Download - Carmel Adventist College - Primary

Download - Carmel Adventist College - Primary

Carmel Adventist College


Handbook 2013

First Edition

A member of Adventist Colleges Australia.


I dreamed I stood in a studio

And watched two sculptors there.

The clay they used was a young child’s mind

And they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher; the tools he used

Were books and music and art,

One, a parent with a guiding hand,

And a gentle loving heart.

Day after day the teacher toiled,

With touch that was loving and sure,

While the parent laboured by his side

And polished and smoothed it o’er.

And when at last their task was done,

They were proud of what they had wrought

For the thngs they had molded into the child

Could neither be sold or bought.

And each agreed he would have failed

If he had worked alone,

For behind the parent stood the school,

And behind the teacher, the home.



Carmel Adventist College

Primary 1

Handbook 2011 1


To provide a caring Christian environment in which children can work. learn and play, whilst

endeavouring to achieve their full spiritual, social, mental and physical development.


Seventh-day Adventists believe that a loving God originally created us in His image. Christian education

aims to facilitate the process of repairing our broken relationship with God. We have confidence that

Jesus can restore all of us to wholeness through the gift of His life. As we put our faith in Him, the Holy

Spirit comforts us with His peace and guides us to truth.

We believe that the Bible is our guide to understanding God. It presents true and eternal values on which

our lives can be based. Christian Education seeks to teach children to make intelligent and informed

choices founded on these principles. They are thus helped to develop characters that are based on a

love for God, unselfish concern for others and self-respect.

We believe that each child can have a fulfilling life now, and the hope of eternal life.

The teaching staff at Carmel Adventist College Primary work with each child to enhance his/her physical,

mental, spiritual and social development.

The Special Character of Adventist Education

Adventist Education is Bible-based, Christ-centred, service-oriented and Kingdom-directed. It

aims for a balanced development in the lives of students, encouraging them to choose a personal

relationship with Jesus, serving Him in this world until He comes again. These features, infused

through the college’s policies, procedures and practices provide the Special Character of Adventist

Education, based on the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

General Information

Carmel Adventist College Primary and Secondary Campus

(Map: Google 2011)

History and Overview

In November, 1907, a small college of eight pupils and one teacher was opened in Bickley V a l l e y. I t

took the name of the district for those times and was known as the Heidelberg School. After a few years

operation at the bottom of the valley, the college was transferred to the Bickley Seventh-day Adventist

Church site in Heidelberg Road.

The College operated for approximately three decades adjacent to the church until 1935 when it was

transferred to its present site in First Avenue. For many of those early years the college ran as a secondary

college as well as a primary institution with studies extending to year ten. It is now reported to be

the oldest continually operating primary school run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia.

The beautiful rural setting makes it an ideal location for a primary campus. All current buildings have

been erected in the last thirty eight years, with the most recent addition being a Library and Multipurpose

room, opened in February, 2011 and a new Pre Primary facility in September, 2012. In October, 2000,

the college changed its name to Carmel Adventist College Primary to reflect its partnership with the

secondary campus just down the road.

Carmel Adventist College Primary is part of a worldwide Christian Education system which operates

5,846 colleges, with a total enrolment of over one million students worldwide. Across Australia there

are over 60 Adventist colleges educating more than 12,000 students, providing a network of resources

to give your child an education of the highest quality, in an ideal learning environment.

Carmel Primary is small by design and philosophy. Class sizes are approximately 20-25 students. The

College has a warm and friendly family atmosphere.

Carmel Adventist College Primary is a place where students, teachers and parents can develop values,

character and personality based upon love for God, unselfish concern for others and personal selfrespect.

The educational activities are designed to provide opportunities for all students to achieve their

maximum development intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically.

Carmel Adventist College Strives to:

• Provide a caring, safe and supportive environment where all students are respected

and valued.

• Promote Christianity as a happy and enjoyable way to live.

• Nurture a Jesus-centred environment where Gospel values are actively lived

and practised.

• Foster a sense of self-discipline, encouraging students to accept responsibility

for their choices.

• Promote a sense of active justice and equality for all.

• Enhance the role of parents in the learning process, as the first educators of

their children.

• Encourage an awareness of and desire to respect and care for self, others and

all of creation.

• Value and celebrate each person’s gifts, encourage them to share their gifts

and use them to the best of their ability.

• Provide a learning environment which supports the education of the whole

child: physical, emotional, social and spiritual.

• Promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage physical fitness.

• Actively promote the skills of collaboration, cooperation, thinking and problem

solving in all areas of learning, as preparation to meet the challenges of

an ever-changing future.

• Build a community of flexible, independent and self motivated learners who

share a life-long journey of discovery through real life experience.


Carmel Adventist College Primary is registered to provide an approved program of,education for primary

students. The academic program that is presented by this college is fully selected and modified

so as to remain in harmony with our philosophy.

The Curriculum for Years 1-6 is organised into the following Key Learning Areas

Religious Studies – Encounter


• Reading

• Spelling

• Handwriting

• Writing skills/ techniques / genres



Technology & Enterprise

Society & Environment

The Arts

Health and Physical Education

LOTE (Years 2-6) - French

Curricular, resource selection and implementation of learning programs:

• are child centred and teacher guided;

• are gender inclusive;

• are focused on the whole child;

• reflect the needs of the individual child;

• are non-discriminatory.

Responsibilities of Students:

Students of Carmel Adventist College Primary recognise that, at all times they are wearing the college

uniform, attending college and participating in college functions, they are representing the college

and its standards.

Consequently the students of Carmel Adventist College Primary will:

• Wear the correct uniform.

• Behave in an acceptable manner at all times.

• Obey the college rules.

• Keep the grounds, buildings and furniture tidy and in reasonable order.

• Not leave the college grounds without the permission of the College Principal or teacher in


• Respect the rights of other students to have a quiet, undistracted classroom learning


• Respect copyright laws.

• Hand mobile phones to the classroom teacher upon arrival at college.

• Leave transistor radios, walkmans, hand-held computer games at home.

• Obey the bus rules when travelling on the bus.

• Respect staff members and fellow students, addressing them in the proper manner at all times.

• Not wear jewellery, make-up or other unnecessary adornment.

• Act in a way that does not endanger the safety of others.

These behaviours are unacceptable:

• Swearing and verbal abuse.

• Lying and stealing.

• Bullying – physical or verbal.

• Cheating.

• Disobedience, disrespect and defiance.

• Drug and substance abuse.

• Willful destruction of property.

• Improper conduct such as rude gestures, etc.

• Tampering with college property eg. alarms, safe, reticulation, etc.

• Using profane and obscene language or possessing obscene literature, videos, etc.

Some college rules exist to protect you and keep you safe – these are:

• Throwing of sticks, stones or rubbish.

• Leaving the college property during college hours without a teacher or adult supervisor‘s


• No dangerous substances are to be brought to college, eg: knives, gings, etc.

• Report any broken equipment to teachers.

• Games must be played in a way that is fair. There must be no deliberate hurting of others.

Responsibilities of Parents:

It is understood that parents with pupils in this college will be keen to know how they may best support

the standards of the college and contribute to its smooth operations. The points below will assist

you, as you and your child relate to the college.

Regular Attendance

Children should attend classes every scheduled school day, arriving and departing within the specified

times (8:30am – 3:30 pm). Classes commence at 8:50 am and finish at 3:15 pm.

Interest in Student Progress

Parents are urged to take close interest in all aspects of their child’s development. This includes supervising

homework, attending parent/teacher interviews and simple tasks such as talking over the day’s

activities before bed.

Home and College Activities

Parents are invited to attend and take an active part in the various activities of the Home and School

Association – including general meetings.

Working Bees

These are usually held once a term. Parents are asked to help with maintenance of equipment and

grounds by participating in working bees. This sort of voluntary help keeps the standard of equipment

high and, at the same time, reduces the financial burden on parents. The annual maintenance fee of

$100 will be deducted from the fee account upon attendance of at least two working bees during the


Parents are also asked to help by:

• Promoting Christian values;

• Finalising all accounts by the due date;

• Complying with guidelines outlined in this handbook;

• Supporting and encouraging their children to do their best in college;

• Responding to requests and surveys promptly; and

• Praying for the college, students, teachers, support staff and associated families.

School Rules

Absence or non-participation

Attendance at school and school-related activities is compulsory. When a student is unable to attend,

due to sickness, then a note is required from the parents/caregiver, when they return to school. For an

extended period of absence, a medical certificate may be required.

If a situation arises, where non-participation in any school activity may occur due to illness, a medical

certificate supporting this is required.


Clear nail polish only.

Clear, silver, gold or blue studs (small) with only one per ear, in the lobe, permitted.

Jewellery is not permitted.

Areas Out of Bounds to all Students

Unless with express permission of staff, the following areas are out of bounds:

• Staff Room

• All Store Rooms

• Classrooms during break times without a teacher there

• Front of school during school hours

• Behind the storage container

• Behind the undercover area

• Beyond the marked trees on the oval

Breakages and Losses

All breakages, loss or damage to school property need to be reported to the Principal. All careless or

deliberate damage will be paid for by the person responsible.

Drink Bottles.

Drink Bottles are encouraged in the classrooms if they contain water. Drink bottles are not permitted

in the vicinity of the Library or Computers.


Students need to be seated in the assigned areas while they eat their lunch. All rubbish is to be placed

in the bins, and lunch areas are to be kept tidy. No eating is permitted in undercover area, on the

playground or on the oval.

• Chewing gum and bubble gum are not permitted at school.

• Students are strongly encouraged to bring healthy food and drink for their lunch and recess snack.

• Soft drink and all forms of junk food are strongly discouraged.

• Fruit or healthy snacks only, are permitted at recess.


Students must have permission from the teacher in charge to use any school equipment.


Hair must be kept neat, tidy and conservatively trimmed.

Extreme hairstyles are not permitted. This includes severe undercuts, and dramatic changes in hair


Girls/Boys - hair below shoulder length must be tied back.

Girls/Boys - are not allowed haircuts below a number 2 cut.

Late Arrival

For any arrival to school after 8.50 am, an explanation is required. Please report to the office and sign

in, giving a brief explanation for lateness. This is to protect your child’s safety.

For your child’s safety, students who arrive late may only enter the school grounds via the front office


Leaving Grounds

Students must remain in the school grounds until school closing time unless they have written permission

or are collected by a parent or legal guardian. The leave book, located at the office must be filled

out, giving date, time and destination. Upon returning to school, the book must also be filled in.

Mobile Phones

Student mobile phones need to be handed to the class teacher before classes start for the day. Phones

can be collected immediately after class at the end of the day. Please note that any student using a

mobile phone during school hours without the permission of the class teacher or principal, risks having

the phone confiscated.

Radios, Trading Cards, etc

Video games and MP3 players and iPods are not to be brought to school. Playing cards or trading

cards are not to be brought to school. All trading of cards is banned.

Safety Equipment – Bikes and Scooters

All safety equipment must comply with National Safety Standards. It is required that any student utilising

scooters or bikes for transport to and from school wear appropriate safety equipment.

Bikes and scooters are to be kept in the bike area during school hours. For safety reasons, bikes and

scooters cannot be ridden in the school grounds. Students are asked to dismount and walk their bike

or scooter while on the school property.


Skateboards are not permitted on the school grounds.


Please note that the college phone lines need to be kept free for college business and communication,

hence private phone calls by students cannot be permitted as a general rule.

Students may be permitted to make a short call to their parents should some important need arise.

Students will need permission from the class teacher or principal to make these calls.


Students are to uphold the college standards during travel to and from school. Travel to and from

college is to be in full uniform in accordance with the college rules. Non-regulation clothing is not



All visitors are required to check in at the office and receive a visitor pass before proceeding into the

college grounds.

Note: The right of entry is at the Principals discretion.


The correct wearing of formal college uniform and sport uniform is compulsory. PE uniform is not to

be substituted for formal college uniform. Students are to be in the appropriate college uniform from

the time they leave home until they return at the end of the day, unless otherwise notified by the college.

This includes while travelling. If, for some reason, full college uniform is not able to be worn,

students need to bring a note from home and obtain a uniform pass from the relevant class teacher. A

uniform pass must be obtained on a daily basis.

The Shared Concern Approach - Bullying

Policy Statement

At Carmel Adventist College Primary we believe that all members of our school community have an

equal right to feel safe and secure at school. We seek to foster and affirm the worth and dignity of

each member. Therefore, we believe that each member of our school community should be committed

to ensuring that we have a safe and secure school where the rights of all members; staff, parents

and students are respected.


We define bullying as the repeated misuse of power, by one person or a group, to dominate, exclude

or intimidate others through psychological, verbal or physical means.

We use the ‘Shared Concern Approach’ to deal with incidents of bullying. This approach consists of:

• Individual meetings are held with each of the students involved in the bullying situation, eg: the

student or students bullying, the person being bullied and any bystanders who may have seen

what was happening.

• Each student is asked about the problem and to suggest ways in which he or she personally could

help improve the situation.

• The person being bullied is also given the opportunity to discuss what happened and encouraged

to think of ways to improve the situation.

• Follow-up meetings, discussions and planning give students the opportunity to change and improve

their attitudes and behaviour and put these into practice in a supportive environment.

Bullying can be a complicated problem, which takes time and patience to resolve properly. Using this

approach, we are committed to the safety and well being of all students.


•You will be counseled by your classroom teacher.

•You will be given the opportunity to resolve the situation and discuss the issue with the person

you bullied.

•If you persist in bullying you will be referred to a member of the administration team for


If you are found to be bullying again, a consequence will be applied. This may include:

•In-school isolation (recess & lunchtime)

•Letter home to parents/ parent interview

•Loss of privileges


•If bullying continues your parents will be called in to discuss further sanctions

NB: Hitting, kicking, fighting and verbal abuse are breaches of the school Code of Conduct and may

involve the immediate application of consequences.


As parents you can:

• Be aware of the signs of distress in your child, eg. unwilling to attend school, a pattern of illness,

missing equipment, requests for extra money, damaged equipment or clothing.

• Take an active interest in your child’s social life and acquaintances.

• Assist your child to discuss any incidents of bullying with a teacher. If possible, allow your

child to report and deal with the situation. Your child can gain respect and confidence through

taking the initiative and dealing with the problem without direct parental involvement.

• If your child is being bullied, discourage any planned retaliation, either physical or verbal, by discussing

positive strategies they can use.

• Be positive about your child’s qualities and encourage your child to be tolerant and caring.

• Be willing to attend interviews if your child is involved in an incident of bullying, and work cooperatively

with the school.

• Be willing to inform the school of any incidents of suspected bullying even if your child is not

involved or affected.

• Do not deal directly with the other children or their parents, but work through the school.

• Discuss the school’s expectation about behaviour and how best to deal with bullying.

The school welcomes families to discuss bullying incidents with teachers. Please ensure the discussion

is in a calm manner and at an appropriate time, ie. not in front of students.

Financial Matters

Carmel Adventist College Primary School is one of a number of schools run by Adventist Christian

Schools, WA.

These schools are funded in three ways:

• Student fees.

• WA Conference subsidy - paid by local Adventist churches.

• State and Federal Government Grants.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are set each year by Adventist Christian Schools, WA.

• Fee accounts are forwarded to school families at the beginning of each term.

• Fees are due at the end of the second week of each term. Accounts paid within this two week

period attract a discount of 2.5%. Due dates and discount periods will be advertised each term.

• Fees may be paid a year in advance - in this case the discount is increased to 5%, if paid

within the first two weeks of the commencement of the school year.

• Note: All fees must be paid in full before a child can be re-enrolled for a new year.

Student 24hr/365 day Insurance

The school annually takes out a student accident insurance policy for all students. This policy covers

injury twenty four hours a day, regardless of whether the accident occurs at school or not. The charge

for this insurance is approximately $15 per student/annum and will be charged to the first tuition account

each year. Claim forms are available at the school.

Low income families

Families in financial difficulty may apply for assistance with fees through the School Principal. The

amount of bursary available is limited and there is no guarantee that all requests will be met. Families

who already have children enrolled in the school will be given preference.

Applications must first be made through the Principal, who will then review this with a sub committee

of the Management Committee. A full statement of income must be provided as part of the application.

Applications are made and reviewed each six months.

Maintenance Fee

A maintenance fee will be charged at a rate of $50 per family/ semester. (Twice/year) Families may

wish to select the option of participating in Working Bees at least twice yearly. Involvement in Working

Bee activities will result in the Maintenance fee being removed from your tuition account.

(See office staff for more information).

Swimming Fee

This is levied in Term 1 account only for students in PrePrimary to Year 6.


In the final term, each student will be given a list of stationery requirements. These items are to be purchased

by parents for the new school year.


There will be class and school excursions from time to time. You will be notified of the costs of excursions

as they arise. Excursions are compulsory as they are carefully selected to enhance the learning

program of the college.


Per Student

Fees per Term

(4 Terms per year)

Maintenance Fee

(2 x year/family)


3 year old Kindy* $538 not applicable not applicable


$483 increased hours $50 not applicable

(Mon/Wed/Fri) in 2013

Pre Primary $764 $50 $125

Years 1-6 $805 $50 $125

*3 year old Kindy Program - Tues and Thursday mornings 8:50am -12:00. No government funding applies.

Family discount

1 child Not applicable

2 children 20 % discount per student for tuition fees. (The discount does not

apply to Maintenance, Swimming or Bus)

3 + children 25 % discount per student for tuition fees. (The discount does not

apply to Maintenance, Swimming or Bus)

4 + children 30 % discount per student for tuition fees. (The discount does not

apply to Maintenance, Swimming)

* Family discount does not apply to Kindergarten or Pre Primary fees. (The fee is already discounted).

However, the number of children is taken into consideration when applying family discounts for

older siblings.

No discounts apply for 3 year old Kindy as no Government funding is available for this program.

Bus 2013

Proximity to school (in direct line/map)

Up to 10 kilometres

$325 per student per term - includes gst

Greater than 10 kilometres

$363 per student per term - includes gst

Families will pay a maximum of three bus fares. Extra children travel free.

Payment Options

Payment may be made using: BPay, Cash, Cheque, Credit card, Centrepay (Centrelink direct debit),

Direct Debit.

(Centrepay forms are available from your nearest Centrelink Office, or the school office).

School Operation

Carmel Adventist College Primary is part of a worldwide system of schools. As such it is governed

by established operational procedures that are consistent throughout the entire system. All affiliated

schools comply with the accreditation and registration procedures as set by the National Australian

Adventist School System and relevant State Education Departments.

The West Australian head office supervises operations of schools in this state. It is known as Adventist

Christian Schools (WA) Ltd, (ACSWA), and is based at 43-60 Station Rd, Gosnells.

School Council

The School Council is appointed by Adventist Christian Schools, WA.

The Principal of the college is the secretary of the School Council. The Home and School Chairperson

is appointed by the School Council.

Briefly the Committee’s functions are to:

1. Promote Christian Education.

2. Set and operate an effective budget.

3. Uphold the college through prayer and personal support.

4. Review all enrolments and endorse their acceptance.

5. Care for and develop the college assets.

6. Oversee the smooth operation of the college.

Parents and Friends Association

This association is made up of interested parents, whose primary role is to foster meaningful relationships

between parents and the school, and, in so doing, contribute to the development of the child.

Members of the Home and School Association are appointed annually by the School Council. Those

elected are: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and at least three others. The Principal is ex-officio.

Briefly the Home and School Association’s functions include:

1. Promote Christian Education.

2. Fund raising.

3. Organise parental assistance in school activities.

4. Oversee the management of the school canteen.

5. Conduct general educational meetings of interest for parents.

Members of the college family who feel they may have an interest in assisting by being part of the

planning committee are invited to contact the college Principal.

Admission and Enrolment


Carmel Adventist College Primary aims to supplement the work of the Christian home. The parent, by

enrolling the student in the college, undertakes to assure that the child concerned will be encouraged

to cooperate with all the activities of the college and help maintain its standard as a Christian organisation.

Carmel Primary is open to students without regard for their ethnic background or religion.

Enrolment Procedure

New Enrolments

Prospective new enrolments should apply to the college for:

a. An enrolment package

b. An appointment to meet with the Principal

At the interview the Principal will discuss with parents such matters as:

a. The philosophy and purpose of the school.

b. Parents’ expectations as to what the school can offer their child.

c. The school’s expectations of the pupil and the parents. This would include such

matters as financial responsibilities, academic program, transport, etc.

Prospective students will be advised on the School Council’s decision regarding their enrolment application.

Application Deposits

An application deposit of $100.00 is charged per child. This deposit is non-refundable, unless we are

unable to accept the student.

Confirmation of Enrolment Details

All students currently attending the college are required submit a confirmation of enrolment sheet

each year. Forms for this purpose are distributed to parents of these students toward the end of the

school year.

Acceptance is at the discretion of the School Council and dependent on finalising fee accounts.

Forms for the next year should be returned by mid Term 4 of the current year.



Parents are most welcome to make an appointment to meet the classroom teacher. Any area of concern

is best dealt with as soon as possible. Please phone the office to arrange a suitable interview


Please note that any visitors to the school need to sign in at the front office.


Weekly newsletters will be sent home with your child to keep you up to date with information relating

to the school. These letters will be numbered to allow parents to keep a check on whether they are

receiving them. Newsletters can also be emailed to parents if a current email address is provided.

Newsletters are usually distributed each Wednesday.

Phone Calls

We would request that all telephone conversations with teachers be restricted to the times when

classes are not in progress. (Refer to school hours – Section 8).


Telephone (08) 9291 6399

Fax (08) 9291 9850

Assessment of students occurs on a continuing basis throughout the year and a range of techniques

is used. An interim report is given out at the end of term one and full written reports are issued at the

end of second and fourth terms. Appointments for interviews will be arranged for the mid-year report

time but at year-end, parents will need to request an appointment if an interview is required. Regular

communication between parents and teachers is encouraged.

College Secretaries – Mrs Laurene Chapman and Mrs Narelle Duncan

A college secretary is available during the following hours to assist with enquiries and receive fee


Monday 8.30 - 03:30

Tuesday 8.30 - 03:30

Wednesday 8.30 - 03:30

Thursday 8.30 - 03:30

Friday 8.30 - 03:30

Staff Members

The staff listed here are the current staff members: (2013)

Principal Janine Taylor Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Year 6 Mary Anne Till Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Janine Taylor

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Year 5 De-Anna Stanton Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Year 4 Jonathan Hughes Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Year 3 Candice Keating Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Year 2 Renee MacKenzie Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Year 1 Glenys Blagden Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Pre Primary Jeff Wallis Bachelor of Business

Diploma of Ed. (Early Childhood)

Kindy Raeanne Felhberg Bachelor of Education

Education Assistant Ruth Webb C e r t i fi c a t e I V C h i l d r e n ’s S e r v i c e s ( E d A s s t )



Laurene Chapman

Narelle Duncan

Pr Derek McCutcheon

Pr Tharren Hutchinson

Choir Jonathan Hughes (see above)

Pam Fairfoul

(see above)

Library Pam Fairfoul Diploma of Education (Primary)


Gervais Cangy

Education Assistants (PT) Peta Hammond

Rebecca van Moorsel

The instruments listed below are taught at the school and are optional. Costs are by private arrangement

with the teacher concerned.

Piano Roco DeBellis 0400 218 850

Tania Stafford (contact school office)

Sandy Lowe 0427 907 507

Guitar Bernard McDonagh 0405 767 338

Violin Julie Harrison 0409 887 766

Special Notes

Absence Procedures

A written note of explanation for any absence is required by law and is expected to be given to the

teacher on the child’s first day back after an absence. If the absence is known prior to the date, a letter

of information would be appreciated.

Academic Performance

The academic program is carefully selected and modified so as to remain in harmony with our philosophy.

The required standard to be achieved in the core curriculum areas at each year level is the

same as that required by the WA Department of Education in association with the national Adventist

Schools Curriculum.

Bus Operation

A bus service is operated, subject to need in certain areas. Inquiries regarding this service can be

made by contacting the Bus Coordinator, Mrs Stacey Kendall

Phone Contact: 0488 119 945

A bus is presently provided by Transperth to provide transport to Kalamunda bus station. Detail of

routes and fares is available from any Transperth office or the Transport website at www.transperth.


Students are entitled to free dental service through the school dental service provided by the WA government.

The dental therapy unit operating from Kalamunda Primary School, Heath Rd, Kalamunda

(Ph 9293 2801) services our school.


Children are expected to complete homework assignments set by the teacher. These assignments are

designed to supplement the work done in class, as well as to assist in developing good work and study

habits. If you have any queries regarding homework, please contact the teacher.

In – Term Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons are part of the school program and as such are compulsory. Parents will be made

aware of the dates, times and other details as these are set. A fee will be charged and paid with the

first term fees. . No refunds apply if the child is unable to participate.


The school operates a library facility. Children must use a library bag when borrowing. School library

bags will be available from the office early in term one. A charge will be made for overdue or damaged

books. Library days areTuesday to Thursday.

Medical and Ambulance

In the event of an accident or emergency an ambulance will be called at the expense of the parents. We would

therefore encourage all families to take out Ambulance insurance cover. Please ensure that all medical details

are filled out on the enrolment form. The college is serviced by the Education Department visiting nurse during

the course of the year.

It is important that the college is kept advised regarding a student’s medical condition if it is likely to impact on

their performance at school in any way. Parents are also requested not to send sick children to school, as there

are limited ways in which they can be cared for and also to limit the potential for infection of others.


College staff members have no authority to administer drugs to children. We would suggest that medications, in

a measured dose, be enclosed with the child’s lunch. Please contact the office for specific information.


Music tuition is offered with private teachers using the college facilities. Tuition is available in piano and violin

and a variety of other instruments. Fees are paid directly to the music teacher and are not included in the regular

college fee accounts.

The college office is happy to connect families with the appropriate music teacher. Please contact the office for

names / phone numbers.


Personal student or parental information will not normally be passed out from the college without permission

from the affected person/s. Exceptions will apply, ie. school dentist, school nurse, guidance officer, information

required by Commonwealth or State Education departments.

School Choir

The college has two choirs, Junior and Senior. From time to time, requests are made for public performances.

Parents are encouraged to support these occasions by transporting children to the various venues. Full uniform

is required at these times.

Student Personal Belongings

It is essential that students and parents are very clear that any item brought onto the property by a student for

their personal use , must remain the student’s responsibility at all times. They are personally liable for loss or

damage to such item/s.


A tuckshop service is offered through Walliston Deli two days a week. (Mon and Wed. Children should deposit

their orders for lunch, with the correct money, into the letterbox in the main office, at the beginning of the day.

Withdrawal of Students from the College

The policy of the college regarding the withdrawal of students is that a minimum of one school term’s notice is

required, otherwise fees for one term are required in lieu of notice.




• Tartan dress (touching the knee in standing position)

• Polished black lace-up shoes or school shoe with strap, with white ankle socks

• Navy blue V-neck knit pullover with college logo.

• Uniform blue hat – slouch.

• Hair tidy items should be blue, white or regulation tartan. (Hair must be tied back away from

the face at all times and should be natural colour.)


• Mid-blue short sleeved shirt

College grey shorts

• Polished black lace-up shoes with ankle length grey socks- one fold

• Navy blue V-neck knit pullover with college logo.

• Uniform blue hat – slouch

• Hair must be above the shoulder and natural colour.

Note: College uniform hats are required in term one and term four and must be worn for all outdoor




• Tartan pinafore, Year 1-3, with white long sleeve school shirt.

• Tartan skirt (touching the knee in standing position) Year 4-6, with white long sleeve school


• Polished black lace-up shoes, or school shoe with black strap.

• White ankle socks with one fold, or black/navy stockings or tights

• Tartan tie

• Navy blue V-neck knit pullover with school logo.

• Hair tidy items should be blue, white or regulation tartan. Hair must be tied back away from

the face at all times and should be natural colour.

• School jackets – with school logo may be worn to and from school and during lunch and

recess breaks for additional warmth.


• Mid-blue long sleeve shirt with button up collar

College grey trousers (no cargo pants)

• Polished black lace-up school shoes with grey socks. Boots are not permitted.

• Regulation tartan tie

• Navy blue V-neck knit pullover with school logo.

• Hair must be above the shoulder and natural colour.

• Jackets – with college logo may be worn to and from school and during lunch and recess

breaks for additional warmth.

Sport Uniform

Girls/ Boys:

• Royal blue sports shorts (summer)

• Royal blue microfibre sports track suit pants (winter)

• Royal blue/gold microfibre jacket with monogram (winter/cooler weather)

• Royal blue/gold polo tee-shirt monogrammed

• Sneakers (predominantly white) and short white socks.

Royal blue/gold monogrammed sports jackets can only be worn on class sports days.

KINDY/PP Students wear the sports uniform each day. Formal uniform listed above is not

required until Year 1.


• Sports uniform must be worn only on the specified sports day of your child’s class.

• Students are encouraged to maintain a high standard of cleanliness. Uniforms must be

worn in a neat and tidy manner at all times. Students are expected to keep their shoes

polished, socks tidy and shirts tucked in.

• In the interests of hygiene, we expect that girls have their long hair tied up neatly and

that fringes not hang down over their eyes.

• Clothing not of the stated uniform, when worn in cold weather for extra warmth, must

not be visible. Jackets may be worn to and from school but NOT in class – classrooms

are heated.

• If it is necessary for a child to attend school with part of the uniform absent, a note of

explanation is required giving reason and expected time when the correct item will

be worn. Uniform passes need to be collected from the office before classes start. Any

unexcused non-uniform items will incur a uniform infringement.

• Necklaces, rings and bracelets are not to be worn. Only one set of inconspicuous ear

studs may be worn if necessary. Please note that it is preferred that no ear adornment is

worn. The school will not accept responsibility for loss of any jewelry-type item that is

brought to school, or injury caused by the wearing of ear studs.

• The use of make-up, including nail polish other than clear polish, is not permitted.

• Lost property items will be placed in the lost property box. All unnamed items will be

disposed of at the end of each term. It is very difficult to reunite owners with unnamed

items of clothing.

Uniform Purchases

Regulation uniform items can be purchased through the uniform shop at Carmel College Secondary.

Mrs Diana Dowsett, the uniform coordinator, will take care of uniform requirements from 8:30am –

12 noon on Mondays. Other times may be arranged but please phone the office (9293 5333) to make

an appointment. The Secondary Campus uniform shop will not be available on Friday.

Second hand uniform and sport uniform is available for sale at the Primary Campus on Friday

morning 8:30-9:15, Wednesday afternoon 2:45 -3:30 or by appointment. (Contact Jacky


Calendar - 2013

Term One

January 28 (Monday)

January 30 (Monday))

February 4 (Monday)

Feb 11 (Mon) - Feb 22 (Fri)

March 4 (Monday)

March 29 (Fri - April 1)

April 19 (Friday)

Australia Day Holiday

Registration Day

Term 1 Commences

Swimming Lessons

Labour Day Public Holiday

Easter (SDA Annual Convention)

Term 1 Concludes

Term Two


May 6 (Mon)

Staff Professional Development Day

May 7 (Tuesday)

Term 2 Commences

May 14-16 (Tues-Fri) NAPLAN Testing Years 3 & 5

June 3 (Monday)

Foundation Day Public Holiday

June 21 (Friday)

Pupil Free Day - Report Writing


Report Evening - Parent/Teacher Interviews

July 5 (Friday)

Term 2 concludes

Term Three

TERM END HOLIDAYS Monday, July 6- 20

July 22,23 (Mon. Tues)

Christian School Australian Conference (Staff)

July 24 (Wednesday)

Term 3 Commences - students


Year 6 Camp


Junior Concert Program

September 27 (Friday)

Last day of Term

Term Four

TERM END HOLIDAYS September 29 to October 16

October 15 (Tuesday)

Term 4 commences - students


Combined Schools Sports Day

November 2 (Friday)

Orientation Day - new students tbc

December 7 (Friday)

Report Editing Day

December 10 (Tuesday) Speech and Awards Program

December 13 (Friday)

Last day of Term 4 (Students)

Please note - these dates may change, every effort will be made to advise you of changes in the Newsletter

School Hours

08:50-10:50 Morning Session 1

11:15-12:20 Morning Session 2

Policies - Communicable Diseases & Medical Infomation


In view of the development of skin cancer, the wearing of hats for outdoor activities is compulsory.

The school policy is “no hat no play” from First day of Term Four through to Last Day of Term


Students are instructed that they must wear their school hat (labelled with their full name) in the

school grounds during recess and lunch periods and in outside school directed activities.

“At Risk” conditions (eg bee sting allergies, asthma etc):

Please ensure that these are listed on the Admission Card and if necessary complete an Emergency

Action Plan, which will be kept in the office.

Communicable Diseases

There are a number of communicable diseases that require exclusion from school for a defined

period of time: Please refer to the table regarding exlusion of students and contacts.


A copy of your child’s immunisation records will be required at enrolment and may be requested

by the School Nurse at a future date to check that children are fully immunised for their relevant


National Immunisation Program Schedule




Birth • Hepatitis B (hepB) a

2 months • Hepatitis B (hepB) b

• Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTPa)

• Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) c,d

• Inactivated poliomyelitis (IPV)

• Pneumococcal conjugate (7vPCV)

• Rotavirus

4 months • Hepatitis B (hepB) b

• Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTPa)

• Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) c,d

• Inactivated poliomyelitis (IPV)

• Pneumococcal conjugate (7vPCV)

• Rotavirus

6 months • Hepatitis B (hepB) b

• Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTPa)

• Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) c

• Inactivated poliomyelitis (IPV)

• Pneumococcal conjugate (7vPCV) e

• Rotavirus j

12 months • Hepatitis B (hepB) b

• Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) d

• Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

• Meningococcal C (MenCCV)

12-24 months • Hepatitis A (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in

high risk areas) f

18 months • Varicella (VZV)

18-24 months • Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV) (Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander children in high risk areas) g

• Hepatitis A (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in high risk


4 years • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTPa)

• Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

• Inactivated poliomyelitis (IPV)

10-13 years h • Hepatitis B (hepB)

• Varicella (VZV)

12-13 years i • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

15-17 years i • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (dTpa)

15-49 years • Influenza (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people medically at-risk)

• Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV) (Aboriginal and Torres Strait

50 years and


65 years and


* Please refer to reverse for footnotes

Islander people medically at-risk)

• Influenza (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)

• Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV) (Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander people)

• Influenza

• Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV)

Communicable diseases

Minimum period of exclusion from schools and children's services centres

for infectious diseases cases and contacts

The following table indicates the minimum period of exclusion from schools and children’s service centres required for

infectious diseases cases and contacts as prescribed under Regulations 13 and 14 of the Health (Infectious Diseases)

Regulations 2001 — Schedule 6. In this Schedule 'medical certificate' means a certificate of a registered medical practitioner.

Conditions Exclusion of cases Exclusion of contacts

Amoebiasis (Entamoeba


Exclude until diarrhoea has ceased

Not excluded

Campylobacter Exclude until diarrhoea has ceased Not excluded

Chicken pox

Exclude until fully recovered or for at least 5 days after the eruption first

appears. Note that some remaining scabs are not a reason for continued


Conjunctivitis Exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased Not excluded



Exclude until diarrhoea has ceased or until medical certificate of recovery is


Exclude until medical certificate of recovery is received following at least

two negative throat swabs, the first not less than 24 hours after finishing a

course of antibiotics and the other 48 hours later

Any child with an immune deficiency (for example, leukaemia) or receiving

chemotherapy should be excluded for their own protection. Otherwise not


Not excluded

Haemophilus type b (Hib) Exclude until medical certificate of recovery is received Not excluded

Hand, Foot and Mouth


Hepatitis A

Herpes ('cold sores')

Human immuno-deficiency

virus infection (HIV/AIDS)


Influenza and influenza like


Until all blisters have dried

Exclude until a medical certificate of recovery is received, but not before

7 days after the onset of jaundice or illness

Young children unable to comply with good hygiene practices should be

excluded while the lesion is weeping. Lesions to be covered by dressing,

where possible

Exclusion is not necessary unless the child has a secondary infection

Exclude until appropriate treatment has commenced. Sores on exposed

surfaces must be covered with a watertight dressing

Exclude until well

Exclude family/household contacts until cleared to return by the Secretary

Not excluded

Not excluded

Not excluded

Not excluded

Not excluded

Leprosy Exclude until approval to return has been given by the Secretary Not excluded

Not excluded unless considered necessary by the Secretary

Measles Exclude for at least 4 days after onset of rash Immunised contacts not excluded. 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

Meningitis (bacteria) Exclude until well Not excluded

Meningococcal infection Exclude until adequate carrier eradication therapy has been completed Not excluded if receiving carrier eradication therapy

Mumps Exclude for 9 days or until swelling goes down (whichever is sooner) Not excluded


Ringworm, scabies,

pediculosis (head lice)

Rubella (german measles)

Exclude for at least 14 days from onset. Re-admit after receiving medical

certificate of recovery

Re-admit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced

Not excluded

Not excluded

Exclude until fully recovered or for at least four days after the onset of rash Not excluded

Salmonella, Shigella Exclude until diarrhoea ceases Not excluded

Severe Acute Respiratory

Syndrome (SARS)

Streptococcal infection

(including scarlet fever)

Exclude until medical certificate of recovery is produced

Exclude until the child has received antibiotic treatment for at least

24 hours and the child feels well

Not excluded unless considered necessary by the Secretary

Not excluded

Trachoma Re-admit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced Not excluded


Typhoid fever (including

paratyphoid fever)

Verotoxin producing

Escherichia coli (VTEC)

Exclude until receipt of a medical certificate from the treating physician

stating that the child is not considered to be infectious

Exclude until approval to return has been given by the Secretary

Exclude if required by the Secretary and only for the period specified by the


Not excluded

Not excluded unless considered necessary by the Secretary

Not excluded

Whooping cough Exclude the child for 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment Exclude unimmunised household contacts aged less than 7 years and close

child care contacts for 14 days after the last exposure to infection or until they

have taken 5 days of a 10 day course of antibiotics

Worms (Intestinal) Exclude if diarrhoea present Not excluded

Exclusion of cases and contacts is NOT required for Cytomegalovirus Infection, Glandular fever (mononucleosis), Hepatitis B

or C, Hookworm, Cytomegalovirus Infection, Molluscum contagiosum, or, Parvovirus (erythema infectiosum fifth disease).

Published by the Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Unit, Victorian Government Department of Human Services - September 2008

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