Prep -Year 9 Parent Information Booklet 2019 - We value Learning. We are Responsible. We are an Inclusive community. We take Pride in ourselves ...

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Prep -Year 9 Parent Information Booklet 2019 - We value Learning. We are Responsible. We are an Inclusive community. We take Pride in ourselves ...
Prep –Year 9
      Parent Information
         Booklet 2019

           We value Learning.
          We are Responsible.
     We are an Inclusive community.
We take Pride in ourselves, each other and
               our College.
Prep -Year 9 Parent Information Booklet 2019 - We value Learning. We are Responsible. We are an Inclusive community. We take Pride in ourselves ...
School Information

  Principal:                                            Rynn Anderson
  Deputy Principal:                                     Paris Spencer
  Assistant Principal, Student Engagement               Mark Zahra
  Assistant Principal, Prep – Year 2:                   Matt Naudi
  Assistant Principal, Year 3 – 6:                      Barry Devlin
  Assistant Principal, Year 7 – 9:                      John Eskander
  Business Manager:                                     Robyn Baker

  School Address:                                       21-23 Brinbrook Street, TARNEIT 3029
  Postal Address:                                       PO Box 8268, TARNEIT 3029
  Telephone:                                            (03) 9749 0506

       Principal Team

       Rynn Anderson                        Paris Spencer                      Mark Zahra

        Matt Naudi                           Barry Devlin                    John Eskander
Prep -Year 9 Parent Information Booklet 2019 - We value Learning. We are Responsible. We are an Inclusive community. We take Pride in ourselves ...
Term Dates 2019

  Term 1 – 29 January – 5 April                               Term 2 – 23 April - 28 June
    Prep students start school on 4th Febuary 2019

  Term 3 – 15 July - 20 September                             Term 4 - 7 October - 20 December

    Year 7 Transition Information

Below is the Year 7 Transition information (for Year 7 students starting at Tarneit P-9 College in 2019).

                                   Parent Information Night

    Tuesday 21 November                 Information regarding how the office works and school fees
                                        Year 7 expectations
              2018                      Curriculum overview
            6:00pm                      Assessment and Exams
                                        Camp and Electives
                                        Information about our school uniform and the IT program
                                        Final question and answer session

    Tuesday 11 December            Transition Day

              2018                 What students will be doing

       8:50am – 3:15pm             Your child will be placed in a group where they will rotate through
                                   activities involving English, Maths, PE, Art, Performing Arts, Food
                                   Technology and Sport.

                 Step up Day

Students (in 2019) excluding prep will be required to attend ‘Step up Day’ on Wednesday 19 December
2018 from 9.30am to 11.00am at Tarneit P-9 College.
Prep -Year 9 Parent Information Booklet 2019 - We value Learning. We are Responsible. We are an Inclusive community. We take Pride in ourselves ...
First Day of School for Year 1 – Year 9 Students
                         Wednesday 30 January 2019

The 2019 Term 1 start date for all students in Year 1 to Year 9 is Wednesday 30 January 2019. The
school day commences at 8.50am and all students are expected to arrive on time.
If for any reason you are unable to collect your child on time, please contact the College Office on
9749 0506. Your message will be passed on to your child’s teacher.

                        First Day of School for Prep Students
                               Monday 4 February 2019

Prep students are required to undertake a series of literacy and numeracy assessments with their class
teacher. These assessments help teachers to identify the individual needs of all students. They will be held
on one of the following dates: Wednesday 30 January to Friday 01 February, as well as Wednesday 06
February, Wednesday 13 February and Wednesday 20 February. Parents will be notified by mail of their
appointment date and time. It is important for both parents and students to attend this appointment.

Starting date for Prep students is Monday 4 February 2019. School days are from 8.55am – 3.15pm daily.
Prep students are not required at school on the first three Wednesday’s in February, Wednesday 6
February, Wednesday 13 February & Wednesday 20 February. From Monday 18 February, Prep students
will attend school on a full time basis.

    Important Dates 2019

  Monday 28 January                              Public Holiday – Australia Day

  Wednesday 30 January                           Starting dates for Year 1 to Year 9 students

  Friday 1 February                              College Fees to be paid by this date
                                                 See the Administration Office hours on the following

  Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 March                 School Photos

  Monday 11 March                                Public Holiday – Labour Day
January Administration Office Hours

  Thursday 24 January                             10am – 3pm

  Friday 25 January                               10am – 3pm

  Monday 28 January                               Office Closed - Australia Day Public Holiday

  Wednesday 30 January onwards                    8.30am – 4.30pm daily


Attendance at school is compulsory and each absence must be accounted for by a phone call and a note
signed by the parents sent on the first school day following the absence.
It is ‘Not OK to Be Away’.
The aim is to reduce unnecessary days away from school. When students are ill they are expected to
remain at home, however recent research indicates that many students are missing up to a year of
school over their school career.

Number of days missed per semester:

        0-6     This is within normal range. A student with this attendance rate is able to take full
        advantage of the teaching and learning opportunities available to them.

        7-10    This attendance rate is below average. A student with this attendance rate could miss
        over one year of schooling between Prep and Year 10.

        11-20 This is a poor attendance rate. A student with this attendance rate could miss out on up
        to two years of schooling between Prep and Year 10.

        20+     This is a very poor attendance rate. A student with this attendance rate could miss over
        two and a half years of schooling between Prep and Year 10

Student absences are monitored and the classroom teacher will contact parents/guardians if absences
are frequent. Please notify the school if your child is going to be absent. You can do this by calling the
school on 9749 0506.
Late Arrival and Leaving Early

Late Arrival and Punctuality
It is very important that your child arrives at school by 8.50am each morning.
If your child is going to arrive late at school, a parent/guardian must accompany the child to the
Attendance Office in Building C to receive a Late Pass. Lateness is monitored and staff will contact the
parents/guardians if their child is regularly late for school.
Please ensure you notify the Administration Office of any absences as soon as possible.
SMS notifications will be sent at 9:30am each day to parents/guardians of students that are absent
without reason or notification. Student absence is also monitored by the Department of Education (DET)
and can be audited at any time.
Leaving Early
Parents/guardians wishing to collect their children early from school must present at the Administration
Office to obtain an exit pass. Please call ahead and advise the school what time you plan to collect your
child, so that we notify the classroom and minimise the loss of valuable learning time. Students will only
be signed out to parents or guardians listed on enrolment forms. If your child is being picked up by an
aunt, uncle, neighbour or family friend, the College requires written notification from a parent/guardian
prior to the date. The person collecting the student must be over 18 years of age.

     Afterschool Care

Afterschool care is offered by the College through Big Childcare, please refer to their website or call (03) 8682 9400 for further information.

        Birthday Celebrations

We appreciate that birthdays are an exciting time for students. The College asks that if your child would
like to celebrate their birthday with their classmates, lollypops and fruit are the only acceptable items to
be shared. The College has a duty of care to ensure that no cake or chocolate products or any food items
containing allergens are brought into the classroom for birthday celebrations.

Our canteen service operates each day and a canteen price list can be obtained from the Administration
Office, FlexiBuzz or via our website. Please note that DET Policy is to ban soft drinks and lollies in
Healthy Diet
Teachers often see the consequences of poor diet through loss of concentration and lack of enthusiasm,
even first thing in the morning. There are signs that students may have skipped breakfast. It is essential
that your child has sufficient and nutritious food for recess and lunch.

        Each student is expected to bring his/her lunch in a clearly marked container.
        Uneaten food is to be taken home.
        Glass drink bottles and cans are not permitted.
        Consider the environment when choosing how to pack your child’s lunch.
        Lunch orders will be available from the college canteen. It is recommended that students only
         place a lunch order once a week.
        Parents delivering lunches to students must bring these to the Administration Office, as children
         are not permitted to collect lunches from the College gates.

        Behaviour Management

At Tarneit P-9 College we aim to encourage all students to adopt a code of conduct consistent with the
development of personal responsibility and positive self-esteem. We encourage an atmosphere where
fairness, honesty and respect for the rights of others are valued through a whole school approach to
behaviour management. We maintain high expectations for behaviour and work in collaboration with
parents to ensure appropriate behaviour is demonstrated at all times. Please refer to the College
Behaviour Management Policy for further information.


Victorian Government schools take bullying very seriously and have guidelines for its prevention and

‘Bullying is when someone, or a group of people, repeatedly and intentionally upsets or hurts another person
and damages their physical, emotional or social wellbeing. Bullying can occur on multiple platforms such as
home, school and/or online’.

There are also many behaviours that are not considered bullying, even though they are unpleasant and
often require teacher intervention. They can include mutual conflict (conflict where both parties are
responsible), social rejection or dislike, single acts of nastiness and random acts of aggression and

Our Newsletter – The Beacon, is published by termly on our College website. The Beacon contains
information about our school. Please note that the community calendar is included in the first newsletter
of each term, outlining upcoming events at the school and reminding parents of special days. Student
work is usually included in the newsletter, and items of community interest are also included. You can
also find a copy on our school website or on FlexiBuzz.

Home – School Communication Process
Parents/guardians who have concerns about school or other issues in regard to their child should first
talk to the classroom teacher. If this concern continues or becomes more serious, making an
appointment with the teacher is appropriate. Please remember that your child’s teacher is very busy
between 8.45am and 3:15pm. Appointments outside these times can be made. Please note staff often
have scheduled meetings after school.

School Website
Tarneit P-9 College website can be accessed via

FlexiBuzz is a free App that can be downloaded onto any smart phone or go to on your
tablet or PC to sign up. Search and link your communication to Tarneit P-9 College. The college uses this
App to communicate with the school community and we encourage all parents to download FlexiBuzz to
receive our news, messages, events and other communications.

We have a Facebook page that is used to celebrate the learning at our College. We hope this page can
take you into the classroom and help you make connections to our College. Our Facebook page will be
used to post photos/videos of student learning and extra curricular activities, such as camps. You can like
the page at

      Curriculum Days

Throughout the year the College will schedule curriculum days for staff planning and professional
development. Students are not required to attend school on these days. The focus for each curriculum
day is determined by staff and based on the needs of the school.

Dates for curriculum days are approved by School Council and advertised in advance, via the college
website, FlexiBuzz and newsletter.
Excursions and Incursions

Excursions and incursions are organised during the year and will require a separate permission form to
be signed (verbal permission over the phone is not accepted). Excursions and incursions are arranged
each term and they relate to the curriculum being studied in the classrooms. Students are encouraged
to attend, to help build on their understanding and skills. Teachers will send a permission form to
parents with the details, including cost. Payment envelopes must be returned by students to their
homeroom teacher by the due date.
Please ensure the Payment Envelope is completed properly. The preferred payment option is BPay.
Please contact the Administration Office for your personalised BPay details.


The College aims to provide high quality learning opportunities for all students, by supplementing limited
government funds with approved financial contributions and payments from parents.
School Council supplements Department of Education and Training funds by requesting payments from
parents for the following items:-

       1. Essential Education Items which parents and guardians are required to provide or pay the
           school to provide e.g.: stationary booklists, text books, uniforms, camps etc
       2. Optional Extras which are offered on a user pays basis and parents can choose whether or not
           their child participates.
A copy of the parent Payments policy is available from the Administraton Office.

   Government Assistance

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)
CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school
trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary
foster parent, you may be eligible to received CSEF.
The annual CSEF amount per student will be:
- $125 for primary school students
- $225 for Secondary school students
Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from:

CSEF Prep and Year 7 Uniform Package – State Schools’ Refief
State Schools’ Relief works closely with all government schools across Victoria. Each year State Schools’
Relief provide assistance to familes who are experiencing financial disadvantage with school clothing,
shoes and other essential items. Please contact the Administration Office for more information.
Information Communication Technology

Tarneit P - 9 College believes the teaching of cyber safety and responsible online behaviour is essential in
the lives of students and is best taught in partnership between home and school.

21st century students spend increasing amounts of time online, learning and collaborating. To be safe
online and to gain the greatest benefit from the opportunities provided through an online environment,
students need to do the right thing by themselves and others online, particularly when no one is watching.
Safe and responsible behaviour is explicitly taught at our school and parents/carers are requested to
reinforce this behaviour at home. Some online activities are illegal and as such will be reported to police.

All students at Tarneit P - 9 College are required to read and sign the Tarneit P - 9 College Digital Citizenship
Agreement before using digital technologies at school.

Media consent
The College is committed to promoting the achievements of students, staff and our community through
various forms of media such as; the school newsletter, the website, FlexiBuzz, promotional posters and
DVD, information brochures and newspapers. Please complete the consent form provided in the
enrolment booklet, indicating whether your child’s name, photo and/or work samples can be included in
the above documents.

     First Aid

Tarneit P - 9 College has several students who suffer moderate to severe allergic reactions. Although we
don’t restrict peanut products, we ask parents to be mindful of this when packing lunches. Any students
with food allergies need to complete an Allergy Action Plan which can be obtained from College Reception
or from their family doctor. Allergy action plans must be updated yearly or whenever the students
condition or management changes. Medication required for allergies must be provided to the school in
its original packaging and must be prescribed on the allergy action plan.

Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergy)
All students identified as being at risk of Anaphylaxis must have an Anaphylaxis Action Plan and Adrenaline
Auto Injector (EpiPen or Anapen) supplied to the school. Further planning and risk management will occur
in consultation with the parents, First-Aid staff and teachers.
Asthma Management
Parents/guardians must provide an Asthma Action Plan if their child has been diagnosed with asthma. All
asthmatic students attending the school should have their own blue reliever medication and spacer
available for immediate use. A spacer is required for staff to attend to asthma first aid. An ‘Asthma Action
Plan’ can be obtained from the Administration Office.

Head Lice
Please inspect your child’s hair regularly at home and seek appropriate treatment. If head lice or eggs are
found, please inform the school. Once the school is informed, notices are sent home to the relevant class
and inspections will be carried out by trained staff when required i.e. during an outbreak. When a child
has head lice, they should not return to school until the hair has been treated. The College is aware that
head lice can be a sensitive issue and is committed to maintaining your confidentiality. Please check
weekly, treat quickly and tell the school.

The College encourages attendance each day. Students can attend with mild coughs or colds as this helps
to build their immunity however, if a student is unwell then they need to go home to rest and recover. The
school does not have the staff or facilities to care for students if they are very sick or contagious. If your
child takes ill or is hurt during the day, the school will contact you on your emergency number and request
the child be collected. Please keep information on your child’s enrolment form up-to-date. In the event of
an emergency, the College will call an ambulance. The cost for an ambulance will be the responsibility of
the parent/guardian. Please ensure you have ambulance cover if you do not have a healthcare card.

Occasionally students need medication for ongoing illnesses. All medication is dispensed by our First Aid
Officer. Medication must be handed to the Administration Office in original packaging and be clearly
labelled with dosage, time to be dispensed and expiry date intact. Students are not permitted to keep
medication in their school bags. A medication permission form signed by parents/guardians must be
supplied before any medication can be administered. Ongoing medication must have a note written by a
doctor. A forms for short term, infrequent and ongoing medication is available at the Administration


Lockers are provided for Years 7, 8 and 9 students. Students require a secure padlock as locker security
is the student's responsibility. Lockers are to be used to store school related materials only. The College
staff will inspect lockers from time to time to ensure they are being used for proper purposes.
Mobile Phones

Student’s who require a mobile phone for security reasons are required to sign a College Mobile Phone
Agreement. It is College policy that all mobile phones are:

       turned off upon entering the grounds and remain so until students have left the premises.
       handed to the student’s homeroom teacher for safe keeping during school hours.

If students are found with mobile phones they will be confiscated and only returned to a parent or
guardian. Mobile phone agreements will be distributed at the beginning of the year, or alternatively can
be obtained from the Administration Office.

        Personal Belongings

Tarneit P-9 College requests that valuable items are not brought to school. The College takes no
responsibility for loss or damage of such items.

Lost Property
Students occasionally misplace their belongings. The College requests that all items of clothing, bags,
lunchboxes and water bottles are clearly labelled with the child’s name. If lost, a named item can be
returned promptly to its owner.

Please check your child’s belongings regularly and if anything is missing, check the lost property box which
is located near the Administration Office.

  School Photos

MSP Photography come to the school each year and take professional class and individual photographs.
A Payment Envelope is sent home with each student which should be filled out, the correct money placed
inside, and the envelope returned to the school. Only students that have paid will receive photos.

School Photos will take place on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March 2019.


Tarneit P - 9 College has a compulsory uniform for all students in Prep – Year 9 which is currently available
for purchase from Rushfords School wear in Werribee. Appropriate footwear must be worn for physical
education classes. A copy of the current uniform list can be obtained from the Administration Office.

Our College reporting strategy is intended to provide both parents and students with information
regarding student learning. Our Interim Reports are sent home at the conclusion of Term 1 and 3,
providing parents and students with an indication of student progress towards the expected academic

At the end of Term 2 and 4, academic progression points are assigned against the standards for the
Victorian Curriculum. Students who come from a language background other than English, speak a
language other than English at home as their main language and have been enrolled in an Australian
school for less than five years are assessed against the English as an Additional Language standards rather
than the Victorian Curriculum.

Student work samples are included in our Reporting Portfolio to provide an authentic example of student
learning, with feedback on what your child has achieved and information for continued improvement.

Also included in our Reporting Portfolios is advice for parents on what you can do at home to support
learning and the Record of Attendance letter states the number of absences and late arrivals your child
has had each semester. Student reporting portfolios are added to during each term to provide a detailed
record of your child’s academic progress throughout the school year and they also provide the basis for
discussion at Parent Teacher Interviews in Term 1 and 3

      School Records

It is important that our school records are up-to-date at all times. In the case of an emergency at the
school, telephone numbers and addresses need to be up-to-date so we can contact parents or guardians
immediately. Every year an update notice is sent home and you are asked to fill it in carefully and return
it to the school.

If at any time your phone numbers or address changes, please contact the Administration Office
immediately on 9749 0506.

    Program for Students with Disabilities

The Program for Students with Disabilities addresses the specific needs of a number of students. Regular
meetings are held to ensure successful implementation of the program and assess student progress
against their personalised academic and wellbeing goals.

If your child has any additional needs, please inform the relevant Assistant Principal.
SunSmart Policy

We are a SunSmart School and hats must be worn outside during Terms 1 and 4. Students without hats
will be directed to play under the shaded areas.

    Supervision of Students before and after school

Staff prepare for their classroom and administrative duties early in the morning, and remain after hours
to attend meetings. It is preferred that students do not arrive at school before 8:45am, as the playground
is only supervised by yard duty teachers between 8:45am and 9:00am.

Students are not permitted to enter classrooms without teacher supervision. The yard is also supervised
between 3:15pm and 3:30pm at the conclusion of the school day. Students who have not been picked up
by their parents/ guardians must report to the Administration Office.

   Supervision of Students at recess and lunch

Teachers on yard duty monitor the College expectations to ensure the safety of all students. Our large
playground provides ample spaces and designated playground equipment for students to play
cooperatively during morning and lunch recesses. Students are not permitted in the school buildings
during morning recess and lunchtime.

Tarneit P - 9 College operates an extreme weather timetable when necessary. On these days students are
supervised by teachers in their classrooms.


For the safety of students and staff, all visitors to the school are required to report to the Administration
Office to sign in and obtain a visitor pass. Similarly, exiting visitors must return their pass and sign out.
Working With children Check (WWC)

Tarneit P - 9 College encourages parents, guardians, extended family and relevant members of the community
to work as volunteers within our College. In doing so, the College has an obligation under the “Working with
Children Act 2005” to ensure our children are safe.

In 2006, the Victorian Government introduced a new checking system to help protect children under 18 years
of age from harm. The Working with Children (WWC) Check creates a mandatory minimum checking standard
across Victoria and helps to keep children safe by preventing those who pose a risk to the safety of children
from working with them, in either paid or volunteer work.

It is a requirement of Tarneit P - 9 College that each volunteer who participates in any of the following has a
current WWC check:

       assists on a regular basis in classrooms/ college activities
       assists at swimming lessons
       assists on excursions

If you intend to participate in any of the above activities, have already passed a WWC check and have a current
card, could you please present your card to the Administration Office to be photocopied and included on our
WWC register.

If you need to apply for a WWC card, application forms are available from
There is no cost to volunteers applying for a WWC. Completed forms along with a passport photo and 100
points of ID can be lodged at any Post Office.
Telephone: 9749 0506

                                Address: 21-23 Brinbrook Street, TARNEIT 3029

                                 Postal Address: PO Box 8268, TARNEIT 3029



                      Office hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm Mon- Fri during the school terms
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