Policies

Policies

Policies

Policy development and review is a fundamental role of Catholic Education Western Australia and its governing body, the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA).

All policy developed by the CECWA is designed to assist in enacting the Bishops’ Mandate to foster the continuous development and improvement of Catholic schools and to act on behalf of the Catholic community for the benefit of all Catholic school-aged children and young people. The policy frameworks, together with specific policy statement help ensure a coherent and considered approach to Catholic Education in Western Australia.

Policy Documents

Aboriginal Education

Catholic school communities have a responsibility to create an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal people, their histories, cultures and spirituality…

Accreditation

The Mandate Letter states, ‘Catholic schools are important means through which the Church proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ… in the world of today…

Appointment of Principals in Catholic Schools

The principal has ultimate responsibility, under the authority of the diocesan Bishop, for every aspect of the Catholic school’s ethos, life and curriculum’ (Mandate, 94)…

Appointment of Staff in Catholic Schools

Sound recruitment and selection methods are vital to furthering the objectives and ethos of Catholic education and to meeting the needs of the school and its community…

Capital Planning and Development

The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) strives to make Catholic education available to all Catholic children insofar as this is possible, at the same time embodying the Church’s special preference for the poor and disadvantaged.

Catholic School Retreats

'Catholic schools need to provide the best apprenticeship that they can in the Christian life.’ School retreats are an integral part of the life-long faith formation of young people. They promote systematic, intentional catechesis as part of the comprehensive evangelisation of students.

Change of Operation in Catholic Schools

To fulfil their Gospel mandate, Catholic schools need to be open to all parents who seek a Catholic education for their children, as far as resources allow.

Child Protection

From the moment they join a Catholic school community, students should learn of their value as human persons. Every aspect of the school’s life should reflect a Christian pastoral dimension. The pastoral dimension of a Catholic school needs to include the mutual care and support staff demonstrate both towards each other and for their students.

Christian Service Learning in Catholic Schools

One of the key roles of Catholic schools is to form young people committed to the love, compassion and justice of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Crisis Management Planning in Catholic Schools

Catholic schools have a responsibility to provide a safe and supportive environment for staff, students and members of the community. Every aspect of the school’s life should reflect a Christian pastoral dimension.

Curriculum

Catholic education and care communities recognise Jesus as their ultimate Head. His Gospel will be the basis for a shared outlook on life.

Dealing with Bullying, Harassment, Aggression and Violence (Students)

Catholic schools have a responsibility to provide an educational environment that promotes the dignity and respect of the person and, therefore, aims to encourage the development of positive relationships between students to reduce all forms of bullying, harassment, aggression and violence.

Debt Servicing Income and Assistance

In order for Catholic school communities to grow, this shared commitment involves the use of limited resources to meet the needs of each school. School development that involves resources beyond the capacity of the school may involve school debt.

Dispute and Complaint Resolution

Catholic schools can serve as models for all within Western Australia who seek to create genuine communities. On occasions there may be a disagreement with a decision and a dispute or complaint may arise within a Catholic school.

Early Childhood Education and Care

Each child is a precious and sacred gift from God created as an individual with their own unique talents and abilities. Catholic education seeks to create environments that nurture this individuality while enhancing learning and empowering young people to live the Catholic faith in the spirit of Jesus Christ.

Exclusion of Students for Disciplinary Reasons

The Catholic school strives to create an inclusive Christian community where the message, practice and values of Jesus Christ, as proclaimed in the Gospels, are given practical expression.

Harassment, Unlawful Discrimination, Victimisation and Bullying (Staff)

In Catholic education, Christ is the foundation. All members of the Catholic education community are committed to reflecting Gospel values in everyday activities and personal encounters. The harassment of, unlawful discrimination against, victimisation or bullying of any person within Catholic education is contrary to the Gospel and the vision for Catholic education.

Healthy Food and Drink Choices

The human person, though made of body and soul, is a unity... The human body shares in the dignity of the image of God: it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of the Spirit.

Information and Communication Technology Use by Staff

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is utilised in schools for the purposes of learning, teaching and administration. ICT offers schools teaching and administrative tools that to help students develop to their full potential and implement effective and efficient business practices. ICT also presents risks that must be understood and managed.

Information and Communication Technology Use by Students

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is utilised in schools for learning, teaching and administration. The availability of such resources provides the opportunity for schools to help students develop their full potential.

Justice Education

Catholic schools foster everything good and unifying in society from the perspective of the Gospel. They promote the development of a society which reflects the love and goodness of God, where peace and reconciliation grow along with justice, compassion, mercy and a special commitment to the poor.

Occupational Safety and Health

Catholic schools can serve as models for all within Western Australia who seek to create genuine communities.

Out of School Learning and Training

Out of School Learning and Training Programs provide a valuable pathway for students to explore their transition from school to post-school opportunities.

Privacy

The Catholic school is a reflection of the Church’s commitment to the dignity of the individual. It is important for schools to demonstrate this commitment in the manner in which they protect information that they hold about their school community.

Provision of Services for Full Fee Paying Overseas Students

Catholic schools exist to further the mission of the Church and the Gospels remind us that “anyone who welcomes a child in my name welcomes me” (Luke 9:48). The Mandate Letter of the Bishops of Western Australia requires that education be made available to all Catholic children in so far as this is possible. Children from other countries should also be given an opportunity to access Catholic education in Western Australia where appropriate.

Religious Education

‘Religious Education is the first learning area in the Catholic school curriculum. This is so because, though a classroom activity, Religious Education is a form of the Ministry of the Word. Unlike the other Learning Areas, it is an activity of Evangelisation in its own right’.

Role of Schools in supporting Sacramental Preparation

The parish is the Christian faith community that children and young people need for their religious development. It is where they are inspired and nurtured by other members of the community to experience what is needed to develop their faith.

Salary Packaging

Through salary packaging staff in Catholic schools and the Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) offices will be able to determine alternative ways of being remunerated within guidelines provided by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) and legislative requirements.

School Excursions

To contribute to students’ Christian development, the starting point for all curriculum decisions will be the students themselves and their individual needs.

School Fees: Setting and Collection

The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) has a responsibility to make a Catholic education available to all Catholic students whose parents seek a Catholic education for them, while embodying the Church’s preferential option for the poor and disadvantaged, insofar as this is possible.

Selection and Use of Texts in Catholic Schools

The Catholic school aims to help students integrate culture, faith and life. It values culture and fosters its critical transmission.

Smoke Free Schools

The Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 legislates against smoking in enclosed public places and the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 requires an employer, so far as practicable, to provide and maintain a working environment in which the employees are not exposed to hazards.

Student Enrolment

In Western Australia, the Mandate of the Bishops requires the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) to advance the Church’s purpose for Catholic schools, while embodying the Church’s preferential option for the poor and disadvantaged, by making available a Catholic school education for all Catholic children, insofar as this is possible.

Teacher Workloads

The Catholic Church has demonstrated a commitment to fair employment relationships over many years, beginning with the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII in 1891 entitled ‘Rerum Novarum’. Pope John Paul II has published two encyclicals on this subject, ‘Laborem Exercens’ in 1981 and
‘Centesimus Annus’ in 1991.

Termination of Services: Staff Members – Redundancy

The Catholic Church has consistently advocated that work is one of the keys to building a just society (Rerum Novarum 1891, Centesimus Annus 1991). This is why the right to work has been central to the Church’s teachings on social justice.

The Management of Confidential Information in Schools

The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) acknowledges that all children are unique, and that Catholic schools have a responsibility in the development of the whole child in a way that respects and protects that uniqueness.

Unsatisfactory Performance or Misconduct

The Catholic Church has consistently advocated that work is one of the keys to building a just society (Rerum Novarum 1891, Centesimus Annus 1991). This is why the right to work has been central to the Church’s teachings on social justice.