PPPS Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm
NORMAL SCHOOL HOURS
Children are to arrive at school between 8:45 - 8.55am
Morning recess 10.40am - 11.10am
Lunch is eaten in classrooms 12.50pm - 1.00pm
Lunch time break 1.00pm - 1.50pm
It is essential that your child/children arrive at school to start their learning on time. When the music plays at 8.57am your child/children should be lining up to enter the building.
Please Note: Children are not to arrive at school before 8.30am. Children who arrive between 8.30am and 8.45am are unsupervised.
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 arrives/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.
ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
100% attendance is expected. Every day counts. Regular attendance is vital as absences affect learning, achievement, confidence and attitudes to school.
An attendance rate of more than 95% is seen as being 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.
It is a requirement that you approve your child's absence on Compass.
If your child is ill at school, you or your emergency contact will be contacted.
STUDENTS LEAVING EARLY
Should you have reason to take your child from the school before 3.30pm, you are required to notify their teacher through Compass or 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.
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 will ensure they get their lunch.
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. For your child's safety, 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.
To save money, label ALL your child/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. After a couple of days, check the Lost Property cupboard in the Disabled Bathroom in the Administration Block. This cupboard is accessible before 9.00am and after 3.00pm. A parent volunteer sorts through the items at the end of each week and the items that are labelled are returned via the teacher’s pigeon hole.
CHECKING IN AT THE OFFICE
We love having volunteer helpers in the school. We encourage your involvement in classrooms programs and activities, on excursions and camps and for special parent partnership evenings and afternoons. During the day 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 9.01am and 3.20pm.
Volunteer helpers must provide the office with their Working With Children (WWC) card and complete the Volunteers training course prior to working in the classroom or assisting at events.
Once trained, volunteers are required to sign in at the office at the Compass Kiosk and wear a visitors pass when helping at the school.
The Volunteers training session will outline your role and responsibilities with regard to Privacy, Work Cover, Harassment and Occupational Health and Safety legislation. In line with our values, particularly those of Care, Trust and Respect, you will understand that the safety and care of your children are the most important considerations when implementing a program such as volunteer helpers. Also, with legislation related to a range of issues, it is imperative that ALL volunteers are briefed before they are able to help in any way at school. You need only attend one of the briefings.
This training includes everyone who would like to start to help in any, or all, of the following areas; interschool sport, classroom helpers (in any area of the curriculum), excursions, special event days, fun day at the end of the year, fruit distribution, gardening, sports coaching, P.E. programs such as the Prep Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) and any transportation of students. In fact, anyone who helps at the school in any way. Please note that helpers on school camps have a special briefing prior to camp.
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 staff attend meetings every Tuesday and Wednesday straight after school and sometimes on Mondays. Appointments can be made by emailing your child’s teacher through Compass or phoning the school with your request.
Payments for excursions, etc. can be made online at a time convenient to you using the Qkr app 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 or with an explanation for the payment. Ensure the envelope is labelled correctly.
We have a hydration program which encourages your child/children to 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, as long as it doesn't interfere with their learning, or the learning of their classmates. You will be notified if a child in the class has a severe allergy to any food items and you are asked not to send these items to school.
As children eat lunch at school every day, we suggest a healthy play lunch 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 follow the link to read our policy.
Our canteen is managed by Natalie who works for H & H Canteens. The canteen offers a range of healthy and tasty lunch and snack options. The company meets all Department of Education and Training guidelines, so only approved foods are sold. Price lists are on our website. 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.
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.
If your child forgets their lunch, and we know about it, we will contact you to arrange for someone to deliver a lunch to the office.
We do not allow fast food to be eaten in classrooms so please do not bring or send it to school as a lunch.
COMMUNICATION with the community COMPASS, NEWSLETTER, WEBPAGE and FACEBOOK
Our fortnightly publication – “PLENTY PARKLANDS PRIMARY PRESS” – is the school’s prime source of communication with parents, so it is vital to read this to keep up to date.
The newsletter is distributed fortnightly via Compass. It is also available on our website.
Please ‘Like’ our Plenty Parklands Official Facebook page so you can receive notifications of what is happening around the school.
We also use Compass to distribute excursion notices, reminders and curriculum updates.
ITEMS ON THE ROOF OF THE SCHOOL
It is a legal Occupational, Health and Safety requirement that personnel must have completed the official working at heights training course before they can go on a school roof.
Our trained staff member allocates time each week to collect shoes, balls and other objects from the roof. These objects are then placed in the Lost Property basket for collection.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES provided by the Department of Education and Training (DET)
- DET educational psychologist - allocation is determined by DET
- DET speech pathologist - allocation is determined by DET
PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (PSD)
To be eligible for the Program for Students with Disabilities, a student must meet strict criteria for one of the following categories:
- Physical disability
- Visual impairment
- Severe behaviour disorder
- Hearing impairment
- Intellectual disability
- Autism spectrum disorder with severe language delay.
- Severe language disorder with critical educational needs.
The Student Support Group (SSG), which is a partnership between parents, school staff and other professionals, develops an Individual Learning Plan which details the educational goals and a tailored educational program to meet the particular needs of that student.
If you believe your child may fit one of these categories, please contact our Program for Students with Disabilities coordinator, Ms Jo Creed, as soon as possible. Making an application for additional funding is a complex and time consuming process as there are very strict timelines and criteria that must be met.
- Year Levels
- Enrolment Forum and Tour Bookings for 2022 Enrolments
- Expressions of Interest Forms
- Welcome Pack - Prep to Year 6 2021
- Prep Transition 2021
- Health and Wellbeing
- Student Support Staff
- Brain Food Program
- Yard Duty
- Disabilities Program
- Digital Learning
- Useful Websites