Student absences- If your child is absent for any reason please ring the absent line on 9364-0200 and follow the prompts to leave a message. You can also send our childs absence through the TIQBIZ app. Messages left on the absent line or on TIQBIZ will be accepted as an absent note.
Parents are requested to supply a note or a verbal explanation whenever a child is absent from school as regular school attendance is a legal requirement. These notes are filed by the class teacher and the reason for the absence is entered on the attendance roll. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development regulations require accurate records of children’s attendance and absences.
Assemblies are held every Monday morning at 9.00 a.m. in our school Gym. They generally consist of school, news, reports, grade items and pupil of the week awards. All parents are welcome to attend assemblies.
BANKING – STUDENT
The Commonwealth Bank offers student school banking through the Dollarmite accounts and reward program. School banking day is Tuesday. Existing Dollamite accounts can be used.
BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE
We are pleased to offer Before School/After School and Vacation Care programs at Mackellar. These programs are designed for parents who are working or studying, but are also available for parents needing childcare for other reasons. The programs offer children a variety of activities, including sports, arts and crafts, cooking and quiet playtimes. A nutritious afternoon tea is provided in After School Care, and breakfast is available from 6.15 to 8.00am. Enrolment forms are available from the General Office, on our website at www.mackellarps.vic.edu.au or at the Before/After School Care Office .
The programs run during the following times:
Before School Care: 6.15 am to 8.45 am After School Care: 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Curriculum Days and Vacation Care: 6.30 am to 6.30 pm. Please see the program leader, Wendy Feeley, for more information regarding fees and bookings. Phone: 9367 9798 or 0447 200 162
Mackellar’s breakfast club is supported by Foodbank Victoria and the Department of Education. Breakfast Club at Mackellar provides students with a healthy breakfast, a positive start to the day and energy that allows students to engage fully in educational and social opportunities throughout the day.
WHEN: Monday to Friday (every morning) TIME: 8.45am to 8.55am WHERE: At the Before & After School Program building
The Canteen is open everyday except Wednesdays. Parents are asked to write your child’s name, grade, room number and order on a brown paper bag containing sufficient money. Children place the lunch order in a special grade box which is taken to the canteen and returned with the made up order at lunch time. All change will be taped to the bag. It would assist the canteen staff if correct money was provided with the order.
If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer in the Canteen, please contact the office to make arrangements.
The school car parks are only for use by staff, canteen workers and other volunteers as authorised by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. THEY MUST NOT BE USED FOR THE DROPPING OFF OR PICKING UP STUDENTS. Please observe all parking restrictions in the streets surrounding the school. The school appreciates the difficulties concerned with parking but has no control over Brimbank Council by-laws. Parking Inspectors and Traffic Police regularly patrol the streets around the school. Fines are over $150.00 per infringement. Double parking is prohibited. If parents are able to walk their children to and from school it will be a good way to keep fit and this will also reduce the traffic around the school.
All Victorian Government schools are allocated 4 pupil free days per year. These days focus on professional learning for the staff. Requested dates are presented at School Council for approval. The school aims to communicate these dates to our families as soon as possible.
EARLY COLLECTION OF STUDENTS
Parents wishing to collect a child from school during school hours must receive approval via the office. Parents are required to sign out your child at the front desk iPad. Students will not be permitted to leave the school grounds without written approval. Any person other than the parent wishing to collect a child during school hours must provide a written request from the parent. Students will not be released to anyone under the age of 18.
It is very difficult for students in the playground to hear announcements during recess and lunch times. It becomes very frustrating for parents when they come to collect their children during these times only to find they have to wait until after the break to be able to collect their child. To overcome this problem, parents are asked to collect their child during class times:
9.00am to 11.05am, 11.35am to 1.45pm, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Parents are still able to collect students early outside the above times, but we cannot guarantee the student will hear the announcement calling them to the office and, for safety reasons, we cannot allow parents into the school grounds to search for their children.
Mackellar is a Sunsmart School. During Terms 1 and 4 it is compulsory that students have protective head wear in the form of a sunsmart hat and sunscreen cream if necessary. Students are encouraged to play sensible games and seek shady areas during recess time. On occasions of extreme heat, wind or rain students will remain indoors.
FINANCES AND BUDGETING
To operate efficiently Mackellar Primary School relies on two major sources of finance. The first consists of grants from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the second source is from locally raised monies in the form of parent payments and fund raising activities.
Government grants are based on the size of the school buildings and the number of pupils (the school enrolment). Grants are paid to the school at the beginning of each term to assist with the paying of the school’s utilities and the general maintenance of the school buildings.
Parent payments are required each year to pay for those things the government does not provide and to assist the school in developing its educational programs, pupil resources and school grounds.
The Parent payment is voluntary but clearly is essential to maintaining the quality of education offered to students. Please see the book pack booklist, and the School Council’s Parent Payment Policy document for further information.
Pamphlets explaining the treatment cycle for head lice are available from the school office and can be downloaded from the internet on www2.health.vic.gov.au/searchresults?q=headlice
Parents are asked to check their children’s hair regularly at home and implement treatment as soon as infestation is directed. Please report cases of headlice to the office so that the Nurse can be contacted so that a head lice check can be carried out.
HEALTH SCREENING SERVICES
During the year a nurse from the School Nursing Program will conduct health screening tests for students in Grade Prep. Screening is available for students in 1-6 for whom referrals have been made. Parents and/or teachers are able to make the referral.
We would like your support in this by:
- ensuring your child has breakfast each morning
- providing your child with fruit as they are allowed to eat fruit, cheese, cut-up vegetables throughout the morning (good brain food.)
- For morning snack (11.05am) we suggest fruit, yoghurt, cheese and biscuits, cut up vegetables rather than sweet biscuits, chips and Twisties.
- For lunch we recommend sandwiches with healthy fillings such as Vegemite, cheese, salad, ham or egg. Fruit juice or water, not cordial.
We do not recommend Nutella or jams, which have a large amount of sugar. We understand children enjoy salty and sweet food (don’t we all!) What we teach them is moderation in all things. That it is O.K to have sweet or salty food sometimes but most of the time we should eat healthily. The foods we recommend help our brains and bodies to function better and as a result we are better learners.
INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) focuses on providing students with the tools to transform their learning and to enrich their learning environment. The school is committed to the maintenance and extension of our ICT program, which includes computers, additional software and links to the Internet and Intranet in every classroom. Students in Prep –2 have access to iPad and laptops to support their learning, interactive whiteboards throughout the school, as well as a resourced Multi Media Centre. Grade 3-6 Students are encouraged to bring their personal iPad to school every day to support their learning. Students access online learning resources to support learning and teaching in the classroom.
At Mackellar Primary School we believe that the development of social competencies in our students is an important part of the curriculum. We also believe that socially competent students are able to establish and maintain a range of positive relationships, manage individual and group problems and keep from harming themselves or others. We encourage students to take part in developing relationships with peers and family members. Students use these competencies to manage daily social tasks such as making friends, working in groups and dealing appropriately with social issues. The Code of Cooperation and school values provide the basis for the development of these skills.
Lunch is supervised in the classroom by the teacher (1.35pm to 1.45pm). Please give your child a snack and a cut lunch – one that can be managed easily. The school canteen provides lunches four (4) days per week, every day except Wednesday. For the first week of school there will be no lunch orders for the Preps. It is advisable that all children bring a cut lunch from home.
Students requiring medication can have a parent come at an appropriate time to give the correct dosage. Where this is not possible, it is essential that the parent complete the school’s permission medication form. All medicine etc., should be labelled with the relevant information and given to the class teacher in the morning along with the completed medication form. Prescription medicine needs to come in the original packaging with prescription label intact. Teachers will not administer medicine without these details.
Note: If Medication is required to be taken 3 times daily – it is suggested that a dose before school, one after school and one at bedtime is taken, thus medication does not have to come to school.
NOTICES TO PARENTS
Special notices for a range of activities, particularly excursions, may be sent home from time to time. Please check your child’s school bag daily.
Parents are very welcome to be active in their children’s schooling. Involvement can be in:- School Council, Sport Events. Swimming program, Special Events and Fundraising
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
These are held at end of Term 2 or Early Term 3 to ensure ongoing and open communication between school and home regarding your child’s progress. Parents are also invited to contact teachers at any time and arrange a convenient meeting time, should there be any issues or concerns they wish to discuss.
Teachers are on duty in the playground before school between 8:45am and 9:00am, during morning recess, at lunchtime, and after school until 3:45pm to ensure the safety of students. Please encourage your child to arrive no earlier than 8:45am and leave promptly at 3:30pm.
School Terms for 2018
Term 1 January 29 to March 29
Term 2 April 16 to June 29
Term 3 July 16 to September 21
Term 4 October 8 to December 21
The Council meets on the third Tuesday of the month and these meetings are open to all parents. The Council runs on a system of Sub-Committees. This structure attempts to balance the workload of all members and draws on the goodwill, commitment and expertise of Council members and many other members of the broader school community.
School Council Responsibilities include:
- Overseeing the school’s finances
- Establishing the Education Policy
- Managing the Buildings
- Fostering good school / community relationships
- Developing the school grounds.
- Supervising the operations of Canteen and Out of School Hours Care Programs
- Playing a role in appointing the Principal
8:50am Teachers in classrooms
8:55am Students enter classrooms
9:00am Lessons begin
11:05am – 11:35am Recess
11:35am – 1:35pm Students in classrooms
1:35pm – 1:45pm Students eat lunch in classroom
1:45pm – 2:30pm Students playing outside for lunch time
2:30pm – 3:30pm Students in classroom
3:30pm School dismissed
There are three supervised crossings outside our school – one in Goldsmith Avenue and two in Yeats Drive that allow your child to arrive and leave the school safely. Please make sure that your child uses these crossings correctly. They must obey the School Crossing Supervisor. The crossings operate daily between 8:15am to 9:00am and 3:00pm to 3:45pm. Parents are asked to use the crossing when accompanying students in and out of the school grounds. The practice is important pedestrian safety modelling.
School Newsletters are published every Thursday. They are posted online on our website and through Tiqbiz. Please read these carefully as they contain items of interest, advance warning of school activities, sports days, Curriculum days, conference dates, school trips and excursions etc.
Mackellar Primary School has a school uniform which became compulsory for all children in 1997. We believe there are considerable benefits to be gained from wearing the uniform.
- Mackellar Primary School’s uniform is available at: PSW, 58 Westwood Drive, Ravenhall, Vic 3023, Ph: 9363 8458
SENDING MONEY TO SCHOOL
Please send money in an envelope with your child’s name, grade, teacher’s name and the purpose for which it is sent clearly marked on the front. Train your child to give the money to his/her teacher as soon as they enter the classroom each day and not to leave it in their bag. Payments can be made by:
- Credit Card (payments can also be made over the phone.) We are unable to accept payments by cheque.
FlexiBuzz is a free app. This app is designed to keep you up to date informed about what is happening at the school. Go to web.flexibuzz.com and click ‘sign up’.
All visitors to Mackellar Primary School must proceed to the General Office to sign in via our Ipad and obtain a visitor’s lanyard, this includes parents visiting the school.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECKS
All people working with students at Mackellar Primary School require a ‘Working with Children’ check. These must be shown at the office where a copy is taken. This is a legal requirement of all schools.