Significant Events

The purpose of this policy is to provide a clearly defined system for reporting events that impact or has the potential to impact on the safety and wellbeing of pupils, parents, visitors, staff or contractors, or to cause loss to the essential functioning of the school.

The Board of Trustees requires that all activities procedures and policies of St Francis Catholic School will demonstrate in action and principle the Catholic Character of this school.



Education Act 1989



This policy applies to all staff and members of the Board at St Francis Catholic School. This policy does not apply to the management and resolution of complaints.


Associated Documents

School Charter, specifically containing:

  • Three year Strategic Plan,
  • Annual Plan
  • Religious Education Curriculum Plan
  • Self review Plan.

All policies and procedure documents and manuals of St Francis Catholic School will support in action and principle the foundation of this policy.


Policy Statements

A significant event in this context is defined as any occurrence that is not consistent with accepted professional practice or the normal or accepted operation of St Francis Catholic School.

Characteristics include:

  • Major system failure
  • Multiple parties or staff involved.
  • The potential to disrupt school operation.
  • The potential for serious adverse media attention.
  • The potential to seriously undermine community confidence in St Francis Catholic School.
  • Category of a Significant Event includes:
  • Accidental injury to pupil, staff, visitor or contractor
  • Equipment failure or damage
  • Security of premises and personnel (including kidnapping, assault, threatening behaviour)
  • Fire/bomb threat
  • Loss of Services, e.g. power failure, water supply
  • Theft or loss of equipment or property
  • Resource deficiency
  • Experience of trauma, loss or grief
  • Natural disaster or accumulative effect of such
  • Any other event which may not be recorded by other systems but which may compromise pupil, staff, visitor or contractor safety.

All significant events are to be notified immediately to the Principal, by the person involved or discovering the event.

The Principal must initiate corrective, preventative or mitigate action immediately. This may include for example:

  • Communicating with internal and external parties to resolve event
  • Initiating specialist to replace resource
  • Replacing faulty equipment.

All events that result in poor and unresolved outcome for staff and pupils must be verbally notified to the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

The Principal must ensure that when there are organisational system implications, that the Chairperson of the Board is involved in resolution.

All staff members involved must receive feedback on all actions taken and any changes that have occurred or are to occur. Issues arising from Significant Events should be discussed and reviewed at Staff and Board Meetings. Consultation with staff and members of the Board, at St Francis School, should occur before implementing changes resultant from the Significant Event.

All involved with the Significant Event are to be given the opportunity for debriefing.

This policy is implemented through the application of all associated documents stated above