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Young Minds – Bright Futures

Welcome to Frenchs Forest Public School. This prospectus contains an outline of
the range of our educational programs, as well as details of school policy and

Frenchs Forest Public School, the first school built in the Forest area, has a
relatively small population with extensive grounds and facilities. Most student
learning is in double classrooms or outside on the well maintained grounds which
include an oval with cricket pitch, cricket nets, climbing and playing equipment, quiet
areas, new plexipave surface on netball/basketball courts and security fencing.

The large school hall is used for assemblies, musical, dance and dramatic
performances and other functions.

The school resource centre (library and computer room) has a vast print collection
and over 20 PCs affording on-line learning. Each classroom has up to 4 computers
for study and research skills.

Conveniently located near the intersection of Forest Way and Warringah Road, safe
crossing is provided by the iconic overhead footbridge.

Before and after school care and a long day care centre are on site.

There is a strong commitment to continued strong results in basic skills together with
enrichment programs in selected learning areas. Specialist teachers work with
students in music, visual arts, gymnastics, chess, swimming and dance. There are
two school bands with their own rehearsal space.

Frenchs Forest offers quality learning, experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated staff,
motivated students and supportive parents – a quality learning community promoting
Young Minds – Bright Futures!

Martin Oakley


Young minds – Bright futures
A personal invitation to parents

At our school, students learn in a stimulating and challenging environment and are encouraged to
reach their full potential.

Strong academic programs, highly dedicated staff and excellent facilities offer your child the very best
opportunities for success.

We are a smaller school able to offer personal attention to the needs of our students.
I invite you to visit our school and discuss how we can meet the needs of your child.

Martin Oakley

Strong academic focus

    •   Strong programs in literacy and numeracy
    •   Excellent results in statewide tests
    •   Diverse and challenging range of subjects
    •   Enrichment programs to foster individual abilities and interests
    •   Talented teachers who inspire a love of learning
    •   Support of a great public education system

Specialist programs

    •   Innovative programs in dance, chess, public speaking, art and music
    •   School choirs, band and dance ensemble
    •   Focus on fun physical activity and healthy lifestyle linked with school canteen
    •   Successful sporting teams with expert coaching
    •   Enrichment program for gifted and talented student
    •   Specialised support for students with difficulties in learning

A friendly, caring and safe school

    •   Safe, inclusive and nurturing learning environment
    •   Strong welfare and student management program, including anti-bullying and peer mediation
    •   Focus on social skills, decision making and citizenship
    •   Values of tolerance, respect and fair play
A well-resourced school

    •   Attractive well-resourced school in beautiful grounds, including an oval and cricket practice
    •   Purpose built play equipment and newly surfaced netball/basketball court
    •   State-of-the-art technology with computers in each classroom
    •   Modern resource centre including integration of library and computer technology
    •   Large school hall regularly used by school and community groups
    •   Comfortable classrooms, many double in size, with flexible learning spaces

Valued partners in education

    •   A welcoming friendly school community
    •   Strong partnerships with parents, community, business and sporting organisations
    •   Opportunities for parent participation in school management

Meeting community needs and statewide standards

    •   Integral part of the largest education system in the southern hemisphere
    •   Access to support, resources and innovative programs
    •   Open and accountable

Give your child the best start

Frenchs Forest Public School is successfully meeting the challenges of professionally educating all
local children in an inclusive and comprehensive manner. We offer:

    •   Stimulating education programs that meet student needs
    •   Outstanding results
    •   Experienced, qualified and dedicated teachers
    •   Safe, secure, disciplined learning environment
    •   Well maintained landscaped grounds
    •   Purpose built play equipment for fun and healthy activity
    •   Strong links with parents, local business, sporting clubs and wider community
    •   Opportunities to develop social, sporting and cultural talents.

For more information about our school or to arrange a visit contact:

The Principal
Martin Oakley
Frenchs Forest Public School
Ann Street, Frenchs Forest, NSW, 2086
Telephone:      9451 6353
Fax:            9975 3082
Web address:
ABSENCES                                              ASSEMBLIES

Students should have all absences explained by        Assemblies are at 2.00pm on Wednesday each
a parental note, which should be given to the         week.
class teacher by the student immediately on           Merit awards for achievement, conduct,
returning to the school. Student written progress     improvement and special events are presented.
reports for the half year and year document           Students learn how to conduct themselves in this
student absences. As in all government schools,       community setting and become part of the whole
the Home School Liaison Officer may wish to           school. The School Song and National Anthem
enquire as to the reason for a student’s              are sung. Students from K-6 conduct the
consistent absence.                                   assemblies. Special assemblies are held for
                                                      significant days such as ANZAC Day. Parents
                                                      are invited to attend.
                                                      ASSESSING AND REPORTING TO PARENTS
    •   The teacher on duty will make an initial
        assessment of the injury.                     Assessing your child’s learning progress is an
    •   In the case of serious injury the Principal   integral part of the teaching and learning process.
        or School Executive will come to the          This is done through a variety of methods such
        playground or classroom and an                as standardised tests, teacher constructed tests,
        assessment of the situation made.             checklists, samples of work, anecdotal records
    •   When medical attention is considered          and observation.
        necessary, parents will be notified
        immediately. If parents are unavailable       We are moving towards three-way interviews
        the Principal will ensure that medical        where parents, teacher and students sit together
        attention is secured according to             to analyse progress.
        instructions given by parents and
        recorded in school files.                     Twice a year a written report is issued to parents
    •   When children are ill during the school       on their child’s progress. As well, at the end of
        day they will be relocated to the Sick Bay    Term 2, Parent/Teacher interviews are held.
        and parents contacted.                        Parents receive a month’s notice prior to the
                                                      interview. At the interview parents will review
Parents are asked to report to the School Office      work samples and achievements to date.
before collecting their child.
                                                      Parents are invited to communicate with their
AFTER SCHOOL CARE CENTRE                              child’s teacher during the school term if they are
                                                      concerned about any aspect of their child’s
The Before and After School Care Centre “Forest       education.
Kids” (operated by the FFPS P & C Association)
is located next to the Pre-School on the eastern      Parents are asked to contact the school office or
side of the school. The program caters for            the teacher personally to arrange a mutually
students K-6.                                         convenient time when concerns may be
Information about the centre can be found in the      discussed.
school office.
                                                      The 4 term year provides a vacation in each of
Each year a report on school activities,              the four seasons. Parents are urged to organise
achievements and development is prepared by a         family holidays to coincide with these school
committee of school representatives from the          vacations. Students’ learning programs can be
executive, staff and parent body for the              interrupted by holidays during term.
Department of Education and Training and the
school community. The report is printed and           Students should not be at school prior to 8.40am
published by the Department and sent home to          and should leave promptly at 3.10pm.
each family. As well, copies are available from
the School Office. A copy is also sent to the         Students may only leave school for
FFPS P & C Association.                               Departmentally approved reasons. Parents are
                                                      asked not to make medical or other appointments
ANTI-BULLYING                                         during school time except in exceptional
The school has a strong policy on anti-bullying
supported with class programmes building
resilience and student support through Peer

Parents are requested to report to the office and     A very efficient canteen operates Monday,
complete a late arrival form or early departure       Wednesday and Friday from 9.10am-1.30pm.
form. This form is then handed to the class           The food service provided reflects health
teacher.                                              conscious attitudes. Lunches are ordered by
                                                      writing the lunch order on a paper bag together
PARTIAL ABSENCES                                      with child’s name and class and enclosing the
                                                      correct money. Lunch orders are collected from
Departmental regulations insist that partial          the classrooms by the Canteen volunteers.
absences of any type must be recorded in the
class roll and a note is required for each            CANTEEN ROSTER
occasion. Schools are instructed that the Home
School Liaison Officer is to be notified if partial   The School Canteen is organised on a voluntary
absences become frequent.                             basis. To have the Canteen open 3 days,
                                                      parents are required to help on a roster system.
BASIC SKILLS TESTS                                    If parents can assist (a wonderful way to meet
                                                      others in the school) they should contact the
Basic Skills Tests are conducted in primary           Canteen Committee as communicated in the
school to test aspects of literacy and numeracy.      Forest Focus.
The tests are held for students in years 3 and 5.
Parents receive a confidential report in fourth       CHANGE OF ADDRESS
term on their child’s results and a comparison
with the whole state. Further information is          The school should be notified immediately, in
available from the school or the Assessment and       writing, of any change of address, home phone or
Reporting Unit and is reviewed in the Annual          work phone numbers. Mobile phone contact
School Report. In 2008 a national testing             numbers are appreciated.
scheme is introduced.

BELL                                                  Stewart House is the school’s No. 1 charity. It is
                                                      funded by the children and teachers of NSW
Before 8.40am there is no direct supervision by       schools and provides a holiday by the sea at
teachers. Children are discouraged from arriving      South Curl Curl for needy children. Money is
at school before this time unless attending the       raised through a variety of activities and used
Before School Centre.                                 clothing collections.

Bell Times                                            At the beginning of each year the school staff and
                                                      the SRC also identify 2-3 additional charities for
8.40am          Teacher on duty                       the year.

9.10am          Students move to classrooms           CLASS PARENTS

11.10am         Recess                                Each year two class parent volunteers are
                                                      identified. These parents assist class teachers
11.30am         End of Recess                         with a range of requests as well as assisting in
                                                      working bees and refreshments organisation.
1.00-1.10pm     Supervised lunch
                New Kinders dismissal – first 2       Class parents are asked to “welcome” new
                weeks only                            parents to their class.

1.10-1.55pm     Play period                           CLASS ORGANISATION

3.10pm           Dismissal                            Classes are generally organised on a mixed
                                                      ability basis. From time to time it will be
                                                      necessary to form composite classes from more
                                                      than one grade.
Student performance is measured by syllabus          Interviews can occur at any time during the year
outcomes attainment. Attitude to work, skill         at parents’ or teacher’s request.
development and knowledge of content
contribute to assessment which is continuous         Scheduled interviews are held at half year for all
throughout the year.                                 classes.

                                                     A written report for years K-6 is sent home mid
                                                     year and at the end of Term 4.
                                                     The Principal or School Executive are always
At FFPS we offer our students the very best that     available for interviews regarding matters of
technology can provide. There has been a             concern.
considerable amount of money invested by the
P&C and the school. We have an up-to-date            A Parent/Teacher Evening is held early in Term
computer room with 20 computers together with        1. On this occasion parents meet their child’s
Smartboard technology which is used extensively      class teacher and learn of expectations for the
by all classes. Each classroom has 3-4               year.
computers which are connected to a school wide
network. Computers are regularly used in             Kindergarten and Parent Orientation is held early
classroom literacy and mathematics sessions.         Term 4. A copy of the FFPS Handbook is
All computers in the school have access to a         distributed on this occasion.
school intranet with secure and protected internet
access. Classes regularly use the computer           A Transition Program for future Kindergarten
room in conjunction with library lessons. The        students and their parents is held over 3
network has been updated to provide faster           mornings in Term 4.
connections across the school computer network.
All students have e-mail accounts with personal      Department of Education and Training
log on and confidential password details.            publications are available on request from the
                                                     school office.
                                                     DISMISSAL TIMES
Class teachers promote a positive, purposeful
and safe environment for children’s learning.        Years 1-6
Students are guided towards developing
responsible behaviour and a realisation that         Dismissal time is 3.10pm. It is most important
consequences follow behaviour. Class rules and       that children are clearly aware of arrangements
expectations are clearly established early in Term   for travelling home (where to go at dismissal
1. Recognition of rules is rewarded with verbal      time). If a child’s going home routine is changed
praise, stamps, stickers, class and assembly         on any day it is imperative the child’s teacher be
awards. When concerns arise regarding student        informed in writing. For emergencies, parents
behaviour parents are contacted and a meeting        are asked to speak to office personnel before
arranged. Students who do not follow school          2.45pm so a message can be conveyed to the
rules are referred to the Thinking Room at           child and the class teacher. Your child should be
lunchtime where they reflect on their behaviour      clearly aware of arrangements made.
and consequences. School values are revised
each term.                                           Kindergarten

COUNSELLOR                                           All Kindergarten children are dismissed at
                                                     1.00pm for the first 2 weeks of Term 1 and
The School Counsellor, Paige Batta, is at school     thereafter at 3.10pm. Supervision is available for
on Mondays. Parents ask for the Counsellor’s         Kindergarten students in Term 1 by arrangement
assistance or the Principal/School Executive may     with the After School Care Centre. If parents are
organise an appointment to discuss their             unable to collect their child on any occasion they
individual children.                                 are asked to please make alternative
                                                     arrangements. It is very upsetting and very
COMMUNICATION                                        insecure for a child to be left without the certainty
                                                     of being collected.
A school newsletter, The Forest Focus, is sent
home every fortnight with the students. It
contains reports on school events, parent
committee reports, community news and paid
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE                        the Regional Office being at Queenscliff Health
Children who regularly speak a language other
than English may require extra lessons in           The sister notifies parents of problems and liaises
English. A specialist teacher conducts lessons      with the School Medical Doctor for advice and/or
during class time or works alongside the teacher    referral to appropriate agencies where
in a regular classroom. The weekly/daily            necessary.
allocation of this teacher will vary from year to
year. Currently the ESL teacher is at school 2      The services of the dental therapist are available
days each week, Monday & Thursday.                  at:
                                                    Dee Why School Dental Clinic
EXCURSIONS/PERFORMANCES                             Fisher Road
                                                    Dee Why
Excursions are an important facet of the            Phone: 9982 8878
classroom curriculum. All excursions have the
prior knowledge and approval of the Principal and
Supervising Executive. Excursions suited to the
learning program Stage are arranged by the
classroom teacher as enrichment. Students are       FRIENDSHIP LISTS
offered first-hand experience in the area being
studied.                                            At the parent/teacher evening in Term 1 parents
                                                    are asked to nominate whether they wish their
Permission notes requiring a parent/guardian        name, address and phone number to be
signature are sent home in advance whenever         published on a class friendship list. This list is
money is required and/or children need to leave     then used throughout the year to assist students
the school grounds. Where possible Term             and their parents to develop friendships within
accounts cover excursion costs.                     the class. Parents are requested not to display
                                                    friendship lists in a prominent position (fridge
FOREST FOCUS                                        doors) within the house or make copies for other
                                                    people. This list is only to be used by members
Every fortnight a school newsletter called The      of the FFPS community.
Forest Focus is issued to each family. The
newsletter is produced by a sub-committee from      HALL
the FFPS P&C Association. Its contents keep
parents informed of school activities, P&C news,    Use of the school hall during school time is on a
band happenings, fund raising, etc. Parents are     rostered basis. Activities include assemblies,
urged to read this important vehicle of             band performances, choir practice, dance/drama
communication regularly. The newsletter is also     practice, physical education and music. The hall
available on line through The Grapevine.            is also used by community groups and outside
                                                    organisations after school and on weekends.
If you have information for the newsletter please   Use of the school hall by such groups requires
leave it at the office by 12.00pm on Tuesdays.      consultation with the Principal and the school
                                                    office with a formal agreement being signed.
Parents are requested to ensure that the class
teacher is notified of any health problems, eg.     The Foundation Style of Handwriting is
hearing, vision, asthma, etc. The school nurse      introduced in Kindergarten with students
regularly visits the school to investigate any      progressing to cursive or joined letters when
referrals for health checks from teachers or        ready (Year 2-3). This style may be different
parents.                                            from parent style.

HEALTH SERVICES                                     The school emphasis is on legibility and
Frenchs Forest Public School is in the Northern
Beaches School Health Services area,                An example of Foundation Handwriting is
                                                    provided in the Orientation package.
HEADLICE                                             HOMEWORK

Most parents of school-age children should be        Homework for all students at all Stages is
aware that headlice have become an increasing        supported by the Department of Education and
problem in Australia.                                Training. However, the amount and format will
                                                     vary from grade to grade. Parents will be told of
Headlice are not the result of uncleanliness. Up     a teacher’s expectations regarding homework
to 400,000 individuals a year are infested across    early in the year.
Australia. All schools, State, Independent and
Catholic, report outbreaks in the hotter months of   The purpose of homework is:
October/November and February/March.                    (a) to consolidate work done in class
Headlice can be found in the cooler months too.         (b) to gradually prepare children for the
                                                            study habits required for secondary
The constant itching and scratching of head lice            school
unsettles children and interrupts their                 (c) to teach children to organise their leisure
concentration. Parents need to attend to an                 time around other responsibilities,
outbreak of head-lice immediately. The hair                 developing time management skills.
needs to be regularly checked in good light
around the crown and behind the ears (warmer         The process of doing homework is just as
parts of the head). Should a teacher or parent       important as the product. As children get older
discover headlice the student is moved away          they should be encouraged to reorganise
from others and parents contacted.                   themselves so there is time for play, sport, ballet,
                                                     music, clubs, TV, etc. as well as time set aside
The school recommends students with longer           specifically for homework. Homework should be
hair wear it tied back.                              done in a quiet place and parent assistance with
                                                     preparation of materials needed and supervision
Should parents detect headlice, a note to the        of the activity is encouraged. The Homework
class teacher informing them of this is always       Policy is issued to all parents at the Parent
appreciated. The teacher will then dispatch a        Teacher Evening in Term 1 each year.
general note to the class informing parents that
headlice are present. Names of students who          IMMUNISATION
have contracted headlice are never mentioned.
                                                     Parents enrolling Kindergarten, interstate or
HOME SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER                          overseas students need to present the school
                                                     with an Immunisation Certificate. No child will be
The Home School Liaison Officer is appointed by      prevented from enrolling, however, under the
the Department of Education and Training to          Public Health (Amendment) Act 1992. Children
work with the school in providing support for        without a certificate might be sent home during
students, parents and teachers. The Home             an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease.
School Liaison Officer
    • conducts periodic checks on attendance         INFECTIOUS DISEASES
        registers and other attendance and
        enrolment information.                       Parents are reminded that students who have
    • provides advice to the Principal and           contracted an infectious disease should not
        teachers on legislation, policy and          return to school until the required number of days
        procedures relating to attendance.           has elapsed.
    • liaises with the Principal and teachers on
        attendance problems and other matters        Chicken Pox –        5 days after the first spots
        which require direct contact with the                            appear.
        home.                                        Measles –           5 days from appearance of
    • works on cases on non-attendance                                   rash.
        referred by the school.                      German Measles
    • liaises with students and parents on non-      (Rubella) –     Until fully recovered and for
        attendance issues, making home visits                        at least 7 days after the rash
        where necessary and providing                                appears.
        assistance to the school in the              Mumps –         Until fully recovered and until
        identification of school-based factors                       9 days after the appearance
        contributing to non-attendance.                              of the swelling.
                                                     (Pediculosis) - Until treatment has begun
                                                                      and nits removed.
Conjunctivitis -   Until discharge from the eyes     It is based on an approach to language that
                   ceases.                           describes the ways that people use language.
Impetigo -         Sores must be treated and
                   covered before returning.         People use language for three main purposes:
Whooping Cough – If antibiotics are given,
                   return in 5 days. If no anti-        •   to interact with others
                   biotics then the child should        •   to create and interpret text6s
                   be kept away from school for         •   and to develop understanding about the
                   3 weeks from the onset of                world and ourselves.
                   the whoop.
Infectious Hepatitis                                 This approach to language enables teachers and
Type A -           Until the child has recovered     students to explore and analyse how language
                   and for 1 week from the           works in different contexts including picture
                   signs of jaundice.                books, novels, newspapers, letters,
Ringworm -         Until the appropriate             conversations, speeches, plays, feature films,
                   treatment has begun.              television programs, computer graphics, CD-
Scabies -          Until the appropriate             ROMs and advertisements.
                   treatment has begun.
                                                     Competence in English will enable students to
NB: Please notify the school if you child contacts   learn about themselves, their own and other
any of the above diseases.                           cultures, to communicate their thoughts and
                                                     feelings, to participate in society, to make
In the case of MEASLES, WHOOPING COUGH,              informed decisions about personal and social
HEPATITIS A or SEVERE GASTRIC                        issues, to analyse information and viewpoints
DISORDER notification is a Health Department         and to use their imagination.


The School will provide interpreters for parents
needing access to such a service. The Principal      Mathematics
can arrange for an interpreter to be available for
meetings with parents as required.                   Mathematics K-6 aims to:

INTERVIEWS                                              •   create favourable attitudes towards
                                                            mathematics and stimulate students’
Members of staff are interested and instrumental            interest in mathematics
in the progress and development of each child.          •   develop in students a sound
They welcome discussion with parents on any                 understanding of mathematical concepts,
concerns. To save parents time and                          processes and strategies and the
inconvenience and to ensure teachers are                    capacity to use these in solving problems
available, please make an appointment by phone          •   develop in students the ability to
or note as interviews/discussions must be held at           recognise the mathematics in everyday
non-teaching times. Parents are asked not to                situations
engage teachers in a discussion at the classroom        •   develop in students the ability to apply
door as this leaves the class unattended.                   their mathematics to analyse situations
                                                            and solve real-life problems
KEY LEARNING AREAS (KLA’s)                              •   develop in students appropriate language
                                                            for the effective communication of
Students at Frenchs Forest Public School are                mathematical ideas and experiences
provided with learning programs in the following        •   develop in students an appreciation of
key learning areas. The following information               the applications to mathematics of
has been lifted from the DET website homepage               technology including calculators and                                         computers
                                                        •   encourage students to use mathematics
                                                            creatively in expressing new ideas and
English K-6 develops students’ knowledge, skills
                                                            discoveries and to recognise the
and understanding of English language and
                                                            mathematical elements in other creative
                                                        •   challenge students to achieve at a level
                                                            of accuracy and excellence appropriate
                                                            to their particular stage of development.
Science & Technology                                 In Music, students develop knowledge, skills and
                                                     understanding in performing music. By singing,
In Science and Technology K-6 students learn         playing and moving they learn music of different
about the natural and man-made environments          styles and from different times and cultures.
by investigating, designing and using technology.    They also learn to organise sound into musical
                                                     compositions using concepts such as pitch,
In this subject, students find out about the world   duration and dynamics.
in a systematic way. They learn science is not
just a body of knowledge but also a process of       In Drama, students develop knowledge, skills and
investigation – findings are accepted if they can    understanding in making drama. Students work
be verified.                                         collaboratively, taking on roles and creating
                                                     imagined situations. Their performances will be
The study of technology is concerned with the        shaped by a variety of drama forms such as
purposeful and creative use of resources to meet     mime, puppetry and storytelling.
particular needs or goals.
                                                     In Dance, students develop knowledge, skills and
It extends beyond the tools and technical            understanding of dance. They will compose and
inventions of society. it involves the application   perform their own dances using the elements and
of human skills, knowledge, techniques and           contexts of dance from different times and
processes to practical problem-solving situations    cultures.
in a range of contexts.

Human Society & Its Environment (HSIE)

Human Society and Its Environment was
previously known as Social Studies.
                                                     Health, Physical Education and Personal
In this course students learn about the people in    Development
Australia and other parts of the world and the
social and physical environments in which they       In Personal Development, Health and Physical
live.                                                Education (PDHPE) K-6 students learn to
                                                     understand, value and lead healthy, active and
They also develop particular skills in:              fulfilling lifestyles. They learn about:
   • acquiring information
   • using an enquiry process                            •   active lifestyle
   • and in social and civic participation               •   dance
                                                         •   games and sports
This course also contributes to the development          •   growth and development
of skills from other key learning areas such as          •   gymnastics
reading, writing, graphing, designing, making and        •   interpersonal relationships
visually representing an idea or viewpoint.              •   personal health choices
                                                         •   safe living
Students are also encouraged to develop positive
values and attitudes about themselves, others,       KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENTS
the world that they live in and their future.
                                                     Children who turn 5 years on or before 31st July
                                                     are eligible to commence school in that year.
Creative Arts                                        Early entry may be considered but is dependent
                                                     upon pre-school reports and School Counsellor’s
Creative Arts K-6 addresses the art forms of         assessment.
Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance.
                                                     A birth certificate or some evidence of date of
In Visual Arts, students develop knowledge, skills   birth is required at the time of enrolment. As well,
and understanding in making artworks. They           a copy of the child’s immunisation record needs
investigate different subject matter such as         to be given to the school.
people, objects and places, use a variety of
expressive forms such as painting, drawing and       Transfers from other schools and late enrolments
sculpture and learn to consider the audience of      are welcome at any time of the school year.
their art work.
                                                     Enrolment forms are available from the School
Children arriving at school any time after 9.10am       Music has always been an important feature of
are required to fill in a form stating the reason for   the curriculum at FFPS and a specialist teacher
late arrival. This form is to be handed to the          takes lessons.
class teacher.
                                                        The school has 2 bands, a training band and a
When parents require their child to leave school        concert band. Our concert band has been highly
early or at times other than normal dismissal           successful in band concerts (The State Band
times, a note to that effect should be sent to the      Championships) and eisteddfods. Each year the
teacher. Children are not allowed to leave the          band plays at a variety of school and community
school grounds without permission.                      events.

Parents are asked to collect their child from the       School choirs provide the opportunity to
office. Parents collecting children prior to 3.10pm     participate in events such as music festivals,
should complete a form which is available at the        Opera House School Concerts, Schools
School Office.                                          Spectacular and eisteddfods.

Parents who have custody must inform the                Recorder is taught in Year 2 and serves as an
office in writing of persons not permitted to           opportunity to play and read music.
collect their child.
                                                        PARENTAL PARTICIPATION
                                                        Education is most effective when it is seen as a
School area boundaries have been abolished              responsibility shared between the home and the
and FFPS accepts students from a wide area.             school. Research shows that student
FFPS is physically a large school which can             achievement in all areas is greatly enhanced by
accommodate a large number of students.                 parent participation. Parents are encouraged to
                                                        participate where possible:
                                                            •   assisting in the classroom with group
Please label ALL property, including clothing, so               work,
that lost items can be returned to your child.
Cloth labels are superior as pen markings wear
                                                            •   individually assisting a student with
                                                                reading or numeracy,
off after regular washing.
                                                            •   participating in craft or art programs
Lost property is held in the office area.                   •   assisting with sports practice,
                                                            •   helping with transport to sporting venues,
It cannot be emphasised too strongly that it is             •   assisting with supervision while on
always advisable to prominently label all your                  excursion.
child’s possessions, particularly uniforms,
hats and rainwear.                                      Parents are also invited via the Forest Focus to
                                                        attend information evenings or in-services at
MEDICATION                                              school or in the district.
If you child needs to take medicine, parents            P & C ASSOCIATION
MUST personally contact the school and fill out a
form and give it to the office indicating the           The P & C Association meets on the 1st Monday
dosage, times/conditions, number of days and            of each month at 7.30pm in the Staffroom. The
the reason for medication. The medicine will be         association provides:
held by the First Aid Officer who will administer
the medication from the first aid room.
                                                            •   a forum for communication between
                                                                members of the school community,
Students are not permitted to self medicate.
                                                            •   financial support to school programs and
Children suffering from asthma may keep their                   facilities where necessary, maintenance
puffers in their school bag but this needs to be                of the school grounds and facilities,
indicated to the teacher and recorded on school             •   maintenance of the school grounds and
records                                                         facilities,
    •   various sub-committees charged with
        specific roles to assist in the
        development of the school and its            PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
        educational programs.
                                                     Fixed playground equipment is not used except
The P & C always welcomes new members.               on specified days when the supervising teacher
                                                     is directly observing safety and in close proximity
P & C DONATION                                       to the site. Parents are asked to supervise their
                                                     own child after school, being immediately present
Parents and guardians are notified at the            at the site supervising their child.
beginning of each school year of the amount
requested for the P & C donation. This donation      PLAYGROUND SUPERVISION
is to help meet the budget requirements
established at P & C meetings.                       The school playground is supervised by teachers
                                                     from 8.40am. It is unwise for parents to send
The school is very appreciative of P & C support     their children to school before this time. Parents
in providing funding for improved facilities and     who have work commitments are asked to send
extra benefits for the children of our school.       their child to the Before and After School Centre
                                                     (Forest Kids) for supervision in the morning.
PLAYGROUND DISCIPLINE                                Such arrangements need to be made with the
The teacher on playground duty is responsible for
managing playground behaviour. Any problems          Students are expected to leave the school
that arise are worked out through Reality Therapy    grounds promptly after dismissal. Students who
methods.                                             use afternoon school buses are supervised until
Year 6 students offer a Peer Mediation service in
the playground in the lunch break.                   PHOTOS

Unsatisfactory behaviour which is extreme will be    School photos are arranged once a year. Class,
immediately reported to the Principal or Assistant   individual and other school groups are taken.
Principal and a parent interview arranged.
                                                     PRACTISING TEACHERS
Children who have concerns in the playground
should immediately report the matter to the          Frenchs Forest Public School enjoys good
teacher on duty or speak to their class teacher      relationships with teacher training institutions
should the concern continue.                         such as the University of Technology, Ku-ring-gai
                                                     Campus, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and
PLAYGROUND ORGANISATION                              Sydney University. Trainee teachers bring new
                                                     ideas, energy and enthusiasm. At the same time
Before School – 8.40 – 9.10am                        FFPS teachers assist with management,
                K-6 children to leave bags in        organisation and syllabus knowledge. The work
                designated area and play on the      of practising teachers in the school is a valuable
                top playground.                      experience for our students.
If Wet -        Students are supervised in
                various classrooms.                  PREFECTS
Recess – 11.10 – 11.30am
Fine Weather - Oval K-6                              Each year, Year 5 students participate in a
Wet Weather - Top playground                         leadership program. All successful candidates
Lunch-1st Duty – Supervised eating in designated     stand for leadership roles. School Captains, Vice
                 Stage areas                         Captains, Prefects and SRC Presidents are
Lunch-2nd Duty – Oval/Playground                     elected by the students K-6.
Wet Weather - Lunch in Hall
                 Play in top playground              The role of a prefect is a positive one. Their
                                                     duties include:
While on the Oval, students may use soft/plastic
sporting equipment borrowed from bins. This              •   Setting an example to younger students
equipment must be returned to the bins just                  in dress and behaviour.
before the 1.55 bell. Students are responsible for       •   Providing peer support/pastoral care for
the return and care of school sporting equipment.            younger students.
                                                         •   Leading School Assemblies.
    •   Assisting at official functions involving
        visitors to the school.
                                                     SCHOOL CREED
    •   Other duties which may be required from
        time to time, giving prefects further
                                                     This is our school
        opportunities to develop their leadership
                                                     Let peace dwell here
                                                     Let the rooms be full of contentment
                                                     Let love abide here
                                                     Love of learning
                                                     Love of one another
Racism, in all its forms, is rejected by the NSW
                                                     Love of mankind
Department of Education and Training. An anti-
                                                     Love of life itself
racism officer is available in the school to help
                                                     And love of God
parents or students experiencing problems with
                                                     Let us remember that
racism and to provide interested parents with
                                                     As many hands build a house
copies of the relevant Department policies on this
                                                     So many hearts make a school
issue. The anti-racism officer will listen to the
problem and, with the Principal, find ways to
                                                     SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAYS
resolve it as quickly as possible.
                                                     School Development Days are held at the
                                                     commencement of Terms 1, 2 and 3. There is no
                                                     School Development Day at the commencement
All classroom teachers are entitled to 2 hours
                                                     of Term 4.
relief from face to face teaching per week, either
as a block or in smaller sessions. At these times
                                                     Topics relate to pupil welfare, syllabus
students are involved in Music and Visual Arts
                                                     implementation and the professional
education with subject specialists.
                                                     development of staff. To allow for maximum staff
                                                     participation, parents are encouraged to find
                                                     alternate supervisory/care arrangements for their
                                                     child for these 3 days during the year. Parents
Each Friday students receive instruction in
                                                     are most welcome to join staff on School
religious education. This is organised by a
                                                     Development Days when appropriate.
committee of church representatives. At the time
of enrolment parents are asked to indicate which
                                                     SCHOOL HISTORY
denomination group they would prefer their child
attend. Non-scripture supervision is available.
                                                     Frenchs Forest Public School first opened its
                                                     doors for student enrolment in September 1916.
                                                     In that inaugural year, the school consisted of
                                                     one brick classroom (demolished in 1968), one
Road Safety is a constant concern for teachers
                                                     teacher (Mr George Hewitt) and 32 students from
and parents. The school aims to regularly remind
children of the importance of remembering traffic
rules. Frequent items in the Forest Focus also
                                                     The original school building was situated in a
remind parents of the importance of road safety
                                                     corner of the present school site, at the
                                                     intersection of two dusty, dirt tracks, now
                                                     Warringah Road and Forest Way. Most of
Yellow Raincoats – Parents are urged to
                                                     Frenchs Forest, in those early school years, was
purchase yellow raincoats and hats so their
                                                     native bush with little habitation or commerce.
children are clearly visible in hazardous, rainy
                                                     Orchards, dairy farms, timber mills and piggeries
conditions. The Road Safety Council of NSW
                                                     were scattered throughout the area.
stresses the importance of young children
wearing yellow rainwear.
                                                     Frenchs Forest Public School was the first to be
                                                     established in the area and is proud of the title
Bus Safety – Teachers supervise children who
                                                     “First in the Forest”.
are waiting for buses.
                                                     SCHOOL FEES
Parents are asked NOT TO PARK their cars at
school bus stops, across gateways or in the
                                                     The State Government permits primary schools,
parking area reserved for staff.
                                                     such as Frenchs Forest, to collect School Fees
                                                     for each student to assist with the purchase of
                                                     stationery, library books and sporting equipment.
These fees are kept to a minimum and collected      Parents of Year 6 students can obtain an
with the P & C donation each year. Families who     application form from the school when notified.
have difficulty meeting the school fees can speak
in confidence with the Principal, whereby school    De-zoning means that students can now apply to
assistance will be considered.                      up to four selective and agricultural high schools,
                                                    regardless of where they live.
                                                    SICK CHILDREN
I honour my God.
I am loyal to my school and my friends.             Parents are asked NOT to send a sick child to
I respect the flag.                                 school. If a student becomes ill during the day,
                                                    the School Administrative Officer will telephone
SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS                                 the parent. Please notify the school of any
                                                    changes to address, telephone numbers or place
At the beginning of the year, class teachers will   of work so the school can keep the emergency
send home a list of the necessary textbooks,        file up-to-date.
stationery and other needs. Textbooks will be
available for direct early in Term 1.               In the case of sudden illness or injury, the school
SCHOOL RULES                                        will endeavour to contact parents. In an
                                                    emergency where the parent cannot be
School Values                                       contacted, the child will be taken to the hospital
                                                    by ambulance, accompanied by a staff member.
    •   Respect others at all times                 The school will continue trying to establish
    •   Be kind and caring to others                contact with the parent(s).
    •   Look after property and the property of
        others                                      SPORT
    •   Listen and follow instructions
                                                    Sport is a valued and accepted part of a school’s
Playground rules                                    curriculum because it contributes to the
                                                    development of the whole student. It also
    •   Play in bounds – inside the double red      provides opportunities to gain confidence and to
        lines                                       develop a variety of skills for participation in
                                                    lifelong recreation. Sport is compulsory for
    •   Wear a hat – no hat, play in the shade
                                                    students from Year 3 to Year 6 who experience
    •   Play non-contact games – no tackling,
                                                    major games and recreation activities.
        pushing, hitting, kicking
    •   Leave sticks and stones on the ground       The School participates in inter-school sport on
                                                    Fridays for selected students from Years 3 – 6 for
SECURITY                                            summer and winter sports.
The school is fully fenced. Any intruders in the    Talented swimmers and athletes have the
school grounds after hours can be reported on       chance to develop further through participation in
1300 880 021.                                       School, District and Zone Carnivals with possible
                                                    selection into State teams. All representatives of
SELECTIVE SCHOOLS                                   the school are strongly supported by the school
Selective Schools in NSW, including agricultural
high schools, enrol students of high academic       STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
ability. An increase in the number of selective
schools and schools with selective streams has      Each Class in Years 2-6 is represented on the
provided parents with better access to these        SRC which meets fortnightly to discuss
schools. Students are accepted after sitting a      significant issues and make recommendations to
Selective Schools Test covering language,           the Principal.
maths, general ability and writing in Year 6.
STUDENT WELFARE                                        Bus Travel – All children in K-2 are eligible for a
                                                       free bus pass if they live on a school bus route.
Frenchs Forest Public School sees student and          The appropriate forms are available at the school
staff welfare as paramount to the success of the       office. If a student loses the free bus pass we
educational programs it offers. Every teacher          are unable to issue a replacement pass at
has a responsibility for student welfare.              school. The school can only issue a form
Teachers and parents have worked together to           entitling the student to the pass which must then
identify, analyse and develop strategies to meet       be collected from the Urban Transit Authority or
the needs of the students, the staff and the           Forest Coach Lines.
school community. Basic to the welfare policy,
the school believes that self-esteem and               It is strongly recommended that parents secure
accountability are enhanced by the provision of        their child’s bus pass to his/her school bag, so
opportunities for students to accept some              that it is unlikely to be lost. Children are
responsibility for their own learning at all levels.   expected to wait for buses in an orderly fashion
                                                       on the footpath, well clear of the road. Parents of
SUPPORT TEACHER LEARNING ASSISTANT                     children travelling on buses are urged to:
                                                             • check on the behaviour of their children
The STLA provides additional assistance for                       with other travellers
students experiencing difficulties with learning.            • Stress the need to observe
Teachers and parents are provided with                            commonsense safety rules when
support/resources for programs developed by the                   entering the bus, in the bus and when
STLA which focus on problem areas. As well,                       alighting. (Please do not stand on the
the STLA will work in a team teaching situation or                opposite side of the road and call your
withdraw groups of children for a period of time.                 child across when the bus arrives at your
STLA is supported by a teachers aide, funded by                   child’s destination)
the school.                                                  • Point out that bad behaviour reflects
                                                                  upon them, their families and FFPS.

                                                       TRANSFER TO ANOTHER SCHOOL
                                                       Prior to a student leaving for another NSW State
Each year the school organises an Early
                                                       School, parents are asked to obtain a Transfer
Childhood swim program in Term 4. The School
                                                       Certificate from the School Office.
places great importance on this program as it
recognises being able to swim has a
                                                       To assist with staffing and school organisation,
considerable influence on a person’s self esteem.
                                                       parents are asked to notify the school well in
                                                       advance when it is known that the student is
                                                       leaving for another school, either public or
                                                       independent. Before departure, please return
A term calendar of school events is issued each
                                                       items of school property e.g. library books and
term. The calendar shows school activities,
                                                       band instruments.
excursions, sporting matches and P & C
meetings for the forthcoming term. The term
Calendar for the next term is issued at the end of
                                                       UNIFORM SHOP
each term. The Term 1 calendar is available
early in the new year.
                                                       The Uniform Shop is open every 2nd Wednesday
                                                       morning from 8.45-9.30am. School hats,
                                                       tracksuits, uniforms, blouses, library bags etc. are
TRANSPORT                                              on sale as well as a range of second-hand
Bikes – Students in Years 5 and 6 are permitted
to ride bikes to school. Of course, they must
wear their helmets. It is advisable that students
chain their bikes to the racks provided. Students
are not permitted to ride their bikes in the school
grounds. They must walk their bikes to and from
the gates. The Principal will issue “bike
Summer Uniform – Girls                                Girls Sports Uniform

Bottle green culottes and/or bottle green skirt       Bottle green skorts and/or
White short sleeve blouse/peter pan collar            Bottle green netball skirt
Button on green tie                                   Scungees
White socks                                           Bottle green shorts – all printed with “Frenchs
Black shoes                                           Forest Public School” on the bottom left hand
School hat                                            side
                                                      Bottle green/gold/white striped polo with school
Summer Uniform – Boys                                 logo
                                                      White socks
Grey shorts                                           Sports shoes
White short sleeve polo shirt with school logo        Bottle green fleece jacket with school logo
Grey socks                                            Bottle green track pants
Black shoes                                           School hat
School hat
                                                      Boys Sports Uniform
Winter Uniform – Girls
                                                      Bottle green shorts – all printed “Frenchs Forest
Green tartan tunic                                    Public School” on the bottom left hand side
White long sleeve blouse/peter pan collar             Bottle green/gold/white striped polo with school
Button on green tie OR                                logo
White skivvy                                          White socks
White socks or black tights                           Sport shoes
Black shoes                                           Bottle green fleece jacket with school logo
School hat                                            Bottle green track pants
Bottle green fleece jacket with school logo           School hat

Winter Uniform – Boys

Grey trousers
White long sleeve school shirt
White long sleeve polo shirt with school logo
White skivvy
Grey socks
Black shoes
School hat
Bottle green fleece jacket with school logo

Other options are bottle green cardigan, jumper
or sloppy joe with school logo.

When a student is representing the school they
are asked to wear the blouse and button tie for
girls and the school shirt and school tie for boys.
Students will be informed beforehand when this
is expected.

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