General Info

Health

Children with contagious diseases are asked to remain at home. Head lice and impetigo are included in this category. We have information on home treatment and prevention of head lice available in the office. Other pamphlets explaining symptoms and treatment of infectious diseases in children are available from Queensland Health.

Attendance

By law, children must attend school regularly, so we must ask that explanatory notes be sent when children are absent.

Toys

We ask that harmful or violence-oriented toys or implements are not brought to school.

Self-Management

We use behaviour issues as part of the learning process to teach children important conflict resolution skills. The overall aim with our Self Management Program is to enable children to understand that they have choices in life. We aim to empower children with strategies to help them choose the right and appropriate choice for any given situation, whether it be in relation to conflict or the day to day learning in class.

This is a life skill to be developed with the help of clear rules and boundaries as well as clear and appropriate consequences.

If behaviour problems with a child are repeating or severe, parents will be contacted and may be asked to come in for a meeting with staff and the child or children involved. This may also require a Self-Management Growth Contract which is based on the safe, happy and free to learn rules. This is developed by the child and Principal and extends over an agreed timeframe with feedback sessions each week.

Food

We know that food plays an important role in preventive medicine and also in good mental and emotional health. We ask that parents respect the following food policies for their child’s school lunches, snacks and school events:

Sentient Vegetarian: No meat, poultry, seafood or eggs. Additionally, we ask that you avoid onions, garlic and mushrooms as these foods have a harmful effect on the nervous system.

No junk food: Please avoid foods with high sugar content such as lollies and sweets. These, and foods with preservatives and food colourings, can adversely affect a child’s ability to concentrate and learn.

Minimum packaging: Please use the minimum of packaging. We encourage children to take all used packaging home in their lunch boxes.

Evaluation of Progress

Parents meet mid-year with teachers to discuss children’s progress and receive a written evaluation of their child twice a year. Parents are encouraged to communicate directly with the teacher about their child’s progress.

Newsletter

Our school newsletter is published four times a term and is emailed and posted on the website. We encourage parents to make sure they access the newsletter and to read it carefully, as many important details and special events are published there. Parents are also welcome to submit items for the newsletter.