Code of school behaviour
Essential to effective learning is a safe, supportive and disciplined environment that respects the following rights:
- the rights of all students to learn
- the rights of teachers to teach
- the rights of all to be safe.
The Code of School Behaviour defines the responsibilities that all members of the school community are expected to uphold and recognises the significance of appropriate and meaningful relationships. All members of school communities are expected to conduct themselves in a lawful, ethical, safe and responsible manner that recognises and respects the rights of others.
Further details can be found online
'Code of School Behaviour' – Education Queensland.
At West End State School, implementation of this program occurs through a six to eight-week school wide focus on each of the Foundations, explicit teaching of the
Habits of the Mind that are specific to the focus Foundation and recognition by staff of individual students who demonstrate these skills. These students are then given colour-coded tickets displaying the focus
Habits of the Mind, and then put into their weekly draw for their year level. At each parade, all tickets (except ones awarded a prize during year level draws) are placed in a whole school draw. The winners of all the various draws are awarded either Tuckshop Vouchers or book vouchers.
At the end of each eight-week focus, classroom teachers nominate 2 role models for the Focus Foundation, who are awarded a certificate at the P–3 and 4–6 parade.
View the Responsible behaviour plan (PDF, 490KB).
View the West End Rules (PDF,1MB)
The West End State School Homework Policy is aligned with the Department of Education, Training and Employment’s P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework (2013) and Policy Statement: Homework.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a shared understanding of the importance placed on the completion of homework by children and to provide guidelines for parents, staff and students for the expectations placed on children as learners so that a healthy life balance can be achieved.
1. Consistent and effective implementation of homework occurs throughout the school.
2. At West End, we will follow the Education Queensland Recommended Guidelines as follows:
Prep from Term 3 and will not exceed 1 hour per week
Years 1 – 3 will not exceed 1 hour per week
Years 4 and 5 will not exceed 2 - 3 hours per week
Years 6 and 7 will not exceed 3 – 4 hours per week
3. At West End, all children from Year 1 through to Year 7 will have a homework book or diary into which set homework is recorded.
4 . Children and their families will have the opportunity to fulfill their school homework over an extended period of one week, this may include a weekend:
− Students in Prep and Year 1 will have weekly homework including daily reading,
− Students in Year 2 and 3 will have a weekly homework sheet and daily reading,
− Students in Year 4 to 7 will have weekly homework tasks including daily reading. They may also have Unit Tasks to be completed over an extended period of time.
5. Reading a variety of text types is highly valued and will always be part of the homework expectations.
6. Spelling homework should be targeted to the needs and abilities of each child.
7. Mathematics will be part of homework and may include the recalling of number facts and algorithms.
8. Teachers have a responsibility to set homework relevant to the school curriculum, consolidating class work and meeting the developmental needs of students in a year level.
9. Parents/caregivers have a responsibility and are encouraged to communicate to school staff individual issues as they arise.
10. Students have a responsibility to complete their homework tasks to the best of their ability within the set time.
11. Consequences for repeated non-completion of homework include:
− discussion with student,
− encouragement to complete set tasks at lunch time/ before school,
− parent notification,
− reporting of homework completion on school reports.
12. Level of student independence and parent/caregivers support required for homework tasks will be outlined in the written instructions.
13. Students are not disadvantaged by the lack of access to resources such as computers and the internet outside school.
Review Date: December 2018
West End State School embraces a multitude of cultural, religious and non-religious beliefs. It respects the background and beliefs of all students and staff by not promoting, or being perceived as promoting, any particular set of beliefs in preference to another.
The school provides Religious instruction in accordance with Chapter 5 of the
Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 and Part 5 of the Education (General Provisions) Regulations 2017.
Students from Years 3–6 have the opportunity to attend Religious instruction classes each Wednesday afternoon, based on information from their WESS Enrolment Forms and Permission Forms which are sent out at the beginning of Year 3.
These classes include Baha’i, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Orthodox/Greek Orthodox, Protestant (Christian) and Roman Catholic:
- Years 3 & 4: 1.55–2.25pm
- Years 5 & 6: 2.30–3.00pm.
No nominated religion
West End is known for its multicultural community which prides itself on tolerance and respect of ethnicity, beliefs and religions. This is enhanced by education and awareness. Families at WESS who have no religion nominated on their WESS Enrolment and Permission Forms, yet wish their children to participate in the religions of the world may contact the school to take advantage of our range of religious instruction options.
If 'No Religion' is stated on a student’s enrolment form, there are 2 options for parents/carers to choose from:
- The student can participate in independent work already covered in class including reading, personal research and/or assignments or revision of class work, under the supervision of a teacher in a non-religion class.
- A parent/carer can request in writing that their child attend a religion of their choice for the year. If a parent/carer wishes for their child to cease attendance at the nominated religion during the year, then the parent/carer will need to inform the Administration Office in writing. Their child will then attend the non-religion class for the remainder of the year.
View the Religious instruction policy (PDF, 1.7MB).
Student leaders at West End State School are the student representatives of our learning community. This representation is a public position with student leaders being called upon for official and/or special occasions (at the discretion of the Principal) to embrace and model all values and expectations of students within our community.
In addition to this student leaders will:
be responsible to the school administration and should carry out all duties asked of them by any member of the school administration
promote all goals and values that are important at West End State School
display exemplary conduct and attitudes relating to all areas of school life
work enthusiastically with fellow students in assisting the educational opportunities for all.
For more information on our school's program please read the Student leadership program and Student leadership passport (PDF, 143KB).