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Evacuation Policy

School Evacuation and Lockdown Procedures

In a school evacuation, the safety of all students and staff is critical. You must obey all instructions given to you by teachers and the ancillary staff. A summary of the school evacuation procedures and a map showing evacuation exits is posted in each classroom. Read these notices.

What you must do:

1. If you see anything dangerous like a fire or gas leak, you must immediately notify the Principal, Deputy Principal, or any other adult in the school. You must also tell other nearby students and teachers about this danger so that they do not get hurt.

2. Everybody must immediately get out of the school buildings if an evacuation is signalled. A whole school evacuation is signaled by:-

  • the continuous ringing of the school bells, or
  • the Public Address System, or
  • Portable PA system if no electrical power available.

3. At the sound of an evacuation, you are to wait for your teacher to tell you when you can leave the room. When you are told to do so, take your school bag and move quickly but quietly to the correct exit, under the direction of your teacher. Take all valuables with you.

4. Remember that your teacher is in charge. Should an exit be considered too dangerous, your teacher will guide you to the next safe exit. Once you get out of the building, you are to make your way around the outside of the school to the oval for roll call.

5. When you get to the oval join your English Evac class or year group (seniors) and wait for the roll to be marked.

6. Once your roll has been marked, you must sit down where you are and wait for further instructions.

7. Nobody will be allowed to return to the school buildings until the Police/Fire Brigade have given the all clear. When the all clear is given (indicated by three bells) you will move to Stockton Hall under the direction of the HSR and your teachers.

8. Students are NOT to phone or text message unless advised by the Chief Warden, because this can congest the phone system for emergency services.


School Lockdown Procedure

(Intermittent Bells!!)



This procedure may be necessary if there is a serious incident in the school grounds before school, recess or lunch requiring students to be removed from outside areas:

Note: If an incident occurs during class time then students should remain in class with their teachers. PE classes go to the Multi Purpose Centre (MPC) and students not in class go to the nearest available room which is supervised by a teacher.  If the incident occurs before school, at recess or lunch, students are to go to the nearest available building or room supervised by a teacher.


1. Incident reported to Principal/Chief Warden to start process.

2. Lockdown is signaled by ringing bells intermittent until the playground is clear.

3. Staff to move to the nearest classrooms or buildings, supervise students and encourage students to move quickly to rooms. Students are to sit on floor. Head Teachers are to check their areas (same as evacuation policy), if possible.

4. All students to proceed quickly to rooms under staff guidance, staff close and lock doors and close blinds if possible.

5. SASS staff, canteen staff, sick bay staff to stay in areas or nearest staff room.

6. Principal/Chief Warden to contact Police, District Office or Support Services.

7. Teachers keep students in class until all clear (one long continuous bell signaling Emergency Evacuation or 3 bells indicating end of Lockdown and students to proceed to the MPC for an Assembly).

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