The school allows students to wear a stud or sleeper in the ear provided it does not infringe or breach School and Department of Education, Health and Safety Guidelines. Make-up, nail polish and excessive jewellery are NOT to be worn at school. Belts must be of a plain black nature with an appropriate buckle.
NOTE: NO FACIAL JEWELLERY is PERMITTED to be worn by students during the school day.
Behaviour in Public
Whenever students are in the public domain, e.g. excursions and travelling to and from school, they are expected to uphold school rules and show exemplary behaviour which will positively reflect on the school and themselves.
The school accepts no responsibility for lost or damaged bicycles. An area is provided for storage. Bicycles should be locked in the place provided. Parents should impress on students the road laws relating to the use of bicycles and the wearing of safety helmets.
Parking in the stadium car park is available at the discretion of the school for those students driving cars.
Skateboards, scooters, roller-blades and skates and any similarly items are BANNED.
All students entitled to travel on contract buses are issued with a bus pass. These passes should be carried by the students and shown to the driver on every trip. Information about bus travel is available from the Bus Co-ordinator.
Information is available from the Careers Office. Daily Bulletins, Careers Newsletter, display boards, the School Newsletter and assemblies are also used to disseminate information. Parents, as well as students, are welcome to use these services and may make appointments by telephone. Work Experience is organised by arrangement.
Compass News Items
Compass ‘News Items’ are read out during Form Assembly. It contains important notices about day to day organisation.
It is school policy to run detentions at both lunchtime and afterschool as required. Staff may arrange additional work sessions on other occasions should they wish. For official after school detentions, notices are sent home prior to the date of the detentions. These notices should be signed by parents and returned to the teacher in charge of the detention.
- It is the student’s responsibility to deliver this notice. Non return of the signed slip does not negate the detention. Students without a signed slip will not be admitted. Non return of the signed slip will result in an extra detention or exclusion.
- The school retains the right to overrule the claims by some students that after school work or special commitments makes detentions impossible. Other detentions are held at lunchtimes. Written notice to parents is not given for these.
Teachers may also require students to remain behind after school as a consequence of inappropriate behaviour. Similar arrangements regarding notifications to parents apply.
Homework and Home Study Policy
Lilydale High School believes that homework is an essential part of the curriculum and should be completed on a regular basis. Homework is time set aside each night by the student to extend and develop their study skills and to prepare them for senior years. Students are expected to do home study every day as independent study habits are crucial for a successful VCE.
Weekly Homework and Study Guide:
It is envisaged that home study will:
- encourage and measure the development of self discipline
- form a study pattern for homework
- develop time management skills
- involve parents in the child’s schooling
- develop subject based skills
Suggested home study program (minimum):
- Year 7 1/2 an hour per night
- Year 8 45 minutes per night
- Year 9 1 hour per night
- Year 10 1 1/2 hours per night
- Year 11 2 hours per night
- Year 12 as required per night
Note: The actual amount of time will vary for each individual student.
Homework may be an assessable task in all Year 7 – 10 subjects. Teachers record and report on a regular basis the progress and development of the student’s homework. Homework may involve completing classwork, reading, researching or studying, as well as written work.
If a student is absent for a long period of time due to illness or other reasons, teachers are always willing to prepare suitable work for the student.
- will clearly state homework tasks
- will require that all set homework tasks and due dates be recorded in the student’s planner
- will require students to complete set homework and will penalise late or incomplete homework and assignments
- will indicate at the beginning of each semester how homework will be set and assessed and the part homework will play in the student’s assessment in that subject
- may from time to time use the homework planner to communicate with parents on the student’s progress with homework
- will take their planner to each class and record in it all set homework tasks and due dates
- will use their homework/study planner to organise their home study and homework activities
- must complete and submit assigned homework tasks by the due date
- should seek assistance from teachers, if required, as early as possible before the due date
- should provide encouragement and adequate time and facilities, for students to follow their homework program
- may use a student’s planner to determine what tasks are set and when they are due
- may use the planner to communicate with teachers any comments, problems and concerns about homework
Illness and Sick Bay
Parents should not send students to school if they are unwell.
A student who becomes ill while at school will be sent to the school first aid attendants. Parents will be contacted and are asked to take the student home. It is important that emergency contact numbers on the school records are kept up to date.
Students are NOT PERMITTED to RING their parents/guardians (via a mobile telephone) themselves OR leave the school without permission.
Any student who has to take special medication at school should lodge the medication with the school first aid attendants. A note, signed by the parent or guardian, should be provided. The school does not administer medications, including analgesics.
Internet and Network student contract
Levies, Fees and Allowances
Fees are set by the School Council annually. The school relies heavily on receipt of these funds. Any family experiencing difficulty with payment should contact the Business Manager to discuss arrangements which might ease the situation.
Individual lockers are provided for storage of books, coats etc. Lockers are to be kept tidy, clean and free from graffiti. Combination padlocks purchased by the school are sold to the students then remain their property. Each padlock is sturdy and has its own unique combination, so that if the student does not tell others, the locker cannot be opened by anyone else.
Students are not to go their lockers between classes or after form assembly.
Under no circumstances should students give their locker combination to other students. Non payment of locker fees may result in locker access being withdrawn from students.
The school cannot accept responsiblity for items stolen or lost. If valuable items need to be brought to school, they should be handed to the Office for safe keeping. All student items should be clearly marked with the student’s name.
Students can check for lost property at the School Office at recess, lunchtime and after school.
Materials banned from school
Felt-tipped pens, other similar markers and ‘white out’ or liquid paper must not be brought to school. Chewing gum is also banned. Radios, walkmans, iPods, digital cameras and video cameras, (other than the Lilydale High issued notebooks/iPads,) ICT transmitting devices/facilities, must not be brought to school.
Students are not to have mobile phones in their possession nor are they permitted to use mobile phones at school, on camps or excursions at any time. The school accepts no responsibility for such items being brought to school or excursions. Year Level Co-ordinators and teachers have phones to contact parents at all times which enables effective communication between all parties.
Money brought to school
Large amounts of money brought to school should be paid into the School Office on arrival at school. Otherwise money for fees, excursions, camps etc. should be paid by the end of morning recess. All money should be in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the student’s name, form group, purpose and amount of money enclosed and must be paid by the due date.
The school newsletter is produced fortnightly. It is available on the school website and can be downloaded. Parents who provide the school with an email address will have the newsletter emailed to them.
School Office Hours
The School Office is open between 8.15am and 4.15pm Monday to Friday.
Out of bounds areas and specific restrictions
There are certain areas of the school grounds out of bounds to students. These are marked on the school map in the Student Planner.
All local shops and shopping centres are out of bounds for students on their way to and from school and during school hours for security and safety reasons.
Students are not to consume food in corridors or class unless it is a teacher-supervised activity.
Personal goods are brought to school at the owner’s on risk. Private property brought to school by students is not insured nor is the Department of Education or the school responsible for any loss.
Lilydale High School is a smoke free school. No person is permitted to smoke in the school buildings or the school grounds. Students are not not permitted to have smoking requisites in their possession and face possible suspension from school for smoking.
The Student Wellbeing Co-ordinators, the Year Level Co-ordinators, the Principal and the Assistant Principals are available for consultation with students, parents and staff about social, emotional, academic and welfare matters. It is best to make an appointment.
Students may avail themselves of the Metropolitan Transit Concession card. This enables cheap travel at any time and costs approximately $9.00 from Railway stations.