Coppin676

General Information

TERM DATES FOR 2017

Term 1: 30 January to 31 March

Term 2: 18 April to 30 June

Term 3: 17 July to 22 September

Term 4: 9 October to 22 December

TERM DATES FOR 2018

Term 1: 30 January -      Grades 1 – 6 Start Preps TBA

Term 2: 16 April to 29 June

Term 3:  16 July to 21 September

Term 4:  8 October to 21 December

School Routine

All children are expected to be at school and for the school day to begin at 9.00am. Children are encouraged to arrive at the school between 8.45am and 8.57am.

Music plays for 3 minutes from 8.57am as a cue for children and parents to say goodbye. Classrooms are open for students from 8.50am.

Teachers supervise the playground from 8.45am - 9.00am, during all recesses and after school from 3.30pm - 3.45pm.

RECESS: 10.40 - 11.10    LUNCH: 1.00 - 1.50   (12.50 students eat lunch in the classroom).

Transition

Beginning school is like beginning an adventure. We know that there are many challenges for parents and children as they adapt to new routines and expectations. Each year of Primary School is different as we foster the progressions of learning from one day to the next and from one year to the next. Our aim is to inform you about the changes in, for example, our sports program between grade 2 and grade 3, or the ways in which we communicate to you, for example, via a diary in most grades. Please look under the Curriculum and Students tabbed areas on this website for more information about the changes that you can expect as your child moves through our school.

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, if you are late arriving at school or should it be necessary to collect your child before 3.30pm, you are required to fill out a 'late arrival slip' or an 'early departure slip' which must be lodged with the classroom teacher or at the office. Slips are in a book in the foyer, alternatively,forms can be downloaded via this link: Absence / Late Arrival / Early Departure. 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.

Assembly

Assembly is held most Fridays at 3.00pm, except when the year 6 students are on a sports gala day, either outside (weather permitting) or in the school hall. Parents are welcome to attend. Assembly is held at 2.00pm on the last day of terms 1, 2 and 3 and at 1.00pm for a 1.30 finish on the last day of school for the year.

Sun Smart Policy

From September to April there is a "No hat - No play" policy within the school. It is necessary for your chid to have a bucket or broad brimmed hat every day at school during the summer months and it is highly recommended during the cooler season. 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.

Extreme Weather Days

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

Sustainable Transport

The school encourages children to come to school on foot, by bike, scooter or by tram. A bike enclosure is provided to store bikes and scooters during the day. Bike and scooter riding is not permitted in the school yard. Please ask your child to dismount and wheel their bike or scooter to the bike enclosure. Please remember that helmets must be worn when riding a bike or scooter. Importantly, do not leave bikes and scooters at the school overnight as they are not safe from theft from the general public.

Medication

Medication will be administered by the school nurse, if it is necessary that your child take medication 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 for the medicine to be administered. Form can be downloaded via this link:MEDICATION ADMIN REQUEST FORM[1]  The only medication that a child may have on them is for asthma. In these cases, parents are recommmended to provide an asthma management plan.

Head Lice

The Victorian Government Health Information website gives information on the treatment for headlice http://www.health.vic.gov.au/headlice/