All members of our community are to be treated with respect and dignity. Students must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.
Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:
- comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
- shows respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority;
- refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety or learning of others;
- follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own action.
Catholic education views human life as an integration of body, mind and spirit. Rooted in this vision, Catholic education fosters the search for knowledge as a lifelong spiritual and academic quest that is supported by God’s love and model of compassion, reconciliation and justice. The expectations of the Catholic learning community are described not only in terms of knowledge and skills, but also in terms of values and attributes and actions.
These expectations are as follows:
Respect, Responsibility and Civility:
All school members must:
- respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
- respect persons who are in a position of authority;
- respect the dignity, rights and fair treatment of others, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
- respect the rights of others and the sacredness of human life;
- respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
- refrain from any behaviour that could be construed as bullying;
- demonstrate honesty, integrity and a healthy lifestyle;
- show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
- demonstrate honesty in achieving academic expectations;
- respect and honour the appropriate dress specified by the school community;
- respect guidelines regarding use of personal items (e.g., cell phones, pagers);
- demonstrate regular attendance;
- treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, especially when there is a disagreement;
- demonstrate citizenship and acceptable strategies for resolving conflict;
- take appropriate measures to help those in need by witnessing to Catholic social teaching;
- respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching;
- demonstrate appropriate and ethical use of technology.
Community Partners and the Police
Community Partners and the Police are resources used by the WCDSB and its schools to support their work in creating and delivering prevention and intervention programs. This participation is monitored through protocols that clearly outline the roles and parameters of the partnerships.
Consequences of not living up to the standards of behaviour may involve: informal talk, study hall, detention, parental involvement, loss of privileges, community service at school, restitution, administrative involvement, in or out of school suspension, school board involvement, police contact, and possible expulsion. Consequences are dependant on many factors:
- the act itself
- previous behaviour
- degree of effect on others and property
- mitigating factors
It is expected that students demonstrate respect for our community neighbours. The plaza, golf course and surrounding community are part of the St. Benedict extended campus. Students will receive consequences for inappropriate behaviour if it occurs on our “extended campus”. Note that after school hour behaviour off property is also subject to school behaviour codes as it impacts on the school community.