ethos of the College
  •    participate in all Annex meetings
  •    report the content and outcome of Annex meetings to your Home Class on a regular
  •    work closely with House and Year Level Coordinators
  •    perform other duties as required by the Head of Senior School

Senior School Peer Support/Peer Tutor
Peer Support
Madeline Adamson              Scott Allen           Zac Baggs            Jessie Bennett
Jordan Bishop                 Shane Bricklebank     Ashley Brown         Danielle Brown
Emily Downing                 Amy Doyle             Charlee Evans        Emma Hage
Mikaela Haynes                Chelsea Jaggard       Andy Keith           Ryan Kitto
Jack McKeough Johnston        Denny Majoros         Misha Mistry         Emelia Petherbridge
Benjamin Short                Tim Wormald
Peer Tutors
Jess Adair                    Jemma Adams           Jena Catford         Max Coleman
Kaitlyn Cameron               Elaine Cheng          Brooke Collier       Emma Dwyer
Ashleigh Edwards              Alyce Harvey          Ellen Lawrence       Evie Leoanard
Melissa Lizoguboff            Holly Loxton          Jess Mammone         Jordan Noble
Aliya Piper                   Alex Robinson         Kate Ross            Amy Thompson
Karina van de Wiel
The Peer Support program continues to provide enormous benefits for not only Year 8 and
Year 11 students, but for the College community as a whole.
The aim of the course is to develop student leadership skills at a training camp that focuses
on group dynamics, relationship building, communication, cooperation and decision making.
Students use these skills to plan and then run weekly sessions with Year 8 students. They then
reflect on their own experiences as a leader via written journals which combine with a religious
leader assignment to go towards the Stage 1 SACE Studies in Religion course.
Students selected for this position have been highly motivated and very willing to meet the
needs of their students. They have sacrificed their own time to attend the training camp and
gone beyond the call of duty when planning to ensure a smooth start to the program.

Peer Tutors
Peer Tutor is an excellent way for students to demonstrate leadership at TLC. Peer Tutors
work with younger students, generally in the Junior School developing a rapport with the
students that they work with. It is an ideal way for older students to serve and demonstrates
the importance of leadership and teaching. Peer Tutors not only work with students but they
have to gain the confidence to work closely with teachers and support students who may
need extra help. Peer Tutors work with students once a week and design activities to help
students with their in-class work.

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Middle School House Leader
Ruby           Karlie Thain, Issac Warren
Topaz          Zoe Kassiotis, Gemma Shanahan
Sapphire       Deanne Frankenfield, Amelia Hunt
Emerald        Sanah Butt, Gemma Ingoldby-Craig

As a Middle School House Leader you will be expected to:
	   •	   Be a good role model and support the Christian ethos of the College
	   •	   Promote House Spirit
	   •	   Attend House functions
	   •	   Support other House Leaders
	   •	   Organise teams and participate in House activities
	   •	   Work closely and meet regularly with the House Coordinator in developing House
         culture and activities
	   •	   Take an active role in the R-12 House structure and culture
	   •	   Be available to represent the sub school as required
	   •	   Be available to act as a Tour Guide for the Principal’s Tours
	   •	   Report to the House and wider school community on various events
	   •	   Actively promote participation in all House events
	   •	   Promote and display good sportsmanship, positive attitudes and a willingness to be
	 •	     Perform other duties as required by the House Coordinator

Middle School Annex
As an Annex member you will be expected to:
	   •	   Be a good role model and support the Christian ethos of the College
	   •	   Support other Annex members
	   •	   Work closely with the Middle School Year Level Coordinators
	   •	   Initiate and organise Middle School events
	   •	   Be available to represent the Middle School as required
	   •	   Attend Annex meetings
	   •	   Report to your Home Class on a regular basis
	   •	   Perform other duties as required by the Head of Middle School

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Junior School Leadership
All students in Year 5 are the leaders of the Junior School. We expect that they are positive
role models to younger students, assisting them whenever required and setting a good
example at all times.
Year 5 students also have the opportunity to lead in other ways including:
•   Junior School House Leaders - for Sports Day and other House activities.
•   Annex - 4 (four) Year 5 students have the opportunity to serve on Annex by representing
    the entire Junior School and taking leadership positions at Annex meetings.
•   Peer Mediators - Year 5 students receive training in Peer Mediation in February whereby
    they are given skills to assist younger students with minor issues that occur in the yard.
•   Recycling monitors, capably monitor and assist other Junior School classes with
•   Year 5 students set up for Chapel and Assembly, conduct assemblies and assist classes
    with sound and Power-Point© presentations on a regular basis.
•   Students at all year levels have the opportunity to be class Annex representatives and
    members of the Environmental Council.

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Senior School
This section should be read in conjunction with the section on ‘Study Tips for Success’ in the
student diary.
Homework is set to provide students with an opportunity to learn to work at set tasks
independently. The tasks set for homework are an essential part of the curriculum and
encompass opportunities to
       •     Reinforce and complete work done in class
       •     Prepare material for the next lesson
       •     Memorise essential facts
       •     Research and write assignments
       •     Revise for topic and term testing
Generally students are set 4-5 subjects of homework per night. Specific subjects will have
different homework expectations which will be communicated by the teacher.
The time allocation per subject will gradually increase until Year 12. As a guide, each year
level should devote the following amount of time to homework each school night. Year
12’s will find that additional weekend sessions are required to meet their needs and should
allocate approximately 20 hours per week to study.
Year level         Recommended Average per Night
10                 1 ½ hours
11                 2 hours
12                 3 hours plus extra session/s
Homework at all year levels will comprise set tasks/assignments and study/revision. Throughout
Senior School there is an increasing need for independent study and revision for which the
onus is on the student. In the junior years, teachers will give some guidance as to how and
when to use this time, but in senior years students are expected to exercise considerable
independence in designing and following through the necessary study program for each
We stress that work efficiency and good time management are important. Teachers are
prepared to accept that a task is unfinished if the student has put in a fair effort. In this case
parents are requested to write a brief note in the diary. Assignments spanning a week or more,
however, require a formal extension negotiated with the teacher before the due date.

Middle School
It is our aim in the Middle School to support students to become independent learners. In
light of this philosophy, students are to organize their time at home and at school to complete
these tasks by the due dates. Students in the Middle School do have homework.
Homework/Study Timetable
Students will be given a homework/study timetable where teachers will set homework contracts
and assessment tasks that are meaningful and relevant to their learning. The homework/study
timetable is designed to assist students to create a consistent study routine that will enable
them to meet deadlines for their assessment or homework tasks.

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Assessment Planner
When students are given assessment or homework tasks, they should immediately place
the due date in the assessment planner and in the weekly section of the diary. Teachers will
help students to plan accordingly to manage tasks to enable them to be completed on
time. Parents are encouraged to check their child’s assessment planner and weekly section
of the diary to compliment this philosophy.
Homework Grid
We strongly support our students being involved in a range of activities outside of school.
Therefore the homework grid in the weekly sections of the diary supports this concept. The
activities listed in the homework grid are designed to encourage students to balance their
academic work with time with their family, time to develop their physical health and time to
pursue their interests and hobbies. This is a skill that we believe is needed in life.
It is expected that students are to complete three activities from the homework grid in the
student diary a week, as well as their homework contracts. Parents/caregivers should sign off
homework grid activities each week.
Year Level          Guidelines
    6               1.5 hours per week
    7               2 hours per week
    8               3 hours per week
    9               4 hours per week

Junior School (R-5)
Homework is set to:
	   •	   Reinforce and complete class work
	   •	   Prepare material for future lessons
	   •	   Memorise essential facts
	   •	   Develop habits of independent study
	   •	   Do additional work at student’s own initiative
Time allocation (guidelines only) each night, Monday - Thursday inclusive
Year Level          Guidelines
    R               Parent/child shared reading
    1               Reading
    2               15 minutes plus reading
    3               20 minutes plus reading               ] Students in 3-5 classes need to be
    4               25-30 minutes plus reading            ] involved in some form of reading
    5               30-40 minutes plus reading            ] activity each night.

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Recognising that many students are involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities which in
themselves are valid learning experiences. Students in years 3-5 will generally have homework
set each Monday which needs to be completed by Friday morning. Where students have
chosen not to use time wisely, or at a teacher’s discretion, there maybe occasions where
homework is set with the expectation that it is completed before classes on the following day.
	 •	   Students are to record clearly the homework that is set.
	 •	   Parents are asked to sign the diary every week, and make comments when it is
       considered that this may help the class teacher get the best from the child.

                                 PERFORMING ARTS
All students are encouraged to be involved in the Performing Arts – Music, Drama and
As well as class-based singing and performances, students are offered many other
opportunities to perform at their level of expertise, including:
Concert Bands                   String Ensembles                 Chapel Bands
Stage Band                      Chamber Orchestra                Taiko Drumming
Community Orchestra             Percussion Ensembles             Drum Corp
Various instrumental groups     Choirs & Vocal groups            Music Performance Evenings

Major Productions: College Musical (odd years)
                   Junior School Musical (even years)
                   Dance-based Production (even years) (e.g. Rock Eisteddfod)
                   Junior Dance-based Production (odd years) (e.g. Wakakirri)
                   Senior School Performing Arts Showcase (Term 3)
                   Middle School Performing Arts Showcase (Term 4)

Instrumental Music Tuition
Instrumental and vocal music tuition is available to all students at TLC individually or in small
Students in Years 9-12 who are taking Music as a subject must be having regular lessons on
their main instrument.
The lessons usually take place on a half-hour rotation basis during the school day, so that
students do not miss the same class each week. The onus is on the student to catch up
any missed work. Where possible Year 11 and 12 students are scheduled so as to minimise
the amount of regular lesson time they miss.

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The instrumental teachers notify students of their lesson time and they are expected to attend
at the appointed time. If a student fails to attend a scheduled lesson through forgetfulness
or disorganisation, that lesson is forfeited.
If a student is unable to attend a particular lesson for any reason whatever, the student
or parent should contact the instrument teacher. He or she will endeavour to arrange an
alternative time, but no guarantee of this can be given.
If there is a clash with an official school excursion or event, the student should discuss this with
the instrumental teacher at least one week in advance. In this case the teacher will either
attempt to arrange an alternative time or subtract the fee from the next term’s account.
It is assumed that all students who enrol for instrumental tuition will undertake a full year’s
tuition. Teachers are contracted on this basis. If it is necessary for a student to be withdrawn
from lessons, this should take place at the end of a given term and by written notification
from the parents prior to the end of that term, otherwise an additional term’s fees may be

                      STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE
Tatachilla Lutheran College has a school uniform and a sports uniform and students are
expected to have all of the required items of both these uniforms as listed.
It is an expectation of the College that students take pride in their personal appearance by
wearing their uniform neatly and correctly at all times. That is, from the time that they leave
home in the morning until they return in the afternoon.
The uniform shirt and blouse are to be tucked in and correctly buttoned. When wearing
the College tie the top button must be fastened and the tie knot should be neatly against
the collar.

Physical Education
Years 8 - 12
Students change into their sports uniform prior to their lessons and are given time at the
conclusion of the lessons to change back into their normal uniform.
Years 6 - 7
Students can wear their sports uniform to school on the days they have PE.
Years R - 5
Students will have more specialised and vigorous PE lessons two days each week. When
the day for each class is known Junior School students are to wear their PE uniform to school
for those days every week.
Daily fitness sessions will take place each day wearing normal school uniform.

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Jewellery and Make-up
Make-up is not to be worn at school in Years R-9.
Limited makeup in the form of foundation can be worn in the Senior School.
No eye make-up and nail polish is allowed R-12.
A simple stud or sleeper may be worn in the lower part of the ear lobe. A plain light chain
with a small cross may be worn around the neck.
No other jewellery or friendship bands are permitted, except a simple watch and/or
medic alert identification.

The general expectation in regard to hairstyles for both girls and boys is that they will be
neat, clean and tidy (as determined by the school) and not extreme or designed to draw
attention to the student. The following guidelines have been determined to implement this
general expectation, yet give students some freedom in regard to their preferred hairstyle.
Any students considering changing their hairstyle or hair colour and are doubtful as to how
it would be accepted at College, should first seek approval from the appropriate Head of
In the interests of safety and in order to facilitate good classroom practice:
     1) No student (boy or girl) should have hair hanging over their eyes or their face
        at any time. Hair should be secured off the face by way of hair clips, combs,
        hair ties, or headbands to keep hair off their face.
     2) Dreadlocks are not permitted.
     3) Only white, black, grey or red ribbons, combs or College issued hair garments
        maybe worn in the hair.
     4) For a short all-over cut or undercut the minimum acceptable length is that of a
        number three (3) cut.
     5) Hair colour is not to be changed so that it is noticeably different from the natural
     6) Male students are to be clean-shaven.
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                                 UNIFORM GUIDELINES
YEARS 6-12
To allow for variations in climate, summer or winter uniform can be worn in the following periods:
         1) Week 9 Term 1 to end of Week 2 Term 2
         2) Week 9 Term 3 to end of Week 2 Term 4
Blazers must be worn to and from the College during Terms 2 and 3.

Girls’ Summer Uniform (Terms 1 and 4)
Summer dress (grey/red/white stripe). Dress length below the knee
White socks (fold over anklet variety which must be worn above the ankle)
Jumper (cardinal)
College ‘Aussie’ Hat with logo
Black leather lace-up school shoes with black shoe laces (heel may not be more than
2.5cm high)
Girls’ Formal Summer Uniform (Terms 1 and 4)
College Blazer worn with summer dress, sheer skin tone stockings and black lace-up school
shoes (as above)

Girls’ Winter Uniform (Terms 2 and 3)
College skirt (grey/red/white/black tartan). Skirt length below the knee.
Long sleeved white blouse with College logo on pocket
Tartan tie
Grey opaque stockings
College jumper (cardinal)
College blazer (Students are required to wear blazers to and from the College during Terms
2 & 3)
Black leather lace-up school shoes with black shoe laces (heel may not be more than
2.5cm high)
Girls’ Formal Winter Uniform (Terms 2 and 3)
College Blazer worn with College skirt, blouse, tartan tie, grey stockings and black lace-up
school shoes (as above).
Optional Items for Winter (Girls)
Grey trousers
White anklet socks as for summer uniform
College ‘Aussie’ Hat with logo
Black scarf & gloves
T-shirt or similar, worn under shirts for extra warmth, should be plain white

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Boys’ Summer Uniform (Terms 1 and 4)
Long grey school trousers (Trousers must be worn with a black leather belt) or Grey shorts –
not to be worn with the blazer
Grey short sleeved side split shirt with College logo (original white shirt can be worn in 2011)
Grey short socks
College jumper (cardinal)
College ‘Aussie’ Hat with logo
Black leather lace-up school shoes with black laces (heel may not be more than 2.5cm high)
Boys’ Formal Winter Uniform (Terms 2 and 3)
College Blazer worn with College grey trousers, black belt, shirt and tie (as per Winter Uniform)

Boys’ Winter Uniform (Terms 2 and 3)
Long grey trousers (belt loops)
Black leather belt – plain silver buckle
Long or short sleeved white shirt with logo and top button
Tie (black/cardinal diagonal bold-striped)
Grey socks
College jumper (cardinal)
College blazer (Students are required to wear blazers to and from the College during Terms
2 & 3)
Black leather lace-up school shoes with black laces (heel may not be more than 2.5cm high)
Boys’ Formal Winter Uniform (Terms 2 and 3)
College Blazer worn with College grey trousers, black belt, shirt and tie (as above).
Optional Items for Winter
College ‘Aussie’ Hat with logo
T-shirt or similar, worn under shirts for extra warmth, should be plain white

Girls’ and Boys’ Sports Uniform
College polo shirt with College logo
Black shorts with College logo
Black with red trim track pants with College logo (optional)
Sports socks (with red/black trim and TLC lettering)
Sports shoes
Rugby top (black/cardinal stripe with logo) or College Sports Jacket
College ‘Aussie’ Hat with logo

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Optional Items for Year 12 Students
Black jumper with relevant TLC embroidery
Black tie with TLC logo
*Polar fleece top with Year 12 names (can be worn in place of the blazer excepting formal
occasions such as Valedictory, school photos, etc)
T-shirts or similar, worn under shirts for extra warmth, should be plain white

Please ensure that all uniform items are part of the official College uniform, and that all
uniform items are appropriately labelled with the student’s name.
Uniform Items (with the exception of shoes) will only be available through the College Uniform

Girls’ Summer Uniform (Terms 1 and 4)
Summer Dress (grey/red/white stripe) Dress length below the knee
White socks (anklet variety) - which must be worn above the ankle
Jumper (cardinal) or Bomber Jacket with logo
Black leather lace-up school shoes with black laces (the heel may not be more than 2.5cm
Grey wide-brimmed hat with toggle and College logo
Optional Summer Uniform
Grey shorts with short sleeved grey banded shirt as per boys summer uniform

Girls’ Winter Uniform (Terms 2 and 3)
College pinafore (grey/red/white/black tartan) – below the knee R-4
College skirt from Year 5 – optional – below the knee
White long sleeved open neck shirt with College logo on pocket
White socks (anklet variety) - which must be worn above the ankle or grey tights
Jumper (cardinal) or Bomber Jacket with logo
Black leather lace-up school shoes with black laces (the heel may not be more than 2.5cm
Grey wide-brimmed hat with toggle and College logo
Optional Winter Uniform
Grey trousers, black scarf and gloves. College Bomber Jacket, Sports Jacket or Red Raincoat
are the only options for an outer garment

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Boys’ Summer Uniform (Terms 1 and 4)
Short sleeved grey banded shirt with logo (original white shirt can be worn in 2011)
Grey trousers – double knee/elastic back or grey shorts – elastic back
Jumper (cardinal) or Bomber Jacket with logo
Grey ankle socks
Black leather lace-up school shoes with black laces (the heel may not be more than 2.5cm
Grey wide-brimmed hat with toggle and College logo

Boys’ Winter Uniform (Terms 2 and 3)
Long or short sleeved white shirt with College logo
Trousers – double knee/elastic back
Grey ankle socks
Jumper (cardinal) or Bomber Jacket with logo
Black leather lace-up school shoes with black laces
Grey wide-brimmed hat with toggle and College logo
Optional Winter Uniform
College Bomber Jacket, Sports Jacket or Red Raincoat are the only options for an outer

Girls’ and Boys’ Sports Uniform
House polo shirt with College logo
Black shorts with College logo
Black with red stripe track pants with College logo
Rugby top or College Sports Jacket
Sports socks (with red/black trim and TLC lettering)
Grey wide-brimmed hat with toggle and College logo

Please ensure that all uniform items are part of the official College uniform, and that all
uniform items are appropriately labelled with the student’s name.
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Tatachilla Lutheran College has adopted a ‘sport-for-all’ ethos to enable students to develop
personal competencies while contributing to team success. TLC offers a wide range of
sporting opportunities for both boys and girls across all year levels. Inter-house sporting
competitions in Athletics, Swimming and House Sports are offered during the year.
In addition, TLC (8-12) is involved with the Secondary School Sport South Australia (SSSSA)
Statewide Knockout Competitions. Teams are entered in a wide range of sport that include
Softball, Basketball, Hockey, Tennis, Cricket, Football, Netball, Volleyball, Touch, Table
Tennis, Soccer and Equestrian. In addition, students participate in the SSSSA Track and
Field Competition and SSSSA Twilight Swim Carnival. Students also compete in the state
individual championships in Golf, Tennis, Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Table Tennis, Cross Country
and Surfing.
We also encourage students to try out for most of the SAPSASA Sports (5-7) in our district
such as Netball, Softball, Tennis, Football and Soccer. We also field some teams in District
competitions during the week.
The school does not field weekend school teams as school sport is undertaken during school
time. This is a conscious decision by the College to encourage students to participate in
their local sporting clubs on the weekends.

Within Tatachilla’s grounds a unique learning environment known as the EcoClassroom
exits. Since 1997 staff, students and the wider school community have been involved in
developing, implementing and teaching curriculum around this environmentally significant
site. The EcoClassroom was essentially created to develop in students and others a sense
of the importance of nature and natural processes. It is designed to inspire us all to see the
wonder of God’s creation. The intention is to promote an attitude of enjoyment and at the
same time, a caring and responsible approach towards the environment so we can make
a difference in the world beyond.
Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management is delivered in the EcoSkills Centre of
Excellence, an energy efficient building located within the 5 acre site. Opportunities are
offered to classes, small groups and individuals from Reception to Year 12. Visitors from the
local and wider community are also encouraged to use this facility.

Students are invited to join the Student Environment Council which meets at regular times,
during lunch or class, to undertake self-initiated environmental activities around the College
and within the community. The Council is divided into four groups: Global Issues, Habitat
for Wildlife, Recycling and WaterCare. Groups undertake activities which include collecting
and analysing water samples, participating in native fauna monitoring nights, assisting with
10c deposit recycling, and promoting environmental awareness throughout the school.
The Student Environment Council has the capacity to develop relationships between peers
and students, build skills and knowledge, and assist in developing leadership skills. Students
are involved in National Tree Planting Day for Schools and have the opportunity to represent
the College at Environment and Community forums at local as well as broader levels.

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Senior School
Term 1
Week 8          Reports sent home with students (Wednesday)
Week 8&9        Parent/Caregiver/Teacher Interviews (Thurs 31 Mar & Wed 6 April)
Term 2
Week 10         Semester Report sent home with students (Wednesday)
Term 3
Week 2          Year 12 - Exam Report
Week 7          Reports sent home with students
Week 7&8        Parent/Caregiver/Teacher Interviews (Thurs 8 Sept & Wed 14 Sept)
Term 4
Weeks 9         Semester Report mailed home.

Middle School
Term 1
Week 8          Reports sent home with students (Wednesday)
Week 8&9        Parent/Caregiver/Teacher Interviews (Thurs 31 Mar & Wed 6 April)
Term 2
Week 10         Written reports sent home with students (Friday)
Term 3
Week 7          Reports sent home with students (Wednesday)
Week 7&8        Parent/Caregiver/Teacher Interviews (Thurs 8 Sept & Wed 14 Sept)
Term 4
Week 9          Written reports sent home with students (Wednesday)

Junior School
Term 1
Week 8          Parent/Caregiver/Teacher Interviews (Tuesday, Wednesday)
Term 2
Week 10         Written reports sent home with students (Friday)
Term 3
Week 9          Parent/Caregiver/Teacher Interviews (Tuesday, Wednesday)
Term 4
Week 9          Written reports sent home with students

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                          TUITION FEE SCHEDULE
      Years 8-12:       ANNUAL                      TERM FEE
                        $5580                       $1395

      Years R-7:        ANNUAL FEE                  TERM FEE
                        $3680                       $920

1.    Tuition Fees
1.1   The Tatachilla Lutheran College Council determines tuition fees annually covering
      the common costs for the tuition of all students in a given year. This fee includes
      the Year Book (Carvings) and 24 Hour Accident Insurance Cover.
1.2   All parents and/or guardians need to complete a ‘Payment Plan’ and return to the
      College by the 31 October of the year prior to the commencement of their child’s
1.3   Concession rates are determined by the College Council to meet the specific
      needs as follows:
      1.3.1 Fee Remission
      Any family seeking a Fee Remission for their child/children (including those who have
      qualified for the School Card Scheme) are required to submit an Application Form
      to the Business Manager. These forms can be obtained from the College and all
      information given is strictly confidential. Applications must be completed as soon
      as possible prior to commencement at each new school year. Further details
      can be obtained from the Business Manager.
      1.3.2 School Card Scheme
      The School Card Scheme is administered by the Education Department and
      provides financial assistance towards the cost of educational expenses for full-time
      school students of low-income families. The benefit for 2011 is $213 per approved
      secondary student and $139 per approved primary student subject to change by
      the Government. Please contact the College Office if you wish to obtain information
      on this scheme.
1.4   Accounts for tuition and other fees are rendered in advance per term and payable
      by the following dates:
               Term 1 31 October of year prior to commencement
               Term 2 31 January
               Term 3 30 April
               Term 4 31 July
      Variations of payment options are available through the payment plan, but these
      must be negotiated with the Business Manager prior to the commencement of
1.5   Parents are expected to give a minimum of one term’s notice in writing should they
      wish to withdraw their child from the College. In the absence of a term’s notice
      in writing the penalty on any withdrawal of a student from the College is one term’s
      tuition fee.

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1.6   For accounts not paid by the due dates the following penalties will be added, unless
      alternative arrangements have been made in writing.
      Tuition fees not paid after one month of becoming due incur a $20 administration
      fee. If after two months of becoming due the fees remain unpaid, a further $20
      administration fee will apply and at that time the enrolment will be subject to
1.7   The College Council reserves the rights to terminate the schooling of a student whose
      fees are in arrears. However, such a termination process will normally take place
      only after negotiations for arrangements to pay have broken down, or where there is
      no co-operation from parents/legal guardians in respect to the payment of the
      outstanding debt.

2.    Additional Costs
      Parents/legal guardians will be invoiced for additional amounts when their child/ren
      choose elective subjects that involve costs beyond that common for a subject.
      Elective subjects will incur a $50 fee per subject per semester in 2010:
               Stage 1                        Stage 2
               Child Studies                  Early Childhood Studies
               Hospitality Studies            Art
               Media Studies                  Food and Hospitality Studies
               Materials Tech                 Metal Engineering
               Metals Engineering             Furniture Construction
               Physical Education             Digital Photography
               Photography                    Media Studies
               Art                            Electronic Systems
               Textile Studies ($25)
      Students undertaking Year 12 Physical Education will be charged a $100 fee per
      semester to cover the cost of the Camp which is held in Semester 2
2.1   Project materials within an approved expenditure benchmark: used in subjects
      such as Art, Food Technology, PE, Design Technology and Photography and
      other subjects as determined from time to time
2.2   Year level camps, outdoor education, swimming and aquatics will be levied on
      a per student per term basis.

3.    Stationery
      The initial supplies required by students for each school year are detailed on the
      stationery list provided by the College and are purchased through our approved
      supplier who requires payment on delivery. Ongoing supplies may be purchased
      through the College Canteen on a cash only basis.

4.    Transport Fee
      Transport fees cover a portion of the costs for providing the bus services to and from
      the College. This will be charged on the term accounts.

5.    Application Fee
      An administration fee of $50.00 per family is payable each time an enrolment
      application is lodged with the College. This fee is non-refundable and does not in
      any way guarantee that a place will subsequently be offered.

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6.   Enrolment Deposit
     Parents/legal guardians will be requested to remit a deposit of $400 for Years
     8-12 confirming their enrolment intent. This deposit will be credited towards
     your Term 1, tuition fees. However the deposit will not be refundable in the
     event that the enrolment is cancelled or not proceeded with after 30 June of
     the year prior to enrolment.

7.   Building Fund
     A Building Fund donation per term is sought on behalf of each family to
     assist with the College development. As this is of a voluntary nature, it is tax
     deductible and an appropriate receipt will be issued.

8.   Multi Purpose Facility Levy
     A compulsory levy of $25 per term for each family in 2011 to assist with debt
     servicing the facility.

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                            POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Selected policies are included in this handbook, however all College policies are available
by request.

   •    Assessment Policies: Middle, Senior
   •    Behaviour Management Policy
   •    Bullying and Harassment Policy
   •    Bus Code of Conduct and Contract
   •    Community Concern
   •    Drug Use or Possession by Students
   •    Skin Protection Policy
   •    Student Awards Policy
   •    Student Driver Policy
   •    Student Fund Raising Policy
   •    Student Protection Policy
   •    Volunteers Policy

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As part of the Middle School philosophy, students are encouraged to become independent
Part of this journey involves students being responsible for completing set work by the due date.

If there is a legitimate reason why a student cannot complete the work by the due date,
they are expected to negotiate an extension with the relevant teacher at least 24 hours
before the due date. The request for an extension must be accompanied by a note from
a parent/caregiver together with evidence of the work completed to date.
If work is submitted late, consequences will apply. The rationale for this is to ensure that
students who organise themselves adequately to meet deadlines are not disadvantaged.
Students who submit work late will be given an infringement notice in addition to having
their work marked “down”.

Homework and Assessment
The Homework Grid supports Middle School students by encouraging them to participate in
a broad range of activities. It acknowledges many students follow a range of pursuits, such
as sporting or musical interests, along with a broad range of other interests and hobbies.
Some of these activities provide students with the ‘life-balance’ experiences we see as vitally
important, and they can and should be listed on the Homework Grid.
There is also, very clearly, work provided by the various faculties (MF1, MF2, MF3, MF4), which
will be set homework or assessment tasks. Students are expected to follow through on set
tasks, assignments and revision activities within the set deadlines. As a guide, students in Years
6 and 7 should aim to complete a minimum of 2 hours of set homework or assessment tasks
each week, while Year 8 students should work towards a minimum of 2.5 hours per week,
and Year 9 students a minimum of 3 hours each week.
Homework Grid activities are in addition to set homework and assessment tasks. Students
are encouraged to exercise their organizational skills by applying the appropriate amount
of time and energy between set tasks and the Homework Grid.
Refer to Flowchart over.

     MIDDLE SCHOOL: Work Policy Guide

      Task/assignment issued, deadline given to student                                   Task submitted to                     Well done / no further consequences
     who is responsible for writing task in diary; students                         satisfactory standard and by
        to seek advice from subject teacher. Staff use                                        deadline
           discretion in exceptional circumstances.

                  Student misses initial deadline

      Study Room issued: parents/caregivers are informed                               Work submitted to SSO                       No further consequences; best
         through student diary, which must be signed by                               before 9am the following                      possible grade: satisfactory
                      parents/caregivers                                            school day; SSO places work
                                                                                       in teacher pigeonhole

      Student misses the second deadline or doesn‟t turn up
                        for Study Room
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      2 x Study Rooms: parents/caregivers are informed by                             Work submitted to SSO                        No further consequences; best
              standard letter/standard e-mail/phone                                   before 9am the following                      possible grade: satisfactory
                                                                                      school day. SSO places
                                                                                     work in teacher pigeonhole

                                                                                    Year level coordinator speaks               Friday night detention: work must be
                   Student misses third deadline                                       to student and contacts                      completed and submitted the
                                                                                    parents/caregivers to arrange                 following Monday; best possible
                                                                                        Friday night detention                           grade: satisfactory

     Study Room Referral; Teacher required to check if work submitted by 9am; MS SSO to print out summary of day‟s absences to Study Room folder.

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                       SENIOR SCHOOL ASSESSMENT
Assessment practices must be fair and transparent to all students, and must satisfy the
provisions of the SACE Board of South Australia.

1)      Types of Assessment
        There are two levels of assessment. Summative Assessment is that which contributes
        to final assessment. Assessment items may be summative for SACE assessment,
        summative for school assessment or both Formative Assessment refers to any other
2)      Assessment Summary
        At the beginning of each course students will receive an assessment summary
        showing the type and weighting of all Summative Assessment items, and the
        week in which these items are due.
        All assignments will have a due date, and students will receive at least one
        week’s notice of the due date of Summative assignment/essay type items, and
        of the date on which Summative tests will be held.
        Students will be notified of changes to the assessment plan as soon as
        practicable, and in any case at least one week in advance of proposed
        due dates/test dates.
3)      Deadlines
        For each piece of work that is to be handed into a teacher, a deadline will be set
        in consultation with the student group. The deadline will provide a reasonable
        time for the task to be completed.
        SACE Board policy for Summative Assessment states that assignments not
        submitted or work requirements not met by the deadline shall receive zero marks
        or ‘not completed’. This summative task will still need to be completed
        and submitted.
         The following procedures will be used where there are mitigating circumstances:
        3.1      If due to particular circumstances students can foresee that they will
                 be unable to meet a deadline, they are to approach their teacher
                 before the due date and request an extension. Students must be able to
                 demonstrate that they have commenced the required work. If the
                 teacher feels that the circumstances warrant it, they may grant one
        3.2      If illness or an emergency on the night before an assignment is due
                 prevent its completion, parents are to notify the teacher in writing of the
                 details at the beginning of the day on which the assignment is due. The
                 teacher, in consultation with the SACE coordinator, may make some
                 allowance - usually an extension of one day.

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     3.3      If due to illness or emergency a student is absent on the due date for
              an assignment, parents are to notify the teacher in writing of the details.
              The assignment is due on the first day the student is back at school.
              All requests for variation of due dates greater than 2 days because of
              illness need to be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate.
     3.4      If a student is unable to submit an assignment on the due date
              because of a foreseen absence (for example, VET), they must negotiate
              alternative arrangements with the teacher before the due date.
     3.5      It is the responsibility of students who are absent to determine which
              assignments have been given in their absence and the deadlines for
              these assignments.
     3.6      Students using computers are reminded that it is their responsibility to
              back up work frequently and to keep progress print outs of their work.
              Computer hardware, software, printer or network malfunctions are
              generally not grounds for the negotiation of deadlines without prior
              evidence of work in progress.
     3.7      It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that electronically
              submitted items are received by the due date, taking into account the
              date and time stamp that will be placed on the receiver’s file.
             All assessment tasks must be submitted before 3:30pm on the due date.
             In the case where a mark of zero or ‘not completed’ is awarded, the
             SACE coordinator will be notified, and he/she will inform the parents of the
             student concerned.
4)   Exams & Tests - Absences
     Students must make every effort to attend tests.
     4.1      If a student is absent on the day of a summative test because of illness
              or emergency, parents are to notify the teacher in writing of the details.
              Students will normally sit the test as soon as practicable by arrangement
              with the relevant teacher.
     4.2      Absence from a SACE exam requires approval from SACE Board. The
              SACE Coordinator will follow up these instances.
     4.3      All requests for variation of due dates greater than 2 days because of
              illness need to be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate.
5)   Redeem ability and Reuse of Work
     5.1      Summative work is not redeemable, that is, after being marked it may
              not be resubmitted with the aim of obtaining a higher mark.
     5.2      Work which has previously been submitted for Summative Assessment
              may not be resubmitted in the same or any other unit of work in any
              subject in the same or other years.

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6)   Cheating, Plagiarism, and Assistance
     The rules for assessment as outlined by the SACE Board of South Australia in the
     Assessment Declaration for Students are that:
     6.1      You must not:
              6.1.1    submit work that is not your own;
              6.1.2    have in your possession any book or notes (apart from the
                       materials permitted for that assessment) or any other meansthat
                       would improperly help you in your work;
              6.1.3    have in your possession any electronic device (including
                       mobile phones and electronic dictionaries) apart from
                       calculators (where permitted);
              6.1.4    directly or indirectly help any other student;
              6.1.5    permit any other student to copy from or otherwise use your
              6.1.6    directly or indirectly accept help from any other student;
              6.1.7    use any papers of any other student;
              6.1.8    by any other improper means whatever, obtain or try to obtain,
                       directly or indirectly, help in your work, or help or try to help, directly
                       or indirectly, any other student;
              6.1.9    collude with another student to take your place in an
                       assessment (e.g. an examination);
              6.1.10 be guilty of any breach of good order or propriety.
     6.2      For assessments that are indirectly supervised by your teacher or other
              supervisors, you must:
              6.2.1    conform to the requirements at each stage of your work
                       as prescribed by the SACE Board or your teacher, and
                       present your work during the developmental stages according
                       to these requirements;
              6.2.2    clearly identify and reference the ideas or words used in your
                       assessment that are from another person’s work.
              6.2.3    submit summative assessment work that is your own;
              6.2.4    not permit any other student to copy from or otherwise use
                       your work;
              6.2.5    not use work of any other student (unless an assessment
                       requires this);
              6.2.6    not collude with another student to undertake an assessment;
              6.2.7    not be guilty of any breach of good order or propriety.

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Infringements of the rules listed in 6.1 and 6.2 is a breach of rules and penalties, such as
the marks for the whole assessment or a part thereof may be amended or cancelled.
         6.3        Parents, teachers and others may discuss the work with students and
                    provide advice, ideas and guidance. They may not edit or correct the
                    work. All work must be that of the student.
                    6.3.1   If students use computers, they must enter and edit all work
                            themselves. The use of spell-checkers, thesauruses, and
                            grammar-checkers is permitted, provided they are operated
                            by the students themselves.
                    6.3.2   Where undue assistance has been shown to have been
                            received from other sources, the work may not be submitted
                            for assessment, and if submitted may be awarded zero or ‘not
         6.4        A mark of zero or ‘incomplete’ due to cheating, plagiarism, or undue
                    assistance requires the prior approval of the SACE coordinator,
                    who will notify the parents of the student concerned.
7)       Disputes
         Students or staff members may refer disputes to the SACE coordinator. If the
         dispute cannot be resolved successfully at this level it may be referred to a
         disputes committee consisting of the Head of School, SACE coordinator,
         and one other senior teacher not directly involved in the dispute (preferably the
         teacher in charge of the subject area).

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Tatachilla Lutheran College takes seriously the stated aim of “Teaching the Love of Christ.”
The Behaviour Management Policy of the College serves as one example of how the Love
of Christ can be taught in action. That is to say the College’s response to behaviour that
is deemed to be in need of correction is ‘grace-filled’, reflecting the grace of God that is
shown to all people.

The College understands that the life and death of Jesus Christ reveals that God cares so
much for each and every human being that he would go to any lengths to express that
love. It was Jesus who said, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another”
(John 14:34) and “you shall love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). The College
strives to encourage and develop acceptable student behaviours in keeping with these
urgent requests of Jesus.

It is intended that students of the College are given opportunities to develop self-control and
self-discipline. For some students the pathway to achieving this will be difficult and marked
by setbacks. When corrective actions are required in addressing poor student behaviour
all such actions will be carried out against the backdrop of understanding that no human
is without fault.
Teachers of the College will endeavour to show the love of Christ in action. Teachers will
model the self-giving ‘love of the cross’ in their instructions, admonitions and examples set.
Students will be treated with love, care and respect even when negative emotions are also
Every student has a right to feel safe and also a responsibility to show love, care and respect
toward others. The College understands that ‘good order’ is essential. Without order, life
cannot be harmonious and work cannot be effective. Students are expected to co-operate
with other students and with staff, thereby fulfilling their role in ensuring that the College is a
happy, loving and caring environment.
In the event that students behave in ways that show a lack of respect and care for others it
may be necessary for the College to respond with some form of corrective strategy. Strategies
that could be employed – depending on the situation and the needs of the student – include
counselling, detention, parent consultation, and withdrawal from class. For serious breaches
of acceptable behaviour the College reserves the right to suspend and/or exclude a student
from the College. In this light repeated inappropriate, offensive and/or disruptive behaviours
will be regarded as serious behaviour breaches. Repeated harassment and/or retaliation
against a person for reporting harassment (based on the College Harassment & Bullying
Policy) will also be treated as a serious breach of acceptable behaviour.

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All efforts by the College to promote positive attitudes and behaviour and to correct
unacceptable behaviour will have as their prime goal the growth and development of
students as individuals and as integral members of their respective communities.
Each sub school of the College will develop behaviour management procedures consistent
with this policy and appropriate to the age of the students.
“The attitude that you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:5
“Teach children how they should live and they will remember it all their lives.” Proverbs 22:6

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Bullying and harassment are contrary to the Christian ethos of Tatachilla Lutheran College,
which emphasises care and respect of all members of the College community (students,
staff, parents and volunteers). Bullying and harassment have immediate damaging effects
on the personal well-being of the victim as well as on the social and educational fabric of
the College. International research also indicates that bullying can have long term damaging
effects for both bullies and victims.
For these reasons, the College takes harassment and bullying very seriously and commits itself
to programs and procedures designed to minimise their occurrence and deal effectively
with them when they arise.

Harassment is any unwanted behaviour which interferes with a person’s legitimate right to
feel safe, secure and comfortable.
A particularly serious form of harassment is bullying, which is repeated, malicious and exploits
the relative lack of power of the victim.
Bullying is repeated deliberate hurtful behaviour in a situation where the victim feels a lack
of power to be able to prevent the behaviour or deal with it effectively.
Power discrepancies include:
         •         differences in physical size and strength
         •         strength of numbers
         •         relative popularity in the peer group
         •         command and language
         •         positional authority
         Bullying takes many forms. It can be:
         •         physical (unwanted touching, hitting)
         •         verbal (name calling, rumours, threats, racist remarks)
         •         social (excluding from groups, unfair dares)
         •         property (damaging or taking belongings, extortion)
         •         Cyber, (text messaging, interactive personal and group forums)

Bullying is a behaviour best dealt with when all members of the school community (staff,
students, parents & volunteers) share a common concern to minimise and eliminate it and
are committed to working together to that end. While all staff at Tatachilla Lutheran College
are required to help prevent bullying and deal with it when it arises, the appropriate Head
of sub-school have specific responsibility in this area.

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Activities and sessions which focus on harassment and bullying will form a component of
the Pastoral Care program in every Home Class and will be revisited on an annual basis.
Students will be helped to define and understand harassment and bullying and empowered
with strategies for dealing with it. They will also be led to reflect on their own behaviour and
responsibilities in relation to the respect and care of others.
All members of the College community are encouraged to deal assertively with incidents of
harassment and bullying directed towards them or others. If their demands for its cessation
are ignored, they should report the behaviour immediately to a member of staff. In every
instance, action will be taken to eliminate the harassment and bullying with primary focus
on protection of the victim. Further repetition of harassment or bullying will be viewed very
seriously by the College and may lead to review of enrolment.
Parents are encouraged to contact the appropriate Head of sub-school or Year Level
Coordinator immediately if they become aware of incidents of bullying or harassment.
All students are encouraged to report their concerns to their class teacher/home class teacher.
The appropriate Head of sub-school will liaise with those involved over major harassment
and bullying issues. Staff are expected to act on all reports, observations or suspicions of
harassment and bullying. They may take initial action themselves or refer the incident to the
appropriate Head of sub-school.

Junior School
In the Tatachilla Lutheran College Junior School we have four rules which cover areas of
care, work, safety, communication and respect.
   •     Respect people and their things.
   •     Use time wisely for school tasks.
   •     Work and play safely
   •     Be polite
In cases of inappropriate behaviour, our intention is for students to reflect and identify
what has been unacceptable in terms of these rules.

Within Classrooms
A step process operates. Although normal procedure is to follow these steps sequentially,
in the case of sudden or extreme breaches of rules, staff may move directly to the most
appropriate step.
Step 1     Warning – attention drawn to inappropriate behaviour.
Step 2     Separation – work is continued in a separated area within the class, or in a buddy
           class. (Not outside of rooms)
Step 3     Time Out – Students miss some of next play period, working on benches or in
           Library to complete a task. (Step 2 or 3 reset each morning).
Step 4     Office Time Out - Minimum of 20 minutes involving counselling from a member of
           Junior School Executive.
Step 5     Internal Suspension – Following the third counselling in a term, working in
           supervised isolation at school. Parents to meet with Head of Junior
           School. Behaviour contract drawn up.

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Step 6    External Suspension – Student/family required to attend professional counselling.
Step 7    Termination of enrolment.

Playtime Behaviour
   •     For minor incidents/intervention, a warning may be the most appropriate action.
   •     Where the duty teacher has not witnessed the behaviour concern, requiring a
         student to walk with the teacher for some ‘investigating time out’ may be an effective
A Focus Room will operate at lunchtimes, staffed by teachers from the Junior School.
Unacceptable student behaviour is to be recorded on the slips in the duty bags and the
student(s) sent with the slip to the Focus Room.
Penalties imposed at recess time will be served at lunch time. If removal from a situation is
warranted at recess time, students walk with the duty teacher for the remainder of the period.
Breaches of the rules for which a Focus Room detention is imposed include:
   • Failure to follow teacher directions                   •   Inappropriate language
   • Any unsafe play (rough, throwing things)               •   Fighting
   • Being out of bounds                                    •   Disrespect for property
Where the duty person is unsure of any activity, stop the activity, explain that you will seek
clarification and issue no penalties at that stage.

Middle School
Our classrooms are established to be conducive to learning with positive, courteous
interaction that values the rights and individuality of each student within a loving and
supportive framework.
Our Classroom Code of Conduct values
   Respect          We believe it is important to respect all people and their property
   Work             We believe it is important to work effectively on tasks or activities that
                    have been assigned
   Belong           We believe that it is important to belong to the group and care about
                    each other
Students should remember to;
     • Try your best at all times
     • Take responsibility for your own learning
     • Every student has the right to learn in a respectful learning environment
Listed below is a summary of the levels of behaviour from Years 6-9. Teachers are encouraged
to manage student behaviour in the classroom or at the time on yard duty, however, support
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Behavioural Classifications – Appropriate Responses and Action
Level 0 Building classroom tone and a respectful work environment
        •   Establishment of explicit classroom expectations and sound classroom
            practices and values.
        •   Values include; respect, co-operation, encouragement, compassion, love,
            forgiveness, service, courage, humility, hope, quality and appreciation.
        •   Expectations include; punctuality to class, prepared for class, motivation to
            learn, supportive of teacher and students in class, reflection of personal learning
            and development, submission of work on time, mobile phones and electronic
            devices should not be used in class time, wearing uniform correctly and diary
            to be signed regularly.
        •   A balance of good control with flexibility and negotiation.
Level 1 Minor, occasional departure from expectations
        •   Non-confrontational, non-escalating response (a quiet reminder to student,
            stand behind student, a look, pause and wait).
        •   Most problems can be sorted in this way.
Level 2 Breach of Rules, moderate or repeated minor behavioural breaches, work not
        completed or deadline missed
        •   One on one discussion and counselling with student (during or after class as
            determined by teacher with an appropriate consequence).
        •   Brief reflective time out (thinking time) in or near room under teacher’s own
            supervision (clear directions are to be given to student)
        •   Teacher manages minor consequence (kept in at recess or lunch time, lunch
            time detention with teacher, etc)
        •   For deadline missed, notification is made home after consultation with Home
            Class Teacher (phone call home made by subject teacher). Work must be
            completed in the Middle School Study Room during lunch time.
Level 3 Failure to response to Level 2 counselling and consequences.
        •   If behaviour is still evident, the subject teacher communicates with parents the
            situation and notifies the Home Class Teacher (cc. to Year Level Coordinator).
        •   If change in behaviour does not occur after this contact is made the Home Class
            Teacher counsels the student and develops a support plan with appropriate
            support and consequences in conjunction with the Year Level Coordinator and
            appropriate personel.
        •   If a number of notifications have been made a consequence will be determined
            with the Year level Coordinator (after school detention). Contact will be made
            with the parent/caregiver.

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Level 4 Disruptive, repeated interference, non-responsive to previous measures,
        refusal to follow teacher’s instructions, high level of insolence, violent or abusive
        behaviour, more serious breach of rules
         •    Engage in the responsible thinking questions prior to removal of student from
         •    Student is sent to Senior Leader’s office with exit pass.
         •    Teacher is to complete a Student Incident Report and work together with the
              Year Level Coordinator, working towards a re-entry plan with the student.
         •    Parents are notified by the Year Level Coordinator.
         •    Student is suspended from class until the Year Level Coordinator advises
         •    Consequences will be determined such as; behaviour contract, progress report,
              Saturday detention or suspension.
Level 5 Failure to respond to Level 4 measures, extremely insolent, violent or abusive
        behaviour, breach of substances policy
         •    Immediate referral to Year Level Coordinator and Head of Middle School
         •    Mandatory conference with parents.
         •    Consequence/response determined (a meeting with Head of Middle School
              and/or Principal to discuss the future status of enrolment).

Senior School
Behaviour Management in the Senior School aims to ensure students meet the expectations
of the College help students to grow in their understanding of themselves and their interactions
with others, and to assist in the development of a community that values and supports
learning and the individual.
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and, where necessary,
consequences for inappropriate behaviour are applied. Listed below is a summary of the
levels of behaviour management from Years 10-12.
Behavioural Classifications – Appropriate Responses and Action
Level 1 Minor, occasional departure from expectations
         •    Non-confrontational, non-escalating response (quiet reminder, a look, stand
              behind student, pause and wait,… Assertive Discipline)
Level 2 Breach of Rules, moderate or repeated minor behavioural breaches, work not
        completed or deadline missed
         •   One-on-one discussion and counselling with student (during or after lesson as
             determined by teacher)
         •   Brief reflective Time Out (Thinking Time) in or near room under teacher’s own
             supervision (clear directions to student)
         •   Minor consequence (teacher managed community service, teacher managed
             detention, etc)

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        •     Confiscation of mobile phones, jewellery, MP3 players (in inappropriate
              areas) - record in register in SSO.
        •     Study Hall available for homework not completed, insufficient work in class
              or deadlines not met (use Assesmment Task Notification form), up to a
              maximum of 4 students.
        •     Phone home after consultation with Year Level Coordinator if a deadline is
              missed (mandatory) or if the teacher is concerned about the general level of
              application and response.
Level 3 Efforts to resolve Level 2 issues unsuccessful.
         •     Notify Year Level Coordinator by email.
         •     Year Level Coordinator counsels and imposes appropriate consequence.
         •     Parental contact at discretion of Year Level Coordinator.
Level 4 Refusal to follow teacher’s directions; insolence; abusive behaviour, more
        serious breach of rules
            • Immediate referral to Year Level Coordinator with Year Level referral slip.
            • Student is suspended from class until Year Level Coordinator advises
            • Parents notified/involved.
            • Consequences determined (contract, out-of-hours detention, possible
Level 5 Violent behaviour, pornography, substance abuse, deliberate damage to
        property, extreme insolence, theft, repeated Level 4, inappropriate
        file-sharing, illegal acts, repeated harassment, and the like.
        •     Immediate referral to Year Level Coordinator
        •     Head of Senior School advised/involved
        •     Mandatory conference with parents
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                             BUS CODE OF CONDUCT
It is very important that the behaviour of all Tatachilla Lutheran College students in responsible
and co-operative when using College organised bus services. This will allow the safe transport
of all students to and from the College.
Therefore the following conditions and expectations will apply:
    •    Students are expected to fully cooperate with the bus driver.
    •    Students are expected to remain in their seat and not walk around inside the bus.
    •    Students must get on/off the bus as directed by the driver.
    •    College rules apply.
    •    The College uniform should be properly worn.
    •    Students are expected to care for the property of others as well as their own.
    •    Students are expected to put rubbish in the bin on the bus and refrain from
         throwing anything out of the bus window or door, or throw things on the
         bus or leave rubbish on the floor, bus seats or luggage rack.
    •    Students are expected to communicate with the driver, other students, or other
         adults in a manner that shows respect and is not offensive. Shouting or other
         excessive noise is not permitted.
    •    Students may not put any part of their body or their possessions out of the
    •    Illicit or non prescribed drugs, alcohol, or smoking substances are not permitted
         at any time.
These conditions and expectations, if supported and followed by all students will ensure a
happy and caring environment on TLC bus services, and allow the driver to transport students
to and from the College in a safe manner. This, in part, is the purpose of the service.
Students who refuse to follow these conditions and expectations can expect consequences
in line with the College Behaviour Management Policy. Ultimately any student who refuses to
follow the Bus Code of Conduct will be permanently excluded from using the service and
may also be excluded from the College.

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Student Name:      _____________________________________               Home class: _______
Starting date:     ___________________________Contract length: __________________
Bus route:         ___________________________
The following behaviour(s) have been reported to Tatachilla Lutheran College (please tick
as appropriate):
    • littering
    • damaging property
    • being disrespectful to the driver
    • harassing other students
    • moving around the bus at inappropriate times
    • not following driver instructions
    • putting students at risk due to unsafe behaviour
    • other. Please specify:_____________________________________________

As a result of this behaviour, ____________ will be placed on a Bus Behavioural Contract for
the time period stated above. They will need to abide by the following guidelines for the
period of the contract (please tick as appropriate):
     • sit in a set seat as allocated by the driver
     • will not eat or drink on the bus
     • will follow driver instructions without question
     • will place their bag in a set spot on the bus
     • will not get out of their seat until instructed by the driver
     • will report any concerns to the driver in an appropriate manner at the end of the

If ______________ fails to meet these obligations, they will be removed immediately from
this bus service for a period of _________ week(s).

Continued misbehavior after the conclusion of this contract may result in a permanent
withdrawal of the student from this bus service.

Signed: _____________________________            _____________________________
         Student                                           Parent / Guardian
         _____________________________           _____________________________
         TLC Staff representative                          Driver

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                      COMMUNITY CONCERN POLICY
Positive, clear and effective processes for resolving concerns between the school and
community members assists in the building of strong relationships, dispels anxiety, and
ultimately provides students with an enhanced learning environment.

To provide clear, positive and fair processes that allow concerns to be aired and resolved
in a timely and effective manner.
   •    Tatachilla Lutheran College prides itself on clear, consultative and open
        communication. Staff will attempt to resolve all issues using positive communication
   •    While we accept our responsibility to consult, and to communicate both clearly and
        effectively with the community, members of the community also have an obligation
        to read notices and newsletters, to attend briefings, and to seek clarification when
   •    There may, however, still be times when members of the community disagree or
        are confused about the things that we are doing. If so, the Head of School and/
        or Principal will provide the concerned community member with a copy of this
        ‘Community Concerns Policy’.

Community Concerns Procedure
Procedures exist to provide Positive, clear and effective processes for resolving concerns
between the school and community members assists in the building of strong relationships,
dispels anxiety, and ultimately provides students with an enhanced learning environment. It
is essential that the established process as outlined below are followed to resolve concerns:
    •    Establish the facts as clearly as you can. Be wary of third hand information or
    Class Teacher
    •    If the matter involves your child or an issue of everyday class operation, make
         an appointment to see their classroom teacher, detailing the reasons for the
    Year Level Coordinators
    •    If the issue has not been resolved, an appointment should be made with the
         appropriate Year Level Coordinator.
    Head of School
    •    If the issue has not been resolved an appointment should be made with the
         appropriate Head of School. Sub-school issues, including policy, curriculum, staff,
         and concerns not easily resolved should be discussed with the appropriate Head
         of School.

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College Principal
•   If the issue still has not been resolved an appointment should be made with the
    College Principal regarding unresolved sub-school issues. Additionally an issue of
    College Policy or a major concern that needs urgent attention and are not easily
    resolved should be brought to the attention of the Principal.
College Council Chairperson
•   If an issue is considered major and has not been dealt with satisfactorily by the
    College Principal it can then be taken to College Council Chairperson.
Director of Lutheran Education
•   If an issue is considered major and has not been dealt with satisfactorily by the
    College Chairperson then it can be taken to the office of the Director of Lutheran
•   The Parents and Friends Association and College Council are in agreeance that
    they will not become a conduit for community complaints or become involved
    in confidential or personal issues, and will generally refer specific concerns about
    individuals and/or College matters to the appropriate level as outlined above.
•   All concerns are to be kept as confidential as possible.
•   Community members and College staff members may be accompanied by
    another person at appointments in a support role to resolve concerns. Both parties
    shall inform each other whom their support person will be.
•   All formal discussions and processes involving concerns will be documented.
•   The Principal and/or Head of School will exercise his/her judgement as to whether
    or not they will act upon anonymous complaints.
•   The Principal will provide community members with appropriate College Council
    and/or Lutheran Schools Association contact names and telephone numbers if
    concerns are not resolved within the College.
•   College staff will be advised of any changes to this procedure.

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In providing a safe school community, Tatachilla Lutheran College adopts a firm line on the
use, possession, or supply of legal and/or illicit drugs by students of this school, whether this
occurs on the College property or at College related functions. The welfare of our students
is of paramount importance.

For the purpose of this Policy, ‘drugs’ include: alcohol, tobacco, prescribed drugs and all
other illegal non prescribed drugs. This policy applies to all students, whenever they are at
the College, in College uniform, engaged in College activities or in association with any
College functions.

Preventative and Proactive Strategies
   1.   The College’s Health Curriculum contains units on Drug and Alcohol education
        for all children in Years 4-10 with opportunities to further investigate these issues in
        Year 11 and 12 CRAVE (Christian Religious and Values Education). The education
        program which addresses these issues also contains units on peer pressure and
        self esteem. The College recognises that students will be placed under peer
        pressure to experiment at some stage during their lives.
   2.   Parents and students will be familiarised with the College Policy on drug use/
        possession initially at enrolment and also as part of the Behaviour Management
   3.   A trusting teacher – student relationship can offer ‘at risk’ students a confidante
        with whom to bring concerns out into the open so that appropriate assistance
        can be given.
Consequences of Drug Use
Students who do not wish to comply with the following expectations must understand that
non-compliance will be treated as a very serious behaviour breach. Serious behaviour
breaches may incur suspension and/or exclusion from the College. The South Australian
Police will be informed at the College discretion. Each case is treated on an individual basis.
Counselling and further education may be required. The College will endeavour to support
students and families as they work through these issues and associated problems, whatever
other consequences may be deemed appropriate.
   a)    Students are not permitted to smoke tobacco, consume or use alcohol or illegal,
         non-prescribed drugs while at College, in College uniform, engaged in College
         activities or in association with any College functions.
   b)    The possession of any of these substances and/or associated equipment while
         at College, in College uniform, engaged in College activities or in association
         with any College functions is also an offence.

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   c)    Students who are aware of other students using and/or being in possession of
         such substances and associated equipment while offending students are at
         College in College uniform, engaged in College activities or in association with
         any College function and then choose to ignore their responsibility to report such
         matters, may be involved in disciplinary action.

Notification to School Authorities of Suspected or Proven Drug Use
The Principal and/or appropriate Head of School must always be notified about suspected
or proven drug use or possession by students on the College campus, or at College related
functions. On no account, should any teacher or student keep this knowledge secret even if
this does not result in serious consequences for the offender. The College has a responsibility
to parents for the safe welfare and protection of students.

Out Of School Information Avenues For Parents
         Alcohol and Drug Information Services                   1300 131 340

         Family Drug Support                                     1300 368 186

         Drug and Alcohol Services Council                       8384 9266
           - Noarlunga Centre                                    8326 6644

         Drug-Arm SA                                             8373 5364

         Australian Drug Foundation                              03 9278 8100

         Parenting SA                                            8303 1660

         Centre for Education and Information on Drugs and Alcohol
                                                                 (02) 9818 0444

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                            SKIN PROTECTION POLICY
Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, with skin cancers
accounting for around 80% of all new cancers diagnosed each year in Australia.
There are four factors, often occurring simultaneously, which contribute to these statistics.
    1. The population is predominantly fair-skinned.
   2.   Ultraviolet light from the sun is of sufficient intensity to induce skin cancer in this
        susceptible population.
   3.   For most of this century, social values have supported the belief that a suntan is
        healthy and attractive.
   4.   Lifestyle, work, school and recreational habits expose people to the sun for long
Skin damage, including skin cancer, is the result of cumulative exposure to the sun. Much
of the damage occurs during childhood and adolescence. Research suggests that severe
sunburn is a contributor to skin cancer and other forms of skin damage such as wrinkles,
sunspots, blemishes and premature aging. Most skin damage and skin cancer is, therefore
Schools are ideally placed to help reduce the incidence of skin cancer and the number
of related deaths by encouraging all members of the school community to use effective
skin protection measures.

The aims of the “Tatachilla Lutheran College Skin Protection Policy” are to promote among
students, staff and parents:
   •    positive attitudes towards skin protection
   •    lifestyle practices which can help reduce the incidence of skin cancer and the
        number of related deaths
   •    personal responsibility for and decision making about skin protection
   •    awareness of the need for environmental changes in schools to reduce the level
        of exposure to the sun

This procedure is for implementation throughout the whole school year with particular
emphasis in Terms 1 and 4.
The purpose of the policy is to ensure that all members of our school community are protected
from skin damage caused by the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.

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All members of the school community will be strongly encouraged to use the following skin
protection strategies:
   1.   Whenever possible avoid being in the direct sun during hours of extreme UV rating
        1.1   Whenever possible outside activities on hot days should be scheduled before
        1.2   Sports Day – Sun Shelters will be provided for student spectators/participants
              and staff.
        1.3   The Resource Centre will be open for student use during the lunch period.
        1.4   Designated rooms will be open for student use during the lunch period on
              a needs basis.
   2.   Wear appropriate clothing which protects the skin.
        2.1   During Terms 1 and 4, students and staff are expected to wear a hat when
              outdoors for more than a brief period while at school or on a school activity.
              Students are required to wear a broad brimmed or legionnaire style hat with
              College logo.
              During Terms 2 and 3, students and staff are encouraged to wear a hat when
              outdoors for more than a brief period while at school or on a school activity.
        2.2   Students and staff are encouraged to wear high UV protection sunglasses
              when outdoors while at school or on a school activity.
        2.3   Students and staff are encouraged to apply their own broad spectrum
              sunscreen with a SPF of 30+ and applied 15-20 minutes before going
              outside. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours if outdoors for an
              extended period of time.
        2.4   The PE Department and Student Services Area will have sunscreen available
              as recommended by The Cancer Council South Australia for student and staff
   3.   Reinforcing the Sun Smart message
        3.1   Staff are expected to role model Sun Smart strategies in all school activities.
        3.2   Skin cancer prevention will be included in the Health curriculum.
   4.   The Tatachilla Lutheran College Skin Protection Policy will be evaluated on an
        ongoing basis.

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                            STUDENT AWARDS POLICY
A.   We believe that each student is a unique child of God, created and sustained by
     Him. Each student has been blessed with God given talents and abilities in these
     areas: aesthetic, cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual.

B.   We believe that each student is to be guided, supported and encouraged, in
     response to God’s gift, to develop his or her talents and abilities to use them to serve
     others. In so doing a student gives thanks to God and honours Him.

C.   We believe that the College should recognise, with awards, those students who
     excel academically and while participating in the many activities that the College
     has to offer. These students are positive role models who reinforce the College
     ethos and values. The College community rejoices with, and takes inspiration from,
     those students who receive awards.

D.   We believe that students who may be considered for an award should have
     demonstrated as much as possible these qualities based on the following aim:
     “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:5.
     The qualities are:
     1.   Being an active support of the College aims and motto by
          •    being an effective ambassador for the College
     2.   Being a good role model by demonstrating:
          •    honesty and integrity
          •    self discipline
          •    pride in the College
     3.   Showing initiative and a willingness to help others by their:
          •    encouragement of others
          •    sense of responsibility to the College and people of TLC

A.   All awards granted will:
     1.   be consistent with the aims and motto of the College
     2.   reflect personal excellence within the achievement, where excellence is
          defined as the student’s personal best
     3.   come from one or more of the categories specified
B.   Tatachilla Lutheran College service award/s will be awarded at Year 12/13 only. All
     other awards are available to all students in the College.

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C.   The Awards Committee within each sub-school will be structured as follows:
     1.   Head of School (or delegate)
     2.   members of the leadership team
     3.   teacher representative/s that will ensure a fair and equitable awards assessment
(It is in the best interests of staff who have children enrolled within a particular sub-school not
to be a member of the Awards Committee of that sub-school).
D.   The Awards Committees shall:
     1.   consider nominations for Student Awards
     2.   recommend recipients of the Principal’s Award for Service to the Principal
     3.   organise the writing of citations for major award recipients (generally only for
          Year 12/13)

Explanation of Junior School Awards
Principal’s Award for Service
Principal’s Awards will be awarded to Year 5 students for outstanding commitment to the life
of the College by emulating qualities listed in section 1 subsection D of this policy.
The awards will be in accordance with the College Mission Statement:
     •    Self worth (caring and respecting others)
     •    Pursues Excellence (academic)
     •    Serves Others (service to the school or/and service to others)
Individual Awards
Student awards will be presented at Junior School assembly. Students may be recognised
for commendable efforts of persistence, confidence, organisation and getting along, as
consistent with the aims of ‘Program Achieve’, and for other positive achievements.
Throughout the year selected outstanding students from each class will receive a ‘Student
of the Week’ certificate.

Explanation of Middle School Awards
Principal’s Award for Service
Awarded to students in Years 6-9 for outstanding commitment to the life of the College by
emulating the qualities listed in section 1 subsection D of this policy.
The award can be made in recognition of service to:
     • Performing Arts
     • Sport
     • House
     • College Community
Academic Excellence Award
Awarded to students who receive all “excellent” ratings in two or more subject areas.

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Duke of Edinburgh Award...Bronze Level
All Year 9 students will participate in this award.
“Tatachilla Quest”
All students in the Middle School will have the opportunity to complete this award to various
levels. To achieve any level of this award, students will need to be involved in a range of
activities including academic, sporting, cultural and service pursuits.

Explanation of Senior School Awards
Year 12/13 Awards/Honours
     1.   Tatachilla Lutheran College Service Award (Certificate with a citation)
          This award will be presented at the Valedictory Service to a Year 12/13 student/s who
          is/are leaving Tatachilla Lutheran College and who has/have made outstanding
          contributions to College life. This is the highest award a student can gain.
          It is awarded to a student who has/have displayed leadership, organisational
          abilities and who have emulated the qualities as listed in section 1 subsection D
          of this policy.
     2.   Dux of the School (Certificate/Honour Board listing)
          This award will be presented at the opening service of the following year. It is
          awarded to the student who achieves the highest total scaled score from
          Year 12.
     3.   Subject Awards (Certificate)
          These are awarded at the Valedictory Service to the student/s who has/have
          achieved the highest score in each Stage 2 subject determined by the
          school -based component of assessment.
          Achievement must be at least at ‘A’ level.
     4.   College Captain Recognition from 2005 (Honour Board Listing)
          College Captain leadership will be recognised by the appropriate listing of
          College Captains on an Honour Board. This will be done at the
          start of the year following the given year of leadership service.
Other Awards
These awards will be presented at College R-12 assemblies or sub-school/House/year level
meetings/assemblies to students in Year 10-13 who have met the required criteria at the
conclusion of each semester. Year 12/13 students will be eligible for Academic Awards in
Semester 1 only. Staff may wish to recognise student involvement in school activities with
participation certificates. These however are not classed as School Awards.

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                             STUDENT DRIVER POLICY
Tatachilla Lutheran College acknowledges that students who have obtained a drivers licence
may choose to drive to school. They do so under the following conditions:

   1.   The student-driver applies on the prescribed form, a parent/caregiver gives their
        permission in writing, and the prescribed Responsible Officer of the school approves
        the application and issues an authorisation.
   2.   Both the driver and vehicle fulfil all legal requirements regarding licensing, registration,
        and insurance. Parent/caregiver declaration/authorisation required.
   3.   Passengers may be carried only if written permission is obtained from a parent/
        caregiver of both the driver (specifically naming the passenger) and the passenger
        (specifically naming the driver).
   4.   Permission is granted for travel to and from school at the beginning and end of the
        student driver’s school day (which may be earlier or later than regular school hours).
        a.    Use of the student’s car for excursions must be approved by parent/caregiver
              of both driver and any passengers, and the teacher in charge of the excursion.
        b.    Use of the car for extraordinary situations may be granted by the
              responsible officer after consultation with a parent/caregiver
        c.    Permission shall not normally be granted to students to drive to camps.
   5.   The students follows school directions regarding speed limits, traffic flow and parking
   6.   Where part of the protocols, students must display the authorisation at all times.
Permission to drive to and from school or on school excursions may be withdrawn for:
        1.    Breaching any of the conditions above.
        2.    Inappropriate or dangerous driving on or near school premises, whilst on a
              school excursion, or whilst travelling to or from school.
        3.    Continued lateness to school.
The prescribed form is that issued from time to time by the school.
The prescribed Responsible Officer is the Principal, Head of Senior School, and/or Year 12
Parent/caregiver means a parent/caregiver with custodial authority or a legal guardian. In
the case of students who are 18 years of age or older consent is not required.
Refer over for application pro forma

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Information in support of this application:
A letter from your parent/caregiver stating their approval for you to drive to College is to be
supplied with this application along with letters from the parent/caregiver of any passengers.

A)        Full Name of Student:........................................................ HC: :.........................
          Address: ................................................................................................................

          Home Telephone:.................................... Business Telephone:............................

          Name of Parent/Caregiver : .................................................................................

B)        Important Details:
                Licence Information                                                     Vehicle Information
 Date of Birth:                                                     Registration No:
 Licence type:                                                      Vehicle make:
 Licence No:                                                        Vehicle colour:
 Conditions:                                                        Type of Vehicle

Driving Expectations
         •      Drive responsibly, safely and courteously and adhere to speed limits
         •      Use the Tatachilla Road entrance and park in the assigned area
         •      The carpark is out-of-bounds during the school day so you will need permission
                if you need to go to your car
         •      Transport of other students must be approved by a Responsible Officer and by
                the parent/caregiver of the driver and passenger/s.
         •      Use of the car for excursions or other school activities must be approved by
                parent/caregiver and organising staff.
I have read and/or supplied the above mentioned information. I understand that being
permitted to drive to College is a privilege and not a right. I further understand and agree
to drive in a safe and responsible manner. I also understand that if the above expectations
are not followed then the privilege of driving to College will be cancelled by the Year 12

Signature of student driver: :...................................................                  Date :............................

Signature of parent/caregiver ……….........………...........….... Date :............................

Application approved / Application refused                          Notes:.................................................................
Responsible Officer: ............................................            ..................................................................

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                                   VOLUNTEER POLICY
We believe that volunteers from the parent and College community can make a significant
contribution to the College program by giving their time and sharing their God-given talents,
skills and expertise with others. Volunteers may have a wide range of interests and abilities
that complement TLC school programs, thus providing a wider range of interaction and
experiences for students.

Volunteer Selection Procedures
Volunteers will be assessed for their suitability to work at the school by the Principal or delegate.
This assessment will be made in relation to the skills and contributions being offered and after
verification of the person’s good character.
Volunteers offering to assist in programs where students are involved will be asked to provide:
    •    Completion of Volunteers Registration Form by prospective volunteers (once only).
    •    Generally, people who volunteer to be of assistance to the school and are known to
         the staff will be accepted as volunteers for the majority of activities run by the school.
    •    Volunteers will not be placed in totally unsupervised situations where they are working
         or dealing with students individually or in small groups not readily visible to the
         supervising/coordinating teacher must under Lutheran Church and College policy
         agree to a police check clearance. eg. sport team coach/leader
    •    All volunteers are required to have a Police Check at no cost to the applicant prior
         to the sleepover/camp taking place.
The Principal’s decision is final in determining who is eligible to serve as a volunteer at this
school. Any applicant not accepted for volunteer work will be advised in writing.
Sequence of Steps for Volunteers
    1.   Apply to the school providing background information, referee details and signed
         confidential declaration and police check.
    2.   Attend an interview if required.
    3.   Attend induction training.
    4.   Sign agreement form.
    5.   Certificate issued
The School’s Responsibilities to Volunteers
   •     A staff member will be allocated to supervise/coordinate a volunteer in each of the
         areas he/she works.
   •     Accurate records will be kept of a volunteer’s training and work details

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   •   Volunteers will be provided with full induction training that will include:
       -    Child Safe Environments
       -    Valuing Safe Communities
       -    Occupational Health Safety & Welfare procedures
       -    Duty of Care responsibilities to students
       -    Confidentiality requirements
       -    Training specific to the areas of volunteer work
   •   Volunteers will be matched with work that is suitable to their skills, interests, time
       commitments and health status.
   •   Changes to volunteer’s area of work or time commitment will be made with full
       consultation with all parties.
   •   Supervising teachers will be available to discuss volunteers’ concerns as they arise.
   •   Supervising/coordinating teachers will meet their duty of care to students by ensuring
       the volunteer and the child are visible to the teacher.
Volunteers Responsibilities
   •   Volunteers are requested to actively support the Values, Mission and Aims of Tatachilla
       Lutheran College in their support role. (document attached).
   •   The volunteer’s most important responsibility relates to his/her duty of care to children.
   •   Vulnerable students at Tatachilla Lutheran College include children who have an
       intellectual or physical disability, are newly arrived in Australia with English as a second
       language or experience emotional/physical neglect.
   •   For volunteers, respecting the rights of children means they must not:
       -    Work in areas/situations that are not authorised by the supervising/coordinating
            staff member
       -    Be involved in toileting students or assisting with change rooms/sickrooms
       -    Have unsupervised contact with students during break times
       -    Encourage affection from or dependency in students eg. by giving them
       -    Have intentional physical contact with students (the supervising teacher will
            provide comfort/first aid to a distressed student)
       -    Display bullying or intimidating behaviour towards students.
Volunteers must:
   •   Refer all student concerns or behaviour issues to the supervising teacher.
   •   Refer all requests of confidential student information to the supervising teacher.
   •   Sign the time book for volunteers on arrival and departure.
   •   Wear the provided name badge at all times.
   •   Notify the school as early as possible if they are unable to fulfill their volunteer
   •   Ensure they use toilet and bathroom facilities allocated for staff.

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Cancellation of Agreement
When concerns arise about a volunteer, opportunities to remedy a problem or improve an
area of concern will be offered wherever appropriate. A volunteer’s agreement can be
cancelled at the Principal’s discretion and where the volunteer
   -   Has no more suitable work available
   -   Fails to follow requirements outlined in the volunteer policy and elaborated
       through the induction training
   -   Behaves towards students, parents or staff in a manner deemed inappropriate or
   -   Repeatedly fails to meet commitments without notice to the school.

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                        STUDENT PROTECTION POLICY
Tatachilla Lutheran College is committed to the care and protection of all children and
young people within its care recognising that in a safe and secure learning environment
students reach their full potential.
In recognition of Tatachilla Lutheran College’s duty of care to its students while they attend
school and take part in activities authorised by the school, we undertake to:
   1.   Take all reasonable care to provide suitable and safe premises
   2.   Take all reasonable care to ensure no student is exposed to inappropriate harm or
   3.   Teach children skills to maintain safety awareness skills
   4.   Assist children in developing positive, responsible and caring attitudes and behaviour
   5.   Maintain an inclusive environment where all students are respected and valued.
The College’s Student Protection Program is comprised of this Policy together with a number
of Student Protection Procedures which address potential areas of risk to students within the
school. Student Protection Procedures outline the approach the school takes to minimise
risk of harm to students. In so doing the College will comply with legislative requirements on
child protection, including the Children’s Protection Act 1993 and subsequent amendment
and the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004. This includes requiring principals,
teachers, support staff and volunteers to report to Families SA any suspicion on reasonable
grounds that a student has been or is being abused or neglected.
Child Abuse Report Line: 13 14 78

                       STUDENT FUND-RAISING POLICY
‘Make love from the heart your aim in life.’ (1 Corinthians 14:1)
Students are encouraged to serve others both within and outside the Tatachilla Lutheran
College community. Such service from time to time can include fund-raising for out of
school charities, organizations or people in need of financial, material or prayer support.
Student fund-raising may also embrace the needs of the College as endorsed by Annex
providing such needs support a wide range of students across the school or sub school.
Occasionally such fund-raising may embrace special projects as recommended by Lutheran
Education Australia, the Lutheran Schools Association, World Vision or the like: eg. sponsoring
a mission project overseas or sponsoring a family or child overseas, sending TLC students
overseas for short term mission service.
All fund raising initiatives must first receive the approval of the Principal before commencing
the activity. This approval should be sought in written form.

Tatachilla Lutheran College
        Tatachilla Rd
        PO Box 175
  McLaren Vale SA 5171
      Ph. 8323 9588
      Fx. 8323 9788

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