PARENT INFORMATION BOOKLET 2010 14 MURDOCHS LINKING ROAD Telephone: (07) 4130 6111 MOORE PARK QLD 4670 Fax: (07) 4130 6100 http://www.mooreprkss.eq.edu.au/ WELCOME FROM THE PRINCIPAL Thank you for taking the time to read this Parent Information Booklet. On behalf of our staff and students, I welcome your child and your family to Moore Park State School and I look forward to your interest, co-operation and support. There is a great deal of school pride in our school at Moore Park and so therefore, we encourage all children to take pride not only in themselves, but also in their school. Moore Park State School is a caring school, with high expectations in behaviour, dress and academic performance. It is crucial for parents to be aware of our school aims, beliefs, attitudes, and expectations and so this is why such a booklet is presented to parents. Parents should be aware that teachers work hard to help guide the students under their care. They are, however, like you, only human and though they are most conscientious and sincere, they can make unintentional mistakes. It is just for this reason that the development of an atmosphere of co-operation and understanding between home and school is our positive goal, and the recognition by all, that school and home achieve successful learning outcomes for children when we do seek this goal. Please, if you have a concern, come and see your child’s teacher! ABOUT MOORE PARK The Moore Park community consists of some farming families from the Welcome Creek area and residential families in Moore Park, which is a rapidly growing seaside community. The community is of a generally stable population but there are some transient families seeking work in the district. SCHOOL UNIFORM INFORMATION All students should wear the proper school uniform. Shoes and socks should be worn at all times. In the warmer weather sandals (not thongs) are acceptable. A black broad brimmed hat or bucket hat (6cm brim) or legionnaire’s hat should be worn. Children should not wear excessive jewellery, rubber wrist bands, anklets etc. Children will be asked to remove these items if excessive. The school shirt is jade green with a yellow strip across the shoulders. Black shorts, skirt or skorts are worn. The girls also have a jade green checked dress as an alternate uniform choice. The year seven children also have a special shirt with an additional vertical yellow strip. PURCHASE OF UNIFORMS Uniforms can be purchased at:- Bundaberg Clothing Factory 88 George Street Bundaberg Phone: 4153 1505 STAFF LIST Principal: Mr Jeff Irwin Head of Curriculum: Mr Steve Wood Administrative Officer: Mrs Donna Boon Teachers: Upper School Mr Dean Morcom Mrs Deborah Coates Mrs Cheryl Hazelwood/Mrs Michelle Lester Middle School Mrs Leanne Brosnan Mrs Sarah Duff Mrs Larissa Frohloff (leave) Lower School Mrs Katrina Mylrea Mrs Catherine Clancy/Mrs Karen Crook Prep Mrs Mary-Lou Barone Teacher Aides: Mrs Pat Anastasi Ms Cheryl Duke Mrs Deborah Grams Mrs Juanita Nisbet Mr Craig Marsh LOTE (Japanese): Mrs Natalie Appleby Librarian: Mr Kevin Steinberger Music: Mrs Jill Baxter Instrumental Music: Ms Lisa Palmer Physical Education: Mr Wayne Garland Learning Support: TBA Guidance Officer: Mr Alan Bowmaker Advisory Visiting Teacher: TBA Cleaners: Ms Chris Eldridge Mrs Jeanie Glover Janitor/Groundsman: Mr Grant Luke SCHOOL WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT A committee consisting of parents, teachers & other non-teaching staff that oversees the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Program (SWPBS) and other safety issues related to the school. This committee meets monthly and reviews the development of SWPBS within our school. For more information see the coloured flyer on SWPBS. PARENTS AND CITIZENS The Parents and Citizens committee meets at the school on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. The Annual General Meeting is held in February each year. The new Executive Committee will be advertised in the earliest newsletter following the AGM. 2009 EXECUTIVE President: Mrs Scott Patterson Vice President: Mrs Simone Steiger Correspondence Secretary: Mrs Jacki Stenhouse Minute Secretary: Mrs Maryann Borg Treasurer: Mr Richard Crook Tuckshop Treasurer: Mrs Fern Albery Tuckshop Convenor: Mrs Gail McGarry Parents are encouraged to contact members of the Management Committee, school staff or Parents & Citizens Executive if further information is required regarding any aspect of school organisation. THE SCHOOL DAY Morning Session: 9:00am to 10:45am Mid Session: 11:15am to 12:45pm Afternoon Session: 1:30pm to 3:00pm 2010 SEMESTER DATES First Term: Wednesday, January 27 to Thursday, April 1 Second Term: Tuesday, April 13 to Friday, June 25 Third Term: Tuesday, July 13 to Friday, September 17 Fourth Term: Tuesday, October 5 to Friday, December 10 ABSENTEE NOTES As the school tracks all student absences, parents/guardians need to inform the school of reasons for absence. All pupils must bring notes to their teachers explaining absences on their return to school or a phone call to the office can be made. Absences need to be explained or the school will contact parents. ATTENDANCE Regular attendance is necessary if pupils are to gain the greatest possible benefit from their school experiences. Frequent absences have a definite effect on results. MONEY Occasionally, it will be necessary for children to bring money for purposes other than tuckshop. All money should be sent to the office in an envelope with the child’s name, date and the purpose of the money clearly shown. Second hand envelopes are quite satisfactory. BANKING School banking is conducted by staff at Moore Park State School each Wednesday. New accounts can be opened and deposits made. All enquiries should be directed to the school on 4130 6111. The school receives a commission for conducting children’s banking at school. HOMEWORK Class teachers normally set a small amount of work for children to do at home. This helps maintain the continuity of learning and also gives parents an idea of the work the children are doing. It will vary from class to class: • Years 1 – 3 up to 15 minutes per night • Years 4 – 5 up to 30 minutes per night • Years 6 – 7 up to 45 minutes per night TUCKSHOP Tuckshop is held every Thursday and Friday. Orders must be in by 9:00am for both morning tea and lunch each respective day. Extra morning tea is available over the counter. Volunteer tuckshop helpers are always appreciated and will be given free lunch and drinks. Price lists will be sent home early in the school year and any necessary price changes will be publicised through school newsletters. NEWSLETTERS Weekly newsletters are printed every Wednesday for every family and will be sent home with the oldest family member attending the school (unless other arrangements are made). These newsletters contain information relating to school happenings and community events and are essential reading. The school newsletter is available each week via our school website (www.mooreprkss.eq.edu.au). These are usually uploaded by 3.00pm each Wednesday. Parents are able to subscribe and receive an e-newsletter rather than receiving a paper newsletter. SCHOOL TRANSPORT SERVICES Three school buses operate free transport to the school. One bus run services families from Sylvan Sands, Kingston Park, Booyan Road and Baillies Road. The second bus run services families on Eardleys Road, Pashleys Road, Zahns Road, Gooburrum Road, Hills Road and Fairydale Road. The third bus run services families on Sylvan Drive, Moore Park Road, Vecellios Road and Bonel Road. These services are paid for by the Department of Transport. Primary students living more than 3.2 kilometres from Moore Park State School are eligible for free bus travel. SUBSCRIPTIONS The school levy for 2010 will be $30 per family for the whole year. This will cover such things as: some funding of learning programs, grounds works around the school and general running costs of the P & C. Your support with this small monetary assistance will be accepted gratefully. MOBILE PHONES As mobile phones are not required at school, children are not allowed to bring them. If you need to get a message to a child we will pass this on. Children who have legitimate reasons to ring parents will be allowed to do so from the office phones. RELIGION All children attend Religious Instruction within their class. Religious Education is conducted as an interdenominational program so all children are in their class groups. A donation of $5 per student is requested to cover the cost of books. If parents do not wish children to attend Religious Education then written advice must be provided to the office or teacher. LIBRARY All children have ready access to the school library. Library day can vary, so check with your class. Children are strongly encouraged to borrow books. It is essential that great care be taken of books borrowed. To achieve this, each child should have a library bag. CLASS CURRICULUM Teachers are encouraged to hold a parent night early in the year where parents can be informed of curriculum, homework, class routines, parent classroom helpers and general behaviour expectations. Reports are sent home at the end of each semester. The school has mid-year parent interviews. SCHOOL EXCURSIONS/CAMPS From time to time classes organise excursions linked to their class unit of work. Separate permission notes, which will also include associated costs, will be sent home. Years 5-7 go on a P & C approved camping program every year. Currently Year 5 are away for one night to the Sunshine Coast, Year 6 for two nights at Riverside Retreat and Year 7 for three nights to Brisbane. Costs will be outlined near the start of the year and payment expected a fortnight before camp (terms 3 & 4). CONCERNS & QUESTIONS From time to time parents/guardians are concerned about a school related issue. When this occurs please, particularly if it is a classroom issue, discuss the issue with your classroom teacher firstly. Issues can also be taken up with the Principal. Please phone for an appointment. We do appreciate being informed about significant events in your child’s life (eg. Death in the family, family break up, etc.). These events can influence children’s behaviour, so informing us does help us support the child.