Assemblies are held fortnightly at 2:15 on a rotational basis in the hall. Each class, with their buddy class ie JP class and Primary class together, has a turn at hosting the assembly each term. We have a special award giving assembly at 1.30 on the last day of each term.
Attendance and Absence
When my child is absent from school?
Current Department of Education for Child Department record keeping policies require the recording of attendances, absences and punctuality. Absences with a reason should be clearly recorded in your child's diary or on a separate piece of paper and signed by the family. Please contact the school via phone or email if your child is going to be absent on any given day.
When my child has an appointment during school time or requires leaving school early?
The family member should go to the front office, sign their child out, and collect the appropriate form to present to the teacher before the child leaves the classroom. Please do not ask your child to meet you in the car park as it is our duty of care to hand your child over to you in the event of early dismissal.
When my child takes a family holiday during term time?
Should your child/ren be attending interstate or overseas family holidays for an extended period of time, please notify the Principal 4 weeks prior to the travel commencement date so that the appropriate 'Exemption form Attendance' form can be completed and approved.
The school operates a canteen during recess and lunchtimes on Wednesdays and Thursdays from which hot and cold food can be purchased. It needs to be ordered on the appropriate order bag and put into the class lunch box before 8.45 on those days. The Canteen menu aligns with the Government's Right Bite Guidelines.
When a child is enrolled access and custody information is requested. This information is shared with the class teacher. Parents are entitled to joint custody unless a court has otherwise stated. In which case the custody order details must be entered with enrolment or if family situations change. Students are not allowed to leave school with an unauthorised person.
The wearing of school dress clothing by all students positively promotes a good school ethos. According to the DECD Regulation 77 on school dress code, the Governing Council has the right to determine a school dress policy. Our School dress means colour-coded mix'n match blue clothing. Navy Blue and Sky/Mid Blue are the designated school colours. It is the responsibility of parents to see that students wear the correct School Dress clothing. Unavoidable temporary variations in School Dress should be advised in writing in the diary by parents and dated.
When a child is enrolled we are committed to respecting the confidentiality of the information provided. An enrolment form can be downloaded from the website or alternatively you can call in to the school and pick up an enrolment pack from the front office. An appointment will be set up with the school Principal to allow her to meet with you and your child. The information provided in enrolment forms is stored securely in local school/preschool and Departmental databases.
Excursions, Incursions and Camps
We have a policy for inclusion of all students to access excursions, incursions and camps. In week 10 of term 1 all Junior Primary students go on a long day excursion, year 3/4/5 attend a 2 day with overnight camp and year 6/7 students attend a 3 day and 2 night aquatics camp.
Our downstairs classrooms house our Junior Primary classes and at the end of the corridor are our Junior Primary Special class and Modbury Special School class. Upstairs is where all of the year 3-7 students' classes are together with our Art Room and Computer Suite. Across the laneway is our Resource Centre technology hub and our Pre School. Friday playgroup is held in the Pre School and Wednesday 'Tiny Techies' playgroup is held in the Resource Centre technology hub. We have a new (BER) gym for our specialist PE teacher's lessons and 'the Shedlee' for performing arts lessons.
Governing Council Meetings are held twice a term in the Staffroom on a Tuesday evening at 7.00pm. There are sub-committees of Governing Council that meet at other times (eg Finance Advisory, Fundraising, Canteen OSHC). The purpose of the Governing Council is to involve the school community in the governance of the school by providing a focus and a forum for the involvement of parents and the school community and by identifying the educational needs of the local community and the attitude of the local community to educational developments within the school. Ensuring that the cultural and social diversity of the school community is considered and the particular needs of all student groups are appropriately identified is also one of their roles.
All students are expected to complete some work at home. We call in Home Practice because it is about practising skills and concepts taught at school. We have a policy which all teachers adhere to.
During hot weather, if the temperature is forecast between 32 and 36 degrees, students may play outside in shaded areas. If the forecast is over 36 degrees, students will be supervised indoors at lunchtime. During wet weather, if it is raining during recess or lunch time, students will be supervised indoors.
Sun Protection Policy
The school's Sun Protection Policy states "It is the responsibility of parents and caregivers to ensure their child/ren apply sunscreen before school. Sunscreen (SPF30+ with titanium dioxide) will be available in each classroom and class teachers will remind and encourage students to reapply sunscreen before recess, lunch and outdoor activities. Where possible outdoor activities will be organised for the early part of the day (before recess) during summer months. Students and teachers with hypersensitive skin or who are allergic to certain sunscreens are required to supply their own."
If a child is away please let us know by phoning the school on the morning of the child's absence or sending a written note when the child returns. After three consecutive days a doctor's certificate is required. Please do not send your child to school if they are showing signs of a condition that is contagious. If medication is required on a daily basis, a health care plan must be provide by your doctor. If your child needs medication on a short term basis i.e. Panadol or an antibiotic, you need to inform the school as the School Service Officer in charge of First Aid can administer the medication.
The Department of Education & Children's Services policy states that schools are not to dispense analgesics or other medication to students. If parents wish headache or other painkilling tablets to be available, they should send a small supply to be held by the School Service Officer in charge of first aid.
Exceptions to the above rule will be made when:
Negotiations have taken place between the child's parent and the staff member.
Written instructions from the doctor are provided to the staff member.
The parent absolves the staff member of responsibility.
If your child is well enough to come to school but not to participate in physical activities, a note should be sent to the class teacher.
In case of infectious diseases the Department for Education and Child Development has regulations that state the time students must be excluded from school. Some of the more common diseases and the regulations governing them are listed below.
Please notify the school if your child contracts an infectious disease.
Chicken Pox: Exclude until lesions have crusted and there are no moist sores and the person feels well – at least 5 days after spots appear.
Conjunctivitis: After being the child must stay home until discharge from the eyes has ceased.
Head Lice: Exclude until one day after appropriate treatment has commenced and dead eggs have been combed out.
Hepatitis A: Exclude for one week after the onset of jaundice or illness.
Measles: Exclude for at least 8 days after spots/ rash appears.
Mumps: Exclude for ten days or until swelling goes down (whichever is sooner).
Ringworm/Tinea Exclude: until the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.
School Sores: Exclude until day after appropriate treatment has commenced. Any sore on exposed surfaces should be covered with a dressing. Viral Gastroenteritis: Exclude until diarrhoea ceases.
If your child has lost or misplaced an article of clothing please check the lost property bin. You can enquire at the Front Office for the location of the bin. Items of clothing that are named will be returned to the owner. Items that are not claimed or named by the last day of each term will be donated to charity.
Materials and Services Charge
Every year the Materials & Services Charge (school fees) is revised and set by the school and endorsed by the Governing Council. The Materials & Services Charge covers the cost of essential materials – stationery, consumables, art & craft, ICT services – for all subjects; hire of text books; use of the Resource Centre; sporting and musical equipment, photocopying and duplicated materials. An invoice is produced at the beginning of each year or when a child enrols during the year. Payment of the Charge can be by cash, cheque, credit card, EFTPOS, direct debit, Centre Pay by regular weekly or fortnightly instalments - either in person or over the telephone.
The Newsletter is sent home fortnightly on Wednesdays of even weeks via the eldest child in the family. It is an important means of communication and empowers you to know what is going on in our school. The first newsletter of each term includes a termly calendar. You can request to have this sent to you via email if you prefer that to a paper copy. The newsletter can also be viewed here on our website.
Nut Free Environment
Students and staff may have anaphylactic (severe allergic) conditions, that include nut allergies. This means that exposure at school may constitute a risk to their health and wellbeing. If parent of a child with an allergy to nuts or nut products alerteds the school to this fact (backed by medical evidence / documentation), the school will manage the situation. Students are requested NOT to send food to school that contain nuts, especially peanuts. Parents will be informed of this policy at the commencement of each new school year and at enrolment.
Student wellbeing may be defined as creating a community where your child feels safe at school, works in a harassment free atmosphere and is able to contribute to the positive ethos of the classroom.
Children's wellbeing at Modbury South Primary School is paramount. As a school we ensure that through explicit teaching your child understands their rights and responsibilities as a valued member of our school Community.
Every year the school commences with an intensive social skills program that aims to create a school wide common understanding of School Values. Students are re-skilled in relation to dealing with harassment, the development of class rules and a variety of safety and social tools to ensure the school is a safe and enjoyable place to be in. Teachers and students devote time to discuss our school values and what our vision means.
We provide a safe learning environment for all our students by adhering to the guiding principles of the National Safe Schools Framework.
Our school aims to:
Affirm the right of all school community members to feel safe at school
Promote care, respect and cooperation and value diversity
Implement policies, programs and processes to nurture a safe and supportive school environment
Develop and implement policies and programs through processes that engage the whole school community
Ensure that roles and responsibilities of all members of the school community in promoting a safe and supportive environment are explicit, clearly understood and disseminated
Focus on policies that are proactive and oriented towards prevention and intervention
Take action to protect children from all forms of abuse and neglect