PÀRANTAN AN TAIGHE
The role of house parent is taken very seriously at Colaisde na Gàidhlig. House parents assume responsibility over the entire student population on campus during the session. The Gaelic College’s number one priority during school programming is the safety and well-being of the children we have on campus, and for this, house parents are integral. We take pride in having qualified house parents with good references and applicable skills.
It is Gaelic College policy that the house parent must be parent/guardian to a student attending the session. House parents are provided rooms and meals for the duration of the session as remuneration for their service.
During youth sessions, we separate the accommodations for boys and girls into two dorms: MacKenzie Hall for the girls, and MacLeod House for the boys. Except for attending classes or supervised use of laundry facilities, boys are not permitted in girls’ dorm hallways, and girls are not permitted in MacLeod House. No students are permitted in Highland House (instructor’s residence) except for classes. We usually have male house parents with the boys, female house parents with the girls, and female house parents are sometimes needed in the boys’ dorm.
House parents are encouraged to be present at registration to introduce themselves to students, and/or help them get settled. There will be a mandatory orientation meeting with all live-in students at 8pm on the arrival night, where house parents will be introduced to the students, and the rules will be reviewed. House parents will serve night lunch, and get together during night lunch for a meeting with the School Director or School Assistant to be informed of any student needs and to divide house parent responsibilities. House parents will be given room lists, and medical/allergy lists.
House parents, if interested, will be permitted to participate in one class per day, so long as there are always 3-5 other house parents “on duty” at all times throughout the day. A schedule can be drafted and followed in this regard.
A Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, 2 letters of reference, and the houseparent application form must be sent to the School Director at either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 902-295-2912.
Application deadline is February 15 for March Break, and June 1 for Summer Youth Sessions. For any other programs, applications will be accepted until 3 weeks prior to start of session.
House parents are required to:
> Review and enforce the Rules for Youth Students.
> Perform a student count by at least 11:00pm, if not earlier, to ensure all students are in their proper residences. For pre-teens, curfew is 9PM with lights out by 9:30PM. For teens, curfew is 10PM with lights out at 10:30PM. All students require a good night’s sleep and enforcing this rule is absolutely essential to the well-being and the learning potential of students.
> Supervise students’ laundry. Students are permitted to use laundry facilities in the first-floor bathroom of MacLeod House any time after class. All laundry must be finished by 8:15PM.
> Check washrooms daily for needs like toilet tissue, towels, etc.
> Monitor students’ wristbands and ensure they are presented to cafeteria staff for all meals.
> Perform a daily inspection of students’ rooms and empty garbage daily. It is expected that House parents will ensure students are prepared for departure on last night of stay, with all students in dorm rooms made to clean any mess made during the session.
> Patrol any incoming food from students for snacking, with complete disposal if deemed unsafe for others. We endeavor to be a peanut-free facility and we abide by many strict rules on food restrictions in our kitchen for students. We expect students not to bring any food containing nuts or peanuts, as this is a very common allergy. House parents will be given a list of students who have registered their medical requirements/allergies.
> Serve night lunch to the students and clean up afterwards. Most often night lunch is prepared for 8:00PM but may vary depending on evening activities.
> Ensure that residences are empty during class times and that all students are in classes – unless a student is ill.
> Fill out an incident report when there is an incident, and when administering first aid.
> If there is a problem, notify the School Director immediately. If not available, contact a staff member on campus right away.
> If there is an emergency, call 911 and notify the School Director immediately. If not available, contact a staff member on campus right away.
> Make sure that students are up, showered and dressed appropriately before coming to the dining room for breakfast. This means enforcing the dress code.
> Ensure that all students are in attendance for morning assembly.
Rules for Youth Students
- Absolutely no alcohol or drugs are permitted on campus.
- No smoking on campus.
- No snacks or foods that contain nuts/peanuts are allowed. If you have food containing nuts/peanuts, please contact a house parent so they can dispose of it.
- Please leave your dorm room doors unlocked at all times.
- No boys allowed in girls’ dorms and no girls allowed in boys’ dorms.
- Students must be in their dorm rooms by 9pm if under age 10, and 10pm for the rest. Lights out at 10:30pm.
- Students are responsible for keeping their rooms tidy. This includes: making your bed, putting clothes away, putting musical instruments away, and ensuring that your lights are turned off when not in use.
- Do not touch the pay phones, they are not toys. If you need to make a phone call, a houseparent or employee will assist you to the phone in the School Office.
- If you have any questions, concerns, or problems please see a houseparent, they’re here to help!
- All students must be dressed respectfully. Please take pride in your appearance and dress appropriately.
- Shorts/skirts must reach mid-thigh length.
- Shirts must cover midriff.
- No pajamas in the cafeteria or classrooms.
- No bare feet in the cafeteria or classrooms.
- No see-through clothing (leggings, lace, etc).
- Present your wristband and/or name tag to receive meals.
- Please act respectfully while in the cafeteria, especially during the lunchtime ceilidh performances.
- Please keep trays, dishes and utensils in the cafeteria.
- Please scrape your trays after every meal.
- Please get a good night’s sleep so you will be alert and ready to learn in class.
- Students are expected to attend morning assembly at 8:45am each morning to receive important announcements.
- Students are expected get to class on time.
- Students are expected to remain in class during class time.
- All students are required to stay on campus at all times, unless your parent has picked you up and notified staff and houseparents beforehand.
- Phones and devices are to be kept off and put away during classes, except for audio recording use with the expressed permission of your instructor.
- If any damage should occur in residences or classrooms, Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College states that it is the responsibility of the student(s) to cover the cost of any necessary repairs. Please do not nail, staple, tape, or glue any posters or other materials to any wall of any building.