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Assembly

School Assembly is held each Friday morning in the Early Learning Area from 9:00am. Each week special presentations are made by classes, and individual and group achievements are recognised. Parents are welcome to attend.

Attendance

It is vital that your child attends school on all school days and is on time for school.

Regular attendance is essential to make sure learning is not disrupted. Regular learning provides building blocks for the future. Attending school helps children to develop important social skills, such as friendship building, teamwork, communication skills and a healthy self-esteem.

Your child is not expected to attend school if they are sick or injured and in some circumstances when a genuine, acceptable reason for the absence is given.

Please do not allow your child to stay at home for minor reasons. For example, a personal shopping trip or to celebrate a birthday. If your child is absent from school a note of explanation is required.  See Absences below:

Absences

If a child is absent from school, parents are asked to telephone the school office –  03 5571 9295 by 10.00 a.m. giving the reason. Any child arriving after 9.00am to school must pass through the office to sig in and collect a late arrival pass.

Parents should send a signed note, giving the dates reason for absence, with the child when he/she returns to school.

Click here for the list of illnesses/diseases that exclude a child from attending school.

Another website that may be helpful is “Scratching for Answers”. This gives information on dealing with head lice.

Late Arrival and Early Leavers Pass

Any child arriving after 9:00 am must pass through the office to collect a late arrival pass. This is then handed to their class teacher.

If you are collecting your child early from school, the Early Leavers Book at the Office needs to be signed. Collect an early leavers pass to give to the class teacher.

Late Pick Up

Any students who have not been collected by 3.45pm are taken from the yard to the school office by the teacher on duty.  Staff then make every effort to telephone parents or emergency contacts in order to confirm pick-up arrangements.

Contact and Emergency Information

It is vital that Student Information details are kept current. For your child’s safety, please notify the school of any alteration to address, phone numbers, emergency contacts and medical conditions.

Bell Times

8.45am – First Bell (Children bring bags inside)

9.00 – 11.00am – First Session

11.00-11.10am – Morning tea (supervised eating)

11.10-11.30am – Recess play

11.30am -1.00pm – Second Session

1.00-1.10pm – Lunch (supervised eating)

1.10-2.00pm – Lunch Play

2.00-3.30pm – Third Session

3.20 pm – Bus Bell

3.30 pm – Dismissal

* Please note that school finishes at 2.30 pm on the last day of each term

Sun Smart Policy

The school has a Sun Smart policy – “No Hat No Play’ which operates in terms 1 and 4. All students are required to wear the regulation school hat everyday during the summer months. The school supplies sunscreen to each grade and students are encouraged to apply themselves before commencing outside activities.

Parking

Ample parking is available around the school and its surrounds. There is a drop off zone near the corner of Gray St and Kennedy St and safe crossing areas on Gray ST, Kennedy St and French St. Please be aware of street parking restriction signs as fines are imposed by council for non adherence to signage.

Parking is prohibited within the confines of the School Crossing while the flags are in position. The flags are displayed during those times when children might have cause to use the crossing. Please encourage your child to use the crossing correctly and set an example by not “dropping off” or “picking up” your child within the “NO STANDING” area.

Buses

Two shuttle buses transfer Gray St bus travelers to and from Baimbridge College (Hamilton’s school bus exchange).  Two staff members are responsible for supervising bus assembly each afternoon.  To ensure ease of movement, Prep travelers are paired with a responsible senior traveler who guides the Prep child onto his/her bus at Baimbridge College for first term.   Parents must notify the school office of any change in travel plans. This can be done by completing the form or telephoning 03 5571 9295.

DROP AND GO ZONE

Some helpful tips when picking your child/children up from the Drop & Go Zone;

Remind your children in the morning that you will be picking them up in the afternoon from the Drop & Go Zone (especially the young ones – they usually need a reminder each time) and to get to the drop and go zone area straight after school. Please also remind your children that they are to remain at the Drop & Go Zone and wait for you. They are not to drop their bag and then go off to play.
It is best not to enter the Drop and Go zone until the bell has rung and your child has had time to get to the Drop & Go Zone. This means entering the ‘Drop and Go zone’ after 3.30pm. Cars arriving early will be asked to leave the Zone after two minutes, if their child is not there.
NO PARKING in the Drop & Go Zone. Cars will be asked to move on after 2 minutes if their child is not ready to be picked up.
Do Not park in the zone and walk away from your car
If your child is not ready for collection, drive around the block to re-join the queue or find a legal place to park.
Think about timing your trip to avoid the busiest times
Always obey the school zone speed limit of 40km/h
Park only where parking is permitted
In the mornings the same rules apply – parents/carers are to remain in their car while children get out of the car. If you need to assist/walk your child to class, please park your car in a different area.
At Hamilton (Gray St) Primary School, parents, students and teachers have a common goal—to make sure that students can travel to and from school in the safest possible way.

School Start Bonus, Parenting Payment

Click here for more information about  School Start Bonus or Parenting Payment

Buddy System

Each new Prep child will have a Grade Six child as their buddy. Throughout the year the children will complete activities together. The Prep buddy is a familiar face the prep can go to at recess or lunch play if they feel a little overwhelmed or need assistance with something.

Transition

Transition Pre-school to Prep

To facilitate the smooth transition from pre-school to school, a gradual introduction to the school program operates in the year prior to commencing Prep. This program includes Discovery Days for Pre- school and 3 year old Kinder students which commences in Term 2, Pre-school visits to Prep classes and a Transition Program held in November.

Further information will be forwarded during the year.  Open Days are held during and around Education Week in May.  School tours can be arranged by contacting Helen Freeman (Principal)

Enrolments are welcome anytime.

Transition between Year Levels

To enhance progress through the developmental stages of education each year, all children participate in an orientation transition program commencing in November.

Transition Year 6 to 7

There are opportunities throughout the year for students in Year 5 and 6 to visit the local secondary schools also there are arranged times for our previous year six students to return to Gray St and share their experiences of secondary education with the Year Six students.

2016 Term Dates:

Term 1: 27 January (school teachers start), 28th January students start  to 24 March (as 25 March is public holiday)

Term 2: 11 April to 24 June

Term 3: 10 July to 16 September

Term 4: 3 October to 20 December

2017 Term Dates

Term 1: 30 January (school teachers start) to 31 March

Term 2: 18 April to 30 June

Term 3: 17 July to 22 September

Term 4: 9 October to 22 December

 

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