General Information


School Times

Students arrive from 8:30am

Morning Bell: 8:50am

Recess: 10:50-11:20am

Lunch: 1:20-2:00pm

School Finishes: 3:00pm


Term Dates - 2018
Term 1: 30th January - 13th April
Term 2: 1st May - 6th July
Term 3: 24th July - 28th September
Term 4: 15th October - 19th December

Kindergarten Dates for 2018
Session 1: Thursday 1st February: 8.50 - 12.00 noon
Session 2: Friday 2nd February: 8.50 - 12.00 noon

Monday 5th February: full days commence for Kindergarten

Parent_Kindergarten_Orientation_2017_2018


Welcome Drinks
Friday 23rd February 2018


Absences

It is a requirement of the Education Act (1990 revised) that all student absences are recorded. If your child is absent from school due to illness, please send a note to the class teacher on the first day back. When students are absent from school due to illness for more than 3 days, please contact the school to inform the staff of their illness, and on their return please supply an absence note.


Absences from school for any reason other than illness requires the Principal's permission. If the leave is from 1 to 9 days you are required to submit a letter stating the period of absence and the reason for this. For leave over a 10 day period the completion of a "Certificate for Extended Leave" form is required. Please ensure all supporting documentation is provided, it is important to provide at least 2 weeks notice for leave.

Changes in Routine and Partial Absences

If you wish to take your child out of school during the day, you will need to send a note in the morning. Please visit the office to collect your child and complete the attendance book. Your child will then be called from their classroom to meet you in the office area. This is necessary to ensure your child’s safety and to avoid unnecessary disruptions to classroom routine.

Late Arrival or Early Departure

Occasionally your child may arrive to school late or may leave early due to illness or an appointment. It is important that an adult is present to sign a form recording this information for the class roll.


Morning Assembly

Students line up in four team colours on the playground for daily announcements at 8.50 am. If you bring your child to school, allow your child to develop independence by encouraging them to play with other children and say their goodbyes well before the bell sounds.


On Wednesday mornings, the whole school assembles in the hall for a weekly assembly. This includes: an Acknowledgement of Country, singing of the National Anthem, School Prayer, Principal and class awards.



Toys and Valuables
Children are asked not to bring valuables to school as we cannot take responsibility for their loss. Mobile phones must be left in the School Office before school and collected after school. Please place your child’s name on the phone.


Excursions

During the year classes may be taken on excursions which relate to classroom activities. Information and permission slips are always sent home prior to Excursions. ALL PERMISSION SLIPS MUST BE SIGNED FOR CHILDREN TO ATTEND EXCURSIONS otherwise, they will not be able to take part.


Parent Charter

 Link to document



NO LOST PROPERTY


There is NO LOST PROPERTY COLLECTED AT SCHOOL. All personal clothing items and belongings need to be CLEARLY LABELLED with a child's name. 


School Governance


School Leadership team


The school Leadership Team consists of the Principal, the Assistant Principal (AP), Religious Education Coordinator (REC) and the Co-ordinator. The Leadership Team is responsible for developing and monitoring the overall direction of the school following consultation with the community.


Decision-Making Process

The Principal has delegated authority from the Executive Director of Catholic Schools, Dr Dan White, to make decisions at the school level.  To assist the Principal in this process, consultation will be made with the teachers, the parents or other relevant personnel, depending on the nature of the decision. 

Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC)

PAC membership is representative of the school community, comprising the Principal and AP and a number of parents who are appointed by the Principal. The PAC discusses matters pertaining to enrolments, facilities and financial management.  

Educational Partnership


At St Michael's, we recognise that parents are their child’s first teacher and that they continue to help their child learn throughout the school years and beyond. The teaching roles of parents and teachers are different, and both are important. The school and the home are bound together in a common purpose.


Children learn best when parents and teachers work together in partnership, and when parents and teachers share the responsibility for this partnership. Here at St Michael's, parents are actively encouraged to become involved in their children’s education.


There are many ways in which parents can do this. Some of these include:


Parent/Carer - Teacher Information Night

Early in the school year we schedule an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s class teacher. At this meeting, teachers outline some of the learning activities planned and other arrangements for the year including homework, meetings and communications.


Parent Teacher Student Conferences

Twice a year formal opportunities are provided for parents, teachers and students to discuss the student’s progress. However, parents are welcome to make arrangements at any time to meet with teachers. Your child’s teacher will be happy to talk with you to pass on a short message; however, if you wish to speak at length please arrange an appointment by phoning the school or email for a meeting.

Teachers are not available for such meetings during class or lunch hours, or during assemblies, playground duty or staff meetings.

If a problem arises at school, please contact the class teacher in the first instance so that the matter can be investigated. Your child is our prime concern and we are eager to work with you to make his/her school life happy.

Parking

Parents are asked to observe the NO STOPPING SIGNS at the School crossings in Haig Ave and Banks Ave. Safety of the children is first and foremost and fines for disregarding these rules are substantial including points off your license. Please be aware of local residents when dropping off or collecting children. Please do not park in the church driveway.