Parent Information Handbook 2021 - Maitland Lutheran School Enriching Education - Embracing Community

 
Parent Information Handbook 2021 - Maitland Lutheran School Enriching Education - Embracing Community
Maitland Lutheran School
Enriching Education - Embracing Community

                      2021
        Parent Information
                Handbook
Parent Information Handbook 2021 - Maitland Lutheran School Enriching Education - Embracing Community
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Principal’s Welcome
Mission & Vision Statement
Student Leadership
     School Captains * Student Representative Council
     * Sport House Captains and teams
Maitland Lutheran Staff
Term & Calendar Dates
Student & Parent Information
     School Hours * Student Absence/Late Arrival * Student Messages
     Student Medication * Chapel Services * Lunch Ordering * Consent Forms
     Student Banking * Lost Property * Visitors/Volunteers Sign In * Class Box
     Parent-Teacher Communication * Student Stationery * Library * Sport
     Homework Expectations * Car Parking * Student Behaviour * School Buses
     Student Accident Cover * School Musicals * School Camps * Hat expectations

Middle School information - Years 7 - 9

Senior School information - Years 10 - 12

Enrolment Information
School Fee Structure
School Uniform
     Uniform Shop Price List
Infections / Communicable Diseases Information
School Council & Parent Community
Bushfire Action Plan
School Policies
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PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME

Maitland Lutheran School welcomes all in the community. We have families from Christian and
non-Christian backgrounds who choose us for our Christian, family and community values. At
Maitland Lutheran we offer a wide range of co-curricular learning opportunities where your child
and your family will be warmly welcomed and supported to provide the best schooling experience
possible.

Our Parent Handbook is to provide the most up to date and relevant information for our parents
and carers but also includes information for families who may be considering enrolment in our
school.

As Principal, and on behalf of the staff please be assured of our commitment to your child and
your family. We constantly seek to be visible and available to students and parents as we
endeavour to provide the best learning opportunities for all our students.

We would like the opportunity to speak with any families considering enrolment in our school.

Sincerely,
David Field
Principal
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MISSION & VISION STATEMENT
Maitland Lutheran School—Enriching Education—Embracing Community

MISSION STATEMENT
We are a Christ centred school, nurturing the individual in a caring, family environment,
committed to providing quality education for the community.

Maitland Lutheran School helps children to “grow into Christ,” supplements the training of the
Christian home, offers instruction under Christian teachers and provides a learning environment
centred in Christ.

VISION

To be a community where the love of Christ informs all aspects of school life where children and
their families hear the word and are given every opportunity to know Jesus Christ and grow in a
relationship with Him. To be a centre of educational excellence where students, staff and
families share a passion for, and a commitment to lifelong learning in a community whose
service and care for others is distinguished by generosity , willingness and joy.

AIMS

Maitland Lutheran School aims to provide the highest standards of instruction in all subjects
taking into account the needs of each child (their spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and
social needs) and assist every child to recognise their abilities as God-given, encouraging them
to develop these to their fullest and use them to glorify God in the service of others and live
God pleasing lives themselves.

In striving to attain these ideals, the school believes it must have the support of the home, and
that close cooperation with parents is paramount.
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STUDENT LEADERSHIP
SCHOOL CAPTAINS
Jordan Tilbrook
Natasha Zoumis

SCHOOL LEADERS
Riley Schulz, Jude Howarth, Harry Kakoshcke, Sheridan Scott & Asha Johns

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
SRC members are elected for each year level through an application, speech and voting process. Class
teachers will announce their representatives early in Term 1.
The SRC meet during school terms and select and coordinate fundraising events throughout the year.

SPORTS HOUSE TEAMS

Our school has three Sport Houses which students will remain a part of for their entire journey at
Maitland Lutheran School. Family members are placed into the same House. The three houses are:

           Dolphins      Green
           Kestrels

           Wallabies     Red
House Captains and Vice Captains are elected by their respective house teams. Maitland Lutheran
School’s Twilight Sports Day is held on the Friday of week 6 in Term 1.
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Amey, Mandy
Admin Assistant
                                                                 MLS STAFF
                                  Field, Carolyn
Anders, Laura                     Administration                        Redding, Ashleigh
Year 4 Teacher                                                          Year 6 Teacher
                                  Field, David                          Middle School Drama / Art
Baird, Annaylce                   Principal
Year 7 Teacher                                                          Sanderson, Darren
                                  Gaisford, Peter                       Year 3 Teacher
Braund, Ben                       Year 8 Home Group Teacher             Leadership
Student Counsellor                Secondary HASS / DT
                                  IT Facilitator                        Schulz, Jess
Brown, Jess
                                                                        PE / Health
LOTE Teacher - AUSLAN             Griffin, Daniel
                                  Business Manager                      Stock, Tania
Browning, Sarah
                                                                        Admin Assistant
Year 6 Home Group                 Groombridge, Sandra
Tech Studies                      Reading Recovery Teacher              Wegener, Paula
                                                                        Primary Arts
Carey, Jenny                      Honner, Amelia
Admin / First Aid Officer         Year 5/6 Teacher                      Whenan, Jo
                                                                        Library / Home Economics
Carey, Josh                       Hooper, Nicole
Secondary School Teacher          Year 8 Home Group Teacher             Nathan Wright
                                  Middle School Science                 Year 6 Home Group Teacher
Carey, Mathew
                                  Year 9 Rite Journey                   Performing Arts/Music
Secondary School Teacher
                                  Indigenous Student Coordinator        Bus Drivers
Carson, Scott
                                  Howarth, Matthew                      Borghouts, Darren
VET Coordinator
                                  Year 10 Home Group Teacher            Cook, Lachlan
Year 9 Rite Journey
                                  Secondary School Coordinator          Cook, Jeff
Chambers, Tenille                                                       Schlink, Dean
Student Counsellor                Koch, Narelle
                                  Finance Officer                       Groundsmen
Clifford, Olivia                                                        Brand, Anthony
Year 1/2 Teacher                  Launer, Karen                         Humes, Henry
                                  Library Assistant                     Rankine, Tony
Davey, Ben
Year 9 Home Group Teacher         May, Elisabeth                        Student Support
Secondary Tech Studies/Maths/PE   Literacy / Dyslexia Support           Heinrich, Sally-Ann
Middle School Coordinator         Matson, Seth                          Hibbard, Cathy
                                  Year 2/3 Teacher                      McInerney, Danni
Davey, Jo
                                                                        Muir, Sarah
PE Teacher                        Mangano, Danielle                     Newbold, Emily
Davey, Rebecca                    F/1 Teacher                           Sanderson, Bronwyn
Foundation Teacher                                                      Schulz, Lisa
                                  Mills, Loren
Leadership                                                              Simmons, Naomi
                                  Finance
Special Ed Coordinator                                                  Whittaker, Vicki
                                  Murdock, Joe
Emery, Joel                                                             OSHC Coordinator
                                  Year 7 Home Group Teacher
Year 5 Teacher                                                          Muir, Sarah
                                  Raskovic, Rebecca
                                  Year 10 Home Group Teacher
                                  Secondary English Teacher

                            To email Teaching Staff, address to firstname.surname@mls.sa.edu.au
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TERM DATES
Term 1
Monday 1st February 2021 - Thursday 9th April 2021
Term 2
Tuesday 27th April 2021 - Friday 25th June 2021
Term 3
Monday 19th July 2021 - Friday 24th September 2021
Term 4
Monday 11th October 2021 - Wednesday 8th December 2021

We aim to connect with our families as much as possible and keep you informed about news and events.
School newsletters go home fortnightly on Thursdays of odd weeks. These can be emailed if you prefer
and are also available from the front office. Our Facebook page has reminders and news regularly
updated for your information. A class newsletter is sent home on the alternate weeks with information
more closely related to your child’s class matters. It is important that these are read thoroughly as they
contain vital information.
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STUDENT & PARENT INFORMATION
THE SCHOOL DAY
8:15am – 8:25am Staff Devotion
(If you phone the school during devotion you may leave a message on the answering machine)
8:43am School commences – Whole School Assembly each day
2:55pm Dismissal
Yard supervision begins at 8:25am and ends at 3:10pm. The School will not accept legal responsibility for
children being on the premises outside of these hours, unless pre-arrangements have been made with the
Principal.

STUDENT ABSENCE/LATE ARRIVAL/EARLY DEPARTURE PROCEDURE
Parents/carers are requested to inform the school before 9am when their child is absent for the day or will
be arriving late. This can be actioned by phone or email (info@mls.sa.edu.au). Students arriving late must
sign in through the front office. Parents will be contacted if the school has not been notified of their child’s
absence on the day they are absent.
Students who need to leave early may do so with their parent/carer by being collected from the front
office after signing out. Parents/carers may designate someone else to collect their child but permission
for this must be by either a note in the child’s home communication book or student diary, or by phoning
the school. They must be collected from the front office after signing out.
If a student requires an extended absence during term time for reasons of travel, medical etc, a written
request needs to be sent to the Principal.

STUDENT MESSAGES
If parents/carers need to contact their child throughout the school day, this needs to occur via the Front
Office who will ensure that the message reaches the student. Please note that students may not utilise
their mobile phone during school hours and all phones are stored in the front office.

STUDENT MEDICATION
Staff hold current Senior First Aid qualifications and will make the initial assessment on any medical
situations that arise during school hours. Students will be rested in the Sick Room if feeling unwell and
sent home if no improvement eventuates. Students are not permitted to carry any medication throughout
the day in their school bags or pockets (except for asthma relievers in Yrs 7-9 or students with diabetic
medication). Students requiring to take medication including Panadol during school hours are required to
have a Medication Authority Form completed by your doctor. The medication must be handed to the
front office in its original container with the prescription label from the pharmacy. Students with
particular medical conditions such as allergies, diabetes, asthma etc, are required to also complete an
Individual First Aid Plan signed by your doctor. Forms are available on our website or at the school’s
front office.

CHAPEL SERVICES
Chapel is held every Friday morning except for the beginning and end of terms. Opening Chapel each
  term is on the morning that the term starts and at the end of each term it is held on Friday afternoons.
   Each class leads Chapel a few times a year, with Pastor and school staff leading at other times. All
      parents/carers/grandparents are welcome to all Chapel services and we encourage you to stay on
        for a ‘cuppa’ and a chat afterwards.
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STUDENT & PARENT INFORMATION
LUNCH ORDERS
We access the Central Yorke School canteen for lunch orders Monday - Thursday. Lunch orders are to be
written clearly on brown or white paper bags and placed in your child’s class box in the morning. A current
canteen price list is available from the school office if necessary. Children who forget their lunch or lunch
order, are provided with a sandwich and piece of fruit by the school.

OTHER LUNCH DAYS
The Parents & Friends Committee make a variety of lunches during the year for the students to purchase.
A notice will go home in the school newsletter providing information and costs of these. Some examples
have been hot dogs and milos, meat and salad rolls etc. The P&F Food day is every Friday and we ask that
parents consider supporting these days. There are no lunch orders from the Central Yorke School canteen
on Fridays.

CONSENT FORMS
No child may attend camps, excursions, performances, swimming lessons etc. unless his/her parents/
carers have completed the appropriate consent forms and returned them to the School by the due date.
Due to legal requirements it is necessary for consent forms to be signed by parents.

STUDENT BANKING
Students may open a savings account through the Lutheran Laypeople’s League (LLL) by completing the
appropriate forms which are available at the Front Office or online at www.lll.org.au. Students may bring
their bankbook to the Front Office with their deposit to be processed on Thursdays.

LOST PROPETY
Un-named items found around the school will be placed into the Lost Property basket located in the Front
Office. Items not claimed by the end of each term will be washed and put into second hand or spare
clothes drawer.

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
All visitors/volunteers of the school who are staying to assist in the classroom must sign in at the Front
Office. All volunteers must have an up to date Police Check and Valuing Safe Communities certificate prior
to volunteering. All forms and information are available from the Front Office.

CLASS BOX, COLLECTION OF MONEY, CONSENT FORMS ETC
Each class has their own Class Box which goes between the class and Front Office. Notes and messages
from the classroom are sent in the box in the morning and returned with notes from the office to the class
at the end of the day. Children paying fees, or bringing money for excursions etc. are to place money, and
where applicable, consent forms in their class notice box before 8:55am. Money should be in a sealed
envelope with the child’s name and purpose clearly marked. Book Club orders are also placed in their
class box.

  PARENT - TEACHER COMMUNICATION
  Communication between home and school is encouraged and we believe it is integral in fostering the
   partnership that needs to exist to fully support our students. This communication can occur via Home
     Communication Book or Student Diary. These are checked regularly by Home Class Teachers for
         primary classes with older students expected to present the note to the Home Group Teacher.
              If a meeting or discussion needs to take place with a teacher, please use one of these forms
                       for communication or an email to make a mutually convenient time for a meeting.
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STUDENT & PARENT INFORMATION
STUDENT STATIONERY
All students collect a stationery pack at the start of the year with all their stationery requirements. If they
require additional items throughout the year they may purchase these from the Front Office during
recess or lunch time, or prior to school in the morning. We do not encourage students to purchase items
during lesson time.

LIBRARY
Students may borrow books during their Library lesson and whenever a Library Assistant is present in the
Library. Borrowing information and your child’s Library Day will be in your start of year notes from your
child’s home class teacher.

SPORT AND SPORT CLOTHES DAYS
Each class participates in PE lessons on 2 days per week. Students come to school in PE uniform on these
days. Students will also participate in a 10 minute fitness jog on their PE day. Information on your child’s
PE day will be in your start of year notes from your child’s home class teacher.
Students in Years 6-9 are able to partake in SAPSASA and SSSSA sport teams representing the school and
the District in Athletics, Cricket, Hockey, Tennis, Netball, Football and Basketball. Information is sent
home prior to the trials for selections in these events.

HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS
It is the aim of the school to support students to become independent learners. Students are expected to
organise their time at home and at school to complete homework and assessment tasks by the due dates.
Students will be given homework tasks by their teachers relevant for their year level.

CAR PARKING
Families may use the St Paul’s Lutheran Church carpark when accompanying students into the school.
The ‘Kiss n Drop” area on Clinton Road is for those families dropping off/collecting their children and we
ask that parents remain in the car in this designated area. Children are to enter the vehicle as quickly and
safely as possible so that the queue can keep moving. A staff member will assist in this area before and
after school.

STUDENT BEHAVIOUR
At Maitland Lutheran School we recognise that effective learning can only occur in a secure environment
where the dignity, rights and responsibilities of others are known and respected and where standards
and rules are fairly and consistently applied. Students are expected to uphold the following principles:-
                               * Excellence          * Pride
                               * Respect             * Personal Responsibility
                               * Courtesy            * Integrity
                               * Sensitivity         * Tolerance
                                            *Inclusion

  Students are educated on appropriate and inappropriate behaviours and are expected to abide by
   school rules and policies, as well as the directions of all teachers.

       PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS
         Lessons are available in a variety of instruments for students to undertake during school hours.
              See the front office for further information regarding fees and Tutors.
STUDENT & PARENT INFORMATION
SCHOOL BUSES
Children are to travel in an orderly manner to and from School. Misbehaviour on buses may result in
children being forbidden to use such conveniences. Use of the State School Buses is allowed providing
there are seats available. Parents should contact the Central Yorke School regarding the route and
availability. Families requiring the use of the Maitland Lutheran School buses (Minlaton / Edithburgh run,
Curramulka / Ardrossan run or Moonta run) are able to use these bus services for a fee, based on
distance. Our School subsidises the bus cost for children attending Maitland Lutheran School. Fees are
listed with the School’s Fee Structure.

BUS PASSES
Children wishing to use a bus that they do not normally travel on need to obtain a bus pass. For the State
school buses, parents need to contact the Central Yorke School office for a pass. If children require a bus
pass for MLS School buses parents need to contact our office before travel for a bus pass, and to arrange
payment. The cost for this is $5 one way travel as long as the bus is not at capacity.

STUDENT ACCIDENT COVER
This year we have continued to take out Student Accident Cover through the Lutheran Church of
Australia through ACE Insurance Ltd. This comprehensive cover is available at the low cost of $10.00 per
child (includes GST), which will be included in your Tuition Fees account. It is a 24 hour, 7 days cover
while undertaking school organised activities. If your child does have an accident during a school
organised activity and you wish to make a claim, please inform us as soon as possible so a claim form can
be obtained.

SCHOOL MUSICALS
Every second year (even years) we hold a School Musical. It is usually held in the middle of term two and
involves the whole school Reception – Yr 9. We hold two evening performances as well as a morning
matinee where we invite schools from around the Peninsula and residents from the Maitland Village. It is
expected that all students make themselves available to be involved with the school’s musical.

SCHOOL CAMPS
Students from Year 4 - Year 9 attend school camps each year. Activities and camp sites rotate between
adventure/high ropes and aquatics camps with a Melbourne camp every second year for students in Year
8 & 9.
Junior Primary classes will participate in a week of Swimming lessons in term 1 of each year.

NO HAT - NO OUTDOOR PLAY
Students are required to wear a hat when they are participating in activities or during recess and lunch
play time whilst outside. If they do not have a hat they must only play in the shaded/covered areas.

LANGUAGE
AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language) is taught for LOTE.
MIDDLE SCHOOL Years 7 - 9
Introduction

Middle Schooling at Maitland Lutheran School is based on the unique physical, psychological, intellectual,
social and spiritual needs of adolescent students. The Middle School program is centred on these needs
in order to meet the wide variations in interests, abilities and experiences of students in Years 7-9.

Middle School teachers are committed to the education and development of adolescents, and utilise
teaching strategies which seek to promote active, broad‐based learning and creative, interdisciplinary
thinking.

To provide stability and security for students in Middle School, Maitland Lutheran aims to provide Year 7
students with a core teacher for the majority of their subjects. Year 8 and 9 students will generally have
their Home Group teacher for at least three subjects each semester.

Year 7 Students

At Year 7, students have a core teacher for many of their subjects and lessons. This allows for a degree of
integration of subject content.
Year 7 Lesson Allocation:
Core Subjects: Maths, Science, Health & PE, Christian Life
Subjects taught by Specialist Teachers: English, LOTE, Library, Technology (Home Ec & Tech), HASS, The
Arts (Music / Visual Arts) and Digital Tech.

Year 8 & 9 students
Year 8 & 9 students continue to build on their studies in the Middle Years Program.

Year 8 & 9 Lesson Allocation:
Subjects: English, Maths, Science, HASS, PE & Health, Christian Life (Yr 8), The Arts (Music/Drama/Visual
Arts), Technology (Home Ec & Tech), Digital Tech, Flex & Rite Journey (Yr 9)
SENIOR SCHOOL Years 10 - 12
                                           SUBJECT FLOW CHART

Christian Studies

Year 10                                  Year 11                                     Year 12
Christian Living                         Christian Living (Enrolled as a 10 credit   Christian Studies (Students have the
                                         Religion Studies SACE subject)              option of enrolling in a 10 Credit SACE

Visual and Performing Arts

Year 10                                  Year 11                                     Year 12
Visual Arts                              Visual Arts - Art                           Visual Arts - Art (TAS)
                                         Visual Arts - Design                        Visual Arts - Design (TAS)

Music
                                         Music                                       Performance Special Study
                                                                                     Solo Performance
                                                                                     Musicianship
                                                                                     Musical Styles
                                                                                     Composing & Arranging
                                                                                     Ensemble Performance
                                                                                     Music Individual Study

English

Year 10                                  Year 11                                     Year 12
English (individual student literacy     Pre-English Literary Studies                English Literary Studies (TAS)
needs met by the structure of the Eng-
                                         English                                     English (TAS)
lish classes)

Languages

Year 10                                  Year 11                                     Year 12
No timetabled Language                   A Stage 1 and 2 language may be             A Stage 1 and 2 language may be

Health and Physical Education

Year 10                                  Year 11                                     Year 12
Health & Physical Education              Physical Education                          Physical Education (TAS)
                                                                                     PE - Integrated Learning (TAS)
                                         Health
                                                                                     Health (TAS)
SENIOR SCHOOL Years 10 - 12
                                             SUBJECT FLOW CHART

Mathematics

Year 10                                   Year 11                                   Year 12
Mathematics (individual student nu-       Essential Mathematics                     Essential Mathematics (TAS)
meracy needs met by the structure of
                                          General Mathematics                       General Mathematics (TAS)
the Maths classes)

Science

Year 10                                   Year 11                                   Year 12
Science                                   Physics                                   Physics (TAS)
                                          Chemistry                                 Chemistry (TAS)

Humanities

Year 10                                   Year 11                                   Year 12
History                                   Modern History                            Modern History (TAS)
                                          Business and Enterprise                   Business and Enterprise (TAS)

Technology

Year 10                                   Year 11                                   Year 12
Digital Technologies                      Digital Technologies                      Digital Technologies (TAS)
Information Processing and Publishing     Information Processing & Publishing       Information Processing & Publishing
                                                                                    (TAS)
Design & Technology                       Material Products (Design & Technolo-
                                          gy)                                       Material Products (Design & Technolo-
                                                                                    gy) (TAS)

Recognised Learning - Years 10, 11 & 12

Please see the information relating to vocational courses (internal and external) available to students at Maitland Lutheran
School in t his booklet.

Other Flexible Options: Community Studies (NT) and Community Learning (NT)

  *TAS = Tertiary Admissions Subject *NT = Not a Tertiary Admissions Subject
SENIOR SCHOOL Years 10 - 12
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is education and training that provides students with skills and
knowledge for work. VET operates through a national training system, and is delivered, assessed and
certified by Registered Training Organisations either within the School or at an external training facility.
The SACE is designed to give students increased flexibility, including greater opportunities to have diverse
forms of learning and achievement recognised. These directions are in line with the SACE Board
legislation and state and national policies aimed at facilitating the transition of young people from school
to further education, training and employment. The recognition arrangements for VET in the SACE will
build coherent pathways in the SACE through VET, and encourage students to complete, or make
significant progress towards completing, VET qualifications while completing the SACE.

Structured VET programs:
      Are integrated with the general curriculum
      Include structured learning opportunities in the workplace
      Lead to nationally recognised qualifications
      Are based on nationally endorsed industry competency standards
      Assess skills and knowledge to the standards that employers expect in real workplaces
      Provide a range of flexible education and training pathways

Students gain recognition for up to 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed
VET.

SACE Credits
Students can gain SACE credits for the successful completion of VET qualifications or units of competency
that make up a qualification. A student will earn 10 SACE credits for the successful completion of 70
nominal hours of VET, up to the maximum number of credits allocated to each qualification. A student
will earn 5 SACE credits for the successful completion of 35 nominal hours of VET. The VET Recognition
Register lists the maximum and minimum number of SACE credits allocated to each qualification.

Recognition of SACE Stage 1 and/or Stage 2
All VET qualifications or units of competency that make up a qualification, in the Australian Qualifications
Framework (AFQ) can contribute to the completion requirements of the SACE. The SACE Board
determines the SACE stage at which qualifications will be granted recognition in the SACE. In most cases a
VET qualification (ie. all the units of competency that make up the qualification) will be recognised at
  Stage 1 level. However, specific units of competency from some Certificate II or Certificate III
    qualifications will be recognised at Stage 2 level.
SENIOR SCHOOL Years 10 - 12
The SACE VET recognition register can be accessed at:
http://www.sace.sa.edu.au/subjects/recognised-learning/recognition-register/vet-recognition-register

The VET Recognition Register shows, for each qualification, the:
       maximum and minimum number of SACE credit that students can earn by completing the
        qualification

       SACE stage(s) at which SACE credits earned for the qualification will be recognised for SACE
        purposes
External (Regional) VET Options
Maitland Lutheran School students have the opportunity to access regional VET Programs externally - for
example: at Marden Senior College, Thebarton Senior College, TAFE SA (Registered Training Organisation
- RTO) etc.
There are a wide range of options available to students, including industry areas such as:
Animal Care, Automotive, Business, Community Services (Child Care, Aged Care), Construction,
Engineering, Fashion Design, Fitness, Hairdressing & Beauty, Hospitality, Information Technology, Media
& Design, Music, Plumbing, Retail, Tourism, etc.

*Please note that some vocational courses will incur some additional fees.

SCHOOL SPECIFIC SACE INFORMATION

Maitland Lutheran School offers a variety of subjects to enable our students to meet the requirements of the SACE.
The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) exists to encourage students to successfully complete
secondary education and to attest to their readiness for entry into post-school studies and employment.
The SACE is an internationally recognised qualification that opens pathways leading to vocations and careers,
further studies and employment. The SACE also ensures that students leave school with a strong general education.
The SACE is the basic requirement for entry to higher education. Higher education institutions use the Australian
Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), derived from SACE studies, to rank students for selection to particular courses.
Reporting Achievement in SACE Studies:
Within the SACE Stage 1 students will receive A-E grades in all subjects. At Stage 2 students receive grades for A+ to
E-. The grade that a student is awarded is based entirely on the performance standards contained within each
subject outline published by the SACE Board for any particular subject. Internally, all SACE students receive a grade
from A+ to E.
From a SACE perspective a C grade is seen as a passing grade. Students must ensure that they are achieving at least
  a C grade in all compulsory SACE subjects: PLP, Stage 1 Literacy and Numeracy, three 20 credit Stage 2 subjects
   and the Research Project.

             For full details about the SACE refer to the SACE Board website. The SACE Board website can be
             accessed using the following link: http://www.sace.sa.edu.au/home

                                   Please contact our Senior School Coordinator for further information relating to
                                           Higher Education Entrance details.
ENROLMENT INFORMATION
Maitland Lutheran School welcomes applications for all year levels and offers its program in
Christian Education to all parent and caregivers seeking enrolment for their children who agree to
support willingly and freely the stated mission of the school.

Enrolment Application and Agreement Form
The Enrolment Application and Agreement form is an important document that provides the school
with information that will enable it to meet its legal obligations. It is therefore important that
information on the enrolment form is complete and accurate.

Enrolment Procedure
Following completion of the Enrolment Application form, all parents/caregivers are required to have
an interview with the Principal before the admission of their first child.
Upon acceptance of the student's enrolment, a $100 (non-refundable) deposit for the first child, will
be required which will be redeemable against the students first term's fees.

Enrolment Criteria
When Maitland Lutheran School accepts enrolment applications, they are considered in accordance
with our priority for admission, as shown below:
   Siblings of currently enrolled students
   Children of active members of the Lutheran congregations of St Paul’s Maitland or St John’s
    South Kilkerran
   Children where one or both parents or caregivers are committed Christians with weekly church
    involvement, and where there are no other siblings already attending the school
   Children of Old Scholars, should they not already fit into one of the above categories
   All other applications in order they are received at school.

When class sizes are at full capacity, applicants will be placed on a wait-list. As vacancies arise the
school refers to the wait-list of that year level and families are contacted.

Transition
We encourage all parents of pre-school age children to avail themselves of the benefits of a
pre-school program. Pre-school children enrolled at Maitland Lutheran School visit the school
numerous times in the term prior to commencement. Occasional pre-school sessions known as
“Jumping Jellybeans” are held at the school several times per term for all in the community.

Foundation Intakes—Maitland Lutheran School has two intakes;
    To commence in Term 1, your child must turn 5 before the 1st May of that year. Children who
     begin in Term 1 will have 4 terms in Foundation and progress to Year 1 in Term 1 of the
     following year.
    To commence in Term 3, your child must turn 5 before the 1st October in that year. Children
     who begin in Term 3 will have 6 terms in Foundation before progressing to Year 1.

Other Year Level Intakes will be considered for all year levels where adequate space and resources
are available. The optimal class size is suggested to be
 28 children. In situations where this may increase it
   will be done at the discretion of the Principal.
SCHOOL FEE STRUCTURE
School fees will be invoiced and sent home early in term 1 for the year. The tuition fee includes
Information Technology Levy, Insurance, Activities Fee and Student Stationery pack. The yearly School
Magazine (1 per family) is an additional fee with other costs that may be invoiced being a Chromebook,
camps and uniform dependent on year level. Full payment of fees are due by week 4 of Term 4, however
a 3% discount applies to invoices paid in full by the end of March. Payments can be made weekly,
fortnightly, termly, or as negotiated with the Finance Officer, Narelle Koch and invoices can be paid at the
front office via Eftpos, cheque, cash or ask for the schools banking details for a direct debit option. We
can also arrange fortnightly deductions from Centrelink, or Fortnightly/Monthly Direct Debits from your
account.
                                                             Annual School Fee                Annual School Fee
  Rec-Yr 6                 Annual School Fee      School Card Concession Tier 1    School Card Concession Tier 2
                                                   (income less than $39,830 pa)    (income less than $60,867 pa)
  1st Child                    $2,020                             $1,050                             $1,540
  2nd Child                    $1,870                               $990                             $1,430
  3rd Child                    $1,770                               $950                             $1,360
  4th Child                      $390                               $390                               $390
  Year 7, 8 & 9
  1st Child                    $2,220                             $1,160                             $1,690
  2nd Child                    $2,070                             $1,100                             $1,590
  3rd Child                    $1,970                             $1,060                             $1,520
  4th Child                      $440                               $440                               $440
  Year 10
  1st Child                    $2,370                             $1,220                             $1,800
  2nd Child                    $2,220                              $1160                             $1,690
  3rd Child                    $2,120                             $1,120                             $1,620
  4th Child                      $440                               $440                               $440

SCHOOL CARD SCHEME

The eligibility criteria for receiving financial assistance requires proof that applicants fall within the School
Card limits. For full concession the annual income limit is $39,830 (1 dependent child), and concession
fees are as above. Partial concession will apply if your annual income falls between $39,830 and $60,867
(1 dependent child). A subsidised fee will apply in this instance. Please note that the income limits vary
depending on how many dependent children you have. Contact our Finance team for further
information.
SCHOOL FEE STRUCTURE
BUS FEES

 Per Term Subsidised
                                       Minlaton Bus           Ardrossan Bus            Moonta Bus
 Fee
                                Level 1       Level 2      Level 1     Level 2    Level 1     Level 2
 1st Child                      $215.00       $235.00      $175.00     $215.00    $190.00
 2nd Child                      $107.50       $117.50      $87.50      $107.50    $95.00

 3rd Child +                    Free          Free         Free        Free       Free

Level 1 and 2 fees relate to distances. Please enquire in the front office for more details.
Bus Pass - Students may obtain a bus pass to travel on any MLS Bus for a cost of $5 per person, per
trip. Bus passes can be obtained from the front office, and can only be filled if there are vacant seats.
SCHOOL UNIFORM
The Maitland Lutheran School uniform is compulsory. We believe our school uniform is an important
aspect of our school. It encourages students to take pride in their appearance and it eliminates
competition in what students wear and unites us as one body.
Each student is expected to wear the correct uniform at all times during school hours. Students who
come to school on a particular day without some item of uniform, should have a note in their
diary/e-diary signed by a parent/carer, explaining the reason. It is an expectation that all parents/carers
who enrol their children in our school, will comply with the uniform requirements as specified.
All regulation uniform items must be purchased from the School Uniform Shop during office hours.
Variations will not be accepted. You may phone the office, or send an order with your child to the office
which will be filled and sent home with your child. You may send payment to the office, pay over the
phone or by direct credit. School uniform purchases are to be paid within 30 days. Second Hand items
are available through the Front Office also.

FOUNDATION TO YEAR 2 (Junior Primary)

  Students in Foundation to Year 2 are only to wear sports uniform. This policy was introduced at the
  beginning of 2021 enabling an active learning program in a suitable uniform style. All items marked
  as ‘Regulation’ are required to be purchased from the school uniform shop and the Primary Track
  Pants will be required for school photos.

  Unisex Sports Uniform

  MLS Regulation Sports Polo top
  MLS Regulation Sports Shorts (optional skort for girls in Summer)
  MLS Regulation Rugby Jumper
  MLS Regulation Track pants
  White above ankle socks
  Sport shoes
  Regulation Royal blue school bucket hat
  Hair Accessories – plain royal blue, white or navy or large school selection available.
  MLS Polar Fleece Jacket (optional)
SCHOOL UNIFORM
                                 YEAR 3 – YEAR 6 (Upper Primary)
                    Items marked as ‘Regulation’ are to be purchased from the School Uniform Shop

GIRLS - SUMMER – Terms 1 & 4                                   BOYS SUMMER - Terms 1 & 4

Regulation Summer dress – worn at knee length or longer        Regulation Grey shorts
Regulation MLS royal blue V neck Jumper, or for Year 6         Regulation Striped shirt – short sleeve
students the Year 6 Senior Primary Jumper                      Regulation MLS royal blue V neck jumper, or for Year 6
Plain white, above ankle socks                                 students the Year 6 Senior Primary Jumper
Black lace up school shoe (Mary Jane style accepted) or        Grey above ankle socks
black elastic sided boots, or,                                 Black school lace up shoes or black elastic sided boots, or
Plain Brown or Navy school sandal (no heels, frills or         Plain Brown or Navy school sandal (not surf/beach style)
adornments) worn without socks                                 worn without socks
(Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained        (Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained
neat and tidy)                                                 neat and tidy)
Regulation School Hat                                          Regulation School hat
Hair Accessories – plain royal blue, white or navy or large
school selection available.

GIRLS - WINTER – Terms 2 & 3                                   BOYS - WINTER – Terms 2 & 3
Regulation Winter skirt (can also be worn with pinafore at     Regulation Grey trousers or shorts (trousers must be
Year 3) – worn at knee length or longer                        worn for official uniform days)
MLS Regulation white long sleeve shirt                         Regulation Striped shirt – short or long sleeve
MLS Regulation royal blue V neck jumper                        MLS Rgulation royal blue V neck jumper
White skivvy (optional but not to be worn on official          White skivvy (optional but not to be worn on official
uniform days) – no round neck tops                             uniform days) – no round neck tops
Navy above ankle socks or tights                               Grey above ankle socks
Black lace up school shoe (Mary Jane style accepted) or        Black school lace up shoes or black elastic sided boots
black elastic sided boots.                                     (Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained
(Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained        neat and tidy)
neat and tidy)                                                 MLS Polar Fleece zip jacket (optional) – must be worn
Hair Accessories – plain royal blue, white or navy or large    over the top of the V neck jumper.
school selection available.
MLS Polar Fleece zip jacket (optional) – must be worn over
the top of the V neck jumper.

                                Unisex Sports Uniform – Upper Primary
                                                  (worn on PE Days)
                                            MLS Regulation Sports Polo top
                                             MLS Regulation Sports Shorts
                                            MLS Regulation Rugby Jumper
                                              MLS Regulation Track pants
                                               White above ankle socks
                                                      Sport shoes
                                          MLS Polar Fleece zip jacket (optional)
                                                 Regulation School hat
SCHOOL UNIFORM
                                   YEAR 7 – YEAR 9 (Middle School)
                     Items marked as ‘Regulation’ are to be purchased from the School Uniform Shop

GIRLS – SUMMER – Terms 1 & 4                                    BOYS – SUMMER – Terms 1 & 4
Regulation Navy summer skirt – worn at knee length              Regulation Navy shorts
MLS Regulation white short- sleeve shirt                        MLS Regulation white short-sleeve shirt
MLS Regulation Navy V neck jumper (available in wool or         MLS Regulation Navy V neck jumper (available in wool or
polyester/cotton)                                               polyester/cotton)
MLS Softshell Zip Jacket (optional) can be worn without V       MLS Softshell Zip Jacket (optional) can be worn without V
neck jumper                                                     neck jumper
White, above ankle socks                                        Plain navy, above ankle socks
Black lace up school shoe (Mary Jane style accepted) or         Black school lace up shoes or black elastic sided
black elastic sided boots, or,                                  boots, or
Plain Brown or Navy school sandal (no heels, frills or adorn-   Plain Brown or Navy school sandal (not surf/beach style)
ments) worn without socks                                       worn without socks
(Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained         (Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained
neat and tidy)                                                  neat and tidy)
Hair Accessories – plain royal blue, white or navy or large     Regulation School hat
school selection available.
Regulation School hat

GIRLS – WINTER – Terms 2 & 3                                    BOYS – WINTER – Terms 2 & 3
Regulation Winter skirt – worn at knee length or longer         Regulation Navy trousers or shorts (trousers must be worn
MLS Regulation white long sleeve or short sleeve shirt          for official uniform days)
MLS Regulation Navy V neck jumper (required for school          MLS Regulation white long sleeve or short sleeve shirt
photos)                                                         MLS Regulation Navy V neck jumper (required for school
MLS Softshell Zip Jacket (optional) can be worn without V       photos)
neck jumper                                                     MLS Softshell Zip Jacket (optional) can be worn without V
Navy above ankle socks or tights                                neck jumper
Black school lace up shoes or black elastic sided boots         Navy above ankle socks
Hair Accessories – plain royal blue, white or navy or large     Black school lace up shoes or black elastic sided boots
school selection available.                                     (Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained
                                                                neat and tidy)

                                  Unisex Sports Uniform – YEARS 7 - 12
                                                    (worn on PE Days)
                                              MLS Regulation Sports Polo top
                                              MLS Regulation Sports Shorts
                                              MLS Regulation Rugby Jumper
                                                 or Yr 12’s Senior Jumper
                                               MLS Regulation Track pants
                                                 White above ankle socks
                                                        Sport shoes
                                             MLS Softshell Zip Jacket (optional)
                                                  Regulation School Hat
SCHOOL UNIFORM
                                YEAR 10 – YEAR 12 (Senior School)
                    Items marked as ‘Regulation’ are to be purchased from the School Uniform Shop

GIRLS – SUMMER – Terms 1 & 4                                    BOYS – SUMMER – Terms 1 & 4
Regulation Navy summer skirt – worn at knee length              Regulation Navy shorts
MLS Regulation white short- sleeve shirt                        MLS Regulation white short-sleeve shirt
MLS Regulation Navy V neck jumper, OR                           MLS Regulation Navy V neck jumper, OR
MLS Softshell Zip Jacket (optional) can be worn without V       MLS Softshell Zip Jacket (optional) can be worn without V
neck jumper, or Year 12’s “Seniors” jumper                      neck jumper, or Year 12’s “Seniors” jumper
White, above ankle socks                                        Plain navy, above ankle socks
Black lace up school shoe (Mary Jane style accepted) or         Black school lace up shoes or black elastic sided boots, or
black elastic sided boots, or,                                  Plain Brown or Navy school sandal (not surf/beach style)
Plain Brown or Navy school sandal (no heels, frills or adorn-   worn without socks
ments) worn without socks                                       (Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained
(Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained         neat and tidy)
neat and tidy)                                                  Regulation School Hat
Hair Accessories – plain royal blue, white or navy or large
school selection available.
Regulation School Hat

GIRLS – WINTER – Terms 2 & 3                                    BOYS – WINTER – Terms 2 & 3
MLS Regulation Blazer                                           MLS Regulation Blazer
Regulation Winter skirt – worn at knee length or longer         Regulation Navy trousers
MLS Regulation white long sleeve                                MLS Regulation white long sleeve
MLS Regulation tie                                              MLS Regulation tie
MLS Regulation Navy V neck jumper - optional under              MLS Regulation Navy V neck jumper – optional under
blazer                                                          blazer
Navy above ankle socks or tights                                Navy above ankle socks
Black school lace up shoes or black elastic sided boots         Black school lace up shoes or black elastic sided boots
(Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained         (Boots/Shoes are expected to be polished and maintained
neat and tidy)                                                  neat and tidy)
Hair Accessories – plain royal blue, white or navy or large
school selection available.

Blazers are required to be worn to and from school.             Blazers are required to be worn to and from school.

                                 Unisex Sports Uniform – YEARS 7 - 12
                                                 (worn on PE Days)
                                           MLS Regulation Sports Polo top
                                            MLS Regulation Sports Shorts
                              MLS Regulation Rugby Jumper or Year 12’s “Seniors” Jumper
                                             MLS Regulation Track pants
                                              White above ankle socks
                                                     Sport shoes
                                          MLS Softshell Zip Jacket (optional)
                                               Regulation School Hat
SCHOOL UNIFORM
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In general, summer uniform is worn during Terms 1 & 4 and winter uniform during Terms 2 & 3. There
is a two-week changeover period at the start of Terms 2 and 4 for the wearing of either uniform
dependent upon weather conditions.

Drugs & Alcohol
It is our policy that:
     The purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol by students is strictly prohibited on school
       premises, at functions, excursions, camps, when representing the school, when wearing school
       uniform and in transit to or from school;
     The use, possession and supply of tobacco, illicit drugs and/or drug paraphernalia (such as pipes or
       ‘bongs’) by students is strictly prohibited.
While on school property or representing the school in any way, students are not permitted to be under
the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs.

Appearance – Protocols
Hair: Whilst the school recognises that hairstyles are a matter of individual style and taste, all
students are required to keep their hair neat and clean at all times. Extremes of hair styles, cuts (no
shorter than a number 2 comb haircut), undercuts, mohawks, top knots, slits and colouring are not
permitted. Hairstyles should not draw unnecessary attention to individuals. Hair colouring is not
acceptable for primary aged students. Hair colouring, if used by older students, should be natural
looking and subtle, i.e., no more than two shades different from its natural colour. No vibrant or
unnatural colours will be accepted. Hair longer than collar length for both boys and girls should be all
tied back and fringes should be above the eyebrows.
Facial Hair – Boys must arrive at school each day clean shaven.

Jewellery/Cosmetics/Tattoos: No jewellery is to be worn with school uniform. However one pair
(one in each ear lobe) of plain silver, gold or blue gemstone studs no larger than 5mm in diameter or
standard size sleepers are permitted. Watches are permitted and encouraged. A plain lightweight silver
or gold chain with a small cross may be worn around the neck. Body piercing is not permitted.
Bracelets/anklets are not permitted except for a Medic Alert bracelet. Makeup – Students may wear
only light foundation matching their skin tone, preferably with sunblock. Eye makeup of any type, blush
and lipstick is not permitted. Students will be asked to remove such makeup. Nail polish is not
permitted in primary year levels. A clear or transparent pink polish only, may be worn by older students
(year 7 onwards). Tattoos – permanent and temporary tattoos are not permitted.
SCHOOL UNIFORM
Other Items
Hats
The appropriate hat for year level must be worn for outside activities. Hats must be kept in good
condition – no writing, fraying or turning up of sides. In terms 1 and 4 students without hats will be
asked to play in the undercover shaded areas only. Hats are not to be worn inside.

Ties
Senior school students (Year 10-12) ties must be worn correctly at all times with their top button of
their shirt done up.

Second Hand Uniform
The school does keep a selection of second hand uniform items. Please enquire at the front office.

Optional Items
MLS School Backpack available to purchase but not compulsory.
MLS Scarf and Beanie available to purchase. Scarves and beanies are not to be worn inside.
A white singlet or t-shirt may be worn under the uniform for warmth but not to be visible.

Guidelines for Casual Clothes Day
From time to time the School holds Casual Clothes Days to raise money for various charities. Although
uniform rules do not apply on those days there are still guidelines for appropriate dress. We ask that all
students wear appropriate footwear and dress in clothing suitable for schooling. Thongs and Ugg Boots
are not permitted. We also expect students to be sun smart and therefore shoestring straps, strapless
tops and cropped tops are not permitted. Hats are still required during summer terms.

Staff will monitor that students are wearing the correct uniform and will inform parents of incorrect
variations. After 3 non-compliance notices for the same breach, the school reserves the right to
purchase the correct item(s) of uniform which will be charged to the family tuition fee account.
UNIFORM SHOP PRICE LIST
PRICE LIST OF NEW UNIFORMS - Second hand uniform is available however not all items might be
available at all times. Please note that prices are a guide and may change throughout the year.

GIRLS                                                   BOYS
Summer Dress                                            Grey School Shorts
    Reception - Year 6                                  Reception - Year 6
    Sizes 4-18         $58 - $66                               Sizes 4 - 18               $18

Summer Skirt                                            Grey School Trouser
   Years 7 - 9                                                 Reception - Year 6
   Sizes 8-18               $54 - $59                          Sizes 4 - 18               $22

White short sleeve blouse                               Striped short sleeve shirt
    Years 7-9                                                  Reception - Year 6
    Sizes 10 - 2XL      $31 - $33                              Sizes 4 - 20               $24

Winter Tartan Skirt                                     Navy School Shorts
    Reception to Year 9                                       Years 7 - 9                 $32
    Sizes 4-20          $65 - $77
    Pinafore option                                     Navy School Trouser
    Sizes 4-8           $70                                    Years 7 - 9                $40

White long sleeve shirt                                 White short sleeve shirt
    Reception - Year 6                                         Years 7 - 9                $31 - $33
    Sizes 4 - 16        $20

UNISEX ITEMS                                            UNISEX ITEMS

Royal Blue V-Neck Jumper                                Sports Uniform
    Reception - Year 6                                         Reception - Year 9
    Woollen Sizes 4 - 18 $60                                   Sports Polo shirt       $36
    Non- Allergenic      $50                                   Sport Shorts            $29 - $33
    Windcheater option $30                                     Rugby Jumper            $65
Navy Zip Collar Windcheater                             Trackpants (R-Yr 6) optional $20
    Years 7 - 9                                         Trackpants (Yrs 7-9) regulation $60
    Sizes 10 - XL        $60

   Royal blue bucket hat $6                         School Backpack (optional) $45
   Royal blue wide brim hat $7
      Socks, tights, skivvies & polar fleece jackets are optional items available - please contact
          the office regarding these items.
INFECTIONS / COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

     DISEASE        MINIMUM LENGTH OF TIME FOR EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL

     Influenza      Exclusion until after the symptoms have disappeared

   Conjunctivitis   Exclude until no discharge from eyes

    Chickenpox      Exclude until all blisters have dried (usually 5 days)

     Measles        Exclude until 4 days after the onset of the rash

      Mumps         Exclude for 5 days after onset of swelling

     Head Lice      Exclude until appropriate treatment has commenced

  Whooping Cough    Exclude until 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment

                    Exclude until the day after appropriate treatment has
    Ring Worm
                    commenced. Sores on exposed skin my need to be covered.

      Impetigo      Exclude until appropriate treatment has commenced. Sores on
   (School Sores)   exposed surfaces should be completely covered with dressing.

                    Students who are ill with norovirus or suspected gastroenteritis
  Gastroenteritis   should be excluded from school for a minimum of 24 hours after
                    diarrhoea or vomiting stops.
SCHOOL COUNCIL & PARENT COMMUNITY
SCHOOL COUNCIL
Maitland Lutheran School is an incorporated body and is a school of the Lutheran Church of Australia.
The school council is responsible for the strategic direction of the School, risk management, compliance
and statutory accountability, as well as oversight of the business operations which are delegated to the
Principal and Business Manager. The role of the school council is to establish and monitor systems and
processes to ensure mission, vision and specific goals and objectives of the School are upheld.

Chairperson:                  Dylan Schulz
Treasurer:                    Lyall Schulz
Secretary:                    Lauren Kakoschke

PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Maitland Lutheran School believes that volunteers can make a significant contribution to the School
community by giving their time and sharing their skills, talents and expertise with others. We regularly
have more than 100 parent volunteers across a school year and encourage you to help out when and if
you can. Parent volunteers help with reading to students, supervising on camps and excursions, coach/
score/time/umpire sporting competitions or get involved with one or more of our Parents & Friends
Fundraising events.

PARENTS & FRIENDS ASSOCIATION
Maitland Lutheran School has a vibrant and inclusive Parents & Friends Association which provides
opportunities for parents to be involved in the support of their children within the wider School
Community. Throughout the year School events are supported and run by the P&F. Funds raised are
used to support identified projects, programs and resources within the School with the aim of
enhancing learning and facilities for our students. Please contact the school if you would like to join the
P&F, or wish to volunteer for one of the events during the year or would like further information.

CARE PROGRAM
At Maitland Lutheran School we have a very special program where we not only look after the welfare of
the child at school, but endeavour to reach into the whole family with genuine care and support.
From time to time, families within our school community are in need of support and encouragement
whether in a physical, emotional or spiritual sense. Times of joy, grief, death or trauma can effect each of
us at different times to varying degrees, maybe it’s the joy of the birth of a baby; a child or parent may be
 hospitalised; accumulated pressures on a young family, or maybe it’s the need for a visit or just a
  warm, caring chat. For these instances or other needs we provide a meal, a card or sometimes a gift for
   the family. Our Care Program coordinator will forward information relating to how you may be
      able to help by providing a meal/casserole/cake etc that the school can use at the appropriate
          times. Our Care Program relies on the practical support of willing helpers, and the prayers of all
             of us to ensure its success.
BUSHFIRE ACTION PLAN
Maitland Lutheran School has policies and procedures in place to manage the threat of bushfire. We conduct evacuation drills
each year to ensure appropriate procedures are in place for the safety of students, staff and others in the event of a bushfire.
Schools in South Australia have been issued with a site fire audit rating. Our School has been assessed as Medium Risk.
In addition Australian fire services have agreed to the following Fire Danger Index ratings:-

  CATEGORY                     FIRE DANGER INDEX             ACTION
  Catastrophic                                               MLS REMAINS OPEN – Student attendance is at the
  (Code Red)                              100+               discretion of the Parent/Caregiver. MLS and DECDs
                                                             School Bus Services will be CANCELLED
  Extreme                                75-99               Open: Normal bushfire plan procedures apply
  Severe                                 50-74               Open: Normal bushfire plan procedures apply
  Very High                              25-49               Open: Normal bushfire plan procedures apply
  High                                   12-24               Open: Normal bushfire plan procedures apply
  Low-Moderate                            0-11               Open: Normal bushfire plan procedures apply

FIRE DANGER INDEX (FDI)
The Fire Danger Index (FDI) is not to be confused with the temperature of the day. The FDI is calculated on the basis of the
degree to which vegetation has cured, the wind speed and the forecast temperature.
PLANNING AHEAD
It is essential that all families who live in bushfire prone areas have a bushfire action plan and that part of the plan needs to
address what action will be taken when the School Bus Services are not operating. Possibilities may include taking the child(ren)
to school by car, staying with a parent at home or at work, or making local arrangements with neighbours or friends. The CFS is
very clear that for survival in a bushfire, leaving is the best option. The new fire danger index ratings have been introduced to
make it easier for people to decide when to leave their home, particularly when there is a forecast of catastrophic fire danger. In
such cases a bushfire action plan should include the need to leave the night before or the morning of such a day.
CATASTROPHIC (CODE RED) FDI 100+
When the following day is forecast to be Catastrophic Fire Danger on Yorke Peninsula before 2.30pm the school will notify
parents by at least one of the following methods that school bus services will be cancelled.
        Notice sent home with children
        A SMS text message will be sent to all families
        The school website www.mls.sa.edu.au
        The school Facebook page
The school will be on bushfire alert on days of extreme and severe fire danger. The school constantly checks for updates on
Radio ABC AM 891, and the CFS website/text alerts. Staff are notified and teachers will discuss the situation with students.
The Principal will assess the risk for all excursions. It is highly likely they will be cancelled.
If there is a bushfire incident during the school day, we ask that parents do not travel to pick up their children until it is
deemed safe. We do not want to put parents in a position of danger when they are safe on one side of the fire and the students
are safe at school on the other side of the fire. We will keep students safe and comfortable at school for as long as is required
should the need arise. Buses will not operate in the case of a bushfire until it is deemed safe by the CFS. Parents will be notified
in this instance.
If there is a bushfire incident prior to the school day, parents determine whether they send their children to school or not.
Sometimes the power can be interrupted during bushfires and mobile phone service can be affected. Please be reassured if you
can’t communicate with us, your child will be kept safe on our school site until you are able to reach us. We are unable to let
  friends collect your child if you haven’t been able to contact the school to let us know.

  MLS School Bus Services will be cancelled if there is a bushfire within 15 kilometres of any part of the route.

      The Principal will endeavour to keep parents informed of school procedures via SMS text messages, Facebook and the
        school website: www.mls.sa.edu.au. The Principal is responsible for decision-making regarding the safety and
           movement of students, staff and all persons on the school site, unless Police and Emergency Services intervene
                directly, or through an authorised officer whose authority to act has been established beyond reasonable doubt.
Mobile Phone & Smart Watch Policy
The Hazard - Mobile Phones and Smart Watches

Mobile phones and Smart watches can create a range of hazards when brought to school:
• They are valuable items that can easily be lost, stolen or damaged in the school environment;
• Using phones and smart watches inappropriately to bully, intimidate or harass people can have
  serious consequences including police involvement; and
• Mobile phone and Smart watch usage in schools not only disrupts learning for the phone user
  but also for fellow students.

Maitland Lutheran School's Policy

Maitland Lutheran School acknowledges parents may wish their child to carry a mobile phone for
personal safety reasons however, the right of a student to have access to a mobile phone at
school must be balanced with the responsibility to use it appropriately. Smart watches may be
used as a conventional watch however, mobile phone functions including making phone calls and
text messaging may not be used during school hours.

It is our policy that:

• Mobile phones and Smart watches are brought to school at the owner’s own risk. No liability
  will be accepted by the school in the event of loss, theft or damage of the phone or watch;
• Mobile phones and Smart Watch phone and text messaging functions must only be used by
  students before or after school;
• Mobile phones are to be placed in class boxes in the morning and will be held at the front office
  and returned at the end of the day;
• Smart watches may be worn and used as a conventional watch during school hours;
• Staff should be alerted and exceptions requested if a student has special circumstances requiring
  the use of their mobile phone during school hours (e.g. health issues);
• Mobile phones must not be brought into exams or class assessments (even if they are turned off
  or on silent mode);
• Smart Watches must not be brought into exams or class assessments;
• Mobile phones and Smart watches must not be used inappropriately. Refer to our Bullying
  Prevention and Intervention Cyber Safety Policies;
• Phone cameras are not to be used within the school grounds and in particular, where it would
  be considered inappropriate such as in change rooms or toilets;
• Students should never photograph or record any person without their express permission;
• Reports of all incidents of misuse of mobile phones and smart watches will be recorded and
  retained on the student’s file; and
• Parents are to be informed that in cases of emergency, the school remains an appropriate point
  of contact to reach their child quickly.
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