School Hours and Attendance

The School Day

8:50 School starts

10:50 – 11:10 Recess

1:10 – 1:50 Lunch

3:00 School finish time

Leaving and collecting your child

School starts at 8.50 a.m.  Parents are asked not to leave their children before 8.30 a.m. as there is no supervision provided before that time.  If your child needs to be dropped of early for some reason, they can sit in the undercover area to wait for the classroom to open.

It is important that students are picked up on time – they will only be released to a parent. If another adult is picking them up, it is important that we have been informed about this beforehand.  

We do ask parents to wait outside until their child is dismissed.  There are a few reasons for this:

  1. It is a very small area where the children’s bags are. Often one group at a time will be allowed out and given time to clear the area.
  2. Children must tidy their area before leaving.
  3. At times, single children or a group may need a quiet chat or message about behaviour or other issues before leaving school.

Leaving the school grounds

Students cannot leave the school grounds during a school day unless they have an appointment or other reasonable cause.  Parents must obtain a Leave Pass at the office prior to picking up a child and indicate the reason for leaving the school.  The yellow slip that you will be given needs to be handed to the class teacher before the student is allowed to leave.

Children will only be allowed to leave with an adult who is listed as a contact.  To avoid any delays or embarrassment, if you require an alternative adult to pick up your child, please contact the school.  We will always contact a listed adult if we have no listing for the adult wishing to pick the child up. 

To assist us in keeping your child safe, please always inform the school if your details or any contacts details change.

Illness and Absence from School

If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school.  An unwell child finds it very difficult to concentrate on their learning.  When in doubt, ask the teacher and remember the other children need to be considered as well.  Infections and illness spread rapidly, so if your child is not really well, please keep them at home, even if they want to attend.  

A reason to explain your child’s absence is required upon him/her returning to school. This can be in writing, via phone, SMS or a conversation with the teacher.

Attendance

Regular school attendance is one of the most important ways you can support  your child in getting the best education. Establishing good habits early – K/P/1 – set up your child well for the rest of their school career. Please support us by ensuring your son or daughter is at school every day possible. Letting them stay home for birthdays etc is not a way to help your child learn. Every day counts!

Attendance at school is compulsory for all Pre-Primary to Year 7 students in accordance with the School Education Act 1999.  All students must attend school unless:

  • They are too unwell
  • They have an infectious disease
  • The principal is provided with a genuine and acceptable reason.

Please try and keep family holidays to holiday times and minimise appointments during school time.

Parents need to inform the school within three days after absence of the reason for a child not attending – a written note is preferred. If a note is returned the day following an absence, the student will be given a Super Star Reward – see our Behaviour Management Policy for more details.

90% attendance is considered “regular attendance”. However 90% would still mean that over the 13 years of schooling, your child would still miss nearly 1 ½ years of school!

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