MERRIWA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Principal Sue Waterhouse
Associate Principal Sandra Long
Associate Principal Jeff Hoskins
Associate Principal Louise Carroll
Manager Corporate Services Tracey Bell
School Officer Nevis Evans
School Officer Alison Humble
MERRIWA EDUCATION SUPPORT CENTRE
Principal Karen Macri
Associate Principal Christina Maunick-Sallie
Manager Corporate Services Kylie Mantell
School Officer Lyn Smart
TERM DATES FOR STUDENTS
Term One Monday 4 February - Friday 12 April
Term Two Tuesday 30 April - Friday 5 July
Term Three Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September
Term Four Wednesday 16 October - Thursday 19 December
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS (During School Term)
Labour Day Monday 4 March
West Aust. Day Monday 3 June
Term 2 Monday 29 April
Term 4 Monday 14 October and Tuesday 15 October
Children are welcome from 8.00am. Staff supervision commences at this time in the undercover area and quadrangle.
First Bell 8.20am
Lessons Commence 8.30am
Close of day 2.40pm
ACCIDENTS & INJURED CHILDREN
We will notify parents/carers of an injury to a student as required. In the case of a serious injury, and inability to contact the parent or carer, the Principal may arrange for a child to be treated by a medical professional which may include an ambulance being called. It is very important for the school to have your current contact details.
There are many and varied medical conditions that require specific handling, such as asthma, allergies, or epilepsy. Children with special health needs who require specific attention will require a health management plan. Forms are available which your doctor completes. This completed medical advice is used by school staff to create a health management plan in consultation with you.
Staff are not permitted to administer medication without authorisation from parents or carers of the doctor. A form is available from the front office.
Illness can spread very quickly through a school and all members of our school community are asked to keep sick children at home. If a child is found to be ill at school, parents will be contacted to take them home.
An explanation is required for all student absences. Parents/Carers can explain an absence directly to the teacher, ring the school or send a note. Merriwa PS uses SMS messaging and you will receive a text message if your child is not at school. Attendance checks are done regularly and standard letters are sent home for unexplained absences. Please note that the Department of Education requires prior permission from the Principal to take vacations during school time.
School assemblies are conducted on a fortnightly basis on Friday in the undercover area commencing at 8.30am.
CARS & PARKING
Parents and Carers are not permitted to use the staff car park or drive into the school grounds. The beginning and end of the school day is a very busy time and we ask that all drivers show care and consideration to avoid the risk of a child being injured. There is parking for Acrod Holders in the front and rear carpark. Students are not permitted to ride scooters or bicycles in the school grounds.
School Factions are Akita, Baltimore, Palermo, and Calabar. Children are allocated a faction upon enrolment and siblings are placed in the same faction.
The school has a ‘NO HAT NO PLAY’ policy at all times. Hats are available from Lowes Clothing Store at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre.
KEEPING US INFORMED
When details such as address, telephone numbers, emergency contacts, custody arrangements or health issues change, please contact the front office to ensure our database is amended and your records are up to date.
LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds without permission. Parents and Carers wishing to take their children from the school early must obtain an Exit Pass from the front office and present this to the class teacher.
Between 12.50 and 1.00pm children will remain seated and eat lunch under the supervision of their duty teacher. Once they have finished eating, children can play in designated areas from 1.00pm to 1.30pm.
MOBILE PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
All mobile phones and electronic devices need to be given to the teacher for safe keeping during the day.
Money for camp, excursions and school activities is to be paid to the child’s classroom teacher before school each morning. Printed money envelopes will be sent home with permission slips. Please ensure the correct amount is enclosed as no change can be given. You can also pay online.
The School Psychologist visits the school to assist in the development of skills and programs to support student learning. Parents must sign referrals with full consent before their child is seen by the school psychologist.
REPORTING TO PARENTS
Parents will receive information on their child’s progress at parent interviews in term 1 and through a formal report at the end of each Semester. We also invite you to a Learning Journey open night in term 3.
Children are encouraged to wear the school uniform and show pride in our school. Uniforms must be worn on all school excursions, and are available from Lowes clothing store which is situated in the Ocean Keys Shopping Centre. All students must wear appropriate footwear and a school hat. Thongs are not appropriate for school because of safety issues when participating in physical education lessons and sport.
VISTING THE SCHOOL
It is essential that all visitors to school sign in at the office to receive a visitors badge. Any person not wearing a visitors badge will be asked to report to the office. This does not apply to parents and carers dropping off or picking up children and the beginning or end of the day.