KINDERGARTEN AND PRE-PRIMARY HANDBOOK 2020
3 Dear Parents Welcome to Early Learning at Kingsway Christian College. We strive to offer a safe and caring Christian learning environment for your child as they commence their early years of schooling. We value the close association that we have with our parents and we encourage a home to school partnership which will support and encourage your child. The academic expectations for a child just beginning school are minimal. We want your child to come to Kindergarten and Preschool feeling happy, reasonably secure, and eager to explore and learn.
Children spend a large amount of time and effort in exploring and understanding their immediate world. Healthy education supports and encourages this spontaneous model of learning. Our intention is to provide our young children with a rich and stimulating environment that is, at the same time, warm, loving, and supportive of the child’s own learning priorities and pacing. It is within this supportive, non-pressured environment that infants and young children acquire a solid sense of security, positive self-esteem, and a longterm enthusiasm for learning.
A positive learning climate for young children is a composite of many things. It is an attitude that respects children. It is a place where children receive guidance and encouragement from the responsible adults around them. It is an environment where children can experiment and try out new ideas without fear of failure. It is an atmosphere that builds children’s self-confidence so they dare to take risks. It is an environment that nurtures a love of learning. We pray that your child/children will develop all the attributes that contribute to positive character development and then a love for learning to see them firmly on the pathway to acquisition of knowledge and understanding as they begin their formal years of schooling.
God Bless Peter Burton Principal Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
4 CONTENTS Early Learning Centre Facilities ___ 5
Staffing ___ 6
Curriculum ___ 7
Assessment and Reporting ___ 9
Early Childhood Philosophy ___ 0
Term Dates and Weekly Timetable ___ 11
Student Requirements ___ 12
Excursion ___ 13
Physical Education/Houses ___ 13
Attendance Times ___ 14
Arrival Procedures ___ 15
Going Home Procedures ___ 15
Custody Arrangements ___ 16
Absences ___ 16
Parent Involvement ___ 17
Community Days ___ 18
Communication ___ 18
Newsletters and Notes ___ 18
Concerns ___ 19
Privacy Obligations - Use of Student Images ___ 19
Uniform and Appearance ___ 20
Birthdays ___ 24
Lost Property ___ 24
Hats and Sunscreen ___ 24
Lunches ___ 25
Food Allergies ___ 26
Sickness and Accidents ___ 26
Infectious Diseases ___ 26
Community Health Nurse/Dental Therapy Centre ___ 27
Early Intervention/Screening ___ 28
Children with Special Needs ___ 28
Gifted and Talented Students – STEM Extension ___ 28
Homework ___ 29
Primary Discipline ___ 30
Tips on Supporting Your Child’s transition to School ___ 33
Getting off to a good start ___ 33
Kindergarten Readiness ___ 34
Pre-Primary Readiness ___ 36
Writing Style ___ 37
Developmental Milestones 4 - 5 Years ___ 38
Appendix 1 Early Years Learning Framework: Information for Families ___ 43
Appendix 2 Storypark ...
5 EARLY LEARNING CENTRE FACILITIES The Early Learning Centre consists of a Kindergarten centre; Pre-Primary and Year 1 block; and Year 2 as part of the Middle Primary area. Classes have reverse cycle air-conditioning with separate wet areas and cooking facilities. Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year 1 and 2 have separate play and eating areas, with play equipment, nature playgrounds, sandpits and grassed areas. Students in Early Learning have access to a variety of other facilities such as the College Gymnasium, the Resource Centre, Art and Music Rooms and the Auditorium.
6 2020 STAFFING College Principal Mr Peter Burton Business Manager Mrs Hannah Rugg Deputy Principal (Staff and Administration) K-12 Mrs Liz Robertson Deputy Principal (Students) K-12 Mr Johann Schoeman Head of Primary K-6 Mr Tom Quinlivan Deputy Head of Primary (Pastoral) K-6 Mrs Karen West Deputy Head of Primary (Curriculum) K-6 Mrs Gai Irvine Primary Administrative Assistant Mrs Tara Cawley Marketing and Enrolments Manager Mr Ruston Long Enrolments Officer Mrs Charmaine Sparg Enrichment Teacher Mrs Deborah Jarvis Support Teacher (Support Leader) Mrs Ankaret Jenkins EALD Teacher Mrs Ann Royden Head of Christian Education K-12 Mr Graham Irvine Kindergarten Teachers Mrs Amanda Jenkins Mrs Clare Joy Mrs Kendal Scott Mrs Angela Eaton Pre-Primary Teachers Mrs Janine Parsons Mrs Amanda Rossi Mrs Liz Phillips Mrs Sharon Croot Mrs Monica Krzysik Mrs Olivia Colin-Thorne Primary Chaplains Mrs Brianne Burn Mr Luke Wiseman Kindergarten Education Assistants Mrs Belinda Campbell-Foulkes Mrs Jenny Arvidson Mrs Julie Bower Mrs Gabriela Antonini Pre-Primary Education Assistants Mrs Liz Willemsen Mrs Anna Kaden Mrs Heike Kubitza
7 CURRICULUM Christian Education is the foundation of our Curriculum and underpins all teaching and learning in the school. In the Early Learning Centre each class begins with a daily Devotion and prayer; often followed by a time of Praise and Worship. Early Learning teachers at Kingsway Christian College are committed to an interactive Early Childhood program which is based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and The Western Australian Curriculum. Early Childhood Curriculum equals all the interactions, experiences, activities, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development.
8 The curriculum is covered by Learning Areas as stipulated by the Department of Education and includes:
9 ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING All teachers use a variety of assessments throughout the year in order to obtain ongoing educational profiles of students. Parents have opportunities to share in students’ progress through the online Storypark app (previously Portfolios).
ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING KINDERGARTEN Term 1 Language and Occupational Therapy Screening (year prior) Parent Interviews Term 2 Progress Report Term 3 Open Night / Learning Journey Term 4 Reports Term 1-4 Storypark PRE-PRIMARY Term 1 On Entry Assessment Language Screening Parent Interviews Term 2 Reports Term 3 Open Night / Learning Journey Term 4 Reports Term 1-4 Storypark
10 Early Childhood Philosophy At Kingsway Christian College, we understand that quality early childhood programs enhance the children’s cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development, impacting each child on their journey into adulthood. It is our desire to provide the most effective teaching and learning environment to assist each child to reach their potential. With a Christ centred education we empower and equip our students for life. The child Children are explorers, inquisitive and creative, bringing a wealth of experiences and knowledge to the learning environment. We believe that each child is a competent and capable learner who God has created as a unique individual.
The Teacher The teachers at Kingsway develop warm, caring, respectful relationships with every child. The teacher’s role is to facilitate, guide and provide access to information. They provide opportunities for the children to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic play based and handsonlearning situations. The teacher develops each child’s agency as they provide opportunities for the children to make meaningful choices in their learning and about issues that impact them. The teacher builds on the children’s current knowledge and experiences to take them further on their learning journey.
The Environment The learning environment provides a combination of child initiated; teacher guided playful learning and explicit teaching that stimulates the passion to learn. At Kingsway we are continually working towards creating an environment that is dynamic and rich. It provides opportunities for the children to connect with the natural environment and to appreciate and care for the world God has created.
11 TERM DATES AND WEEKLY TIMETABLE A Primary Calendar of Events and Weekly Timetable will be issued early in the year. The Kindergarten has a staggered start at the beginning of the year.
See below: IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2020 KINDERGARTEN Contact day: Friday 31st January 2020 (9.00am - 11.00am) Classes commence: Monday 3rd February 2020 (Kindy 1 and 3 - Monday, Thursday / alternate Wednesdays) Tuesday 4th February 2020 (Kindy 2 and 4 - Tuesday, Friday / alternate Wednesdays) Kindergarten hours: 8.50am - 3.10pm Front door opens: 8.40am Please note that for the FIRST TWO (2) WEEKS of school, children will attend HALF DAYS ONLY (8.50am - 12.00noon).
Children will begin attending school for FULL DAYS in the week commencing Monday 17th February 2020. PRE-PRIMARY Contact Day: Friday 31st January 2020 Classes Commence: Monday 3rd February 2020 Pre-Primary times: 8.50am - 3.20pm Front door open: 8.40am We deliver four 5-days per fortnight programs for Kindergarten and a 5-day program for PrePrimary. Kindergarten 1 & 3 attend Monday/Thursday and alternative Wednesdays Kindergarten 2 & 4 attend Tuesday/Friday and alternative Wednesdays
- 1 box 200 tissues
- 1 waterproof library bag (available at Uniform shop)
- Bedding: 1 small cot pillow (maximum size 40x30cm), 1 small cot blanket (maximum size 100x75cm), 1 standard size pillow slip or drawstring bag.
- Resources: Kindergarten parents will be levied for student school resources. Pre-Primary: The children will require the following items, which should be brought on Contact Day.
- 1 Packet of kitchen sponges
- 1 Box 200 tissues
- 1 waterproof Library bag (can be purchased from Uniform Shop)
- Ziploc sandwich size bags (only girls to bring)
- Cream of Tartar (only boys to bring)
- See Pre-Primary Booklist Kindergarten - Pre-primary: The children will require the following items on a daily basis:
- 1 Kingsway Christian College school bag (available at the uniform shop)
- 1 bottle of water (box drink is not enough but can be an addition to lunch)
- 1 piece of fruit to be shared for morning/afternoon tea for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary (raw vegetables, dried fruit, cheese, popcorn, dry breakfast cereal are also acceptable).
- Packed lunch for Kindergarten – Pre-Primary (alternatively lunches can be ordered from the school canteen).
1 hat which covers both the child’s ears and neck (Available at the uniform shop) PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ALL ITEMS ARE CLEARLY MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD’S FULL NAME
13 EXCURSIONS Excursions are included in your annual fees levies. A Consent2Go message will be sent home at the beginning of the year, to be signed and returned before your child can attend any out of school event. From time to time the Primary Parents and Friends Association run fundraising events which you may wish to support both in and out of school. Physical education/houses Early Learning Physical Education is based on physical development in the beginning years.
We want students to have an enjoyment for sport, health and fitness even at a young age. Through developing basic movement skills, throwing, catching and striking, students gain the basic preparation needed to carry out sporting activities.
The children are divided into four Houses as follows: Taylor – Blue Livingstone – Yellow Flynn – Purple Carey – Red These houses are used to place students into groups at the College. They are encouraged to wear their House colour on Sport Carnival days.
14 Kindergarten and Pre-Primary will have Physical Education within their learning areas. PrePrimary have Physical Education on a Friday. Physical Education event for the year: Pre-Primary - Year 2 have their Sports Carnival in Term 4 Every effort will be made to allocate children in the same family to the same House.
We encourage parents to attend carnivals and support your children. Dates are placed in the College Calendar as early as possible to enable suitable arrangements to be made. Parent helpers are always welcome and notes will be sent out with information prior to each event.
The Physical Education Department requires that ALL students attend lessons with a hat and drink bottle. ATTENDANCE TIMES Attendance times for Kingsway Primary are 8.50am - 3.20pm. Kindergarten and Pre-Primary open their doors at 8.40am to allow for parents to spend some time with their child before school starts each morning. One on one time with your child is encouraged. All other classes will remain closed until school starts, unless opened earlier at teacher’s discretion. Late arrivals or early collection of students If your child is late to school or you are taking your child home early from school, it is the parents or caregivers responsibility to sign the child in or out BEFORE coming into the classroom.
You can do this in the College reception in the main administration.
You will receive a slip to give to your child’s teacher. Teachers will only allow a student to leave the school premises when they have the early departure slip.
15 ARRIVAL PROCEDURES Kindy and Pre-Primary parents may park in Carpark 1 and 2 off Kingsway Road. This is a designated parking area. Parents are allocated colour-coded stickers, which should be placed on their front windscreen (Parent Vehicle Details Form to be completed for issuing of same). A parent, or another nominated person, should bring your child to the Centre and wait with the child until the Centre door is opened at 8.40 am (Kindergarten and Pre-Primary).
This person is responsible for the behaviour of the child during this time.Kindergarten and Pre-Primary Encourage your child to:
- Unpack their bag
- Place lunch in labelled cubby hole and drink bottle in drinks container.
- Place bags in area provided. Please feel free to stay for 5-10 minutes with your child, as this is often a time they really enjoy. The bell will ring at 8.50am and parents are then encouraged to say a quick goodbye and leave the classroom as separation can sometimes be difficult for both parent and child. Your child will be well cared for by the Teacher and Education Assistant. If there are any problems, parents will be contacted. If younger siblings are under your care, please supervise them closely as the environment is designed for school aged children.
GOING HOME PROCEDURES FOR KINDY AND PRE PRIMARY It is necessary that an adult or nominated person collects your child. You may want your older children to collect their younger sibling at the end of the day. The sibling will need to be in Year 4 or older. If this is the case, please give the teacher a letter stating your permission. If your child is to go home with an adult other than you, please send a signed and dated note giving us details of the person who will be collecting your child, or write it on the Child Collection Notification Sheets provided in K and PP classrooms. We are unable to let children go with someone other than a parent unless we have authorisation to do so.
Please wait at the classroom door for children to be released. Kindergarten students can be released from 3.10pm to allow for collection of older siblings in the school. Please be prompt to collect your child as teachers often have meetings to attend after school.
16 CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS Please let the College Administration know of any custody arrangements that involve your family. Documentation involving these arrangements will need to be provided to the school. ABSENCES Parents are requested to notify the College Office of any known absence or illness by 8:50 am in the morning of each school day. This can be done using the following methods: 1. sending an email to email@example.com 2. sending an sms to 0488 177 177 or 3. phoning Reception on 9302 8777 On their return to the College, students must supply a parental note or Medical Certificate explaining their absence.
Parents/Caregivers are advised that the College uses mobile phone Short Message Service (SMS) to send text messages to notify them of unexplained absences. Parents will be informed by mobile phone Short Message System (SMS) when their child is marked absent from school.
At Kingsway Christian College, student attendance is a high priority as we know that students who attend regularly are more likely to be successful. To improve our attendance procedures, we will be informing Parents/Caregivers to contact the College in advance if they know their child is to be absent. An SMS text message will be sent to the mobile phones of parents explaining that our records show that your child is absent from school. The message will read as follows: KCC records show (student name) is absent (date). Please reply via SMS with the student’s name, reason, and date. KCC sms number is now 0488 177 177.
The message will arrive on the phone displaying the number, “0488 177 177”. Parents should store this number in their mobile phone under “Kingsway Christian College” so that when the message arrives, the parent is aware the message has come from the school. Parents can then reply, preferably using SMS, or by phoning the College Administration office or by sending a diary note with their child on return, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively simply press the reply option on your mobile phone when you receive a message from the school and add your son or daughter’s name, year, date of absence and the reason they are absent or late.
If your child is absent and a reason has been provided beforehand you will not receive an SMS. If you are planning a holiday during the term, please inform your teacher and the school in writing prior to the date.
- Supervising a small group of children with a Language, Art or Math activity.
- Cleaning up after activity time
- Preparation of fruit and cleaning/washing up afterwards
- Help with preparation of activity materials.
- Parents may also choose to support their Kindy and PP class by assisting in washing duties (towels, art shirts etc.) once a term.
18 COMMUNITY DAYS We endeavour to host a variety of events in the Primary School where parents can be involved. Parents will be notified of all events. COMMUNICATION There is some time each day before the bell when parents drop children off to the K and PP classes that teachers can be spoken to about any minor matters if needed. Please be aware that teachers are very busy before school preparing for their class. If you would like to speak to your child’s teacher about any educational matters, please ask for an appointment and they will organise this for you.
Teachers will also communicate with parents about their child’s learning through the digital platform Storypark.
NEWSLETTERS AND NOTES We aim to keep parents as fully informed as possible about school activities and events. Please download the SEQTA app and allow notifications. Teachers use SEQTA to pass on any information or notes. A Primary School eNewsletter, issued three times a term to each family, will be a regular feature of our communication process. These newsletters inform you of events and sometimes give helpful parenting ideas. Please check with Administration if you are not receiving your newsletter via email.
19 CONCERNS Please contact the College as soon as possible if you have a cause for concern regarding your child at school. Parents are encouraged to contact the class teacher before seeking an appointment with Mr Tom Quinlivan, Head of Primary K-6, Mrs Karen West, Deputy Head of Primary (Pastoral) or Gai Irvine, Deputy Head of Primary (Curriculum). PRIVACY OBLIGATIONS – USE OF STUDENT IMAGES To respect the significant number of parents who have requested no media coverage of their children and in keeping with current privacy legislation; Please Note: It is a condition of entry that any images you capture of students, whether photos, videos or other media are used entirely for your private purposes and may not appear in any public forum such as on websites or social media.
Thank you for your co-operation.
20 UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE All Kingsway Christian College students are required to wear school uniform. (Refer to web-site) Kindergarten and Pre-Primary Uniform All students (girls and boys) are required to wear the school sports uniform in Kindergarten and Pre-Primary, including school hat and regulations shoes. Please ensure that your child has a spare set of labeled clothes including underwear and socks in their bag. We do have spares at school for emergencies; however please ensure that if your child uses these, that all items are returned clean and promptly.
PRIMARY UNIFORM REGULATIONS General 1.
It is expected that all items be bought from the College Uniform Shop to ensure uniformity of colours and styles. 2. If, for an unavoidable reason, a student is unable to meet the uniform requirements on a particular day then parents are requested to forward a note with explanation to the Head of Primary who will issue an exemption for a maximum of 2 days. 3. Where a student’s dress does not meet the College requirements and no explanation has been forthcoming, parents will be notified. Where non-compliance occurs, disciplinary action will be taken in line with College Policy.
4. When medical reasons necessitate an exemption or modification to a component of the Uniform and Appearance Code, a medical certificate is required and a formal notification of the exemption will be sent to parents and staff. 5. Students’ appearance must be neat and tidy at all times. This includes wearing a well maintained and clean uniform. 6. The Kingsway Christian College School bag is a compulsory item for all students.
21 Boys 1. Shaven heads, shaved areas, braided locks (including Bali braids) or hair standing-up inappropriately from the head (eg.
Mohawk or ‘horns’) are not acceptable styles. Only natural hair colour, no artificial change of hair colour is permitted. Final interpretation of acceptability of hairstyles rests with the Head of Primary. 2. The College has a ‘no hat - no play in the sun’ policy. As such, it is compulsory for all students to wear the College hat whilst outdoors under College care, including recess and lunch breaks.
3. A watch is the only item of jewellery permitted. 4. Clear or neutral UV protection (sunscreen) may be worn. Girls 1. Hair is to be clean and neatly groomed. Fringes are to be above eyebrows. No partial tiebacks are acceptable and hair if longer than the tip of the collar must be held back completely (eg. plain clips, ponytails, plaits, pig tails). Accessories are to be of College colours: solid red, navy blue or white only - not patterned. 2. Braided locks (including Bali braids) or hair standing-up inappropriately from the head (eg. Mohawk or ‘horns’) are not acceptable styles. Only natural hair colour, no artificial change of hair colour is permitted.
Final interpretation of acceptability of hairstyles rests with the Head of Primary 3. The College has a ‘no hat - no play in the sun’ policy. As such, it is compulsory for all students to wear the College hat whilst outdoors under College care, including recess and lunch breaks.
4. Make-up and nail polish are not to be worn with the College uniform. Clear or neutral UV protection (sunscreen) may be worn. 5. A watch and one pair of plain gold or silver sleeper/stud earrings are the only jewellery items permitted. Students will receive an infringement if the incorrect uniform is worn as per our Primary Discipline Policy. Kindy and Pre-primary students to wear Kingsway Christian College tracksuit trousers.
22 KINDY AND PRE PRIMARY UNIFORMS BOYS AND GIRLS UNIFORMS SUMMER WINTER College sport shorts College sport polo shirt Plain White socks (boys) and White College socks (girls) White sneakers (with a minimum of trim) Velcro straps preferred OR Navy full-back, T-bar school sandals College tracksuit (for warmth) College slouch hat or desert cap College tracksuit College polo shirt (white skivvy can be worn underneath for warmth) Plain White socks (boys) and College socks (girls) White sneakers (with a minimum of trim)- Velcro straps preferred PLEASE MARK YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON EACH ARTICLE OF OUTSIDE CLOTHING INCLUDING HATS WITH PERMANENT MARKER.
NAVY SCHOOL HATS ARE TO BE WORN BY ALL STUDENTS AT ALL TIMES WHEN OUTDOORS AND CAN BE LEFT AT SCHOOL.
Uniform Shop opening hours are 8:15am - 1:15pm Mondays, 12:30pm - 4:00pm Wednesdays during the school term and special opening hours in January 2020 as listed on the following page, in the newsletter and on our website. You can email the Uniform Shop on email@example.com. Please send spare underwear and shorts and top in a plastic bag, even if your child has not had an ‘accident’ for a very long time.
23 Uniform Shop Opening Hours January 2020 APPOINTMENT ONLY Tuesday 28th January 8.00am - 4.00pm APPOINTMENT ONLY Wednesday 29th January 10.40am - 4.00pm APPOINTMENT ONLY Thursday 30th January 8.00am - 4.00pm CONTACT DAY General Opening - walk-in (Please take a number upon arrival) Friday 31st January 8.00am – 12.00pm APPOINTMENT ONLY Friday 31st January 1.00pm - 4.00pm For an appointment, please contact the Uniform Shop using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the shop direct and leave a message on 9302 8743.
NOTE: The shop is not staffed over the holiday period. - All appointments must be made by 4.00pm Wednesday 11th December 2019. - When requesting an appointment please advise us of the following: (a) New or existing family (b) Number, gender and school year of students requiring a fitting - All requests for appointments will be confirmed - Please supply carry bags where possible ONLY SUMMER UNIFORM ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE DURING THIS TIME TERM 1 –WEEK 1 General Opening - walk-in (Please take a number upon arrival - no appointments) TERM 1 – WEEK 2 General Opening - walk-in (Please take a number upon arrival - no appointments) Monday 3rd February Tuesday 4th February Wednesday 5th February Monday 10th February Tuesday 11th February Wednesday 12th February 8.15am – 4.00pm 8.15 am - 4.00pm 8.15pm - 5.00pm 8.15am - 4.00pm 8.15am – 4.00pm 8.15am – 5.00pm
24 BIRTHDAYS A birthday is a very special time for a young child. When your child has a birthday you are welcome to bring small cupcakes to share in their class but please consider students with allergies, confirm with class teacher. We do ask that you distribute birthday invitations out of school hours as we understand that you cannot invite every child to your child’s birthday. We wish to avoid the disappointment that could be felt by any children not invited. LOST PROPERTY To avoid your child’s belongings becoming lost, we would encourage labelling of all items and training your child to check for belongings before leaving school each day.
Boxes containing lost property are located within the Early Learning, Middle Primary and Upper Primary areas. If your child has lost or misplaced an item, we encourage checking the boxes regularly as lost property will be cleared at the end of each term and items given to charity. HATS AND SUNSCREEN We believe that it is important to educate children about the value of protection from the sun. All children must wear their College hat for outside activities and should have a hat, marked with their name, in their bag at all times (summer and winter). We do not allow children to share hats due to head lice.
At Kingsway we have a NO HAT NO PLAY policy and if students do not have a hat, they will not be allowed to play outside during breaks. This may also include sitting out for some activities during Physical Education. Students will receive an infringement if hats are not worn as per our Primary Discipline Policy. Early Learning classrooms have sunscreen for students all year and students will be encouraged to administer this, each day, before going into the sun. If your child has an allergy to sunscreen please write a note explaining this and provide your child with their own to keep in their bag.
25 LUNCHES Good nutrition is an important part of learning. We encourage parents to send children to school with a healthy lunch and to start the day with a healthy breakfast. Students are not permitted to bring lollies or confectionary to school as part of their lunch, as we are a “healthy eating” school. Healthy breakfast suggestions: Low sugar cereal and full cream milk Yoghurt and fruit Porridge Wholemeal/grain toast and vegemite Wholemeal/grain toast and boiled egg Grilled cheese on toast Baked beans on toast Milk or fresh fruit juice Healthy morning tea and lunch suggestions: Fresh, dried or tinned fruit Crunchy vegetables/salad Protein food such as lean meat and tuna.
Dairy food such as cheese, milk or yoghurt Wholemeal/grain bread, rolls, pita or Turkish breads Water Students eat lunch under teacher supervision and will be allowed to play when the duty teacher is satisfied that a healthy amount of lunch has been eaten.Here are some tips to encourage happy and healthy children:
- The best way to get your children to each lunch at school is to pack what you know they like.
- Encourage your child to bring home uneaten food, so you can monitor whether they’re getting a balanced diet and adjust their food intake at home if necessary.
- Children often don’t eat things that go soggy, for example tomato sandwiches – but tiny cherry tomatoes in a salad of lettuce, celery, cheese, gherkin and grated carrot can make an enjoyable lunch.
- Children are to bring only water in drink bottles. Water is the best thirst quencher and milk and juice do not always survive well in warm classrooms.
- Pack a frozen drink in the lunch box in summer to help keep the food cold.
- Keep foods separate and well wrapped, making sure that little fingers can open each pack.
- We ask that you do not send food to be shared with your child’s friends as this may present a problem in relation to allergies, or cultural differences and friendships.
- Students who are unwell at the start of the school day should be kept at home for their own safety and to ensure illnesses are not contracted by others.
- Where students become unwell at the College, they are sent to the health nurse where, if necessary, parents will be contacted and requested to collect their child. In the event of a child being sick or involved in an accident, parents are contacted as soon as possible. All parents are asked to ensure that the school is kept up to date with home and emergency telephone contacts, and an address at which a parent or carer can be contacted at all times. INFECTIOUS DISEASES The danger of infection, from the presence at school, from children suffering from infectious diseases arises chiefly from the attendance at two stages:
- whilst suffering from the early symptoms
- when convalescing from the disease but still retaining some infection in their person or apparel.
Public Health Regulations for exclusion periods are set for your information: Chicken Pox - exclude from school. Re-admit when sufficiently recovered. Some remaining scabs are not an indication for continued exclusion (Contacts: do not exclude.) Conjunctivitis - exclude from school. Re-admit when sufficiently recovered. Measles - exclude from school. Re-admit on medical certificate of recovery, or 7 days after appearance of the rash if child feels well. (Contacts: do not exclude immunised contacts.) Non-immunised contacts should be excluded for 13 days after the appearance of rash in the last case identified in the school.
27 Mumps - exclude from school. Re-admit on MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF RECOVERY. (Contacts: do not exclude.) Ringworm - exclude from school. Re-admit on MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF RECOVERY that the child is no longer likely to convey infection. (Contacts: do not exclude.) Rubella - exclude from school. Re-admit on recovery. Scabies - exclude from school until effective treatment has been instituted. Family contacts will probably be infected and should be treated. Pediculosis (Nits) - exclude from school until effective treatment has been instituted and most nits removed from hair. (Contacts: family contacts will probably be infected and should be treated.) Impetigo (School Sores) - exclude from school until effective treatment (including the proper use of occlusive dressing) has been instituted.
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE/DENTAL THERAPY CENTRE Routine eye and hearing checks take place for children aged 4 - 6 in the Kindergarten and PrePrimary years. Parents will be notified when this will take place. Children are routinely screened by the Hallidon Dental Clinic Kingsley and parents will receive an appointment card via their child in Pre-Primary.
28 EARLY INTERVENTION/SCREENING Children are all unique and develop differently, and for all children it is normal that there is a variation in the developmental process. Despite these individual variances there is, however, a normal sequence of acquiring new skills.
Sometimes the prerequisite or foundational skills are missing or weak and require attention. If these areas are not corrected, providing a solid and strong foundation, then it will affect all other skills that are learned after that skill. At Kingsway, we are committed to early intervention of student’s learning where necessary. In order to alleviate some of these concerns, all students are assessed in the areas of language the year prior to entry into the Kindergarten year and in the Pre-Primary year. On entry into the Kindergarten year students are also assessed in motor development. The school will inform parents if there are any concerns arising from the assessment and will advise of required actions.
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS If your child has had a medical or learning diagnosis please forward a copy of any reports to Mrs Karen West, Deputy Head of Primary (Pastoral) as soon as possible. Schools across Australia operate under different policies regarding educational provision for children with special needs. As particular support will be required depending on the need of the child, Kingsway Christian College advises parents to check with the school before entry to ensure we have the facilities to provide adequately for your special needs child. GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS – Stem Extension All children are individuals and have unique strengths and talents.
Some children, however have particularly advanced or well developed skills and abilities, for their age, in one or more areas. These children may be referred to as gifted and talented.
Gifted' refers to children with high potential (basically due to their inheritance) and 'talented' means that they display skills which are at a level significantly beyond what might be expected for their age. Giftedness in a child can be nurtured into a talent through outside influences such as; the learning environment, opportunities provided at home and the process of learning, training and practicing.
29 The Early Learning years are important for the whole child development and it is the teacher’s role within each class to ensure that children’s developmental needs are met within each learning domain.
The teachers at Kingsway Christian College will provide for the individual needs of each child as outlined in the EYLF: “Children’s learning is ongoing and each child will progress towards the outcomes in different and equally meaningful ways. Learning is not always predictable and linear. Educators plan with each child and the outcomes in mind.” (Early Years Learning Framework, p.19) If a student is showing levels of high achievement in one or more area, they will be adequately catered for within the classroom. Identifying children's giftedness can be a difficult task, partly because of the many forms giftedness can take.
Also, many forms of giftedness are not always easy to see in early childhood. If you believe this is the case with your child or have any concerns, talk to your teacher. Alternatively, you can contact Head of Primary, Mr. Quinlivan or Deputy Head of Primary (Curriculum), Mrs. Irvine.
- HOMEWORK Recommended homework Guidelines Kindergarten - Year 2 (10 -12 minutes per day) Generally, teachers will not set formal homework for these early years. All activities at home or play can assist children to develop knowledge and skills including literacy, numeracy and problem solving. These are often done in the context of family activities including shopping, preparation of food, listening to stories, learning songs and nursery rhymes, discussion about what is happening at school, reading, library borrowing, family outings and collecting items.
- Kindy Language and comprehension activities weekly – non-compulsory.
- Pre-Primary Phonics activities weekly – non-compulsory. Daily reading Semester 2 (10 mins).
- Learn or teach free from disruption.
- Be treated courteously.
- Be free from any form of discrimination including verbal and physical abuse.
- Work in a clean, safe and healthy environment.
- Have their property respected and cared for. There are many ways in which students are encouraged in normal College life to be well disciplined. These include:
- Teachers showing genuine interest in each student in their care.
- Praise and encouragement is given.
- Physical awards are given through Merit Certificates, Prizes and Trophies.
- Acknowledgment to peers in class; at year level assemblies and whole school assemblies. The end result is that students are being trained to be self-disciplined. They are taking responsibility for their own actions in a caring community. However, if a student is disruptive in a class they need to realise that not only are they disadvantaging themselves, but everyone else in the class as well. Every student has the right to the best possible education they can obtain at Kingsway Christian College.
Two systems of behaviour management exist at Kingsway Christian College, one for ‘inside’ the classroom and a system for ‘outside’ the classroom. INSIDE Any seen or perceived disruptive behaviour is dealt with using a procedure known as ‘Canter’. That is, without a ‘fuss’ or even a verbal exchange, the Teacher writes the name of the disruptive student onto the whiteboard. This is their first warning. Further disruption by the same student will result in a cross placed next to their name. This is the second warning. If there is further disruption from the same student there is no need to tick their name again – the teacher then sends him/her to the Head of Primary to be interviewed.
Any “name and cross” on the whiteboard is removed after a half day period. When a student is sent out the following occurs:
31 1. The student is sent to the Head of Primary. 2. At the conclusion of the lesson, or at a most convenient time on that day, the teacher concerned checks to see if the student has followed his/her instructions and lodges the details of the incident with the Primary Administration. SUMMARY: 1st Time: Verbal ‘warning’ by Head of Primary. Parents advised in writing (2 period detention). 2nd Time: Letter sent home to parents indicating the student has been sent out of class on two occasions.
Parent interview requested. (2 period detention) 3rd Time: Letter sent home to parents indicating the student has been sent out of class on three occasions. (2 period detention) Parent interview requested. Additionally the student will be sent to the College chaplain for a friendly counselling visit.
4th Time: In-School suspension for one day (separate recess / lunch breaks - no contact with other students). Additionally the student will be sent to the College chaplain for a friendly counselling visit. 5th Time: At home suspension for one day. Parents are notified as soon as possible and asked to collect their child at their earliest convenience. 6th Time: Withdrawal or permanent exclusion from College. Automatic Send-Outs A student may be sent out of class without warning for: a) Breach of safety (throwing an object, knocking student off a chair etc) b) Physical abuse c) Verbal abuse at a teacher or student d) Misuse of computers OUTSIDE General Rule: The offending student is sent to the Head of Primary Office.
Note: They remain at the Office until otherwise informed. They are interviewed by the Head of Primary. Guidelines: Light offence: Dealt with by the teacher. Moderate offence: Student sent to the administration office for recording of name. When a student has been sent to the office and their name recorded on 4 occasions for a moderate offence then on the 5th they are suspended from school for a day. If a student repeats this procedure 3 times in a year they are withdrawn
32 or permanently excluded from the College. Each moderate offence also results in a detention. Severe offence: The student is immediately sent to the Head of Primary. For severe offences a student is suspended immediately. If a student repeats this procedure 3 times in a year they are withdrawn or permanently excluded from the College. Use or possession of illegal drugs/alcohol by a student is immediate withdrawal or exclusion from the College. CYBER AND OFF-CAMPUS BULLYING The College will impose formal sanctions when any action that takes place off-campus, that causes or threatens to cause substantial or material disruption, or interferes with the rights of a student to feel safe and secure.
This includes bullying that takes place in shopping centres, on public transport, in public open spaces, and in digital forms on the weekend. These sanctions may include suspension or exclusion from the College.
INFRINGEMENTS Infringements are received for behaviours that do not disturb another child’s education and do not impose safety risks to other students. It operates to motivate students to modify those behaviours that interfere with the ethos, smooth running and/or appearance of the College. Examples of infringements include chewing gum, uniform infringements, diary not signed, littering etc. If a student is continually being given infringements the following consequences apply: i. At 5 Infringements - letter sent home ii. At 10 Infringements - ½ day in-school suspension iii. At 15 Infringements - one day in-school suspension iv.
At 20 Infringements - one day at home suspension. v. At 25 Infringements - the student is withdrawn from the College. All students commence a new academic year with a “clean slate”.
- 33 TIPS ON SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD’S TRANSITION TO SCHOOL
- Talk about starting school with your child; how long the day will be, recess and lunch are different.
- Make sure the clothes that are worn to school are easy to put on and take off and that lunches and snacks are easy to unwrap.
- Use shoes with Velcro fasteners until your child can manage the more complicated fastenings of shoe laces.
- Label everything - including shoes and socks.
- Visit the school and participate in orientation programs to help familiarise your child with play areas and toilets.
- Expect your child may be tired in the first weeks of school even if they have been used to care situations. Provide them with a cuddle, a drink and some quiet time when they first arrive home.
- If anxious talk about new friends and interesting things.
- Make sure your child knows that they cannot leave the school grounds without permission.
- Prepare yourself - you may suffer a severe sense of loss and loneliness. Try not to make your child feel guilty by asking “Will you miss me?”
- When the time comes to say goodbye (the maraca or bell will be used) - don’t linger, tears soon vanish. Offer a hug and a reassuring word that you’ll soon be back.
- Make sure your child has sufficient sleep. Add an afternoon nap at weekends if necessary.
- Ask your child about their day, but expect that you might get a shrug or a off-hand reply. Learn to ask questions like “What was your favourite thing about school today” or “Tell me about your drawing”.
- Be enthusiastic and involved.
- Be prepared for dirty clothes - play is just as important as formal learning. GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START Above all, it’s important that you talk positively about the school and value what is happening there. This is a long-term experience for children; schooling encompasses a lot of years of living and learning. Children are more likely to have faith in and commit to the school experience if their parents are supportive of them, their teachers and their school.
- 34 KINDERGARTEN READINESS When children begin school they are becoming more independent, learning to trust a wider circle of people rather than just their parents and family. It is a big step on the pathway towards growing up and most children look forward to it. How can parents help? Reading Reading is a complex task which takes some children many years to master. Parents can help their children gain the skills needed through a number of activities.
- Talk to your child - let them hear words and understand what they mean.
- Introduce books - from when they are a few months old - point out picture details.
- Read to your child - so they can learn the language of books.
- Listen to your child - “good talkers make good readers”.
- Make reading part of the going to bed routine.
- Draw attention to letters and words on signs, cereal packets, milk cartons etc. Mathematics Children who have had the opportunity to count, order, classify objects at home and understand terms such as bigger, smaller, more, less, top, middle – are well prepared to begin formal work. Encourage your child to count and order e.g. how many potatoes for dinner, spoons on a table, buttons on a shirt, sort into different sizes and colours.
Let them hear you use terms such as more, less, under, over, in between, through, next to, behind. Talk about time. How many sleeps until their birthday? What will we do after lunch? Play with play dough and water so that they can learn how much will fit into different sized and different shaped containers.
35 Physical Skills By the time a child begins school he/she needs skills, which enable participation in learning activities and those that help him/her look after themselves when an adult is not present to help. Dressing take off or put on jumpers, cardigans and shoes (label all clothing and shoes).
Toileting cope with buttons, zips, flushing toilet, turn taps on and off to wash hands. Eating eat without assistance, open lunchbox, unscrew drinks container, drink with a straw, peel fruit, unwrap food packets.
Emotional/Social Development Self-control controls own emotions satisfactorily Confidence to meet new challenges Independence tackles things for themselves Responsibility for their own belongings and equipment used Separation parents to be positive and cheerful Social Development mix with adults and children (most of whom are older at school). Share things with classmates, take turns, and cooperate (in class and the playground).