Parent-Handbook - Miami State High School

Parent-Handbook - Miami State High School
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Miami State High School 2016
CODE OF SCHOOL BEHAVIOUR
incorporating the
RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOUR PLAN FOR STUDENTS
RATIONALE
Education Queensland is committed to provisions that ensure all young Queenslanders have a right to and receive a
quality education.
The Code of School Behaviour promotes a collaborative learning environment, where students and teachers work
together towards the achievement of high standards of personal performance, achievement and behaviour.
Miami State High School’s Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students is based on the Code of School Behaviour and
incorporates the following processes and best practices documented in the National Safe Schools Framework:
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Encourages students to identify themselves as active and valued members of our school and the wider
community.
Embraces practices that are proactive rather than reactive.
Develops partnerships through our motto “Learning Through a Team Effort”, between students,
parents/carers and staff.
Embraces the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools.
Expects high standards of responsible self-determined behaviour.
SCHOOL VALUES AND BELIEFS ABOUT BEHAVIOUR AND LEARNING
Our school values are built around RESPECT with each letter representing a particular value that is enshrined in
every aspect of school life, namely:
R
Respect
E
Environment
S
Self
P
People
E
Education
C
Care and Compassion
T
Tolerance
Use of appropriate social skills enabling positive communication and working partnerships with others is a
necessary prerequisite for life-long learners. Miami High School believes that the teaching of positive behaviour is
achieved when the learner takes responsibility for their actions and attitudes.
We believe:
 All students have the right to learn in a safe and non- threatening environment
 All students have the right to learn appropriate social behaviour
 Students are responsible for their own behaviour
 Appropriate behaviour should be reinforced
 Inclusive and engaging curriculum is the key to facilitate student learning
The school’s beliefs are based on ‘Ed Ford’s Responsible Behaviour Thinking Process (RTP). Students are
encouraged to make appropriate choices. It is the teacher’s role to support students to make appropriate choices.
Teachers achieve this through positive classroom management techniques, class responsible behaviour plans,
individual responsible behaviour plans and application of the Responsible Thinking Process.
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Processes for facilitating standards of positive behaviour and responding to unacceptable behaviour
Our whole school approach is based on the use of the RTP questions:
 What are you doing?
 What should you be doing? / What are the rules?
 What happens when you break the rules?
 Is that what you want to happen?
 Where do you want to be now?
 What will happen if you choose to disrupt again?
STUDENT DRESS CODE
Compliance with the Student dress code
The school’s Statement of Intent takes into account relevant legislation and/or regulations SMS-PR-022: Student
Dress Code, and Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 Sections 360 – 363 and section 283. It states that a
student dress code consists of an agreed standard and items of clothing, which may include a school uniform that
state school students wear when:
• Attending or representing their school
• Travelling to and from school; and
• Engaging in school activities out of school hours.
Student dress codes provide clothing that aims to contribute to a safe and supportive teaching environment
through:
• Ready identification of students at school
• Fostering a sense of belonging; and
• Developing mutual respect among students by minimising visible evidence of economic or social
differences.
Miami State High School is a uniform school and has a Student Dress Code that outlines standards relating to the
wearing of the school uniform, including headwear, footwear, jewellery, hairstyle and make-up. The Student Dress
Code reflects standards approved by the Parents and Citizens
Inappropriate dress refers to clothing or apparel worn by students that is deemed to be
 Offensive;
 Likely to disrupt, or negatively influence normal school operations;
 Unsafe for student or others; and
 Likely to result in a risk to health and safety of student or others.
Miami State High School can impose sanctions on a once only basis per episode of non-compliance.
 Imposing a detention for a student during lunch or after school (if after school, inform parents before
detention occurs);
 Preventing student from attending, or participating in, any activity for which student is representing the
school; or
 Preventing student from attending or participating in any school activity that is not an essential school
educational program.
DAY UNIFORM
Year 7, 8 and 9
Shirt – Junior polo
Shorts – Royal blue shorts
Socks – Miami white anklet/crew
Shoes – Fully enclosed all black shoes with laces (no boots, platforms or slip ons)
School jumper and tracksuit pants (optional)
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Year 10, 11 and 12
Students will wear the Day Uniform unless instructed otherwise by staff. Skirt and short length must not extend
above or below the knee cap. The wearing of the day and sport uniform is not to be mixed
Girls
Shirt – Miami white blouse (school tie is optional)
Skirt – Junior navy (knee length)
Socks – Miami white anklet/crew
Shoes – Fully enclosed all black shoes (no boots, platforms or slip ons)
Jumper – Optional
Boys
Shirt – Miami white shirt (junior navy tie is optional)
Shorts – Junior navy (knee length)
Trousers – Junior navy (optional)
Socks – Miami white anklet/crew
Shoes – Fully enclosed all black shoes (no boots, platforms or slip ons)
Jumper – Optional
Sport Uniform (worn only on Fridays or as instructed by staff)
Girls and Boys
Shirt – Miami white polo
Shorts – Royal blue shorts
Socks – Miami white anklet/crew
Shoes –Fully enclosed black joggers with laces (no boots, platforms or slip ons)
Headwear
Sun hat or cap (no beanies, scarves or hoodies)
No attire other than the listed school uniform is to be visible.
Hair
Hair is to be clean, neat and tidy and the minimum length is a number 2 blade. Extreme hairstyles or significant
variations in hair length (e.g. mohawks, shaved sections, tracks and rats tails) or colour are not acceptable. Natural
tonings only are allowed.
Jewellery
A watch, one flat ring band and one or two pairs of sleepers or studs for pierced ears, is the only jewellery to be
worn with the school uniform. A maximum of two (2) earrings/studs is to be worn per ear.
No other body piercing of any material is allowed whether it be covered or disguised.
The maximum diameter for a set of earring sleepers is 10mm.
Earring studs or spacers must be worn flat against the ear and have a maximum diameter of 5mm. The stud must
have a post and the length of the post must be no longer than 10mm. The post must be secured at the back of the
lobe with a butterfly clip. Any other ear adornment is not acceptable.
Students who breach this policy will be required to remove the item/s immediately. Where this is not possible,
alternate arrangements will be made until adherence to the policy is met. Students will be required to remove
jewellery if it poses a risk to workplace health and safety requirements.
Confiscated items will be returned to the student at the end of the day on the first occasion and only to parents on
each subsequent occasion.
Makeup
Foundation is to be natural tones and used sparingly
Lip colours must be natural tones
No mascara
No eyeliner
No eye shadow
No nail polish
No coloured eye lenses
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Nails
No false or acrylic nails. Nails are to be worn at a minimum length, no extreme colour.
Tattoos
Any visible tattoo must be covered with a skin toned sleeve at all times.
Any exceptions to the above policies will need to be approved by the Principal.
WHOLE SCHOOL BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT
Whole School Behaviour Support
Targeted Behaviour
Intensive Behaviour Support
Whole-School Behaviour Support (100% of students). Students are made aware of the Responsible Thinking (RT)
Process and subject classes and year level meetings.
All teachers will provide whole school behaviour support through a range of micro skills development in their
teaching practice. We believe this proactive approach will minimise teacher referrals to the Responsible Thinking
Classroom (RTC) enable students to make choices
However, when these strategies are ineffective, the following chain of referral applies.
Incident
Responsible
Officer
Maximum
Consequence
Disruption
Ask RTC questions
Disruption
Referral to RTC
Orange referral form
Teacher
Choose to make a plan
Negotiate the plan with
the teacher
Return to class with
purple card.
Non Participation in the
school’s education
program
Teacher
Head of
Department
Intervention with Head
of Department
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When students choose inappropriate behaviour they are asked the first RTC question “What are you doing?” When students
choose to re-offend after the first RTC question has been asked, likely consequences are:
Responsible
Behaviour
Breaches of Code
Referred to
1. Non-disruptive
behaviour
Not following obvious teacher instructions in a
manner that disrupts class learning
2. Preparedness for
learning
Not bringing correct equipment or learning resources. Late toHOD
class.
Curriculum card,
monitoring,
Parent notified
Anecdotal comment
RTC Levels
3. Own learning
Not on task, causing no disruption
Curriculum card,
monitoring,
Parent notified
Anecdotal comment
4. Others’ rights
If the offence causes disruption in class it is an RTC concern. RTC/HOSS
If the level is above simple disruption, i.e. the event causes
safety concerns, refer to HOSS.
RTC Levels
Anecdotal comment
5. Safety of Others
Minor breaches are usually a disruption to learning
and should be asked the questions. Major offences should
be referred to HOSS.
RTC/HOSS
RTC Levels
6. Support others’
achievements
Usually a negative remark, which is often a disruption
to learning.
RTC/HOSS
YR COORD
RTC Levels
Curriculum Card
7. Express opinions
non-aggressively
Usually a disruption to learning/not following teacher
instructions/challenging teacher or student. Judge
level of severity.
RTC/HOSS
YR COORD
ADMIN
RTC Levels
Curriculum card
8. Others’
property
Usually doesn’t cause a disruption to learning directly.
However if the student does not follow directions – it is an
RTC issue. Major offences refer to Admin.
HOSS
ADMIN
RTC Levels
9. Care for school
environment
Usually an Admin referral
ADMIN
RTC Levels
10. Awareness of
school policies
Where breaches cause a disruption to class, ask the
questions. Continual and severe issues refer to Year
Coordinator or Admin
RTC/HOSS
YR COORD
RTC Levels
Curriculum card
11. Personal
appearance
Remind student of the school rules. Report to Year
Coordinator. Continual referral to Admin
YR COORD
ADMIN
Parent Contact
Sent home
12. Enhance public
perceptions
Minor offences refer to the RTC
Major offences refer to Admin
RTC
ADMIN
RTC Levels
13. Adherence to
the Code of
School
Behaviour
We are all responsible for teaching students to take more
responsibility for their behaviour. The
Responsible Behaviour Plan is a teaching/learning process
that maximizes learning and encourages parental
involvement and communication with the school.
RTC/HOSS
YR COORD
HOD
ADMIN
Legend: HOSS - Head of Student Services
RTC – Responsible Thinking Classroom
RTC/HOSS
Likely Consequence(s)
HOD
RTC Levels
SMS text to Parents
HOD – Head of Department
YR COORD – Year Coordinato
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TARGETED BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT
Whole School Behaviour Support
Targeted Behaviour Support
Intensive Behaviour Support
Targeted Behaviour Support (approximately 10-15%). If the student chose to leave a classroom, they are asked to
fill in plans for re-entry into classes while these are individually discussed with the student by a staff member and
the RTC staff.
Miami State High School recognises the role of parents as important for an effective and coordinated approach that
encourages students to demonstrate appropriate behaviour. If for any reason the student chooses inappropriate
behaviour, the following chain of referral applies.
Maximum Consequence*
Behaviour
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Disruption reaches level 8 on RTC
Non participation in the Education Program
Inappropriate/disrespectful behaviour toward
others of a verbal, sexual, physical, aggressive,
or indecent nature
Inappropriate language or actions towards staff
or other students
Inappropriate use of electronic devices and/or
media to harass, intimidate or bully others
Use of and/or possession of alcohol
Repeated incidents of smoking (junior school)
First incident of smoking (senior school)
Inappropriate use of the school’s IT
Repeated truancy
Disrespect or theft of others or school property
Throwing any object in the vicinity of other
members of the school community
Deliberate disobedience of teacher instruction
or the schools Code of Behaviour
1-10 day Suspension
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Repeated incidents of inappropriate targeted
behaviour
Repeated 1-10 day suspensions
10-20 day Suspension
Exclusion
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Failure to participate in education program
Cancellation
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* Maximum consequence means the most severe disciplinary outcome that may result from an identified
misbehaviour. The term does not mean that the most severe disciplinary outcome will result in all cases.
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Consideration of Individual Circumstances
Ultimately, the severity of disciplinary outcomes is determined by the school Principal based on an assessment of
the totality of the alleged misbehaviour, the consequences of the said misbehaviour and the students personal
circumstances (including their behaviour history).
Time Out
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Use Time Out:
o as strategy for students to manage their own behaviour
o in order to assist a student in calming down process
o as strategy to reduce the frequency of a particular behaviour
consider using as one of a range of options
include procedures as part of the school’s Responsible Behaviour Plan for students and/or as part of
student’s individual plan, including identification of situations or conditions where use of time out is
and is not appropriate
ensure all staff, students and parents are aware of the appropriate use of and procedures for time out
ensure emergency procedures are in place for students ‘out of class’
review use of time out regularly
follow specific processes for Time Out
Physical Restraint
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use physical restraint:
o as an immediate or emergency response
o as part of student’s individual plan, including prevention of self-harming behaviours
o when other options have been considered such as allowing the student to withdraw or move
away, or moving other people from the situation
o after considering welfare of student, staff and other students
o with such force as is reasonable under the circumstances
o in conjunction with teaching and reinforcement of alternative appropriate behaviour
when developing strategies to deal with situations involving use of physical restraint:
o use risk management procedures
o follow procedures in accordance with Code of Conduct and
follow procedures in accordance with Student Protection
consider any issues that might exacerbate the situation such as:
o body language, tone of voice or facial expressions
o student’s sensitivity to sounds or touch
o student’s methods of communication
assume calm demeanour to avoid escalating student’s behaviour
maintain appropriate observation or monitoring of student during and after incident of physical
restraint
follow specific processes for
o Physical Restraint – Immediate or Emergency Response
o Physical Restraint – Planned Response including Prevention of Self-Harming Behaviours
(individual plan)
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Levels within the Responsible Thinking Process (RTP)
The Responsible Thinking Process uses a system of levels for repeat inappropriate behaviour.
Why levels?
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Levels assist the student to self-monitor their progress by feedback directly to the student who is
better able to judge their current behaviour position within the school environment.
Levels impact as consequence, yet are non-threatening.
Students are encouraged to “own” the level they are on, through positive support that fosters
meaningful re-entry plans.
Levels encourage students to develop communication and negotiation skills.
Lowering levels supports positive, appropriate behaviour.
Following is the support structure for students who have not followed the acceptable expectations by choosing
continued disruptive behaviour in a learning situation.
A student’s level will
increase by one level
each time they visit
the RTC.
To reinforce positive
behaviour, a
student’s level will
decrease by one (1)
after each week (i.e. 5
RTC free days) of not
choosing the RTC.
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All students start at this level
1
SMS text sent to parents
2
SMS text sent to parents
3
Text sent home to parents
Year Coordinator informed
4
SMS text sent to parents. Year Coordinator
informed and pre-intervention occurs
between Year Coordinator and student
5
SMS text sent to parent
Once in the Responsible Thinking Classroom
(RTC) students are invited to write a plan.
This plan outlines the inappropriate
behaviour in the class preceding the visit to
the RTC, and includes an action plan for reentry into the period for that class. This is
written by the student in consultation with
the RTC support staff, to help the student
decide on a course of action addressing the
inappropriate behaviour. Once complete the
student takes the plan to the particular
teacher and negotiates the plan in a nonthreatening way. Once teacher and student
are in agreement, the plan is signed by the
teacher and the student is able to return to
the class. The student is given the chance to
display learned appropriate social behaviour
by following the agreed plan.
Year Coordinator informed
HOSS* will arrange an intervention meeting
with parents, teachers and other relevant
staff.
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SMS text sent to parents
7
SMS text sent to parents, relevant Deputy
Principal and Year Coordinator informed
8
Text sent home to parents. Deputy Principal
informed and suspension occurs.
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INTENSIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT
Whole School Behaviour Support
Targeted Behaviour
Intensive Behaviour Support
Intensive Behaviour Support (approximately 2-5%). Students are referred into Student Support Services staff. E.g.
School Nurse, School Chaplin or are offered entry into alternative programs.
At this level of support, Miami State High School recognises the role of parents as integral to an effective and
coordinated case managed approach; to encourage students reach identified behaviour patterns. If for any reason
the student chooses the following inappropriate behaviour, the associated chain of referral applies.
Behaviour
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Maximum Consequence *
Behaviour that poses an unacceptable risk to the
safety or wellbeing of other students, staff or
other members of the school community,
( including but not limited to bullying, fighting,
violence, threats, harassment, sexual harassment,
intimidation or facilitation thereof by others,
encouraging persons to trespass onto school
premises or to interfere with school activities, use
of internet or electronic media/devices to abuse or
denigrate)
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Behaviour that interferes with the property of the
school or others of the school (including but not
limited to vandalism, graffiti, wilful damage, theft
etc.)
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Possession of certain inappropriate things or
weapons (including but not limited to knives of any
type, sharp objects, knuckle dusters, sling shots,
firearms or replicas thereof, fire crackers
(explosives) etc.)
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Inappropriate use, possession, supply of
intoxicating substances and/or utensils (including
but not limited to illegal drugs or illegal drug
implements, alcohol, paint, glue, prescription
medicine etc.)
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Serious behaviour or action in a private capacity
that is prejudicial to the good order and
management of the school
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Habitual misconduct/disobedience or other
conduct prejudicial to the good order and
management of the school (includes repeated
breaches of the school’s behaviour plan)
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Permanent Exclusion
(while this outcome may not be
given in all cases, it is the likely
outcome for the behaviours
indicated left).
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* Maximum consequence means the most severe disciplinary outcome that may result from an identified
misbehaviour. The term does not mean that the most severe disciplinary outcome will result in all cases.
When a student continually refuses to abide by the School’s Code of Conduct the following support processes and
programs might be instigated.
These include:
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Referral to Student Support Services e.g. Chaplain, School Nurse, Guidance Officer, Youth Pathways Officer,
Youth Support Coordinator
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HOD/Administration depending upon the student and circumstances.
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Appointment of a Case Manager
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Intense counselling sessions with the school’s Guidance Officer
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Appointment of adult/student mentor at school to provide positive communication and strategies with
student e.g. class teacher as identified by student
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Referral to Student Support Services e.g. Chaplain, School Nurse, Guidance Officer, Youth Pathways Officer,
Youth Support Coordinator
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Development of a safe area for the student to use if anger is an issue – e.g. RTC
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Out of school program – e.g Industry Liaison Officer
Consideration of Individual Circumstances
Ultimately, the severity of disciplinary outcomes is determined by the school Principal based on an assessment of
the totality of the alleged misbehaviour, the consequences of the said misbehaviour and the students personal
circumstances (including their behaviour history).
RELATED LEGISLATION
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Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992
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Commonwealth Disability Standards for Education 2005
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Education (General Provisions) Act 2006
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Education ( General Provisions) Regulation 2006
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Anti-Discrimination Act 1991
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Commission of Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000
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Judicial Review Act 1991
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Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011
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Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2011
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Right to Information Act 2009
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Information Privacy (IP) Act 2009
RELATED DEPARTMENTAL PROCEDURES
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Safe, Supportive and Disciplines School Environment
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Inclusive Education
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Enrolment in State Primary, Secondary and Special Schools
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Student Dress Code
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Student Protection
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Hostile People on School Premises, Wilful Disturbance and Trespass
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Police and Child Safety Officer Interviews with Student, and Police Searches at State Educational
Institutions
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Acceptable Use of the Department’s Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Network and
Systems
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Manage Electronic Identities and Identity Management
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Appropriate Use of Mobile Telephones and other Electronic Equipment by Students
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Temporary Removal of Student Property by School Staff
REPLATED RESOURCES
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National Safe Schools Framework
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National Safe Schools Framework Resource Manual
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Working Together resources for schools
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Cyber safety and schools resources
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Bullying. No way!
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Take a Stand Together
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STUDENT RESOURCE SCHEME INFORMATION 2016
Terms and Conditions
Miami State High School is funded primarily by the State Government to meet the costs associated with
the provision of instruction, facilities and administration for the education of all students.
Parents/Carers do not contribute to the provision of these basic services. This provision is commonly
referred to as “free education”.
Other costs associated with providing for a student’s education are not free. Schools are authorised
under Chapter 3, Section 51, Education General Provisions Act 2006 to charge fees for a range of services.
The Student Resource Scheme is designed to assist parents to meet the costs of textbooks and other
learning resources required by students for their education. Whilst the scheme is voluntary, parents will
find it provides considerable savings over sourcing and purchasing all textbooks and resources.
All books and equipment remain the property of the school and must be returned at the end of each
term and on leaving the school. Students are responsible for keeping all loaned books and equipment in
good condition. Books damaged or lost must be paid for before further books are issued.
The Principal may refuse admittance to the scheme if payments are overdue or a history of loss or
damage to books and equipment is recorded.
In return for a participation fee agreed to each year by the school Parents & Citizens Association the
scheme provides:
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Books and Resources that are issued in the first week of each academic term to participating members of
the Student Resource Scheme
Term loan of textbooks used everyday
Short term loans (e.g. plays, novels, and poetry for English). These are issued for restricted periods of
time.
Use of class sets of books and reference materials
The necessary range of teacher prepared notes and/or student worksheets in all subject areas
Use of equipment, consumable materials and photocopies for a range of subjects across all year levels
Student diary
Student computer printing (nominal amount)
Photographic ID card. Replacement ID card is $11.00 (including GST)
Items not covered include
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General stationery items.
Cost of transport/admissions for excursions.
Costs of materials for practical areas, e.g. take home cookery, extension activities, manual arts, art and
photography projects
Non-Curricular activities such as end of year functions, socials, school formal, excursions and camps
Interschool Sport
Extra-curricular programs are non-compulsory activities.
Departmental policy FNM-PR-018: Student Resource Scheme provides that before a student can be
considered for any school activities such as school excursions, camps, ski trip, school based traineeships
and apprenticeships, formals and semi-formals, a parent who has joined the scheme is expected to have:
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Fully paid the fees or
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Paid the fees up to and including the term in which the school activity takes place or
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Made regular on-going payments through Centrelink, as previously arranged with the school
principal.
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A student may be excluded from extra-curricular activities for non-payment of fees where the fees have
accrued after January 2015. Access may be withheld even if the student is presenting payment
specifically for the extra-curricular activity.
RESOURCE SCHEME ARRANGEMENTS:
1.
The Queensland Government Textbook and Resource Allowance, which is paid directly to
Queensland Schools, supports this scheme. The Textbook and Resource Allowance is paid only
once in any calendar year, regardless of the number of schools the student attends.
(Queensland residents in 2015 received an allowance of $119.00 per student in Years 8, 9 and
10 and $258.00 per student in Years 11 and 12). Such payment assists the acquisition/expense
of all learning texts and materials for each student’s selected subjects.
2.
The Student Resource Scheme charges will be in addition to the Government Textbook
Allowance.
PAYMENT:
Payments may be made by internet banking (see below for details) cash or credit card at the time of
enrolment. No cheques will be accepted. Payment by credit card may also be made via telephone or fax
(07) 5554 0300. EFTPOS is available. A receipt will be issued for all payments. Please direct all queries to
the Finance Office.
INTERNET BANKING: PREFERRED PAYMENT METHOD
Account Name: Miami State High School General A/c BSB: 064-404
Reference Details: Student EQ ID Number and Reference Code:
Account Number: 00090020
Full payment or first Centrelink instalment is required by 1 February 2016. All fees must be finalised by
30 November 2016. Please complete the Student Resource Scheme Participation Agreement Form and
return to the school with payment. Parents/carers experiencing financial difficulty should contact the
Principal immediately if financial hardship exists, so that special payment arrangements can be made. All
discussions will be held in confidence.
REFUNDS:
Students who leave the school after fees have been paid, will be issued a pro-rata refund (upon the
return of ALL textbooks, materials, library books and sports uniforms in good condition and full
payment of any outstanding subject fees).
THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS APPLY TO THE STUDENT RESOURCE SCHEME:
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It is the student’s responsibility to keep loaned books in a good and clean condition. If books are lost or
damaged by the student full replacement\repair costs are to be met before further books are issued.
Students should not loan books to other students.
All books are to be returned prior to the end of each term and upon leaving.
All books and materials supplied by the scheme remain the property of the school and must be returned when
a student leaves.
The fee, including the government textbook allowance, is reduced on a pro-rata basis for student enrolling at
the school after first term.
A pro-rata refund will be made for students leaving the school having paid the participation fee. Refunds are
based on the full charge (which includes the Textbook Allowance and hire scheme fee). No fees are
reimbursed after the end of October.
Books and resources provided under the scheme will not be issued to students whose parents/carers choose
not to participate.
The Principal may refuse to admit a student to the scheme if there are hire payments overdue from previous
years.
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9.
Parents or Carers who have entered into the Student Resource Scheme Agreement must have fully met their
payment obligations in order for their students to participate in any non-curriculum based activities (including
end of year functions, ski trips and school formals) FNM-PR-018
10. Parent/carers will be notified if the account falls into arrears and it is expected payment will be promptly
received. If after appropriate notification payment is not received the matter will be sent to Education
Queensland’s debt collection agency. FNM-PR-005
NON PARTICIPANT IN STUDENT RESOURCE SCHEME
Parents/carers who do not wish to participate in the scheme must inform the school office as soon as
possible prior to the start of the new school year. A refund of the Government Textbook and Resource
Allowance will be paid to non-participants. Students of families not participating in the scheme will not
be permitted to attend non-curriculum activities (such as end of year activities, ski trips, school formals,
work experience and school based traineeships/apprenticeships) unless the family has met all their
obligations to provide the full range of textbooks and resources necessary to enable their student to
participate in all aspects of the curriculum.
PARENTS AND CITIZENS ASSOCIATION ENDORSEMENT OF SCHEME
The school managed operation of the Student Resource Scheme is discussed at Parents & Citizens
Association (P&C) meetings and the continuation of the scheme authorised annually. The P&C is
provided with a financial summary prior to the commencement of the scheme for the following year and
agrees to the participation fees.
* Please note that Student Resource Scheme fees, Subject fees, Certificate course fees and the School Yearbook may be
subject to change.
* Additional costs (eg. excursions/tours, additional certificates, courses) are not included in the above payments.
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BYOD (Bring your own Device)
eLearning Vision
Miami State High School prides itself in delivering a personal approach to learning. An important aspect
of this approach is to make best use of technology to deliver curriculum through 21st Century learning.
Student access to technology is vital and our belief is that learners should have 24/7 access to their
learning and parents the opportunity to support and monitor their children’s progress. To achieve this,
Miami High will provide junior secondary students the opportunity to bring their own device as part of
the BYOD program.
Introduction
The use of personal mobile devices that are appropriate to the student’s educational and developmental
needs and allows them to transition seamlessly as they learn at school, home and in between. They take
advantage of:
· the evolving use of ICT for collaboration and creating of knowledge
· the extensive ability to share information locally and globally
· the growth of online educational environments.
This handbook has been developed as a guide for parents and students about matters concerning the
implementation of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at Miami State High School.
Each parent/caregiver should thoroughly read and understand the content and follow all procedures.
This Information and Procedures Handbook is subject to change with appropriate notification being
provided by the school.
Participation in BYOD
This program is available to all year levels in 2016.
Parents wishing to apply to participate in the BYOD program should
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read and understand this document
sign the BYOD Student Participation
All of the above documents can be found in your enrolment package.
If parents are considering the purchase of a new device it is highly recommended that they read and
understand the minimum specifications table provided in this document.
Software and Applications
School owned software may only be installed on school owned devices. Some subjects require the use of
subject specific software with each having different licensing agreements for private purchase. For
installation of subject specific software on BYOD devices the cost, purchase and installation is the
responsibility of the parent/care giver as the owner of the device. Some software can be purchased
through the school at a discounted rate.
Charging of devices
Students will be expected to bring a fully charged device to school each day. Attempts to charge devices
in classrooms can create a Safety Hazard. The school is not responsible for the provision of power to
charge BYOD devices during the school day.
Check device specifications for battery life reference or consult your vendor’s technical support
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Wi-Fi
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Students will be provided with the opportunity to connect to the school Wi-Fi network when the
following conditions have been met:
1. Payment of School Resource Levy and School Fees.
2. Payment of BYOD -Tech Support for network requirements of BYOD devices.
3. Completion of Acceptable Use Policy and forms. The forms and the device should be brought
to the school’s ICT Department. To facilitate connection to the school Wi-Fi the ICT staff will
require the provision of an Administrator account with password for the device.
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Approved devices that meet the school's specifications should be able to recognise and connect
to the school's Wi-Fi.
Students will be able to connect to the school's internet if the configuration provided by the
school’s ICT staff is not altered. E.g. some installed third party software (Free Ware), toolbars and
changes to the operating environment may interfere with connection to the internet.
These issues are the responsibilities of the parent.
Some advice on connectivity and software issues may be able to be provided by the school’s
technician
Whilst the device is connected to the school’s network the internet connection is filtered and
requires user authentication. School level access and filtering restrictions will apply.
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Filtering
What filtering will be provided when students connect their own device/s?
The standard filter which is currently provided on the school network will apply to student owned
devices as long as they connect to the school network in line with the acceptable use agreement.
While at school the device should not be connected to private networks unless a filtering application is
utilised. Access whilst the device is off the school network is determined by, and is the sole responsibility
of, the parent.
Repairs and Maintenance
All maintenance for the BYOD device, operating system, software and/or apps purchased by the family
are the responsibility of the family. Families should consider vendor maintenance turnaround
timeframes when purchasing student devices.
Security, Theft, Damage and Insurance.
Devices are the sole responsibility of the student. The school accepts no responsibility for the security or
safety of the device. Students are responsible for the security of the device and it is recommended that
a suitable protective bag be used with the device. Teachers and other staff will not store or hold on to
devices.
Should damage to the device occur whilst at school by other student/s the school may not be in a
position to provide any information regarding the incident.
We also advise parents to consider purchasing Accidental Damage Protection for the BYOD device. Some
House Insurance Policies may cover devices when they are at alternate sites such as the student's school.
There may be a requirement to individually list this device. Close examination of these damage
protection and insurance documents and consultation with your Insurance provider is highly
recommended.
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Miami State High School does not accept responsibility for damage, loss or theft of BYOD devices.
Technical Support
ICT Staff will view BYOD devices and address issues regarding connection to the wireless network. If
additional issues are apparent at this time some advice may be able to be given however it is the family’s
responsibility to decide on and implement a course of action. See Appendix 1.
Current Virus Protection Software
It is mandatory that all devices have Virus Protection Software. Parents are responsible for ensuring it is
up to date. The recommendation is that this is set to daily automatic updates with weekly scheduled
scans. Microsoft Security Essentials is preloaded on Windows 8 devices and can be downloaded as an
add-on for Windows 7 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/security-essentials-download – it
is free. The school’s ICT Department will check devices to ensure that virus protection is still current and
functioning. Failure to comply will result with access to the Wi-Fi network being removed.
BYOD Specifications
PLATFORM
Windows PC (Preferred)
Apple Macintosh (Allowed)
MINIMUM
REQUIREMENTS
PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS
PROCESSOR
Intel i3
Intel i5 or higher
RAM
4 GB
8 GB or higher
STORAGE
64 GB
128 GB or higher
OPERATING SYSTEM
Windows 7
Windows 8 or higher
WIRELESS CAPABILITIES
802.11N or higher
EXTRA FEATURES
1 USB Port
Long-life Battery
Protective Case
Warranty 3 years
2 or more USB ports
Long-life Battery
Protective Case
Warranty 3 or more years
SOFTWARE
Microsoft Office Suite 2013- free download – see tech office for
instruction
Adobe Suite Provided through schools BYOD scheme
What do I need to do if I want to be a part of the BYOD scheme at Miami State High
School?
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Costs
A BYOD charge of $40 is to be paid prior to application for connection.
Step 1: Visit the Payment Office and pay Resource Levy along with BYOD Payment of $40 and
Step 2: Return your BYOD Student Participation and Connectivity Request form to the payment office
Step 3: Visit the ICT office
Bring:
 Resource Levy and BYOD receipts.
 The BYOD device.
The BYOD device will be examined by an ICT Technician for current Antivirus Software and scheduled
scans. If the device meets Miami State High School requirements the school’s ICT technician will proceed
with the process of configuring the device for connection to the Wireless Network.
LAPTOP HIRE SCHEME
We have a small number of second hand laptops that can be hired by students. The hiring of a laptop
cost is $160 per year. If you wish to be part of this scheme please see the Tech office for details and
paperwork.
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MIAMI STATE HIGH SCHOOL
FOOTWEAR CODE
REQUIRED
DAY
AND SPORT UNIFORM - MUST be a black fully enclosed lace shoe.
UNACCEPTABLE – HIGH TOPS, SLIP ONS, BALLET FLATS, BOOTS AND ANY SHOES WHERE THE
TOP OF THE FOOT IS EXPOSED OR THE SOLE IS FLAT.
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Miami State High School
“Learning Through a Team Effort”
JUNIOR UNIFORM PRICE LIST 2016
Bookshop open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
8.30am-1.30pm  55 540 335
JUNIOR SCHOOL
(Years 7, 8 and 9)
Girls and Boys Summer Uniform
Item
Description
Price
Shirt
Junior Polo
35.00
Shorts
Sport Shorts
30.00
Socks
White school sock with Miami High Logo

Ankle
8.00

Crew
10.00
Shoes
All black Joggers – closed in shoes with laces (no boots or
platforms)
Not available
from school
Rugby League
and Football
Socks
Blue school football socks with ‘M’ logo. (Compulsory for
interschool football and rugby league players)
12.00
Girls and Boys Winter Uniform
Item
Description
Price
Jumper
Royal blue super fleece
40.00
Trackpant
Junior trackpants
45.00
PLEASE NOTE: all prices quoted are GST inclusive and subject to change
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SENIOR UNIFORM PRICE LIST 2016
Bookshop open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
8.30am-1.30pm  55 540 335
DAY UNIFORM
(Year 10, 11 and 12)
Day uniform worn Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Girls
Item
Shirt
Skirt
Socks
Shoes
Description
Miami white blouse with navy blue tie
Navy - knee length
White anklet
Fully enclosed all black shoes (no boots, platforms,
hightops or slip ons)
Price $
40.00
50.00
8.00
(not available from school)
Description
Miami white
Navy – knee length
White crew
Fully enclosed all black shoes (no boots, platforms,
hightops or slip ons)
YEAR 12 STUDENTS ONLY
Price $
40.00
50.00
10.00
(not available from school)
Boys
Item
Shirt
Shorts
Socks
Shoes
Tie
$15.00
SPORTS UNIFORM
Sports uniform worn Fridays
Girls and Boys
Item
Shirt
Shorts
Socks
Shoes
Rugby League
and Football
Socks
Description
White polo
Sport shorts
White school socks with Miami High logo
 Anklet
 Crew
Fully enclosed all black joggers with laces (no boots,
platforms, hightops or slip ons)
Blue school football socks with ‘M’ logo. (Compulsory for
interschool football and rugby league player)
Price $
35.00
30.00
8.00
10.00
(not available from school)
12.00
WINTER UNIFORM
Girls and Boys
Item
Jumper - unisex
Skirt
Tights - girls
Description
White Super fleece v-neck with screen printed logo
Navy - knee length
Opaque 70 Denier in ink navy (only to be worn with skirt)
Price $
40.00
50.00
(not available from school)
PLEASE NOTE: all prices are GST inclusive and subject to change
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2015 FAQ AND GENERAL INFORMATION
WELCOME TO SURFSIDE BUSLINES SCHOOL TRANSPORT QLD
Surfside Buslines proudly provides school transport services to as many as 90 primary
and secondary schools in Qld.
Surfside has built strong partnerships within and around school communities to ensure
a safe and comfortable journey to and from school.
We endorse and actively promote the State Government’s Code of Conduct to
encourage safe and courteous behaviors from all passengers.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Conditions of Travel – Code of Conduct
Admittance to the school bus is by bus pass, go card or cash fare.
Bus passes must be presented on entry to the bus morning and afternoon.
Bus passes are for the use by the bearer only.
Bus passes must be shown on request to a Company representative.
Smoking, eating and drinking are all prohibited on the bus
Spraying of aerosols is prohibited on the bus.
Students must conduct themselves in an orderly manner.
Please visit http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/buscode for a complete copy of the Code of
Conduct document.
ALL BUS PASSES ARE SENT TO SCHOOL FOR COLLECTION
If the child in your care does not have a current bus pass
they must pay the cash fare, or use a go card to travel on a school bus.
Visit http://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/fares/current-fares for information on
concession fares.
Visit http://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/go-card/new-to-go-card for information
on go cards.
Parents/Guardians, remember it is your responsibility to ensure your
child is responsible, confident and equipped to travel to and from
school on a bus.
For safety reasons, please take time to familiarise yourself with your
child’s bus number and route for both morning and afternoon school
services.
FIND YOUR SCHOOL BUS NUMBER
School bus timetables are on our website at http://schoolbus.net.au/
OR visit: www.translink.com.au and use the journey planner to find how to get from
home to school using school and regular TransLink services.
ELIGIBILTY FOR A BUS PASS
The Department of Transport and Main Roads helps eligible Queensland families with the
cost of school transport. This assistance is provided under the School Transport
Assistance Scheme (STAS) and provides two types of assistance; Distance-based
Travel Assistance and Safety-net Travel Assistance.
Full eligibility details and application forms are available at:
http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/schooltransport
Once completed, forward applications to:
Surfside Buslines
PO Box 3036
Robina QLD 4230
Fax: 5571 6556
Email: gcschools@tagroup.net.au
Please allow approximately ten working days from the time you receive your approval letter from
the Department of Transport and Main Roads for us to print the pass and send it to your school for
collection.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)
HOW DOES MY CHILD CATCH THE SCHOOL BUS?
Locate the nearest Translink bus stop* along the school route.
Get there a few minutes early.
Stand where the driver can see you.
Raise your arm to indicate to the driver you want to board the bus (hail).
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Have your bus pass, fare money or go card ready before you board.
When on board, show your bus pass, buy your ticket (including top-up fare if
applicable), or ‘touch on’ your go card to the card reader.
Remember to ‘touch off ‘your go card to the card reader as you leave the bus.
Under normal operating conditions, for safety reasons students must
exit via the front doors of the bus only.
Note: If there are no Translink bus stops in your area, your child can access the
school service anywhere along the route where it is safe for the driver to pull over
and then pull out.
However, if there are students already gathered nearby, your child should wait with
them.
Visit http://translink.com.au/travel-information/how-to/how-to-use-the-bus for full
instructions.
IS A SCHOOL BUS PASS VALID ON REGULAR TRANSLINK BUS SERVICES?
Yes, bus passes can be used on both school and regular Translink services.
HOW DO I REPLACE A LOST OR STOLEN BUS PASS?
Providing the student has not moved schools or home, a replacement bus pass
can be purchased from your bus driver for $14.15 payable in cash only.
Please print the QLD Application for Replacement Bus Pass Form via the link below;
http://www.surfside.com.au/documents/school%20bus%20pass/2015-0112%20School%20Bus%20Pass%20Replacement%20Form.pdf
Once completed hand to your bus driver with the $14.15. The driver will issue a
receipt for the $14.15.
The receipt is to be used as a temporary bus pass until the replacement pass has
been issued. The replacement bus pass will be sent to your School Administration for
collection within five working days.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FULL PASS AND A PART PASS?
Full passes are printed in black and allow the holder to travel free of charge from
home to and from school. These passengers are fully subsidised by the
government.
Part passes are printed in red and require the holder to pay a top-up fare. These
passengers are only partially subsidised by the government as they are not attending
their nearest school.
WHAT IS A TOP-UP FARE?
Holders of part passes are required to pay a top-up fare in cash to the driver in
exchange for a paper ticket. (A go card cannot be used to pay the top-up fare.)
These passengers are only partially subsidised by the government as they are not
attending their nearest state school. The top up fare is based on the extra
distance travelled beyond the nearest school.
The amount of the fare is printed on the pass as a single, daily and weekly amount.
If purchasing a weekly, for best value it is best to do so on a Monday morning as the
ticket cannot be rolled over into the next week. The weekly is sold at a discounted
rate; 10 rides for the price of 8. For daily or weekly fares the ticket must be kept and
shown in conjunction with the bus pass.
WHEN DO I RENEW MY APPLICATION?
Entering into Grade 7 OR repeating a grade.
Changing home address and/or school
You must notify your school immediately.
Return your old bus pass.
The new application should be submitted to Surfside Buslines for
assessment.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR EXISTING BUS PASS
HOLDERS
At the end of each school year, please ensure that the current pass is
retained to be used in the new school year until the new pass is issued
(by mid February)
Students with an existing bus pass need only re-apply if their home address
has changed, they are repeating a grade, or they are going to a different
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school in the New Year (this includes moving from Primary to High School).
Automatic renewal of some bus passes is a result of a data matching process
and relies on the accuracy of information held, all or partly, by Department of
Transport and Main Roads, Centrelink, Surfside Buslines and the school your
child attends. Please ensure that your child’s details are identical and current
with each of the above named entities.
If you have received a confirmation of continuation letter from the Department
of Transport and Main Roads no further action is required. A bus pass should
be sent to school for collection in the New Year.
For those needing to reapply, to ensure that a new pass is available for the
commencement of each school year, please submit new applications prior to
the end of November.
Return new applications to:
Surfside Buslines
PO Box 3036
Robina QLD 4230
Fax: 5571 6556
Email: gcschools@tagroup.net.au
DOWNLOAD A FORM TO PRINT
Distance Based Travel Assistance Form
http://www.support.transport.qld.gov.au/qt/formsdat.nsf/Forms/QF2208
_ Safety Net Travel Assistance Form
http://www.support.transport.qld.gov.au/qt/formsdat.nsf/Forms/QF3058
Application for Replacement Bus Pass Form
http://www.surfside.com.au/documents/school%20bus%20pass/2015-0112%20School%20Bus%20Pass%20Replacement%20Form.pdf
QUICK LINKS
Code of Conduct: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/buscode
Concession fares: http://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/fares/current-fares
Department of Transport and Main Roads: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/schooltransport
Go cards: http://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/go-card/new-to-go-card
Top-Up Fares: http://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/other-tickets/school-ticketsandfares/bus-school-transport-assistance/top-up-fares-for-translink-operators
Translink Planner http://jp.translink.com.au/travel-information/journey-planner
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