- Regular attendance:
- develops self-discipline, punctuality, being organised and adhering to routines
- leads to making friends and learning social adjustment
- leads to learning social skills necessary to live with others
- leads to the development of educational skills
Your child’s schooling is MOST important, and unnecessary absenteeism can hinder his/her progress.
However, home is a good place for a sick child. It is unfair to other students and teachers to send a child who is obviously ill to school. We do our best to look after students who are unwell, but our facilities are limited. It is inadvisable to send back to school a child who is still recovering from an illness.
Please send a written explanation of absences from school, or impending absences. Legally your child is obliged to attend school and if no note is presented teachers must assume the child is absent without your knowledge. Absence note proformas are available from the office. Please also refer to the school’s “Attendance Policy”.
Alternatively you can send a text message to 0427 016 460.
Accident or Illness at School
In the case of accidents or sudden illness the following procedures are used:
A teacher will give help and remain with student until appropriate assistance arrives. The Principal or Assistant Principal is notified and the parents are immediately telephoned if possible.
It is vital that the details of phone numbers, places of work and names and phone numbers of friends able to care for your child in a time of emergency, are constantly kept up to date. Many distressing hours have been wasted while staff has frantically tried to contact parents. If you go to a regular sporting commitment, art class or club during the day, please register the appropriate phone number, or if this is not possible have an available contact written on paper and handed to your child’s teacher.
If the school is unable to contact any parent or guardian listed on the emergency card, medical treatment deemed necessary will be undertaken. All medical costs are the responsibility of parents.
When a student becomes mildly unwell or suffers a minor accident, appropriate first-aid is given and the child is placed in the First Aid Room (situated near the general office), which contains a bed, hot and cold water and a first aid kit. The parent is then notified, and if it is considered necessary, the parent may be requested to take the child home. Accidents are recorded in the school’s accident register.
It must be emphasised that the school's First Aid Room is a short term holding area only. Please do not send students to school when it is obvious that they are not well. Again if you suspect the ‘pains’ in the stomach or head are imaginary, please lose no time in contacting the school. Often a minor problem may be causing your child to be upset and not wanting to come to school.
Wet pants are quite easily changed. However, if your child soils him/herself at school we will try to contact you at home so that you can bring clean clothing to school and clean your youngster. We have found that this is much less embarrassing for the child. Naturally, if you are not available we will ensure that your child is discreetly cleaned and changed. It is suggested that Prep’s who can “forget” to go, have a spare pair of underwear and a change of shorts in their bag.
There is open communication between parent and teacher - we all actively support this relationship. Please contact the Office for appointments with the Principal or Assistant Principal. Making an appointment avoids inconvenience to either parent or teacher. Eastbourne does not encourage parent-teacher discussions when the teacher is supervising students, as it interrupts teaching and learning as well as inhibiting supervision of the students. Teachers have both official and private commitments so telephoning for an appointment is advisable. We appreciate your support in this respect.
A whole school assembly is usually held every second Monday afternoon commencing at 2.25pm in the Recreation Centre. Whole school assembly is a vital means of school communication to share student achievements, school happenings and other news of interest with the school community. We encourage parents to come along and be a part of our assemblies.
Assessment and Reporting –
At Eastbourne Primary School the individual learning capabilities of each child are developed along a learning continuum. Our school report is an indication of your child’s progress against the descriptors outlined in the Victorian Curriculum. Individual student’s progress in literacy and numeracy is tracked and monitored in order to gauge their rate of learning. Students also undertake the National Assessment Plan in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in year 3 and year 5, as required by all schools. This information is used by the school to evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching and leadership of the school.
Assessment refers to the procedures teachers use to collect information about students’ learning. It is about monitoring students’ learning, their individual achievements and their current level of development so learning can be appropriately planned to meet the needs of your child.
The purpose of assessment is to improve student learning. Information gathered by the teacher is used to inform and encourage the learner and to assist the further development of their learning. Assessment involves the teacher regularly making notes, collecting work samples and noting specific learning behaviours. In addition, assessment outcomes allow the teacher to modify the teaching program, cater for individual differences, and provide feedback to students, parents and other teachers.
School policy and the geographic location of the school (traffic, dangerous road, and theft) determine the prevalence of students riding bicycles. We offer a secure bike shelter protected from the elements. Students are expected to lock bikes to the frames. Law states that all cyclists must wear an approved bike helmet when riding a bicycle. Bike education courses are run at Eastbourne in Year 3.
Child Care Programs - Before School Care
A Before School childcare program operates from 7.00am until 8.45am each school day. Please request a Child Care enrolment form from the School Office if you are interested in your child attending the Before School Care program.
Any enquiries regarding Before School Care can be directed to the Out of School Hours Co-Ordinator on 0408589387.
Child Care Programs – After School Care
Eastbourne Primary School has an excellent After Care Program. It operates every school afternoon from 3.15pm - 6.00pm. Any enquiries regarding After School Care can be directed to the school office on 5986 4884 or the Before/After School Care mobile 0408 589 387.
Child Care Programs - All Day Care (Curriculum Days)
An all day care service is offered on school curriculum days (pending sufficient numbers).
Child Care Programs – Holiday Program
The school offers a Holiday Program during the term vacations and between New Year and the resumption of school in late January.
The program operates from the Multi-Purpose Room at the school and is open from 7.00am until 6.00pm on each day of the program. Rates are very competitive and Centrelink Childcare rebates may apply. Copies of the Holiday Program schedule are sent home near the end of each term. If you are interested in the School Holiday Program – please request a copy from the school office.
The program offers your child a full range of leisure activities both passive and active. It also offers you the peace of mind which comes with knowing that your child is playing happily in a safe, secure environment.
For further information please contact OSHC Co-Ordinator on 0408 589 387
Class photographs are taken each year. Pupils have a class and an individual photograph taken. Family group photographs may be taken upon request. Pupils receive prints to take home on the condition that parents have prepaid the photographer. There is no obligation to purchase.
Cooperative skills are necessary to work effectively in a group, not only for learning in schools but also for success in the workplace and getting on with people in the home and community.
Teachers structure cooperative activities where two or more students are working together towards the same goal. Many teachers teach cooperative skills to students to promote cohesiveness and responsibility in the classroom.
Cooperative skills may include:
- managing differences;
- problem solving;
- working as a group;
- forming groups.
The outcomes of cooperative learning may be described as follows:
- learning is enjoyable;
- leadership skills are developed;
- positive attitudes are promoted;
- a sense of belonging is created;
- self-esteem is promoted;
- positive peer relationships are built;
- students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.
The role of the teacher is to demonstrate cooperative skills in action and to support students as they learn these skills in the context of daily class activities. It is not assumed that all students have the skills to work well together. The teacher may need to make these skills explicit and allow for plenty of practice.
Court Orders/Restraining Orders
It is very important that parents holding Court Orders or Restraining Orders forward a copy of these documents to the school for the Principal to hold on file. If the school has no record of these documents, staff is unable to refuse either parent from taking the child from the school. It is very important to keep the school informed of these matters. If there is any change to your Court Orders/Restraining Orders – please ensure that the Principal is provided with an updated copy as soon as possible.
Crossings - School
There are two types of school crossings: staffed and unstaffed.
Staffed crossings operate from 8.15a.m. to 9.00a.m. and from 3.00p.m. to 4.00p.m. on school days. The local municipal council is responsible for establishing the crossing and for its operation. Adherence to the crossing supervisor's commands could be life-saving. Unstaffed crossings display flags. Students need to cross with great care. Flags need to be displayed at appropriate times so that motorists will not ignore them.
Crossing – Parent Car Park
As an additional safety precaution, a clearly defined pedestrian crossing is in place half way across both arms of the horse-shoe car park roadway. This crossing is supervised by staff between 8.45am and 9.00am and again between 3.15pm and 3.30pm each school day.
Curriculum / Reporting Days
Victorian Government Schools designate three days per year as Professional Development days, when professional learning for teachers and curriculum development takes place. Students do not attend school on this day.
Parents are notified, in the newsletter, well in advance of this date.
The School Dental Service (S.D.S) is a free service for primary school students and is staffed by Dentists, Dental Therapists and Dental Nurses. Great importance is attached to the prevention of dental disease, through preventive procedures such as fissure sealants, topical fluoride applications and through education & motivation of students, teachers, parents and the community. Additional dental care provided by S.D.S includes: examinations, radiographs if necessary, scaling and cleaning, fillings and extractions both on permanent and deciduous teeth where necessary.
For further information contact the School Dental Service on 1300 360 054
The school has in place, detailed plans and procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency. These are practised on a regular basis. In the event of an internal fire or other dangerous situation arising from a source within the buildings, students are quietly and calmly evacuated to the recreation centre where rolls are called.
Administrative staff and teachers, who are free at the time, will check all rooms in the core building to ensure that everyone is accounted for. If the threat is external, all students are moved to the core buildings. If, on the advice of emergency services, the entire school site is to be evacuated, notification will be posted on the school gates. If time allows, an SMS will be sent to all parents. Whilst we understand that parents experience extreme concern in emergency situations, we ask you to refrain from ringing the school or rushing to collect your child/ren. It is much better to rely on our carefully laid plans and the expert management of emergency services like the Police and the CFA, so that panic and confusion are minimised.
E.F.T.P.O.S. Payment Facility
For the convenience of parents, the school has an E.F.T.P.O.S. and Credit Card payment facility in place at the school office. Please note this is a payments only facility. For parent convenience Credit Card payments may also be made over the phone and all details provided are strictly confidential. Card details are shredded as soon as the transaction has been completed. Direct Deposit facilities are available by contacting the office.
Schools appreciate the early seeking of enrolment as this facilitates staffing, organisation of class groupings and the ordering of supplies. Proof of the child's date of birth will be required and, an Immunisation Certificate from the Central Immunisation Centre. Your child must turn 5 before the 30th April to be eligible for enrolment.
Grandparents provide a stimulus for their grandchild's activities. Encouragement, support, interest, reading together, displaying Students’ drawings and projects all assist with a child's development.
From time to time Grandparents' Days are scheduled at Eastbourne Primary School. You will be notified of these through the school newsletter and/or separate notice.
Grandparents are also encouraged and very welcome to assist with classroom programs at Eastbourne Primary School.
Health and Welfare
As you completed your child’s enrolment forms you will have noticed a line asking you to indicate any physical disability.
It is most important that the school is aware of any physical problem your child may have. Perhaps the child has had serious operations during his/her pre-school years. The medical problem may now be considered cured. However, this information, which remains confidential, is important in helping your child’s teacher to understand him/her better. In particular, please let us know if your child is:
- allergic to drugs or stings
Often when students commence school, teachers may suspect a problem related to vision, hearing or speech. For this reason parents are requested to have their child’s hearing and eye sight tested prior to commencing school. They will be quick to consult with you so that if necessary, appropriate help may be sought. The School Nurse visits the Prep students each year to check students’ sight, hearing and general health. Parents of older students may also seek to have their students examined by the nurse if they have specific concerns.
As you are no doubt aware, head lice have always been a community health problem. It is advisable to check your child’s hair carefully at least twice a week, so that you may quickly discover the presence of eggs. It is a wise plan to have on hand a metal comb. This is the only satisfactory comb for removing the dead eggs once they have been treated. Removing the eggs with your fingernails is even more effective. Students with eggs or live lice are excluded from school until treatment has commenced. As a preventative measure, give your child's hair a vigorous brush as soon as he/she gets home from school. Please do not feel ashamed if your child does ‘catch’ head lice. Small students tend to put their heads close together which makes it very easy for the problem to be spread.
You will assist us to eradicate the problem if you notify the school promptly that your child has head lice or eggs, obtain the necessary lotion from the chemist and spend a few hours carrying out the treatment carefully. It is pleasing to note that the vigilance of both parents and teachers has reduced the problem to isolated cases.
Notices will be sent home if an outbreak of lice occurs in your child’s grade.
- All Students starting school will need an Immunisation Certificate.
- All Students who are not immunised will be excluded from school if there is an outbreak of measles, diphtheria or polio.
- Parents are asked to notify the school IMMEDIATELY they are aware of their child contracting any of the infectious diseases listed below.
- Please contact the health department of the local council for further information.
|Disease||Patient shall be excluded from school.||Contacts|
|Chickenpox||Until fully recovered. N.B. Some remaining scabs are not an indication for continued exclusion.||Not to be excluded.|
|Hepatitis A||Until a medical certificate of recovery is produced. Or on subsidence of symptoms but not before 7 days after onset of jaundice.||Not to be excluded.|
|Impetigo (School Sores)||Until appropriate treatment has commenced. Sores on exposed surfaces must be covered with a watertight dressing.||Not to be excluded.|
|Head Lice||Until the day after appropriate treatment has been commenced.||Not to be excluded. Close contacts should be inspected regularly for signs of reinfestation.|
|Measles||For at least 7 days from the appearance of the rash or until a medical certificate of recovery is produced.||To be excluded for 13 days after last contact unless medical document of prior infection or immunisation is provided.|
|Mumps||Until fully recovered.||Not to be excluded.|
|Ringworm||Until appropriate treatment has commenced supported when requested by a medical certificate.||Not to be excluded.|
|Rubella||Until fully recovered and at least 4 days from the onset of the rash.||Not to be excluded.|
|Streptococcal infections (scarlet fever)||Until a medical certificate of recovery is produced.||Not to be excluded.|
Homework is a valuable aspect of the learning process. Understanding and cooperation between home and school is essential. Homework should be:
- related to the class program;
- appropriate to the interests and abilities of students;
- meaningful and purposeful.
Eastbourne Primary School has a homework policy and this is available to parents.
Homework should not introduce new, unfamiliar activities; it should be an extension of school work. Homework should provide variety in content (subject), presentation and time commitment.
Eastbourne Primary School has a house system for organisation of activities such as games and sport. A house system encourages interest and loyalty without extreme competitiveness in citizenship and sporting areas. The houses are Nolan (red), Drysdale (blue), Roberts (green) and Streeton (yellow).
The development of independence is one of the main aims of education. Only do for a child what the child cannot do for himself or herself. Parental guidance is imperative.
Eastbourne offers developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for all students. Students come to school from different background experiences and the basis for excellent teaching is accepting these differences and building on them. Learning is individualised. Students differ in the way they learn and the rate at which they learn. Awareness of the importance of differences and their relation to how students learn is the challenge facing staff.
Interschool sport may include the usual summer and winter sports, such as cricket and netball, as well as swimming and athletics. School policy will determine the degree of competitiveness. The aim of interschool sport is:
- fostering participation in sport;
- developing positive attitudes;
- experiencing a variety of games;
- encouraging sportsmanship;
- improving skills.
Interviews and Reports
Formal Parent/Teacher/Student contact is arranged during the year. These interviews give you a chance to discuss your child’s progress with the class teacher while your child is present. However, if any particular problem arises and you wish to discuss this with your child’s teacher or the Principal you are welcome to do so at any time. It would be appreciated if you would first ring the school office to make an appointment in order to avoid unnecessary interruptions to class.
Our schedule for reporting to parents is as follows:
Term 1: - Individual information sessions to be conducted before end of March.
Student feedback given at end of term.
Term 2: - Mid Year Written Student Reports.
- Parent Teacher/ Student Interviews.
Term 3: - Student feedback given at end of term.
Term 4: - December Written Student Reports.
- Optional Parent Teacher interviews at the parent or teacher’s request throughout the year.
Jewellery and Valuables
Students should not bring jewellery and other valuable items to school. The school cannot take responsibility for the loss of or damage to such items. Students are permitted to wear watches, but they are the child’s own responsibility.
Late arrival at school
Students that are late arriving at school need to be registered on the iPad, by a parent or guardian, at the office and collect a late pass to give to their teacher. It is for each child’s educational benefit that they are at school by 8.45 am each day. This gives them a good start to the day and the opportunity for them to get valuable instructions at the beginning of the day.
This term may be used to describe students whose achievement differs from their peers. If parents believe their child is experiencing difficulties with learning, they should arrange to discuss the problem and details of support/assistance with school personnel. Eastbourne has three strands to address literacy issues; explicit, differentiated literacy instruction, early intervention, and Reading Recovery. Our school also uses the resources of a school psychologist and speech pathologist for educational assessment and support. Student wellbeing plays a vital role in determining a child’s capacity to learn, so the school provides a number of services (including an Expressive Therapies program and Chaplaincy) to support the physical, emotional and mental health of our students.
Leaving school early
Students leaving the school outside of normal afternoon dismissal (i.e. 3.15 pm) must be signed out on the iPad in the office, by the parent or authorised person. An "Early Leaving Pass" will be given to the person signing the child out. This pass is given to the child's class teacher.
If you want your child to leave the school grounds during the school day, he/she needs to bring a letter to the teacher advising of this and must then be signed out on the iPad when the child is collected from school.
Sometimes during the course of a day a parent may phone, indicating that some special situation has arisen which requires the child to come home immediately. A request of this nature, made by phone, places staff in a difficult situation. If possible, please come yourself, or ask a neighbour/friend to call for your child after explaining firstly by phone, that this is necessary. On arrival at the school please come to the administration area where you will be asked to record your child’s name, room number, parent/guardians name and signature on the iPad. You will also be asked to take an "Early Leaving" pass to the teacher.
It is important that this procedure be adhered to. If an emergency should occur, eg. fire, it is vital that the school has a record of any child that has left the school.
If your child will be walking to and from school, it is important that you firmly lay down rules relating to this. The following are recommended:-
- When students are dismissed at 3.15pm prep students should be collected by the parent, authorised adult or responsible sibling from their classroom.
- always walk to school and return home by the same route. (Make sure that you as a parent know this route and have walked it with your child explaining any possible dangers, for example, road crossings).
- if your child is going to a friend’s house after school, please insist that he/she comes home first unless an arrangement has been made with the other child’s parents to collect them at school. During first term, please notify your child’s teacher of any arrangements that you make.
Students’ carelessness in this area leads to frantic calls by parents whose child/ren have not arrived home when expected and many anxious moments for staff, whose task it becomes to find the child.
Library - municipal
Membership of the municipal library:
- provides additional books;
- helps establish reading habits;
- enhances parent-child-sibling relationships through interaction;
- accesses a variety of resources;
- encourages attendance at special story times.
Library - school
The Eastbourne Primary School library stocks a wide range of books, charts, posters and a selection of audio-visual resources. Students’ access to the school library will be during scheduled library skill lessons during which time they research library resources. Students can also take advantage of library borrowing times. Eastbourne Primary School's library is fully computerised.
As parents will realise, students, especially in lower grades, often lose their belongings. Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. Initials on labels tend to fade and eventually wear off, so please check them occasionally.
Lost property is collected and stored in a central location at the school which can vary from time to time. Please check with the school office for the current location of lost property. Please train your child to look after articles of clothing. The number of unclaimed garments, most of them unnamed, is disappointing. If your child loses a garment, notify the school immediately, by a note to the class teacher. If notified promptly the chances of finding the missing item are good. At the end of each year, all unclaimed lost property will be donated to a charitable organisation.
Please remember: All articles named - no lost property.
Lunch at School
If your child is starting school in Prep it is a good idea to have several school lunches at home. Students need practice in handling a lunch box, pouring from a plastic drink bottle and also in coping with sandwiches wrapped in fine plastic wrap. At school, students are encouraged to eat all their lunch. As a suggestion, one or two rounds of sandwiches, and a piece of fruit makes a well-balanced lunch. Most students are hungry by morning recess at 10.40 am and enjoy a small snack. A piece of fruit, a cheese stick, and a small packet of sultanas or celery or carrot sticks from their lunch box would be appropriate. Teachers will allow students to snack on a piece of fruit if they are hungry before 10.40 am. Please do NOT send glass containers or cans of drink to school. In the interests of preventing scalding burns, we also ask that parents do not supply their children with noodle bowl type lunches that require the addition of boiling water.
NO CHILD MAY LEAVE THE SCHOOL AT LUNCH TIME WITHOUT WRITTEN APPROVAL FROM THE PARENT, ENDORSED BY THE PRINCIPAL. STUDENTS MUST BE COLLECTED BY A PARENT OR CARER.
The canteen operates each day of the school week. Lunch orders can be purchased each weekday. Your child will place the order in his/her grades lunch order basket on entering the classroom at 9.00am.
When ordering lunch please:-
- consult the menu and price list.
- write the order on the outside of a paper lunch bag stating your child’s name and grade.
Price rises are notified in the School Newsletter.
Medication at School
For students who require medication during the school day, please give the office staff full written instructions as to dosage. For students with allergies that require immediate medication, for example a child allergic to bee stings, send along on the first day of school a measured dose of the mixture or tablet with detailed instructions for use. Medications of this type are stored in the sick bay and clearly labelled for use in cases of emergency.
If your child is on medication, even if this is not taken at school, please let your child’s teacher know. For asthma sufferers, a puffer (named) should be sent to school and kept at the office. This will prevent unnecessary suffering by your child and will save emergency calls to home. For anaphylaxis sufferers, a named Epi-Pen should be sent to school and kept in the First Aid Room.
Money at School
Students should bring all money to school in a sealed envelope with the child’s name and grade and the total amount written on the outside, as well as a brief description of what the money is for, eg., Zoo Excursion, School Fees, etc. All such money should be handed in to the class teacher.
The newsletter is the official journal of the school and, as such, contains items of interest from the grades, specialist teachers, parents and the community. By reading your newsletter, you will be kept informed of the many activities and developments in the school, as they happen. The newsletter is also published on the school’s website at www.eastbourne.ps.vic.edu.au on a fortnightly basis.
It is customary for the eldest child in each family attending school to be given notices to bring home informing the family of school activities. Please check your child's school bag regularly for notices.
Parent involvement can be seen as parents performing tasks that assist teachers to teach and students to learn. Such tasks include: supporting reading and writing sessions; photocopying; accompanying excursions; and, attending working bees. Schools cannot function efficiently without such assistance. Students enjoy their parents being involved. It shows that you value education. All visitors to the school are asked to sign the Parent Helpers/ Visitors Register at the office. (See also 'Parent participation'). It is School Council Policy that parents who help in the classroom, on camps, excursions, and in other school programs, are required to provide the school with a current Police Check or a Working with Students Check.
Parent participation is the participation of parents in school management by becoming members of the school council or its subcommittees. Many parents feel the need for involvement before they have sufficient confidence to participate. Parents have a perspective to impart and, in conjunction with staff, contribute to an improved learning environment.
The benefits of parents helping at the school include:
- improved students’ learning;
- parents being better informed;
- parents being well known to staff;
- parents being well known to other parents;
- your own children will be encouraged and aided by your involvement.
For the forthcoming year, the Parent Contributions have been set as follows:-
- Book List (price varies for each year level)
- School supplied items (these amounts include items such as a satchel for Preps, diary for year 5 & 6, and, bulk stationary & one in visit for students across all year levels.)
- Optional Programs (i.e. Life Skills Programs offered at school)
- Library contribution
Parents are strongly advised to avail themselves of all opportunities for formal parent-teacher interviews and to prepare for them by developing a list of questions, comments or concerns. Communication needs to be teacher-to-parent and also parent-to-teacher.
Interviews should be sought as soon as a need arises, rather than waiting until a written report is provided or an official interview is scheduled. There is a formal reporting day to parents as well as ongoing arrangements between parents and teachers.
Parents and Friends’ Group
The Eastbourne Primary School Parents and Friends’ Group meets regularly and all parents are most welcome to attend. The education of our students is a shared process between the school, the parents and the community. The trend in education today is for greater community involvement and resourcing, and the Parents and Friends’ Group offers one avenue for involvement by providing a way for parents to work together to ensure our students have the best learning environment possible. The Parents and Friends Group’s responsibilities include assisting with fundraising for equipment and facilities, providing advice to school council on issues of concern to parents and acting as a forum for parents to meet and socialise with each other and with the staff. The school is deeply indebted to the Parents and Friends’ Group and we urge the greatest possible support for both the association and its activities.
A list of office-bearers for both School Council and the Parents and Friends’ Group is available at the school and will be published in the newsletter early each year.
Personal Items Brought to School
Private property brought to school by students is not insured nor is the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DE&T) or the school responsible for any loss. It is advisable to ensure students DO NOT bring valuable items such as mobile phones, electronic games, expensive toys or jewellery etc. to school. Any private property brought to school is the responsibility of the student, and should be very clearly named. Students should not bring computer games or electronic games/toys or inappropriate literature or expensive items to school.
Phone Calls to Teachers
Staff are available to receive telephone calls but not when supervising students. Either phone at an appropriate time or leave a message. Telephone messages to be relayed to students can be inconvenient, although if you are unavoidably delayed in picking up your child a telephone call is warranted.
Phone Calls by Students
Parents will appreciate that the school’s regular telephone bill is significant and we all need to work together to reduce unnecessary phone calls and the associated cost. Unless there is genuine need or, a real emergency, students are therefore not encouraged to make phone calls to home from school.
Policy and Curriculum
All aspects of the policy and curriculum are subject to constant review. An Education Committee, under the auspices of the School Council, meets regularly to participate in the formulation and revision of our policy and curriculum. This Education Committee consists of teachers and interested parents, with membership open to all. Evaluation of the various areas of the curriculum is undertaken regularly. Parents are invited to bring to the attention of the Principal and School Council any matters of policy which they deem to be in need of attention. Such matters will then be considered at the regular monthly meetings.
Punctuality and Developing Independence
Punctuality is an important social requirement which needs to be developed early in the child’s school life. Please bring your child to school on time each day, and also collect him/her punctually after school.
To assist us in encouraging our Prep Students’ developing independence:
- please bring your child to the classroom door, say a quick good-bye then leave.
- when collecting your child at the conclusion of school, we ask you to wait outside the classroom until the class is dismissed.
- it is a good idea to encourage your child to pack and carry his or her own school bag. This will help develop in the child a sense of responsibility for his or her own belongings.
- Prep Students should be collected by the parent, authorised adult or responsible sibling from their classroom
- Students should walk home in groups.
- if you are collecting students by vehicle please make every effort to be on time.
- parents are asked to ring the school (and this does often happen) if they have been unavoidably delayed and cannot collect their children on time.
- a child whose parents are late calling for them should not begin walking home.
- a parent who finds their child is not waiting at the school entrance is advised to come immediately to the school office for assistance.
Refunds can only be granted to parents where clear notice of the student’s withdrawal from the activity is given in the days leading up to the activity. In instances where the money has been committed to an outside body a refund may not be possible.
The safety of students between home and school is of great concern to us all.
The school has actively sought to improve problems related to traffic flow. Most traffic problems are caused by illegal parking or people not following the car park protocol. Parents are asked to strictly observe the traffic flow pattern. Such co-operation serves the best interests of the students of the school.
The Bendigo Bank provides the opportunity for students to open a Bank Account. Bank Day is Tuesday. Students have a bank envelope which is brought along each week to the classroom and placed in the class black bag as soon as they enter the room. The use of this weekly banking facility is voluntary.
School Council represents and is responsible to the school community as a whole. As such, it decides the major directions of the school program through its involvement in the determination of curriculum objectives, the use of resources and in broad organisation policies. That is, you, the school community have a real say in the education of your children.
The Council is also responsible for administration of school finances, minor capital works to buildings and grounds, employment of non-teaching staff and casual replacement teachers, curriculum evaluation, participation in the selection of new principals and the development of the School Charter.
The Council conducts its affairs through a series of sub-committees, membership of which is open to anyone interested in the particular area of that committee’s responsibility.
At Eastbourne Primary School we value everyone’s contribution. It is important that the School Council adequately represents the community and possesses the varied skills needed to perform effectively on its behalf. If you have a special interest, the sub-committees need any help you can give. With excellent school facilities, an energetic principal and staff, as well as a broad range of parent talents, we are able to make the most of the opportunities for our students and the community.
Membership of the school council comprises eight parents, four staff members, the school Principal and up to two co-opted members from the local community (excluding DE&T employees). Parents are urged to contact council members about any matters which are within the powers of the council.
School Hours and Break Times
- School commences: 9.00am
- Morning recess: 10.40am - 11.10am
- Lunch recess: 12.50pm - 1.35pm
- School dismisses: 3.15pm
Eastbourne Primary School has a program which is now becoming an integral part of the culture of Eastbourne Primary School; it is called “You Can Do It”. The program aims to build self-esteem by helping the students to embrace their uniqueness and acknowledge their feelings so that they can make the best of their educational opportunities. ‘You Can Do It’ is about helping the students to realize that they can do it if they set their hearts and minds to the task. By utilizing decision making skills continually being reinforced with lessons in the classroom, and discipline procedures which encourage the Students to take responsibility for their actions, they learn that they can succeed. ‘You Can Do It’ is to help the students achieve to their full potential by growing four foundational characteristics within them; they are, confidence, persistence, organization and getting along. If the students can embrace these understandings, by discussing them with peers and teachers and individually exploring their own thoughts and experiences, they can be equipped to face each day as it unfolds. We believe at Eastbourne that your child is special and unique, and that they can and will succeed, if we help them to realize their potential. ‘They Can Do It at Eastbourne!
Supervision of Students
Teachers have a duty of care to supervise students at designated times. This includes 15 minutes before and after school and during class and recess times. Staff members will be timetabled to be on duty during these times. Obviously they cannot be in every area all the time, but every effort is always made to ensure that the safety and security of all students is paramount. Parents are asked to cooperate with this by ensuring that students are at school only during those times that staff is outside on duty, and that students do not arrive too early and are picked up promptly after school. For safety and security reasons, students are not permitted inside the buildings in the morning, at recess times and after school unless a teacher is present. Parents/guardians are asked to wait outside classrooms until students are dismissed and to only use the main entrance doors. For security reasons we ask people to ensure doors are tightly closed when leaving the buildings and rooms.
Traffic Flow Pattern
Parent car park etiquette is as follows:
At the end of the south bound lane where you need to do a 180° turn, cars are to wait at the start of the north bound lane for a park to be freed up. Cars are not to park along the medium strip on the north bound lane to wait for a park.
Should you require a transfer to another school, please give advanced notice where possible. Requests should be made in writing or by a personal call at the office.
The Eastbourne Primary School uniform is gold and navy. The wearing of school uniform is compulsory.
- All students (Prep to Year 6) may wear a navy windcheater with the school logo.
- The wearing of navy blue Sun Smart, broad brimmed hats is compulsory from the beginning of term 1 until the end of April, then again from the beginning of September until the end of term 4.
- All students are to wear full school uniform when leaving the school on excursions or to other representative activities. Full school uniform comprises of an Eastbourne Primary School gold polo and navy windcheater except Year 6 who may wear the special Eastbourne Primary School Year 6 windcheater/rugby top.
Many parents find that dressing the Students in the items listed below is the cheapest way to clothe students. It creates a sense of school pride when the majority of students are in our school colours. The following items can be obtained from the Uniform Shop run by Primary School Wear in the Multi-Purpose Room at the school. Operating times are subject to fluctuation and parents are advised of changes to operating hours via the school newsletter. Second hand uniform is available for sale from the school office during Primary School Wear open hours.
Items available :
- Art Smock
- Blue, gold and white gingham dresses
- Bomber jackets
- Bootleg pants
- Eastbourne School Bags
- Gold polo shirts (long sleeve and short sleeve available)
- Library Bags
- Navy Skorts
- Navy windcheaters
- Navy girl's tunic
- Navy skirts
- Navy track pants
- Navy gabardine pants (unisex)
- Navy broad-brimmed hat
- Polar fleece Jacket
- Polar fleece Vest
- Rain coat
- Standard navy shorts and navy bike shorts
Please take the opportunity to have a look at the items available, also many items can be made to order. Please ensure that your child wears appropriate clothing and footwear, particularly on days when your child has Phys/Ed, Sport or PMP.
Thongs or opened-toed shoes are not permitted at school for safety reasons.
School hats must be worn in the playground from the beginning of Term 1 until the end of April and again from the beginning of September until the end of Term 4. The hats must be plain navy and should be of the broad-brimmed style. These are available through the uniform shop. All students are required to have a smock or old shirt for art lessons. Eastbourne Primary School Council has a Policy on School Uniform. Any students who are not dressed in correct school uniform must bring a written note from their parent explaining why they are not in correct uniform.
Working Bees are arranged from time to time by the School Council with the object of maintaining and improving our grounds and buildings. Without parent support at these, the school would not be able to accomplish the many maintenance activities required. Some families may prefer to make a contribution in lieu of attending these working bees.
Working With Children Check
Working With Children Checks are compulsory for all parents and community members wishing to work with children in various activities such as assisting in the classroom and on camps and excursions. The application forms are available online from the Department of Justice.