At this school, parents complete a blanket permission form at enrolment or at the start of each year, which covers almost all lower risk activities and some higher risk activities as outlined below. However, we notify parents about certain activities as outlined below.
The level of information provided to parents and requested from parents about EOTC activities is proportionate to the level of risk associated with the activity.
Separate parental consent is required for most higher risk activities and we ask for this on a case-by-case basis. Parents must submit a consent form before their child/children can participate. For certain activities, we will also notify parents about any risks we have identified.
Our students participate in a wide range of learning opportunities within and outside the school grounds. Students, especially senior students, may participate in a wide range of sporting events outside the school throughout the year. All class teachers are encouraged to provide extension and enrichment opportunities for their students. These learning opportunities sometimes require travel outside the school, and may extend outside school hours.
Our school uses a process, which is monitored by the principal and board of trustees, to identify and manage risk for all activity types. The Ministry of Education EOTC Guidelines identify four activity types, each with recommended parent/caregiver consent (as outlined below).
Staff analyse the risk associated with all EOTC activities, and identify strategies eliminate, isolate, and/or minimise the risks. You can read more about our school’s EOTC policies and procedures on our SchoolDocs site – there is information specifically for parents in a topic called Communicating with Parents. A link to the schooldocs site can be found on our website.