Our Democratic Principles
DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES POLICY
At The Hamilton and Alexandra College, we should appreciate the advantages and acknowledge the sacrifices that have been made by many to enable the students of today to enjoy a safe, calm and structured environment in which to learn.
Underpinning our education is a commitment to the principles and practice of Australian democracy. These include a commitment to:
- elected government
- the role of law
- equal rights for all before the law
- freedom of religion
- freedom of speech and association
- the values of openness and tolerance
The College believes that with opportunity comes responsibility. We seek to develop in students an ability to recognise their need to
- always strive to achieve my best
- not interfere negatively with the learning of others
- find ways in which I can help others and work to make our school community a better place for everyone.
The College will emphasise the above principles through its Social Service programmes, through its Positive Education programme, through items in weekly Newsletters and in Assemblies, through information Sessions and in communications with parents. The role of government, the rule of law and the democratic process will be taught at the appropriate levels according to the National Curriculum.
Whilst the school has a relationship with the Uniting Church in Australia, Services conducted will seek to be inclusive rather than exclusive. This is in keeping with the church’s approach and its willingness to engage with other faiths.
Any member of the school community who feels they are not treated according to the principles outlined above is encouraged to complain formally to the Head of Junior School, Head of Middle Years, Deputy Principal: Senior Years, Associate Principal or Principal. Such concerns or complaints will be responded to fairly and with no recrimination.
Next review due: Dec 2020 by the Executive