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STUDENT DRESS CODE

 

It is an expectation of the Caravonica School Community – the Parents’ & Citizens Association  (P & C), the Principal and staff – that all students abide by the School Dress Code Policy. A parent / caregiver application to enrol at Caravonica State School is taken as acceptance of this policy.
 
Rationale:
Our school community believes that the Dress Code requirement is important in developing a sense of identity and pride for our students. It aligns with the general expectation in today’s workforce where, in most instances, there is an established Dress Code at the work site. For students, this school is their work site.
Our uniform:
 
• Caters for all students in the school community in a manner sensitive to gender and local cultural and social issues;
• Meets requirements of occupational health and safety, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation;
• Promotes the health and safety of students by identifying items necessary for particular activities eg items for sun protection;
• Provides girls and boys with equal access to the full range of school activities
The Caravonica State School student uniform will be worn by students when:
• Attending school on a day to day basis;
• Representing their school;
• Travelling to and from school; and
• Engaging in school activities out of school hours.
 
Purpose:
The wearing of school uniforms by students of Caravonica State School will assist the school community to:
 
• Define an identity for the school within its community;
• Develop students’ sense of belonging to the school community;
• Provide an opportunity to build school spirit;
• Enhance the health and safety of students when involved in school activities;
• Promote a sense of inclusiveness, non-discrimination and equal opportunity;
• Reinforce the perception of the school as an ordered and safe environment;
• Increase the personal safety of students and staff by allowing easier recognition of visitors and potential intruders in the school;
• Make school clothing more affordable for families by eliminating the risk of peer pressure to wear fashionable and expensive clothes.
 
Healthy and Safety Legislation:
The school must ensure that students are not exposed to risks to their health & safety and must take steps to identify and eliminate or control such risks.
 
Our School Community:
• Requires students to wear appropriate footwear or other protective clothing as to avoid injury;
• Requires students to wear a hat for outside activities when appropriate;
• Requires that jewellery or other items that could, with reasonable foreseeability, cause an injury to themselves or other students are not worn.
 
Non-Compliance:
The school may impose a sanction in the event of non-compliance:
• Imposing a detention for a student during lunch or after school;
• Preventing a student from attending or participating in any school activity that is not an essential school educational programme;
• Preventing a student from attending or participating in, any activity for which the student is representing the school.
• Parents will be informed of a student’s non-compliance through the normal channels of home school communication.
 
Uniform details:
School uniform items can be purchased through the school Uniform and Stationery shop weekly 8:00am – 9.00am.
 
Girls:            Black skort/skirt/shorts mid-thigh length
(Short beach length shorts are inappropriate for school wear at any time; Longer lengths acceptable)
    Red Caravonica school polo shirt 
 
Boys:  Black shorts mid-thigh length
 (Short beach length shorts are inappropriate for school wear at any time; Longer lengths acceptable)
Red Caravonica school polo shirt 
 
Performance Uniform:
Students who participate in Music programmes, Choir Senior only, Concert Band and String Ensemble will require a performance uniform shirt and performance footwear. Music teachers will confirm auditioned and or signed parent participation in these programs.  Parents will be responsible for the provision of the appropriate performance uniforms for student involved in these extra curricula programs.
 
Girls:            Black skort/skirt/shorts mid-thigh length
(Short beach length shorts are inappropriate for school wear at any time; Longer lengths acceptable)
  Red Caravonica school polo shirt
Black school shoes
Black ankle socks
 
Boys:  Black shorts mid-thigh length
(Short beach length shorts are inappropriate for school wear at any time; Longer lengths acceptable)
Red Caravonica school polo shirt
Black school shoes
Black ankle socks
Hats / Sunscreen / Swim Shirts- essential
Broad-brimmed hats are an essential component of the uniform. The school's Sun Protection Policy, endorsed by P & C, indicates that children must be wearing a hat during all outdoor lessons and playtimes. If children are not wearing hats, the teacher on duty will require that they stay in the covered play areas only. Our school is a ‘Sun Smart’ school. Sunscreen is available in every classroom.
• Hats and sunscreen must be worn while students are participating in lessons, coaching or recreational activities outside the classroom;
• Swim shirts must be worn by Prep-Year 7 students during all water-based activities including swimming lessons. The wearing of swim shirts will also be enforced on camps and excursions where water-based activities are involved;
• If parents are unable to provide a swim shirt, the wearing of a T-shirt is permitted.
Jewellery – permitted items:
Due to Workplace Health and Safety issues, jewellery is to be limited to:
• One watch or bracelet or bangle
• One small discreet necklace worn for religious purposes only inside the school shirt
• Earrings -  Small sleepers or studs only 
Beads, shells, chains and/or facial adornment are not suitable for school. Students will be asked to remove inappropriate jewellery. This jewellery will be held for parent collection.
Footwear:
Fully enclosed shoes or sandals must be worn for health and safety purposes. Thongs are not acceptable.
Make-up:
The wearing of make-up is not appropriate for school.
Hair
 Hair accessories are to be minimal
 Hair should be worn clean, neatly groomed in a conservative style. 
 Shoulder length or longer hair to be tied back for all practical lessons and activities and hair kept out of eyes
 Hair tones are to be one natural shade.  Fluoro or brightly coloured hair colours are not permitted.
Free dress days:
On free dress days, students may wear non-uniform items, provided:
1. The clothing is sun-safe
2. Shirts free of obscene language and symbols 
3. Shoulders and upper arms are covered by clothing to the same extent as the usual uniform
4. The length of shorts/ skirt/ dress is at least the equivalent of the regular uniform i.e. at least mid-thigh
5. A hat only, not cap, that affords the same amount of sun protection as the uniform hat
Sports day dress:
On school inter-house sports days, students may wear non-uniform items, provided:
1. The house coloured shirts red, blue or green with sleeves and a collar where possible
2. Hair is temporarily coloured in house colours on this day only
Consequences of not wearing the correct uniform:
If a student does not attend school or school related activities in the correct uniform, Education
Queensland policy (March 1999) fully supports the Principal or nominees in the following actions.
1. Requesting an explanation note from the parent that states why the student is out of uniform.
2. If the occurrence is repeated, reminding parents about the policy through a letter. Discussing the issues further if necessary.
3. Students who do not have a hat are restricted to covered areas during play periods. 
  
The Caravonica State School and Parents and Citizens Association obviously prefer that ALL parents will fully support this policy in the current and future interests of ALL students for the reasons explained in the Rationale.
Exemptions:
The only exceptions to this policy are students whose physical impairments prevent their ability to conform to the dress code or students whose families have religious or cultural grounds for conscientious objection. They must, however, wear clothing and footwear conforming to WHS requirements.
Note:
If parents have any objection or suggestions regarding this policy or procedures, they should contact the School Principal or P&C President to arrange a time to present their point of view to the school community through the P&C Association meetings.
 
 

Religious Instruction Policy

 
Religious Instruction is given by visiting ministers and laypeople every Friday at 12:30pm-1:00pm for year 1 and 1:00pm- 1:30pm years 2 to 6. Prep students do not participate in Religious Instruction. Each child will attend the religious group identified on the enrolment card. Children may be withdrawn at the written request of the parents. The school will continue its ecumenical program for year 1, 2 and 3 through which students from Anglican, Catholic and Uniting denominations will join together for a co-operative religious education program. Students in year 4-6 attend denominational specific religious education lesson.  Permission documentation will be completed upon enrolment of your child.
 

Absence Information

 
In the event of your child being absent from school either:- Contact the school by phone 40374333 or Email: officestaff@caravonicass.eq.edu.au Send a note with the child on the day he or she returns to school. For your own protection please do us this small courtesy. The regulations state that the only condition under which a child may be absent from school is when the child is under expert tuition, (e.g., music, a visit to the doctor or dentist) or when the child is ill in bed. Children who do not present at school without explanation are recorded as absent without reason. Attendance documentation is maintained on a weekly basis. Any unexplained absences will generate a letter seeking clarification of your child’s absence.
 
 
What is an exemption and why do I need it?

Every parent of a child of compulsory school age or a young person in the compulsory participation phase has a legal obligation to ensure their child is enrolled and attending school or participating in an eligible option.
 
Parents can apply for an exemption from this obligation when their child cannot attend or it would be unreasonable in all the circumstances for their child to attend school or participate in an eligible option for a period of more than 10 consecutive school days.
 
Situations where an application for an exemption may be made include:
 
•Illness
•Family reasons
•Cultural or religious reasons
 
If your child is exempted from compulsory schooling, you are excused from your obligation in relation to compulsory schooling or compulsory participation.
 
The school principal is not responsible for providing an educational program to your child, however they may provide advice on other educational options available. Who decides to grant or not grant an exemption?
 
For state school students: Decisions about exemptions for up to one school year are made by the principal of the school the student attends. 
 
Decisions about exemptions for more than one school year are made by the relevant Regional Director of the Department of Education, Training and Employment, responsible for the supervision of the school your child attends. 
 
For non-state school students: All exemption decisions for non-state school students are made by the Manager, Office of Non-state Education.
 
For children who are not enrolled in any state or non-state Queensland school: Decisions about exemptions for students who are not enrolled in any state or non-state school are made by either the Regional Director, Principal Advisor Education Services, Principal Advisor Regional Services, Director Regional Services, of the Department of Education, Training and Employment region in which the child resides.
 
Applying for an exemption: You are encouraged to discuss with the school whether an application for exemption is a suitable option. The school can provide you with an application form for an exemption. It is important that supporting documentation and evidence are attached to the application.
 
When a decision about the exemption has been made, you will be informed in writing whether or not the exemption has been granted and if any conditions have been imposed. If you are not satisfied with the decision made, you can make a submission for the decision to be reviewed.
 
 
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