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School Rules

As members of a Catholic community, students are expected to show respect for others at all times. 

Developing a culture of pride and respect

Rights - each one of us has the right to:
  • Learn and teach without interruption.
  • Learn and teach in a safe environment.
  • Be treated with respect, as a child of God.
  • Have pride in ourselves, our culture and
    our school.

Marist College encourages pride in
appearance and personal grooming.
Wearing your uniform with pride shows
that you respect yourself and care
about Marist.

Responsibilities - each one of us has the responsibility to:
  • Uphold the teachings of Jesus.
  • Allow others to learn and teach.
  • Keep our school a safe, healthy, tidy place.
  • Treat others with respect - through all media and devices(eg. cell phones, internet etc.)
  • Act in ways that make us proud to belong to Marist.
  • Give of our best in all areas of school life.
  • Be the person God wants us to be.

Code of Conduct

Marist College expects each student to co-operate fully by taking responsibility for her own progress through preparation for, and participation in, all classes she attends. This requires showing concern for the need of others to pursue their studies without interference,behaving appropriately at Marist College, both within and outside the classroom, and respecting all other teachers and staff.

It is essential that students develop respect for themselves as individuals and as Marist College students. Marist College therefore requires students to conduct themselves at all times, ina manner that will enhance their reputation and that of others at Marist College. There is zero tolerance for verbal/non-verbal abuse,cyber abuse and illegal behaviour, eg. theft. 
Marist College students are expected to:
  • Live Catholic Values in the Spirit of Mary.
  • Treat members of the Marist College community and visitors with courtesy and respect.
  • Take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning.
  • Respect & take responsibility for school, personal and others’ property.
  • Wear the Marist College uniform with pride.
  • Conduct themselves with dignity at all times in a manner which will enhance their own reputation and that of Marist College.
  • Be punctual and attend all classes, unless illness or approved absence prevents attendance.
  • Remain on the Marist College property throughout the day unless permission to leave is granted by the appropriate person.
  • Abide by the rules of Marist College at all times.
  • Look after our environment and recycle waste.

Please be aware of the following school rules:

  • Bullying - We have a zero tolerance on any form of bullying at Marist College. We will investigate all reports of bullying in a serious manner.
  • Digital Technology - Mobile Phones, Electronic Equipment etc - Please refer to the Cyber Citizenship Agreement. Note: Mobile phones are not to be used, seen or heard while on school property.
  • Food and Drink - Food and drink are forbidden in corridors, Atrium and teaching areas during classes. Drinking water is acceptable at the teacher’s discretion.
  • Chewing GumThis is a chewing gum free school. 
  • MedicineAny prescription or non prescription medicines must be stored in the Wellbeing Centre and administered through the school nurse.
  • Addictive SubstancesPossession and/or use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, except personally prescribed medicine (which should be stored at the Wellbeing Centre without exception), is forbidden at school, at any function or trip, in school uniform or when representing Marist College. Any prescription medicines must be handed in to the Wellbeing Centre for safe keeping. 
  • Cars - Year 13 students may drive to school. They must inform Mrs Coupar-Wanoa of the licence plate details and provide a copy of their Drivers licence. No student is allowed to transport another student to or from school. Student parking is restricted to side roads off Kitenui Avenue & Alberton Avenues. 
  • VisitorsAll visitors to school must report to the school office and obtain a visitors badge.
  • WalkwayThe Roy Clements walkway is to be avoided for safety reasons.
  • Alberton Ave ShopsThe Alberton Ave shops are out of bounds to all junior students before, during and after school, except with parental supervision. Year 13 students have special passes for nominated lunchtimes which involve signing in and out at the office.
  • Tattoos – Are not allowed. The principal may use her discretion to approve cultural tattoos.
The following rules apply while wearing Marist College school uniform:
(this includes travelling to and from school) 
  • Hair - Hair is to be the students’ natural hair colour. No radical hairs styles are allowed (e.g. shaved heads, dreadlocks, extensions, wraps.) Hair that touches the shoulders, or is longer must be tied up. Plain hair ties are to be worn and no hair accessories are allowed. 
  • Make-Up  - No make-up is to be worn by any student. No nail polish is to be worn. 
  • Jewellery  - The only jewellery to be worn is one pair of earrings in the lower earlobe (no sleepers, no pearls, no dangling earrings) and a small personal taonga necklace (e.g. a crucifix or pounamu) but it must be worn under the students’ blouse and not be visible. No other jewellery is to be worn. There is an exemption for Year 13 who are allowed to wear one plain ring.

You will need a pass for the following:

Incorrect School Uniform - Correct school uniform is to be worn at all times. If wearing incorrect uniform, students must report to the A205 at morning administration time (8.30am) with a note from home, to get a Pass from the Dean. Students wearing incorrect uniform without a Pass from the Dean will receive an instant detention.

Late to School - Students must be punctual to classes. Students must come directly to school and not linger in places such as Rocket Park or the Alberton shops (except with parental supervision). Whānau time starts at 8:30am. If students are late they must report to the office, sign in and receive a late pass which is to be given to the Class/Whānau Teacher(except Wednesday/Friday Assembly—students go straight to assembly).
• If student does not have a note she will receive an instant detention (report to A206 at Break 1).
• If a student does not sign in she may be given an after school detention.

Absences - Please contact the school office before 8.30am on the day of your daughter’s absence. The office can be contacted on 8468311 or email absences@maristcollege.school.nz. If no notification is received, a text will be sent to your parents/caregivers mobile phone.
Extended Absence - Permission must be requested in writing from the Principal prior to the absence for extended absences of more than three days.

Exit Pass/Leaving School Early - Students must not leave the school grounds unless they have an Exit Pass. Students must sign in and/or out at the school office when leaving from, or returning to school. If a student has to leave school during the day, she must bring a note to her Whānau Teacher at whānau time. The Whānau Teacher will then issue an Exit Pass. When the student needs to leave class, she will show the teacher her Exit Pass and proceed to the school office to sign out. The office staff will check the pass as the student signs out. On returning to school, the student will sign in at the school office and the office staff will give the student a Late Pass which will allow the student entry into class. On assembly days these are available from a Dean.

Out of Class Pass for Sickness or Panadol - If you require an Out of Class Pass you need to request this from your class teacher, and then go to the Wellbeing Centre where staff will assist with medical needs.


Restorative PracticesMarist College has adopted a Restorative Practices approach to managing student behaviour. Restorative Practice is a relational approach to school life grounded in beliefs about equality, dignity, mana and the potential of all people.  Student behaviour management is not a big issue at Marist College, overall, we are fortunate to work with respectful, receptive and collaborative students and families, however, we are always looking to improve our practice. We believe the Restorative Practices behaviour management model affirms and supports the Special Catholic Character of our college. The Restorative Practice model focuses on building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships across the school community and offers school staff best-practice tools and techniques to restore relationships when things go wrong. By building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships within a school, staff to staff, staff to student and student to student, issues are more easily managed.

Chewing Gum - Instant detention Break 1 in A205.

Not obtaining Uniform Pass, Late Pass, Out of Class Pass, Exit PassDetention - Break 1 in A205.

Late to SchoolLate to school, without a note or adequate reason, will receive instant detention in S103 at Break 1.

After-School Detention - Detentions are held at break 1 in A205. In very extreme cases a student may be required to attend an After-School Detention. In this situation parents/caregivers will be given 24 hours notice.

Digital Technology - Electronic Equipment etc. Misuse of digital technology (please refer to the Cyber Citizenship Agreement, signed by all Marist College students regarding responsible use of digital technology) may result in the item being stored in the school office during school hours or parents asked to collect the item from school office on Friday between 3 - 4pm.  

Cell Phone Use:  As outlined in correspondence to parents/caregivers at the end of 2019, in 2020 Marist College has a compulsory BYOD school for Years 9-13, optional at Years 7-8. We are a cell-phone free school. This means that cell-phones are completely banned during school time, in and outside school class. Students may bring cell phones to school; however, they are not to be seen or heard during school hours. It is important for students to develop face-to-face social skills away from digital social networking platforms. Cell phones can be a major distraction during class and break time. Therefore in 2020 we are taking a zero-tolerance approach on cell phone use during school hours. To support this, we will have a two-strike approach. 
  • Strike One: Student caught using/checking cell phone during school hours. Phone confiscated till end of day. Parent/caregiver called by a Dean to advise. 
  • Strike Two: Student caught using/checking cell phone during school hours for a second or subsequent time. Phone confiscated till end of week. Parent/caregiver called by a Dean to collect from main office between 3-4pm on Friday.  Marist College takes no responsibility for confiscated, lost or damaged cell phones. 

Areas out of bounds

In the interest of safety and general care of the community,certain areas are deemed out of bounds. Those listed below are the guidelines staff and students on duty will use to monitor such areas. Their judgement on these matters is to be accepted by all students.
  • Staff parking areas and driveways.
  • All corridors during Break 1, 2 and before school.
  • Entrance and foyer of the gymnasium.
  • Access ways - congregating and sitting on steps or stairways.
  • Close to the boundary fence of the school grounds.
  • Close to the convent.
  • Behind St Anne’s block.
  • 35 Alberton Avenue without an appointment.
  • Alberton Avenue shops before and during school for junior students.
  • Gym toilets at break 1 & 2 (unless under teacher supervision).