General Information

Morning Prayers and Assembly

At 8:40am students line up on the main asphalt playground ready for daily prayers and birthday/announcements.  Try to develop your child's independence by encouraging them to play with other children and say their good-byes well before the assembly bell goes. Friday afternoon assemblies also include raising the Australian Flag and singing the National Anthem.

Absences

It is a requirement of the Education Act (1990 Revised) that all student absences are recorded. If your child is absent from school, please send a note to the class teacher on the first day back. If you know in advance that your child will be absent, please submit an Application for Leave from Attendance at School to the School Principal as to the length and nature of the absence. School policy dictates that teachers are not permitted to set work for students who are absent from school.

Late Arrivals and Early Dismissals

The early dismissal of student is discouraged.  Early dismissal should only occur on the basis of the meeting or appointment being imperative to the well being of the student. If you are taking your child out of school during the day, you will need to send a note in the morning to the class teacher and present at the school Office to complete an ‘early dismissal’ note at the time of collection of your child. Late arrivals must present at the school Office to complete a ‘late’ note. This must be completed by the Parent and taken with the child to their classroom. Please call at the office when collecting or dropping off your child. This is necessary to ensure your child’s safety and to avoid unnecessary disruptions to classroom routine.

Arriving and Departing School

All vehicles are prohibited from entering the school grounds.  We expect correct driving and parking procedures to be observed. Child safety cannot be compromised. You are asked to stop/park your car safely, so that you may drop/collect your child. Do not park in driveways, do not double park or block the driveways of our neighbours. We have to share the streets with them. You are asked to avoid calling children across the road and using your car horn to do so. A Drop Off and Pick Up Zone is available in Harris Street. Please observe the signage and comply with all directions given by staff. It is essential that your Family name is clearly displayed in very large, bold, block letters on the left side of your windscreen.

Food at School

It is important that children are provided with a healthy and nutritious meal at school. Please do not include food which is high in sugar, salt or artificial colours or flavours. It is also important not to give the children too much food. Kindergarten children, especially, become distressed if they cannot eat all that has been packed for them. Morning tea that is packed separately from lunch will avoid confusion at eating times. The school is a nut free zone to ensure the physical safety of students suffering anaphylactic reactions to nut products. Parents are asked to ensure that students do not bring nut products or products which may contain traces of nuts.

Please select recyclable containers and reusable drink bottles for students.  Label them clearly so that they can be easily identified.  Avoid the use of plastic wrap, alfoil and prepackaged food items.

Co-Curricula Activities

Students attend class excursions and incursions and engage in other curricula activities throughout the year. Teachers may invite available parents to join excursions as helpers. Unfortunately, due to the Duty of Care obligations, younger children cannot accompany the group. Child Protection Legislation also requires attending parents to have completed a Prohibited Persons Declaration Form. This Form is available on our website.

Excursions

Excursions are directly related to work being undertaken in the classroom. They are used to support units of work, to extend children's language experiences and to develop and promote social skills. Excursions may be of a local nature and/or wider a field. Parental permission is required for children to attend an excursion. Costs are kept to a minimum and are billed to your school fee account. Appropriate supervision is always provided on these occasions. Parent assistance may be requested.

Swimming Program

It is important for all children to be water confident, especially since so much of our leisure time is spent near and in the water. Each year we have a Swimming Program for all students in Year 1 to Year 3, and a Surf Awareness Program for all students in Year 6. These programs are seen as an essential component of our Personal Development, Health and Physical Development Curriculum. It is expected that all students would participate in these programs. 

Before & After School Care

Before & After School Care is available for children who attend St Therese School. It is currently held in the School Hall and administered by Camp Australia.  The Centre hours of operation are:

  • Before school 7:00am to 8:40am
  • After school 3:00pm to 6:00pm

The Centre is conducted by Supervisors employed by Camp Australia. Activities organised in the Centre include craft, painting and games.  The children are provided with breakfast & afternoon snacks. If you require further information about this service please phone Camp Australia on 1300 105 343 or visit their website campaustralia.com.au.

Visits to School & Classroom

Entry to the school grounds in class time can only be made through the office. Visitors and parents are required to sign in and all visitors must wear and display a visitor's badge whilst on school premises. When leaving the school visitors must sign-out through the office. Parents are not permitted in the classrooms without the classroom teacher being present.

Dismissal Procedure

Please arrange for the collection of your child promptly at 3.00 pm. Sometimes emergencies arise which may have you delayed. If so, please contact the school immediately so we can reassure your child. The playground is supervised until 3.15 pm each day for dismissal. If your child is not collected by this time they will be automatically taken to the After School Care Program in the Hall.

Parents are asked to complete a 'Contact Details Form' at the start of the school year. This records information pertaining to your child’s emergency contacts and your current family situation. If your particular situation prevents your child from being collected by a particular person please provide additional written advice. Any long-term change to this procedure requires written advice from the parent/guardian. If there is a temporary or casual change to these arrangements please inform the office.  Student records will be updated accordingly.

Materials Required by Students

A list of books and materials required by your child for the year will be issued by class teachers. Some materials are supplied through the resource fee charged each term.

Bus Passes

Kindergarten, Years 1 and 2 are entitled to a free bus pass. When children enter Year 3, a new application must be completed to assess eligibility. This eligibility is usually based on a distance of 1.5km from school. Please contact the school office for details.

Birthdays

Party invitations will not be distributed within the classrooms. Privacy Legislation precludes the school from distributing names and contact numbers to parents. You are also asked not to bring a birthday cake or lollies for your child to share.

Toys and Jewellery at School

Anything brought to school is your child’s responsibility. We do not encourage children to bring precious or expensive belongings. Toys should not be brought as they may be damaged or lost during the course of the school day. This causes great upset for the child. Jewellery is not to be worn to school. The exceptions are one pair of stud earrings for pierced ears (for girls) and a watch. Hoops or drop earrings, bracelets etc are not permitted because of the risk of accidents. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings.

Pupil Free Days

Each school within the Archdiocese is allocated 4 days known as Pupil Free Days for Staff Development. The first is taken on the day prior to the start of the school year. The remaining three are taken throughout the year. Parents are given at least 4 weeks notice of an upcoming Pupil Free Day. On these days students do not attend school.

Parents as Classroom Assistants

Children have much to gain through the involvement of parents in their learning programs whether in the classroom, on excursions, in school sporting events or in the preparation of learning or library materials. Such involvement also provides parents with an insight into current approaches to teaching. During the year, teachers may invite parents to assist in particular activities. Should you be able to help, class teachers will ensure that you are appropriately prepared and resourced for the work. All classroom assistants need to submit the 'Prohibited Person’s Declaration' available through the School Office, and to attend an induction meeting organised by the School Executive early in Term 1.

Safety

Both parents and staff members are very concerned about the safety of the children. It is most important that children are trained from an early age in all aspects of safety. Children who travel by bus must be shown where to catch and leave the bus and how to identify the correct bus, e.g. know the bus number. Children must be allowed gradually to assume responsibility for their own safety. They cannot be expected suddenly to behave sensibly and confidently unless they have had much previous and gradual experience.

It is desirable for your child to know the following:

  • His/her own name, address and telephone number
  • To walk on footpaths where possible
  • Not to step out from behind parked cars or buses
  • To choose the safest place to cross the road, using a pedestrian facility if one is available
  • To stop one step back from the kerb where the traffic can be seen and where drivers can see the child
  • To look in all directions because vehicles may be coming from different directions
  • To listen for traffic noises which often give important safety messages
  • To judge what is happening by what can be seen and heard
  • To wait until the road is clear or the traffic has stopped
  • To walk quickly across the road, but not to run, while looking and listening and thinking about crossing the road
  • Not to loiter to and from school
  • To remain in seats and listen to instructions from the bus driver
  • To refuse rides or gifts of any kind from strangers
  • To play games in a safe place, away from the street
  • Not to bring to school, articles that may cause accidents or expensive/delicate items, which could be lost or damaged
  • Not to throw stones or other objects.

Privacy

New legislation regarding privacy has impacted greatly on the school. Any information collected from our community is now subject to this new legislation. The school, with the aid of the Archdiocese, is currently developing a school policy, which will aim to set out clearly our responsibilities and procedures under the Act. As a result, some communications will have riders attached. You are asked to consider these carefully.