Rationale for the Levels System
The Levels Systems of Discipline is in existence because it promotes a fair and consistent approach to discipline. Each student when he/she arrives at St John's will enter the College on Level 0, indicating that he/she has all rights and responsibilities normally accorded to student of their year.
A student would progress up the Discipline ladder is he/she fails to meet his/her responsibilities outlined earlier. He/She may do this by virtue of committing a very serious offence or a series of offences, or by continually displaying unco-operative or anti-social behaviour, which denies the rights of others.
Some features of this System are:-
- The student makes the decision about his /her behaviour and benefits from the rewards and privileges accorded to those on Level 0 for achieving/maintaining good behaviour or he/she faces the consequences of progressing up the discipline ladder if he/she chooses not to modify unacceptable behaviour, or to repeat this behaviour. The student may eventually reach the position where, due to his/her actions, his/her place at the College is seen as being no longer tenable.
- The Discipline and Welfare Committee (DWC) has, as one of its prime functions, the administering of and monitoring of student discipline and welfare in the College. The DWC is comprised of the Welfare Coordinator (Chair), the Year Coordinators, Assistant Year Coordinators and the College Counsellor, Indigenous Liaison Person, the Resource Support Teacher attends in an advisory capacity. Other staff may also assist when necessary. Students who are placed on levels above 0, will therefore have their progress monitored by a number of staff. Students who are placed on the higher levels (3,4,5) will be placed there because a number of staff agree with such a placement.
- If a student feels that he/she can show good reason for being moved down a level he/she should see his/her Year Coordinator or a member of the Discipline and Welfare Committee (DWC), who then may relay the relevant information to the DWC for consideration.