Policies and Procedures
The framework in which our school operates.
St Thomas Aquinas has a number of school-based policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our school life.
Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD), also provides advice and recommendations on educational and administrative policies and priorities, and monitors policy implementation.
Policies and Procedures
Working with Children CheckCSPD has in place a variety of strategies to ensure child safe schools and communities are maintained including the obligation for all staff members undertaking child-related work to hold a valid NSW Working with Children Check clearance.
CSPD Safeguarding ProceduresThis document outlines the procedures that must be followed by staff members when responding to concerns relating to children and young persons and any alleged breach of the CSPD Code of Conduct When Working With Children and Students.
Code of Conduct When Working With Children and StudentsThis Code of Conduct is to inform staff members of CSPD of the standards of behaviour and other requirements that must be adhered to when working in an organisation which delivers services to children and students
Code of Conduct PolicyThis document sets out the obligations, responsibilities and standards of behaviour Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) requires of its staff members.
Preventing Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying PolicyCatholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) is committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.
Volunteer and Contractor Collection NoticeIn applying to provide your services you will be providing our schools, Catholic Early Learning Centres (CELCs), Catholic Out of School Hours Care services (COSHCs) and offices with personal information (Updated 2023)
Standard Collection NoticeThe Standard Collection Notice outlines the types of personal information, including sensitive information about students, parents or guardians, and how that information is used. (updated logo 2023)
Information Sharing PolicyThe Information Policy sets out how Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD), its schools and related services obtain and release personal information from and to third parties
Employment Collection NoticeThis notice outlines what information CSPD collects and stores when you apply for employment with us, and who we disclose that information to.
Student exemption proceduresThese procedures outline the conditions upon which a child may be exempt from being enrolled at and attending school (Implemented 2017)
Student Attendance ProceduresSchool attendance plays a critical role in enhancing the lives of children and young people. Every day of attendance adds to a student's opportunity to learn, develop and experience success in education. Attendance is a core responsibility of schools.
Bullying Prevention and Response ProcedureThe purpose of this policy is to prevent bullying through the creation of safe, respectful & supportive school cultures & responding to bullying behaviour in ways that are just & effective, with a focus on safety, restoring relationships.
Suspension, Transfer and Exclusion Procedure EXTERNALCSPD is committed to developing an educational and organisational culture based on mutual trust and respect that assists people to recognise and develop their personal capabilities.
Weapons ProceduresCSPD is committed to ensuring that all its sites are places of safety for students, staff and other persons attending those places.
University Student Placement GuidelinesThese guidelines apply to all university students who have been accepted into a professional experience placement at a CSPD school in the fields of social work and psychology.
Student Wellbeing PolicyThis Policy states that principles followed when making decision about students. It is based on an acknowledgement that parents and carers are the first and most important educators of their children.
Banned Substances Student Policy and ProcedureThis Policy & Procedure covers the possession, use and distribution of alcohol, tobacco, vaping devices, illegal drugs or other banned substances. (Updated Feb 2023)
Banned Substances in SchoolThis Policy & Procedure covers the possession, use and distribution of alcohol, tobacco, vaping devices, illegal drugs or other banned substances.
Student Attendance PolicyCentral to championing diversity and equity is our commitment towards the attendance of all students. This Policy sets out the requirements for all staff managing, recording, reporting and monitoring student attendance at CSPD schools.
Externally Funded Therapy and Allied Health Providers in Schools PolicyThis document provides information around externally funded therapy for students and Allied Health providers in school.
Student Use of Digital Devices and Online Services Policy - ExternalThis Policy is about Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) students’ use of Digital Devices and Online Services in School-Related Settings.
Catholic school community
Managing Complaints PolicyCatholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) promotes and maintains positive relationships and harmonious working environments. This document outlines the principles CSPD will follow when dealing with complaints.
Modern Slavery StatementCSPD's Modern Slavery statement focuses on confronting modern slavery and ensure that our supply chains respect the dignity and value of each person.
Procedural Fairness GuidelinesDecision making in CSPD and its schools is based on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, natural justice and processes that are fair and equitable.
School Fees PolicyThe purpose of this Policy is to ensure fair and equitable school fee assistance and collection processes across all schools in the Diocese of Parramatta.
Whistleblower PolicyThe purpose of this policy is to encourage reporting of corrupt conduct, maladministration and serious and substantial wrongdoing without fear of reprisal or detrimental treatment.
Learning and teaching
CSPD Accreditation to Teach REAll teachers in CSPD who teach Religious Education are required to be accredited as qualified teachers with the necessary background, specialist knowledge and witness to the Catholic mission.
Enrolment PolicyThis Policy provides information about the enrolment principles, enrolment criteria and procedures for Parents/Carers seeking to enrol a child into a CSPD School.
At St Thomas Aquinas, we use innovative and personalised learning to connect students with ‘real world’ opportunities.
Our students are treated with dignity and respect. Their safety and wellbeing are our top priorities.