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MSOD Child Safe Policy

This Marlene’s School of Dance Colac Child Safe Policy states the strong commitment of the management, teachers and volunteers of Marlene’s School of Dance Colac to child safety.

Commitment to child safety.

All children who come to Marlene’s School of Dance Colac have a right to feel and be safe. The welfare of the children in our care will always be amongst our first priorities, and we have a zero tolerance to child abuse. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where children feel safe and have fun whilst learning to dance. This policy applies to all management, teachers, volunteers, children, individuals and their parents/ carers involved in our organisation.

Children’s rights to safety and participation.

Marlene’s School of Dance Colac management, teachers and volunteers will encourage children to express their views. We will listen to their suggestions, especially on matters that directly affect them. We will actively encourage all children who use our services to ‘have a say’ about things that are important to them. We will teach children about what they can do if they feel unsafe. We will listen to and act on any concerns children, or their parents / carers, raise with us.



Marlenes "Jazz it Up" Colac School of Dance has the following Codes of Ethics / Conduct and Policies:

  • Code of Conduct for Dance Students
  • Code of Conduct for Parents & Others
  • Code of Ethics for Dance teachers
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Drug & Alcohol
  • Prevention of Bullying

See below for details.

 


CODE OF CONDUCT FOR DANCE STUDENTS

I will:

  • Arrive on time to each class to avoid disrupting my teachers and other students, and begin to warm up athletically before the start time of my class;
  • Wear appropriate clothing and shoes to each class in accordance with the uniform requirements, including wearing my hair in the appropriate style and removing all jewelry before each class;
  • Change my clothing or wear additional clothing appropriate to the weather when travelling to and from the dance studio;
  • Be polite, courteous and respectful to my teacher, bow or curtsy to him/her at the conclusion of each class and wait for newsletters and/or treats to be handed to me;
  • Treat all others as I like to be treated, being polite, courteous and respectful to other students and other people in the dance environment, regardless of ability, and strive to create a positive environment at all times;
  • Conduct myself with behavior that is beyond reproach at Community and Corporate events;
  • Be honest in my attitude and preparation to group work, by working equally hard for myself and my peers;
  • Be frank and honest with my Teachers concerning illness, injury, and my ability to participate in each class;
  • Control my temper when things don’t go the way I hoped;
  • Respect the Dance Studio and Performance environments, putting all rubbish into bins and keeping them neat and clean for the safety of myself and others;
  • Respect and care for all Costumes, Props and Equipment;
  • Honour any commitment that I make to the Dance School and my peers, once I make that commitment, by attending rehearsals and performances above all other social events;
  • Attend the week of rehearsals before our annual production, knowing that if I am absent from these rehearsals then I will compromise my opportunity to perform with my peers;
  • Actively seek opportunities to perform and demonstrate my skills to the community, always giving appropriate credit to those who have helped me to develop them.

I will not: Bully, gossip about, or isolate other students;

  • Chew gum in class or eat food in classrooms or on any performance space;
  • Use my mobile phone in class, in the foyer during my allocated class time, or in any change room environment;
  • Upload any MSOD dances or choreography onto Facebook, YouTube, or other similar sites as this could breach copyright;
  • Leave the Dance Studio premises without a parent/guardian or parental permission;
  • Attend a class at any other dance school without discussing the situation with the MSOD Principal;
  • Teach others any of the choreography that has been taught at MSOD unless they are current students of MSOD, and then only with permission from the MSOD Principal;
  • Re-perform any of the choreography that is taught at MSOD at any location without written permission from the MSOD Principal, as this could breach copyright;
  • Perform for any other dance school that competes with MSOD without written permission from the MSOD Principal, and then only if the other dance school agrees to give appropriate credit to those who have helped me to develop my skills.
  • I understand:
  • The final decision regarding my ability to enter any examination will be made by the MSOD Principal;
  • The Dance School reserves the right to ask any Student to leave the School for inappropriate behaviour;
  • That any decision I make to breach any of the Dance School rules, or breach the Dance Student Code of Conduct, may nullify all Insurance I am otherwise covered by while attending training at or functions for or on behalf of the Dance School



 

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS & OTHERS

I will:

  • Encourage my child to dance so long as he/she is interested in dancing;
  • Focus on my child’s performance rather than the overall outcome of the examination, performance or audition;
  • Teach my child that an honest effort is as important as a victory, so that the results of each examination, performance or audition are accepted without undue disappointment;
  • Teach my child to respect their peers and their Teachers, and lead by example;
  • Help my child to set realistic goals based on his/her individual ability and experience;
  • Encourage my child to follow the rules of the dance studio and any competition or audition they enter into;
  • Applaud good performances by all of the performers, not only my own child;
  • Remember that my child learns best by example, and that I need to practice what I preach;
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from all dance activities;
  • Respect and follow advice and direction provided by Dance Teachers;
  • Remember that my child and their friends are dancing for their enjoyment, not my own;
  • Encourage my child to see live professional performances as often as possible.

I will not:

  • Force my child to attend classes if they lose interest in dancing;
  • Focus only on whether or not my child wins a competition or audition, because I recognize that this may cause my child to become overly competitive against others;
  • Ridicule or yell at my child, or any other child, for making a mistake or not passing an examination;
  • Upload any MSOD dances or choreography onto Facebook, YouTube, or other similar sites as this could breach copyright;
  • Raise an issue with or question an official’s judgment in public, instead raising any issue or disagreement through the appropriate channels.




  CODE OF ETHICS FOR DANCE TEACHERS

Marlene’s School of Dance Colac (the Dance School) endorses the following Code of Ethics, originally devised by leading representatives of Australia's studio teachers. The aim of this Code is to inform teachers and the public of the ethical standards expected by the profession of those who teach within it.

Students and Parents of the Dance School are requested that where they believe a breach of this Code has occurred, that they make an appointment with the Principal to discuss the situation so that the Dance School may improve its service to the local Community.

1. Clearly defined aims will be stated by studio principals, setting out the broad goals to be achieved by the school. A similar set of objectives will be stated which outlines the benefits a pupil can expect to receive through the teaching staff's conscientious implementation of them.

2. Studio principals will ensure that their school is capable of providing all services claimed.

3. Studio principals will employ teaching staff with the experience, knowledge, and/or qualifications required by the levels and techniques to be taught. Student teachers will be trained and supervised to ensure maintenance of the school's teaching standards.

4. Studio principals will provide appropriate assessment procedures and will ensure that students and parents receive or have access to advice when necessary.

5. Studio principals will conform to sound business practice and provide an efficient fee system.

6. Studio principals and individual teachers will ensure that classes are of a size appropriate to the levels and techniques being taught. Students in each class will be of a compatible age and standard.

7. Studio principals and individual teachers will ensure that the facilities provided:

a. conform with minimum safety and space requirements

b. have suitable flooring, with a safe surface designed and constructed to minimise risk of injury.

8. Individual teachers will use adequate and flexible teaching skills to create a productive learning environment. Individual teachers will:

a. strive to communicate love of dance

b. demonstrate professional attitudes, including punctuality, reliability and responsible care of students

c. strive to develop self-discipline and self-motivation in the students

d. encourage and support the individual within the class situation

e. transmit general concepts of movement in addition to those of a particular dance style.

9. Individual teachers will recognise the role of dance in the development of the whole person. They will also seek to recognise and develop each student's potential, whether it lies in dance or in related fields, and offer appropriate guidance for further progress.

10. Individual teachers will endeavour to recognise physical anomalies, modifying the teaching and seeking medical advice when necessary. The teaching and choreography must be anatomically safe, and teachers must be prepared to deal with medical emergencies.

11. Individual teachers will strive to develop in the students an appreciation of the characteristic style of each specific technique taught.

12. Individual teachers take responsibility for seeking further knowledge in all aspects of their work.





OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY
Marlene’s School of Dance Colac (the Dance School) places the highest emphasis on Health and Safety in conducting all daily operations.

This policy applies to all employees and students of the Dance School, whether volunteer or paid, and to all contractors and visitors.

Our Dance School is committed to ensuring, so far as reasonably practicable, that all employees and contractors are adequately informed and trained, and are able to work in an environment that is free of hazards that may cause personal injury.

This can only be achieved through constant promotion of safe working practices, safety awareness and a commitment to safety on the part of all employees and others associated with the Dance School.

In working to fulfill this commitment, the Dance School shall;

1. Maintain so far as reasonably practicable a safe environment at all studios and performance sites

2. Consult with our employees on all matters that may affect their personal safety

3. Develop safe working procedures relevant to each hazardous activity that comply with statutory requirements and promote the involvement of all personnel in the maintenance of a safe working environment.

4. Ensure appropriate emergency procedures exist in all work locations and that all personnel understand the procedures relevant to their location.

5. Provide the training, instruction and supervision necessary to support Occupational Health & Safety in the various areas of Dance School activity.

6. Provide appropriate protective equipment to comply with statutory requirements and to meet the relevant needs of each area of work activity.

7. Ensure appropriate procedures exist for the reporting and review of all safety incidents that were hazardous or had the potential to be hazardous to the safety of our employees or others working in our area of operation.

The Principal and Head Teachers have the responsibility and authority to ensure that the Dance Schools health and safety objectives are achieved. They will identify and support measures to eliminate unsafe acts, procedures, conditions, equipment, and hazards of all kinds.

Teachers and Assistants are responsible for the prevention of accidents and illness arising from work methods and the working environment. Their performance as a Class Leader includes their ability to identify, reduce and prevent accidents and potential hazards.

Students and Parents while attending the School must assume responsibility for their own safety and for that of their peers by following general reasonable instruction and by taking corrective action to halt or prevent unsafe acts and conditions within their control.




 

DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY

Marlene’s School of Dance Colac (the Dance School) places the highest emphasis on Health and Safety in conducting all daily operations.

This policy applies to all employees and students of the Dance School, whether volunteer or paid, and to all contractors and visitors.

Our Dance School expects that all employees and other people associated with the Dance School shall ensure that they are not a hazard to themselves or others who may be affected by their acts or omissions while attending our studios or performance spaces. Specifically, the Dance School will not promote the consumption of drugs or alcohol, and will not tolerate the presence or influence of drugs or alcohol on site at any time.

Students, Parents, Volunteers, Employees and other people associated with the Dance School should be aware that:

1. The possession or consumption of illicit or non-prescribed drugs is not acceptable at any time.

2. Parents, Students, Volunteers and Employees must not arrive at any Dance School site, or represent the Dance School at any time, impaired by the effects of non-prescribed drugs.

3. Parents, Students, Volunteers and Employees must not arrive at any Dance School site, or represent the Dance School at any time, under the influence of any prescribed drug where it could risk injury to any person, including the person using the prescribed drug.

4. Volunteers and Employees must have a blood alcohol content of .00 when arriving at any Dance School site, and when representing the Dance School at any time.

5. Volunteers and Employees must not promote the consumption of alcohol to Students at any time or in any forum.

6. The consumption of alcohol by Parents, Students, Volunteers and Employees is prohibited within any Dance School site, unless expressly allowed by the Principal at an event held in a licensed premises, and then only so long as the alcohol is consumed in a responsible manner as deemed by the Principal.

The Dance School:

1. Will discipline any Student, Volunteer or Employee found to be in breach of this policy, possibly terminating enrolment or employment.

2. Will report any evidence of illicit drug possession or consumption to the relevant legal authority.

3. Will treat the reporting of any breach of this policy with the strictest confidence.

4. Recognises that alcohol or other drug dependency may be a medical condition and encourages persons with a dependency to seek confidential referral, treatment and rehabilitation.

The Principal and Head Teachers have the responsibility and authority to ensure that the Dance Schools health and safety objectives are achieved. They will identify take relevant measures to ensure this policy is achieved within the Dance School.

Teachers, Assistants and other Employees are responsible for reporting any situation that they are aware of to a Head Teacher or the Principal as soon as possible.




 

PREVENTION OF BULLYING POLICY

Marlene’s School of Dance Colac (the Dance School) places the highest emphasis on Health and Safety in conducting all daily operations.

This policy applies to all employees and students of the Dance School, whether volunteer or paid, and to all contractors and visitors.

Our Dance School expects that all employees and other people associated with the Dance School shall treat each other with respect and dignity, in an effort to provide a working environment that is cohesive and comfortable for all. Specifically, the Dance School will not tolerate any Bullying in the workplace.

Bullying behaviour can include but is not limited to

1. Verbal abuse or shouting;

2. Physical Abuse;

3. Excluding or isolating a person;

4. Psychological harassment;

5. Humiliating a person through sarcasm, criticism or insults (including bullying through on-line systems);

6. Ignoring or belittling a person’s contribution or opinion.

The Dance School encourages the early reporting of any allegations of bullying.

Where any persons feel that they are the victim of bullying, they should discuss the matter directly with the person/people concerned and request an end to the behaviour. Should this approach fail or be inappropriate, the victim can raise the matter with the Principal or Head Teacher.

Disciplinary action will be taken against anyone who victimises or retaliates against a person who has made a complaint.

The Principal and Head Teachers have the responsibility and authority to ensure that the Dance Schools health and safety objectives are achieved. They will identify and support measures to eliminate bullying of any kind within the Dance School.

Teachers and Assistants are responsible for reporting any situation that they are aware of to a Head Teacher or the Principal as soon as possible. Their performance as a Class Leader includes their ability to identify, reduce and prevent bullying from occurring.

Students and Parents of the Dance School are responsible for their own behaviour and may face disciplinary action if they engage in bullying behaviour of any form.

 




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