Narara Public School

  • School Details
  • General Information
  • Educational Programs
  • Student Welfare
  • School Committees
  • Dress Code
  • Sun Protection
  • School Attendance Policy
  • School History
  • Ex Student Stories
School Details

Narara Public School

Newling Street Lisarow NSW 2250

Telephone: 4328 3024 Fax: 4329 1472

Canteen: 4328 3891

Email: narara-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

School Song

Narara, Narara,

You will find us in the colours red and blue.

With "The Game Before the Prize",

It will come as no surprise, That complete co-operation is the thing

That drives the people of

Narara, Narara,

With our best foot forward you will see,

We have the best.

We have the crest.

We have the name above the rest.

We are Narara.

Our Vision

Narara Public School will be characterised by:

  • highly motivated. self-directed learners
  • quality educational programs which meet individual needs
  • a broad range of effective teaching, assessment and evaluative practices
  • a focus on excellence in English and Mathematics
  • a caring attitude towards self, others and the environment
  • collaborative decision making
  • parent and community participation
Our Mission

We work together to develop students who will be:

  • caring, responsible and valued citizens
  • self-motivated and enjoy a fulfilling life
School Times

8:10 am - Supervision of playground begins (Children should not arrive at school before this time)

8:30 am - Lessons commence

10:30 - 11:00 am Morning recess

12:30-1:15pm Lunch

2:30 pm Lessons conclude

Annual Contributions
  • $40.00 for the first child
  • $25.00 for the second child
  • $10.00 for the third child and each subsequent child

School Contributions are payable as follows:

  • By 2 instalments - V2 the fee due by Week 10 of Term 1 - The remainder due by Week 10 of Term 2
  • By instalments as arranged with the Principal
Communication & Reporting

As a parent you can expect to be regularly informed of

  • Your child's progress
  • Your child's homework
  • Your child's behaviour
  • The school curriculum

The following communication channels provide avenues for parent and teacher cormmunication.

Monday Mumbles

The school newsletter, 'Monday Mumbles', is published every Monday. This newsletter is distributed to all families, the eldest child in the family being responsible for delivering home. The 'Monday Mumbles' keeps parents up to date with what is happening at school. Please encourage your child to bring this newsletter to you promptly each Monday afternoon. It is important to your child's education that you take note of the information provided,

Parent-Teacher Nights

At the beginning of each year a Parent-Teacher Night is held to inform parents of the learning experiences that students will participate in during the year. Expectations regarding homework and behaviour are clearly outlined at this meeting and all parents are encouraged to attend.

Parent Teacher Interviews

The best education for your child can only take place if teachers and parents support each other and communicate effectively. Parents are urged to contact the school and arrange for an interview with their child's teacher if they wish to discuss their child's progress or any areas of concern.

Progress Reports

Individual Parent/Teacher meetings are held towards the end of Term 1. Each child receives a written report at the end of Term 2 and Term 4. These reports indicate individual achievement and performance levels.

Expectations for Members of the School Community

Students Should

  • Arrive at school by 8.30am ready for class
  • Come to school to learn
  • Respect other people (staff, students, parents) and their property
  • Resolve conflict peacefully
  • Wear school uniform
  • Obey all school and class rules

We Ask Parents To

  • Support school policies and practices including homework, uniform, excursions and discipline code
  • Communicate openly and honestly with staff
  • Establish a relationship of mutual trust and respect with teachers
  • Support parent groups within the school and actively participate in the school community
  • Help build school spirit and pride

Staff Aim To

  • Cater for the academic, social and emotional needs of each student
  • Help establish a caring school community where each individual is respected and valued
  • Establish a relationship of mutual trust and respect with students, parents and other staff
  • Respect parents as partners in education
  • Provide opportunities for parents to participate in shaping school policies and practices
  • Communicate openly and honestly with parents regarding students' progress, school policies and upcoming events
School Counsellor

The School Counsellor is a trained psychologist and experienced teacher who visits the school for one day each week.
The School Counsellor provides services in:

  • Assessment of Students to identify students with special needs and to assist the school in meeting those needs.
  • Counselling of students and parents to assist students with their education, social development and personal growth.
  • Consultancy with Principal and Staff to help plan and provide for the special needs of individual students.
Kindergarten Enrolment

KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENT AND TRANSITION TO SCHOOL

Parents are asked to notify the school early Term 3 in the year prior to their child enrolling in Kindergarten. Kindergarten children must turn five before the 1st August to be eligible for enrolment. Evidence of birth date, (a birth certificate or passport), and address (rate notice or parent's licence) must be presented upon enrolment. If your child has been immunised, immunisation certificate is also required.

Orientation Day

During November an Orientation Day is held for all prospective Kindergarten children and their parents. This is an opportunity for parents and children to find out more about the school.

Kindergarten /Year 6 Buddies

At the beginning of the school year each Kindergarten student is buddied with a Year 6 student. The Year 6 buddies help their Kinder buddies settle into school, both in the playground and in the classroom.

Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

During the first two days of the school year Kindergarten children and their parents are invited to an individual meeting with the class teacher. This provides an opportunity for children and their parents to meet the teacher.

Headstart Program

During Terms 3 and 4 a Headstart Program is offered for children enrolling in Kindergarten the following year. The program runs for 1 1/2 hours each week and is designed for children to experience school routines and procedures and become familiar with staff and peers. This helps children achieve a smooth transition to school.

Special School Events

Special Event Days are arranged throughout the year. These include: -

  • Book and Education Weeks
  • Special Assemblies
  • Discos
  • Swimming and Athletics Carnivals
  • Sports Days
Class Equipment Requirements

Early in Term 1, a list will go home informing parents of specific equipment requirements for the new year. This may include text books, pencils, glue, scissors, excercise books, tissues, etc. As an alternative, stationary packs can be ordered during Term 4 of the previous year. A text book sale day is held early in Term 1 each year.

Class Helpers

Parent helpers are warmly welcomed at the school. They are valued in helping in the classroom, in providing expertise and knowledge in lessons, in hearing children read and assisting in sporting events. Parents are also encouraged to participate in curriculum and policy development through the School Council, the P & C Association and various school committees.

School Canteen

Our canteen operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Lunch orders are collected at beginning of the school day. You are asked to send a paper bag with your child's name, class and order. If your child wishes to order morning tea, please label as such on a separate bag. The success and continued operation of our school canteen relies on the support of parent helpers. If you have time, your help is greatly appreciated, The canteen has different specials each day for morning tea. We have a paid supervisor in the canteen and voluntary helpers on a roster system.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Information

Our uniform shop is open on Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 8:15 am and 8:45 am, and is located in the school hall. We only accept Cash, Mastercard, Visa and EFTPOS (please note that a fee is charged for electronic transactions). Unfortunately we are no longer able to accept cheques.

If you are unable to get to the uniform shop, please do not hesitate to complete an order form which is available on the schools website and return to the school office in an envelope clearly marked Uniform Shop. We will complete the order and send it home with your child. We endeavour to stock all items and sizes, however, there are times when this is not possible due to supplier delays and our minimal stock policy. Second hand items are also available for $3.00

Our hats are now also available from the Canteen on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Thank you for your support of our uniform shop. Please leave a message in the office should you require any additional information.

P & C Committee

Lost Property

Please label all items of clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles with your child's name. Lost property is stored in the school hall. Items with names are returned to your child.

School Banking

Parent volunteers come each Thursday morning to do the Student Banking. The bankbooks collected first thing in the morning and sent to the office. Information regarding the opening of new accounts is available from the school office throughout the year

School Development Days

Three "student free" professional development days for teachers are held each year on the first day of Terms 1, 2 and 3. Parents are notified well in advance so that they are able to make alternative arrangements for the supervision of their children.

Photographs At School

During the school year photographs are often taken of the students participating in a variety of educational activities. These include performances on stage, excursions and sports carnivals. These photos are displayed around the school, occasionally printed in the newsletter and included in the school photo album.

If you do not give permission for your child to be photographed. please inform the Principal in writing.

Key Learning Areas

The primary school curriculum is divided into six Key Learning Areas.
They are: English; Mathematics; Human Society & Its Environment; Science & Technology; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health & Physical Education.

Syllabuses in NSW are organised into Stages that describe the sequence of learning experiences through which students will progress from Kindergarten to Year 6.

English

English is the key learning area where students develop knowledge, skills and understanding about English language and literature. The English content strands are Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing.

Mathematics

The Mathematics program is directed towards the development of skills, understanding. problem solving strategies. The content strands are Number, Measurement, Space and Geometry, Working Mathematically, Patterns, Algebra and Data.

Human Society Its Environment (H.S.I.E.)

H.S.I.E. is the key learning area in which students develop knowledge, understandings, skills, values and attitudes about people and their social and physical environments. The H.S.I.E content strands are Change & Continuity, Cultures, Environments and Social Systems Structures.
An Environmental Education program is co-ordinated through the school's Learnscape Team.
Some classes also participate in a French language and culture program.

Science and Technology

This is the learning area in which students learn about natural and human made environments through investigation, design and construction and the utilisation of technology. The Science & Technology content strands are Built Environments, Information & Communications, Living Things, Physical Phenomena, Products & Services and The Earth & Its Surroundings. Information and Communication Technology As part of the release from face to face program, students receive intensive computer lx lessons once a fortnight. The students learn about the computer, how it works and parti in computer based activities.

Creative Arts

The Creative Arts content strands are Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. A specialist teacher is employed two days each week to implement a high quality perfo: and visual arts program K - 6.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PD/H/PE)

The PD/H/PE content strands are Active Lifestyle, Dance, Games and Sports, Growth Development, Gymnastics, Interpersonal Relationships, Personal Health Choices and Safe Living, including Drug Education

Syllabus Stages

Your child's progress in each Key Learning Area will be measured in terms of stages. There are three stages in the primary school curriculum. It is typical and quite normal for children in the same grade to he working across a range of stages. Children progress at different rates however, most children work within these stages:

Kindergarten - Early Stage 1

Years 1 & 2 - Stage 1

Years 3 & 4 - Stage 2

Years 5 & 6 - Stage 3

Student Assessment

Interviews may be arranged at any time throughout the year by making an appointment with your child's teacher.

Teachers use a variety of methods to assess children's progress and development. Thes include work samples, test results, observations, anecdotal records, etc.

Early Term 1 - Parent/Teacher night is held. Class teachers inform parents of the icor experiences planned for the year and parents' questions are answered.

Late Term 1 - individual parent/teacher interviews are held to discuss students' progress

Term 2 - Written mid-year report indicating individual achievement and progress is set home.

Term 3 - Parents are invited to the school to view their children's classrooms and book on Open Day.

Term 4 - A written report indicating individual achievement and progress is sent home

Enrichment Programs

The school offers a variety of enrichment programs including a weekly K - 6 'Thinkabouts' group. A series of `Thinkabout' workshops are also provided throughout the year.

Learning Support Programs

Support programs to assist "students at risk" include:

  • Reading Recovery
  • Support Teacher Learning Assistance
  • Parent workshops
  • Parent helper programs
  • Peer support programs
  • P.A.L.S.
  • Individualised Programs
School Band

Students in Years 3-6 are invited to join the school band. A specialist music teacher runs band tutorial groups and band practice each Friday. There is a charge for lessons and instrument hire. The school band performs at special assemblies and concerts during the year.

Music Keyboard Lessons

Students are invited to participate in group keyboard lessons weekly. Lessons are conducted by a qualified music teacher each Wednesday after school. There is a charge for lessons and a keyboard is provided for the child to use during the lesson. The group performs at school activities and shopping centre concerts.

Life Education

Life Education is a positive health and drug prevention program for children K - 6. The Life Education Mobile Classroom visits the school annually and all classes attend.

Sun Protection Policy

Rationale

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can cause sunburn, skin damage, eye damage, and skin cancer. Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians developing some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Overexposure to the sun during childhood and adolescence is known to be a major cause of skin cancer.

The goals of the sun protection policy are to:

  • Increase student and community awareness about skin cancer and sun protection
  • Encourage the entire school community to use a combination of sun protection measures whenever UV Index levels are 3 and above.
  • Ensure a sun safe school environment that provides shade for students, staff and the school community
  • Assist students to be responsible for their own sun protection
The daily UV Index can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au

Our sun protection strategies:

The sun protection policy is implemented all year round, with a combination of the following sun protection strategies used when the UV Index levels are 3 and above. Particular care is taken from the beginning of August until the end of May during the peak UV times of 10am to 2pm (11 am to 3 pm daylight saving time) including:

Scheduling outdoor activities

  • Where possible, outdoor activities (e.g. assemblies, sport and physical education lessons) are scheduled outside peak UV times of 10am - 2pm (11am - 3pm daylight saving time) with planned activities taking place in the shade or indoors.
  • Sun protection is considered when planning all outdoor events e.g. assemblies, camps, excursions, and sporting events. Where possible, outdoor activities are held earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Shade

  • The school community is committed to providing shade in the school grounds. Shade is provided near the canteen, hall and assembly area as well as over the games court.
  • The school community will continue to plan for the provision of shade areas.
  • The availability of shade is considered when planning excursions and all other outdoor activities.
  • Students are encouraged to use available areas of shade when outside.
  • Students who do not have sun safe (school) hats are required to play in the shade - near the hall and terraced seating or on the games court.

Hats

  • Students are required to wear regulation school hats that provide protection for their faces, necks and ears whenever they are outside.
  • Students are encouraged to wear school hats when travelling home, especially if walking.

Clothing

  • Sun safe clothing is included in our school uniform and sports uniform. School clothing is made of close weave fabric and includes shirts with collars and longer sleeves, longer style dresses and shorts. Students are required to wear rash vests or t-shirts for outdoor swimming.

Sunscreen

  • SPF 30+ broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen is available for staff and student use. Where possible, sunscreen is applied at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapplied every two hours.
  • Where possible, staff remind children to apply sunscreen before arriving at school as well as before recess, lunch and going outside.
  • Under teachers' supervision, children apply sunscreen themselves.
  • The parents of children with sensitivities to some sunscreens inform the school and provide suitable sunscreen for their children's use.

Sunglasses

  • Students are permitted to wear close fitting, wrap around sunglasses that cover as much of the eye area as possible, preferably meeting the Australian Standard 1067 (Sunglasses: Category 2, 3 or 4).

Early Intervention Students (preschool)

  • Students will wear sun safe hats that provide protection for their faces, necks and ears whenever they are outside.
  • Parents will be encouraged to apply sunscreen to exposed skin prior to children arriving for their group session.
  • Students will have a maximum of 30 minutes sun exposure during group sessions.

Role modelling of staff

Staff are asked to role model good sun protection behaviours by:

  • Wearing sun safe hats (or using an umbrella), sun safe clothing and sunglasses when outside. Umbrellas are kept beside the staffroom door.
  • Applying SPF 30+ broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen
  • Seeking shade whenever possible.

Curriculum

  • Teachers deliver a Sun Protection Unit in all K-6 classes at the beginning of Term 1 each year.

Information to the school community

  • Sun protection information is regularly promoted within the school community through newsletters, school homepage, parent meetings, staff meetings, school assemblies and on student enrolment.
  • Families and visitors are encouraged to use a combination of sun protection measures (safe clothing and hats, sunscreen and sunglasses) when participating in and attending outdoor activities including the athletics and cross country carnivals.

Review

  • School parent body, staff and students will regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of the sun protection policy (at least once every three years) and revise the policy when required.
  • Next policy review is June 2012.

Following consultation with staff (at a staff meeting) and parents (at a P&C meeting) this policy was ratified by the School Council in July 2009.

Child Protection Policy

Students participate in the Departmental Child Protection Program during Term 3 each year. Parents are given opportunities to learn more about the program prior to lessons commencing.

School Library

The school library contains a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and reference books. Weekly lessons are held for all students. Children are encouraged to borrow from the library provided they have a library bag. Damaged and lost books must be replaced, or paid for. Students also have access to the library for borrowing, browsing or reseaching four days a week during the second half of lunchtime.

Excursions & Camping

Excursions and camps to various areas of the Central Coast and beyond are included in the school's educational program. Excursions and camps supplement the learning taking place in the classroom by providing children with the opportunity to see and experience at first hand, places and events being studied. Parental permission must be obtained for children to attend an excursion. Every effort is made to keep costs to a minimum and no child is excluded because of financial difficulties.

Scripture

Students are provided with the opportunity to attend Scripture classes at school every second Thursday for forty minutes.

Visiting Performances

Two educational/cultural perfomances are arranged each year.

Homework

While homework is an important component of students' learning, the school recognises that it is important for children to have time for play, leisure and physical or cultural activities outside school. Teachers and parents should encourage and support their children in completing homework to the best of their ability. Homework Homework should not be allowed to become a daily source of conflict between children and their parents or teachers.

Types of Homework

There are four types of homework.

  1. Practice exercises - mathematics; spelling; home reading; writing; and revision work.
  2. Completion of unfinished classwork - examples include writing activities and mathematics.
  3. Preparatory homework - researching a topic; gathering information; and collecting pictures or items to bring in.
  4. Extension activities - examples include projects; mathematical problem solving; making or designing something; and writing a book review.
Home Reading Program

Throughout our school we have a home reading scheme operating. This program encourages all children to be involved in some form of reading each night. You are asked to assist by listening to or reading with your child at least four nights a week. Please sign their "Home Reading Book" to indicate that they have completed this activity. K-4 children also work to attain a special award for every 25 signatures for reading.

Years 5/6 - Individual home reading programs are organised by classroom teachers when required.

Transition To High School

During Term 4, Year 6 students enrolling into Lisarow High School participate in a variety of transition to high school activities. These include:

  • A bridging unit starting in Term 4 (Year 6) and finishing in Term 1 (Year 7)
  • A mentoring program for selected students.
  • An orientation day at the high school.
  • A visit from the hign school Year 7 co-ordinator and student representatives.
Student Welfare

At Narara Public School we aim to provide a safe, caring and nurturing environment which promotes student achievement.
Our motto "WE CARE" and logo 'THE GAME BEFORE THE PRIZE' encompasses all aspects of school life.

Whenever possible we use praise and recognition to encourage students towards self-discipline, the developmment of self-esteem, positive relationships, problem solving and dispute resolution.

School Rules

At Narara Public School we believe in:

  • CARING for ourselves
  • CARING for others
  • CARING for property and the environment

When parents enrol their children at Narara Public School they enter into a partnership with the school staff. Parents share the responsibilty with school staff for shaping their child's understandings and attitudes about acceptable behaviour. Parents have responsibilty for ensuring that their children attend school and that their children's behaviour is satisfactory as they travel to and from school. the partnership between parents and school staff is based on mutual respect and trust with each partner supporting the other.

School Rules
The Rule How To Keep It
We Care For Ourselves
  • Always do your best and try to improve your skills
  • Pay attention and seek help in learning
  • Complete class work and homework neatly, carefully and promptly
  • Wear your uniform with pride
  • Protect yourself from the sun
  • Behave well at school, on excursions and when travelling to and from school
  • Look after your on belongings
We Care For Others
  • Respect the rights of others and their property
  • Play sport and games faily
  • Do as teachers and other school staff ask
  • Be honest, kind, friendly and helpful
  • Speak politely and be tolerant of others
  • Allow others to learn and be safe at school
We Care For the Environment
  • Help keep your school and classroom clean and tidy
  • Take care of buildings, furniture, grounds and other school property
  • Use the toilet area appropriately
  • Take care with sporting and playground equipment
  • Dispose of your waste wisely
Reinforcing Student Achievement

Practises to Recognise and Reinforce Student Acheivement

At Narara Public School student acheivement is recognised and reinforced through praise and encouragement.

Merit Certificate and Awards may include:

  • Merit Certificates
  • Stickers and Stamps
  • Class-based Awards
  • Star of the Week K - 2
  • Playground Awards
  • Sporting Awards
  • House Points
  • Citizenship Awards
  • Dux Awards
  • Worker of the Week
  • End of year parties, school discos
  • Individualised end of the year achievements certificates for each child

These practices are visible rewards for achievement. At Narara Public School we promote the intrinsic reward that is experienced by those who aim for QUALITY in all that they do.

Classroom Behaviour Stategies

Classroom rules are co-operatively determined at the beginning of each school year by teachers and students. These are displayed in all classrooms and regularly revised with students. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour. Teachers emphasise that choices have consequences and encourage students to make the 'good' choices. Consequences of both good and poor choices are discussed with students. Teachers support students experiencing behavioural difficulties through the implement strategies which assist them to remain on task, and adhere to the class and school rules. All classes participate in social skills and anti-bullying lessons contained within their stage `Behaviour Management Strategies and Social Skills Training Resource Booklet". The lessons align with the School Personal Development Overview, in accordance with syllabus requirements.

If students are unable to follow the class rules they are given 'Time Out' within their classroom to reflect on their behaviour and plan improvement. Classroom teachers ensure that children have the opportunity to discuss their behaviour and support them in making decisions on how to improve. Opportunities are given for restitution. Classroom teach document improvement plans and 'Time Out' occurrences.

After three consecutive 'Time Out' classroom sessions, children are referred to the 'Planning Room'. Class teachers communicate with the Planning Room teacher and provide any documentation. Parents are sent a Planning Room Notification Letter. Children will start each term with a clean slate.

Playground

Playground rules are displayed in classrooms, playground folders and in prominent playground position. Classroom teachers regularly review these rules with their students. Narara Playground Rules

  • Be kind, helpful and friendly to others
  • Inform a Teacher if you are feeling bullied
  • Play fairly and keep your hands to yourself
  • Put your rubbish in the bin
  • Take care of the playground equipment and use it appropriately
  • Use the toilets and bubblers correctly
  • Wear a regulation school hat
  • Stay 'in bounds'

Records of playground behaviour are kept in playground folders. Teachers use the folders on all playground duties. Raffle tickets ('Good On You') are kept in the playground folders to reward children who display responsibilty and good citizenship in the playground.
At the end of each week children who have received a 'Good On You' are invited to come forward during the recess assembly to be congratulated by teachers and other students. A raffle ticket is drawn and a weekly prize awarded.

Should a misdemeanour occur in the playground, teachers record the students name and misdemeanour in the playground folder. An Assistant Principal monitors these weekly. When a students name has been entered three times the student is immediately required to join the Planning Room. Parents are sent a Planning Room Notification Letter.

When students have their names recorded for playground misdemeanours they are required to do immediate 'time out' for reflection in an area designated by the playground teacher. if the teacher elects, this can take the form of restitution (putting it right) or school service.

If students are displaying dangerous or inappropriate behaviour, which places them or others at risk, they may be immediately referred to the Planning Room or removed from the playground for 'Timeout'.

Planning Room

The planning room operates each day for half of recess and all of lunch. Children bring their lunch with them and are to go to the toilet prior to arrival.

Whilst in the Planning Room, children will talk with the Planning Room Teacher and formulate a plan for improving their behaviour.

A Planning Room Notification letter is sent home. Parents are asked to sign and return it.

Sometimes however there is a need for students displaying persistently unsatisfactory behaviour to be referred to the school Principal. In these instances, when appropiate, the following intervention strategies apply.

Strategies & Sanctions

Level 1
  • Principal interviews student
  • 'WARNING LEVEL'
Level 2
  • Principal interviews student and contacts parent(s)
  • Student referred to Planning Room
  • Student excluded from school representation eg: sport, debating and all extra curricula activities eg: school discos, visiting performances
  • Class teacher completes a Daily Behaviour Report
Level 3
  • Principal interviews student and parent(s)
  • Student referred to School Counsellor for assessment and intervention
  • Student referred to Planning Room
  • Student placed on 'Challenging Playground Offenders' program
  • Student excluded from all out of school activities eg: excursions, sports carnivals
  • Class teacher completes a Daily Behaviour Report
Level 4
  • Principal interviews student and parent(s)
  • Student referred to School Counsellor and relevant District Support Personnel for assessment and intervention
  • Student placed on in-school suspension and excluded from playground
  • Principal completes a Daily Behaviour Report
Level 5
  • Principal interviews student and parent(s)
  • Student referred to District Support Personnel for assessment and intervention
  • Student placed on suspension or exclusion under the DET Suspension and Expulsion of School Students Procedure

Should all the above be unsuccessful, suspension or exclusion procedures may be put in place. In clear cases of unprovoked violence students will be suspended.

School Attendance

Regular attendance and punctuality at school are vital to your child's progress. Upon returning to school after an absence, a written explanation is required stating the reason for the absence. Teachers must adhere to Departmental guidelines for roll marking and attendance recording. It is the parent's responsibility under the Education and Public Instruction Act 1987 to notify the school of a child's absence within seven days of the absence.

If a child arrives late to school, a Late Slip must be filled in at the office and sent with the child to the class teacher. Similarly if a child is leaving school early, an Early Leaver's Slip must be filled in at the office or a note of explanation sent from home.

Even though a reason may have been explained verbally, teaching staff are required by keep written records. Notes and rolls are legal documents and must be retained by the school.

If your child cannot attend school it is not necessary to phone unless your child is very ill and may be away for sometime. Please advise all outbreaks of infectious diseases to the school as soon as possible.

School Buses

Bus travel is free for all K - 2 students and those Year 3 - 6 students who live outside a 1.6 kilometre radius from the school. Forms for free travel on the buses are available from the school office. Parents are asked to complete these forms when their children are being enrolled at school.
Children are expected to travel in a safe manner at all times. Inappropriate behaviour may result in bus passes being revoked by the bus company.

Sick Or Injured Students

When appropriate, parents are notified if their child becomes ill or is injured at school. It is important that the school has your contact numbers at home, work or mobile as well as emergency contact if you are unavailable.

When necessary children are cared for in the sick bay by the Administrative Support Staff.

Should your child be injured at school the following procedures apply:

  • Minor injuries are usually treated by the Administrative Support Staff.
  • If the injuries are more serious, first aid will be administered and efforts will made to contact the parents to advise that further medical assistance is required
  • Should the school not be able to contact the parents, medical attention will be obtained on the authority of the Principal or his representative.

It is important that you nominate your family doctor on the Student Information Card and that you sign consent forms when you enrol your child.

Ambulance Cover

All students are covered within school hours through the School Ambulance Scheme

Medication

Under Departmental Policy parents are required to complete a Deed of Indemnity form, available from the school office. No medication will be given to your child at school without a signed form.

The onus is on the child to come to the front office when he or she is due to take the medication. (A note to the class teacher is a good idea - to remind your child). If at all possible allow your child to take his or her medicine before or after school.

Permission To Administer Medication

From time to time students require medication to be administered during school time. It is important for all members of the Narara School Community to be aware of the policy and procedures we have in place.

All medication, except asthma puffers, must be brought to the office for safekeeping. Medication is not to be kept in the students’ bags or classrooms. All medication must be in the original packaging with the student’s name and dosage requirements displayed.

The office staff will supervise the administration of the medication, but will not be responsible for ensuring the student comes to the office. It is therefore recommended that parents or caregivers also inform the class teacher that medication is required.

Before the administration of any medication, parents or caregivers must complete the accompanying permission slip and give it to office staff.

Immunisation

As vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough continue to occur in schools, the New South Wales Government amended the Public Health Act 1991. The Health (Amendment) Act 1992 requires parents to provide documented evidence of a child's immunisation status upon enrolment into Kindergarten. (Immunisation Certificate). This not compulsory immunisation and parents have the right to choose. However. in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease within the school, unimmunised children are required to remain at home for the duration of the outbreak. This is for their own protection.

Headlice

Headlice is an ongoing problem in all schools. Children are not able to attend school with lice eggs in their hair but may return once they are appropriately treated. Parents are informed through the school newsletter when outbreaks occur.

Infectious Diseases

Information on how long to keep your child away from school if they contract an infectious disease is available from the school office. Please contact the school as soon as they are diagnosed so that other parents can be informed.

Available Services

Services Available To Assist You And Your Child

There are many avenues available to parents and school staff to assist with overcoming concerns and problems relating to their children. Difficulties and problems can sometimes arise in the areas of intellectual, emotional, social or physical development.

The school can offer help and it is imperative that any concerns you may have be discussed openly with your child's teacher. It is important that this happens before concerns become a real problem.

If need be, the school can call upon the services of a number of agencies to assist and provide the necessary expertise and support for your child. Some of these are:

  • The School Counsellor
  • The Support Teacher, Learning Assistance
  • Special Education Resources
  • Community Resources
  • Community Health
  • Support Teacher - Behaviour
  • Speech Therapist
  • Home-School Liaison Officer
  • Dental Clinic (located at Gosford East Public School - Phone 43 24 5944)
  • Department of Community Services
  • Stewart House, Far West Home, Red Cross

These agencies are available and willing to assist you and the school in providing the best possible educational opportunities for your child.

Student Assistance Scheme

A student assistance scheme is available at the school to assist families experiencing financial difficulties.
Considerations for funding are made on:

  • Social and economic grounds
  • Welfare and educational needs of students

Items, which may he funded, are:

  • School uniforms and shoes
  • School excursions (over $10.00)
  • School camps
  • Special school programs
  • Text Books

Recipients of clothing are expected to re-donate their clothing to the school uniform po longer required. Eligibility will be considered on the following grounds:

  • Number in household
  • Number working
  • Type of housing
  • Housing costs (mortgage, rent)
  • Total Income
  • Special circumstances for committee consideration

Application forms are available from the school office. All applications are treated in the strictest confidence.

School Council

Narara Public School Community Council is an elected body of parents, teachers and community members who oversee the governance of the school.

Council Objectives

  • To encourage and promote the community participation in the school
  • To oversee the development of the school policies
  • To determine the needs and priorities of the school, set goals for achievement and review outcomes
  • To assist and make recommendations on the school budget
  • To assist and advise on the community use of the school's grounds, equipment and buildings
  • To foster closer links between the school and its community
P & C

Parents are cordially invited to join the P & C Association. The main goal of the P & C is to promote the welfare of the children by bringing the home and the school closer together. Meetings provide parents with information about the school organisation and educational programs being impemented. Parents participation and active support is vital to the effectiveness of the P & C. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the staffroom.

Finance Committee

This committee, comprised of elected parent and teacher representatives, distributes funds for educational programs within the school. It is chaired by the Principal.

Key Learning Areas

Staff members participate in committees to set goals and implement learning pograms for each Key Learning Area (see Educational Progams)
These committees develop and implement annual plans with budgets submitted to the Finance Committee for funding.

Learnscapes Committee

A body of parents, teachers and students are involved in designing and developing a safe, diverse school environment which provided scope for a range of learning experiences within the school grounds.

Learning Support Team

The Learning Support Team meets regularly to identify, implement, review and assess programs for students with special needs. teacher Aides are employed to support students.

Dress Code

There is an expectation that all students will wear their school uniform with pride. Please label all items of clothing with your child's name. Children who are not wearing the appropriate uniform will require an explanatory note from their parents. Children must wear the school uniform, including school hat, when participating in activities organised outside the school. The School Sunsafe Policy states the children should wear school hats when outside or remain in the shade. This will be strictly adhered to at all times.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty, assistance is available for uniforms through the Student Assistance Scheme and strict confidentialilty is maintained. Applications are available at the school office.

For safety and security reasons jewellery (bracelets, necklaces, etc) is not permitted at school. For children with pierced ears, studs or sleepers are permitted. Children with long hair should have it tied back with hair tie or scrunchie , preferably in the school colours.

School Uniform

Uniforms can be purchased from the uniform shop, located in the new building each Tuesday & Friday morning 8:15 - 8:45am.

Girls' Uniforms

Girls Summer Uniform Yrs K-4

Tunic
Summer tunic
White socks
Black low heeled leather shoes or joggers
Navy broad brimmed hat
Red sloppy Joe / Red zip jacket

Girls' Winter Uniform Yrs K-4

Winter pinafore
Long sleeve sky Peter Pan blouse
Sky blue skivvy
Red sloppy Joe / Red zip jacket
Navy windcheater
Navy fleecy lined bomber jacket
Navy stockings / tights
Navy pants / trousers
Low heeled black leather shoes or joggers
Navy broad brimmed hat

Girls' Sport Uniform Yrs K-6

House coloured polo shirt
Navy mesh shorts
White Socks
Black joggers
Navy broad brimmed hat
Navy Track pants (Winter)
Red sloppy joe / Red Zip Jacket
Navy Windcheater
Navy Fleecy lined bomber jacket (Winter)

Girls' Senior Uniform Yrs 5-6

Senior Skirt
Short or long sleeve sky Peter Pan blouse
White socks
Black low heeled leather shoes or joggers
Navy broad brimmed hat
Red sloppy joe / Red zip jacket
Navy windcheater
Navy fleecy lined bomber jacket (Winter)

Boys' Uniforms

Boys' Summer Uniform

Sky blue short sleeve polo shirt
Navy shorts
White socks
Black leather shoes or joggers
Navy broad brimmed hat
Red sloppy joe / Red zip jacket

Boys' Winter Uniform

Sky blue long sleeve polo shirt
Sky blue skivvy
Navy long pants / track pants
White socks
Black leather shoes or joggers
Navy broad brimmed hat
Red sloppy joe / Red zip jacket
Navy windcheater
Navy fleecy lined bomber jacket

Boys' Sport Uniform

House colours
House coloured polo shirt
Navy mesh shorts
White socks
Black joggers
Navy broad brimmed hat
Navy track pants (Winter)
Red sloppy joe / Red zip jacket
Navy Windcheater
Navy fleecy lined bomber jacket (Winter)

House Colours
Gavenlock       - Emerald


Hely - Red
Kendall - Royal blue
Dobell - Gold

Download School Uniform Price List

Sun Protection Policy

Rationale

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can cause sunburn, skin damage, eye damage, and skin cancer. Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians developing some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Overexposure to the sun during childhood and adolescence is known to be a major cause of skin cancer.

The goals of the sun protection policy are to:

  • Increase student and community awareness about skin cancer and sun protection
  • Encourage the entire school community to use a combination of sun protection measures whenever UV Index levels are 3 and above.
  • Ensure a sun safe school environment that provides shade for students, staff and the school community
  • Assist students to be responsible for their own sun protection
The daily UV Index can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au

Our sun protection strategies:

The sun protection policy is implemented all year round, with a combination of the following sun protection strategies used when the UV Index levels are 3 and above. Particular care is taken from the beginning of August until the end of May during the peak UV times of 10am to 2pm (11 am to 3 pm daylight saving time) including:

Scheduling outdoor activities

  • Where possible, outdoor activities (e.g. assemblies, sport and physical education lessons) are scheduled outside peak UV times of 10am - 2pm (11am - 3pm daylight saving time) with planned activities taking place in the shade or indoors.
  • Sun protection is considered when planning all outdoor events e.g. assemblies, camps, excursions, and sporting events. Where possible, outdoor activities are held earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Shade

  • The school community is committed to providing shade in the school grounds. Shade is provided near the canteen, hall and assembly area as well as over the games court.
  • The school community will continue to plan for the provision of shade areas.
  • The availability of shade is considered when planning excursions and all other outdoor activities.
  • Students are encouraged to use available areas of shade when outside.
  • Students who do not have sun safe (school) hats are required to play in the shade - near the hall and terraced seating or on the games court.

Hats

  • Students are required to wear regulation school hats that provide protection for their faces, necks and ears whenever they are outside.
  • Students are encouraged to wear school hats when travelling home, especially if walking.

Clothing

  • Sun safe clothing is included in our school uniform and sports uniform. School clothing is made of close weave fabric and includes shirts with collars and longer sleeves, longer style dresses and shorts. Students are required to wear rash vests or t-shirts for outdoor swimming.

Sunscreen

  • SPF 30+ broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen is available for staff and student use. Where possible, sunscreen is applied at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapplied every two hours.
  • Where possible, staff remind children to apply sunscreen before arriving at school as well as before recess, lunch and going outside.
  • Under teachers' supervision, children apply sunscreen themselves.
  • The parents of children with sensitivities to some sunscreens inform the school and provide suitable sunscreen for their children's use.

Sunglasses

  • Students are permitted to wear close fitting, wrap around sunglasses that cover as much of the eye area as possible, preferably meeting the Australian Standard 1067 (Sunglasses: Category 2, 3 or 4).

Early Intervention Students (preschool)

  • Students will wear sun safe hats that provide protection for their faces, necks and ears whenever they are outside.
  • Parents will be encouraged to apply sunscreen to exposed skin prior to children arriving for their group session.
  • Students will have a maximum of 30 minutes sun exposure during group sessions.

Role modelling of staff

Staff are asked to role model good sun protection behaviours by:

  • Wearing sun safe hats (or using an umbrella), sun safe clothing and sunglasses when outside. Umbrellas are kept beside the staffroom door.
  • Applying SPF 30+ broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen
  • Seeking shade whenever possible.

Curriculum

  • Teachers deliver a Sun Protection Unit in all K-6 classes at the beginning of Term 1 each year.

Information to the school community

  • Sun protection information is regularly promoted within the school community through newsletters, school homepage, parent meetings, staff meetings, school assemblies and on student enrolment.
  • Families and visitors are encouraged to use a combination of sun protection measures (safe clothing and hats, sunscreen and sunglasses) when participating in and attending outdoor activities including the athletics and cross country carnivals.

Review

  • School parent body, staff and students will regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of the sun protection policy (at least once every three years) and revise the policy when required.
  • Next policy review is June 2012.

Following consultation with staff (at a staff meeting) and parents (at a P&C meeting) this policy was ratified by the School Council in July 2009.

School Attendance Policy

1 Context

1.1 Regular attendance at school is essential if students are to maximise their learning. Schools, in partnership with parents, are responsible for promoting the regular attendance of students. Parents have a duty to comply with the compulsory education requirements of the Education Act 1990. Under their duty of care, staff monitor part or whole day absences.

1.2 This document reflects the DET School Attendance Policy (2005) and the School Attendance Procedures (2005) as they apply to Narara Public School.

1.3 These procedures should be read in the context of The Enrolment of Students in Government Schools: A Summary and Consolidation of Policy (1997).

2 Responsibilities

2.1 Parents are responsible for:

  • ensuring that their children attend school regularly
  • explaining the absences of their children promptly to the school
  • taking effective measures to resolve attendance issues involving their children.

2.2 School staff are responsible for supporting the regular attendance of students by:

  • providing a caring teaching and learning environment which fosters students’ sense of belonging to the school community
  • recognising and rewarding excellent and improved student attendance
  • maintaining accurate records of student attendance using approved procedures
  • seeking verbal or written advice promptly from parents regarding unexplained full or part day absences.
  • retaining records of written, electronic and verbal explanations from parents. Verbal explanations must be noted and kept with written and printed electronic explanations
  • implementing programs and practices to address attendance issues when they arise
  • providing clear information to students and parents regarding attendance requirements and the consequences of unsatisfactory attendance.
  • alerting the Principal or Student Welfare Co-ordinator if a student’s attendance is of concern, or if no explanation is received from the parent or carer
  • reporting chronic non-attendance, fractional truancy and persistent lateness promptly to the Principal or Student Welfare Co-ordinator.

2.3.1 The principal is responsible for ensuring that:

  • students are enrolled in line with the requirements set out in The Enrolment of Students in Government Schools: A Summary and Consolidation of Policy (1997)
  • attendance records are maintained in an approved format and are an accurate record of the attendance of students
  • all attendance records including details of transfers and exemptions are accessible as required
  • the School Education Director is informed of any attendance problems and issues including students for whom chronic non-attendance is an issue
  • the school discipline policy addresses attendance issues, including truancy.
  • The Student Welfare Co-ordinator has delegated responsibility for maintaining attendance records
  • parents and students are regularly informed of attendance requirements
  • all cases of unsatisfactory attendance and part or full day absences from school are investigated promptly and appropriate intervention strategies are implemented.

2.3.2 The principal or delegate will undertake all reasonable measures to contact parents promptly and within two days of an unexplained absence occurring. Contact may be made either by providing the parent with an Absentee Notice – Compulsory School Attendance or by telephone.

2.3.3 The Principal may grant:

  • sick leave to students whose absences are satisfactorily explained as being due to illness
  • leave to students of compulsory school age totalling not more than 15 days per school year in addition to sick leave. In exceptional circumstances, the Principal may grant additional leave for brief periods of time. Additional leave for students not of compulsory school age may be granted at the discretion of the Principal.
  • exemption from school attendance for up to 50 days in a twelve month period

2.3.4 The Principal may request medical certificates or other documentation when absences explained as sickness are frequent or prolonged.

2.3.5 The Principal may decline to accept as satisfactory an explanation for an absence. The parent will be advised that the explanation has not been accepted and a reason for the decision provided.

2.4 Home school liaison officers and other regional attendance personnel conduct regular audits of the school attendance register and provide support to the school in maintaining these documents.

2.5 The School Education Director is responsible for:

  • granting exemption from school attendance for up to 100 days in a twelve month period
  • approving part time attendance for students with behaviour difficulties. Refer to Application for Part Day Exemption.
  • making recommendations to the Director of Student Welfare, about the prosecution of cases of non-attendance or failure to enrol a child at school where warranted
  • implementation of plans to improve the attendance of students who are identified by the school as chronic non-attenders

2.6 The Regional Director is responsible for granting certificates of exemption from school for periods greater than 100 days in a twelve month period.

3 School Attendance Records Requirements

3.1 The school attendance records will include:

  • a Register of Admission to be retained permanently
  • notes and records of verbal explanations for absences from parents, retained for two years from the date of receipt
  • an Attendance Register to be retained for three years. Where a student has an accident necessitating an accident report, all attendance records should be retained until the year the student reaches the age of 24 years
  • the student’s record card listing the number of absences each year to be retained for seven years after the student has left. Where a student has an accident necessitating an accident report, the record card should be retained until the student’s 25th birthday.

4 Attendance Registers (rolls)

4.1.1 Attendance registers must be maintained on all days that the school is open for instruction, including school sports days, swimming carnivals, excursions and similar events.

4.1.2 The exception method (marking absences only) will be used. Only the codes listed in the support document Student Attendance in Government Schools: Attendance Register Codes will be used.

4.1.3 School attendance will be recorded early in the school day.

4.1.4 Students involved in off-site activities organised by the school or Department of Education and Training must are not marked as absent.

4.2 At Narara PS, the Department’s electronic attendance register (OASIS) will be used.

Teachers will:

  • call the roll each morning using a class list and noting any student absences on the weekly absence register
  • collect absentee notes - sign, date and clip the notes to the back of the weekly absence register, noting the child’s name as well as the reason for and date of absence in the space provided.
  • sign and send the weekly absence register to the office by recess each Monday
  • record the number of absences in each student’s record card on the last day of each term
  • liaise with the Principal or Student Welfare Co-ordinator when concerns arise over students’ absences within their class

The Office staff will:

  • provide each class with a folder containing:
    • class lists and weekly absence registers
    • guidelines for roll marking
    • applications for certificate of exemption for student leave (not sick leave ) in excess of fifteen days in a twelve month period e.g family holiday.
    • record absences in OASIS each week and generate absentee letters after a 7 day period to be mailed home
    • generate weekly absentee reports for the Principal to sign
    • provide staff with absentee reports in the last week of each term for noting absences in record cards
    • complete semester absent returns for the Department
    • enter partial absences, signed off by class teachers and returned to the office with weekly absence return sheets

The Student Welfare Co-ordinator will:

  • monitor the attendance of students on a regular basis
  • contact parents if students are continually late or absent without satisfactory explanation on ten occasions or more in a term (students at risk)
  • implement a ten-day attendance improvement program for students at risk
  • liaise with the Principal and enlist the assistance of the Home School Liaison Officer if required

The Principal will:

  • regularly inform the school community of the attendance policy and procedures
  • sign and check the period absent report on a weekly basis
  • Liaise with the Student Welfare Co-ordinator, Home School Liaison Officer and School Education Director in relation to students at risk.

4.3 Special circumstance registers

4.3.1 Attendance registers will be maintained each day the school is open with the exception of:

  • days on which there is part or full day industrial action involving teachers
  • approved school development days
  • days on which the school is inaccessible due to natural occurrences such as fire or flood. The Principal will consult with regional personnel prior to deciding that the school is inaccessible.

4.3.2 Special circumstance registers are maintained on days as outlined in 4.3.1 and will:

  • specify the dates and times of the variation
  • indicate the reason for the variation
  • list students attending on that day
  • be signed by the teacher maintaining the register
  • be permanently attached to attendance registers.

4.3.3 The electronic attendance register will automatically display a ‘school development day’ message on school development days. A similar notation must be made on hard copies of electronic attendance registers regarding other reasons for maintaining a special circumstance register (eg industrial action or school closure due to fire or flood).

4.3.4 Absences on these days are not recorded on student record cards or counted as absences for statistical purposes.

4.4 Security of attendance registers

4.4.1 Registers are stored in the security room.

4.4.2 They must not be removed from the school premises unless removal is warranted by exceptional circumstances such as fire or flood.

4.4.3 At the end of each school year the Principal will ensure that the attendance register and attached special circumstance registers are preserved as a complete record of students’ absences for that year.

4.5 Students who are suspended from school in accordance with Department’s Suspension and Expulsion of School Student – Procedures

4.5.1 The appropriate symbol for suspension (E) will be used to denote the absences of students whilst on suspension.

4.5.2 The absences of students who are suspended are counted as absences for statistical purposes.

4.6 Students who are exempted from school

4.6.1 The appropriate symbol for exemption (M) is to be used when the absences are the result of students being exempted from attending school. This symbol is to be used only for the duration of the exemption and must not be applied to students who fail to return to school following the exemption period.

4.6.2 The absences of students who have been exempted from school are not counted as absences for statistical purposes.

4.7 A student’s name will be removed from the attendance register if:

  • the student has moved out of New South Wales
  • the student enrols in another school
  • advice has been received from parents that the student is to be enrolled in a non-government or other registered school, or is registered with the Board of Studies for home schooling
  • the student has been expelled from the school in accordance with the Department’s Suspension and Expulsion of School Students - Procedures
  • the student’s whereabouts is unknown and the student has not attended school for a continuous period of 10 weeks in which the school was open. Contact regional student welfare personnel. If a student’s name has been removed from the roll because they are missing, absences from the last day of attendance at school are not included as absences for statistical purposes. The roll should be amended to reflect this.

5 Enrolment and Attendance

5.1 Students may attend a NSW government school if they are:

  • enrolled at that school or
  • attending in the short term

5.2 Short-term attendance of students

5.2.1 Students may be enrolled in one school only at any given time. However, for a variety of reasons, a student enrolled at a NSW government school may need to attend another NSW government school for a short period of time.

5.2.2 Short term attendance arrangements should not unduly disrupt programs in the host school. They should not result in any reorganisation of classes or timetables.

5.2.3 Prior to agreeing to the short term attendance of a student, the Principal will contact the school at which the student is enrolled and conduct a risk assessment if required.

6 Supporting the Regular Attendance of Students at School

6.1 The most effective means of restoring and maintaining regular school attendance includes sound attendance monitoring practices and regular follow-up of unexplained absences by contacting parents promptly.

6.2 Strategies to resolve attendance difficulties include:

  • student and parent interviews
  • reviewing the student’s educational program
  • referral to the school counsellor or outside agencies
  • support from school based personnel

6.3 If a range of school based interventions has been unsuccessful, support may be requested through the Home School Liaison (HSLO) Program. The HSLO’s role and a proforma to be used when applying for support are found in the support document The Home School Liaison Program.

6.4 Refer to the DET School Attendance Policy and Procedures for details about Police authorisation to act as attendance officers, conciliation conferences and prosecution if a parent declines to comply with the Education Act 1990 regarding enrolment.

7 Exemption from Attendance at School

7.1 Applications for student leave in excess of fifteen days in a twelve month period are considered as applications for exemption from school attendance. Refer to the Guidelines for Exemption from School (2009).

7.2 Exemptions should only be granted where conditions exist which make it necessary or desirable. Exemptions may be granted due to:

  • domestic necessity, including but not limited to participation in family holidays during school term
  • health of the student where sick leave or alternative enrolment are not appropriate

    7.3 Delegated responsibilities for granting exemptions from school attendance

    • The Principal may grant up to 50 days in a twelve month period.
    • The School Education Director may grant up to 100 days in a twelve month period.
    • The Regional Director may grant exemptions for periods over 100 days.
    • The General Manager (Access and Equity) may grant exemptions for students to participate in the entertainment industry.

    7.4 A copy of the Certificates of Exemption must be attached to the student’s record card.

    8. Part Day Exemption from Attendance at School

    8.1 Students participating in approved alternate education programs may be granted short term exemptions from attendance at school.

    8.2 Prior to exemptions being granted, participation in the alternate educational programs must be approved by the School Education Director.

    8.3 The parent’s signed agreement to their child’s participation in the program constitutes an application for part day attendance at school.

    8.4 Where the part day exemption is utilised to support a behaviour management intervention, a behaviour management plan must be attached to the application for part day exemption.

    9 Students Attending Lessons Outside School During School Hours

    9.1 Involvement in private lessons, such as ballet and music classes, conducted outside the school during school hours may not be conducive to the effective operation of the school or to the education of the student concerned. Students’ involvement in extra-curricula activities is usually limited to outside school hours.

    9.2 Where attendance at a private lesson during school hours is of exceptional importance such as sitting examinations, at the Principal’s discretion short leave may be granted. This provision must not be used on a regular basis.

    9.3 If parents withdraw their children from school for private lessons, an unjustified absence will be recorded and dealt with in the usual manner.

    Following consultation with staff and parents this policy was ratified by the School Council in December 2009

School History

Narara Public School
History 1889-1989

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Ex Student Stories

Kevin Madden

Dear Mr. Frohlich,

Thanks to you and the Department, P & C members and other contributors for the excellent history (on-line) of Narara Public School at the old Pacific Highway Campus (naturally). I was a student there in the early 70s whilst living in Narara, Cooinda Crescent, near Manns Road.

I remember the tarmac assembly area at the rear of the buildings, and huge speakers on a tripod that the Teachers would have the boys drag out. I also remember the warm milk and the acute disappointment when the milk program was terminated !

Then I transferred to Gosford Primary School, after that it was Gosford High for a few years. My Father was in the Army and we were transferred to Brisbane where I went to Craigslea High School (Chermside, Brisbane) for a few more years.

Following that, I joined the R.A.A.F. in 1979 and had 3 very separate and demanding roles :

  1. Radio/Aircraft Avionics Technician
  2. Personnel Selection Assessor with the RAAF Psychology Service and
  3. Indonesian Linguist and Intelligence Analyst (trained at the RAAF School of Languages at Pt. Cook, Victoria and at the Defence Signals Directorate which at that time was in Melbourne.

I left the RAAF in 1986 and have had many, many varied jobs since. Gold & Antimony Miner, Indonesian & ESL Teacher, Electronics R & D Engineer in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, Software Developer in Perth and now I’ve just spent over 6 years in a very modern city, Suzhou - China (about 80 km west of Shanghai) as an ESL Teacher from Kindergartens to the Australia Foundation Program at Soochow (Suzhou) University.

Also had a 20 minute interview from ABC radio local from Albany, West Australia (Breakfast Program) in 2004 about life in China, as a result of my blog.

Info on Suzhou, China - might make an interesting research project for students. Japanese was hot a decade or so ago, but if you speak, read and write Chinese, then you'll definitely be an "in demand" job applicant, hired on the spot.

It's a "small" city, only 6 million or so in the city & surrounding area = Sydney, 2nd tier in China.

http://www.suzhou.gov.cn/english/index.shtml

Married to a lovely Chinese lady, I have 2 daughters and a Grand-Daughter living in Australia.

Just a quick note from a former pupil. Lessons I learned as a child at Narara PS were the basis of my life this far. Feel free to put this article in your school Magazine !

Thanks

 


 

William Denmark

My experiences at Narara public were memorable but brief; My brother Colin and myself attended Narara for approximately 9 months.

Mr Tate was my teacher last term of year 5, after moving from Woy Woy south Public in 1981. I remember Mr Tate would sit at the back of the classroom each Friday afternoon from 2pm reading from “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling, some students would bemoan this, why? I’ll never know, AHH those were the days, and I do remember Mr Tate had a very distinct “tick” if i remember correctly it was his left shoulder but most of all he made me research the Australian Lung fish, and also John Macarthur, now that was thirty years ago so as a teacher he obviously passed on some knowledge and memories over the years.

I remember canteen was only on a Friday and was beneath the original building seen from the main road; I remember we had an assignment in year six, first term, “write a story book” that would be displayed in the library, well my teacher wasn’t impressed as I had made a parody of Cinderella with my version “FINderella” complete with “Fairy Codmother” and such cartoonish characters. The cane was still available in those days and I really deserved it after that nonsense but never a hand was raised.

I believe a boy of the surname Harrison was elected School Captain for the year ahead (1982), there was also a girl with braces on her legs, to which I was led to believe were the after effects of Polio, but I never did ask the girl, as she was as green as I at the school, fitting in to a new school sometimes led to listening to rumours and following others before you find your feet.

My brother Colin was an engineer with Qantas for ten years and now teaches surfing in USA; I left school in 1984 aged 14 for horse racing, but injury halted my career, with school aged children of my own Mr Tate’s name comes up now and again, as he may have been my and many others “Mr Chips”.

With respect, William Denmark.