Routines and Procedures
School Gates open at 8.00am. Supervision of students begins at 8.15am. All students who arrive before 8.30am must sit in the undercover area where they are supervised.
Parents are asked to ensure that their children arrive at school between 8.25am and 8.35am. Lessons commence at 8.40am. Students should not arrive at school before 8.00am. Parents must remain with their child / children until the supervised duty commences at 8.15am.
Kindergarten doors open at 8.50am and Pre Primary 8.35am. Their school day ends at 3.00pm. Lunch and play times may vary.
Please ensure that children leave the school grounds immediately after school. Supervision at the front of the school ceases at 3.30pm.
Out of School Care
The YMCA operates an Out of School Club in the Parish Hall (situated between the school and the church). Please contact them on 0407049917 for further information regarding enrolment.
Change of School Hours
We have several professional development days and (resultant pupil-free days) are allocated per school year. These are selected by the school and parents will be notified of these well ahead of time so that they make arrangements for their children.
During school hours all visitors must report to the office and sign in and sign out.
Picking up of Children/Car Park
MORNINGS – There is a drop off zone at the main entry of the school for parents who wish to drop their children off. Alternatively, you may park and walk along the designated walkways. Please be aware that students may also arrive by bike and on foot so the utmost care should be exercised at these peak times. Please also note that no children should be in the car park area unsupervised.
AFTERNOONS - To allow more than one family to collect their children, we have a supervised drive by at the main entrance. Children must wait to be collected in the shelter. This has a duty teacher until 3.30pm. Please ensure your children are collected by 3.30pm as supervised duty ceases at this time.
The parking bays in front of the Kindergarten are 10 minute parking only. Please leave the disabled parking bay at the front of the school for disabled parents, students and visitors at all times.
Collecting Your Child Early
Should you wish to collect your child early, an Early Release Form must be completed at the school office first. This is then handed to your child’s class teacher.
If your child is going to be absent from school, please notify the school office before 9.30am. If we do not receive notification, a text message will be sent to advise your child is not at school.
If your child arrives at school after 8.40am please complete a Late Arrival Form, at the front office. This is then handed to the child’s class teacher.
Students assemble in the undercover area at 8.45am each Monday morning, for shared prayer and routine announcements.
On Friday we have class assemblies commencing at 8.45am. The classes present and show us some of the things they are learning in class and merit certificates are handed out. Parents are notified prior to their child receiving a merit certificate so that they are able to make arrangements to attend. All parents, relatives, and friends are welcome to join us for Friday Assemblies
It is essential that channels of communication are established and maintained between the school and parents. In this way students and teachers are supported in their efforts in the classroom.
Avenues of communication within the school include:
|The fortnightly newsletter||Distributed on week 1,3,5,7 & 9|
|Homework Diary||This comes home each night with children from years 2 – 6 and should be checked and signed each night.|
|Parent / Teachers Meetings||Please make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss any concerns or your child’s progress or issues throughout the year|
|Parent / Teacher Information Meetings||These are held early in the new school year to discuss the year’s program and expectations of each class. It is essential that parents make the time to attend the meetings|
|Reporting||Reporting and evaluation is provided for parents throughout the year.|
|First Semester reports at the end of Term Two|
|End of year (Second Semester) reports at the end of Term Four|
|Curriculum||Any matters pertaining to the Teaching and Learning Program should be directed through the classroom teacher. If there is a query about curriculum, please organise to speak to the Co Ordinator of Professional Learning, Mrs Maureen Eastwood|
|Special Needs||Any matters pertaining to the Teaching and Learning Program should be directed through the classroom teacher. If there is a query about curriculum, please organise to speak to the Co Ordinator of Special Needs, Mrs Teresa McFarlane.|
The partnership between parents and staff is vital to the achievement of St Bernadette’s School’s aims. The primary role of the Catholic School is to support the parents in the formation of their children’s faith.
Parents are involved in the following ways at St Bernadette’s School:
Through good communication with your child’s teacher, home and school can complement each other in encouraging development of the whole child, and working as a united team.
Parents can play a valuable role in the classroom in extending the children’s experiences and in extra curricular activities. Both staff and students appreciate parent’s participation in the classroom. Please speak to the classroom teacher
Wearing of the school uniform is compulsory for all students. Uniforms are only available from the School Uniform Shop.
A Uniform Shop is operated by the school and is open on:
Tuesday between 8.30am – 9.30am and Thursday between 2.30pm – 3.30pm.
The canteen operates Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at recess and lunch. Children are able to order lunch through their classroom lunch basket system or take their order directly to the canteen in the morning. The school canteen follows the “traffic light” healthy eating guidelines. Further information about this system can be found at http://www.waschoolcanteens.org.au/pages/nutritional/01-nutritional.htm. In an event that a student has not brought their lunch or lost their money, the canteen will provide lunch on the day and then bill the parents.
The canteen relies on parent helpers and would be pleased to hear from any parents who are able to assist.
Health and Emergency Information
It is vital that all your child’s medical details are kept up to date. If at any time your address, phone numbers or emergency contact numbers change, please notify the school immediately.
Parents will be contacted if their child is too ill to remain at school. Parents are asked to ensure that their child has fully recovered from illness before sending them back to school.
Written notes should be sent to your child’s teacher after each absentee. Absentee notes are available at the school office.