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The 2018 Holy Spirit Primary School Parent Handbook has been updated with the 2018 information.

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Handbook 2018

ABOUT US

SCHOOL & PARISH INFORMATION

HOLY SPIRIT PRIMARY SCHOOL
7-17 Todd Row
St Clair NSW 2759
Phone: (02) 8886 3200 
Fax: (02) 8886 3299      
Email: holyspirit@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: hsstclair.catholic.edu.au

 

HOLY SPIRIT ST CLAIR PARISH
Worshipping communities of St Clair, Erskine Park and parts of Kemps Creek
Under the Pastoral Care of the Augustinians
5 Todd Row (PO Box 103)
St Clair NSW 2759
Phone: 02 9670 8222
Fax: 02 9670 4029
Email: admin@holyspiritstclair.com.au
Website: www.holyspiritstclair.com.au

Parish Moderator: Fr Michael Belonio, OSA

Weekend Mass Times
Saturday Vigil: 6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 9:30am & 6:00pm
Youth Mass: 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month at 6:00pm
Filipino Mass: First Sunday of the month at 3:30pm

Children's Liturgy Mass Times
Sat 6:00pm & Sun 9.30am (2nd & 4th Sundays of the month during school terms)

Reconciliation
Saturday: 5:00 – 5:45pm

Weekday Mass Times

Monday and Wednesday: 7:00am
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:05am
Anointing Mass: First Friday of the month at 9:05am

 

WELCOME from the PRINCIPAL

Welcome to Holy Spirit Primary School. We are a community who believes that Together We Grow.

The development of each child is nurtured through the integration of faith, life and culture. We are dedicated to preparing our students for success, in a changing and challenging world. Our curriculum is stimulating and based on explicit teaching and learning, in a modern learning environment.

Our community works in partnership and includes our students and their families, our staff, parish priests, and the parishioners of Holy Spirit Parish. Gospel values underpin our school program and form the basis for warm relationships and personal growth. 

Our ethos and our commitment to the values of the Gospel drive us to keep our focus clearly on our students. All learning at Holy Spirit builds on the rich foundation of Catholic traditions and values. We enjoy many opportunities to celebrate and pray together.

Our vision is for our students to belong to a peaceful, Catholic community, which celebrates its cultural diversity, is accepting of each child’s individuality and strives to follow traditions of responsibility, gentleness, respect, compassion, and generosity of spirit.

We are proud of our school and hope that the information contained in this handbook will help you to learn more about us, whether you are a member or would like to become a member of the Holy Spirit community.

I invite you to visit us at Holy Spirit. We look forward to meeting you and helping you discover for yourself, the many benefits of an education at Holy Spirit.

God bless
Anne Hines
Holy Spirit Primary School Principal 

Mrs Hines

 

 

 

 

At Holy Spirit we seek to live our lives like Jesus,

work and love as a family, learn, and challenge each other

so that… “TOGETHER WE GROW”.

We believe …

In seeking to live our lives like Jesus we:

  • Give witness to Gospel values
  • Proclaim our Catholic faith and traditions through a vibrant religious education curriculum
  • Celebrate and reflect through prayer, liturgy and scripture
  • Reach out to the poor and work for justice

In seeking to work and love as a family we:

  • Promote and support the partnership of home, school and parish
  • Value the unity, diversity and harmony of our community
  • Are inviting, welcoming and accepting of all
  • Enjoy the opportunity to celebrate

In seeking to learn and challenge each other we:

  • Provide a safe, friendly, collaborative learning environment
  • Promote learning for life
  • Are purposeful and explicit with high expectations
  • Support a variety of learners

 

Our Story

Holy Spirit Primary School opened on 30th January 1985 and welcomed Grade 1 and Grade 2 students as the first classes to the new site at Todd Row, St Clair. The following day, sixty eight Kindergarten students joined them to form the founding student cohort which would grow each year as new students joined them on their educational journey.

The official opening of the school was held on 2nd November 1986 in the presence of the Most Rev Bede Heather, Bishop of Parramatta, founding Principal Sr Patricia Bolster, local dignitaries and the Holy Spirit Primary School and Parish communities.

At the beginning of the new millennium Holy Spirit Primary underwent a major refurbishment. Large open spaced learning areas were introduced to the school community for 21st Century education along with the purpose built St Augustine Learning Centre library and technology facility. On 4th June 2002, Acting Principal Allan Jones welcomed the Bishop of Parramatta, Rev Kevin Manning, who presided at the official Opening and Blessing of the new learning spaces in front of the school community. 

To further meet the changing needs of the school community, Holy Spirit in 2011, modernised the school uniform, changing it in both style and colour. The welcome change from the brown and gold original uniform to the ultra modern style in the red, black and white palette was done in consultation with the school community and introduced over a period of three years.

Our school’s motto of ‘TOGETHER WE GROW’ represents a spirit of inner strength guiding our relationships and expresses the school’s identity, beliefs and hopes. Working together is an essential part of our foundation. 

We take pride in our school’s growth and development, spacious and modern classrooms and versatile multi-purpose area. Our school has extensive facilities including a basketball court, grassed play area, expansive outdoor areas and a canteen. Our school’s manicured gardens and sheltered areas add to our pleasant environment, which makes coming to school every day an enjoyable experience.

Principals

Sr Patricia Bolster RSM

1985 to 1992

Sr Marie Johnson RSM

1993 to 1996

Mr Niel Carey

1997 to 2001

Mr Michael Tonnet

2002 to 2013

Mrs Anne Hines

2014 to 2017

Mrs Frances Garzaniti 2018 to present

Parish Priests

Fr Brian Rooney

1981 to 1994

Fr Brendan Quirke OSA

1995 to 1997

Fr Peter Wieneke OSA

1997 to 2003

Fr Peter Tangey OSA

2003 to 2005

Fr Brian Fitzpatrick OSA

2005 to 2011

Fr Dave Austin OSA

2011 to 2015

Fr Michael Belonio OSA

2015 to present

 

School Values

 

At Holy Spirit everyone has the right to:

  • Be safe and supported
  • Be heard
  • Be treated with dignity and respect
  • Learn to play and have fun
  • Be protected

As a school community, we will work together to help each other grow by:

  • Communicating positively
  • Respecting ourselves as well as others
  • Accepting responsibility for our behaviour
  • Cooperating with each other
  • Being fair and just
  • Modelling appropriate positive behaviour
  • Asking for help and support when needed

 

School Rules

 

Everyone at Holy Spirit is expected to follow the School Rules:

  • I am Safe
  • I am Respectful
  • I am a Learner

I can be “Safe” by:

  • Thinking first, about how my actions affect my safety as well as the safety of others
  • Making positive choices
  • Taking responsibility for my actions

I can be “Respectful” by:

  • Being kind and polite in my words and actions
  • Treating all property with care; whether my own, school or other people’s
  • Taking responsibility for my actions

I can be “a Learner” by:

  • Listening to all the teachers
  • Trying my best and being a cooperative member of my learning community
  • Taking responsibility for my learning
Holy Spirit is a school that is constantly adapting to the educational needs of its students in the 21st century, where large flexible open plan spaces offer a rich learning environment to maximise learning outcomes. 

Technology including large TVs and interactive whiteboards, equipped with Apple TVs are installed in all learning spaces enabling connected device mobility. Chromebooks, MacBooks and iPads, as well as other technology teaching tools are available in classrooms to facilitate individual learning programs and independent research. 

The large Multi Purpose Area, equipped with two large TV screens, is a centrally located flexible open plan space which can be adapted for extended learning spaces or can be used for assemblies, meetings, as a rehearsal and performance space, for indoor sports and for a variety of community activities. 

The well-equipped St Augustine Learning Centre is an active space where research skills are promoted along with a love of literature in this spacious library environment.

Air conditioning is provided throughout the school for year-round comfort and optimal learning conditions. The school canteen provides a healthy recess and lunch menu each school day.

Holy Spirit also offers diverse outdoor areas including a basketball court, grassed, concrete and artificial turf play areas, infant ‘play on’ equipment, handball courts and covered outdoor learning and play areas. 

Large air conditioned learning spaces, up-to-date technology and diverse outdoor areas are just a few of the many facilities that contribute to making Holy Spirit an enjoyable place to learn. 
 

 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

Principal

Mrs Frances Garzaniti

Assistant Principal

Mrs Christine Figuero

Religious Education Coordinator

Mr Patrick Mackey

Early Stage 1 Coordinator

Mrs Samantha Barros

Stage 1 Coordinator

Mrs Samantha Barros

Stage 2 Coordinator

Mr Patrick Mackey

Stage 3 Coordinator

Mrs Julianne Green

 

 

TEACHING STAFF

 

Early Stage 1

 

Kindergarten KR

Mrs Cathy Blanch

Kindergarten KW

Ms Terese Collins

Stage 1

 

Year One 1R

Mrs Jackie Thompson

Year One 1W

Mrs Margaret Neilsen

Year Two 2R

Miss Katrina Vukelic

Year Two 2W

Mrs Margaret Selby

Stage 2

 

Year Three 3R

Mrs Kylie Baker / Mrs Kyla Aggar

Year Three 3W

Miss Mia McPhillips

Year Four 4R

Miss Danielle Gomez

Year Four 4W

Mr Patrick Mackey / Mrs Kyla Aggar

Stage 3

 

Year Five 5R

Ms Corinne Brooker

Year Five 5W

Mrs Janelle Walker / Miss Jessica Grant

Year Six 6R

Mrs Julianne Green / Miss Ashleigh May

Year Six 6W

Mrs Debra Chapman / Miss Ashleigh May

 

 

ADMINISTRATION STAFF

 

Finance Secretary

Ms Sarah Scruton

School Office Staff

Mrs Jazz Vukelic

 

Mrs Lisa Antao

 

 

DIVERSITY TEAM

 

Pastoral Care Liaison

Sr Narelle Whiteman

Wellbeing Counsellor

Ms Helen Boerma

Literacy Support

Mrs Bernadette Vumbaca

 

Mrs Samantha Barros

Teachers’ Assistants

Mrs Maree Garzaniti

 

Mrs Susan Heaslip


Mrs Julie Wilson

 

SPECIALIST STAFF

 

Teacher / Librarian

Mrs Maryjane Johnson

Learning Technology Support

Mrs Susan Heaslip

Technology Support Trainee

Mr Jackson McKenna

Music Teacher

Mr Glenn Green

PD Release

Miss Khristie Siachico / Mrs Lorraine Alexander

Executive Release

Miss Lisa Hogan

Reading Recovery Teacher

Mrs Samantha Barros

EMU Specialist Teacher

Mrs Christine Figuero

EMU Specialist Teacher

Miss Katrina Vukelic

 

 

SPECIALIST SUPPORT PROGRAMS

 

Strings Program

Ms Bronwyn McColl

 

 

 

 

SUPPORT STAFF

 

Grounds & Maintenance

Mr John Follan

 

 

PARISH TEAM

 

Parish Moderator

Fr Michael Belonio OSA

Parish Secretary

Mrs Jacinta Paulo Ortiz

SRE Coordinator

Mrs Margaret Currie

 

2018 SCHOOL DATES

2018 Start of Year School Dates:
Monday 29th January 2018 - (Staff Professional Learning Day)
Tuesday 30th January 2018 - Years 1-6 students begin lessons
Thursday 1st February 2018 - Kindergarten students start school

TERM 1:     Monday 29th January – Friday 13th April 2018 (11 Weeks)
Monday 29th January – Staff Professional Learning Day
TERM VACATION Monday 16th April – Friday 27th April 2018 

TERM 2:      Monday 30th April – Friday 6th July 2018 (10 Weeks)
TERM VACATION Monday 9th July – Friday 20th July 2018

TERM 3:
  Monday 23rd July – Friday 28th September 2018 (10 weeks)
TERM VACATION Monday 1st October – Friday 12th October 2018

TERM 4: Monday 15th October - Friday 21st December 2018 (10 weeks)
20th - 21st December - Staff Professional Learning Days
TERM VACATION Monday 24th December –  28th January 2019

Staff Professional Learning Days are provided by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta for the  in-servicing and professional learning of staff. There is no school on these days and no student supervision is available. 
 

If you change your contact details, e.g. address or phone number, please inform the school office. The school office needs your correct phone number in order to contact you in case of an emergency.


  • Please inform your child’s teacher if your child:

    • Wears glasses

    • Wears a hearing aid

    • Has additional needs

    • Requires medication

    • Is under medical treatment

    • Has a medical appointment during school hours

    • Has recently had a major upset i.e. death in the family, family separation etc

    • Is to be collected from school early

    • Is to be collected by an authorised person in your place

    • Has a change to afternoon home travel routine e.g. needs to go to Kiss & Ride or Kindana

    • Is going to be absent from school for longer than five (5) days

    • Is affected by custody or restraining orders


If you wish you speak to your child’s teacher on any matter, please make an appointment to see them by contacting the school office. Teachers often have their full day planned, which can include before and after school meetings and duties.

 

By making an appointment, your child’s teacher can arrange a meeting where your concerns can be discussed in a confidential setting.


To ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and the school community, animals including family pets are not to be brought onto the school site at any time without prior permission from the principal.


ASSEMBLIES

Each Monday morning at 8:50am, parents are invited to join the school community for a brief assembly led by the school leaders, at which time we pray together, raise the flag and sing the National Anthem, celebrate achievements and share messages.

Whole school assemblies are held throughout the year, when scheduled. These assemblies are held on a Friday in the Multi Purpose Area. Please check the Term Calendar for dates and times.

 

LITURGIES and PRAYER

 

School Masses and liturgies, coordinated by the Religious Education Co-ordinator, are attended by students K-6.  Grades are rostered to help with their organisation.


Augustinian Prayer is usually scheduled on alternate Fridays to Whole School Assemblies and begins at 3:00pm in each classroom. Parents are warmly invited to attend. Please check the Term Calendar for dates.

 

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS

 

The Sacramental Programs are Parish based:

  • Reconciliation for Year 3 students  

  • First Eucharist for baptised children in Year 4

  • Confirmation for Year 5 students

ATTENDANCE – Every Day Counts

 

It is important that children arrive at school before the morning bell and attend school every day as every school day is a day of learning for your child to achieve his/her full potential. It is further advisable that where possible, any appointments e.g. dental or medical are made outside of school hours.

If you intend taking your child out of school for five days or more, you must make a formal application by completing an Extended Leave Form, which is available from the school office.

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

When a student is absent from school due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances, the school must be notified either via the Skoolbag app or alternatively a note from the parents/carers must be sent to the class teacher as soon as their child returns to school. This note is written documentation to support your child’s absence and must contain the child’s name, date(s) absent and reason explaining the absence. If your child is on extended sick leave, that is over three days, the school must be informed.

 

LATE ARRIVAL

Students are considered as a ‘late arrival’ if they have not arrived at school by the bell at 8:50am. Children arriving late to school must collect a 'late note' from the school office prior to attending class to hand to their class teacher. A partial absence ‘Pa’ is recorded on the student’s attendance record.

 

EARLY RELEASE FROM SCHOOL

If a parent wishes to take their child from school for any reason, they should go to the office, request an 'early note' and wait for their child. The student will be called to the office to meet their parent.  Parents are not to go to the classrooms to collect their children. A partial absence ‘Pa’ must be recorded on the student’s attendance record.


 

At Holy Spirit, we celebrate the achievements and success of our students every day in various ways, incidentally in the form of praise or affirmation from a staff member or another student, or on formal occasions in front of their peers and the school community.


Merit Awards are presented at whole school assemblies to nominated students in each class recognising the following:


  1. Principal’s Award – academic achievement

  2. MacKillop Award – upholding Catholic values

  3. Holy Spirit Award – consistency of effort  


At the end of year Awards Ceremony, a Christian Values award is presented to a student in each class who has consistently demonstrated being kind, inclusive, tolerant and encouraging.


Awards are also presented to Year 6 students in the following categories:

  • Excellence in Learning Award – consistent academic achievement

  • Citizenship Award – demonstrated school spirit and participated in school events, been caring, respectful, a good role model and displayed other centredness

  • Sports Award – sporting achievement and sportsmanship

  • Mulgoa Award – Encouragement Award presented by NSW State Government and the Local Member for Mulgoa to a student who has consistently strived to achieve their personal best

Holy Spirit Primary School encourages students to take pride in their bookwork. Good bookwork promotes organisational skills and provides a written record that is easily accessible. A well-organised book is one where work is clearly set out.


Through explicit teaching the students will understand the appropriate expectations of bookwork at Holy Spirit. All work should be dated, with a heading and consecutive pages in the book used.


BUDDY SYSTEM

 

At Holy Spirit, younger grades are ‘buddied up’ with older ones as ‘grade buddies’, who often meet together and share fun activities. It is also an opportunity to practice social skills and for the older buddies to develop leadership skills, by caring and nurturing their younger friends. Generally, Year 6 students are ‘buddied’ with Kindergarten, giving them support and a familiar face, particularly in their early days of ‘big school’. Year 3 have their own class buddies.


2018 Grade Buddies

Kindergarten

Year 6

Year 1

Year 4

Year 2

Year 5

Year 3

Year 3

 

BUDDY BENCH   

 

Holy Spirit has a brightly yellow coloured ‘Buddy Bench’ which is located adjacent to the Year 3 COLA and the parish verandah. It can be a safe place in the playground where a student can go who is feeling sad, lonely or needs a little time to themselves. It can also be a place to find a new friend.

The canteen at Holy Spirit operates 5 days a week and is sub-contracted to Monte’s Canteen. Menus and price lists are regularly distributed to students with updated menus and/or price changes published on the school website and Skoolbag App.

The canteen is open for purchases before school at 8:20am and at Recess and Lunch times.

The canteen menu offers healthy food choices for students that reflect the Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents by providing a variety of food and drinks consistent with the Fresh Tastes @ School NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy.

Sandwiches are freshly made to order on the premises after the lunch orders arrive from the classes.

Lunches may be ordered on any school day by placing a lunch order bag (order on bag with money inside) in the student’s classroom lunch crate. Ice blocks can not be ordered but are available at recess and lunch time for purchase at the canteen.

These lunch crates (containing the lunch orders) are sent to the canteen by 9:00am to be filled and collected by the classes just before the lunch time eating bell.

Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 can also place recess orders (no ice blocks).

Hot Dog Day is the 1st Wednesday of each month. Notice will be given via a note sent home.

Birthday cup cakes may be ordered the day before to celebrate your child’s birthday. Cakes are made on the premises and delivered to the child’s class.

2018 Canteen Menu and Price List


COMMUNICATION

 

  • SCHOOL OFFICE

The school phone number is (02) 8886 3200.  The school fax number is (02) 8886 3299.

The school office is staffed from 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday

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  • WEBSITE and SKOOLBAG

Holy Spirit’s website and Skoolbag App are regularly updated and are valuable sources of information. Families can access the parent handbook, relevant school policies and plans, e-newsletters, student matters and current news stories.

The web address is: http://www.hsstclair.catholic.edu.au

The Skoolbag App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

 

  • SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

Holy Spirit’s school e-newsletter for parents and carers is available fortnightly every even Wednesday. The e-newsletter is available on the school website and Skoolbag app and additional copies are available in the school office foyer.

 

  • COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS

Regular communication between home and school is encouraged for the benefit of students.

Early in Term One, parents are invited to attend an information meeting with their child’s grade teachers. The purpose of the meeting is for teachers to outline the year.

There are a number of formal communication channels that inform parents on learning progress and relevant issues relating to each student – reports; student work samples; parent/teacher/student conferences and interviews; letters; emails etc.

  • STUDENT REPORTS

All students from Kindergarten to Year 6, receive a written report twice a year. Students in Years 1 to Year 6 are given achievement levels from A-E which represent:

A – Excellent Achievement

B – High Achievement

C – Sound Achievement

 

D – Basic Achievement

 

E – Elementary Achievement


  • PARENT/TEACHER/STUDENT CONFERENCES and PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS

In Term 2, a Parent/Teacher Interview is available once reports are sent home, however, parents who have concerns regarding their child may request an interview at other times by contacting the school office for an appointment with their child’s teacher.

COMPLAINTS

 

Holy Spirit provides a Complaints and Grievances Policy for the handling of complaints from parents, students and community members who consider that they have suffered disadvantage. Complaints when handled effectively can be resolved, through discourse, before escalating. Complaints handling provides a basis for nurturing good relations between Holy Spirit school, its parent body and the wider community.


This policy also supports CEDP’s Complaints Handling Procedures and Guidelines and is based on the principles of Procedural Fairness which advocates ‘the right to be heard’, ‘the right of a person to an impartial decision’ and ‘the decision being based on relevant and reliable evidence’.


On occasions, parents may wish to discuss minor student-related issues with their child’s class teacher. If a formal complaint is necessary, it should be addressed to the Principal. Forms are available in the school office. All complaints and grievances are dealt with in a strictly confidential manner.


CONFIDENTIALITY

 

All information held at the school is treated as private and confidential. Students’ files are only accessible to relevant staff and information will not be divulged to anyone else without parental permission.

 

STANDARD COLLECTION NOTICE

Available at: http://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/policy-central

 

  1. CEDP (through our schools, Catholic Early Learning Centres (CELCs), Catholic Out of School Hours Care services (COSHCs) and offices) collects personal information, including sensitive information about students in our schools, children in our care (together 'Students') and their parent/s, carer/s or guardian/s ('Parents') before and during the course of a Student's enrolment. The primary purpose of collecting this information is to enable us to provide schooling and care for our Students.

  2. Some of the information we collect is to satisfy our legal obligations, particularly to enable our schools, COSHC, CELC and offices to discharge their duty of care.

  3. Certain laws governing or relating to the operation of schools and child care require that certain information is collected and disclosed. These include the Education Act and Public Health and Child Protection laws.

  4. Health information about Students is sensitive information under the Privacy Act. We may request medical reports about Students from time to time. If we do not obtain the information we may not be able to enrol or continue the enrolment of the Student.

  5. We may from time to time disclose personal information (including sensitive information) to others for administrative, care and educational purposes. This includes to other schools, government departments, government agencies, statutory boards, the CEO, the Catholic Education Commission, your local diocese and the parish. We may also disclose your personal information (including sensitive information) to government authorities such as the NSW Board of Studies, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), medical practitioners and people providing services to us, including specialist visiting teachers, sports coaches, volunteers and counsellors.

  6. In addition to the agencies and purposes cited at 5 above, personal information relating to Students and Parents may also be made available, in accordance with Australian Government requirements, to ACARA for the purpose of publishing certain school information relating to the circumstances of Parents and Students on the MySchool website. The information published on the MySchool website is aggregated information and will not identify the Parent or Student.

  7. Personal information collected from Students is regularly disclosed to their Parents. On occasions, information such as academic and sporting achievements, student activities and other news is published in School newsletters, our magazines, posters and websites.

  8. Occasionally photographs or videos are taken of individual Students and groups of Students and these may be published. If you do not wish, or do not wish for your child, to be photographed, videoed or recorded under any circumstances, or to have your/their photographs, videos or sound recording published, please make sure you advise the principal, care centre director or our privacy officer. Contact details for our privacy officer are included at the end of this notice.

  9. Our Privacy - Statement sets out how you may access and seek correction of your personal information and how Parents may access and seek correction of personal information collected about their child. However, there will be occasions when access is denied. Such occasions would include where access would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others, where access may result in a breach of our schools’, CELCs’, COSHCs’ or offices’ duty of care to the Student, or where Students have provided information in confidence.

  10. Our Privacy - Statement also sets out how you may complain about a breach of privacy and how we will deal with such a complaint. Our Privacy - Statement is available in Policy Central at http://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/privacy

  11. As you may know, we may from time to time engage in fundraising activities. Information received from you may be used to make an appeal to you. It may also be disclosed to organisations that assist in our fundraising activities solely for that purpose. We will not disclose your personal information to third parties for their own marketing purposes without your consent.

  12. We may include your contact details in a class list and our schools, COSHCs, CELCs and office directories.

  13. If you provide us with the personal information of others, such as doctors’ or emergency contacts, we encourage you to inform them that you are disclosing that information to us and why, that they can access that information if they wish and that we do not usually disclose the information to third parties.

  14. We may use service providers who provide certain services to us and our staff and Students, including data storage and contemporary online teaching tools. We may provide your personal information to such service providers in connection with the provision of these services. Such service providers may store, or process, data outside Australia, including in the United States, Singapore, Ireland and possibly other countries. We endeavour to find where these providers store their data and update this collection notice as such information becomes available to us. In addition, our email service provider may store and process emails in the United States or in any other country utilised by Google.

  15. You may obtain further information from the following: ∙ For our schools: the school principal         ∙ For our CELCs: the CELC director ∙ For our COSHCs: the COSHC supervisor ∙ For our offices: Privacy Officer: Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Locked Bag 4 North Parramatta NSW 1750 T: 9840 5600.


Students are given many opportunities to extend their learning through a range of co-curricular activities, including:


  • Premier’s Reading Challenge

  • Voice of Youth public speaking competition

  • Operation Art

  • Literacy and Numeracy Week activities

  • Catholic Schools Week activities

  • Chess Tournament

  • Strings Program

  • Guitar Club

  • Electives in selected grades

  • School Choir

  • Gardening Club

As per the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES), Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP), Parramatta guidelines, Holy Spirit implements the following key learning areas:



  • Religious Education

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • History & Geography (H.S.I.E)

  • Science and Technology

  • Creative Arts

  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education



KEY LEARNING AREA - RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 

As a Catholic school we work in partnership with our families and parish in the faith development of our students. Our motto provides a particular focus for all we do and is the inspiration for our work in Religious Education.

‘At Holy Spirit we seek

To live our lives like Jesus,

Work and love as a family,

Learn, and challenge each other,

So that …

TOGETHER WE GROW’.

Our formal Religious Education Program is based on the Diocesan Religious Education Curriculum Sharing Our Story, which integrates Scripture, Theology, Tradition and Life Experience. The Parish Sacramental Program is supported by classroom activities. Our aim is to provide a sound knowledge and understanding of our Catholic faith.


We nurture the spiritual development of Holy Spirit students by providing class prayer and school and grade liturgies which offer them opportunities to express their faith and celebrate it together. Special time is set aside for class prayer throughout each day e.g. in the morning, at midday for the Angelus, before eating and prior to dismissal. Augustinian Prayer is celebrated each Friday fortnight in individual classrooms at 3:00pm. Parents and carers are welcome to join the classes at this time in prayer.


The Holy Spirit school community supports a variety of social justice initiatives by supporting the missionary activity of the Catholic Church through raising awareness of the activities and fundraising to support organisations e.g. Caritas’ Project Compassion, Catholic Mission and St Vincent De Paul.


Celebration of life experiences and special events are conducted through class liturgies and masses in the parish church, Multi Purpose Area and classrooms.


Whole school masses are celebrated at the beginning and end of each school year, with significant events in the life of the school or parish also being celebrated in this way. At Holy Spirit, First Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation are parish-based Sacraments and these programs are supported by units of work covered at school.


All classes have Religious Education integrated into their day as well as specific Religious Education lessons based on the Sharing Our Story program.



KEY LEARNING AREA - ENGLISH

 

This Key Learning Area is one of the most important aspects of Holy Spirit’s curriculum as reading, writing, speaking and listening form the basis of learning in all aspects of schooling.

Teachers plan, implement and evaluate class programs in conjunction with their stage partners. This is usually organised through a range of activities such as themes, particular stories, different types of text  and authors. We believe English is best taught and learnt through meaningful experiences integrated into the curriculum.


Literacy at Holy Spirit is an exciting and stimulating time. The daily literacy sessions include opportunities for the children to engage in speaking, listening, reading and writing activities in a series of whole class, small group, pair and individual experiences.

All students experience a balanced and coherent program of literacy instruction for a minimum of 100 minutes daily, incorporating:
  • Purposeful Talk

  • Daily Reading Aloud to Students 

  • Daily Shared Reading 

  • Small Group Reading - Instructional Practices 

  • Guided Reading for Developing Readers (generally K-2)

  • Small Group Reading for Experienced Readers (generally Years 2-6)

  • Daily Independent Reading of familiar texts

  • Daily Modelled Writing or Shared Writing 

  • Guided writing 

  • Daily Independent Writing 

  • Multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning which meets the achievement standards as defined by the NSW English K-10 syllabus and diocesan reader profiles. 


  • GUIDED READING

This approach enables a teacher to lead a group of children (maximum of 6 students) to talk, read and think their way purposefully through an instructional text. This approach allows students to become fluent, independent readers. The teacher observes and supports each child, and their progress is monitored according to their own individual progress.


  • READER'S CIRCLE

This is the next stage after Guided Reading. The children who participate in Reader’s Circle groups (maximum of 6 students) are fluent, independent readers. In these sessions, texts range from picture books to novels. The children critically read their way through the text and share their responses about the text and the author’s message. The essence of Reader’s Circle is as an instructional strategy to teach comprehension: literal, inferential and critical analysis. All children contribute to the discussion through their written responses and the discussion of these responses.


  • RECIPROCAL READING

This instructional reading strategy is where dialogue between the teacher and children (maximum of 6 students) is used to develop the comprehension strategies of predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising. Information texts, newspapers and magazines are used in this type of reading session at an instructional level.

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  • WRITING

Modelled, guided and independent writing are the steps which explicitly teach the skills of drafting, revising, conferencing, editing, proofreading and publishing a text. Producing texts also includes planning, recrafting and the development of computer skills used in the production of text, graphics and multi-media presentations.


KEY LEARNING AREA - MATHEMATICS

 

Our mathematical communities are dynamic places of learning, where Mathematics is seen as being specific to life. Children are given the opportunity to investigate, explore and manipulate both concrete materials and abstract ideas through rich, open-ended tasks. The process of their learning is expressed orally, pictorially and symbolically. Visualisation assists the children to problem solve. In Mathematics the children articulate their thinking and reasoning, enabling deeper conceptual understandings. This allows them to learn to apply learning and skills to other areas.


Mathematics at Holy Spirit is based on the EMU Program (Extending Mathematical Understanding) and is linked to the NSW Mathematics K-10 Syllabus. The emphasis is on warm ups, open-ended tasks, problem solving and reflection. This challenges our children to become lifelong learners in Mathematics.

All students at Holy Spirit engage in Mathematics comprising of:
  • A number warm up;

  • Rich and open-ended tasks;

  • Reflect individually (‘the zone of confusion’)

  • Students working in flexible groups and structures;

  • Students articulating and reflecting on their thinking and strategies.


KEY LEARNING AREA – HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY (H.S.I.E.)

 

The aim of Geography is to stimulate students’ interest in and engagement with the world. Through geographical inquiry they develop an understanding of the interactions between people, places and environments across a range of scales in order to become informed, responsible and active citizens.


The aim of the History syllabus is to stimulate students’ interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past, to develop a critical understanding of the past and its impact on the present, to develop the critical skills of historical inquiry and to enable students to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.


KEY LEARNING AREA – SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

 

Science is of increasing importance and integral to our rapidly changing world. A student's sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural and made world is fostered through actively engaging in the processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically. Through questioning and seeking solutions to problems, students develop an understanding of the relationships between science and technology, and the significance of their contribution to and influence on society.

 

Scientific inquiry is a distinct way of finding answers to interesting questions and solutions to important problems about the natural world locally, nationally and globally, including shaping sustainable futures.

 

Scientific knowledge provides explanations for a variety of phenomena and enables sense to be made of the Natural Environment and the Made Environment. As students engage in posing questions, testing ideas, developing and evaluating arguments based on evidence, they demonstrate honesty and fairness in using the skills of Working Scientifically.

 

Through applying the processes of Working Scientifically, students use scientific inquiry to develop their understanding of science ideas and concepts and the importance of scientific evidence in making informed decisions about the uses of science and technology in their lives. They recognise that science advances through the contributions of many different people.

 

KEY LEARNING AREA - PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P.D.H.P.E.)

 

The aim of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Curriculum is to develop in each student the knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes needed to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. This syllabus is directly concerned with supporting the development of the student as a whole person. Learning in P.D.H.P.E. extends beyond the planned classroom lesson and is reinforced by the Pastoral Care Program, the Healthy School Canteen, Sharing Our Story (Religious Education Program) and other ‘Health–Promoting’ activities.


P.D.H.P.E. is an important key learning area as it:

  • Encourages an understanding and valuing of self and others

  • Promotes physical activity

  • Emphasises informed decision making leading to effective and responsible action.


KEY LEARNING AREA - CREATIVE ARTS

 

The Creative Arts Syllabus is made up of three components - Music, Visual Arts, Dance and Drama.


  • MUSIC

Music plays an integral part in the life of Holy Spirit. It enhances the prayer life of the community; it is a source of entertainment at events such as school assemblies, discos and end of year functions; and it provides students with an opportunity for meaningful self-expression. At Holy Spirit music is taught in accordance with the guidelines as set out in the NSW Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus. Each student participates in formal music lessons taught by a specialist Music teacher. Students also have the opportunity to receive string lessons (cello, viola and violin).


  • VISUAL ARTS

The children at Holy Spirit are fortunate in that their artistic talents are expressed, fostered and valued. Each class is given the opportunity to participate in Visual Arts lessons. During these sessions the learning experiences are adapted to school or class contexts, paying close attention to the needs of individual students. The children are exposed to a variety of art making techniques, which include—drawing, painting, colouring and paper craft.


  • DANCE and DRAMA

The Drama and Dance Program is designed in accordance with the NSW Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus. This document organises dramatic and movement skills and understanding into the areas of Creating, Performing and Appreciating. Students from K-6 participate in lessons that explore many aspects of dramatic experiences including mime, improvisation and movement. Lessons incorporate specific skill teaching and performance opportunities. Students move from the familiar such as nursery rhymes and traditional stories through to abstract experience in the creation of their work. Students are encouraged to develop and extend their skill both individually and in groups and respond constructively to others.



CUSTODY of CHILDREN and RESTRAINING ORDERS

 

If a Custody or Restraining Order (AVO) exists within a family relationship, it is a legal requirement that the school must be provided with a copy of the legal document in order to monitor parental contact with a child.


Upon enrolment, relevant families are required to provide such information. As family situations change, the Principal must be notified as soon as possible so that the necessary changes can be actioned.

Classroom teachers must also be notified of new and existing Custody and Restraining Orders.


At the core of how we manage students, at Holy Spirit Primary, is our fundamental Christian belief that each person is created in the image and likeness of God.

On a practical level, we believe that every child has the right to learn, feel safe, secure, valued, and respected. Therefore, our management of student behaviour is founded in these beliefs, and explored in our Pastoral Care and Student Management Policy (see below).

DVDs

 

Only ‘G’ rated DVDs, which comply with copyright laws may be viewed at school. Approval from the Principal must be sought for any DVD which does not conform to these standards.


EMERGENCY PROCEDURES – LOCKDOWN and EVACUATION

 

In an ongoing plan of ensuring student, staff and community safety in the event of an emergency, an Evacuation and a Lockdown Drill is held on a regular basis where students are informed by their teachers and practised in the necessary drill procedures.


Holy Spirit provides opportunities for children to experience life in community situations outside their local environment.  

 

Appropriately planned and supervised excursions, incursions and cultural activities therefore become an integral part of our teaching and learning program. Such activities enrich student learning.


Holy Spirit acknowledges that it has a duty of care to the students attending the school.  The welfare of the students is essentially the first and foremost consideration of any procedure for medical treatments of students. Holy Spirit Primary School observes the Catholic Education of Parramatta Diocese policy of staff receiving ongoing periodic training in the management and emergency care of Anaphylaxis (including EpiPen administering) and CPR.


Parents are asked not to send their child to school when he/she is not well. Children become distressed when they are sick and they also run the risk of infecting the other children. An absentee note of explanation should either be submitted via the Skoolbag App or accompany the student upon their return to school.

 

 

SICKBAY

Holy Spirit has a sick bay for the use of sick or injured children. Supervision of children in the sick bay is undertaken by appropriately first aid trained office staff.


Parents will be notified immediately if their child has been involved in a serious incident or an ambulance has been called for their child. Parents will also be immediately notified if their child receives a head injury or eye injury, whether serious or minor.


Children suspected of having a communicable disease will be treated in line with the Department of Health guidelines. Children diagnosed with a communicable disease will be excluded from school for the period stated in Department of Health guidelines.


It is a legal requirement that all serious accidents/injuries are recorded by the school.

 

MEDICATION

Medication administration is as per the school’s Policy for the Administration of Medication.

Medication (except EpiPens) is stored and dispensed from the school office. School personnel are only permitted to administer medication prescribed by a paediatrician. They are unable to give antibiotics, paracetamol, ibuprofen, cough medicine or any other over-the-counter medications that can generally be administered around the school day.


Children who require medication (prescribed by a paediatrician) at school, must firstly return the completed form ‘Administration of Medication at Holy Spirit Primary School’ signed by their parents, (available from the school office) along with a letter from the family doctor/specialist outlining commencement date, dosage, time for administration and any specific directions. Any variation to the medication in terms of dosage or frequency must be resubmitted to the office supported by a letter from the prescribing doctor.

 

MEDICATION on EXCURSIONS


The student’s school EpiPen will be taken on all excursions. An extra asthma reliever puffer e.g. Ventolin will also be taken on excursions where necessary.


On overnight excursions, at the specific written request of the parent/guardian, accompanying staff will hold and administer prescribed medicines. The form Administration of Medication at Holy Spirit Primary School is to be completed by the parent/guardian of the child for whom the medication is prescribed and returned to the school prior to the event along with medication.



ALLERGIES

 

At Holy Spirit there may be a number of students with allergies at any given time. Parents are encouraged to share any information regarding their child’s allergies with the school. Where required, an individual medical plan (completed by a medical practitioner) and allergy medication with instructions clearly displayed, should be provided by the parents and supplied to the school office. A new individual medical plan must be provided at the beginning of each new school year or when a change in allergy management is required.


  • ANAPHYLAXIS

Anaphylaxis is a potentially life threatening allergic condition. The school must be notified upon enrolment, upon diagnosis of the condition and when a change in Anaphylaxis management is required. A Medical Action Plan completed by a medical practitioner and an EpiPen (if required) must be provided to the school and updated each year for the ongoing medical safety of the child. Where


relevant, at the beginning of the year, teachers will inform parents of the anaphylactic requirements in the student’s class.


The school aims to implement practical strategies to reduce exposure to known allergens by encouraging a “No swapping, sharing or trading of food” practice in all areas of the school.                 Age-appropriate education of children, parents and staff with regard to severe food allergies is also provided at the school.


An EpiPen will be taken on all excursions where necessary.



ASTHMA

 

Holy Spirit Primary School recognizes the importance of involvement and engagement with parents and carers of students and the ability of students to self-manage their asthma where appropriate.


The school must be notified upon enrolment, upon diagnosis of the condition and when a change in asthma management is required. Parents of students with asthma are to provide Holy Spirit Primary School with an Asthma Care Plan for their child, signed by the treating doctor. This Asthma Care Plan must be updated each year for the ongoing medical safety of the child.



  • For Infants children or if a spacer is required to deliver the medication:

  • Complete and return the Administration of Medication at Holy Spirit Primary School form to the school office

  • Supply a spacer device (if required) and medication e.g. Ventolin

  • Medication should be stored in the school office and marked with the child’s name

  • The student will be sent to the school office and be supervised while they self administer their medication as per their Asthma Care Plan


  • For Primary children:

  • Students may carry their puffers with them and self administer when necessary within their learning or play space


Holy Spirit Primary School remains committed to being an Asthma Friendly School.



COMMUNICABLE DISEASES


Children suspected of having a communicable disease will be treated in line with the Department of Health guidelines. Children diagnosed with a communicable disease will be excluded from school for the period stated in Department of Health guidelines. See table below.


Disease

Symptoms

Exclusion from School

Chicken Pox

Slight fever, runny rose, rash that begins as raised pink spots that blister and scab

5 days from onset of the rash and the blisters have dried

Conjunctivitis

Eye feels scratchy, is red & may water. Lids may stick together on waking

While there is discharge from the eye

Gastroenteritis

Frequent loose or watery stools, vomiting, fever, stomach cramps, headaches

At least 24 hours after diarrhoea stops

German Measles (Rubella)

Mild/no symptoms. Mild fever, runny rose, swollen nodes, pink blotchy rash lasting a short time. Can cause birth defects in pregnant women

At least 4 days after the rash appears

Glandular Fever

Fever, headache, sore throat, tiredness, swollen nodes

Exclusion not required unless unwell

Hand Foot & Mouth Disease

Mild illness. Possible fever, blisters around mouth, on hands, feet, perhaps nappy area

Until blisters have dried

Head Lice

Itchy scalp, white specks stuck near the base of hairs. Lice may be found on the scalp

After head lice treatment. Ongoingmanagement needed

Hepatitis A

Sudden fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, dark urine, pale stools

2 weeks after first symptom or 1 week after onset of jaundice

Impetigo (School Sores)

Small red spots change into blisters that fill up with pus & become crusted (face, hands, scalp)

Until antibiotic treatment starts. Sores should be covered with watertight bandages

Influenza

Sudden onset fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches

Until patient looks and feels better

Measles

Fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough & sore red eyes for few days followed by a red blotchy rash

At least 4 days after the rash appears

Meningococcal Disease

Sudden onset of fever, headache, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness or rash

Seek medical attention immediately

Mumps

Fever, swollen & tender glands around jaw

9 days after onset of swelling

Ringworm

Small scaly patch on skin surrounded by pink ring

Day after fungal treatment has begun

Scabies

Itchy skin, worse at night & around wrists, armpits, buttocks, groin & between fingers & toes

Day after treatment has begun

Scarlet Fever

Sore throat, high fever, vomiting, rash appears in 12-36 hrs

At least 24hrs after treatment has begun & patient feels well

Slapped Cheek

Mild fever, red cheeks, itchy lace-like rash, cough, sore throat, runny nose. Risk to pregnant women

No exclusion required as most infectious before rash appears

Whooping cough

Runny nose, persistent cough in bouts. Possible vomiting. Whooping sound as gasps for air.

5 days after special antibiotic has begun.

 

Our Homework Policy takes into account the need for students to have a balanced lifestyle. This includes sufficient time for family, recreation and cultural pursuits. Homework need not be a cause of stress or upset for children or parents. The emphasis should always be placed on the learning value.


Holy Spirit places a great focus and energy on literacy, numeracy and inquiry learning skills. Reading is a significant and essential component of homework in all grades.


Students, parents and teachers have complimentary roles with regard to homework.

As a community we believe homework:

  • Develops the child’s responsibility in terms of their own learning

  • Is enhanced if there is regular communication between students, parents and teachers.


Suggested times that students spend on homework:

Grade

Suggested time spent on homework

Year 1

10 min per week night

Year 2

15 min per week night

Year 3

20 min per week night

Year 4

30 min per week night

Year 5

40 min per week night

Year 6

50 min per week night


LEARNING SUPPORT provided by the DIVERSITY TEAM

 

Learning support is provided by the Diversity Team through Literacy Support, Numeracy Support, Behaviour Intervention and where necessary and appropriate, other outside agencies. A process of identification of specific needs takes place in consultation with the Principal, classroom teacher, parents and the Diversity Team resulting in programs being established. External services to the school may be recommended and can be accessed by parents when extra assistance is required.


Regular Library lessons are scheduled whereby students are exposed to good literature and are taught the Information Skill process. The use of technology is utilised during these sessions.


Currently, students are able to access books for weekly borrowing in the school’s library at the St Augustine Learning Centre and take them home for their reading enjoyment. To borrow books, students require a library bag for the safe keeping and protection of these books.  


Holy Spirit has access to the e-Library online platform where all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 are able to login using their school login and password to search for book titles and their availability in our library. Current library news and events are showcased on this new platform as well as access to CEDP’s online library of e-Books and Audiobooks for students to download and borrow. Parent supervision is advised for book browsing and selection as the CEDP e-Books and Audiobooks cater for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and all content may not be age appropriate for young children.  


The library is usually opened for three days per week during the lunch break for students to read, play games and colour in.


The Lost Property cupboard is located in the Multi Purpose Area near the Staffroom door. Items which have been found, are placed in the Lost Property Cupboard for collection by students and parents.


All school clothing should be clearly labelled with the student’s name so it can be easily identified.


Mobile phones, brought to school by Holy Spirit students, must be checked in at the school office on arrival for storage during the school day. They can be collected at dismissal time.


PARENT INVOLVEMENT – see also VOLUNTEERS & CHILD PROTECTION

 

At Holy Spirit, parents and carers can take an active part in the school by being involved in the:

 

  • Class as a helper for reading, art and craft, electives etc under the direction of the teacher

  • Graduation Committee by helping organise the Year 6 Graduation Dinner and Year Book

  • Fundraising Committee by assisting with fundraising events for school resourcing

  • School Committee by being a class representative in putting ideas or concerns to the School Committee and sharing information back to parents of your class. Elections take place on Parent Information Nights at the beginning of each school year.

  • Life of the School by attending liturgies, assemblies and special events and concerts.

CEDP POLICIES & PROCEDURES

 

As a Catholic School in the Parramatta Diocese, Holy Spirit adheres to CEDP policies, procedures and guidelines.  All CEDP policies can be found in Policy Central at www.parra.catholic.edu.au and on the school website at www.hsstclair.catholic.edu.au.


HOLY SPIRIT PRIMARY SCHOOL POLICIES & PROCEDURES

 

Holy Spirit Primary School has also further developed a number of local school policies and procedures. These policies and procedures can be found at www.hsstclair.catholic.edu.au

 

  • Allergy & Anaphylaxis Policy

  • Anti-Bullying Policy

  • Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy

  • Anti-Racism Policy

  • Asthma Policy

  • Canteen Policy  

  • Child Protection Policy

  • Complaints and Grievances Policy

  • Information and Communications Technology Acceptable Use Agreement

  • Pastoral Care & Student Management Policy


Parking

In order to ensure the safety of all members of our school community, we would ask that everyone observe the following procedures, expectations and, in some cases, laws. Your cooperation in explaining these procedures to all relatives and carers who may collect your children from time to time would be appreciated.

Please show consideration for others and share in the responsibility of keeping our children safe. It is not an easy task to dismiss nearly 400 children in such a short time so the co-operation of everyone is needed. We can be thankful for the amount of council land and street parking that we do have compared to most other schools.

  • Please DO NOT enter the parish/staff car park at any time, especially during wet weather.  The basketball section of the car park is a main pedestrian thoroughfare so vehicle access is strictly prohibited on school days except in the case of funerals.

  • Please DO NOT park in the Kindana Centre car park.  This is reserved for users of the centre so very small children who are dropped off and collected remain safe.

  • Please DO NOT drop children off in ‘No Stopping’ zones near the crossing area.  Please use the ‘Kiss and Drive’ area in Todd Row if you wish to drop off or pick up your children without getting out of your vehicle.  If you do choose to use ‘Kiss and Drive’ it assists if you place a sign with your surname inside the front windscreen.

  • Please DO NOT park across the parish driveways or those of our other neighbours.

  • Please DO NOT try to turn around in Todd Row. It is a very narrow street and several near misses have occurred.

  • Please DO NOT park across the entrance or exit of the fenced off council land on the other side of Moore Street. Please allow a large footpath width next to the road.

Police regularly monitor the situation, particularly at dismissal time.

Bike Safety

  • Children under the age of 10 are not permitted to ride to school.
  • A permission note, obtained from the school office, must be signed by a parent(s) before a child may ride their bike to school.
  • If the conditions in the permission note are not met, the privilege of riding will be withdrawn.
  • A helmet must be worn and secured at all times.
  • The child’s bike will be kept at school if a helmet is not worn.

Discretionary Basis

The Principal has the right of discretion to make provision for departure from the policy or the application of the policy in the event of unforeseen and exceptional circumstances.

SCHOOL FEES

Catholic systemic schools aim to keep their fees as low as possible and can provide flexible payment arrangements for families. Students who meet the enrolment criteria will not be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to afford school fees. Schools are able to reduce or waive fees for families suffering financial hardship.

There are three levels of annual fees, billed in instalments during Terms 1, 2 and 3:

  • Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees set by the Catholic Education Office

  • Diocesan Building Levy set by the Catholic Education Office

  • School-based fees

 

There are very significant discounts for the second (25% reduction) and third (50% reduction) children enrolled from the one family. There are no fees for the fourth and subsequent school children.

 

Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees

Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees can be paid upfront at the start of the year or as three equal payments in Terms 1, 2 and 3. To work out how much the fee is for each child, check the table below.

 

ANNUAL FEES

2018

Note: no charge for 4th+ children

1st Child

100%

2nd Child

75%

3rd Child

50%

Tuition Fee Primary

Kindergarten

$1,173

$ 879

$ 588


Years 1 - 6

$1,515

$1,137

$ 759






 

TERM FEES

2018

Charge in Terms 1,2 & 3

1st Child

100%

2nd Child

75%

3rd Child

50%

Tuition Fee Primary

Kindergarten

$391

$293

$196


Years 1 - 6

$505

$379

$253






 

Please note that a term’s notice in writing must be given to the Principal before the removal of a student, or a full term’s fees will be payable.

Diocesan Building Levy

The Diocesan Building Levy enables us, through our capital works program, to meet the demand for new schools and new classes in high growth areas, and to continue to maintain all schools to a high standard.

All families with one or more children in a Parramatta Diocesan school or at St Dominic's College Kingswood are required to pay the annual Diocese of Parramatta Diocesan Building Levy. This levy has replaced the various building levies that parents previously paid to school building funds (managed by either parishes or schools). The levy for 2018 is $783 per family, payable in three equal instalments of $261 payable in Terms 1, 2 and 3.

 

Annual Diocesan Education Fee Temporary Residents

The Diocesan Education Fee Temporary Residents for 2018 is $1,935 per student, payable in three equal instalments of $645 in Terms 1, 2 and 3. The fee applies to new students on the following visa numbers: 173, 401, 402, 411, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 426, 427, 428, 442, 456, 457, 459, 462, 476, 485, 497, 580, 600, 601, 651, 675, 676, 679, 685, 884, 944, 956, 976 and 977 including where any of these are the preceding visas for families on bridging visas 010 to 090.

Holy Spirit School Based Fees for 2018 - in addition to Diocesan fees

  • Resource Fee

$100.00 per child

 

  • Family Levy

$120.00 per family

 

  • Activity Fee

Kindergarten to Year 2 $   50.00 per child

Years 3 and 4 $   65.00 per child

Year 5 $ 155.00 per child (includes Year 5 Leadership Day)

Year 6 $   65.00 per child

Year 6 Overnight Excursion $ 195.00 per child

School Fee Accounts

A Statement of Account is distributed at the beginning of each term.

Flexible Payment Options

Flexible payment options are offered to all families. This provides you with the opportunity to select a payment method and plan that best suits your circumstances. School fee payment methods include cash, cheque, direct debit, credit card, EFTPOS, BPay, Australia Post BPay and deductions from Centrelink payments. Payments can also be made on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis at no additional charge and by arrangement with the School Finance Officer.

 

Outstanding Fees

A reminder notice for outstanding fees will be sent 30 days from the date of the original statement. However, if you encounter unexpected changes to your financial circumstances that may make it difficult to pay your fees on time, please make an immediate appointment with the Principal, who will respond to your situation with care and confidentiality. You may also need to bring supporting documents to show your financial situation.

 

OFFICE NOTES AND MONEY

All money and notes are collected at the beginning of the day, placed in the class office bag and delivered to the school office by students in each class no later than 9:15am. All money should be in a sealed envelope with the student’s name, amount and purpose for payment.


 

At Holy Spirit we seek
To live our lives  like Jesus,
Work and love as a family,
Learn and challenge each other
So that ...
TOGETHER WE GROW.

Together We Grow

Chorus:

We're building God's dream together today,
Helping each other, in work and in play,
At Holy Spirit, friendship is sown,
By living as one, TOGETHER WE GROW.

We are called to be sisters and brothers,
Sharing what we have.
The spirit says to be like Jesus,
Loving and giving our best.

Chorus:

We're building God's dream together today,
Helping each other, in work and in play,
At Holy Spirit, friendship is sown,
By living as one, TOGETHER WE GROW.

We're united body and Spirit,
By the gifts we share.
Jesus says to love our neighbour
Serving and offering our care.

Chorus:

We're building God's dream together today,
Helping each other, in work and in play,
At Holy Spirit, friendship is sown,
By living as one, TOGETHER WE GROW.

 

The full school uniform is compulsory at all times. It should be kept neat and tidy in appearance, demonstrating school pride. All items should be clearly labelled with the child’s name for easy identification.


Items of the sports uniform are only to be worn on sports days and are not permitted to be worn with the school uniform.


The school hat is part of the school uniform. Children are expected to wear their school hat to and from school as well as when participating in outside activities. Holy Spirit adopts the ‘NO HAT – NO PLAY’ Sun Smart policy whereby children who do not have an appropriate school hat must sit in the designated shaded area outside the school office on the silver seats.


Make-up and nail polish are not part of the school uniform. Students wearing make-up or coloured nail polish will be asked to remove it.


Paint shirts should be worn during Art and Craft activities to protect the school uniform. An old, large sized shirt or t-shirt is ideal and should be left at school.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM - GROOMING EXPECTATIONS

  • HAIR STYLING EXPECTATIONS

Students are expected to keep their hair clean, neat and tidy and out of their face and eyes at all times. Haircuts are to be in a sensible and conventional style. There are to be no extremes of fashion in hairstyle cut or colour.

  • Shaving of any part of the head, lines, steps, exaggerated layering or undercuts are not permitted.

  • Rat’s tails are not permitted.

  • Students are not to colour their hair or have streaks, foils etc

  • Hair of collar length and longer should be tied back by a ribbon, scrunchie, hair band or clip in the school colours only.


  • JEWELLERY EXPECTATIONS

  • Earrings should be small studs or small sleepers (one in each ear)

  • Other than a watch, jewellery should not be visible.


If a student regularly does not observe the uniform expectations of Holy Spirit, a ‘Uniform Reminder’ note may be sent to the parents reminding them of the following:

  • School sports uniform items cannot be worn with regular school uniform

  • Earrings must be small studs or sleepers (one in each ear) 

  • Hair longer than collar length must be tied back with school-coloured hair accessories

  • Hair cut/style/colour should be conventional i.e. no colouring, streaks, undercuts, shaving, lines, steps or exaggerated layering

  • Hat with school logo to be worn

  • Nail polish is not permitted

  • Other than a watch, no other jewellery should be visible


The Assistant Principal, in consultation with the Principal, will make the final decision on what is considered appropriate hair styling, grooming and jewellery for school. Parents will be notified if there are concerns regarding their child/ren.


 
All school uniform items are now ordered directly through the school uniform supplier Oz Fashions located at Granville. Samples sizes are available in the school office.

 

N.B. Uniforms cannot be purchased from the Oz Fashion warehouse in Granville. 

Please order through the Qkr App which Oz Fashions uses or contact Elle at Oz Fashions on (m) 0421 216 414 or via email at elle@ozfashions.com.au

Delivery day to Holy Spirit is Wednesday. Orders must be placed by 4:00pm on Tuesday for a Wednesday delivery.

Each child at Holy Spirit is expected to wear the uniform as stipulated below. Sports Uniform items are not interchangeable with the regular school uniform. Winter items, such as long grey trousers for boys and black stockings for girls are usually worn in Terms 2 and 3.


Boys and Girls Unisex Uniform

  • School bomber zip jacket with school emblem

  • School jumper with school emblem

  • Black leather school shoes (not joggers)

  • School hat with school emblem

  • School backpack with school emblem


Boys Uniform

Boys Winter Uniform (additional)

  • Boys school striped shirt with emblem

  • Boys grey school shorts

  • Grey ankle socks (not sports)

  • Boys long grey school trousers

  • White long sleeve polo worn under school shirt (optional)

  • Scarf or gloves (school colours only)


Girls Uniform

Girls Winter Uniform (additional)

  • White school blouse with school emblem

  • Girls tartan school skirt

  • White ankle socks (not sports)

  • School headband, scrunchie, ribbons or clips (school colours only)

  • Black winter tights

  • White long sleeve polo worn under school shirt (optional)

    • Scarf or gloves (school colours only)



  • Boys and Girls Unisex Sports Uniform(sports uniform items are not to be worn instead of the regular uniform)

    • School sports polo shirt with school emblem

    • School sports shorts

    • School tracksuit jacket (microfibre) with school emblem

    • Winter school tracksuit pants (microfibre)

    • Plain white ankle socks

    • Sports shoes

    • School hat with school emblem

     

    * The Holy Spirit Primary School hat is part of the school uniform and is expected to be worn to and from school

    ("No Hat / No Play" policy is enforced for sun protection for all children.)                            

     

    2018 School Uniform Order Form and Price List

     

    Holy Spirit St Clair Uniform Order Form and Price List

     

      School Uniform Order App Information

    School Uniform App Page 1 

    School Uniform App Page 2

     

     

    SCHOOL SPORTING CARNIVALS and REPRESENTATION

     

    The importance of physical education is highlighted at Holy Spirit and students enjoy opportunities to participate in weekly P.D.H.P.E. as per syllabus requirements.


    The Cross Country, Swimming Trials and Athletics Carnivals are held annually. Students are selected from these events to represent the school at combined schools events and have the opportunity to progress and further represent at Diocesan and State levels.



    Teams from Holy Spirit compete in gala days and zone and diocesan events in various sporting disciplines including Netball, NRL, Soccer, Touch Football, Gymnastics and Basketball. The school aims to cater for the needs of all students to develop a well-rounded skill set and a commitment to their own further education.


    All involved in school sporting activities are required to adhere to the PDPSSC (Parramatta Diocesan Primary Schools Sports Council) Codes of Conduct which are based on principles of ‘The Australian Sports Commission Codes of Behaviour’.

     

    SPORTS DAYS

     

    Sport, as part of the P.D.H.P.E. curriculum, is timetabled on different days for each grade at Holy Spirit.  Sports Days may change for any grade each term due to timetabling schedules.

    Students are required to wear full sports uniform to school on these days. Please check the school website www.hsstclair.catholic.ed.au  for the current timetable of Sports Days for each grade.

    SPORTS HOUSES

    The school is divided into four Sport Houses; Chisholm, Durack, Lawson and Marsden.

     

    HOUSE NAME

    COLOUR

    HOUSE NAMED IN HONOUR OF

    Chisholm

    WHITE

    Caroline Chisholm – one of Australia’s greatest women pioneers, best remembered for her work with emigrant families and young women.

    Durack

    BLUE

    Sarah ‘Fanny’ Durack – first female Olympic gold medallist who also broke the world record at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.

    Lawson

    GREEN

    William Lawson – pastoralist and explorer, who in 1813 with Blaxland and Wentworth, discovered a passage through the Blue Mountains.

    Marsden

    RED

    Rev Samuel Marsden – pioneered the Australian wool industry by importing and breeding Merino sheep. Lived at Mamre Homestead.

     

    School Leaders are elected to lead their teams at the Athletics Carnival. Children in the same family will be in the same house colour.



    STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS

     

    The Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta allows the school six pupil free days per year for the staff to use a block of time to develop school-based curricula or other approved staff development exercise. The NSW government has deemed that the first of these days is the ‘teacher only’ day before the start of the school year and two of the days are the last two days of the school year. Prior notice of the remaining three days each year will be given before the scheduled day with sufficient notice.


    Throughout their time at Holy Spirit, all students are encouraged to demonstrate peer leadership and classroom assistance. Staff work with students from Kindergarten to Year 6 to develop these important social skills.


    The culmination of this development comes when students are entering Year 6 and are invited to nominate for roles as School Captains and Sports Captains. All Year 6 students are regarded as leaders


    and are encouraged to develop their leadership qualities. Students elected or placed in positions of responsibility are given the opportunity to realise their potential in the area of leadership.


    STUDENT WELLBEING & BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

    Every child at Holy Spirit has a right to learn, feel safe, secure, valued and respected. Student wellbeing is an all encompassing initiative which caters for the holistic growth of students and is expressed through the development of quality relationships, the provision of satisfying learning experiences and the establishment of an effective care network.

    The multicultural nature of our school is something to be celebrated, where respect, tolerance and acceptance are essential values. Positive relationships that respect and accept individual difference and diversity within the whole school community are promoted.

    Classroom and playground rules provide guidelines for positive student behaviour. Students who display unacceptable behaviour are interviewed and work with staff to find a way of modifying those behaviours to seek a satisfactory outcome through the Pastoral Care & Student Management Policy. Holy Spirit Primary School supports procedural fairness, also known as natural justice, in dealings with all members of the school community.

    Corporal punishment is inconsistent with the ethos of the Catholic school and is not used under any circumstances at Holy Spirit Primary School.

    BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATONS

    At Holy Spirit, we have shared school rules, which provide teachers and their students with the language to discuss behaviour in a consistent way. These rules are the basis for the agreement for responsible behaviour in each classroom, and provide the focus for reflection about any behaviour.

    They include:

    I am Safe  -  I can be “Safe” by thinking first, about how my actions affect my safety as well as the safety of others, making positive choices and taking responsibility for my actions.

    I am Respectful - I can be “Respectful” by being kind and polite in my words and actions, treating all property with care; whether my own, school or other people’s and taking responsibility for my actions.

    I am a Learner - I can be “a Learner” by listening to the teacher, trying my best and being a cooperative member of my learning community and by taking responsibility for my learning.

     

     The behaviour term “bully” is sometimes misunderstood. The definitions below may help to differentiate between what is actual bullying behaviour and what is just being mean or rude. 

    RUDE: Impolite or bad mannered eg you say 'good morning' and the other person ignores you or snatches a book or paper from you.

    MEAN: Someone who puts others down, is unkind, hurtful. eg calls out 'loser', talks unkindly about you, refuses to include you in their game.

     

    BULLY: Someone who repeatedly  intimidates others, is often in a position of 'power'. Everyday they wait for you and 'put hands on'. Everyday they force you out of the line etc. They may be older or bigger than you.

    The development of positive behaviour is a responsibility that we all share. We are committed to ongoing professional learning and staff training to support our whole school approach.


    ANTI-RACISM

    In maintaining a safe and supportive environment, Holy Spirit adheres to the principles and practices of CEDP Anti-Racism Policy. If any teacher, student or parent has concerns pertaining to matters of anti-racism, they should contact the Assistant Principal or Principal.


    BULLYING, DISCRIMINATION and HARASSMENT

     

    The Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta considers all bullying, discrimination and harassment to be unacceptable behaviour as it undermines the intrinsic dignity of the individual person and is inconsistent with the ethos of a Catholic school.

    Students have the right to expect that they will spend the school day free from the fear of bullying, harassment and discrimination. The three school rules of Holy Spirit Primary School recognise the importance of a safe environment where human development is nurtured.

    School members are required to adhere to the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s Policy – Countering Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying (2010).


    COUNSELLING (Students)

     

    Students and their parents have access to the school counsellor three days per fortnight. Please see the Assistant Principal or Principal if you wish to access this support.

    Sr Narelle Whiteman is available Tuesday – Friday to support staff, students and their families.


    WELLBEING PROGRAMS

     

    • Kindergarten Orientation and Transition Programs – usually take place in Term 4 of the year before students start ‘big school’

    • Year 6 Transition to High School Program – for nominated students in Year 6 during Term 4

    • Buddy System – older grades ‘buddy up’ with younger grades e.g. Year 6 and Kindergarten for extra ‘big buddy’ support for masses, liturgies and fun activities

    • Students with additional needs – on a needs basis

    • Pastoral Care Programs to suit the individual needs of the students

    The Sun Smart Policy is in place year round at Holy Spirit. All students will wear a school hat that provides good cover to the face, neck and ears when they are outside.


    Students who do not have appropriate school hats are asked to sit in the designated area where the “NO HAT, NO PLAY” policy applies, which is outside the school office on the silver seats.


    The purpose of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) use at Holy Spirit Primary School is to enhance student learning opportunities, promote student achievement and support student/school communication.


    ICT covers all devices and related applications including accessing the internet and program applications. Its use at Holy Spirit must be responsible, legal, appropriate and for educational purpose, following the guidelines outlined in the ICT Acceptable Use Agreement by being ‘Cyberwise’ in a safe, respectable and responsible manner.


    Students agree to abide by the rules set out in the ICT Acceptable Use Agreement by signing the form, along with their parents and returning it to school. Students who are not recorded as accepting the terms of this document will not be permitted access to ICT at Holy Spirit.

    2018 ICT Agreement


    Students are encouraged to only bring inexpensive toys to school to play with e.g. a ball, skipping rope or a small toy.

     

    Expensive or precious items, such as electronic devices, fragile items or items of sentimental value should not be brought to school in case they get lost or broken.


    For maps on Parking Guide, Road Safety and Kiss & Ride – see Road Safety - Student Pick Up Guides.

     

    WALKING

    Students who walk to or from school should be ‘road safety aware’ and if crossing Moore Street should use the wombat crossing.

     

    BUS TRAVEL

    A number of students catch local buses home. The buses pick students up from the Moore Street school gate bus stop. A staff member is placed on bus duty to supervise these children until the bus arrives.


    All children travelling by bus are required to have an OPAL bus pass or the appropriate bus fare. Infant children are eligible for free travel. For primary children to be eligible for free travel, the distance criteria is 1.6 km radial or 2.3 walking distance from the child's place of residence to the school. Application for free travel must be made online to transportnsw.info/school-students.


    BIKE SAFETY

    Students under the age of 10 are not permitted to ride their bikes to school. Parents who give their permission for their child to ride to or from school, must provide the office with a signed permission note before their child may ride their bike to or from school.


    A secure helmet must be worn and secured at all times. If the student has a bike at school and does not have a helmet, the bike will be kept at school until the parents are contacted.


    If any of the above conditions are not met, the permission to ride a bike to school will be revoked.


    TRAVELLING BY CARKiss and Ride Sign

    Parents may either park their car in the school vicinity (Appendix 1a - Parking Guide) and escort their child to/from the car/school grounds or use the Kiss & Ride zone located in Todd Row. Children are not permitted to be dropped off or picked up in car parks or any other location other than the Kiss & Ride designated area.

    Parents/carers are not permitted to enter or park in the Church car park before or after school.

    Parents should be considerate of our neighbouring community and not park in driveways or in the Kindana Before and After School car park.


    KISS & RIDE PROCEDURES

    The Kiss & Ride area is located in Todd Row between the  “PASSENGER SET DOWN OR PICK UP PERMITTED” signs (shown right and in the Kiss & Ride Map Appendix 1c) and is a safe and convenient method of dropping off and picking up children from school. Vehicles are only permitted to stop in this zone for a maximum of two (2) minutes and no parking or leaving the vehicle is permitted.


    Vehicles should queue behind cars in front of them in the Kiss & Ride zone and not jump ahead in the queue as it causes disruption to exiting vehicles.


    Traffic police often patrol schools in the area and fines can be issued to non compliant drivers.


    DROP OFF in the morning (see also ROUTINES - Morning Routine)

    Parents / carers may drop their children off in the Kiss & Ride zone in the morning. Parking is not permitted and vehicles may stand for two (2) minutes to allow children to safely alight from vehicles. The school gate opens at 8:00am.


    PICK UP in the afternoon (see also ROUTINES - After School Routine)

    Children who are being picked up from the Kiss & Ride zone must assemble outside the school office and wait for the Kiss & Ride teacher on duty who will take them to the Kiss & Ride designated waiting area. Children must not go directly to their car through the gate that is not supervised by the teacher on duty.  

    Cars should queue from the beginning of the pick up zone and move up in the waiting queue until they reach the pick up point where the teacher on duty will permit the children to approach and enter the vehicle. If the children are not ready to move to the waiting vehicle, the driver may be directed to drive on and rejoin the queue for optimum flow of traffic.


    VISITORS, VOLUNTEERS and CHILD PROTECTION - Building Safe Communities

     

    VISITORS & VOLUNTEERS

     

    Parents, volunteers and visitors who attend the school during school hours are required to report to the school office upon arrival and electronically ‘sign in’. They will then receive an identification tag, which must be worn for the duration of their school visit. Upon departure, parents, volunteers and visitors are required to exit the school via the school office to electronically sign out.

    Access to the school office during school hours is via the gate in Todd Row.


    VOLUNTEERS & CHILD PROTECTION – BUILDING SAFE COMMUNITIES

     

    ‘Building Child Safe Communities’ is an initiative developed by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta that enhances our commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all students in our care.


    It is a requirement that all volunteers complete an online undertaking form that confirms expectations in relation to behaviour whilst volunteering at schools. This undertaking form also seeks to determine the suitability of volunteers by requiring them to declare that they do not have a criminal history involving children.

     

    PROCEDURE FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS

     

    All parent volunteers are required to complete the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta “Training for Volunteers” online. This must be completed every two years.

    All volunteers must also complete the “Undertaking Form” online which is available at http://childprotection.parra.catholic.edu.au/volunteers.

    Volunteers will receive a confirmation email once the form has been submitted. Details are maintained confidentially in a central database and a confirmation copy is also emailed to the location where the volunteering will take place.


    Volunteers wanting to work at the school on a particular day are required to report to the school office first. There they will be asked to electronically sign in and collect an identification tag which must be worn for the duration of their visit. At the end of their visit, they are required to electronically sign out at the office on exiting the school.