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School Rules

As members of a Catholic community, students are expected to show respect for others at all times. 

Developing a culture of pride and respect

Rights - each one of us has the right to:
  • Learn and teach without interruption.
  • Learn and teach in a safe environment.
  • Be treated with respect, as a child of God.
  • Have pride in ourselves, our culture and
    our school.

Marist College encourages pride in
appearance and personal grooming.
Wearing your uniform with pride shows
that you respect yourself and care
about Marist.

Responsibilities - each one of us has the responsibility to:
  • Uphold the teachings of Jesus.
  • Allow others to learn and teach.
  • Keep our school a safe, healthy, tidy place.
  • Treat others with respect - through all media and devices(eg. cell phones, internet etc.)
  • Act in ways that make us proud to belong to Marist.
  • Give of our best in all areas of school life.
  • Be the person God wants us to be.

Code of Conduct

Marist College expects each student to co-operate fully by taking responsibility for her own progress through preparation for, and participation in, all classes she attends. This requires showing concern for the need of others to pursue their studies without interference, behaving appropriately at Marist College, both within and outside the classroom, and respecting all other teachers and staff. 

It is essential that students develop respect for themselves as individuals and as Marist College students. Marist College therefore requires students to conduct themselves at all times, in a manner that will enhance their reputation and that of others at Marist College. There is zero tolerance for verbal/non-verbal abuse, cyber abuse and illegal behavior, eg. Theft.
Marist College students are expected to:
  • Live Catholic Values in the Spirit of Mary.
  • Treat members of the Marist College community and visitors with courtesy and respect.
  • Take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning.
  • Respect & take responsibility for school, personal and others’ property.
  • Wear the Marist College uniform with pride.
  • Conduct themselves with dignity at all times in a manner which will enhance their own reputation and that of Marist College.
  • Be punctual and attend all classes, unless illness or approved absence prevents attendance.
  • Remain on the Marist College property throughout the day unless permission to leave is granted by the appropriate person.
  • Abide by the rules of Marist College at all times.
  • Look after our environment and recycle waste.

Please be aware of the following school rules:

  • Bullying - We run the KiVa Bullying Prevention & Intervention Programme. Our KiVa Team will investigate all reports of bullying and develop a response plan.
  • Digital Technology - Mobile Phones, Electronic Equipment etc - Please refer to the Cyber Citizenship Agreement. Note: Mobile phones are not to be used, seen or heard while on school property. Devices must be fully charged prior to coming to school. Students are not allowed to charge devices at school. Devices are not to be used at break times (except in designated study areas eg Library)
  • Food and Drink - Food and drink are forbidden in corridors, Atrium and teaching areas during classes. Drinking water is acceptable at the teacher’s discretion.
  • Chewing GumThis is a chewing gum free school. 
  • MedicineAny prescription or non prescription medicines must be stored in the Wellbeing Centre and administered through the school nurse.
  • Smoking/Vaping - The school is a smoke free/vape free space. No smoking/vaping is permitted on school property.
  • Addictive SubstancesPossession and/or use of tobacco, vapes, alcohol and drugs, except personally prescribed medicine (which should be stored at the Wellbeing Centre without exception), is forbidden at school, at any function or trip, in school uniform or when representing Marist College. Any prescription medicines must be handed in to the Wellbeing Centre for safe keeping. 
  • Cars - Year 13 students may drive to school if on an appropriate licence. They must inform DP Pastoral Care of their licence plate details and provide a copy of their Drivers Licence. No student is allowed to transport another student to or from school. Student parking is restricted to side roads off Kitenui Avenue & Alberton Avenues. 
  • VisitorsAll visitors to school must report to the school office and obtain a visitors pass.
  • Walkway - Please avoid the Roy Clements walkway for safety reasons.
  • Tattoos – Are not allowed. The Principal may use her discretion to approve cultural tattoos.
  • Leaving School - You are not allowed to leave school without an exit pass and signing out at the office. Once students arrive at school in the morning they may not leave again (eg. going to the shops before school).
School uniform: (this includes travelling to and from school) 
  • Skirts - Must be an appropriate length. Short skirts must not be higher than the knee.
  • Hair - Hair is to be the students’ natural hair colour. No radical hair styles are allowed. Hair that touches the shoulders, or is longer must be tied up. Plain hair ties are to be worn and no hair accessories are allowed. 
  • Make-Up  - No make-up is to be worn by any student. No nail polish is to be worn. 
  • Jewellery  - The only jewellery to be worn is one plain pair of studs in the lower earlobe (no sleepers, no pearls, no dangling earrings) and a small personal taonga necklace (eg. a simple crucifix or pounamu taonga) this may be visible. No other jewellery is to be worn or seen. There is an exemption for Year 13 who are allowed to wear one plain ring.
Anytime you are in your Marist uniform (even out of school hours) you are accountable to Marist College.
This includes photo's or video's posted online.

You will need a pass for the following:

Incorrect School Uniform - Correct school uniform is to be worn at all times. If wearing incorrect uniform, students must report to the A304 at morning administration/whanau time (8:30am) or Break 1, with a note from home, to get a Pass from the Dean. Students wearing incorrect uniform without a Pass from the Dean will receive an instant detention.

Late to School - Students must be punctual to classes. Students must come directly to school and not linger in places such as Rocket Park or the Alberton shops (except with parental supervision). Whānau time starts at 8:30am. If students are late they must report to the office, sign in and receive a late pass which is to be given to the Class/Whānau Teacher(except Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday Assembly—students go straight to class or assembly).
• If student does not have a note she will receive an instant detention (report to A206 at Break 1).
• If a student does not sign in parents will be called.

Absences - Please contact the school office before 8:30am on the day of your daughter’s absence. The office can be contacted on 8468311 or email [email protected] or use our SchoolApp to send an absentee message. If no notification is received, a text will be sent to your parents/caregivers mobile phone.

Extended Absence - Permission must be requested in writing from the Principal prior to the absence for extended absences of more than three days.

Exit Pass/Leaving School Early - Students must not leave the school grounds unless they have an Exit Pass. Students must sign in and/or out at the school office when leaving from, or returning to school. If a student has to leave school during the day, her caregivers can email her Whānau Teacher or the student must bring a note at whānau time. The Whānau Teacher will then issue an Exit Pass. When the student needs to leave class, the teacher will check her Exit Pass and proceed to the school office to sign out. The office staff will check the pass as the student signs out. On returning to school, the student will sign in at the school office and the office staff will give the student a Late Pass which will allow the student entry into class. On assembly days these are available from a Dean on duty at break 1.

Out of Class Pass for Sickness or Panadol - If you require an Out of Class Pass you need to request this from your class teacher, and then go to the Wellbeing Centre where staff will assist with medical needs.

Restorative Practices

Marist College has adopted a Restorative Practices approach to managing student behaviour. Restorative Practice is a relational approach to school life grounded in beliefs about equality, dignity, mana and the potential of all people.  At Marist College we are fortunate to work with respectful, receptive and collaborative students and families, however, we continue to need parents support. We believe the Restorative Practices behaviour management model affirms and supports the Special Catholic Character of our college. The Restorative Practice model focuses on building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships across the school community and offers school staff best-practice tools and techniques to restore relationships when things go wrong. By building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships within a school, staff to staff, staff to student and student to student, issues are more easily managed. 

KiVa Anti-bullying Programme

What is KiVa? KiVa is an evidence-based bullying prevention programme that has been developed by the University of Turku, Finland. The effectiveness of KiVa has been proven through randomised control trials, together with a range of different studies. KiVa is being used around the world in over 18 different countries. 

How does KiVa work? The goal of KiVa is to prevent bullying and to teach how to manage cases of bullying effectively. The programme has been developed from decades of extensive research into bullying and is based on three main elements: prevention, intervention and monitoring. 

Prevention – to keep bullying from happening The preventive actions focus on our students learning how to prevent bullying. Student lessons taught in our junior school, and online games are examples of these kind of actions and form the foundation of KiVa. 

Intervention – Tools to tackle bullying The interventions in KiVa are targeted specifically at students who have been involved in bullying. It is a non-threatening approach, with the goal to provide students with solution-focused tools used to put an end to bullying. 

Annual monitoring - We monitor the effectiveness of the KiVa program through an annual online survey for students. This feedback provides us with information on how to improve our bullying prevention work. 

Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phone Use:   We are a cell-phone free school. This means that cell-phones are completely banned during school time, in and outside school. Students may bring cell phones to school; however, they are not to be seen or heard while students are on school premises. 
  • Strike One: Student caught using/checking cell phone during school hours. Phone confiscated till end of day. Parent/caregiver called by a Dean to advise. 
  • Strike Two: Student caught using/checking cell phone during school hours for a second or subsequent time. Phone may be confiscated till end of week. Parent/caregiver called by a Dean to arrange collection from the main office.  Marist College takes no responsibility for confiscated, lost or damaged cell phones. 

Areas out of bounds

In the interest of safety and general care of the community,certain areas are deemed out of bounds. Those listed below are the guidelines staff and students on duty will use to monitor such areas. Their judgement on these matters is to be accepted by all students.
  • Staff parking areas and driveways.
  • All corridors during Break 1, 2 and before school.
  • Entrance and foyer of the gymnasium.
  • Access ways - congregating and sitting on steps or stairways.
  • Close to the boundary fence of the school grounds.
  • Close to the convent.
  • Behind St Anne’s block.
  • 35 Alberton Avenue.
  • Gym toilets and change rooms at break 1 & 2 (unless under teacher supervision).