Our Commitment

At Mark Oliphant College (MOC) we want all our children and young people to be successful.

To achieve this we have a commitment to providing the best learning environment for all our children and young people. We have high expectations of ourselves as a school and community of educators. Similarly, we have high expectations of our students and we will provide as many supports as possible including a free 1:1 digital learning program to enable them to achieve. We believe this leads to mutual obligations between Mark Oliphant College B-12 and our student/parent community to enable us to work in partnership to maximise the outcomes for all in our community.

We are committed to delivering high-quality education and care. To do this we believe that all in our community need to work together in a positive partnership. Key elements of that partnership are the

The agreements (mutual obligations) we make with each other

  • A commitment to communication and hearing feedback both positive and negative
  • Our Behaviour Management Policy and specific Anti-Bullying & Harassment Policy can be found at the links below.

Student Behaviour Management

We believe that if we all work together to meet these obligations the positive partnerships that result will lead to a supportive and successful climate for all in our community.

We have a range of programs to ensure that our children and young people are supported and that the school is a safe supportive place of learning. The management of student behaviour is a staff, parent and student concern and responsibility.

A key element of developing this positive success-oriented learning environment which will support our students to reach their full potential is our Behaviour Management Policy – see link below.

We often state this as:-

Be SAFE, Be RESPECTFUL and Be RESPONSIBLE to Be SUCCESSFUL

As part of that policy no form of bullying or harassment will be tolerated. The link to our specific Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy is also included below.

The Mutual Obligation

We believe there are mutual obligations between Mark Oliphant College and our student/parent community.
We have:-
  • high expectations of students @ MOC.
  • a sub-school environment that encourages students and staff to get to know each other well.
  • classes as small as possible such that students have the best access to teachers.
  • a significant range of supports for students with learning difficulties/disabilities
  • a 1:1 digital learning program
  • a range of co-curricular activities including an expansive after-hours programme (MOC+).

The Mutual Expectation

Logically, it follows that there is a mutual expectation between our student / parent community and Mark Oliphant College.
Therefore, we have the following expectations of our students and parents:-
  • Students must attend school every day.
  • Parents are expected to support their child to attend school every day
  • Students must participate to the best of their ability in their learning.
  • Parents must have high expectations of their student’s achievement and support their learning.
  • Students must wear full school uniform.
  • Parents are expected to support their child to wear full uniform
  • Parents and students must sign the sub-school Code of Conduct, which indicates their understanding and agreement to follow our mutual obligations.

Attendance

At Mark Oliphant, we are committed to working in partnership with families to provide children with learning opportunities that will provide a solid foundation for their future.

Research shows that success in learning is directly proportional to regular attendance and participation in education programs.

The Education Act 1972 requires that children of compulsory school age be enrolled in school. A condition of that enrolment is that a student is required to fully participate in the education program arranged and approved by the enrolling school. Such participation is to include engagement and attendance as required by the program.

A child who is at least 6 years old but not yet 16 is of compulsory school age. Every child of compulsory school age is required to fully participate in the education program arranged and approved by the enrolling school. In addition, the implementation of the Compulsory Education Legislation requires all young people between the ages of 16 and 17 to participate in a full-time approved learning program, which is education or training delivered through a school, university or registered training organisation, an apprenticeship or traineeship, or a combination of these.

In partnership with families, Mark Oliphant College will provide an educational program that promotes attendance and engagement for all children and students enrolled. Staff members will actively intervene when attendance and engagement patterns indicate that learners are at risk of not realising their educational and social development potential.

The Mark Oliphant College Attendance Policy (see link below) places priority on the early identification of non-attendance and irregular attendance, and outlines practices to support the regular attendance of students.