1This booklet is intended to be of service to you,the parent, with its specific intention being to makeHome/school liaison clear. It is hoped it will be keptand any amendments included as they arise.15 Munro St (03) 5385 2526MURTOA. VIC 3390 Fax (03) 5385 2803PO Box 92 email: email@example.comMurtoa. Vic 3390 website: www.olhcmurtoa.catholic.edu.au(Updated:May 2012)Your Children, Their Future, ..... Our Lady’s
3CONTENTSPageOur Vision and Mission 4History of Our Lady Help of Christians School 5Learning and Teaching 7, 8Allowances 14Assessment and Reporting/School Policies 12Attendances/Prep Arrangements 13Bus arrangements 13Class Structure/Educating in Faith/Pastoral Care 9Closure days 14Computer and Online Access Acceptable Use Protocol 24Discipline Policy 8Distribution of books 14Enrolment Policy/Student Record File 10Excursions 15Facilities / Computer Education 11Finances /School Fees 14-15Homework Policy 16Infectious Diseases 17Medicine / First Aid Policy 19Newsletter / Notices 18Parent Involvement 18Regulations / Pick up and delivery of students 20School Banking Service 13School Calendar 10School hours / Briefing sessions 12School Library service 18School lunches 19School Policy 25-27School Sports / Cross Country / Swimming 19-20School Uniform 22-23Special Needs 21Student Leadership 21
4OUR VISION AND MISSIONOur VisionAs a Catholic School Community we acknowledge that Christ is the foundation of CatholicEducation.With this knowledge We aim to support the children as they learn to respond to the Gospel in their daily lives. We aim to support the children as they come to value learning and assist them to exploretheir emerging role in society.Our Mission We will work together to provide a quality education in keeping with Catholic/Christiantradition. We will challenge each student to strive for excellence within a comprehensive,stimulating curriculum that develops the self-esteem of all. We will be involved in the life of the Parish and wider community.Student leaders are blessed and commissioned by Fr Peter Hudson, P.P.
5HISTORY OF OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANSHistoryOur Lady Help of Christians Catholic School is situated on a large parcel of land on thesouth-eastern outskirts of Murtoa. It is a small Wimmera farming community situated 30kilometres from Horsham with a population of approximately 850 and is part of theHorsham Parish of St. Michael and St. John. A major industry in the area is drylandagriculture. A significant proportion of school families live on outlying farms or areengaged in the agricultural industry.1959 An attempt was made to start a Catholic School in Murtoa about 1959, andalthough the plans were drawn up, no further steps were taken at this time. Earlyin 1961, a Building Committee was formed. President was Father Paddy King andSecretary was Mr. John O’Halloran, of Murtoa. Three members representedRupanyup on the Committee and plans went ahead quite rapidly.The building of masonry veneer construction was commenced in December 1961,and completed in October 1962.1963 Bishop James Patrick O’Collins performed the official opening and dedication toOur Lady Help of Christians on March 24th1963, before a large crowd of localsand visitors. All were delighted with the modern and well-equipped school and thespacious grounds.Classes commenced at the beginning of the 1963 school year with 53 pupils,staffed by Sr Mary Ethna (Principal) and Sr. Mary de Porres, Brigidine nuns fromthe Horsham convent. A car was provided and the nuns travelled daily fromHorsham.1974 Mrs. Veronica Slattery was appointed the first lay principal in 1974 when theBrigidines could no longer supply a teacher. Seven more lay principals haveserved Our Lady’s community over the years while other teachers have providedassistance in the classroom and as support staff in the classrooms, in the libraryand in administration.2007 Our Lady Help of Christians is an important focal point for the local Catholiccommunity, and older church members in particular, regularly enjoy visiting theschool to join in school masses and other activities. The school has a high profilein leadership and involvement in the wider local community, especially in eventssuch as Murtoa’s BIG Weekend, held each year in October.Our Lady Help of Christians has several distinctive features. Its relatively small size is usedto great advantage, allowing children to receive quality education and attention toindividual needs and talents. The students are nurtured in a family-type environment,with peer support being encouraged across all age groups. The school’s approach ofworking in partnership with families means a strong commitment and involvement byparents to enhance school resources and facilities.
6The Official Opening of the school in 1963
7LEARNING AND TEACHINGWe believe that all learning and teaching that takes place at Our Lady Help of Christians,Murtoa, must be soundly based on Gospel Values.Overall we believe: Given sufficient time and support, all students can achieve high standards given the right conditions and assistance, all teachers can teach to high standards high expectations and early intervention are essential teachers need to be able to articulate what they do and why they teach the way they doRegarding the way children learn:We believe that all children can learn. We believe children learn best: in a safe, supportive and active environment in the company of their peers in partnership with their teachers and parents with appropriate support through routine at their own rate in a variety of ways in a variety of settings through a variety of experiences through success through having positive self esteem through taking risksRegarding what we want for our children:During their time at Our Lady Help of Christians, the children will: model Gospel values and become practical and active witnesses to the Gospel see themselves as capable of learning enjoy their learning become literate and numerate develop responsible attitudes demonstrate the beginnings of effective national and global citizenship accept responsibility for their place in the world
8 develop a positive sense of self demonstrate a healthy respect for others adapt to an education based on process become competent in using a variety of technologies attain the appropriate standard in all key learning areas in accordance with governmentand system policiesRegarding how we will teach:In response to our beliefs about the way children learn, and about what they will become,we believe our teaching must: be based on the message of the Gospel be based on the inherent belief that every child can learn be based on an inherent belief in the unique value of each individual be based on what the children already know respond to individual needs and differences provide opportunities for every child to experience success provide a challenging environment that caters for a variety of learning styles encourage the children to attain their full potential encourage the children to accept challenges in their learning promote the growth of positive self esteem provide both concrete and abstract learning experiences draw on real life experiences employ assessment and reporting methods that are positive, accurate and effective involve the school and wider community
9GENERAL INFORMATIONClass Structure/Educating in Faith/Pastoral CareClass StructureOur Lady’s School has two classrooms, which operate within a multi-class, multi-agestructure. We believe that this structure forms quality relationships within a secureenvironment; Allows for modelling to others; Allows the children to learn through experience of a wide range of activities thatmay not otherwise have been available in a one-stream class; Allows them to work at their own pace and within their own capabilities.Educating in FaithOur Religious Education Program follows the Guidelines mandated by the Bishop of theDiocese and supported by the Catholic Education Office. Called “Awakenings” it aims in adevelopmental way, to enrich and deepen the child’s relationship to self, family, thecommunity, the world and to our God.The children are able to celebrate their faith journey through daily prayer; an R.E. lessoneach day, preparation of and participation in school Masses and other religious activitiesthroughout the year.The Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist are celebrated jointly when the children arein Grade Four. The Parish encourages family participation in Sacramental preparation andprovides support for this approach.Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is made available in Grade Three.Pastoral CareOur Lady Help of Christians School is a faith community, which shares the vision and goalof welfare and discipline based on trust and respect.Through our Pastoral Care Policy we: - endeavour to foster the gospel values of truth, openness, and justice; believe that through a focus on relationships within the caring environment of the schoolcommunity, we build self esteem and confidence; value the dignity of all members of our community; provide an environment which accepts individual differences; develop individuals who are encouraged to accept responsibility for their actions; promote respect of self, others and property; foster communication and co-operation; provide opportunities for acceptable means of resolving differences; consistently re-inforce our expectations; work together with parents and engage support agencies when appropriate.
10Enrolment Policy/Student Record FileEnrolment PolicyThe Catholic Education Commission of Victoria encourages all Catholic parents to seek aplace in a Catholic school for their children in accordance with their duties to do so.The Commission also states the following guidelines: -1. Priority of access to Catholic schools should be given to Catholic children.2. The intellectual capacity of the Catholic child seeking a place in a Catholic schoolshould not be a criterion on entry.3. Whilst the degree of faith commitment of a child’s parents is a relevantconsideration, it should not normally be the criterion for enrolling the child in a Catholicschool.4. Children should not be excluded from Catholic schools because their parents areunable to pay school fees.5. Enrolment of non Catholic children should be made according to the policy of theCatholic Education Commission: - Non Catholic children may be enrolled where class sizes are within the acceptable limits. They may be enrolled when the Parish Priest and Principal are in agreement on theenrolment.They may then be enrolled after an undertaking by the parents that the nature, life andidentity of the school will be respected.Student Record FileWhen a child is enrolled, an enrolment form for the Student Record File is filled out withmany details concerning the child and his family. The details are only as accurate asparents provide. It is essential that parents notify the school of any changes in details; i.e.address. phone number, emergency contact, physical problems, etc.Correct details are crucial in the event of accident or illness.Please let the school know if your child is:1. Asthmatic2. Diabetic3. Epileptic4. Allergic to drugs, e.g. Penicillin or to bee stings, ant bites, spider bites etc.All Student Record Files are kept strictly confidential.School Calendar2012Term 1: 1stFebruary - 30thMarchTerm 2: 16thApril - 29thJuneTerm 3: 16thJuly - 21stSeptemberTerm 4: 8thOctober - 21stDecemberEaster: 6th April - 9thApril2013Term 1: 29thJanuary - 28thMarchTerm 2: 15thApril - 28thJuneTerm 3: 15thJuly - 20thSeptemberTerm 4: 7thOctober - 20thDecemberEaster: 29thMarch - 1stApril2014Term 1: 28thJanuary – 4thAprilTerm 2: 22nd hApril - 27thJuneTerm 3: 14thJuly - 19thSeptemberTerm 4: 6thOctober - 19thDecemberEaster: 19thApril- 22ndApril
11Facilities/Computer EducationFacilitiesThe school has up-to-date facilities with classrooms, a library/computer lab (the seniorroom has individual laptops for students), an art room (which can be used as a classroom asthe need arises), a multi-purpose room, staff room, student kitchen, Principal’s office andGeneral office. The playground includes two Adventure Playground constructions, hardcourt area, football oval, and outdoor picnic area with tables and chairs.A Friendship/Remembrance Garden was built in 2000 by the parents and memorial plaqueshave been engraved with the names of family and close friends of the children at the schoolwho have died. These were originally on a seat near the garden but were then placed on arock beside a sculpture of an angel and child that were carved for us by a local artist out oflimestone blocks.A long-term plan for the school grounds will include a major upgrade of the schoolgrounds, sporting facilities and playing areas.Computer Education -Within the computer lab there is a pod of IBM computers. Thereare also computers in the Junior classroom. The office operates on IBM.A Victorian Catholic Schools Internet Network commenced in 1999.Education in the use and scope of computer technology is taught throughout the school.
12School Hours/Briefing SessionsSchool HoursSchool commences each day at 9 am. Children should be in attendance at least ten minutesbefore this time but it is not advisable for children to be at school before 8.30 am.Morning Recess: 10.30 – 10.50 am Lunch: 1.00 –1.45 pmDismissal: 3.15 pmBriefing SessionsThe teaching staff hold a briefing session each morning between 8.00 & 8.30 amThese sessions are important informative / organising sessions for staff and are one of thereasons why children are not required at school before 8.30am.The school phone number is 5385 2526 and the fax number is 5385 2803.If you wish to ring the school to speak to a teacher, the most convenient times are: - Before or after school, Recess…10.30 – 10.50 am Lunch time…1.00 – 1.45 pm.Assessment and Reporting/School PoliciesAssessment and ReportingIn order to give parents accurate information about their child’s performance at school,reports are sent home to parents twice a year by each teacher in a way that will convey anaccurate and true picture of the child’s progress.It is our intention that each teacher will communicate with every parent during the year atParent/Teacher Interviews. However, it is stressed that it is equally the responsibility of theparent to contact the teacher if they feel concern over academic progress or a change in thechild’s attitude. Early intervention is a key strategy used at Our Lady’s School to preventany minor problems becoming major.JUNE: Report and InterviewDECEMBER: Report/Interview if considered necessary.Portfolios of each child’s work are kept throughout the year as a record for parents and theschool. The portfolios are given to the students when they exit the school at the end ofGrade 6.School PoliciesWe have a comprehensive range of School Policies, which are reviewed on a regular basis.These policies are kept in the General Office and are available for perusal by parents at anytime.
13Attendances/ Prep ArrangementsAttendancesIf a child is absent from school, parents are expected to provide a written explanation forthe absence when the child returns to school. If an absence note is not received when thechild returns to school, the child is asked to take a note home to be signed. This is a legalrequirement.No child may leave the school grounds without written permission from their parents andthe approval of the Principal.In case of illness or accident other than a minor one, every effort will be made to contact aparent. A child will be released from the school only to parents or authorised persons.Regular attendance helps to develop and maintain:(a) satisfactory school work;(b) social interaction and adjustment;(c) reliability.Unnecessary absenteeism can handicap your child’s progress.Home, however, is the best place for a sick child.It is unwise to send a child back to school who is weak as a result of an illness. It isimpossible to teach a child in such a state of health. It is also unfair to other children andteachers to send a child to school who is obviously ill.Prep ArrangementsThe following arrangement applies at the start of the year for all children in Prep.The weather can be very hot and Prep children can get quite tired, as they becomeaccustomed to a new routine. We suggest that parents will know if their child is able tocope with school every day and ask them to decide if and when their child may need tostay home for a rest during the first few weeks. Some children are able to settle into schoolwithout the need for any break, so it is up to a parent’s discretion to make this decision. Weask however, that parents contact the school if the child will be staying home for the day.School Banking ServiceThe Murtoa Commonwealth Bank offers the school a student banking service. Applicationforms to open an account for your child are available at the school office upon request.Bank Day is Wednesday.Bus ArrangementsIf your child is to travel by bus, enquires must be made at Murtoa College. The Collegearranges bus travelling with the bus owners.Any child, who is not normally a bus traveller, but wishes to use a bus at any time, mustobtain a Bus Pass from the General office. This pass is then given to the appropriate busdriver as the child boards the bus. A fee is charged for travelling on a HORSHAM bus.
14AllowancesConveyanceThe Government pays an allowance to parents(i) If they reside more than 4.8km from school by the shortest practicable routetrafficable by car not serviced by public or contracted transport.(ii) If they reside more than 4.8km from the nearest pick up point for a school contractbus service or public transport route.Please contact the office for further information.Education Maintenance AllowanceIf you hold a current Pensioner Health Benefits Card, Health Care Card or Health BenefitsCard, you are eligible to apply for the Education Maintenance Allowance. You are able toapply for the first instalment in Term One and the second in Term Three.Closure DaysThroughout the year parents will be notified of at least six days on which the school willclose, to allow the teachers to take part in professional development activities.These dates will be sent home via the Newsletter as early as possible to allow parents toprepare for them in plenty of time.Distribution of BooksAll school books and requisites will be ready at the school on the first day of term. Thesebooks are paid for with a student levy. (See Finances/School Fees, p.15.)A detailed list of the supplies the children in each grade will receive is sent home in FourthTerm.All the children will need a personal water bottle, which will stay at school to be kept inthe classroom. It is preferable for the bottles to have a pop-top to prevent spillages.All children are supplied with a hat and library bag, by the Parents & Friends Group.Finances/School FeesFinancesThe school is financed by: - State and Commonwealth Funding based on the number of students at the school. Parish contributions. School Fees and Levies. Donations and Fundraising.Parent support in paying the student levies and school fees on a weekly, fortnightly,monthly, termly, or yearly basis is vital for the efficient running of the school.School FeesSchool fees are set each year in accordance with Diocesan guidelines.The school distributes accounts at the beginning of each term.
15The Senior Camp to Gum San &Sovereign Hill.There is also a Student Levy payable at the start of each year for each child.The Student Levy covers the following expenses associated with your child’s classroomprogram: - all the classroom materials your child will use during the course of the year; art supplies and sports equipment; maintenance of our school library stock; computer software and associated licences; duplicating costsThese fees and levies are decided on at the last School Board Meeting of each year for thefollowing year. Should you experience any difficulty in payment of fees, please ask to make an appointment with thePrincipal or Parish Priest to discuss the matter. All such discussions are strictly confidential.ExcursionsExcursions are considered an important part of the school’s education program. This caninvolve using the local community by visiting places, having speakers in, or travellingfurther afield to give the children experiences relevant to topics being studied. Visitingartists and shows which visit Murtoa also fill a need in this area.A camp is planned for the Grades 4, 5 & 6 children every year, with the destinations beingdone on a three-year cycle.[e.g. Year 1….Melbourne;Year 2….The Beach;Year 3….An historic settlement [i.e. Sovereign Hill.]2012 - Melbourne2013 - The Beach2014 – Sovereign HillThe children combine with the students from Murtoa College Junior Campus for thesecamps.The children in Grades Prep to Grade 3 are involved in a day excursion each year, usuallyduring the time the older children are away on camp. These excursions have been to theNaracoorte Caves, Warrnambool, Stawell Mini World and Gum San in past years. Adecision is made each year on the destination.Junior Excursion to The Little Desert
16Homework PolicyHomeworkThe children in the Senior Room will be given homework to take home at the beginning ofthe week. This is to be completed and returned to on a day arranged by the class teacher.Homework projects may also be sent home a number of times during the year.The Junior Room will have spelling words to learn during the week with activities.The Homework in the Senior Room is set out on a HOMEWORK GRID.The following is a guide to the amount of homework expected each weeknight (includingReading):Prep, 1 & 2 20 minutes Years 3&4 30 minutes Years 5&6 45minutesReading is to be done every night by all students.Homework is not teaching time. It is intended to: Establish the habit of a ‘work at home’ routine that will be vital in the years ahead Provide an opportunity for practice and reinforcement of basic skills and knownwork.What We Ask of Parents Assist your children to fit homework time in with other commitments See that your children work for the recommended amount of time (There is no expectationthat YOU actually do any of the work). The children need only work for this amount of time each night. If by the day the homeworkis due back, the set homework has not been completed, but your child has worked steadily for therequired time, a brief note to your child’s teacher will help us avoid any misunderstanding.
17Infectious DiseasesThe following table sets out the times for which pupils are to be excluded from school.CHICKEN POXAt least seven days after the beginning of the illness and until the last lesion has healed.GERMAN MEASLESUntil ten days has passed since the appearance of the rash.IMPETIGO (School Sores)Until the lesions have healed.MEASLESAfter seven days have passed since the appearance of the rash or until a medical certificateis provided. If parents did not provide an immunisation certificate when their childcommenced school, the child/children will be sent home until all danger of catching thedisease has passed.RINGWORMMedical certificate must be presented to the school stating the child is receiving treatment.MUMPSUntil 14 days after the onset of the symptoms.WHOOPING COUGHWith a medical certificate. 4 weeks since start of whoop.SCARLET FEVERMedical certificateHEADLICEPeriodically there are outbreaks of head lice, and contrary to popular belief, they do notneed dirty heads to breed. They will infect any head. If we are aware of the problem, anyoutbreak can be curtailed. The school implements regular head checks.Every parent is asked to:1. Inspect child’s hair at regular intervals2. Inform the school whenever lice are detected.3. Get proper treatment.Children with Head Lice do not need to be kept away from school PROVIDED treatmenthas been started.SLAP CHEEK (Erythema Infectiosum)This is a common childhood viral infection. It causes a mild illness with little or no fever,but a striking redness of the cheeks. This can be followed by a lace-like rash on the trunkand limbs. There is no specific treatment. Several groups of people are at particular riskfrom this virus: Pregnant women should avoid contact as infection during pregnancy cansometimes cause a fatal form of anaemia in the unborn child Non-immune persons who are immunosuppressedChildren with the rash are not to be excluded from school as they are passed the infectiousstage.Please Note: Where a medical certificate is mentioned, this means a medical certificate has been issuedindicating that the child has recovered and is fit for school.CONTACTS: With the exception of Diphtheria the contacts (other members of the family) are not excludedfrom school. In the case of Diphtheria, contacts are excluded until a medical certificate is furnished statingthat they are clear of infection
18School Library ServiceOur Lady Help of Christians has a well-stocked library and sessions are conducted on aweekly basis. All the children need a library bag to protect the borrowed books.Newsletter/NoticesIt is our practice to send home a weekly newsletter with the eldest child in the family and itis the school’s main means of regular communication with all families. The newsletterscontain information concerning school functions, meetings etc. Notices regardingaccounts, details of sporting events, Bookclub catalogues and excursions are also senthome in this manner.Newsletters are sent home on an appointed day each week.Parent InvolvementBy the very nature of our school (Catholic), community and parent involvement is implicitin its existence. Catholic schools historically grew from the expressed needs andinvolvement of Catholic parents. Parent involvement has been a distinctive feature of aCatholic school because it is the parents who express this need to have a Catholic schooland hence send their child to one.School CouncilA School Council of 10 administers Our Lady Help of Christians. Members include theParish Priest, a Budget Officer, representatives from the teachers; Parents & Friends; ParishCouncil; parents/parishioners and the Principal.Annual General Meetings are held in October each year giving the opportunity for newparents to serve on the Board.Board members serve for two years before they must stand for re-election. Meetings areconducted twice a term.The School Council supports and advises the Parish Priest and the Principal in theformation, implementation and development of all school policies. These include planning,development, school staffing, finance, maintenance, education, pastoral care and publicrelations.Parents and Friends AssociationMembership of the Parents and Friends Association is open to all families and is a sub-committee of the School Council. The Parents & Friends Association meet regularly,providing financial support for the school via fund-raising efforts, as well as supporting andassisting with classroom programs and activities.Working BeesWorking bees are conducted as required and are a very important avenue for doing generalmaintenance around the school, thus keeping costs to a minimum.
19School LunchesChildren can purchase lunches each day from the Murtoa College canteen. Families areissued with a price list at the commencement of each term. The children are required towrite their order on an envelope and enclose the necessary amount of money to cover thecost of the order. The order is then placed in the Lunch Order tub. Orders are picked upfrom Our Lady Help of Christians around 9.30 am and delivered back before lunch by theCanteen Supervisor. Children are permitted to bring along food to heat in the oven or themicrowave in the “Kids Kitchen”. They are also able to have sandwiches toasted in asandwich toaster. [Two Minute Noodles are not encouraged because of the dangers withhot water.]The school has also supplied a refrigerator/freezer for the children’s use.#At Our Lady’s we use a variety of activities to ensure the children are motivated andworking to the best of their ability (eg. Brain Gym, Learning Centres, etc.) We would liketo ask that COCA COLA not be sent to school, please. Even though some childrenconsider it their favourite drink, Coca Cola contains caffeine which is not recommendedfor young children.The children’s health is our major concern and there are plenty of other drink options.School Sports/Cross Country Event/SwimmingSchool SportsOur Lady Help of Christians is a member of the Dunmunkle Schools SportsAssociation. Participation in combined Athletics Sports is on a once a yearbasis with the four other primary schools in the Dunmunkle Cluster (Minyip,Rupanyup, Marnoo and Murtoa College Junior Campus). The DunmunkleSchool Sports are usually held in September.Cross Country EventA Cross Country Event is held in Murtoa at the Lake Reserve during Term 2. All students10 years and over participate. The first six students in each age group then go on tocompete at Dimboola in the Zone Cross Country Event. Winners from Dimboola progressto Bundoora for the State final.FACT: -Caffeine is known as a PSYCHOACTIVE Drug. (A psychoactive drug is a substance whichaffects the central nervous system and alters mood, perception and consciousness.)FACT: - Regular use of caffeine can cause chronic insomnia, persistent anxiety, restlessness and stomachupset. It can also increase body temperature, blood pressure and urination.
20SwimmingA Water Safety Program is conducted over 6 sessions during the year and all children areencouraged to participate. The swimming program is generally held during the first twoweeks of December. The sessions are held at the Murtoa Swimming Pool Complex.A Swimming Sports Carnival is held once a year in Murtoa at the Murtoa Swimming PoolComplex with Murtoa College Junior Campus. This is usually held at the end of February.[An event held during the Swimming Carnival is a ‘Parent/Student/Teacher’ Relay. Wethank the Lasslett family for the donation of a Perpetual Shield, which is presented eachyear to the winning school of this Relay event.]Regulations/ Pick-up & Delivery of StudentsRegulations: -School Uniform -All children are expected to wear school uniform. It is compulsory.All personal property must be marked clearly.No responsibility will be taken for un-named clothes or goods.Chewing gum or bubblegum is not allowed.Bicycles – to ensure safety of all, bicycles must be walked in the school grounds.Climbing in trees and on the roof is strictly forbiddenStudent Responsibility - Students are responsible for the care and security of their ownbelongings and for the care of the property of the school.Deliberate damage of school property will result in the student providing replacementcosts.Acceptable language/behaviour – It is expected that children will use acceptablelanguage and behaviour at all times.It is also expected that all children will have and use Courtesy, Good manners, Consideration for others, Respect, Honesty, Truthfulness, and Cooperation.Bullying – Bullying in any form will not be tolerated.Pick-up and Delivery of students to school: -All children are to be dropped off at school in the morning or picked up in the afternoonfrom the car park. This is the safest area and helps alleviate congestion with the Collegetraffic. The car park is entered from Munro St and exited into Collins St. Crossing from thecar park to the school using the pedestrian crossing.Basically, the rule for the safety of the children is - EVERYONE, (EXCEPT FOR THOSEWHO ARE WALKING,) MUST USE THE SIDE ENTRANCE.
21Medicine/First Aid PolicyThe staff is not legally allowed to administer any medicine to any child without a note fromthe parent. This includes medication like Aspirin or Panadol, etc. Students are NOTpermitted to take any medications brought to school without parental permission in theform of a note.They will be administered under staff supervision. All medications are to be handed to ateacher and to be labelled. In the case of serious injury, parents or the emergency contactwill be notified. *A qualified staff member as required will administer First aid for minorinjuries. All staff have a First Aid Certificate and Anaphlaxis training.Student LeadershipCaptainsThe children in Grade Six take it in turns during the year to be the School Captain. Thelength of time they serve as captain depends on the number of children in the class.Junior School CouncilThe children in the Middle and Senior Classrooms also become the members of the JuniorSchool Council. Under the direction of the Principal or Junior School Council Coordinator,the Junior School Council organises student fundraisers and deals with other issues as theyarise that are of concern to the students.The Grade Six students are also the leaders of the four teams that the school has beendivided into. The four teams are Blue, Red, Yellow and Green and are competing for theO.L.H.C. House Shield.Special NeedsIntervention Programs:-The school has a number of Intervention Programs in place. We have a teacher aide foreach classroom as well as a variety of programs such as THRASS, SELL & READINGRECOVERY which provide individual assistance to any children having difficulty withtheir learning.IntegrationChildren with special education needs are supported through our integration programfunded by the Commonwealth Government. Children who qualify for this assistance areprovided with an integration aide in the classroom for a period of time each day.Specialist ServicesOur school has a number of services offered to us by the Catholic Education Office. We area part of the Northern Zone of the Diocese and the services are provided through theHorsham and Ballarat offices. We have access to Curriculum Advisers, Special NeedsConsultants, a Speech Pathologist and a Child Psychologist through this office. TheReligious Education Consultant and Reading Recovery Adviser are based in the BallaratCEO.
22School UniformSUMMER UNIFORM GIRLS BOYS Blue and White check dress, or Light blue polo shirt, with schoollogo/navy shorts Grey shorts/light blue polo shirt withschool logoWINTER UNIFORM GIRLS BOYS Navy checked Pinafore, navy tights tobe worn with pinafore. Light blue longsleeved polo shirt, dark blue trackpants, dark blue windcheater or bomberjacket with school logo. Grey trousers or dark blue track pants, lightblue long sleeved polo shirt, dark bluewindcheater or bomber jacket with schoollogo.
23 GENERAL Shoes Brown sandals (summer)/ black lace-up school shoes. **SNEAKERS are sports requirements only. Socks Boys: plain grey, dark blue, or black Girls: plain white or dark blue (or navy tights) Hats Hats are compulsory during the summer months. Navy blue hats have been supplied for eachstudent by Parents & Friends and are kept at school to be worn during 1stand 4thTerms. OurLady’s is a SUNSMART school and as such has made a commitment to safeguarding thechildren’s skin and health. The Sunsmart rule states… “No hat, no play”. Tracksuit pants NO SILKIES, STRIPES, BRAND NAMES, ETC are permitted. If such clothing is worn, anote explaining the reason is required. Sports Uniform School windcheater or bomber jacket, pale blue T-shirt or polo shirt with school logo, shortsof choice. Make-up and Jewellery Make-up and jewellery (with the exception of watches and earrings/studs) are not to be wornto school. In the interest of safety, children with earrings may need to remove or tape these whenparticipating in physical activities. Hair Children’s hair is to be worn in a neat and tidy style and kept out of the way of eyes at alltimes. Long hair is to be tied back. Uniform Coordinator For all Uniform order information please contact the school office: 5385 2526Sandals and shoes withhigh heels and/ or solesare definitely notrecommended for schoolwear, as they aredetrimental to children’sgrowth.
24Computer and On-Line AccessAcceptable Use ProtocolGospel Value: FairnessThe following protocol is designed to govern the use of computers, E-mail and Internetfacilities at Our Lady Help of Christians School, Murtoa. All E-mail and Internet access at Our Lady Help of Christians School is via the school’sLocal Area Network (LAN) and the Catholic Education Victoria Network. On-line access is provided at Our Lady Help of Christians School to assist with learningand teaching The management and monitoring of the school LAN and on-line facilities are theresponsibility of the Principal and the School officer. Use of school computers, including E-mail and Internet facilities is to be available toteachers, students and others provided these facilities are used in an appropriate, safe andresponsible manner, in keeping with the values of the Gospel and the ethos of a Catholicschool. Those making use of computers and on-line facilities at Our Lady Help of Christians:*are not to process any material or send or re-direct e-mail that is inappropriate or likelyto cause offence to another party*are not to attempt to search for or to access sites that are not in keeping with the ethos ofa Catholic school. The privacy of the e-mail of others is to be respected Users are only to access on-line facilities using their own login names and passwords:*users are to be discreet about their login names*users are never to disclose their passwords to any one else*users are encouraged to change their passwords on a regular basis This protocol is to be made widely available to all members of the school community Failure to comply with this protocol will result in the user’s access being denied for aperiod of time at the discretion of the Principal. Employees of the school are further advised that any attempt to access or down loadinappropriate adult material on the school premises could result in immediate suspension ordismissal.