Caring for students

Our school environment welcomes and respects people from all backgrounds.

Browse this section to find out how we work with you to provide a safe and caring learning environment for your child and also keep informed about support for school families.

Ku-ring-gai High School is committed to nurturing its students today, tomorrow and into the future. We aim to provide an environment that embraces harmony and diversity – valuing individual worth and the contribution of all members of our extended community.

We believe every student should be given the best possible opportunity to succeed – whether in an academic, performance, sporting, artistic or alternate field. This is the cornerstone of our broad, balanced curriculum, which is geared to offer myriad arenas and experiences through which students can safely experiment, learn, develop and above all, achieve.

We are also focused on providing a safe and harmonious environment that students enjoy being a part of. We work with the Student Representative Council to ensure the mental and physical well-being of every student is in line with policies and procedures that address the requirements set by the school.

Attendance & Supervision Policies 

For all the relevant details click on the following links:

Attendance Policy (pdf 57 KB)

Supervision Policy (pdf 523 KB)

Student Guidance

How CyberSmart are you?

A short video, "How Cybersmart are you?" has been released by Cybersmart. The video is designed to help parents navigate through the online world of their teenagers and provides strategies on how to protect their children from potential online risks. We hope you find it valuable. For more information, visit http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/outdoor.aspx

Group mentoring

We are currently undertaking learning programs to improve students Emotional Inteligence (or EQ). This is a very important part of students developement and something we are committed to incorporating into our teaching philosophy. Please read the following for more about Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence Info (pdf 440 KB)

Peer Support

The Peer Support program is run to help Year 7 students adjust to the new environment of a high school. Year 10 students are thoroughly trained by Year 11 mentors to work with the next year's incoming Year 7 students.

When Year 7 first arrive they meet their Peer Support Leaders who work with them on a weekly basis to gain skills in resilience, making and maintaining friendships, communication and study skills. The relationship established between Year 7 and their mentors continues throughout their time at Ku-ring-gai and often beyond their school years.

Conflict Resolution

Peer Mediation:

Mediation is a technique of conflict resolution which uses a third neutral party to begin the process of resolving a conflict.

Peer mediation at Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School involves students mediating students. Peer mediation is based around the belief that students have the ability to solve their own problems.

Peer Mediators are a group of dedicated Year 10 and 11 students, with the Year 11 acting as trainers and mentors and the Year 10 students as the primary mediators.

Referrals for Peer Mediation are available for every student and can be made through the Peer Mediation Coordinator, teachers and Year Advisors.

Anti-harassment policy and student referral:

Students and staff have a right to a safe and happy school free of harassment, therefore we all have the responsibility to say "NO!" to all forms of harassment.

"All students and teachers have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity, in an environment free from disruption, harassment and discrimination. To achieve this, all schools will maintain high standards of student behaviour." (Department of Education and Training Good Discipline and Effective Learning Policy)

At Ku-ring-gai High School we have an early intervention policy to help minimise all forms of harassment. Supported by parents and students, staff ensure our school remains a safe and happy one. Every year each student receives the school pamphlet: "Say NO! A guide to dealing with bullying and harassment". Year Advisors, teachers, executive staff and students reinforce School Policy and Procedures through class meetings, year meetings and assemblies.

If harassment is identified:

  • Students must recognise and reinforce their right to a harassment-free workplace;
  • Students and staff have the responsibility to say "No!" – the harassment should cease immediately;
  • Students and staff have the responsibility to intervene, report and record incidents.

If harassment continues:

  • Students have the responsibility to seek help from a teacher;
  • Teachers have the responsibility to respond and record the intervention;
  • Teachers and executive staff will continue to work with students and parents until the harassment ceases;
  • School and Department discipline procedures will commence.

School Counsellor

Our counsellor attends school 3½ days per week. Referrals are not necessary, however appointments are essential. The counsellor is available to assist students and families in a variety of ways to create a safe and caring school, including counselling students, assisting families with decisions about their child's education and liaising with other agencies concerned with the well-being of students.