The establishment of genuine and professional relationships between staff and students is of paramount importance in creating and maintaining a positive learning environment. Relationships based on mutual respect, being responsible and tolerant, with a demonstrated caring approach by school staff; does make a real difference to the attitudes and behaviours of our students.
Southern Cross DHS is a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) school. PBS is a framework for enhancing, adopting and implementing a continuum of evidence based interventions to achieve academically and behaviourally important outcomes for all students.
The school is committed to creating an atmosphere where students are actively engaged in the curriculum, feel valued and have a sense of belonging. A further aim is for students to enjoy social interactions without disruption or fear of harm as well as being encouraged to take responsibility for their actions.
The Behaviour Management In Schools Policy represents a whole school approach and is built on the school’s five STARS behavioural expectations. These are:
The Dress Code Policy at Southern Cross District High school is an important part of the School ethos. The School Board and Parents and Citizens Association fully endorse the dress code for the following reasons:
Items designated on the current Uniform Order Form constitute the dress code for Primary and Secondary students.
All students at Southern Cross District High School are expected to:
Students and parents are required to sign an internet acceptance policy upon enrolment at the school. An individual 'Internet Policy' form will be forwarded home with each student at the beginning of the new school year for their acceptance. A completed and signed copy of the agreement will be returned to parents. Failure to sign the policy or to adhere to the policy will result in loss of computer access.
Kindergarten to Year 2
Year 3 to Year 6
Year 7 to Year 10
The Department of Education does not permit student use of mobile phones in public schools unless for medical or teacher directed educational purpose. It is important to note that it is not a requirement at Southern Cross DHS for students to have a mobile phone at school.
Southern Cross DHS recognises that an increasing number of parents/carers who for safety, security and/or emergency purposes wish to provide their children with mobile phones. The Mobile Phone Policy details the conditions under which mobile phones are permitted at Southern Cross DHS.