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Prep Transition

TOURS FOR PARENTS

Tours for 2018 enrolment have concluded.  If you would like to see the school but were unable to attend a tour please contact the office and you will be added to a standby list for an additional tour.

Please also note that bookings for the tours will only be accepted for families residing within our zone.

Bookings are essential and can be made by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the school office on 9699 9090. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for children on these tours.

Ph: (03) 9699 9090 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

PREP 2018 ENROLMENTS

Enrolments are not complete without proof of birth - birth certificate or passport - visa documents included if applicable, and a certificate of completed immunisation.

CLICK ON THESE LINKS to download   primary school PRIVACY NOTICE    School Profile     ENROLMENT FORM 2018

If your child lives in two households please also fill out the Alternative Family Form    ADDITIONAL FAMILY FORM            

2018 Prep children will visit the school as part of their transition to school:

Thursday 2nd November 9.15 – 10.15

Thursday 9th November 9.15 – 10.15

Thursday 16th November 9.15 – 10.15

While students are in classrooms with teachers PARENTS are encouraged to make their way to the hall for information sessions:

 

Thursday 2 November 9.15 – 10.15 Children in the classroom – parents in the Hall

Speakers: Elaine Mills, Jane Battrick and Mel McLennan – welcome, APPS culture, Curriculum.

Thursday 9 November 9.15 – 10.15 Children in the classroom – parents in the Hall

Speakers: Sue Pattison & Lanie Tobias. Preparing your child for School, the Albert Park Way & Bounce Back.

                 Liv Downing & Alison Hamilton. Parents Connect Group - Student & family wellbeing.

Thursday 16 November 9.15 – 10.15 Children in the classroom – parents in the Hall

Speakers: Liz Lawson & Cadi Staton – Nurse & medical housekeeping, healthy eating.

                 Andrea Eales – Sustainability.

Thursday 23rd November - Prep Parent Information Night 6.30pm - 7.45pm (student lists with teachers will be displayed)

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2018

TERM DATES FOR 2018

Term 1: 30 January to 29 March -      Grades 1 – 6 Start Tuesday 30 January

                                                                  Preps start date Wednesday 31 January

Term 2: 16 April to 29 June

Term 3: 16 July to 21 September

Term 4: 8 October to 21 December

School Hours     9.00am-3.30pm

*Prep Students will not attend school on  FOUR Wednesdays. Each student will be required to attend an individual student assessment appointment at school on one of these Wednesdays.

Please note that school finishes at 2.30 on the last day of each term and usually the children dress in casual clothes. School finishes at 1.30 on the last day of the school year.

Start of the School Day

All children will be expected to be at school and in their classroom when the school day begins at 9.00am. Classrooms are open to students from 8.50am when children are encouraged to place their bags in their locker or on their hooks, get out any notes, lunch orders and payments and be ready to start the day when the bell sounds at 9.00am. For safety reasons, students are not allowed inside the classroom unless the teacher is present.

Music is played for 3 minutes before the morning bell to indicate to parents and students that it’s time to say goodbye to each other and for students to line up for class.

Parents are asked not to enter classrooms unless they are a Parent Helper for a specific program.

Yard Duty

Teachers supervise the playground from 8.45am until 9.00am, during all recesses, and after school from 3.30pm until 3.45pm. Due to the large number of people in the school grounds at these times, only soft balls are permitted in the playgrounds before or after school. Students are not permitted to ride bikes and scooters at any time on the school grounds. Students are not permitted to play in the Pop Up Park before school. One teacher supervises the Pop Up Park during recess and lunchtime. No student is to enter the park without the supervising teacher who wears an orange vest. The Pop Up Park belongs to the City of Port Phillip and we have an understanding with them for when we can use the park.

Late Arrival

Late arrival is highly discouraged. We also aim for your child to build up social networks before school. Last, but not least, lateness disrupts the teaching and learning of the rest of the grade and the late child may also miss a vital part of their learning. Should a late arrival be unavoidable, a ‘late slip’ will need to be filled out and lodged with the classroom teacher. This is an official school record of time spent at school and is kept on file.

 Late Pick-up

Any students who have not been collected by 3.45pm are asked to come from the yard to the school office by the teacher on duty. A member of staff will then make every effort to telephone parents or emergency contacts in order to confirm pick-up arrangements. If staff are unable to be contacted by 3.45pm they will attend the Out Of School Hours program and will be invoiced accordingly by Camp Australia.

Before and After School Care

Out of School Hours Care is provided at Albert Park Primary school by Camp Australia. The Before School Program operates every school day from 7.00am until 8.45am, with breakfast served from 7.30am to 8.30am. After School Care is available from 3.30pm until 6.00pm daily. Bookings are essential and must be made through Camp Australia.

The OSHC contact number is 9682 4565. Camp Australia 8851 4160.

Attendance

If your child is absent, it is important to notify the school either via a phone call or written note. Phone messages and notes are kept as an official school record. Similarly, should it be necessary to collect your child before 3.30pm, you are required to fill out an ‘early departure slip’ which must be lodged either at the office or with the classroom teacher. Again, this is kept as an official record of time spent at school. Repeated lateness will be followed up via contact with the family. Under new legislation since 2014, parents can be fined when there are unexplained absences.

Emergency Information

It is vital that Student Information details are kept current. For your child’s safety, please notify the school of any alteration to address, phone numbers, emergency contacts and medical conditions.

Medication

Medication will be administered by the school nurse, if it is necessary that your child take medicine at school. Label medication clearly with your child’s name, the correct dose, the time the medication is to be given, and provide written permission, via the Medications Administration Request Form, for the medicine to be administered. (click on the link to download). Alternatively, parents are encouraged to attend school at the necessary time to administer personally.

School Medical Service

The schools DET nurse attends during the year to test the hearing and vision of all prep students free of charge. Parents are notified prior to the arrival of this nurse and given opportunity to communicate with her either via phone, in writing or in person.

School Nurse

Our school nurse is on duty in our first aid room from 10.30am to 2.15pm each day.

Be reassured that they will call you if your child sustains an injury they are concerned about so you can keep an eye on them once they come home. It will not always be necessary for a note to be sent home.

If your child is taking a course of antibiotics or other medication and you would like the school nurse to administer whilst they are at school, please fill out a Medication Administration Request form, available from the office and leave with your child’s medication.

Ambulance subscription is advisable for all families. Family cover is around $80.00 per year and often covered by private health insurance. If you have a healthcare card it is free.

Throughout the year the nurse will conduct head lice checks in your child’s classroom. A note will be sent home if head lice or eggs (nits) are found in your child’s hair. If the infestation is severe you may be asked to collect your child early from school and treat them before returning to school.

Insurance

If you do not have student accident insurance you are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs. Parents/guardians can purchase insurance policies from commercial insurers.

The Education Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property. Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises. As the Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property students, staff and parents should be discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.

Uniform

The school uniform is compulsory at Albert Park Primary School. The second hand uniform shop is run by a group of dedicated parent volunteers and is open every Tuesday from 9.00am until 9.30am.

The uniform shop run by PSW and is located at 1/128 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne. They are open Tuesday – Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm and Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Labels and Lost Property

All school bags, uniforms and other items brought to school should be clearly labelled with your child’s name. Our lost property bin fills quickly and items are easily returned to owners when they are labelled. The lost property bin is a red wire basket located in the back foyer. Please check this regularly.

Food and Drinks

Students are requested to bring their lunch and drinks in labelled containers each day. Refillable pop-up water bottles are recommended as flasks are easily spilled and box drinks are difficult for young children to manage.

Albert Park College Canteen (Renatta Catering) supplies lunch orders to our school Monday to Friday and can be ordered on the internet or at the school daily. (refer separate flyer)

We encourage healthy eating and ask that lollies, chocolate bars and chips not be included in your child’s lunch. Our Sustainability Committee encourages “Nude Food”. This means lunch is brought to school in a washable container without wrappings.

Extreme Weather Days

During recesses too wet or hot for play outdoors, teachers are rostered to supervise indoors. Should it start to rain while already at play, the school bell is sounded or an announcement is made to call students back indoors and appropriate activities are organised within classrooms. 

Sun Exposure

From September to April there is a “No hat – no play” policy within the school. It is necessary for your child to have a hat every day at school during the summer months. Clothing that protects the shoulders from the sun must be worn and appropriate footwear is essential. Teachers do not supply, nor apply, sunscreen to students. However, students who bring their own sunscreen are provided adequate time to apply it before moving outside.

It is recommended that faces, arms and hands (or equivalent area of skin) be exposed to the sun for two to three hours per week. Children and adults with naturally very dark skin may need three to six times this exposure amount.

Communication

KONNECTIVE

This is the way we communicate upcoming school events and notifications. We strongly encourage all families to join up to KONNECTIVE – a smart phone app.

Always answer ‘yes’ to push notifications.

EMAILS

As we have over 350 families at our school we ask that if you have a concern about your child that you contact the teacher via a note in the communication folder or ring to make an appointment. You can usually catch the teacher outside the classroom straight after school.

We ask that you ring the Principal, Elaine Mills or Assistant Principal, Sue Pattison to discuss any issue which cannot be addressed by the classroom teacher. Please do not write lengthy emails. We would rather talk to you face to face or via the phone. Most issues can be addressed quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

PARENT CLASS REPRESENTATIVES

Another form of communication is through our Parent Class Representatives. This is usually in the form of email to parents in your child’s class.

Role of a Class Representative:
-enhance the communication between school and families
-welcome new parents
-organize class social activities e.g. coffee morning or drinks nights to assist parents to get to know each other
-meet with the teacher to discuss class needs and co-ordinate parent helpers for class events
-let parents know when we need volunteers for school activities.

It is not an onerous task and we welcome your involvement.

SCHOOLINTERVIEWS BOOKING SYSTEM

Bookings for Student-Led Conferences (Parent-teacher interviews), Student Assessment Appointments, Fundraising rosters etc. are booked via the website www.schoolinterviews.com.au using an event specific code.

You will receive the code and details close to when the bookings ‘open’.

SCHOOL WEBSITE

The school website is an important source of information. You will be able to plan around the dates on the calendar, read policies and find out what your child will be involved in during the term. We are endeavouring to move away from paper to the electronic media.

The homepage has upcoming events and the calendar is full of details about curriculum, excursions and events for students and families. You are able to download permission forms and access the fortnightly newsletter in a click! Each term the student year levels and specialists pages are updated with information about what’s ahead in the term, recommended educational websites and excursion and event calendars.

HINT: Add the website as your homepage when you open your internet browser!

www.albertparkps.vic.edu.au