St. Mary Code of Conduct- Standards of Behaviour
Our Code of Conduct’s Standards of Behaviour are based upon the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which foster Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgement, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence, Wonder and Awe for all individuals.
All persons within the Catholic school community are to be treated with respect and dignity. It is the responsibility of all students, parents, and staff to be aware of their rights and the rights of others and to act accordingly based on the Gospel values upon which our Catholic Faith is founded.
A whole-school approach is taken to ensure that schools are safe, inclusive, and accepting. Members within the school community are expected to use peaceful means to resolve conflict. Respect and civility are essential in maintaining a safe learning and Christian environment. Responsible discipleship will be the vehicle used to promote peaceful communities. Through a variety of programs and learning experiences, all schools will promote an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and compassion.
In communities characterized by the peace of Christ, the possession, use or threatened use of any object or serious threat which endangers the safety of anyone will not be tolerated. Alcohol, illegal drugs or any misuse of harmful substances will not be accepted.
Any hurtful act towards any individual that threatens or challenges personal dignity, safety, learning and teaching will be respectfully addressed through means of forgiveness, reflection, restitution and restorative justice.
The provincial standards as outlined in the Code of Conduct apply to all individuals on school property, on buses or at school authorized events/activities or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate.
To ensure students feel safe, included, and accepted, all members of the Catholic school community must:
i. respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws including the teachings and laws of the Catholic Church;
ii. demonstrate Gospel values including honesty and integrity;
iii. respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
iv. treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement;
v. treat others fairly, respecting race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
vi. cherish, honour and respect the rights of others;
vii. show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
viii. take appropriate measures to help those in need;
ix. seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully;
x. respect all members of the Catholic school community including persons in position of authority;
xi. respect the need of others to work in a Catholic environment that is conducive to learning, teaching and growing in Christ; and
xii. at all times use language that is reflective of a Catholic environment.