Code of Ethics


Rationale

 

Teaching staff not only carry the professional responsibilities of a teacher – but are also people entrusted with the formation of young people.

As a consequence of this, teachers in an Islamic College must in their public school and professional lives adhere to the accepted practice of Islam. Any appearance and manner that does not respect these teachings and practices places a teacher in conflict with their employment conditions and what Garden College stands for.

The Garden College Staff in line with the Islamic ethos will build a school environment based on mutual respect, cooperation and professionalism.

 

Guidelines to Implementation

 

Staff will maintain respectful, cooperative and professional relationships by exhibiting the following attitudes and behaviours.

 

Interpersonal Relations

 

  • Speaking in a non degrading manner avoid raising voice towards one another within the school grounds at all times.
  • Talking positively about each other and remaining loyal to our school family.
  • Recognising that each staff member brings an educational background, professional experience and life skills that are unique and valuable to our school.
  • Practicing positive decision making through non-divisive strategies, compromise and respect for different points of view.
  • Modelling forgiveness by letting go of past hurts and working actively to build and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Demonstrating that every job is important and that every person deserves recognition and respect

 

Professional Growth

 

  • Supporting each others professional growth through such means as mentoring and collaborative planning.
  • Improving instruction throughout the school by sharing innovative instructional activities, strategies and materials.

 

Communications

 

  • Increasing communication between individuals and groups of staff through professional and social activities.
  • Respecting confidentiality in our communications as they pertain to students, parents and staff.
  • Being professional in demean our, actions, verbal and written communications and by dress by adhering to staff dress policy.

 

Decision Making

 

  • Seeking input from pertinent staff members regarding decisions that affect those members or the faculty as a whole.
  • Making every effort to reach acceptable compromises and avoiding decisions that divide the staff by giving ample time for discussion so that consensus can be reached.

 

School Operations

 

  • Observing schedules and giving advance notice of schedule changes.
  • Respecting staff members and school property, leaving note when taking items from office or staff member and returning items in good condition.
  • Showing consideration for classroom space and noise levels (e.g. keeping audio visuals volume down, refraining from interrupting one another’s class time, moving students through halls and shared areas quietly.)
  • Taking on extras even when given with late notice from daily organiser or administrative staff due to unexpected circumstances in a responsible, understanding manner as part of duty of care.