Safe and supportive school

UC SSC Lake Ginninderra prepares students to live in and contribute to a changing world. UC SSC provides an inclusive and active learning environment, empowering students to be lifelong learners. The school works with families to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made for students as required.

We all have the right to be treated with fairness and dignity. We all have the right to learn and work in a safe, respectful and supportive school environment that values diversity - an environment free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence.

Canberra public schools strive to provide safe, respectful and supportive environments. For further information about processes and policies to address bullying, harassment, violence, management of complex and challenging behaviour please refer to the ACT Education Directorate website.

Contacts: The UC SSC, Safe and Supportive Schools Contact Officers (SASSCO’s) may be contacted via the front office number 02 6142 0222.

Online Etiquette and Cyber Safety

Cybersafety is important for all users of online platforms and linked devices. UC SSC strives to provide safe, respectful, supportive environments and students agree to abide by our College Student Code of Conduct. This extends to the online world and includes such things as sexual/physical/personal harassment; and, the sharing of material that is denigrating, bullying, illegal, unwanted or of a questionable nature, either about others or oneself. Whilst at school or engaging in school activities students, staff and other stakeholders must comply with ACT Government policies.

The internet is an essential part of young people’s lives – for learning, keeping in touch with friends and having fun.

You can help them explore their digital world while educating them about how to avoid harmful experiences online, and how to deal with them if they arise.

Talk to young people early, and often, about what they are doing online. For tips and advice about how to help children to stay safe online there are some useful sites:

Office of the Safety Commissioner  

The Office provides audience-specific content to help educate all Australians about online safety including young people, women, teachers, parents, seniors and community groups. Their goal is to empower all Australians to explore the online world—safely.  https://esafety.gov.au/start-the-chat

ThinkUKnow - in conjunction with Australian Federal Police

ThinkUKnow is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through primary and secondary schools across Australia using a network of accredited trainers. https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/

Factsheets

UC SSC Lake Ginninderra Code of Conduct

For policy information regarding Computers, Devices and Internet use, please see ACT Education Directorate website here: https://www.education.act.gov.au/publications_and_policies/policies

Communities Online: Acceptable use of ICT – Parents and Students Policy is here:

https://www.education.act.gov.au/publications_and_policies/School-and-Corporate-Policies/Computers_Devices-and-Internet/internet-and-online-communication-services/communities-online-acceptable-use-of-ict-parents-and-students-policy

UCSSC Lake Ginninderra Multi Faith Prayer Room

You are welcome to use the Multi faith prayer room to care for your mental or spiritual well-being. You may use the space for calm contemplation, prayer or meditation. The room is open during the opening hours of the college. The space is available to members of the school community.

To use please go to the front office to ask someone to let you in and your name will be recorded.

A08 is the current dedicated Multi faith prayer room. Please feel free to bring the things you require with you.   Restroom facilities are also nearby.

Please be considerate towards others who use the room. Remember that activities in the Multi faith prayer room must comply with the school’s values. This means that they must respect equality between genders, cultures, religions and convictions.

If you have any questions about the Multi faith prayer room, please contact Student Services/School Psychologist.

Safe and healthy work environments

UCSSC Lake Ginninderra is committed to the provision of a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, volunteers, contractors, and visitors in line with relevant Workplace Health and Safety legislation, compliance codes and appropriate standards, by:

  1. Providing an environment that promotes and supports the physical and psychological health and wellbeing of employees in the workplace in line with ACT Public Service values of Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Collaboration and the Code of Conduct;
  2. Maintaining a process of continuous improvement and processes ensuring safety practices are maintained and the school is compliant;
  3. Ensuring staff are appropriately trained and educated in the area of WHS in line with position accountability and responsibilities including individual obligations to personal safety;
  4. Providing facilities, equipment, resources and services to enable employees to perform their role safely;
  5. Regularly communicating with staff in relation to WHS initiatives and programs that support a workplace health and safety culture.
  6. Ensuring WHS is an integral part of all management systems and core operations

Commitment to actions:

This involvement of all employees at every level is required to achieve workplace health and safety objectives.