Our Students - Student Protection

Student protection and wellbeing are paramount in all Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Rockhampton. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rockhampton place the highest priority on the safety and care of the children and young people who are our students.

All students have a right to expect that the school will always do all that is possible to protect them from any kind of harm and create safe learning environments.

St Anthony’s is committed to best practices in student protection and the development of proactive approaches to equip people with the skills and knowledge to identify risks of harm and respond appropriately.

Staff Training In Student Protection

All school staff attend yearly training in student protection matters. The five staff members who are appointed as Student Protection Contacts receive comprehensive in-service. The Student Protection Contacts include school principal Mrs Helen Dean, APRE Miss Monique Ryan, School Counsellor Ms Sue Wilkins, OSHC Cordinator Mrs Leeza Bailey and teacher Mr Robert McElhone.

Student Protection and Volunteers

Each year volunteers must read the Student Protection Handbook and Workplace Health and Safety Guidelines for volunteers and sign the volunteer register at the school. This register is available in the office. This document also includes the Code of Conduct for Volunteers.

Volunteers are required to sign in and out at the office.

Volunteers are expected to follow the principles of Safety. Respect. Support. Ethical Communication. Ethical Conduct. Confidentiality.

Blue Cards for Volunteers

A Positive Notice Blue Card for Child Related Employment is not required by parent volunteers within school hours. However, a Blue Card is required for volunteers who are not parents and this includes grandparents.

Parents who are after-school-hours coaches or managers of teams that train on our school grounds, on the oval or in the covered area, are required to have a Blue Card.

Blue Cards for volunteers can be applied for through the school office.

Workplace Health and Safety

The Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton is committed to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and non-employees.

In order to achieve a safe environment for staff, students, parents and visitors, St Anthony’s will develop management systems covering Workplace Health and Safety, which meet all legislative requirements for the diocese.

The school Workplace Health and Safety Advisor’s responsibilities include the co-ordination of Occupational Health and Safety, Injury Prevention, Staff Welfare, Risk Management Strategies and Hazard Identification.

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