Ethics @ SIS

The Somerville Student Code of Ethics was designed by students, for students, as part of an authentic learning journey in 2011. As such these ethics have a huge degree of student voice and vision and are intended to promote both the values and actions Somerville Intermediate students themselves believe are fundamental and important. It is intended to guide behaviour and support students in the kinds of actions and attitudes that optimise learning and grow greater social awareness and responsibility.
This is what some students say about the 'code of ethics':

  • "They are a good idea because they are more powerful than a whole lot of behaviour guidelines."
  • "These statements are simple to follow."
  • "Ethics are powerful and easy to understand."
  • "These ethics unpack being the best you can be."


Ethics excellence

At Somerville we strive towards excellence in every area of school life by being organised, committed, hard working and the very best we can be.


Ethics perseverance

At Somerville we persevere through challenges by being reflective, honest and seeking the support and guidance of others.


At Somerville we strive to apply a positive attitude to all that we do or undertake and look for opportunities to support and encourage others.


Ethics integrity

At Somerville we conduct ourselves with integrity and always act in a way that honours ourselves and others.


Ethics respect

At Somerville we respect ourselves, others, the environment and the right to learn.

Golden Rule

Treat others as you want them to treat you

  1. Students should be quiet and orderly when moving around or in the buildings in consideration of others.
  2. Treat other people with kindness.
  3. Keep in the right places. This means stay within the school boundaries. Students are only allowed to leave the grounds in school hours under exceptional circumstances and only with the permission of a teacher. They must sign out at the office.
  4. Know what to bring to school. This means chewing gum, lollies, valuable games, radios, jewellery, toys and glass bottles should not be brought to school. Make-up, including coloured nail polish, is not to be worn. Dangerous goods are expressly forbidden.
  5. Treat all property carefully.
  6. Cyclists must know the road code and wear a helmet.
  7. Know what to do if it is wet during intervals.

Behaviour Management

We focus on desirable behaviour and attitudes through:

  1. Having clear expectations
  2. Rewarding and recognising appropriate behaviour and academic standards and Praising effort.

STAR (Somerville Totally Awesome Reward) Awards and merit certificates of various kinds are awarded for high standards of achievement, behaviour and consistent effort.
Rules are kept to a minimum but we do have firm expectations about manners, courtesy and appropriate behaviour. These will be rigorously enforced.

Discipline and Guidance

The school encourages and assists each student to develop positive work patterns and habits, particularly self-discipline, independence, responsibility, perseverance and honesty.

Students are also encouraged to develop positive self-esteem, demonstrate respect and caring for him/herself and others. The school fosters respect for authority and care for the environment.

Discipline is the responsibility of each staff member. The deputy principals have particular responsibility for the pastoral care of students, but the ultimate decision for discipline rests with the principal and board of trustees.

The school has an established discipline and guidance policy, which includes a standard course of action for students whose behaviour causes concern.