Regular attendance at school is fundamental to student learning. Student achievement of academic and social outcomes depends on consistent attendance and participation. It is vitally important to the development of every student that unexplained absences are addressed before they become an entrenched pattern.
- Going to school is a legal requirement.
- Every day at school matters.
- Children need to attend school regularly so they can take advantage of ALL the educational opportunities available.
- School enables children to build on their knowledge and skills each day, each week and each year.
- Consistently poor school attendance and lateness to class can affect a child’s educational progress.
- Patterns of punctuality and regular school attendance are developed at an early age.
- Good attitudes toward attendance that are well established will help prevent problems as children progress to secondary school.
- School helps children build confidence in areas such as communication, teamwork, organisation and social skills, and children who miss school may find it difficult to maintain friendships in school.
Our school uses an SMS Communication Service to communicate unexplained absences to parents and guardians via their mobile phones.
It is a legal requirement that parents contact the school regarding any student absences or reasons for lateness. This can be done in writing, by telephone, message via the ‘Skoolbag’ app or by sending an SMS to 0409 682 921 with the student’s name, reason for absence, and date.
A reason for absences must be provided – unexplained absences are followed up.
CODE OF CONDUCT
School rules are a necessary part of the Code of Conduct Guidelines and Procedures. The balance of rewards for appropriate and consequences for inappropriate behaviours is set to achieve a high level of preventative measures rather than reactive responses. Children are encouraged to think and to develop their ability to make appropriate choices in their everyday actions. When a misdemeanor occurs, the child is counseled and more appropriate actions are discussed. Consequences for poor behaviour choices are discussed with the child prior to consequences being put in place.
Our School and Classroom Rules are based upon the following four Rights, shared by all:
1. Everyone has the right to teach and learn without interruption
2. Everyone has the right to be treated courteously and respectfully
3. We have the right to a clean and safe environment
4. We have the right to have our property respected by others
EARLY AND LATE ARRIVALS TO SCHOOL
Students should not arrive to school before 8.25 AM as we cannot guarantee that appropriate supervision is available. Students who do arrive before 8.25 AM must sit in the undercover (assembly) area until dismissed by a member of staff. This rule is for the safety of our students, and includes ALL students whether accompanied by an adult or not.
Students who are late to school not only distract other students and staff who have already commenced the school day and learning program, but also often have difficulty adjusting to lessons that are already underway. All students who arrive at school after the 8.40 AM siren must come through the front office to receive a “late card”. If a student goes straight to class their teacher will ask them go to the front office to be registered as late.
Frequent late arrivals will result in the Deputy Principal in charge of attendance requesting an interview with parents and/or guardians. All students are expected to have regular attendance and to be at school on time.
EARLY COLLECTION OF STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS
If, for any reason, you or another nominated person needs to collect your child within school hours, we ask that you sign a book located in the front office. You will be given a “leave pass”, where the duplicate needs to be given to the class teacher. This process enables us, as part of our duty of care, to know where your children are at any given time.
If your child then returns to school, it will be necessary to sign them back in at the front office.
GOOD STANDING GUIDELINES
We have implemented Good Standing Guidelines, which govern our students’ code of conduct and behavioural responsibilities. The Guidelines provide a framework designed to assist staff to help students in achieving pride, respect and consideration for school, self and others. Those students who endeavour to follow school and classroom rules receive the right to participate in a whole school reward each semester, as well as extra-curricular activities throughout the year, such as school discos.
“Good Standing” is a restorative programme, which provides the student with a process whereby they are able to recover any ground that may have been lost over the school term. All students commence the school year with “good standing” status and are trying to maintain a consistency of standards throughout the year. It is rare for anyone to miss out on good standing rewards and this only ever occurs with full consultation between Alinjarra administration, class teacher and parents.
STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS
Students are not permitted to leave school grounds without agreement between the Principal and parents. We must know where students are at all times.
Should a parent wish their child to go home regularly, for example at lunchtime, arrangements need to be made with the Principal (in this instance one note will be sufficient to cover the lunchtime absences).
HATS IN THE SUN
Our school (along with many others) has adopted a policy of “NO HAT, NO SUN” for recess/lunch breaks and sports days. Such a move has helped to lower the incidence of skin cancer by preventing sunburn and skin damage during the primary years. Our hat policy is well supported by our school community and operates all year round.
A wide brimmed hat is required as this type of hat provides the most appropriate cover. Visors, beanies and baseball caps do not provide appropriate cover and are not to be worn. Our uniform shop stocks a fantastic school hat, which is reversible to show our school faction colours.
If a student does not have an appropriate hat, they will be required to remain within the undercover area during recess and lunch breaks.
While children are at school there is always the chance that they may feel unwell or injure themselves. Our School Policy states that students who feel unwell, and are sent to the office by their teachers, will have their parents contacted immediately.
It is very important that parents keep the school fully informed of their contact telephone numbers in case of an emergency or sickness. Please see your classroom teacher and/or office when updating information, or send along a note detailing any changes.
Our school has developed a Head Lice Policy in consultation with our School Council, teachers and the (WA) Department of Health. You can request a copy of this policy from the front office.
In summary, our school undertakes the following steps to ensure that a clearly defined process is followed when one of our students is found to have head lice:
- All students are given a brief, age-appropriate explanation about head lice.
- A letter is sent home to inform parents that their child was found to have head lice and, on the same day, parents of all other students in the class are sent information and asked to check their child’s hair. A confirmation slip is to be returned to school.
- A student returning to school without having commenced (lice) treatment may have their parents contacted by our school nurse or administration staff, and the student may be excluded from school.
Students are not encouraged to bring mobile phones to school as they are not permitted to be used during class time or in the playground. However, we do acknowledge that some parents wish their child to have a phone for their use whilst traveling to and from school.
All student mobile phones, without exception, are to be handed into the front office prior to the commencement of the school day and then collected after school. The phones are locked away for the day; however, the school does not take any responsibility for any lost, stolen or damaged phones.
Students should not bring other electronic equipment (for example, ipods, cameras, video games) to school. Our school staff cannot accept responsibility for any loss of, or damage to, this property.
LOST LIBRARY AND READING BOOKS
Library and reading books are a valuable resource in all schools. The cost of books is always increasing and the replacement of such valuable resources is essential. We therefore must insist that the cost of replacing books that are lost or damaged by a student be borne by the parents (or guardian) of the student.
At Alinjarra Primary School homework for children may include:
- Completion of class work
- Reading practice
- Consolidation of concepts and skills taught in the classroom
- Individual and negotiated plans to improve the child’s level of understanding of a particular skill or concept
Homework is only expected from Monday to Thursday. The weekend is for family recreation. Each teacher will outline his/her particular classroom policy for homework at the Parent/Teacher Meeting at the beginning of the school year.
The work that the child may do at home is to be no more than:
DOGS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS
Please do not bring your dogs (and other animals) onto our school grounds. Some students may be fearful of animals and need to feel safe within our school grounds.
Should you and your child(ren) walk to and from school with your dog, please have your dog walked on a lead. You are responsible for your dog at all times – please do not tie your dog up unsupervised near any school entrances while you are within the school grounds.
For health reasons we do not want dog (or other animal) excreta within and around our school grounds. Please be considerate to our school community and clean-up after your dog.
The decision as to whether a child should ride a bicycle to school is entirely that of parents. The National Safety Council and the Police Department recommend that a child be 10 years of age before being permitted to ride a bicycle to school. Experience has shown that younger children usually lack the bicycle control, the road rule knowledge and ‘safety sense’ necessary for safe travel.
Bicycles must not be ridden on the school grounds.
Children who ride a bicycle to school have to wear an approved helmet. Parents are advised that bicycles should be chained or secured to the bike racks as the school is unable to take any responsibility for stolen or damaged bicycles.