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​Accidents and illnesses

Sometimes accidents or emergencies arise at school. In the case of a minor accident students are sent to the first aid room and attended to by a first aid officer. If an accident is serious, we will contact parents/caregivers immediately and an ambulance will be called if necessary or we are unable to contact parents/caregivers.

Allergies

Please advise us if your child has any special health issues or allergies. Please note the following section on medication if any medication/treatment is required.

Appointments

Parents seeking interviews with the principal or teaching staff should contact either the person concerned or the administrative staff for an appointment. This practice allows us to plan a time suitable for both parties. Parents should not approach teaching staff during teaching sessions, unless the matter is of an urgent nature. Feel free to contact the school administration at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

Assembly

Whole school assemblies are held each week currently on Tuesdays at 9.00 am. Special events are arranged for these assemblies (eg presentations, guest speakers). However, the main purpose of assembly is the communication of information to the school in general and to build school unity. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Booklists

Booklists are available from the school office and orders can be placed as per the instructions contained therein.

Health service and dental clinic

School health nurse – annual visits are made to this school. Checks are carried out on prep students and any children not seen at prep or referred by teachers and/or parents. Details regarding visits are advised through the newsletter.

Dental services – a school dental van visits the school from time to time. Details regarding visits are advised through the newsletter.

House system

The school is divided into 4 houses - Walker, Jagera, Bainbridge and Herron. Each student is allocated to a house on enrolment. Members of the same family are placed in the same house.

Infectious illnesses

Children who contract an infectious illness are to be kept at home until they are fully recovered.

Parents are advised to contact the principal if their children contract any of the following diseases, as various exclusion periods and rules apply:

Chicken pox, mumps, rubella, typhoid, conjunctivitis, poliomyelitis, viral hepatitis, whooping cough, leprosy, diphtheria, streptococcus infection, tuberculosis, measles.

Children suffering from impetigo (school sores), ringworm, head lice and scabies are generally permitted to attend school if adequate treatment has been obtained and lesions have been covered. Any queries should be directed to the principal.

Lost property

Property found lying around the school is placed in the lost property box located near the tuckshop. Labelled property is returned to the owner, therefore, it is important that all articles of clothing which may be removed during the day (hats, jumpers, raincoats, towels, etc) be clearly and permanently named. 

Please encourage your child to look in the lost property box, or you may wish to do this yourself. Any unclaimed property left in the lost property box at the end of each term is donated to a charity.

Medication

Only medication prescribed by a medical practitioner may be administered by school staff. An authorised staff member may give oral medication on the completion of a medication authority form. A medication authority form is available from the office. The instruction for dosage and administration times must be written on the container by a pharmacist or doctor. The school cannot accept the instructions solely of the parent/guardian. All medicines must be delivered to the office by a parent and will be kept in a secure place in the office.

A student may be responsible for their inhaler for asthma with written permission from a parent/guardian and approval of the principal. The inhaler will be kept in the office (not in the student’s school bag) for use when required. This is adhered to strictly for safety reasons.

Parent class representative

Class representatives assist in the co-ordination of class activities. A volunteer parent acts as a class representative. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in welcoming new parents to the school, assisting the teacher to organise help, monitoring class fundraising functions, being available for school excursions, consulting with the principal etc.

Parking

A car park exists at the upper end of the school and an unofficial (non paved) car park exists at the lower end of the school. Parents are requested to pick up children and leave as quickly as possible as parking availability is limited. Entry to the upper car park outside the front gate is from the lower end of the hill and the exit by the top. Do not cross the double white lines. Please ensure that this procedure is followed in the interests of safety.

The staff car park (accessed through the top gate) is for use by staff and official visitors only, except for collecting sick or injured children or by prior arrangement for those with mobility problems. Please do not walk through the carpark.

School captains and vice captains

The selection of the school captains and vice captains is made at the end of the school year for the following year. School captains, vice captains, house captains, music captains and other positions of leadership are inducted at a special ceremony during which they pledge to fulfil the duties and responsibilities of this position of honour.

Student council

A student council exists to liaise with the teaching body and to make requests for a common goal. The council members are elected by the student body and these members are from years 5, 6 and 7.

Tuckshop

The school does not operate a daily tuckshop but volunteer parents organise a ‘special lunch’ each Friday.

Uniforms

The new uniform will be fully implemented at the commencement of the 2016 school year.  The transition from the old style uniform will by then have occurred over a two and a half year period.  For more information please refer to the Uniform Policy.  The school uniform is currently available for purchase from the Unform Shop at the school open Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-9.30am and 2-3.30pm.  Please contact the Uniform Shop Convenor Nikki Williams for enquiries 0429 009 066. 

Voluntary parent aides

Teachers may invite parents to assist with activities in the classroom. Such activities may include listening to children read, preparing card activities, helping with arts and crafts, accompanying a group on an excursion and other such valuable tasks. Learning assistance programme (LAP) and parenting courses are run from time to time to assist in this.

Volunteers will be made familiar with school policy on volunteer workers which deals with confidentiality and other issues.

All voluntary parent aides or helpers must sign a visitor’s book, held in the office for insurance purposes. This applies to weekend ‘working bees’ as well.

Emergency response policy

In the event of an emergency at school, the following procedures will be followed.

1. An assessment of the emergency is made by the administration team. Depending on the type of emergency, it may be necessary to:

  • Lock-down the school (eg in the case of a dangerous intruder),
  • Evacuate the school (onsite, for example in response to a fire in a building or offsite (eg to neighbouring schools in the case of floods).

If the emergency involves a staggered evacuation (as in the case of flood, where parents take children home as they are able), class rolls are to be taken and sent to the office at regular intervals as frequently as deemed necessary. In this case, children are also to be signed out at the office for cross reference purposes.

In the case of lengthy emergencies (eg floods), consider:

  • The range of medical conditions/disabilities of students and the impact of the emergency on these students (eg children requiring medication that is not routinely held at school),
  • Availability of bedding, food and location of families who may be able to assist.

2. Administration communicates the status of the emergency as deemed appropriate to:

  • Parents in a timely fashion (using SMS messaging texts/individual calls as necessary) contact is to be tracked and recorded on the emergency registers held in the office,
  • Education Queensland authorities – Brisbane Central and West District office personnel in the first instance, others as directed,
  • Media are to be advised through Education Queensland's media and communication branch.

3. Debriefing session regarding the emergency and the school’s response to be held as soon as is practicable after the event and is to involve parent and staff representatives.

4. Drills for lock down and fire emergencies are to be held throughout the school year and debriefed as soon as practicable after the events.

Further details about specific drills/procedures are available for staff in the staff handbook.