Dunvegan Primary School - Prospectus

 

 

DUNVEGAN PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND PUPILS

 

 

Dunvegan Primary School                                    Postal Address:

Sheila Street                                                             Private Bag X10007

Dunvegan                                                                 EDENVALE

Edenvale                                                                   1610

 

EMAIL: reception@dunveganprimary.co.za                               Tel.:     011 453 9401/2

WEBSITE:  http://www.dunveganprimary.co.za/                        Fax:     011 453 2829

 

PRINCIPAL:  Mr. R.G Laidley

 

 

 CONTENTS

 

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. STAFFING
  3. GOVERNING BODY
  4. GOLD DIGGERS ASSOCIATION (G.D.A.)
  5. SCHOOL FEES
  6. CONTROL OF FINANCES
  7. INSURANCE
  8. CANTEEN
  9. UNIFORM
  10. COMMUNICATION
  11. INTERVIEWS WITH TEACHING STAFF
  12. CODE OF CONDUCT
  13. SCHOOL RULES
  14. OTHER MATTERS RELATING TO PUPILS
  15. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

 

 

 

1. INTRODUCTION

 

Dunvegan Primary is a state school.  We cater for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 14 years.  Pupils are placed in classes of about 35 children.

 

The Governing Body of the school determines the criteria for admission in accordance with the Constitution of our country. The Language of instruction is English (offered on a First Language Level and assume that the learners come to school able to speak and understand that language) and the Second Additional Language is Afrikaans (offered on a Second Language level).

 

The school offers classes from Grade 1 - Grade 7.

 

 

DUNVEGAN PRIMARY SCHOOL VISION & MISSION STATEMENT

 

VISION:

Every learner feels valued and inspired in an innovative education system.

 

MISSION:

We are committed to providing functional and modern schooling that enables quality teaching and learning.

 

To protect and promote the right of every learner to quality, equitable and relevant education.

 

 

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2. STAFFING

 

The school has a staff of qualified teachers, supported by administrative workers, Learnerships, a bursar and a maintenance team.  All staff members are under direct control of the Principal.

 

BURSAR:  The bursar is the business manager of the school.  All school administrative matters fall under his/her control, and queries about payment of fees, hiring of facilities and/or equipment, insurances, house-keeping, buying etc. must be referred to him/her.

 

 

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3. GOVERNING BODY

 

The Governing Body is the controlling body of the school.  Members are elected by the parents, teachers and non-educator staff of the school every third year.  The Governing Body controls all aspects of the school, from the appointment of teachers to decisions on which extra-curricular activities are offered.  Each member of the Governing Body holds a specific portfolio. Parents with queries about the running of the school should contact the Secretary of the Governing Body (or check on school website) to ascertain the name of the member responsible for that particular aspect. The responsible member will then deal with the questions, or refer them to the full Governing Body.

 

CURRENT CHAIRPERSON:

Mr. J. de Beer                                                 

                                               

 

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4. GOLD DIGGERS ASSOCIATION (G.D.A.)

 

The G.D.A. is the Fund Raising and Public Relations body of the school.  Every parent is a member of this body, but an Executive Committee is elected at the start of the1st Term each year.  The G.D.A. is a vital part of school life, and involvement in its activities is rewarding and enriching.  Interested parents who are not elected at the first meeting of the year are always welcome to offer their services or attend meetings at any time during the year. 

 

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5. SCHOOL FEES

 

The Fees for 2017 are as follows:

  1. Dunvegan Primary School, in terms of Section 39 of the South African Schools Act 84 of 1996, is entitled to charge school fees as established by the Governing Body.

 

  1. Upon the enrolment of a learner for the first time at the school, a non-refundable Development Contribution of R800.00 per family is requested to be paid. (Provided that if a sibling has previously been enrolled and the contribution paid, no further contribution is payable.)

 

  1. The School Tuition Fees for the 2017 Academic Year will be set at R14 850.00 per pupil. Payment options:

Monthly manual payments (Inc EFT) (Over 10 months) = R 14 850 per pupil p.a.

Full settlement (Due 31 January 2017) Discount = R 13 811 per pupil p.a.

Debit Order (Over 10 months)-  Discount            = R 14 108 per pupil p.a.

 

  1. Unless specific application for exemption is made – in accordance with the South African Schools Act (Act N° 84 of 1996) and the Regulations setting out the National Norms and Standards for School Funding (Government Gazette N° 29311 dated 18 October 2006) – it is deemed that the combined gross income of the learners both parents is such that the full fee is payable.

 

  1. Exemption documentation and interview procedures will be established by the School Governing Body.

 

  1. Failure to meet any Debit Order or the settlement in full option will automatically result in the full R 14 850.00 fees being applicable.
    1. All arrears included previously reduced fees become immediately payable

 

 

Kindly take note that the monthly Debit Order shall remain in place for each subsequent year thereafter that the child is at the School and cancellation thereof shall only be facilitated by the School on 3 calendar months notice.

 

Kindly ensure that all the Exemption documentation is filed at the School on or before the 28th February 2017, failing which your application for Exemption for the current year may not be considered.

 

For 2017, a Development Contribution of R1000.00 is also payable on acceptance. This is a once-off payment per family. Families who have already paid this fee for an older child do not need to pay again.

 

Statements are issued monthly, so that parents can keep track of their payments.

 

Banking Details:

Parents wishing to pay full school fees by means of an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) with Internet Banking, please note our banking details are:

Dunvegan Primary School

Bank: First National Bank

Account N°: 51160458845

Branch Code: 201510  (Greenstone Branch)

 

Please fax/provide proof of payment to our offices. Fax 011 453 2829 or Email accounts@dunveganprimary.co.za

 

 

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6. CONTROL OF FINANCES

 

The Governing Body appoints a Financial sub-committee to control all funds collected in the name of the school.  This committee draws up a detailed budget in October of each year which is then ratified by the Governing Body and presented at the Annual General Meeting in the 4th Term.  The Finance Committee meets at least once a quarter to review the accounts and to consider other matters relating to the use of school funds.

 

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7. INSURANCE

 

The school carries insurance to cover expenses incurred as a result of personal accidents to pupils while at school or engaged in school activities, as well as losses to the assets of the school including grounds, buildings and equipment.

 

 

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8. CANTEEN

 

A Private Concern operates a canteen on the school premises where children may buy a wholesome snack each school day at a reasonable price. Prices of snacks are available on the school’s website. The canteen operates from 7am, at both breaks and after school. 

 

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9. UNIFORM

 

All pupils must wear the school uniform.  Details are given under the school rules contained in this guide.  It is optional to wear either summer or winter uniform in the months of APRIL and SEPTEMBER depending on prevailing weather conditions at the time.  Winter uniform must be worn from 1 May to 31 August, and summer uniform from 1 October to 31 March.

           

STOCKISTS:

EDENDALE OUTFITTERS:  32 – 8th Ave, Edenvale Tel.: 011 453 8465

Website: http://www.edendale.co.za/dunveganprimary.htm

 

ESQUIRES: 46 – 8th Avenue, Edenvale  Tel.: 011 453 9008/9

 

 

 

The School has a Second Hand Shop.  The shop will be open on Mondays from 2:30 – 3:30.  Please enquire at the office should you have any questions.

 

 

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10. COMMUNICATION

 

The school sends out a newsletter to each family every second Wednesday.

 

This is an essential means of communication, and parents are asked to ensure that they read the newsletters regularly.  Short private advertisements are accepted for this newsletter at a nominal charge.  Enquire at the office.

 

The School’s website, www.dunveganprimary.co.za , is updated regularly and contains valuable information pertaining to the school, extra murals, newsletters etc.

 

A School magazine is produced annually which gives some insight into the activities of the school and shows off some of the work done by pupils in the course of their studies.  One copy of this magazine is issued free of charge to each family.

 

Vital information is also transmitted via SMS (Short Message Service) when deemed necessary.

 

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11. INTERVIEWS WITH TEACHING STAFF

 

Parents are welcome to request an interview with any teacher on the staff.  The best method is to write a note to the teacher concerned, mentioning the reason for the request, and suggesting a time.  Include a phone number, and the teacher will get back to you and arrange a mutually suitable time.

 

For interviews with the PRINCIPAL, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL OR THE BURSAR, telephone the school office.  The secretary will then arrange an interview. The content/reason for the interview must also be disclosed when making the appointment.

 

PLEASE do not “pop in” in the hope of seeing someone at the school.

Teachers may not interview parents during teaching time.    

 

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12. THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PUPILS AT DUNVEGAN PRIMARY

 

Credo

 

It is my right to work in a clean environment;

Therefore it is my responsibility to keep my work space and my school clean.

 

It is my right to work in a safe and peaceful environment;

Therefore it is my responsibility to keep my classroom and my school safe

and peaceful.

 

It is my right to learn without disruption;

Therefore it is my responsibility to learn without disturbing others.

 

It is my right to be given a fair chance of success;

Therefore it is my responsibility to give others a fair chance to succeed in

their studies.

 

It is my right to be a member of a good class and a good school;

Therefore it is my responsibility to build and maintain a good reputation for my class and my school.

 

It is my right to have my views, beliefs and religion respected;

Therefore it is my responsibility to respect the views, beliefs and religion of my school mates.

 

 

Pledge

 

I pledge myself to uphold the Credo of Dunvegan Primary School:

To honor the Code of Conduct,

and to obey the school rules,

so that this school is widely recognized as a place of quality learning.

 

 

Code of Conduct for Pupils

 

The following Code of Conduct is binding on all learners wanting to enroll at Dunvegan Primary School.

 

1.         Pupils must pursue their studies with dedication, honesty and diligence.

 

2.         Pupils must preserve and protect all school property entrusted to them.

 

3.         Pupils must attend school regularly and must attend all classes during the school day.

 

4.             Pupils must respect the dignity of all other pupils, staff and members of the public.

 

5.         Pupils must respect the religious beliefs of others.

 

6.         Pupils must not engage in any activity that may jeopardise the safety, security or academic progress of any other person at school.

 

7.        Pupils must know, obey and respect the School rules as contained

in the school handbook and as published from time to time and displayed in all classrooms and in the Media Centre.

 

8.        Pupils must respect the Constitution and Laws of South Africa.

 

9.         Pupils shall obey all reasonable and lawful directions given by the Principal, Deputy Principal, HOD, Teachers, Administrative and Ground Staff of the school.

 

10.       Pupils will display no form of racial discrimination whatsoever.

 

11.       Pupils will display good sportsmanship when competing in sport.

 

 

Pupils are warned that serious breaches of the Code of Conduct MAY result in suspension and possible expulsion from the school.

 

Persistent breaking of school rules will be regarded as a serious breach of the Code of Conduct.

Pupils suspected of breaking the Code of Conduct will be counseled and entitled to a proper hearing, conducted in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Gauteng Department of Education.

 

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13. SCHOOL RULES

 

All pupils must abide by the Code of Conduct and the following school rules, approved by the Governing Body of the School, and formulated for the safety and comfort of all people in the school.

 

            13.1  Times

All pupils must be inside the gates by 7:35 each school day when the first short bell rings, but for safety’s sake, should not be at school before 07:00. The school day commences promptly at 07:40 for all pupils.

 

Grade 1 & 2 pupils finish classes at 12:45 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. They will finish at 13:15 on a Wednesday.

 

Grade 3 finish at 13:15 each day of the week.

 

In Grades 4 – 7, pupils will come out at 13:45 on each day of the week.

 

Pupils waiting for lifts home after 13:45 must wait at the main gate in Sheila Street, INSIDE the school grounds or SEATED on the wall bench. 

 

The School Timetable is as follows:

PERIOD

START

FINISH

LENGTH

1

7:40

8:10

30

2

8:10

8:40

30

3

8:40

9:10

30

4

9:10

9:40

30

5

9:40

10:10

30

FEEDING

10:10

10:15

5

BREAK

10:15

10:30

15

6

10:30

11:00

30

7

11:00

11:30

30

8

11:30

12:00

30

BREAK

12:00

12:15

15

9

12:15

12:45

30

10

12:45

13:15

30

11

13:15

13:45

30

 

           

            13.2  Out of Bounds

The school grounds are out of bounds to pupils outside of school hours, unless they are under the supervision of a teacher or other person authorised by the Principal. During school hours, pupils may not enter the following areas unless instructed to do so by a teacher:

           

            *           All grassed embankments

            *           Teachers’ car parking areas

            *           Tennis courts, netball courts, cleaners’ rooms, garage and pavilion

            *           Hall, stage, canteen, staffroom and admin area beyond enquiries window

            *           Areas south of the Main School building (boiler room area)

            *           Behind the South Wing Classroom Block.

 

            13.3    Dress

Pupils are expected to be neatly dressed in proper school uniform during school hours.

                                   

Uniform: 

Girls

Summer:  School summer dress, white socks, black shoes. (Dresses must at least touch the top of the knee cap). A hem must be in the dress at all times.

Winter:  Winter Tunic in school colour with plain white long sleeve shirt (fastening of the top button is optional), grey socks (calf length with maroon bands) and black shoes, or long grey slacks worn with a plain white school shirt (fastening of the top button is optional), grey socks and black shoes. Knitted, full length, grey stockings can be worn in conjunction with the Winter Tunic according to prevailing weather conditions. (If the tunic is worn, the same rule as for the summer dress applies)

 

Boys:

Summer: White school shirt (short sleeves), grey school shorts,  grey school socks (calf length with maroon bands), black school shoes. Shirts must be tucked into shorts at all times.

Winter: White collared, long sleeved school shirt, buttoned to the top, school tie, grey longs, belt (black or grey with a plain buckle), grey socks,  black school shoes.

As a privilege, Grade 7 Boys are permitted to wear grey, long flannels with a belt (black or grey with a plain buckle) all year should they want to.

 

With all the above variations, cardigan and jerseys in school colours may be worn. A sleeveless jersey/pullover in school colours is also permissible

 

Plastic raincoats (grey/black/maroon) may be worn when necessary.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  The official school colour is called “cherry”, but maroon is also acceptable.

 

Should a child, for religious and/or cultural reasons, need to contravene these rules pertaining to school uniform, they would need to produce proof from their Religious/cultural Institution detailing why it is necessary before permission for exemption may be granted by the school.

 

 

Dress for P/E lessons:

ALL pupils must wear white boxer type shorts and a plain white T-shirt or a Dunvegan Sports Shirt.

Girls may wear the Maroon Netball/Hockey Skorts instead of shorts.

 

All persons using the tennis courts or netball fields must wear sports shoes with soft, light coloured soles.

 

Dress for Sport:

All children if chosen to represent the school are required to wear the correct sporting equipment. Pupils will not be allowed to participate unless they have the correct attire on. If a cap is to be worn, it must be the official school cap which may be purchased from the front office.

 

Cricket

Practices                                            Matches

Dunvegan Shirt or T-shirt               Match Shirt – White Collared Shirt

Shorts                                                White Boxer Shorts

Socks                                                 White long Socks

Takkies                                              White Takkies

Maroon School cap

 

Swimming

Black Swimming Costume and Dunvegan Primary Swimming Cap

 

Soccer

Practices                                            Matches

T-shirt                                                 Maroon Dunvegan Shirt

Shorts                                                White Boxer Shorts

Socks                                                 Maroon Dunvegan Soccer Socks

Shin Pads                                         Shin Pads (compulsory)

Boots                                                  Boots

 

Netball

Practices                                            Matches

T-shirt                                                 Maroon Dunvegan Shirt

Shorts/skorts                                     White Socks White Socks                         

Takkies                                              Takkies

White boxer Shorts (Grade 1 – 2)

Maroon Netball Skorts (U9 – Opens) 

(Pinnie provided for Matches by the School)

 

Athletics

Practices                                Meetings

T-shirt                                     Maroon Dunvegan Shirt

Shorts                                    White Boxer Shorts

Takkies and Socks (Optional)

 

Hockey

Practices                                Matches

T-shirt                                     Maroon Dunvegan Shirt

Shorts                                    Boys - White Boxer Shorts/Girls Maroon Skorts

Socks                                     Maroon Dunvegan Soccer Socks

Shin Pads                             Shin Pads

Boots or Takkies                   Boots or Takkies

 

Tennis

            League

            White Boxer Shorts

            Maroon Dunvegan Shirt

            White Socks

White Takkies (without black soles)

            Maroon Cap (available from the office)

 

Foundation Phase – Mini Cricket, Mini Soccer and Mini Hockey

            White Boxer Shorts

            Maroon Dunvegan Shirt

            Grey School Socks at all times (practices and matches)

            Takkies         

Maroon Cap (No hat – no play!)

 

Foundation Phase – Mini Netball

            White Boxer Shorts

            Maroon Dunvegan Shirt

            Short white socks (practices and matches)

            Takkies         

Maroon Cap (No hat – no play!)

 

 

A school tracksuit is available at Stockists. This is entirely an optional sporting item and can be worn by pupils while participating in sport.  It may not be used as part of the formal school uniform.

 

DRY MACS are not part of the formal school uniform.

 

            13.4 Hair

This must be kept neatly trimmed and groomed at all times so the pupil’s appearance is a credit to Dunvegan Primary School. No tints, highlights, dyes, colouring or bleaching are permitted.

 

Boys:  off the face, ears and collar.  Shaped according to shape of head and the fringe must not be able to touch the eyebrows. No boy may have different lengths of shaving, have hairstyles with obvious different lengths in the cut, have shaved patterned designs or shaved stripes. No wax formulations, gel or hair mousse may be used.

 

Girls: tied or clipped back with Plain bands, bobbles or clips (maroon, white or black only) as required when reaching the shoulders. Hair should be tightly tied and in a style appropriate for school. No elaborate hairstyles are allowed. Hair that could hang in the eyes must be clipped back.

 

Should a child, for religious and/or cultural reasons, need to contravene these rules pertaining to hair, they would need to produce proof from their Religious/cultural Institution detailing why it is necessary before permission for exemption may be granted by the school.

 

All children must adhere strictly to the School Rules regarding hair. Any child whose hair is not in accordance with the rules will be placed in a “time out” area until the hair is corrected or is acceptable in terms of the school rules.

 

13.5 Jewelry

The wearing of jewelry by Pupils is STRICTLY prohibited, but for these exceptions:

 

*  Girls with pierced ears may wear one pair of plain gold or silver sleepers or plain gold or silver studs.

*  Medic Alert necklaces or bracelets are permitted.

 

Should a child, for religious and/or cultural reasons, need to contravene these rules pertaining to wearing of jewelry, they would need to produce proof from their Religious/cultural Institution detailing why it is necessary before permission for exemption may be granted by the school.

 

            13.6 Make Up

No Make Up is permitted on any pupil at any time. Permanent “tattooing” of makeup is also prohibited.

 

13.7  Forbidden Activities

Pupils are forbidden at all times to engage in the following activities:

 

            *  Theft (of any description).

            *  Being in possession of stolen items.

*  The riding of bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller-skates, in-line skates, “heelies” or any other wheeled vehicle inside the school  grounds.

*  The chewing of any form of gum.

            *  Running on corridors or in the classrooms.

*  Selling/buying of any article unless such sales have been organised by a teacher with the Principal’s permission.

            *  Use of foul language.

*  Calling other pupil’s or people derogatory names or terms.

*  Writing offending notes/letters about fellow pupils to other pupils or people.

            *  Bullying and fighting. (Includes aggressor, instigator, involvement or spectator)

            *  Throwing of stones or similar objects.

            *  Littering.

          *  Graffiti.

            *  Shouting inside the school buildings.

*  Bringing of toys, sporting cards and/or games to school UNLESS requested by a teacher for a specific lesson.

*  Bringing onto the premises, cellphones and/or electronic items of any description.

            *  Rough games/activities likely to cause injury.

*  Bringing onto the school’s premises, any dangerous items, drugs, alcohol, illegal substances, pornographic literature/items, or weapons.

* Tampering with, deleting or altering any computer files or folders on school computers.

* Hugging, kissing or any similar physical contact between opposite sexes while on school property and/or in school uniform.

* Forcing/Making someone to do any forbidden activity.

 

13.8     General Rules

 

*        Children are not allowed in any classroom or school hall unless accompanied by a teacher.

*        All cuts and abrasions to the skin must be covered by a bandage or a plaster strip.

*        School bags must be of a type which gives adequate protection to school books The school reserves the right to withhold text and library books from children whose school bags do not conform to this requirement.

*        Pupils may not be in possession of cell phones or electronic equipment during the formal school hours. Such equipment will be confiscated for a period of not less than two weeks.

*        Regulations for Safety Measures at Public Schools declare such schools drug free and dangerous object free zones.  The Principal has the power of Right of Admission to anyone on the premises and may institute with delegation, without warrant, searches of belongings/persons as deemed necessary.

*        Pupils are expected to display behaviour that is a credit to Dunvegan Primary School when in school uniform or representing the school at any function, event, tour, outing and/or going to and from school.

 

                               

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14. OTHER MATTERS RELATING TO PUPILS

 

14.1    Homework:  All children in the school will be required to do some school work at home from time to time.  The following principles are applicable:

 

The child will be issued with a homework diary and this will contain their homework on a daily basis.  Parents need to check and sign this diary on a daily basis.

 

 Junior homework - Grades 1 – 3

 

All Grade 1 - 3 pupils have a homework book.  All homework is written in this book.  Homework is to be done on Monday -Thursday.  Homework should not exceed 20 minutes.

Reading and spelling are done daily.  Mathematics is given on occasion.

Parents are requested to sign the reading marker daily and to ensure that the homework book is in the suitcase at all times.

                                   

Senior homework - Grades 4 - 7

Pupils in Grades 4 - 7 will receive a homework timetable.  A basic format of three periods per day (Mon - Thurs) will be followed whereby time will be allocated for cultural subjects, mathematics and languages.  In Grades 4 & 5 the time will be 3 periods X 10 minutes = 30 minutes while in Grades 6 & 7 the time is 3 periods X 15 minutes = 45 minutes.

 

If your child regularly says he has no homework, please contact the respective Grade Leader (see our Contacts page), who will investigate the matter.

 

14.2    Assessment of Progress:

In Grades 1 - 7, classwork is evaluated throughout the year. All efforts are recorded and incorporated in to the final assessments. Pupils in Grade 1 - 6 do not write any formal examinations. Evaluation is continuous, throughout the year.

Progress reports are issued once a term, at least three times a year.

 

            14.3    School Attendance:

The Education Act (84 of 1996) makes it compulsory for children of school going age to attend school on each school day unless they are ill.  The school principal does not have the authority to excuse any child from attending school.  Pupils may be absent from school to take examinations conducted by CERTAIN schools of Music, Dance or Ballet.  PLEASE AVOID APPOINTMENTS AND ARRANGEMENTS WHICH REQUIRE YOUR CHILD TO MISS SCHOOL.  Casual absences are disruptive to the school programme and engender casual attitudes towards learning.  CERTIFICATES OF MERIT are awarded to pupils who complete a full school year without missing a day.

 

            14.4    Extra-Curricular Activities:

Children are encouraged to participate in the after-school activities. These vary according to seasons, but include Art, Badminton, Choir, Cricket, Media Centre, Hockey, Music, Netball Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Athletics, Mini cricket, Mini hockey, Mini netball.  Other activities may be introduced from time to time.

A programme of activities is published each year.

 

Extra-curricular activities for Grade 1 - 2 classes start at 12:45 and end at about 14:00.

Grades 3 - 7 pupils USUALLY finish extra-curricular activities by about 15:00, but some matches, especially cricket, may end much later.

 

14.5    Safety at School:

All visitors MUST call at the office.  The secretaries will take messages for children when necessary.  Parents must not go directly to the classrooms.  This is to protect your children from potentially dangerous strangers.

In the afternoon, children who wait for lifts after 14:15, MUST wait at the main gate in Sheila Street.

 

14.6    Dunvegan Security Forum

The surrounding suburb currently operates a Section 21 Company and access to the area is restricted. Entrance to the school area is at the corner of Francis Street and Lily Avenue or the North and South ends of Dunvegan Avenue.  A one way traffic flow operates in Sheila and Park Streets (downhill) at peak times ( 7 – 8 am and 1-2 pm)  whereby exiting the area is at Dunvegan Avenue.

 

 

14.7    Story Club

Stories are read to junior pupils in the media centre between 13:15 and 13:45 each day.  If your child waits for a lift, he/she MUST attend this “Club”.  Your child will be quiet, controlled and cared for, and YOU WILL KNOW WHERE TO FIND HIM / HER.

 

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15. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

 

Positive involvement of parents in the activities of the school is welcomed.

Ways in which parents can play an active role include:

 

*       Attending such meetings as may be called from time to time.

*       Volunteering to serve on the “Gold Diggers Association” Executive Committee. (GDA)

*       Making themselves available for election to the Governing Body.

*       Volunteering to help at Gold Diggers Association functions.

*       Offering their professional services to the Governing Body where appropriate.

*       Making written representations to the Governing Body on matters of general benefit to the school.

*       Promote the school and its personnel in a positive manner (e.g. build up the teachers in front of your children - do not criticise).

*       Assist the school in enforcing all the school rules e.g. punctuality, uniform, behaviour, school attendance, care and respectful use of school property (e.g. ablution facilities) etc.

*       Support the school in their decision(s) when dealing with pupils who have disregarded the school rules.

*       Observe the correct channels of communication e.g. speak first to the class teacher, then if need be to the teacher in charge, following that, the Head of Department, Deputy etc.

*       Keep the school well informed of matters that could affect your child’s performance at school e.g. reasons for absence, problems at home etc.

*       Inform the school secretary of any changes of address, phone numbers, name/status etc.

*       Pay all school fees promptly.

*       Assist your child in taking part in extra-mural activities, especially the compulsory ones like Sportsday etc.

*       Ensure that your child is adequately equipped for the activity he/she is involved in e.g. tennis racket, correct shoes, correct attire, etc.

*       Ensure that suitable transport arrangements are made for your child to be fetched promptly after each school day and activity.

*       Not to coach from the side or interfere with referee decisions during sports practices, matches or meetings.

*       Ensure that your child has an approved-type suitcase to avoid damage to school books and property.

*       Ensure that all articles and items of uniform, are marked with your child’s name.

*       Supervise your child’s homework and sign the diary daily.

*       Observe the traffic regulations around the school property and adhere to the requirements set by the school scholar patrol.

*       Attend parent’s evenings.

*       Provide your child with a loving, caring, well-disciplined home environment which reduces the necessity for discipline to be done at school.

*       Allow your child to become independent and responsible (e.g. do not bring their “forgotten” items to school etc).

*       Sign an indemnity form for any outside tours.

*       Have medical insurance.

*       Ensure that your child has a well-balanced diet and good eating habits to enable him/her to work to their best ability.

 

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