School Term Dates
Information Update: It is vitally important that we have up to date contact information for your child. If you have changed your address, phone numbers or emergency contact person, please download an Information update form and forward to the office.
Parents must fill out an Asthma Management Plan form if their child has asthma. The school’s Asthma Register contains essential information on known asthmatics within the school. All asthmatic students attending the school should have their own medication for immediate use.
Paper Chase will supply the school’s booklists in 2016. They will also collect our Subject Contributions and Mathletics charges as part of this process. Booklists will come home in Term 4 and once ordered, will be delivered to your home address in the New Year.
Yard duty teachers manage and administer first aid to students for minor accidents that occur in the playground. If more specific first aid is required the student will be sent to the sickbay and trained first aid staff will manage the situation. All parents will receive a First Aid/Sickbay Advice if their child has attended the sickbay. Serious injuries will be reported to the Principal/Assistant Principal and the parents contacted immediately.
Parents are asked to sign the consent form to conduct head lice inspections for their child to ensure that this health situation is managed effectively at school. Please inspect your child’s hair regularly at home and seek appropriate treatment if head lice or eggs are found and inform the school. Health regulations require that when a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until appropriate treatment has commenced.
The following table indicates the minimum period of exclusion from schools and children’s service centre required for infectious diseases cases and contacts as prescribed under Regulations 13 and 14 of the Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 2001-Schedule 6. In this Schedule ‘medical certificate’ means a certificate of a registered medical practitioner.
A school entry immunisation certificate is a specific document which shows your child’s record of immunisation. It is a legal requirement to provide a school entry immunisation certificate on enrolment to a primary school in Victoria. Appendix A indicates the minimum periods of exclusion from schools as prescribed under regulations 13 and 14 of the Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 2001-Schedule 6.
Whilst Strathmore Primary School does not have a canteen on the premises, parents are able to order their child’s lunch through the school from Napier Nibbles on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from Revitalise on Monday and Tuesday. Lunch orders should be written on an envelope clearly labelled with the child’s name, room number and food required. The correct money should be placed inside the envelope and sealed. We have provided a lunch order pricelist for your convienence.
Strathmore Primary School is committed to promoting the achievements of the students, staff and community through various media such as the school newsletter, school website, school magazine, promotional posters, information brochures and newspapers. Before a child’s work can be used the parents are to complete the media consent form indicating whether the child’s name, photo and/or work samples can be included in the above publications. This documents is included in the enrolment form and is part of the enrolment process.
All medication belonging to students must be handed to the classroom teacher or office staff for safekeeping. A Medication Authority must be filled out with the student’s name and dosage and signed by the parent before any medication can be administered. Students should not have medication in their possession at any time, with the exception of an asthma puffers or epipens. If a child attends the Out of School Hours Childcare Program, parents are asked to provide the YMCA co-ordinator with any information relating to the child taking medication. The school cannot pass on any such information due to privacy laws.
The school newsletter provides a vital link between school and home. The newsletter is published each Wednesday and is available on the school website homepage or on the Tiqbiz app. It is important that parents read the newsletter for information about events at the school and activities conducted by Parents’ Club and School Council.
Individual notices are regularly sent home with students advising parents of upcoming events. Please read these notices carefully and, if requested, reply promptly. Requests for money for excursions and camps are always provided in written form. Payment can also be made via Cash, BPAY or EFTPOS. The due date for the return of money is always specified.
OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS CARE
Strathmore Primary School offers an excellent Out of School Hours Childcare Program. It is run by the Moonee Valley YMCA and operated in the school hall on every school day of the year. A wide range of safe, creative and enjoyable activities are available and children are professionally supervised at all times. Upon enrolling your child in the Out of School Hours Childcare Program, parents are asked to provide the YMCA with emergency contact telephone numbers and/or medical information as applicable as the school cannot forward such information due to the privacy laws.
- The Before School Childcare Program operates between 7:30am and 8:45am.
- The After School Hours Childcare Program operates between 3:30pm and 6:00pm.
- Bookings or cancellations for these services can be made by telephoning
9379 4347. If no one is in attendance a message can be left on the answering machine.
For online registration please visit www.childrensservices.ymca.org.au
Strathmore Primary School has a dedicated, active and enthusiastic Parents’ Club which meets regularly to plan and organise social and fundraising activities. All parents are encouraged to become involved as membership provides and excellent opportunity to make new friends and work with the school community to reach specific goals. The school community will be notified as to the date and time of meetings via the school newsletter.
Strathmore Primary School values the important role the parents have in supporting their child’s learning. A comprehensive Parent Participation Plan is published at the start of each term. The school strongly encourages a partnership between the school and the home through providing opportunities for involvement in:
- Education programs
- Classroom Helper’s Program
- Camps, excursions and special events
- School Council and sub-committees
- Parents’ Club.
SCHOOL BELL TIMES
The school bell times are as follows:
- 8:45-9:00 Playground supervised
- 9:00-11:00 Learning Time – 2 hour block
- 11:00-11:30 Morning Recess outside
- 11:30-1:30 Learning Time – 2 hour block
- 1:30-1:45 Lunch eating time inside
- 1:45-2:30 Lunch Recess outside
- 2:30-3:30 Learning Time -1 hour block
- 3:30-3:45 Playground supervised
The School Council is a vital parent body within the school community. Its responsibilities are wide and varied. It makes decisions with regard to school policies, administers school finances and acts as a guiding body. The Strathmore Primary School Council acknowledges that it operates within the Education Act and DET regulations, memoranda and advice to enhance the educational provisions for all students through the development and implementation of appropriate policies.
School policies are constantly under review to reflect current best practices. Copies of specific policies are available on the school website Policies page.
Strathmore Primary School has developed a dress code that prescribes the articles of clothing to be worn as part of the compulsory school uniform and that reflects the school colours of navy blue, pale blue and maroon. A SunSmart policy is implemented where it is compulsory for students to wear a broadbrimmed hat in Terms 1 and 4.
Uniforms can be purchased from Noone Imagewear, 543 Keilor Road, Niddrie. The uniform price list provides phone numbers and trading hours for your convenience.
A subject contribution per child is requested each year to help with updating existing material and the purchasing of new equipment in various curriculum areas. The subject contribution for 2016 is $100.00 for resource materials and $75.00 for Information Technology.
As part of the SunSmart Policy at Strathmore Primary School, sun hats must be worn at all times whilst outside during Terms 1 and 4. The school broad brimmed or legionnaire hat form part of the school compulsory dress code. Students who do not have a hat in Terms 1 and 4 will not be able to play outside in the sun, participate in sporting activities or attend camp events. These students will be required to sit in shady areas. Bucket hats or caps are not suitable as they do not provide adequate protection.
We are now using an app to send instant messages, newsletters and notices. Tiqbiz is a useful tool that keeps parents informed and up to date with newsletters, notices, news and events. It is easy to use and also has the benefit of helping reduce our paper consumption by printing less.
For the safety of students and staff all visitors are required to sign in at the office and obtain a Visitor’s Pass. Similarly, when exiting, visitors must return their Visitor’s Pass and sign out.