Students are expected to behave in manner which makes Macleans College a civilised and pleasant place and where students show consideration for others. All students accept a Code of Conduct on enrolment.
Behaviour Outside School
Students should always be aware of the fact that their conduct reflects upon themselves and upon the reputation of the college. Uniform should always be worn in a way that is a credit to the college. A high standard of conduct, including speech and manners, is expected while travelling to and from school, and opportunities often arise in which college students can show consideration and courtesy towards younger children and adults.
A student will be given 24 hours notice of being kept in for more than half an hour. The school reserves the right to detain a student for up to half an hour on any day without prior notice.
Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs
Students are not to be involved with cigarettes, alcohol or drugs at school, or to and from school, or on any occasion when they are wearing school uniform or at any function held under control of the college. The school views such involvement (in possession of, actually taking, or association with the activity) as a serious offence. The Police Youth Aid will be informed of any student attending Macleans College who becomes involved in criminal activity while at school, or while taking part in any event associated with the school.
Visitors to Macleans College must report to the administration office.
Students are under the schools authority from the time they leave home until they return home, or at any function held under control of the college.
Cellphones, walkmans, CD Players, matches and lighters, or any dangerous implement must not be bought to school.
All clothing, books and sports gear must be clearly named. No responsibility will be taken for lost property, but considerable effort will be made to find it if clothing and equipment are named.
Students are not to chew gum.
No personal friends or students may be on the school grounds during school time.
Students crossing Macleans Road to and from school must use the pedestrian crossings opposite the school. The school provides supervision of the crossings at busy times.
Bicycles may not be ridden in the school grounds and there will be no doubling.
Damage (eg. broken window) must be reported to their house leader. Students must be prepared to pay for damage caused.
If parents wish to locate their children during the day or after school, we request that they enquire at the school office. If parents wish to discuss a problem with teachers, we ask that an appointment be made.
Students are not to drive motorcycles or cars to or from school, or be a passenger on a motorcycle or in a car driven by students to or from the school. Because of the great range of activities outside school hours, the Board of Trustees has allowed certain dispensations. All of the following conditions must be met for a dispensation to be granted.
The activities are outside normal school hours (i.e. 8.00 am to 4.00 pm on weekdays).
The student holds a current driving license.
Permission has been sought from the Associate Principal in writing, in advance. A card indicating approval will be issued to the student for the year.
The teacher in charge of the activity has given approval.
The following activities are forbidden on the Macleans College Network.
Sending, receiving or displaying offensive messages or pictures. What constitutes offensive material is decided by the Information Technology Committee, but will include racist or sexist material, pornographic pictures or text, dangerous goods or practices and any other material the committee decides.
Employing the network for commercial purposes. This includes purchasing or materials through the Internet.
Accessing files belonging to other students, staff or the school without permission.
The School Day
The school teaching day starts at 8.20am Monday to Friday. The school day finishes at 3.10pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursdays the school day finishes at 3.00pm. This allows students to participate in after-school sport/cultural activities that they may be involved in.
Students at Macleans College receive regular homework. Homework is expected to be done or else a note should be produced. Because students work at different speeds, it is difficult to lay down guidelines for hours of homework, but students normally do one to two hours homework each night in Years 9 and 10, while senior students would be expected to do two to three hours each week night.
reading and background research
preparation of new work
revising for tests/examinations
preparations of projects or assignments.
Parents can assist by:
taking an interest in homework
checking a students homework
helping students plan their time effectively
providing a quiet place or room.
The stationery room provides for all school needs at prices that are competitive with normal retail prices. Students are encouraged to support the stationery room, because profits are used to further improve the school. Stationery is now located in the Uniform Shop (next to the Health Centre) and is open each day for students from 8.15 am to 8.30 am and at interval.
The tuckshop is run under contract to a catering firm and offers a wide range of food. A price list is available to parents on request.
Textbooks are provided for all students. Unreasonable damage caused to a textbook in any one year may result in a charge being imposed. The charge will be at the discretion of the faculty head whose book has been damaged or lost.
The school charges each student a school donation. The donation is payable between enrolment in September and the start of the new school year. The donation will help pay for shortfalls in government funding to cover such items as class materials, curriculum related class trips, computer technology, library books, the school magazine, sports and cultural equipment, or any such purpose as may be approved by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will take good care that the money paid by parents will be properly administered and be used for the purposes approved by the Board under its statutory authority, as determined by the Education Act. Receipts will be issued on payment of donations. The Board of Trustees reviews and sets the donation each year. School donations are nonrefundable after Term 1 and a $40 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds.