Rules and policies


Uniform policy

Townsville State High School students wear their uniform with pride. It helps students identify with their school and encourages good, positive attitudes which flow over into the learning area. Our uniform policy has been developed and endorsed by parents, students and teachers.

Accident/illness/first aid

If a student is injured during school or in the Playground, the teacher on Duty will endeavour to take the student concerned to the Office. If the situation is not possible then contact a member of Administration who will make the necessary arrangements.
  • Take emergency precautions to ensure that the life of the student(s) is not in danger. If necessary warn other students of the danger. Send students to obtain assistance. Office staff/Administration will call an ambulance and advise parents.
  • The teacher on Duty must complete details in Accident Book in the General Office including (i) Name of Student; (ii) Home group; (iii) Details of how the accident occurred; (iv) Details of Injury; (v) Action taken; (vi) Details of any treatment.
  • NOTE: The Department has issued strict guidelines in relation to the Administration of First Aid.

Illness of students

A student who claims to be ill during a lesson should be referred to the sick bay by the Teacher.
  • Students are not permitted to sit under buildings if ill.
  • The General Policy is that parents will be contacted and asked to collect students rather than permit an extended stay in the Sick Room.

Exclusion table - Infectious diseases

The following list should be strictly adhered to, in the interests of the health of students and teachers. If there is a student in your class who you suspect to be suffering from one of the listed diseases, please refer him/her to the Deputy Principal.

There are other infectious diseases but these are the most easily identifiable: Chicken Pox, Measles, Mumps, German Measles, Whooping Cough.

Assessment policy


Student assessment is the purposeful and systematic collection of information about student achievements. All Queensland students deserve to benefit from high-quality assessment programs. In school-based assessment, teachers are responsible for designing assessment programs and making judgments about the standards achieved by their students.

Students in Queensland benefit from a formal program of standards-based assessment.

The purpose of assessment is to:

  • Promote, assist and improve learning to help students achieve the highest standards then can within their own capabilities;
  • Inform and improve programs of teaching and learning;
  • Provide meaningful reports – students, parents, teachers – for those who need to know;
  • Provide information for the issuing of certificates of achievement;
  • Provide information to statutory authorities.

Monitoring of assessment

At some stage during the assignment process, teachers must have an official Monitoring period. During this time, the following processes will apply:
  • The monitoring due date will be clearly indicated on the task sheet when the assignment is issued, as will the expectations.
  • At monitoring, students must present to the teacher what they have completed.
  • If nothing is presented, then the student will be placed on detention by the classroom teacher to attempt the assignment. This must be completed to a standard that would allow a level of achievement to be awarded.
  • If the student is absent, a letter (Assignment Advice Courtesy Letter) or phone call will be sent home, requesting that the student present their assignment for monitoring at the first opportunity. If the student returns without an assignment, a detention will be given.
  • The teacher will mark the draft assignment and provide feedback at that time.
  • Assignments of students deemed by the teacher to be below standard and should be photocopied (where possible) or an annotated criteria sheet completed (work had been sighted).
  • Support personnel should be involved to encourage students to complete assignments.
  • Monitoring should occur at least 5 school days before the final due date.
  • If there are more than 5 students per class who fail to submit evidence at monitoring, the;
  • Head of Department must be informed.
  • N.B. Students will only be permitted to submit drafts for feedback, as per syllabus requirements. Feedback needs to be specific.

Early departure

Students who have appointments and wish to leave the grounds must have their notes signed by a member of the Senior Administration, prior to leaving.

Late arrival

Students arriving at school after the roll has been marked must report to the office to have their names added to the rolls. If they do not do this, they will be marked absent for the whole day.

Students arriving at class later will have a note signed by the Office or the Senior Administration, if their lateness is excused. If they are detained by another teacher, they are to bring a note of explanation from that teacher, signed and dated. If they are late and do not have a reasonable excuse, the class teacher is to determine the appropriate action.

Last reviewed 29 November 2019
Last updated 29 November 2019