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The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all students and members of our school community understand:
Beaufort Secondary College is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for all students. We understand that students reach their full potential only when they are happy, healthy and safe, and that a positive school culture, where student participation is encouraged and valued, helps to engage students and support them in their learning. Our school acknowledges that student wellbeing and student learning outcomes are closely linked.
The objective of this policy is to support our school to create and maintain a safe, supportive and inclusive school environment consistent with our school’s values.
This policy applies to all school activities, including camps and excursions.
Beaufort Secondary College aims to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment that motivates and supports all students to achieve their full potential. We will maximise the individual learning opportunities using innovation and best practice to promote the development of each student’s academic, social, emotional and physical skills. Our aim is for students to become valued, productive and responsible members of the local and wider community.
Beaufort Secondary College is located in the rural township of Beaufort with a population of around 1,600 people. Around one third of students reside in Beaufort, with the remainder travelling to school by Government contract school bus. Beaufort Secondary College is the only secondary college in the Pyrenees Shire and sits half way between Ballarat and Ararat on the Western Highway. Our main feeder schools include: Beaufort Primary School, Trawalla Primary School, Skipton Primary School, Waubra Primary School, Woady Yaloak Primary School (Snake Valley Campus) and Amphitheatre Primary School. Our student numbers have demonstrated an increase of around 30% over the past decade with a 2023 student population of 213. We are currently defying the general rural trend of declining student numbers. Anecdotally, we seem to be picking up more enrolments in recent years from students choosing to come to our school over surrounding schools.
Our school population displays a broad range of abilities and aspirations. Some of our students and their families have high expectations for the educational outcomes of their children but we have to work hard to encourage students to have high aspirations or motivation to achieve their academic potential.
Our school size and a diverse student population mean that providing students with a range of learning experiences from our resource base is a major challenge. However, we make every effort to cater for student choice in subjects at the senior levels and as a result have very small sizes for many of our VCE subjects. VCE VM has become an extremely popular alternative to straight VCE, whilst up to 50% of senior students undertake a VET subject. We demonstrate a strong moral purpose in engaging our senior students in the pathway of their choice. We also have a seemingly increasing number of students completing straight VCE subjects without any motivation or concern about achieving an ATAR score that will take them further with their education. However, we strongly encourage all students to stay at school for as long as possible and do not allow them to leave unless they are going to gainful employment or further study.
Our school’s vision is to provide a dynamic learning environment that engages students and encourages them to achieve their personal best in an atmosphere of mutual respect and co-operation. We believe strongly in the development of partnerships between students, staff, parents and local community to achieve quality outcomes for young people - students need to feel a sense of belonging within their school and community. Beaufort Secondary College has high expectations and prides itself on the achievements of its students. Through the use of flexible means of delivery and by making effective use of ICT, we offer an extensive range of curriculum opportunities from year 7 to 12. Senior students have access to an excellent mix of academic subjects and applied learning options, as we work in partnership with the Ballarat VET Cluster, as well as creating community connections through the VCE VM program. This ensures that our students exit to a wide range of pathways that match their skills and interests, as well as preparing them to be productive global citizens. We cater for all students, regardless of ability, and work to ensure that they reach their maximum potential as life-long learners. As a college we embrace the notion that all students can learn and are deserving of every opportunity to experience success in their education.
Our Vision Statement: Nurturing | Inspiring | Empowering
Our Mission Statement: To empower learners for tomorrow to reach their full potential through inclusive and enriching experiences
Beaufort Secondary College identified three key areas for our school to focus on to assist in developing and defining our school culture: Respectful Relationships, High Expectations and Excellence. We worked through a consultative process to define and ‘behaviourise’ each of these areas. In doing so, we created a framework of behaviours for that students and staff are required to exhibit in order to demonstrate they are promoting each of the focus areas.
Our school values were developed using a collaborative and consultative process involving staff, students, parents and the broader school community. Our values to link directly with each of the key focus areas of Respectful Relationships, High Expectations and Excellence. Our focus areas and values provide the basis for a school philosophy to be enacted.
Student Engagement and Well-being is a high priority within our school. The diverse and complex nature of the students and their backgrounds makes a strong wellbeing structure an imperative. We have a strong team which is lead by an Assistant Principal and includes Year Level Coordinators, a Mental Health Practitioner, a School Nurse, a Chaplain., as well as a Doctor in Schools program. We spend a great deal of time following up students and making contact with parents of students that require ‘extra’ attention. Our staff in general has embraced the need for providing support to all of our students and understand that the wellbeing of our students is everyone’s responsibility. Our Student Attitudes to School Survey data has been strong for a number of years and our staff/student relationships are very strong.
Beaufort Secondary College has developed a range of strategies to promote engagement, an inclusive and safe environment, positive behaviour, and respectful relationships for all students in our school. We recognise the importance of student friendships and peer support in helping children and students feel safe and less isolated We acknowledge that some students may need extra social, emotional or educational support at school, and that the needs of students will change over time as they grow and learn.
A summary of the universal (whole of school), targeted (year group specific) and individual engagement strategies used by our school is included below:
Beaufort Secondary College implements a range of strategies that support and promote individual engagement. These include:
Where necessary the school will support the student’s family to engage by:
Department of Education links and support:
Additionsal Department programs and services such as:
Beaufort Secondary College is committed to providing the necessary support to ensure our students are supported intellectually, emotionally and socially. The Student Wellbeing team plays a significant role in developing and implementing strategies that help identify students in need of support and enhance student wellbeing. Beaufort Secondary College will utilise the following information and tools to identify students in need of extra emotional, social or educational support:
All members of our school community have a right to experience a safe and supportive school environment. We expect that all students, staff, parents and carers treat each other with respect and dignity. Our school’s Statement of Values highlights the rights and responsibilities of members of our community.
Students have the right to:
Students have the responsibility to:
Students who may have a complaint or concern about something that has happened at school are encouraged to speak to their parents or carers and approach a trusted teacher or a member of the school leadership team. Further information about raising a complaint or concern is available in our Complaints Policy.
Behavioural expectations of students are grounded in our school’s Statement of Values/Student code of conduct.
Violence, bullying, and other offensive and harmful behaviours such as racism, harassment and discrimination will not be tolerated and will be managed in accordance with this policy. Bullying will be managed in accordance with our Bullying Prevention Policy.
When a student acts in breach of the behaviour standards of our school community, Beaufort Secondary College will institute a staged response, consistent with the Department’s policies on behaviour, discipline and student wellbeing and engagement. Where appropriate, parents will be informed about the inappropriate behaviour and the disciplinary action taken by teachers and other school staff.
Our school considers, explores and implement positive and non-punitive interventions to support student behaviour before considering disciplinary measures such as detention, withdrawal of privileges or withdrawal from class.
Disciplinary measures may be used as part of a staged response to inappropriate behaviour in combination with other engagement and support strategies to ensure that factors that may have contributed to the student’s behaviour are identified and addressed. Disciplinary measures at our school will be applied fairly and consistently. Students will always be provided with an opportunity to be heard.
Disciplinary measures that may be applied include:
Suspension, expulsion and restrictive interventions are measures of last resort and but may be used in situations consistent with Department policy, available at:
In line with Ministerial Order 1125, no student aged 8 or younger will be expelled without the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training.
The Principal of Beaufort Secondary College is responsible for ensuring all suspensions and expulsions are recorded on CASES21.
Corporal punishment is prohibited by law and will not be used in any circumstance at our school.
Beaufort Secondary College values the input of parents and carers, and we will strive to support families to engage in their child’s learning and build their capacity as active learners. We aim to be partners in learning with parents and carers in our school community.
We work hard to create successful partnerships with parents and carers by:
Beaufort Secondary College will collect data each year to understand the frequency and types of wellbeing issues that are experienced by our students so that we can measure the success or otherwise of our school based strategies and identify emerging trends or needs.
Sources of data that will be assessed on an annual basis include:
Example school will also regularly monitor available data dashboards to ensure any wellbeing or engagement issues are acted upon in a timely manner and any intervention occurs as soon as possible.
This policy will be communicated to our school community in the following ways:
Our school will also ensure it follows the mandatory parent/carer notification requirements with respect to suspensions and expulsions outlined in the Department’s policies at:
Further information and resources
The following Department of Education and Training policies are relevant to this Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy:
The following school policies are also relevant to this Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy:
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