Student Management


Bell Times

8.35am                 Warning Bell

8.40am                 Form Assembly

8.52am                 Period 1

9.40am                 Period 2

10.28am               RECESS

10.47am               Warning Bell

10.50am               Period 3

11.40am               Period 4

12.28pm               LUNCH

1.13pm                 Warning Bell

1.18pm                 Period 5

2.06pm                 Period 6

2.54pm                 DISMISSAL

Absence Line

A Student Absence Line for each sub-school (Junior, Middle or Senior School) is available for parents/guardians to ring (9735 5644) and record their child’s absence each day prior to 9.30 am.

Alternatively,  student absences can be parent approved on the Parent Portal COMPASS.

The school should be advised if a student is expected to be absent for more than two days.  It is the responsibility of the student to check on and complete all work missing during absences. If a student is to be absent for any extended period of time, the parent or guardian should notify the Sub-School Office or Home Group teacher

Attendance

Students are expected to regularly attend school as per Education Department policy.  There is a direct link between students’ school attendance and their level of school achievement.  Parents and Guardians are asked to ensure their son/daughter attends every school day.  The school is required to monitor student attendance including receiving explanation from parents/guardians for student absence and lateness.  Year Level Co-ordination team members and Home Group Teachers will be in contact to follow up approved and unapproved absences and any overall attendance concerns.

Early Leavers Pass

If it is necessary for a student to leave before the end of a school day, a signed note written by a parent or guardian must be given to the Year Level Office Assistants prior to recess who will issue an Early Leavers Pass.

Late to school

Students are expected to be punctual for the start of school (8.40 am Home Group Assembly) and for each lesson.  A student who is late for school must sign in at the Junior, Middle or Senior School Office and provide a satisfactory written note of explanation signed by a parent or guardian to the Year Level Office Assistant.  A lunchtime detention will be given if such a note is not provided.

Persistent lateness will be recorded in a student’s file and in reports or references and parents/guardians may have to attend an interview.

Leaving the school grounds

Students are not permitted to leave the grounds during school hours without prior approval from their Year Level Co-ordinator or an Assistant Principal.  Students require a signed note which may be authenticated by contacting their parent/guardian.

Students Exiting Lilydale High School

Before a student is allowed to leave school they must satisfactorily complete Year 10 and until the age of 17, they must be in some form of full time training or employment.

Training options can include:

  • VCE
  • VCAL
  • Full Time TAFE
  • Apprenticeship

Any students wishing to leave school before these requirements are met must put in a request for exemption to the Regional Director in consultation with Lilydale High School.

All students leaving school before the end of Year 12 are required to fill in an exit form available from the School Offce and complete a Careers or MIPs appointment.

In the case of transfer to another school, the new school and address should be indicated on the exit form.

If you would like some advice on career pathways or training options please book an appointment with the Careers Office on 9735 5644.

Facial Jewellery

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.

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.

Bicycles/Cars

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.

Buses

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.

Compass News Items

Compass ‘News Items’ are read out during Home Group Assembly.  It contains important notices about day to day organisation.

Detentions

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.

Teachers:

  • 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

Students:

  • 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

Parents:

  • 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

The school offers students the opportunity to access the Internet, Intranet and other on-line services as part of the school curriculum.  All students and parent/guardians are required to sign a contract to allow computer and internet access.  If the conditions of the contract are breached, user privileges will be suspended and/or payment for damages may be requested. Sanctions as per the Student Code of Conduct may apply.  Unauthorised use of student images, voice or LHS name, property or personnel is a direct violation of the privacy policy.

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.

Lockers

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 Home Group 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.

Lost Property

The school cannot accept responsibility 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, iPods, digital cameras and video cameras, (other than the Lilydale High issued notebooks/iPads,) ICT transmitting devices/facilities, must not be brought to school.

Mobile Phones

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.

Newsletter

The school newsletter is produced fortnightly.  It is available on the school website, school Facebook page and Compass Portal.  The newsletter will also be emailed to all parents/guardians via Compass.

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 Property

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.

Smoke-Free School

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.