Safety Precautions

Safety at the Good Samaritan Campus
Thomas Carr College is acutely aware of the need to provide a safe and secure environment for all students, regardless of which campus they are attending.

The key components of ensuring the safety and welfare of students at the Good Samaritan Campus are:

Activity Safety
Kayaking/canoeing, bushwalking and mountain bike riding activities will be conducted by suitably qualified staff.  The strongest possible emphasis will be placed on students evaluating the risks and consequences associated with their own behaviour while engaging in all activities.  Students who are deemed to be incapable of making such evaluations will be excluded from the activity.

Emergency Procedures
The Good Samaritan Campus has an Emergency Management Plan covering procedures for all emergencies, including bushfire.  Each new group of students will be briefed in emergency procedures, including evacuation.

Medical facilities are available at Colac Area Health, 11km away.  There are CFA stations at both Coragulac and Colac and a Police Station at Colac.

Health and Hygiene
A strong emphasis will be placed on the maintenance of personal hygiene standards, including maintaining clean bunkrooms, ablution and food areas.  These areas will be cleaned daily by the students.  Evening meal preparation will be undertaken by the Campus Caterer. 

Bushfire Safety at the Good Samaritan Campus
In consultation with the CFA, Thomas Carr College has developed an Emergency Management Plan (EMP) that clearly outlines responses to varying levels of fire danger. Under this EMP it will at times be necessary to evacuate students from the Good Samaritan Campus if the fire danger level is deemed to place the safety of the students, staff and the campus in jeopardy.
On designated Code Red (Catastrophic) days, evacuation is mandated by the Catholic Education Office. Note that the Good Samaritan Campus is in the CFA South West District.

Procedures
The following procedures relating to Fire Danger Ratings will be adhered to:

  • Code Red (Catastrophic): staff and students will be evacuated from the campus and returned by bus to Thomas Carr College the night before. Staff will monitor the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website on the Western weather district to determine when it will be safe to return to the campus using Fire Danger Ratings (FDR). CFA and DSE websites will also be monitored to determine if a fire is or has been burning, preventing access or safe passage to the campus.
  •  Extreme: staff and students will either stay on site at the Good Samaritan Campus or relocate to Colac for the day. Colac is also in the CFA South Western District but it is away from forested areas. Activities will be restricted to the lake and local surrounds. If, for logistical or safety reasons, this is not possible, students will be returned to Thomas Carr College as for Code Red days. Staff will monitor the BOM website on the Western weather district to determine whether or when it is safe to return to the campus using FDR’s. CFA and DSE websites will also be monitored to determine if a fire is or has been burning, preventing access or safe passage to the campus.
  • Severe: Consideration will be given to local temperature, wind strength, direction and relative humidity regarding the planning of off-site activities. No activities will be conducted in forested areas. The program will continue to be based at the Good Samaritan Campus, though it will be restricted to areas that are easy to evacuate should conditions change. Conditions will be monitored throughout the day via the BOM and CFA websites and 774 ABC radio.
  • Very High: The program will continue as planned with local conditions being monitored throughout the day via the BOM and CFA websites and 774 ABC radio. Consideration will be given to local temperature, wind strength, direction and relative humidity regarding the planning of overnight off-site activities.
  • High: Local conditions will be monitored.
  • Low/Moderate: Local conditions will be monitored.

NOTE: If Catastrophic or Extreme days are declared on a Monday students will remain at home in Melbourne. Updates on transport arrangements will be posted on the Thomas Carr College website and via the Thomas Carr College text messaging service.