How are parent's updated on their child's progress?
We strive to work in full partnership with parents, sharing information, progress and achievements throughout the year to best support children’s learning in school and at home. We have three formal parents’ evenings across the school year, however we have an open-door policy and encourage parents to meet teachers frequently to discuss progress and next steps in learning. We also offer regular opportunities for parents to ‘drop in and join in’ with learning in the classroom.
When does the school day start and end?
The school day begins at 7:50 am for primary students. We offer a ‘soft start’ to the day with classes opening at 7:15am to welcome students before registration and give time for students to settle into class and prepare for the day. Year 1 to Year 4 finish at 2:45 pm every day, while Year 5 and 6 finish at 3:00 pm from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, all students finish school at 12:00 pm. Extra-Curricular Activities take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 pm until 4:15 pm.
Do I need to provide lunch for my child?
Parents have three options for snack and lunch. They can provide their own packed lunch from home. They can pre-order a packed lunch from our catering company, Slices. Alternatively, you can allow children to purchase their own lunch with Slices with either cash or adding money to their student ID.
What are the class sizes in Primary?
Years 1: Class capacity is 25 students
Years 2-6: Class capacity is 27 students
How many adults are in each Primary class?
Our small class sizes ensure that all children experience personalised learning to enable them to quickly meet their next steps. There is one Teacher and one Teaching Assistant in every class from Years 1 to 4. In Years 5 and 6, there is one Teacher and a Teaching Assistant shared between two classes. For our younger students, our Teaching Assistants accompany children to their specialist lessons with specialist teachers.
How much technology is used in lessons?
All Primary classrooms have interactive touch screens to support learning across the curriculum. Children in Years 1 and 2 have frequent access to iPads and electronic programmable devices. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are asked to bring their own Apple iPad from home as part of our Bring Your Own Device Scheme which transitions into Secondary School. Digital learning is integrated into all areas of learning to ensure children can apply their digital literacy in all contexts. However, children’s well-being is extremely important and so teachers closely monitor to ensure that there is a balance between digital and ‘unplugged’ activities. Technology is only used when it will enhance learning and not to replace other learning opportunities.
When using BYOD or technology, how do you keep my child safe online?
As a National Online Safety Certified School, we value Online Safety Education for the whole community. It is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers and how to act safely when using the internet. E-Safety is at the forefront of all digital learning with regular e-safety lessons and events forming part of our Projects 4 Change lessons. Our Wi-Fi access also has very strict filters to ensure children are protected from inappropriate online content.
Do you offer a bus service?
Primary students have access to the bus service at the beginning and end of the school day. School buses leave the campus at 3:15pm Monday – Thursday and 12:15pm on Fridays. Our Teaching Assistants and Bus Conductors accompany children to and from the bus daily, ensuring there is always an adult-to-adult handover. CCTV, GPS tracking, live updates and ‘sleeping child’ checks are some of the key safety features on board our STS buses. For more information about our School Transport Service please click here.
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