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In NSW, all children from the age of 6 are legally required to attend school or be registered for home schooling through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
As a parent of carer, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day when they are of compulsory school age. You must explain all absences to the school within 7 days.
It is important for continuity of learning that children attend school each day. The “rolls” are marked daily. All absences include partial, late arrivals and early departures.
The Department of Education has Home School Liaison Officers who visit each term throughout the year and check on all attendance. If your child is absent from school, a note giving the reason should be given to the child’s class teacher as soon as the child returns to school. If the absence is going to be longer than three days, it is expected that on the third day the parent inform the school of the reason for the child’s continued absence.
Please try to make children’s appointments with dentists, doctors etc. before or after school hours. Late arrivals: If your child is going to be late for school, an explanatory note is advisable. Upon arriving at school, the parent must sign the child in at the Administration office to receive a late to give to the teacher.
If any child is continually late, the Principal will ask the parent for an interview and the Home-School Liaison Officer may be consulted.
Early leaving: If your child is to leave the school before the finish of the day’s lessons, a note to the teacher is advisable. These notes are forwarded to the Administration Office. Please go to the office first before collecting your child, whether their early departure is expected or not, to sign your child out.
The school’s First Aid Officer will deal with sudden illness or accidents to students initially.
When there is uncertainty about the severity of the accident, or where it is believed the child needs medical attention, every effort will be made to contact the parents immediately.
Please ensure that we always have up-to-date contact information. If the school is unable to contact a parent, relative or registered contact person, the student will, if necessary, be taken by ambulance to the Casualty Centre at Sutherland Hospital. A member of the staff will accompany him/her.
Students gather together each morning in the quadrangle (unless it is wet), for any relevant announcements.
A formal Assembly for all students from Kinder to Year 6 is held once a week. The purpose of this Assembly is to recognise individual and group academic and social efforts and to promote the school values.
The National Anthem is sung at the beginning of Assembly. Parents, family and friends are welcome to attend.
Term 1 Assembly times are:
Friday 2.30 pm – 3.00pm Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2
Friday 3.00pm – 3.25 pm Years 3 to Year 6
Before and After School Care
Mimi’s Kindergarten provides before and after school care on the school grounds.
Before school times are from 7.00am to 9.00am.
After school times are 3.30pm to 6.00pm.
As part of the service, students can be transported to and from school in the Mimi’s bus.
Mimi’s Kindergarten 9523 4805 | Mobile 0417 210 436 | Bus 0414 667 000
See the Bell Times page for information.
Communication between School and Home
The school makes every effort to ensure that you have as much information as possible about its long term planning and its day to day operation. The weekly newsletter is given to the youngest child or emailed. It is the major method of general communication. This is often supplemented with notes home about specific matters. On occasions, when there is a concern, your child’s teacher or another member of staff will contact you by phone to organise an interview about a specific matter. We encourage you to contact the school yourself if you have any concerns. If a staff member is unable to speak with you when you call, a message will be passed on. Usually the best method of dealing with concerns is face to face. If you wish to speak with a teacher, please phone to organise a mutually agreeable time. Teachers have certain times in each week where they are free to discuss matters with you.
A part of the information skills lessons in the school is the use of the Internet for finding information. At the beginning of each year, you will be given a copy of the school policy and information sheet and asked to sign a permission note allowing your child to use the Internet at school. Your child will also be required to sign the note, agreeing to be responsible in the use of the Internet. Students are also issued with a password to ensure secure internet access.
No matter how effective the communication between home and school, there are times when parents may become concerned about an incident that is happening at school. These concerns may be about things happening in the classroom or in the playground or sometimes even at home. Such worries are best addressed straight away, rather than waiting till the problem gets worse. Parents are encouraged to approach the class teacher first. If the problem is one that needs the intervention of the School Counsellor, the class teacher can organise that. However, parents can contact the Counsellor, Mrs Mylee Hawkins directly to discuss issues, especially about non-academic problems. Appointments can be made through the administration office on 9523 5098. Specific problems arising from school practices should also come to the Principal. Parents are always welcome to phone or call to arrange an appointment.
It is essential that we be able to contact you during the school day. On enrolment you will be given a contact form to complete. Please ensure that the address, phone and emergency contact numbers are updated as necessary. It is preferable to send this information in writing to the administration office or class teacher.
Discipline and Welfare Procedures
All students at Cronulla Public School are supported in a caring and welcoming environment. School programs and practices reflect our shared beliefs and values. Students are provided with high quality education so that they may learn to the best of their ability and become self-disciplined, respectful and contributing members of the school and community.
Cronulla Public School (CPS) is an inclusive environment which affirms diversity and respects differences. CPS practices are consistent with relevant legislation (The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and The Disability Standards for Education 2005) and Department of Education procedures. During the implementation of procedures, no student will be discriminated against, harassed or victimised on any grounds as stated by the legislation.
Positive Behaviour for Learning
Our approach in managing student behaviour focuses on the promotion of positive behaviours with discussion and agreed expectations in being safe, respectful and successful learners.
behaviour and conduct
Those occasions where a student is non-compliant and whose behaviour is significantly disrupting the lesson and student learning, requires an immediate response to remove the distraction from other student’s learning.
Response to significant student disruptive behaviour needs to be immediate and it’s approach consistent across the school.
Code Of Conduct
The school rules form the school’s Code of Conduct for all students.
Parents and students acknowledge the rules and sign the Code of Conduct at the beginning of each year.
In alignment with the core rules of NSW government schools all students are expected to:
Bullying is defined by the NSW Department of Education as follows:
Bullying has three main features – it involves a misuse of power in a relationship, is ongoing and repeated, and involves behaviours that can cause harm. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying can have a lasting impact on everyone involved, including those who witness it.
Behaviour that infringes on the safety of others, such as harassment, bullying and illegal or anti-social behaviour of any kind, will not be tolerated. The school has a separate Anti-Bullying Procedures document.
Cronulla Public School has zero tolerance for verbal, physical and emotional abuse.
Cronulla Public School promotes optimum learning through our Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) Framework. For precise information in relation to Cronulla P.S PBL Framework, please see specific documents and PBL matrix.
The Cronulla Public School Welfare and Discipline Policy Procedures are online at:
During enrolment you will be asked to complete an emergency form with a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an alternative number of a willing friend/relative. It is essential that an alternative number be supplied. Students become very distressed when no one can be contacted if they are ill or have an accident.
Kindergarten children who attain the age of 5 years by 31st July may enrol in that year. Children who turn 5 after 31st July and eligible children not enrolled by the end of Term 2 must wait and enrol in the following year.
Schools have designated local enrolment areas. School Finder will show your local area.
As outlined in the department’s enrolment policy, our school may accept enrolments from outside our local area if places are available. Parents are always recommended to visit their local school when making enrolment enquiries.
When you are ready to enrol your child in school, you will attend an interview with the Principal. There you can discuss any medical conditions or special circumstances before your child starts school.
The school has an obligation to verify the date of birth of all enrolling students, so please ensure that the school sights your child’s birth certificate when enrolling. A copy of your child’s Immunisation Certificate is also required. Be sure to note on the enrolment form any allergies, conditions or medications.
Temporary visas and international students : enrolment information regarding eligibility and forms to complete is available at the temporary residents program.
These are arranged by class teachers throughout the year and are a valuable adjunct to the curriculum. Departmental policy states that excursions must be part of the educational process and therefore must be linked to classroom activities. Thus the number and frequency of excursions varies from class to class. Where the venue can be linked to the units of work being studied, teachers often try to organise an excursion with another class in order to keep costs down.
The cost of such excursions is kept to a minimum. Payment is always made in advance and parents are informed in writing of relevant details. Please return permission notes promptly as this helps with organisation. Only when a signed permission note is returned is a child allowed to attend an excursion.
Costs for excursions are calculated according to the number of students expected to attend. Refunds for non-attendance at an excursion can only be made when charges have not been made to the school. Some costs, such as bus transport are fixed and so refunds cannot be made. However, in cases where a charge is made for the actual number of students who attend (eg. entry to the Zoo) a refund will be made if a student is unable to attend.
Payment for excursions, etc Excursions and performances arranged by the school are non-profit making activities. Therefore, students cannot attend these functions if they are not paid for. If parents are having difficulty paying for such an activity, parents can approach the child’s teacher or the Principal personally or in writing. Each request will be considered on its merits and dealt with confidentially. Students involved in out-of-school sporting fixtures are required to pay transport costs.
Finances & Voluntary Contributions
Schools receive annual government funds based on the number of teachers and the number of students in the school, plus funding to cover minor maintenance of buildings and grounds and the cost of utilities such as gas and electricity. All school costs – books, pencils, art and craft materials, teaching resources, library materials, computer software, the employment of casual teachers to replace staff etc – have to be paid from those funds.
Voluntary School Contributions
Like all NSW public schools, we can request contributions to enhance our educational programs. School contributions help provide additional educational resources for the benefit of students. Payment is voluntary. For more information visit the Voluntary School Contribution Policy on the department website.
Our school requests a small voluntary contribution of $45 for students per year or $70 per family.
If you are unable to pay the school contributions because of financial hardship, you may be eligible for assistance fro the school. The Principal will ensure no student or family suffers any discrimination or embarrassment over the inability to pay school contributions.
The school expects students to read for a specified period of time daily. In addition, students are provided with optional activities to consolidate their learning. The completion of the optional activities is a family decision. The following times are the expectations for each grade for reading at home:
|Year||Time / Night|
|Year 1||15 minutes|
|Year 2||15 minutes|
|Year 3||20 minutes|
|Year 4||25 minutes|
|Year 5||30 minutes|
|Year 6||30 minutes|
Immunisations and Infections
Children entering school should be immunised against childhood diseases as they will be coming into contact with many other children and infections can spread easily. Children starting school should have been immunised against:
· Whooping cough
· Common childhood diseases
Exclusion from school for the following diseases:
· Measles 5 days from appearance of rash
· German measles (rubella) 7 days from appearance of rash
· Mumps 14 days from onset of swelling
· Chickenpox until all lesions are dry
· Head Lice (Pediculosis) – must have received treatment
· Conjunctivitis until discharge from eyes ceases
· Whooping cough until all evidence of disease disappears, no whoop and medical certificate produced
· Infectious hepatitis on subsidence of symptoms or on medical certificate of recovery
· Scarlet fever 7 days after symptoms subside
· Ringworm-when all evidence of disease disappears or with medical certificate stating that lesions are inactive.
· Swine flu
Formal interviews are held at the end of Term 1. If you would like to talk with your child’s teacher at any time, please phone and make an appointment. Teachers are then able to have a quiet and meaningful talk with you away from classes.
The library is an integral part of the school’s educational program. Each week, all classes, with their teachers use the library’s resources and the skills of the Teacher/Librarian, to enhance the work being studied in the classroom.
Students are also encouraged to borrow regularly from the library and time is set aside each week to allow them to do so. Students are taught to handle books and other library resources with care and respect. The library bag, which is used to carry books to and from school, helps protect these valuable resources. Parents will be asked to pay for the replacement of borrowed books that are lost or that are damaged.
Pupils should have all property and clothing clearly labelled with their names. Lost property is kept in a basket. Children should look through these items if they have lost a lunch box, jumper etc. Clothing with name labels will be returned. At regular intervals, unmarked lost property is donated to charity or put in the clothing pool. You will be notified through the school’s newsletter when this is to happen.
Medication at School
The issue of administering drugs to students in school is one that is tightly regulated. Teachers are not permitted to dispense medication on their own initiative except when the child’s life is at risk (eg. poisoning, asthma attack).
To minimise the amount of medication drugs coming to school you are asked to try to arrange with the doctor prescriptions which can be taken out of school hours.
It is Departmental policy that the Principal be informed of any students who require medication during school hours. All drugs, including asthma medications are to be brought to the administration office. No drugs are to be on school premises without your written authority, stating:
Ø the required dosage
Ø information for the drug to be administered. This includes prescription antibiotics, cough medicine and analgesics (pain killers) eg: aspirin, panadol etc.
The dosage for no more than a week should be sent to school in an appropriate container clearly labelled with the student’s name, details of the medication and dosage and should be prepared in daily dosage amounts, unless the medication is supplied in a form that renders this impractical
and/or unsafe. In this situation, other arrangements can be made with the school. Parents usually find it is more convenient to drop the medication into the office on a Monday morning.
Departmental regulations also require that a deed of indemnity be supplied by parents if:
(a) regular medication is required
(b) intermittent or emergency medication may be required.
Please contact the school to let us know about your child’s needs and obtain a copy of the required forms.
Money sent to school for the payment of excursions, fund raising activities etc. should always be placed in a sealed envelope, clearly labelled with your child’s name, class, the amount enclosed and the purpose.
All money is to be placed in the letter box at the office before school.
Change is often not available at the office, so we ask that you please assist by sending along the correct money. Receipts will be issued for all amounts.
The Department of Education and Training conducts the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy for students in Year 3 and Year 5 in May each year. The results are usually available in August.
These tests rank your child’s progress at that point in time.
If you are concerned about your child’s progress, please make a time with your child’s teacher to discuss your concerns.
Newsletters are a valuable form of communication to inform parents, caregivers and the community of school news, upcoming events, to display achievements, for reminders and sports information. Monthly newsletters are available on the first Tuesday of the month on the school website. Please contact the office if you are unable to access the newsletter online.
Parent assistance in the classroom is valued. Teachers are encouraged to invite parents to assist in classroom activities such as reading, writing, craft etc. Requests for this support are usually initiated by the child’s class teacher. The school will endeavour to ensure that a parent point-of-view is sought when planning school activities or on curriculum-related committees. Parents are also invited to take part in ‘special’ occasions such as sports carnivals, excursions, school clubs etc.
Parents and Citizens Association
Cronulla Public’s Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C) provides an open forum for communication and discussion about educational philosophy and general school policy, the school curriculum and new trends associated with education and everyday school practices. It aims to liaise as much as possible with the school and the teachers. P&C meetings are not for the discussion of specific, individual problems, which should be discussed privately with the teacher and/or the Principal. All parents are invited to attend P&C Association meetings.
One of the major concerns of the P&C is raising money to provide additional equipment for our children at school. We have found that the fairest method of raising these funds is by setting an annual voluntary school contribution, which all families are asked to pay. The amount of the contribution is decided upon by the P&C and is reviewed each year.
Throughout the year, other fund raising activities are held and your participation in these activities is encouraged.
The P&C meets regularly and details of the meeting are provided in the school newsletter.
Parents and caregivers play an important role in supporting a wide range of school activities.
The role of School Administration staff in schools is multifaceted. They carry out all the school’s administration and financial tasks. They also attend to reception and phones. We ask that you keep this in mind when contacting the school. Please only ring the school with messages for students if it is essential.
Children will not be permitted to use the phone, accept calls or have messages passed to them except in an emergency and only then if there is no doubt as to the identity of the caller. Students are not permitted mobile phones throughout the day. All mobile phones must be kept in the student’s bag during school hours.
Your child, for his/her safety and welfare, should not be in the playground or the school grounds whilst it is unsupervised. Teachers commence playground duty at 9.00am. Your child should not arrive at school any earlier than this. Children are expected to remain in the quadrangle until the 9:20am bell.
Teachers are rostered for playground duty during the recess break and the lunchtime break. Your child should go straight home when dismissed.
Kindergarten children are dismissed at 3.10pm from the beginning of the year for the first two weeks. Please arrange with your child the meeting place after school, if you are taking them home. If you are delayed for any reason, please inform the school. Your child should also be told to go to the office if you have not arrived within a reasonable time. If you arrange for a person not known to the school to pick up your child please let us know in writing or telephone the office.
Reporting to Parents
Reporting is seen as an ongoing process.
At the beginning of each year we have a Parent / Teacher Night to discuss the curriculum, how students will be assessed and in what format their learning will be reported.
There is a written report for both Semester 1 and Semester 2. Interviews are formally conducted at the end of Term 1.
Appointments can be made directly with the teacher or through the office if you wish to discuss your child’s progress at any time.
Parents are requested to be most particular about observing the parking regulations that operate.
Parents are requested NOT TO DOUBLE PARK or stand where it is not allowed, especially on and near the pedestrian crossings.
Parents cannot drive their vehicles onto the school grounds.
Students who ride bicycles to school are to leave them in the bike racks. For security purposes bikes must be chained and padlocked to the racks. Bikes are not to be ridden in the playground. All students must wear helmets. It is recommended that students below Year 3 don’t ride bikes to school.
Kindergarten students are to be accompanied to and collected from the school each day.
The right of approved groups to hold ‘Scripture’ classes in schools is legislated. Scripture is an integral part of school activities, taking place in school hours and under the jurisdiction of the school.
Students will be sent to the Scripture class identified by you on the enrolment form. If for any reason you wish to change the Scripture class attended or withdraw your child from Religious Instruction, please notify the school in writing.
A non scripture class is also supervised by teachers.
The Department provides each school with the services of a trained school counsellor on a shared basis. The counsellor is available on request to talk to parents concerning their child’s progress and to be involved with the school in closer assessment of pupils’ needs, strengths and special problems. He/she then works in tandem with the class teacher and the school’s Student Support Team formulating programs of work. The Counsellor may also co-ordinate the involvement of other agencies.
Children are usually referred to the counsellor through the school’s Learning Support team. Parental approval is sort when psychometric testing is considered necessary.
The Counsellor may also advise class teachers involved in presenting aspects of the Student Welfare
and Personal Development programs.
The School Counsellor at Cronulla PS is Mrs Mylee Hawkins and an appointment can be made to see her via the school office.
English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D )
Support Teacher – English is a second language to approximately 25% of our students.
Our teacher works with other classroom teachers to enhance the students’ literacy skills.
Home School Liaison Officer
Home School Liaison Officers are trained teachers who help you with your child’s school attendance. They work with schools to encourage all students to attend regularly. They visit schools to check class rolls each term. They do home visits when considered necessary.
Learning and Support Teacher (LaST)
LaST allocations are determined each year by the Department of Education and Training.
The role of the LaST is to assist in the development and delivery of programs to assist students with learning needs – particularly in regard to literacy development – who require more input than can usually be provided in the regular classroom. The LaST works in conjunction with the classroom teacher and where possible, with parents.
All students engage in organised sporting activities.
Activities that have been offered have included:
– Basketball – Football / Soccer
– Gymnastics – Cricket
– Touch Football – Netball
– Surf Awareness – Swimming
Students eight years old and above are involved in the Swimming Carnival, Cross Country Carnival and the Athletics Carnival.
From these events, students are selected to represent the school in Zone Carnivals. Students from Zone Carnivals are selected to take part in Sydney East Area Carnivals where selection can be gained to compete at State Carnivals.
Staff Development Days
The Department of Education & Training allows each school to have five ‘student-free’ days. Parents are notified when these days are scheduled. The first day of Terms 1, 2 and 3 are usually allocated for whole-school planning and for the implementation of teacher development programs. The first day is always the first day of Term One each year – teachers return to school the day before school opens for students. The other days are usually held on the first day of Term Two and Term Three and the last two days of Term Four.
Subsidised School Travel
Transport NSW provides subsidies to assist school students. The School Student Transport scheme provides eligible students free or subsidised travel on public transport between home and school.
To encourage students to be aware of the risk to skin safety from long-term exposure to the sun, the school has a ‘No Hat – Play In The Shade’ policy. Hats are available for sale from the office. This means that if a student does not wear a hat on the playground during recess and lunchtimes, they are directed to sit on the seats in the shade. Parents are encouraged to apply sunscreen to their children before they come to school. Children should always bring additional sunscreen and a hat for special activities being held outdoors.
Transferring to another School
If your child is moving to another school within the state, please contact the school office for transfer procedures.
Please notify the class teacher before moving, so that your child’s work can be gathered together and to give the teacher the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and needs before moving to another school
See the uniform page for more information.