Parents

Classroom Helpers

Our school greatly appreciate classroom helpers who assist positively with the implementation of the school’s programs. Classroom helpers must comply with the school’s expectations and practices.

Implementation:

Our school encourages the assistance of classroom helpers in a wide variety of areas.

Invitations for helpers to assist in the school’s programs will be regularly made via the school’s newsletter, or through personal contact.

Classroom helpers will be briefed by the teacher in charge as to their roles and responsibilities prior to commencement. At the same time matters of supervision and safety will also be discussed.

All Classroom helpers will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement and wear an identifying name badge, which is collected at office when they sign in.

For all other purposes, classroom helpers are volunteers and are to be treated in accordance with the school’s Volunteers Policy.

All Classroom helpers assisting in school programs must undergo a Working with Children Check [WWCC] and be registered in accordance with the current legislation. This registration must be current at the time of assisting in classrooms. It is free to apply for registration. A passport-sized photo is required for your application.

Parent Handbook

Canteen

Our Canteen is leased and provides a wide range of foodstuffs that meet all Healthy Food Guidelines. Lunch orders should be ordered as follows:

  1. On a clean, plain paper bag – write your child’s name, grade, room number and order.
  2. Enclose in the bag the correct money.
  3. Lunch orders are placed in tubs in each room. These are taken to the canteen at 9.00am.
  4. Or order online at https://ultimateschools.com.au/ Lunches are collected from the Canteen by the grade monitors and distributed by the teacher.

Each term the canteen may have a special lunch day. Parents are asked to support these by encouraging children to order lunches from the canteen rather than bringing in other take-away lunches for the students.

FlexiBuzz

Flexibuzz app will help our school keep parents fully informed and up-to-date with newsletters, notices, news and events. All you need to do is follow the link to download the app and then select your child’s grade level.

Uniform

Short Sleeve Polo

Long Sleeve Polo

Summer Dress

Windcheater

Bomber Jacket

Track Pants

Skort

Shorts

Hat

Backpack

School Council

The School Council is made up of representatives of parents, teachers and the wider community. School Council together with the Principal are responsible for managing the school. Schools are now self-managing and responsible for the decisions made. Some of the School Council duties include:

  • To offer advice to the Principal regarding general educational requirements of our school community.
  • To generally oversee the maintenance and care of the school buildings and grounds.
  • To ensure all necessary services are maintained.
  • To supervise expenditure of monies derived from levies, voluntary contributions, fund-raising and Government grants.
  • To generally stimulate interest in the school and support the staff.
  • To provide additional equipment and facilities not provided or funded by the Government, to enhance children’s learning opportunities.

School Council meets once a month during the school year and must meet at least 8 times a year.

The School Council members for 2018 are:

Parent Representatives

Anthony Spiteri
Melissa Patullo
Julie Davies
Marianne Monea
Megan Snelgrove
Brenden McLean
Sonia Varma
Valentina Risteska

DET Representatives:

Paul Schwartz
Jennifer Stevenson
Jodie Leetham
Cassie Mason

Lexie Rust (Business Manager), Lyndal Lewis (Office Admin) and Sara McKee (AP) will be in attendance for all School Council meetings, but have no voting rights.

Dates for School Council Meetings

Wednesday 21st March
Wednesday 16th May
Wednesday 20th June
Wednesday 15th August
Wednesday 19th September
Wednesday 21st November

Hours & Dates

School Hours

8:50am
Music Played – Students into classroom, preparing for learning to start

9:00am – 10:00am
Session 1

10:00am – 11:00am
Session 2

11:00 am – 11:30am
Break 1

11:30am – 12:30pm
Session 3

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Session 4

1:30pm – 1:35pm
Eating time in class

1:35pm – 2:05pm
Break 2

2:05pm – 3:05pm
Session 5

Term Dates 2018

Term 1: 29 January (school teachers start) to 29 March (Thursday) *
Term 2: 16 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 21 September
Term 4: 8 October to 21 December

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It is important to remember that the school yard is only supervised between 8.40am-9.00am in the morning, and 3.05- 3.20pm in the afternoon.

Students should not be dropped off prior to 8.40am as there is no supervision in the yard to ensure students are safe.

It is also essential that students are collected from school before 3.20pm.

We understand that this can be difficult for families. The OSH Club is available if needed. Thank-you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

OSH Club

Before & After School Care

About OSHClub

OSHClub has been providing high-quality Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) services for school communities since 2008.

In 2016, OSHClub partnered with Helping Hands Network, creating Junior Adventures Group, a partnership of Australia’s two highest-quality providers of OSHC. The partnership provides OSHC services to 400 schools across Australia.

Our goal is ‘to provide the highest quality OSHC services in Australia’. Independent assessment by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority shows that OSHClub is Australia’s highest-quality OSHC provider, with 89% of our services meeting or exceeding the National Quality Standard.

How do we do it?

At OSHClub, we combine a genuine care for children with the OSHC experience and expertise to deliver the best outcomes for children, families and schools, by:

  • Providing creative and engaging experiences for all children
  • Delivering fun, educational activities that develop life skills
  • Ensuring there are inclusive programs that appeal to all children
  • Establishing regular clubs at OSHC for children to join in
  • Facilitating a homework club – helping busy families at the end of the day
  • Offering children lots of delicious, fresh and nutritional food choices.

We place a lot of emphasis on our people, and we invest in their training to ensure they have all the skills, qualifications and up-to-date knowledge they need to deliver the very best services for children, families and schools.

Excursions & Camps

Our school is proud to include incursions, excursions and a school camp as part of our learning program.

Excursions/Incursions:

  • Link the student learning to the real world through excursion and incursions.
  • Enrich the student learning by giving them opportunities to hear, see and do learning outside the classroom with other people.

Permission slips are obtained prior to events and parent helpers are welcomed. Parents will receive payment information and permissions prior to the excursions.  These must be paid in full on the required return date.

Camps

Children in Years 3-6 are each involved in a school camp annually. Students and staff attend the camps, with the camp chosen being developmentally appropriate, yet challenging for the students. A rotation of camps are used to ensure students have a new experience each time

Year 3

5th December – 6th December 2018

Year 4

22nd August – 24th August 2018

Year 5

29th August – 31st August 2018

Year 6

23rd October

School Banking

https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking.html

What’s School Banking?

The School Banking program provides a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good saving habits.

Run nationally since 1931 through participating primary schools, School Banking encourages children to regularly deposit money into their Youthsaver account and earn silver Dollarmites tokens, which can then be redeemed for an exciting reward through our School Banking Rewards Program.

School Banking Day is Tuesday at Wedge Park PS

Learning at home

As your child’s first, and most important, teacher there is a lot you can do at home that will support your child’s learning through everyday experiences.

Here are some tips on things you can try at home:

  • Have problems they can help solve, like a jigsaw puzzle. These are great ways to tap into their natural problem solving abilities.
  • Do things that interest them – like a hobby or activity they love. For example, if your child likes helping you cook you can introduce maths by getting them to measure the ingredients; science by observing and discussing how the different ingredients mix together; English through reading the recipe steps out loud; and health by discussing how healthy the different ingredients are.
  • Help them find answers or solutions to problems themselves. Show your child how to look things up in a book or on the computer, and find the answers themselves.
  • When talking to your child, ask reflective questions like ‘how’ ‘why’ or ‘what if’ as this helps them to think deeply about their responses.
  • Repeat things. Most of us can’t do something perfectly the first time we try them. We get better with practice, and understand what we’re doing the more we do it. Children are exactly the same.
  • Remember, your child needs some downtime just like you do. Giving them time to just be themselves is important.

You can also click on the links below to find more ways to support your child at home:

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