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									   YEA HIGH SCHOOL




SCHOOL INFORMATION MANUAL

                             2010




    2010 School Captains: Brad and Jacqui, School Council Rep. Andrew
SCHOOL INFORMATON MANUAL – YEA HIGH SCHOOL 2010


                       CONTENTS
                                                             Page
       DEMOGRAPHICS                                           3
       SCHOOL CONTACTS                                        3
       MISSION, VISION, VALUES                                4
       FAMILY ENGAGEMENT                                      5
       HISTORICAL TIMELINE                                    6

                              TOPICS

 1.    ACCESS YEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM (AYCE)          7
 2.    ADMINISTRATION                                         8
 3.    ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING                               8
 4.    CAFETERIA                                              8
 5.    CAMPS                                                  9
 6.    CERTIFICATES OF MERIT AND PRINCIPAL ENDEAVOUR AWARD    9
 7.    COLLECTION OF MONIES FROM STUDENTS                     10
 8.    COMMUNICATION – Students, Parents and Families         10
 9.    CURRICULUM                                             11
 10.   STUDENT ENGAEMENT POLICY                               11
 11.   WHOLE SCHOOL RULES                                     14
 12.   COMPUTERS                                              14
 13.   EMERGENCY PROCEDURES                                   14
 14.   EXCURSIONS                                             15
 15.   SCHOOL COMMITTEES                                      17
 16.   CURRICULUM PROVISION – DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOLS      17
 17.   MURRINDINDI CLUSTER OF SCHOOLS                         17
 18.   HOMEWORK ORGANISER                                     17
 19.   HOUSES                                                 18
 20.   INTEGRATION                                            18
 21.   INTER-SCHOOL SPORTS                                    18
 22.   LIBRARY                                                19
 23.   LOST PROPERTY                                          19
 24.   POLICY STATEMENTS                                      19
 25.   SCHOOL BUSES                                           21
 26.   SCHOOL UNIFORM                                         21
 27.   SCHOOL COUNCIL                                         22
 28.   SCHOOL LEAVERS PORTFOLIO                               22
 29.   SESSION TIMES                                          23
 30.   SPEECH NIGHT                                           23
 31.   SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION                           24
 32.   STUDENT ABSENCES - ROLL MARKING                        24
 33.   STUDENT' POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY                   24
 34.   STUDENT REFERENCES                                     25
 35.   TIMETABLE                                              25
 36.   VISITORS                                               25
 37.   WORK EXPERIENCE                                        25
 38.   WET WEATHER                                            25
 39.   YEAR LEVEL COORDINATORS/HEAD ADVISORS                  25
 40.   STUDENT WELFARE COORDINATOR                            26
 41.   SCHOOL WEBSITE                                         26




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                                  YEA HIGH SCHOOL




  Yea High School, a co-educational secondary college of 325 students situated 100
  kilometres North-East of Melbourne, provides for the educational needs of a
  mixture of rural and semi-rural communities. The school caters for students in the
  Yea community and the districts of Glenburn, Murrindindi, Molesworth,
  Killingworth, Highlands, Homewood, Strath Creek, Kinglake and Flowerdale. The
  school has over 40% of its students travelling by bus from south of Yea, in
  particular, these areas include Glenburn, Flowerdale and Kinglake.

  Yea High School also co-ordinates the Access Yea Community Education (AYCE)
  Program. The school joined the Big Picture Australia Schools network in 2008.
  The school is a Big Picture inspired school.

  The School Council, parents, teachers and students are committed to improving
  the learning of all students at the school. Every effort is made to give students
  confidence and to motivate them by reinforcing their strengths, setting achievable
  tasks and by encouraging all students to work to their fullest ability in the pursuit
  of excellence in all spheres of their learning.

       This handbook has been written for the guidance of the Yea High School
       community.

       It should be used in conjunction with:

       1. Year Level Handbooks - Parents and Students

       2. Information supplied through the school website

       3. Learning Area Guidelines - Staff

       4. School Induction Materials - Staff

    SCHOOL CONTACTS

           Address:            Racecourse Road, Yea, 3717
           Telephone:          (03) 5797 2207
           Fax No.:            (03) 5797 2931
           Email:              yea.hs@edumail.vic.gov.au
           Website:            www.yeahs.vic.edu.au


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Mission, Vision and Values
   Mission

   To work closely with the whole school and broader community in order to continually
   improve the teaching and learning environment and allow all students to fully develop
   physically, intellectually and socially.

   Vision

   Yea High is a unique learning community embracing students from a wide and
   diverse range of geographic areas where students and staff enjoy learning;
   where students and staff want to be; and where students and staff extend
   themselves in appropriate ways to achieve their full potential.

   Core Purpose

   •   Preparation of students for their future pathways through the provision of a
       range of academic and vocational learning experiences.
   •   Provision of quality curriculum programs, which cater for individual
       difference and seek to develop students potential so they can achieve their
       best possible outcome.
   •   Foster an awareness of being part of a community and students ability to
       contribute positively to it.

   Our Values and What They Mean

   Caring Environment                                 Quality
      • Helping one another.                            • Challenge school community
      • Showing support and kindness.                       members to persist to achieve
      • Inclusive of all.                                   excellence.
      • Observing safe practices in                     • Seeking ways to continually
         class and in the yard                              improve the work of everyone.
      • School community members
         who are positive and flexible.               Respect:
                                                        • Valuing yourself and others.
   Integrity:                                           • Being courteous.
       • Keeping your word.                             • Using manners.
       • Respecting confidentiality and
          privacy.                                    Value Difference:
       • Sticking to commitments.                        • Appreciating that everyone is
       • Being honest and truthful in                       different and has individual
          your dealings with yourself and                   strengths and weaknesses.
          others.                                        • Respecting different opinions
                                                            and beliefs.
   Life-long Learning:                                   • Encouraging members of the
       • Supporting interests.                              school community to welcome
       • Develop skills that are useful                     difference and be open-minded.
          into the future.
       • Recognise and congratulate
          achievement.


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In 2007 Students reviewed the values and adopted the following to support a
harmonious learning community

             Trust                                Respect                     Acceptance

Concepts Leadership                               Encouragement               Unity
             Integrity                            Love                        Teamwork
             Safety                               Equality                    Cooperation
             Honesty                              Care                        Fair play
             Guidance                             Happiness                   Tolerance

Actions      Support a secure environment         Include and support         Don’t be bully
             Positive student/teacher             others                      Be open minded
             relationships                        Get along with others       Appreciate others
             Be a positive person                 Be willing to participate   Show consideration
             Know who to ask for help             Work in school              Respect yourself
             Tell the truth                                                   Be friendly and
                                                                              approachable
                                                                              Care for others



Yea High School is committed to working in partnership with families. We believe
that families and the school working as partners will increases student achievement
and help students develop positive attitudes.

By engaging with families we seek to:

   •   Ensure every aspect of the school culture is open, helpful and friendly.

   •   Help families understand what will support their child’s education and learning.

   •   Provide families with strategies and techniques that will assist their children with
       learning activities, and that will support and extend the school’s program.
       Families should be treated as collaborators in the educational process, with a
       strong complementary role to play in their student’s school learning.

   •   Promote frequent two-way (school-to-home and home-to-school) communication
       about school programs and student progress.

   •   Provide opportunities for families to be involved in the school program.

   •   Value the skills and experiences that parents can contribute.

   •   Provide opportunities for parents to develop new skills.

   •   Encourage family members to actively participate in school decision-making and
       to develop skills in leadership, governance and advocacy. Families should be
       encouraged, both formally and informally, to comment on school policies and to
       share in decision-making.

   •   Provide families with access to community and support services that strengthen
       school programs, family routines, and student learning and development.




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Historical Timeline

1860 Primary school                          June, 2000 Upgrade of
established in Yea                           Administration Area

1922 Primary school proclaimed               Since 1965 the school has
a Higher Elementary School.                  developed a fine tradition and
                                             the school’s leadership has
1923 Higher Elementary School                changed a number of times:
obtains a new building
                                             Principal:   Mr. D.N. Baudinette
1956 Yea Higher Elementary                                      1964-1971
School was proclaimed a High
School and established in the                Principal:   Mr. G.P. Jones
Station Street School.                                          1972-1978

1957 A Committee for                         Principal:   Mr. A. B. Kindred
Educational Development in Yea                                   1979-1992
was set up
                                             Principal:   Mrs. A.J. Scales
1959 This committee completed                                   1993-2002
negotiations for the purchase of
property in Racecourse Road.                 Principal:   Mr. J. F. O’Meara
                                                                2003 -
1963 Tenders were called for the
erection of a High School at                 Yea High School is viewed with
Racecourse Road and building                 pride by its local community. It
commenced.                                   is seen as a school which strives
                                             for high standards of student
1964 The High School met in                  performance and behaviour.
the new building for the first
time.                                        Students have the opportunity to
                                             aim for the highest level of
1965 Work commenced on the                   further education as they have
Advisory Council’s three year                access to a broad range of
plan for the development of the              subjects and are encouraged to
grounds.                                     pursue and improve their
                                             individual abilities.
29th October, 1965 The Minister
for Education, The Hon. J.S.                 The curriculum design and
Bloomfield, officially opened the            implementation allows for the
new building.                                acquisition of personal and
                                             social skills which enables
17th April, 1988  Yea Indoor                 students to relate to others and
Recreation Centre Officially                 develop an understanding of
Opened.                                      human relationships.




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1. ACCESS YEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM (AYCE)

The Yr. 7 - 12 secondary school in Yea is also responsible for at least another
one hundred students studying around the state at following study centres:

       Reservoir                    Bayswater
       Geelong                      Langwarrin/Frankston
       Ballarat


Students are studying a wide range of subjects. Students attend a study
centre one to two days per week, as well as scheduled study days, and must
attend Yea High School one day per month.

Below is the Statement of Intent that each student applying to enroll is given
and asked to discuss and agree to, as well a formal contract is agreed upon.

Statement of Intent

The underlying philosophy of AYCE is that students have the opportunity and
flexibility of decision making to take greater responsibility for their own
learning. It is expected that students who enroll in the Yea High School AYCE
program are highly self-motivated, and receptive to the additional freedom
the program allows over the formal classroom learning situation.

Students are expected to document their own weekly learning program
within the guidelines given at the weekly tutorial. Students take on the
responsibility of completing the specified work requirements and
assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard and undertake to maintain a
record of their progress using the weekly task sheets. Attendance at the
chosen centre at least one day a week and at Yea High School one day a
month is a compulsory component of the program.

As AYCE is a cooperative learning program involving Yea High School,
students and parents, it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that these
task sheets are discussed with their student weekly progress monitored, and
completed sheets signed and returned each week. It is recommended that
parents also be involved by attendance at the weekly and monthly centres.

The school provides teachers at each centre. Students also have access to
teachers by telephone, Masterfile, email and fax. The school will provide an
enrichment program at the monthly sessions.

The vast majority of the teaching and feedback to the students will be oral
and visual, with brief written comments, and a full written report supplied by
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2. ADMINISTRATION

The administration of Yea High School consists of the School Council,
Principal, Assistant Principal and substantive leading teachers.

It is the role of the administration to run the school on a day to day basis and
to ensure that there is always a delegated person in charge of the school.

The school council meets twice a term to oversee school operations and to
assist the school community to ensure that the school is following the
guidelines of DE&T, school policy and the agreed School Strategic Plan.

3. ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING

Assessment
Assessment procedures at Yea High School provide parents, students and
staff with valid and reliable indicators of a student's development in each Key
Learning Area.

Reporting
Formal reporting to families is by means of Interim and End of Semester
reports as well as the school annual report and National Assessment results
for students in Year 7 and Year 9.

An interim report is a brief non-graded communication to parents midway
through each semester and as required.

Interim reports are followed by parent - teacher interviews. As many of our
students are from the Kinglake area we endeavour to hold at least one night
in Kinglake, usually at Kinglake West Primary School.

End of Semester reports are detailed commentaries of the students'
completion of work requirements and assessment tasks. In Year 7 to Year 10
the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) provides the curriculum
framework and student progress is measured against VELS. Letter grades
are included in appropriate circumstances.

4. CAFETERIA

The purpose of the cafeteria is to provide food and drink for both students
and staff. The cafeteria is run by a manager appointed by the School Council.

The cafeteria is open at recess for taking lunch orders from staff and
students and the purchase of snack foods. It is open during lunch for
collection of lunches and the purchase of food and drinks.




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5. CAMPS

Each year level traditionally participates in an activity outside the school. A
variety of experiences and locations are offered to students. These activities
aim to provide different opportunities for peer group interaction, and to
increase an appreciation of, and ability to cope in, different environments.

6. CERTIFICATES OF MERIT AND PRINCIPAL ENDEAVOUR AWARD

Certificates Of Merit
Certificates of Merit are awards given to students at years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 at
the end of the school year. Successful students will receive one certificate of
Merit which will list the units in which they have achieved an excellent (Merit)
standard.

Individual subject teachers will be the sole judge of a student’s performance
in their units. If they have any doubts they should consult the Assistant
Principal or Principal.

Teachers should look for a consistent level of “H” in assessment tasks for
their unit. In general it would be expected that “H” students would receive a
Merit.

If there are no “H” students in the unit, then the best “M/H” students may be
considered favourably.

The awards are performance based. If the student has achieved an excellent
academic standard they will receive a Merit in that unit.

Provided the criteria are met there is no limit to the number of merits that can
be given in a unit.

Principal Endeavour Awards

These awards are presented to students at the start of Term 3 and at Speech
Night. Teachers nominate students from each of their classes following the
criteria below. Students to be presented with an award are short listed
according to the number of nominations they receive. A meeting of Year
Level Managers and the Principals will confirm the final winners.

The criteria for nomination of a student is:
• The consistency of effort and application exhibited by a student
   throughout the semester
• A student’s productivity and responsiveness to work requirements
   across the semester
We are proud of our better students and should not hesitate to give them
recognition and encouragement.



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7. COLLECTION OF MONIES FROM STUDENTS.

When students are required to pay for excursions, subject levies, camps, etc
all monies are to be paid directly to the office. All monies collected from
students will be receipted through the cash register in the office. This is an
audit requirement.

Office staff are available to collect money, record payment and issue receipts
before school, recess and at lunchtime.

8. COMMUNICATION

STUDENTS

a) Whole School Assembly.
Whole school assemblies will be held at least once a term and at the
discretion of the Principal.

b) Level Meetings.
Level meetings of students will occur as needed. All appropriate staff must
attend.

c) House Assemblies.
House Assemblies will be called when necessary by the sports coordinator.
House teachers will attend.

d) Girls/Boys Assemblies.
These assemblies will be held when thought necessary by the principal.

e) Daily Bulletin.
A daily bulletin is prepared each day by the general office. Relevant items for
publication can be placed with the general office up to 3.00 pm the day prior.
The Bulletin is read at the commencement of period 1 each day. It is also
placed on display at various locations around the school.

WITH FAMILIES AND PARENTS

a) School Newsletters
A school newsletter is published once a fortnight. Material for the newsletter
should be handed in to the office no later than 9.00am on the Wednesday
prior to publication. All notices and reports of interest to the school
community may be included. General community notices relevant to the
school community may be submitted for inclusion. The newsletter is
available on the school website. The AYCE program also regularly publish a
newsletter

b) Parent/Teacher Meetings.
Will be arranged on a regular basis (relevant dates are displayed on the year
planner in the staffroom) and parents informed via the newsletter.
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c) Parent's Club.

The Parent's Club is a group formed to help the school. A positive and
productive relationship between the Parent's Club and staff is an important
priority. Enquiries related to meeting times and other information relating to
the Parent’s Club can be made via the school office.

d) Parent Enquiries - Staff Communication with Parents.

Parent enquiries concerning student progress are to be encouraged and
expected, especially when there is concern about student progress. As a
general rule enquiries will be directed first to the appropriate student advisor
at Year 7, 8 or 9 or year level coordinator at Year 10, VCE or VCAL unless
one of the principal team is specifically requested. Advisors or Year Level
Coordinators will involve other staff at their discretion.

Head Advisors or Year Level Coordinators can be contacted via the school
email: yea.hs@edumail.vic.gov.au

Teachers are encouraged to communicate with parents, by phone or student
organisers or note, particularly with praise for student achievements.

9. CURRICULUM

Details of school curricula offered at each year level can be obtained from the
Year Level Handbook. The Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS)
provides the curriculum framework and student assessment in Year 7 to Year
10 is in relation to the VELS. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment
Authority (VCAA) provides guidelines for the VCE program.

10. STUDENT ENGAEMENT POLICY

The School's Student Engagement Policy details rights and responsibilities,
prevention strategies and staged responses to student engagement and
wellbeing.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

Students and teachers should present themselves for all classes punctually,
neatly dressed and with all books and requisites.

All staff are encouraged to develop their personal classroom management
plan which should also be communicated to students.

The following comments are offered as a general rule of thumb for all
classrooms.



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As a general rule, one person should speak at a time.

Movement around the room should be orderly and unruly disruptive
behaviour will not be tolerated.

Failure to complete homework, lateness and absences, will be dealt with by
the class teacher in the first instance. Persistent offenders will be reported to
advisors or Year Level Coordinators or the Assistant Principal.

All homework should be entered in the student organiser during class.
Students are required to present neat work and to keep folders and books in
a suitable condition.

If a situation demanding disciplining arises

a) It must not be ignored
b) It must be acted upon immediately
c) It must be followed up


Students sent to the office for discipline reasons(Time Out)

The final consequence if a student is consistently disruptive or indulges in
inappropriate activities is for the student to be exited from the classroom and
sent to the office (Time Out) to be supervised by one of the Principals or a
Head Advisor or Year Level Coordinator.

Time Out

   a) Students sent to the office will stay in time out until the sending
      teacher is available to speak with the student. This will be either the
      following period (if the sending teacher has a preparation period) or at
      recess or lunch. At early possible time or the end of session 6, the
      teacher will meet with the student in the administration area. Town
      students will remain at school to negotiate the agreement and bus
      travellers will meet the teacher concerned at the staffroom the
      following morning to finalise the agreement.

   b) If a student does not meet with a teacher the following morning then
      the teacher must investigate why the student did not report
      inform the student advisor or Year Level Coordinator at the earliest
      convenience if a problem exists.

   c) If a problem occurs in resolving a situation, student advisor or Year
      Level Coordinator must be informed.




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   d) Students will be required to stay in the designated office area until they
      are permitted to leave by a principal, Year Level Coordinator or the
      class teacher. Students will be required to fill out all sections of the
      "Time Out Report Sheet".

   e) A copy of the classroom incident report will be provided to the
      student’s advisor or Year Level Coordinator or Assistant Principal.

   f) Subsequent removal from class may result in disciplinary measures.
      Parental follow up may include:-

       First offence:       Parent notification of potential problem.

       Second offence:      Parents invited to attend interview with the student
                            advisor or Year Level Coordinator or Assistant
                            Principal.

       Third offence:       Parents contacted and in-school suspension
                            enacted.


Misbehaviour in the Time Out: Parents informed and in-school suspension
enacted.

Students sent to the office at an early stage, i.e. prior to the implementation
of the classroom plan, should only be sent for a very serious offence.
(Usually for a breach of rules which warrants a suspension from school.)

Following on from the above or when instances outside the classroom
require further action.

The student advisor or Year Level Coordinator may then:

   •   Place the student on a report card that regularly monitors behaviour.
   •   Inform parents of the child's behaviour.
   •   Invite parents to the school to discuss the problem and request home
       cooperation.
   •   Recommend counseling, guidance and/or clinical service.
   •   If all else fails recommend to the principal that the ministerial
       regulations regarding suspension be implemented.

N.B. In an emergency the Principal or Assistant Principal has the right to
suspend without prior consultation.




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11. WHOLE SCHOOL RULES

The whole school rules are set out below.

       Whole School Rules

(a) Listen to and follow instructions
(b) Care for and respect property
(c) Respect the basic rights of others
(d) Act in a way that is safe to you and others
(e) Come to class on time with correct materials prepared to work

12. COMPUTERS

Our students, regardless of age and gender, need to be as comfortable using
a computer as they are using a pen. Their computer experiences should be
such that they view the computer as a valuable tool.

Computers are to be used in as many classes as is practicable. There are
Windows compatible computers and laptop computers available for student
use in the Library. The school has two computer pods an IT Room and
accessible computers placed strategically throughout the school for class
use. To access the internet students are required to complete a computer
use agreement which provides acceptable computer use guidelines.

13. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES - Refer also to the School Emergency
Manual

Illness and Accidents

If a student needs to be sent to sickbay due to illness he or she should be
accompanied, and the staff member responsible for first aid or a member of
the principal team should be informed. It is the responsibility of the
classroom and duty teachers, to record details of any accident to a student
where treatment is involved. The treatment may be defined as seeking advice
from a first aider, or sending the student to the doctor or hospital. Parents
will be contacted as soon as possible if a student is admitted to sickbay or
requires medical treatment. The school will use the Victorian Ambulance
Service as required.

NB. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL STUDENTS (OR AS A FAMILY COVER)
HAVE A CURRENT AMBULANCE SUBSCRIPTION.

School Emergency - Refer also to the School Emergency Manual

In the event of any other threat, the siren will "ping" continuously. Staff
should remain with their classes and await instructions from the emergency
coordinator.

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Fire Drill

EVACUATION
   • Siren or hand bell will sound continuously.
   • Teachers count all students, check storerooms, close windows.
   • Students leave file from rooms, teacher closes door.
   • Classes exit through nearest safe door and assemble on the Hockey
     field or in the Stadium as directed with their teacher.
   • Teacher recounts students.

STUDENTS MUST EVACUATE WITHOUT BAGS.

Lock Down

   •   Direct students to stay in the room
   •   Keep doors and windows closed
   •   Ensure the attendance roll is current
   •   Keep students calm
   •   The administration will advise of action required or of a return to
       normal conditions

Students and staff outdoors will be directed to the nearest safest location.

14. EXCURSIONS

The school regards excursions, camps and tours as an integral part of the
general school program and curriculum, this includes interschool sport. The
organisation of these is encouraged even though they may break into the
daily routine of the school. Thus, all excursions should relate to the
curriculum, be staffed appropriately and be cost neutral to the school.

A teacher participating in such duties is required to exercise reasonable care
in supervision; "reasonable care" being the care a good parent is expected to
exercise. All excursions are to be flagged with the Daily Organiser/Assistant
Principal.

TYPES OF EXCURSIONS

Local Excursions

Local excursions which involve only the classes own subject time:

A note home informing parents of the excursion and the reason for it will be
sent home to parents. Permission and medical information is required for
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Extended Excursions

Excursions involving the time of other classes:

These excursions are registered with the Management & Development
Committee preferably at the beginning of each semester. School council
permission is normally required. For excursions out of town participation
permission notes and medical information will be required for each student
on the excursion.
All excursion and camps, including sport programs, should be logged online
with the Department of Education. School excursion/camp forms provide
support for planning and approval.

Overnight or extended tours.

For these excursions, the approval of School Council is gained at the
beginning of each Semester. Comprehensive information and a fee payment
schedule will be made available and school permission notes and medical
information will be required for each student on the excursion.

THE EXCURSION

(i)   Full school uniform must be worn on all excursions unless otherwise
negotiated with the Principal.

(ii)  Some students may be excluded from the excursion for poor behaviour
or inappropriate dress.

(iii) Students whose behaviour is unsatisfactory on the excursion will be
reported to the year level coordinator or head advisor. In the case of
overnight excursions/camps if a students misbehaviour is deemed serious
enough the student will be sent home.

(iv)   Students should be reminded that their behaviour must reflect
positively on the school.

(v)   Any student whose family is unable to meet the cost of the excursion
should be referred to the year level coordinator or head advisor or principal
team.




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    15. SCHOOL COMMITTEES

                                    SCHOOL COUNCIL


CURRICULUM           POLICY         FINANCE           FACILITIES     INITATIVES
                                                        AND
                                                       OH&S


        PARENTS’                     MANAGEMENT
        CLUB                             AND
                                 TEACHER DEVELOPMENT
                                    Learning Teams
                                                                       STUDENT
                                                                      LEADER TEAM

    CURRICULUM                      STAFF MEETING                  STUDENT
    COMMITTEE                         (Teachers)                   WELFARE
                                                                   COMMITTEE


    16. CURRICULUM PROVISION VIA DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOLS

    A group of Secondary Schools in the Seymour Network of schools have
    traditionally been able to increase their curriculum offerings particularly at
    the senior levels via computer and video links and the provision of VET
    courses. The schools involved include Mansfield Secondary College,
    Alexandra Secondary College, Euroa Secondary College, Broadford
    Secondary College Yea High School and Seymour Technical High School.

    Yea High School students can also access VET and TAFE course offered at
    Seymour Technical High School and the Seymour Campus of GOTAFE.

    17. MURRINDINDI CLUSTER OF SCHOOLS

    The Murrindindi Cluster of schools includes Yea Primary School, Highlands
    Primary School, Yea High School and Flowerdale Primary School.

    19. HOMEWORK ORGANISER

    Each student must possess a student organiser.
    The organiser should be purchased with the book order.

    Students must record in their homework organiser all set homework,
    including classwork to be completed, extension work, assignments and
    upcoming tests.


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Organisers must be taken to all classes.
Teachers will endeavour to ensure that all homework set is accurately
recorded during classtime.

Teachers will give reasonable notification of due dates for all assignments
and projects - these dates should be recorded in the organiser.

Where possible a week's notification before any test will be given.

19. HOUSES

There are four Houses: Casey, Burnet, Dennis and Clark. Students are
allocated to a House on their arrival at Yea High School. Regard is given to
the numbers and ability of students in each age level in each house. Students
from the same family will be allocated to the same house.

A boy and a girl are elected House Captains early in the year from the VCE
students. Two Vice Captains are elected, from Year 10, 11 and 12 students.
House and Vice Captains are responsible for the organisation of the House in
competitions.

Junior House Captains are elected from Year 8 and 9.

20. INTEGRATION

The aim of the program is to increase the participation of students with
impairments and disabilities in the school's educational programs and social
life, and, in particular, maintain the participation of all students in educational
programs and social life of Yea High School.

In developing the program, the school recognises:
- The significance and value of all children.
- That all children can learn and be taught.
- That each child has a right to be seen as an individual and is entitled to be
given the opportunity to develop his or her individual abilities.
- That each child has the right to be educated at their neighbourhood school.

Efforts will be made to incorporate all children into the total school
community. This may necessitate the need for an Integration Aide/s to
equalise access so that the child may participate in as many educational and
social programs as possible. The school will strive to maintain an Integration
Aide whenever deemed or considered necessary by the school.

21. INTER-SCHOOL SPORTS

The school is a member of the Goulburn Secondary School's Sports
Association (GSSSA) and the Victorian High School Sports Association. On
major sports days a special timetable will operate.

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The GSSSA is an association comprised of Mansfield Secondary College,
Alexandra Secondary College, Euroa Secondary College, Broadford
Secondary College, Seymour Technical High School and Yea High School.
Sport, including swimming and athletics, is played between the schools on a
regular basis.


22. LIBRARY

The school library provides valuable learning resources. These resources
include multi media facilities, computer access, a loan system for books,
student photocopy facilities and teacher assistance. Outside class times it is
also open before school and at lunchtime.

23. LOST PROPERTY

It is the responsibility of students to clearly name clothing (including shoes)
books and other possessions brought to school.
All items found around the school should be brought to the staffroom.


24. POLICY STATEMENTS

The school has developed a range of policy statements including
Occupational Health and Safety, Sponsorship and Equal Opportunity.
Policies are reviewed on an approximate three year rotation basis. Policy
statements, such as the Occupation Health and Safety Policy below, can be
obtained from the school administration.




                        Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Yea High School recognises it has a responsibility to provide and maintain a working
environment that is safe and without risks to individual health and welfare.
This responsibility extends to all employees, students, parents, contractors and other visitors
to the school site.
School management is committed to providing a safe working environment through the
implementation of risk prevention and reduction strategies that are integrated into all school
activities. A consultative, co-operative approach between employees and management on
OHS issues will be encouraged.

This policy is consistent with:
       (a)     The DE&T Mission Statement that schools provide a safe and appropriate
               teaching and learning environment for both staff and students and
       (b)     The school’s legal obligations under the Victorian OHS Act 2004 and
               Common Law duty of care.

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Policy Objectives
• To comply with OHS related legislation and DET directives or guidelines relating to
   health and safety.
• To minimise the occurrence of injury and illness in the school through systematic
   hazard identification, risk assessment and control.
• To investigate accidents (including serious near misses) with a view to preventing
   recurrence.
• To maintain written records on all OHS activities undertaken.
• To implement staff health and wellbeing strategies.
• To provide a Return to Work (RTW) program for employees in the event of injury or
   illness.
• Adequate resources will be provided to support this policy.

Responsibilities
As employers, the Principal and School Council have the direct responsibility for ensuring
the policy objectives are fulfilled and that the necessary resources are provided to achieve
effective implementation.
Employers’ direct duties under the OHS Act also include:
   • Providing and maintaining safe plant and systems of work.
   • Making arrangements for the safe use, handling, storage and transport of plant and
      substances.
   • Maintaining the workplace in a safe and healthy condition.
   • Providing adequate facilities for staff welfare.
   • Providing such information, instruction, training and supervision to staff to enable
      them to perform their work in a safe and healthy manner.
   • The Occupation, Health and Safety Representative (OH&S Rep.) is to be elected
       annually by all staff and the School Council notified.

 (The Principal is the OHS management representative by default, however a management
team member with appropriate seniority may be nominated by the Principal to act as the
employer’s OHS representative in an operational capacity (ie. OHS Co-ordinator) but the
overall responsibility cannot be delegated. The nominated OHS management representative
may not also act in the role of elected staff Health and Safety Representative (HSR).


Key Learning Area Co-ordinators are responsible for the health and safety performance of
their team. This responsibility extends to:
       • maintaining the workplace in a safe condition and reporting any hazards identified
       • actively promoting and implementing agreed OHS procedures
       • identifying OHS training needs of both individual staff and the team as a whole.

The Occupation Health and Safety Committee, comprising the Principal and/or the
Assistant Principal, the Occupation, Health and Safety Representative and relevant
Coordinators, in conjunction with the Facilities Sub-committee of the School Council, will
meet on a regular basis and report back to Staff and School Council.




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All staff have a responsibility to:
      • take reasonable care of their own health and safety and the health and safety of
         others affected by their acts or omissions
      • report hazards, accidents or incidents (near misses) in accordance with agreed
         school procedures
      • follow established safe working procedures.

25. SCHOOL BUSES

The school coordinates the school bus system for the two Yea primary
schools and Yea High School. Buses run from Kinglake, Flowerdale, Strath
Creek, Glenburn, Highlands, Murrindindi and Killingworth to Yea Primary
School, Sacred Heart Primary School and Yea High School. Permission to
travel is obtained through the Yea High School bus coordinator and
permission is subject to DE&T guidelines and space on the bus. Safety is a
major consideration. It should be noted that bus travel is a privilege not a
right.

26. SCHOOL UNIFORM

 Uniform – the school has a uniform policy and students are expected to wear
the correct uniform at all times.

Girls’ Uniform                                Boys’ Uniform

Summer:                                       Summer:
Dress or navy pants or navy shorts            Grey pants or shorts
Yellow or light blue polo shirt or            Light blue polo shirt or blue school
white skivvy                                  shirt or white skivvy
Navy blue fleecy top or windcheater           Navy blue fleecy top or windcheater
with school name                              with school name
Maroon and navy blue school jacket            Maroon and navy blue school jacket
Short white socks                             Maroon tie (supplied by the school as
Black shoes                                   required)
HatGirls’ Uniform                             Black shoes or boots & hat

Winter:                                       Winter:
Blue polo shirt or white skivvy               As for summer
Tartan skirt or navy pants
Black school shoes                            PE/Sport
Navy blue ribbed tights or short white        Red school polo shirt
socks                                         Black knit or mesh shorts
Navy blue fleecy top or windcheater           Football socks
with school name                              Black sports shoes
Maroon and navy blue school jacket            In winter – school windcheater Navy
                                              blue fleecy top or windcheater with
                                              school name.
                                              Black tracksuit pants

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PE/Sport

Red school polo shirt
Black knit or mesh shorts
White socks
Black sports shoes
In winter – school blue fleecy top or
windcheater with school name
Black tracksuit pants

General Uniform

   •   School council has determined that hooded style jumpers are not an
       acceptable item of clothing to be worn at school at any time, as they
       create safety and identification issues.
   •   Students not in uniform are to report to their advisor or Year Level
       Coordinator before school to explain why uniform is not being worn.
       Parents of students who continually come to school out of uniform will
       be asked to attend an interview with the Principal.
   •   All articles of clothing should be clearly named, preferably in more
       than one place. The only article of jewellery permitted is a watch.
       Students with pierced ears may wear small plain studs or sleepers,
       either gold or silver.
   •   Only clear nail polish permitted. Make up must not be worn.
   •   Hair ribbons or scrunchies must be maroon, grey, navy blue, white or
       black.
   •   If there are any medical reasons why school shoes cannot be worn, a
       medical certificate must be produced and alternative footwear agreed
       upon with the school must be black.
   •   VCE students wear a VCE jumper and Year 12 students also have a
       different design polo shirt.
   •   All students are required to wear a wide brimmed school hat during
       Terms 1 and 4 as set out in the school’s Sunsmart Policy.

27. SCHOOL COUNCIL.

School Council meets a minimum of eight times a year (second Monday of
the month). School Council responsibilities concern such areas as policy,
curriculum, finance, OH & S, facilities, school community relations and the
selection and employment of certain staff.

28. SCHOOL LEAVER'S PORTFOLIO

School leaver’s portfolios are presented to all VCE exit students on Speech
Night.

The portfolios are designed as a record of achievements and interests in

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academic, sporting, school service and community areas. They provide a
valuable resource for students seeking employment or course interviews.

29. SESSION TIMES

The following times allocated for a normal school day. Term 1 and Term 4
times are part of our Sunsmart program. Times may change subject to
events such as exams or an assembly.



Term1 and Term 4                                  Term 2 and Term 3

Warning Bell         9:05                  Warning Bell               9:02

Period 1             9:10                  Period 1                   9:07

Period 2             9:58                  Period 2                   9:55

Recess               10:46                 Recess                     10:43

Warning Bell         11:20                 Warning Bell               11:03

Period 3             11:24                 Period 3                   11:08

Period 4             12:12                 Period 4                   11:56

Lunch                1:00                  Lunch                      12:44

Warning Bell         1:39                  Warning Bell               1:39

Period 5             1:44                  Period 5                   1:44

Period 6             2:32                  Period 6                   2:32

End of School Day 3:20                     End of School Day          3:20

30. SPEECH NIGHT

An annual Speech Night is held in the Yea Shire Hall late in Term 4. It is
principally for the presentation of awards and a review of the school year. In
addition, every student who leaves from Year 11 or 12 receives a Personal
Portfolio on this night.

 All students are expected to attend in full school uniform and parents and
interested community members are invited to attend.




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31. PHYSICAL AND SPORTS EDUCATION

Yea High School implements the Department's policy on PE and sport for
students in years 7 - 10. Students who have medical or special reasons for
not being able to take part in sport or PE must bring a note signed by a
parent or guardian. The note should be handed to the teacher in charge of
sport.
Students are expected to wear correct sports uniform.


32. STUDENT ABSENCES - ROLL MARKING

If the absence is known in advance a note (families may also use a tear off
absence note from the pad provided by the school) informing the appropriate
advisor or year level coordinator, signed by the parent or guardian should be
provided. Rolls are checked by staff for each period of the day. Teachers
electronically record their class absences to the school data base as soon as
possible after each class.

Following any unexpected absences, a note of explanation should be
presented to the year level coordinator or advisor on the day the student
returns to school. The year level coordinator or head advisor can be
contacted to discuss lengthy absences and the provision of appropriate
school work.

Parents are contacted to discuss unexplained absences.

33. STUDENTS' POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY

School Captain

Two School Captains, one boy and one girl from year 12, are elected at the
end of the previous year by all the students.

House Captain

Two House Captains, one boy and one girl from VCE are elected at the
beginning of the year by their House members. Junior House Captains are
elected from Year 8 and 9.

Student Leader

Two student leaders are elected from each form group. The students take on
the responsibility of social service, form captain duties and general
leadership responsibilities for their form as required by the school.

School Council Representative

Two students are nominated and elected by the student body, one from Year
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11 and one from Year 12. Students eligible to vote must have attended the
school for at least a year.

The students elected are expected to:
- Attend all meetings of the School Council.
- Serve as a nominated member of School Council sub-committees
- Report to School Council on student activities
- Represent the views of the student body in School Council meetings

34. STUDENT REFERENCES

Official school references are only available from the relevant year level
coordinator or head advisor and are countersigned by the Principal.
Other staff can offer personal references but these cannot be presented on
the official school letterhead.

35. TIMETABLE

The timetable is posted on the staff notice board and around the school on
main notice boards.

The timetable is changed periodically during the year.

36. VISITORS

All visitors to the school must first report to the office. Visitors staying on the
school site must sign in and be identified by a name tag.
The Principal or the Assistant Principal should be made aware of any invited
or uninvited visitors to the school.

37. WORK EXPERIENCE

The careers teacher, in conjunction with the year level coordinator or head
advisor, organises the Work Experience Program for the middle school
students (15 + years of age) for approximately 1 week normally at the end of
Term 2 or Term 3.

38. WET WEATHER

On wet days students are allowed into designated classrooms at lunchtime
and recess. The library is generally open for student use.

The caf and library are also open.

39. YEAR LEVEL COORDINATORS/HEAD ADVISORS

Year Level Coordinators/Head Advisors have an important role to play in
student discipline, student counseling, course allocation, etc. Year Level
Coordinators/Head Advisors are senior members of staff.
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They meet once a month to discuss issues related to students. This meeting
also acts as the welfare committee for the school. Any issues related to
students in classroom or around the school can be taken up with the relevant
Year Level Coordinator or Head Advisor.



40. STUDENT WELFARE COORDIATOR

The school provides a Student Welfare Coordinator. This teacher works
closely with the year level coordinators, advisors, students and parents. The
main aim of the position is to respond to student welfare issues.


41. SCHOOL WEBSITE

The school website, www.yeahs.vic.edu.au contains links to the school
newsletter, contact information of Year Level Coordinators, term calendar
and permission forms.




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