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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 8843 4600, weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.

Keep in Touch

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).

 

 Phone  8843 4600
 Email  girraween@parra.catholic.edu.au
 Website  www.stanthonysgirraween.catholic.edu.au
 Facebook  /StAnthonysG
 Twitter  @StAnthonys_G
 Skoolbag App

 We send newsletters and notices digitally via Skoolbag
 Visit the Stay Connected page of our website to find out more and download the app

 

At St Anthony's we use a variety of digital platforms to communicate with parents.  We encourage you to access these platforms, as they are more effective, reliable and environmentally friendly than sending notes home.

We use Seesaw as a platform for students and teachers to share with you the learning that is taking place in the classroom and provide you with class updates. You can use the Seesaw app to give feedback to your child, send simple messages to your child's teacher, or request a meeting.

We use Skoolbag for our fortnightly newsletter, request help at school events and send out whole-school notices.  You can use Skoolbag to RSVP or volunteer for events, check dates, receive notifications, and let us know when your child is absent from school.

We may make a phone call to request a meeting, follow up a Seesaw message, or contact you about a matter of concern.  You can call the office to communicate information regarding your child and/or family, request appointments with staff, or seek assistance from our office.

We may use email to communicate with parents in specific situations.  You can use the school email address or contact form on our website, indicating clearly who your message is to be directed to. Office staff will pass this on to the teacher with the utmost confidentiality.

We use Facebook to post information and photos about upcoming and recent events.  You can follow us on Facebook and like and comment on what we post.

Our school newsletter is full of important information about what's happening at St Anthony's.  The newsletter is published and distributed to parents every second Thursday through our Skoolbag app. The Skoolbag app is essential for parents to receive the newsletter, notices and updates about things that are happening at school.

 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

The parents and/or guardians of all children attending St Anthony's Primary 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.

 

St Anthony's Primary serves the parish community of St Anthony of Padua, 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:

  • 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.

Parish Team

Fr Joby Kadambattu MS, Parish Priest
Luisa Luccitti, Secretary
Kristen Borg, Sacramental Coordinator

Church and Parish Office Contact Details

27 Aurelia St, Toongabbie
Phone: 9631 3316
Website: www.stanthonyschurch.org.au

General Information

School term dates and holidays are generally the same as government schools.

Term Dates
2020 2021
Term 1 Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 9 April Term 1
Wednesday 27 January to Thursday 1 April
Term 2 Monday 27 April to Friday 3 July Term 2
Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June
Term 3 Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September Term 3
Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September
Term 4 Monday 12 October to Friday 18 December Term 4
Tuesday 5 October to Friday 17 December

The first day of Term 1 and the last two days of Term 4 each year are Staff Development Days; students do not attend school on these days.  In addition, there are Staff Development Days in Term 2 and 3 each year, on dates determined by the school.  These are published in the school newsletter at least four weeks in advance.

NSW Public Holidays

These are published on the NSW Government website

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.

 

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

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 be supervised under sheltered areas, or in the classroom 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.

 

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.

 

Before and After School Care is provided at St Anthony's by Catholic Out of School Hours Care (COSHC).

Visit the COSHC website at https://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/Our-Schools/Catholic-Out-of-School-Hours-Care, or phone 0458 519 168 for more information, or enrolment.

 

 

Ensuring a quality Catholic education is affordable and accessible for children

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.

There are three levels of annual fees, billed in instalments during Terms 1, 2 and 3:

  • Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees set by the Catholic Education Office
  • Diocesan Building Levy set by the Catholic Education Office
  • School-based fees.

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 children.

Visit the 'School Fees' page in the 'Enrol' section of our website for full details on school fees payable at St Anthony's Primary.

 

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 before 9:00 am each day.

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 should be taken directly to the canteen before school begins.

To access online ordering, visit the Canteen page of our website.

Communication with the School

If your child is absent from school for a day or two...
Please either:

  • Send your child's teacher a message on the Seesaw app
  • Complete the Absentee Form on the Skoolbag app
  • 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 send your child's teacher a message on Seesaw, or call the office so that we are aware that they will be away.  We will need written explanation of the full period of your child's absence. 

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.

 

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.

 

Uniform & Grooming

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 - 9:30 am Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 2:15 - 3:00 pm 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 on the Calendar page of our website.

Uniform Shop Order Form

To place an order, please download, print and complete our Uniform Price List found on our Uniform Shop page.

 

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 note from their class teacher.

All items of school uniform and required accessories (except shoes), are purchased from the school Uniform Shop.  Plain green shorts, jackets or tracksuits from retail stores, for example, cannot be worn in place of individual uniform items.

Summer Uniform (Terms 1 and 4)

 Girls Summer Dress

Boys

Girls

  • Green collared school shirt 
  • Green school shorts
  • Green school socks
  • Black polishable school shoes (not black boots or sneakers)
  • Green school bomber jacket, if required (optional)
  • Green school woollen jumper, if required
  • Green school hat
  • Green patterned school dress
  • Green school socks
  • Black polishable school shoes (not black boots or sneakers)
  • Green school bomber jacket, if required (optional)
  • Green school woollen jumper, if required
  • Green school hat

 

Winter Uniform (Terms 2 and 3)

Winter Uniform

Boys

Girls

 

  • Green collared school shirt
  • Green tailored school pants
  • Green school socks
  • Black polishable school shoes (not black boots or sneakers)
  • Green school bomber jacket, if required (optional)
  • Green school woollen jumper, if required
  • Green school hat
  • Green school tunic
  • White long sleeve blouse
  • Bottle green school tights
  • Black school shoes (not black boots or sneakers)
  • Green school bomber jacket, if required (optional)
  • Green school woollen jumper, if required
  • Green school hat

Sports Uniform

 Sport Uniform
  • Green and white patterned school sports polo shirt 
  • Green school sports tracksuit, if required
  • Green school sports shorts
  • White sports socks with school name
  • White sneakers
    • Please note: sneakers must be at least predominantly white, without excess colour or patterns
  • Green school hat

The sports uniform is worn on nominated sports days; these will be communicated to parents as required.

 

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

 

Other Items

School Bag

St Anthony's has a school bag which is compulsory for all students.

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. 

 

Grooming

General Presentation

Students are to be neatly and cleanly dressed at all times. Shoes should be clean and well-presented, with black school shoes polished regularly.

Jewellery

a single piercing in the ears with a plain gold/silver stud or sleeper style earring, a simple chain with a religious medal and a watch is permitted.

Hairstyles

Long hair beyond shoulder length must be tied back with no hair over the eyes or face. Extreme hairstyles and cuts are not permitted. Hair accessories are green and white in colour only.  Matching hair accessories are sold at our Uniform Shop.

Makeup

Makeup and nail polish is not allowed. 

Policies and Procedures

St Anthony’s Primary School is required to comply with government requirements, and with Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta policies, procedures and guidelines.  Our website provides information about our school and how we operate.  In addition, you can access specific school guideline documentation and system policies on the Policies and Procedures page of our website.

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

School Expectations

  • Act respectfully
  • Live responsibly
  • Learn together

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 and Procedures page of our school website.

 

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

As required by law, parents who volunteer to help in the school (e.g. classroom helpers, excursions, carnivals) are required to complete the Building Child Safe Communities Undertaking and online training module on the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta website.