At MCC we believe that being punctual is a life-skill and we play a role in teaching our students this valuable personal attribute. We also believe that students who are ‘on time’ to class are showing respect for their teacher.
Currently, a large proportion of students are consistently late to our first session of the day – Pastoral Care (PC) - which plays an important role in the day-to-day operations of the school. During this time, teachers mark the roll, give announcements, and pray with and for their students. Students walking into PC class in ‘dribs and drabs’ are disruptive and show a lack of respect for their teacher.
Respecting other peoples' time means you are respecting other people. By being late and keeping people waiting, you are communicating the wrong message to those who have taken the trouble to be on time.
In order to teach our students the virtue of punctuality (which, as they get older, can mean the difference between getting a job or not, keeping friends or not) we are trying a range of different strategies, beginning with students being asked to wait outside the class until the teacher is ready to invite them in.
We ask that you support us in this endeavor. Students must be at the Primary and Secondary campuses no later than:
Primary PC start time 8.45 a.m.
Secondary PC start time 8.30 a.m.
If students arrive after this time they will be asked to wait outside the room until the teacher invites them in.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
Dr Thelma Perso
Director of Teaching and Learning