Rules and policies


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.

Behaviour expectations

To help protect our rights and to encourage responsibilities, we have 3 rules for our classrooms and for our school community:

  • Rule 1: Be Responsible
  • Rule 2: Be Respectful
  • Rule 3: Be safe.

The 12 habits of mind

  • Thinking first
  • Being tolerant of others
  • Playing by the rules
  • Planning my time
  • Social responsibility
  • Setting goals
  • Working tough
  • Giving effort
  • I can do it!
  • Being independent
  • Accept myself
  • Taking risks

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).

Religious instruction

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).

Last reviewed 15 February 2019
Last updated 15 February 2019