Cohuna Consolidated School is an educational facility endeavouring to provide the best possible
opportunities for the children in Cohuna and the surrounding district. We welcome you and your child,
and look forward to spending some successful years together.
We sincerely hope they will be wonderful experiences. The responsibility for ensuring this actually
happens, rests with the joint efforts of parents and the school. Therefore, whilst striving to make your
child's school days happy and rewarding, we also look forward to a successful partnership with you.
Our goal is to provide the most stimulating environment possible, in which the total growth of your child
will be fostered. Together, we must ensure that your children have the desire and ability to learn, and that
they develop an inquiring mind, as well as a respect and empathy for others.
We trust that the information in this booklet will help you to appreciate some of our school routines and
requirements. Sometimes it could be argued that schools have too many rules and regulations. However,
the safety of your children is of paramount importance to us, and is the main reason for many of the
statements you will read in this booklet.
Hopefully the following information will assist you, to work with us, in the task of helping your children
grow and develop into responsible and resilient citizens.
DAVID C LAIDLAW
“U”/Information Booklet Reviewed November 2 008
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. School Council Student Accounts 3
2. School and Building Plans 4, 5
3. Our School - Its Purpose 6
4. Teacher List - Term Dates - Opening of School Year 7
5. General Information 8
- School Hours 8
- Lunch Arrangements 8
- Absences of Children 8
- Curriculum Days & Reporting Day 8
- Bus Travellers 9
- Bus Pass 9
- Items Required by Children 9/10
- Bike Helmets & Bikes 10
- School Calendar of Events 10
6. Canteen 11
- General Information 11
- Rules 11
- Duty 12
- Committee 12
7. School Newsletter 12
8. School Bank 12
9. School Uniform - Uniform Shop, Lost Property, Emergency Clothing 13
10. Whole School Discipline Program and Policy 14 - 20
11. Health & Welfare 20
12. Sick Bay 20
13. Sun Smart Campaign 20
14. Infectious Diseases 21, 22
School Entry Immunisation 23
15. Head Lice 24
16. Written Reports on Children 24
17. How Parents Can Help Children 25
18. Support Services 26
19. Excursions 26
20. School Council 27
21. Sport 27
22. Parents' Club 28
1. SCHOOL COUNCIL STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Government funding to schools does not cover the full cost of all aspects of your child's education. The
Student Resource Package (SRP), provides money to bulk purchase paper, card and newsprint, etc.; for
photocopying costs; to buy the equipment and materials for areas such as Physical Education & Sport,
Mathematics, Library, Music, Art, Science, Information and Communications Technology, Design,
Creativity and Technology, Language, Computers, etc. and Religious Education; for electricity and other
utility costs; and for some grounds and building maintenance.
However, matters such as payment for booklist items, and the replacement of these as they are used, lost
or broken; incidental bus fares; excursions; cultural activities, etc., are all costs which legitimately have to
be met by parents. We try to contain these costs, and certainly keep them as low as possible, but parents
will appreciate that gradual rises are inevitable.
During 2 009, our school will spend the Student Account money on the following items:
1. Purchase of pupil requisites ...................................................................................... $ 80.00
2. Cultural activities - including all Arts Council Tours. ............................................. $ 30.00
3. Incidental bus use (Swimming Program, Athletics, etc.) .....................................… $ 25.00
4. Student Computers (Internet/Email and maintenance) ........................................ $ 25.00
5. Art/Craft materials costs. ......................................................................................... $ 30.00
The Student Account is not a Voluntary Contribution - it is payment for actual costs incurred. If you
choose not to pay, the alternative is, that you purchase booklist items as required, and pay for all of the
other incidentals as they are utilised. If, as a community, we can all support the idea of buying in bulk and
sharing the cost of those resources, it will again be the cheapest, most economical and efficient manner to
provide the programs that are planned for 2009.
This system requires the support of all families, so we encourage everyone to share the responsibility of
paying for the education costs in this manner – it will result in savings for all families.
In this way, the Student Account can be kept to $ 140 per child for the 2009 year.
The savings can only be made if we bulk buy and pay our creditors early; sometimes in advance. To assist
us with this, parents have been quite prepared to pay the account promptly, during the first four weeks of
February or earlier.
Early payment of Student Accounts ($140-) is encouraged.
After the end of the fourth week in 2009, Friday the 27th of February, the full amount of $190 will
Student requisites will be handed out as soon as the Student Accounts are paid. Parents with unpaid
accounts will receive booklists to enable them to purchase their own supplies. Families who choose this
alternative also need to pay the $55 (Computer and Art/Craft costs) as well as paying for bus activities or
Arts Council shows as they arise.
Families who are eligible for the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) need to pay just
$29.50/child, because we receive the other $110.50/child in two payments through the year. For other
families, we are quite prepared to negotiate arrangements to suit, but they will have to be formalised
between now and the end of that fourth week at school. Our Accounts Receivable system keeps an
accurate record of part payments and issues itemised print-outs to keep you up to date with the state of
your student account.
2. SCHOOL & BUILDING PLANS
Cohuna Consolidated School Plan
Cohuna Consolidated School Building Plan
3. OUR SCHOOL - ITS PURPOSE
The Cohuna Consolidated School opened in 1978, and now caters for approximately 225 children. It
operates in a modern, flexible design with a well-equipped library, spacious art/craft and multi-purpose
rooms and a canteen. The school serves the attractive Cohuna township of 2 100 people, and a large
dairying district. A system of seven buses brings pupils from the surrounding district.
Our school sets out to provide programs and opportunities which will assist children to:
- grow and develop in a happy atmosphere, and learn to have respect for themselves
and their peers.
- acquire, and successfully develop, the basic skills of literacy and numeracy which in turn
will enable them to be truly independent in their search for knowledge and understanding.
- relate successfully to other children and adults, so that they show courtesy and
consideration to all members of their community.
- develop their creativity and imagination so that they may contribute to, and be appreciative
of, their own culture, and the cultures of other societies.
- become self-disciplined and responsible individuals.
Parents are advised that there are Policy Statements relating to the education of the children. They are
generally known as the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) documents. Our school programs
are reviewed regularly to ensure that they meet the objectives of the VELS. They are lengthy documents
and statements, but are available from the general office for parent perusal.
Highlights for 2009:
We will continue to make a strong monetary commitment towards keeping class sizes down. Our Preps will
be in one classes of 21 students. The rest of the school is then divided into 3 x 1/2 composites; 3 x 3/4
composites, and 3 x 5/6 composites of between 21 and 25 students each, making 10 teaching groups in 2009
(see page 3).
The school will continue to enhance the Learning Technology facilities developed since 1999 by making
good use of the opportunities being offered for technical support. We will expand further, the use of learning
technologies in curriculum presentation and reporting procedures through digital portfolios. The Computer
Laboratory is very well resourced, and we will be purchasing laptop computers for classroom use as well.
Computer tecnology remains an important support aspect to our programs. We will also be purchasing three
electronic, interactive white boards for classroom use.
Teachers with special expertise in some subject areas will be used to provide planning time for the other staff.
The specialist areas next year will include Music, LOTE (Indonesian) and P.E.
We will continue the very successful Reading Recovery Program for Grade 1 students, to ensure that every
child becomes a successful reader. Futhermore, the Early Years Program will continue to be extended into the
Grade 3/4 area of the school.
The school will continue to give students the opportunity to compete at advanced levels in sporting, academic
and other personal endeavours.
We intend to pursue the continued introduction and refinement of student personal development programs, to
broaden their understanding of life and their ability to cope with the „pressures‟ to be faced, as they grow into
adolescence - using “You Can Do It” as the foundation program for this. The TRIBES program has been
undertaken by the majority of staff members and will continue to be implemented across the school. The Peer
Mediation Program will be continued, as will the Buddies activities and the Peer Support Program.
We wish to continually strengthen the partnership between the school and students‟ families, to maximise the
chances of providing a successful primary education. We value parent input.
4. TEACHER LIST - TERM DATES - OPENING OF SCHOOL YEAR
The Teacher List for 2009 has been finalised, as follows.
TEACHERS AND CLASSES FOR 2009
LOTE (Indonesian) - Kirstin Nicholson Room 1
Prep (21) - Sheryl Russell 2/3
Gr. 1/2 (21) - Genna McCurdy 4
- Junior Unit Resource Room 5
Gr. 1/2 (22) - Alison Millar 6
Gr. 1/2 (22) - Kate McGillivray/Carol Rye 7
- Computer Room 8
Gr. 3/4 (21 ) - Kate Bartels 9
Gr. 3/4 (21) - Kathryn Bloomfield 10
Gr. 3/4 (21) - Tania Pigdon 11
Gr. 5/6 (25) - Jaccie Harbinson 12
Gr. 5/6 (25) - Bernie Monaghan 13
Gr. 5/6 (25) - Sandra Hancock 14
- Senior Unit Resource Room 15
Music Room - Tracy Rogers 16
Reading Recovery - Jenny van der Zande
Library/Admin./Integration - Marion Hunter Library
Integration Program Support - Joycelyn Bartram
- Rhonda Worthy
Administration Manager - Jenny van der Zande
Assistant Principal / P.E - Rob West
Principal - David Laidlaw
TERM DATES 2 009
Term 1 Wednesday, 28th January - Friday, 3rd April
(Students resume on Monday, 2nd February)
Term 2 Monday, 20th April - Friday, 26th June
Term 3 Monday, 13th July - Friday, 18th September
Term 4 Monday, 5th October - Friday, 18th December
Public holidays Labour Day 9th March, Easter 10th – 13th April
ANZAC Day 25th April Queen‟s Birthday 8th June
OPENING OF SCHOOL YEAR
Teachers commence on Wednesday, 28th January.
All children, including Preps, commence on Monday, 2nd February at 8.50 am.
Our Prep children do not attend school on Wednesdays throughout February. The first full week of school
for 2009 Prep children will commence Monday, 2nd March.
5. GENERAL INFORMATION
Children are “in school” from:
8.50am - 10.50am
11.10am - 1.10pm
2.10pm - 3.10 pm
All students eat lunch under teacher supervision from 1.10 pm to 1.20pm.
Under normal circumstances, food is eaten in the verandah or courtyard areas outside each classroom, so
that carpets can be kept clean. On days of extreme weather conditions, lunch will be taken in the multi-
purpose room, which has a vinyl floor. Extreme weather conditions generally only cover wet days, but
may include days of extreme heat.
ABSENCES OF CHILDREN
When your child has been absent, it is necessary for you to FORWARD TO THE SCHOOL THE
SCHOOL‟S PRESCRIBED ABSENTEE FORM, explaining the reason for the absence. This is a legal
requirement for our Attendance Rolls. If possible, it helps to do this before the absence.
Bus absences are to be listed on the Bus Board outside the Conference Room.
If your child arrived by bus in the morning and leaves early, this is a very important procedure.
Similarly, if your child was not on the bus in the morning, but is to go home on it in the afternoon, or,
your child has a bus pass to travel on another bus, the Bus Captains/Bus Co-ordinator need to be advised,
through use of the Bus Board. Application for a bus pass should be arranged early if possible (refer page
CURRICULUM DAYS AND REPORTING DAY
The Government allows schools to conduct curriculum/planning and reporting days each year. Planning
programs and studying new or innovative ideas is the purpose of these days. The number of these is four.
The first three day of the school year is set aside by the government as pupil free days (28th, 29th, 30th
Jan.). The fourth day is proposed for 12th June. Attendance of students on these days is not required.
State government gazetted public holidays are a school closure date as well ie Melbourne Cup.
School Council is also able to grant one holiday per year.
Currently seven buses convey children to our school. To be eligible for free travel by school bus to our
school, children must reside a minimum of 4.8 Km. from their nearest school. If that school is ours, or
another school which does not have a bus service to it, they can legitimately catch a bus to Cohuna
Consolidated School. If you live closer than 4.8 Km. to another school your child should attend there or
be a fee paying traveller to our school. Students living closer than 4.8 Km. to our school can be granted
permission to travel here if there is spare seating on the bus.
New travellers must apply at Cohuna Secondary College for permission to travel on the buses.
After school, during the first few weeks, Prep children are collected from their classrooms and taken to
their bus lines by older children from the same bus.
At 3.10 pm. each day, bus travellers assemble at the front of the school in their respective bus lines and
names are checked off on a roll.
Bus rolls are marked by monitors both morning and afternoon. Children leaving school in any other way
must place their names in the appropriate space on the master bus roll outside the Conference Room.
We have Bus Captains who help manage behaviour on the buses. Students receive one written warning
for bad behaviour on the bus and are suspended from travel for a period, the second time they misbehave.
Our drivers must concentrate on their driving, so we ask parents to help encourage sensible behaviour.
BUS PASS (TEMPORARY)
If for any reason, a child needs to travel on a different bus, overnight or for longer, permission must be
obtained in writing. It is wise to do this well in advance, because some buses do not have room for extra
passengers. Obtaining a bus pass should be done at least a day prior to when it is required.
Parents need to write a note (or phone the school) to the bus co-ordinator requesting a „bus pass‟ which
will then be approved.
The child concerned will be given a signed form to be presented to the bus captain / driver of the bus.
ITEMS REQUIRED BY CHILDREN
1. Library Bag:
Strong material, with handles measuring 35 cm. x 45 cm. They are available from the Uniform Shop.
Please inquire at General Office for purchase details.
Many children wear only socks, but slippers are encouraged in the school building. Note please, that
thongs and bare feet are dangerous, and therefore not acceptable.
3. Art Smock:
These should cover all clothing and have long sleeves. They can be purchased from the Uniform Shop, or
can be made out of an old shirt. In the case of Preps, it would help if you assist by teaching your child to
put it on and take it off.
In line with Government Legislation, children riding their bikes to school must wear their helmets at all
times and provision will be made for storage of helmets in the classroom during school hours if needed.
The Victorian Bike Education Committee recommends that CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 9,
DON'T RIDE UNSUPERVISED. Our school takes the opportunity to develop road safety awareness etc.,
at a number of levels, through the Bike Education Policy and Program.
SCHOOL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
FEBRUARY Senior Unit Swimming Program, School Council Elections
MARCH Parent/Teacher Interviews
APRIL Cross Country
MAY Education Week, National Literacy / Numeracy Testing
JUNE Mid-Year Reports
JULY Opinion Surveys, Junior Unit Concert
AUGUST Book Parade, Incoming Prep Information evening
SEPTEMBER Athletic Sports, Art Show
OCTOBER Prep Orientation and Enrolments
NOVEMBER Grade/ staff organisation for the following year
DECEMBER Junior Unit Swimming Program, Senior Unit Concert
Canteen Manager - Tina Dickinson
Canteen Phone Number - 0354 562121 (This is a separate line - the General Office cannot connect you)
- All parents are expected to take turns to assist with Canteen Duty; the roster is published in
full with reminders on the weekly Newsletter.
- Lunches are available each day except Wednesdays and on special occasions, of which
notice will be given. The Canteen may also be closed at some stage, if we are unable to
raise enough voluntary assistance.
- The Canteen provides a choice a healthy foods in accordance with Victorian School‟s
Canteen Association guidelines.
- Orders should be written on lunch bags, which are for sale in bundles of one
hundred. At this stage, a bundle costs $5.00.
- The NAME and GRADE of the child must be CLEARLY written on the bag.
- Price changes, and menu changes, are made known via the school's newsletter.
- Children should place bags, with money, in the lunch `container' in their own classroom at
the start of each school day. It helps to remind them, because this is often forgotten.
- The canteen has `summer' and `winter' menus, as well as „Specials‟ throughout the year.
- Milk Shakes, icy poles, etc. must NOT be ordered on lunch bags.
- Canteen is run strictly on a cash basis - no credit is given.
- Snack foods will only be sold after 1.20 pm. A limited range of purchases is also possible
at morning recess.
- Every Wednesday the Canteen is closed.
- The Canteen is closed the first day of each term for cleaning.
- Foods purchased (over and above lunch orders) at the canteen must be consumed in the
shade area on the lawn in front of the Canteen, where there are seats and bins.
- Parents should impress on children the necessity to put their lunch orders in on entering
their home-room in the morning. This is also reinforced by the class teachers.
We can only operate our canteen through the goodwill of voluntary helpers. The assistance of mothers &
fathers is essential, and it offers rewards as well, through meeting other parents, and becoming a regular
and visible part of your child's total education.
Helpers assist in food preparation, selling of various items over the counter, and in the daily clean-up of
equipment and facilities. It has become increasingly more difficult to maintain the canteen service, so we
need your support in both senses - by buying goods and providing voluntary help.
School children are not permitted in the canteen. Younger children must be under strict supervision.
NO SMOKING is permitted on school premises.
Canteen duty commences at 10.45 am. and finishes at approximately 2.00 pm. However, we are able to
organise shifts for people if this is more convenient for them. Shift times are 10.45am – 12.00pm and
12.45 – 2.00pm.
The School Council appoints the Convener or Chairperson to lead this Committee. A staff member is on
the committee and Parents Club nominate a representative.
Meetings are held termly and a report is presented to School Council.
The function of the Committee is to advise the Council on all matters affecting the actual operation of the
Canteen, including the menu prices, and the rostering of voluntary assistants.
7. SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS
During most weeks of the school year, a Newsletter will be sent home on Thursdays. Parents should take
steps to ensure that it is brought home as it will contain important information concerning dates and
happenings/doings of the Council, Parents' Club, and so on. It is distributed through the youngest child in
the family every week.
8. SCHOOL BANK
Children beginning school for the first time are given a `free' account with the Commonwealth Bank.
Each Tuesday, parents may send to school a deposit book and the amount of money. We operate School
Banking as a fund raising activity, and receive a set amount for every deposit made - no matter what the
size of the deposit. We therefore hope that deposits are made regularly.
9. SCHOOL UNIFORM The wearing of uniform is compulsory.
The options from which children and parents can choose are listed below, and most of the items will be
available through the Parents‟ Club Uniform Shop.........
White/Bottle Green Polo Shirt with Striped collar School Windcheater
Bomber Jacket Bottle Green Slouch/Bucket Hats
Grey Cargo Trousers Polyester bootleg
Gaberdine Grey Cargo Shorts Rain jacket
Grey/White Socks Appropriate black school shoes
Our school is a Sun Smart School; the wearing of a hat will be enforced during the Summer months.
ie. During Terms 1 and 4
SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP
Parents are reminded that both new and second hand items are available through the Uniform Shop.
At this stage we stock the following items at the prices shown, but those prices can vary -
Bomber Jackets (size 4 - 14) 33.00 Windcheaters (size 4 – 14) 21.00
(size 16) 37.00 (size 16) 23.00
Gaberdine Grey Shorts (size 4 - 14) 16.00 Polo shirts with striped collar - short sleeve 19.00
Skorts (size 4 – 18) 16.00 (6 – 14) - long sleeved 22.00
Ployester bootleg (size 4 – 16) 26.00 Grey Cargo Pants (size 4 – 16) 26.00
Library Bags 2.00 Reader Bags 5.00
Art Smocks S, M, L 12.00 Rain Jacket 30.00
Hats - Slouch S,M,L 11.00
- Bucket 8.00
- Beanie 12.00
(Prices are subject to change at short notice)
School Bags available from Ross Bateman Menswear.
The uniform Shop is organised by the Parents' Club and the Office Staff
ALL CLOTHING MUST BE CLEARLY AND PERMANENTLY NAMED
Un-named articles are often unclaimed - causing great inconvenience as well as financial loss to parents.
Much time is wasted attempting to either find an article of clothing or to find an owner. It is most
disturbing to have to dispose of unclaimed articles, particularly when such large numbers are often
Lost property will be placed on pegs near Room 8. Unclaimed articles are donated to charity each term.
Uniform items are washed and resold as secondhand clothing.
We keep a store of clothing in the school for those occasions when a child may need to be changed.
Unfortunately, when it goes home on the child, it does not always come back! Please wash and return
such items if your child is helped out in this way. We are, of course, glad to receive donations of good
clean items such as short, socks, shirts and underwear.
10. COHUNA CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL
WHOLE SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
It is anticipated that this Discipline Policy will provide guidelines to all relevant groups - students, staff and
parents, regarding appropriate codes of conduct that will permit our school to function successfully.
Our intention is that the document will be used by teachers and parents. We do not expect it to be read by all
students. However, it is expected that teachers and parents will accept the responsibility to explain, implement and
support its contents.
Rules will be developed to guide the basic functioning of the school on the basis of:
1. a. Classroom Rules:
A standard set of rules will be developed to apply across all classrooms. These will address the aspects of:
- Talking - Movement
- Conflict - Learning
- Treatment (of others)
Individual teachers will be free to establish other rules to operate within their class. All teachers are to
ensure, however, that all rules are thoroughly discussed on a regular basis and understood by the children.
Teachers will ensure that rules are prominently displayed in classrooms.
b. Whole School Rules:
These rules apply throughout the school, inside and outside the classroom.
Staff, in consultation with the School Well Being Team (Principal, Assistant Principal and elected staff
representative) will determine whole school rules and these will be reviewed on an annual basis. Whole
school rules will address:
- Movement in the yard - Conflict resolution
- Treatment of others - Health and Safety
All teachers should regularly reinforce school wide rules with their students.
2. The use of consequences relating to established rules will occur in order to develop consistency in the
implementation of the „Code of Conduct‟ across the school.
a. Positive Consequences:
The benefits of developing a positive relationship between teacher and child cannot be overstated. Firm,
but fair and consistent, application of school rules, coupled with a genuine empathy for the child can lead
to a positive relationship being developed which may minimise the need for consequences of a disciplinary
nature to be applied.
Examples of possible positive consequences.
- praise - note attached to homework/communication journal
- certificates, stickers - note sent home/telephone call to parents
- privileges - recognition of achievement from teachers
- Principal Award - recognition of achievement from Principal
b. Disciplinary Consequences.
While a range of management strategies may be employed by staff in the classroom and whole school
situation, the general rule of application of consequences for discipline will occur in the sequence of:
Classroom – Prep – 2
A. Low Level: e.g. Disruptive behaviour, passive learning, uncooperative behaviour
1. Name on the board and name the behaviour. (A positive reminder of the task to
2. If behaviour persists – record a cross (X) on the board. Length of time inside at teacher‟s discretion.
3. Parent to be contacted either verbally or written.
B. Extreme: e.g Physical Violence, Abusive or Foul Language directed at someone with intent
1. Red card – sent to Principal
2. Removal of student from area where incident occurred
3. Cooling off period if needed.
5. Parent contact
6. Suspension process if felt warranted
(In or Out of school suspension)
Classroom – Grades 3-6
A. Low Level: e.g. Disruptive behaviour, passive learning and uncooperative behaviour.
1. Verbal warning first for things that are not so serious to warrant detention, but still need addressing.
2. Name on the board and name the behaviour. Warning.
3. If behaviour persists –“x” marked against name. No discussion entered into.
The following actions will then occur
* 1 cross - 15 minutes lunchtime detention OR instant classroom withdrawal eg completing work,
time out may be warranted
* 2 crosses - 30 minutes lunchtime detention - withdrawal of privileges eg. specialist programs,
computer privileges, rotations
* 3 crosses - visit the Principal - likely to result in some special provisions being invoked
* 4 crosses - Parent/Principal conference - may result in suspension
3. Students should begin each day with a 'clean slate', although they may well have a detention to serve from
a previous day's misbehaviour.
4. If due work returns incomplete, student remains in class under teacher supervision until completed.
5. Note sent home to parents with information about child‟s behaviour
Refer to instant classroom withdrawal included in point 3.
B. Extreme: e.g Physical Violence, Bullying, Abusive or Foul Language directed at
someone with intent
“See Prep – 2 consequences”
Behaviour and Discipline:
The importance of consistency is stressed here. All staff need to ensure that they are aware of this Policy
Statement, and that they implement it in a fair and consistent manner.
Record of Behaviour: Student Data Base.
As part of our on-going monitoring of student behaviour, our school is currently installing a data base of all
student behaviour that is deemed inappropriate. Teachers will use this data base to identify patterns of behaviour,
communicate with parents about the nature of their child‟s behaviour and as a record for other future references.
Children should have a clear understanding of what behaviour is expected of them. This should be appropriate
to their age level and should develop as they progress through school.
It is important that teachers articulate that students have a choice. If they choose not to obey legitimate rules,
they are choosing a disciplinary consequence - it‟s their choice.
A student may be removed from class or the school grounds immediately if they endanger the safety of others
or become abusive and aggressive towards the teacher. Teachers must immediately follow up all removed
students with the Principal or Assistant Principal as soon as possible and have a Significant Incident Report
Teachers should send for the Principal or Assistant Principal via the Red Card rather than absent themselves
from any incident. In the event of the Principal or Assistant Principal being absent, the staff member should
call on another staff member to provide supervision assistance.
A. Disrespect, Insolence and Disobedience.
Respect will be shown to all adults and visitors. All rules must be obeyed.
B. Wrestling, Swearing, 'Put-downs', Throwing missiles, Spitting,
This type of behaviour is unnecessary, antisocial and will not be tolerated.
C. Staying within the School Boundaries.
Children are not permitted outside the boundaries without permission at any time,
or inside school buildings unless supervised by a teacher.
Low Level: Action to be taken
1. Name and misdemeanor recorded in Yard Duty folder
2. Walk & talk – counsel initially.
3. Restorative action – Sorry for…, I will try to……, I could have…….,
4. Time out of yard if required.
D. Respect for School Property, Property of Others, Bullying, Fighting, Vandalism and Theft, Violation of
privacy by personal contact and other anti-social behaviour.
We all have a right to feel safe and to expect that our property is protected.
Behaviour which contradicts this premise will not be tolerated. We encourage valuable items not to be
brought to school.
Extreme: Action to be taken
1. Removal from area where incident occurred
2. Sent to Principal
3. Cooling off period if needed. Likely detention procedures.
5. Parent contacted
6. Suspension process if felt warranted. (In or Out of school suspension)
The front lawn is for passive recreation - no ball games.
The front Basketball Court area is for small ball games (not football or cricket). Running is limited to
organised/supervised Basketball games.
Back Netball courts: Large balls are not to be kicked on these courts at recess or lunch time.
Oval: All games, including football.
Play Equipment: These have temporary arrangements or rules imposed as the need arises.
Care of the Environment: Bins will be used for all litter. Care will be taken of gardens and trees.
Eating is to be confined to classroom court yards and seats on the front lawn area after buying from the
canteen. Students cannot eat in areas not serviced by a bin.
Consequences for breaking these rules:
A warning will be recorded for first offence. Detention Slips and the Behaviour Recovery - 4 W‟s Task (see page
19) will then be issued for second and third violations of rules if they occur within five days. The slips must be
taken home, the school section signed by the parent/guardian, and returned to school on the following day.
The Detention Slip and the Behavior Recovery - 4 W‟s Task must be presented to the teacher on detention duty. If
the slip is not returned the detention time will be increased the following day and parents notified. A record of
children's names and number of misdemeanors will be kept on the sheets in the duty folder. It will be renewed
weekly and kept in a file.
1st violation - Warning and appropriate task at teacher's discretion.
2nd violation - Detention Slip and 4W‟s Task sheet. 15 minutes detention isolation/withdrawal
3rd violation - Detention Slip and 4W‟s Task sheet. Parent notification and 30 minutes detention – withdraw
4th violation - Parent/teacher conference - Principal.
Subsequent offences - suspension procedures initiated if appropriate.
Suspension is a serious disciplinary measure and should normally only be used when other measures have
not produced a satisfactory response.
A suspension process at our school will be conducted in line with the procedures as outlined in the
„Student Discipline Procedures 1994.‟
i) The Principal or senior staff member in charge is to make the decision and take all appropriate
ii) The parent will be notified in writing of the times of, and reason for, the suspension.
iii) Opportunity will be provided for the parent to discuss the matter with the Principal and if
necessary, teacher concerned.
iv) An appropriate support process will be aimed for in order to enable a positive
re-entry for the child.
Suspension is a serious exercise - there must be a strong basis (of proof) for an action to be taken.
Authority for this process to occur rests with the Principal. This power cannot be delegated to any other
person at the school level.
Implementation of this process will occur in line with the procedures outlined in the „Student Discipline
Except in the most unusual and extreme circumstances, expulsion will only be used after other relevant
forms of behaviour management outlined in the school‟s „Code of Conduct‟ have been exhausted.
Role of individual staff members.
Staff need to be consistent with their approach to issues:
i) all incidents reported to teachers should be seen as valid and investigated.
ii) children should receive positive reinforcement for doing the right thing. (Catch them being good.)
iii) staff should avoid physical contact with students unless in their opinion a pupil needs to be
restrained to avoid damage or injury to the student, teacher, other students or property.
iv) completion of Significant Incident Reports.
v) participation in interviews with parents.
vi) the class teacher in liaison with the Principal will implement further action:
- notification of parents by phone or note.
- arranging an interview.
- implementing the outcomes of the meeting.
Role of Parents and children.
In conjunction with this policy statement, an „Overview‟ of the „Student Code of Conduct‟ will be
prepared to assist families in considering this program using „jargon free‟ language.
The following process will be followed in relation to the Overview:
i) At the beginning of each year the class teacher will discuss the class and whole school rules.
ii) Children will take their „Overview‟ booklet home for discussion with parents.
iii) Students must return the overview of the „Student Code of Conduct‟ agreement to school with
parents and student signature.
A. Behavioural rules
All children are expected to be courteous and considerate towards all other children and other adults
All children must show care and respect for property, whether it be their own, that of
others or of the school
B. Safety rules
All children and parents crossing Mead and Sampson Street should use the school crossing
Play things which can be seen as dangerous or frightening are not to be used – this includes such things as
sticks, guns, hard balls and skateboards
Any accident which cause injury should be reported to the duty teacher
C. Clothing rules:
Children must not wear outside footwear into the building. Slippers or socks should be worn. Bare feet or
thongs are not acceptable. Shoes are to be worn outside at all times.
The wearing of school uniform is mandatory. Refer to School Uniform policy. All items of clothing should
be clearly named
The only earrings permitted are sleepers or studs. No other piercing apparel is permitted
D. Grounds and building rules:
Climbing on trees, buildings and fences is expressly forbidden
Children must eat in their own courtyard or in the Canteen eating area. The courtyards are „safety zones‟
for each class where quiet activities are encouraged
Running or playing with balls under the verandah is not permitted – kicking games, involving balls of any
type, is confined to the oval
Children must not be inside the school building unless under the supervision of a teacher
Bicycles should be stored in the bike shed, after being walked along the path. Children are not to ride or
interfere with the bicycles inside the school ground
The car park should only be used by parents during school time if there are special recognized needs. At
all times the „Emergency Access Ramp‟ is to be left vacant
Dangerous activities at the teachers discretion
Damage of school property may be paid by parents, if the Principal deems necessary
E. General rules:
Chewing / bubble gum is not permitted at school
Persons wishing to have an interview with a teacher need to make an appointment
Sign the visitors book
Mobile phones are not allowed at school
Cohuna Consolidated School
Behaviour Recovery - 4W’s Task.
Student’s Name: Class: Date:
1. What did you do?
2. What rule did you break/What rights were being affected?
3. What is your explanation?
4. What can you do, or what do you need to do, to fix up the problem?
Parent signature ……………………………………………. Date…………………
Student signature …………………………………………… Date…………………
THE DETENTION SLIP:
COHUNA CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DETENTION SLIP OFFENCE
Fighting Swearing Teasing
NAME: ............................................................................. Damaging Property Rough/Nasty Play
Disobedience Littering Insolence
GRADE: ............................. Disrespect Dishonesty Bullying
Eating/Playing in the wrong area
DATE: ............................. Deliberate failure to complete work
Persistent Classroom disruption
TEACHER: ................................................................ CONSEQUENCE
Detention - 15 min. Detention - 30 min
PARENT'S SIGNATURE: ............................................. Appropriate task Sit in Courtyard
Your child will be detained tomorrow to carry out the listed consequence of having broken a school rule. Please sign this slip
and arrange for the child to present it to the teacher supervising detention. Failure to return it, bearing your signature, will result
in further detention or a more lengthy task
11. HEALTH AND WELFARE
If you are asked to come and collect a child who is feeling ill, please let the Office know when you are
taking him/her. Parents of bus travellers should ensure that the child's name is entered on the bus board.
Visitors in the school are requested to sign the visitors book situated just inside the foyer area.
SCHOOL AMBULANCE COVER
Whilst an ambulance will respond immediately to calls from our school, the responsibility for ambulance
"cover" lies directly with the parents of an injured student. In order to protect yourselves against the
possible cost of ambulance transport, parents are strongly advised to ensure they are current subscribers to
the ambulance subscription scheme.
Similarly, if parents wish to have their children insured against accidents which may occur whilst a child
is at school that is a responsibility you need to cater for.
12. SICK BAY
We are not equipped nor qualified to be a medical centre, and we try to avoid giving any tablets to
children. Our sick-bay is only a holding area until a child may be given to the parent, the parent's
emergency contact, or the medical authorities. However, when there are times that children need to be
medicated, the medication with strict and clear instructions, must be left at the main office please.
Sanitary supplies are kept at school for girls who commence menstruation during the school day. Girls
needing assistance should approach a teacher of their choice, although one staff member is generally
identified as the particular person to see. Parents should ensure that girls understand that this is the correct
thing to do and help make them comfortable with this process.
It is essential that parents ensure that girls are properly informed regarding menstruation before this is
likely to commence. We think that they should have this knowledge, and be mentally prepared, by the
time they enter Grade 5. Too early is better than too late, in this case.
13. SUN SMART CAMPAIGN
The school conducts a positive campaign to encourage children to wear suitable headgear during the
summer period. We believe that ALL children should wear hats and sunscreen. Duty Staff set the example
as they patrol the grounds. This issue is a very important one, and alternatives to play, if children do not
have the necessary protection, will be enforced.
Our school is a „Sun Smart‟ school and therefore students wear hats during terms 1 and 4.
14. INFECTIOUS DISEASES
School exclusion table
Schedule 6: Minimum period of exclusion from schools and children's services centres for
infectious diseases cases and contacts.
The following table indicates the minimum period of exclusion from schools and children’s service centres
required for infectious diseases cases and contacts as prescribed under Regulations 13 and 14 of the
Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 2001 – Schedule 6. In this Schedule ‘medical certificate’ means a
certificate of a registered medical practitioner.
Disease or Exclusion of Cases Exclusion of Contacts
Amoebiasis Exclude until diarrhoea has ceased. Not excluded.
Campylobacter Exclude until diarrhoea has ceased. Not excluded.
Chickenpox Exclude until fully recovered or for at Any child with an immune deficiency (for
least 5 days after the eruption first example, leukaemia) or receiving
appears. Note that some remaining chemotherapy should be excluded for
scabs are not a reason for continued their own protection. Otherwise not
Conjunctivitis Exclude until discharge from eyes has Not excluded.
(Acute infectious) ceased.
Diarrhoea Exclude until diarrhoea has ceased or Not excluded.
until medical certificate of recovery is
Diphtheria Exclude until medical certificate of Exclude family/household contacts until
recovery is received following at least cleared to return by the Secretary.
two negative throat swabs, the first not
less than 24 hours after finishing a
course of antibiotics and the other 48
Haemophilus type b Exclude until medical certificate of Not excluded.
(Hib) recovery is received.
Hand, Foot and Until all blisters have dried Not excluded.
Hepatitis A Exclude until a medical certificate of Not excluded.
recovery is received, but not before 7
days after the onset of jaundice or
Herpes ("cold Young children unable to comply with Not excluded.
sores") good hygiene practices should be
excluded while the lesion is weeping.
Lesions to be covered by dressing,
Human immuno- Exclusion is not necessary unless the Not excluded.
deficiency virus child has a secondary infection
Impetigo Exclude until appropriate treatment has Not excluded.
commenced. Sores on exposed surfaces
must be covered with a watertight
Influenza and Exclude until well. Not excluded.
Leprosy Exclude until approval to return has Not excluded.
been given by the Secretary
Measles Exclude until at least 4 days after the Immunised contacts not excluded.
onset of rash. Unimmunised contacts should be excluded
until 14 days after the first day of
appearance of rash in the last case. If
unimmunised contacts are vaccinated
within 72 hours of their first contact with
the first case they may return to school.
Meningitis Exclude until well. Not excluded.
Meningococcal Exclude until adequate carrier Not excluded if receiving carrier
infection eradication therapy has been eradication therapy.
Mumps Exclude for 9 days or until swelling goes Not excluded.
down (whichever is sooner).
Poliomyelitis Exclude for at least 14 days from onset. Not excluded.
Re-admit after receiving medical
certificate of recovery.
Ringworm, scabies, Re-admit the day after appropriate Not excluded.
pediculosis (head treatment has commenced.
Rubella (german Exclude until fully recovered or for at Not excluded.
measles) least four days after the onset of rash.
Salmonella, Exclude until diarrhoea ceases Not excluded.
Severe Acute Exclude until medical certificate of Not excluded unless considered necessary
Respiratory recovery is produced. by the Secretary.
Streptococcal Exclude until the child has received Not excluded.
infection (including antibiotic treatment for at least 24
scarlet fever) hours and the child feels well.
Trachoma Re-admit the day after appropriate Not excluded.
treatment has commenced.
Tuberculosis Exclude until receipt of a medical Not excluded.
certificate from the treating physician
stating that the child is not considered
to be infectious.
Typhoid (including Exclude until approval to return has Not excluded unless considered necessary
paratyphoid fever) been given by the Secretary. by the Secretary.
Verotoxin Exclude if required by the Secretary and Not excluded.
producing only for the period specified by the
Escherichia coli Secretary.
Whooping cough Exclude the child for 5 days after Exclude unimmunised household contacts
starting antibiotic treatment. aged less than 7 years and close child
care contacts for 14 days after the last
exposure to infection or until they have
taken 5 days of a 10 day course of
Worms (Intestinal) Exclude if diarrhoea present. Not excluded.
Exclusion of cases and contacts is not required for Cytomegalovirus Infection, Glandular fever
(mononucleosis), Hepatitis B or C, Hookworm, Cytomegalovirus Infection, Molluscum contagiosum, or,
Parvovirus (erythema infectiosum fifth disease).
15. HEAD LICE
Children of all ages are likely to be in contact with head lice at some stage. Parents should thoroughly
examine the hair of children at least once or twice weekly for eggs (they are small and stuck to the hair) or
the adult lice.
If you find nits or lice, please:
1. Keep your child at home until treated.
2. Obtain a shampoo, (at a cost), from the Shire Office or pharmacy.
3. Please tell the class teacher(s) of the grade(s) in which your children are placed. This will enable
us to alert other parents to exercise extra care at that time.
The Gannawarra Shire's current advice on treatment of head lice is here printed in full. However, new
guidelines are being developed, so parents are advised to ask for updated information.
1. Apply shampoo on damp hair rubbing well into the scalp to produce a rich foam. Leave for 10
minutes and rinse thoroughly.
2. Remove dead lice or eggs from wet hair with a fine tooth comb.
3. The hair of other members of your family should be checked to see if they need treatment.
4. To prevent reinfestation all clothing, pillow skips, sheets, combs, brushes and towels in current
use must be washed concurrently.
5. It is most vital that parents immediately report any infestations, so that the source can be
investigated and contacts checked. The use of an effective hair shampoo is most important.
16. WRITTEN REPORTS ON CHILDREN
Written reports are a record of your child's progress throughout their school career. They are sent home at
mid-year and at the end of the year. However, the most relevant information on your child's progress at
any given point of time, is obtained through a parent-teacher interview.
Parent/Teacher interviews are conducted at the end of term one and should be arranged as frequently as
you and/or your child's teacher see a need for this to occur. Don‟t leave your questions and/or concerns
Student Portfolios are also sent home at the completion of each term. The portfolios show a selection of
work covered in each learning area. The work samples and assessment tasks will demonstrate your child‟s
level of performance across a range of curriculum activities.
Student digital portfolios will be introduced throughout 2009.
17. HOW PARENTS CAN HELP CHILDREN
There are many ways in which you, as parents, can play a really vital role in your child's education at
school. You have, already, before he/she starts school, given him/her a large vocabulary of words and
phrases, a set of values, a pattern of behaviour, and a personality! Much of what you have already given
your child will remain as a very powerful influence for the remainder of his/her life.
So, what else can you do for your child? Here are some answers and ideas. It is really important that you:
- Show your child that learning is really important, and, because that is true, then schooling is important!
(The child with least chance of success at school is the one whose parents do not show respect for learning)
- Talk with your child, about the things he/she does at school. Show yourself as willing to listen about the
piece of paper (with scribble perhaps) that comes home with him/her.
- Read to your child. Be prepared to read aloud to him/her the books which come home from school. It may
be quite some time before you hear the child read to you, so don't expect miracles in the first few months.
If they happen, they're a bonus, but we shouldn't EXPECT them!
- Please make sure that your child sees you reading for yourself. That very fact will cause him/her to think
that reading really matters and the best learners are those who see a reason for learning!
- Show an interest in his/her social contact and playing skills at school. If you have reason to fear that
he/she is not relating well to his/her age mates, do come and talk to us about it. We may be able to help.
- Try to arrive at a real understanding of your child's level of ability. It is important that you be encouraging,
and give praise for achievement. It is equally important that you do not demand a level of performance of
which the child is not capable. Your child does not have to excel academically to be a happy and useful
- Do not compare your child with an older brother, sister/cousin, in the sense of expecting or demanding an
equal or better performance! Each child is different, and has both a right and a need to be viewed, and
related to, as an individual.
- Do exercise mature judgment in relation to your child's version of what allegedly happened in the
classroom or playground. Young children, in particular, do not possess an adult concept of `truth', and their
stories tend to be heavily flavoured to reflect the needs they feel at the time. Check other sources before
you get too anxious!
- If you have reason to question the rightness of any action by a teacher, please do not comment on it in the
hearing of your child. Come to the school and let us deal with the matter at adult level. Teachers are not
always right, but your child will not be helped by undermining the reasonable authority of the teacher.
- Do get your child to bed early enough. We at school are often amazed at the familiarity of children with
late TV programs. Your child cannot succeed if constantly tired and irritable through lack of sleep.
- Do teach your child to be as independent as possible, in terms of tying shoe laces, taking off and putting
on jumpers, doing up buttons, and CARING for clothes. The accumulation of lost clothing at school is
both incredible and unnecessary.
- Do try to support your school in its many activities. Perhaps you may be invited by a teacher to help in the
classroom, to assist in supervising children in various excursions or activities, to show or teach skills that
you possess, or to repair/maintain school property, such as books etc. Again, by doing such things, you are
demonstrating to your child that you see the educational process as being truly important.
- You may be able to reinforce some of your child's learning by working with him/her in such areas as
tables, spelling, etc. if requested to do so by the teacher. This can sometimes be overdone however, by a
zealous parent. Enough pressure - not too much!
- Do accept invitations to parent-teacher interviews, especially if you are not often in the school. But, if you
are conscious of a problem, do not wait for such occasions. Make an appointment to discuss the problem
with the Principal, who will involve the teacher(s) concerned if this seems necessary.
18. SUPPORT SERVICES
Children are all different. They do not learn at uniform rates, nor do they possess equal ability to learn.
Parents should try to understand the difficulty faced by teachers trying to cater for children, in a group
represented by a wide range of learning abilities. It is inevitable, that some students tend to fall behind the
"average", whilst others race ahead of that.
Students who fall behind cause us great concern, and frequently we call in help from outside. Sometimes,
the problem may be health-related, and medical treatment may solve things (eg. a pair of glasses, a
hearing aid or a different diet), but in other children there is no such simple answer. They may be helped
by using different strategies in the classroom or by the use of specialised materials.
The School uses Support Services in those cases, to try to find answers to the problems, but the services
are very sparse, and are not always able to give "quick-fix" answers. We also run a very successful
Reading Recovery program. Other special help is provided through the use of Teacher Aides.
SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE:
- School Nurse - Welfare Worker - Visiting Teacher Service
- Speech Therapist - Guidance Officers
All excursions must meet the guidelines laid down by the Ministry concerning supervision and safety.
Approval of the Principal, of the School Council and of the Deparment of Education and Early Childhood
Development must be obtained, in accordance with those guidelines and requirements.
The teacher organising each excursion shall file a brief written report, and a financial statement, on that
excursion to assist with future planning.
Parents shall be notified of proposed excursions as early as possible in each school year so that they may
make financial arrangements and decisions from a position of knowledge. Proposed itineraries and
approximate costs shall be included at that time.
The Principal, after consultation with the teacher-in-charge, and the parent(s), may exclude a pupil from
participating in an excursion, if past and continuing behaviour of that pupil threatens the safety and/or
success of the planned activity.
Excursions may involve any or all members of staff in providing the prescribed supervision ratio. This
may cause disruption to specialist time-tables, and Administrative Planning Time for all or any teachers.
20. THE SCHOOL COUNCIL
In March of each year, half the parent-elected members of the Council will retire, so it is possible that an
election will be held. The council consists of 8 parent-elected members (who must be parents of children
enrolled at the school), one member nominated by Parents' Club (annually), another one year co-opted
person and 4 members elected by the staff. The Principal is also a member.
The Council has ever-broadening responsibilities and is responsible for many decisions regarding the
buildings and grounds, the financial management of the school, and the curriculum. Much of the
curriculum responsibility may be delegated to the Principal and staff, but the Council still bears ultimate
responsibility for the functioning of the school.
Council will employ any replacement ancillary workers needed, such as cleaners, aides or clerical
assistants. The President of the Council, or any of its members, will always be ready to listen to any
problem which may cause a parent concern. Normally however, it is suggested that problems be outlined
to the Principal, who may well be able to resolve them immediately.
The School Council is important to the education of your child. You should give serious thought to
whether you might serve as a member for one or more terms. We meet on the second Monday of the
month, and for a minimum of eight meetings during the year.
After the Annual Meeting, you will be notified of the names of Conveners or Chairpersons of each sub-
committee, to aid your communication with the Council.
An intensive Swimming Program operates and the success of this is very reliant on assistance from
parents. It is not possible for the school to keep group sizes within the guidelines without your help.
Furthermore, parents who take up the challenge to be Austswim trained are in great demand. We will pay
for the training if you agree to help us in our program.
Athletic Sports and a Cross Country Event are held annually.
Regular P.E. and Sports sessions are held for all classes in the school. Parents should be aware of these
sessions so that children come properly prepared. Non-participation requires a note from parents.
We are also members of a number of Primary School Sports Organisations. This enables individual
students to test their sporting abilities in more competitive company and develops a strong team spirit
amongst those who represent the school in team games. In past years our students have done very well at
various levels, up to and including State and Australian Championships, a level reached by one of our
students in 2007.
Parents who are particularly interested and/or gifted in particular sports may like to offer themselves for
sports days - we are always looking for new sports and people who can help us bring those sports to our
21. PARENTS' CLUB
The Parents' Club has a number of objectives/responsibilities, which include:
- providing an opportunity for the social introduction of new parents to the school
- enabling parents to learn about the operation of the school and the management of its
- being a vehicle through which parents may find ways and places in which they can help the
school in its many tasks.
- raising funds to supplement Government funding and improve the teaching/learning
facilities available to the children.
- providing a forum in which parents may express concerns, ask questions, and obtain
answers - generally from the Principal who attends Parents' Club meetings whenever
possible, for that purpose.
All money resulting from major activities goes directly to the benefit of the school and its children.
WE NEED NEW MEMBERS! Lots of parents help our activities, but few attend the meetings. Meetings
are advertised in the School Newsletter.