Altona North Primary School; The Community with Heart. We believe in giving every child the opportunity to be highly successful in their academic learning, social/emotional development and to feel safe and valued.
We have an inclusive approach which supports all students to be their best and to improve the outcomes of learning of all students. Altona North Primary School caters to children in Grades PREP to SIX. Enrolments are now being accepted for the 2022 school year and all enquiries should be directed to the school office. School tours are run by our Principal, Mrs Robyn Gregson, and Assistant Principal, Mrs Lee Blunt, at mutually convenient times for everyone. These tours can be conducted in groups or individually depending on your preference.
OUR SCHOOL ZONE
Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au which hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones. Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address. The Department provides guidance through the Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations. You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.
Enrolments are not complete without
Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers will no longer be sufficient as a form of evidence.
Regardless of whether the child is or is not immunised, parents must provide an immunisation status certificate, from the Australian Immunisation Register to the school.
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If your child lives in two households please also fill out the Alternative Family Form
PREP STUDENT TRANSITION PROGRAM
Generally we would have ran a 5 week transition program to allow us to make your child’s transition into Primary School as enjoyable as possible. Every Wednesday your child would have been involved in school programs to become familiar with the school environment, teachers and other children. The five dates are designed to give your child experiences and opportunities to be involved within the school environment before they commence the 2022 school year, however, unfortunately this year it will not be possible following the guidelines of the Victorian Government and Departments of Education’s advice.
This year we will be running 4 transition sessions.
We will endeavour to make the transition under the current circumstances as smooth as possible for your child. Please be sure to engage in positive conversations about school with your child, ask them what they are looking forward to and see if there are any questions they may have.
Information regarding Essential Education Supplies and uniform orders will be sent to you via email or mail and payments can be made over the phone.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2022
TERM DATES FOR 2022
All students start at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm.
On Monday morning, we have a whole school assembly at 8.45am. Parents are most welcome to attend the assembly however are asked not to accompany their child/ren into their classroom.
Times for the school day are:
8.45am School starts.
10.45am Recess time (45 minutes). (Please pack a healthy snack)
11.30am Line up to re-enter class.
1:15pm Inside Eating Bell (Please pack lunch)
1.30pm Lunch time (45 minutes).
2.15pm Line up to re-enter class.
Please note that school finishes at 2pm on the last day of each term and usually the children dress in casual clothes. School finishes at 1.30pm on the last day of the school year.
Please arrange a meeting place in the school yard with your child so they know where to find you at the end of the school day. Speak with your child about not leaving the school grounds and let them know that they can go to the office if they are not sure where to meet you at the end of the day.
The school office is open from 8:30am–4:30pm Monday to Friday.
Prep students will not attend school on FOUR Wednesdays start from Week 1, Term 1. Each student will be required to attend an individual student assessment appointment at school on one of these Wednesdays. These times will be arranged with families by the class teacher.
START OF THE SCHOOL DAY
All children will be expected to be at school and in their classroom when the school day begins at 8.45am.
Every day and every minute counts.
Music is played for 3 minutes at 8.45am, before the morning bell, to indicate to parents and students that it’s time to say goodbye to each other and for students to go to class.
Teachers supervise the playground from 8.30am until 8.45am, during all recesses, and after school from 3.15pm until 3.30pm.
Students are not permitted to ride bikes and scooters at any time on the school grounds.
The supervising teachers wear a neon vest for easier visibility.
If your child is absent or you know of any upcoming absences, please notify the school either by phone call, email or by filling in the Absentee Form on our website.
Repeated lateness will be followed up via contact with the family. As soon as practicable after the roll is taken and reported absences are finalised, an SMS notification will go out to parents of children who are absent at the time the roll is taken, to notify them that their child is absent without reason.
Late arrival is highly discouraged.
If a child is not in class by the time the roll is marked first thing in the morning, an SMS will be sent home to the parents, as advised by The Department of Education and Training, unless the parent has notified the school by either phone or email.
Lateness disrupts the teaching and learning of the rest of the grade and the late child may also miss a vital part of their learning. It also does not enable your child for social interaction before school before their learning begins. Mornings are when a child learns best and every minute counts.
Should a late arrival be unavoidable, you must come through the office. When a child arrives after 9, they need to be seen at the front office to collect a Late Pass, however a text message will still be sent home if a parent is not present or an explanation by a parent has not been received.
If a parent is present, a Late Arrival note is to be filled out and taken to class with the child. This is an official school record of time spent at school and is kept on file.
Children are not permitted to leave school ground without permission. If a child is to be signed out early, a parent/carer is to come to the front office. An Early Dismissal Note is to be filled out and we will arrange for the child to be bought over to the office with their bag.
The teacher on duty will escort any students who have not been collected by 3.30pm to the school office. The office staff will then make calls to parents/carers or emergency contacts in order to confirm pick-up arrangements. If parents/carers/emergency contacts are unable to be contacted by 3.45pm, students will be placed in the Out Of School Hours program and families will be invoiced accordingly by Camp Australia.
We constantly ensure safety as a priority for all students whilst they enjoy the security of a safe and collaborative culture.
Before and After School Care
Out of School Hours Care is provided at ANPS by Camp Australia. The Before School Program operates every school day from 7.00am until 8.45am, with breakfast served from 7.30am to 8.30am. After School Care is available from 3.15pm until 6.00pm daily. Bookings are essential and must be made through Camp Australia.
Camp Australia 8851 4160.
Altona North Primary School holds a Breakfast Club every Wednesday and Friday morning in the school hall from 8:00am-8:30am. Volunteers and staff run Breakfast Club so students can enjoy a healthy start to the school day. All student are welcome to attend.
Thank you to the Food Bank for providing our school with a wonderful supply of fresh apples and oranges to start off our school term.
It is vital that Student Information details are kept current. For your child’s safety, please notify the school of any alteration to address, phone numbers, emergency contacts and medical conditions.
If your child sustains a head/concerning injury, please be assured you will be notified via phone call. For minor injuries, majority of the time, a medical note will be sent home just to have you aware of what happened, when and how.
Ambulance subscription is advisable for all families. Family cover is around $80.00 per year and often covered by private health insurance. If you have a healthcare card it is free.
Our First Aid Officer can administer medication if it is necessary for your child to take medicine at school, however we do require written permission via our Medication Authority Form. We also require:
School Medical Service
The schools DET nurse attends during the year to test the hearing and vision of all prep students free of charge. Parents are notified prior to the arrival of this nurse and given opportunity to communicate with her either via phone, in writing or in person.
If you do not have student accident insurance you are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance/transport and any other transport costs. Parents/guardians can purchase insurance policies from commercial insurers.
The Education Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property. Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises. As the Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property students, staff and parents should be discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.
At ANPS, our uniform is attractive as well as compulsory. Our school colours are bottle green and white. We run our own Uniform Shop and our wonderful community also donate back to the school allowing us to also sell second hand uniform.
You can find Uniform Order Forms at the front office or on our website. Please leave your completed order form and payment at the office and we will notify you once your order is filled for pick up. If preferred, we can arrange for the uniform order to be sent home with your child/ren if you would like to do so.
Labels and Lost Property
All school bags, uniforms and other items brought to school should be clearly labelled with your child’s name. Whilst we do have a lost property area, clearly labelled items make it much easier to be returned to its owners.
FOOD AND DRINKS
Students are requested to bring their lunch and drinks in labelled containers each day. Refillable pop-up water bottles are recommended as flasks are easily spilled and box drinks are difficult for young children to manage.
We encourage healthy eating and ask that lollies, chocolate bars and chips to not be included in your child’s lunch. We encourage “Nude Food”. This means lunch is brought to school in a washable container without wrappings.
EXTREME WEATHER DAYS
During recesses or lunches that are too wet or hot for play outdoors, teachers are rostered to supervise indoors. Should it start to rain while students are already at play, an announcement is made to call students back indoors and appropriate activities are organised within classrooms.
From September to April there is a “No hat – no play” policy within the school.
It is necessary for your child to have a hat every day at school during the summer months. Clothing that protects the shoulders from the sun must be worn and appropriate footwear is essential. Teachers do not supply, nor apply, sunscreen to students. However, students who bring their own sunscreen are welcome to apply it prior to outdoor play.
It is recommended that faces, arms and hands (or equivalent area of skin) be exposed to the sun for two to three hours per week. Children and adults with naturally very dark skin may need three to six times this exposure amount.
We ask that if you have a concern about your child that you contact the teacher via a note sent with your child, an email to the school or you are more than welcome ring, to make an appointment. You can usually catch the teacher outside the classroom straight after school too. Parent/Teacher Interviews
Twice yearly, all grades conduct parent / teacher information sessions between
2.30 -7:30pm (varying year to year) on a certain date.
These interviews should be seen as an opportunity for the sharing of information between parent and teacher, to assist your child’s learning through out the year. Your participation is important and it also provides a time for the update of key information in regard to personal details.
Interpreters are available for languages other than English and can possibly be arranged upon request.
Our school website is an important source of information.
The homepage has the calendar, which is full of details about curriculum, excursions and events for students and families. You are able to access the fortnightly newsletter, link to our Facebook, report an absence request and see reminders in a click.
You are also able to read our policies, our values and access notes.
Each term the student year levels and specialists pages are updated with information about what is ahead in the term, recommended educational websites and excursion and event calendars.
We also have a school Facebook page were we post reminders of events, dates and notes. It is a source of communication to our community with messages and photos to keep families in the loop of the fun we have here at ANPS.