Disciplinary practices in a Catholic school such as Freeman aim to facilitate the development of responsible behaviour among students. We also seek to promote the well being and good order of the community to ensure that all students can prosper. A principal goal in the education of students at this College is to assist each person in their intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and emotional development. Central to this is the development of self discipline which is based on a respect for oneself and others.
However, instances will invariably occur where students personal and social conduct will result in behaviour which is disruptive to the teaching and learning program, disrespectful of school rules and the code of conduct, and/or harmful to the well being and security of its members. In this context, pastoral care of students at Freeman ensures that disciplinary measures and sanctions are approached not as merely punitive actions but as concerted attempts to foster responsibility for actions and to both change and heal destructive behaviour and breaches of order. As self discipline demands responsibility and accountability, there is a demand on students to reflect on their behaviour, take ownership of it and take responsibility for this when their performance is less than satisfactory.
Yr 7 - 10 Merit/Demerit
A MERIT /DEMERITsystem is in place at the College with the following fundamental purpose and outcomes:
- ALL STUDENTS need to be AFFIRMED as well as CHALLENGED for their actions and behaviours
- Students must be taught to take responsibility for their own behaviour and strive to be good people
- Freeman is committed to the development of good students and good people based on Gospel values
- Teachers operate in a ‘parenting role’ where affirmation, challenge and the teaching of quality Christian values are fundamental to providing quality Catholic education
- Teachers are committed to providing a healthy and caring learning environment for the benefit of all students at the College
The College MERIT/DEMERIT system represents Level One of a five level Pastoral Care Structure.
MERIT – students receive immediate ‘affirmation’ on a daily basis by being awarded Merit points in all areas of College life for:
- Good work
- Good deeds
- Good actions
DEMERIT – students are ‘challenged’ immediately on a daily basis by the allocation of Demerit points in all areas of College life for:
- Demerits points are given for the breach of College rules (outlined in Diary) relating to inappropriate behaviour
- Students have the opportunity on a weekly basis to redeem themselves and avoid an afternoon detention by gaining ‘Merit points’ to cancel ‘Demerit points’
- It remains the discretion of the Year Co-ordinator and the College Executive to deem actions and behaviours at a higher level where Merit/Demerit is not applied (Example: Breach of College ‘Hands Off’ policy)