We are very fortunate to have a supportive and friendly parent body. Our parents recognise that educating children is a process that involves partnership between parents, class teachers and the school community. As a partnership, our parents/carers will understand the importance of a good working relationship to equip children with the necessary skills for adulthood. For these reasons we continue to welcome and encourage parents/carers to participate fully in the life of our school. At St Francis Xavier’s College, we believe it’s important to:
- Work in partnership with parents to support their child’s learning
- Create a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for pupils, staff and parents
- Model appropriate behaviour for our pupils at all times that reflects the values and ethos of the school
- To help us do this, we set clear expectations and guidelines on behaviour for all members of our community. This includes staff and pupils (through our Behaviour for Learning policy). St Francis Xavier’s College Behaviour for Learning Policy aims to help the school work together with parents by setting guidelines on appropriate behaviour.
We use the term ‘parents’ to refer to:
- Anyone with parental responsibility for a pupil
- Anyone caring for a child (such as grandparents or child-minders)
Our expectations of parents and carers
We expect parents, carers and other visitors to:
- Respect the ethos, vision and values of our school
- Work together with staff in the best interests of our pupils
- Treat all members of the school community with respect; setting a good example with speech and behaviour
- Seek a peaceful solution to all issues
- Correct their own child’s behaviour (or those in their care), particularly in public, where it could lead to conflict, aggression or unsafe conduct
- Approach the right member of school staff to help resolve any issues of concern
- Support and uphold St Francis Xavier’s College Behaviour for Learning Policy;
- Respect the learning environment (both in school and offsite);
- Where relevant, park with consideration and respect for others when transporting pupils/students to or from school. In order to support a peaceful and safe learning environment,
We expect parents to co-operate and show understanding and not to immediately challenge staff who have seen it fit to raise a concern or impose a sanction on their child. We are trying to do what is best for your child and whilst we do not enjoy making a child unhappy, it is sometimes necessary to sanction them..
Behaviour that will not be tolerated
- Disrupting, or threatening to disrupt, school operations (including events on the school grounds and sports team matches)
- Using loud or offensive language, swearing, or using profane language
- Displaying a temper, or shouting at members of staff, pupils or other parents
- Demanding meetings with staff and threatening to stay on site if this does not occur
- Threatening another member of the school community
- Sending threatening or abusive messages to another member of the school community or the school, including via text, email or social media
- Posting defamatory, offensive or derogatory comments about the school, its staff or any member of its community, on social media platforms. Any concerns you may have about the school must be made through the appropriate channels by speaking to the class teacher, or following the school complaints procedure, so they can be dealt with fairly, appropriately and effectively for all concerned.
- Any aggressive or physical behaviour (including verbally or in writing) towards another child or adult
- Approaching someone else’s child in order to discuss or chastise them because of the actions of this child towards their own child. (Such an approach to a child may be seen to be an assault on that child and may have legal consequences).Please bring any behaviour incidents to a member of staff’s attention
- Smoking on the school premises
The above behaviours at St Francis Xavier’s College will be reported and appropriate measures will be taken. Measures may include restrictions/ exclusion and/or contacting the police or taking legal action if necessary.
This is an illustrative rather than an exhaustive list. St Francis Xavier’s College will not tolerate aggressive or abusive behaviour, whether directed at staff, pupils/students or other members of our community. We recognise that anger and frustration can be potent sources of aggression and we encourage all parents/carers and visitors to work with us to resolve any issues before they reach crisis point.