So, you are a first time parent...
What do you need to know about enrolling your child in primary school?
Firstly, don't panic. Here's what you need to know.
What are some good questions to ask?
Specific Information about Banyule Primary School
Our school is NOT zoned so there is no problem enrolling your child. Ring the school and arrange a tour with the principal, Sharon Marmo, either in term one or term two if possible (9459 0732). The school will hand you an enrolment pack on request. You will need to fill this out and hand it in along with the following:
KINDY PLAY DATES: These are set times you can bring your child to have a ‘free’ play with our existing preps. It is NOT the transition program. Simply ring and book into any of the sessions, bring your child along and watch them play with other children while you chat to teachers, other parents and ask questions of the principal. It is very informal and a great way for your child to develop a sense of what it’s like to be at school.
KINDY PLAY DATES FOR 2013
SCHOOL FEES: At the start of each year you will receive your payment requests for term one, including the Subject levies. It is extremely important that every family pays this levy as unlike the false information you hear about on the news, education is NOT free! The levies are adjusted each year but are around $230 - $240. This is a one off payment each year (not each term like kindergarten) and covers all the materials and equipment your child will use during the year. You do NOT purchase books, paper, pencils etc... The levy covers these things (we purchase in bulk and this saves you the hassle of doing it) It also covers art materials, music equipment, PE equipment, computers etc.)
TERM PLANNERS: At the start of each term you will receive a request for payment to cover the expenses for that term. This will cover planned excursions or special events. It is school council policy that children will not be able to attend events unless payment is made (or arrangements have been made at the office to cater for your specific needs) Payment envelopes will be sent home with the planner and you can pay by cash, cheque or credit card.
SPECIALISTS: Every child will participate in one hour of each the following specialist programs per week:
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: We have instrumental music teachers who can teach your child instruments such as guitar, piano, keyboard, flute and violin as a user pay program. For half an hour per week, your child can attend a private lesson with the tutor. This time will be changed each week so your child is not missing the same thing in the class room. The rates are extremely reasonable.
CHESS CLUB: This is another user pay program with a private tutor. Sessions are held on a Monday for beginners and Wednesdays for advanced players. Classes are held between 8:00am – 9:00am. Many of our children compete at regional and state level chess tournaments.
CHOIRS AND RECRDER GROUPS: Children have an opportunity to be in either our ‘Singing Sparrows’ (for Prep – grade 3 children) or our senior choir for grades 4-6 children. Recorder group is for any interested child. Both choir and recorder sessions are held once a week in half an hour of one lunch time.
PARENT HELPERS: There are many opportunities for you to be involved in your child’s education. Class room helpers are always welcomed. Individual teachers can make arrangements with you that suit your schedule and interests. Other ways to be involved include helping with Parents & Friends activities, attending excursions and camps, being on school council, attending working bees or by just asking is there anything I can do? Your help is always appreciated.
UNIFORM: The school uniform is compulsory. Our uniform shop is open every Friday morning 8:45am – 9:15am and is run by volunteer parents. Order forms are on the website and are available at the office. If you can’t attend the uniform shop during opening hours, you can hand your order and payment in at the office and the order will be sent home with your child, or left at the office for you to pick up. Some people like to buy spares at K-mart or Target(such as plain blue track pants, polo shirts, windcheaters or netball skirts). Please name all items so they can be returned when found. Your child WILL lose something at some stage! If it’s named there is a good chance you will get it back.
OUT OF HOURS SCHOOL CARE: This is available from 7am (including breakfast) until 8:45am and then after school from 3:30pm – 6:00pm. It is run by a private company called OSH Club. Payments are debited from your account. Registration is on-line and all information will be in the enrolment folder. There is an opportunity for a rebate every three months if you satisfy requirements.
YARD DUTY: There is a teacher on Yard duty form 8:45am – 9:00am and from 3:30pm – 3:45pm every day. During recess and lunch breaks, there are always 2 (sometimes 3) teachers on yard duty. Senior students have also been trained as peer mediators and wear special banners so they can be easily located. These children often settle small squabbles or help to find someone to play with if a child is alone. We have found this to be so valuable.
STUDENT WELFARE: We have a positive approach to discipline in that we like to encourage children when they are doing the right thing rather than wait and discipline when they have done something wrong. We use the school values as a platform for expected behaviour and ask the children to identify which value they have not respected when they have done something wrong. Our school values are:
Respect, Responsibility, Care & Compassion and Doing Your Best
We also have a consistent approach to class room discipline across the whole school. Children have a set number of warnings, followed by going to another class room, missing some of recess and lunch time and perhaps even going to see the principal. This approach means all children are dealt with fairly and all issues are followed up in a consistent manner. Generally speaking, Banyule primary school has a culture of positive behaviour with children who look out for each other and teachers who follow through with issues as they rise.
We firmly believe that if the welfare of students is addressed properly, learning takes place a lot easier. Happy kids learn!
Finally, Good Luck with your decision. When choosing a school for your child, just ask yourself:-
Can I see my child attending this school for 7 years? Do I get a good feeling about this school?
Sometimes it’s your ‘gut’ feeling that counts in the end!
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2013
Here are our important dates for 2013. Please feel free to ring and book a tour time or attend a kindy play date where kindy kids have a play session with our existing Preps.
Play School Date for 4 yr Kindy Kids to play with 2013 Preps
Play School Date for 4 yr Kindy Kids to play with 2013 Preps
Transition Program for 2014 Preps (enrolled)
Parent Information Evening 2014 Preps (enrolled)
PARENT HELPER'S HANDBOOK (please click to view the handbook)