PPPS Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm
NORMAL SCHOOL HOURS
Children to be at school by 8.50am
Morning recess 10.40am - 11.10am
Eat lunch in classroom 12.50pm - 1.00pm
Lunch time break 1.00pm - 1.50pm
Please note that it is essential that your child/children arrive at school to start their learning on time. When the music plays at 8.58am your child/children should be lining up to enter the buildings.
Teachers are on yard duty before school between 8.45am - 9.00am, recess, lunchtime break and after school 3.30pm - 3.45pm.
At recess and lunchtime they wear fluoro vests for easy identification.
Note that students are NOT ALLOWED to enter the classroom unsupervised BEFORE 9.00am, and no student is to enter classrooms at recess or at lunch break.
For safety reasons, if your child/children arrive at school before 8.30am they will be placed in before school care if they are registered and you will be billed or you will be contacted if they are not registered with Camp Australia.
ACCESS TO STAFF AND CLASSROOMS
We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.
You can see teachers before 8.45am as teachers have classroom responsibilities after this time.
It is best to make an appointment to ensure the teacher is available as teachers attend meetings every Tuesday and Wednesday straight after school and sometimes on Mondays.
Appointments can be made by emailing your child’s teacher or phoning the school with your request. Email addresses will be in the term overviews, which are generally sent home in the second week of each term.
ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
Regular attendance is vital as absences affect learning, confidence and attitudes to learning. An attendance rate of more than 95% is the most beneficial for your child.
This means no more than 10 days absence per year, preferably less.
Avoid booking holidays during school terms so you do not interrupt your child’s education and socialisation. Every day counts.
Home is the best place for a really sick child.
A child who is ill cannot cope with school activities and may infect others.
We ask you NOT to send your child to school when they are sick because we do not have the medical staff to look after them.
If your child is ill at school you or your emergency contact will be informed.
When your child returns to school after an absence, the Department of Education and Training (DET) requires you to send an explanatory note to the teacher that day or within a week.
This is kept in your child’s file for 10 years.
CHECKING IN AT THE OFFICE
Visitors and helpers to the school are required to sign in at the office before they proceed.
This is a security measure, as is locking the gates between 9.30am and 3.00pm.
Volunteer helpers are required to wear their name tags at all times.
STUDENTS LEAVING EARLY
Should you have reason to take your child from the school before 3.30pm, you are required to send a note to the class teacher that morning so we can ensure your child will be at the office waiting for you.
Your child/children can be collected between 10.40am - 11.10am only (recess) and 12.50pm - 1.50pm (lunch) except if there is an emergency. This is to show respect for classroom programs by avoiding disruption to lessons and interruption to other students’ learning time.
To collect your child, report to the office and your child will be sent there by their teacher, at the designated time.
Bank day is THURSDAY. School Savings Accounts are available with the Commonwealth Bank. Application forms will be available on our Prep Parent Information evening or at the office.
To save money, name ALL your child’s/children’s clothing with both given and family names.
If property is lost, first check your child’s classroom (or specialist class they may have attended), then look in the Lost Property basket outside the courtyard entrance to the Administration Block and, after a couple of days, the Lost Property cupboard in the Disabled Bathroom in the Administration Block.
This cupboard is accessible before 9.00am and after 3.30pm. A parent volunteer sorts through the items at the end of each week and those items that are named are returned via the teacher’s pigeon hole.
Emergency contact records are required on enrolment at the school.
They must be updated annually and you are requested to inform the office of changes during the year.
It is critical that we have accurate phone numbers, addresses and emergency contact numbers.
It is your responsibility to notify the school immediately of any changes.
*Any custody restrictions applying to your child/ren must be supported with copies of the appropriate legal documents if you wish the school to be able to follow these restrictions.
Payments for excursions etc. can be made online at a time convenient to you using the Qkr app (flyer enclosed) or at the office using EFTPOS or credit card.
Payments may also be sent to school on any school day and given to the classroom teacher by your child. By giving children this responsibility we are showing our children that we respect and trust them.
To avoid any losses make sure payment is carefully sealed in an envelope attached to the excursion notice. Ensure the envelope is labelled correctly.
Your child requires very little money at school, so send only small amounts as required for spending at the canteen, perhaps as a treat. For preps we suggest you wait until term 2 before giving them spending money.
PARENTS LEAVING THEIR CHILD’S BELONGINGS AT THE OFFICE
If your child forgets to bring their lunch, jacket, hat, etc., the following process has been put in place so that there is as little disruption to learning time as possible.
- You can bring the item to the school office after 9.00am.
- Please mark the item with your child’s name and home group.
- If the item arrives at the office prior to morning recess (10.40am) it will be placed in the teacher’s pigeon hole. Each teacher checks their pigeon hole at morning recess and will pass the item onto your child.
- If the item arrives at the school after morning recess (11.10am) it will be placed in the teacher’s pigeon hole.
- We are unable to guarantee a child will get their play lunch in time, but we can guarantee they will get their lunch.
As children eat lunch at school every day we suggest a healthy playlunch and a healthy lunch, including a couple of pieces of fruit.
Please ensure that your child/children’s lunch boxes and water bottles are clearly labelled with their full name.
Being an environmentally friendly school, we do ask that children bring food that has minimal or no packaging e.g. fruit, which has its own natural packaging. We call this “nude food”.
Your child will eat lunch in the classroom between 12.50pm and 1.00pm before going out to play, so don’t give them too much to eat as they will not get through it all. Give them a healthy snack after school instead.
Due to the increasing number of students at the school with food related allergies, our school policy is that students are not allowed to share food with each other. Please find a copy of our policy on page 9.
We have a hydration program whereby your child/children can drink water from their drink bottles throughout the day.
To teach your child healthy drinking habits, they are not to bring sugary drinks such as commercial fruit juice, cordial or soft drink.
Only water can be drunk in class and because of student safety, no glass bottles or containers can be brought to school.
During the day, your child/children can eat fresh fruit and vegetables in class.
Our canteen is managed by Natalie who works for H & H Canteens.
Natalie offers a range of healthy and tasty lunch and snack options. The company meets all DET guidelines, so only approved foods are sold.
Price lists are on our website and Facebook page.
You order using the Qkr app and your child’s lunch will be delivered to their room at lunch eating time by the lunch order monitors.
Alternatively you can send a lunch order to school using a paper bag. Please write your child’s name, home group number and lunch order on the paper bag; correct cash would be appreciated.
If your child forgets their lunch the canteen manager, Natalie, will provide a vegemite and/or cheese sandwich, (unless they have an allergy) and you can pay the next day.
We do not allow fast food to be eaten in classrooms
so please do not bring or send it to school as a lunch.
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