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Mobile phones are a part of life today and the College accepts that many students carry them. They are a useful tool, especially where the issue of safety is concerned. However, teachers and students have a right to teach and learn in an environment free from interruption. Mobile phones at Geraldton Senior College present a number of challenges. These include:

  • Interrupts lessons and assessment tasks
  • Disrupts the learning of others
  • Theft
  • Bullying
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Violates the rights of the College community to enjoy participating in a safe, secure environment.

While we prefer students not have mobile phones at the College, we realise that this is unrealistic; therefore, the College has adopted the following policy:

1.   Students are discouraged from bringing mobile phones to the College. We accept no responsibility for mobile phones that are brought to the College and undertake no responsibility to investigate their misplacement, loss or theft.

2.   Mobile phones may only be used during recess and lunch breaks, before Form class and after the day concludes in the College grounds.

3.   Students must not be late to class because of mobile phone calls.

4.   Mobile phones must be switched off and out of sight at all other times including in class and at assemblies. Silent or discreet settings are not acceptable. The phone must be off.

5.   When a phone rings or interrupts a class, the teacher has been instructed to confiscate and secure it.

  • If first offence, the device can be collected by the student from the deputy Principal at the end of the day.
  • If second or more offence, students will be required to go to their parents, explaining what has occurred. The phone will be returned when the student’s parents have contacted the College either in person or by phone and have discussed this policy and the student’s breach of it with a Deputy Principal.
  • Failure of a student to hand over the device to the classroom teacher will result in a parent contact with intent to impose a suspension of one day. Please note: Refusal to follow a reasonable instruction is considered to be a serious breach or behaviour code.

Where parents need to contact their son or daughter during the school day, please ring the College’s front office phone number 08 9965 8400.

Please refer to the Parent Information Booklet for the full policy wording. If you require any clarification or would like to discuss a particular case, please contact the school on 08 9965 8400.

2017 Parent Information Booklet