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					Chittaway Bay
Public School

  Handbook
    2010
                        CONTENTS

Welcome To Our School ……………………...……….                        3
  • Beliefs
  • School Motto
  • School Song
  • School Rules
The School Year ………………………………….……..                           4
  • Term Dates
  • School Development Days
  • School Hours
Care of Students ………………………………………..                           5
  • Supervision of Students
  • Road Crossing
  • Before and After School Care
  • End of School Day
  • Health and Safety
  • Care of Sick or Injured Students ---------------------   6
  • Common Communicable Disease Control …......              7
  • Head Lice
Travel ……………………………………………………...                               8
  • Travel To and From School
  • Bicycles
  • Eligibility for Bus Pass
  • Missing the Bus
At School ………………………………...….……………                             9
  • What Students Need to Bring to School
  • Equipment List
  • School Fees
  • Book Club
  • Library
School Attendance ……………...……………………...                        10
  • Arriving Late
  • Leaving Early
  • Sample Absence Note
Enrolment ……………………………………………...…                            11
  • General Information
  • Kindergarten Enrolment
  • Kindergarten Orientation …………………..……..                 12
  • Year 6 to Year 7 Transition ………………………                  13
The Curriculum ………………………………...………..                        14
  • multicultural and Aboriginal Education …………            15
  • Gender Equity
  • Foundation Style Writing Model ………………....              16
  • Homework ………...………..................................   17
  • How You Can Help Your Child
  • Extra-Curricula Activities …………………….……                 16
  • Excursions and School Performances
  • Sports Houses
School Staff …………………………………….………..                          19
  • Teaching Staff
  • School Counsellor Service
  • School Administration Staff
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Religious Education Teachers
Parents and Community ……………….………..……                       20
  • Parents and Citizens Association (P&C)
  • Parent Helpers
  • Community Links ………………………………..                         21
Canteen …………………………….……………………..                             22
School Uniform …………………………………............                   23
How we Communicate …………………………………                           24
  • Assemblies
  • Newsletters
  • Appointments With School Staff
  • Reporting to Parents
Australian Values and Responsible Citizenship ….           25
Performing Arts …………………………………………                           26
Special Events in 2008 …………………………………                       27
       VALUING EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION and PEOPLE WHO ARE NICE TO KNOW

                   Beliefs That Underpin Our Policies and Practices
                   School, home & community are partners in learning.
                   Teachers, parents and students share responsibility for students’ educational
                   outcomes and personal development.
                   We believe all children can learn.
                   We are committed to Australia’s Core Values.

                                         School Vision
             A quality learning environment where students, staff and parents feel valued.

                                          School Motto
                                       Growing and Learning

                                          School Song
                                 Of my school I’m really proud;
                                 There’s surely none that’s better.
                                 Friendly faces smile at me
                                 As through the gates I enter.
                                 Laughter echoes ‘cross the playground,
                                 Kids all look excited.
                                 Lots of games and conversations,
                                 Everyone’s invited.

                                 While at Chittaway I’m learning,
                                 Striving hard to do my best.
                                 No one can ask more than that.
                                 I’m trying hard to pass the test.
                                 Memories of this school I’ll cherish
                                 When at last I have to go
                                 Hoping I will be remembered
                                 As someone who’s nice to know.
                                                                     Words by Mr T. Weekly (teacher)
                                                      Music: adapted from “Song of Joy” Beethoven

Our School Discipline Code promotes good discipline and effective learning. The following rules
were developed by our students using the initials of our school:

                                          School Rules
                                 C is for courtesy and respect

                                 B is for best behaviour

                                 P is for pride in self and school
                                 S is for safety of self and others

                                 Which leads to someone who is nice to know.



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                                     THE SCHOOL YEAR
       Term 1 starts on Wednesday, 27th January, 2010 for teachers;
                       Thursday, 28th January, for Years 1-6
                       Monday 1st February, for Kindergarten.

      Term 1 ends on Thursday, 1st April (the day before Good Friday).
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      Term 2 starts on Monday, 19th April, 2010 for teachers;
                       Tuesday, 20th April, for all students K-6.

      Term 2 ends on Friday, 2nd July, 2010.
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      Term 3 starts on Monday, 19th July, 2010 for teachers;
                       Tuesday, 20th July, for all students K-6

      Term 3 ends on Friday, 24th September, 2010.
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      Term 4 starts on Monday, 11th October, 2010 for teachers and all students K-6

        Term 4 ends on Friday, 17th December, 2010 NB: this is subject to change.
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Kindergarten students start a day later than years 1-6 in Term 1, and are given an individual starting time to
allow staff and parents to concentrate on helping them settle into the school environment. Parents are asked to
collect them at 2.25 p.m. for the first few weeks of Term 1 because the children generally find coping with
school routine and the February heat very tiring.

Students in the Special Education Support classes generally begin enrolment on a part-time attendance basis
(e.g. 2 hours per day for the first 3 days) and increase their hours of attendance in accordance with their ability
to cope and our capacity to meet their special needs.

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAYS
All state schools in NSW conduct school development days at particular times during the year. We ask parents
to organise alternative childcare if possible so that all staff can participate in professional learning programs.
For instance, staff develop school policies based on department requirements, are given practical activities that
enhance their teaching skills or are involved in learning about new curriculum approaches to education. Parents
are invited to be involved in some sessions where relevant.

SCHOOL HOURS
School Opens                   8.25 a.m.
Morning Assembly               8.55 a.m.
Recess                         10.40 a.m. to 11.10 a.m.
Lunch                          12.40 p.m. to 1.25 p.m. (eat lunch with class teacher 12.35 pm to 12.45 pm)
Home Time                      2.55 p.m. Years 1 to 6 all year. Kindergarten from part way through Term 1*

*In Term 1 only, Kindergarten finish earlier at 2.25 p.m. until the worst of the summer heat has gone and the
children no longer feel so tired by the end of the school day. We do not want to spoil the day by ending with
conflict between the child and the teacher because some children mistakenly think the teacher will still be cross
with them the next morning.

In the interests of student safety, students should not arrive at school before supervision commences at 8.25
a.m. unless they are attending the Before School Care Centre.
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                                   CARE OF STUDENTS
Playground Supervision
Each day, a supervising teacher will be on duty in the playground from 8.25 a.m. until morning assembly
commences at 8.55 a.m. Students should not be in the playground until then. Before-school care is available on-
site through Camp Australia for parents who need to send their children to school early.

During recess and lunch students may play games that are considered safe for the area they are in. Teachers and
teachers’ aides are rostered to supervise the play areas.

ROAD CROSSING

In the mornings and afternoons, RTA road-crossing supervisors help ensure the safety of students using the
pedestrian crossings in the streets outside our school (Chittaway Road and James Watt Drive). Parents are
urged to set a good example to their children by using the school crossings. Each afternoon, 2 teachers
supervise “bus students” onto the school buses.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Camp Australia provides before and after school care on our school site. They take students on a regular, casual
and emergency care basis. Coordinator: Kylie Parks Telephone: 0458293602

End-Of-School Day
Kindergarten parents are asked to keep the teacher informed about the end-of-day procedures for their child e.g.
who will collect the child; is the child to travel on the school bus; is the child to go to after-school care.

Any parent K-6 who needs us to get a message to their child about an unexpected change to the going-home
arrangements, is asked to let us know before 2.30 p.m. if possible. Otherwise we may not be able to get the
message to the classroom or playground before the bell rings and children leave.

Parents who think they might be delayed occasionally (or simply believe in being prepared) could register their
details with the after-school care centre so that they could use the centre at short notice if necessary.

Health and Safety

Sun safety: - to help guard against skin cancer all students are to wear a hat whilst playing in the sun.
   Students who do not have a hat are required to play under the COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Area).

In addition to their class and playground supervisory responsibilities, teachers have a duty of care in a range of
other areas e.g. on excursions, in emergencies, when students are sick or have an accident at school. To meet
requirements we have an OH&S committee and follow Work cover guidelines to maintain a safe environment.
We practise emergency evacuation drills and teachers are trained for other emergencies. We have a trained First
Aid Officer. We regularly retrain in general First Aid and CPR. We are also mandatory reporters to the
Department of Community Services if we become aware that a child is abused or neglected.

Research shows that students learn and behave better when they have a regular & healthy diet, plenty of
exercise and sufficient rest. To this end we routinely implement fitness lessons and procedures to monitor
student nutrition. We also stress the importance of going to bed at a sensible time e.g. no later than 8.30 p.m. on
school nights. Other strategies used:

•   We ask parents to provide a nutritious breakfast and healthy food including fruit for recess and lunch.
•   A Kids Club on-site provides a free breakfast two mornings per week to any student who wishes to attend.

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•   Our school’s P&C run canteen follows the NSW Healthy Canteen Guidelines.
•   Recess is eaten in the courtyard. Children are required to remain seated until the second half bell. Those
    with food are to remain in the courtyard area until they finish eating before going to play.
•   Lunch is eaten in classrooms under the supervision of the class teacher to promote good nutrition and
    discourage too much junk food. Slow eaters are expected to take their remaining food outside and finish
    eating while seated in the courtyard.
•   We encourage students to eat a minimum of one piece of fruit at school every day. The canteen sells fruit
    and will also “slinky” (peel and slice) apples children bring from home. Crunch & Sip is a new initiative
    for the school. Students have a piece of fruit or vegetables and water in class at a specified time each day.
•   With the help of our P&C we have secured government grants to provide playground equipment that
    motivates students to be active during lunch break.

Care of Sick or Injured Students
Parents are asked to keep sick children at home in the interests of that child, other students and staff.
Students who report that they don’t feel well are initially monitored in class until the closest break (sometimes
they recover very quickly once it is time to go outside and play or they find the next lesson more to their
liking). If they continue to feel unwell or if they appear to be seriously ill e.g. high temperature, vomiting, then
it is in the best interests of your child to be sent home, and you will be contacted. Our school has a small room
(“sick bay”) where children who are injured can receive first aid. Generally, the only treatment we are allowed
to give for minor injuries is to wash with cold water. We are not allowed to use antiseptics and rarely apply
band-aids because some students may be allergic. If an injury is serious we administer emergency care, call an
ambulance and contact parents. If we can’t reach you we will phone the emergency contact you are asked to
provide.

It is important that you keep the office staff informed of any changes to phone numbers and that medical
information is up to date.

If your child requires medication there is a permission form to complete that gives the school assistants
permission to administer it to your child. All medications are kept in a locked cupboard in the office for safety.
Parents of students requiring ongoing medication should ensure we always have a labelled supply, and in the
case of asthmatics, a spare puffer should be labelled and left in case of emergency. Any medication left at
school should be labelled with clear instructions to be followed together with your child’s name. If we cannot
contact families or emergency contacts and we believe your child needs special attention, then we will contact
your family doctor or the ambulance service.




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COMMON COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL

In a classroom of 20 to 30 children, the teacher and students are very vulnerable to infectious diseases. We ask
parents to keep children home if they have a serious cold, the flu or other infectious disease. This will facilitate
a speedy and safe recovery for the sick child and also protect everyone else in the class.

Isolation is particularly important in the case of Chicken Pox, which poses a high risk to anyone undergoing
Chemotherapy, and German Measles, which pose a serious threat to pregnant women.

Students for whom we do not have an immunisation certificate must be excluded from school if we have an
epidemic (3 students or more in the one class) with certain infections.

To further stop the spread of infection throughout the school we remind students to wash their hands after using
the toilet or picking up rubbish; we discourage students from sharing food or to drinking from others’
containers; we ask parents to donate a box of tissues so that we can always have some on hand for children who
do not bring a handkerchief, and we ask parents to help us train their children to use a handkerchief correctly
i.e. blow their nose when necessary and cover their mouth and nose if they cough or sneeze.

With some diseases the Department requires you to exclude your child. For others there are certain basic health
requirements. Some of the common ailments and exclusion details are listed here for your information:
       * Measles – for 5 days from the appearance of the rash. Department of Health must be notified.
       * German Measles (Rhubella) – for 7 days from the appearance of the rash.
       * Mumps – for 10 days from the onset of swelling
       * Chicken Pox – for 7 days or until sores have developed dry scabs
       * Whooping Cough – for 14 days from start of illness or 5 days after start of antibiotic course.
       * Infectious Hepatitis- Until recovered, usually 7 days from first signs of jaundice
       * Scabies – until clear
       * Ringworm – until clear
       * Impetigo (“school sores”) – all exposed surfaces must be covered.

Head Lice
Head lice do not discriminate between clean hair and dirty hair. Children do not only get head lice at school.
However, they are certainly a recurring problem in every school and can be difficult to eradicate. Unless all
children are treated correctly, they will easily re-infest each other, hence if infected children are diagnosed,
parents will be notified, given information concerning treatment and requested to treat their children on the
same day. We supply free nit shampoo on request. Students need not be kept home once the hair is treated.




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                                                 TRAVEL

TRAVEL TO and FROM SCHOOL
Students travel to and from school either by bus, car, bicycle (10 years or older) or by walking. Safety in all
situations is paramount and students are reminded at assemblies about travel behaviour. Parents are asked to
reinforce safe travel behaviour with children. Students who misbehave on school buses may have their travel
pass taken from them. If their behaviour puts others at risk they may be forbidden to use the school bus.

Students are reminded to walk to and from school when other students and families are doing so. This
minimises the risk of students being accosted by strangers. Consequently, on the rare occasion when a student
is placed on after-school detention, parents are required to collect the child from school. Generally the school
will notify the parents the day before the detention is to occur. Similarly, sick students or those who have to
leave early for family reasons are not allowed to walk home alone. They must be collected by a responsible
adult.

BICYCLES
Police have advised us that children under 10 do not have fully developed peripheral vision. This makes it
difficult to see danger approaching from behind their shoulder. Consequently, we do not consider it safe for
students under 10 to ride their bikes to school.

Students who ride bicycles to school are to enter via the rear of the school site across the oval. They are to walk
their bicycles to the bike racks and secure them with a chain. In the afternoon students collect bicycles; ride
them along the oval fence near the gate. The school cannot take responsibility for the bicycles brought to
school. All students who ride bicycles must wear a safety helmet and follow road rules. Any student who does
not obey the law about bike riding is not allowed to bring their bike onto school grounds.

ELIGIBILITY FOR BUS PASS
All students whose residence is more than 2.6km from the school by the shortest practical routes are eligible for
a bus pass which entitles them to free bus travel. Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for free bus
passes regardless of the distance from school. Any students (K-6) living in Glenning Valley Estate are entitled
to free bus travel. Eligibility is determined by the Department of Transport and very few exceptions are made to
the rulings.

MISSING THE BUS
Students are dismissed with ample time to catch the buses. If a child misses their bus he/she MUST NOT
WALK HOME, but report immediately to the teacher on bus duty. Parents will then be informed and
arrangements made for the child to get home safely. The same procedures apply if the student is waiting for a
parent to collect him/her and the parent is late.




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                                             AT SCHOOL

WHAT STUDENTS NEED TO BRING TO SCHOOL
At the start of the year routines are established for classroom as well as school activities. Also during this time
teachers inform students about items they will need in the classroom. Below is a general list of basic items.
Some classes may require other items as well. Teacher will inform their students’ parents of any additional
materials needed.

K / 1 / 2 Classes                                          Primary Classes (Year 3-6)
• Take Home Reader bag                                     • 2 Blue pens (Yrs 5 & 6 and some Yr 4)
• Box of tissues                                           • 1 Red Pen (Yrs 5 & 6 and some Yr 4)
• Coloured pencils in pencil case (Yr 1 and 2)             • 2 HB Pencils
• Library bag                                              • Coloured pencils
• Old shirt for artwork                                    • Pencil sharpener with barrel for shavings
• 2 large glue sticks                                      • Box of tissues
                                                           • Homework book/s
                                                           • Glue stick
                                                           • Soft eraser
                                                           • Soft pencil case
                                                           • Scissors (optional)

SCHOOL FEES
To help us provide additional resources and maximise the programs we can offer students, parents are asked to
pay a small annual fee. This is $30.00 for the first child and $20-$25.00 for each other child enrolled in the
school. The maximum any family is asked to pay is $75 per year. The fee may be paid in full or in instalments
to suit the family budget. Fees can be paid at the front office at any time during the school day.

BOOK CLUB
Our school participates in Book Club. Several times a year our weekly Newsletter informs parents that book
club order forms are available from our school library information centre. Parents are asked to send in
completed notes and money in a sealed envelope. Correct money should be enclosed.

LIBRARY
The teacher/librarian is available to provide library/information lessons and assist students borrow books.
Students are encouraged to borrow books on a regular basis, and we seek parent co-operation in ensuring that
the books are cared for and returned promptly. In case of a lost or damaged book, parents are asked to please
contact the librarian about the replacement costs. To protect the books, a library bag should be provided by the
child. Bags are also available for purchase from the teacher librarian or students can use a plastic shopping bag.




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                                 SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
The law requires children to attend school each day unless there is an acceptable reason for the absence e.g.
When a child returns after an absence or less than 3 days, parents are required to provide a note explaining the
reason for the absence, the date/s the child was absent and signed by the parent/carer. (A sample Absence Note
is provided at the end of this booklet).

If a child is absent from school for 3 days or more, parents are required to contact the school by the third day
with an explanation. A verbal notification can be accepted in place of a note if the parent ensures the teacher or
administration officer is making a note which can be filed.

Arriving late:
Children arriving late must go to the front office for a Late Pass. Everyone can have an occasional emergency
or mishap that makes him or her late but repeated late arrival is strongly discouraged because:

(a) It is a legal requirement that children attend school for all of the school day and 10 minutes late is a partial
    absence;
(b) The child misses an important, welcoming part of the school day and may be embarrassed by having to walk
    in late. This could cause the child to develop a dislike of school.
(c) The child arriving late may unsettle the class and may waste teacher time by needing the instructions or
    explanations etc. repeated;
(d) Punctuality shows consideration and courtesy for others involved and is a habit needed throughout life,
    particularly when our students enter the work force. We are an educational institution and it is part of our
    responsibility to develop socially accepted behaviour in our students. We do not want to impose negative
    consequences on a child for frequent late arrival if their parent is to blame.

The school will contact parents of students who are frequently late for school or absent without a parental
explanation because there may be child protection issues e.g. the parent may not know the child is late or
absent. Frequent or lengthy absences without an acceptable reason will be referred to the Homer School
Liaison Officer who will work with parents to improve attendance. However, under new laws, if the student’s
attendance does not improve, the parent/s may be taken to court and fined.

Leaving early:
If you need to take your child early, you are required to come to the front office for an Early Pass to give to the
class teacher. This is a legal requirement for child protection reasons.

             You are asked to notify the Principal if you are leaving the district,
             changing address or transferring your child to another school.

SAMPLE ABSENCE NOTE

Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms_______________________________
                   Teacher’s Name

_________________________Class____________was absent on ________________________
Child’s Name                                           Date/s

for the following reason/s ____________________________________________


Signature _______________________ Date _____________


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                                       ENROLMENT

ENROLMENT – GENERAL
   All public schools have an enrolment zone, that is, enrolment is generally based on residential address.
   If you are unsure whether or not you live in our school area, it is best to inquire at the office.

   You may apply for non-local or out-of-zone enrolment if you don’t live in our Zone and particularly
   wish your child to attend Chittway Bay Public School. A form is available from the front office. Non-
   local enrolments cannot be granted if the school has limited vacancies which need to be kept for local
   enrolments. Also, we cannot accept a non-local if it means we would need another teacher or have to re-
   organise classes.

   When seeking to enrol your child in a government school, you need to obtain an Application to Enrol
   form from the school office. The new school must then contact your child’s previous school and ask for
   your child’s records. The new school cannot enrol your child until the principal is satisfied that there are
   no special needs to be met re: student health or safety. At Chittaway Bay, Mrs McDonald, the principal,
   always meets with new parents before a new student is enrolled. If you are seeking enrolment, could
   you please phone the school for an appointment.

   If your child has a disability, we may be able to apply for support from the Department to help teachers
   meet your child’s needs. Could you please bring any recent, relevant medical reports with you when you
   come to the meeting.

KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENT

   Students enrolling in Kindergarten must turn 5 years old by 31st July in the year they begin school.
   Exception. A child with exceptionally high intelligence and advanced social skills may be permitted to
   start school at an earlier age. Parents who think their child may qualify will need to discuss the matter in
   the first instance with the Principal. A psychometric assessment would have to be organised to confirm
   the appropriateness of the application. There is no guarantee that such a child can be placed unless all
   the Departmental requirements can be met and the Principal approves of the placement.

   If your pre-school child has a developmental delay or a disability or any difficulty with learning,
   toileting, behaviour or social skills etc it is important that you contact the school or the Gosford
   Education Office to organise early intervention as soon as you become aware of the problem. This
   allows time for your child to receive support which will help prepare them for a happy start at school.

   Our school also runs a quality Kindergarten Orientation program to help transition your child from
   home to school. It begins in Term 3 with a Transition to School Program held once a week, Story time
   sessions, and a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The school Orientation program runs for one morning a week over
   several weeks beginning in Term 4. It is important for parents to bring their children along to the
   sessions because it allows the children to become comfortable in the school environment and it allows
   teachers to observe children and identify any possible concerns that perhaps parents have missed.

   To enrol a Kindergarten student, parents must show the school an original form of documentary proof
   of age. The Department specifies that this be the birth certificate or passport but in some circumstances,
   we can accept the baby’s crib card or blue immunisation record book.



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       Before commencing school, most children should be fully immunised. (Sometimes, we know the last
       immunisation will not take place until about April when the child turns 5). An Immunisation Certificate
       or copies of other immunisation records will need to be presented to the school.

       N.B. If we do not have the information and there is an epidemic (3 students in the same class) of one of
       the specified infections e.g. German Measles, then your child will have to be kept home from school
       until the epidemic is over. This could cause a lot of absences over the years of your child’s schooling.

       If you have made a conscious decision not to have your child immunised, you should advise the school.
       The exclusion during epidemics will apply to your child.

KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION
Kindergarten is a very important time for the child, parents and the school. The child needs to feel comfortable
about starting school and to enjoy their first year so that they will develop a positive attitude to school and a
love of learning. Our highly successful Kindergarten Information Mornings provide an excellent opportunity
for parents to meet with the teachers and discuss the Kindergarten teaching methodologies and concepts.
It is also a wonderful opportunity for the children to meet one another.

Our program includes a Teddy's Bears Picnic where the children are invited to bring a teddy bear and a picnic,
which can be enjoyed on the grassed area outside the classrooms under the shade of our lovely gum trees.

Program Features:

       During Terms 3 and 4 of the year before the new Kindergarten students start school, a series of weekly
       parent sessions are conducted to explain the operation of the school and to provide supporting
       information.

       At the same time the children visit the Kindergarten classes and participate in activities. They also meet
       their Buddies who will be Year 6 students when they are in Kindergarten. Buddies are important people
       and many make year long friendships. Special letters are sent to families giving details about these
       activity days.

       Kindergarten children start their school year after the other classes. This allows the school to give
       special attention to helping Kindergarten settle into the school community after the remainder of the
       students have started their classes. On their first day, mums and dads bring them to the hall where they
       meet their buddy, get their badge, have their “First day” photo taken and then go happily of to class
       leaving mum and dad to have a cup of tea with the other (sometimes teary) parents.

       Our Kindergarten teachers want to make learning fun so they will use a lot of games to teach your child
       new knowledge and skills. We will know we have succeeded if your children come home and tell you
       they didn’t do any work! On the other hand some students come to school very keen to work (e.g. learn
       to read and write from the very first day). They may be disappointed if they think they are not working.
       Please let us know if your child is one of these and we’ll make sure they are catered for.

       Play is also a very important part of children’s social, emotional and language development so in Term
       1 particularly, a part of every Kindergarten day will be spent in playing with dress-up clothes, dolls,
       construction games or jig-saw puzzles etc.




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YEAR 6 TO YEAR 7 TRANSITION
       Our school is a proud partner of the Tuggerah Lakes Learning Community, which consists of three high
schools and their seven partner primary schools. We all recognise that transition to High School is a very
important milestone in a student’s education. We make every effort to ensure that the transition to High School
is a smooth one.

An important component of the transition process is the collaboration between the High School teachers and
three teachers from the partner Primary Schools. Stage 3 teachers from our school and our partner primary
schools work closely with representatives from the Berkeley Vale High School Campus.

We meet twice a term, to ensure quality teaching programs and consistency of skills and language across the
Year 6 to Year 7 continuum, with particular emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy. This also gives teacher the
opportunity to discuss former primary students who may be experiencing difficulties in the High School setting
as well as the needs of those students who will be attending the High School in the following year.

During the year, many Year 6 students have the opportunity to attend a variety of day workshops held at the
High School. These include, Science, Design and Technology and Writer’s Workshops. The High School
students also visit our school to perform and workshop with our Year 6 students to allow the primary students
to see what courses are offered at the high school.

Year 6 students are also given the opportunity to sit tests to gain a placement in the Gifted and Talented Class
and the High School has a Learning Support Class, which assists with students with students with learning
difficulties.

Staff from the Berkeley Vale Campus holds an information session for Year 6 students and their parents. The
date and time is provided to our Year 6 students.

Representatives from the High School also attend our school in Term 4 to assist parents organise uniforms for
High School.




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                                      THE CURRICULUM
The school curriculum incorporates the six Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) outlined below, and several cross-
curricular subjects. In the curriculum documents, the NSW syllabus requirements in the KLA’s are set out as
outcomes most students are expected to achieve by the end of each Stage. There are four Stages in Primary
school education i.e. Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten); Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2); Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4); Stage 3
(Years 5 and 6).

Our teachers differentiate the curriculum to cater for the individual needs of their students. For instance, some
students achieve all the outcomes for their Stage early and work on outcomes at the Stage above their grade
level. Others may work on outcomes at a Stage below their grade level. Some students e.g. those in the Special
Education Support classes, work on individual education programs (IEP’s) where the curriculum has been
modified.

  English deals with the strands of Talking & Listening, Reading and Literature, Writing, Handwriting,
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. Our school promotes a whole school approach to Literacy and achieves
good results in the state and national literacy tests e.g. 30% of our Year 5 students achieved in the highest Skill
Band for grammar and punctuation in the National Literacy test compared to the national average of 19%.

   Mathematics consists of six strands of Working Mathematically, Number, Patterns and Algebra, Data,
Measurement, Space and Geometry. Wherever possible, practical “hands-on” and problem solving activities are
included. We work first and foremost to ensure students have a confident knowledge of mathematical concepts
and good recall of tables and other basic number facts.

   Science & Technology (S&T)* develops co-operative learning and skills such as problem solving, designing
& making. An important feature of the program is the focus on environmental issues at a local, national and
global level.

   Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)* (which incorporates history and geography) involves
learning about how and why people establish and interact in communities and the variety of cultures that
constitute Australian Society. We learn about Australia-its history and geography and how we impact on our
environment.

*These two KLA’s are often interwoven in integrated units of work which are studied by Stage groups on
an odd and even year cycle. This method caters for composite classes e.g. Year 5 and Year 6 combined. It
also helps with excursion planning e.g. Years 5 and 6 study government and go to Canberra in odd years;
they study gold and go to Bathurst /Hill End in even years. By sending both years together we have
enough participants to fill 2 buses and this saves parents money.

   Creative Arts (CAPA) involves the strands of Music, Dance, Drama, Art, and Craft. Students are also invited
to sing in choirs, be involved in school performances, or become part of dance groups, which perform in things
such as the Central Coast Dance Festival, Star Struck and J-Rock (the Junior Rock Eisteddfod). The school
supplements the music program with user-pays band and guitar lessons.

  Health, Personal Development and Physical Education (PDHPE) are areas that are given considerable
emphasis. A variety of sporting activities are offered to develop sporting skills and cater for individual interests.
These are offered in class, school and competitive inter-school levels. A variety of Health and Personal
Development lessons are provided to support student understanding of themselves and others. This includes
nutrition and drug education lessons centred on the Life Education Program and Departmental support
documents. Child Protection lessons are provided to assist students to be aware of their own bodies, feelings
and behaviours. The program includes strategies to help students detect danger and stay safe.
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Information Communication Technology (ICT - including Computer Skills)
Students have access to computers in their rooms and in the computer lab. Where there are enough computers
to allow one per child. Technology is therefore an integral part of the teaching and learning program. Every
classroom is connected to the school network and has access to the Internet, enabling world-wide research and
information gathering. Every student has their own individual email address and they can access many
educational programs from home. In 2009, we will increase whiteboard technology resources in every
classroom.

Multicultural and Aboriginal Education

Australia is a nation of diverse backgrounds and cultures. At Chittaway Bay, we recognise and foster respect
for one another, and a sense of belonging.

Each year, we celebrate “Harmony Day”, exploring students’ family heritage, backgrounds and stories. Our
curriculum explores and studies different cultures, including China and Bali. Students also study music, dance
and art activities from all over the world.

We are proud partners of the Tuggerah Lakes Learning Community, which has formed a Koori Choir to
encourage Aboriginal Students to be proud of their culture and strengthen their sense of belonging. The TLLC
Koori Choir performs at a variety of venues and events including community NAIDOC celebrations throughout
the Hunter /Central Coast region.

Gender Equity

The School Staff are very conscious of the need to ensure our programs and resources meet the needs of girls
and boys and help all students achieve their learning potential.
Strategies to ensure this include:
• Providing positive male and female role models.
• Ensuring library books and other resources the school purchases appeal to both genders.
• Planning teaching and learning experiences that will engage boys and girls equally.
• Directing questions, responsibilities, rewards etc to both groups on an equitable basis.
• Providing leadership opportunities to both groups.
• Analysing NAPLAN results to evaluate our effectiveness in ensuring equity of learning opportunities in
    literacy and numeracy.
• Assigning staff to the roles of girls’ welfare and boys’ welfare contacts.
• Encouraging fathers, as well as mothers to actively participate in school activities and as class helpers.




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Foundation Style Writing Model

This is the style that all schools in NSW are required to teach. The arrows show the starting point and direction
in which each letter must be formed. If students don’t learn to hold their pencil correctly and form the letters as
per the models, they will have difficulty later with “running writing” and being able to write large amounts of
text without getting a tired arm.

When children are in Kindergarten and Year 1 it is important that parents and teachers use the same letter
shapes when writing their names and spelling words i.e. do not write children’s names all in capitals when
labeling their books, bags, clothes, lunch box etc.




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HOMEWORK
Each class teacher sets homework differently. Homework encourages the development of study skills, can give
you an insight into to some aspects of the class work your child is engaged in each week and also acts to
consolidate learning.

Homework should be a short, meaningful task for your child to accomplish each evening. It should reinforce
what has been taught in school. It should not be completely new work but may offer the child a chance to go
beyond the basics of what has been presented in class e.g. projects or open ended assignments.

As a parent you may wish to help your child by explaining what needs to be done; give short tests and check
that your child is doing work correctly; encourage your child to do homework regularly and carefully. If your
child has any difficulty with homework tasks, please contact the class teacher.


HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD
Parents are a child’s first teacher. You do a great job e.g. you teach your child to walk, talk, toilet, dress, play
nicely with others, etc. etc. Why stop just because they come to school? Your knowledge, skills and interest in
your child’s continuing development are still vitally important to their well-being. Please continue the good
work e.g.

•   Take an interest in things your child does at school.
•   Encourage him/her to enjoy books. Is your child a regular borrower from the library?
•   Read to or with your child each night before they go to sleep. This is a settling activity and improves
    learning outcomes.
•   Make sure he/she gets a good night sleep. Children cannot do well at school if they stay up late at night.
•   Check or help with homework.
•   Give your child a nutritious breakfast each morning.
•   Provide a nutritious lunch not junk food.
•   Avoid foods with a lot of salt, sugar, fat, food colouring or preservatives.
•   Talk to your child’s teacher about things you are happy with or about things that concern you in relation to
    your child’s school activities.




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EXTRA-CURRICULA ACTIVITIES
The school is proud of the unique opportunities we offer students through a variety of extra-curricula activities.
These contribute to our ability to cater for talented students and those with special interests. Some of the
opportunities that are available include
                   • Leadership training through the Student Parliament
                   • special coaching and/or training in more than 10 sporting skills;
                   • provision of additional resources like Lego Robotics;
                   • utilising expertise from the community;
                   • offering students the opportunity to attend Gifted and Talented workshops and camps;
                   • dance and choir groups that cater for infant, junior and senior groups;
                   • the school band, trained by an external music teacher;
                   • the school guitar groups, trained by an external music teacher;
                   • chess competitions that involve students at local and district levels;
                   • overnight excursions and camps for up to 4 days;

Specialist lessons are conducted using expertise from within the school and from the broader community.
Students who are involved in a variety of competitions at district, state and national levels in academic, cultural
and sporting events have been highly successful.

EXCURSIONS AND SCHOOL PERFORMANCES
These activities are organised to enhance the learning environment in classrooms. Performances are only
selected if they are relevant to school needs and are approved by the Department of Education and Training.
Excursions are considered to be an integral part of your child’s education. Classroom activities are planned
around the excursions and performances.

Examples of excursions are:

Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)      Farm for ‘Meeting Needs’ unit
Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)           Odd years: Sydney Airport for ‘Transport’ unit
                                  Even years: Taronga Zoo for ‘Australian Nature’ unit
Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)           Odd years: The Rocks, Sydney for ‘Colonisation’ unit
                                  Even years: Bateau Bay Rock Platform for ‘Marine Life’ unit
                                  Year 4 attend the ‘Great Aussie Bush Camp’.
Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6)           Odd years: Canberra for ‘Government’ unit
                                  Even years: Bathurst and surrounding areas for ‘Gold’ unit


SPORTS HOUSES
The students are divided into four sporting house groups. These houses are most important for Friday sporting
activities, Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country Carnivals. All members of a family are placed in the same
House.

                       The house colours are:

                       Platypus-              Blue
                       Echidna-               Yellow
                       Koala-                 Green
                       Kangaroo-              Red




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                                         SCHOOL STAFF

TEACHING STAFF
Our teachers are highly qualified and are strongly committed to serving the best interests of the students in their
care.

Every child has a class teacher who is responsible for the teaching and learning program. Each class teacher is
given 2 hours per week release from full-time class teaching responsibilities. They use this time to gather
resources, assess individual students, meet with parents, work collaboratively with other teachers in their Stage
team to plan work and across-grade assessment tasks or moderate work to promote consistent teacher judgment
(CTJ) of student performance.

Other teachers who provide educational opportunities as part of the teaching program include the Release from
Face to Face Teacher (RFF) for one hour per week; the Teacher/Librarian (up to one hour per week) and a Part-
Time Teacher who makes up the remainder of the second hour of RFF the teacher/librarian cannot provide. The
RFF and part-time teachers are assigned teaching subjects according to school planning priorities which vary
from year to year.

To assist students with learning difficulties a Support Teacher Learning (STL) and a Reading Recovery Teacher
provide special support programs.

We have a unit of 3 Special Education classes, which cater for students with mild, moderate and severe learning
disabilities.

SCHOOL COUNSELLOR SERVICE
Two School Counsellors service the school. They are available several days each week to assist with the
diagnosis of students with learning difficulties or disabilities. They also make recommendations or assist
students who may need support with emotional or social issues. Unfortunately, they do not have sufficient time
to provide therapy for students who need it on a regular basis. Parents need to seek this form of counseling
support through Area Health services or other medical professionals.

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION STAFF
Administration staff help maintain the smooth operation of the school. Mrs Arkins is our School Administration
Manager (S.A.M). She is our front office receptionist and is responsible for maintaining enrolment and
financial records. Mrs Cook and Mrs Thoseby are our School Administration Officer (S.A.O) responsible for a
variety of tasks including supporting students with First Aid needs, preparing materials for classrooms, and
other clerical duties. Mrs Nankerville manages clerical tasks in the Library Information Centre.

Specialist teachers’ aides (now officially called School Learning Support Officers) are employed to assist
teachers in meeting the needs of students who have disabilities.

MAINTENANCE STAFF
Two cleaners are responsible for the cleanliness of the school whilst the general assistant is responsible for
maintaining the grounds and dealing with minor maintenance problems.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEACHERS
Scripture Teachers visit the school every Wednesday after recess to provide religious instruction for 40
minutes. Lessons are based on the Christian Faith and are planned jointly by Roman Catholic and Protestant
representatives. Parents may ask for their child to be excluded from the lessons if they conflict with the family’s
religious convictions. Sometimes instruction in other Faiths can be organised.


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                           PARENTS AND COMMUNITY
PARENTS & CITIZENS ASSOCIATION (P. & C.)
Chittaway Bay Public School has a highly effective P. & C. Organisation that exists for all parents. Meetings
are friendly and informal and new members are most welcome. The P. & C. meets monthly, usually in the third
week of each month to plan fundraising events and discuss school operation and policies. Reminders of meeting
dates and times are published in the school newsletter. The P & C contributes strongly to the school by raising
funds to buy resources for educational programs and by improving the physical environment in which students
learn.

Some activities in which the P. & C. is involved include:

       •   Fundraising
       •   Canteen Supervision
       •   Uniform style and sale
       •   Building and ground facilities
       •   Discussion of school policies and curricula.


The school Principal gives a report at each meeting. This helps parents who attend P&C meetings develop a
really good understanding of school programs and policies. This knowledge helps P&C members play an
important role in school management and decision-making through formal and informal discussions with the
Principal.

The P & C is very active in fundraising and over the past few years has, through various initiatives such as
School Discos, Christmas and Easter Raffles, Fathers Day Morning Tea, Cake Stalls and Sausage Sizzles etc
The fundraising has purchase many items for our school – some examples include

   •   New playground fitness equipment through the government’s Investing in Our Schools Program.
   •   New books and shelving for class and library use.
   •   Sun Shelters for sporting and other outdoor events.
   •   Securing a water grant from the government that will provide for a water tank, dual flush cisterns in all
       the toilets and new bubblers.


PARENT HELPERS
Parents are strongly encouraged to be involved with the happenings of the school and many parents, former
parents and grandparents provide strong support to the school. This includes assisting in the canteen,
classrooms, on excursions, with dance groups and driving students to and from sporting competitions. Parents
also become involved in such activities as sporting carnivals, concerts and special inter-school competitions.
It also involves being involved in decision-making through the Parents & Citizens Association. We greatly
appreciate the support of our parents and wider community so at the end of the year we hold a thank-you
morning tea for all our helpers. Local businesses and other community agencies that support the school are
offered the chance to advertise in our school newsletter, which goes home every Tuesday to nearly 400 homes.




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COMMUNITY LINKS

 •   Wyong Shire Council – Our school participates in council’s environmental and health programs e.g.
     Water Wise and Waste Management.

 •   Bunnings Tuggerah – Bunnings provides technical advice about improvements to our buildings and
     grounds, support our environmental programs and offer workshops for our students.

 •   The Chittaway View Club and Chittaway Lion’s sponsor our annual awards each year.

 •   Bendigo Bank, Wyong Branch sponsor an annual award each year.

 •   W.R.A.P. with love – our school produces blankets for people in third world countries.

 •   Mingara Recreation Club – partnership in the Tuggerah Lakes Learning Community. Students have
     access to athletics programs. Our school uses Mingara pool and athletics field for our annual carnivals.

 •   Local media – Our P&C Publicity Officer has developed a very positive relationship with staff at the
     ‘Express Advocate’. This has allowed us to promote our school to the wider community.

 •   The Benevolent Society provides the “Ready, Set, Go” Playgroup, which supports the transition from
     home to Kindergarten by operating weekly pre-school playgroup and family information sessions in
     Terms 3 and 4.




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                                              CANTEEN
The canteen is supervised by a sub-committee of the P&C. It complies with the NSW Healthy Canteen
Guidelines. It is open four days a week and is operated by a paid manager and volunteer parent-helpers. The
canteen offers an extensive menu all year round. It also runs two “Red Days” per term i.e. offering items not
normally allowed on the menu. This shows that not-so-healthy food choices are OK in moderation.

The canteen aims to provide healthy food at reasonable price so that it offers a service to parents and students
and also contributes to P&C fund-raising for school resources. The menus are updated regularly and copies are
made available to all students. Rosters for volunteer parent helpers are printed in the Newsletter.

* Lunch orders should be written on a lunch bag and given to the canteen helpers by 9.00am. The student’s
name, class and the order should be written on the bag.

* Selected students collect and deliver lunches to the classrooms where the teacher distributes them at
12.45pm.

The canteen is open in the morning to receive lunch orders and make some counter sales. The canteen is also
open at recess and the second part of lunchtime for counter sales.

We are fortunate in having a canteen manager who gives extra time, free of charge, to help with out-of-school
activities. However, she could not manage the canteen at all without her volunteers. We greatly appreciate
them.




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                                        SCHOOL UNIFORM
Our school is a uniform school. The P. & C. and the school staff strongly support it and actively encourage the
students to wear it. By doing so, students quickly identify with school; remove the possibility of dress
competition; have relatively cheap and serviceable school wear and promote whole school tone and morale.
Please encourage your children to wear their uniform everyday.

Boys
Summer Normal Wear –                     Gold Polo shirt (school emblem on front)
                                         Navy Shorts
                                         White socks and black leather shoes

Winter Normal Wear –                     Navy Sloppy Joe (school emblem on front)
                                         Navy tracksuit pants
                                         Gold Skivvy
                                         White socks and black leather shoes
                                         Navy blue bomber jacket with gold stripes on bands (optional)

Primary Sports Wear                      Gold Polo shirt (school emblem on front)
                                         Navy Rugby Shorts
                                         White socks and joggers

Girls
Summer Normal Wear –                     Navy/White/Lemon Check Uniform
                                         (style Wilkinson 740 Material 8084)
                                         Navy Peter Pan Collar and Navy cuff sleeves. Blue tie.
                                         OR
                                         Navy Culottes
                                         Gold Polo Shirt (school emblem on front)
                                         White socks and black leather shoes.

Winter Normal Wear-                      Navy Sloppy Joe (school emblem on front)
                                         Gold Skivvy
                                         Navy & gold check pleated skirt
                                         Navy tracksuit pants
                                         White socks or navy tights & black leather shoes
                                         Navy Blue Bomber Jacket with gold stripes on bands (optional)

Primary Sports Wear-                     Gold Polo Shirt (school emblem on front)
                                         Navy pleated netball skirt OR
                                         Navy Rugby Shorts
                                         White socks and joggers

A clothing pool is available at school. Most of the items above are available and must be pre-paid before delivery.

Please make sure uniforms are labelled with your child’s name.

    •   If an item of clothing is found it will be placed in the lost property box.
    •   Sometimes the school has a small supply of second-hand uniforms, which we can offer to parents at reduced
        cost.
    •   We welcome donations of uniforms when students leave the school or outgrow them.


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                               HOW WE COMMUNICATE
ASSEMBLIES
The whole school assembles under the COLA for morning and lunchtime assemblies so that information about
school activities, rules etc. can be communicated and so that students can regularly be praised for wearing
school uniform, showing good listening manners, and being punctual. This time is also used to reinforce the
Core Value of the week.

Every Friday, a Primary Assembly (Years 3-6) is held in the hall at 11.10 a.m. and is run by the Student
Parliament. The Principal addresses the students and then presents Behaviour and Merit Awards. Super
Readers are recognized. Sports Awards may be presented. Teachers announce results from special functions
and provide details about coming events. The Parliamentary Secretary gives the Parliamentary Report and
Ministers present their weekly class awards. Selected Parliamentarians allocate class points for best assembly
behaviour. These points earn the winning class a special reward at the end of the year.

Following the Primary Assembly, a K–2 assembly is held in the hall at 12pm. The K-2 classes are rostered to
run the assembly and perform an item each week. Parliament representatives announce the names of students
who have had birthdays during the week; the assembly sings Happy Birthday and gives special claps to each
age group (e.g. fairy claps, crocodile claps, seal claps, according to the birthday children’s preferences). Special
Reading, Behaviour and Academic awards are also handed out.

NEWSLETTERS
Every Tuesday a school newsletter is sent home to each family. The newsletter is our main form of
communication with parents so it is really important that you read it as soon as possible. The newsletter is also
posted on the School’s website.

APPOINTMENTS WITH SCHOOL STAFF
Good communication between the home and the school is important. However, it is very difficult for a staff
member to be involved in an impromptu interview with parents if they should be teaching their class. Therefore
it is important for both the parents and staff members that interview times are established which are convenient
to both parties.
• Class teachers contact parents if they have concerns about a student’s performance or well-being.
• The Learning Support Team Co-ordinator or the School Counsellor will contact parents whose child has
     been referred for extra support or assessment.
• The Principal or an Assistant Principal contacts parents if there are serious concerns about a student’s
     attitude or behaviour.
• The First Aid officer contacts parent whose children are not well.
• If you have interests/concerns about your child’s educational progress an appointment should be made with
     the class teacher as the first point of contact.
• If you have interests/concerns in relation to the K-2 area of the school, then an appointment should be made
     with Mr Spier, the Assistant Principal who is responsible supervision of the K-2 classes.
• If you have interests/concerns in relation to the Primary area of the school, then an appointment should be
     made with Mr Hodges, Assistant Principal responsible for supervision of Stage 2 if the matter relates to
     Years 3 and 4 or with Mrs Hall, Assistant Principal responsible for supervision of Stage 3 if the matter
     relates to Years 5 or 6.
• If you have interests or concerns relating to the Special Education support classes, the appointment should
     be made with Mrs Rushworth, Assistant Principal responsible for supervision of the Special Education Unit.
• If you have interests/concerns in relation to the school in general then an appointment should be made with
     the Principal. You are also invited to make an appointment with the principal if you feel the Assistant
     Principals did not resolve your concerns.


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REPORTING TO PARENTS
We provide a formal written report on student performance to their parents twice per year. We also arrange
private parent teacher interviews to discuss the details of these reports. At the beginning of the year
Parent/Teacher Information Meetings are also held.



AUSTRALIAN VALUES and RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP
   Our school is strongly committed to Australia’s core values of
             Respect         Responsibility        Fairness       Integrity      Democracy
             Excellence            Co-operation            Care           Participation

   Students, staff and parents demonstrate their commitment to the values in their everyday school life.

   Specific programs and policies in which we reinforce the values include:
          modelling democracy, respect, responsibility and participation through our Student Parliament;
          promoting excellence, responsibility, cooperation and participation through our awards system;
          demonstrating care, fairness, integrity, respect and responsibility through our Student Welfare
          programs and our integration of students with disabilities;
          Raising money for Red Cross, Stewart House and selected other causes;
          Establishing networks and participating in community events e.g. with the Central Coast Christian
          Outreach Centre; Chittaway Bay Lions Club; Chittaway Bay View Club; Surf Life-saving; ANZAC
          Day marches with The Entrance RSL sub-branch;
          promoting international relations and world harmony by hosting 13 Korean students and their
          teacher on a Group Study Tour and by providing resources for our Teacher/librarian, Mrs Judy
          Townsend, and her daughter to take with them on their good-will tour to Chang-Rai schools in
          Thailand during the Christmas holidays.
          helping third-world countries through the Wrap with Love blankets;
          Celebrating Harmony Day, NAIDOC Week and teaching all our students about Aboriginal and other
          cultures.

   We also recognise the need to protect our environment. We have undertaken many initiatives in this area
   and have won a prize in the Wyong Shire Council’s Primary School Environment Competition.
   Our initiatives have included:
          Installation of rain water tanks and dual flush toilet cisterns to service the school toilets;
          Installation of spring-loaded bubblers to prevent water wastage through leaks or running taps;
          Installation of inverter air conditioners to conserve electricity;
          Participation in Wyong Council’s Water-tight education program;
          Participation in Wyong Council’s Waste-Watchers’ education program;
          Recycling paper;
          Separating garbage and recycling green waste;
          Educational excursions to Rumbalara Field Study Centre;
          Development of a SEMP;
          Bug watching




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                                    PERFORMING ARTS

Dance          Brass and Woodwind Band               Guitar Groups          Choirs         School Concerts

We are fortunate in having a qualified dance teacher, Miss Emmakate De Henau, on staff. Each year she trains
dance groups to participate in things such as the Central Coast Dance Festival, Junior Rock Eisteddfod (J-Rock)
and Star Struck. Miss De Henau is strongly supported by Assistant Principal Mrs Jenny Hall, other staff and
parents. Our students always perform well and Miss De Henau’s skills are recognised by organisers of
Hunter/Central Coast Dance who recruit her to assist with choreography and planning. As a result of their
experiences, several of our students audition successfully each year for entry to the Hunter Performing Arts
High School.

We have a small brass and woodwind band which is tutored by an outside bandmaster who also teaches several
guitar groups at the school. Band students are given the opportunity to perform with larger groups when they
attend band workshops. Band members and guitar players perform at school assemblies and special functions
during the year. We are hoping to increase the size of our band by awarding scholarships. We will also make
our hall available for the bandmaster to use in establishing a community band (to which our band would
belong). Keyboard lessons have also been introduced to the school.

We have a senior choir and a junior choir. Some of our students also belong to the Tuggerah Lakes Learning
Community Koori Choir. The school choirs perform at school events, at local shopping centres; for the Lions
Club Christmas party and at Christian Outreach activities. The Koori choir performs at NAIDOC and
Reconciliation events and, other selected events. At the end of each year, the Koori choir travels by bus to
perform at each of the ten schools in the Tuggerah Lakes Learning Community.

During the year, each class in the Kindergarten to Year 2 department is rostered to perform an item at their
weekly assembly. Every student in the K-2 classes also has the opportunity to perform in the annual K-2 school
concert. By participating in these performances, students develop confidence and talent. The school hall is filled
to capacity every year by proud parents and grandparents.

At the end of each year, we hold a variety concert where students who wish to perform have to prepare their
own item and then audition for selection. Successful performers then perform for the rest of the school. This has
proved very popular with students and has revealed some hidden talents.




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                     SPECIAL EVENTS in 2008 and 2009
Christmas Fete
Our last school fete was held on Saturday, 8th November 2008. It was the first fete for more than three years.
The P&C decided to have a Christmas theme and our P&C President did some research using the Internet to
find novel ideas. She found a pig-kissing competition whereby the Principal would have to kiss a pig. Another
parent found a pig. One of our clever teachers made a big pink pig money box out of papier-mâché with a sign
around its neck advertising that the Principal had agreed to kiss a big, ugly pig if $1,000 was donated. Students,
particularly Kindergarten, took great delight in “feeding the pig”, the Principal “hammed” it up, chasing them
away and the pig-kissing became the major attraction at the fete. Yes, the Principal kissed the pig even though
we didn’t quite achieve the $$$$ target.

In addition to the pig-kissing, the fete had over 60 stalls and made $15,000. This was a tremendous
achievement for a school of only 400 students in such a challenging economic climate. The success of the fete
was due to the organisations skills and hard work of our P&C President, the support she received from other
members of our parent community and the wider community and the generosity of all who came along on the
day.

Korean Students on Study Tour
Last year, 13 Korean students and their teacher visited the school for about 4 weeks in July-August. Our
families welcomed them into their homes and teachers welcomed them into their classes. Our staff and students
learnt a lot about another culture and became much more comfortable in relating to others when there were
some language difficulties.

The Korean students took some time to adjust to the less formal atmosphere of our classrooms and to the fact
that they didn’t have to do school work until 10.00 or 11.00 o’clock each night. The Korean teacher gave the
Principal a thank you card, saying how much she appreciated the warmth and kindness we extended to her and
her students and that she had learnt the value of a smile and positive attitude from the manner in which our staff
related to students. The visit provided a great learning experience for all.

The visit for 2009 was postponed due to the outbreak of ‘Swine’ Flu. It should occur in February of 2010.

Teacher/librarian visit to Chang Rai
During the 2008 Christmas vacation, our teacher/librarian, Mrs Judy Townsend, and her daughter Joanna
Townsend (Channel 9) visited Chang Rai in Thailand on a good-will visit. They took with them donations of
pencils, books, rulers and the rugs made as part of the “WRAP with Love” program our school supports.

As a result of their experience Judy and Joanna joined some other Australians from the town in deciding to
support the establishment (and then maintain) a new village school. This costs approximately $3500 per year.




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