School Bell Times
The School Day commences at 9 am and concludes at 3.30 pm.
Children are able to be on site at 8.40 am but not earlier unless they are going to OSHC.
On days when your child is absent parents must inform the school office each day their child is away.
Please always include:
- Child’s name and class teacher.
- Date of absence and reason.
Please note: the email address and SMS number above are solely for reporting absences not for any other school communication.
If your child will be away for longer than one day or going on an extended holiday please inform the office staff of this too.
An assembly is held for 10-15 minutes most Monday mornings. This is an administration type assembly where we announce sports results and significant events for the week. Parents are most welcome if you happen to be in the school at the time.
During weeks 3, 6 and 9 of each term, the students run their own assembly. Each class takes a turn to host and the assembly provides students with the opportunity to display their work and talents. Parents are most welcome. Notice of assemblies is included in the newsletter calendar. The date may vary due to other activities in the school, like camps, holidays, sports day and so on.
Assessment and Reporting
Teachers, Students and Parents/Carers work in partnership in the assessment and reporting cycle.
- Term 1 – Comprehensive information letters and parent, student and teacher interview towards the end of term one
- Term 2 – Mid-year written school report (Reception – Year 7), A-E Report (Year 1 – Year 7)
- Term 4 – End of year written school report (Reception – Year 7), A-E Report (Year 1 – Year 7)
- Feedback, reflection and goal setting are a focus of Interviews.
- Years 3 ,5 and 7 – National Assessments in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) are conducted in May of each year. A report to the child’s family is then distributed at a later date.
Productive partnerships are valued by the school community. At any time of the year, Parents/Carers are welcome to make an appointment with the classroom teacher to discuss their child’s progress.
Teachers are constantly assessing students in terms of their work, study and social development.
A small range of healthy snacks and ice blocks are sold at recess and lunch times when a volunteer is available. The canteen is run by volunteer parents. Only 15 minutes of your valuable time is required if you can assist. The office staff will be pleased to help if you decide to volunteer.
The school has a computer suite in the resource centre. Students have regular access to the suite during class time. All computers in the school are linked to the internet and the schools intranet.
The school holds an end of year concert toward the end of term 4. It involves all classes and the middle and senior choirs. It’s a community event in the evening. Families are invited to have a picnic tea prior to the concert. Pre-concert entertainment is provided by our instrumental students.
This is the main decision making body of the school. They generally meet twice per term on a Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and they deal with matters such as finance, grounds, sports, education and generally oversee and advise on the smooth operation of the school. AGMs are held early in the school year and parents are elected for two year terms. Meetings are open, however, only elected members hold voting rights. Please contact the principal or the office staff for further information.
Early for school
Yard supervision commences at 8:40 each morning. Students arriving before this time will be sent to Before School Care in OSHC. Note: An exception is made to this rule for students who catch the bus, arriving at 8:25 a.m. These students are required to sit under the trees adjacent to the Administrative Block. Please contact the principal for more information if this affects your family.
Classes regularly go on excursions to support the learning programme. Notices go home giving parents advice as to costs and times and money is paid at the school office. When parents are asked to assist with transport there are legal requirements regarding insurance and child seat restraints. This information is available at the office.
This is our Language other than English (LOTE). All schools do a LOTE and it is designated on a state-wide grid, largely based on the availability of the teacher and the subject offered at the feeder high school.
All mainstream students receive two lessons of French each week. The programme consists of both language and cultural studies.
Helping in the class
All staff look forward to having volunteer helpers in their classrooms. Simply talk to your class teacher indicating an interest and the area where you feel you could help and we’re sure they will have you busy in no time!
Late for school
We understand that this happens from time to time. A phone call is appreciated, otherwise it is recorded in the roll against the student. Students who are continually late may suffer greatly in their academic development, behaviour patterns and late entry often disrupts the learning of the other members of the class. When your child comes to school late they must report to the school office.
The library is open every day for borrowing and returning, however, students are not permitted in unless under supervision. As it is fully automated, parents can assist students with their borrowing and returns before and after school. The computer will not allow borrowing if there are overdue books. All classes attend the library at least once per week for whole class borrowing and reading time.
This is a big part of the school and we encourage all students to be involved. Music lessons are held weekly with a specialist music teacher for all classes.
A senior choir is available for years 5 – 7 students and they perform each year in the Festival of Music at Festival Theatre.
The school has a class set of ukuleles to be taught in music lessons.
Students can also choose to play an instrument. DECD provide instrumental music instruction for students in year 3 and above. Private providers also provide lessons for certain instruments. Request to play instruments goes out early in the first term, however, it is possible to start at any time. Please contact the principal for details.
The school newsletter is published each fortnight and an on-line link will advise parents when it is available on the school’s website. It includes important information regarding the school, plus community notices and a small, classified section. Spare copies are available at the office upon request.
Parents and Friends
This group meets each 3 – 5 weeks and serve as the school’s major fundraising body. They conduct raffles, special lunch days and major events like quiz nights and fashion shows. Help is always needed. If you would like to be involved, please contact the office staff for further information.
Paying at the office
While the cash register is always available, it is most preferable if parents and students pay early in the day. The school keeps no money on the premises. What we collect is banked daily (by law) and therefore there are often difficulties in the afternoon with change. Receipts are provided for all payments. Credit card payments are accepted and processed via BPoint on the school’s website.
BPoint is a secure online credit card payment system located on this website, where you can pay our school invoices from your computer at home or the office at any time of the day.
There is a road code that drivers enter Vaucluse Crescent from the northern end and exit via the southern end during morning drop off and afternoon pick up times.
Please use the school side of Vaucluse Avenue as a parking place for your car. This avoids congestion and ensures the safety of our students. The car park has only a very limited number of spaces and these are made available to staff only and definitely DO NOT PARK in the ENTRANCE to the car park.
Seeing your teacher
Teachers are happy to meet with parents at most times, given some notice. It is usually not good practice to begin lengthy discussions with the teacher when dropping your child off in the morning as this is important preparation time for the class. If there is a concern, please make a mutually convenient time as soon as possible. The school prides itself on being efficient in dealing quickly with all student related matters and we rely on your assistance in this regard and your keeping us informed.
The school offers a wide range of sports. Sports generally cost $40 for each sport played. Students are offered sports at the beginning of each year and prior to the commencement of the change of seasons. Parents are vital in maintaining a healthy sports programme. Please contact the principal to discuss how you might be involved by coaching, umpiring or being a team manager.
This happens once each year. Students are placed in four equally divided teams and they engage in a range of activities throughout the day (ball sports, team games, fun activities, competitive racing in sprints, longer distances and relays). Parents are invited to attend where they can and the Parents & Friends Committee usually has a cake & coffee stall. Helpers are also needed throughout the day for varying tasks.
Swimming and Aquatics
The entire school goes out for a week at varying times each year. R – 4 students attend the Westminster School pool for water safety lessons, whilst the 5 – 7 students go to Pt. Noarlunga for aquatics. There is a cost involved and notices are sent home to parents with a swimming consent and medical note. The consent form is essential as students are not allowed in the water without having provided the form to the instructors.
The shop is well stocked with a selection of school uniform. Parents can access these goods on a self serve basis and payments can be made at the office. As we are a Sunsmart School all students receive a complimentary hat on enrolment.