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Parent Information

School Hours

Kindergarten

Our two Kindergarten programs operates on (Group 1) Monday, Tuesday 8.55 am to 3 pm, and Wednesday 8.55 am to 1.pm and (Group 2) Wednesday 8.55 am to 1 pm and Thursday, Friday from 8.55 am till 3 pm. Parents are asked to bring children to school between 8.30 and 8.55am and to collect them promptly at 3 pm.

A parent/child program runs on a Wednesday afternoon from 1.40 pm to 3 pm between October and December for children enrolled in kindergarten for the following year. Advice about this program is sent by mail to enrolled families.

Students from Prep to grade 6 may arrive at school between 8.30 and 8.55 am and should be collected promptly at 3 pm. Classes begin promptly at 8.55 am and late arrival disrupts the learning program for everyone.

  • Recess – 11am – 11.30 am
  • Lunch – 12.55 pm – 1.40 pm
  • Dismissal – 3 pm

Staff supervision begins at 8.30 am and finishes at 3.00 pm. School crossing has a Duty Teacher from 3.00 to 3.15pm. Teachers are not on duty to supervise students outside these school hours.

Office hours

Annette Reggett and/or Maria Beecroft are available in the school office between 8.30 am – 4 pm. Phone: 6223 2268.

Out of Hours Care

A quality after school care program operates on our school site daily from 3 pm – 6 pm. After Kinder care operates on Wednesdays from 1 pm to 3 pm. The program is run by Lady Gowrie and all enquiries and booking should be made directly with them. (Ph. 6230 6800) Lady Gowrie also runs a school holiday program, based at our school, during all school holidays.

Allergy awareness

At our school we have some students who are known to be at risk of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to certain foods, such as nuts. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of these students at school we encourage all members of our school community to be allergy aware. As part of this allergy awareness we do not allow students to share of food and drinks at school. If at any time parents would like to bring food for sharing, e.g. a birthday cake, we ask that advice be sought from the class teacher so consideration of students special dietary needs can be made. More information is provided in our school information booklet. Our school is accredited as being ‘Asthma Active’ and ‘Anaphylaxis Active’ with the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania until Nov 2017. For more information please ask for a copy of our Anaphylaxis and Allergy Policy.

Assemblies

Whole school assemblies are usually held fortnightly on Fridays in the Multi-purpose room commencing at 2.00 pm.  Due to Covid19 in 2021 assemblies will be restricted to students only and recorded for parents to view. Please watch the newsletter for more specific details about which classes will be sharing at each assembly.

 

Canteen

Our gold accredited canteen will operate on Fridays. The canteen offers fresh, healthy and delicious food that is mostly prepared on site by our parent volunteers.  Orders are done through the Qkr! App, orders have to be done by 10.00am Thursday mornings.  Weekly specials are sent out in the Newsletter or weekly update. More information will be provided by the Canteen Manager early in the school year.  Parent help to support our canteen is greatly appreciated.  Please speak to Annette in the office if you can help.

School banking

Students have the opportunity to bank with the Commonwealth Bank every Friday. Please see the office for more information.

School newsletter

Our school newsletter, The Voice of Albuera, is published every fortnight. It contains items from staff, students and parents as well as advice about current and future school events. It is sent home on Wednesday by email.

School Uniform

We encourage all students to wear our school uniform as it fosters a sense of belonging and pride in our school. New and second hand school uniforms can be bought from the school office. Price lists and uniform alternatives are available. Broad brimmed hats are required first and fourth term.

Student council

Each term every class from Prep to grade 6 elects 2 representatives to be on our student council. The student council meets weekly with the principal to provide a ‘student voice’ to the Principal, teachers and School Association. Their discussions cover class and school issues, some fundraising and community work.

Parent participation at school

Parent involvement in our school is highly valued and appreciated. There are many opportunities for participation including the School Association, school canteen, parent help in classrooms, the library and on excursions, coaching sports teams, helping with our ‘walking school bus’ to soccer training and many more. We would welcome your suggestions as to how you might be able to participate in, and contribute to, the life of our school.

We ask all our volunteers and visitors to:

  • to complete a Working with Vulnerable People online registration as required by the Department of Education and provide the office with evidence of your completed registration.
  • From 2020 – must show WWVP card each time.
  • sign the volunteer book located at the office on arrival and departure (recording your presence in this way attends to safety in emergencies and insurance issues)
  • wear a your WWVP card (in a lanyard provided by school) whilst in the school.

Check in Tas app

Check in Tas is a free and convenient service, enabling your visitors to sign in simply by scanning a QR code. You won’t need to re-enter your details every visit once you registered via the app.

Working with Vulnerable People

All parents or volunteers who work with children in our school are required by the Department of Education to complete a Working with Vulnerable People online registration. This is to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students. Please go online to complete the application and it is critical that you choose Department of Education from the drop down box.  http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children

 

Department of Education website

http://www.education.tas.gov.au – This site provides a wealth of information about departmental policies, guidelines, programs and initiatives.