? Policies - Islamic College of South Australia

Policies

At the Islamic College of SA the policies of the college support the everyday well-being of students, parents and teachers.   Policies ensure that accountability and compliances are all upheld to the highest degree in an equitable manner.  Please view our policies.

Behaviour management

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The Islamic College of South Australia has the following expectations for all students:

  • Sustained application to learning
  • Respect for other individuals and their property
  • Courtesy to other students, to teachers and to community members
  • Due respect for teachers
  • No violence, discrimination, harassment, bullying or intimidation
  • No weapons
  • No illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco
  • Peaceful resolution to conflict
  • Adherence to the standards of dress determined by the school community
  • Compliance with all school rules and the Behaviour Management Policy

While meeting these expectations, students also have the right to expect courtesy, fairness, respect and excellence in teaching.

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Bullying

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The Islamic College of South Australia does not tolerate bullying in any form. All members of the School Community are committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment which promotes personal growth and positive self-esteem for all. The consequences of unacceptable behaviour are clearly stated in the Behaviour Management Policy.

The college believes that the process of dealing with bullying/harassment is critical for positive learning outcomes for all students involved. The process involves listening to the students involved, looking to the future, placing no blame. It is non-punitive. We try to reach an attitude of Shared Concern with both the bully and the bullied.

Shared Concern is about:

  • Encouraging the students who are involved in the bullying to feel empathy for the student who is being bullied.
  • Encouraging and supporting the students who are involved in the bullying to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
  • Encouraging and supporting all students involved towards positive and constructive change.

Student & staff protection

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At the Islamic College of South Australia we are committed to the safety and well-being of all students accessing our service. We support the rights of the student and aim to ensure that a safe environment is maintained at all times. We also support the rights and well-being of our staff and volunteers and encourage their active participation in building and maintaining a secure environment for all participants.

Drugs

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The Islamic College of South Australia recognizes that drug issues exist within the South Australian community, and therefore incidents involving drugs might also occur in schools. There is no place for illicit and unsanctioned drug use in schools. In keeping with national and state policy and associated research, the college takes a position of harm minimization in relation to the management of suspected drug-related incidents.

Our goal in managing any suspected drug-related incident is to ensure the well-being and future educational careers of the student/s involved, the whole student community and staff.

As a place of learning for young people, the college aims to ensure that its management of drug incidents is educative so that students can learn from the consequences of poor decisions and /or inappropriate behaviour.

Internet

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At the Islamic College of South Australia we encourage students to research relevant resources by accessing the Internet. It is our policy that computer and Internet use be in support of education and research and consistent with educational objectives. Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. In the event of inappropriate use consequences are clearly stated in the Behaviour Management Policy.

Homework

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Homework is any form of study or activity which students are asked to do outside lesson time. Homework supports the learning taking place at school. Homework can include, but is not limited to, activities such as reading, spelling, writing, researching and creating art.

If possible, please support your child's homework by providing:

  • a desk or table in a well-lit quiet space, free from distractions
  • appropriate stationary
  • parental supervision

Students who feel well-supported in their homework activities usually achieve better results at school.

Resolving concerns

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Please follow the steps outlined in the following diagram to assist in resolving concerns:

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Staff Dress Code

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Rationale

The Islamic College of South Australia is an Islamic school guided by the ethics and principles of the Islamic faith and offering our students excellence in education within an Islamic environment.

Modesty in dress is an important principle of Islamic teaching and this policy has been implemented to provide an education environment consistent with that teaching.

Scope

In order to provide a consistent environment that meets the needs and desires of both our students, their parents and the wider school community, this policy applies to all staff and temporary relief teachers, whether Muslim or not, when on school premises, attending school functions/excursions or interacting with the wider school community in any capacity relating to their employment by the School.

Parents, students, ex-students, visitors and the wider Muslim community are also expected to dress in a respectful manner and in accordance with the modesty guidelines in this policy when on the school premises and attending school events and functions.

Role of the School Board

The role of the School Board is to:

  • Promote high professional standards by endorsing a staff dress code
  • Ensure compliance with all OHS & W policies and procedures
  • Provide any guidance as necessary to the Principal in relation to the interpretation of this code.

Role of the Principal

The role of the Principal is to:

  • Implement and maintain the dress code
  • Oversee compliance with the dress code and make determinations as to its interpretation as necessary in accordance with any directives from the School Board.
  • Ensure professional standards are adhered to at all times in order to support staff members in their professional role
  • Ensure the dress code fulfils OHS & W policy and procedures in relation to general and specific roles performed by staff members
  • Role of Staff Members

    The role of Staff Members is to:

  • Comply with this dress code when at the School and when undertaking any school-related duties or attending any school related functions/excursions or sports or other events
  • Ensure compliance with all OHS & W policies and procedures.
  • Present as professional role models to students, with an understanding that dress is one way of establishing clear teacher-student relationships
  • Requirements for Dress Code

    All staff:

  • Dress standard (including footwear) is to be neat business attire suitable for a school environment.
  • Dress is to be neat and tidy, clean and ironed at all times.
  • The College sun protection policy requires staff members to wear suitable clothing and headwear (hat or visor) to provide sun protection whilst on yard duty and other outdoor activities during Term 1 and Term 4.
  • For safety purposes all OHS & W considerations are to be fulfilled when working in specialist areas (eg aprons, protective clothing, glasses and footwear, etc)
  • Name Tags should be worn to promote good professional practice

  • Except as expressly allowed under this code, the following are not permitted:
    • No transparent clothing
    • No body hugging or tight fitting clothing
    • No Tee-shirts
    • No leggings or jeans
    • No low cut or semi low cut necklines
    • No three quarter length trousers
    • No abbreviated clothing that show the chest, stomach, back or sides when leaning over
    • No denim clothing as it can appear too casual to students who are required to dress formally
    • No clothing with slogans or advertising
    • No thongs
    • No sneakers and other forms of sport shoes except for sports related and physical education lessons.
    • No polo tops except for sports or physical education lessons
    • No facial and body piercing jewellery other than up to two earrings per ear
    • No visible tattoos
    • Casual clothing is not acceptable in a professional environment

    Male Staff

    • The minimum standard is business shirt, tailored pants and business shoes. A suit or similar style jacket and tie are encouraged during the winter months and to formal school events
    • The following are not permitted:
      • Jeans and jean style trousers
      • Cargo pants
      • Shorts
      • Tee-shirts
    • Hair should be clean, and the colour and style expectations placed on students must not be exceeded by staff
    • Female Staff

      Females are required to

      • Wear a head scarf
      • Clothing should be loose fitting, non-transparent and modest.
      • Sleeves should be full or three quarter length.
      • Skirts and dresses should be lower shin or ankle length.
      • Necklines must be modest and cover the chest area.
      • Pants/trousers must be loose fitting and ankle length.
      • Shirts, blouses or tops, cardigans or jackets should be loose and fall below the hips.
      • Exceptions:

        The following exceptions apply to the dress code set out above, but even where these exceptions apply, the basic dress code as outlined above must be followed:

        • Appropriate closed shoes must be worn in areas such as the Science lab, Art/D & T room etc.
        • A more casual approach can be taken when working with very young children such as in the Kindergarten
        • but still adhering to the above modesty guidelines in the dress policy.
        • Grounds and Maintenance staff may dress in work wear generally worn by persons in these roles.
        • When taking physical education or sport, staff may wear appropriate sports clothing that is loose and non-transparent and sports foot ware.
        • Neat casual clothing and footwear may be worn on student free days
        • Appropriate casual and outdoor clothing and footwear may be worn on school camps and on excursions where business attire is not appropriate, but still adhering to the above modesty guidelines in the dress policy.

        Conclusion

        All classrooms in the school are air conditioned. It should be possible, with the variety of styles and fabrics available, for staff to dress smartly, professionally and safely in line with this code and still be comfortable.

        Compliance and Interpretation

        The Principal shall be responsible for overseeing the compliance with this dress code. The interpretation of these standards is the prerogative of the Principal in accordance with any directives of the School Board.

        Staff are reminded that compliance with the Dress Code Policy is a condition of their employment.

        Prepared by:
        Farouk Khan JP
        ICOSA Board Chairman

        Implemented: 28th October 2013