Attendance

An absence note is required if your child is away, these must be given to the classroom teacher.

Term Dates 2018
Term 1 Monday* January 29th Thursday March 29th
Term 2 Monday April 16th Friday June 29th
Term 3 Monday July 16th Friday September 21st
Term 4 Monday October 8th Friday December 21st
* Students commence Term 1 on TUESDAY JANUARY 30th

**  Good Friday 2018, Friday, March 30th

School hours

Session 1   9:00 am  to 11:00 am

Recess       11:00 am to 11:30 am

Session 2  11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch       1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Session 3   2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

School Newsletter

A newsletter is sent home each Friday with the eldest child in the family. If you prefer to receive your newsletter by email, please contact the office.

Early Dismissal

Any time that the school needs to be dismissed before 3:30 pm, parents will receive prior notice.

Road Safety

Road safety is part of the school program and in order to ensure children arrive and depart safely by car, please drop them off and pick up from the school side of the road. Please do not park in gateway or on the bush side of the road.

Lost Property

All clothing should be clearly labelled with the child’s name.  Each year we have quite a supply of unclaimed lost property.  If your child has lost any items of clothing please check the lost property box.

School Uniform

School uniforms are compulsory.  The color is royal blue with a gold logo for jumpers and gold with royal blue logo for T-shirts.  Tracksuits, t-shirts, shorts and hats are the main items worn.  Wide brimmed, legionaries or buckets hats are part of the ‘SunSmart Policy and must be worn during Term 1 & Term 4.

All children starting at Little Bendigo are provided with a hat. Uniform order forms will be sent home late each term.  Some uniform is kept at the school.

Discipline/School Rules

Conflict resolution is the major process used to resolve issues between students. This empowers students to resolve their own conflicts. It involves:

  1. each student expressing their side of the story without interruption,
  2. a time for questions by both students,
  3. the students create strategies or solutions to the problem and
  4. decide on the best strategy that they will both follow.

An approach of explanation and understanding is used with other discipline issues. However, if an inappropriate behavior is repeated then logical consequences are used.

We work closely with parents if there is a behavioral issue.

Supervision of Students

Staff responsibility for pupils extends from fifteen minutes before school starting time to fifteen minutes after school close.  Yard duty rosters cover recess and lunch times.

Junior Student Council

Meetings are held regularly and recommendations are made from time to time to the staff and School Council.  Grades 3 – 6 are represented on the Council.

Sports Uniform

Boys – Royal Blue Shorts, School T-Shirt

Girls – Royal Blue Shorts/Skorts, School T-Shirt

Student Reports

Pupil reports are issued in June and December.  Interviews are conducted in first term.  Teachers are available at other times.  Please phone and make an appointment.

Library

The school library is operated on a computer system and has a simple borrowing procedure.  Borrowing takes place during Library Sessions.  Children may bring books home regularly.  Please ensure that books are returned promptly.

Support Services

There are several professional services including, Speech and Hearing specialists, Guidance officers, Social workers, State school relief, Life education unit which are available to assist your child should it be necessary.

All prep children are screened for general health, sight and hearing.

Personal Details/Permission Forms

Each year in February a ‘Consent Booklet’ is sent home to update student information.

Included in this booklet are:

  • student personal information forms including medical conditions,
  • emergency contacts,
  • permission forms for ‘Local Excursions’ held throughout the year,
  • Photo Permission forms (used for local newspaper reports),
  • technology consent form.
Book Club

Catalogues are distributed to each child every month.  Orders and money are due at school within a week and books are distributed as soon as they arrive.

Bushfires/Disasters

Procedure for bush fires is fully covered in the School Disaster Policy which parents are welcome to read.  However, in the event of a bush fire very close to the school all children will be kept at the school until picked up by their parents or moved by police, or the local C.F.A. On Code Red days our school will be closed. On a day of Extreme Fire Rating day, our school will relocate to the recreational centre at Woodmans Hill Secondary College, 1 Fussell Street, East Ballarat. Parents will be given prior notice.

Bicycles

Children must wheel and not ride their bikes into the school grounds.  Bicycle helmets are compulsory and must be worn.

Booklist Fees

Fees set by School Council are:

1st child $130.00
2 children $260.00
3 children or more $300.00

This fee covers all classroom supplies, art material, text books, reading material and other classroom costs.

Excursions/Camps/Swimming /Music Lessons

Excursions occur regularly and are an extension of class activities. All excursions are to be paid for prior to the event taking place.

Some costs are subsidized by School Council or the Fundraising Committee, and are kept to a minimum.

Camping and swimming programs are provided for all students each year.

Music lessons in vocal, guitar, keyboard and drums are offered by qualified music specialists. Music lessons are to be paid directly to the music teacher on the day of your child’s music lesson.

 

Homework

Teachers decide on an appropriate homework program for their class.  This is put in the newsletter at the start of the year or if there are changes throughout the year. It is important that Parents work closely with Teachers.

Reading

Some ways to encourage your child to enjoy reading:

  • read lots of stories to your children,
  • read yourself – providing a role model,
  • provide them with plenty of books,
  • discuss stories and books with your children,
  • read together with your children,
  • read road signs, supermarket signs, etc. with children,
  • talk about what the book means – what is the story about?
  • always encourage, praise, be positive, show interest and be patient.
Student Health

Please advise the school if your child/children come into contact with any listed disease.  If your child is not feeling well do not send him/her to school.  If your child becomes ill at school we will contact you as soon as possible.

Photocopying/Fax/Email

These services are available at the school for a nominal charge.  Contact the school office.

School Queries/Problems

Please don’t hesitate to see us if you have a problem.

Dates for your Diary

2018 School Dates:
T4: 8 Oct - 21 Dec

29th November
Whole School Photo at 9.30am

6th December
Chinese Culture Day

19th December
Grade 6 Graduation Dinner

21st December
Last day of term

Prep Transition Days:
Wed 28th Nov
Tues 11th Dec