FRENCHS FOREST PUBLIC SCHOOL 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 procedures. 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 Principal FRENCHS FOREST PUBLIC SCHOOL 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 Principal 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 programs • 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 nets • 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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web address: www.frenchsfor-p.schools.nsw.edu.au 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. ACCIDENT/ILLNESS 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. ATTENDANCE ANNUAL SCHOOL REPORT 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 circumstances. The school has a strong policy on anti-bullying supported with class programmes building resilience and student support through Peer Mediation. LATENESS AND EARLY DEPARTURE CANTEEN 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. CHARITIES 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. COMPUTER EDUCATION 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. GOOD SCHOOL DISCIPLINE 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 advertisements. ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE the Regional Office being at Queenscliff Health Centre. 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. HEALTH HANDWRITING 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 fluency. 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. Headlice (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. requirement. INTERPRETERS 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 www.det.nsw.edu.au. computers • encourage students to use mathematics English 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 literature. pursuits • 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 Office. LATE ARRIVAL/EARLY DEPARTURE MUSIC 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 LOCAL AREA BOUNDARIES 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: LOST PROPERTY • 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 Centre. 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 departure. 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 skills. Let the rooms be full of contentment Let love abide here RACISM 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 RELIEF FROM FACE TO FACE TEACHING 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 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 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. SAFETY OF CHILDREN 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 K-6. 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 issues. 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. SCHOOL PLEDGE 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 community. 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 SWIMMING 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 TERM CALENDAR 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 uniforms. 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 licences”. 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 OR White long sleeve polo shirt with school logo OR 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.