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Policies

Introduction

As a condition of enrolment at Inner West Dance (‘IWD’), students and their parents or guardians agree to abide by all the policies set forth by IWD, its directors, faculty, and staff. IWD reserves the right to terminate any student’s enrolment at any time for misconduct or inappropriate actions by either the student and/or their parent(s)/guardian.

Our Policies

General

It is expected that students arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time.

Please advise the office (phone or email) of any absences.

No gum, jewellery (except for stud or sleeper earrings), watches or mobile phones are permitted in class. All valuable items should be left at home.

Whilst all reasonable care is taken, to the extent permitted by law Inner West Dance (‘IWD’) is not liable for students outside of scheduled classes or the immediate premises. Parents of pre school and younger middle school students are asked to pick children up from the waiting areas inside the studio, rather than asking students to wait unsupervised in the car park.

Parents and students are asked to take particular care and be respectful of our facilities. Bins are provided for rubbish please make sure you use them!

Student Class Placements

The correct placement of students in classes at an appropriate level is very important. It is crucial to the proper development and safety of the student. The final class placement of any student is at the discretion of the Directors of IWD.

Examinations & Assessments

Examinations and assessments are offered for students through Cecchetti Ballet Australia and the Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD). Examinations and/or assessments are not compulsory but we encourage all students to take part. Examinations offer the student an achievement goal and provide focus for their ongoing dance tuition. Ballet students at Grade 2 and higher must participate in a minimum of 2 classes per week if they wish to take part in examinations. Students will be entered for examinations at the discretion of the Directors.

Grooming

Students must be dressed in the correct uniform at all times. Beginners are requested to obtain school dancewear as soon as possible. It is expected that students arrive in and depart the dance studio premises in appropriate attire (e.g. sportswear or other clothing) and not in their dancing attire uniform.

Grooming is an essential part of a student’s training. It encourages good deportment, enables students to be able to turn correctly without hair flicking in the eyes and is essential for teachers to be able to observe correct placement of the head and shoulders. Therefore it is expected that:

  • ALL female classical ballet students wear hair in a bun. If dancers are unable to maintain a bun, hair must still be off the face (e.g. Using an appropriate headband)
  • ALL male students maintain a hairstyle that does not fall into the eyes and male students with long hair are requested to wear a ponytail or bun for classes
  • ALL female Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro and Barre students are to wear a ponytail or bun without any loose fringes or tendrils hanging across the face.

Class Dates and Fees

Children’s classes run in conjunction with Victorian school term dates, and are based on a 10 week term.

Term fees are due prior to (or at) the student’s first class of term.

A late fee of $5 per week applies for fees that remain outstanding after Week 1 of Term (or one week after signing up if commencing mid-term). Your cooperation is appreciated.

All fees are inclusive of GST.

Annual Administration Fee (including insurance) – $25*

No classes will be held on public holidays.

Absences: If you or your child are unable to attend class we ask that you let the office know as soon as possible. Where practicable, students may still participate in the class online via google meet, alternatively please contact the office to arrange a make up class for the following week. There will be no refund for missed classes.

Performances

All students are offered the opportunity to participate in the Annual Performance. Students wishing to participate must commit to attending additional rehearsals during term 4. All students must attend the dress rehearsals, and be available for all performances. Rehearsal times are subject to change however IWD will provide as much advance notice as possible to students and parents/guardians.

It is etiquette for students to inform the Directors of their participation in any productions or performances outside of IWD. Students must not perform choreography taught at the school without seeking prior permission from the Directors of IWD. All rights relating to such choreography belong to IWD.

Costume fee and performance levy

A costume fee of $75 per student applies to all students wishing to participate in the annual performance.

This will be included in all term 3 invoices.

A $25 performance levy will be charged to cover a download of the performance and 1 program per family. Additional programs can be purchased at the performance for $5.

This will be included in all term 4 invoices.

The costume levy covers the extensive preparation, sewing, purchasing  of costumes and accessories required for the annual performance.

Parent viewing policy

Parents / Guardians are asked to refrain from viewing classes, aside from prearranged open days. Students may be distracted by those viewing the class and therefore may not gain the full benefit of the class. Distractions may have a negative impact on the entire dynamic of the class so your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

We welcome all parents to watch their childrens first class. We believe parents/guardians have to be 100% happy and comfortable with our student/teacher interaction before deciding on whether we are the right dance studio for them.

The process of settling in the younger children can sometimes take extra time. We undertake to be mindful of this and will not request parents leave prior to it being the right time to do so. Once your child is happily settled we will ask that parents leave the room to allow for the proper running of the class.

It is compulsory for parents or guardians of children in Toddlers (2-3 years old) to stay and actively support their little dancer in class.

If you are in the room with your child in any class, we kindly ask that you remain quiet and do not use mobile phones or other devices. Keeping our students focussed and attentive at all times is our main priority.

Open Days

Parents, family and friends are invited to watch classes generally once per term (except for Term 4). Dates will be set by the Directors and a notice will be sent out accordingly.

IWD’s liability

To the extent permitted by law and without limiting your rights under the Australian Consumer Law, our liability is limited to (at our option):

  • the supplying of the service(s) again; or
  • the payment of the cost of having the service(s) supplied again.

Failure to comply with these terms and conditions

In the event of any failure to comply with any of the terms, conditions, codes or policies referred to on this page, IWD reserves the right to cancel the student’s enrolment and in this situation any fees paid or payable will not be refunded.

We want to provide opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to experience the love of dance and movement in a safe and welcoming environment. We also want to ensure that our students, their families and our staff feel well supported and part of our family.

As a condition of enrolment at Inner West Dance (‘IWD’), students and their parents or guardians agree to abide by all the policies set forth by IWD, its directors, faculty, and staff. IWD reserves the right to terminate any student’s enrolment at any time for misconduct or inappropriate actions by either the student and/or their parent(s)/guardian.

Our Values

IWD operates in line with our core values of: inclusion, family, safety, diversity, fun, friendship, lifelong learning and community.

Students at IWD have the right to:

  • a positive educational environment that fosters learning;
  • feel safe and secure at all times;
  • be treated with dignity and respect regardless of gender, ethnic origin or ability; and
  • receive fair and equal treatment.

Our Students

All Students are expected to:

  • allow others to learn in a positive environment;
  • demonstrate respect for teachers, parents, staff and other students at all times;
  • be courteous, co-operative and friendly to all members of the studio community;
  • arrive at least five minutes prior to your scheduled class (late students may be refused entry, due to the risk of injury);
  • be tidy and well-groomed, dressed in dance uniform with the correct shoes, and hair tied back neatly off the face. Ballet buns are required for all ballet classes;
  • be honest;
  • attend class regularly unless ill or injured, or in the event of a family emergency;
  • have mobile phones switched off and away during class; and
  • respect the studio property and environment.

Our Parents (including legal guardians and carers)

At IWD we strongly encourage our parents to be part of their child’s dance education, and abide by the following:

  • If children are interested, encourage them to dance. Do not force them;
  • Remember, children are dancing for their enjoyment. Help them focus on effort, commitment and performance;
  • Help children set realistic goals based on their individual ability and experience;
  • Always remember that children learn best by following an example; and
  • Applaud good performances by all of the performers and support all efforts to create a welcoming environment for all at IWD.

Our Staff and Volunteers

All staff and volunteers at IWD must not:

  • develop relationships with children that could be seen as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific children);
  • exhibit behaviours with children which may be construed as unnecessarily physical (for example inappropriate sitting on laps);
  • put children at risk of abuse (for example, by locking doors);
  • do things of a personal nature that a child can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes;
  • engage in open discussions of a mature or adult nature in the presence of children (for example, personal social activities);
  • use inappropriate language in the presence of children;
  • express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children;
  • discriminate against any child, including because of culture, race, ethnicity or disability;
  • have contact with a child or their family outside of our organisation without IWD knowledge and/or consent (for example, no babysitting). Accidental contact is unavoidable; and
  • have any online contact with a child or their family outside of normal administrative practices required for the good order of the studio.

In addition, all staff and volunteers at IWD are expected to:

  • ensure apparent maltreatment or abuse by any person is reported in a timely manner;
  • identify, challenge and report any behaviour deemed inappropriate by any person with involvement at IWD; and
  • provide a positive example at all times.

The staff at IWD reserve the right at all times to provide reasonable and appropriate feedback to students whilst in the care of the studio. IWD staff agree to ensure that feedback is provided in a calm and respectful manner and with the needs of the student foremost.

IWD management undertake to immediately address and rectify any undisciplined behaviour by staff or volunteers towards students.

IWD staff and management accept that physical discipline of any type, towards any person, is unacceptable and prohibited.

Child Safe Standards

Inner West Dance (‘IWD’) subscribes to compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children to help protect children from abuse, set out by the government of Victoria (Child Safety and Wellbeing Act, 2005).  The Child Safety Standards form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry (2013).

Our Commitment to Child Safety

IWD is committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children and young people.  IWD enforces zero tolerance of child abuse and will treat all allegations and safety concerns in line with our child safety reporting process.

​IWD has a legal and moral obligation to contact authorities when we have concern for a child’s safety.

IWD is committed to preventing child abuse by actively identifying risks and reporting on same where appropriate and in line with government and community expectations.

IWD is committed to providing awareness for our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.

IWD supports and respects all children.  We are committed to the cultural safety of Indigenous children, the safety of children from a CALD background, and to providing a safe environment for children with disabilities.

Child Safety Code of Conduct

At IWD we expect staff and volunteers to proactively ensure the safety of children at all times and to take immediate and appropriate action if there are concerns about the safety of any child.

This document outlines and recognises the critical role that staff and volunteers play in protecting the students in our care; and establishes clear expectations of staff and volunteers in order to safeguard all persons against abuse and or neglect.

Valuing diversity

We value diversity and do not tolerate discrimination.

To achieve this, we:

  • support the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Indigenous children and their families
  • support the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children from a CALD background and their families
  • welcome children with disability and their families and actively promote and encourage their participation
  • welcome GLBTIQ+ students and their families
  • commit to ensuring our facilities are suitable for and promote the inclusion of students of all abilities.

Child Safety Officer

Megan Conkey – Director and Co-Founder

Medical Treatment Permission

Dance is a physical activity and whilst all reasonable care is taken, to the extent permitted by law Inner West Dance (‘IWD’) is not liable for injuries sustained during classes, instruction, performance activities or otherwise.

In the case of an injury or health concern in respect of your child, all reasonable efforts will be made to contact you promptly. But, in the case of an emergency, or in the event that you cannot be reached, IWD will to seek medical attention for the student. This may involve IWD rendering first aid to the student or calling an ambulance for the student. You agree to indemnify IWD for any costs incurred in obtaining such emergency medical attention, for example ambulance fees.

Images

From time to time images from school performances, class photos and various events will be used to promote the activities of Inner West Dance (‘IWD’). For example in newsletters, on the IWD website, through social media, noticeboards, brochures (not an exhaustive list).  Parents, guardians and staff consent to the use of images, and waive all rights in respect of such images. IWD will not sell the images to third parties.

At declared open days parents are permitted to attend class and use video/still image capturing devices in classes in which their children are directly participating. Consent for children of other parents/guardians to appear in images is therefore implied. IWD does not accept responsibility or liability in relation to the use of images (appropriate or otherwise) by parents or guardians.

Social Media

IWD encourages active, respectful and responsible participation by parents, guardians, staff and students on social media. All posts and comments must be respectful, polite, inoffensive and appropriate. IWD is not responsible for continuous monitoring and moderation of social media. Libel, slander or offense to any party or identity via social media is prohibited.

Please bring any inappropriate use of social media to the attention of IWD staff as soon as possible, in person. IWD does not take responsibility for the use of social media (appropriate or otherwise) by persons other than those in the direct employ of IWD.

Should you NOT wish to accept this policy, please contact the office on [email protected]