Kahibah Public School
Kahibah Public School 2005
Working together to be
the best we can be.
for choosing our school.
The information presented in this booklet is intended to be helpful to you as your child enters our school.
We look forward to a pleasant, co-operative relationship with the school and home in harmony to provide a happy learning environment and where every child feels safe and secure.
Vision Statement, School Pledge, School Song
Repetition of Students
Reporting to Parents
Appointments with Staff
Awards & Commendations
Student Representative Council
Key Learning Areas
Travel To and From School
Captains and School Leaders
Change of Address
OOSH (out of school hours care)
Out of bounds
|Y / Z|
Home School Liaison Officer
Otitis Media Information
|§||Sound teaching of Basic Skills|
|§||Expert art tuition from leading specialist|
|§||Explicit Teaching of Values|
|§||Special Band teacher|
|§||School and Cluster Choir|
|§||Public Speaking – Kinder to Yr 6|
|§||Specialist Computer instruction|
|§||A variety of sports|
|Phone Number:||61 2 4943 4501|
|Fax:||61 2 4942 2590|
|Address:||Frith Street, Kahibah 2290|
|8.35am – 9.00am||Playground Supervised|
|9.00am – 11.00am||Morning Lessons|
|11.00am – 11.20am||Recess – supervision by rostered teachers|
|11.20am – 12.50pm||Lessons|
|12.50pm – 1.00pm||Lunch with class teacher|
|1.00pm – 1.40pm||Supervision by rostered teachers|
|1.40pm - 1.45pm||Afternoon Assembly|
|1.45pm – 3.00pm||Afternoon lessons|
|Assistant Principals||Maggie Killick||Jennifer Connolly|
|Staff||Terry Moore||Carol Callen|
|Dennis Velich||Lisa Gallagher|
|David Lyddiard||Kendy Nicholas|
|Melanie Davis||Megan Gray|
|Louise Hislop||Yvonne McLardy|
|Beth Filipo||Robyn Karakasch|
|Julie Fester||Janelle Fidler|
|Teachers Aides||Sue Tripet||Sandy Dorse|
|Tina Thompson||George Moratidis|
|School Administration||Janet Parsons||Loretta Boyle|
|General Assistant||Ray Hogan|
I came upon the prison ship bowed down by iron chains.
I cleared the land, endured the lash, and waited for the rains.
I’m a settler, I’m a farmer’s wife, on a dry and barren run.
A convict, then a free man, I became Australian.
We are one, but we are many,
And from all the lands on earth we come.
We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian.
I’m a teller of stories, I’m a singer of songs.
I am Albert Namatjira and I paint the ghostly gums.
I am Clancy on his horse, I’m Ned Kelly on the run.
I’m the one who waltzed Matilda, I am Australian.
I’m the hot wind from the desert, I’m the black soil of the plains.
I’m the mountains and the valleys. I’m the drought and flooding rains.
I am the rock, I am the sky, the rivers when they run.
The spirit of this great land, I am Australian.
ANNUAL PRESENTATION TO PUPILS
The School recognises the scholastic, social and sporting achievements of all its students at the Annual Presentation Day held in December each year. Class awards and school awards recognise both excellence and effort in a variety of categories, including citizenship and leadership.
Awards may be given under the following headings in each class: Academic; Most Consistent; Most Improved; Cultural; Encouragement and Citizenship. The Dux of the School is awarded to the top academic student in Year 6. Sporting awards are given to our champions in Athletics, Swimming and our PSSA teams.
APPOINTMENTS WITH STAFF
When a parent wants to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss their child’s progress, etc., an appointment can be made by contacting the front office or seeing the teacher before school, at lunchtime or after school throughout the year.
Appointments with the Principal should be made through the front office where possible.
Outdoor assemblies are held after lunch to inform children of the important matters of the day and coming events, as well as reminding children of the rules that apply regarding expectation of behaviour and values. Formal assemblies are held once every two weeks in our school hall providing the opportunity for classes to give reports and present items. Parents are welcome to attend these occasions.
Parents of children who are asthmatics are required to complete a form regarding the details of their child’s asthmatic condition. This enables us to provide appropriate assistance when necessary. Children need to take responsibility for their own puffer. We are an accredited Asthma Friendly School.
Children are required to attend school each day the school is open. Class rolls are marked daily. All absences, including late arrivals or early departures are registered. A note is required for all absences and is to be handed by the child to the class teacher on his/her return to school.
If children arrive late they report to the office first to obtain a late slip that is then handed to the teacher. If parents/carers need to pick children up early, they also need to go to the office first to obtain an early leaver’s slip that is then handed to the class teacher.
In the best interests of the school, we request that parents keep sick and recuperating children at home until they are well enough to be able to participate in the normal lessons.
AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS
At times awards are presented by teachers to students for achievement. These are presented in the form of cards, ribbons, certificates, stamps, stickers, etc. either in class or at the formal assembly as a form of encouragement and to recognise personal improvement in any field of endeavour.
Our school believes in intrinsic motivation and we encourage responsible decision making and the completion of quality work because the student wants to, not because he knows there’s an external reward at the end.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE (OOSH -Out of School Hours Care)
The Charlestown Out of School Hours Care Centre, located at the Children’s Centre of the Victory Baptist Church in Fraser Parade Charlestown, phone number 4943 9414, offers before and after school care for the children from our school. If there are positions available, the fees include transport to and from school.
Children are escorted onto the special bus each afternoon by a member of staff.
Children may ride bicycles to school once they turn 10 years of age. Bicycle helmets MUST be worn by law. Bicycles are to be walked into the school playground. Pupils dismount at the entrance and walk bicycles to the bicycle racks. Cyclists are asked to use the Frith Street entrance for entry and exit to our school.
Cyclists line up in the afternoon, behind the walkers, all of whom are escorted by a member of staff.
The School Library offers Book Club facilities twice a term to all children in the school. On the designated days, children are able to order books of their choice through the Scholastic Book Club. Payment for the books must be made on the day the books are ordered. Cheques are to be made payable to “Scholastic Book Club”.
The School Council, our school executive and our School Administration Manager fulfils the role of the Budget Committee.
The school canteen provides a daily service to children when helpers are available. It is operated by volunteers who willingly provide this special service to children in our school. If you would like to help as a voluntary worker in the canteen, even 1 day per month, please notify the school.
* Lunches are to be ordered before 9.00 a.m. Orders are written on a lunch bag supplied by the students
* Students are to queue quietly at the counter with only one pupil in each row at the counter at a time, the remainder in single file behind the yellow line
* Each student is to buy only for him/herself
* Students do not to go to the canteen during lesson time unless directed by the teacher
* We expect students to be polite to people who serve in the canteen.
CAPTAINS and SCHOOL LEADERS
Each year the children in Years 2-6 vote for 2 School Captains and School Leaders. Students who nominate for election are required to address all K-6 pupils prior to the election. Elections are held in December each year and a special investiture ceremony is held early in Term 1 the following year. At this ceremony the parents of the captains and leaders are invited to pin on their child’s badge.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Please advise the school immediately if there is a change of address or phone numbers. It is important that our records are kept up to date.
Members of the P&C organise a Clothing Pool each year. Used school clothing is housed at school. To purchase any clothing, our school assistants in the office will be able to help you. All details are provided in the school’s newsletter.
To keep parents informed of school happenings, a school newsletter is published fortnightly and distributed to the eldest child in each family. When necessary, extra bulletins are sent home to parents. The newsletter carries items about school news and celebrates childrens’ learning. It includes information re: the P. & C. Association, The Fundraising Committee and School Council news and explains what’s happening, when and where. A calendar of events for your convenience is also included. You are most welcome to visit the school at any time. We also have a very exciting and up to date web site available, www.kahibah-p.schools.nsw.edu.au
Please contact the school if you are concerned over any information that is unclear. Class teachers frequently send home newsletters, advising parents of class based activities, programs and class policies.
The school has many computers and printers. These are placed in classrooms from Kinder to Year 6. Each classroom has access to the internet. We also have a bank of 15 computers in a computer laboratory. Computer instruction is provided on a regular basis to students by staff, and all staff are encouraged to update their computer skills frequently. We also have a specialist computer teacher taking classes and an enrichment interest club at lunchtime each Wednesday.
In families where there are issues of separation/custody/divorce, we believe it is important for both parents to have access to information concerning their children and to be involved in their children’s education. It is also necessary to keep the school informed of any Court Orders which may be current. Please provide us with all the information we need to ensure the best outcomes for your child and your family. All such information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Our school believes in the philosophy that each individual person is responsible for his or her behaviour at all times. We also believe in creating a quality teaching and learning environment. To achieve this, all members of our school community endeavour to work as a team, operating on trust and mutual respect.
An agreed set of rules has been developed by Students in our school for the benefit of all, in both the playground and common indoor areas. Each class also establishes its own rules for creating an ideal learning environment.
All rules are designed to create harmony, where rights of individuals are respected but where the needs of the group are paramount.
Responsibility training is an integral part of our school curriculum. Children are taught strategies to help them make responsible decisions in their lives.
Students at our school know and understand that there are consequences for inappropriate behaviour.
Consequences are designed to strengthen each child.
Please refer to the Student Welfare Policy for more detailed information.
EMERGENCIES / EVACUATIONS
Special procedures exist when emergencies (e.g. fire, earthquake) occur in the school. Children follow an evacuation drill. Practices are held on a regular basis, generally once or twice a year. The main evacuation assembly area is the playing field.
A prolonged ringing of the siren signals an emergency, and evacuation procedures are brought into operation. These procedures are displayed in the classrooms, the library, staffroom and offices and foyer.
One continuous ring signals lockdown procedures where children stay inside the classroom until “all clear” is given.
There are two entrances to the school, namely, the Frith Street, northern entrance for walking only, and the Symes Avenue, southern entrance.
Vehicles can enter via Symes Avenue, but entry is restricted to delivery of goods, parents on canteen duty, picking up a sick child or attending an authorised meeting and the afternoon school care bus. Any parent suffering permanent/temporary disability may see the office staff for a parking permit.
We ask that parents avoid driving into the playground when dropping off
or picking up children. The RTA has described this as dangerous practice and the
safety of every child in our school is paramount.
There is to be no driving in or out of the school grounds between:
8.45am & 9.15am
10.50am & 11.25am
12.45pm & 2.00pm
2.45pm & 3.15pm
We know you will respect this request.
Each year excursions are planned for children in all years, mainly to supplement and consolidate work being covered in lessons. These excursions are well planned and are an integral part of the school curricula. Parents are often invited to help with pupil management on excursions and the ratio of such help is dependent on location and travel.
Year 5 students go to Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Camp each year and Year 6 go on a major excursion to Canberra.
Parents are asked to fill out medical forms for each excursion and risk management plans are completed by staff.
Our School Assistants have current First Aid Certificates and will attend to simple medical procedures as well as administering prescribed medication for children with needs.
However, in cases requiring unexpected special medical attention, parents or a nominated contact person are notified. In serious cases, if neither parent can be contacted, the child will be taken by ambulance to the John Hunter Hospital from where contact with the parents and/or the doctor nominated on the Medical Form will be made. In this case, either the Principal, or a nominated member of Staff will accompany the child until a
parent/carer arrives. Free ambulance cover is provided for each child by the P. & C. Association.
If ill, children report to their class teacher or to the School Assistant at the Office. If a student is so ill as to necessitate going home, the school will make telephone contact with the parent or the person nominated by the parent on the Information Form. If contact cannot be made, the student is kept in sick bay until arrangements can be made for the child to go home.
HOME SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER
An officer of the Department of School Education has the responsibility of checking the attendance of all children in the school at least once a term. Home visits may occur if the Home School Liaison Officer is not satisfied with a child’s attendance or finds that parents have not provided a written explanation for a child’s absence from school. This is departmental policy. Therefore, please advise the school, preferably by letter, of any absences.
This policy and homework expectations for each class are explained to parents at a Parent/Teacher Meeting held early in Term 1, in each classroom. It is expected that each child will complete the homework set for each week. Homework is designed to complement work done at school and has the potential for further home-school partnership in the education of the child. It is the school’s aim to encourage the development of the child’s interests, knowledge and skills through homework activities. These activities are usually a consolidation of class work.
Our school has a homework policy and if at any time the homework creates tension between you and your child it is best to stop and discuss the issue with the class teacher as soon as possible.
All children in the school are placed in one of four houses:
|BURWOOD||is the name of the nearest colliery and also the name of one of the main coal seams.|
|GLENROCK||is the lagoon into which the waters from Flaggy Creek flow. Flaggy Creek runs through part of Kahibah, past Kahibah Railway Station, over the Main Waterfall and down the Cascades to Glenrock Lagoon.|
|KENIBEA||is an aboriginal word meaning “Black Swan”. One assumes they were at the Lagoon. On old maps the Parish was known as Kahibah and the village Kenibea.|
|VICTORIA||is the name of another of the main coal seams in the Burwood Colliery.|
|ENGLISH||(Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening)|
|MATHEMATICS||(Number, Space & Geometry, Patterns and Algebra Data, Measurement and Working Mathematically)|
|HUMAN SOCIETY AND ITS ENVIRONMENT||(Social Studies, Environmental Education, L.O.T.E.)|
|SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY||(Science and Computer Education)|
|CREATIVE ARTS||(Visual Arts, Craft, Music, Drama)|
|PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION||(Personal Development, Health Studies, Sport and Fitness)|
All students are expected to wear full school uniform. This includes the wearing of a hat and we recommend the broad brimmed hat.
The school community strongly supports the wearing of school uniform because it believes that the wearing of uniform promotes a sense of belonging and enhances the image of the school.
See also Uniform web page
|Formal Uniform (same as Summer Uniform)|
|Grey Shorts||Blue and White checked dress|
|Grey Socks||White Socks|
|Black Shoes||Black Shoes|
|Grey Shorts||Blue and White checked dress OR
Royal blue KPS shorts with sky blue polo shirts
|Grey Socks||White Socks|
|Black Shoes||Black Shoes|
|Blue School Hat
|Blue School Hat
|Navy Blue Tracksuit||Navy Blue Tracksuit OR Slacks|
|Pale Blue Shirt or Skivvy||Pale Blue Shirt or Skivvy|
|Navy Blue Jumper||Navy Blue Jumper|
|Grey Socks||White Socks|
|Black Shoes||Black Shoes|
|Royal Blue Shorts||Royal Blue Shorts|
|Pale Blue Sport Shirt||Pale Blue Sport Shirt|
|White Socks||White Socks|
|N.B. NO tights or bike pants allowed.|
|Slouch (full brim)||$10.00|
|Cloth School Badges||$3.00|
|Metal School Badges||$3.50|
©2004 This page updated: Monday, 2005-10-31