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					             CONTENTS – PRIMARY CAMPUS

Introductory Letter                              1

Statement of Purpose, Values and Beliefs         2

School Directory                                 3

School Organisation and Procedures               4,5

School Uniform Policy                            6,7

General Academic Information                     8,9,

School Services                                  10

Facilities                                        11

Behaviour Management in Supportive Environment   12

Appendix A – Public Diseases – Time Out          13

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to welcome you to Herberton State School (P-10). Herberton State
School has a long, proud history starting from 1882 with secondary education being
introduced in 1912.

The school offers a curriculum program ranging from Preschool to Year 10 with a focus
on meeting the needs of all students. Academic, sporting and cultural achievement is
nurtured within the school curriculum and proudly recognised.

Since 1994 the school has operated with separate primary and secondary campuses.
When enrolling students it is important for parents to make an appointment at the
relevant office.

Please take your time to read the information provided in this Prospectus, so you gain a
better understanding of our school.

Herberton State School (P-10)


Our school, in partnership with parents, helps children to learn for a positive production role in

As members of the community of Herberton State School, we are committed to –
    Creating a caring environment in which individuals are valued and encouraged to reach
     their potential;
    An inclusive curriculum responsive to the needs of all students, within available
    Implementing effective teaching and learning strategies;
    The principles of equity and social justice through effective and efficient management
     within available resources;
    The ongoing professional development of all staff;
    Participating and consultation in the school’s operation;
    The promotion of school’s activities and accountability for our actions and outcomes;
    The implementation of policies and practices of the department;
    The promotion of education as a life long process.

We believe that –
   There should be a progression towards acceptance by students of an increased
     responsibility for their own learning.
   All students should have equal opportunities to learn and develop a sense of worth in a
    secure, stable and challenging environment.
   Preparation for the adult work requires intellectual, social, physical, artistic, emotional
    and moral development and that each student should create a balance in this
   Interaction between teacher, learner and parent is at the heart of schooling.
   Students should acknowledge the range of values, lifestyles and ethnic backgrounds
    present in society and respect the human rights of others.

  To encourage all individuals to strive for excellence.
  To allow for and provide for different rates and styles which individuals develop in their
  To emphasise communication, tolerance and cooperation as a community.

In the school grounds and classrooms our school community expects –
    Polite, honest, courteous and respectful treatment for all members.
    Punctuality by all members.
    Problems to be resolved in a non-abusive and non-violent manner.
All members to abide by a clean and neat dress code

PRIMARY CAMPUS                                 SECONDARY CAMPUS
TELEPHONE NUMBERS                              TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(Elwyn Phillips Memorial Drive Campus)         (Grace Street Campus)
(Includes the Pre School)                              Telephone:      074096 2270
    Telephone:         074096 1333                     Fax:            074096 2690
    Fax:               074096 1300                     Office Hours:   8:00am - 4:00pm
    Office Hours:      8:00am - 4:00pm

ADDRESS:                                       ADDRESS:
Elwyn Phillips Memorial Drive,                 Grace Street
HERBERTON Q 4887                               HERBERTON Q 4887

email address:

Staff 2006
Principal:                          Malcolm Fahey
Deputy Principal:                   Nikki Dredge
HOD Curriculum:                     Peter O’Brien
Registrar:                          Isabel Owen
Administrative Assistant:           Pauline Spackman
                                    Deborah Barrett
Physical Education            Robyn Desbois              Secondary Teachers              Stacey Train
Learning Support Teacher      Sue Ellison                                                Fay Ryan
Teacher Librarian             Mary Searston                                              Patrick Jensen
Music Teacher                 Virginia Ballhaus                                          Barry Jones
Instrumental Music Teachers   Werner Braun                                               Gary Wooderson
                              Lyndall Woodworth                                          Julie Part

Guidance Officer              Murray Fairholm            Technical Officer               Peter Relph
LOTE – Italian                Olympia Hawkes
                                                         Teaching Assistants             Gayle Morris
Primary Teachers              Sue Smith (Pre School)                                     Suzanne Johnson
                              Gloria Anderson                                            Jean Strike
                              Lyn Evennett                                               Trevor Christian
                              Jean McMaster                                              Helen Ducrot
                              Margaret Procter                                           Daphne Miller
                              Marg McCreath                                              Robyn Pearson
                              Bev Godden                                                 Margaret Selby
                              Karen Paterson

                                                         Ancillary                       Karen Black
                                                                                         Wendy Birkett
                                                                                         Peter Briggs
                                                                                         Robert Howard
                                                                                         Jan Wyatt

                                                         Groundsman                      Denis Leggett

  (a)   TIMES
          8.00am                    Students arrive after this time.
                                    No student supervision is available at this time. Students are required to sit
                                    quietly in senior undercover area
          8:30am                    First bell rings – students may play quietly in undercover area
          8.45am                    Bell rings for students to go to class
         11:00am                    Lunch break
         11:45am                    Bell to recommence lessons
          1.15pm                    Afternoon tea break
          1.45pm                    Bell to recommence lessons
          2.50pm                    School finishes
          3.00pm                    Wondecla School bus leaves
          3.20pm                    Walsh River bus leaves

  (b) PARADE is held every Tuesday in the Senior Covered Play Area after second recess .
  (c) ATTENDANCE - Attendance at school is required for the full school day.
  (i) Permission to leave grounds: No student is to leave the grounds. Students who require to leave the
  grounds will need a note from parents and must sign out through the office.
  (ii) Lateness - Students late to school must report to the Office to sign in and obtain a late slip before being
  admitted to class. Persistent lateness may be regarded as truancy and result in disciplinary action.
  (iii) Absentee Notes - All students must attend until they are 15 years of age, or until they have finished
  Year 10. Official notices are posted home for unexplained absences after 5 days. All students absent from school
  must present a note to their teacher on the first day back at school.
  (iv) Lunch Passes - Lunch passes will be supplied to students upon request from the parent or carer. This
  lunch pass provides authorisation for students to leave the school only to go to the place designated on the letter
  of authority from the parent/carer.
(i) Injury. In the case of injury or serious illness the Q.A.S. will be called and the child may be transported to
Hospital. (Any medical costs incurred are parent’s/carer’s responsibility.)
(ii) Illness at School - Parents are asked to refrain from sending sick children to school. If a student is too ill
to attend class, parents will be requested to collect these children. All parents are to ensure that they have an
emergency contact.
(iii) Administration of Medication
Management of student health conditions, including the administration of medication, is a courtesy provided by
the school consistent with their duty of care to:
      Maximize the participation in school activities of students who require medication or special procedures for
       managing a health condition; and
      Optimise the health, safety and well being of staff and students at a school site.
Therefore, school staff can only administer medication to students if:
      We receive a written request from a parent/caregiver accompanied by a written advice from a medical
       practitioner and with the medication in the original labelled container.

For students who self-administer medication ie ventolin, the following procedure is:
      The parent/caregiver provides a written request, with guidelines and procedures from the medical
       practitioner, for the student to be responsible for administering their own medication.
      The principal determines if the student is capable of assuming this responsibility.
      The student and the school agree on where medication is stored and where and how it is administered.
                    An inhaler is kept in the office for emergencies.
(iv) Public Diseases - refer to Appendix A for recommended minimum exclusion period.
(v) Headlice - we request that parents regularly check for headlice. Refer to Appendix A for recommended
minimum exclusion period.

(e) CHANGE OF ADDRESS / HOME DETAILS - Any change of address or telephone number should be
communicated immediately to the school office. This information needs to be kept up to date so that parents can
be contacted in an emergency. The school should be notified of any change in parent employment address.
Again this information is necessary to enable the school to contact parents in an emergency.

(f) RESIDENCY ARRANGEMENTS - Parents are asked to provide the office with a copy of the court
order if there are any residency arrangements the school needs to be aware of. Without the appropriate
documentation we can not legally restrict parental access to a child.

(g) PERSONAL PROPERTY - Parents and students are requested to ensure the owner’s name is clearly
marked on all books and articles of clothing. If a student loses any article at school, he/she should check without
delay at the office. Property that is not collected will be given to a local charity.

(h) EXCURSION/CAMP PERMISSION FORM. - This form is completed at the commencement of
every year and gives the school permission to take students out of the school for local excursions (ie. The
Herberton/Atherton area). Notification will be forwarded before each event.

(j) HOUSE SYSTEM - Our School is divided into two Houses, Ledlie and Newell. These houses have their
own colours, Ledlie - red, Newell - green.
Students are encouraged to wear house colours on Interhouse Sports Days.

(j) COMMUNICATION - Our major form of publicity is our 'Tin Town Times' weekly newsletter. This
published every Thursday afternoon. It is distributed to the oldest in the family. Parents are encouraged to read
these carefully as they can obtain vital information in regard to their child’s education or changes in Departmental
and/or school policies. School newsletters are mailed to the community parents once a month.

(k) VISITORS - Parents and visitors are welcome to visit our school - preferably by appointment. All visitors
to the school must sign the visitor’s book at the Administration building prior to visiting classrooms. The school
has to be vigilant with regard to trespassers and the entry of unauthorised persons.

(l) VALUABLES/MONEY - Large sums of money or other valuables should not be brought to school. On
the rare occasion when this is unavoidable, they should be left at the office for safekeeping. From time to time
money is required to be sent into school. Money should be sent in an envelope clearly marked with name,
amount and activity.

(m) STUDENT COUNCIL - The School operates a Secondary and Primary Student Council.
This is the voice of the students. The council has vocalised and endeavoured to solve numerous issues brought to
their attention by their members. The Student Council also raises funds to purchase specific items for student

(n) BUSES - Primary students who reside more than 3.2kms from the school are eligible for free bus
conveyance. Secondary students are eligible if they live more than 4.8kms from the school.
Those students, who do not live near a bus route and live comparable distances from the school, are eligible for a
Conveyance Allowance. Forms are available from Bus operators.
The Wondecla bus leaves the Primary Campus at 2:55pm. The Wondecla bus will deliver the Jumna students to
the secondary site where the Whitecars bus will collect them at approximately 3:30pm. The Walsh River bus
leaves the primary school at 3.20pm. Staff will supervise these students.
Parents are required to discuss appropriate behaviour of students while travelling on buses. Students who do not
conform to requirements may need to find other means of transport. Please contact Department of Transport for
a copy of their “Code of Conduct for School Bus Travel”.

From 1995, Education Queensland has a stated Dress Code Policy. Our School adheres to this policy.

The wearing of uniforms has many advantages, in that:-
. school spirit and sense of identity can be engendered
. students are not discriminated against in respect of the quality or
  fashion of their clothes
. uniforms are generally hard wearing and practical in design although
  costly in initial outlay, uniforms can last throughout a school year, or
  perhaps longer

Our P. & C. Association supports the concept of wearing uniforms and recommends the following be worn:-

Shirts  - Royal blue polo shirt with collar (school emblem on LH shoulder, yellow trim on collar and
          sleeves)        OR
        - Royal blue T Shirt no collar (school emblem on LH shoulder, yellow trim on neck and sleeves)
        - Sky blue shirt button up front
Shorts - Royal blue
Winter - Long royal blue slacks or track pants, royal blue cardigan or pullover (flannelette shirts are not
School Hat and Shoes.

Shirts  - Royal blue polo shirt with collar (school emblem on LH shoulder, yellow trim on collar and
          sleeves)       OR
        - Royal blue T Shirt no collar (school emblem on LH shoulder, yellow trim on neck and sleeves)
        - Cullottes, Shorts, skirts, shorts - Royal Blue
Winter - Long royal blue slacks or track pants, royal blue cardigan or pullover (flannelette shirts are not
School Hat and Shoes.

House Colours - Red T Shirt            - LEDLIE
               - Green T Shirt         - NEWELL
         These can be screen printed at school.

The school uniform polo shirts, cotton T-shirts, shorts, cardigans, culottes as well as hats are available through
the P & C by order. These will be available on Thursday mornings between 9.00 am - 9:30 am at the office.
Second hand uniforms can be purchased from the Tuckshop on Monday, Thursday or Friday.

All jewellery worn to school should be non-obtrusive and non-offensive eg. No marijuana leaves, etc.
Our school clearly defines the jewellery policy as:
1 watch
1 ring
1 bracelet
1 chain worn inside of the shirt
Earrings – studs or sleepers with no dangling appendages.
Any other jewellery must be covered at all times.
NB. In some subjects, the teacher may request that even the above-mentioned jewellery may need to be
removed for the duration of the lesson. This is a SAFETY issue and must be adhered to.
Inability to Wear School Uniform on Any Day - If a student is not able to wear any item of the
school uniform to school at any time, the student should wear plain clothing which is socially acceptable and as
close as possible to the design, length and fabric of the school clothing.

Explanation Note from Parent/Caregiver - A note is to be provided to the school by the student
explaining the reason why the student is not dressed in school uniform (this includes shoes) on any school day.

School Uniform Assistance Scheme – Students may borrow school uniforms from office until the
stage where the parent/caregivers are able to provide it. Please contact the office for further information.

1. HOMEWORK - It is critical that parents support their children by supervising their home studies. In most
situations children will benefit by being assisted in utilizing their time.
Discuss with your children when they are going to do their set tasks. Decide on a suitable time slot and
encourage your children to adhere to this. If your child is able to establish a regular working pattern the whole
process of home study becomes a more successful venture.
Homework can take a number of forms. Types that can be included are:-
      (a) Continuation of work done in class
      (b) Learning basic facts
      (c) Reading
      (d) Summarising
      (e) Practical application of work done in class
      (f) General study
      (g) Creative Writing
      (h) Project/Assignment work.
Homework   is desirable as we feel it assists the child in the following ways:-
      1.   Consolidates work done in class
      2.   Reinforces
      3.   Revises
      4.   Gives practical application of work completed in class
      5.   Research - new work and or extra work to extend students
      6.   Preparation for assignments/projects
      7.   Developing good study habits
      8.   Links the home and school
The time to be devoted to homework will vary but the following is an approximate guide:-
Year 1:         Not in excess of 10mins
Year 2:         Not in excess of 15mins
Year 3:         Not in excess of 20mins
Year 4:         Not in excess of 25mins
Year 5:         Not in excess of 30mins
Year 6:         Not in excess of 45mins
Year 7:         Not in excess of 60mins

Assignments and projects play a significant role in contemporary eduction. Where they are set as part of a work
program, they most frequently fulfil three major functions.
       (a)     They engage students in activities relevant to the particular program, and, as such, are
               required for completion of the course by developing particular skills such as research,
               summarising and synthesising.
       (b)     They assist in the provision of individual differences by allowing for different approaches
               and rates of learning.
       (c)     They contribute to assessment (formative and/or summative) of the various relevant
       areas of competence captured in the assignment.
Assignments which contribute to summative (final) assessment must satisfy the following criteria:
a) They must be the student’s own work.
b) They must be presented by the due date unless there are exceptional circumstances, which are covered by the
   following provisions.
   (i) An extension of time may be granted by the Principal prior to the due date, if in his or her opinion,
   sufficient reason exists.
   (ii) Extended absence due to illness up to and including the deadline:
        Student may produce a medical certificate;
   (iii) Student may send assignment to school with a friend or relative;

       If neither of these options is possible, the parent should contact the Principal on the day to explain
   the circumstances and make arrangements about the assignment being handed in.
   (iv) Absence due to special circumstances e.g. bereavement:
        Parents should speak personally with the Principal to discuss the circumstances.
c) Assignments which are handed in by due date will be:
   (i) Marked and commented upon;
   (ii) Credited towards the student’s level of achievement for the course.
d) Unless covered by the arrangements outlined above, late assignments will be marked only on the basis of work
   known by the teacher to have been completed by the due date.
e) Unless an assignment is waived by the Principal, all assignments must be completed and submitted even if
   their deadline is not met.

             Any enquires regarding assignments and the policy in general,
                            should be made to the Principal.

It is the policy of the school that the quality of bookwork and its presentation be of the highest possible standard.
To obtain this standard teachers expect and demand that every student produces the quality that they are
capable of.
To monitor bookwork in our school the following procedures will be carried out during the year.
1. Parents/carers are expected to supply various exercise books and folders for different subject areas in the
     school, and
2. It is the teachers responsibility to set expectations for layout requirements, standards of neatness, etc. and to
     inform parents/carers of these expectations.

4. REPORTING TO PARENTS - The school reports to all parents on the achievement and behaviour of
students formally at least twice a year.

In addition the Year 2 Net Data is reported to parents early in Term 3, the Year 3, 5, and 7 Test reports to
parents in September.

Parent/Teacher interviews are conducted at least twice a year. Additional reports are available via a personal
interview with the class teacher.

Special parent evenings are conducted for all year levels at the most appropriate time during the year.

Herberton State School offers a curriculum program based on the nine (9) Key Learning areas ranging from
Preschool to Year 10 with a focus on meeting the needs of all students.
The key Learning areas are:
                        Studies of Society and Environment
                        Health and Physical Education

Students are able to participate in many extra-curricula activities provided to our school. An Instrumental Music
program in the areas of wind and string instruments is offered to students in the Years 3 to 10. The school has
some instruments but students are encouraged to purchase their own.

Students are also able to access piano lessons. Please contact the office for further information.

Sport is a very important aspect of our school daily routine. Students in Years 4-7 participate in an Inter School
Competition, which will see them travel to other schools while others schools travel to us.

1. SCHOOL CANTEEN - The P & C runs the school canteen where students may purchase a wide range of
All profits go to the P & C Association to benefit the school.
Parents, relatives and friends are needed as voluntary workers and the school would be greatly obliged if willing
workers could contact the Canteen Convenor.
The canteen operates on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Students are encouraged to place their orders before

2. P & C ASSOCIATION - The meetings of the Association are held on the 3rd Monday of every month
unless notified. The Association welcomes all new members. Every new member needs to complete a
Registration form. The Annual General Meetings are held in October.

3. GUIDANCE AND SPECIAL SERVICES - Our school is fortunate to have the services of a Learning
Support Teacher. This person assists those children with learning difficulties and often requires contact with
parents. Contact is made prior to any program being done in the school. We also have the services of a Guidance
Officer for one day per week. Other specialist staff are available on call. eg. Speech Therapist, Occupational
Confidential appointments can be arranged with the Guidance Officer by prior arrangement through the Office.

4. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. - There are various forms of assistance for full-time students.
   For further information on these, contact the -
        Department of Education, Science and Training
              P.O. BOX 2379,
                CAIRNS, Q. 4870.
                   Ph (07) 4048 7100

The Primary School is proud of the first class facilities it offers to the students.

The teaching areas are of the design standard (S88) and are complemented by preparation areas, quiet areas and
wet areas.

Classes vary from single drafts to composites. Many staff operates in a team approach and makes use of the
concertina doors. This allows a variety of teaching approaches to occur which suits the individual learner.

All classrooms have access to cooking facilities, fridges, O.H.P., T.V.’s and videos.

The primary campus has a well-equipped computer lab based in the Resource Centre. These computers are
networked and have access to the Internet. All classrooms have access to individual computers plus printers.

The school has excellent sports facilities with ovals, a fitness circuit, multi purpose courts and a practice cricket
wicket. Students have a range of sports activities to participate in.

The School has a well-equipped Centre, which caters for students from Pre-school to Year 7. Borrowing for Adult
readers is also available. It provides all forms of media, print and non-print. Because of the amount of work
involved, there is always a need for volunteer help with such items as shelving, making resources and repairs.
Any help in the Centre is appreciated.

The centre has computerised all its resources, which enhances the ability of students to use these resources.
Students will be taught proper use of hardware so that they are able to access resources.

Other functions of the Resource Centre are videoing, bulk loans for teachers, creating resources and taping. The
Centre plays a vital part in the operation of the School.

Our School has a Supportive School Environment policy, which is to be promoted by students, staff and parents.
This incorporates both preventative and corrective measures.

We believe that Managing Student Behaviour is more meaningful when teachers and parents play a shared role.

All people in our School Community share four (4) Common Rights. These are:-

        1. All the community has the right to learn/teach without interference by others.
        2. All people in the school community have the right to be treated with respect and
        3. All people in the school community have the right to enjoy a clean, safe environment.
        4. All people in the school community have the right to feel proud of themselves, their
            achievements and their school.

All individuals are responsible for their own actions and are obliged to see that the rights of every other person in
the school are guaranteed.

        To protect students rights in this school the teacher will work out with each class a set of rules.
        It is every students’ right to insist that all students obey these rules so that individual rights are


1.      To treat others with courtesy and respect
2.      To consider the opinions of others,
        - to disagree without being disagreeable.
3.      To keep buildings, classrooms and grounds clean and tidy.
4.      To act in a safe way,
        - To help establish and observe fair and reasonable classroom rules,
        - To report damage and breakages,
        - To report threats to personal safety.
5.      To treat others fairly, regardless of culture, gender, age or ability.
6.      To co-operate with teachers and other students,
        - To pay attention and keep up to date. To try our best
7.      To name and care for our own property,
        - To respect other people’s property.
8.      To share school equipment,
        - To care for school equipment.
9.      To participate, and to take advantage of learning opportunities.
10.     To become involved.
11.     To be prepared for all lessons.


This gives students, staff and parents an idea of the various steps students may move through when experiencing

All students will receive a booklet informing them of the various policies and procedures that should be known and
followed in the school.

This outlines clearly the expectations we have of our students and the role parent’s play in assisting the school in
this area.

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