Safety around our school

As our enrolments grow, the roads around our school are becoming increasingly chaotic during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times and children are sometimes put at risk.

Children are vulnerable road users and are at higher risk in traffic because of their size and inability to judge speed and distance.

When in school zones, please observe the following guidelines to reduce risk to children:

  • ALWAYS cross at the school crossings!!!
  • BE PATIENT – observe the directions of the School Crossing Supervisor.
  • DO NOT park on footpaths or over driveways.
  • NEVER double park. This reduces driver visibility, causes congestion and puts children at risk.
  • NEVER call your child across the road.
  • ALWAYS encourage your child to enter and exit the car from the kerb.
  • REMEMBER children are full of surprises! Expect the unexpected.
  • ALWAYS drive at or below 40km/h.

Our children’s safety and well-being is our most important priority so it is wonderful to now have two Crossing Supervisors, George and Carmen, to help our children cross what are, at times, very busy roads. A children’s crossing is a legal crossing when two flags are in place. Children and adults who are crossing at a children’s crossing must comply with the supervisor’s directions and must stand behind the line until the supervisor blows the whistle, indicating that it is safe to cross. The crossing supervisor will always wait until it is safe before they walk out and blow their whistle.

Cars are not allowed to park on or around the crossing.  The crossing area is usually signed NO STOPPING.  The clearance around the crossing is for the safety of pedestrians.

REMEMBER – ALWAYS CROSS AT THE CHILDREN’S CROSSING WHEN IT IS IN OPERATION.

By following the rules around school zones we can work together to ensure the safety of our children.

Important Information and reminders

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • The school yard is supervised by teaching staff between 8.45am and 3.30pm. It is not safe for children to be at school outside of these times. For parents who need to drop children prior to 8.45am, or collect them later than 3.15pm, Outside School Hours Care is available. Enrolment forms are available from the School Office.
  •  Parents are requested to make all doctors, dentist and specialist appointments outside of school hours. Children need to be present at school each day in order to maximise their learning opportunities. Children will not be signed out of the school during break times, during assemblies or after 3.00pm.

 STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

The Department of Education and Training does not provide personal accident insurance for children. Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured children, including any transport costs.

Student accident insurance policies are available from the private insurance market. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare. They can be obtained by parents for individual children.

Parents are reminded that Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School does not have a whole of school accident insurance policy.

PERSONAL PROPERTY BROUGHT TO SCHOOL

Personal property is often brought to school by children, staff and visitors. This property can include mobile phones, music devices, electronic games, calculators, musical instruments, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.

The Department of Education and Training does not hold insurance for personal property brought to school and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.

Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School does not have an insurance policy for lost, stolen or damaged personal property. Children are not permitted to bring any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school. Mobile phones brought to school MUST be left at the School Office and collected at the end of the day.

Book Club 2015

This year at Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School we are introducing a new book club. The Lamont Book Club will be very similar to the old Scholastic scheme, but with several important changes. Lamont offer higher quality products for your money and a more suitable selection of reading materials. The ordering process is quicker and easier for you, including a simple on-line option. I am especially pleased to say that the ordering process for myself as club administrator is far simpler and I foresee very few, if any, errors occurring with Lamont Book Club. As I am impressed with both the quality of the books offered and the very simple and efficient ordering system, I will be administering the scheme myself. I am at school on Tuesdays if you need any assistance. Otherwise, please contact the School Office. I look forward to lots of future orders! Reading benefits both your child and CCPS as orders generate rewards for the school.

 Yours sincerely,

 Karen Irving

Library manager.

School Council Election 2015 – Information for Parents

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?

For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The Principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How can you become involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term i each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider

  • standing for election as a member of the school council
  • encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on school council?

No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.

What do you need to do to stand for election?

The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term i each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister.

If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.

Remember

  • Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do
  • Consider standing for election to council this year  
  • Be sure to vote in the elections.

Contact the School Office for further information.

Welcome back!

Welcome back to all our families and a very special welcome to our new families. Congratulations to everyone upon a wonderful first week! Thank you to our children who have had a very smooth start to the year and are beginning to settle to work after their long break. We are also very appreciative of the enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication of our staff, who have ensured that classrooms were well prepared and that children are happy, on task and engaged in their learning.

Parent Payments:

Thank you to the many parents who have finalised payment, or established a payment plan, for their child/ren’s essential education items.

You may have read in the press that the Victorian Auditor-General has released a report on school costs for parents.

In response to the report’s findings, the Minister for Education has asked the Department of Education and Training to review its parent payment policy.

As a result of any changes to the Department’s policy, I will work with our school council to update our own policy as soon as the recommendations are published.

I don’t expect any changes until later in 2015 and I will let you know well in advance.

The Department’s parent payment policy is what I use to guide school council in deciding what we will ask you to pay each year.

Each year, late in Term Three, school council review the parent payment policy and then notify you of any changes.

Our aim is to ensure our policy meets parents’ expectations, while also ensuring that all of our children are able to participate in the programs we offer.

Our policy sets out what we ask you to pay for to support your child’s learning such as books and stationery.

Our policy also sets out what we ask parents to make voluntary contributions to, and where these funds will be directed (for example, to purchase library and sports equipment.)

As always, if you have any queries, or would like to discuss how the school can better support you in financial matters, please call the School Office on 5991 3600.

Warm regards,

Cheryl Irving

Principal

irving.cheryl.c@edumail.vic.gov.au