Kingston City Council runs a Before School Care Program and an After School Care Program in the school hall each weekday. Sessions run from 6.45 am to
8.55 am and 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Enquiries regarding costs and enrolments may be directed to Rennu Jekatheesan at Kingston City Council on 9581 4847
or Central Administration on 9581 4867, or to the Program Supervisor, on 0439 081 059 after 3:00 pm.
Whole school assemblies are student driven and held every Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm. Parents and friends of the school are welcome to attend.
1.3 STUDENT BANKING
The Commonwealth Bank issues passbooks and voucher booklets to those children who are interested. Contact will be made early in the year to determine whether
you wish to commence a banking account for your child. School Bank Day is Tuesday.
1.4 BICYCLE SAFETY
Parents should ensure that children who ride to school have the necessary skills to ride with safety, including the wearing of a correctly fitted helmet,
which is compulsory. A bike enclosure is provided for the housing of bicycles. Although care will be taken; the school cannot accept responsibility
for bicycles (or scooters) brought to school.
Bike Education is taught to our Year 4 and Year 5 Students in Term 4 every year. The program aims to teach students the necessary skills and road rules
to make them safe cyclists.
Please note: Road Safety Authority research indicates that children under 8 years have rarely developed the skills required to cope in traffic, i.e. vision,
distance estimation, attention and understanding of rules. We recommend that junior school children do not ride their bikes to school without parent
supervision. Skateboards and roller blades are not to be ridden at school.
Canteen orders can now be made using Qkr, which is an App. you download on your Smartphone.
Canteen orders can be made using Qkr, which is an App. you download on your Smartphone. QKR orders need to be lodged by 8.30am for lunches on that day.
Lunch orders are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from our canteen. The school canteen is not open on Wednesdays. If not using QKR,
orders need to be written on a clean paper bag with the child’s name and class clearly printed. Pre-printed lunch order bags are sold at the canteen
for 10¢ a bag, 10 for $1.00, 25 for $2.00 or 50 for $4.00. If written on an envelope an extra 10c will be charged. Canteen price lists will be sent
home and are available from the office, canteen, FlexiBuzz (formerly Tiqbiz) or on our website.
Children are supervised while they eat their lunch in the classroom or in designated eating areas. Children who have not finished, sit in the eating areas
whilst they finish. The lunch break is between 1:35 pm and 2:30 pm.
1.7 LOST PROPERTY
Lost property is collected and taken to the Senior Learning Centre (room LC5) where every endeavour is taken to return lost items to their owners. For
easier identification please name all jumpers, hats, lunchboxes etc. Any unnamed & unclaimed items of clothing are washed and placed in our Second
Hand Uniform cupboard. More valuable items such as money, jewellery, toys etc; are held at the office.
Our school has an extensive excursion and incursion program. These visits are delivered each term and prepared as part of the teaching program. If the
excursion involves travel or cost, a permission form will be sent home to be signed. All money due must be returned in an envelope by the due date
or paid via Qkr, to ensure student participation.
Parents, as well as children, are welcome to browse and borrow. Each child should have a named, large material bag for borrowing books. Please check that
books are returned, or re-borrowed weekly. Lost or damaged books must be paid for.
1.10 MONEY SENT TO SCHOOL
To make payments easier, we have Qkr, Eftpos and Bpay facilities. Qkr can be downloaded from the App Store on your Smartphone. Please note for Bpay, payments
must be of $20.00 or more and you should send an email to the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a note along to school with your child,
letting us know what the payment is intended for, otherwise it will be allocated to your oldest outstanding charges.
Each time money is sent to school eg. Swimming, Book Club etc; it should be sent in an envelope, labelled with your child’s name, class and the amount
within. Please forward all money to your child’s teacher, not the office.
At least 6 times a year, a family statement will be sent home electronically where an email address has been provided; or a hard copy sent home with your
child. This statement will itemise all details of charges recorded and receipts made against those charges. Note that Voluntary Charges do not show
on your statement, until they have been paid.
Qkr can be downloaded from the App Store on your Smartphone.
1.11 CSEF & CENTERPAY INFORMATION
Camps Sports & Excursion Fund (CSEF) will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps
and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special
consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to
camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child. The annual CSEF amount per student is currently $125 for primary school students.
Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application.
Centrepay is a free direct bill paying service available to parents/guardians who receive an Australian Government Department of Human Services Centrelink
payment, family assistance payment or Parental Leave Pay.
Payments can be made directly to the school and credited to your child’s account It can be used to pay for school charges, camps and excursions. If you
would like to set up a deduction, please contact the office.
1.12 NOTICES / NEWSLETTERS
The newsletter is produced fortnightly and published on a Friday. The newsletter is uploaded to the school website and posted on FlexiBuzz (formerly Tiqbiz).
A small number are available from the general office. The newsletter is an important form of communication - please read it carefully. Any notices
are placed in a purple pocket which will come home every night – with or without notices. Please check your child’s bag for these.
Some of the items you may expect to find in the newsletter include:
School Council Notices
Notices of excursions / incursions / school activities
Notes from members of staff
Family notices will only be given to the youngest child in the family.
Parents in separated families may add their names to our mailing list, to ensure student reports and any other information is sent to both parents.
1.13 PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS
Parent Partnership meetings generally take place in February and Learning interviews after mid-year reports in June. These meetings are an important means
of finding out how your child is progressing. In addition you are always welcome to discuss your child’s progress at any time. Please phone or call
in at the office to make an appointment time with the class teacher.
1.14 SCHOOL HOURS
School Commences: 8:55 am
Morning Recess: 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Lunch: 1:35 pm - 2:30 pm
School Dismisses: 3:30 pm
Foundation children do not attend school on Wednesdays in February except, by appointment, for assessment purposes.
1.15 VISITORS/CLASSROOM HELPERS’ BOOK
If visiting the school to assist with classroom programs, please sign in on the iPad at the front office and collect a Visitors badge. This is a safety
arrangement for you and your children, and to assist the staff in case of emergency. All helpers must have a current Working With Children Card, available
at no cost via the Depart of Justice website.
1.16 TERM DATES FOR 2017
The teaching staff will resume duty on Monday 30 January 2017. The students’ start date will be Tuesday 31 January 2017.
The Uniform Shop will open for collection of orders and new sales on Tuesday 24 January 2017 from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
Term Dates for Students
Term 1 - 31/01/2017 - 31/03/2017
Term 2 - 18/04/2017 - 30/06/2017
Term 3 - 17/07/2017 - 22/09/2017
Term 4 - 09/10/2017 - 22/12/2017
1.17 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DRILLS
We regularly conduct emergency evacuation or lockdown drills. This practice is designed to support our students to become accustomed to moving in a safe,
calm and orderly fashion to designated safety points throughout the school. Staff explain the expectations and requirements to our students step by
step; and expose them to the sounds of the alarm and loud speakers.
1.18 SCHOOL UNIFORM
School uniform is compulsory at Edithvale Primary School and can be purchased from the school’s uniform shop, which is located in the main building between
Rooms 1 and 2. The Uniform Shop is open every Tuesday afternoon between 3.00 pm – 4:00 pm. Order forms are available at the Office.
The Second Hand Uniform Shop is located in the main building between Room 3A and the Staff Room. It is open on a Tuesday between 3:00 pm – 3:25 pm.
The uniform includes:
Royal blue windcheater/bomber jacket/polar fleece jacket
Royal blue tracksuit pants/bootleg pants/shorts
Royal blue polo shirt
Winter tunic for girls
Wide brimmed/bucket hat – compulsory for Terms 1 & 4
Jewellery should not be worn to school. Please see the Uniform Policy on the school’s website for further details. We request that all personal items
and removable clothing be clearly marked with your child’s name. Please label school bags inside, with name, address and telephone number. It also
assists identification if a name tag containing your child’s name is clipped to the handle ring.
Dress for PE & Sport
For children to move safely and participate fully in the Physical Education program at Edithvale Primary School, it is advisable for students to wear
appropriate footwear. Children need to wear a soft/flexible-soled shoe.
The school’s SunSmart policy states that children must wear a hat if they wish to play outdoors in Terms 1 and 4. Children not wearing hats need to
stay in the eating area during play times. They also need to sit in a shaded area when the class is participating in sport activities.
1.20 STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
Neither the Department of Education & Training nor Edithvale Primary School, provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students.
Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment
for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs.
Student accident insurance/ambulance cover policies are available from some commercial insurers, and can be obtained by parents/guardians for individual