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Tooradin Primary School

No. 1503


Information

Booklet


2014/15


TABLE OF CONTENTS

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE……………………………………………………… 2

SCHOOL PROFILE………………………………………………………………… 3

DIRECTORY……………………………………………………………………… 6

School Council……………………………………………………………… 6

TERM DATES…………………………………………………………… 7

Public Holidays…………………………………………………………… 7

Curriculum Days – Professional Development……………………………… 7

School Hours……………………………………………………………… 7

HOURS FOR PREP CHILDREN………………………………………………… 7

PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR SCHOOL……………………………………… 8

Preparing yourself……………………………………………………… 8

Preparing your child………………………………………………..…..... . 8

Personal Development…………………………………….……………… 9

ON ARRIVAL (Requirements)……………………………………………........... 9

FURTHER INFORMATION……………………………………………………. . 10

Lunch Orders……………………………………………………………… 10

Prep Fruit Snack……………………………………………….………….. 10

Bell Times……………………………………….….................................... 10

School Bus………………………………………………………………… 10

School Bank……………………………………………………………….. 11

Book Club…………………………………………..................................... 11

Lost Property..……………………………………………………………. 11

Excursions………………………………………………………………… 11

In-School Educational Activities….......... 11

Money…………………………………………………………………….. 11

Bicycles…………………………………………………………………… 11

Parent Helpers…....................................... 11

Newsletters (every Thursday)…………………………………...…........... 12

School Uniform…………………………………………………………… 12

PARENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS…………………. ……………………. 12

CHILD HEALTH & WELL BEING……………………………………………… 12

Medical History……………………………………………….................... 12

Absentee Notice..………………………………………………………….. 13

Late Pass…………………………………………………………………… 13

School Visitors…………………………………………………………….. 13

Leaving Early……………………………………………………………… 13

Emergency Information…………………………………………………… 13

Asthma Care………………………………………………………………. 13

Medicines…………………………………………………………………. 14

Exclusion from School……………………………………………………. 14

Immunisation Certificate…………………………………………………. 14

SCHOOL COUNCIL…………………………………………………………….. 15

SCHOOL CONTRIBUTIONS……………………………………………………….. 15

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY………………………………………… 16

UNIFORM POLICY…………………………………………………..................... 18

SUNSMART POLICY………………………………………………………………… 21

HEALTHY FOODS POICY………………………………………………………… 22

HOMEWORK POLICY………………………………………….. 23

WATER POLICY........................................................................................................... 24

SCHOOL RULES…………………………………………………... ………………... 25

SCHOOL PLAN………………………………………………………………………. 26


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

As Principal I would like to welcome you to Tooradin Primary School and extend an invitation for you and your family to take an active role in our school community.


Your active interest in your child’s education and your co-operation with the school are important to make the team effort of school and home successful. It is only by this means that the realisations of the educational attainments of your child are possible.
We are very proud of our tradition and heritage at Tooradin, but at the same time we recognise the school exists to continually promote the growth of all its members – students, parents and staff.
For many you are experiencing your first child beginning school. We recognise this is an important and sometimes difficult time in your lives. Let me assure you we are not taking away your children but extending the good work you began at home. I see the education of the children as a joint project between home and school. You have started their education and prepared them for us. We are extending their knowledge, however to do this effectively we must work together. Thank you for your good work to date. It is by working together that we are able to jointly ensure your children are given a sound education.
We believe that the children at Tooradin are very fortunate because the size of the school is ideal for fostering excellent learning and communication in a caring family atmosphere. Children are able to work in a safe, secure and friendly environment. Children identify with the school and develop a strong sense of belonging and pride.
The school has a tradition of excellence in academic achievement, and also a balanced program in creative skills and sporting programs. Children are given the opportunity to explore a variety of experiences to reach their full potential.
Our School Charter emphasises learning activities in the three domains of AusVELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards), Physical, Personal and Social Learning (P.E, Civics and Citizenship), Discipline Based Learning (English, Maths, Science and The Arts), Interdisciplinary Learning (Computers). However we are also able to offer challenging and exciting programs to complement studies in these areas. Programs include music, choir and some drama. Camping programs are provided in years 3/4 and 5/6. We also offer specialised teaching for children with reading difficulties (Reading Recovery), and integration of children with disabilities and those requiring special assistance.
At various times throughout the year you will be given opportunities to familiarise yourself with your children’s programs and progress, however if the need arises, please feel free to make an appointment to discuss the matter with the child’s class teacher or myself.
We look forward to your child being part of our great school and invite you to also participate in the many activities for parental involvement in the school. We hope your association with our school will be a long and happy one, as we work together to achieve the best possible education for your child.
Marj Scarce

Principal.


SCHOOL PROFILE
VISION STATEMENT:
In partnership with its community Tooradin Primary School provides students the opportunity to develop academic and life skills.
MISSION STATEMENT:
To offer students the opportunity for high quality education in a supportive learning environment.
VALUES
The school encourages an environment that fosters and instils life long values. Our shared values demonstrate our emphasis on a child focused learning environment.


  • Respect




  • Responsibility




  • Fairness




  • Teamwork




  • Safety


INTRODUCTION
Tooradin Primary School is located on the South Gippsland Highway, in a rural area 17km southwest of Cranbourne and 70 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. It is the only township located on Westernport Bay in the City of Casey. Long considered a coastal village, in the last few years there has been an increased availability of housing and is seen as an area for potential growth and development. A small housing estate in Tooradin has steadily grown since 2004. The school was originally located on Sawtell’s Inlet in 1875. From 1979 to 2001, the school operated from relocatable buildings on its present site. In 2000 funding for a permanent school was offered in two stages. Stage 1 commenced in 2001 and Stage two in 2003.
Tooradin Primary School commenced the 2004 school year in its permanent building with 8 classrooms, art room, library, administration and multipurpose area with canteen facilities. There are also relocatables. Our current enrolment is 250 students.
In 2010 the Federal Government through “Building the Education Revolution” built a Multi-purpose building. This is now used for 3 year old Kindergarten, Playgroup and the purposely built Stephanie Alexander kitchen.
The student population is drawn from four coastal villages on Westernport Bay - Tooradin, Blind Bight, Warneet and Cannon’s Creek. Two thirds of the students travel to school by bus. There are five different bus routes travelling from Warneet, Blind Bight, Cannon’s Creek, Ballarto Road and Manks Road.
In 2013 the school had 14 teachers, consisting of 11 classroom teachers, specialist teachers in ICT, P.E & Art, a Reading Recovery teacher, a Kitchen specialist, a business manager, finance manager and 9 education support staff. We also have a Speech Pathologist Assistant (SPA) and Chaplain who visits one day per week. A special program runs in term 4 for the prep year for students making “Links to Learning”. In total 28 staff.

In 2014 there will be 11 classrooms.



CURRICULUM
Tooradin reflect the concept that all children will have success through the provision of a wide range of programs that develop children as learners. The school’s policies and programs support a learning environment, which encompasses the three strands of AusVELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards) from Prep to 6 with an increasing emphasis on the application of computers and learning technologies across the classroom curriculum and engaging students in learning. Our three main goals in our School Strategic Plan are literacy, numeracy and student well-being.
The diversity of the 4 coastal village communities is acknowledged through a curriculum program which gives attention to equal opportunity issues, provides for the integration of students with disabilities and impairments, supports students from Non English Speaking Backgrounds, and caters for students who need extension, enrichment or extra assistance.
Core teaching programs are enhanced by the provision of opportunities for participating in the performing arts, sporting activities, school camps and programs for students with particular talents and interests.
Specialist programs include Physical Education, Art and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Support programs include Reading Recovery and Speech Support (SPA). Early Years Literacy and Numeracy co-ordinators are provided to support the Early Years program. Parenting programs are provided to assist in the classrooms. Intervention programs are provided for children needing special assistance. Staff utilise Individual Learning Plans to support the needs of specific children.
Extensive Professional Development is provided for both teaching and non-teaching staff particularly in Early Years and Student Welfare.
The Performing Arts is a focus with instrumental music and singing. A school concert is held every year.
In 2009 Tooradin Primary School introduced the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. Students and teachers work together to produce fresh vegetables from the extensive garden beds. Vegetables produced will be used by students in years 3 to 6 in the kitchen program.
The Information Communications Technology program (ICT), consists of a high quality program for the children with individual access to computers in specialist time and throughout the day in class time. Eight mobile trolleys of 12 notebooks each, plus classroom computers provide ready access for all students. Students also have access to 24 iPads.
A strong children’s leadership program is operative including School Captains, House Captains, Junior School Council and Peer Support Program. Children have an integral role in weekly assemblies and self-esteem programs are developed including presentation of “Student of the Week” awards.
The school provides two formal Parent Teacher interviews with two written reports aligned to AusVELS for each student during the year. The reporting and assessment format is constantly being reviewed to cater for both the parents and school needs. Parents are encouraged to visit the school to discuss any concerns. Regular Program Support Group meetings are held for children on the integration program.
School Council provides strong and supportive leadership for the whole school community. It delivers clear direction for the school community through open and informed communication channels. The school promotes participation and regular communication between parents and teachers. Parents participate in the school through their involvement in excursions, inter-school sport, PMP program, literacy programs as well as School Council, canteen and parenting programs.

ENVIRONMENT
The new school is one building with a central corridor consisting of 8 classrooms, administration area, Library and Information Technology Centre and toilets. Two classrooms are located in a relocatable building. The multi-purpose room and canteen are secured and keyed separately to the main building. This is to enable its use to be independent from the classrooms. The buildings are surrounded by spacious playing areas, which include an oval, playgrounds, asphalt, grassed and shaded play areas. The grounds and gardens continue to improve and over the years Tooradin Primary School has won numerous awards and grants for their environmental and sustainable practices.
Tooradin Primary School will continue to provide a quality education for its students so they can become effective members of the community.
In the coming years the school is committed to:


  • Improving children’s learning outcomes in all curriculum areas, particularly in English and Mathematics.

  • Addressing the social welfare concerns of all children.

  • Providing a differentiated learning program for all students.

  • Providing a stimulating, safe and attractive environment.

  • Preparing all children for a competent future in a changing environment.

  • Maintaining grounds and buildings to a high standard.

  • Encouraging students to achieve their best.

These expectations are consistent with the school motto


The Caring, Country School”

DIRECTORY

LOCATION Bayview Road

Tooradin, 3980



TELEPHONE 5998 3321 or 5998 3477
FAX 5998 3604
eMAIL tooradin.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au
WEBPAGE www.tooradin.vic.edu
PRINCIPAL Mrs. Marj Scarce

ADMINISTRATION STAFF Mrs. Cheryl Masterton

&

Ms. Sue Tobin


SCHOOL COUNCIL

PRESIDENT Mr. Peter Miller
SECRETARY Mr. Steven Foster
EXECUTIVE OFFICER Mrs Marj Scarce


UNIFORM CO-ORDINATOR Ms. Sue Tobin


TERM DATES 2014


TERM DATES 2015


Term 1 January 29th – April 4th

Term 1 January 29th – March 27th

Term 2 April 22nd – June 27th

Term 2 April 13th – June 26th

Term 3 July 14th – September 19th

Term 3 July 13th – September 18th

Term 4 October 6th – December 19th

Term 4 October 5th – December 18th






PUBLIC HOLIDAYS


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS


Australia Day January 27th

Australia Day January 26th

Labour Day March 10th

Labour Day March 9th

Good Friday April 18th

Good Friday April 3rd

Easter Monday April 21st

Easter Monday April 6th

Anzac Day April 25th

Anzac Day April25th

Queen’s Birthday June 9th

Queen’s Birthday June 8th

Melbourne Cup Day November 4th

Melbourne Cup Day November 3rd


CURRICULUM DAYS – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The first day of each school year is set aside by DEECD (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) for each school. The remaining three days as designated by Tooradin Primary School for Curriculum Development of School Programs and Staff Professional Development. These days are well published in advance.
Children do not attend school on these days. You will receive adequate notice of these dates.

SCHOOL HOURS
Normal school hours for all children are:-
9.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. Monday to Friday
HOURS FOR PREP CHILDREN
Prep children will attend normal school hours, 9.00 am – 3.30 pm.
They will have a rest day every Wednesday until the end of Term 1.
PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR SCHOOL

The start of school is an important part of your child’s life. Children’s first experiences are most important as they influence children’s attitudes for years to come.


At school the beginning child confronts a whole new set of experiences. Each child will need to make many adjustments and you can help your child through this challenging period by making sensible, methodical preparations.
In preparation for school we are helping to prepare your child by offering:


  1. a playgroup for 0 – 5 years of age every Thursday morning 9.00 – 11.00am.




  1. a 3 year old kinder group for 5 hours per week, Monday and Friday. (Seagulls)




  1. a pre-prep program for 3 hours per week for all of Term 4 (Learning Links).




  1. a pre-prep story time program once per week with prep students in Term 3. (Story time)

However, once school life begins both parents and teachers share the responsibility for the child’s continuing development and must co-operate in many ways to make the child’s school days secure, happy and full of interest.


The information in this booklet is designed to assist your preparation for your child’s entry into school life. Our aim is to ensure that the challenges and problems that confront all beginners are met and overcome with a minimum of stress and a maximum sense of achievement.
PREPARING YOURSELF


  1. Be aware that you are an important role model. Your child’s attitudes and responses will be influenced by your attitudes and conversations. Please avoid making casual remarks in your child’s hearing which may adversely affect their anticipation of school.




  1. Let your child see that you expect him/her to be happy at school. Do not make an unnatural fuss and he/she will accept school as a matter of course.


PREPARING YOUR CHILD - SAFETY
The school’s program will help to develop safety habits in your child. However, for his/her safety, and for the welfare of others, you should give him/her the following preparatory training:-


  • Know full name, address and if possible, phone number.




  • If your child will walk to school, follow the route to be taken prior to the commencement of the school year – acquaint him/her with road safety procedures e.g. kerb drill, not crossing from behind parked cars etc.




  • How to use the school crossing correctly.




  • How to get on/off the school bus safely, and cross roads when necessary.




  • Warn him/her about strangers.




  • Not to bring any articles which may cause harm to them or others.


Private property brought to school by students is not insured nor is the Department of Education responsible for any loss. This includes personal property, money, electronic devices and bicycles to name a few.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT



  1. Make sure that your child is accustomed to spending time away from mother and/or father; otherwise this sudden separation may be a problem.




  1. Have several school lunches with our child at home. Children need practice in handling a lunchbox successfully and how to tidy up afterwards. Please ensure that snack is wrapped separately.




  1. Develop your child’s self-management with clothing and preferably send them in shoes that they can do up and undo.




  1. Ensure your child’s confident self-management at the toilets.




  1. Stress the importance of washing hands after visiting the toilets.




  1. Ensure he/she can use a tissue or handkerchief properly and the importance of covering their mouth when coughing and sneezing.




  1. Stress the importance of listening carefully, speaking clearly and politely and obeying promptly.




  1. Teach him/her to be courteous and considerate of others.




  1. Ensure that all your child’s school clothing and possessions are clearly labelled with his/her name and if possible train your child to recognise their name on these items.




  1. It is wise not to bring to school articles of value or toys that can easily be damaged.




  1. Have a reasonable, regular bedtime for your child so that he/she is ready for school the next day.




  1. Be up early enough to give him/her a calm ordered start to the day. A good breakfast is essential to staying power and concentration through the morning.

ON ARRIVAL (REQUIRMENTS)
On your child’s arrival at school on his/her first day he/she will be required to bring with him/her the following belongings:-


  • A school bag large enough to accommodate a school reader bag. (for good posture a back pack is preferable).




  • A change of clothes, including underwear & socks (in a plastic bag clearly named).



FURTHER INFORMATION
LUNCH ORDERS
L
Name……….. Prep D

Snack: popcorn 1.00

Lunch: Lasagne 2.50

Yoghurt 1.10

Choc M 1.80

Total: $ 6.40


unch orders are collected every Monday, Thursday and Friday morning at the beginning of the school session. Lunch orders should be written on the outside of a paper bag bearing your child’s:-


  1. Name and Grade

  2. Details of snack and lunch order

  3. Amount of money enclosed.

Please enclose correct money when possible.


Orders are delivered to classrooms at 1.00 p.m.

DO NOT PLACE MORE THAN ONE CHILD’S ORDER IN EACH BAG.

NB. A list of prices and items is available from the office. You will be notified of any price changes throughout the year as they occur.


If a child forgets his/her lunch the canteen will supply a sandwich plus drink and will send a note home with the amount owed to the canteen. If money is short in their orders, a note will also be sent home letting you know how much is owed.
PREP FRUIT SNACK
At approximately 10.00 am the Prep children are allowed to have a snack comprising of such items as a piece of fruit, dried fruit and nuts, or some cheese but never chips or lollies.
WATER BOTTLES
Children are encouraged to have a water bottle from which they may drink throughout the day. Only water is to be used in the water bottle.
BELL TIMES
8.50 a.m. Bag bell

9.00 a.m. School begins

11.00 a.m. Morning Recess

11.30 a.m. Session 2 begins

1.00 p.m. Lunch

2.00 p.m. Afternoon Session begins

3.30 p.m. Home time
SCHOOL BUS
Children who travel to and from school by bus will assemble in the bus foyer after school dismissal. The teacher on bus duty takes children to their buses. For children who are regular bus travellers a note must be written to the school indicating they will not be using the bus on a given day, or a phone call to the office. Any changes to normal travel must have prior permission from the bus co-ordinator. If collecting your child early, please let the bus co-ordinator know that your child will not be on the bus.

Bus travel is not an automatic right and pupils are made aware that inappropriate behaviour on buses may lead to exclusion from the bus.


SCHOOL BANK
All Prep children will be given the opportunity to open a Commonwealth Bank Dollarmite Account early in the New Year. Other children will also be able to open an account or transfer an existing account from their previous school. BANK DAY IS THURSDAY. The banking is processed at school and the school receives commission for every book processed.
BOOK CLUB
Ashton Scholastic operates a book club from which children may purchase books. Information sheets are distributed at intervals throughout the year.
LOST PROPERTY
As mentioned it is important that all items of clothing are clearly labelled. Make sure that all articles worn to school are brought home each day. Items of clothing not labelled are placed in the office.
EXCURSIONS
Each grade has a number of excursions each year. These are held for specific educational purposes and all children are expected to attend. Plenty of time will be given notifying you of such activities. It is very important that the permission note be filled in and returned to the office. If you have difficulty paying for an excursion, please contact the office.
IN-SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
As well as excursions, there are usually a few activities per year for the children to participate in that visit the school. These range from drama groups, storytellers, to Educational Vans etc.
MONEY
Money sent to school for a specific purpose (e.g. swimming sports etc.) must be enclosed in a sealed envelope. The information on the envelope should contain the child’s name, grade, the purpose for which it is intended and the amount enclosed.
BICYCLES, SCOOTERS & SKATEBOARDS
Children may ride bikes, scooters or skateboards to and from school. Wearing a safety helmet is compulsory. Bikes are housed in a storage area, which is locked throughout the day. No responsibility is accepted for theft or vandalism.
PARENT HELPERS
The school very much welcomes parents to become actively involved in the life of the school. Some ways that parents currently help us directly in school programs include Perpetual Motor Program, reading, excursions, sports days and the canteen. If you are interested in helping please see your child’s classroom teacher.

NEWSLETTER
Throughout the year a school Newsletter is printed and distributed every Thursday to the eldest child in the family. This is the key means of communicating to parents, news of events in all branches of the school’s operation and so it is a vitally important publication. You should ask your child for the Newsletter and encourage him/her to bring it home safely.

Electronic newsletters are also issued and parents are asked to check and clear their mailboxes regularly. The newsletter is also posted on the webpage.


SCHOOL UNIFORM
The school operates a uniform shop to ensure the lowest price for parents. It also ensures consistent school colours and styles.

  1. The uniform is practical, neat and attractive.

  2. It avoids the need to wear other everyday clothing and in the long run is less expensive.

  3. It encourages the wearer to identify the school, to feel as though he/she belongs.

  4. It greatly increases children’s safety on an excursion as they are more readily seen.


NOTE: Items of school clothing may be purchased from the office Monday to Friday before school and after school, or by sending a note with full details of items required and enclosing payment in an envelope clearly marked with ‘School Uniform Order’, the child’s name and grade. Order forms are available at the office.

The wearing of approved school hats is compulsory for Terms 1 & 4.



PARENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS
It is important to establish and maintain a co-operative parent-teacher understanding. Toward this end, we hope that you and your child’s teacher can work in harmony for your child’s future and that his/her days will be happy and successful.
During the year, special arrangements will be made for personal parent-teacher interviews. Their purpose is to permit an exchange of information between the home and the school.
However, if at any time you have any problems affecting your child, come to us and have a chat about them. Parents are welcome at all times to call and discuss their child’s progress but it will be appreciated and best for all parties, if an appointment is made at a mutually convenient time. Such appointments should be made through the Principal or the Assistant Principal. The Assistant principal also has a student welfare role and is readily available to provide assistance to students and their families or can provide access to a range of specialist services.


CHILD HEALTH & WELL BEING
MEDICAL HISTORY
At all times, your child’s class teacher is working with you in the best interests of your child. Please ensure that you inform the teacher of any illness, emotional stress or worries that your child may have in order that due consideration may be given. Such information will be regarded as confidential.
ABSENTEE NOTICE
In the event of your child being absent from school, a note must be supplied to the teacher on your child’s return giving details of the cause of absence. If your child were to be absent for an extended period, it would be appreciated if you could contact the school and inform them of the circumstances to alleviate any cause for concern.
LATE PASS
If your child arrives at school after the bell at 9.00 a.m., they are required to go to the office for a late pass. We encourage children to be punctual to ensure a smooth start to the school day.
SCHOOL VISITORS
In the interests of the students’ safety the school has developed a policy with regard to visitors to the school. ALL visitors and parent helpers are directed to a sign-in book at the office and issued with a badge.

LEAVING EARLY
We ask that any person collecting a child early please go first to the office, sign their child out in a special book provided and then take the accompanying acknowledgement slip to the class teacher.



EMERGENCY INFORMATION
Individual information sheets are kept at the school in case of accident. If a serious accident should occur, we endeavour to contact the parents before seeking medical assistance. This is not always possible. Any decision made regarding treatment of your child will be with the intention of performing our duties in the child’s best interest. PLEASE KEEP THE SCHOOL INFORMED OF ANY CHANGE OF ADDRESS, CHANGE OF TELEPHONE NUMBER (EITHER PRIVATE OR BUSINESS) SO THE SCHOOL HAS A POINT OF CONTACT.
Remember, that it is extremely important that each child has filed away in the office, an information sheet in case of accident or illness.
ASTHMA CARE
The Department of Education has recently published a new policy for the management of asthmatic children in schools. Asthmatic students should have available in the school, the appropriate medication required. This medication is kept in the children’s file in the office area. An Asthma Management Plan is required to be completed and filed at school.
ANAPHYLAXIS
It is a requirement of DEET that students who have been diagnosed with anaphylaxis carry an EpiPen (or as directed by the doctor) and school is informed of their specific allergies. Information from the student’s doctor must be supplied for a specific anaphylaxis plan.

MEDICINES
The school is equipped with first aid facilities sufficient to deal with minor injuries. Care and attention is always given to the extent considered appropriate. We ensure that most of our teachers have first aid qualifications.
Many children attending school need regular medication to control illnesses such as asthma, hayfever, epilepsy etc. Parents whose children have such needs should firstly discuss the matter with the Principal or office, then acquaint the class teacher with full details.
Children may require medication in the form of tablets or medicines from time to time for a medical condition. Parents should bring these to the school office and complete the appropriate form, which will include details of the child’s name, dosage and time the dose is to be given. All medicines should be supplied in a suitable container, clearly marked with the child’s name and grade on them.

EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL
Certain infectious diseases are covered by specific Health Department regulations. Exclusion of the patient and others they come into contact with is sometimes required. The most common are listed below:-
DISEASE PATIENT SHALL BE EXCLUDED CONTACTS
Chicken Pox Until finally recovered Not excluded
Measles At least 7 days after rash appears "

Mumps Until fully recovered "


German Measles (at least 4 days from onset of rash) "
Conjunctivitis Until discharge from eyes has ceased "
Head Lice Until appropriate treatment has commenced. Close contacts

should be inspected

regularly.
Parents are asked to make routine inspections of their child’s hair and to seek advice from a doctor, chemist or local council if they suspect an infection has occurred. Immediate treatment will overcome the problem easily. The school should be advised if an infestation occurs.
IMMUNISATION CERTIFICATE
All Preps starting school require an Immunisation Certificate, which is obtainable from your local council. If you do not have a certificate but the child has had all the appropriate vaccinations please take along any paperwork (eg. doctor’s certificate) confirming this as well as Health Centre book to the local Council building or the Council shop at Cranbourne Shopping Centre. Further information is available from the school office.

SCHOOL COUNCIL
This body is comprised of the Principal, 3 staff members, 8 parents and 1 member from the community. School Council meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, and play an increasingly important role in the overall educational picture of the school as it involves decision making in many aspects of the school community.
These areas include:-
Education

Student Welfare

Facilities

Finance
and all other matters which have a bearing on the smooth functioning of the school.


If you wish to become involved with the school and its Council and feel you would like to know more of the functions and responsibilities of this body, you could contact the Principal.
The school can also give the telephone numbers of the President or parent member of the School Council if you feel you would like to discuss the matters with another parent.
YOUR INVOLVEMENT WOULD BE MOST WELCOME.

SCHOOL CONTRIBUTIONS
School Council has set the Parents Contributions towards the education of your child for 2013 it was $160.00 (subject to change each year) per child. This contribution covers the cost of exercise books, photocopying, classroom materials and curriculum costs. Parents are only asked to provide a minimum amount of stationary for their children.
Parents are asked to pay their contribution as soon as possible so that materials can be purchased for the betterment of their child’s education.
A voluntary contribution of $30.00 per family is asked to help pay for the ongoing costs of grass mowing and grounds maintenance.
Parents are assisted to pay their school contributions in several ways.

  • Educational Maintenance (EMA). For those families who hold a current concession card, in 2013 it was $235.00 per student.



STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

POLICY




Belief:

  • Tooradin Primary School will provide all students with a safe and positive learning environment that will meet the needs of our students at all year levels.




  • The Student Code of Conduct reflects the Department of Education’s policy guidelines and the policy of Tooradin Primary School.


Purpose:

  • The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to provide students and staff with the right to work in a secure and orderly environment and parents with the right to expect that their children will be educated in a purposeful environment in which the principles of care, courtesy and respect for the rights of others are valued.


Implementation:

All students have the right to:



  • Be treated fairly

  • Experience a safe, happy learning and play environment

  • Be valued and treated with respect

  • Enjoy school

  • Have equitable access to materials and resources

  • Have input in decision making

Our school community is committed to:



  • Acknowledge positive and exemplary behaviour

  • Encourage pride in the school

  • Improving the student’s self esteem

  • Encouraging friendship, co-operation and respect

  • Facilitating open communication between students, parents, teachers and the community

  • Being consistent, fair and reasonable in implementing the Student Code of Conduct

  • Encouraging safe and responsible play within the playground.

  • Developing in student’s self-control and responsibility for their actions.

  • Ensuring that all members of the school community are aware of the school rules


School Rules:

  • Respect fellow students, teachers, parents and visitors and will listen, speak and behave with courtesy.

  • Attempt to produce their best work at all times, and allow others to do the same.

  • Be punctual

  • Care for their own property and the property of others

  • Play in a way that is safe, does not threaten others and in appropriate areas

  • Wear school uniform with pride

  • Allow all children to travel in safety and comfort on the buses

  • Stay within the school grounds unless written permission has been given, or children have been signed out.

Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour

The consequences for breaching out Student Code of Conduct will be fair, consistent and appropriate the behaviour. These consequences may include:



  • Warning, reiteration of the appropriate rule.

  • A verbal apology and/or written apology.

  • Yard duty.

  • Withdrawal from the classroom or playground (lunchtime detention) resulting in written explanation of behaviour by the student which includes, a statement of the rule broken and consideration of future conduct. The student’s behaviour will be documented by the teacher in the discipline book.

  • Referral to the Principal/Assistant Principal.

  • Discussion with parents re behaviour, follow up action, plan of action if the behaviour continues.

  • Suspension and expulsion from school in accordance with Department of School Education Guidelines.

  • Request to parent for payment for deliberate damage.


Detention Process:

This consequence is applied at the teacher’s discretion at the time an incident occurs. The whole situation will be considered and all parties involved communicated with. Offending children will attend detention on the day that the behaviour occurs unless it is during the afternoon and then it will be applied the following day. The length and frequency of the detention will be allocated by the teacher, Assistant Principal or Principal according to the behaviour committed. The detention note will be given to the child at the end of the detention time to be taken home to be signed by a parent or guardian and returned the following day. Non-return of notes will incur further detention until the note is returned.


Reinforcement of Appropriate Behaviour:

We acknowledge this behaviour by:



  • Praise

  • House points

  • Stars, stickers, certificates

  • Weekly awards

  • Monthly awards

  • Class reward activities

  • Delegating special responsibilities around the school

In order that the school rules are implemented effectively, the rules and appropriate consequences of breaking these rules are displayed, known and understood by all students. Parents will be provided with a copy of these rules through the newsletter and they will be printed in the School Handbook.
Evaluation:

Regular monitoring of all aspects of the code of conduct will be conducted by students, parents and staff. To be formally reviewed by the school council at the end of twelve months.

This policy was last ratified by School Council in.... June 2013


UNIFORM

POLICY




Rationale:


  • A uniform dress code reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community, and assists in developing pride in representing their school. Issues of equality, health and safety, and expense are also factors that contribute to the establishment of the Dress Code.

  • This Student Uniform Dress Code sets out Tooradin Primary School Council's expectations with regard to student appearance and applies during school hours (in and out of school) and when students are engaged in school activities out of school hours. The Tooradin Primary School Council, in close consultation with the school community, has

developed the Student Uniform Dress Code.
Aims:


  • To promote equality amongst all students.

  • To further develop a sense of pride in, and identification with our school.

  • To provide durable clothing that is cost effective and practical for our school environment.

  • To maintain and enhance the positive image of the school in the community.


Description of the Dress Code:

The Student Dress/Appearance Code will apply uniformly to all students (except for the exceptions allowed for, as listed overleaf). In developing the Student Dress/Appearance Code, the School Council has ensured that the code allows all students to participate actively and safely in school life.

For the above reasons, the School Council has decided that all students attending Tooradin Primary School will wear clothing in a style and colours, which are in keeping with the school uniform.

The school colours have been determined as bottle green and red.

The school uniform as sold by the school consists of the following range of items:

Clothing:


* Plain unisex shorts (bottle green), not cargo shorts
* Polo shirt, (red with logo).
* Plain fleecy track suit pants (bottle green), not cargo pants
* Bomber jacket (bottle green with logo)
* Windcheater (bottle green with logo)
* Compulsory Hat (bottle green wide-brimmed with school logo), only sold at the school

uniform shop.


* Netball skirts are not allowed.
* Summer dress – green and white check.

Footwear: Shoes: footwear suitable for school. For safety reasons thongs/surf thongs and open toed sandals are not permitted, and for the same reason, socks are to be worn


Jewellery: A watch may be worn, but no other jewellery. Earrings: For safety reasons only studs or sleepers should be worn, one per lobe (with a diameter no bigger than 10mm). No other piercing is acceptable. (Eyebrows, tops of ears etc.)

It is advised that no other jewellery items be brought to school, as the school cannot accept any responsibility for lost or damaged items.



Make up: No makeup or nail polish be worn to school.

Tattoos: Are not to be visible.

Hair: Students are expected to have their natural hair colour and hair cuts that are applicable to children of primary school age. Extreme hairstyles (eg mohawks, spikes) and hair colours are not permitted. This includes brightly coloured, striped, bleached, tips or dyed hair.
Hair that is longer than shoulder length is to be tied back for health and safety reasons.
Implementation:
In keeping with the school's Health Policy the Student Dress Code reinforces the important consideration of "Sunsmart" procedures. As such all students are required to wear the school approved hat during sun danger periods (compulsory during terms one and four) whilst in the playground. Children who do not have the approved hat or do not adhere to the dress/appearance policy will be restricted to the shade area outside the Grade 3 / 4 area during recess and lunch breaks. Hats that are graffited or have the rim binding torn off are not considered the approved school hat.

For the safety of our students and to provide a sense of unity in public, Tooradin students will not be allowed to attend out of school activities (ie. Excursions, camps, neighbourhood walks, swimming, representative school teams, trips etc.) unless they meet the requirements of the Student Dress/Appearance Code.

In designing its Student Dress/Appearance Code the School Council has been mindful to ensure that the style of clothing is reasonable by contemporary standards; is suitable to the role of being a student and to the tasks performed as a student; that health and safety issues have been considered; and allows for some provision for individual expression through the offering of a range of alternatives.

Exemptions from the Dress Code:

A process for the granting of exemptions from the Student Dress Code is provided to ensure that the School Council is able to comply with its obligation under equal opportunity laws. These reasons for exemption allow the School Council to determine a uniform standard across all students, but to still recognise cases in which the application of these standards may affect some students unequally.

Grounds for exemption after consultation with the Principal to the Student Dress Code will be provided where:

* an aspect of the code offends a religious belief held by the student;

* an aspect of the code prevents the student from complying with a requirement of his

or her ethnic or cultural background;


* an aspect of the code prevents students with disabilities from being able to attend

school or participate in school activities on the same terms as other students;


* the student has a particular health condition that requires an aspect of the code to be

departed from. This must be accompanied by a medical certificate/s upon request.

Other specific requirements may have to be adhered to. This is to be discussed with

the Principal.


In the case where the parents can demonstrate particular economic hardship that prevents them from complying with the code, arrangements can be made with the principal.

The school may also declare "casual" days where students are allowed to wear clothing other than that stipulated in the Student Dress Code.

To protect the privacy of students, the School Council has delegated to the school Principal the power to grant exemptions. A written record of the decision on any application for an exemption and the reasons for the decision will be kept.

Where exception to the Student Dress Code is required, parents should make contact with the Principal. If it is a temporary matter (ie. failure to have clothing washed/dried; waiting for damaged or out grown items to be replaced through an order placed at the uniform shop) a letter should be sent to the student's teacher explaining the situation. If no representation or letter is sent to the class teacher or principal then the child will be placed in detention. When out in the yard, students not complying with the Student Dress Appearance Code ( eg hair, hat, shoes, socks) will be restricted to the play area outside the Grade 3 / 4 area for that day or until rectified.

Enforcement of the Dress Code:

The following procedure will be implemented when the Tooradin Primary School's Dress Code is not followed and no written explanation is received.

1) The principal will send a standard letter or a phone call will be made to the parent reminding them of their responsibility in ensuring the adherence to the school's Dress Code.

2) If this fails to solve the matter, the principal will arrange a meeting with the parents to discuss the matter.

3) If no satisfactory explanation is given the matter will be referred to the School Council.

In dealing with such cases every endeavour will be made to ensure the student is not made to feel uncomfortable. Issues such as above will be addressed with the students and then taken up with the student's parents. All prospective students and parents will be notified of the Student Dress/Appearance Code requirements prior to enrolment at the school.



Review of the Dress Code:

The Student Dress/Appearance Code will be reviewed as needed to ensure that it reflects the changing needs of the school community. Reviews of the Student Dress Code will be handled by the School Council and will involve a process of consultation with the community.


For students transferring to the school, the school uniform from the previous school will be acceptable until this needs to be replaced. If no uniform is present upon enrolment, new students have two weeks to comply with the Student Dress/Appearance Code


This policy was last ratified by School Council in.... June 2013

SUNSMART

POLICY




Rationale:


  • Over exposure to the sun presents a serious health risk. Students must therefore be educated as to the need for suitable sun protection, and protected from over exposure to the sun whilst at school.



Aims:


  • To educate students as to suitable Sunsmart protection strategies.

  • To encourage children and staff to protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun.

  • To educate children and staff on the importance of vitamin D.



Implementation:


  • This policy is to be read as part of our Student Dress Code.

  • Children will be required to wear Anti-Cancer Council approved close-weave broad brimmed hats (at least 8 cm rigid brim) during terms 1 and 4 whenever they are outside.

  • Staff will act as role models by also wearing broad brimmed hats when outside.

  • Children without broad brimmed hats will be restricted play in designated shaded areas.

  • Children and staff will be actively encouraged to wear a broad-spectrum water resistant sunscreen (SPF30+). Sunscreen will be provided in each classroom, and on excursions. Sunscreen will be applied by students according to the manufacturer’s directions, under the supervision of teachers.

  • Whenever possible, outside activities on hot days should be scheduled before 11:00 am.

  • The school council will provide adequate shade structures for students as practicable; particularly over high density play areas such as sand pits and play equipment.

  • The Parents and Friends Association will ensure that school uniform broad brimmed hats are available for purchase from the uniform store.

  • The school newsletter and school assemblies will be used to highlight and reinforce the Sunsmart policy and the importance of vitamin D.

  • Sunsmart activities and sun protection will form part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum at all year levels.

  • Our school will seek accreditation as a Sunsmart school at the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria.


Evaluation:


  • This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s three year review cycle.

This policy was last ratified by School Council in.... June 2013



HEALTHY FOODS

POLICY




Rationale:

  • Healthy nutritional habits are essential to the growth and development of children.



Aims:


  • To develop within students an informed appreciation of healthy eating habits.

  • To ensure that any foods provided by the school are consistent with a healthy eating philosophy.


Implementation:


  • The development of an appreciation of healthy foods and healthy eating habits form part of our Health Promoting School strategy.

  • Lessons relating to healthy foods and healthy eating will form part of each child’s annual Health & Physical Education curriculum studies.

  • The school will involve itself in local strategies designed to raise an awareness of, or to promote healthy foods eg: local fruit growing or local dairy industry promotions.

  • The school canteen will promote a good selection of nutritious, tasty and attractive foods consistent with the ‘Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents – 1995”.

  • The canteen coordinator will ensure that all foods served at the canteen comply with the school council’s approved healthy foods list.

  • The canteen will not sacrifice healthy foods for the sake of profits.

  • Healthy foods and drinks will be available to all students at activities such as sporting events.

  • The principal will ensure that a supply of drinkable water is available at the school at all times.

  • At least once per year the whole school will focus upon a theme of healthy foods.

  • Staff members will be encouraged to model healthy eating habits whilst at school.

  • Students will have access to their own water bottles during class lessons, and have permission to eat healthy foods such as dried fruits during class time unless it is deemed by the classroom teacher to be inappropriate to do so.

  • Staff are to inform the principal of students who appear to be provided with inadequate lunches.


Evaluation:


  • This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s three-year review cycle.

This policy was last ratified by School Council in.... June 2013



HOMEWORK

Policy
Rationale:

  • Homework benefits students by complementing classroom learning, fostering good study habits and providing an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning.


Aims:

  • To support and extend classroom learning.

  • To develop positive study habits.

  • To develop a responsibility for self learning.


Implementation:

  • The school’s homework policy will be distributed to parents at the commencement of each school year.

  • Students in years 5/6 will be allocated homework diaries.

  • Classroom teachers will set daily homework appropriate to each child’s skill level and age.

  • Homework activities should be interesting, challenging and where appropriate, open ended.

  • Each set task must be purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the current classroom curriculum. Drill and practice activities are to be avoided.

  • All homework activities must be assessed with feedback and support provided by teachers.

  • Teachers may assign unfinished classroom activities as homework tasks.


Early Years (Prep – Year 4)

Homework will consist mainly of:



  • reading activities to, with and by parents.

  • simple extension tasks associated with classroom activities.

  • gathering of additional information or materials

Homework will generally not exceed 30 minutes per day and will not be set on weekends or during vacation periods.

Middle Years (Years 5 – 6)

Homework will consist mainly of:



  • independent reading on a daily basis

  • tasks such as continuation of classroom work, projects and assignments, essays and research

Homework will generally not exceed 45 minutes per day, must be coordinated between teachers to avoid excessive workload, and may be set during weekends and school vacations.

  • It is acceptable for teachers to assign unfinished classroom activities as homework tasks.


Evaluation:

  • This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s three year review cycle.

This policy was last ratified by School Council in.... June 2013



WATER BOTTLE

POLICY



Rationale:

  • To provide an environment that encourages water as the drink of choice within the school community.

  • To work in partnership with the school community to promote drinking water as a healthy lifelong choice.


Aims:

  • Increase student, parent and staff awareness and importance of drinking water.

  • Encourage students to drink water throughout the day both in the classroom and on breaks.

  • To reduce the amount of sweet drinks consumed at school.

  • To promote the importance of staff as positive role models for the consumption of water daily.


Implementation:


  • School Community members are discouraged from bringing sweet drinks to school, particularly high sugar drinks such as soft drinks, energy drinks, flavoured mineral waters, fruit juices and cordials either bought or home made.

  • Educating students and their parents about the benefits of drinking water through curriculum units and annual information sessions for parents.

  • Ensuring that each student will have their own water bottle which will be accessible throughout the day in the classroom and at physical activity sessions.

  • Informing parents of the water policy on student enrolment.

  • Promoting the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle through curriculum iniatives.

  • Each child to be provided with a plastic water bottle, clearly named.

  • Water bottles will be for water only.

  • Water bottles are to be kept inside school during the day.

  • Students to have access to water bottles during class times.

  • Water bottles remain at school and cleaned at least once per week.

  • Water bottles are to be collected at the end of the year and passed onto the next year’s class teacher (with the exception of grade 6 or discontinuing students who are able to take theirs home).

  • Students are not to drink from another student’s bottle.



Evaluation:


  • This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s three year review cycle.

This policy was last ratified by School Council in.... June 2013




SCHOOL RULES

Students at Tooradin Primary School are required to follow the school rules:




  • We help people when they need our help




  • We have fun safely




  • We respect others and consider their feelings




  • We ask permission before touching others property




  • We are polite and use good manners




  • We listen carefully when others are talking




  • We keep our hands and feet to ourselves




  • We walk sensibly in the school buildings and pathways




  • We allow others to learn




  • We put our hands up to gain the teacher's attention


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