For Students

The school is two-stream and caters for girls and boys from Kindergarten to Year 6. There is an active and enthusiastic Student Council with representatives from Years 2 to 6 including the Captains, Vice-Captains and Prefects.

Our Year 5 and 6 students 'buddy' with our Kinder and Year 1 students.

We have an excellent transition program operating to ensure the smooth transition from pre-school to school.

We enter various sporting competitions that are offered in the Shire area, including the ET Shield, Penrith Netball and Rugby League Knockout.

Student Wellbeing

School Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning (SWPBL)

The school undertakes a research-based program that has success in improving learning and learning environments through improving behaviour. This supports our Pastoral Care and Discipline Policy and procedures as well as our Restorative Justice approach embedded within these practice’s.



Awards

Teachers aim to frequently affirm appropriate behaviour both in the classroom and the school context.


Award sequence and prizes:

10 Gotchas Ice Block

20 Gotchas Ice Block

30 Gotchas Ice Block

40 Gotchas Assistant Principal Award: Certificate, Ice Block, Assembly Acknowledgement

50 Gotchas Ice Block

60 Gotchas Principal's Award: Certificate, Morning tea with Principal, Assembly Acknowledgement

These awards are based on:

  • Classroom effort

  • Academic achievement

  • Contribution to school life

  • Sporting achievement

  • Other achievement

  • SWPBL values of RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and SAFETY



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KidsMatter Primary is a flexible, whole-school approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing. A KidsMatter school promotes a positive community that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion.



Highway Heroes

Highway Heroes ‘Smart Life Skills 4 Kids’.

A unit of social and emotional learning that uses a teaching metaphor of everyone being on a journey travelling along the Highway of Life. They will learn that one of the first destinations on the Highway is their current one - Primary School - with many more to follow, and that along the Highway, everyone will experience many events (‘Highway Happenings’) - some fabulous, others horrible, many bland and every so often, exhilarating. It’s rarely dull!


The Highway Heroes curriculum provides structured and fully resourced lessons in each of the Social and Emotional Learning areas that have been identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) – the international body in children’s well being.

The Reflection Centre

The Reflection Centre operates at Our Lady Star of the Sea every recess and lunch. The centre is located in one of the rooms in the school, and is set up to cater for the needs of students and teachers during lunch and recess breaks. The centre is staffed by members of the school leadership team. Students are either referred to the Reflection Centre by the duty teacher or they come because they need support. All those who attend the Reflection Centre have their names recorded.

The categories for which students are referred, are grouped by the duty teacher according to colour: red, orange or blue.

A referral is deemed to be a red incident when there is:

  • Physical or verbal violence
  • Complete disrespect/defiance.

A referral is deemed to be an orange incident when:

  • Time-out is needed to stabilise emotions
  • A break is needed from playground activities.
  • Students at this level often come of their own volition to seek support and quiet time.

A referral is a blue incident when:

  • There is a minor illness or injury (large amounts of blood or serious injury or illness should be sent to the office.)
  • When students are feeling sad or lonely.

Recording

All visits are documented and each incident explained. If a child attends the Reflection Centre for a third red offence, they are notified that their next visit means they will receive a detention as well as the Reflection Centre visit. The Assistant Principal follows up these incidents and notifies both the parents and students involved.

The Reflection Centre has a positive impact in our school. For our students, it is seen as a place where they are listened to carefully, where they see incidents followed up or as a place where there is always somebody available to talk to them. It is based on our Restorative Justice Policy and supports the wellbeing of each student.