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					                 SACRED HEART PRIMARY SCHOOL
                     PARENT HANDBOOK

CONTENTS



1.0    INTRODUCTION                            2

2.0    SCHOOL HISTORY                          3

3.0    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION                     4

4.0    SCHOOL COMMUNITY                        5

5.0    SCHOOL OPERATION                        11

6.0    EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES             19

7.0    MEDICAL                                 20

8.0    SCHOOL UNIFORM – DRESS CODE             22

9.0    COMMUNICATION                           25

10.0   GENERAL MATTERS                         27
1.0       INTRODUCTION
1.1                 Welcome from the Principal

This Handbook has been produced to help familiarise families with important aspects of
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. It provides you with a summary of key policies and
procedures operating in the school. You are asked to read it carefully and use it as a
reference when you have queries concerning the day-to-day operation of the School.

I pray that your association with Sacred Heart Primary School will be a happy and
rewarding one.

Shane Baker
Dip Tch B Ed Grad Dip RE
M Ed M.RE.

Principal

1.2     School Mission: Vision Statement
The school’s Vision Statement is expressed as follows:

                            “Through Christ centred experiences and
                           mutual respect we guide children to develop
                             reverence, responsibility and resilience
                                in a loving Catholic community.”

1.3      School Logo
The school crest was designed by the Loreto Sisters and reflects the unity of the Trinity,
which is reflected in family and school. The movement is directed upwards in praise of
God from whom all good things come.

The school motto was developed at the same time and illustrates from scripture the
school’s name – the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
                                     GOD IS LOVE
                     And anyone who lives in love, lives in God and
                            God in that person (1 John 4:16)

1.4       School Prayer
The school prayer is:
Jesus I believe in you. Jesus I trust in you.
Jesus I love you. Jesus bless me all my life. Amen.

The school has a sound reputation that was established by the commitment of the Loreto
Sisters and is continued today by the commitment and dedication of staff and parents.
The community is indebted to the Loreto Sisters and it is hoped that the traditions they
have left behind will serve testimony to their presence.


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2.0      SCHOOL HISTORY

The Loreto Sisters founded Sacred Heart School in 1965. Initially the school was situated
at Tonbridge Way and operated as a single stream school.

During the early 80’s it was evident that the school would not be able to cope with the
increased enrolments due to development in the area. The decision was made to move to
our present site to accommodate a double stream school.

At the beginning of 1988 the Junior Primary classes were established and by 1994 the
school had grown to a full double stream from Pre-Primary to Year Seven with a Special
Education Centre. Four year old kindergarten commenced in 1997. Three year old
kindergarten and before and after school care, began in 2006. This year a purpose built
K3 room and child care facility will be opened. The school currently has an enrolment of
560 students.

The school is appreciative of the efforts of previous Principals and School Board
Chairpersons listed below:

Year              School Principals                    Board Chairperson
1965-1970         Sr. Kathleen Brennan
1971-1975         Sr. Helen Maguire
1976-1983         Sr. Maria Welch                      Thomas O’Donnell
                                                       Lew Harries
                                                       Mick Scott
1984-1986         Sr. Helen Murphy                     Brian Cutjar
1987-1990         Sr.Victor Wright                     David Sinden
                                                       Laurie Thompson
1991-1993         Geoff Hendriks                       Margaret O’Neill
1994-1999         Patsy Runge                          Tony Italiano
                                                       Steve Payne
2000-2003         Anne Nolan                           Peter House
                                                       Julie Hegarty
2004-             Shane Baker                          Patrick Bianchini
                                                       Robert Caldera

In 2004 several past Principals were remembered when the school adopted House names
instead of the traditional faction colours. The House system operates with Welch,
Maguire, Wright and Murphy and all students upon enrolment at the school are placed in
a House. The school’s story has been captured on a DVD now and is presented to all new
staff as part the Faith, Witness, Story staff accreditation and orientation programme.

This year for the first time since 1990 a Loreto sister has joined the teaching staff and so
the story continues.



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3.0      RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

There are nine learning areas in the curriculum for catholic schools in WA. The first
learning area is religious education. Our catholic school’s Religious Education programme
is a systematic and sequenced programme of helping children to integrate our Catholic
Faith with their daily lives. The RE programme to be taught is that promulgated by the
diocesan Bishop. Students are involved in prayer assemblies, Paraliturgies and liturgies.
Parents can support your child’s faith development by attending Sunday Eucharist
regularly.

         3.1       Parish
Our Parish Priest, Mons. Tim Corcoran plays a vital role in the spiritual life of our school.
Families and children are encouraged to participate in the parish in a variety of ways. The
most important of which is the celebration of the Eucharist together. Our Mass times are:

Weekday Masses
Tuesday to Friday                   8.45am
(Wednesday Parish or School)
Friday                              8.45am
(1st Friday of the month, an hour Eucharistic Adoration after Mass)
First Saturday of the month, at 10.30am, followed by Cenacle and Confession.

Weekend Masses
Saturday Vigil                       6.00pm
Sunday                               8.00am and 10.00am

Reconciliation
Saturday 5.00pm to 5.30pm or anytime by appointment.

Baptism
The first Sunday of the month during the 10.00am Mass – other Sundays at 11.30am.
Please contact the Parish Priest to confirm your booking.

Prayers groups, a choir and many other groups can be found active in this community.
Our parish could always use help with reading, commentating church cleaning and several
other activities. If you would like to join or assist in any of these activities please contact
the Parish Office on 9459 4459.

         3.2      Sacramental Programme
The following sacraments are conferred on the baptised catholic students from the school
and parish –
                          Year 3    Reconciliation
                          Year 4    Eucharist
                          Year 7 Confirmation


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4.0      SCHOOL COMMUNITY
        4.1    Staff 2008
Principal                        Mr Shane Baker
Asst/Principal                   Mr Rob Palladino
Asst/Principal                   Mrs Jonnda Simpson

Administration Officer           Mrs   Jill Hall
                                 Mrs   Colleen Crotty (Childcare/Wednesdays)
Finance Officer                  Mrs   Geraldine Steen (Mon-Thursdays)
                                 Mrs   Laura Rossi (Fridays)

Teachers
3 year old Kindergarten                    Vanessa Alaniz (Mon, Wed, Fridays)
Kindergarten                               Mrs Linda Inglis (Fridays)
                                           Mrs Debbie Cannell (Mon-Thursday)
Pre-Primary                                Miss Joanne Hodgson
                                           Miss Rebecca Lane
Year 1                                     Miss Christina Monteleone
                                           Mrs Nicola Wladyka
Year 2                                     Miss Amanda Banks
                                           Miss Thea MacDonald
Year 3                                     Mrs Chris O’Callaghan (Term 1 on LSL)
                                           Mr Graham Maher (Term 1 LSL replacement)
                                           Miss Jessica Pano
Year 4                                     Miss Donna Franks (Mon-Wednesday)
                                           Mrs Jackie Connelly (Thur-Friday)
                                           Mrs Marissa Munro (Tues-Wednesday)
                                           Mrs Gabrielle Lesque (Mondays)
Year 5                                     Miss Klara Wiryadinata
                                           Mr Andrew Milne
Year 6                                     Miss Leanne Schmitz
                                           Miss Elizabeth Wright
Year 7                                     Miss Ivana Sudic
                                           Mr Colin Stilwell
Special Education Centre                   Mrs Carolyn Italiano
School Counsellor                          Mrs Stephanie O’Neil (Mon, Wed, Fridays)
Classroom and Pastoral Support             Sr. Margie Bourke
Physical Education                         Mr Kelly Huston
Teacher/Librarian                          Mrs Rob Palladino (Tues-Wed)
                                           Mrs Jonnda Simpson (Thurs)
Support Teachers                           Mrs Helen Jackson (K-3)
                                           Mrs Emanuela Fragapane (Yrs 4-7)
Japanese                                   Mrs Nola De Sales
Music                                      Miss Donna Franks (Thurs,Fridays)
The Arts (Art, Dance, Drama)               Mrs Reita Wingard (Mon & Wed)

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Education Assistants                        Mrs Sue Bianchini
                                            Mrs Joanne Godsall
                                            Mrs Carolyn Hambley
                                            Mrs Margaret Green
                                            Mrs Marg Johnstone
                                            Mrs Loretta Joyce
                                            Mrs Yvonne Nicholls
                                            Mrs Margaret O’Neill
                                            Mrs Jenny Palladino
                                            Mr Rene Dragon
                                            Miss Sarah Savill
                                            Miss Celine Tedge
                                            Mrs Diane Warny
Education Assistant/School Nurse            Ms. Raylene McElligott
Library Officer                             Mrs Bernie Halliday
Groundsman                                  Mr Vince Lambertini
                                            Mr Alan Day
Canteen Manager                             Mrs Lucy O’Sullivan
                                            Mrs Jo Gassira

Childcare Centre                            Carol Pearson (OSHC Manager)
                                            Hayley Cragan (During school hours Manager)
                                            Bronwyn Shires
                                            Alison Frampton
                                            Amee Coles
                                            Louise Bailey
                                            Emilia Berger

         4.2     School Board
The School Board consists of the Parish Priest, the Principal, a Parents and Friends
Association representative and up to five representatives elected from the school
community.

The School Board is responsible for the financial management of the school and meets on
the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Members are elected at the November Annual
General Meeting. The Board is entrusted with the duty of planning, with the Principal and
school staff, to meet the present and future needs of students. In representing the
Catholic School community, our Board is to actively promote and support the Catholic
ethos of the school.

Its members are mostly elected parent volunteers. When a position becomes vacant,
nominations are called for from the school community and members are elected at the
Annual General Meeting held in November each year. All parents and interested
community members are welcome to attend this meeting and you are encouraged to
consider serving on the Board as a way of supporting the school.



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Our current Board members are: -

Chairperson                         Mr Rob Caldera
Treasurer                           Mr John Padley
Secretary                           Mrs Maree Power
Members                             Mrs Jenny Hayes
                                    Mr Mark Smith
                                    Mrs Jenny Hayes
                                    Mr Gary Maxville
                                    Mrs Sandra Dennett
P & F Representative                Mrs Erica Hale
Parish Representative               Mr Vince Butler
Ex officio                          Mr Shane Baker (Principal)
                                    Mons. T Corcoran (Parish Priest)

A copy of the School Board Constitution is available on request from the School Office.

         4.3      Parents and Friends Association
Every parent of Sacred Heart School is a member of the Parents and Friends Association
(P&F). Students, through their student ministries, and interested community members
are also encouraged to be a part of this organisation. It makes an important contribution
to the development of our schools community spirit, as well as providing essential morale
and financial support to our school.

The P & F is our fund raising body and in addition to fund raising they organise social
events for students and parents. They meet on the fourth Monday of every month in the
Library at 7.30pm.

The objectives of the P & F Association are:
    •    To develop community within the school;
    •    To promote closer liaison between the school and community
    •    To foster community interest in education
    •    To assist in the provision of school amenities.
    Our P & F activities are organised by a core group of volunteers nominated at the
    schools Annual General meeting in November each year. You do not need to be one
    of the elected committee to attend any meetings or assist with any activities held
    through out the school year.

    Our current P & F Committee is:
    President            Mr Jesse Swan
    Vice President       Mrs Dawn Barker
    Treasurer            Mrs Kelly Zagubien
    Secretary            Mrs Debbie O’Donnell




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    Parent Class Liaison:

    Kindergarten           Alana Coniglio
    Pre-Primary            Susan Fitzgerald and Sheree Munkelt
    Year One               Kelly Zagubien
    Year Two               Michelle Hollamby, Kevin Ashby and Dwayne Hamilton
    Year Three             TBA
    Year Four              TBA
    Year Five              Dawn Barker and Susie Nicholas
    Year Six               Anita Unwin
    Year Seven             TBA
    Special Education      TBA

4.4       Uniform Shop
The Uniform Shop which is next to the canteen is open each Friday afternoon 2.30 –
3.30pm. For Pre-primary parents, special order forms are sent home in Term 4 in
readiness for Year One. Parent volunteers run the uniform shop; please help them by
placing large uniform orders early to allow for delivery. Be patient, if the item you need is
not available. If you are unable to attend the uniform shop, orders may be left in the
office for collection. Our uniform shop Co-ordinators are Mrs Dawn Barker and Mrs Julie
Swartz.

          4.5      Canteen
The school Canteen operates each day, for the children to order recess and lunch. Mrs
Lucy O’Sullivan manages the canteen and ensures that our children are offered a variety
of good foods to eat. Menus for summer (Terms 1 and 4) and winter (Terms 2 and 3) are
sent home. Parents are asked to support the Canteen by being available for roster duty.
If you are able to help, please contact our canteen Manager, Mrs Lucy O’Sullivan. The
work is not demanding, just assisting the manager to prepare lunches and serve at recess
and lunch. This is a great way to get to know the children and put faces to names,
especially for those in classes different to your children.

Encourage your older children to order their own lunch and recess. Lunch order bags can
be obtained from the canteen 20c for 15 bags and taken home to avoid the morning rush.

         4.6       Library
We have a well-equipped library with two Teacher Librarians, Mrs Jonnda Simpson (Yrs
PP-2) and Mr Rob Palladino (Yrs 3-7) who are ably supported by Mrs Bernie Halliday, our
library technician.      Together they are able to assist our students and staff with
developing library skills. Library time and borrowing facilities are given to students from
Pre-Primary to year 7. Each class has a specific library day. Your children will be told
which day this is early in Term One. On their library day the children need to bring a
library bag – without this they will not be permitted to borrow books. The books are
issued for one week, so the children need to return them at their next library session. It
is important that you encourage your children to take care of the books, as they are
expensive to replace.

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          4.7      Student Leadership Model
At Sacred Heart we have a shared model of leadership that is based on serving others and
developing our own leadership qualities. Through the House and Sports Captain system,
Peer Support programme and committee style leadership model all Year 7 students
provide service to the school community. Our rationale for this style of leadership
includes:
          1. Every student in Year 7 has the shared responsibility to lead our student
          population;
          2. Every student in Year 7 has the right to develop his or her leadership qualities;
          3. Leadership is based on service to others.

        4.8     School Counsellor
Our current School Counsellor is Mrs Stephanie O’Neil who is available at Sacred Heart
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to work primarily with students and their teachers.

The School Counsellor works with children and parents to improve the student’s school
experience. The School Counsellor is a trained psychologist who on request can perform
tests to assess a student’s cognitive ability to assist the classroom teacher in catering for
the child’s learning needs. They can also observe behaviours and work with teachers to
increase the student’s positive behaviour in the classroom. Additionally, the School
Counsellor can work with students who are experiencing difficulty making and maintaining
friendships, or who show a negative attitude towards school in general.

The School Counsellor does not work with families or teachers in a counselling role, but is
able to provide resources for those who are experiencing difficulties in areas that are not
directly related to school. The School Counsellor is involved in many areas of the school
that include working with whole classes on issues such as bullying and leadership skills.
The School Counsellor also coordinates and works with the Student Council on school-
based projects.

         4.9       Buddy Programme
The Year Seven-Year One Buddy Programme is a programme that runs all year long. At
the beginning of Term One the Year Sevens are assigned a Year One buddy. If numbers
are not exact then Year 7’s may have two buddies or vice versa. The children stay with
their buddy for the whole year.

Why do we have a Buddy Programme?
             It assists Year Ones in their transition to school by giving them
              important ‘contact’ with older students.
             Allows the Year Ones to have one on one attention within an
              educational context.
             It gives Year Sevens an opportunity to socialise with younger children.
             Gives the Year Sevens a sense of responsibility towards another
              individual which can build empathy in young people.




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                 Provides the Year Sevens with a sense of importance and a chance to
                  show others just how much they know when revisiting year one
                  concepts again.
                 Encourages patience in the Year Sevens.
                 Gives Year Sevens a chance to develop leadership skills.

         4.10      Outside School Hours Care at Sacred Heart School.
The OSHC is based in the Special Education Centre at the school and operates on school
days from 6.30am through to 6pm. Vacation care is provided during school holidays from
6.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday. This means that parents need to decide on whether
child care is required for before or after school care, presumably due to work times and
commitments. It is no longer be acceptable to “drop” your child(ren) early at school in
order to arrive at your workplace on time or conversely at the end of the day to have
children “waiting” for you to arrive from work. Both of these situations will leave your
child unsupervised, exposed and “at risk”. The OSHC Centre is available for precisely
these reasons – the extension of care beyond the hours that the school is responsible for.
I encourage all parents to consider enrolment in the OSHC Centre to avoid any possibility
of your child being put at risk.

Information is available from the School Office or by contacting the Child Care Centre on
9251 3014. Hours of operation are Mon – Fri before school 6.30 - 12.00am, after school
11.15 - 6pm and Vacation Care 6.30am – 6pm.

          4.11     3 year old Kindergarten (Pre- Kindergarten)
This programme is for enrolment of children who were born between 1st July 2004 and
30th June 2005. The programme helps to develop independence and creativity by offering
interesting and fun activities that are developmentally appropriate in a semi structured
setting. Enrolment is by application and is followed up with a Parent Information meeting
in November each year to discuss your enrolment. K3 enrolment is for twelve months
only and is not a guarantee of K-7 enrolment at the school.

Please note: Until your child turns 3 years of age parents will need to attend or be part
of a roster system, in order to be in attendance with your child during the session. Failure
to do this will contravene the Education Act (2001).

          4.12    4 year old Kindergarten (4K)
Application for enrolment in the 4 year old Kindergarten is the first year of enrolment at
Sacred Heart School and involves a formal interview with confirmation of the enrolment
being subject to the school’s enrolment criteria (see 5.1 on page 12 of this Parent
Handbook). This programme is for enrolment of children who were born between 1st July
2003 and 30th June 2004. Application for enrolment in the 4 year old Kindergarten is the
first year of enrolment at Sacred Heart School and involves a formal interview with
confirmation of the enrolment being subject to the school’s enrolment criteria (see 5.1 on
page 12 of this Parent Handbook). Once the enrolment is confirmed parents and students
will attend a meeting in November to receive information as part of the orientation
process to ensure a smooth transition to the school.

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5.0      SCHOOL OPERATION

         5.1       Enrolment Policy
Sacred Heart exists for the primary purpose of providing Catholic children from the parish
of Thornlie with a Catholic Education.

Thus enrolment priority or preference is given to:
(a)     Catholic students from Sacred Heart Parish.
(b)     Siblings of Catholic students already enrolled in the school.
(c)     Catholic children transferring from outside Sacred Heart Parish.
(d)     Siblings of non-catholic students.
(e)     Non-catholic students from other Christian denominations.
(f)     Other non-catholic students.

         5.2      School Fees
The provision of Catholic education to all is made with an awareness of the constraints
imposed by financial considerations affecting the function of Catholic school. Our School
Board has the responsibility for the financial management of the school and consequently
is responsible for the collection of school fees. As parents you are therefore asked to
make a commitment to support the school by paying school fees on time.

Accounts are sent home at the commencement of each term and can be paid either
annually or on a term-by-term basis. Other more flexible payment arrangements can be
made by negotiation with the Principal. Any parents experiencing difficulty with the
payment of school fees can apply through the Principal to the School Board for a
concession.

The inability to pay school fees should never be the reason for the exclusion of any child
from Sacred Heart School. All information pertaining to the payment of school fees will be
treated as confidential. To ensure this confidentiality, members of the School Board are
not advised of individual family names.

         5.3       Health Care Card
Families who hold a current means tested family Health Care Card or a current Pensioner
Concession Card with the code PPS are eligible to receive discounted tuition fees upon
completion of a form which is available from the school office. The name on the card
must be that of the parent/guardian who is responsible for the payment of fees. It should
NOT be in the name of the student.

         5.4      Student Insurance
Included in our school fees is an insurance payment per child. The policy covers students
during school hours, covering accidents that occur during these hours. Should your child
have an accident and you wish to make an inquiry regarding your policy, please contact
the School Office or refer to the information included in the School Newsletter.



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         5.5       Behaviour Management Policy
The school has a behaviour management policy in place. The rationale for developing
whole school playground and classroom rules, rights and responsibilities and procedures,
including rewards systems, is to promote positive and responsible behaviour which is
ultimately self managed. Through consistent application of these throughout the school,
students will be familiar with and understand the expectations placed upon them.

Playground Expectations:
    1. Respect other people
    2. Be courteous and considerate
    3. Respect property
    4. Let others learn
    5. Move safely around the school
    6. Always wear the correct school uniform

Classroom Expectations:
    1. Follow directions
    2. Respect others
    3. Respect property
    4. Think safely

The behaviour management policy is available to parents on request.

         5.6     Curriculum Framework
The Curriculum Framework is the set of outcomes that are expected to be achieved by
students studying in W.A. This Framework was developed with collaboration between
The Education Department, all private education groups and parent organisations.

There are nine learning areas in the curriculum of catholic schools in WA. The first
learning area is RE. Sacred Heart offers a broad-based curriculum with emphasis given to
the care and development of the child as an individual and a contributing member of the
community. We recognise the vital place of Faith in the lives of the students and are
concerned with the awakening, nourishing and developing of this Faith within a sound
education. The nine learning areas are:

         5.61      Religious Education (RE)
Our Religious Education program is based upon the Perth Archdiocesan Guidelines as set
down by the Catholic Education Office (C.E.O.). At Sacred Heart we are committed to
fostering a total Faith and Life development, showing tolerance and respect, where
children will grow to their full potential and recognise their self worth.
This program:
     •   Is developmental.
     •   Is based on sharing faith through life experience.
     •   Is Christ-centred.
     •   Focuses on the conditional love of God.
     •   Makes religious education living in the daily lives of the children.

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    •    Emphasises the importance of a vital, caring and loving atmosphere where
         children can become the people God wants them to be.
    •    Stresses the place of the Eucharist and the whole sacramental life of the Church.

School mass is celebrated most Wednesdays as well as on other ‘special’ occasions.
Children are encouraged to actively participate, by singing, preparing church decorations,
reading, carrying the offertory gifts or serving. All family members and the community
are encouraged to attend.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is offered in Year 3. First Holy Communion
is made in Year 4. Confirmation (receiving the Holy Spirit) is made in Year 7. These are
wonderful and memorable occasions for your child and you are encouraged to participate
in all aspects of these celebrations.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to Year 4 – 7 throughout the year.

          5.62      English
The English program within the school focuses on reading, writing, viewing, speaking and
listening. It is based on both the focus teaching of skills and an integrated approach
where skills are used in real situations. The program is based on the beliefs that:
     •    English instruction is meaningful, enjoyable and affirming.
     •    Children make steady progress when strategies and activities appropriate to their
          level of development and their cultural and experiential background are used.
     •    Every child has equal opportunities to be challenged and to reach their potential.
     •    Explicit teaching is necessary for the acquisition of good oral and written
          language skills.
Smart Words has been adopted in PP – Yr 7 as a school wide approach to the teaching
of spelling.
Reading Recovery is available in Yr 2 targeting students at risk.

The P-7 Literacy Net is a tool used at Sacred Heart to identify children who are
experiencing difficulties in literacy. An individual literacy program will be written to focus


on areas of need for those children identified with difficulties. Sacred Heart has two
literacy support teachers who work within the classrooms or the Ed Support classroom to
assist teachers in developing sound literacy practices within the school.

Students in Year Three, Five and Seven will take part in the WA Literacy Assessment
(WALNA) administered by the Education Department. This is designed to measure
overall literacy skills. PIPS [Performance Indicators in Primary Schools] testing is
conducted in Kindergarten and Pre-Primary. Results from the testing will be included in
your child’s end of year report.




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          5.63      Mathematics Programme
Sacred Heart’s Mathematics programme is based on the premise that all students will
become numerate. Being numerate is about having the disposition and confidence to use
mathematics in a variety of ways such as solving practical problems outside the
classroom. It is about becoming a more informed citizen, thinking, reasoning, patterning,
verifying, applying and collecting and analysing data.

The Mathematics Programme is based on the Curriculum Framework that contains seven
major learning outcomes; Appreciating Mathematics, Working Mathematically, Number,
Measurement Chance and Data, Space and Algebra. These major learning areas are
further broken down into sub-strands.
EMU (Extended Mathematical Understanding) is available for students at risk.

          5.64    LOTE (Languages other than English)
Japanese: All students from Pre-primary to Year 7 learn Japanese. Language learning
and cultural understandings are a key focus and is often integrated across the curriculum.
While developing their knowledge of contemporary and traditional life in Japan, students
also further develop skills and strategies for language acquisition. Japanese is learnt in a
non-threatening, inclusive environment. Sacred Heart also participates annually in a
cultural exchange program. Families from our school host Japanese students. This is a
rich experience enjoyed by the entire school community

          5.65      Physical Education and Health
Children from Pre-Primary to Year 7 receive weekly lessons from our specialist Physical
Education teacher, which focuses primarily on the development of sports skills. Each term
there will be an 8 week Active After School Community programme (AASC) that
will cater to children who want to increase their physical activity during after school hours.
This programme is designed for the student who may not be getting the recommended
daily physical exercise that he or she needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Phys Ed
programme also includes swimming squad (Years 4-7), school sports carnivals and
interschool sports carnivals.

HOUSE AND SPORTS CARNIVALS
Every child is a member of one of our four Houses Wright (Red); Murphy (Green),
Maguire (Blue) and Welch (Gold). Your child will be placed in a House when they are
enrolled. All children from the same family will be placed in the same House.

Twice a year we have a School House Carnival for swimming and athletics. Each class
group takes part in at least 2 team events, and an individual event. Points are awarded
for all and the House with the highest combined total wins the shield for the year. An
Inter-school carnival is also held every year for the schools of the local area. Our school
team is made up of the children who do well in the school House carnival and attend
training sessions.

Your family is invited to attend these days, many bring a picnic lunch, dress in House
colours and generally get involved in the carnival spirit. This is an event that needs a lot

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of people to run well. If you could spare the time to be a marshal, place judge, scorer or
anything else, please volunteer. A request will be made in the newsletter prior to the day.

          5.66     The Arts
Miss Donna Franks (Music with PP- Year 5) and Mrs Reita Wingard (The Arts with Years 5-
7) will provide opportunities for our students to explore a wide variety of content in the
Arts learning area this year.

Recorder ensemble is also offered once a week for those students who wish to develop
their recorder skills further. Instrumental lessons are also offered on brass, woodwind,
percussion, string and keyboard instruments.        Lumen Christi runs the instrumental
programme and their instrumental tutors operate lessons at our school during the school
day.

The school choir is open to students in Years 4 – 7 and membership is based on an
audition. We rehearse twice a week for such events as Church Celebrations, The
Children’s Sing Festival, The Performing Arts Festival, Shopping centre performances and
Christmas T.V. appearances. Our music programme is coordinated by Mrs Christina Vinci.

         5.67      Technology and Enterprise
Our school Information and Technology programs are organised by all classroom teachers
and are based on the Western Australian Curriculum Framework Outcomes. Students in
PP-3 also have an allocated time in the Lab with Mrs Jonnda Simpson each week. The
school has a well-equipped computer lab, which classes visit on a weekly basis. Early in
Term One, students will be advised of their computer lab timeslot. Classes have access to
borrowing digital cameras and video cameras for special events, technology lessons etc.

In addition to the lab, all classrooms have computers installed, which students are able to
access during class time. Students can also access computers in the Library, Special
Education Centre and Educational Support room.

          5.68     Science
Students’ will understand that Science is part of human experience and has relevance for
everyone. Students’ experience through their classroom experiences the joy and
excitement of knowing about and understanding the world in which they live. A
knowledge of science enables them to value the systems and processes that support life
on our planet, and to take a responsible role in using science and its applications in their
daily lives.

         5.69     Society and Environment
Students’ develop understandings of how and why individuals and groups live together,
interact with and within their environment, manage resources and create institutions and
systems. Students’ further understand that over time these relationships and interactions
may change to varying degrees.




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         5.7     Assessment and Reporting
Year 1 -7
Our School has developed a reporting structure across our Year group clusters. The
reporting mechanism for 2008 includes:

                                   KINDERGARTEN

      Term 1                 Term 2                   Term 3          Term 4
     Portfolios             Portfolios               Portfolios      Portfolios

      Informal             Compulsory              Informal           Informal
   Parent/teacher        Parent/ teacher        Parent/teacher     Parent/teacher
     interviews             interviews            interviews         interviews

                                    PRE-PRIMARY

      Term 1                 Term 2                Term 3             Term 4
                            Portfolios        Open Classroom or      Portfolios
      Informal                                 Learning Journey
   Parent/teacher          Compulsory                                 Informal
     interviews          Parent/ teacher           Informal        Parent/teacher
                            interviews          Parent/teacher       interviews
                                                  interviews

                                         YEARS 1-2

     Term 1                   Term 2                Term 3             Term 4
  Term 1 Progress          Interim Report       Open Classroom        Portfolios
      Report                  Portfolio                or          Semester Report
                                                Learning Journey
   Parent/teacher           Compulsory
    Interviews as         Parent/ teacher
       required              interviews

                                         YEARS 3-5

     Term 1                   Term 2                Term 3             Term 4
  Term 1 Progress          Interim Report       3 way conference      Portfolios
      Report                  Portfolio                or          Semester Report
                                                Learning Journey
    Parent/teacher        Open Classroom
Interviews as required    Parent/ teacher
                            interviews




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                                        YEARS 6-7

      Term 1                   Term 2                 Term 3                  Term 4
  Term 1 Progress           Interim Report        Open Classroom
      Report                   Portfolio                 or               Semester Report
                                                  Learning Journey           Portfolio
      Optional            3-way Conference
   Parent/teacher         or Parent/ teacher
     Interviews               Interviews

Parents are encourages to discuss their child’s progress with the classroom teacher, at
any time by making an appointment at the office.

        5.8      Special Education Centre
The Centre provides for students whose intellectual, physical and/or social – emotional
performances differ to such an extent from the norm that special educational provisions
and arrangements are required. The Centre is open to enrolment for students living in the
South Eastern region of the metropolitan area.

         5.9        Homework
Following the school’s involvement in the Success For Boys Project in 2007 and
overwhelming positive response from parents following the 2007 Parent Forums, for the
next two years (2008-2009), we will be trialling a whole school approach to homework in
Years 1-7 using the Homework Grid. The approach stands to benefit boys and girls as it
broadens the types of activities students are asked to complete at home including
academic activities to consolidate and practice work carried out at school, activities that
develop life skills and also the incorporation of physical activities that encourage students
to be more active and less sedentary.

Activities that teachers may incorporate into the Homework Grid over each two week
period include:
     •    Reading (both independent and being read to)
     •    Practice and Reflection on classroom learning
     •    Physical activity (eg. sport training, walking the dog, riding a bike)
     •    Housework and shopping (eg. tidying table, gardening, totalling money)
     •    Art appreciation (eg. drawing, needlework, hobbies, scrapbooking)
     •    Family activities (eg. family walk, play a game of Scrabble)
     •    Assignments and project research
     •    Meditation / spiritual / relaxation (eg. prayer time, attending Mass)
     •    Using the computer for work (eg. word Processing, spreadsheets, databases)
     •    Cultural appreciation (eg. live theatre, concerts, music lessons, cultural
          programs, TV)
In order to develop positive attitudes towards homework, parents are asked to spend
approximately 2 minutes each night helping their child organise their activities before they
begin. Students then move to a study area for a set time to complete their work – they
should not spend wasted hours on difficult work. At the completion of the time limit, set

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by the classroom teacher (approximately 10 minutes per activity), parents are asked to
discuss with the child what has been done and to give positive feedback on good work
completed.

The Homework Grids will be targeted to specific year levels and will not only develop self
discipline and pride in academic achievements but also the formation of good habits,
responsibility, positive family interactions and increased physical activity.

         5.10     Excursions
The children will be involved in excursions throughout the year. Excursions are used to
enhance the classroom program. Parents will be notified of the details of excursions via
the newsletter or a special class note. Permission must be given each time children leave
the school. As parents you can help by returning the permission slip as quickly as
possible. Teachers may request parent help for excursions. All Excursions are paid for
within the annual school fee.

          5.11     Parent Forums
Held each year in Term 2 for parents and conducted by key staff on educational matters
pertinent to the school. There a four sessions consisting of the same topics but held at
different times during the week in order to maximise parents opportunity to attend.

         5.12    Term Calendar
Issued each term to parents with important events and dates noted.

           5.13    Parent Information Night
These meetings are held early in Term 1 for parents to attend. These meetings are
facilitated by the class teachers and help to set up a partnership between parent and
teacher from the outset. The meetings cover important aspects of the classroom’s
operation for the year and will inform parents on how the classroom teacher plans to work
with your child.

          5.14     School Times
Students arriving at school well before 7.55am will be sent to the OSHC (Out of School
Hours Care) Centre for before school supervision by the childcare staff. Parents will be
billed for this service. Students left at school after 3.15pm and not engaged in after
school supervised activities (e.g. coaching, Active Sports) will be sent to the OSHC for
after school supervision by the childcare staff. Parents will be billed for this service.
Teaching staff are on duty as per the Regulations from 8.15am in the mornings and up to
3.05pm in the afternoons to supervise children. Teachers are not available for supervision
before or after these times.




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6.0      EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

         6.1      School Camps
A 3 –day school retreat is conducted for the Year 7 students every year.
A 2-day leadership camp is offered to all Year 6 students.

         6.2      Performing Arts Festival
This is an annual festival for W.A. Catholic School students held over the month of
August. It incorporates all facets of the arts including drama, speech, instrumental and
vocal solos, bands, choir and dance. Various individual and group performances are
entered into the festival every year. Students who study music privately are encouraged
to enter and represent the school as soloists. The music teacher coordinates this
programme.

          6.3      Music Concert
Held each year at the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre in Thornlie. Students who
participate in the Lumen Christi Instrumental Programme are invited to participate in the
concert as well as students who have entered the Performing Arts Festival.

          6.4      Chess Club
Sacred Heart school incorporates Chess as an integral part of the school based activities.
The school takes part in Inter-school competitions between schools in the broader
metropolitan area and players are drawn from the Chess Club, which meets each
Thursday from 3.00-3.45pm. Towards the end of the year, all children are eligible to take
part in the Francis D’Souza Tournament, which was established in 1996 to the memory of
a former year 6 students who died. All students are eligible and there is no extra cost
involved. There are usually 40 – 50 students who participate regularly.

         6.5       Honour Certificates
During the school year, the staff award students for their efforts. Small certificates are
given to students or classes in recognition for outstanding effort on their part in any area
of their school life. Recipients of honour certificates are published in the newsletter.
Parents are notified in advance so that they can attend Friday assembly if they wish.

         6.6       Other Achievements
Individual, class or group achievements are recognised throughout the year in many
ways. Our school encourages all students to strive to achieve their personal best when
they are participating both inside and outside the school.




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7.0      MEDICAL

         7.1     Medicine/Medication
Should a child require medicine or medication for any reason, please ensure that it is
handed into the office and not kept in the child’s bag. You will be required to fill in
the relevant medical form with clear instructions.          Staff are not responsible for
administering medication but they will assist your child to follow the instructions you have
provided. (Asthma puffers may be kept in the child’s bag providing the appropriate form
has been completed).

          7.2       Medical Conditions
The school staff need to know about any medical conditions a child has which may require
emergency medication or treatment. Examples of these conditions could include
Diabetes, Asthma, Allergies (bee stings, nut and other food intolerances). Please
complete the relevant Medication form which is available from the office. Your child’s
name and photograph will then be added to the Medic Alert Board located in the First Aid
Room. This will mean all staff will be aware of the appropriate action or treatment.
A Medical Needs File, which lists class by class every child who has any medical problem is
kept in the first aid room. It is a crucial file necessary to carry out fast and proficient first
aid.

          7.3     School Nurse, First Aid, Accident & Student Illness
There is a school nurse employed by the school who is on call during the school day and
available by appointment. The school also has a number of staff qualified in Senior First
Aid and they will deal with any first aid incidents or illnesses, which may arise. In most
cases, in the event of illness home or emergency phone numbers will be contacted for the
student to be sent home. School is not the place for a sick student.

 Please Note: that while these staff are fully aware of their duty of care, they do not
profess to be doctors. After a parent has been informed of their child’s first aid incident,
or illness, it remains the parents’ responsibility to seek further advice from their doctor.

All serious injuries will be reported to the Principal (or Assistant Principal). The teacher
witnessing the accident will fill out the Catholic Church Insurances Accident report form
available from the First Aid Room.

AMBULANCES: Parents will be contacted if an ambulance is necessary. For this reason it
is vital that parent/guardian contact phone numbers be kept up to date – as well as for
other minor emergencies or accidents and illnesses for your child.

        7.4        Children Who Are Ill
When your child   is ill, please ring the school to inform them of the absence and keep
them at home or   arrange care for them. School can be a lonely place when you don’t feel
well. When your   child returns to school, please send in an absentee note.



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There are many illnesses that are common in primary schools (especially lower primary)
and spread quickly. Chicken Pox, Measles and Mumps are just a few. Most families are
affected at some point and keeping your ill child at home may prevent others catching the
illness.

Cold sores and Lice are two common problems faced in schools. Nearly every child will
bring home one or more of these at some time, as they love to be close to each other and
are constantly touching everything as they learn. When your child does suffer either
situation they must remain at home until the weeping in cold sores ceases or the
treatment has cleared the problem.

Cold sores are a virus and appear as areas of small blisters often around the nose and
mouth, this can be serious if children then touch their eyes and spread the virus there.
Lice are small animals that lay their eggs on the hair shaft near the scalp. Lice cannot fly
but are spread by crawling onto another person’s head. It is said that they prefer clean
hair and just normal washing is not enough to prevent your child catching them. Offer to
brush your child’s hair regularly so you can make a discreet check, this is most important
in older children as we don’t often need to be doing their hair. Treatment is available
from the chemist for both conditions and should be used as soon as you notice the
problem.

If you have any queries about the exclusion periods for illness please contact the school
office. Specific questions about a child’s illness should be referred to the child’s doctor.
Your local Public health Unit can provide information on a range of communicable
diseases. For more information on exclusion and recommended durations from school see
http://www.publichealth.wa.gov.au

         7.5       Dental Check
Each student is provided with a free annual dental check; this is provided by the Health
Department and is not compulsory if you would prefer to use your own Dentist. Our
Dental Clinic is located at South Thornlie Primary School. Appointment cards are sent
home with your child advising of date and time with approximately one to two weeks’
notice. It is a parent’s responsibility to take their child to these appointments, if you wish
to take advantage of this service. Should dental treatment be required the clinic will treat
your child free of charge. Alternatively you may consult your family dentist.

         7.6     Community Nurse
In Pre-Primary, and again in Year 7, the Community Nurse will assess your child in the
areas of speech, hearing, sight and motor skills. Should your child require attention in
any of these areas the Nurse would inform you in writing and make appropriate
recommendations.




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8.0     SCHOOL UNIFORM – DRESS CODE

        8.1      No Hat – No Play
        •   The Sun Protection Policy (actively promoted at Sacred Heart) meets the
            requirements of students and staff with respect to skin damage, which can
            occur during outdoor activities.
        •   Students are required to wear the School Hat for physical education and
            sporting activities and for recess and lunch breaks for the entire year.
        •   Sunscreen is provided in every classroom and children will be encouraged to
            use it. Sunscreen will also be taken on all out-door excursions and sporting
            activities.

          8.2     Student Dress Policy
A school uniform is an item that should be worn with pride because it says to the
community, “I am a member of the Sacred Heart School, which is a special community in
its own right”. The following rules apply at Sacred Heart. The uniform is as follows:

GIRLS’ WINTER UNIFORM

    Blue pleated winter skirt
    Blue school over blouse
    Blue school woollen jumper
    Black leather lace-up shoes
    Blue school socks or tights to match the colour of the pleated skirt

GIRLS’ SUMMER UNIFORM

    Blue checked school dress
    Black leather lace-up shoes or brown sandals
    Short blue school socks
    Blue school hat

BOYS’ WINTER UNIFORM

    Blue school shirt, long/short sleeve
    Grey school trousers long/short
    Blue school woollen jumper
    Black leather lace-up shoes
    Grey school socks

BOYS’ SUMMER UNIFORM

    Blue school short-sleeved shirt
    Grey shorts
    Black leather lace-up shoes or brown sandals
    Grey school socks with blue/white stripes

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SPORT

    Navy Taslon Shorts (Unisex) OR
    Blue Sports Skirt (Girls)
    House coloured T-shirt
    Interschool T-shirt
    School tracksuit
    Blue school hat
    White socks and plain white sports shoes

SCHOOL SPORTS SHOES
   Mid or high top boots are unacceptable
   Shoes should be all white with no stripes or coloured laces

SCHOOL HATS ARE WORN ALL YEAR AND A NO HAT – NO PLAY POLICY
APPLIES.
Children are expected to be in full school uniform at all times.

HAIR
If hair is long enough, i.e. shoulder length, it should be tied up and secured with a royal
blue, white or uniform fabric ribbon or scrunchie. If hair is short, it should be neat, clean
and off the face, particularly out of the eyes.
Please note: Hairstyles should not attract undue attention or be extreme. Exaggerated
hairstyles, colouring, use of gels, mousse or waxes to create effects such as spikes, are
not acceptable at school or any school function.

JEWELLERY
1 Watch
Chains, bracelets and rings should not be worn to school. Expensive jewellery and/or
family heirlooms are subject to loss and damage.

Note: No insurance cover is carried by the school with regards personal effects and
belongings.

EARRINGS
All students may wear studs or sleepers in the lower earlobes. No decorative earrings are
permitted. Earrings must be removed for sport and physical education. The children are
responsible for their safekeeping.
Clear plastic studs are available, if needed; to keep holes open if students choose to wear
earrings outside of school hours. These are available from the chemist.

TRACKSUIT TOPS
These are part of the sport uniform and are only to be worn for sport. They do not
replace the school jumper.




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SCHOOL JUMPERS
Sleeve liners are available from the uniform shop for children with allergies, or who find
the wool hard. Alternatively, the school jumper may be lined with T-short material.

SOCKS
For all ‘formal’ school occasions, socks are to be worn by the girls (not tights). These
include the Performing Arts Festival, Choir Performances, etc.

SHIRTS
Boys’ shirts need to be tucked in at all times.

NAIL POLISH/MAKE-UP
Coloured nail polish and/or make-up is not to be worn to school.

        8.3     Support from Home
These requirements reflect:
        -       a need for consistency in school uniform require and
        -       the addressing of health and safety issues

Secondary Colleges which our children attend have been consulted and these uniform
requirements are also a reflection of most of the requirements of the secondary school.

It would be hugely appreciated if parents recognised the need for clarification of these
areas and were supportive of the school’s desire to work in the best interests of the
students.

         8.4      Dress on Excursions
For the many excursions or performances that the children will attend, full standard
uniform is required, unless the class teacher informs you otherwise.

         8.5       Lost Property
There is a lost property box located outside the uniform shop. Please label all items of
personal property, as this will make it more likely to be returned or identified in the lost
property. Children are encouraged to hand in to the office, or to place in the lost property
box, any items they find.

         8.6      Personal Property
All personal property needs to be clearly identified. No child has the right to interfere with
another’s property, please encourage your child/ren NOT to bring toys, trading cards and
games to school. This will be at their own risk!!




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9.0      COMMUNICATION
          9.1      Parent-Teacher Communication
Ongoing communication between parents and teachers is essential in providing the best
education for your children. If there is any matter that you feel needs clarification you are
strongly urged to contact the class teacher to arrange a convenient time to meet. This
will allow both of you to give your full attention to the discussion. The School Principal is
also available for meetings with parents to discuss any issues.

          9.2     Parent-Teacher Information Nights
A parent-teacher meeting for each class is held early in the first term. Class teachers
explain classroom policies, practices and procedures at these meetings. All parents are
requested to attend the meetings. If you are unable to attend, please arrange an
alternative meeting time, with the class teacher.

         9.3      Newsletter
Our newsletter is sent home to each family every Wednesday via the eldest child in the
school. It is also available on our school’s website www.shthorn.wa.edu.au. It is
important that parents take the time to read the newsletter, as this is the main form of
communication between home and school. If you would like to place a notice in the
newsletter, please contact Jill Hall in the office.

         9.4      Assemblies
Our formal assemblies are held fortnightly, on Friday mornings in the senior quadrangle at
8.35am. Assemblies are facilitated by our Year 7 students, and the presentation by a year
level of an item and the presentation of Honour Certificates takes place. General
information to the school community is also disseminated.

          9.5     Meeting times for Staff
Each Monday morning at 8.00am, staff meet for a briefing on the week’s activities. Each
Wednesday morning at 8.00am, staff meet to pray together. Meetings are held
fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon from 3pm to 4pm to develop policies, plan school
activities and deal with administrative matters. If parents need to see a class teacher,
please avoid Tuesdays and try to make an appointment for another day.

           9.6      Absentee Notes
If your child is ill or absent from school for any reason, please provide a note of
explanation the day they return to school. Write the note to the class teacher. Not much
detail is required; simply give the date(s) they were away and why e.g. due to chickenpox
or due to a specialist appointment etc.

We also request you telephone the school on the morning of the known absence to and
leave a message advising the teacher that your child will not be in.




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          9.7      Sign In and Sign Out Book
In the case of an emergency or school evacuation, it is important for the staff to have the
correct information of who is on the school grounds. Therefore, should you need to take
your child out of school during school hours, your signature is required in the “Sign in and
Sign out” book. The book is located in the office. You will also be given a ticket by the
front office to be handed to your child’s teacher before they may leave their care. If you
return your child to school, you will need to sign the student back in.

On days a child is running late to school (more than 15 minutes), the office will need to
be notified and the book signed. In the case of older children they can advise the office
themselves. Children often feel embarrassed entering a class when it is settled and
continual lateness should be avoided. If you feel your child is uncomfortable or
embarrassed, please accompany them to their classroom.

          9.8      Visitors to the School
Visitors to the school who will be working with students are requested to pass through the
School Office to pick up a visitor’s badge or in the case of relief teachers a badge
indicating their role in the school. All staff at the school are equipped with name badges
for the purposes of identification and security.

         9.9      Parent Involvement
Your input is necessary and your support is vital to be sure that our children receive the
best. By being part of things, we know parents learn a great deal about their children’s
friends and their families. The school also learns from parents the things that are
important to them as parents of children in our community. In 2007 we introduced the
Parents as Volunteers (PAV) Programme into our school, coordinated by Mrs Welly
Fragapane.

           9.10    Classroom Help
There are many opportunities for parents to assist in classrooms – through art and craft
activities, process writing, reading programmes, research helpers in the library,
Kindergarten and Pre-Primary rosters, hearing children’s reading, assisting with excursions
or other class activities. Please see your child’s teacher if you can assist, and fill out any
help rosters that may come home.




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10.0   GENERAL MATTERS
       10.1   Transport and Parking




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                                     THE CAR PARK


There are 560 children at Sacred Heart whose safety and well-being is the responsibility
of ALL adults. Please observe the following car park instructions:

    1.   Drive SLOWLY (no more than 5km/h)

    2.   Park in marked bays only if picking up children from Kindy or Pre-Primary, or if
         you have an appointment with a teacher or in the office, otherwise please use
         the drive through.

    3.   Once in the drive through remain in line until the vehicle ahead moves off.

    4.   Be especially careful when reversing in the car park when entering or leaving the
         school.

    5.   Observe NO PARKING and NO STANDING spaces.

    6.   No parking on the footpaths.

    7.   No parking in the staff car park.

    8.   No parking in the disabled bays, unless you have a valid ACROD sticker.

    9.   Be aware of children crossing to the church. On Wednesday mornings between
         8.30am and 8.45am children are entering the church. The same applies on
         some Mondays after lunch and on other days when children are involved in
         Liturgical singing down at the Church.



         BE A COURTEOUS, PATIENT, RESPONSIBLE DRIVER AND HELP
                               SAVE LIVES




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10.2          Common Sacred Heart Expressions

1.   A.G.M. – Annual General Meeting

2.   C.E.O. – Catholic Education Office

3.   P & F – Parents and Friends Association

4.   No Hat No Play – Being aware of the need for sun protection for our children,
     the school insists that all children must wear their school hat while playing during
     recess and lunch, and also while participating in outdoor Physical Education
     classes.

5.   Permission Slips – There are occasions through the year that will require you
     to return information to the school i.e. sausage sizzle orders, help with events
     and excursions. In most cases a ‘permission slip’ will be sent home with
     information about the excursion and a consent form, which must be signed and
     returned in order for your child to attend.

6.   Pupil Free Days - There are approximately 4 days a year set aside for teacher
     development. On these days, children do not attend school. Dates are advised
     in the newsletter.

7.   The Missions – Missions are a project run to assist communities in need both in
     Australia and Overseas. At Sacred Heart Primary, we support several different
     Catholic missions.

8.   A Mission Appeal – Throughout the year, the students will be asked to make
     donations to the missions. This could be in the way of a gold coin donation for
     the privilege of wearing casual clothes (free dress). Details will be placed in the
     newsletter.

9.   Free Dress – When the school has a free dress day, this means that our
     children do not have to wear their school uniforms. Neat and tidy appearance is
     expected, and be sure that your child has suitable footwear for playing.

10. LOTE – This refers to the teaching of Languages Other Than English.

11. Library Bag – When your child has their library day, they will need to take a
    cloth bag to carry the book(s) home. These are not included on the book list,
    however you can make your own.

12. Special Education Centre
    For students with mild physical and intellectual disabilities.




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13. Behaviour Journals
   A form, which is given to children to complete if they receive detention or time
   out on the bench. The form asks children to reflect on their behaviour and to
   consider what rights they have ignored and how they might make amends. The
   Journals are to be signed by parents and returned to school for filing.

14. Peer Support Team Member
     A programme conducted by Year 7 students who have been trained and then
    volunteer on a roster basis to be available to younger children in the playground
    should a dispute arise through recess or lunchtime. Peer Mediators are
    recognised by their red hats.

15. PAV
    Parents as Volunteers. Parents receive training to perform a variety of volunteer
    roles throughout the school. The coordinator is Mrs Welly Fragapane.

16. Mobile Phone Policy
    Mobile phones are part of modern society and the School accepts that students
    will possess mobile phones.

    Principles and Procedures
    Sacred Heart School has in place appropriate methods, through the School Office
    for parents to contact students and vice versa. It is preferred that students do
    not have mobile phones at school. However, when students do bring them to
    school the following policy applies:
•   On arrival at school, mobile phones must be switched off and out of sight at all times.
    Silent or discreet settings are not acceptable.
•   The school accepts no responsibility for mobile phones that are brought to school. It
    is the responsibility of the student to safeguard against misplacement, loss or theft.
•   Use of a phone in school hours will result in the phone being confiscated by the
    teacher and placed at the front office for pick up. The phone will be returned when
    the student’s parents receive a letter from the Principal asking them to contact the
    school.
•   Mobile phones are not to be used for their calculator function during class.
•   Use of mobile phones during out of school functions arranged by the school including
    excursions, camps, and retreats will not be permitted. Arrangements are in place for
    communication with a staff member in the case of an emergency.
•   Staff will also have mobile phones switched off in class and at other times that could
    disrupt the daily activities of the school.

    If the policy is not followed then:
    1.   There will be a letter sent home to parents: informing parents of the matter and
         a warning is registered and noted.
    2.   Any re-occurrence will result in an in-school detention.
    3.   For serious breaches, permanent exclusion may be necessary in line with the
         schools Internet Agreement Policy.

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10.3        Term Dates and Hours for 2008

TERM DATES

Semester 1                                  Semester 2
   Term 1                                     Term 3
From Wednesday 4th February                 From Tuesday 22nd July
To    Thursday 11th April                   To   Friday 26th September
(Easter falls within
the school term)

   Term 2                                     Term 4
From Tuesday 29th April                     From Tuesday 4th October
To    Friday 4th July                       To Tuesday 16th December

SCHOOL HOURS
            First Bell            8.25 am
            Classes commence      8.30 am
            Morning recess        10.30 am
            Lunch                 12.30 pm – Eating Time
                                  12.40 pm – 1.15 pm Playing Time

            Classes Dismissed    2.40 pm First Bell
                                 2.40 pm Pre-Primary
                                 2.45 pm Primary
            Kindergarten Days    Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri half-day session
                                 Wednesday Full day session
            Kindergarten Hours   8.30 - 11.15 am and 12.00 - 2.40 pm
            3 year Old Kindy     Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
            3 year old Groups    9.00 am – 11.15 am
                                 12.00 pm – 2.15 pm

    10.4    CONTACT NUMBERS

            PRINCIPAL             Mr Shane Baker

            SCHOOL ADDRESS        40 Ovens Rd,
                                  Thornlie W.A. 6108

            SCHOOL PHONE          (08) 9251 3000

            SCHOOL FAX            (08) 9252 3090

            EMAIL ADDRESS         admin@shthorn.wa.edu.au

            WEBSITE               www.shthorn.wa.edu.au

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    10.5       Fee Schedule 2008

PRE-PRIMARY OR PRIMARY ANNUAL FEE

1 Pre-Primary/Primary child Fee               $823.00
2 Pre-Primary/Primary child Fee              $1383.00
3 or more Pre-Primary/Primary Child Fee      $1713.00


KINDERGARTEN ANNUAL FEE

1 Kindergarten Child                          $332.00

3 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN ANNUAL FEE

1 Kindergarten Child                          $640.00


AMENITY FEE

Kindergarten                                   $93.00
Pre-Primary                                   $187.00
Yrs 1-7                                       $187.00

P & F LEVY

Annual Fee per family                          $60.00

BUILDING LEVY                                 $90.00


We accept payment by the following methods

    Cash                      Cheque
    B-Pay                     Direct Debit
    EFTPOS                    Credit Card




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