CODE OF BEHAVIOUR AND PRACTICE
All students must arrive on time and in correct studio uniform. Class timetables are issued at the beginning of Term 1 and remain unchanged until Term 4, when rehearsals for the Annual Performance take place which involves all the students. The Principal reserves the right to alter class times, days or venues.
Code of Behaviour – Studios and Car Park
Irresponsible behaviour by students, siblings and parents within the car park precinct including the surrounding gardens is not permitted such as, but not limited to:
- Ball games
- Bikes / Scooters
- Climbing trees and walking through the garden and over plants.
Double parking outside the doors of the studios when picking up or dropping off students is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Students must stay behind the yellow line whilst outside the studio doors. Parents are requested to park their vehicles, then escort their children to the studios and/or enter the studios to collect children.
Consumption of Food, Alcohol and/or Smoking
Consumption of alcohol and/or smoking is expressly prohibited within the studios, car park or surrounding gardens. Any food containing nuts must not be brought into the studios or consumed by a parent, student or sibling. Popping corn is not permitted at the studio.
Students are required to wear the Studios dance uniform. Please ensure your child has the proper footwear, dancewear and necessary equipment for safety and success in class. Students must change their shoes before leaving the studio and appropriate attire should be worn. A list of Uniform requirements can be down loaded from the website or a hard copy obtained from the office.
Some physical contact may be deemed necessary to demonstrate exercises and for personal correction; or if a member of staff needs to administer first aid.
We recognise that at times it is genuinely appropriate and useful for students to have a mobile phone. We discourage the inappropriate usage of the camera function and it should not be used in any manner or place that is disruptive to the normal routine of the school or to other students. Mobile phones brought to the school are entirely at their owners’ risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for the loss or damage resulting from the mobile phone usage. Exemptions may be made in exceptional circumstances should the parent/guardian request prior permission from the Principal.
The Annual Performance is for all students and is held at the end of Term 4 at the Concourse Theatre, Chatswood. It is the culmination of the students progression and achievements and is integral to their development for theatre performance, as well as being an invaluable part of their enhanced training.
Students are required to pay and wear the chosen costume for their class and dance style. Costumes will be either hired, ordered or made for students. Hired costumes must be returned at the end of the performance, costumes that are ordered or custom made are kept by the student. Every care and consideration is taken when sizing and fitting costumes and we endeavor to deliver quality and appropriate costuming.
Competitions / Eisteddfods / Public Performances
The school arranges many opportunities for students to perform locally and internationally in auditions, competitions and public performances. Students must seek prior permission from the Principal to enter or participate in eisteddfods, competitions, auditions and public performances.
FEES, CHARGES AND REFUND POLICY
Upon enrolment, as is the norm for academic schooling, you are enrolled for and billed for 4 Terms.
Tuition fees are payable within the first three (3) weeks of each term and can be paid by cash, credit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT). All payment details will be listed on the invoice and classes missed due to illness, holidays or other commitments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Once you have enrolled in a class for the term, fees on this class are payable for the entire term. Invoices are issued in the last week of the preceding term for Terms 2, 3 and 4 or in the first week of Term 1.
If a child decides to drop a class during the term, then we do not give refunds or credit notes. Students are enrolled and charged for the full term. There are no refunds for absence due to and not limited to, illness, injuries, families taking holidays, moving or short-term scholarship offers.
Students who miss a class for any reason are permitted to make up a maximum of one class per term for the class missed. Makeup lessons must be arranged through the office.
Invoices paid after the due date will incur a $50.00 late fee. Any unpaid accounts will be handed over to the Credit Reference Association.
There is a non-refundable annual compulsory registration fee of $40.00 per student. The Fee can be paid via PayPal and submitted with the online enrolment form, should this not be possible the fee can be paid via credit or debit card and returned with the copy of the enrolment form you receive by email. This secures your place in the nominated classes. Please note, payment by cheque is not available.
If at any stage, minimum class numbers are not met SDDS reserves the right to cancel this class and relocate students into an alternative, suitable class.
Private lessons must be booked through the Principal and paid for in full. A refund/credit will not be given for missed lessons, unless by prior agreement with the Principal.
When enrolling your child you are committing to 1 complete academic year being four (4) terms of tuition including the Annual Performance. If you have been absent for three (3) consecutive lessons without contact, your position in class will be automatically released unless prior arrangement with the Principal has been made.
Consent - Parent / Guardians
When completing the SDDS enrolment form, whether online or in person, parents/guardians are required to confirm the student is in good health and may participate in dance activities at the studios by signing the forms. Any medical condition(s) must also be identified, and consent given in case of an emergency requiring medical treatment or treatment at a hospital facility. Failure to provide this information is of the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Parents/Guardians (or the emergency contact) will always be contacted first before any action is taken, unless life threatening. All information is kept confidential.
The Parent/Guardian is responsible to inform the Principal of any injury that has occurred outside of the studio prior to attendance, supported by a Doctors Certificate. Students who inform a teacher upon arrival in class of an injury will not be permitted to participate until such notification has been confirmed by either parent/guardian or doctor’s certificate. Unreported injuries are at the detriment and full accountability lies with the Parent/Guardian/Student.
Parents are responsible for their child’s behaviour and safety at all times whilst on the premises. Students and their siblings are not permitted in the studios whilst other classes are in progress. The teaching faculty are not responsible for students or their siblings playing unsupervised in the waiting room, stairs or car park.
Please be on time when collecting students at the end of their classes no later than 15 minutes at the conclusion of their class.
Damage to Property
Students, parents, guardians and siblings are financially liable for any damage to studio contents, property and external surrounds, including the garden and plantings. The signatory will be charged for any repairs, labour or replacement as deemed necessary by management.
Lost property is collected and placed in a box in the waiting room located on the mezzanine level of Studio 2. It is suggested that all clothing and belongings are clearly labelled with the student’s full name and checked regularly. At the end of each term all unclaimed lost property will be donated to charity.
Photographic and Video/DVD Permission Release
Enrolment at the Sonja Dene Dance Studios gives automatic permission for all photographs and/or video/DVD recordings taken in the course of classes or performances to be used for publicity including the Sonja Dene Dance Studios website and as such they are the intellectual property of Sonja Dene Dance Studios. Photographs or videos may only be taken by a photographer authorised by the Studio.
If SDDS is unable to comply with any of the provisions of this agreement by virtue of any cessation or interruption of electricity or gas supplies, industrial disputes, plant or equipment failure or any other unforeseen contingency or accident SDDS will not be liable.
SDDS employs teachers who are specialists in their field to instruct classes. All teachers have current police clearances and have been selected by SDDS for their quality and experience. At times, scheduled teachers may not be available, and an alternative teacher will be scheduled. Due to the nature of the entertainment industry and the high standard of teachers employed with SDDS, teachers may change at the discretion of the principal.
STUDIO – FACILITIES AND ACCESS
Location – Studio 2, mezzanine level, it is available for parents/guardians, students and siblings to wait before and during classes.
Location: Studio 3, mezzanine level.
Class Viewing Days
Viewing days are held for one week in Terms 1, 2 and 3. Dates will be placed on the noticeboard in the waiting room. Parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to view the students’ progress.
Parking – Onsite and Street
Onsite and street parking is available. It is requested that drivers be vigilant at all times when driving onto the premises or parking on the street.
Please take notice of the entry and exit points on the map below and ensure your child’s safety by adhering to this at all times.
Children must be escorted into the studios at all times and you are requested not to double park at the door for pickup or drop off. Please do not park in teachers designated parking bays.
Parking is prohibited in the designated bays belonging to Unit 1. Any vehicles found parked in these two (2) parking bays and not associated with the business AT ANY TIME, will be towed away.
ADMINISTRATION & PRIVACY
Timetables are available for download on our website or from the office each Saturday between 9.30 am to 1.30 pm.
Studio Contact Details
Studio Address: Units 2 & 3, 18 Anvil Road, Seven Hills NSW 2147
Principal Mobile: 0418 441 802
OUR COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY
Your privacy is important to us. Please read this notice which explains how we protect your privacy, the choices you can make and the way your information is collected and used.
The information that may be collected by Us are: Name; DoB; Age, Address; Email address; Phone number(s); IP Address.
We will not collect sensitive information via the web site, your information is protected both online and off-line.
We will not use the collected information for any other purpose than in the context of any discussion and information exchange with you while your child attends Sonja Dene Dance Studios.
We will not share any information we collect with any third parties unless required by law.