Bull Creek Primary School
Hardy Street Bull Creek WA 6149
Phone: 6216 4400
Web Address: www.bullcreekps.wa.edu.au
District: South Metropolitan Regional Office
Principal: Sue Martin
Deputy Principal: Julie McCarthy
Deputy Principal: Tracey Owen
Registrar: Leeanne Chapelhow
School Officers: Nola Williams and Meagan Hanson
Office HoursOffice hours are from 8.30am to 3.30pm
8.50am Commence School
10.50am Morning Recess
11.10am End of Recess
1.10pm End of Lunch
3.05pm School Closes
Our Duty of Care requires us to ensure the safety of your child 15 minutes before the start of school. Therefore we ask that you do not send your child to arrive at school before 8.30am. Your child should leave or be picked up promptly after school. However, please make sure your child is aware that he or she can come to the office if there is a problem with supervision before or after school, as staff are usually in attendance and help will be at hand.
Information and Procedures
At Bull Creek Primary School, parents are requested to advise their class teacher in writing of the reason for their child’s absence on the child’s return to school or within three days of the child’s first day of absence to meet the requirements of the Education Act.
If your child is late for school, arriving after 9am, please report to the office with your child, sign in the Student Sign In/Out Book and request a late slip. The late slip is to be handed to the teacher.
If your child is injured or becomes ill, all care and attention will be given and you will be contacted. Minor injuries or illnesses during the day are attended to at school. In an emergency best endeavours will be made to contact you; however, the school will seek outside medical assistance which may incur some cost for the parent. Please advise the school of any change of address or telephone number as soon as this occurs.
There are a number of children at the school who have severe allergies, especially nut allergies so we encourage parents to consider the safety of these children and avoid sending nut based products to school.
Assemblies are held fortnightly on Friday mornings for all students. All classes from Pre-Primary to Year Six have an opportunity to perform at an assembly and class teachers award honour certificates on these occasions. Details of assembly dates will be advised through Newsletters and Term Planners.
In the interests of the school community, it is important that teachers, parents and students work together to ensure high standards of behaviour. At Bull Creek Primary School we pride ourselves on our record of exceptional student behaviour.
The key to maintaining these high standards is respect and care for others. Parents should encourage their children to support these values.
If you have concerns about your child’s behaviour please contact your child’s teacher. Teachers will also be in contact if they have concerns. Good communication is essential to ensure all issues are addressed in a timely manner. Please contact the school Associate Principals or Principal if your concerns are not addressed.
All cyclists must wear protective helmets. Students are required to walk bikes in the school grounds. Parents are asked to ensure that their children ride in a safe manner. Sanctions may be imposed on students who continually use their bikes in an unsafe manner.
School staff accept no accept responsibility for the security of students’ bicycles. We do; however, take care by providing an enclosed bike shed which is locked by prefects daily. Access during the day is available through the office. Parents are encouraged to have bikes engraved and ensure children lock their bikes during the day.
The Canteen is organised and run by the P&C Association. The Canteen provides a Summer and Winter Menu and is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Canteen is closed on Tuesday and Thursday. If you are able to assist in any way please contact Kylie Atkin on 6216 4414.
Contributions and Charges
The Bull Creek Primary School’s Board determines the voluntary contribution charges/fees sought for students from Kindergarten to Year Six.
Other charges for student incursions and excursions will be advised at enrolment.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or EFTPOS ($10 minimum - Savings or Cheque only) at the School Office or by Direct Deposit.
A/C Name: Bull Creek Primary School, BSB: 066 040, A/C #: 19902335
This information is provided by the Health Department.
Chicken Pox - Exclude from school. Where no medical certificate of recovery is available, return to school 5 days from the appearance of the red watery blisters, if well. Contacts need not be excluded.
Measles Exclude from School. Where no medical certificate of recovery is available, return to school 4 days from the appearance of spots, if well. Unimmunised contacts should be excluded until 14 days after the first day of appearance of rash in the last case. If unimmunised contacts are vaccinated within 72 hours of their first contact with the first case they may return to school.
Ringworm Exclude from school until the day after treatment has commenced. Contacts need not be excluded. Ointment is available from chemists.
Rubella (German Measles) Exclude from school for 2 weeks from the onset of the illness or for 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment. Unimmunised household/child care contacts aged less than 7 years are excluded for 14 days after last exposure to infection, or until they have received 5 days of treatment.
Head Lice (Pediculosis) The Health Department recommends that long hair should be tied back to help combat head lice. Children should be excluded from school until effective treatment has been given and all nits removed from the hair.
Contacts are not excluded but should also be treated as a precautionary measure, as should all sheets, pillows etc.
PARENTS MUST CHECK THEIR CHILDREN REGULARLY.
Hepatitis Transmitted through contact with infected persons. Incubation period around 30 days. Excluded from school; re-admitted only with a medical certificate of recovery but not before 7 days after onset of illness. Contacts need not be excluded.
Conjunctivitis - Discharging inflamed eyes. Must be excluded from school until discharge is cleared.
Herpes (Cold Sores) On or around mouth or face. Young children unable to comply with good oral hygiene practices should be excluded whilst lesions are uncovered and weeping. Lesions in children attending school should be covered by a dressing, where possible.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Excluded from school until all blisters have crusted. Contacts are not excluded.
Gastroenteritis - absent for 24 hours.
Cold or flu - should remain absent until they are symptom free.
The School Board has established a School Dress Code for all students. The P&C supports the Dress Code by operating the Uniform Shop. This is open every Monday morning from 8.30am to 9.15am. All students are expected to wear the school uniform, long hair tied back, no jewellery or make up to be worn.
The school hat is to be worn for outdoor activities all year.
Covered shoes or sandals are recommended. Appropriate footwear is to be worn for sporting activities.
A wide range of uniform options are available from the School Uniform Shop. We encourage children to wear their Faction polo shirts on Fridays.
Enrolment is completed at the School Office. It is essential that all personal and medical details provided at enrolment are updated and current. It is vital that, in an emergency, we should be able to reach parents/caregivers immediately. Ensure emergency contact details are also updated as necessary.
Teachers use excursions to support student learning programmes. Every care is taken to keep the costs to a minimum.
Under the Education Department’s Excursion Policy a Medical/Consent form is required to be taken on excursions by the teacher. Students are not permitted to attend excursions without these forms being completed.
Upon enrolment, students are placed in one of the four faction groups, Red, Blue, Green or Gold and remain in this faction during their time at Bull Creek Primary School. We endeavour to place all family members within the same faction.
Bullying in any form is not tolerated at Bull Creek Primary School. All classes include the “Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies” (PATHS) program in their Health Studies. We provide a safe learning environment. Positive behaviour is rewarded and modelled by all members of the school community. Bullying is dealt with under the school’s Behaviour Management Policy.
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If you suspect your child is unwell, we stress the importance of keeping him/her at home.
Infections can spread very quickly at school and children are very susceptible. An unwell child does not learn effectively.
Please notify us on 9332 3244 of any serious infectious disease your child may contract.
BULL CREEK HOMEWORK POLICY
As we work towards developing lifelong learners we endeavour to build intrinsic motivation and self-directed learning skills. This philosophy is encouraged at school and at home.
Homework can support higher levels of student achievement by extending the time available for students to consolidate skills and concepts learned at school. Homework should also be viewed as aiding the development of study habits.
Homework is a valuable tool in developing school-home relationships and can assist in keeping parents informed about student's learning program and progress. Active participation by parents, particularly in the early years, is a valuable incentive for student learning.
Key areas of your child’s education are literacy and numeracy. These areas should provide the focus for homework.
Students are encouraged to read regularly and to discuss their reading with their parents. In this way they will develop oral language skills and listening skills as well as reading skills. It could also include learning spelling rules and vocabulary.
Students are encouraged to learn maths through studying number and number patterns (tables and basic computation). With their parents, put maths into context by using every day activities (shopping costs, measuring around the home etc) to practise their skills.
Specific Policy for Years K to 3:
In these years, as appropriate, the outline above in Literacy and Numeracy should be used as a guide. Teachers will assist parents with more detail if required.
Specific Policy for Years 4, 5 and 6:
In these years it is recommended that students use a homework diary to organise time and demonstrate commitment.
Students need to take responsibility to complete work.
Parents are asked to monitor student commitment and the completion of their work.
Information and Communications Technology
All students will have access to computer technology through our computer network. The network is linked to the Internet and all students and their parents/caregivers, will be required to enter into an agreement to ensure the system is used responsibly and within our legal guidelines.
In-term swimming is offered to students in Pre-Primary to Year Six. Students will be taught by fully qualified instructors. Further information will be provided closer to the event.
Leaving School Grounds
Children are not permitted to leave the school grounds during school hours. Parents/Caregivers who wish to collect their child during school hours should:
Our school has a fully automated library. Children have access to the library for weekly sessions and on designated lunch times. Students are encouraged to borrow books on these occasions. If books are lost, parents are asked to pay for the cost of the book.
Lost property bins are located in each cluster. Parents are requested to clearly label all items of clothing and school items with your child’s name.
LOTE (Languages Other Than English)
German is the Language (LOTE) taught to all students in Years Two to Six.
From time to time, parents request that children be given medication at school.
This cannot be done unless a health care authorisation is completed. Please see the School Office for this form.
Phones should be kept in student bags and are not to be used during school hours. In the case of an emergency, students can be contacted through the School Office. For further information, please refer to the Mobile Phone Policy.
Money, Toys and Valuables
Bringing valuable items to school is actively discouraged as their security cannot be guaranteed. Parents are also asked to discourage students from bringing toys to school.
Monthly (twice a term) School Newsletters are available from the School website (www.bullcreekps.wa.edu.au). You can subscribe to receive an email when the newsletter is posted.
Parent Information Evenings
Parent Information Evenings are held at the beginning of each year. Additional information sessions are held throughout the year.
Parents are encouraged to visit the school to discuss with the class teacher or administration any concerns they may have regarding their child. To best facilitate these discussions please arrange an appointment prior to the meeting so we may discuss these matters without interruption.
Parents' & Citizens' Association
The Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C) has a very valuable role to play in the development of the school’s resources and facilities. Its purpose is to assist the school in providing a better education for our children. All parents are invited to attend the regular P&C meetings and take part in activities organised by the group. The P&C meets twice per term in the School Library on a Tuesday evening at 7.00pm.
Parking around the school grounds is very restricted. Parents dropping off and picking up students are requested to take great care and to observe all traffic laws. Everyone’s cooperation is needed to ensure the safety of our children.
To ensure children’s safety, parents are not to use staff car parks at any time.
PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge Program)
Our Year Four students are tested for inclusion in PEAC. PEAC is a special program for children who are academically talented. Students are selected by South Metro Regional Office personnel. A PEAC Centre is located on our school site.
Physical Education and Sport
All students are involved in Physical Education and Sport unless excused with a medical certificate. Daily fitness is part of classroom activities. Students will be exposed to a variety of team sports and encouraged to become involved in school and interschool events. For sport, students are expected to wear their faction coloured shirts. Classroom teachers will notify you of the allocated sport day.
Prefects and Sports Captains
Year Six students will be elected as School Prefects and Sports Captains. Prefects and Sports Captains perform duties which give them responsibilities to strengthen their learning outcomes and develop their leadership qualities and skills.
Reporting to Parents
Assessment is a regular practice in the classroom to enhance student learning, teaching practices and report progress to parents. A summative formal school report is provided at the end of each semester. Reporting is an ongoing process where class teachers and parents share the progress of each student. Parent/teacher interviews are available upon request. Please phone 9332 3244 to arrange an interview time.
On Entry Testing occurs at the beginning of Pre Primary and Year One. All students in Years Three and Five will be tested in a Nationwide Test (National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)). A NAPLAN summary report will be issued, explaining how your child compares with others.
The School Board is constituted according to the Education Act (1999) and consists of elected parent representatives, community representatives, staff members and the school principal. The board meets once or twice per term. Its key roles are:
The services of a school psychologist are available to parents and students. Teachers refer children who require this specialist attention in consultation with parents and with parent permission. Parents may refer their child to the psychologist in consultation with the classroom teacher.
School Uniform Shop
The Uniform Shop is run by the P&C Association and is located near the Canteen. Orders can be placed by contacting the P&C Uniform Co-ordinator. Phone the school for details. Good quality second hand clothing is also available from the school uniform shop.
Specialist Music Program
Our Specialist Music Program includes the opportunities for children to be involved in instrumental music. Instruments include the cello, violin and guitar. Students are selected to begin the string program in Year Three, other instruments commence in later years. Details are available from the Music Teacher. Through this enrichment program, students play in the Ensemble.
Each year our school is involved in the Faction Swimming Carnival, Interschool Swimming Carnival, Faction Cross Country, Interschool Cross Country, Faction Athletics Carnival and Interschool Athletics Carnival. Parents are encouraged to support the teams and events and are invited to become involved in training and preparing the teams.
Student Requirements (Personal Use Items Lists)
Government funds provide most resources used by children. However, personal items of stationery and some books, remain the responsibility of parents. Towards the end of each year, class requirement lists will be distributed with a schedule of charges and contributions. The school will arrange for a company to offer a service for those who choose to have their orders made up and delivered to the school. However, you are under no obligation to use this supplier. A percentage of sales is donated back to the school for purchase of resources to be used by all children.
What should you do if you are concerned about your child?
Speak to your child’s teacher.
Before the meeting, be clear about the issue that concerns you.
Think about what you would like to see happen.
At the meeting, express your concerns and discuss options.
Support the teacher and the plan of action decided upon.
Monitor the situation.
Speak to the Associate Principals or Principal.
Try to secure a plan of action.
Kindergarten and Pre-PrimaryInformation and Procedures
Kindergarten/Pre-PrimaryThe Kindergarten and Pre-Primary years are ones of excitement for children and parents. It is a time when a child learns that there are other children with whom they need to share, co-operate with and consider. The foundations that are laid during the year are very important and can set the pattern for many years to come.
We invite the close co-operation of parents in helping us as we work with each child. Please keep us informed about any changes that may have some bearing on your childs educational progress. We will provide regular information to you about the things that are happening at school.
By working together, parents and teachers can ensure that every child gets off to a good start at Bull Creek Primary School.
Information from the Teachers
Children learn by doing.
We provide a variety of materials and experiences to encourage hands on learning and self-directed discovery.
We believe in the value of play.
Play is a vehicle for learning.
Many important skills are developed through play, for example sharing, problem solving and language skills.
We believe in individuality.
Children are encouraged to express themselves freely, be creative and feel confident to take risks.
We believe in developing a high self-esteem in every child.
Each child needs to have a sense of achievement and experience success.
A positive, non-threatening learning environment which values every childs contribution and opinion will enhance this.
We believe in developing an interesting, enjoyable and challenging programme which focuses on the childs individual needs and interests.
A variety of indoor and outdoor activities and experiences are planned and children are encouraged to move freely and choose activities.
Children are more likely to be committed to, and enjoy experiences they choose.
Children are naturally eager, playful and spontaneous. We believe these qualities should be extended and not suppressed.
Our programme aims at providing a happy and secure learning environment which encourages the development of many life skills.
The programme aims at stimulating learning in all the developmental areas. This includes intellectual, language, physical, emotional, social aesthetic and creative areas.
Some examples of the learning which occurs during the play situations:
Painting Area enhances eye-hand co-ordination, creativity and appreciation of colour.
Library Corner develops imagination and pre-reading skills
Blocks encourages problem solving and concepts of size and shape.
Home Corner develops oral language and provides an emotional release.
Manipulative Materials/Puzzles develops concentration and fine motor control.
Climbing aids in small and large muscle development and self-confidence.
Water Play provides exploratory and sensory experiences and develops science concepts.
Music and Movement develops concepts of rhythm and enhances singing and listening skills.
Kindergarten Group 1 (Kangaroos) - Monday and Tuesday 8.50am 3.05pm and every 2nd Wednesday
Kindergarten Group 2 (Koalas) - Every second Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8.50am 3.05pm
Monday to Friday 8.50am 3.05pm
Full day times are 8.50am - 3.05pm
It is typical for all Kindergarten children to wear the school uniform. Please label all removable clothing clearly with your child’s name. It is greatly appreciated if you leave a spare set of clothes including underwear and socks in a plastic bag in your child’s school bag. This is essential for those occasional accidents and also useful if children get wet during water play or wet weather. Many of our activities are messy and the children often get their clothes dirty despite the use of art smocks. Most of the paint we use is washable and comes out in COLD water. Do not use stain removing sprays or hot water as they can set the paint.
Shoes need to be sensible and safe for playing indoors and outside in the playground. Shoes that the children can manage themselves are highly recommended and encourage independence.
Birthdays are a special time! We enjoy celebrating them with your child. Children are most welcome to bring in cupcakes or something similar to share with their friends.
Please inform your teacher at the beginning of the year if your child has any food allergies or foods they are not allowed to eat for personal or religious reasons.
Delivery and Collection of Children
Kindergarten children must be dropped off and picked up from the classroom by an adult caregiver. This is a legal requirement as part of our duty of care. Children are not to be left unaccompanied by an adult prior to session times commencing. Please be punctual to avoid any distress that your child may experience due to lateness. When picking up your child please wait outside the door and we will send them to you when we have seen you. This will enable us to maintain supervision of the children and promote independence. Please be mindful that it can take some time to release all the children.
If you need to pick your child up before the end of the day, please go to the front office and obtain an early release form before coming to the classroom. If you are late arriving (after 9am) in the morning please go to the front office for a late slip before coming to the classroom.
For safety reasons, please do not allow your child/children to play on the outside equipment before or after school.
If your child is going home with someone else please record this information in our pick up/drop off book located in the classroom and advise staff. If there is someone who will be picking up your child regularly (such as after school care, Grandparents, family friend) then please advise us in writing at the beginning of the year.
A parent roster is available in each room so that you are able to spend a session with your child. We encourage someone special in your childs life to join the sessions regularly. Children love to share their experiences.
We will ask you to meet with the teachers early in the year on a formal basis. This will allow our teachers to gain some specific information about your child. It is most important that you attend these meetings.
Communication between home and school is vital.
We look forward to sharing the start of your child's education with you and expect their year to be a happy and productive experience. You, as parents, can assist us in attaining this goal through:
Talking about school as a pleasant experience to which your child may look forward.
Sending your child to us school regularly and promptly.
Praising his/her efforts and setting reasonable goals for him/her.
Listening to his/her ideas and comments.
Using consistent discipline and encouraging self control.
Reading books to your child as often as possible.
Discussing with us any information which will help better understand your child.
Ensuring your child has adequate sleep so they can cope with a full day of school.