Handbook

This handbook for students and parents contains practical information and policies every family needs to be aware of. Please take the time to read through this document so that you are conversant with College procedures. For quick reference, click the appropriate link below.

CONTENTS:

  1. School Times
  2. Arrival & Departure Times
  3. Assembly
  4. Contact Numbers
  5. What happens if a student is …
    1. Sick at school
    2. Absent
    3. Needs to Leave the College Grounds
    4. Unable to do Physical Education
    5. Unable to Complete Homework
    6. Has a Personal Problem or Grievance
    7. Being Bullied or Picked On
    8. Feels Unsafe, either at home or at school
  6. College Rules
  7. Homework
  8. Secondary Assignments
    1. Extensions
    2. Late Submission
    3. Non Submission
    4. Plagiarism
  9. Dress Code
  10. Mobile Phones
  11. iPods
  12. Child Protection
  13. Complaints and Disputes
  14. Dental Clinic
  15. Emergency Evacuation Drill
  16. Governance
  17. Headlice 
  18. Healthy Food Policy
  19. Helpers/Volunteers 
  20. Immunisation 
  21. Infectious Diseases
  22. Library 
  23. Lunch 
  24. Lost Property 
  25. Medication
  26. Money
  27. Newsletter
  28. P & F Association
  29. Parent Participation
  30. Parent / Teacher Evenings
  31. Reporting to Parents
  32. Smoking
  33. Sport 
  34. Swimming
  35. Uniform Orders
  1. SCHOOL TIMES:

    08:40am Bell
    08:45am Assembly / Christian Living
    09:15am First Session
    10:45am 1st Lunch Break


    11:30am Second Session
    01:00pm 2nd lunch break


    01:30pm Third Session
    03:00pm School concludes
  2. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES
    Students are welcome to arrive from 8:20am. The first bell rings at 8:40am for an 8:45am start. The day concludes at 3:00pm.In the morning, a teacher is on playground duty before school from 8:20am. We cannot ensure the safety of students arriving before then. If circumstances require a student to arrive before that time, we ask that prior arrangement be made with the teacher or through the office. In such a circumstance students must remain on the verandah upstairs until a teacher is on duty downstairs.In the afternoon, a teacher will be on duty until 3:20pm. We request that all students leave the grounds by this time. Should there be a difficulty in arranging pickup by this time, please notify the office as soon as possible.
  3. ASSEMBLY:
    On Mondays there is a whole-of-school Assembly in the Covered Area. This is a special time for the whole school community as we worship together, present weekly student awards and receive a word from the Principal or Special Guest.
  4. CONTACT NUMBERS:
    Phone .... 4921-0580
    Fax ...... 4921-2088


    Email via the Contact form at: www.cqcc.org/contact
    Website: ..................... www.cqcc.org 


    Founder .......... Rev John Alley
    Chairman ......... Mr Philip Alley


    Principal ........ Mr Michael Appleton
    Deputy Principal . Miss Jacqui Toohey 


    Administration ... Mr Levi Appleton


    Teachers 
    Prep - 1 ........Mrs Kylie Saville
    Year 2 - 4 ..... Mrs Karyn Hagemann
    Year 5 - 6 ..... Miss Jacqui Toohey
    7 – 8 Homeroom and Physical Education …….. Miss Jacqui Toohey
    7 – 12 English …………………………. Miss Faith Appleton
    7 – 12 Maths …………………………… Mr Noel Patson
    7 – 10 Science …………………………. Mrs Cheryl Slater
    7 – 10 Humanities ………………………. Mrs Cheryl Slater
    7 – 10 Visual Arts ……………………… Miss Faith Appleton
    7 – 12 Home Economics …………………… Mrs Cheryl Slater
    11 – 12 Chemistry ………………………. Mr Noel Patson
    11 – 12 Physics ………………………… Mr Noel Patson
    11 – 12 Biology ………………………… Mr Noel Patson
    11 – 12 Film, TV and New Media …………… Miss Faith Appleton
    11 – 12 Ancient History …………………. Miss Faith Appleton
    11 – 12 Visual Art ……………………… Miss Faith Appleton

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  5. WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT …
    1. IS SICK AT SCHOOL:
      If a student feels sick at school, they should inform their class teacher, or the teacher on duty at lunchtime. Appropriate action will be taken and the parent contacted if necessary.
    2. IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL:
      If there is an occasion where a student is absent due to sickness or some other occurrence:

      • Parents need to provide a note to the teacher on the student’s return to school.
      • If no note is provided a letter will be sent home.
      • After three absences with no explanation a phonecall will be made to parents.
      • The teacher should be asked if there was any essential work the student missed out on and what might need to be done to catch up.
      • If a Secondary student is absent on a day when an oral presentation or exam was due, a medical certificate is required.

      Lateness

      • If a student is late a note must be provided to the class teacher.
      • After three unexplained late arrivals and every time thereafter a letter will go home.

      Partial Absence
      If a student needs to attend a doctor’s appointment or something similar:

      • Parents should write a note to the teacher advising them of the time that the student is to be collected from the College.
      • Students shall be collected from the front office.
      • Parents need to sign the ‘sign out’ book on the front counter.

      Family Travel
      If a family is making travel plans, the following points need to be considered:

      • In addition to normal school holidays, CQCC has four additional weeks per year that allow families to travel in the off-peak season.
      • If travel during term is unavoidable, parents are requested to discuss plans with the teacher and write a note in advance advising of the dates.

      Extended Absence
      If possible, work can be arranged for your child in the case of an extended absence. It this is desired, please notify the relevant teachers in advance; the earlier the better. In some cases assessment dates cannot be changed. If a student is absent for assessment it is recorded on their Report Card as such.

    3. NEEDS TO LEAVE SCHOOL GROUNDS:
      For a student to leave the College grounds a note from parents must be provided. The student is to report to the College Office before leaving so that the departure can be noted. The ‘sign out’ book must be completed.
    4. IS UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
      If a student is unwell and unable to participate in PE, the student should present a note from parents to the PE Teacher.
    5. IS UNABLE TO COMPLETE HOMEWORK:
      Parents should explain the reason why homework could not be done either in the student’s diary or by way of a note. If no note or reasonable explanation is provided, a detention or similar consequence will result. Consistently incomplete homework is not acceptable, and the situation will be addressed by the Principal.
      If a student is unable to complete homework because of difficulties in their learning, the student should submit their best attempt. If difficulties are ongoing then parents need to communicate with the teacher and arrange a meeting if necessary.
    6. HAS A PERSONAL PROBLEM OR GRIEVANCE:
      The student should find a time to discuss the matter privately with either their teacher or another staff member to whom they relate well.
    7. IS BEING BULLIED OR PICKED ON:
      The student should talk to the teacher on playground duty or class teacher about the problem. Students should not retaliate under any circumstances. Fighting will not be tolerated.
      The school’s bullying policy may be found here.
      Students and Parents can find helpful resources on the Bullying No Way! website
    8. FEELS UNSAFE, EITHER AT HOME OR AT SCHOOL:
      The student should tell their teacher or another staff member about their situation, so they can be helped as quickly as possible.
  6. COLLEGE RULES:
    • Show respect
    • Be responsible
    • Be safe
    • Use self-control
    • Co-operate
    • Be positive
  7. HOMEWORK:
    Central Queensland Christian College has set the following guidelines for homework:

    • Homework in Years Prep-3 could be up to but not more than 20min per day on the following activities:
      • Number facts revision
      • Spelling revision
      • Reading
      • Small assigned tasks as required
    • Homework in Years 4 could be up to but not more than 35min per day or 2-3 hours per week on the following activities:
      • Number facts revision each day
      • Spelling revision each day
      • In-completed work as required
    • Homework in Years 5-6 could be up to but not more than 3-4 hours each week on the following activities:
      • Number facts revision each day
      • Spelling revision each day
      • In-completed work as required
      • Assigned tasks as required
    • Homework in Years 7-8 and Years 9-10 could be up to but not more than 5 hours each week on assigned tasks.
    • Homework in Years 11-12 will vary according to the young persons’ learning needs and individual programs of learning.

    If homework is not completed, students may be kept in at lunch time in order to complete homework.

  8. ASSIGNMENTS for STUDENTS in Years 7-12:
    CQCC uses a standards-based approach to assessment. Judgements of student achievement are made by matching a folio of student work to the standards associated with the relevant subject. This body of evidence is students’ responses to assessments conducted. E.g. assignments, exams, etc.
    Students are encouraged to achieve the highest level they can. To do this, they must complete all assessment tasks by the due date. Students should plan their time carefully to ensure they submit drafts and assignments on time.

    1. Extensions:
      A student (with parent consent) or a parent may apply for an extension when circumstances have arisen that have not given them the full time to work on the assignment. Common reasons for an extension are sickness or an unusual family circumstance. As far as possible, extensions should be sought before the due date by contacting the teacher directly with an explanation.
    2. Late Submission of a Student Response for an Assignment:
      In cases where students do not submit a response by the due date, judgements will be made using evidence available on or before the due date. For example, a draft.
      To achieve the learning objectives of the unit, students are still required to complete the assessment task, and teachers may require the student to work in lunch times until it is completed, but the achievement level recorded may only be based on work that was submitted on or before the due date.
    3. Non Submission of a Student Response for an Assignment:
      This relates to when a student does not submit an assignment response at all.
      The old policy of awarding an E as a penalty for non submission is not valid in a standards-based system of assessment.
      If there is no evidence for a teacher to base a judgement on, no standard can be awarded. In place an achievement level the student’s report will show “Incomplete” for that subject.
    4. Plagiarism:
      If a student is found to have plagiarised work or not referenced appropriately, the assignment will need to be resubmitted.
      The second time a student is found to have plagiarised work a meeting between the Principal and parent will be arranged. The assignment will need to be resubmitted and late penalties will apply.
      The third time a student is found to have plagiarised work, disciplinary action will be considered.
  9. DRESS CODE:
    Students are to present themselves in the same way they would for a job interview or employer: Clean, neat and tidy.

    1. Correct College uniforms must be worn neatly at all times.
    2. Hair:
      • Hair should be neat and kept off the face.
      • Girls with hair longer than the collar line must have it tied back.
      • Hair ties, hair bands, ribbons or head bands must be a plain block colour in either white, maroon, navy blue, sky blue or black.Flowers and patterned headbands and scrunchies are not permitted.
      • Boys’ hair should be short, not extending past the collar line at all or covering the ears. Boys may not have longer hair tied back.
      • “Rats Tails” and hair tracks are not permitted.
      • Facial hair, including side burns is not permitted.
      • Hair colour must be in natural tones. Subtle streaking in natural tones is allowed , if it is in the same direction as the flow of hair.
    3. No jewellery is permitted except a watch or a cross on a chain worn inside the neckline.
      • Plain gold or silver sleepers or studs may be worn by girls with pierced ears. One pair only.
      • Boys are not permitted any ear jewellery at all.
    4. In general, make-up is not permitted. Subtle use of foundation and/or concealer for students feeling the need to hide blemishes is an exception. Lipstick, eye-liner, blush, mascara etc is not permitted at all.
    5. Length of girls’ dress or skirt should be just above the knee when kneeling.
    6. Correct socks should be worn at all times. That is, Dress socks with Dress uniform and Sports socks with Sports uniform. Socks should be folded correctly and short socks should not be tucked under the heel.
    7. Shoes must be a plain black colour with no colour trim. Black leather shoes or sneakers may be worn each day of the week. Alternatively, a student may wear black dress shoes with the dress uniform, and black leather sneakers with their sports uniform. Canvas shoes are not suitable.
    8. College hats must be worn on all occasions outside the classroom. Full school uniform must be worn before and after school in all public places if the student chooses to remain in his/her uniform.
    9. It is expected that students will wear full dress uniform when attending excursions unless otherwise specified by teachers on the permission form for that activity.
    10. All clothing must be marked with the student’s name.
    11. All uniform pieces should be purchased from the College unless previously discussed with staff.

    If students are unable to wear correct uniform at any time, parents are requested to explain with a note to the teacher. If there is no explanation, the College reserves the right to contact the parent and send the student home if necessary.

    Summer Uniform:
    Primary
    Girl’s Dress Uniform:
    Dress embroidered with College logo, white ankle socks, plain black shoes and hat.
    Boy’s Dress Uniform:
    Light blue shirt embroidered with College logo, navy shorts with drawstring and elasticised waistband, navy ankle socks, plain black shoes and hat.
    Secondary
    Girl’s Dress Uniform:
    White blouse embroidered with College logo, checked skirt, white ankle socks, plain black shoes and hat.
    Years 9 to 10: Blue tie.
    Years 11 to 12: Maroon tie.
    Boy’s Dress Uniform:
    Highschool shirt with College logo, Navy shorts, black leather belt with a plain bluckle,kneehigh socks in College colours, plain black shoes and hat.
    Years 9 to 10: Blue tie.
    Years 11 to 12: Maroon tie.

    Sports Uniform (Unisex):
    Navy mesh shorts, College Polo shirt with College logo, sports socks with College logo, plain black shoes and hat.
    Winter Uniform:
    In addition to the Primary Dress uniform all students may wear a navy pullover with the College logo, girls may wear navy or black stockings in place of socks and boys may wear long navy trousers instead of shorts. (Stockings may only be worn with Dress Uniform Primary dresses or Secondary skirts.)
    With Sports Uniform, College trackpants may be worn in place of shorts and the Sports jacket may also be worn.
    (Stockings may not be worn with the sports shorts.)

  10. MOBILE PHONES:
    • Students are responsible for the care of their mobile phone and, if it is lost, stolen or damaged, the College accepts no responsibility for replacement or repair.
    • Students will leave their mobile phones switched off while on College property.
    • If a student feels they need to contact their parent urgently, they are to go to the front office and ask for permission to make the phone call there. No unauthorised phone calls are to be made by students.
    • If a mobile phone is used by a student during College student hours, the phone will be confiscated and placed in a secure location in the front office. The student will be able to retrieve their phone from the front office at 3:00pm of the same day. Repeated disobedience using a mobile phone may result in disciplinary action.
  11. IPODS AND MP3 PLAYERS:
    Devices may not be used while on College grounds.
  12. CHILD PROTECTION:
    Central Queensland Christian College is committed to the safety and wellbeing of students enrolled at the school. Central Queensland Christian College is dedicated to eliminating and minimising risks to child safety through policies and procedures to effectively ensure the safety and wellbeing of children in the school’s care.

    A copy of the College’s Student Protection Policy may be found here

  13. COMPLAINTS AND DISPUTES:
    We have a comprehensive policy for dealing with disputes and complaints. Proper procedures will be followed to listen to, understand and address any issue.Steps to take:

    1. Jesus said, “If your brother or sister sins against you, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.” Mt 18:15
      See the student / teacher / staff member that has caused your grievance privately and see if the matter can be resolved this way.
    2. If the matter remains unresolved, approach the next person in authority. That is, if two students are unable to resolve a matter, they should then see a teacher. If a parent is unable to resolve a matter with a teacher, they should see the Principal.
      As Jesus said, “But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’” Mt 18:16
    3. If someone is unable to resolve a matter with the Principal, they should see the Board Chairman.

    Further information is available on request.

  14. DENTAL CLINIC:
    All students in the College up to the age of 15 or the end of Year 10 are eligible for free dental treatment.
    Appointments can be made by phoning the dental clinic at either Frenchville or Park Avenue State Schools.
  15. EMERGENCY EVACUATION DRILL:
    Drill procedures are on a noticeboard in each room/office. If it is necessary to evacuate the classroom students are to meet in the designated area where attendance roll will be taken. This will apply in the case of fire or other emergency. Emergency lock-down procedures are also in place. Should a lock-down be required students are to follow the procedures and gather in the nearest classroom where they will be directed and cared for by the class teacher until the all-clear is given.
  16. GOVERNANCE
    Central Queensland Christian College is governed by an independent Board. Those interested in serving on the board need to be qualified by the desire to serve the best interests of the College, hold the same values as the College, and have such qualities or qualifications as will contribute positively to the leadership and development of the College. Please contact the Board Chairman if interested.
  17. HEADLICE:
    Headlice can spread easily amongst children. If a student is found to have live headlice, the parent will be contacted and asked to collect their child for treatment. The child is welcome to return to school after the live lice have been removed. To prevent headlice at school, we ask that student’s heads be checked on a regular basis and, if required, treated appropriately. If there is a problem, please let your child’s teacher know so that other families can take preventative action. A helpful factsheet about headlice can be found here
  18. HEALTHY FOOD POLICY:
    Students are encouraged to bring a healthy lunch to school each day, to help their brain work at its best and develop a healthy lifestyle. While everyone enjoys a treat from time to time, we ask students to leave the following items at home:

    • lollies
    • deep fried chips/crisps (oven baked chips from the health food aisle are ok)
    • soft drink
  19. HELPERS/VOLUNTEERS:
    Volunteers are welcome! Any adult who does not have children in the school is required by law to first fill out a form for, and be granted, a Working With Children Card to gain permission to work within the College. Please see the front office for further details.
  20. IMMUNISATION:
    Central Queensland Christian College actively promotes the benefits of immunisation and will endeavour to provide families with current information. Children should be immunised at the following stages of life:
    Birth
    2 Months
    4 Months
    6 Months
    12 Months
    18 Months and
    4 Years of age
    Parents should consult their preferred G.P. or the Rockhampton Public Health Unit on 4920 6989 to have their children immunised.
  21. INFECTIOUS DISEASES:
    Pupils who are unwell should not attend school. Students with infectious diseases must be excluded for specified times. Your family doctor should be able to advise you on what steps to take to prevent the spread of infection to other students. If a student has been at school during the contagious period, parents are requested to contact the office so that other families can be advised. If students have younger or older siblings that have contracted an infectious disease then they should also be kept at home unless otherwise advised by the family’s GP. If this is the case please contact the College office and explain to staff so as to prevent any misunderstanding or anxiety within the College community. Please inform the teacher immediately as to the expected period of absence from school.
  22. LIBRARY:
    All children are encouraged to use the library. Children will require a material library bag for borrowing purposes. Any books lost or damaged must be paid for. Parents/family members are also most welcome to use the library resources.
  23. LUNCH:
    It is expected that each child bring a packed lunch to school, except for days when tuckshop is running. The lunch should include nutritious food, in accordance with the Healthy Food Policy.
    Please note:

    • The school does not provide refrigeration for student lunches. If a child’s lunch needs to be kept cold, they should use an insulated lunch box with a cold pack.
    • Staff are not able to heat food for students, either with a microwave or with hot water. This is for student safety and the practical management of appliances in the staff room.
  24. LOST PROPERTY:
    All lost property is placed in the Lost Property Box. Items left unclaimed at the end of each term will be donated to the Salvation Army or other charity. Please clearly mark all of your children’s items and check the clarity of these markings regularly.
  25. MEDICATION FOR STUDENTS:
    Parents requesting that students receive medication (including panadol) at school must provide a written request. All medication is administered by staff with the exception of Ventolin sprays which may be administered by the child under the supervision of a teacher. Students are not to keep medication in their bags or desks – all medication must be given to a teacher. All medication (including panadol) is to be supplied by the parents. If you think your child might need panadol from time to time, please supply it to the office. It will be stored securely and registered.
  26. MONEY:
    It is important that money sent to school for specific purposes be placed in an envelope, clearly marked, and given to the front office or class teacher soon after arrival at school. Money should not be left in desks or school bags. No responsibility is taken for money not left in safe keeping. (Money for school fees is best paid directly to the office).
  27. NEWSLETTER:
    The College produces a regular newsletter which is sent home via students. An email version is also available if desired. To receive this, please give the office your email address or send a message via the contact form at www.cqcc.org
  28. P & F ASSOCIATION:
    The Parents & Friends Association is incorporated, is active in raising funds to improve school facilities, and facilitate occasions for social interaction. All parents and friends of the College community are encouraged to be involved and support the College through this organisation. There is a small joining fee of $1. Meetings are scheduled throughout the year and advertised in the newsletter.
  29. PARENT PARTICIPATION:
    Opportunities for parent involvement include:

    • Participation in the Parents & Friends Association
    • Assisting with classroom and outdoor activities
    • Providing transport
    • Being available for playground assistance
    • Cleaning
    • Grounds maintenance

    (Should you have any special skill you may wish to share, please see a staff member).

  30. PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS:
    The parent-teacher relationship is very important to each child’s education. You are welcome to make an interview appointment to discuss your child’s progress at any time in the year. Formal interviews are scheduled at the end of Term 1 and Term 3.
  31. REPORTING TO PARENTS:
    Report cards are sent home at the end of each semester.
  32. SMOKING:
    Smoking is prohibited within the Central Queensland Christian College grounds and buildings.
  33. SPORT:
    As sport and Physical Education form part of the College curriculum, all children are expected to participate unless they are sick or injured. The emphasis on children’s involvement in sporting activities is on participation and skill development rather than competition.
  34. SWIMMING:
    All children attend swimming lessons as part of their Health and Physical Education Program. A fee per child is charged to meet pool costs. Swim shirts must be worn (no swim shirt, no swim). It is useful for children to wear goggles and swimming caps. Please ensure all clothing, towels, etc. are clearly marked.
  35. UNIFORM ORDERS:
    Please lodge your order through the front office.
    If your order is able to be supplied from existing stock it will be issued immediately. If the item is not in stock, it normally takes 2-3 weeks for the uniforms to arrive.
    Because uniform suppliers close over the Christmas holidays, orders for the new year need to be placed before school closes for Christmas.