Verona School

Courage to change

Telephone02 9721 0488

Emailverona-s.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Student health and safety

We are committed to ensuring a safe and happy environment for your child.

We support your child’s health and safety through a range of strategies including:

For more information, visit the student wellbeing section of the department’s website.

Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:

  • school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety

  • supporting individual students who need help with health issues

  • providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.

Student wellbeing

Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.

The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.

The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allow them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.

At Verona School, we ensure that all students are known valued and cared for. Our approach to student wellbeing is holistic and is based on the collection of real-time wellbeing data to ensure we are targeting topical areas of student need as they arise. Our school wellbeing team meets regularly to review data and to create lessons, programs and events that support student wellbeing including; physical and mental health, basic needs and access to outside agencies. All staff are active in promoting self-care and see that wellbeing is a critical component in ensuring that our students connect, thrive and succeed. 

Positive Behaviour for Learning

At our school, we use Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) – a whole-school approach for creating a positive, safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and develop. Our whole school community works together to establish expected behaviours and teach them to all students.

At Verona School, we promote a positive school culture whereby we support our students to be ‘Safe’, ‘Respectful, “Responsible', ‘Kind’, ‘Learners’. The development of a PBIS framework is an ongoing process at our school with aims to establish a social culture and behaviour supports needed to improve the social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for all students. Common and positive language is used to convey behaviour expectations and these are taught explicitly to all students. 

Student leadership

Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.

Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.

For more information about opportunities in NSW public schools, visit Student voice and leadership.

 

At Verona School, we support students to enhance their leadership skills and capabilities through the SLC–student leadership council. All students have the opportunity to apply for positions on the SLC, the process involves a written application and interview with the Principal and Student Support Officer. There is no student vote.

Over the course of the school year students on the SLC participate in a range of leadership training initiatives both at school and in the community. They are also responsible for the implementation of school improvement, outreach and engagement projects. At the end of the year, participants receive a certificate detailing the skills and competencies that can be used to demonstrate capabilities to future employers.

Safety Expectations for Students 

Verona school works hard to provide a safe and supportive learning environment. To support this there are a number of guidelines we expect all students to adhere to:-

  • Mobile phones and other devices are banned from Verona School, these must be handed into the office for secure storage. Students found repeatedly ignoring this rule will be required to attend a meeting with their family and school executive
  • Vapes are prohibited and must not be bought to school. Students found in possession of a vape will be required to hand it to an executive and parents/carers contacted. Students found to be repeatedly in possession of a vape will be required to attend a meeting with their family and school executive. Consequences will be in line with DoE policy.
  • Students are only permitted to take food and water beyond the gate. All other personal belongings and food items, including bags, soft drinks and energy drinks will be stored securely in the front office.

Please contact any of the school executives through the front office to discuss any concerns you may have.