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Out of School Hours Care

Located within the school grounds, our out of school hours care operates 5 days a week.

Before School:
6:30-9:30am

After School:
3:00-6:30

Vacation Care:
6:30-6:30

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Parent Handbook

The St Anthony's Primary Parent Handbook covers 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 Anthony’s Primary by phone on 9631 5283, weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.

  • Keep in Touch
    • Welcome

      This handbook is designed to give you some key information about our school. For more information about St Anthony's, please visit our school website, www.stanthonysgirraween.catholic.edu.au

    • Contact Details
       Phone  9631 5283
       Email  girraween@parra.catholic.edu.au
       Website  www.stanthonysgirraween.catholic.edu.au
       Facebook  /StAnthonysG
       Twitter  @StAnthonys_G
       Skoolbag App  Get newsletters, reminders and info via your mobile
       Search "St Anthony's Primary Skoolbag" on iTunes or Google Play
    • Newsletter
      Our school newsletter is full of important information about what's happening at St Anthony's. It is a digital publication that is emailed every Thursday. If you have not previously given your email address to our school office, then it is essential that you subscribe to the newsletter on our website.
    • Office Hours
       Monday - Thursday  8:30 am - 3:30 pm
       Friday  9:00 am - 3:30 pm

      If you are making payments in person, please do so before 3:15 pm. The office has EFTPOS facilities.
  • Our Community
    • St Anthony's Parish

      St Anthony's School serves the parish community of Toongabbie. We belong to and support, the wider parish community.

      We encourage you to take part in the life of our faith community. The parish wants to support you as you continue to help your child come to know and love God.

      In particular, the parish community seeks to support families through:

      • our parish playgroup
      • Children's Liturgy of the Word, celebrated at Sunday Mass
      • the Sacramental Process of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation for children who are baptised
      • Youth Groups, including Prayer Force One (senior primary), CAYA (Come As You Are, junior high school), Antioch (senior high school and young adults) and Pillar (young adults).

      The parish looks forward to supporting you and your family.

      Contacts

      Rev Dr Arthur Bridge AM, Parish Priest
      ​Rev Suresh Kumar, Assistant Priest
      Rev James Phelan, Deacon
      Kristen Borg, Sacramental and Youth Coordinator
      Anthony Mackett, Liturgical and Pastoral Life Coordinator

      Church and Parish Office: 27 Aurelia St, Toongabbie
      Phone: 9631 3316
      Website: www.stanthonyschurch.org.au

    • School Community Group

      The parents and/or guardians of all children attending St Anthony's School are automatically members of the School Community Group (SCG). This group meets at the school once a term.

      The SCG offers assistance to the school by performing such functions as:

      • fund raising to assist in the supplying of school equipment
      • assisting in the development of the school community through the organisation of social functions
      • providing a forum where matters of common interest may be discussed
      • providing a forum for learning in areas such as curriculum.
      The SCG is another way in which the parent-school partnership may be enriched. We encourage all parents to take an active part in the School Community Group.
  • General Information
    • 2017 School Term Dates
      Term 1

      Friday 27 January (Kindergarten: Wednesday 1 February) - Friday 7 April

      Term 2

      Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June

      Term 3

      Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

      Term 4

      Monday 9 October - Friday 15 December

    • Staff Development Days

      The school will occasionally have a pupil free day for the professional learning of staff. Notice of these days will be provided in the newsletter.

       

    • School Hours and Supervision
      Supervision Commences: 8:30 am
      School Begins: 9:00 am
      Recess: 11:00 - 11:30 am
      Lunch 1:30 - 2:15 pm

      Dismissal: 3:15 pm.

      There is no supervision at school before 8:30 am. In the afternoon, students waiting to be collected by parents are supervised until 3:45 pm. If students need to be at school outside these times, Out of Hours School Care should be arranged.

    • Arrival and Dismissal Procedure

      Arrival

      When bringing students to school in the morning, parents may use the "kiss and drop" area on Girraween Road. Students should be organised and ready in the car, to depart quickly and safely.

      Parents may also wish to park their car, or walk to school and accompany their children into the school grounds. Please encourage your children to play with their friends before school. Parents who remain until 9:00 am are asked to do so behind the assembly area near the staffroom.

      During wet weather, students will usually proceed directly to the classroom where they will be supervised until classes begin. 

      Departure

      Each grade is dismissed at 3:15 pm.

      • Students going to after school care will move there directly at 3:15 pm

      • Students whose parents are waiting in the playground or who are walking home are taken to the covered assembly area - please wait to collect your children in this area

      • Students waiting for a bus, or to be collected by parents at "kiss and drop" are taken to the "waiters area" near the Girraween Road gate.

      During wet weather, students will be directed to sheltered areas for dismissal. 

      Variations to Normal Travel Arrangements

      Please let your child's teacher know if there is a change to the way your child normally heads home in the afternoon.

    • Bus Travel

      Students in Kindergarten - Year 2 are eligible for free bus travel. Older students are eligible if they live outside a 1.6 km radius or 2.3 km walking distance from the centre of the school, or in special circumstances.

      For eligible students to receive free bus travel, parents must apply for a School Opal Card. Full information and the online application form can be found on 'The School Opal Card' website (https://www.opal.com.au/en/about-opal/opal-for-school-students/).

    • Before and After School Care
      Before and After School Care is provided at St Anthony's by Girraween Activity Centre. Visit Activity Centres Inc. (http://www.activitycentres.com.au/), or phone 9896 1466 for more information, or to enrol your child.
    • Fees

      St Anthony’s Primary is part of a system of schools in the Parramatta Diocese run with the support of the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta. Catholic 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 genuine inability to afford school fees.

      School fees are set by the Parramatta Diocesan Schools Council each year. Although limited government financial assistance is given to non-government schools, this is well short of the financial needs of a school. The running costs of schools, salaries of staff and the administration of a Catholic Education system require that government assistance be supplemented by school fees, which are kept as low as possible. Accounts for school fees are sent out to parents, guardians or carers in Terms 1, 2 and 3. We ask that payments be made promptly.

      There are very significant discounts for the second (25% reduction) and third (50% reduction) children enrolled from the one family. There are no fees for the fourth and subsequent school children.


      Diocesan Tuition Fees for 2017

      A general outline of the fees are:


      1st Child  
      2nd Child 
      3rd Child 
      Kindergarten
      $1,131
      $849.00 $567
      Years 1-6 $1,461 $1,095 $732

      Fourth and subsequent children are free.

      These concessions only apply while all the children are currently attending a Catholic Systemic School. Fees are payable in Terms 1, 2 and 3.

      If you are experiencing any difficulty regarding the payment of school fees, please make an appointment with the Principal.

      Other Fees

      Additional fees per year are as follows:

      Diocesan Building Levy 2017

      $756.00 per family (payable in instalments of $252 payable in Terms 1-3) will be charged to the eldest child in a diocesan systemic school for the current year. This levy is then forwarded to Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, for building works in the diocese.

      Other School-based Fees - 2017

      A General Contribution Fee is charged per student.  This replaces the previous Resource and Administration Fees and includes excursions, incursions etc. This fee EXCLUDES the Years 5 & 6 trips to Canberra and Bathurst, which will be invoiced separately in Term 2. The current General Contribution Fee is $405.00 for the first child and $273.00 for second and subsequent child/ren.

      Annual Diocesan Education Fee Temporary Residents (DEFTR)

      The Diocesan Education Fee Temporary Residents fee for 2017 is $1,869.00 per student, payable in three equal instalments of $623.00 in terms one, two and three. The fee applies to new students on the following Visa Numbers: 173, 401, 402, 411, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 426, 427, 428, 442, 456, 457, 459, 462, 476, 485, 497, 580, 600, 601, 651, 675, 676, 679, 685, 884, 944,  956, 976 and 977 including where any of these are the preceding visas for families on bridging visas 010 to 090.  Families charged this fee in 2013 will continue to be charged on a per family basis to the eldest student whilst the family has continuous current students.

    • School Canteen

      The canteen is independently operated and is open before school, and at recess and lunch, daily. Only a small amount of spending money should be provided for snack items.

      Lunch orders

      Lunch orders are taken both at school each morning, and online the day before.

      Lunch orders submitted in the morning should be written on the outside of a paper bag with your child's name and class, and the correct money enclosed. Lunch orders are collected in class and sent to the canteen at the beginning of the day.

      Canteen website

      All canteen information (including price lists) and online ordering is available at the canteen operator's website 'Mel's Tasty Bites' (http://www.melstastybites.com/).

  • Communication with the School
    • Communication With Teachers

      Communication with parents and teachers is important for supporting your child's learning and wellbeing.

      If you ever have questions or concerns, please arrange a time to speak to your child's teacher.

      A parent-teacher meeting in Term 1 provides an opportunity to talk to your child's teacher about their learning and social needs. The Student-Led Conference at the end of Term 2 is an opportunity for your child to share and discuss their learning with you, and identify goals for the rest of the year.

    • Absence from School

      If your child is absent from school for a day or two

      Please send in a letter of explanation when your child returns to school.

      If your child is going to be away sick for several days

      Please call the office so that we are aware of your child's absence. A note will still be needed on return.

      If your child is going to be away for reasons other than sickness (overseas trip, family reasons)

      Please visit the office, or download from our website, an Exemption from Attendance form. This is a legal requirement. Completed forms must be submitted to the office 4 weeks before the leave commences.

      If your child arrives late to school

      Please bring them to the office and sign them in.

      If you need to take your child from school early

      Please go to the office to sign your child out. The office staff will send for your child.

       

  • Uniform & Grooming
    • School Uniform

      All students are required to wear the correct school uniform. The uniform helps promote a spirit of school community and also serves as a practical form of clothing for students at school.

      If it is not possible for your child to wear their uniform, a brief letter of explanation is required. If a child is not observing uniform requirements, and no parental explanation is received, parents will be notified via a letter from their class teacher.

      All items of school uniform and required accessories (except shoes), are purchased from the school Uniform Shop.

       

      Girls Summer Dress

      Summer Uniform (Terms 1 and 4)

      Boys

      • Green collared shirt with school crest
      • Bottle green school shorts
      • Bottle green school socks
      • Black polishable school shoes (not black boots or joggers)
      • Bottle green jacket or sloppy joe with school crest, if required
      • Bottle green woollen school jumper, if required
      • Bottle green hat with school crest

      Girls

      • Green patterned school dress
      • Bottle green school socks
      • Black polishable school shoes (not black boots or joggers)
      • Bottle green jacket or sloppy joe with school crest, if required
      • Bottle green woollen jumper, if required
      • Bottle green hat with school crest
      • Bottle green hair accessories (ribbons and scrunchies)
        • Please note: long hair must be tied back at all times

      Winter Uniform
      Winter Uniform (Terms 2 and 3)

      Boys

      • Green collared shirt with school crest
      • Bottle green tailored school pants
      • Bottle green school socks
      • Black school shoes (not black boots or joggers)
      • Bottle green tracksuit top or sloppy joe with school crest, if required
      • Bottle green legionnaire style hat with school crest
      • Green knitted jumper with school crest (optional)

      Girls

      • Green school tunic
      • White long sleeve blouse
      • Bottle green school tights
      • Black school shoes (not black boots or joggers)
      • Bottle green tracksuit jacket or sloppy joe with school crest, if required
      • Bottle green legionnaire style hat with school crest
      • Bottle green hair accessories (ribbons and scrunchies)
        • Please note: long hair must be tied back at all times
      • Green knitted jumper with school crest (optional)

      Hats: Children must wear school hats on the playground at all times. Children not wearing a hat are to remain in shaded areas. This is to protect your child from the sun.

      Raincoat: We strongly recommend that students have a raincoat in their bag for when it is raining at arrival or dismissal times. 

       

      Sport Uniform

       

      Sports Uniform

      The sports uniform may be worn on each class' nominated sports day; this will be communicated to parents in writing as required.

      The sports uniform is as follows:
      • Green and white patterned sports polo shirt with school crest
      • Bottle green school tracksuit, if required
      • Bottle green sports shorts
      • White sports socks with school name
      • White sneakers or sandshoes
        • Please note: It is often difficult today to purchase white joggers which do not contain some coloured trim. This is fine providing they are predominantly white.

      All items of the school uniform must be clearly marked with the child’s full name.

       

      Grooming and Hair

      Students are to be neatly and cleanly dressed at all times. Shoes should be clean and well-presented.

      Hair is to be kept neat and tidy, off the collar, of consistent natural colour, of gradual even grade and all extremes of fashion are to be avoided. Some examples of "styles" that are unacceptable, include: ridges, lines, undercuts, steps, bowl cuts, any excessive shaping with gel, and any shaving cuts (specifically grades No 1 and No 2).

      Girls' hair that is longer than shoulder length is to be tied back from the face. Hair is to be off the face and out of the eyes.

      Ribbons, hair slides etc, if worn, should be in the school uniform colour of bottle green. Matching scrunchies and headbands are sold from the Uniform Shop.

    • Jewellery

      The following items of jewellery are permitted:

      • A watch
      • A religious symbol (e.g. cross) on a chain worn around the neck, under the shirt or dress
      • For girls, one earring in each ear, which must be plain metal, in either sleeper or stud style.
    • Uniform Shop

      All items of the school uniform are available from the school's own uniform shop (situated in 214 Targo Road – next door). Order forms are available from here and the school office and orders will be filled within a few days. Alternatively, you can visit the uniform shop during trading hours.

      Uniform Shop Hours

      The uniform shop is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as follows:

      • 8:30 - 9:30am Tuesdays and Thursdays
      • 2:15 - 3:00pm Wednesdays
      In addition, the uniform shop is open on specific occasions (e.g. before the school year starts). Notice of these times is provided in the Kindergarten information package, and is also publicised in our school newsletter, available on our website.

       

      Uniform Shop Order Form

      To place an order, please download, print and complete our Uniform Price List

  • Policies and Procedures
    • Introduction
      Below is an outline of some of the key policies that affect parents, particularly as their children start school at St Anthony's.  Our full collection of school and system policies can be found on our website.
    • Visitor and Volunteer Helper Protocol

      Visitors who are working in, or volunteer in the school need to sign in at the office and receive an Authorised Visitor Badge.

      As required by law, parents who volunteer to help in the school (e.g. canteen, classroom helpers, excursions, carnivals) are required to complete Child Protection training and checks. Courses are offered in Term 1 each year - please check the newsletter regularly for details. 

    • Student Behaviour

      School Rules

      1. Respect yourself
      2. Respect others
      3. Respect our environment

      We focus on positively encouraging appropriate behaviour. We believe that it is important for children to develop responsibility for their own actions and to accept the consequences that occur because of that behaviour.

      Corporal punishment is not part of our student management strategies.

      Our Wellbeing Policy is intended to reflect our School’s Mission and Vision Statements, and the beliefs and values that underpin them. Our goal is to develop a strong sense of community and manage conflict and tensions by repairing harm and strengthening relationships.

      Our Wellbeing Policy is available on the Policies page of our school website.
    • Accidents

      In the event of a serious accident, the following procedure will be followed:

      1. The school will contact the parents
      2. If the parents are unavailable, the school will contact the nearest doctor or the doctor listed on the child's file.  
      3. An ambulance will be called by the school if required.
      The school will always take the necessary steps to ensure the wellbeing of your child. To help us, it is imperative that the school is supplied with the name and telephone number of an emergency contact person (preferably someone who is nearby and available), and that these details are kept up-to-date.
    • Anaphylaxis

      Anaphylaxis is a severe, sudden, life-threatening allergic reaction that some people experience when exposed to particular foods. We have students at St Anthony's who can experience anaphylactic shock. 

      So that we can keep all our students safe, we ask for your cooperation in not sending peanut butter and other nut products to school.

    • Medication Procedures

      Only medication prescribed by a doctor can be given at school, and must be brought to the school office where it will be kept in a secure location. Medication must be in its original container, accompanied by a signed authority from the parent detailing the child's name, name of medication, dosage, time and duration of treatment. Special forms are available from the school office for this purpose. Where a child requires ongoing medication at school, parents should contact the Principal to discuss an action plan.

    • Complaint Handling Policy

      There may be occasions when you have concerns about your child's learning or welfare whilst at school. It is important to communicate these concerns with us so that we can support you and your child.

      Please always speak to your child's teacher in the first instance. The school leadership team can assist with matters that you have already raised with the class teacher, but that you believe have not reached a satisfactory resolution. Similarly, if your child has a concern, they should speak firstly to the teacher in the classroom, or the teacher on duty (if a situation occurs on the playground).

      Please do not approach a child or their parents directly, to resolve situations that have occurred at school.

Parent Handbook

  • The St Anthony's Primary Parent Handbook covers 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 Anthony’s Primary by phone on 9631 5283, weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.

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Policies & Procedures

St Anthony's Primary has a number of policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our School life. These provide the framework within which we operate with relation to a number of key issues.

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

Policies & Procedures

  • St Anthony's Primary has a number of policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our School life. These provide the framework within which we operate with relation to a number of key issues.

    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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Principal
Mr Attila Lendvai

Assistant Principal
Ms Linda Ducksbury

School Office Times
8:30 am - 3:30 pm - Monday to Thursday
9:00am - 3:30pm - Friday

Address
St Anthony's Primary
216 Targo Rd
Girraween 2145

Phone: 9631 5283

Secretaries
Mrs Margaret Hopley
Mrs Rowena Laurie


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    Principal
    Mr Attila Lendvai

    Assistant Principal
    Ms Linda Ducksbury

    School Office Times
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm - Monday to Thursday
    9:00am - 3:30pm - Friday

    Address
    St Anthony's Primary
    216 Targo Rd
    Girraween 2145

    Phone: 9631 5283

    Secretaries
    Mrs Margaret Hopley
    Mrs Rowena Laurie


    Please contact the school using the email form below

     

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