Procedures

Attendance and Absence

Children are expected to attend school on every day that it is open unless sickness or other significant reasons exist to prevent this. The school is legally required to record attendances and absences.

If a child is to be absent on any given day parents are asked to ring the school to explain the reasons for the absence and to provide a note on the student’s return to school. In the interests of student safety and welfare the school will normally try to contact parents if children are absent from school without notification.

Extended absences, for example family holidays necessitate the parents contacting the Principal and providing a letter informing the school of student absence.

Banking

This service is part of the SRC fundraising. School Banking is conducted each week by teachers. Banking forms may be obtained from the Office.

Bicycles

Children are permitted to ride bicycles to school. However, they must dismount from their bicycles and walk them along cement pathways to the bike racks. Bike racks are provided at the school and parents are advised to provide a lock for their child’s bike. The bike rack area is out of bounds during the day. All children riding bicycles are expected to do so in a safe and sensible manner including the wearing of a helmet.

Behaviour Management

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School is a place where God is present as we Grow in Wisdom and Love.

All children, parents and staff work together to create an environment in which each child is encouraged to develop spiritually, academically, socially and emotionally.  We acknowledge the different backgrounds, experiences, cultures and needs of all members of our community.

We endeavour to promote a healthy, supportive and secure environment for all children, to raise awareness of what makes students resilient.

We believe in providing a positive culture where bullying is not accepted.  All students need to be respectful towards others, have the right to learn and the right to feel safe and secure in the school environment.

Book and Stationary

The majority of books, stationery items and other learning resources including PE and computing equipment are supplied through the school. Parents are charged an annual resources levy, which contributes towards the cost of such items (please refer to schedule of fees and charges).

Contacting the school

Parents are encouraged to maintain close communications with the school either personally, through email or by notes to the class teacher.

Cyclone Procedures

In the event of a possible cyclone parents are asked to listen to the local radio or TV stations. Announcements of school closures will be made through this method. Notifications will also be made through the school app available through app stores and/or our facebook page.

Excursions

All children are given the opportunity to participate in excursions of educational value. Details and permission requests for each excursion are sent home at the appropriate time.

Fees

School Fees are determined annually by the NT Catholic Education Council. The fees are billed annual and statements are sent home twice a term. Eftpos & Credit Card facilities are available at school. Payments can also be made through internet banking or as a payroll deduction.

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School seeks to ensure that no child is precluded from the school on the basis of the family’s genuine financial circumstances. Confidential arrangements can be made with the Principal for part remission of fees.

Contributions to the building fund are voluntary and therefore a tax deduction. The Board strongly urges ‘per family’ contributions to this fund.

It is the Schools policy that four weeks’ notice must be given to the Schools finance officer before the withdrawal of a student. Failure to give such notice will involve payment of the pro-rata fee for the relative billing period, irrespective of the date the student may leave during the term. Exceptions may be given in cases of transfers at short notice, or on compassionate grounds.

Late Arrivals and Early Departures

Students arriving at school late need to advise the Office of their arrival and be signed-in. Students arriving after 8:30am need to be accompanied by an adult. Students who need to leave school before the end of the day are required to be signed-out and collected from the front office by an adult.

Lost Property

Parents are asked to ensure that all personal items, especially school hats and jackets, are clearly labelled with the child’s name. A lost property box is kept in the Office.

Mobile Phones and Electronic Games

Should it be necessary for students to bring mobile phones to school then they must be turned off and given to office staff for safe keeping. Electronic games are not permitted at school at any time.

Money

Parents are asked to ensure that children do not bring excessive amounts of money to school. All money for specific purposes (eg book club, etc.) should be handed to the class teacher in a sealed, clearly marked envelope and be sent to the office in the officebox.

Newsletter

The School Newsletter is sent home each Thursday and is our main means of communication between school and home. It is important that the newsletter is read thoroughly and kept in a prominent place for easy reference. The newsletter is available via email, through our website or our app.

Parenting Notices

Should Family Court Parenting Notices be in place parents must declare relevant information to the School. The School must also be advised of changes to access weekends and drop off/ pickup arrangements.

Parking

Only limited parking spaces are available within the school grounds. Parents are asked, when dropping off or collecting children, to adhere strictly to traffic laws and use patience, courtesy and common sense. Parents are asked to leave the bus zone free for the buses at the beginning and end of each school day. Please note also that traffic flow within the school grounds is clockwise and a strict speed limit of 10kph applies.

Policies

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School Hours

St Francis School normally operates Monday to Friday during term time according to the following daily timetable;

TimeActivity
8:00Supervision commences
8:15Warning bell
8:20First session
10:30Recess (10 minutes supervised eating)
11:00Warning bell
11:05Second session
1:05Lunch (15 minutes supervised eating)
1:15Play
1:45Warning bell
1:50Third session
2:50End of day
2:54All students must be at Bus or Pickup lines by this time.

Parents should note the times of supervision and be aware that the school does not accept legal responsibility for the supervision of children outside these stated hours.

Children are not permitted to leave the school grounds during the school day. If parents are collecting children from school during the day for any reason, eg medical appointments, they must arrange to do so from the Office and staff must be notified.

Visitors to School

All visitors to school must sign in and out again at the front office. This is a requirement of Health and Safety in all workplaces including schools.

Attendance and Absence

Children are expected to attend school on every day that it is open unless sickness or other significant reasons exist to prevent this. The school is legally required to record attendances and absences.

If a child is to be absent on any given day parents are asked to ring the school to explain the reasons for the absence and to provide a note on the student’s return to school. In the interests of student safety and welfare the school will normally try to contact parents if children are absent from school without notification.

Extended absences, for example family holidays necessitate the parents contacting the Principal and providing a letter informing the school of student absence.

Banking

This service is part of the SRC fundraising. School Banking is conducted each week by teachers. Banking forms may be obtained from the Office.

Bicycles

Children are permitted to ride bicycles to school. However, they must dismount from their bicycles and walk them along cement pathways to the bike racks. Bike racks are provided at the school and parents are advised to provide a lock for their child’s bike. The bike rack area is out of bounds during the day. All children riding bicycles are expected to do so in a safe and sensible manner including the wearing of a helmet.

The majority of books, stationery items and other learning resources including PE and computing equipment are supplied through the school. Parents are charged an annual resources levy, which contributes towards the cost of such items (please refer to schedule of fees and charges).

Contacting the school

Parents are encouraged to maintain close communications with the school either personally, through email or by notes to the class teacher.

Cyclone Procedures

In the event of a possible cyclone parents are asked to listen to the local radio or TV stations. Announcements of school closures will be made through this method. Notifications will also be made through the school app available through app stores on electronic devices.

Behaviour Management

St Francis maintains and encourages a strong sense of discipline, based ideally on positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviour and logical consequences for inappropriate behaviour. Children are involved in establishing expectations and reminded frequently of school rules based upon consideration for others and regard for the well-being of the whole school community.

It is expected that children will speak and act courteously at all times. Should repeated wilful breaches of the school rules occur the parents will be contacted and alternatives for improving behaviour will be discussed. As stated on the enrolment application, our school reserves the right to suspend or expel students.

Excursions

All children are given the opportunity to participate in excursions of educational or recreational value. The annual school resources levy which parents pay is used to cover the cost of most such excursions (except swimming lessons and camps). Details and permission requests for each excursion are sent home at the appropriate time.

Fees

School Fees are determined annually by the NT Catholic Education Council. The fees are billed annual and statements are sent home twice a term. Eftpos & Credit Card facilities are available at school. Payments can also be made through internet banking or as a payroll deduction.

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School seeks to ensure that no child is precluded from the school on the basis of the family’s genuine financial circumstances. Confidential arrangements can be made with the Principal for part remission of fees.

Contributions to the building fund are voluntary and therefore a tax deduction. The Board strongly urges ‘per family’ contributions to this fund.

It is the Schools policy that four weeks’ notice must be given to the Schools finance officer before the withdrawal of a student. Failure to give such notice will involve payment of the pro-rata fee for the relative billing period, irrespective of the date the student may leave during the term. Exceptions may be given in cases of transfers at short notice, or on compassionate grounds.

Fire Drills & Emergency Evacuations

Fire and safety evacuation drills are conducted regularly.

Late Arrivals and Early Departures

Students arriving at school late need to advise the Office of their arrival and be signed-in. Students arriving after 8:30am need to be accompanied by an adult. Students who need to leave school before the end of the day are required to be signed-out and collected from the front office by an adult.

Lost Property

Parents are asked to ensure that all personal items, especially school hats and jackets, are clearly labelled with the child’s name. A lost property box is kept in the Office.

Mobile Phones and Electronic Games

Should it be necessary for students to bring mobile phones to school then they must be turned off and given to office staff for safe keeping. Electronic games are not permitted at school at any time.

Money

Parents are asked to ensure that children do not bring excessive amounts of money to school. All money for specific purposes (eg book club, etc.) should be handed to the class teacher in a sealed, clearly marked envelope and be sent to the office in the officebox.

Newsletter

The School Newsletter is sent home each Thursday and is our main means of communication between school and home. It is important that the newsletter is read thoroughly and kept in a prominent place for easy reference. The newsletter is available via email, through our website or our app.

Parenting Notices

Should Family Court Parenting Notices be in place parents must declare relevant information to the School. The School must also be advised of changes to access weekends and drop off/ pickup arrangements.

Parking

Only limited parking spaces are available within the school grounds. Parents are asked, when dropping off or collecting children, to adhere strictly to traffic laws and use patience, courtesy and common sense. Parents are asked to leave the bus zone free for the buses at the beginning and end of each school day. Please note also that traffic flow within the school grounds is clockwise and a strict speed limit of 20kph applies.

School Hours

St Francis School normally operates Monday to Friday during term time according to the following daily timetable;

TimeActivity
8:00Supervision commences
8:15Warning bell
8:20First session
10:30Recess (10 minutes supervised eating)
11:00Warning bell
11:05Second session
1:05Lunch (15 minutes supervised eating)
1:15Play
1:45Warning bell
1:50Third session
2:50End of day
2:54All students must be at Bus or Pickup lines by this time.

Parents should note the times of supervision and be aware that the school does not accept legal responsibility for the supervision of children outside these stated hours.

Children are not permitted to leave the school grounds during the school day. If parents are collecting children from school during the day for any reason, eg medical appointments, they must arrange to do so from the Office and staff must be notified.

Visitors to School

All visitors to school must sign in and out again at the front office. This is a requirement of Health and Safety in all workplaces including schools.

Click on the following link to view/download our policies: