Parents / Carers

Lunchtimes

Please make sure your child has lunch each day in a lunch box. This prevents lunches being squashed and reduces unnecessary waste. Any drinks should be in plastic bottles which your child can unscrew. NO GLASS BOTTLES PLEASE. The fruit box style of drink is easily managed by young children. Children are supervised inside for lunch (1.30pm – 1.45pm). Good eating habits are reinforced at this time. Please aim for a healthy lunch and ensure all bottles and boxes are named.

Classrooms allow for regular fruit and water breaks during the day and water bottles are easily accessible on children’s tables.

We encourage students to bring their own drink bottles to keep in the classroom and refill with water throughout the day.

Children are NOT PERMITTED to leave the school at lunch time without school and parental/carer permission.

Lunch orders

Lunch orders are ordered through Classroom Cuisine. Lunch orders are available MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS

LUNCH ORDERS NOT AVAILABLE ON TUESDAYS

All orders are received by their easy to use website until 8.30am on the day the order is required.

For more information check out the website and register.

www.classroomcuisine.com.au

Uniforms

Our school colours are royal blue, gold and black. School uniform is compulsory.

Girls’ Tunic Dress and school iron-on logos can be purchased from the office.

Tunic Dresses: $72.00,  Sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, 14

Uniform shop hours

The Uniform Shop is just beyond the School Office, opposite the stairs. It is open on Wednesdays: 8.30am to 10.00am

Alternatively, you can order directly online at www.psw.com.au

School Hours

8.50am Music

8.55am  Bell

9.00am – 11.00am Teaching and Learning

11.00am – 11.15am  Eating time

11.15am – 11.45am  Play Break 1

11.45am – 1.30pm Teaching and Learning

1.30pm – 1.45pm Eating time

1.45pm – 2.30pm Play Break 2

2.30pm – 3.30pm Teaching and Learning

3.30pm Dismissal

The last day of each term dismissal is usually 2.30pm and the last day of the year is generally 1.30pm. Children should be at school before 9.00am so that they are settled and ready for their first lesson.

OSHC – Out of School Hours Care

Our Out of School Hours Care Program operates from 7am till 9am and from 3.30 pm until 6pm each school day. On curriculum days we run from 7am until 6pm and offer an alternate program for the day.

We are a registered and accredited program giving us CCB funding from the Commonwealth Government for 30 funded places in Beforecare and 60 at Aftercare. This enables all eligible families to access Child Care Benefits, which can be obtained from the Family Assistance Office (FAO) – to assist with their fees. The fee reduction is in accordance with the family’s annual income.

The OSHC Program offers both indoor and outdoor experiences. It gives both the choice of structured activities and creates opportunities for children to initiate their own play and have free choice to materials, encouraging independence and decision-making. The program encourages children to initiate and participate in recreational experiences, supporting their physical, creative, aesthetic development. The programming process caters for the needs, interests and abilities of all children.

Breakfast is available and a healthy snack and fresh fruit is provided each afternoon.

Students enrolled at Thornbury Primary School are required to register annually for Outside School Hours Care.

2017 Term dates

Term 1: 1 February to 31 March (Teacher’s resume on Monday 30 January)

Term 2: 18 April to 30 June (Easter Monday on April 17)

Term 3: 17 July to 16 September

Term 4: 2 October to 22 December

Curriculum days

Each year schools receive four student-free days. These days are used for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting.

The first day of Term 1 each year is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students.

School councils have the flexibility to schedule the remaining three student-free days each year to meet local needs.

Parking Restrictions & Traffic Laws

Murray Street and Hutton Street can become congested, and we suggest that parking close to the school should be freed up for those who need it, such as families with preschool kids, babies or urgent matters.

If you can, park a street away from the school and enjoy the walk.

There are crossing supervisors on Hutton Street and on St Georges Road, who help teach our children road safety everyday.

We also have ‘Kiss and Go’ areas in front of the school. ‘Kiss and Go’ zones and ‘No Parking’ zones operate under the same conditions.

School Crossing

No parking or stopping within 18 metres of the school crossing.

Bicycles

Children under the age of 9 should not ride alone to school, adult company is required. Safety helmets must be worn. For eveyone’s safety all bicycles and scooters should be wheeled in the school grounds at all times. Bicycles are stored in a bike rack during the day. Please ensure you have your own lock to secure your bike and helmet.

‘No Stopping’ Areas

No Stopping means no stopping at all —even if you are only letting someone out of the car, and regardless of whether you leave the engine running and stay in the car. You must not stop where there is a continuous yellow line painted on the edge of the road.

‘No Parking’ Areas

You can stop in a No Parking area for up to two minutes provided you are setting down or picking up a passenger or loading or unloading goods, and you do not leave the vehicle unattended (‘unattended’ means you are more than three metres away from the vehicle).

Lost Property

At Thornbury Primary School we aim to minimise property losses and to return misplaced items to their rightful owners as efficiently as possible. There is a central collection point for lost property located under the centre stairwell where children and adults can look for missing items.

To minimise stress for children and for parents/carers we ask that all clothing be labeled clearly including hats. Some children have ribbons sewn on to their hats and this is an idea we encourage.

  • Unnamed uniform items that are still unclaimed will be washed and placed in the second-hand uniform store for recycling or sale, at the end of each term.
  • Other unclaimed items will be disposed of appropriately by donating them to charity (eg. St Vincent de Paul) at the end of each term.
  • Camp and excursion lost property will be displayed on the next assembly and any unclaimed items will be disposed of at the end of the term.
  • All food and drink containers, as well as wet or damp items, will be disposed of at the end of each week. This will occur on Friday afternoons at the end of the school day.