Term 1: 30 January - Grades 1 – 6 Start
31 January - Preps start
Term 2: 16 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 21 September
Term 4: 8 October to 21 December
Term 2: 23 April to 28 June
Term 3: 15 July to 20 September
Term 4: 7 October to 20 December
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 8.50am as a cue for children and parents to say goodbye and for students to enter their classroom and be ready for the taking of the roll at 9.00am.
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).
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.
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, parents must fill out a 'late arrival slip' or an 'early departure slip' which is lodged at the office.
Parents of children who are not present for the taking of the morning roll at 9.00am will receive an SMS notifying that their child is 'absent from school without a reason'. Teachers do not interrupt their instruction time to amend the roll if your child arrives moments after 9.00am. 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 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.
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.
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.
The school encourages children to come to school on foot, by bike, scooter or by tram. Racks are 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 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 Authority Form (February 2018). 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.
The Victorian Government Health Information website gives information on the treatment for headlice http://www.health.vic.gov.au/headlice/