College Information

General College information for parents, students and staff.

Restorative Practices

One student management process of a formative nature that is recommended for use in Catholic schools is Restorative Practices. This process has as its aim the promotion of resilience in the one harmed and the one causing harm. Restorative measures help students learn from their mistakes, grow in self-discipline, take responsibility for their actions, recognise the impact of their actions on others, and reconcile and resolve conflict with others. A variety of harmful situations are addressed, including truancy, bullying, drug use and harassment. Differences (racial, cultural, religious, economic, etc.) are respected, understood and given equal protection.

Staff and students are strongly encouraged to use the ‘Affective Questions’ card for incidents where a student’s behaviour does not uphold the expectations of the College:

  1. What happened?
  2. How did it happen?
  3. How did you act in this situation?
  4. Who do you think was affected?
  5. How were they affected?
  6. How were you affected?
  7. What needs to happen to make things right?
  8. If the same situation happens again, how could you behave differently?

In working through the questions with the student(s), it is important to focus on the specific behaviours or incidents without blaming.

Restorative meetings may be used by Pastoral Leaders, House Coordinators, Student Counsellors, Head of Schools and the Deputy Principal as a way of restoring relationships between students and students, between staff and students and between staff and staff. Formal training is required for school personnel engaged in this process.

a.   College Expectations and Guidelines

To enable students to reach their full potential and to facilitate the development and smooth running of the College community a set of guidelines exists regarding student conduct, behaviour and management. Included are samples of the consequences that will apply when students breach expectations. The foundation for this set of guidelines is that members of Marcellin College Community will display at all times consideration, respect and acceptance towards others, as well as personal responsibility.

The five levels reflect the increasing seriousness of incidents. It would be hoped that at level one restorative consequences would be employed first, increasing in severity for students who persist in behaving in an unacceptable manner. The consequences for offences at level five would normally be regarded as non-negotiable.

Individuals and individual circumstances need to be taken into account when consequences are applied. The purpose of the document is to guide staff to apply the possible consequences for inappropriate behaviour and to provide a consistent policy for students, staff and the College community. The guidelines exist to ensure the rights and needs of all people in the community are respected, monitored and effectively addressed.

It should be noted that the College expectations and consequences also apply while students are engaged in outside college activities and on the way to and from the College.

LevelsExamples Of Unacceptable Behaviours/ActionsSuggested Responses
5A sustained or serious breach of a Student Reinstatement Management Plan
Serious criminal offence
Trafficking in illicit or illegal substances
Major theft or willful destruction/vandalism
Threats or acts of physical violence, racism, discrimination or harassment made to a member of the College/wider community
Sustained failure to comply with College Expectations
Other
Principal & Deputy Principal

Conference with parents
External Suspension from the College
Contractual reinstatement to the College
Negotiated Transfer from the College
Referral to Police
Expulsion
4Breach of a Student Reinstatement Management Plan
Threats or acts of physical violence, racism, discrimination or harassment made to a member of the College/wider community
Hurtful, threatening behaviour or inappropriate language directed at a member of the College community
Possession and/or distribution of offensive or otherwise inappropriate materials
Possession or use of illicit or illegal substances or material
Defiant and unruly conduct in the company of others
Serious breach of privacy in relation to the Mobile Phone & Electronic Equipment Policy
Continual conduct in the public domain that brings the College into disrepute
Theft, vandalism or destruction of property
Sustained disruption of the learning environment
Serious breach of ICT Code of Conduct Policy and guidelines
Repeated incidents of smoking in uniform
Serious breach of the Student Driver Policy
Failure to attend Saturday detention
Heads of School & House Coordinators

Conference with parents
Restorative mediation/circles
Banning of use of ICT equipment and facilities
Internal Suspension
External Suspension from the College
Referral to Police
Isolation from Class (es)
Contractual reinstatement to the College
College Service
Counselling/Outside agency referral
Positive behaviour booklet
Written apology
3Sustained failure to comply with reasonable staff direction
Conduct in the public domain that brings the College into disrepute
Direct involvement in a fight involving low level acts of physical contact
Bullying, discrimination or harassment directed at a member of the College community
Sustained inappropriate use of computer resources
Possession of inappropriate materials
Inappropriate challenging of a staff member’s authority
Offensive language to a member of the College community
Absence from College activities without appropriate documentation
Truant from classes without permission
Participating in threatening group behaviour
Sustained intimidation between students
Throwing of objects on College grounds and/or wider community
Lateness to class or pastoral on more than 6 occasions
Three detentions in the term
Smoking in uniform
Breach of the Student Driver Policy
Continued disruption of the learning environment
Sustained uniform infringement at the College or in the public domain
Graffiti & vandalism
Sustained failure to bring notebook computer equipment to class
Failure to attend an afterschool detention
Plagiarism and/or breach of examination expectations
Heads of School, Learning Area Coordinators, House Coordinator & Pastoral Leader:

Restorative mediation/circles
Removal from transport system
Banning of use of ICT equipment and facilities
Written apology
Counselling/Outside agency referral
College Service
Conference with parents
Extended Detention
Saturday Morning Detention
Daily contracts for students
Positive behaviour booklet
tudent Progress
VCE panel
Learning Concern letter
Referral to HC
2Lateness to class or pastoral on 3 occasions 
Continual failure to comply with reasonable staff directions
Continual uniform infringement on College grounds 
Uniform infringement in the public domain
Breach of ICT Code of Conduct Policy and guidelines
Breach of the Mobile Phone & Electronic Equipment Policy
Intimidation between students
Failure to attend a lunchtime detention
Littering of the classroom/College grounds
Leaving College grounds without permission
Inappropriate language to a member of the College community
In the company of smokers
Truant from a class/pastoral
Indirect involvement in a fight 
Being in an out-of-bounds area
Sustained failure to complete set tasks
Continued disruption of the learning environment
Continual failure to bring a notebook computer and relevant equipment to class
Spitting on the College grounds
House Coordinator, Learning Area Coordinator, Pastoral Leader
& reporting Staff member:


Contact with parents via Student Planner/Phone/Email
Temporary relocation to another class
Restorative discussion with House Coordinator and teacher
Restorative mediation/circles
After School Detention
Extended Detention
Written apology
Incident Report to student file
Learning Concern letter
Daily contracts for students
Counselling
Referral to PL and HC

Some unacceptable actions may be referred to the relevant Learning Coordinator for appropriate consequences
1Uniform infringement on the College grounds
Inappropriate conduct, language or behaviour between students
Failure to bring a notebook computer and relevant equipment to class
Inappropriate lateness to class and/or pastoral
Inappropriate use of computer resources
Failure to comply with reasonable staff direction
Disruption of the learning environment
Failure to complete set tasks
Off task behaviour in class
Eating in class
Littering
Reporting Staff member:

Verbal correction or warning
Relocation of student to another part of the room or yard
Restorative discussion with student at Recess/Lunch
Contact with parents via Student Planner/Phone/Email
Lunchtime Detention
Yard clean up at lunchtime
Written apology
Referral to relevant PL

 

Please note: The descriptors are neither exhaustive nor prescriptive but should be used as a guideline, remembering that individual circumstances must be taken into account when dealing with instances of misconduct. The College can modify the Student Management Guidelines without notice.