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Parent Handbook

The Parent Handbook contains information covering all the information you and your child will need.

If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries please feel free to contact St Patrick’s Primary, by phone on 9630 1421 during weekdays between 8:30am and 3:30pm.

  • General Information
    • School Office Hours

      The school office is open from 8:30am to 3:30pm each school day.

    • School Prayer

      Lord, your presence is the only true peace;

      help each of us to remain peaceful at all times

      and to bring your peace to everyone we meet.

      We ask you to send your spirit of peace into our school,

      our families, our country and our world.

    • School Motto

      sub tuum praesidium  =  Under Your Protection

    • School Colours

      The school colours are Green and Gold.

      House Names & Colours

      Boronia Waratah Wattle Melaleuca
      (Green) (Red) (Yellow) (White)

       

    • School Map
      School Map

    • Banking

       

      All children have the opportunity to open a savings bank account through the school with the Commonwealth Bank.  Bank books and deposits are collected each Tuesday, processed at school, and are usually returned on the same day. 

       

    • Before and After School Care

      There are several organizations which offer Before and After School Care to the families at St Patrick’s. 

      Before and After School Care names and telephone numbers are below.  Please inform the school office if your child will be attending a Before and After School Care Centre.

      North Parramatta Out of School Hours Care

      Uniting Church
      48 Sorrell Street
      North Parramatta
        2151

      Phone:    9683 3009

      Hours:     7:00am – 9:00am
                      3
      :00pm – 6:00pm

      The above child care centre has Child Care Assistants available and will take your child to school and pick them up after school.

    • Fees

       

      Catholic systemic schools aim to keep their fees as low as possible and can provide flexible payment arrangements for families. Students who meet enrolment criteria will not be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to afford school fees. Schools are able to reduce or waive fees for families suffering financial hardship.

      A scholarship fund has also been established to provide scholarships to eligible students. Catholic systemic school scholarships will be granted equitably based on need and merit.

      For more informatioReson on tuition fees see Fees on the website.

      SCHOOL BASED FEES

       

      Each child attending St Patrick’s Primary is charged School Based Fees per year.  These fees cover a range of activities and resources that the children will use throughout the year.

      As of 2017 the Catholic Education Office has asked that all fees be placed onto our school fee statements.  The benefits to our families are:

       ·         costs will be spread over three terms

      ·         Children will not be required to carry money to school for excursions

      ·         Fees are set by year groups 

      Specialty programs such as those involving representing the school for example Sporting Events, CAPTIVATE and optional extra curriculum opportunities will not be covered in the fees charged on statements.  Permission slips and costings will be sent home separately to the children who are representing the school in that particular activity.

       A maintenance fee has been introduced to help with the ever increasing maintenance requirements of our school.  The fee will be charged per family (not per child) and is charged to the youngest child.

       The School Based Fee breakdown is as listed below:

       ·         SCHOOL RESOURCE FEES Years Kinder - Six   

      The fee covers a range of activities and resources such as a Report and Portfolio Folder, folders, exercise books, stationery, some mathematics equipment, class reading books, craft materials Library & computer.

      ·         SCHOOL SPECIALIST PROGRAMS FEES Years Kinder - Six    

      Life Education, TriSkills (Gymnastics) and Dance payable in three equal instalments .

       ·         EXCURSION FEE Years Kinder, One & Two 

      excursions by bus and local excursions - payable in three equal instalments

      ·         EXCURSION FEE Years Three & Four

      excursions by bus and local excursions - payable in three equal instalments

       ·         EXCURSION FEE Years Five & Six 

      excursions by bus and local excursions - payable in three equal instalments

       ·         MAINTENANCE FEE per Family 

      This fee is charged to the youngest child at St Patrick’s to help with the ever increasing maintenance of the school grounds and buildings payable in three equal instalments in terms one, two & three.

       

    • Staff Development Days

      These are 6 pupil free days set aside once each term for spiritual and professional development of staff.  Focus may be on curriculum development, planning, school policy development, reflection and spirituality.  The first day and last two days of the year are always designated Staff Development Days.

    • Supervision

      Children are supervised in the playground from 8.20 am and until 3.30 pm each school day.  Please do not leave children at school earlier than 8.20 am or later than 3.30 pm.  If children arrive at school before 8.20am on a regular basis the parents will be contacted to arrange Before School Care. Any children who arrive at school before 8.20 am must sit quietly in the designated area. 

      Please contact the school if you will be delayed in collecting your child in the afternoon.

  • Uniform & Grooming
    • Uniform
      • Full school uniform is to be worn at all times
      • Uniforms and shoes should be clean and neat
      • School hats are to be worn when outside buildings
      • Girls' hair ribbons should be green
      • Girls' long hair must be plaited or tied back
      • Boys are to have hair cut neatly, above the collar, and of an even and regular cut.
      • The use of hair gel or hair dye is unacceptable
      • No nail polish is to be worn
      • Jewellery is not permitted apart from a wristwatch, sleepers or small plain studs in pierced ears

      All School Uniform items available from 
      Oz Fashopn
      115-127 Parramatta Road
      Granville NSW 2142
      Phone: 9897 3121
      www.ozfashion.com.au


        Girls Boys
      Summer Uniform
      • Tartan School Dress
      • Short White Socks
      • Black Shoes
      • Green Hair Ribbon
      • Green School Hat
      • Grey Shorts
      • Grey Short Sleeve Shirt
      • Grey Socks
      • Black Shoes
      • Green School Hat
      Winter Uniform
      • Tartan Pinafore
      • White Long Sleeve Blouse (Peter Pan collar)
      • Tartan School Tie
      • Green Socks or Tights
      • Black Shoes
      • Green School Jumper
      • Green Jacket with Emblem
      • Green School Hat
      • Grey Long Trousers
      • Grey Long Sleeve Shirt
      • Green Tie
      • Grey Socks
      • Black Shoes
      • Grey School Jumper
      • Green Jacket with Emblem
      • Green School Hat
      Sports Uniform
      • Green Shorts
      • Gold Sport Shirt
      • White Socks
      • White Sports Shoes
      • Green School Track Suit
      • Green Sports Shorts
      • Gold Sports Shirt
      • White Socks
      • White Sports Shoes
      • Green School Track Suit


       
    • Mufti Days

      MUFTI DAYS are days on which children wear an alternative to their school uniform.  Sometimes Mufti days may have a theme.  They are sometimes associated with collecting for charity where children will be asked to contribute a gold coin. Some mufti days will be as part of an educational theme or the student reward system.

    • School Clothing

      Please label your child’s school clothing and other belongings.  This will enable us to return items promptly if they are lost.  Please return any garments that do not belong to your child, including any clothing on loan following an accident or illness.

  • Procedures
    • Accident/Emergency Procedure

      In the event of an emergency or accident resulting in the need of immediate medical attention, a staff member will administer first aid if appropriate and an Ambulance will be called immediately.  Parents/carers will be informed as soon as possible.

    • Attendance/Absences

       

      Children are required by legislation to attend school each day, and we are required by law to keep records of each child’s absences from school.  For this reason if your child is unable to attend school, a note must be sent the day the child returns to school giving the reason for the absence. This can be done by letter or by using the  school’s  Skoolbag App.

       Information regarding our Skoolbag App is available in the Appendix.

       

      Advanced notice: If you know in advance that your child will be absent, please send a note explaining the circumstances.  Unless a child is sick, hospitalized or there is a family crisis, an Application for Extended Leave – Travel (leave between 10 and 100 days) will need to be completed. 

       

      This permission must be sought in advance, in writing, for example, for holidays during school terms.  We strongly urge you to plan holidays outside school term time, as prolonged absences disadvantage your child’s learning.

       

      Partial Absences: It is also necessary for late arrivals and early leaving at school to be explained as a record of partial absences is also kept.  Late arrivals must report to the office before going to class accompanied by an adult.

       

      Parents who need to take their child out of school during school hours, or collect them in the case of illness, are asked to come directly to the office.  Do NOT go to your child’s classroom.

       

      Dental and doctor appointments should be made outside of school hours if possible.

       

      All absences and partial absences are recorded on the mid year and end of year school report.

       

      PLEASE NOTE:    Children will not be permitted to leave the school grounds alone during school hours.  Children required to walk home from school alone must be given parental permission through a note. 

       

    • Birthdays

      Children celebrating birthdays will be acknowledged at fortnightly assemblies and will have their names printed in the weekly newsletter. Children will also be given an opportunity to sit on the ‘Birthday Seat’ on the day of their birthday.  Accommodations are made for children whose birthday falls in the holidays or weekends.   

       

      Please do not send food treats to share with other children.

    • Buses and Transport

       

      Please make sure your child’s teacher knows how your child will be travelling to and from school.  Some children travel by bus.  This places great responsibility on each child to behave and to be aware of how their conduct affects others.

       

      • Free Bus Passes are issued upon application to all children in Kindergarten, Year One and Year Two, and to those children in Years Three to Six who live more than 1.6 km from the school.  The school clerical staff will handle any queries about transport matters.  School Office: 9630 1421

       

      • To report a lost, stolen or damaged bus pass and request a replacement, parents should phone the Transport Infoline on 131 500.  There is a replacement fee for each bus pass the student is unable to provide.
    • Change of Address or Telephone Number

      It is most important that you notify the school of any changes.  

      It is most important that you notify the school of any changes of contact details in writing. It is critical that all data regarding your child is up to date so as to ensure easy contact in case of emergencies and for communication. Please also supply the name, relationship and telephone number/s of an emergency contact other than the parents.

    • Collecting Children From School

      Children should be collected promptly after school.  If you expect to be late at any time, please telephone the school to avoid your child becoming anxious. 

       

      Variations to picking up arrangements: To ensure the safety of all children and to assist school staff to be able to effectively monitor children’s movements all parents are asked to inform your child’s classroom teacher in writing if another parent will be picking your child in the afternoon or if there are changes to the usual pick up routine. This will serve to avoid undue distress to children and staff. If any parent is concerned about the well being of a friend’s child who may not have been picked up please inform the school office so that a follow up phone call can be made.

    • Custody of Children

       

      Please advise us, in writing, of any special custody or access arrangements concerning your children at school.  Copies of court orders should be provided where appropriate.  All matters of custody are treated confidentially by school staff on a 'need to know' basis.

    • Emergency Procedures

       

      Each term the children are involved in emergency drill procedures, so that they are prepared in the event of a critical incident e.g. fire, lock down.  The safety of the children is enhanced if they learn to keep calm and follow procedures that have been repeatedly practised.

       

    • Late Arrivals/Leaving the School Early

       

      Late arrivals must report to the school office before the child goes to class.  Parents are to come to the school office and complete a notification form if they need to collect their child before the end of the school day. 

    • SKOOLBAG APP

      SKOOLBAG APP

      Skoolbag is a free mobile App for parents which the school has invested in for your convenience to communicate directly with you. It works through both smart phones and smart devices (such as iPads and Android Tablets)

       

      Some of the information/functions that will be available through the app are:

       

      ·         School newsletter

      ·         Reminders for events and excursions

      ·         Availability to inform the school of absences

      ·         Availability to inform the school of change of details

      ·         Access to letters that have been sent out

       

      How to install Skoolbag App on your smartphone

       

      IPHONE & IPAD USERS

      1. Click on the “App Store” icon on your Apple device
      2. Type in “ St Patrick’s Primary School Parramatta”
      3. If iPhone, you will see our school appear, click  “Free” then “install”
      4. If iPad, change the drop down list to “iPhone Apps”, our school will then be visible, click “Free” then “install”
      5. When installed click “Open”
      6. Select “Ok” to receive push notifications, when asked.
      7. Click the “More” button on the bottom right of the App, then “Setup”
      8. Toggle on the push categories that are applicable to your child/ren.

       

      ANDROID USERS

      You must first have signed up with a Google Account before installing the app. Click on the “App Store” icon on your Apple device

      1.       Click the “Play Store” button on your Android device.

      2.       Click the magnifying glass icon at the top and type in “St Patrick’s Primary School Parramatta”

      3.       Click on the school name when it appears in the search

      4.       Click the “Install” button

      5.       Click “Accept” for various permissions (please note, we do not modify any of your personal data on your device)

      6.       Click “Open” when installed.

      7.       Click the “More” button on the bottom right of the App, then “Setup”

      8.       Toggle on the push categories that are applicable to your child/ren.

    • Money Collection

       

      If your child is required to bring money to school, a letter will be sent home stating the reason and the amount required.  Please assist us by putting the money in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child’s name, class, amount and purpose.  This should be given by your child to the class teacher.

      Receipts for fees or large amounts are issued the same or the next day.  If you do not receive a receipt, please contact the school immediately.

    • Library

       

      All children are involved in the library program and are encouraged to borrow books on a regular basis. Children from Kindergarten to Year 6 are required to have a library bag clearly marked with their name.  Please discuss with  your child the importance of looking after library books.  If books are lost or extensively damaged we will request replacement.

    • Lost Property

       

      It is essential to have your child’s clothing and belongings clearly and permanently identifiable.  A name on lost property would enable the prompt return to the owner. Lost property is stored in tubs, outside the school office window.

    • Lunch

       

      Children are supervised in the classroom while eating lunch.  Please send a healthy lunch with your child with enough food for the day.  Reassure your child that it is okay to take food home if they are unable to eat it all.

      LUNCH ORDERS

      TUCKSHOP2U -

      ONLINE ORDERING FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES AVAILABLE

      St Patrick’s Parramatta has a student catering service. This OPTIONAL facility will assist families to provide their children with daily lunch, drinks and snacks when needed. All lunches can be ordered and paid for online some of the features provided by Tuckshop2U include:

      • Online availability for ordering (cash free)
      • Delivery to the school with minimal fuss & convenient staff handling Monday to Friday
      • Nutritious meals for children prepared by paediatric nutritionist
      • Nutfree
      • School Incentives
      • Orders can be made up to 4 weeks in advanced
      • Wide variety

      NB Fundraising and community building food events such as BBQ’s and special treat days will still take place.

       

      Can I ask that parents DO NOT order Za’atar Pizza and Hummus & carrot & Cucumber Snack.


      To order go to - tuckshop2u.com.au


    • Media Events

       

      There are occasions when the school or the Catholic Education Office may wish to include your child’s name or photograph in school, CEO, or other publications.  In line with the Privacy Act written permission is sought at time of enrolment for photos to be published. This permission forms part of the enrolment process.

    • Mobile Phones

       

      Any child who brings a mobile phone to school must leave the phone at the school office before school and collect the phone before going home each day.
       

    • Parking

       

      There is no parking space in the school grounds and parking in the surrounding area is controlled by parking meters.  There is a 15 minute free parking zone available in Ross Street between Church Street and Villiers Street (McDonald’s end of Ross Street) all day.  You need to collect a ticket from the parking meter and display the ticket on your dash board.

       

       The area immediately in front of the school on Villiers Street is a “No Parking” zone after 2.30 p.m. and is used for quick pick up of children after school.

       

      Please park according to the traffic signs to avoid a fine.

       
    • Pick Up After School

       

      Afterschool Care: At 3.00pm children going to afterschool care will assemble in the space under the hall (the cave) where they will be counted  and organised by the after school care personnel.

      Children being picked up by parents from the playground: Children being picked up by parents, family members etc.  from the playground  will be seated on the left hand side of the ampitheatre until 3.15pm.  If not collected by this time then they will go back to their classroom to await pick up.

      Children being picked up by car (Villiers Street): Children who are being picked up by car will remain in their classrooms so that they can effectively hear their names being called out by the teacher on duty. They will then walk over to the gate and wait with the teacher who will assist them to enter their car.

      Children who are unsure: Children who are unsure of how they are getting home will wait in their classrooms just in case their names are called out. They can be picked up from the classrooms if necessary.

      Car pick up: The pick up area in Villiers Street in front of the school is used for parents to stop for afternoon pick up. Parents are asked not to  leave the car in this section to pick up children.  We would appreciate a large sign with your family name displayed on the dashboard of the car to enable teachers to easily identify you and call your child to the car (last name then children’s name).  Please co-operate by moving up beyond the school gate to pick up your child or to where the Teacher on car duty directs you.

    • School Bag Tag

       

      It is suggested that you attach a tag to your child’s school bag to make it easily identified.

    • Updating of Information

       

      The school asks parents to inform us, in writing,  of any changes pertaining to your child’s medical condition or family circumstances and contact details. eg

      • your child’s health or medical requirements, medication and allowed foods, Doctor’s reports
      • address and/or telephone numbers
      • circumstances in the home which may affect your child’s well being and to supply any doctor or specialist reports.
      • Emergency contact details

       

    • Wet Weather

       

      • During wet weather in the morning, children are to wait under cover outside the Year Six classrooms until 8:35am when their teachers will take them to the classrooms
      • Children will be supervised in the classroom during recess and lunchtime
      • After school in light rain, there will be normal pickup with children waiting in their classrooms as per usual.
      • In extremely heavy rain, if conditions are unsafe, children will wait in their classrooms for parents to park and collect.

      It is important for children to bring a raincoat and rain-hat to school each day.

  • Student Health
    • Health/Illness

       

      HEALTH/ILLNESS

      The school’s sick bay facility is designed to accommodate sick children temporarily.  If your child complains of feeling sick or appears to be unwell before leaving home for school, we ask you to please keep him or her at home.  If a child becomes ill or hurt during the school day, parents will be contacted as soon as possible, and asked to collect their child if necessary.

       

    • Anaphylaxis & Allergies & Other Medical Conditions

       

      St Patrick’s has a “no nut or nut products” policy, due to the number of children who are allergic to nut products.  We ask for your co-operation in not sending nut products (especially Nutella, peanut butter and Manoush containing nuts or sesame seeds) to school with children, but keep these for treats at home.

       If your child suffers from allergies or requires an epiPen please inform the Administration Office before your child starts school so that the correct action plan is implemented.  

      ASTHMA MEDICATIONS must be kept with the child at all times.  An Asthma Action plan must be created in conjunction with your child’s medical practitioner and given to the school. The Action Plans must indicate the type of medication to be taken, the severity of the asthma, and any physical limitations of the child. Parents are asked to keep the teachers informed of any concern you have re the well being of your child.

       OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS: It is important that the school is made aware of any long term illness/conditions such as diabetes, severe allergies, cystic fibrosis, or epilepsy, so that adequate procedures or modification can be made to assist your child.

    • Immunization

       

      Good health is vital to school progress.  Immunization is a safeguard to health and we suggest you consult your doctor to ensure full immunization of your child. 

      Parents of children enrolling in all grades from Kindergarten to Year Six are required to supply an Immunization Certificate at the beginning of the year of enrolment. 

      Children who are not immunized will be required to stay at home for their own protection during any outbreak of an infectious disease.

    • Common Diseases of Childhood

       

      It is possible that at some time during your child’s school career he or she may contract one of the common diseases of childhood.  The diseases and minimum period of absence are listed below:

      Chicken Pox

      Until fully recovered.  Excluded for at least five (5) days after the first spots occur.

      Conjunctivitis (Acute Infections)

      Excluded until the discharge from eyes has ceased.

      Diphtheria

      Re-admitted only after receipt of a medical certificate of recovery.

      German Measles

      Excluded until fully recovered and for at least five (5) days after the rash appears.

      Glandular Fever

      Re-admitted only after receipt of a medical certificate of recovery.

      Infectious Hepatitis

      Re-admitted only after receipt of a medical certificate of recovery.

      Impetigo (School Sores)

      Child may attend school if a doctor has been consulted and if the sores are being treated and are properly covered by a clean dressing.  Otherwise the child should be kept at home until the sores have healed.

      Measles

      Excluded for at least five (5) days from the appearance of the rash or until a medical certificate of recovery is produced.

      Mumps

      Excluded until child has fully recovered, and for nine (9) days after the appearance of swelling.

      Parovirus (Slap-Cheek)

      Until the child has recovered.

      Pediculosis (Head Lice)

      Re-admitted after hair is treated with correct medication. 

      Note:  Head Lice is a common problem in schools.  Parents are advised to regularly check their child’s hair and treat when necessary.

      Ringworm

      Re-admitted when appropriate treatment has commenced.  A medical certificate may be required.

      Scabies

      Excluded until proper treatment has begun.  A medical certificate may be required.

      Streptococcal Infection

      Excluded until a medical certificate of recovery is received.

      Whooping Cough

      Excluded for three (3) weeks from the onset of the whoop, or until a medical certificate is produced to show that five (5) days of a 14 day course of antibiotics has been completed.

    • Medication in School

      MEDICATION IN SCHOOL


      When possible, medication should be administered to your child at home at times other than during school hours.  For the supervision of medication the following requirements must be met:
      • all medication supplied to the school for your child must be in a container labelled by a pharmacist, showing the name of the drug, the 'use by' date, the name of the student's medical practitioner, the name of the student, the dosage and the frequency of administration and any special instructions. 
      • An Administering Medication form (available from the Administration Office) must be completed for the supervision of medication to be taken by your child during school hours. 


  • Learning & Teaching
    • Buddy System

       

      A buddy system operates throughout the school where senior classes are paired with junior classes for a variety of activities and as partners when walking to the Cathedral or to local excursions.  “Buddies” are assigned to kindergarten children to help them settle into school.

    • Bookclub

      The children will bring home “Book Club” order forms twice a term. 

      You are under no obligation to buy these books, although each child is automatically given free membership.  The club provides a wide variety of books at different reading and interest levels.  The books are usually paper-backs and are reasonably priced.

    • Curriculum

       

      Catholic schools teach the Parramatta Diocese RE program 'Sharing Our Story' and the Board of Studies approved curriculum in the Key Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Human Society and Its Environment, Creative Arts and Personal Development, Health & Physical Education.

      Our learning programs are enriched by a variety of co-curricular activities including languages, sport, music, dance, drama creative arts as well as specialist programs for students with special needs and extention programs for advanced students.

      For further information see the Learning & Teaching section of the website.

       

    • Excursions

       

      Excursions are designed to enhance the learning opportunities within each curriculum area.  They are a valuable and necessary part of your child’s development and it is expected that every child will attend any planned excursion.  You will be notified of all excursions by letter, giving full details and costs, and seeking written permission for your child to participate.  If permission notes are not returned, children will be unable to attend the excursion.  Permission notes and payments are required at least two school days prior to any excursion.  All excursions are fully supervised.

      From time to time children are taken on ‘local excursions’ usually involving walking and at no cost.  Permission for these local excursions is sought on the Family Information Sheet sent home at the beginning of each year.  Parents will be given details, in writing, by the school or teacher prior to the excursion.

      Class teachers may ask parents to accompany the class on an excursion to assist with supervision, and we value this assistance.  Parents wishing to be considered for excursions need to complete the Working With Children Check and complete the Child Protection Module for Volunteers.

    • Homework

       

      Homework is a purposeful learning experience which should consolidate, extend and/or enrich the school program.  There is no formal homework set in Kindergarten, but parents are encouraged to read to and with their child.  At the beginning of each school year, the class teacher will communicate homework expectations to parents.

      Homework may take a variety of forms.

      It is important for parents to support their child’s home study.  Homework is usually set on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.  Homework is not normally given on weekends.

      Approximate times for homework should not exceed:

      Year One and Year Two 15-20 minutes
      Year Three and Year Four 30 minutes
      Year Five and Year Six 45 minutes

       

      If your child is taking longer than the recommended time or experiencing difficulty, please contact the class teacher as soon as possible.

    • Physical Education - Sport

       

      All classes participate in a Physical Education lesson each week with a specialised Physical Education Teacher.  The infants class teachers also involve children in gross motor activities each week.  Primary class teachers regularly take classes for sport and games activities.

      All children participate in a gymnastics program (TriSkills) usually in term 3 and a Dance program usually in Term 4.

    • Prayer

       

      Parents are encouraged to pray regularly as a family.

      Below are some ideas:     

      • Teach your children to spend at least a few moments in morning and especially night prayer.
      •  Have members of the family say Grace together at meal times. 
      • Teach them simple actions, e.g. genuflecting, making the Sign of the Cross.
      •  Say the Rosary as a family. There are some good apps that are very helpful.
      • Attending SATURDAY NIGHT / SUNDAY MASS is a good time when all the members of God’s family come together to pray.  Take your children with you to Mass each Sunday.

      The children will learn prayers at school and will be encouraged to pray as a class.  A morning assembly prayer program has been established with the Student Representative Council. All children are involved in whole school masses at least once each term.  Children in primary classes also attend Friday Mass at least once a term. The ‘Angelus’ is said by the school every day. A prayer to St Mary Mackillop of the Cross is said at every school assembly. The school leaders say an afternoon prayer daily and the School Prayer, every Monday morning.  Prayer forms an integral part of every school day.

      More information can be found on the website under Religious Education.

    • Stages of Learning

       

      The thirteen years of schooling in NSW are divided into a number of stages.  Each stage builds on the previous one.  In the primary school there are four stages:

      Early Stage 1: Kindergarten
      Stage 1: Years One and Two
      Stage 2: Years Three and Four
      Stage 3: Years Five and Six

       

    • Student Progress, Reports and Interviews

       

      General Class Information Meetings are held for parents early in Term One.. 

      Formal Parent Interviews are held during the first half of the year.  Other interviews are held throughout the year at the request of the parents or teacher.

      A formal half yearly report and an annual report with student portfolio is sent home at the end of Term Four.

    • Student Representatives

      Student Representative Council

      Two students from each class is elected eachsemester as the Student Representative Council members for their class.  Semester One (Terms 1 & 2) Semester Two (Terms 3 & 4).  

      Student Leaders

      The Student Leaders are elected from Year Five pupils during fourth term each year for the following year.  The School and Vice Captains, Student Council and Sports Captains play a significant role at weekly assemblies and in representing all students.

    • Gymnastics Program

      TRISKILLS Gymnastics Program

      As part of the PD, Health and Physical education Key Learning Area we have a gymnastics program for all children K-6 during third term.  The program is delivered by qualified gymnastic teachers.

  • Communication between parents and the school
    • Contact with the School
      Telephone:  Telephone calls come to the school office and office staff are able to handle most inquiries but may also direct calls to the Principal or Assistant Principal.  They will also relay messages to teachers at recess and at lunch-time (urgent matters, immediately).

      Skoolbag App
      The school’s Skoolbag App can be used to inform the school of your child’s absence or for special pick up arrangement. More forms will be available online in the near future.

      Appointments

      The school welcome communication from parents regarding their child’s wellbeing and learning progress. To ensure that a suitable time be given to any matter please contact the school to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher. Teachers are not permitted to hold parent/ teacher interviews whilst they are on duty. For any serious matters regarding Student Management please contact the Assistant Principal through the school office.

      Telephone:      9630 1421

      email:    StPatricksParra@parra.catholic.edu.au
    • Letters to Parents

      Letters are often sent home to parents with information about coming events, policy updates, social functions, significant celebrations and excursions.

    • Newsletters

      A school newsletter isavailable on our web page weekly and through the Skoolbag App, usually on Thursday.   The newsletter contains important information for parents about school activities and dates for coming events. Please contact the school if you require a hard copy of the weekly newsletter.

      Copies of the school newsletter are archived on the school website under Newsletters.

      A Curriculum Newsletter is sent home by the class teacher once a term to inform parents about the units of work planned for that term.
    • Problems

       

      For classroom problems, initial contact with the class teacher often clarifies issues which may be causing concern.  Problems arising from the broader school environment are best referred to the Assistant Principal or Principal for attention (see Complaints and Grievance Policy).

      No problem is too small or trivial if it is causing you or your child concern.

      To contact teachers, please make an appointment through the school office.  Except in an emergency, teachers are only available outside class teaching time.

    • Parent Participation

       

      Parents are most welcome and are encouraged to contribute to the school community through participation at the level appropriate to individual circumstances.  Parents can be involved in Parent Group meetings and Parent Committees, by attending Assemblies, Masses, Excursions, Open Days, Parent & Teacher Meetings, Parent Interviews, and Parent Information Programs.  During the school year, we also ask for parent helpers to assist with reading groups, the gross motor program, sporting events, working bees, covering books and a variety of other activities.

       

      Further information can be found on the website under Parent Involvement.

    • Grounds Maintenance

       

      Occasionally parents may be asked to assist with particular maintenance of the school grounds.  This could include repainting handball courts or restoring gardens.

    • Social Activities

       

      There are many opportunities during the year for families to come together for social gatherings such as: 

      • Special masses celebrated several times a year involving parents
        e.g  Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day

      • St Patrick’s Feast Day celebrated with a liturgy and family picnic

      • Sports days:  Athletics and Swimming  Carnivals
      • Walkathon
      • Movie Night
      • Grade morning teas eg. Welcome to Kindergarten, Mother;s Day, Father's Day
      • Assemblies held at the end of each week  at which each grade prepares an item.

      • Parent groups meet once a term.
      • School Disco

      Be sure to check for social gatherings in the School Newsletter or under Upcoming Events on the website.

       

  • Policies
    • Child Protection Requirements

       

      Building Child Safe Communities

      In 1998 the N.S.W. Parliament enacted new legislation aimed at protecting children by ensuring that systems and processes were put in place for more extensively preventing, identifying and investigating child abuse.

       

      This legislation applies to all those who are involved in child-related employment and includes “any performance of work (including by volunteers and sub-contractors) that involves direct contact with children where that contact is not directly supervised”, as well as teachers and other paid staff.

       

      All staff are regularly inserviced on Child Protection matters.

       

      All parent volunteers (involved in any child-related activities organized by the school such as assistance on excursions, in the classroom, or with any fundraising, etc.) are to complete an online undertaking form that confirms expectations in relation to behaviour whilst volunteering at St Patrick’s Primary Parramatta. 

       

       

      In order to ensure the safety of all children in the school we ask that parents reframe from approaching children regarding: Social upsets, discipline matters or any other issue involving children not in your immediate family.  These matters need to be referred to the school staff where the matter will be investigated promptly and fairly.

       Download Building Child Safe Communities - New Forms for all Volunteers & Contractors

    • Conduct

      Good manners will be insisted upon at all times, in the classroom and in the playground. 

      It is expected all children will demonstrate respect for themselves and for the rights of others.  Misbehaviour will not be accepted.  We are sure you would not want us to allow disruptive behaviour to interfere with your child’s education.

    • Smoking

      Smoking is not permitted on school premises.  This applies to school staff, students, volunteer workers in the school and visitors for school functions.

    • Student Management Policy

       

      The aims of our Student Management policy are

      • to develop happy, confident, self directed  children able to deal with life’s challenges
      • to create a strong school identity where the individuality and diversity that each child brings is valued
      • to provide an environment where pastoral care and Christian values are nurtured.

      Students are encouraged to be respectful, responsible, co-operative and caring. Natural consequences for positive and negative behaviours have been established to help children learn to accept responsibility for their own actions.  Bullying and Teasing is unacceptable behaviour and acted upon.  Children are reminded to “tell” if they are being bullied or if they see someone else being bullied; to help someone who is being bullied; and not to bully others.

      Corporal Punishment is unacceptable and not permitted at St Patrick’s.  We do not sanction the administering of corporal punishment of children under any circumstances.

      Download our Behaviour Policy

      Download our SRC Roles, Responsibilities & Procedures

      Download our School Charter 

       

    • Toys and Games

      Please note we accept no responsibility for damage or loss of any toys or games your child brings to school.  Please do not sent expensive toys or games to school.

    • Travel – Extended Holidays


       

      Parents are discouraged to take children out of school for travel or extended holidays during school time.  This can have a detrimental effect on your child’s academic progress.

       

      If it is unavoidable, the Principal must be notified in writing of the expected dates of absence and date of return to school.  An ‘Application for Exemption from Attendance at School’ must be completed before the anticipated absence.

       

      Children taking leave during school term time are encouraged to continue a regular reading routine and to keep a written or digital journal.  In this case they should record the events of each day, a description of places visited, time and distance travelled, and anything of significance.

       

      Teachers will not supply ‘holiday work’ for children to complete during their leave.

       

       

    • Complaints and Grievances Policy
    • Computer Usage

       

      We urge parents to be very careful about Internet sites accessed by children on your home computers.

      Children are not to bring disks from home to school.  Only school disks are to be used and they stay at school to avoid problems.

       Click here to view Acceptable Use of ICT Policy for Junior Primary Students

      Click here to view Acceptable Use of ICT Policy for Primary Students

    • Bicycle Policy 2017
    • Road Safety Policy 2017

Parent Handbook

  • The Parent Handbook contains information covering all the information you and your child will need.

    If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries please feel free to contact St Patrick’s Primary, by phone on 9630 1421 during weekdays between 8:30am and 3:30pm.

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Notes & Forms

The Notes and Forms page allows parents to download as copies of notes, forms and permission slips sent home by the students for occasions or with important information.

If you you require a copy of a note not found on this page please contact St Patrick’s Primary, by phone on 9630 1421 during weekdays between 8:30am and 3:30pm.

Notes & Forms

  • The Notes and Forms page allows parents to download as copies of notes, forms and permission slips sent home by the students for occasions or with important information.

    If you you require a copy of a note not found on this page please contact St Patrick’s Primary, by phone on 9630 1421 during weekdays between 8:30am and 3:30pm.

 
   
  
 

Policies

St Patrick's Primary has a number of school-based policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our School life. These provide the framework within which we operate.

The Catholic Education Office, Parramatta Diocese also provides advice and recommendations on educational and administrative policies and priorities, and monitors policy implementation.

Policies

  • St Patrick's Primary has a number of school-based policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our School life. These provide the framework within which we operate.

    The Catholic Education Office, Parramatta Diocese also provides advice and recommendations on educational and administrative policies and priorities, and monitors policy implementation.

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Contact Us

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Address

Villiers Street
2150 NSW Parramatta

Principal

Miss Bernadette Fabri

Phone

9630 1421

Fax

9683 1910

Email

StPatricksParra@parra.catholic.edu.au


For further information please contact St Patrick’s Primary

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Contact Us

  • Click here for a larger Google Map

    Address

    Villiers Street
    2150 NSW Parramatta

    Principal

    Miss Bernadette Fabri

    Phone

    9630 1421

    Fax

    9683 1910

    Email

    StPatricksParra@parra.catholic.edu.au


    For further information please contact St Patrick’s Primary

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