ENROLMENT GUIDELINES

Fees for all lessons are charged on a ‘per term’ basis unless the student starts late in the term. Invoices are issued prior to the commencement of term (where possible) and are payable by the due date on the invoice. Fees may be paid via cash, cheque, credit card (by phone and in-person), or by direct deposit to our bank account. Please DO NOT give money to the tutor or leave it at the school office. Lessons may be cancelled by the Conservatorium if fees are in arrears with an administrative charge of $10 (minimum) being applied to outstanding accounts.

NO REFUNDS will be given for missed lessons. Lessons missed by the tutor will be made up or credited to your account. The Conservatorium’s tutors reserve the right to discontinue lessons where a student’s behaviour or attitude is deemed inappropriate. In this situation, the tutor will contact the student’s parent or guardian.

Terms are generally the same as those of the public schools. Lessons are not held on public or school holidays. All students are encouraged to perform at in‐house concerts, or at public functions. Many tutors encourage their students to undertake exams and enter eisteddfods but this is always in consultation between the tutors, parents and student.

Parents are encouraged to discuss their child’s progress with his/her tutor, but this should be during their child’s lesson. Lessons begin and end promptly at the designated time, so your punctuality would be appreciated.

Parents are reminded that students are expected to purchase their own music books as needed as our staff will not contravene the Copyright Act NSW with regard to photocopying. Our staff have been trained in child protection issues and will always endeavour to provide a safe and happy environment for your child. For more details of Terms and Conditions see student diaries.

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

Introduction
The Clarence Valley Conservatorium is dedicated to the emotional, physical and musical well being of children under its care. Consequently, as a major strategic concern, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium is committed to the development and management of policy that governs the safety of students within its care and for the teaching and administrative staff employed by the Clarence Valley Conservatorium.

Child Protection Policy Statements

1. Child Protection in General
a. Mandatory Reporters
A mandatory reporter in NSW is an individual required under Section 27 of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 to report to the Community Services Helpline (132 111) (for general public and clients) or 133 627 (for mandatory reporting) when he/she has reasonable grounds to suspect that a child, or a group of children, is at risk of significant harm from abuse or neglect, and those grounds arise during the course of, or from, the person’s work.
b. Conservatorium employees are mandatory reporters.
c. Reportable Conduct under the Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW)
a. Section 25A(1) of the Ombudsman Act defines ‘reportable conduct’ as:
i. any sexual offence or sexual misconduct committed against, with or in the presence of a child (including a child pornography offence or an offence involving child abuse material)
ii. any assault, ill treatment or neglect of a child
iii. any behaviour that causes psychological harm to a child, whether or not, in any case, the child consented to the behaviour.
b. Young Persons (Age 16–17 years)
i. As a mandatory reporter in NSW, you should also report concerns you have about the safety, welfare, or well-being of a young person, under Section 24 Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.
d. Procedures for reporting concerns
a. If there are concerns about the safety, welfare or well-being of a child or young person normal procedures for reporting to FaCS are to be followed:
i. inform the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director
ii. gather relevant information to make a report to FaCS however, staff are not permitted to investigate or probe students for further information. Where a legitimate concern exists report first.
iii. provide any further information required by the FaCS Child Protection Helpline Officer
iv. If these concerns relate directly to the actions of the Director, report these directly to FaCS via their Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.
e. Safeguards for people making a report
i. The identity of any individual who makes a report is confidential, although it is necessary to provide some identifying details when a report is made to FaCS Helpline.
ii. Any person who makes a report in good faith to FaCS (or to a person who has the power or responsibility to protect the child or young person, i.e. the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director) has the following protection by law:
• the making of a report does not constitute a breach of professional ethics or a departure from accepted standards of professional conduct
• no liability for defamation can be incurred because of the report
• the report is not admissible in any proceedings as evidence against the person who made the report
• a person cannot be compelled in any proceedings to provide the report or give evidence of any of its contents
• no person may disclose to anyone (including the parent/carer) the identity of the person who makes the report unless with the person’s permission, or in accordance with a court order
• no staff member should respond to an enquiry or complaint about a report or confirm or deny that any report has been made

2. Child Protection Employment Requirements
a. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium requires that all activities conducted by the Clarence Valley Conservatorium or in conjunction with the Clarence Valley Conservatorium including, but not restricted to, teaching, excursions, conducting, recitals, examinations and performance programs in government and nongovernment schools or other external organisations conform to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium’s policies and procedures regarding child protection and Work Health & Safety.
b. Accordingly:
i. All new personnel involved with children under the auspice of the Clarence Valley Conservatorium will be required to complete a NSW Working with Children Check as per the requirements of the Commission for Children and Young People and the Office of the Children’s Guardian.
ii. All Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel are required to provide the Clarence Valley Conservatorium with their NSW Working with Children Check Number prior to the commencement of employment.
iii. All offers of employment with the Clarence Valley Conservatorium are contingent upon a successful Working with Children Check.
iv. All personnel engaged with the Clarence Valley Conservatorium will be required to adhere to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Code of Conduct.
v. Child Protection training is a fundamental requirement of Clarence Valley Conservatorium employment. Training in Child Protection is a legislative requirement and applies to all Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel. Training in Child Protection is mandatory and will be provided at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium’s expense.
vi. At the commencement of duties and annually thereafter this policy and training will be updated and signed off by all Clarence Valley Conservatorium staff as being read and understood.

3. Clarence Valley Conservatorium Child Protection Reporting Procedures
a. When allegations have been made against Clarence Valley Conservatorium staff to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium
i. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium will treat all reports in strict confidentiality and protect the professional reputation of teachers at all times. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium will operate all child protection matters on an allegation basis.
ii. All Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel are required to report any matter pertaining to the protection of children under this policy.
iii. All Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel are required to report any Child Protection matter to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director or his/her nominee within three days.
iv. All Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel are required to report any matter pertaining to the protection of children under this policy.
v. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium will report immediately to Family and Community Services (FaCS) in accordance with the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974 and Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003.
vi. In accordance with legislation, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium will report any allegation of child abuse without initial reference to the personnel to FaCS and the Ombudsman’s Office. Under legislation, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium will not investigate the matter further until formal investigations by relevant external organisations are complete.

b. When a school has lodged an allegation regarding Clarence Valley Conservatorium staff
i. Where allegations are made against any Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel within the jurisdiction of an external organisation including schools, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium
will take advice from that organisation and the relevant child protection agency attached to that organisation.
ii. Where allegations relate to reportable conduct, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director will report the matter independently to the external organisation to FaCS and/or the police where appropriate.
iii. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium will suspend all duties of the recipient of the allegation with that external organisation until cleared by that organisation’s child protection agency, or the Police depending upon the nature and seriousness of the allegation.
iv. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium reserves the right not to suspend personnel from other Clarence Valley Conservatorium activities where insufficient evidence is provided by the external organisation to support suspension. Where allegations are of a serious or sexual nature, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium will act in accordance to advice from the Department of Community Services, the Police, CCYP or the relevant Child Protection agency attached to the external organisation.

c. Allegation management of non Clarence Valley Conservatorium staff
i. Where allegations are made to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium relating to persons who are not Clarence Valley Conservatorium Personnel, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium will report any allegation of abuse according to legislative requirements as detailed in the CCYP Act 1998 (Commission for Children & Young People). Where abuse is alleged to have occurred within the jurisdiction of an external organisation, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium will act in accordance with the legislation and consult with the Child Protection Agency attached to the external organisation.
ii. All allegations will be held in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

4. Clarence Valley Conservatorium actions in response to allegations against Employees – Non-reportable, Inappropriate conduct with children
i. Where conduct is deemed non-reportable by the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974 and Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003 and the CCYP Act 1998, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium reserves the right to:
1. Take appropriate disciplinary action, upon legal advice, where personnel are alleged to have acted inappropriately with children.

5. Clarence Valley Conservatorium actions in response to allegations against Employees – Reportable Conduct
i. Where conduct is deemed reportable by the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974, CCYP Act 1998 and the Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003, and pending the outcome of investigations by the relevant external agencies, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium reserves the right to:
1. Casual Staff: Suspend without pay any casual personnel from all Clarence Valley Conservatorium activities where allegations relate to serious or sexual abuse of children. This includes any behaviour regarded under the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974 or the Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003 and the CCYP Act 1998 as reportable conduct. This suspension will be reviewed every four weeks after appropriate risk assessment of evidence available to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium.
2. Salaried Staff or permanent Administrative or Auxiliary Staff: Suspend fixed term contract personnel on full pay for the duration of the investigation from all Clarence Valley Conservatorium activities where allegations relate to serious or sexual abuse of children. This includes any behaviour regarded under the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974 or the Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003 as reportable conduct.
a. This matter will be reviewed every four weeks after appropriate risk assessment of evidence available to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium. Updates will be provided to the suspended personnel at the same time.
b. The conditions of suspension will be reviewed at 10 weeks from suspension date where investigations do not reject, on the basis of evidence, the allegation.
ii. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Management Committee reserves the right, upon appropriate risk assessment and legal advice, to terminate a fixed term contract where criminal charges are laid or where investigations have been suspended and evidence available to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium suggests further contact, by the alleged, with children carries a high probability of risk to children or the Clarence Valley Conservatorium.
iii. All Clarence Valley Conservatorium staff: The Clarence Valley Conservatorium reserves the right to terminate any personnel contract immediately upon advice from the Ombudsman, Police or other authority where criminal charges are made against any Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel or where extreme risk to children or the Clarence Valley Conservatorium is probable.

6. Equity and Confidentiality
a. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium will treat all allegations in the strictest of confidence under the Privacy Act 1988 and the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
b. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium will provide wherever possible emotional and medical support to any child or adult who has been the recipient of abuse while in the care of the Clarence Valley Conservatorium at the time of the abuse or where the abuse was inflicted by Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel.
c. Any Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel who are the recipient of an allegation of abuse will be offered whatever emotional support may be required to assist them through the investigative process.
d. All Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel are required to maintain strict confidentiality relating to all aspects of this policy or any case/ situation/investigation falling under this policy. Any breach of confidentiality in relation to any case/ situation/ investigation falling under this policy will be regarded as serious and will attract disciplinary action or, where appropriate and in conjunction with legal advice, termination of contract.

7. Roles and Responsibilities
a. Clarence Valley Conservatorium Personnel
i. All Clarence Valley Conservatorium Personnel are required to make themselves available for Child Protection Training as provided or required by the Clarence Valley Conservatorium’s Child Protection Policy.
ii. All Clarence Valley Conservatorium Personnel are bound by the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974 to report any incident of Child Abuse within the context of the Clarence Valley Conservatorium and this policy to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director within three days of the receipt of the allegation. A failure to report an allegation of abuse within this time frame may result in disciplinary action or termination of contract depending upon the nature of the allegation.
b. Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director
i. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director will manage the Clarence Valley Conservatorium’s Child Protection Policy and ensure that all Clarence Valley Conservatorium personnel are trained in Child Protection.
ii. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director will report all allegations of abuse to FaCS and CCYP within three days of receipt of the allegation. A failure to report in accordance with legislative
requirements may result in disciplinary action or termination of employment.
iii. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director will advise and consult with the Clarence Valley Conservatorium WH&S Committee in the management of the relevant linking of policies to Child Protection.
iv. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director will inform, under the confidentiality conditions of this policy, the Chair of the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Management Committee any allegations made against Clarence Valley Conservatorium Personnel.
v. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director will, upon consultation with the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Management Committee, enact any component of this policy as required. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director is required to ensure the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Management Committee is made aware of all allegations against Clarence Valley Conservatorium Personnel. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director is not entitled to disclose confidential aspects of any allegation to the Management Committee beyond that which is required to manage risk. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Management Committee must treat all matters falling under this policy as strictly confidential under the relevant legislation.
vi. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director is required at the completion of any employment proceedings in relation to this policy to notify CCYP under attachment 8 of the Working with Children Check Guidelines. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director will in accordance with Attachment 10 of the guidelines notify the personnel involved with the notification of any relevant notifications utilising the pro-forma documents provided by CCYP.
c. Clarence Valley Conservatorium Management Committee
i. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Management Committee will ensure that all Clarence Valley Conservatorium activities are conducted within acceptable levels of risk. Where appropriate, the
Clarence Valley Conservatorium Management Committee may recommend the suspension of services to external organisations where that organisation fails to meet acceptable standards to teaching facilities in relation to child protection.
ii. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Management Committee will provide oversight on all aspects of this policy.
iii. The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Management Committee, at the Chair’s discretion, will meet as required in order to ensure all aspects of this policy have been managed in accordance with policy and legislative requirements by the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Director and personnel.

CVCON Fees - Grafton NSW Performing Arts

Clarence Valley Conservatorium program fees Grafton

The Clarence Valley Conservatorium has been leading the performing arts in the region since its historical beginnings in the 1930s.

We contribute to the building of our local community by providing cultural programs, leadership, partnership and collaboration.

We have a purpose built learning environment, quality tutors and an extensive range of instrumental, vocal, drama and school programs.

The Conservatorium provides cultural opportunities by delivering and promoting equitable access to quality music and drama through tuition and performance to individuals, groups and schools by providing programs, leadership, partnership and collaboration.

The Clarence Valley Conservatorium contributes to the building of local communities by providing the opportunity for residents of all ages to enrich and expand their lives through creative artistic expression.

Clarence Valley Conservatorium offer a wide variety of programs to suit students of all ages and abilities. Take a look at our Programs page by clicking the button below. Feel free to ask us any questions about the programs offered and if a program seems like a good fit, why not enrol!

The Clarence Valley Conservatorium has been leading the performing arts in the region since its historical beginnings in the 1930s.

We contribute to the building of our local community by providing cultural programs, leadership, partnership and collaboration.

We have a purpose built learning environment, quality tutors and an extensive range of instrumental, vocal, drama and school programs.

The Conservatorium provides cultural opportunities by delivering and promoting equitable access to quality music and drama through tuition and performance to individuals, groups and schools by providing programs, leadership, partnership and collaboration.

The Clarence Valley Conservatorium contributes to the building of local communities by providing the opportunity for residents of all ages to enrich and expand their lives through creative artistic expression.

The Conservatorium uses the following values to direct its future and all related decisions. Achievement Competence Creativity Fairness Integrity Leadership Recognition The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Incorporated is a not-for-profit registered charity and as such, donations are tax deductible. The Conservatorium uses the following values to direct its future and all related decisions.

The Clarence Valley Conservatorium has been leading the performing arts in the region since its historical beginnings in the 1930s.

We contribute to the building of our local community by providing cultural programs, leadership, partnership and collaboration.

We have a purpose built learning environment, quality tutors and an extensive range of instrumental, vocal, drama and school programs.

The Conservatorium provides cultural opportunities by delivering and promoting equitable access to quality music and drama through tuition and performance to individuals, groups and schools by providing programs, leadership, partnership and collaboration.

The Clarence Valley Conservatorium contributes to the building of local communities by providing the opportunity for residents of all ages to enrich and expand their lives through creative artistic expression.

est. 1930sThe music rooms at 4-8 Villiers Street, Grafton were established in the 1930s by the Sisters of Mercy as part of the catholic school system, but also offered lessons to non-catholic students.1982Fifty years later, in 1982, under the direction of Sr Cecilia Moran, purpose built premises were constructed, and the centre named St Cecilia’s Music Academy.1995The centre then became an independent, incorporated, community based organisation, called St Cecilia’s Music and Performing Arts Centre of Grafton Inc. with a newly formed Management Committee and Administrator.

Later in this year St Cecilia’s received $15,000 from the Department of Education and Training under the Regional Conservatorium Program and was formally accepted into the NSW Regional Conservatorium Association in 1999 when recurrent funding from the Department of Education and Training commenced.

‍In 1995 the Sisters of Mercy ceased to be involved in the day to day operations of the centre, while retaining ownership of the buildings. For the next 2 years the centre became a campus of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium.1999 - 2003Later in this year St Cecilia’s received $15,000 from the Department of Education and Training under the Regional Conservatorium Program and was formally accepted into the NSW Regional Conservatorium Association in 1999 when recurrent funding from the Department of Education and Training commenced.

To reflect the amalgamation of several local council regions in 2003, the name changed to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium. At the same time the premises were purchased from the Sisters of Mercy, a Director was appointed alongside the Administrator and Clerical Officer and a campus opened in Maclean in rented premises from the Council.

‍The centre then became an independent, incorporated, community based organisation, called St Cecilia’s Music and Performing Arts Centre of Grafton Inc. with a newly formed Management Committee and Administrator.2006 - presentThree years later, in 2006, the Maclean Campus closed and the office staff structure changed with the appointment of an Administrator, Accounts Officer and Programs Coordinator. In 2008 the administration structure expanded and now consists of a Director, Finance Manager, Clerical Assistant and Programs Coordinator.

The Clarence Valley Conservatorium Incorporated is a not-for-profit registered charity and as such donations are tax deductible.