Enrolment Information Booklet

16 August 2019
August 2019
Welcome to Teesdale Primary School
Our Curriculum
Attendance, arrival and departure
School Uniform
Administrative Matters
Outside School Hours Care
Healthy Eating @ School
Health & Wellbeing
How you can be involved
How can I help my child?
History of Teesdale
Enrolment Pack
Teesdale Primary School
(03) 5281 5218
Main Street
Teesdale, Victoria, 3328

Welcome to Teesdale Primary School



On behalf of the staff at Teesdale Primary School, we would like to welcome you to our school.

Teesdale Primary School is located in the centre of a growing rural community and offers the advantages of a rural lifestyle. The student population is quickly building towards 200 students. 


A feature of the school is the iconic original 1878 brick building.  The school also has a unique mud-brick multi-purpose centre, which was built by the community and is used for the Outside School Hours Care and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.  Our vegetable garden is purpose designed and emulates the shape of Blue Tongued Lizard and the Southern Cross.


At Teesdale Primary School we have the enthusiasm and commitment to work as a team to realise the goals of our Strategic Plan, meeting the needs of every child and challenging each one to reach their highest potential. It is the mission of Teesdale Primary School to nurture thinking, caring and responsible people with the self-esteem and the application necessary to meet challenges with confidence and enthusiasm through our understood school values of:


  • Respect, acceptance and understanding for self and others
  • Resilience and persistence
  • Friendship and the promotion of active community involvement
  • Excellence, Creativity and risk-taking in learning
  • Honesty and citizenship and to understand and accept personal responsibility

We look forward to working with
 you and your child
 at Teesdale Primary School!

Our Curriculum

The School Week

In a ‘regular’ school week you can expect your child to participate in the following curriculum areas.


5 sessions of Reading

5 session of Writing/Spelling

5 sessions of Numeracy

2-3 sessions of Inquiry

1 Session of Personal Learning (related to values/zones of regulation and respectful relationships)

1 Sessions of Science/Kitchen Garden

1 Session of Health and Physical Education

1 session of Visual Arts

1 30 minute session of Performing Arts 

1 30 minute session of Indonesian (Years 3-6)

1 30 minute assembly

ICT is integrated throughout all aspects of curriculum


Curriculum development at Teesdale Primary School follows the Victorian Curriculum. This outlines what is essential for all Victorian students to learn from F-10 (Prep – Year 10) and includes the Victorian Curriculum F-10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science. It provides a set of common achievement standards which our school uses to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.


At Teesdale, we see Science as an integral part of the Specialist Program with strong links to our garden activities.  Science will be a very much hands on process where the children will be working on discovering events that occur in our Scientific World. Through design and testing the children will discover properties of movement, forces, sound, light, kitchen chemistry, earth and our environment. They will report on their discoveries and share their knowledge with their classmates. The children will also be given an opportunity to present experiments and share their scientific knowledge. In taking this approach we believe science will be a fun and valuable learning experience.


As a school we participate in whole school Nation and State-wide Sustainability events such as: School Tree Day, Nude Food Day, World Wetlands Day and National Water Week and encourage whole school sustainability practices. At Teesdale Primary School we have built strong community partnerships with Sustainability Education sectors including; CERES and our local environmental groups including the Grassy woodland committee.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

Our Kitchen Garden Program is integrated into the school’s science curriculum. Grade 3-6 students participate in the program on a term by term rotation. Each class is divided into three groups that rotate between science, kitchen (cooking) and garden sessions. Our junior school may have a variety of kitchen and garden experiences from time to time depending on a number of considerations such as safety for the students, growing season and availability of class time.


The philosophy of the program is to encourage children to choose food that is healthy by engaging them in fun, hands on experiences in growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh food as well as learning valuable lifelong gardening and cooking skills along the way.


The school has a fully equipped kitchen where students are able to participate in a food technology. As we have a kitchen garden at the school students will be given the opportunity to work with fresh produce as well as work on important kitchen skills through hands on practical experiences.


The use of technology is integrated into all subject areas across the school through the use of, interactive whiteboards, iPads, computers, etc. Students will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of devices and software. BYO devices have been introduced for years 5 and 6.



Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Program is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop their skills, creative thinking and confidence in the making of art works. Students are introduced to a wide variety of materials and techniques such as painting, observational & creative drawing, collage, printing and etching, textiles, sculpture, clay and construction. Art activities support student learning by connecting with classroom Inquiries, cultural celebrations, and whole school and community events. For example, studies of Asia, environmental sustainability, science and sport.

Physical Education

Teesdale Primary School provides weekly Physical Education sessions for all students.  Physical Education is skills, fun and fitness combined. The sessions endeavour to provide your child with skills necessary for participation in many different games and sports. A strong emphasis on Fundamental Motor Skills such as Catch, Throw, Run, Dodge, Bounce, and Kick and so on form the major part of each lesson. Small Games that require use of boundaries and whistle response are also significant aspects. Ball Handling and use of Sporting Equipment is highly featured. Dance is also incorporated into the Physical Education program. In later years there will be many opportunities to represent our School in District Competitions in Athletics and Cross Country. The main aim of this program is to instil a love of sport and activity amongst children from a very early age and your support is encouraged at every level.


In Years 3-6 students are also involved in a sports program. The program is designed for students to put their fundamental skills to use in team/game situations or modified versions of several sports. Students will also have the opportunity to represent the School in team sports competitions at venues within our district.



The School currently offers a year Foundation, 1 and 2 swimming program. Details will be provided to parents during the year. 

School Camps

Our students from years 3 – 6 participate in a school camps and outdoor experiences program each year.  The benefits of school camps have been shown to be integral to the development of young people. In a risk‐averse society children are having fewer and fewer experiences where they make the decisions and experience “safe danger”. Lessons about self‐reliance, self‐confidence, exploration, respect and responsibility are all important components of a successful camping experience. The School outdoor education program uses camps that provide a low‐risk environment.


Languages education is not only about learning the words but more importantly about real communication. Therefore many opportunities are created for students to learn about other cultures. Our program includes a combination of language work and cultural activities, such as cooking, craft and having visitors to teach dance and music. Our focus is on the Indonesian language and we will be further developing our links in this area.

National Assessment Program ‐ Literacy and Numeracy

The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will involve students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 from all States and Territories. In Victoria approximately 260,000 students from all Government, Catholic and Independent schools will participate in the program. The NAPLAN will be administered at the school level.   Refer: www.education.vic.gov.au

Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD)

Teesdale Primary School is committed to provide high quality education to all.  We believe that all students have the right to participate in the full range of programs and services provided by the School.  All students should have appropriate program goals and targets within the school program, as well as timely support from the specialist professionals.  Our program seeks to ensure full acceptance and participation of all students in the life of the community.


An expert teacher is assigned the responsibility of coordination of the Program for Students with Disabilities, including applications for funding, Individual Learning Plans and Program Support Groups.  Parent Support Groups (PSG’s) will be formed for each funded student, as per Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Student Disabilities Guidelines.  Funding is offered to some students in the school who meet stringent state-wide assessment criteria.  This includes some students with Visual, Physical, Intellectual, Medical, Language, Behaviour Difficulties or Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The PSG will meet once per semester.  The purpose of these meetings will be: goal setting, review and evaluation of the student’s programs and general discussions.


Term Dates

Term 1: 28 and 29 January (Curriculum Days, teachers only)

                 30 January (first day for students) to 27 March

Term 2: 14 April to 26 June

Term 3: 13 July to 18 September

Term 4: 5 October to 18 December 

Student Free Days

The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. Each year government schools are provided with student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The student-free days are determined by each individual school. The dates proposed for Teesdale Primary School will be published in the school newsletter, once they have been ratified at School Council. In 2020, the first day for students will be Thursday 30th January. 

Prep Times

School is different from kindergarten in many ways – activities are more structured, great independence is encouraged, concentration is required for extended periods of time, the school day is highly organised and the children have a lot of social and emotional adjustments to make. 


For the first few weeks of the school year, your child will have a shorter school week.  They will be expected at school from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

There will be no school for your prep child on Wednesdays in term 1 until after the Labour Day long weekend in March.

Attendance, arrival and departure

School Times

Morning Session 1                              9:00am - 11:00am

Morning snack in classroom         11:00am - 11:05am

Morning recess                                    11:05am - 11:30am

Morning Session 2                             11:30am - 1:30pm

Lunch in classroom                          1:30pm - 1:45pm

Lunch recess                                        1:45pm - 2.15pm

Afternoon session                              2:15pm - 3:15pm


End of Term Dismissal Times

Dismissal prior to every school vacation is 2:30pm.

Dismissal on the final day of the school year is 1:30pm.

Arrival and Departure

We ask parents to make sure that their children arrive punctually for a 9:00 a.m. start each morning. Students are supervised in the yard from 8:45 a.m. and students should not arrive before this time.  Routines commence as soon as the bell rings with notes being collected, daily reminders being given and the mornings’ learning focus being introduced.  A late child can impact on the learning of all children. Once children arrive at school, they may not leave the school grounds without the permission of the principal or the parent. 


At 3:15 p.m. students are dismissed from the classroom or specialist area.  Please wait for your child outside the building.  All children waiting to be collected after school are to wait inside the school gate. Students are supervised by the staff on duty until 3:30 p.m. Parents who are delayed in collecting their children are asked to ring the school. 


At times children may arrive late to school, or leave early on occasions due to medical appointments, etc. Parents/Guardians are required to “sign in / out” their children in the Late Arrivals/Early Departures Register kept school office.


Both school and parents have an important role to play in supporting students to attend school every day. Teesdale Primary School believes all students should attend school all day, every day when the school is open for instruction and is committed to working with its school community to encourage and support full school attendance.

However, a parent/carer must provide an explanation on each occasion to the school, on the day of the absence or in advance when possible, such as family holidays.

Parents should notify Teesdale Primary School of absences by:

  • an absence slip at office
  • a phone call to the school
  • an email or message to a teacher via Sentral Parent Portal


If a student is absent on a particular day and the school has not been previously notified by a parent, or the absence is otherwise unexplained, the school will notify parents by email or message via Sentral. Classroom teachers will attempt to contact parents as soon as practicable on the same day of the unexplained absence, allowing time for the parent to respond to the first email or message. If contact cannot be made with the parent (due to incorrect contact details), the school will attempt to make contact with any emergency contact/s nominated on the student's file held by the school, where possible, on the day of the unexplained absence.

For further information on school attendance at Teesdale, please find the Attendance Policy on the School Website.

Safety of Students

The school staff will maintain supervision of the buildings and grounds between 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • Children will not be permitted to leave the school grounds during school hours unless they are collected by a responsible person.
  • In the event that your child arrives at school before 8:45 a.m. or is not picked up by 3:30 p.m. please book into the OSHC program.
  • Children should come directly to school and return directly home after school when walking or riding.
  • Children are not allowed in classrooms unless a teacher is present.
  • On days of extreme weather students will remain inside.

School Crossing

It is important that children crossing Main Road use the school crossing.

The crossing is supervised from 8:45 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and from 3:15 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Please ensure that your children are taught how to use the crossing and that they are punctual for school, so that they use the crossing while it is being supervised.

Please keep well clear of the school crossing when dropping off or picking up children by car.  Remember to park your vehicle legally and be patient in finding a car park.

Please observe the parking restrictions around the school boundary, as we do have occasional visits from the local police who check on parking etc.  You can be booked for parking in the non-standing zones on the opposite side of Sutherland Street, or for neglecting to obey the 40 km school speed restrictions. 


Children who ride bikes to school MUST wear an approved safety helmet.  Prep to grade two students must be accompanied by a responsible adult to and from school if they wish to ride to school, as their peripheral vision and reflexes are generally not developed enough for them to deal safely with traffic without supervision.  Bikes must not be ridden in the school grounds at any time.

School Uniform

School Uniform

The Teesdale Primary School colours are royal blue, navy blue and white.

We expect to see each child in Teesdale uniform because it:

  • Is neat and practical and a reasonably economical form of dress
  • gives a feeling of belonging and encourages pride in the school
  • promotes our school in the community
  • discourages peer pressure and fashion trends


  • Navy and royal blue polo shirt with school logo
  • Navy and royal blue rugby top with school logo (year prep to year 4)
  • Navy and royal blue bomber jacket (year 5 – year 6)
  • Plain navy blue tracksuit pants
  • Plain navy blue shorts
  • Pinafore with removable bib
  • Quality new option light dress
  • Navy blue hat with white logo – microfibre school hat (to be worn outside between the beginning of September and the end of April in line with the School’s SunSmart Policy)



  • Navy blue scarf or beanie
  • Hair ties – white, navy blue or black
  • Skort – navy blue
  • Waterproof jacket – navy
  • Socks and tights – white, navy blue or black
  • Skivvy – white or navy blue

Please Note

All children’s clothing must be clearly labelled. Every effort is made to return lost property to the rightful owner.  Lost property is stored in the lost property office next to the staff room. Thongs, open-toe sandals, ugg boots, platform soles, gum boots, canvas shoes, tank tops and skimpy tops are not permitted.

The Dress Code Policy, including school uniform requirements, are provided on our website.


School Bags

Can your child recognise their own school bag?  Attaching a key ring or some identifying items will help, as well as writing their name in permanent marker on the bag.

Reading Bag

All year prep children will require a “school reading/library bag”.  These need to be waterproof and an appropriate size for sending home take home reading books and library books.

Art Smock

All children will require a long sleeve art smock or long sleeve shirt for visual arts classes. 

Uniform Supplier

Teesdale Primary School Uniform Supplier is:

Bellarine Uniforms (Noone Corporate)  Ph: 5221 9199

162 Moorabool Street, Geelong



Administrative Matters

Annual Administrative Procedures

At the commencement of each year or following enrolment during the school year, the following forms are sent to parents:

  • Confidential Medical Information Form
  • Medical Forms as required
  • Current Contact Information to be updated

It is very important that the above information is returned to school ASAP.

Formal Communication

We understand the importance of keeping families regularly informed about events, activities in the school and day to day student learning. To support this we use a number of strategies to communicate with families including:


Facebook – Social Media is a fantastic way for a school to promote events and celebrate what happens in classrooms on a daily basis. Our Teesdale Primary School Facebook Page has regular posts to inform you about what’s happening at school. Permission is required from families for images of their child/ren to be posted on all online platforms. Full names of students will never be used. Our Parent’s Club also has a Facebook page which includes updates and calls for volunteers for Parent run events.


Click here to like our Teesdale Primary School Facebook page.


iNewsletter – In 2019 we moved away from a paper newsletter to a digital edition. The newsletter is emailed out to families on a fortnightly basis. The latest edition can also be accessed via the school website, Sentral and via a link posted to Facebook. 


Through the newsletter we try to keep parents up to date with what is happening at school and within Teesdale, so please be sure to read your copy and mark important dates on your calendar.


Click here to view our latest newsletter.


Parents are welcome to submit school or community items for the newsletter. Items should be handed in by 3:15 p.m. on Monday prior to newsletter day. Space is limited so please keep items to a minimum. Parents can also advertise in the newsletter for a small fee.


Sentral Parent Portal – Sentral is our Learning Management Software and is used to publish reports and support communication between the school and families. This includes a messaging system for teachers and parents to communicate.


Face to face correspondence – As a small country school we still value strong relationships with the families we work with. Approaching teachers to chat about any issues, concerns or ways you can be supporting your child is very welcomed. In doing so please be mindful of suitable times to be speaking with teachers. We encourage this to occur at a scheduled time with your child’s teacher.

Fees and Charges

The State Government provides a grant to schools for each child to assist with requisites. Unfortunately the grant only goes part way to meeting the total costs involved in our programs.

Each year, the Finance Sub‐Committee of School Council meets to consider budgets for all of our programs. To cover the shortfall between the government grant and the total cost, a voluntary levy is set for each of our children. The levy payable at Teesdale Primary School forms an integral part of our budget.

Book Packs

The book packs include a whole range of text books, pens, pencils and other items which the children will need during the year.  They are ordered in term 4 and are available for collection in the week prior to school returning.  Please clearly name and send all items to school.


Additions to the book packs may include a pencil case, art smock and library bag.


The school will supply other necessary items and consumables such as specialty papers, printing products and all art supplies. Throughout the year, we will ask you to repeatedly take a check on the condition of some of these items, as some may require replacement during the year.

Monetary Payments

Payments to the school can be made by the following methods:-


If your child is bringing money to school please place it in a secure envelope on which is written: the child’s name, class teacher, amount of money and what the money is for.  Cash is not kept on premises so change is not readily available.



An EFTPOS facility is available at the office. All credit cards are accepted WITH THE EXCEPTION of American Express. A minimum transaction of $10.00 applies and “cash out” is not available.



Family invoices will be sent home for excursions, camps and fees with details of the BPay reference applicable.


Direct Deposit

This facility is available for Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) payments and details will be provided on the family OSHC statement.


Excursions are organised throughout the year in line with the study units being explored. They provide students with invaluable opportunities to consolidate and extend their understandings and it is important for all students to attend so that they can actively contribute to the discussions that follow.  Notices are sent home via the student together with an excursion envelope for every excursion.

The signed envelope and relevant monies must be returned to the school within the required time frame, to enable students to attend.

Book Club

Scholastic Book Club is a service offered to students, parents and teachers. Brochures advertising a variety of books and computer software are sent home with each student, approximately twice a term.

Purchase of the books is not compulsory and there is no obligation. If you do wish to purchase any goods simply log into the Book Club site www.scholastic.com.au/LOOP and follow the prompts. When the order arrives at school, books are sent home with students.

The School earns “Bonus Points” for each order which can be used to purchase new resources for the Library.

Outside School Hours Care


Welcome to Teesdale Primary School Outside School Hours Care Service. We are a registered service licensed to accommodate up to 30 students for morning and afternoon sessions Monday to Friday during school terms. Our staff have a wealth of qualifications, training and experience and are committed to providing a safe, secure, healthy, and enjoyable environment for your children with a range of engaging age appropriate activities. Our Out of School hours Care Co-ordinator is Kim Barker.


Before School Care operates from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

The children enjoy a range of healthy breakfast options in a caring and safe environment.


After School Care operates from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Children enjoy afternoon tea and participate in a range of fun activities.


As with most Before and After School Care Programs, our fees are paid by the session and our OSHC service is registered for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) funding/rebate.

Casual and permanent vacancies exist.

Enrolment Procedure

It is a requirement that you read and complete the Family Handbook and Enrolment Forms before making a booking and keep the centre informed of any information that needs to be updated in relation to any aspect of the child and/or family enrolment details. Failure to provide update information can hinder the quality care we aim to provide to you and your children. We encourage you to speak with staff about any queries or concerns you may have. The Coordinator is happy to make an appointment to speak with parents privately and as directed by law confidentiality will be maintained. We aim to provide a friendly environment for both the children and parents. 


You can take time to pick up some shopping “in peace”, catch up with friends, get a start on dinner, or even squeeze in some time for yourself while the kids are engaging in the activities at Outside School Hours Care.

Healthy Eating @ School



Play lunch is eaten under supervision inside the classroom at 11:00 a.m. followed by recess time which runs from 11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Lunch is eaten under supervision inside the classroom between 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.  Students are also offered the opportunity for some brain food (a piece of fruit or veggie they can quickly consume) at 10:00am.


Healthy lunches and snacks are important for children and help with concentration and learning. For play lunch: a piece of fruit, healthy muffins and cakes, dry biscuits and cheese, yoghurt, or vegetable sticks and a drink bottle of water. Nude food is encouraged so food wrappers are to be returned home. Foods best left out include processed foods such as muesli and chocolate bars, potato crisps, donuts and cakes, lollies, honey, jams and fatty meats such as salami and Strasbourg.


For lunch, a combination of some of the following is suggested:-

Sandwiches, roll, dry biscuits, salad, fruit, yoghurt, vegetables, cheese, dried fruit and a drink.

“Sometimes” foods can be included, but please be aware that these foods may distract some from eating their packed lunch. We must also be aware that some students are diagnosed with Anaphylaxis, which is a generalised allergic reaction commonly triggered by foods with nuts (or sometimes eggs), so we must be cautious with what is in our lunch box.


The Student Lunch Box needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name. Children need to have a separate snack from their lunch and a suitable drink container. (Water please – no flavoured drinks).  Drinking fountains are located outside. It is recommended that students bring a plastic bottle to refill. It is essential that all students remain hydrated during physical activities and particularly in the warmer months.


Please note: It is essential that children eat a healthy breakfast to start the day.


Prior to coming to school, children should practise using their lunch boxes and drink bottles so that they are able to eat their lunch independently once they begin school.  The children will be asked to take home any uneaten food and wrappers (rubbish) in their lunch box so parents can monitor the amount of food being eaten.  They will also be responsible for cleaning up after themselves.



Schools are bound by strict policy regarding confectionery in schools. This includes canteens services, using food in curriculum and class rewards and also celebrations throughout the year. This policy strictly states that food deemed as confectionery is not allowed at schools.  School Council had adopted a Healthy Eating promotion policy that does allow for Birthday Cakes to be made and shared at school. Consideration should be given to any allergy and dietary needs in your child's class to ensure this is an inclusive celebration for all students involved.  

Health & Wellbeing


Minor cuts and abrasions will be treated as school.  In the event of a more serious injury, or where there is doubt as to the serious of the injury, you or your emergency contact person will be advised.  In cases requiring immediate medical care the school will contact the ambulance service if appropriate.  Please ensure that contact information is kept updated at the school office. 

School Health Nurse

The School Medical Service is authorised to conduct medical examinations on children in all Departmental schools. These examinations are conducted at prep level with parental permission.  Health Questionnaires are sent home to families of prep students to be completed and returned to school.

Immunisation Certificate

All children commencing school require an immunisation certificate.  It is not compulsory to have all the immunisations, but a child who has not been immunised against a particular disease will have to be excluded if there are cases of that particular disease in the school.  Principals are required by law to exclude students with certain illness.

Pediculosis – Head Lice

Parents should regularly check children’s hair.  If head lice are found, treatment should be sought immediately and the school notified.  Children with head lice are to be excluded from school until the day after treatment has begun.

Medicines Procedure

If a student needs to take medication while at school or at a school activity:

Parents/carers will need to arrange for the student’s treating medical/health practitioner to provide written advice to the school which details as the name of the medication required, the dosage amount, the time the medication is to be taken, how the medication is to be taken, the dates the medication is required, whether it is an ongoing medication and how the medication should be stored. The full medical policy can be viewed on our school website.

Medical Alerts

Children often complain about “tummy aches” at school.  They can often be emotional upsets (e.g. a problem with friends, school work, any other worry or fear) and are usually helped by a little bit of TLC, a lie down, or just by the provision of a distracting task.  If the problem persists, then further discussion may reveal the cause of the problem, or a phone call home may be necessary. If you are concerned about your child’s health, please send an accompanying note to alert us of the problem.

Emergency Contacts

Emergency Contacts

Families are asked to provide emergency details as part of the enrolment form. In the event of a sudden illness, parent or their nominated representative will be contacted.  An emergency contact should be someone who would be willing to collect and look after your child if you are unable to be reached. It is important that the emergency contact records in the school office are kept up to date at all times.  


In the event of you changing your address, work circumstances or telephone number, please advise the school immediately.  Given Teesdale’s location, the risk of fire and each family's Emergency Plan needs to be considered and discussed with contacts to ensure that in an emergency your child will be safe.  Sick or injured children must be collected from school.  The school is unable to provide emergency transport for sick children.  Parents are therefore advised to consider the need for ambulance cover for their families, as ambulances will be used in cases of serious illness or injury.

Infectious Diseases

If your child has an infectious or serious illness or is to be absent for an extended period, a phone call to the school would be appreciated.  Infections spread quickly at school.


Accordingly the Health Department exclusion table can be located at http://ideas.health.vic.gov.au/guidelines/school-exclusion-table.asp


These procedures must be followed if your child contracts any of the following diseases:

Chicken Pox, Conjunctivitis (acute infections) Diphtheria/Giardiasis (diarrhoea), Hepatitis A (infectious Hepatitis), Hepatitis B, Impetigo (School Sores), Leprosy, Measles, Meningococcal Infection, Mumps, Erythema Infectiosum (Slapped Check Syndrome), Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Ringworm, Rotavirus (diarrhoea), Rubella, Scabies, Shigella (diarrhoea), Streptococcal Infection, Scarlet Fever, Trachoma, Tuberculosis, Typhoid and Paratyphoid.

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How you can be involved

Building strong partnerships

Teesdale Primary School has adopted a best practice approach to parental involvement at school.  We believe that strong home-school partnerships greatly enhance our students’ educational experiences and results.


Please subscribe to iNewsletter to receive our fortnightly newsletter via email or login to the Sentral Parent Portal or the Teesdale Primary School website and read our school newsletter to find out what’s going on and other ways of becoming involved. 

It enables children to see that there is a unity between two very significant groups of people in their lives and promotes our mission to “make a great school better.”

Parent Participation

Parent participation is integral to the success of Teesdale Primary School.  While we understand that parents lead extremely busy lives, we welcome any time that you are able to spare. 

There are a number of ways that you can lend a hand and make a great school better:

  • Make an effort to try and understand what the School is trying to do and express your support.
  • See the school as “your” school and encourage your child to see it in the same way.
  • Being a member of the School Council.
  • Being a member of the Parents Club and support fundraising ventures.
  • By all means offer constructive feedback and suggestion, but direct your comments to the “right” person.
  • Welcome new parents and help them feel like they belong.
  • Encourage your children to join in school activities and to take pride in the school.
  • Assisting in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program (SAKGP)
  • Attend Parent Courses and offer classroom assistance.
  • Assist with Excursions and Sports Days


Working with Children Check (WWCC)

All volunteers are required by law to have this certification before being able to work with children.  This is a simple procedure that can be arranged on-line and at the post office.  You will need to complete an application form, provide a passport photograph and provide proof of identify.  There is no cost to obtain a volunteer WWCC and the card is valid for 5 years.

School Council

The Education act provides that a School Council shall determine the general education policy of the organization within the guidelines issued by the Minister.


The School Council is responsible for the development and management of the School in conjunction with the Principal. School level decisions about policy, curriculum and use of resources available to the organization are made by the legislation and Ministerial guidelines.


The role of the School Council is concerned with the following:

Education Policy, Financial Management, Promoting Interest in the School, Reporting to the School Community, Construction Works, Use of School Facilities, Fundraising.


Elections for half the School Council positions are held early in the year and parents are strongly encouraged to support their children and school community by becoming involved with the School Council.

Parents' Club

The Parents’ Club generally meets once a month. All parents are welcome to attend any of its meetings. The Annual General Meeting of Parents Club is held in March.  At this meeting an annual report is presented and the election for office bearers is also conducted.


The Parents’ Club provides many valuable services for our children.  These include:

  • fundraising for the school including Walkathons, Raffles and Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls
  • assistance with various school activities such as the Swimming Program and Athletics
  • catering for various school functions including lunch days
  • assisting with classroom activities


The Parents’ Club plays an important role in providing feedback to the School Council.

Please support the Parents’ Club and its fundraising activities, so that improvements to the school can continue.

School Reports and Student Led Conferences

These meetings provide formal opportunities for you to discuss your child’s progress with the class teacher.  Soon after your child starts school, you will be given the opportunity to share with your child’s teacher all that you know about your child.  Student Led Conferences are also scheduled following the electronic distribution of midyear reports.  Formal reporting occurs in June and December. The dates for distribution will be placed in the school newsletter.


If at other times there are issues of concern that you need to discuss with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment either with the class teacher directly, or via the office.  Often, what can be perceived as “big” problems can be easily handled and rectified and a strong partnership can be built between school and home.

How can I help my child?

Settling into School

To help your child settle into school, here are some of the ways in which you can help to prepare your child and support the learning that will be taking place in the first few months of Prep.

  • A good night’s rest is essential if your child is to be able to cope with school.
  • Television - Please choose carefully the amount of television and the suitability, (especially before school).
  • Give your child lots and lots of constructive praise and positive encouragement for even small achievements - they thrive on it!
  • Read or write to your child every day.  It’s a wonderful way to share some time together and will lay the foundations for your child becoming a reader and a writer
  • Talk about words in the environment e.g., signs, letters on taps, point out words as you read book titles etc.
  • Encourage your child to be independent and to be responsible e.g., dressing themselves, carrying their own school bag, tidying up after themselves, carrying out simple tasks e.g. giving a message.
  • Provide scrap paper and pens/pencils/crayons to encourage your child to ‘write’ and draw.  In the beginning accept all scribbling as the child’s writing and give lots of praise!
  • Please encourage the correct grip at all times when children are using pencils, crayons, pens and paintbrushes.
  • Share books/puzzles/games with your child, if you have any, and talk about ‘special’ letters e.g. those in the child’s name, the first letter in family members’ names.  Also talk about taking turns, sharing, etc.
  • Play with sounds especially the first sound in a word e.g. t-t-table, ch-ch-chair.  Play ‘I spy...’ with the beginning sound, not the letter name.  At school we will be referring to the name of the letter and the sound it usually makes.
  • Foster your child’s curiosity by giving them lots of first hand experiences and talking to them about what they are doing, questioning them, and answering their questions.
  • Please try and avoid using the term ‘reader’, but rather ‘take home book’.  It is important that children do not see these books as being different from any other book.
  • Please encourage your child to ask for things politely using people’s names, looking at their faces and saying ‘thank you’ on receipt.
  • Listening is a very important aspect of everyday living and particularly learning.
  • Reinforcing our school values of Respect, Resilience, Friendship, Excellence and Honesty.
  • We highly encourage you to develop good listening habits with your child i.e. looking at the speaker, thinking about what the speaker is saying and waiting until the speaker has finished before speaking.

  • Remember -  children model behaviour!

History of Teesdale

Teesdale History

Mining appears to be the common thread linking the English area of Teesdale, County Durham with its Australian counterpart.  Named after the River Tees, Teesdale in England gained importance due to its lead mining in the 1900s while today it is the home of the Swadale (black-faced) sheep and is mainly farming country.


By contrast, Teesdale, Australia gained prominence via the mining of gold, as the discovery of gold in Ballarat in 1851 placed it on the main route between Geelong and Ballarat, with its store and hotels providing a welcome respite for the weary traveller.


The first dwelling was erected in 1851 with a second the following year, which also served as a store, hotel and post office.  Aborigines camped in a paddock known as ‘Bullivant’s’ and attracted the locals with their prowess in boomerang and spear throwing.


The village contained four hotels in the latter part of the 1850s, with two wine saloons and three blacksmith's shops, while in 1861 the Teesdale Farmers' Common was gazetted for the grazing of milking cows and goats and consisted of 1500 acres.


A census taken in 1871 gave the town's population as 70 with 11 dwellings.  These figures increased to 181 persons in 1881 and 37 dwellings.  Several Chinese market gardeners settled in the town, adding to the vineyards and orchards.


In 1874 the Mechanics Institute became a reality as a result of local donations and the site being granted by the government.  Cricket and football were popular and a Recreation Ground was formed in 1900 with the original Teesdale Hall erected in 1906.


Some of the earliest recorded names include:  Barker, Finn (brothers), Fitz, Hehir, Miller, Morris and Wall.  James Bell of ‘Woolbrook’ and his family acted as benefactor to the town as did Mrs Bell, who entertained Teesdale's school children on Boxing Day 1888.  Teesdale's Geelong Advertiser correspondent advised that the ‘sweltering heat of over 100º F’ meant that the task was tiresome, while those adults ‘who sought pleasure away from home, on the racecourse, or in similar amusements, suffered a good deal in the pursuit of it’. (Gold Reef and Silver Tussock – A History of the Shire of Leigh, by Gladys Seaton).


The Shire's Local Board of Health was formed in 1876 following the appointment of Dr T. Hope of Geelong, who was called on to practise his profession in the Teesdale and Inverleigh districts.  The local cemetery was provided in 1860.


Native Creek Hotel in 1873 hotel contained 12 rooms, complete with a 12' by 14' underground tank, store and butcher's shop.  A bluestone cottage on the corner of the Bruce and Willis Streets served as a wine saloon in the 1880s and was owned by M. Jean Baille.  Another wine saloon was located next to the blacksmith’s, close by the creek with the blacksmith being a Mr Louttit.  A third blacksmith’s was located opposite the school.  H. M. Wilson (associated with the neighbouring town of Shelford) built his store and hotel at Teesdale as a direct result of a year spent on the diggings, where he accumulated £2000 from the much sought-after gold.


Teesdale has grown and little evidence remains of its busy years during the Gold rush, but it retains its charm as a rural haven, which continues to attract those seeking a quiet and friendly existence among the green hills and valleys interrupted by Native Hut Creek.


Teesdale residents were slow to see a school established with a rented two-roomed building of a soft stone serving that purpose in the mid 1850s.  Francis Philps, the first teacher at Teesdale, was housed in an 8' by 10' tent. He was a dedicated man, who was in charge of the school from 1858 to 1873.


The building of the Presbyterian Church in 1858 provided a new location for the school, which had 36 pupils consisting of 16 boys and 20 girls.  School fees were set at £28.19s.6d.with government aid supplying £120.17s.8d.  The combined sum paid for the teacher's salary and rental for both the school and school residence.


Initially, higher classes were taught in the church with lower grades in the Mechanic's Institute but in June 1875 tenders were called for a large brick state school.  Measuring 36' by 20', the new brick school cost £460 to erect and was occupied on 1 March 1878 and officially opened on 1 June.


Built on a site east of the creek, the land had been purchased from Henry H. Cations and by 1878 the enrolment had grown to 78 students.  The election of the East Riding School Board in 1873 consisted of C.A.C. Wilson, Michael Wall, James Bell, John Clarke and Andrew E. Anderson with Wilson chosen as President and correspondent.  The board was responsible for the school and teachers under the Minister of Education.


The 1892 school inventory lists a press, master's desk and stool, work table, 2 chairs, 9 desks, one form, one ball frame, 23 framed and 10 unframed slates and pieces, 24 porcelain and 12 lead inkwells, 5 blackboards and 3 easels.  Twenty-one Royal readers were listed also, together with 3 maps of Victoria, 2 of the world, 2 of Australasia, Palestine and Asia, with the same number of African and British Isles maps.  Science apparatus consisted of levers and fulcrum, set of four pulleys, suspension board, set of 20 brass weights and four scale pans, apparatus to show upward pressure of water, (fractured) model of pump, (damaged) model of Bramah press, syphon, (broken) barometer tube, four thermometers, tubes, bar and gauge, and Faraday apparatus, which was broken in transit (carriage) between Melbourne and Teesdale.


A small library housed a wide selection of books ranging from the Temperance Primer to the Empire History.  Pupils were often required to take their own water to school even though the school had 3 water tanks, two being at the school with one attached to the residence.


Family names amongst 30 prize winners during those early days consisted of Feehan, Squires, Murrell, Phillips, Miller, Giffin, King, Fraser, Grant and Cations.  Books and sewing boxes rewarded the student’s efforts with Japanese work boxes, (portable) desks and ‘other useful articles’ given for sewing, the judges being Mesdames C.A.C. Wilson, Hehir, and G. Farrar.

 The Board of Advice was replaced in 1911 with a School Committee whose early members included Patrick King, William Miller, James King, R.G. Squires and D.H. Wallace.  Tom King (a later member of the Committee) together with an industrious teacher, began the school's swimming activities in the 1930s with instruction given in a shallow, safe pool at the end of the lane behind Gowan Brae’ , which first had to be cleared of boxthorn, blackberry brambles, old posts and fencing wire’.


Teesdale Primary School's numbers have increased to such an extent (127 students in 1989) that major upgrading works were warranted.  The original red brick building saw the addition of several portables and a major community project resulting in the building of a mud-brick multi-purpose structure, officially opened in 1988.


The first stage of the upgrading works began in late 1988 with the addition of 4 new classrooms and a larger temporary toilet block.  The second stage was completed in November 1989 with the opening of the magnificent Administration and Staff Centre.  The third stage, consisting of an extra classroom and permanent toilet block, was completed in 1992. More recently a covered area was completed between the two “modular five” buildings.  This now provides the school with a large assembly area as well as open space where a wide range of curriculum activities can be undertaken.  An upgrade of the library/resource centre has also improved the facilities that we can offer the students.


In 1993 and 1995 the school received Garden State Awards for the development of its grounds and gardens.


In 2003, Teesdale Primary School celebrated its 125th anniversary with the sale of personalised brick pavers, the erection of a new flagpole and an updated “History of Teesdale” book.  Copies of the book can be purchased from the school office.


In 2007 the Mud brick building was renovated to accommodate the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.  The Mud brick building was extended and a commercial kitchen installed to enable students to attend cooking classes.  Students learn to grow and nurture fruit and vegetables in the school garden, harvest the fruit of their labours and cook up delicious culinary dishes in the new kitchen classroom.


Teesdale Primary School had grown to an enrolment of over 150. Our grounds and gardens provide a great environment for education and recreation.  The spacious grounds mean students have ample room to play and learn and our new Building the Education Revolution (BER) building is an outstanding addition to our facilities. We have well-appointed classrooms, withdrawal areas, an open-space gallery and a range of varied learning and recreational areas.  The school community has worked very hard to provide the best possible environment for our students.

The completed works have paved the way for an exciting new look Teesdale Primary School.

Enrolment Pack

Enrolment Documentation

Thank you for selecting Teesdale Primary School to be a part of your child's education. Please complete and return the following documents to the Teesdale Primary School office at your earliest convenience.



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Enrolment Information Booklet
Noone Uniform Price List 2018.pdf
Noone Uniform Price List 2018.pdf
Noone Uniform PRICELIST 2019 2020.pdf
Teesdale Primary School Parent Helper Information Booklet 2019.pdf
Student Enrolment Form Aug 2019.pdf
Confidential Medical Information.pdf
Enrolment Checklist.pdf
Noone Uniform PRICELIST 2019 2020.pdf
Healthy Lunch Boxes.docx