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Please note, that Forest Crescent Primary is currently reviewing its school policies and will progressively update documents where needed

Forest Crescent Primary School aims to establish a community in which everyone feels valued and safe and where individual differences are appreciated, understood and accepted.

5/06/2007

 Bullying And Harassment Policy

 Forest Crescent Primary School aims to establish a community in which everyone feels valued and safe and where individual differences are appreciated, understood and accepted. Everyone has a right to enjoy their time at school. This community does not tolerate bullying or harassment. Respect for others is expected.

Bullying Prevention Policy

Our policy to help prevent “bullying” is linked to the Curriculum Framework, specifically OS -13 the extent to which students:

  • recognise that everyone has the right to feel valued and be safe, and in this regard, understand their rights and obligations and behave responsibly;
  • Bullying is defined as: Any behaviour intended to hurt, injure, threaten, frighten or embarrass another person. Bullying is the misuse of power is uninvited aggressive words or actions is hurtful can be deliberate or unintentional by individuals or groups.

 What Forest Crescent Primary School is doing

The School ensures that all staff and students are aware of what bullying is, that it must be taken seriously and will not be tolerated. Staff are creating open, caring classroom and playground environments where the children feel confident and safe to tell someone they are being bullied or know that bullying is occurring.

Staff are discussing and teaching students about peer pressure, assertiveness and people’s rights (school code of behaviour). Staff are implementing problem solving / conflict resolution strategies via:

– “I” statements between the victim and the bully (eg “I don’t like it when you tease me. Please stop doing it.)

– “Fair fighting” approach between victim and the bully with an adult as mediator.

– The “No Blame” approach discussing with the bully and the victim a problem-solving approach (eg) Ask the bully “What could you do to help the victim or solve the problem?”

Staff are helping to develop children, who are confident, well-balanced people, who do not need to resort to bullying to booster their self-esteem.

Staff are caring for the victim eg. – bolstering self-esteem and confidence – teaching assertiveness – changing routines Staff are implementing the school rules (eg We believe in people having a kind and caring way of dealing with other people.)

School’s Code of Behaviour Our school code of behaviour is based on the VALUES from the CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK that schools should develop, nuture and inculcate in children. The CORE values of the CODE of BEHAVIOUR are:

  • RESPECT FOR PEOPLE (OURSELVES INCLUDED)
  • RESPECT FOR SAFETY
  • RESPECT FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT
  •  RESPECT FOR PROPERTY

School Rules

  • I stay inside the school boundaries at all times. The lakes are out of boundaries.
  •  I walk on verandahs, pathways around buildings.
  • When I arrive at school (generally not before 8.30am) I go to my classroom and wait outside for the teacher to supervise students inside.
  • I put rubbish in the bins. I leave chewing gum and bubble gum at home.
  • I go into classrooms, wet areas and other buildings only when teachers are present.
  •  I only move computer equipment, T.V’s videos, piano, P.A. equipment when teachers are assisting and supervising me.
  •  I drink my drink outside buildings.
  •  I return sporting equipment to the sports storeroom.
  •  I am responsible for placing my own bag and bicycle helmet on the bag area shelving.
  •  I use toilets properly.
  • I wear appropriate clothes to school.
  •  I play games away from verandahs and buildings.
  • I keep away from bicycle racks. I keep away from the front of the school and pathway around staffroom at recess and lunch breaks. I keep out of the car park at all times.
  • I behave in a kind and caring way towards other people. I play safely in the school playground.
  • I wheel my bicycle in the school grounds.

Discusses the criteria and expectations for our school captains.

5/06/2007

AIM

Forest Crescent Primary School aims to develop in the school, personal growth in the areas of:- leadership decision making citizenship

RATIONALE

Students in their final year at primary school need to be given the opportunity to demonstrate and develop responsibility. There are many who, during their years at school, have shown qualities which indicate they can contribute to the school in terms of:

  • providing good role-models for other children
  • contributing a student’s point of view in relation to school operations and procedures
  • assisting in suitable tasks that facilitate smooth day-to-day running of the school.

These students will be identified through the selection process and in their resulting roles as school captains, not only contribute to the school, but develop their personal capabilities and character.

 CAPTAIN PROFILE

In order to nominate for the position, each student should:

  • display a high standard of behaviour at all times in and out of the classroom
  • be a good representative and leader for all students
  • wear the school uniform with pride
  • show the values of respect, courtesy, tolerance, friendliness and caring to all members of the school community
  • be prepared to give up some of their own time to carry out duties
  • value the position
  • respect the school rules and procedures
  • show leadership qualities
  • possess the ability to communicate confidently with both peers and adults
  • display a positive attitude and effort in academic studies
  • actively participate in school activities

STRUCTURE

In Term 4, each year, 8 captains (4 boys and 4 girls) will be selected. Two of the 16 will be a Head Boy and a Head Girl. The positions of Head Boy and Head Girl will be appointed from the 8 successful candidates by a Selection Panel, made up of relevant staff (those teachers who have had an association with the candidates) and Administration. (Usually, this is the boy and girl with the most votes.) Students will be initially selected from the votes by students from Years 4 and 5 and the outgoing Year 6 captains.

DUTIES

Will include the following:

  • welcome visitors to the school
  • assist at school carnivals
  • hand out and collect sport equipment at recess and lunch
  • host school assemblies, give reports, judge assembly behaviour
  • promote school rules by example
  • wear the school uniform with pride
  • organize and coordinate appropriate school activities
  • represent the school at official functions
  • sound the school siren
  • fly the appropriate flags
  • collect the school mail
  • lock and unlock the bicycle and basketball enclosure
  • deliver duty files in the morning
  • collect and count faction tokens
  • P.A. announcements for duty
  • bring in recycle bins
  • set up and dismantle assembly
  • other duties as required

 SELECTION

Early in the school year, Year 5 students will be made aware of the qualities required for nomination as a School Captain. Those students, who do not meet the criteria outlined in the School Captain Profile, will not be invited to nominate. This assessment will be made by the Year 5 teachers in consultation with the Selection Panel. (Made up of teachers who teach these students)

As one of the criteria relates to “a high standard of behaviour at all times”, students who have their names placed in the MSB book (playground and classroom) will need to the incidents reviewed as to their suitability. This will be left to the discretion of the Year 5 teachers.

The nomination process will take place in mid Term 4. Nominees will be given a written notice to be taken home, discussed with parents and returned to school, signed. Elections will then take place.

VOTING

All candidates are placed on the appropriate ballot paper. Students and applicable teachers then rank candidates in order of preference beginning with number 1 for their first preference. The votes are then tallied. The names of the 4 students from each gender with the lowest tally will then be put forward for ratification by the Selection Panel.

PRESENTATION

Captains are named and presented with badges at the Awards Night at the end of the year. Parents of the appointed captains are officially invited to the Awards Night.

INAPPROPRIATE SCHOOL CAPTAIN BEHAVIOUR

The Year 6 teachers, the Captains’ Coordinator and the Principal will take action if a School Captain’s behaviour is deemed inappropriate. This may include: counselling given a chance to improve suspension for a period or replacement

RECOGNITION AND REWARDS

To recognise the efforts of the school Captains the Coordinator may, at his/her discretion, reward them throughout the year. For example: a certificate at the ‘all school’ end of year assembly party (per semester)

COORDINATOR

The coordinator is to be either a year 6 teacher or an Administrator. The coordinator’s duties include:

  • ensuring captains carry out their duties
  • monitoring their performance
  • preparation of rosters for captains’ duties
  • coordinating their rosters
  • organising the certificates for judging at assembly
  • facilitating the organization of activities run by the captains
  • organize rewards and recognition for the captains
  • liaise with captains whose performance is not satisfactory 

About our evacuation policy

5/02/2011

EMERGENCY – EVACUATION PROCEDURES: 2011

IN THE EVENT OF A CLASSROOM EVACUATION eg. FIRE

1. This will be signalled by short, repeated blasts of the siren.

2. Children are to be immediately evacuated to the oval as per evacuation procedures.

3. If risk lies in designated path teacher to seek next best path to oval.

4. If the oval is unsuitable teachers will be directed by the Principal to an alternative location.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EARTHQUAKE

1. Children and staff are to take protection UNDER their desks.

2. If outside please move to area away from buildings.

ADMINISTRATION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Principal to collect mobile phone from front office and move to oval or designated assembly area.
  • Deputy 1 – Lead evacuation and search. Loud hailer. (Mr B Combes)
  • Deputy 2 – Check class numbers and students. First aid kit and class and staff lists. (Miss J Sandhu).
  • Deputy 3 – Check staff and visitors. Search. First aid kit and visitor book. (Mrs S Anderson).

EVACUATION PROCEDURES

The Signal that the school is to be evacuated will be repeated siren blasts and announcement over the P.A. or in the event of a power failure the ringing of a hand bell with calling out:-evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.

Upon hearing the evacuation signal each teacher will:

1. Collect the class roll and whistle. If on D.O.T.T. you do NOT return to the room go directly to the oval.

2. Have the class exit the building through the nearest external door and move to the lakeside area of the oval keeping clear of school buildings where possible (See accompanying map for order of year levels). Deputy 1(Block 1, 3 and 4) and Deputy 3(Admin, Block 2, 5&6) to check toilets on way to oval.

3. At the oval each class teacher will call the roll and ascertain the names and the possible whereabouts of any missing children.

  • Deputy Principal (Miss Jessica Sandhu) will check names of missing children and their possible whereabouts.
  • Deputy (Mrs Sandy Andeson) will check staff and visitor safety.
  • Deputies (Miss Jessica Sandhu/Mrs Sandy Anderson) will call for a search with deputy (Mr Brad Combes) if required.
  • Deputy Mr Brad Combes and Mrs Sandy Anderson will search for missing person(s). No one else is to go looking for a child.
  • Deputy (Miss Jessica Sandhu) will remain on the oval in charge of the teachers/children.
  • First aid given by Deputy Principal (Miss Jessica Sandhu) and/or any other qualified senior first aider if required.

5. Teachers are to keep students safe and calm while moving and while on the oval. To re-assure students after the event and assess any further support required for students.

7. The Principal will remain in overall charge, directing fire fighters/police and communicating with the appropriate authorities. To assess and organize de-briefing and counselling as required.

8. Teachers on D.O.T.T. will report to their class on the oval to assist specialist teacher in checking students. When this has happened the support teachers will report to the Principal to assist as directed.

9. The School Officers will go to the front of the car park (taking any sick children with them) to stop visitors entering the school. Education Assistants and ancillary staff will move to the oval or assist in the orderly movement of children as is appropriate.

10. Canteen staff/workers and visitors to the school are also to make their way to the safety of the oval.

11. In the event of evacuation being necessary during LUNCH or RECESS, Staff and Children are to make their way to the oval where children will report to their teacher. No one is to go back into classrooms in this situation.

EMERGENCY – LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES: 2011

IN THE EVENT OF A LOCK DOWN

1. This will be signalled by three short siren blasts followed by an immediate PA announcement (Principal, Deputies or Business Manager. The PA announcement will inform staff and students if it is an external (intruder) or internal (critical incident) situation.

2. Staff and students please return to their classrooms, lock doors and close blinds. If class is outside or at recess/lunch students and teachers proceed quickly back to classroom.

3. Front office staff to lock office and staff room.

4. Deputy Principals to ring classroom blocks to inform a staff member details of situation. This person to relay information to staff within the block. One deputy will inform demountable classrooms.

5. Principal to inform relevant authorities of situation (Police, Emergency Services, District Office)

6. Teachers and Education Assistants to re-assure students by keeping them calm and safe

7. Staff and students not to leave locked classrooms until PA announcement that situation has been resolved.

 

To provide regular opportunities for students to share homework experiences with parents who are requested to supervise the completion of formally set homework AND to initiate some informal homework

5/06/2007

To provide regular opportunities for students to share homework experiences with parents who are requested to supervise the completion of formally set homework AND to initiate some informal homework experiences as set out in following policy.

Years 1 and 2

Homework centres upon READING set by the teacher. This will take about 15-20 minutes.

At the beginning of Year 1 your child may need to have you read the books to them. Your child reads out aloud when able.

Action

  • Parent DISCUSSES the story and ASKS QUESTIONS about what has been read.
  • Parent signs the Reading card.
  • Child practises sounds.
  • Children in Year 2 may be expected to practice SPELLING at home as well.

Years 3, 4 and 5

READING may be set by the teacher. This homework will take about 15-20 minutes. Your child may select a book to take home to read from available reading material, or may be asked to select from personal/library books.

Action

  • Child reads SILENTLY at first.
  • Child reads part OR all text aloud.
  • Parent DISCUSSES the story and ASKS QUESTIONS about what has been read

BASIC + – x ?· TABLES practice as much as possible.

MATHS – up to 20 minutes nightly may be set by teachers where the need exists.

Neat written and printed presentation is expected with all written homework.

SPELLING – Children may be required to revise spelling lists regularly.

Years 6 and 7

All children have at least 30 minutes homework each school evening.

Action

  • 10 minutes basic +-x?· tables practice
  • 20 minutes SILENT reading from reading texts or library materials
  • Some reading aloud to parents could also be done.
  • Children may go over SPELLING words for 10 minutes as well.
  • Special needs children will have specific homework programs developed in consultation with parents. Neat written and printed presentation is expected with all written homework.

In Addition Years 1,2,3,4,5,6, and 7

  • Teachers may require children to…
  • Complete unfinished work at home
  • To undertake special research projects
  • To locate current event items
  • To practice sets of examples where the need clearly exists
  • Children may also do written work of their own choice at home.

*** Parents who do not want their children to take part in the school’s homework program are requested to write to class teachers with this request.

The Health Department provides guidelines for the school on communicable diseases.

5/06/2007

Infectious Diseases

The Health Department provides guidelines for the school on communicable diseases.

Below are a few common diseases, for further information contact your local doctor.

Disease & Period of Communicability Exclusion

  • Conjunctivitis While eye discharge is present Exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased
  • Chicken Pox From 2 days before rash until all blisters have crusted Exclude until at least 5 days after the eruption first appears. Some remaining scabs do not justify exclusion
  • Glandular fever Not known Exclude until child is well
  • Measles About 4 to 5 days before rash begins until 4th day after rash appears Exclude for at least 4 days after the onset of the rash
  • Head Lice Until lice and nits (eggs) are destroyed Exclude until treatment has commenced
  • Non-immunised measles contacts should be excluded from school for 13 days after the appearance of the rash in the last case identified in the school, unless the contact was immunised within 72 hours of first exposure. Immunisation is available for Measles/Rubella/Mumps vaccine from 12 months of age onwards.

The Health Department advises that there are serious concerns about immunity levels to measles in the community. Measles can cause numerous complications, brain damage or death. Parents are advised of the following procedures which should be adopted. The onus is on the parent to advise the school if your child has been immunised, otherwise we will presume that your child has NOT been immunised.

Please contact the school office if you have information or a query.

Head Lice School Policy

The following is a brief outline of what happens when a child is found to have head lice:

  • Child is given a brief age appropriate explanation about head lice.
  • A Deputy will phone parents to notify them and a letter is sent home to the parents of the child at the end of the day.
  •  It informs the parent that their child has head lice and advises them that, as required by The School Education Act, the child must commence head lice treatment before returning to school.
  • Enclose a copy of the Department of Health’s Head Lice Fact Sheet. All children in the class receive a letter notifying parents of lice in the school and asking them to check their children’s hair.
  • Recommended treatment is the Hair Conditioner 10 day method. Once treatment has commenced, the parents of the child with head lice should send the child back to school with a letter confirming treatment has commenced.
  •  If the child again returns without evidence of treatment, the Principal, or delegate, will contact the parents and advise that the student is immediately excluded from school, until treatment has commenced and the school notified. Assistance will be offered to help by Deputy or school nurse.
  • Homework will be provided for the student. Where a student continues to be absent from school without due reason, the matter will be dealt with in accordance with the Absenteeism Policy. Head Lice infestation is easily treated and is not a disease.

Immunisation

The Health Department of Western Australia recommends that the following schedules be followed for routine immunisations.

Vaccine Age

  • DTP Diphtheria / tetanus/ pertussis 4 years
  • OPV Oral polio vaccine 4 years
  • MMR Measles \ mumps \ rubella 4 years
  • ADT Tetanus Booster 10 – 16 years
  • Hep B Hepatitis B virus 10 – 16 years

The Education Department of WA has provided to schools Policy Procedures in relation to the administration of medication.

5/06/2007

Rationale

The Education Department of WA has provided to schools Policy Procedures in relation to the administration of medication. A brief description is outlined below and a copy is available at the office for parents to read.

Procedure

Where there is an agreement between staff and parents through written instructions by a Medical Practitioner and Parent/Guardian, school staff can administer prescribed medication.

School staff are not expected to administer prescribed medication or treatments which require specialist training such as giving injections.

Parents are to advise the school if their child requires the use of an inhaler (puffer). The child will be able to self-administer provided relevant information is given to the class teacher.

Documentation

Documentation of all administration of medication action plans and agreements to perform the necessary functions (eg: listing times, doses, dates of medication outcomes) is required. These functions must be carried out and recorded on standard notification forms (available from the school office) whenever school staff undertake to assist in the administration of medication to students. The students should administer their own medication where capable of doing so and have authorisation for the taking of medication. The student may be supervised/assisted by school staff in administering their medication where there is an agreement to do so.

Storage of Drugs

Class A drugs (ADD medication and the like) will be stored in a locked cabinet in the Administration Area. It is the responsibility of the student to come to the office at the stipulated time to receive the necessary medication from the member of the Administration Team who is available at that time. The name of the child, date, quantity administered and the name of the drug will be placed on a recording sheet each time a child is given medication, These sheets are required to be kept in the school until the pupil is aged 25 years.

Drugs requiring short term administration (antibiotics, dental treatment, period pain etc) may be kept in the Administration area or the first aid room fridge, and, are to be administered by  school staff where an agreement to do so has been reached. Record the doses given on the Drug Administration Record Sheet. All documentation is to be kept in the school for 1 year.

Non Prescription Drugs

School staff must not administer analgesics such as paracetamol to students without written instruction from the student’s parent/guardian or Medical Practitioner. The form Student Medication Request/Record may be used with the line referring to the prescribing doctor being ignored. Where possible it is requested that parents/guardians ask their doctor to stagger the doses around the school day.

Parent & Guardian Responsibilities

Parents & Guardians should complete a Medication Request/Record form, a Medication Instructions form, and a Prescribing Doctor form and notify the Principal or Deputy Principal(s) of all relevant details of medication to be administered during school hours. It is the Parents’/Guardians’ responsibility to provide the school with adequate information regarding the details of the child’s medical condition, which may require specific action and/or treatment under emergency conditions (ie: arising from asthma, diabetes, and serious allergic reaction).

An emergency action plan will then be developed, if necessary, between the school, parents/guardian, family doctor and school nurse, if applicable. Copies of the Emergency Individual Care Plan form are available from the school office.

Students should not bring bulk supplies of any drug to school.

Medication, which IS NOT labelled correctly, will not be accepted for use. It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to ensure that the medication is clearly labelled, is not out of date and is provided in sufficient quantities for the child’s needs.

A suggestion for children needing to have their drugs stored in Administration is, for the parent/guardian to provide a one week pill dispenser. This way the correct dosage for each day can be placed in the named division and the container sent to school on Monday morning. The empty container will be given to the child on Friday to take home for the following week’s doses to be brought in on the Monday.

The prevention of harmful and unlawful drug use is supported by Forest Crescent Primary School. The following preventative measures will be implemented.

5/06/2007

This policy aims to:

1.promote and maintain a healthy school environment in which the welfare of all school community members is paramount;

2.identify how Forest Crescent Primary School can contribute to the prevention of drug-related problems; and

3.document the school communities agreed position on, and accepted procedures for dealing with, drug-related incidents and problems.

Prevention

The prevention of harmful and unlawful drug use is supported by Forest Crescent Primary School.

The following preventative measures will be implemented:

  1. A well-resourced, relevant health education program which includes drug education for K-6.
  2. Yearly visits from the Life Education W.A. van supplement this program.
  3. Information provided by the Health Department is included in the resources available from the school library.
  4. Regular professional development for staff teaching health education.
  5. The Life Education W.A. van provides a session for both parents and teachers during the time it spends in the school.
  6. Involvement of parents and community members in health and drug education programs.
  7. Regular review of this school drug policy.

This policy, the school health education and promotion program are consistent with the State Government’s policy framework of the Western Australian Strategy Against Drug Abuse. It stresses the need for a comprehensive approach and emphasises two principles: first and foremost opposition to drug abuse and second, harm reduction.

Intervention

Intervention procedures are designed to address alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related problems and ensure the health and well being of all parties concerned. All intervention procedures conform with legal requirements.

Forest Crescent Primary School does not permit students while on school premises, at any school function, excursion or camp to:

  • Smoke and/or possess tobacco products;
  • Consume and/or possess alcohol;
  • Deliberately inhale volatile substances (solvents);
  • Possess and/or use pharmaceutical drugs for non-medical purposes;
  • Possess and/or use illegal drugs in accordance with the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981; or Possess and/or use drug-related equipment, such as syringes, bongs or pipes (except in the case of lawful medical use).
  • The School Administration must be notified if students need to administer prescribed medicine while at school.

Smoking

A Deputy Principal will notify parents/caregivers and a letter will be sent home if a student smokes on school premises. The cigarettes confiscated will be handed over to the parents. Students will be offered counselling and will face disciplinary action in accordance with the school community’s Managing Student Behaviour Program.

Alcohol and Solvents

Possession and/or consumption of alcohol or deliberate inhalation of solvents by children will require a Deputy Principal to contact parents/caregivers and send a letter home. All substances confiscated will be handed over to parents. Students will be offered counselling and will face disciplinary action in accordance with the school’s Managing Student Behaviour program.

Illicit Drugs

Parent/care givers of students with illicit drugs will be informed immediately. The Principal will call the police. In the absence of a student’s parent or caregiver, the student support person or a teacher nominated by the student will always be present at any police interview that takes place on school premises. The student will be offered counselling and face disciplinary action in accordance with the school community’s Managing Student Behaviour program.

Forest Crescent Primary School is committed to the provision of a safe learning environment for all students. When concerns about drug use arise in the school community the school will cooperate with key agencies such as the police to determine what actions are appropriate to maintain a safe environment.

Take Control

Useful Contacts

Principal

Deputy Principals

Local Community Drug Service Team Alcohol and Drug Information Service 08 9442 5000 Toll-free 1800 198 024

Parent Drug Information Service 08 9442 5050

Local Drug Action Group Southern District – Hm 08 9459 6639. Wk 08 9452 0010

It is the policy of Forest Crescent Primary School that students will use the Internet in a responsible manner and be consistent with the educational objectives of the Education Department of WA.

5/06/2007

The Internet allows users to search world-wide databases and exchange messages (email) throughout the world. All classrooms have access to the Internet, but it is up to the discretion of an individual teacher as to student use. Benefits to students at this school include the support of research and education by providing access to unique resources and an opportunity for collaborative work.

It is the policy of Forest Crescent Primary School that students will use the Internet in a responsible manner and be consistent with the educational objectives of the Education Department of WA. Accordingly, Parents/guardians are asked to read and discuss the rules governing the behaviour of students who access the system with their child. Both the parent/guardian as well as the student are to sign the user agreement form and return it to school. Students who do not return a completed Internet User Agreement cannot use the Internet at school. Students who do not adhere to any part of this agreement may lose the privilege to use the system and further disciplinary action may be taken. Parents will be notified of any infractions.

Student Agreement

Students must adhere to all the student agreement conditions listed below:

1. I will only access the Internet under the direction of a staff member.

2. I will not look for any information which is in any way unacceptable. (eg. Internet information dealing with pornography or unrelated to school curriculum).

3. If I find a site that I think is not suitable I will report it immediately to a school staff member.

4. Before copying anything from the Internet I will seek permission from a staff member.

5. In fairness to other users I will make my Internet use as efficient as possible.

6. I will abide by copyright law by not copying and/or distributing another’s work, and I will correctly acknowledge another person’s work (if I use it).

7. I will not give out anyone’s name, address or phone number unless I have the approval of a staff member and the person’s permission.

8. I will not use the Internet service to upset or be rude to anyone.

9. Students may access World-wide Email facilities only with express teacher permission. All email sent by students from school must be related to a specific classroom topic. Review This Internet policy may be revised at any time to keep up with current trends and information.