TOURS FOR PARENTS
PREP 2019 PARENT TOURS
Organised tours have finished for 2018. If you wish to take a short tour of the school please make an appointment with Jedda Reidy in the office on 9699 9090 or email
When making an appointment please give the following information:
Please note that tours can only be offered to families already residing in our zone
Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for children on these tours.
PREP 2019 ENROLMENTS
Enrolments are not complete without proof of birth - birth certificate or passport - visa documents included if applicable, and a certificate of completed immunisation from the Australian Immunisation Register.
New amendements to the No Jab, No Play legislation have tightened requirements for enrolment and impact acceptable documentation for school entry immunisation requirements: As of 28 February 2018, an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register will be the only form of documentation accepted as proof of a child's immunisation status.
Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers will no longer be sufficient as a form of evidence.
Parents must provide an immunisation status certificate, from the Australian Immunisation Register, to the school regardless of whether the child is or is not immunised.
CLICK ON THESE LINKS to download primary school PRIVACY NOTICE School Profile ENROLMENT FORM 2019
If your child lives in two households please also fill out the Alternative Family Form ADDITIONAL FAMILY FORM
TRANSITION SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN
Children will attend 3 transition sessions in November :
Tuesday 13 November 9.15 – 10.15 Children in the classroom – parents in the Hall
Speakers: Sue Pattison, Jane Battrick and Mel McLennan – welcome, APPS culture, Curriculum and the Albert Park Way.
Tuesday 20 November 9.15 – 10.15 Children in the classroom – parents in the Hall
Speakers: Sue Pattison and Anita Boulter. Preparing your child for School, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy. Liv Downing & Alison Hamilton. Parents Connect Group - Student & family wellbeing and Bounce Back in the classroom.
Tuesday 27 November 9.15 – 10.15 Children in the classroom – parents in the Hall
Speakers: Liz Lawson & Cadi Staton – Nurse & medical housekeeping, Lisa Minton - healthy eating, Andrea Eales – Sustainability.
Children will have a chance to meet different teachers and socialise with a range of other pre-school children. Please note that your child may not be placed in the classes they will be in when they begin school in 2019.
Prep Parent Information Night Thursday 29 November 2018 where class lists will be displayed.
Please note: we are unable to cater for children at this session.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2019
Term 1: 30 January to 5 April- Grades 1 – 6 Start Thursday 31 January
Preps start date Friday 1 February
Term 2: 23 April to 28 June
Term 3: 15 July to 20 September
Term 4: 7 October to 20 December
*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 at 8.50am, before the morning bell, to indicate to parents and students that it’s time to say goodbye to each other and for students to go to class.
Parents are asked not to enter classrooms unless they are a Parent Helper for a specific program.
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 is highly discouraged. From term 2 2018, the Department of Education and Training has determined that all schools will send a SMS to the parents of any child who is not in class when the roll is taken at 9.00am unless the parent has notified the school either by phone message or late slip. 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 office. This is an official school record of time spent at school and is kept on file.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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!