School Procedures (FAQ's)

Please select from the list below to view answers to some frequently asked questions about school procedures:

» Click here for School Policy documents

Absence from School

A written explanation is to be given to the Teacher when your child returns after an illness. You may prefer to ring the School Office with a message. In the case of children being taken out of school for early holidays they are encouraged to keep a diary and concentrate on their spelling, tables and reading, as teachers are not expected to provide a separate work program.

Families taking extended leave (Holidays) outside or beyond the designated holiday periods are to provide written notice to the Principal in advance of this leave. Notice of leave should include dates departing and returning and the main destination.

» Attendance Policy

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Allergies

In most schools some children are anaphylactic. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and have therefore adopted an allergy awareness policy to protect the students, who are at risk of an allergic reaction, particularly those with an allergy to peanut and nut products. It is the policy to work closely with the school and to encourage the student and the parents so that they can become familiar with their diagnoses.

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Assemblies

Prayer Assembly
All students participate in the Wednesday Whole School Prayer Assembly. Each class from Prep to Year 7 has an opportunity to prepare a Prayer Assembly. Parents are encouraged to attend Prayer Assemblies held at 8.35am each Wednesday.

Merit Awards
All students participate in the Friday Whole School Merit Assembly. Students from Prep to Year 7 are selected each week for a Merit Award. St Anthony’s believes in the recognition of efforts and achievements of individual students. Parents are encouraged to attend Merit Award Assemblies held at 8.35am each Friday.

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Behaviour Management

Our Behaviour Management Policy aims to foster the development of self-discipline in each child. Because we live in a community, all children should be aware of the need to be responsible for their own actions and the consequences of their actions. Misbehaviour will be dealt with by collaboratively developed consequences in each classroom and a school wide process of consequences based on the `non-belonging’ system. Parents will be involved in behaviour management situations, which move outside the classroom situation.

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Book Lists

Booklists are distributed in Term 4 for the following year. Order online at edsco.com.au.

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Bus Travel

When children travel to and from school, they represent our school and families and we expect from them the very best behaviour on the buses. The school has adopted the Department of Transport’s code of behaviour for bus transport and these rules must be followed at all times. If there is consistent misbehaviour in the buses, the matter will be dealt with very seriously – the safety of all travellers is at risk.

Routes and schedules are available by contacting Transdev Qld on 3248 6100 or viewing their website www.transdevqld.com.au.

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Change of Student/Family Details

Any change of address, phone number or any other details should be supplied to the office by completing the Student Validation Form and submitting to the school office. It is vital that this information is always current. Once a Year, parents will be asked to confirm details held on file.

Family circumstances change from time to time. Please advise the school of matters that may impact on the educational provision for your child. Please also advise the school of any Court Orders which may apply to the care of your child or access rights by various parties to your child and his/her personal details.

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Collection of children within school hours

If your child’s normal pick up routine is varied on a particular day, a note to the teacher informing them of the change is most beneficial. In an emergency, a telephone message can be left with the school office staff, however, no responsibility can be taken by the school for messages left after 2.30pm or when students are engaged in activities away from the school in the last session of the school day, e.g. sport or excursions. Please do not plan to pass on messages to students through the office staff, except in exceptional circumstances.

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Headlice

St Anthony’s School recognises the need to respond to the community’s need for education and support in the management of head lice. Ultimately the detection and treatment of head lice is the family’s responsibility, however the school can play an important part in promoting a comprehensive and coordinated approach to the problem.

The school has adopted proactive strategies in relation to head lice management using the three interrelated components of the Health Promoting Schools focus on curriculum, teaching and learning; school organisation, ethos and environment; partnerships and services. For this purpose St Anthony’s community will use the resource Head Lice in Primary Schools Kit produced by Queensland Health. The kit provides a coordinated and comprehensive approach to managing head lice and is based on the Health Promoting Schools framework.

For reference as to how long you should keep your child home from school when they have contracted an infectious disease please refer to the Queensland Health Time Out guidelines.

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Health

In the case of minor ailments, parents are asked to use their own judgment about whether a child is fit to attend. Children who become ill during the day will be removed from the class to rest – parents or other emergency contacts will be notified if the child has not recovered in reasonable time. In the case of a serious injury, parents will be contacted immediately.

It is important that Student Medical Records be kept up to date. Please notify the school office regarding any changes in contact/emergency details. It is essential that we know of any allergies or special circumstances that could make the playgrounds a possible danger area for children.

The Queensland Ambulance Service is called upon from time to time to assist in the treatment of injuries. Staff attending to injured students make the decision to call the ambulance as part of their assessment of the injury, capacity to provide suitable first aid and accessibility of parents. An appropriate number of staff are First Aid trained.

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Homework

Our Education has changed in recent years to a more child centred approach and the Education Systems and Governments have really supported and encouraged this move to enhance what is happening in society.

One area that we are focussing on around the nation is homework, which has to change to fit in with our educational changes. It may be the case that too much repetitive, needless homework is given and the wrong type. This has mainly been the result of parents wanting to prepare their children for future study. We need to broaden the definition of homework. Homework needs to include some practical aspects which includes housework, shopping, physical activity, such as sports training, and engaging in family outings such as walking, fishing and exploring their world – activities which enhance family life. It also covers areas such as reading, being read to, playing a game with parents, research on the computer, music practice, finishing off uncompleted work from class and many others.

The time involved will vary from year level to year level; however a guideline for primary age children would be 30 minutes to 1 hour per night. If your child has more than one hour of homework per night on a regular basis, please consult the class teacher to discuss reasons and adjustments. Reading is encouraged at all times.

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Interviews with the Teachers

Interviews can be arranged at any time, but must be by appointment at a time convenient to both teacher and parent. Teachers will advise parents of preferred arrangements for negotiating interview times at the Parent/ Teacher interviews in February. The school secretaries are also available to assist with telephone requests for interviews.

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Lost Property

Please make sure that all personal property is clearly marked. The lost property box (for clothing, lunch boxes etc.) is located at the Student Entry of the Administration Building. For all other items (watches, wallets etc.) please ask the Secretaries.

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Medication

» Administration of Medication Policy
» Student Medication Request Form

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Mobile Phones

Acceptable Use of Mobile Phones: “Recent research has found that 19 percent of children aged between 6 and 13 own a mobile phone. They use mobile phones mainly to call parents or family members, text message friends, and play games. The phones have created new problems for schools, including phone theft and “cyber bullying.”

Mobile phones should not be allowed to disrupt school activities. In terms of student safety, mobile phones should not be used as a substitute for adult supervision. Should your child require the use of a mobile phone before or after school, it is essential that the phone is signed into the school office upon arrival at school and signed out after school. Parents are requested to write a note to the principal indicating the reason for the need of the phone before and after school.

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Money

Any money sent to school should be enclosed in an envelope stating:-

  • Child’s name
  • Class
  • Amount enclosed
  • Purpose of the money
Other monies and notes should be passed onto the class teacher who will forward it to the office around 9 am each day.

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Playground Supervision

The children are supervised during morning tea (10.30am – 11.00am) and lunch (12.35 – 1.25pm). Teachers also supervise the children as they board the buses in the afternoon from 2.55pm and at the car park pick up area at the bottom covered area until 3.20pm. After 3.20pm children will be referred to School Age Care.

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Problems or Issues

If your child is experiencing a specific problem, e.g. learning, medical, emotional, home difficulties etc please contact the school. We cannot provide support if we are unaware of the situation. The class teacher is usually the first point of contact for parents. The office staff will place parents in contact with the appropriate Administration Team member for issues that cannot be handled by the class teacher.

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Traffic and Parking

We are a large school and as such need to impose some order on the procedure for traffic. The procedure is set down to ensure the safety of your child.

» Traffic & Parking Procedure

Crossing Supervisors are in attendance from 8.00am to 8.45am and 2.35pm to 3.20pm each day to supervise children crossing Babiana Street.

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Visiting our school

When visiting our school during school hours, we ask that you register your arrival and departure at the office. This helps us to ensure the safety of children by knowing who is officially on site at any given time as well as knowing who is to be accounted for in the case of an emergency evacuation.

» School Visitors Policy

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