Caring for students
At Normanhurst Boys High School we aim to provide a supportive environment that is conducive to the total development of all students. Students are encouraged to "set the bar high" in all areas of school life-academically, in extracurricular activities and in developing the values and attitudes that will enable them to make outstanding contributions as leaders in society. A rich extracurricular program and a supportive, inclusive welfare policy have been developed to ensure that the physical, social and emotional needs of each student are catered for.
Our Statement of Purpose is to provide our students with the opportunity to maximise their learning outcomes within a holistic educational environment.
Our school motto, ‘KnowThyself', reflects the idea that within each individual lies the capacity for self-discovery. We encourage each student to recognise both his strengths and weaknesses, and in doing so be able to establish the navigation points that will lead to personal growth and the fulfillment of potential.
Participation:Being a proactive and productive individual and group member, having pride in and contributing to the social and economic wealth of the community and nation.
Responsibility:Being accountable for your individual and community's actions toward yourself others and the environment.
Excellence:Striving for the highest personal achievement in all aspects of schooling and individual and community action, work and life-long learning.
Democracy: Accepting and promoting the rights,freedoms and responsibilities of being an Australian citizen.
Care: Concern for the wellbeing of yourself and others, demonstrating empathy and acting with compassion.
Respect: Having regard for yourself and others, lawful and just authority and diversity within Australian society and accepting the right of others to hold different or opposing views.
Cooperation: Working together to achieve common goals, providing support to others and engaging in peaceful resolution of conflict.
Integrity: Being consistently honest and trustworthy.
Fairness: Social justice and opposing prejudice, dishonesty and injustice.
after NSW Public Schools–Core Values
A full copy of our Welfare and Discipline Policy is available for further detail.
Student Wellbeing is everybody's responsibility and is the focus of all aspects of school life at Normanhurst Boys High School. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure that students thrive and flourish in a safe and supportive learning environment where each student feels valued and has a sense of belonging.
We not only work to fulfill the academic needs of all of our gifted and talented students but also to equip the boys with life skills. Our welfare programs, based around the school values of respect of Self, Others, Learning and Environment (SOLE), are designed to build resilience, team ship, empathy and integrity.
All academic achievements, school service and positive behavior is recognised through a comprehensive merit system, parent letters and awards. Individual needs are met through enrichment courses, acceleration, leadership programs and a wide range of extra curricula activities ensure that all students have many different opportunities to achieve their full potential and build a strong sense of self worth.
Each Year group has a Year Adviser that supports and guides their Grade from Year 7 through to Year 12. All Year Advisers work closely with the Deputies, Head Teacher Welfare and Assistant Year Advisers to identify and address the specific well-being needs of their cohort.
The school has a well-structured framework to support students and staff to ensure that there is a whole school approach to identifying and referring students to the Learning Support Team. The Team comprises of the Deputies, Head Teacher Welfare, School Counsellor, Learning and Support Teacher, Year Advisers, Assistant Year Advisers and Careers Adviser who manage issues of wellbeing, learning support, behavior management and welfare programs.
Strong school community links assist students to develop a strong sense of oneself and hence increased engagement and performance in all areas of learning. We work in partnership with parents and students to identify and address student well being concerns at the earliest possible stage to ensure that the all students have a positive school life and fulfilling education at Normanhurst Boys High.
We pride ourselves on our whole school approach to ensure the personal, social and learning needs of our students are met.
Student Well-being and Discipline
Student welfare is at the core of our raison d'être — our reason for being. It encompasses all that the school does to ensure that our students can learn in a safe, secure and supportive environment. ‘Discipline' is only one aspect of student welfare. We are committed to developing young men with an understanding of the need to take responsibility for one's actions, to be accepting and learn from instances when mistakes are made and accept guidance and consequences for these experiences.
Students will be placed on school detention for serious misconduct and breaches of school expectations as outlined in the School's Code of Behaviour (a copy of which is provided to all students). Parents will be informed in writing of the date and reason for the detention. Detention is held each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon until 3.45 p.m.
Under the Student Welfare Policy students are made to be responsible for their own behaviour. We are committed to the development of men who understand and habitually demonstrate respect in all facets of their lives.
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.