A - Z of School Policies and Procedures
Anti Bullying Policy
Our Anti Bullying Policy highlights proactive whole school approaches to relationship building through co-operative learning in the classroom. Restorative strategies like conferencing encourage accountability, repairing of any harm done and rebuilding of relationships.
Parents are warmly invited to attend our weekly assemblies on Friday mornings at 9.10am in the school hall. Each class takes a turn in running the assembly and presenting an item and students’ effort and achievements are acknowledged.
The Dept of Education and Communities (DEC) requires staff to record all absences, whole day or partial. After an absence a note must be sent within a week to school and be signed and dated by parents. Notes must state the date of the absence and the reason for the absence. A Home School Liaison Officer (HSLO) examines school records regularly and follows up unexplained absences. Absences are recorded on pupil reports. The school should be contacted if your child is going to be away for two days or more. For absences of more than fifteen school days, where you are taking your child out of school for reasons such as a family emergency, visiting family overseas or having a family holiday, approval needs to be granted by the school Principal. Absences of more than fifty school days must be approved by the Regional Director, Sydney Region. At least two weeks prior to your departure, you will need to complete an Exemption from Attendance form which is available from the school office.
It is important that children arrive at school in time to commence the day’s activities. This enables them to be well prepared for the day and doesn’t disrupt the learning of others. All parents/caregivers must ensure that their children arrive at school on time. A “get ready” bell rings at 8:55am and all children should be lined up in their class lines by the second bell at 9:00am. Important information is provided to students each morning at lines. Parents bringing children to school after the commencement of the teaching program are asked to go via the Office and fill in a Late Pass, which is then handed to the classroom teacher. This will ensure that your child is not marked absent. If an occasion occurs when you need to take your child early, it is required that you notify the child’s teacher in writing and sign the child out at the Office before collecting your child. NB: If a person other than a parent is calling for the child, the school must be notified in writing prior to collection. (If an emergency arises, a telephone call from the parent to the school prior to collection of the child will be acceptable).
Your child may be eligible for a bus pass entitling them to free travel on buses. Students in Years 3 - 6 are only eligible for a bus pass if the live more than 1.6 km from school. All students in Years K – 2 are eligible for a free pass. Applications for passes should be made at the Office.
Communication Between Staff and Parents/Carers
Effective communication between staff, parents and students is vital to student wellbeing and success at school.
A school Newsletter is sent out each fortnight, usually on a Monday. On each alternate Monday a shorter News Bulletin is provided. We report on important school events, notify the school community of upcoming activities and celebrate achievement. If possible we ask that parents receive the Newsletter and Bulletin by email as one of our environmental sustainability strategies. Parents are asked to keep the school office informed of any changes to their email address. Where it is not possible to email a copy, students will be given a paper copy to take home. The Newsletter and Bulletin is also uploaded to the school website and there are always copies available in the office and on the website.
Teachers of younger students frequently email parents informing them of important activities involving the class. Teachers of older students may do this less often as it is important that we help students develop some responsibility for remembering class and school activities. These class emails complement the school Newsletter and Bulletin. If teachers know that parents are not contactable via email they will ensure that paper copies of all information are provided. In addition, each class has one or two parent representatives who assist the teacher to keep parents/carers informed. If you wish to discuss an issue with your child’s teacher, it is best to make an appointment so that they can give you the necessary time. Please do not speak to them for any great length of time when they are in charge of their class or at lines. You can phone the office and leave a message asking the teacher to contact you. You may email your child’s teacher directly, if they provide you with their email address. Please be considerate of the number of emails you send and the fact that teachers are teaching during school hours and will not be able to respond immediately.
At the end of Term 1 students engage in a student-led 3 way conference (teacher, child, and parents/carers) which encourages students to be responsible for their own learning and behaviour and to reflect on and refine the goals they have set for themselves. At the end of Term 2 each year your child will receive a detailed written mid-year report. This report will indicate outcomes achieved and areas for improvement. Another written report will be sent home with your child towards the end of Term 4.
If your child is ill, please keep them at home. Students who fall ill at school are sent with to the office and then to Sick Bay. If necessary a parent is contacted and arrangements are made for the child to go home. If a child has been in sick bay or has been injured but is later able to return to class, a note is sent home with the child outlining what happened. Staff are permitted to wash an abrasion, apply saline or a cold pack and a band aid if necessary. In the case of a serious accident the school will call an ambulance, contact parents/carers and prepare an accident report.
Only the School Assistants are permitted to attend to medication and it must be self administered by the child under their supervision, following Public
Service and Teachers’ Federation Guidelines.
- Put medication into single doses if possible
- Write child’s name and directions clearly
- Hand medication in at the office
- Fill out the appropriate request form at the office
- Remind children to report to the office at Recess/Lunch for their Medication
Most students will not require a mobile phone at school. Older students may have one if they walk to and from school on their own. If they do have a
mobile phone at school it must be turned off when they in the school grounds. If parents/carers need to contact their child during school hours they should do so through the school office. If students wish to contact their parents/carers for any reason during the day they should speak to their teacher or to the
office. Mobile phones should remain, switched off, in a student’s pocket or school bag. Parents and students are required to sign a mobile phone
agreement outlining these procedures at the beginning of each school year.
Nut and other allergies
A number of students at Rozelle have been diagnosed as being at risk of a severe, and possibly life-threatening, allergic reaction to such things as nuts. While it is impossible to have a totally nut-free environment, we do ask that parents take this into consideration when planning their child’s food for school and consult with their child’s teacher when providing any food for special occasions. Please do not bring the following to school:
Any nuts or sesame seeds
Peanut butter or Nutella sandwiches
Chocolates containing nuts
Sandwiches/wraps/pita bread with cheese, ham, chicken, tuna, salad, Fruit—fresh and dried.
Sakata biscuits, rice cakes, popcorn
Banana bread, muffins etc.
At the beginning of each term we will send a letter home specifically to those classes who have a student who is directly affected.
Student Welfare and Discipline
Rozelle Public School is a vibrant learning community which is enhanced by its strong Restorative Practice philosophy. The proactive, positive Welfare and Discipline Policy encourages active listening by all staff and restorative approaches which include open ended questioning to promote communication, accountability and conflict resolution.
The school community takes very seriously the issue of sun safety and a school hat is part of the school uniform. The school hat is a broad brimmed surf/cricket type hat which gives maximum protection especially around the neck area. Please ensure your child wears this hat and not coloured base-ball caps. All teachers will assist students to remember to have their hat on when participating in any outside activity. During lunch time and recess any child not wearing a hat will be asked to play under the COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Area) next to the Assembly Hall. Teachers will also wear hats whilst on duty or taking classes outside. In addition, our school play times have been designed to assist with sun safety. The slightly longer lunch break is held in the cooler part of the day from 11:10 – 12:00.
Toys at School
From time to time students may wish to bring a small and inexpensive toy to school. They need to be reminded that it should stay in their bag until they go out to play.
The school’s policy is that all children should wear school uniform every day including a school hat. The wearing of uniform encourages a sense of belonging, inclusivity and pride in our school and reduces costs for parents. It also enhances safety when on excursions outside the school as students can be quickly and easily identified by staff.
Please make sure that all items of clothing are labelled with your child's name so that if items are lost they can be returned promptly.
Uniforms may be purchased on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00am-9.30:am in the uniform shop, which is located in the library block -first door on the left on the ground floor, at the end of the verandah. This service is provided by parent volunteers. Alternatively you can order through the school office or on the school website.
All monies sent to school should be placed in a sealed envelope which is clearly marked with the child’s name, class, event and amount enclosed.
Usually monies should be given to the classroom teacher. Larger amounts of money should be taken directly to the school office.
Students should not bring large amounts of money or items of any value to school as they can get lost. This includes hand-held devices such as Nintendo DS and iPods.
Visitors to the School
All visitors to the school must enter via the front door, sign the visitors’ book and collect a visitors’ badge, which is returned when signing out.
To submit a suggestion to the P&C please click here . To have your submission reviewed please ensure it is submitted 7 days before the P&C meeting.