As this is the first newsletter of the year, it is timely to remind our Primary community of the following important requests: -
- Please make sure your children arrive at school on time.
- Please send children to school in the correct uniform, with appropriate hair-styles.
- Please read emails and newsletters.
- Please let us know if any of your contact details have changed.
- Please inform us of your child’s absence from school.
Schools are obligated to contact parents of children who have not arrived at school by the start of the school day and for whom we have no explanation of absence. This as you can imagine is a labour-intensive exercise. Parents can assist us by making sure we are informed of all absences by 8.30 am. Primary Absentees may be reported by emailing [email protected] All emails will be forwarded to the classroom teacher.
We understand that at times your child may be late for school for a variety of reasons. Parents need to bring their children to the office if they arrive after 9.00 am. Latecomers cannot go directly to the classroom after the bell – they must visit the office first. These latecomers will be marked absent unless the school is notified.
Students required to leave the school grounds to attend appointments must be signed out at Administration by a Parent/Guardian and obtain a green slip (not returning for the day) or pink slip (returning to school) which is to be handed to the teacher. Teachers will not be able to release students to a Parent/Guardian unless they have been given a slip.
If your child has a recurring OT or Speech appointment please send an email to [email protected] advising of the date/time of the appointment.
It is important to note, that if your child is receiving extra tutoring, these sessions need to be booked before school, lunch-time or after-school.
Primary students should be at school 10 minutes prior to the commencement of the school day. PrePrimary – Year 6 classroom doors will be open from 8.35 am each day. Outside supervision is available from 8.15 am.
No supervision is provided before 8.15 am and after 3.30 pm. Primary students are not permitted to play on any play equipment before or after school. All gates will be locked at the end of the school day.
It is also important to note the all PreKindy, Kindy and PrePrimary children must be collected by an adult at the end of their session.
Drop Off and Pick Up
Students from Year One to Year Three are encouraged to use the ‘loop’ off Mooro Drive for drop off and pick up. Families are issued with a ‘Family Name’ sign, which is to be attached to the visor and be clearly visible to enable staff on duty to efficiently identify family cars. Please email Tracey McGann in Administration [email protected] to obtain additional cards.
Students from Year Four and above are required to use the Main Car Park (entry off John XXIII Avenue) for drop off and pick up (unless they have a sibling in Years 1-3).
Any students remaining at school after 3.30 pm will stay in Front Administration until they are collected. Parents will then need to park their car and come and collect their children from Administration.
Visitors Sign In
To fulfil our ‘duty of care’ requirements, all parent helpers and visitors are required to ‘sign-in’ using the iPads located in the front office or the Early Companions Centre. Although this procedure may appear a burden, the safety of our students is always of paramount importance.
As the staff have been on duty at recess and lunch time this week we have seen some fabulous examples of food that really gets children's brains ready for learning. Thank you to all the parents who have set their children up so well for a full day of learning by packing a healthy lunch box. As we are an ‘Allergy Aware’ school, please do not put any products containing nuts (including Nutella) in your child’s lunch box. We ask that you help us educate the children on the importance of not sharing food with other children and washing hands after eating.
We request that dogs not be brought into the Primary School. Despite the very best behaviour of our furry friends, there are many children who remain frightened of dogs and we also have children that are allergic to dogs.