Parents

Term Dates & Bell Times

Term Dates 2021

Term 1
28 January (students start back at school) to 1 April

Term 2
19 April to 25 June

Term 3
12 July to 17 September

Term 4
4 October to 17 December

Bell Times

The school bell times are as follows:

8:45-9:00
Playground supervised

9:00-9:50
Learning Time

9:50-10:40
Learning Time

10:40-11:10
Morning Recess outside

11:10-12:50
Learning Time

12:50-1:05
Lunch eating time inside

1:05-1:50
Lunch Recess outside

1:50-2:40
Learning Time

2:40-3:30
Learning Time

3:30-3:45
Playground supervised

Out of Hours School Care is available both before and after school to assist families outside of these time

Parent Communication

News

Compass

We are now using an app to send instant messages, news items and notices. Compass is a useful tool that keeps parents informed and up to date with notices, news and events. It is easy to use and also has the benefit of helping reduce our paper consumption by printing less. Every family has an individual login. Contact the school office for further details.

Compass provides a vital link between school and home. Communications are available via the Compass app using your login. It is important that parents read the notifications for information about events at the school and activities conducted by Parents’ Club and School Council.

Notices

Individual notices are regularly sent home, either with students or via the Compass app, 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 the Compass app, Cash, BPAY, EFTPOS or payment plan (contact the school office if you require assistance). The due date for the return of money is always specified.

Lunch Orders

Whilst Strathmore Primary School does not have a canteen on the premises, parents are able to order their child’s lunch from Revitalise in Napier Street.

Lunch orders will now be processed through a app called Qkr.

All orders and payments will go directly to the cafe Revitalise. Cash in envelopes will no longer be accepted at school.
9:00 am will be the cut off for placing your child/childrens orders.

Qkr How To Guide

Uniform

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.

Uniform Price List

Out of School Hours Care

Our out of school hours service provider is TheirCare

Phone: 1300 072 410

theircare.com.au

School Council

The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction.

School councils have three main responsibilities:

Finance: overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation

Strategic Planning: participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan

Policy Development and review: developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.

Other key functions of school councils include:

  • raising funds for school related purposes
  • maintaining school grounds and facilities
  • entering into contracts
  • reporting annually to the school community and the Department
  • creating interest in the school in the wider community
  • representing and taking the views of the community into account
  • regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
  • operating a children’s service at the school.

Parent Participation

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:

  • Special Events
  • Camps and Excursions
  • School Council and Sub-committees
  • Parents’ Club.

Parents’ Club

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.

Health, Safety & Privacy

Medication

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 TheirCare co-ordinator with any information relating to the child taking medication. The school cannot pass on any such information due to privacy laws.

Medication Authority Form

Asthma Management

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.

Asthma Care Plan

First Aid

Yard duty teachers manage and administer first aid to students for minor incidents 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 notification of the incident via COMPASS. Serious injuries will be reported to the Principal/Assistant Principal and parents will be contacted immediately.

Head Lice

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.

Illness Exclusion

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.

School Exclusion Table

Immunisation Certificates

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.

Media Consent

Strathmore Primary School is committed to promoting the achievements of the students, staff and community through various media such as Compass, school website, 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.

Parent Payments

Strathmore PS aims to ensure that parent payment practices are consistent, transparent and ensure that all children have access to the standard curriculum.

Strathmore Primary School is committed to creating a positive, connected school community and implementing good practices forms part of this commitment. With regard to parent payments, this includes consideration of how parent payments are set, clearly communicating how decisions are made and recognising that some families experiencing hardship may need additional consideration and support. Strathmore Primary School will establish clear expectations and provide support that promotes inclusion and strengthens partnerships with parents and the school community to continue improving student outcomes, wellbeing and engagement.

As per DET guidelines and agreed upon by School Council, payment requests at Strathmore Primary School are divided into the following three categories:

  • Essential Student Learning Items ($150 per student for 2021. This is a 25% discount on the regular $200 fee to assist families at this challenging time)
  • Optional Items (to be advised)
  • Voluntary Financial Contributions ($150 per student donation requested in 2020 for Information Technology and Specialist Subject Support)

For 2021, the school is continuing to use Compass for parents to pay for Essential Student Learning Items and Voluntary Financial Contributions following the success of this process in 2020. All families will receive a notification on Compass, where it will be possible to make your payment.

In addition to Compass, payment arrangements and methods include:

  • Payment plan or consideration of hardship (please contact the school’s “Parent Payment Contact”, Peter Olm)
  • Centrepay – families in receipt of payments through Centrelink may access a free and voluntary service to pay bills and expenses through regular deductions from Centrelink payments (please find further detail using the link below)

Parent payments for Essential Student Learning Items are due by 8th February, 2021. It is possible for any family to pay for Essential Student Learning Items by installments over time. Families may also wish to pay by installments if paying the combined total of $300 per student for both the Essential Student Learning Items and Voluntary Financial Contributions.

Further information for families is provided using the links that provide information about requests for parent payments, including an itemised list of Essential Student Learning Items that details a further breakdown of the items individually. The documents also provide information in the case where families wish to consult with the school to provide these items themselves or to discuss consideration of hardship. As can be noticed, the amounts for Essential Student Learning Items actually total over $200 on the itemised lists, however the school has decided to cap the Essential Student Learning Item payment and provide a one off 25% discount for the 2021 school year in order to provide financial relief for families while this is possible. Further information can be accessed in the attached documents.

Payment requests should be read in conjunction with each of the documents as listed below:

General questions may be directed to the front office.

In circumstances of hardship, the school’s “Parent Payment Contact”, Peter Olm, may be contacted by families to confidentially discuss supports such as a payment plan or other consideration. Peter is contactable either in person at the office, via the school’s phone number (03 9379 3991) or through the school’s e-mail address strathmore.ps@education.vic.gov.au.

For further information click on the links below:

Understanding Parent Payment Categories

Parent Payment FAQ for Parents