Handbook

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Our Parent Handbook contains all the information you and your child will need.


It is provided to all parents/carers enrolling a child at St Patrick's. Parents/carers of children enrolling in kindergarten for the coming year, are provided with a handbook and other necessary information at the information evening. The information evening date is confirmed when you are notified of successful enrolment.

You can print a full version of our Parent Handbook, to read at your convenience, by clicking on the ‘Print to PDF’ button at the top of the page.

If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries, please feel free to contact the school.

About Us

St Patrick’s has a long tradition of providing a welcoming and inclusive environment where we foster a lifelong passion for learning in a Christ-centred community.

Our Catholic faith underpins all aspects of school life and is at the heart of everything we do to develop in our students a deep understanding of their faith, a commitment to gospel values of mercy, compassion and forgiveness, and a love for God, themselves and others.

Our school focuses on the core value of respect for ourselves, others and the environment. We want our students to feel safe and nurtured in our community while being challenged to take risks in their learning and develop skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, creativity, resilience and confidence.

St Patrick’s is committed to excellence in learning and teaching. We engage students in challenging learning through rich and meaningful experiences while providing a supportive environment that nurtures the physical, social and emotional wellbeing in each student.

Our staff members are highly qualified, committed and caring. Literacy, Numeracy and Formation in faith are our major focus. The teachers are committed to professional learning to enhance their capacity to differentiate the learning and teaching to meet the needs of all learners.

Parent involvement in learning is critical to success for each child so we work in partnership to provide opportunities for families to actively participate in the learning and teaching, community life and regular conversation with your child’s teacher.

At St Patrick's our aim is foster thoughtful, resourceful, resilient and faith-centred students through a learning journey that will set them on the path to happy and rewarding lives. Together with their families we strive to enrich their learning with the gospel values of faith and love, based on the person of Jesus.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend to you a warm welcome to St Patrick’s Primary School and I look forward to a shared partnership in the mission of Catholic education.


Anne Maree Marrins
Principal

St Patrick’s Primary School Blacktown

School Motto 'Under your protection'

Principal
Parish Priest
Assistant Principal
Religious Education Coordinator
Financial Administrator
School Support Officer
School Phone Number
School Fax Number
School/Parish Address

Mrs Anne Marrins
Rev Peter Confeggi PP
Mr Thomas Crowley
Mrs Silvana Murphy
Mrs Shannan Browne
Ms Therese Golledge
8869 6000
8869 6099
51 - 59 Allawah Street Blacktown NSW 2148

Parish Phone Number
Email
Website
Social Media
School Hours
School Office Hours

9622 1125
StPatsBlacktown@parra.catholic.edu.au
http://www.stpatsblacktown.catholic.edu.au
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8:55am - 3:15pm
8:30am - 3:30pm


Parish

In October 2014, the two Parishes of St Patrick’s Blacktown and St Michael’s Blacktown South combined and now come under the one parish name of Mary, Queen of the Family Parish. The two parish schools retain their names of St Patrick’s and St Michael’s.

StPatsBlacktown 6442_School crest

The School Crest displays the traditional Education symbols of the Sisters of Mercy, Parramatta: the cross, the star incorporating 'M' within it, and the words 'Under Your Protection' (taken from the original 'Sub Tuum Praesidium').

The cross represents the Christian base of the School, with Jesus at its centre, the star symbolises the vital role of Mary, Mother of God, and the Star of David, and the words state that the school is placed under Mary’s protection.

The letters ‘SPCS’ stand for 'St Patrick’s Catholic School', and the shamrocks on each side of the crest symbolise the school’s links with St Patrick, the school’s Patron Saint, and its Irish/Catholic heritage.

God our Creator, bless our school community.
Teach us forgiveness and understanding.
Help us to grow in faith and love
So that we may spread the Good News to all.
Amen.

Under your protection Mary, we will learn together,
Under your protection Mary, we will learn to live.
Here at St Patrick’s we do the best we can,
We use the gifts God gives to us, to make the world a happy place.
Under your protection Mary, we will learn together,
Under your protection Mary, we will learn to live.

St Patrick's is a two-streamed systemic Catholic school for girls and boys from Kindergarten to Year 6, administered by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP).

Our school opened with 35 students in 1919. It was a Parish School administered by the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy and was situated in Patrick Street, Blacktown.

In 1986 the school relocated to the present site in Allawah Street.

The Sisters of Mercy withdrew from the school in 2001 and a lay Principal was appointed.

We are committed to providing quality education in all Key Learning Areas. The learning is supported with updated resources, technology and other equipment.

The Parish of Mary, Queen of the Family plays a vital role in the everyday life of the school and the parish priest, the assistant priests and the Sacramental Team support the Religious Education program and the liturgical life of the school.

Our Story


At St Patrick’s our mission is to celebrate a multi-cultural, Christ-centred and inclusive community, where all members collaborate to provide a learning environment that nurtures the holistic development of the individual.

We believe:

FAITH COMMUNITY

  • in a Christ-centred community
  • in celebrating our Catholic faith and tradition through prayer, worship and action in a spirit of unity
  • in showing respect, tolerance and understanding of all cultures and faiths.

TEACHING & LEARNING

  • that all students can learn with time and support
  • that student-centred, individualised teaching and learning activities foster life-long, independent learners.

PERSONAL GROWTH

  • that an inclusive and nurturing environment supports the social, emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual development of all students.

PARTNERSHIP

  • that parents, staff, students, parish and the wider community working in partnership enhances the learning of all students.

St Patrick’s School has approximately 330 students organised into thirteen class groups from Kindergarten to Year 6 and 10 students in the Autistic Class (Primary Blue).

The class groupings are as follows:

Early Stage 1

Stage 1

Primary Blue

Stage 2

Stage 3

Kindergarten x 2

Year One x 2
Year Two x 2

Autistic Satellite class (Years 1-6)

Year Three x 2
Year Four x 2

Year Five and Year Six x 3 stage groups


The following Staff members provide for student learning needs:

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Principal
Religious Education Coordinator

Assistant Principal
Coordinators x 2


TEACHING STAFF

Class Teachers
Teacher Librarian
Numeracy Intervention Teachers
Creative Arts Teachers

Learning Support Teachers
Reading Recovery Teachers
Physical Education Teachers


SUPPORT STAFF

Office Financial Administrator
Teacher Assistants
School Counsellor

School Support Officer
Maintenance/ Grounds person
Sudanese Liaison Officer


Kindergarten 2019

Orientation Program

  • Thursday 15th November 2018 9:15am – 11am
  • Thursday 22nd November 2018 9.15am - 11am

While the children are attending the Orientation Program in the Kindergarten classrooms, parents are invited to the Multi-Purpose Area (MPA) for a Parent Information Session on Thursday 15th November 2018.

School Starters Program (optional)

Three-week program held in the Library 9:15am – 10:30am on the following Thursdays:

  • 29th November 2018
  • 6th December 2018
  • 13th December 2018

Key Dates new Kindergarten students

  • Kindergarten will be invited for an Early Years Assessment Interview on Tuesday 29th January or Wednesday 30th January 2018.
  • School commences for Kindergarten students on Thursday 31st January 2018.
  • On the first day Kindergarten, may be brought to the classroom at 8:45am. There will be name-tag tables in the corridor.
  • After leaving your child with the teachers, parents are invited to a 'Tea and Tissues' Morning Tea in the Library.
  • All students start school at 8:55am and finish at 3:15pm.
  • Kindergarten may be collected from their lunch area in the afternoons. On the first two days, you may collect your child at 3:00pm.
  • School begins for Years 1-6 on Wednesday 30 January 2018.

General Information

TERM 1

Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 January
Tuesday 29 January
Wednesday 30 January
Wednesday 30 January
Thursday 31 January
Friday 12 April

Staff Learning Day
Mathematical Assessment Interviews (Years 1-6)
School commences (Year 1-6)
Kindergarten Assessment Interviews
School commences (Kindergarten)
School closes Term 1


TERM 2

Monday 29 April
Friday 5 July

School resumes Term 2
School closes Term 2


TERM 3

Monday 22 July
Friday 27 September

School resumes
School closes Term 3


TERM 4

Monday 14 October
Wednesday 18 December
Friday 21 December

School resumes
School closes for Students
School closes for Staff

Morning Bell
First Session
Fruit Break
Supervised Eating
First Break
Second Session
Second Break
Third Session

8.55am (All students should be present)
9:00am - 11:00am
10:00am – 10:10am
11:00am – 11:10am
11:10am - 11:40am
11:40am - 1:40pm
1:40pm - 2:10pm
2:10pm - 3:15pm

The Parish has a significant role in the life of the school. The physical proximity of the parish and school supports the Parish/School Community relationship. The Parish Priest and the Assistant Priests provide spiritual and sacramental support to the school, visiting classrooms, meeting with the Principal and other staff members as well as leading our Eucharistic celebrations and many of our school and class liturgies. Students and families are encouraged to take part in parish-based celebrations.

Community


Parents are invited to be active participants in the life of the school. Changes in society and education now reflect the vital link between home and school and the role parents play in the education of their children. At St Patrick’s we value this direct participation and encourage parental involvement in the classroom. Research shows that student learning benefits significantly with parent involvement.

We have an active Parents & Friends Association that is involved in fund-raising activities, working bees and discussion of school policies and procedures.

Parents can also become involved by working on a volunteer basis at sporting events, excursions, in the Library and with learning in the classroom.

Parents are invited to Information Sessions to be informed about the learning. These are held throughout the year during the day and/or in the evenings.

This program is designed to help newly enrolled Kindergarten children and their parents feel welcomed as a part of the school community. The program takes place in Term 4 prior to commencement of school and is conducted in the Library one morning per week for four weeks.

It involves many structured activities, encouraging interaction and friendship between children and providing an opportunity for parents to get to know each other. Information about the program is provided during orientation and in a letter forwarded to parents.

There are three levels of annual fees, billed in instalments during Terms 1, 2 and 3:

  • Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees set by the Catholic Education Office
  • Diocesan Building Levy set by the Catholic Education Office
  • School-based fees.

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta are committed to providing an affordable quality Catholic education for families. We understand the financial demands placed on families and seek to keep the fees as low as possible.

No child who meets the enrolment criteria will be refused enrolment or disadvantaged because of a family's financial circumstances.

For full details of the fees payable each year please refer to the ‘School Fees’ page of our school website under the ‘Enrol Now’ section.

At St Patrick’s we believe in forming a collaborative and inclusive community where the diversity and individuality of each person are respected and celebrated.

A Restorative Practices approach provides the framework for developing student understanding of how to establish, maintain and restore relationships. It enables students to self-regulate behaviour and contributes to the improvement of learning outcomes. It establishes a learning environment where students feel safe and are respectful, engaged and proactive learners.

Through Restorative Practices the dignity of each person and a sense of personal responsibility are promoted. We are committed to integrity and justice and to developing a nurturing learning environment.


Year K-2 Restorative Questions

  • What happened?
  • Who is hurt?
  • How can you fix it?

 

Year 3-6 Restorative Questions

  • What happened?
  • Who is hurt?
  • What were you thinking?
  • What are you thinking now?
  • What do you need to do to fix it?

 


SchoolValues

Pastoral Care refers to the total care of the student. It is a term used to describe both an attitude and a process, and is based on a belief in the dignity of the person. The goals and practices outlined in this policy statement reflect the values expressed in the School Mission Statement and are underpinned by the Restorative Practices framework.

The Pastoral Care and Student Management Policy focuses on self-discipline. The policy provides guidelines for students, known as Pointers, sets out codes of behaviour and the rights and responsibilities of students and the procedures and consequences for responding to inappropriate behaviour.

Pointers – Student Guidelines


Classroom Pointers Playground Pointers
LLL Look, Listen, Learn BFG Be friendly and gentle
KOT  Keep on task HOHO Hats On, Hands Off 
DYB Do your best RPRT  Right Place, Right Time
Q WORK Quick, Quiet, Quality Work RIB Rubbish in Bin

The school is responsible for the care and safety of students between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. Playground supervision begins at 8.30am. Parents are permitted to drop their children in the Kiss & Drop area in the mornings. You must not park your car in this area.

Alternatively, you may park your car and walk your child to the school gates.

It is very important to have your children at school before 8.55am as late arrivals cause disruption to assembly and classes. The first bell sounds at 8.55am. The school gates are closed at 9:05am.

In the afternoons, the school gates open at 3:10pm. Parents are asked to park your vehicle in the car park and collect your child from the playground. The kiss and drop area is not available in the afternoons for parking or student pick-up. If you are unavoidably detained, please ring the office. Students not picked up by 3.30pm are supervised in the school office area and parents are contacted to collect their child.

CarParkMap

Catholic Out of School Hours Care (COSHC) provides before and after school care for primary school aged children in a friendly, safe environment that fully supports the Catholic ethos and the mission of the Catholic Church.

The centre is facilitated by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) and operates in partnership with our school and parish, sharing the same Catholic values in caring for your child. The COSHC service is safely located onsite, currently in St Patrick’s Primary School Multi-Purpose Area. Once dismissed from their classroom, students safely transition to COSHC and immediately engage in the student-focused program for the afternoon.

Program

Activities are programmed through student suggestions and include community and religious events as well as allowing opportunity for ongoing projects. The weekly program includes the following learning spaces and activities:

  • Craft
  • Cooking
  • Dramatic Play
  • Card and board games
  • Construction
  • Language and literature (including assistance with homework)
  • Outdoor play and physical activity

Meals

Nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea are prepared each day for your children and the rotating menu aims to provide a dairy source, a cereal based food, a fruit, vegetable or salad and a moderate source of iron with each meal. Individually dietary needs are incorporated into the menus provided wherever possible.

Opening Hours

Before School Care 6:30am to 8:30am
After School Care 3:30pm to 6:30pm

Contact Details

p 0408 835 838
e COSHCStPatricksBlacktown@parra.catholic.edu.au

Enrolment packs are available at the school office and parents can also register online. For further information about COSHC St Patrick’s Blacktown, including the current fee structure, please see the 'Before and After School Care' page of our website under the 'Enrol Now' section.

School Uniforms

The St Patrick's Blacktown school uniform items are available for purchase from Lowes at Westpoint, Blacktown.

Uniform items available from the school office include:

  • School hats
  • Girls winter uniform tab ties
  • Metal school badge (optional)
  • Library/ Excursion bags

Summer Uniform

Boys Girls
Short sleeved pale blue shirt with school emblem Blue and white check dress
Navy shorts with school initials Navy ankle socks with turn down cuff
Navy ankle socks with turn down cuff Black shoes
Black shoes Navy and pale blue sport jacket with school emblem
Navy and pale blue sport jacket with school emblem Navy hat with school emblem
Navy school hat with school emblem  Navy posture support backpack with school emblem
Navy posture support backpack with school emblem
 

Winter Uniform

Boys Girls
Long sleeved pale blue shirt with school emblem Royal blue tunic
Navy serge long trousers Pale blue long sleeved blouse with peter pan collar
Navy and pale blue sport jacket with school emblem Navy ankle socks with turn down cuff
Navy and blue stripe school tie
Black shoes
Navy socks
Blue and white tab tie (only available from school)
Black shoes Navy and pale blue sport jacket with school emblem
Navy posture support backpack with school emblem Navy posture support backpack with school emblem
   
   

Sport Uniform

Boys & Girls
Short sleeve navy and pale blue polo shirt with school emblem
Navy sport shorts with school initials
White ankle socks with turn down cuff
White sports shoes with white tie up laces
Navy and pale blue sport jacket with school emblem
Navy and pale blue track suit pants
Navy hat with school emblem
 

Please ensure all articles of your child’s clothing and belongings are clearly labelled with their name. This will help your child and the teachers identify any lost items.

Unwanted items of school clothing are sent to the school for our second-hand clothing pool. If you wish to browse through and purchase any items of clothing, please contact the school office.

Other School Information

For the safety of all students and staff members, parents/visitors entering the school grounds during school hours must sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge. The school gates are locked at 9:00am and reopened at 3:00pm. Access to the school during school hours is via the school office and then via the side gate.

On Monday and Friday mornings at 9:00am a brief Assembly is held to begin the day with:

Monday
Acknowledgement of Country
School Prayer
Messages
Focus for the week

Friday
Acknowledgement of Country
Class Led Prayer
Awards – Bronze
Birthdays
National Anthem


Each stage has an Assembly per semester to showcase their learning and to acknowledge achievement through the presentation of Silver, Gold and Principal Awards.

This is usually held in Term 2. All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 participate. They may nominate to participate in longer distance races or field events such as long jump, high jump and shot put. The Diocesan Athletics Team is selected from Years 3-6 (and 8 year olds in Year 2).

Positive behaviours are acknowledged through ‘St Pat on the Back’ Awards. Accumulation of these awards leads to:

  • Bronze Award (10)
  • Silver Award (20)
  • Gold Award (30)
  • Mission Award (50)
  • Principal Award (40)

The Bronze Award is presented at a Friday morning Assembly. The Silver, Gold and Principal Awards are presented at Stage Assemblies each term. Mission Awards are presented at a special Mission Assembly at the end of the year. This is followed by a Morning Tea with the Principal for the recipients of this award.

At the end of each school year our prospective Stage 3 (Year 5 and 6) students are assigned a Kindergarten Buddy. The Stage 3 students play a vital role in the first few weeks of school helping their Buddy to settle in, learn the routines and procedures of school life while gaining confidence in a new environment. Structured activities are conducted weekly to facilitate interaction and to foster a relationship between the buddies.

Once a term Scholastic Book Club’s specially compiled lists of reasonably priced books are distributed to students. Details on how to purchase the books are included on the forms. This is an entirely voluntary purchase.

Parents are invited to assist with sport events, excursions, in the library and with learning in the classroom. All parents who assist in any capacity are required by legislation to complete the Catholic Education (CEDP) online Child Protection Module. This training is available online and must be completed every two years.
http://childprotection.parra.catholic.edu.au

Parents are also required to complete the NSW Working With Children Check for Volunteers which is available online
www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au

Parents/Carers who have not completed both these checks are not eligible to assist.

To pick up your child within school hours, an Early Note must be filled in from the school office and your child will be called to the office. If your child arrives at school after the morning bell, please complete a Late Note from the school office.

If your child is to be collected at any time by someone other than parents or the usual contact (parent or someone known to the school) please notify the office and if possible provide a Letter of Authorisation including details of the new contact.

The following procedures are in place to provide structures for the effective communication of issues and concerns.

  • Parents are advised to make an appointment with the class teacher through the school office.
  • If further assistance is required parents are advised to make an appointment with the Stage Coordinator in the first instance, then the Assistant Principal or Principal.

St Patrick’s Primary is committed to developing a Catholic school community based on mutual trust and respect. Whilst most issues can be resolved through direct discussion with the parties, there may be instances in which this is not possible. The school has formal written protocols in place to address complaints and grievances. A copy of the Complaint Handling Policy is available from the office on request.

It is most important that you inform the school office if there has been any change in address, telephone number or contact person in case of sickness or emergency. Please put this information in writing and send it along to the school office. It is vital that we have the telephone number of one contact person, other than the parents/carers, in case of illness or emergency.

This event is usually held in Term 2. Students undergo training in the weeks leading up to the event by gradually building the distance they run. Just prior to the Cross Country their level of fitness and ability to participate in this event is evaluated. The School Cross Country is held in school time and all students participate in this event. The Diocesan Cross Country team is selected from Years 3 – 6 (and 8 year olds in Year 2).

At the end of the year a Mission Awards Assembly is held to acknowledge those students who have received beyond 50 ‘St Pat on the Back Awards’. These recipents are invited to Morning Tea with the Principal.

At the last Assembly of the year the following pennant awards are presented to one student in each class in the following categories:

  • School Spirit
  • Most Improved
  • Academic Excellence
  • Excellence
  • Christian Living
  • Consistent Effort
  • Creative Arts

Excursions and incursions are an important part of learning and are planned to support the curriculum. All students are expected to participate. Separate notices will be forwarded by the school seeking your permission and outlining the nature of the excursion. An excursion fee is included the school fees.

Occasionally the school will conduct an Evacuation Drill. Please do not be alarmed if you hear of this practice as it is a training exercise.

See under 'Health and Medication'.

A Fruit or Vegetable & Water Break is held every day between 9:00am and 11:00am for ten minutes. All students are asked to bring a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable and water to have at this time. Research into the brain and learning confirms the importance of oxygen and hydration for the effective functioning of the brain. This break assists concentration, student wellbeing and their understanding of healthy eating.

Gymnastics is a component of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Syllabus. In Term 1, qualified gymnastics teachers present 40 minute lessons over ten weeks (one lesson per week) on site for students in Years 3 - 6. The Program is run by Dance Fever. The cost is included in the school fees.

There are 4 house colours in the school: Red, Blue, Gold and Green for sporting events, Athletics and Swimming Carnivals. Students are placed in the same colour as their siblings.

Teachers are available to speak with parents, outside teaching hours, on any matter regarding your child. However, they are not available for casual discussions during classroom teaching hours or when carrying out playground supervision before and after class hours. A mutually agreed formal interview time may be arranged through the school office.

If your child is going on extended leave greater than 5 days, an Application for Exemption form must be collected from the school office, completed and returned prior to the leave date. This leave will be considered by the Principal for approval.

When the school has a Mufti Day it means that the students do not have to wear their school uniform. They may wear smart casual clothing to school, sensible shoes and a hat on that day. Often a mufti day is held as a fundraising event, a special celebration or a reward. As a fundraiser Mufti Day each student is asked to bring a gold coin for the privilege of wearing ordinary clothes. This money would then be sent to the missions, or another charity.

Throughout the school term parents are invited to attend a Coffee Morning with the Principal and other members of the Leadership Team. It takes place in the School Library, usually on a Friday after morning assembly. This is an informal gathering with no set agenda. It is an opportunity to ask questions, to be informed about school events and to connect with other parents.

School Banking is conducted each Monday. Banking will commence in Week 2 of Term 1. School banking is conducted through the Commonwealth Bank. Application forms are available from the school office.

St Patrick's Newsletter is the communication link between school and home. The Newsletter informs the community about school events, policies and procedures It is published fortnightly and posted on the school website, usually on Thursday. It may be accessed by subscribing on the school website to receive it in an email.

Notes are sent home as a means of communication between school and home. In some cases notes have ‘tear off’ slips to return to the school—generally permission slips. Please check your child’s school bag each day for notes.

When a child returns to school after sick leave, parents must notify the reason for the absence via a letter addressed to the school. These letters are retained by the school and your child’s absence appropriately recorded in an official online attendance register according to legal requirements.

All schools in the Parramatta Diocese are allocated six student free days per year by the Catholic Education Office. The teachers and support staff engage in professional learning and students do not attend school on these days. This allows staff an opportunity for spiritual reflection, to review new curriculum changes, study a new methodology, or formulate a policy for relevant issues. The focus of the Professional Learning Day is usually advised in the School Newsletter and advance notice of the dates is provided in the Parent Calendar. The first two days before students return at the beginning of the school year are usually allocated to Mathematical Assessment Interviews.

We are committed to maintaining the highest level of privacy in handling the information you provide. The Standard Collection Notice advises you about the reasons for collecting information and the way the information will be used.

For more detailed information about privacy in the Parramatta Diocese, refer to the 'Policies and Procedures' page of our website under 'About Us'.

This is held in Term 1 for students from Years 1-6. Competent swimmers nominate their preferred events. There are novelty events to cater for beginning and non-swimmers. The Diocesan Swimming Team is selected from Years 3-6 (and 8 year olds in Year 2).

The Swimming Program is a component of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Syllabus. Students are taught skills in water confidence, water safety, floating and movement skills, basic swimming strokes, water safety, and stroke development. The program takes place in Term 3 for students in Years K-4. The 10-day Intensive Swimming Program is held at the Royal Lifesaving Aquatic Centre at Seven Hills.

If required, all students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2, are eligible for free bus travel from home to school and from school to home. Students in Grades 3 – 6 are only eligible if they reside more than 1.6kms from the School. If you are uncertain as to your child’s eligibility, please ask at the school office as we have a map supplied by the Urban Transit Authority. Application forms are available from the school office on request.

Once your child has been issued with a free bus pass, automatic issue occurs except in the following instance: all students progressing from Year 2 to Year 3 who wish to travel by bus are required to complete a fresh application form in order to be eligible for free travel.

  • Busways provides the bus service between Blacktown Station and our school.
  • Busways also provides a direct service to our school from Doonside.

N.B. Children travelling with any company other than Busways, who break their journey at Blacktown Station, will be required to fill out two application forms, as follows:

  • one application form for travel from their home to Blacktown Station stating the name of the bus company with whom the child will be travelling.
  • one application form for travel from Blacktown Station to the school, stating that the child will be travelling with Busways.

If your child has to changes buses, one from home to Blacktown Station and one from Blacktown Station to the school and they are both Busways buses, you will only need to fill out one application form. If you are uncertain as to which bus company your child will be travelling with or what the route number is, please make inquiries of the respective bus companies.

The application forms are to be returned to the school office. Please do not post them directly to the bus company.

Lost bus passes

It is the responsibility of parents to apply for replacement bus passes. Forms for lost passes must be obtained from the school office.

The telephone numbers of the bus companies are as follows:
Busways 9625 8900
Hills Bus 9890 0000

All children who need to catch a train are eligible for a Free Pass.

The application form for free train travel is available from the school office. This form must be completed at the commencement of each school year.

The curriculum is set out by the Board of Studies
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Curriculum at St Patrick’s Primary School

Homework reaffirms the role of parents as partners in education. It is a valuable part of schooling as it provides a link between home and school. It allows parents to connect with classroom learning and to take an active role in their child’s learning. Homework is set by teachers to assist parents create a climate of learning that extends beyond the school and to develop home study habits.

Homework should be an interactive experience for students and their parents, or other learners in the home. It should enhance family life not intrude on it. Homework must be manageable for parents, teachers and students. Homework involves an element of choice enabling students to evaluate and take responsibility for their learning. Homework needs to be purposeful and to reflect the learning needs of each student.

Homework is handed out every Friday, and returned the following Thursday for Years K-6.

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1
Students should read or be read to each day. This can be recorded in their reading diaries. They should be encouraged to talk about their day at school to develop their oral language skills.

Stage 2 and 3
Students in Years 3-6 are expected to read every night and record this reading in their school diaries. Open-ended numeracy and literacy tasks are provided to enable each student to complete the homework. This will include a variety of numeracy tasks that reinforce what has been taught in class, as well as literacy tasks that may include writing and responding, class blogs or comprehension activities. The literacy tasks may also be integrated into other KLA’s, including Science, Human Society & its Environment or Religious Education.

The approximate duration for homework per night for students in Years 3-6:

Grade Literacy & Numeracy Tasks Reading
Stage 2 – Years 3 and 4 25 minutes 20 minutes
Stage 3 – Years 5 and 6 30-40 minutes 30 minutes

Occasionally, unfinished class work may need to be completed at home. Students may also be required to individually complete assignment tasks, particularly in Years 5 and 6.

Health and Medication

St Patrick’s is an Allergy Aware School. Foods that contain any of the following ingredients must not be brought to school:

  • All nuts and nut products
  • Peanut oil - cold pressed, expressed, or expelled (note - Arachis oil is peanut oil)
  • All peanut products eg Peanut Butter or Nutella
  • Crushed / ground peanut - in sauces or coating on food (cakes, buns, ice-cream), satay sauce and peanut sauce.

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening.

It usually occurs rapidly after exposure to a food, insect or medicine to which a person may already be allergic. Anaphylaxis must always be treated as a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment with adrenaline. All staff are trained very two years or when necessary in understanding Anaphylaxis and in administering the Epi-pen.

  • Children who are prescribed medication by a registered practitioner need to have a facility which allows that medication to be administered at nominated times.
  • Parents/guardians need to be aware of the school’s procedures re supervising children who take prescribed medication.
  • Parents/guardians must complete and sign all documentation relating to prescribed drugs. All medication must be marked with the child’s name by the pharmacy.
  • Parents/guardians must provide the prescribed medication in a container that designates the days of the week.
  • Parents/guardians must notify the school when the course of drugs has been altered.
  • All medication is stored in a locked cupboard.
  • Parents/Guardians must be aware that while nominated school personnel supervise the administration of prescribed medication, they are indemnified against legal action.
  • Medication is dispensed by the office staff who are First Aid trained and are contracted by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, to undertake this role.

Infections are common in early childhood. Below are regulations with regard to the time any student must remain away from school, should a particular illness occurs.

Chicken Pox

Exclude till fully recovered – minimum exclusion for 7 days after the first spots appear

German Measles

Exclude till fully recovered – minimum exclusion for 5 days from appearance of the rash

Infectious Hepatitis

Exclude until medical practitioner certifies recovery

Measles

Exclude for at least 5 days from appearance of the rash

Mumps

Exclude till fully recovered – minimum exclusion for 10 days from the onset of the swelling

Streptococcal Infection

Exclude until fully recovered

Whooping Cough

Exclude until fully recovered – minimum exclusion for 3 weeks from the onset of the whoop

Conjunctivitis

Exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased

Impetigo

Exclude until sores have fully healed. The child may return provided that appropriate treatment is being applied and that sores on exposed surfaces such as scalp, face, hands or legs are properly covered with occlusive dressings

Head Lice

Exclude until hair is completely cleaned, neither nits (eggs) nor lice being present. Children who have such problems may not be re-admitted to the school without a note from parents or guardian indicating that appropriate treatment has been given.

 

For more information visit the Children’s Hospital Westmead website.

St Patrick’s staff has a responsibility to exercise a duty of care to the students. Office staff are qualified First Aid Officers. All staff attends CPR training annually and Emergency Care training every three years.

First Aid – Accidents

In the event of a slight accident to a student such as a graze or knock, basic first aid, will be administered. In the case of a more serious accident, such as suspected sprains, fractures, bumps to the head etc, immediate first aid procedures will be put into action, whilst attempts are being made to contact parents to inform them of the accident.

If parents are unable to be contacted in the case of an emergency, the school will seek immediate medical care on their behalf. Written permission for the school to take this action is sought at the beginning of each school year.

First Aid – Sick Bay

There is a sick bay adjacent to the school office. If a child becomes ill in the classroom, he/she is sent to the office to rest in sick bay. If after 10 minutes the child does not respond to the special care given, parents are contacted and requested to come to the school and take the child home.

In cases of asthma attacks, the actual medication, as well as the dosage and any other relevant details concerning the medication and use of the nebuliser, must be provided by parents and a Medical Plan will be developed on enrolment.

First Aid - Medication

Should a child be able to attend school after sickness yet still be in need of medication during school hours, a letter is required stating the type of medication, the dosage, the time of administration and the number of days the child is required to take the medication.

For long term medication, an action plan is developed in consultation with parents and the prescribing doctor.

Why immunise?

Years ago, whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus were the killer diseases of children. In 1900, when vaccines were unavailable, more children died from whooping cough and diphtheria than from all causes of death today.

Vaccines have almost eliminated these diseases from our society, but if we become complacent about vaccination, these diseases could take hold again.

Measles, German Measles and Mumps vaccines are also now available.

Recommended Australian childhood immunisation schedule

Age Disease Immunised Against
Birth Hepatitis B
2 months Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis/Whooping Cough (DTPa/HepB), Haemophilis Influenzae type B (Hib), Polio, Pneumococcal
4 months DTPa/HepB, Hib, Polio, Pneumococcal
6 months DTPa/HepB, Polio, Pneumococcal
12 months Hib, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Meningococcal C
18 months Pneumococcal (depending on state), Chicken pox (varicella)*
4 years DTPa, Polio, MMR
10-13 years Chicken pox* (for those not vaccinated as children and who have not had the disease), Hepatitis B (for those not vaccinated as children)
15-17 years Adult Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (dTpa)

 

An immunisation certificate is required for all children starting primary school in Kindergarten.

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