Deputy Principal - Students

Child Safety Update
From time to time it is my intention to continue to update parents on our Child Safety protocols and procedures. The outcomes from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse and the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry has led to a number of legislated requirements for schools to adhere to.

These comes in the form of seven standards that all schools are required to uphold. These include: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety; a child safety policy or statement of commitment to child safety; a child safety code of conduct; school staff selection, supervision and management practices for a child-safe environment; procedures for responding to and reporting allegations of reported child abuse; strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse, and, strategies to promote child empowerment and participation.

Salesian College Sunbury has been working hard over the past year to ensure we are not only compliant but that we continue to have child safety as a significant priority. One requirement involves the creation of a Child Safety Officer on each campus. Their role is to support students in ensuring a safe environment exists at all times and to be a point of contact for staff, students and parents.

Child Safety Officers at the College are:
Bernie Monagle: Counselling Coordinator
Elaine Dugdale-Walker: Deputy Principal - Students.

 

Winter illnesses
Just a reminder to families that school is not the place for sick children. If your child is ill (nauseous, temperature and cold/flu like symptoms) then a day or two at home is the best way to recover.    

For more serious cases for illness such as Gastroenteritis, students also need to be kept at home.   The Department of Health website states   ‘People who are ill with norovirus or suspected viral gastroenteritis should be excluded from child care, school or work for a minimum of 48 hours after diarrhoea or vomiting stops.’

The College has a few students who currently have a less resistant immune system, so keeping an ill child at home makes the College safer for all in the Community.

Elaine Dugdale-Walker
Deputy Principal Students