Student Wellbeing

  • It is important for teachers to observe their students and report to the Student Wellbeing Coordinator and/or Principal any concerns regarding a student’s physical, emotional or spiritual well-being. 
  • All teachers are required to undertake Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect Training (RRHAN-EC)

Related Policies and Links

Responding to Abuse and Neglect– Department for Child Protection

Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Online Training Certificate

Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect-Education Care (RRHAN-EC)

Child Protection Policy

Child Safe Environment Policy

Student Wellbeing

Bullying and Harassment

Portside Christian College focusses on kindness and positive behaviour and does not tolerate bullying or harassment.

Restorative practices and conversations should be used and relevant policy should be followedTeachers are expected to investigate any instances of bullying reported to them by students. 

Related Policies and Links

DC01 Bullying Prevention and Response Policy

DC02 Student Behaviour Management Policy

Sexual harassment policy and procedures for students

Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect-Education Care (RRHAN-EC)

All staff who work with children or young people are legally mandated to report suspected cases of child abuse to the relevant Child Protection Agency.

Education and care workers employed by the College are required to:

  • Exercise a duty of care to protect children and keep them safe.
  • Be aware of the definitions of abuse and neglect as defined in the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017
  • Report suspicions of child abuse and neglect to the relevant Child Protection Agency
  • Provide children with child protection and abuse prevention programs/strategies.

Staff members must report suspected cases of harm.  This can be done by:

When reporting suspected cases of child harm staff will need to provide:

  • The child’s name and date of birth
  • The name(s) of the child’s parents
  • The child’s address

The matter may be discussed with the Principal or any other senior staff member.  However, the legal responsibility lies with the individual education or care worker to make the report.

Related Policies and Links

Child Protection Policy

Child Safe Environment Policy

Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect-Education Care (RRHAN-EC)

Responding to Abuse and Neglect– Department for Child Protection

Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Online Training Certificate

Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017

reportchildabuse.families.sa.gov.au (Instructions)

Student Relationships

  • Students are to be kind to others at all time.
  • Relationships between students must not cause dishonour to the College nor be a distraction to students.
  • Physical contact and outward displays of affection (eg holding hands, sitting on the lap of another student) can make others feel uncomfortable and is unacceptable for students during school hours, on College excursions/camps, on College grounds and when wearing the College uniform in public.
  • Inappropriate behaviour may result in suspension/termination of enrolment.

If a staff member observes inappropriate physical contact they should report it to a Head of School, a Deputy Principal or the Principal immediately.

Related Policies and Links

Child Protection Policy

Child Safe Environment Policy

Prohibited Drugs and Substances

  • Students are not to bring dishonour to the College and should maintain the Conditions of Enrolment at all times. Failure to do so may lead to suspension or termination of enrolment at the Principal’s discretion.
  • The College prohibits the possession, sale, supply, exchange or negotiation of illegal drugs and drug related substances while on College property, or in the vicinity of College grounds or at functions attended by College students or while at an authorised College activity or while in College uniform.  This includes any occasion where staff of the College are responsible
  • In accordance with the law, and College expectations, the College does not allow studentsto:
    • Use prohibited or illegal drugs
    • Inappropriately use prescribed or ‘over the counter’ medicines
    • Inappropriately use solvents or other chemical agents, including vaping devices
    • Consume alcoholic beverages
    • Smoke tobacco or other drugs
    • Use or possess non-prescribed steroids or other performance enhancing drugs
    • Attend school or authorised College activities while affected by illegal drugs or alcohol
    • Encourage members of the College community to participate in illicit behaviour or take illicit substances.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited from the College and all College events:

  • Cigarettes, matches, lighters or other flammable substances
  • Drugs, alcohol, vaping devices and related materials
  • Weapons and dangerous items (eg knives, guns or replicas)
  • Illegal copies of CDs and DVDs
  • Chewing gum
  • Lollipops
  • Glass containers
  • Any aerosols (eg hairspray, spray deodorant), as these may cause severe allergic reactions in students and staff
  • Energy drinks (eg Red Bull)
  • Trading cards (eg Pokémon, AFL)
  • Any other items as determined by the Principal

Related Policies and Links

Conditions of Enrolment