We expect the students to behave in a Christian manner towards each other at all times, respect each other and others’ property, to apply themselves diligently to their schoolwork and to apply the teachings of Jesus in their daily lives. We understand our call is to serve others around us, therefore creating a welcoming community, “With Open Arms.”
A focus for our school is to create a safe and caring environment for all. We aspire to guide students to become self-disciplined and reflective of their behaviors and their actions. Students should understand the impact their choices have on themselves and others. The school discipline and behavior policy is based on acting in a virtuous way towards ourselves and others. Our Catholic faith is central as we believe all students are gifts from God and deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, honour and kindness. A full outline of how we approach student conduct is found in CTR Administrative Procedure STU #01.
In managing student behavior, teachers will deal immediately with problems which may arise. Issues may be escalated to administration if issues persist or if the severity deems it necessary. The following are some examples of unacceptable behaviours:
- physical or verbal harm to another individual in person or through social media
- use of profanity
-defiance of someone of authority
-behaviors that interfere with the learning or safety of others
-students may be held accountable for conduct that occurs outside of school hours if the conduct negatively affects other students and the school environment
Parental involvement and communication is a crucial aspect of our school discipline policy. Consequences for inappropriate behavior will escalate in seriousness and with increased frequency of offenses. Interventions will be put in place to prevent further indiscretions whenever possible, and practical. In the most severe cases, in school suspensions from regular classes and/or school activities may occur. The school may also implement restorative practices, counseling support and/or connection strategies to help reduce negative behaviours.
We take a strong stand on bullying as per CTR Administrative Procedure STU #03. This is defined by repeated hostile or demeaning behavior that is intended to cause harm, fear, or emotional distress to another individual. The harm can be either physical harm, psychological harm, or harm to the individual’s reputation (the school will distinguish bullying from a conflict in relationship which occurs through single episodic acts of breakdowns in relationship between students). When behavior affects the ability of other students to attend to their studies - whether the incident occurs on school grounds, off of school grounds, or via electronic means – the school may intervene. The ultimate goal is to ensure all students feel safe and cared for at school.
It is important for both students and parents to inform the school of these instances in a timely manner so that they may be immediately addressed. Early intervention is key to ensure the well- being of all of our students.
Section 12 of the School Act of Alberta (the Act) outlines the guidelines for student conduct. In addition, Section 45.1(1) of the Act notes that a board has the responsibility to ensure that each student enrolled in a school operated by the board and each staff member employed by the board is provided with a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. Each member shares responsibility for the well-being of every other member of the division.