Oxley College aims to provide effective guidance for the personal development of each individual. Therefore, there is a close relationship between behaviour and pastoral care.
A school’s climate has much to do with the spiritual, moral and social development of students. Children and young people feel most secure in an ordered environment where they know what is expected of them. This implies a structure of guidelines and frameworks and an awareness in staff and students of these expectations. The aim is to lead students towards acceptance of responsibility for themselves and for others from K-12.
Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for Oxley College
All students and staff at Oxley College have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity in an environment free from physical and verbal disruption, intimidation, harassment and discrimination.
To achieve this, Oxley College will maintain high standards of student behaviour at all times. Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for Oxley College replaces individual rules and acts as our guide to supporting students under our care.
We understand that from time to time students will make mistakes and our Restorative Justice model will assist students in learning from their mistakes, making informed decisions and being able to move forward in a supportive and non-judgemental manner.
Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for Oxley College is also a partnership with parents working together to support all students under the College banner.
The purpose of rules and guidelines is twofold: first, to educate students towards an understanding of the need for order and towards a desire to comply with reasonable regulation: second, to assist the smooth running of the school in all its operations. Discipline should therefore be caring, positive and educative rather than negative, uncaring and repressive.
The College believes that a supportive environment provides those conditions which most effectively maximise learning and which best promote the expression of true freedom. Rules are based on the two principles, which guide all conduct throughout the culture of the College: Is it the best that can be achieved? Is it worthy of membership of the College?
Pastoral care is concerned with the academic, spiritual, emotional and physical welfare of individual students. The College aims to ensure that every student is known in depth by at least one member of staff and that there is one adult in whom each student can confide. Regular appraisal of individuals is designed to pre-empt and avert crises in academic and social development, to provide a point of reference for professional counselling and to seek out, make known and develop special interests which may not emerge through the academic programme.
The achievement of these aims is only possible with the full support and co-operation of parents.
As our Year 12 students exit the school gates for the last time we want to develop the whole child who has academic rigour, compassion, integrity and true sense of who are and where they are heading.