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Geraldton Senior College
School Alcohol and Drug Education Guidelines

At Geraldton Senior College, we believe that alcohol, drug and resilience education is integral to the well-being of our students.  We aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for the school community.  We endeavour to engage the whole-school community in our alcohol and drug education initiatives and are committed to providing our students with alcohol, drug and resilience education and the necessary related intervention across all year levels.

Our School Commitment

Our School Alcohol, Drug and Resilience Education Guidelines are consistent with the Principles for School Drug Education.  The guidelines promote a whole-school approach to drug education where school staff, students, parents and the wider-school community work together with the aim of preventing and reducing potential and existing risks of harm from alcohol, tobacco and drug use, to establish and maintain a safe school environment.

Our guidelines have been developed in consultation with staff, students, parents and community members to address alcohol and drug education and necessary related interventions in a caring and consistent manner within the Geraldton Senior College community.

Curriculum

  • Our alcohol and drug education plan identifies age-appropriate alcohol, drug and resilience education content across all year levels 10 – 12.
  • Students will continue to develop resilient attributes and exposure to general capabilities through classroom programs.
  • We use evidence-based alcohol and drug education resources.
  • The school strategic plan supports staff to deliver appropriate alcohol, drug and resilience education, providing professional development opportunities for staff and allocating funds for resources.
  • Classroom programs focus on skill development and develop students’ knowledge and understanding, attitudes and values and promote help-seeking behaviour.
  • Learning is extended beyond the classroom to promote parent support of alcohol, drug and resilience education programs.

Ethos and Environment

  • A School Health and Wellbeing Committee with representatives from the teaching and administration staff, school health service staff, students and parents is supported.
  • Alcohol, drug and resilience education is included in whole-school planning.
  • All students have the opportunity to participate in alcohol, drug and resilience education programs and initiatives as required.
  • School Alcohol and Drug Education Guidelines are reviewed on an annual basis in consultation with the school community.
  • The school strategic plan supports staff attendance at professional development.

Parents and Community

  • Parents and families are encouraged to be involved in alcohol and drug education initiatives.
  • Alcohol and drug education information and strategies for parents and families are provided on a regular basis through a variety of methods such as the newsletter, website, app, social media and school assemblies.
  • SDERA’s Connect (sdera.wa.edu.au), is used to identify resources and agencies that support and complement our school alcohol and drug education initiatives.
  • Orientation packs to new staff members and families include our School Alcohol and Drug Education Guidelines overview and is available for parents on request.
  • Dedicated health and well-being events are held throughout the year and including a focus on alcohol and drug education.

In the event of an alcohol or drug use incident or where a student requires intervention for an alcohol or drug use issue, the steps outlined in our flow charts for Incident Management and Intervention Support will be followed.  In summary:

  • the parent/s will be notified by appropriate personnel
  • the Principal will consider notifying police if illicit drug use is suspected
  • both students and parents will be offered support through appropriate interventions
  • the incident or issue will be documented and other relevant agencies involved
  • respect will be given to privacy and confidentiality by and for all parties
  • the health and well-being of all parties involved will be given priority.

Geraldton Senior College does not permit students while on school premises, at any school function, excursion or camp to:

  • smoke and/or possess tobacco products
  • consume, possess or be affected by alcohol
  • possess and/or use pharmaceutical drugs for non-medicinal purposes
  • possess and/or use volatile substances (e.g. inhalants)
  • possess and/or use illicit drugs
  • Possess and/or use drug-related equipment, with the exception of for intended legitimate medicinal use.

All school staff should confirm the procedures regarding the administration of medications.

 

School contacts Useful contacts and information

Principal

9965 8400

School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA)

(08) 9264 4743 www.sdera.wa.edu.au

(Midwest) 9920 0206

Deputy PrincipalStudent Services

9965 8400

Alcohol and Drug Information Service

9442 5000 or 1800 198 024

Community School Health Nurse

9965 8425

Parent & Family Drug Support Line

9442 5050 or 1800 653 203 (country callers)

Student Services Manager

9965 8400

Midwest Community Drug Service Team

9956 2424

School Psychologist

9965 8428

Local Police Station

9923 4555