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Here is the A-Z of information for parents and community members

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All absences of pupils must be accounted for. You are required to notify your child's teacher in writing or in person the reason for any absence, the first day your child resumes.


i) Children at all levels are assessed in relation to their classroom achievements on a regular basis. Assessment is a multifaceted process which may take many forms, such as testing, observation, work samples, self reporting. The purpose of assessment is to gather evidence of students' achievements and to use this evidence in ways that will contribute to their further growth.

ii) The assessment that are compiled at the end of Year 6 for pupils proceeding to High School are based on on-going evaluations throughout the year. These results are forwarded to the appropriate High School where they are used to place the child in a Year 7 class



Children have the opportunity to operate a bank account through the School. Banking takes place each TUESDAY morning. Children simply take their bank book to the office. Accounts are through the Commonwealth Bank at Morisset.


Pupils may ride bikes to school providing they are in full roadworthy condition and the pupils obey the rules of the road. Bicycle inspections are made from time to time by members of the Safety Accident Section of the Police Department. Pupils whose bikes are found to be faulty are given notices and the bikes are not to be ridden to school until faults are remedied and inspected by the Principal or Executive Teacher. PROTECTIVE HELMETS MUST BE WORN.Teachers reserve the right to ground Pupils who are seen to be behaving dangerously, carelessly and/or not complying with road rules.


Book Week is celebrated each year, according to the theme for the year. Usually we have some type of entertainment and a fancy dress parade of each class. Parents are welcome at this event.


The end of year picnic is held during the last week of Term 4 on a school basis.


The school canteen operates during the week with the assistance of volunteer parents. Without parental support the Canteen cannot operate, so if you can assist, please join one of the rosters. See the school office for the canteen contact numbers.


A teacher has responsibility for any collections undertaken for charitable organisations. We do not offer support to all worthy causes, but limit our efforts to a few. The main target for our efforts is Stewart House.

9. CHEWING GUM/BUBBLE GUM. In the interests of all pupils, chewing gum of any kind is banned from school.


The services of a School Counsellor are available to assist the school as required. Children with learning difficulties etc. are referred to the Counsellor by the Principal and parents may arrange an interview with the Principal and Counsellor to discuss any matters of concern. A Parental Consent form signed by parents is required before a child can see the Counsellor.


A dental clinic is situated in Beckley Street, Toronto. The unit provides treatment in examinations, filling, extraction, fluoride therapy etc. Clinic 'phone number is 4959 4289.


Choice Theory/Realtity Therapy is implemented at Cooranbong Community School with the aim of providing children with the skills to increasingly control their behaviour and develop self discipline in the playground and classroom. The process involves the following,

1. Establish school and class rules.

2. Establish student and teacher role definitions.

  1. Using "What's the Rule?" - it avoids confrontation, debate and excuses, emphasising the solution rather than the problem.
  2. Time Out - is intended to give the student and teacher time to think about options.
  1. Plan Established to Solve the Problem - an opportunity to develop and plan to solve the problem.
  2. Planning Room - children work with teachers to develop and make a plan to overcome obstacles.
  3. Restitution - when a child damages property or harms another they are asked tomake restitution for their behaviour.
  4. Notification of Parents - when a child constantly adopts inappropriate behaviour, parents are notified so they can discuss the problem with the class teacher, executive etc to resolve the problem.

    9. Isolation a child is withdrawn from the playground/class to explore options and develop a workable plan.

    10. Suspension Students are removed from school for varying periods of time, enabling further options to be explored.

    13. DOGS.

    Dogs wandering in the school grounds occasionally cause some concern. Dogs should be kept away from the school grounds during school hours. Dogs on school premises will be impounded.


    During Easter Week the school holds an Easter Hat Parade. The pupils parade in their creation for all to see. Parents are invited to this occasion.


    During Education Week parents are invited to visit classes in the school and join in various organised activities with their children. 


    Excursions for various classes may be held from time to time throughout the year. These excursions will be of two types:

    a. Trips away from the school - usually involving

    bus travel. The length of the trip will vary from a few hours to a full day, with occasional major excursions of several days' duration for pupils in primary classes.

    Parents will be fully informed of the details by letter and a permission note signed by the parent will be required from each child who wishes to attend the excursion.

    b. "Walking" Excursions. These will involve walking to points in the vicinity of the school.

    A blanket consent note is required for such excursions.

    Regardless of the type of excursion being undertaken it is expected that children's behaviour will be of the highest order - any misbehaviour will result in the child being excluded from all such future activities until such time as the teachers are satisfied with the child's general behaviour.

    17. HEAD LICE

    Head Lice becomes a major problem periodically during the year. Parents are advised to check their child's hair regularly for signs of either eggs or lice. Shampoos are readily available to address this common  to school.problem. When no more nits can be found, children may return

    18. HEALTH.

    Children should not be sent to school if they have shown recent symptoms of illness or if they are suffering from an illness.

    It is essential that the school is in Possession of a telephone number for contact with parents.



Homework should be a purposeful activity which takes up a few minutes of your child's time each night Monday to Thursday. No child should be forced to sit at a table doing homework for long periods. In many cases "homework" may consist of collecting pictures, reading to Mum or Dad, or completing exercises begun in class. The most important thing is to establish a regular homework period so that a pattern is established particularly in readiness for High School. Each teacher establishes an individual homework policy that is conveyed to the pupils at the beginning of each year.

During the early years of school, parents can assist their children's development by reading to them each night, showing interest in completed tasks and listening to their early attempts at reading books.


Children are allocated to a house for the purpose of competition.

The Houses are: MACQUARIE - colour RED

REID - colour GREEN



Efforts are made to keep family members in the same house group.


There are many childhood diseases including even well known ones which can cause serious complications and sometimes even death. These are diphtheria tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis, measles, mumps and rubella, all of which children can be immunised against. If a child has one of the above childhood diseases, then he/she will have to stay at home until well. The NSW Public Health Act has been changed and parents with children starting Kindergarten from 1994 must present an Immunisation Certificate at the time of school enrolment. The Certificates can be obtained from your doctor, Senior Health Surveyor of the local Council, Medical officer of Health of the nearest Public Health Unit or Community Health Staff. Non-immunised children who have been in contact with a child with one of the above diseases must stay at home during the outbreak - This applies only to children starting Kindergarten from 1994.


The wearing of jewellery to school is to be discouraged. A watch along with sleepers or studs may be worn, but ornate adornment is not permitted.





Please ensure that all items of your child's clothing are legibly and prominently labelled with his/her name and class.


a) GENERAL - Under no circumstances will children be permitted to leave the school grounds between arrival and departure without the consent and approval of the Principal or the Executive.

b) on the rare occasion when a parent wishes a child to leave school early, the teacher must be notified by a written note or personal visit. A telephone message for this purpose is not acceptable.


A Newsletter is distributed to all families via the

pupils each fortnight. It contains general items concerning the school, a term calendar of events and general information on what is happening in the school.


It is recommended that all children have an old shirt or painting smock to protect their clothing during painting and craft lessons.


Authorised vehicles only may enter school grounds via Government Road. At 3.00pm all children driven by private conveyance must be collected via Mathews Valley Road.



The P. & C. is a parent Organisation and membership is open to all.

This group meets on the last Tuesday of each month (subject to minor variation due to vacations). The time and venue alternates each month and are either at 7.00pm in the classroom in the adminstration block or 9.30am in the staffroom. Notice of meetings are given in the newsletter.


Parents are welcome to become involved with the school and its activities through membership and participation in School Council, P & C, Canteen and fundraising.

Some teachers also enlist the aid of parents for direct assistance with class reading and other

activities. The school encourages all parents to become involved in the education of their child.


Pupils must accept responsibility for items of personal property which they bring to school. Items such as transistor radios, cassette players, cameras, large electronic games etc. should not be brought to school other than on special occasions for specific purposes.


Class photographs are taken annually and are available for purchase by parents. Students are notified as to the appropriate uniform required.


A Presentation Day to recognise pupil achievement is held annually towards the end of Term 4, to which parents are invited.


At the completion of Year 6 most pupils proceed to Morisset High School.


The question of repetition of a grade arises for some children at the end of each year. Parents of such children are notified in writing of the situation in good time for discussions and resolution prior to the end of the school year.



37. RULES.

The basic school rules are:

* Children are not to engage in any activity that endangers either themselves or another person.

* Children are not to engage in any practice that interferes with the personal and/or property rights of another.

* Violent behaviour is banned.

These rules are designed to provide protection for all pupils.

i) Before 8.45am children are to sit on the seats/under sheltered area (if wet) and not play.

ii) Running and/or climbing on paved areas, in the vicinity of buildings, trees, gardens, fences and within buildings is forbidden.

iii) The throwing of any object unless in a recognised game or sporting activity is forbidden.

iv) Play of any nature in or in the vicinity of toilets, drinking facilities, incinerator, staff car park is forbidden.

V) Knives, fireworks, matches, bottles and any other potentially dangerous articles or devices are not to be brought to school.


The School Council is an elected body of Parent, School and Community members that meets approximately eight times a year. It makes decisions on policies and issues affecting the school. This group meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 5.30pm in the staffroom after light refreshments.

39. SCHOOL TELEPHONE: 02 4977 1122

While the school secretary is available to answer the 'phone, calls to teachers should be limited to outside teaching times. The secretary will take messages.


9.15am - 3.00pm School day

11.10am - 11.55am Lunch

1.30pm - 1.50pm Recess

41. SPORT.

When in primary classes, children of all abilities are catered for by a system which offers sport on an intra-school (House) level and inter-school level. Sports played include cricket, soccer, netball and softball. HOUSE - The House system allows all children to participate in team sports and learn the skills of a variety of games. The sports rotate so that pupils compete in as great a variety of activities as is possible. INFANTS - Combined activities with skill development objectives are practised each week.


The P & C Association organises stalls before Mothers'/Fathers' Day each year so the children may purchase small gifts.


Stewart House Preventorium was established in 1930 at South Curl Curl to provide services of various kinds to children in need. It accommodates pupils from all parts of NSW. Stewart House is totally maintained through contributions from school organisations.


The children are supervised in the school grounds only between 8.45am and commencement of lessons at 9.15am, during lunch 11.10am - 11.55am and during the recess period 1.30pm - 1.50pm. They are also supervised during the departure from the school grounds to catch buses or to walk directly home.

NO SUPERVISION of pupils will be arranged prior to 8.45am but a teacher is available for emergencies prior to 9.15am. Children are not permitted to remain in the school grounds at the close of school.


A school swimming carnival is held annually for Years 1 - 6. A house competition operates and all students are encouraged to participate.


Representatives of the Seventh Day Adventist Church attend the school weekly for the taking of non-denominational scripture lessons. Please indicate clearly on Enrolment Forms if you want your child to attend.


Donations of items of uniforms that no longer fit or are no longer required are welcome and may be left at the office.


SUMMER: The girl's uniform is a princess style with a white collar, small capped sleeves and a tab with two buttons down the front.

An alternative is culottes in the same material as above and a light blue polo shirt with school emblem.

The boy's uniform is grey shorts and a light blue shirt or polo shirt with school emblem.

WINTER: Royal blue tracksuits with school emblem, worn with light blue skivvy or polo shirt under is the uniform for both girls and boys.

Girls have the option of a pinafore with light blue blouse and royal blue jacket.

Bovs have the option of long grey trousers with light blue skivvy/polo shirt and round neck royal blue jumper with school emblem.

SPORT: The girl's uniform is either royal blue netball skirt or royal blue shorts and a light blue t-shirt/polo shirt with school emblem.

The bo Is uniform is royal blue shorts and a light blue t-shirt/polo shirt with school emblem.

SHOES: Plain black regulation school shoes or J.C. type sandals ONLY are to be worn to school. DEFINITELY no thongs or bare feet.

Sock colours are grey for boys and white for girls.

HATS: Available from the school canteen slouch style is $7.50 and legionnaire style $5.00.

In the summer months, the school adopts a policy of "no hat, no play".


All the above uniforms (excluding hats) can be purchased through Morisset Uniforms, Short Street Morisset.


The voluntary school donations are currently $33.00/year for one child or $55.00/year per family. The donations can be paid in installments and bankcard facilities are available.


Each year the Department of Education gives approval for school performances to a number of outside organisations and individuals. A limited number ' of appropriate performances may be arranged for the pupils each year.


Wet paint can be washed out immediately in cold water. If paint has dried, soak garment overnight in cold soapy water, then hand wash in lukewarm water using ordinary soap. DO NOT USE HOT WATER, LAUNDRY DETERGENTS OR SPRAY-ON STAIN REMOVERS. DO NOT MACHINE WASH.