General School Information
Parents will be contacted by phone if their child is ill or has been involved in an accident. In the event of an emergency an ambulance will be called first and then the parents will be contacted. When a parent is unable to be contacted the next person on the emergency list will be called. It is important to let us know when contact details have changed.
An Assembly is held in the gym, at 12.00pm the first Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise stated in the newsletter.
Attendance and Absence from School
There is a strong link between attendance at school and achievement at school. As a result it is in your child’s best interest that they attend school whenever possible. This is also a requirement of the Department of Education. It is necessary to provide an explanation whenever your child is away from school. This can be in the form of a phone call to the office or a note to the teacher. The school needs to be notified for every episode of absence. In the event of unexplained absences parents may be contacted for an explanation.
Children who arrive late, leave early or are taken out of school during the day for appointments must be signed in and/or out at the office.
Applications forms to open a Commonwealth Youth Saver account are available from school. Children can bring money to school for banking each Tuesday.
Twice a term order forms are sent home with students to buy books for their personal use from Scholastic. As a result of student purchases the school receives free and discounted books to add to our library.
Food at School
We encourage healthy eating. Fruit and sandwiches are adequate and healthy food choices for each day. Water is the preferred drink.
Canteen is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. A price list is sent home at the beginning of the year and is also available via our “School Stream” app. Orders can be made at the office.
Stanley Primary school is a Sunsafe school. Children wear Sunsafe hats at recess, lunchtime and during outside activities in first term and fourth term. When children don’t have a hat to wear they must sit in the shade. Parents can provide sunscreen if they wish. Sunsafe hats in school colours are available at the school office.
Checking and treating children’s hair for head lice is a parental responsibility. When head lice are noticed on a child at school, parents are contacted to collect their child immediately. The child may return to school once a lice treatment has been applied and all the eggs have been removed from the child’s hair. Please note – this may take a considerable amount of combing with a “lice comb”. Bedding and pillow cases will also need to be washed. A notice will be sent home to parents of all other students in the class alerting them to the fact that head lice have been detected at the school.
Children are placed in a ‘house’ either Norfolk (Blue) or Tranmere (Red) for the purpose of competing in sports events. Children are encouraged to wear their house colours during competitions. Siblings are usually put in the same house.
Books are available for student borrowing from our library. Each class has a weekly session in the library. Borrowed books must be returned regularly – a tax invoice is sent home for unreturned books. A library bag is provided to each student.
All items of clothing need to be clearly named. Lost property is placed in a tub in the art store room.
Should medication be prescribed by the child’s medical practitioner and be required to be administered while the student is at school or involved in school-approved activities excursions, a parent/legal guardian must arrange for:
- an Administration of Routine Medication Authorisation form to be completed (this can be collected from school)
- the medical practitioner’s specific prescribed instructions for administration on the pharmacist’s label;
- the safe transfer of medication to the school; and
- medication to be delivered to the school in originally prescribed container only.
Administration of long term medication also requires an Administration of Prescribed Medication Authorisation form for Doctors to be completed by the child’s medical practitioner.
Newsletters, Notices and the “School Stream” app
A weekly newsletter is produced each Wednesday in both electronic form (which can be read on this app) or in a paper version. The newsletter contains important information regarding your children and their education at Stanley Primary school. Please check the newsletter each Wednesday so you can be kept informed of school happenings.
Other notices that might be more specific to your child’s class will also be sent home with the newsletter. To download the app:
- Visit the app store (iphones) or Google Play (android)
- Search for “School Stream” and download to your phone
- Once School Stream has finished installing open app, search for Stanley Primary and select us
If you have any difficulty downloading the app more detailed instructions are available at schoolstream.com.au/download.
We strongly recommend the use of the school app. It allows us to get important messages to parents quickly. Notifications are delivered in a similar way to sms notices so we can be reasonably confident that parents receive the message. This is a more efficient system than Facebook which requires users to check for messages.
We also have a Facebook page. Simply search for us in Facebook and “like” us. This is updated on a regular basis.
Parents and Friends
Joining the P & F is a great way of getting to know what’s happening in our school, to meet other parents and to help with fundraising activities. Money from fundraising is spent on essential resources that benefit all students in every class.
Parent help is much appreciated and welcomed at Stanley Primary School. There are many different ways in which parents can be of assistance – you might like to help with reading, craft work, cooking or other activities. Talk to your child’s teacher about how you can become involved. Please note: All parents and volunteers are required to have a current “Working with Vulnerable People” card which needs to be checked by the principal prior to working with students.
Drop off bays are on the eastern and western side of the school. Children walking to school must use the school crossing sign to cross the Main road and enter through the side gates. It is against the law to park on the crossing.
Children riding bikes must use the pedestrian entrance, dismount there and push bikes to the bike rack.
At the beginning and end of the day the school carpark area can become congested. It is strongly recommended that parents park on the school side of the road – even if this means walking a little further. If it is unavoidable that you park on the other side of the road please meet your children at the school gate (or inside the school itself) and walk them across the road to your vehicle.
Stanley Primary school offers a playgroup program for children from Birth to 4 years and their parents. All families are welcome to attend. Commencement date and times are advertised in our school newsletter. Currently this program runs on Thursday mornings from 9:00.
Positive Behaviour Support
All children are learning how to be part of a community. Some children require more support with this learning than others. Through a positive behaviour approach, desired and appropriate behaviour is recognised and rewarded.
Positive Behaviour Support is…;
- based on the belief that all behaviours occur for a reason;
- reflects we all have a right to be treated with respect
- teaches new skills to improve the patterns of behaviour
- focuses on positive behaviours of all students
We regularly celebrate positive behaviours at Stanley Primary school in our classrooms and as a whole school.
Professional Learning Days
There are three days during the year for teachers to collaborate on curriculum planning, monitoring and assessment, reporting and whole school planning and priorities.
This year the PLDs occur on;
- 5th February
- 22nd July
- 1st November.
Reporting to Parents
The school believes that parents are a vital part of the education of our students and are genuinely seen to be a part of the process. We believe that good communication is central to forming a relationship between the school and families. As a result we place great importance on our reporting process.
Students in Prep to Grade 6 receive three reports during the year;
- a brief progress report in first term
- a detailed report mid year. This is supported by a Parent / Teacher interview.
- a summary report in December
Parents are welcome to request meetings with teachers at other stages throughout the year as the need arises.
Kindergarten students receive a progress report, the KDC and a portfolio to keep at the end of the year.
Kindergarten Developmental Check (KDC)
When your child is in Kindergarten, his/her teacher will use the Kindergarten Development Check to assess their:
- thinking and problem solving skills
- listening, speaking and understanding skills
- gross motor skills
- fine motor skills
- personal and social skills
The check helps the teacher to monitor and observe your child’s development and to ensure that progress is occurring in an appropriate way for their age.
Performance Indicators in Primary School (PIPS)
When your child is in Prep, teachers will conduct a more formal assessment called Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS). The program identifies children who are not achieving expected standards of Literacy and Numeracy in early childhood years. PIPS helps teachers to plan appropriate programs for identified children and to report to parents on their child’s strengths and areas of concern. PIPS also measure whether particular support or intervention has been effective.
Years 3 and 5 literacy and Numeracy Monitoring Program
In May each year all students in Years 3 and 5 sit tests designed to assess their Literacy and Numeracy skills under the National Assessment program (NAPLAN).
If your child is in one of these year groups you will receive an individual report that shows where the results place your child in relation to the national benchmarks and in comparison with the rest of the students in the year level.
Stanley Primary school is supported by a School Association which meets regularly over the year.
The current Association make up is:
Community Members: Mrs Sue Smedley
Parent Members: Mrs Amber Power, Mrs Fiona van Norden
Staff members: Mrs Mandy King, Mrs Deb Burgess
Principal: Mr Neville Barnard
The functions of the School Association are set out in the Education Act. The school association provides a means of communication between the school and the community. It is also the vehicle for the parent body to communicate with the DoE. The school association is consulted on broad issues impacting the school such as policy development , the school plan and budget allocation. Elections are held during term 1.
The Parents & Friends groups is a sub-committee of the School Association. All meetings of the Association are open to the school community. Parents are welcome to attend.
The school is visited regularly by a School Psychologist. Referrals are made through the class teachers and Principal. The school psychologist has qualifications as both a registered psychologist and qualified teacher enabling them to work as a psychologist with an education perspective. They work with students, staff and parents to increase the achievement of education outcomes and in the general area of child development through assessments, counselling and skill development.
Social workers are highly trained and skilled in working with students and their families to overcome social barriers which are affecting their achievement at school. Social workers provide counselling and support, working with students and their families in a range of areas including positive behaviour, stress management, relationships, self-esteem, attendance issues and grief counselling.
A pathologist visits the school on a regular basis. Referrals can be made through the class teachers to the Principal, although priority is given to students in the first years of schooling. Speech and language pathologists are qualified and skilled in assessing, diagnosing and managing speech, language and feeding disorders and difficulties. They work with students, parents, teachers and support staff to help students overcome delays or disorders which affect their ability to communicate. They also develop programs which may be delivered by an aide at school.
Levies for the school year are payable to the school office prior to the commencement of term one.
Levies approved by the School Association for are:
Kindergarten $ 100.00
Prep to grade 6 $155.00
The school levy covers the following items:
Kinder to grade 6 swimming program, sports trips, performances, various materials and supplies and an essential stationery pack which can be collected on levy payment day.
This is a once only charge and parents will not be asked to buy anything else during the year. There are a small number of exceptions to this policy. Parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the senior class camp (which is held every 2nd year) and the grade 6 celebration day which is held at the end of each year.
Payment of accounts
A letter is sent home for all enrolled students during December detailing the expected levies and other charges for the next year.
- It is anticipated that parents will pay levies or prove eligibility for exemption prior to the commencement of lessons each year. Payments can be made by EFTPOS, cash or cheque at the school office between 9.00am and 3.00pm.
- If parents/guardians are unable to pay in full, they are requested to make arrangements as soon as possible with the Principal or School Business Manager to pay by instalment. Debtors are encouraged to renegotiate any arrangements they may have already made if these are found to be unsatisfactory. If no arrangements are made the school may refer the debt to a debt collection agency.
Start: 8.50 am
Recess: 10.40 am to 11am
Lunch: 12.30 pm to 1.15pm
Classes End: 2.45 pm
Music plays at 8.47am each day as a signal for students to move into school. All students should be at school by this time. Many important routine matters are dealt with at first thing in the morning so it is important that children arrive promptly. Please note that students are not to be at school before 8.35am as doors are locked and staff do not provide supervision before that time. Students who travel by bus to the school are exempt from these arrangements.
The wearing of a uniform is compulsory. Uniforms may be purchased at the office. It is recommended black shorts and black track pants with the light blue polo top or for the girls blue and white check dress in the summer months. On the day that school photos are taken we prefer the girls to be wearing their summer uniform.
The Student Assistance scheme (STAS) provides assistance for students of low income families towards the cost of school levies and spectacles. STAS application forms are available from any Government school. Please ask at the school office if you think you might be eligible for assistance. Please note – these applications are processed by the Department of Education, not the school.
Our school building opens at 8.35am each morning and outdoor supervision begins at this time. Students should not arrive at school prior to the commencement of this supervision. Students are dismissed from class at 2.45pm.
When children are dismissed from class at 2.45pm, it is expected that all students will leave the school grounds promptly unless they are involved in an after school activity which is supervised by a teacher or other responsible adult. Once students are in the company of their parent/carer, they are the direct responsibility of the parent/carer.
If your child is normally collected from school and you anticipate an unavoidable delay, please notify the school we can ensure your child is safely supervised in the meantime.
Term Dates – 2019
Term 1 Wednesday 6th February – 11th April
Kinders Tuesday 12th February
Term 2 Monday 29th April – 5th July
Term 3 Tuesday 23rd July – 27th September
Term 4 Monday 14th October – 19th December
Student Free Days
February 5th Professional Learning Day
July 22nd Professional Learning Day
November 1st Professional Learning Day
What if My Details Change?
It is important to keep your details up to date. We may need to contact you if your child is sick or injured or to share important information with you. Please contact the office if your phone number, address or emergency contacts change.
UNIFORM PRICE LIST
Polo Shirt 25.00
Polo Shirt 27.00
Girls Shorts 20.00
Boys Shorts 22.00
Track Pants 23.00
Summer Dress 15.00