Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook information covering all the information you and your child will need.

If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries please feel free to contact Our Lady Queen of Peace, Greystanes by phone on 8842 2600 during weekdays between 8:15am and 4:00pm.

About Us

Hopley Michael (1)

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School, a K-6, four-streamed co-educational Catholic school that was established in 1957 to serve the early forming community of the Greystanes district. The school began as St Simon Stock Primary School in a building that doubled as the church and was run by the Sisters of Mercy until 1965, when the Dominican Sisters of Malta took charge. We have now grown to over 820 enrolments.

At OLQP we recognise that Jesus is central to our lives and we are committed to promoting Gospel values in everyday life. As part of our Catholic identity we focus on prayer, liturgical and faith experiences, issues of social justice and the partnership between home, school and parish. We encourage the living out of our school motto, Veritas, or truth, in all aspects of life.

Through the generous and faith-filled support of parents, and the talents of the dedicated staff of teachers, the school provides a teaching environment that is committed to excellence and permeated by Christian Values. We promote and respect the dignity of every individual. We value and nurture the gifts and talents that each child, parent and staff member brings to our school. We consider it a privilege to share with you in the education and development of your child.

We hope that all who come to Our Lady Queen of Peace School see Christ reflected in the people, structures and programs of our school.

Michael Hopley
Principal

Address: 1 Braeside Road, Greystanes NSW 2145
Telephone: 02-8842-2600
Fax: 02-9636-2312
Email: OLQP@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.olqpgreystanes.catholic.edu.au
Principal: Michael Hopley
Assistant Principal: Natalie Mifsud
Religious Education Co-ordinator: Mark Aggar
School Secretaries: Nicole Buhagiar, Janette Abi-Arrage & Georgina Elias

Parish: Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish
Address: 198 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes NSW 2145
Telephone: 02-9631-8135
Fax: 02-9896-2711
Email: parishoffice@olqp.org.au
Parish Priest: Fr Paul Marshall
Assistant Parish Priest: Fr Suresh Kumar
Parish Manager: John Farfus
Receptionist: Sabine Harriss
Admin Assistant: Cheryl Percan
Sacramental Co-ordinator: Narelle Khoury
Liturgy Co-ordinator: Chris Ohlsen
Website: www.olqp.org.au

Head Office: Catholic Education Office
Address: 12 Victoria Road, Parramatta NSW 2150
Telephone: 02-9840-5600
Website: www.parra.catholic.edu.au

School: Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Pre-School
Address: 180 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes NSW 2145
Telephone: 02-9631-8901
Director: Narelle Bolton
Email: CELCGreystanes@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.celcgreystanes.catholic.edu.au

Morning Duty Commences
8:25am (children are asked not to be at school prior to this time)
Morning Bell 8:55am
Recess 10:55 - 11:25am
Lunch 1 (Infants) 12:55 -1:05pm (eating time)
1:05 -1:35pm (time to play)
Lunch 2 (Primary) 1:25 - 1:35 pm (eating time)
1:35 – 2:05 pm (time to play)
Afternoon Dismissal 3:05pm

Please note: it is important to establish good habits by ensuring children arrive at school on time. Any child arriving at school after 8:55 or leaving before 3:05pm require a note (these are available from the school office).

Sung to the Glory of God

Built on Truth our school stands before you,
God, Creator, Father and friend.
We strive to live as your children,
One in love with Jesus our friend.

Jesus we love you, this is true
Jesus, bless our school with peace.
Jesus, we love you, this is true.
Jesus, bless our school with peace.

Holy spirit bless and protect us.
Fire us with the gifts of God’s grace
Come to us when words may fail us
So our lives show courage and faith.

Bless our school, our teachers and students
Call us all to live for the truth
That together as an example
We will show your love and your truth.

This is our school
Let Peace dwell here.
Let the rooms be full of contentment.
Let love abide here.
Love of one another,
Love of all people,
Love of God and
Love of life itself.
Let us remember that
As many hands build a house
So many hearts make a school.

Behaviour Management

At OLQP we have high expectations of all members of our community and we believe that everyone is entitled to respect and happiness.

Our school has two general rules that are used by teachers to guide the creation of classroom rules:

  • Learn well and
  • Look after each other

Pastoral Care at OLQP is a deep and genuine concern for all members of the school community based on the Gospel values we share. This encompasses all facets of daily living and striving.

The School Community Of OLQP Greystanes believes:

  • everyone is involved in pastoral care
  • pastoral care is characterised by a sense of love, kindness and celebration of living
  • pastoral care is integral to teaching and learning
  • staff pastoral care is a vital component in the culture of care in the school
  • parents are entitled to have continuing contact with a teacher regarding their child
  • pastoral care respects the individual’s rights and freedoms
  • pastoral care needs regular evaluation
  • pastoral care arises from shared dialogue between all community members
  • there should be a diversity of approaches and strategies to cater for student needs
  • pastoral care is both implicit and explicit in the way it happens
  • pastoral care should be pro-active rather than reactive
  • pastoral care reflects both an attitude and a process
  • pastoral care is multi-disciplinary and
  • attributes of good pastoral care should be modelled by all community members.

It is important to establish behaviour expectations very early in the year. These expectations have a basis in our Gospel Values that are taught in Religious Education and lived out in our daily lives.

Behaviour Management at OLQP is structured around 4 areas:

  • Rights
  • Responsibilities
  • Rules and 
  • Consequences

Expectations should begin with understanding who the members of our community are and how we interact with them:

  • office staff
  • children
  • visitors
  • principal
  • priest
  • cleaners
  • teacher aides
  • teachers
  • parent helpers
  • canteen staff
  • relief teachers
  • maintenance staff
  • parents
  • bus drivers

At OLQP we all have the right to:

  • be and feel safe
  • be treated with respect and fairness
  • speak and be listened to
  • learn without interruption
  • use and share equipment in the school

If we accept these rights we must accept the responsibilities to:

  • listen
  • help others to learn
  • try our best
  • work and play safely
  • be polite
  • be on time
  • help others to belong
  • try to work out problems
  • keep our school clean
  • follow school rules
  • be honest
  • be respectful
  • try to understand each other
  • share attention
  • share equipment
  • respect other people’s property
  • co-operate
  • ask for help
  • respect the privacy of others

The significant point is that if we want to have these rights we must accept the responsibilities that come with them.

At OLQP we have two rules: Learn Well and Look After Each Other.

Both of these rules are unpacked with each grade at their own level of understanding. They are linked to rights and responsibilities and they are displayed as classroom rules.

At OLQP every person has a responsibility to follow our rules. If a student chooses not to follow a rule, then there will be a consequence. Positive consequences follow positive behaviour. Negative consequences follow negative behaviour.

Appropriate consequences lead children to develop self-discipline by taking responsibility for their own actions. Consequences must be:

  • fair
  • certain
  • known in advance
  • related to the action

Fairness suggests that the consequences apply to all children. Certainty refers to the need for consistency in applying a consequence. Being ‘known in advance’ is essential and suggests that rules, responsibilities and consequences need to be revised regularly. The consequence must be ‘related to the action’ and secondary behaviours are not given priority.

Children who fail to follow instructions or are non-compliant are given a warning. Depending on the severity and frequency of the negative behaviour, they are then given 10 – 15 minutes 'timeout” in the classroom away from the rest of the class. The teacher then rebuilds the relationship by asking the child which rule was broken and what do they need to do now.

If the negative behaviour persists the student can be referred to the co-ordinator or another teacher in the learning space for a time-out period. The teacher then rebuilds the relationship by asking the child which rule was broken and what do they need to do now.

If the negative behaviour persists the student can be referred to the Assistant Principal or Principal.

In order to develop in the children a proper respect for the rights of others, a high standard of conduct should be maintained. Children should not be sent outside the classroom or to stand outside the door for misbehaving in class. No form of corporal punishment is allowed. Self-discipline is to be promoted; if children misbehave they need to be able to 'make-up' for their misbehaviour. They need to learn the consequences of their actions by doing constructive activities. Any serious incidents should be fully documented and referred to the Assistant Principal or Principal.

If parents are contacted, a green Parent Contact form needs to be filled in and kept in student’s file. Parent Contact forms are located in filing cabinet in Staffroom.

At OLQP we have playground rules that are designed to ensure the safety and well-being of all community members, both staff and students. We expect all children to:

Play Fairly

  • To play fairly and include others
  • To not interfere with the games of others
  • To avoid teasing others

Play in the Correct Areas

  • To play on the allocated playground
  • To remain within sight of the teacher on duty
  • To avoid playing in the toilet and canteen areas
  • Not to enter classrooms without a teacher present

Be respectful and Kind

  • To show respect for everyone by being courteous in word and action
  • To show respect for their own property, school property and the property of others

Move Promptly

  • To move promptly to lines upon hearing the bell

Listen Carefully

  • To be attentive when being spoken to

Look after our School

  • Put rubbish in the bin
  • Take care of school property including our gardens

Show Pride in our Uniform

  • Wear the correct uniform
  • No hat means no play

There are also consequences for not following these rules. Students who do not follow these rules are given a verbal warning for minor infringements or a playground note for more serious offences. This note is issued as a reminder about making good choices on the playground. A playground note may be issued for the following reasons:

  1. Physically hurting another child
  2. Verbally hurting or swearing at others
  3. Displaying rudeness to a teacher or adult
  4. Playing in the toilets
  5. Being in an unsupervised/out of bounds area
  6. Damaging property belonging to others
  7. Other behaviour deemed to be dangerous or irresponsible to themselves or others

When issued with a blue note the child will miss out on play and must take the note home, have it signed by a parent/guardian and return it to the school office. We ask that parents speak to their children about the inappropriateness of their choices. Should a child receive a second playground note he/she will also miss out on play during recess or lunch, while a third playground note will mean missing out on the afternoon of fun activities planned for one afternoon during the last week of term.

Under no circumstances will a child be subjected to any form of corporal punishment in either the class or wider school environment.

At OLQP we are constantly analysing the way we use technology. Using the internet as a tool for learning and becoming confident, competent users of the latest technology across all key learning areas is important for both students and teachers. As with all types of media, some material may be offensive and inappropriate for students, so we ask that students, teachers and parents work together to make sure that the internet is used as an appropriate learning tool. To achieve this:

  • students will be monitored while using the internet
  • tasks will be structured to direct students to suitable sites
  • teachers will screen sites prior to lessons
  • access to the Internet will be through CEO-commissioned, school-controlled firewalls and filters.

Acceptable Use of the Internet includes:

  • Maintaining a secure username and password
  • Helping others to use the computer and learn new skills
  • Enhancing personal skills and acquiring new knowledge
  • Developing social skills and computer etiquette
  • Respecting others’ privacy
  • Acknowledging sources of information found
  • Protecting individuals by not including names with photos.

Unacceptable Use of the Internet includes:

  • Knowingly engaging in activities that may interfere with the work of others
  • Accessing sites that are inappropriate and not related to school-based learning
  • Giving out personal or private information about myself or other people
  • Accessing or passing on inappropriate materials (e.g. violent, racist etc)
  • Publishing photographs of students or teachers without permission.

Any child who chooses to use the Internet in an inappropriate manner will have all Internet/computer privileges withdrawn for a period of time as determined by the class teacher in consultation with a coordinator. Parents will be advised in writing. The consequence of any further breach will be determined by the Principal.

Before accessing the Internet, children must read and sign a contract and their parent/carer must give written permission. We also ask that all parents support the school in ensuring that students are using social networking sites appropriately (however, most of these are restricted to students aged 13+). Please note that the use of any social networking sites outside of school hours requires parental control. The school takes no responsibility for student use of these sites outside of school hours.

General Information

Regular assemblies are held at OLQP to provide information, celebrate achievements and share events and learning. Assemblies include:

  • Whole school assemblies – every Monday morning
  • Grade assemblies – once a term for each grade, with details advertised in the newsletter

By law, students are expected to attend school each day that the school is open. Regular attendance is essential for progress. Upon returning to school, a signed note explaining his/her absence must be forwarded to the class teacher as details must be recorded in the class roll. If a student is away for more than three consecutive days and no word from home has been received, the school is obliged to contact the parents/carers with regard to the student’s absence.

Please do not send children to school if they are not well. Not only do they become very distressed; they also run the risk of infecting other children. If a student becomes ill while at school, a parent/carer will be contacted and the child will wait in sick bay until they are collected.

If you are planning on taking your child out of school for ten (10) days or more you must, by law, complete an Application for Exemption from Attendance at School form, which is available from the office. These exemptions need to be approved by the Principal.

Merit Cards

Merit cards are awarded at module assemblies. Children may receive these awards for classroom achievements, encouragement or kind actions. It is hoped that every child would have the opportunity to receive a merit card during the year, for positive reinforcement.

Academic Achievement Awards

These are presented by the Principal at the Monday morning assembly. Twice each term one child is chosen by the class teacher to receive this award for academic achievement.

Class Awards

Teachers are encouraged to use positive reinforcement wherever possible and are free to use stickers, award cards etc. in the classroom.

Principal’s Award

These are presented by the Principal at Monday morning assembly and are nominated by the class teacher.

This service is available through the Council at

  • YMCA - Located at the Parish Centre - 0418 763 417
  • Ringrose Public School – 9636 6586
  • Greystanes Uniting Church – 9636 3246
  • Pendle Hill After School Care - 9631 8063 or 0410 553 284
  • Sherwood Grange - 9892 4207
  • Pemulwuy - 9896 6129 or 0427 058 227

All these centres collect children from the school grounds and escort them to their respective care places.

All children who travel by bus are dropped off and collected from the bus bay in Braeside or Old Prospect Road. All Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 children are eligible for a free bus pass to travel to and from school each day. Children in Years 3-6 are eligible for a free bus pass if their home is 1.6 km or more from the school ‘as the crow flies’. Application forms are available from the school office.

These passes are issued by the Department of Transport, not the school.

Children’s Responsibilities

  • Walk to bus line immediately on dismissal
  • Sit next to school bag on correct bus line for the entire waiting period
  • If there is a need to leave the line for any reason, permission must be sought from bus duty teacher
  • All children must walk to bus in a single file and have passes/money ready for bus driver
  • No minding seats and no bags on seats
  • No standing at any time except if your stop is approaching
  • Correct behaviour should be observed at all times to ensure your safe journey
  • Older children please look out for younger children.

As members of the school community all staff, including teachers, teacher assistants and support staff, are aware of and follow the mandatory ‘Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998’. This Act requires any person working in child-related employment involving unsupervised contact with children to complete a Prohibited Employment Declaration.

  • When parent helpers or teacher assistants are working with children they are to remain in sight of a class teacher
  • Visitors to the school are to report to the school office on arrival and wear identification while on the premises. Visitors not wearing identification will be asked to report to the office.
  • Parents or visitors are not permitted to visit classrooms or walk around the school unless they are working in an official capacity
  • In accordance with Child Protection Legislation all people working with children at OLQP are required to sign a Prohibited Persons Declaration form. Any person refusing to sign this form will not be allowed contact with children.
  • The school follows the compliance requirements with regards to the Ombudsman Act when investigating any issues of child protection
  • The school follows the procedures required under the Commission of Children and Young People’s Act for employment screening and notification of all staff.

Online Training Manual - Child Protection for Volunteers

It is a System requirement that child protection training be completed by all volunteers commencing work in our schools, and a briefing be held every second year for existing volunteers.

An online training module for use by volunteers is now available. After successfully completing the module an email notification will be sent automatically to the volunteer’s email address and to the school email address. This email is a confirmation of the successful completion of training by the volunteer.

To complete the Child Protection Course for Volunteers go to www.olqpgreystanes.catholic.edu.au and click on the Child Protection training module for parents link, which will take you to the following site - http://childprotection.parra.catholic.edu.au/training.

At Our Lady of Peace we see communication with our families as an important part of developing a good relationship between school and home. A newsletter containing information about school activities and events is available on the school website once a fortnight.

Throughout the year other correspondence will be sent home as needed. Curriculum overviews outlining the learning for each class are sent home each term to assist you in supporting your child’s learning. Copies of all notes sent home are available on the school website.

Parents are always welcome to discuss matters of interest or concern with the child’s class teacher, Assistant Principal or Principal. Please ring the school office to make an appointment.

OLQP provides a policy and procedures document for the handling of complaints within the school.

This policy is available from the office and on our school website. The basic principles for complaint handling include respect, confidentiality and fair and impartial investigation in a timely manner.

When parents are concerned about student-related issues, it is always advisable to contact the class teacher first. The Assistant Principal or Principal can then be contacted, through the office, if the issue is not resolved.

The school provides the services of a counsellor who is employed 2 days per week to support students with social and emotional issues where necessary. Permission will always be sought from parents before the counsellor is engaged to work with a student. Intake forms need to be completed by both the counsellor and parents; the counsellor will contact parents directly to discuss the student’s needs.

Creating and maintaining a safe environment is of prime importance to the community of OLQP Primary school. Parents and staff work together to ensure this, especially when dropping off and collecting children in Braeside Rd. It is vital that all parents obey the parking and no standing restrictions and remind their children of safety rules. Children must use the pedestrian crossing and parents are reminded not to make U-turns, double-park, park in bus bays or call their children across the road to cars. Parking in the staff car park is not permitted. Most congestion is cleared within 15 minutes so you may consider collecting your children after that time.

The end of the day is an important time of the day for children and their teachers. It is important that children do not leave school early unless absolutely necessary. If you need to collect a child early it is important that the person collecting the child comes to the office to sign them out. Parents are not to go to their child’s class to collect them during class time. If you do need to collect your child early we ask that it is before 2:45pm to save extra interruptions for teachers in the last 20 minutes of the day.

Both of these are celebrated at OLQP. Events are always advertised well ahead and parents are warmly encouraged to join in with the activities.

Across the year teachers take classes on excursions or have performers or incursions on the school premises. These are planned to enhance and support a particular unit of work and form an important part of the child’s education. It is necessary that all children attend excursions so we endeavour to keep costs, which are included as part of the school fees, to a minimum. A permission note must be returned for a child to attend an excursion.

Sometimes, circumstances occur that result in a student being late for school. A student is considered late if he or she arrives more than ten minutes after the morning bell - that is, after 9:05 am. In this case, it is a requirement for the parent to accompany the student to the office to fill in a late arrival slip before sending the child to class. This will be recorded in the roll as a partial absence. If a student is continually late for school, the parents/carers of that child will be contacted as, collectively, this amounts to a considerable loss of learning time.

It is the general rule of the school that students do not bring mobile phones to school. If, for a particular reason, this is deemed necessary, a letter must be sent to the Principal outlining the need. In this case, phones are to be handed in at the office and collected at the end of the day.

To assist with the administration of money matters at school, parents are asked to follow these guidelines.

  • All money sent with children for school fees, activities and excursions should be in an envelope with your child’s name, class, amount and purpose clearly marked.
  • This envelope is deposited in the school money box located in the student entry upon arrival at school. No money should be taken into classrooms or handed to teachers by students.
  • Where possible send the correct amount.
  • Parents may pay school fees directly to the school office.

The preferred method of payment is via EFTPOS.

The P&F follows the constitutional guidelines of the Diocese and supports the social, material and educational wellbeing of the school community. As well as liaising between the parish, the school and sub-committees, it co-ordinates and encourages parental involvement in information sharing, outreach programs, social activities, and school promotion. The P&F executive consists of 4 members - the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer Elections are held annually, with members elected by the parent body at the Annual General Meeting, held in November. All parents are eligible to be nominated for positions on the executive. Parents are invited to attend the general meetings held each term. These are advertised through the school newsletter.

Parents are active tutors in individual class programs and are often asked to take part in class activities such as sport and class excursions. Recent legislation requires all people working with children to complete a Child Protection Course. To complete the Child Protection Course for Volunteers go to www.olqpgreystanes.catholic.edu.au and click on the Child Protection Training Module for Parents link, which will take you to http://childprotection.parra.catholic.edu.au/training. When helping in the classroom, parents are asked to collect and wear a parent helper badge available from the office. Child Protection Training must be updated every two years. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure their training is up to date.

Following legislation introduced in 2005, all Catholic schools in the Parramatta Diocese are required to meet particular requirements in regard to reporting student achievement. All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 receive a written report twice a year. Students in Year 1-Year 6 are given achievement levels from A-E. Parents are also offered the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss progress at multiple points throughout the year, as we believe that parent-teacher meetings or conferences are a valuable source of information about a child’s learning. At these meetings, parents and teachers discuss the child’s level of achievement and help set goals for their future learning.

As the family is the faith setting where the child experiences his/her sacramental life, all of our Sacramental Programs (Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation) are family-based. The parish sets the timetable for the three Sacramental Programs each year and invites each family to respond to the programs offered on behalf of each child. The family, in consultation with the parish, decides when each child is ready to be prepared for and receive each sacrament for the first time. At the grade level the school, as part of its Religious Education Program, takes the child through the Scriptural basis of each sacrament and how it has evolved over the last two thousand years.

Our Lady Queen of Peace is one of the parish schools of the Diocese of Parramatta. The Diocesan Schools’ Boards each year sets school fees, which are standard across the Diocese. These yearly fees are charged in the first three terms of the school year. School fees cover approximately 20% of recurrent costs in the school. The other 80% is funded largely through Government funding.

The Catholic Education Office (Diocese of Parramatta) decided, after community consultation, to establish a Diocesan School Family Levy that commenced in 1997. The levy is collected at the school attended by the eldest student in the family. In cases of hardship, families may receive a reduction of fees if their financial difficulties can be supported by the appropriate documentation.

Each school community determines its own internal fees to meet the costs of learning resources required to effectively implement educational programs. A Resource, Technology and Excursion/Incursion Levy is determined each year and a detailed account sent to parents in the first three terms of the school year together with the Diocesan fees.

As a parish primary school we exist to serve all Catholic families in the Greystanes parish. The ability or inability to pay fees is never used as a criterion to determine if a family is to join our school community; nor is it used as a barrier against any child attending an excursion or participating in school activities.

See the School Fees page of our website for the full fees schedule.

OLQP supports local football, netball and soccer clubs. Regular newsletters from these clubs are distributed through the school. Please contact the school for further information. Information regarding registration is included in newsletters in Term One.

Our four sports houses are Chisholm (red), Lawson (blue), Macquarie (yellow) and Wentworth (green). Children with older siblings at OLQP join the same house as their sibling. New children will be allocated a sports house early in the school year. A plain coloured T-shirt needs to be purchased as house colours are worn to events such as the athletics and swimming carnivals.

For the purpose of staff development, the Catholic Education Office allows four days a year to all schools. These days are used for teacher in-servicing and professional development. Dates of these Staff Development Days will be advised through the school newsletter. You are asked to make other arrangements for the supervision of your child/ children on these days.

All clothing and property should be clearly marked with your child’s name. This includes jumpers, jackets, ties, hats, bags, lunch containers and anything else that can be mislaid. Any labelled articles handed to the office are returned immediately to the child concerned. All remaining lost property can be inspected outside the canteen. At the end of each term any lost property is donated to the school clothing pool (following reminders via the school newsletter).

Morning supervision of children commences at 8:25am. No responsibility can be taken for children arriving at school before that time. If your children need to be at school before this time the Principal needs to be informed in writing. Members of staff supervise children waiting for buses and those crossing Old Prospect Road after 3:05pm dismissal, as well as children waiting for After School Care and those waiting for collection by parents (until 3:35pm).

Access to the school is via Braeside Road ONLY. The Braeside Road gates will open at 8:15am and close at 9:15am. No children should be left unattended outside the gates prior to this time. For afternoon dismissal the gate on Braeside Road (near Demountable) will open at 2:45pm.

Technology enriches the educational environment, supports quality education and is an integral part of our Australian society. It is used to assist children across learning areas and to promote active involvement and engagement in learning. At OLQP we presently use desktop and laptop computers, ipads and i-pods. Each grade also has access to video and audio equipment, including digital cameras, interactive whiteboards and smart TVs. Samples of children’s work is displayed in the library and available on the school website. The school is fully networked using both cable and wireless technology. All children are supervised when accessing web tools and are required to agree to our Acceptable User Policy in order to receive their internet licence and password.

The tuckshop is open every day and lunches may be purchased by writing your child’s name, class and order on a paper bag or in the special insulated lunch pack that is available from the canteen for $12. The order is placed in the plastic basket provided at the tuckshop before school. Becoming part of the Tuckshop Team is an excellent way to get to know other OLQP families. A form for tuckshop volunteers is sent home early in the first term of each school year. A menu and price list is also provided to all families.

OLQP's library has a large collection of fiction and non fiction books to suit all reading and interest levels in the school.

The library is fully computerised and the children are encouraged to use the computers to search for references as well as to borrow and return books.

The library serves as a support to the learning processes of the classroom as well as a very important recreational facility to the children of OLQP.

Each class has a library period each week during which the children are encouraged to select and borrow books. Time is also spent with the Teacher Librarians looking at information skills. Primary classes are also allocated a research block in which they may work with the Librarian on locating and using information.

The Library is open from 8:30am till 3:05pm (it is closed during recess). Children may use the Library during lunch times as an alternative activity area to the playground: they are able to read, work or mix in a passive and quiet environment.

We currently participate in an excellent swimming program offered by the Aquatic Centre at Sydney Olympic Park. The swimming program is run each day for two weeks in Term Four. All children from Kindergarten to Year Six are expected to attend as it is an integral part of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education program.

For the safety and wellbeing of your children, the school policy requires all visitors to go to the school office before going anywhere else in the school. All visitors must sign in and state what time and area they will be visiting. They will be issued with a Visitor’s Pass that is to be worn while in the school.

Visitors must sign out before leaving.

Curriculum Framework

At Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary, we offer each child the opportunity to come to know Jesus and our Catholic heritage.

The essential goal of Religious Education in a Catholic school is to encourage and assist children in their growth to Christian maturity.

This education enables children to:

  • know and love God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit
  • develop an awareness that God is our friend who loves us and walks with us every day of our lives
  • experience, within a secure school environment, the confidence to cope with life
  • grow as active and supportive members of our faith community
  • know, share and respond to Jesus' message of love

The children are involved in organising and attending class and school liturgies; with parents most welcome to join our celebrations.

OLQP Sacramental programs are family-based within the parish. The school’s role is to support the parish sacramental program. As a parish primary school we exist to provide the children with the opportunity of living in a caring, Christian community that gives witness to the Gospel values it proclaims. The parish school exists to support you, the parents, with the development of faith and Christian values in your children.

Daily prayer and regular liturgical celebrations are crucial dimensions of our Religious Education program.

Religious Education

English is one of the seven Key Learning Areas in the school curriculum K-6. As well as being a key learning area in its own right, English has a wider role as a means of learning in all curriculum areas.

By studying, responding to and creating a variety of texts, children will learn to:

  • communicate effectively
  • use language to make meaning according to their purpose, audience and context
  • think in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical
  • express themselves and their relationships with others in their world
  • reflect on their learning

Students will value and appreciate the:

  • importance of English to learning
  • personal enrichment to be gained from a love of English, literature and learning
  • power of language
  • role of language in developing positive relationships
  • diversity and beauty of language
  • independence gained from thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically.

At OLQP we aim to develop the competence and confidence of all students in learning and using English, thus enabling them to effectively participate in our society. We also support this through:

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is an early literacy intervention that provides one-to-one teaching for children who need greater assistance in learning to read and write following their first year of school. It is a daily, individualised program delivered by a specialist teacher that engages children in reading books and writing their own stories. It enhances classroom programs and enables children to quickly ‘catch up’ to the average level of their class. Reading Recovery builds on the strengths of each child and encourages them to become independent, strategic readers and writers.

Literacy Support

Literacy Support is an effective intervention programme designed to support children from Kindergarten to Year Six who need greater assistance in order to develop the appropriate literacy skills for their stage. In addition to their classroom programme, eligible children receive extra support within a small group situation.

Case Management Meetings

Case management meetings provide an opportunity for additional support for students who require further modification of classroom programs. This meeting would involve the class teacher and a member of the leadership team. It could also include a learning support teacher or a former teacher of the student. The aim is to address the specific needs of a student in order to further support their learning in the classroom.

Library

OLQP’s library has a large collection of fiction and non-fiction books to suit all reading and interest levels in the school. It is fully computerised and the children are encouraged to use the computers to search for reference material as well as for borrowing and returning of books.

The library serves as a support to the learning processes of the classroom, as well as being an important recreational facility. Each class has a library borrowing time each week, as well as time for co-operative lessons that support learning across all curriculum areas. The library is open from 8:30am till 3:05pm, as well as being rostered for various grades during lunchtimes, when children can use the library for quiet reading, working or mixing in a passive environment.

Library

The aim of Mathematics is for children to:

  • be confident users of mathematics
  • be able to investigate, represent and interpret situations
  • develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of concepts and fluency
  • be able to pose and solve problems
  • be able to reason
  • recognise connections between areas of mathematics and other disciplines
  • appreciate mathematics as an important and relevant part of life
  • demonstrate interest, enjoyment and confidence in using mathematics
  • demonstrate perseverance in undertaking mathematical challenges

Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding in:

  • Working Mathematically – students will develop understanding and fluency through inquiry, exploring and connecting concepts, choosing and applying problem-solving skills and mathematical techniques, communication and reasoning
  • Number and Algebra – students will develop efficient strategies for numerical calculation, recognise patterns, describe relationships and apply algebraic techniques and generalisation
  • Measurement and Geometry – students will identify, visualise and quantify measures and the attributes of shapes and objects, and explore measurement concepts and geometric relationships, applying formulas, strategies and geometric reasoning in the solution of problems
  • Statistics and Probability–students will collect, represent, analyse, interpret and evaluate data, assign and use probabilities, and make sound judgements

At OLQP we aim to develop the competence and confidence of all students in learning and using Mathematics, thus enabling them to effectively participate in our society. We also support this through Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU).

EMU is a research-based early numeracy intervention that provides small group teaching for children who need greater assistance in understanding mathematics following their first year of school. It is a daily program delivered by a specialist teacher that engages children in mathematical tasks designed to deepen understanding. It enhances the classroom program and enables children to quickly 'catch up' to the average level of their class. EMU builds on the strengths of every child and encourages them to become independent and strategic learners.

Science and Technology aims to develop students’ wonder and curiosity about their world, as well as helping them to recognise the importance of science and technology in their lives now and for the future. Science & Technology aims to develop understanding and skills to enable students to:

  • work scientifically
  • work technologically
  • learn about natural and made environments

Human Society and Its Environment incorporates the strands of Change and Continuity, Cultures, Environments and Social Systems and Structures. In 2016 we will be implementing the new History syllabus. In this Key Learning Area students are provided with opportunities to develop:

  • understanding about Australia’s history, geography and people
  • skills to help acquire information, use an inquiry process and participate in social and civic life
  • values and attitudes related to social justice, cultures, stewardship, democracy, beliefs and morals.

Human Society and Its Environment also includes the study of languages other than English. At OLQP we currently offer a program in Japanese language and culture in Years 5 and 6, together with an enrichment class for students displaying strength in this area.

Creative Arts aims to provide students with basic learning in the artforms through the subjects of Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. Many of the experiences provided lend themselves to integration across other Key Learning Areas.

The curriculum is designed for students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in:

  • making and appreciating artworks
  • performing and appreciating music (singing, playing and moving)
  • performing (taking on roles and creating imagined situations) and appreciating dramatic works
  • composing and appreciating dance

Visual Arts

In Visual Arts, students engage with the concepts of artists, artworks, the audience and the world. In making they learn how they can investigate the world through selected subject matter (eg people, objects, places and spaces) and work with the forms (eg painting, drawing, digital works) in expressive ways. These investigations of subject matter and the forms are further developed in their appreciation of artists, designers, craftspeople, architects and their works.

Music

Two specialist teachers are employed to implement the music program. Children in Years 3 to 6 have the opportunity each year to audition for the school choir, which performs at events, including eisteddfods. The opportunity for individual lessons in playing various instruments is available for those children in Years 3 to 6 who are interested in becoming part of the school band. A fee is charged each term to cover the cost of tuition and instrument hire. Further details are available from the school office.

Dance

Dance is a specialised subject that is taught by tutors from DanceFever. Students from Kindergarten, Year 1, 3 and 5 take part in the program as part of a staged approach – ie, all students learn this subject over a two-year period. Dance is a mandatory syllabus requirement.

Drama

In Drama, students will develop knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes in making, performing and appreciating by engaging in role, dramatic contexts, elements and forms. Learning in Drama is most effective when learning experiences in making, performing and appreciating are integrated in a planned and sequential process of teaching and learning.

“Personal development, Health and Physical Education is in keeping with the Catholic ideals of education of the whole person. Thoughts, sensations, emotions and physical activities all have an influence on each other and on the individual’s growth towards personal maturity. Catholic education aims to mould these elements into a harmonious unity, in the light of human understanding and faith”
(Most Reverend P.L. Murphy DD, Chairman, Catholic Education Commission, NSW)

This program supports the development of the student as a whole person by:

  • encouraging an understanding and valuing of self and others
  • promoting physical activity and
  • emphasising informed decision-making leading to effective and responsible actions.

The study of PDHPE is concerned with:

  • Growth and Development - physical, social, cognitive and emotional
  • Personal Health Choices - making, communicating and acting upon health decisions
  • Interpersonal Relationships - forming and maintaining positive relationships
  • Safe Living – living and learning in a safe, secure environment
  • Active Lifestyle - knowing how to enhance personal and community health and wellbeing and
  • Games and Sports, Dance & Gymnastics –the composition, performance and appraisal of movement.

All students are involved in weekly sport and/or physical education lessons, with a specialist Physical Education teacher employed four days a week. Students in Kinder, Years 1, 3 and 5 also participate in dance lessons run by DanceFever, while students in Years 2, 4 and 6 take part in a specialist gymnastics program run by Flexi-Kids.

In addition to this, students have the opportunity to be selected, trained and entered into many competitions across the school, Zone, Diocesan, inter-Diocesan and Stage level in swimming, athletics, cross-country, soccer, netball, etc.

We currently receive an allocation to provide a program in Japanese in our school. This program operates in years 5 and 6.

At Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School, in addition to our classroom learning programs, we offer a range extra-curricular activities and programs to support the engagement and extension of all students. Listed below is a list of opportunities we offer our students.

The most important homework of all is family living:

  • Lots and lots of family conversation - story telling, jokes, discussions about books read, etc
  • Shared bedtime stories with mum or dad reading to the child or the child reading to parents
  • Quiet reading in bed before lights out
  • Family games, activities and hobbies
  • Regular visits to the local library
  • Selective viewing of TV shows and discussion of these
  • Outings to all kinds of places of social, historic and natural interest and
  • The kinds of imaginative play that comes naturally to children of all ages.

Such activities encourage and help children become better learners and happier human beings. Whilst homework is a valuable aid, it is not the most important aspect of a child’s education.

Homework is helpful when:

  • It gives the chance to consolidate what has been learnt at school
  • It allows for the fact that children learn and work at different rates and have different needs
  • It increases a child’s confidence in, and enjoyment of, learning
  • It gives parents opportunities to encourage, express approval and, in general, relate positively to their child/children and
  • It develops productive long-term habits of learning and planning.

Our Homework Policy

  • All children (K-6) are expected to read each night
  • Children in Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 should be reading for 15-20 minutes every night. This includes the child reading and being read to by an adult. Discussion of what has been read is important to ensure understanding. Any extra homework given should take no longer than 15 minutes. Structured and/ or imaginative play should be actively encouraged.
  • Homework is given regularly to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Along with reading this may include spelling, carrying out an experiment, finding answers to problems posed at school or working on a current theme or project.
  • Children in Year 3 and Year 4 spend approximately twenty to thirty minutes on set work and children in Years 5 and 6 between thirty and forty minutes
  • Homework will not necessarily be the same for every child in the class. Just as children are taught in the classroom based on their needs, their homework will also be set with this in mind
  • Homework should not be a source of worry or frustration for the pupil, teacher or parent. Students are encouraged to complete the assigned work to the best of their ability and to seek their teacher’s help if they are having any difficulties.
  • Set homework should be acknowledged by the teacher
  • Parents can be of great help to their children by:
    • showing an interest in their activities
    • listening to their reading and
    • being sympathetic and patient.
  • Homework is of little value to the child if the parent completes it or if it is not supervised. Please help and encourage your child, but allow him/her to do his/her own work.
  • Please sign your child’s homework. If your child is unable to complete their homework for any reason please acknowledge this through a written note.
  • Homework is not given when families choose to take holidays during term time – our recommendation is for the child to read daily and keep a journal while away. Homework is not given when children are absent from school due to illness.

Health and Medication

The following immunisation requirements apply to all students

A. Enrolment Requirements

As of 1994 the Principal of the school must inform parents of the requirement of an Immunisation Certificate for all children starting primary school in the kindergarten class.

School principals should ensure that parents of children starting in the kindergarten class are issued with information regarding immunisation requirements at the pre-enrolment interview.

B. Immunisation Certificate

Under the Public Health (Amendment) Act 1992 school principals must request that parents provide the school with an Immunisation Certificate on enrolment.

Principals must be able to identify the unimmunised children in order that they can be excluded in the event of a disease outbreak.

If a parent fails to provide the school with an Immunisation Certificate, the child will be classified as unimmunised and excluded in disease outbreaks.

Schools must forward the Certificate when a child transfers to another school.

Secondary schools must retain the Immunisation Certificate for 2 years from the date of completion of secondary education.

C. Disease Notification Requirements

In the event of a vaccine-preventable disease occurring in a school, the school Principal must:

  • notify the Medical Officer of Health of the local Public Health Unit.
  • ensure that the Medical Officer of Health has access to the school Immunisation Certificates.
  • follow the Medical Officer of Health’s direction and ensure that unimmunised children are excluded for the incubation period of the disease or the duration of the outbreak. A notice that the child is to be excluded and the period of exclusion must be sent home with the child.
  • In the event of a major disease outbreak in a school, staff from the nearest Public Health Unit and Community Health nurses will be available to assist the clerical staff in identifying susceptible children.

D. Other Responsibilities

The school should liaise closely with the Public Health Unit.

The school should assist in informing parents of the immunisation requirements and in the distribution of materials pertaining to it.

The following schedule is recommended for infants/children being immunised for the first time

2 months First injection of Triple Antigen (DTP). This is a three-in-one vaccine for protection against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. First dose of Sabin Oral vaccine. This protects against poliomyelitis.
4 months Second injection of Triple Antigen (DTP).
Second dose of Sabin Oral vaccine.
6 months Third injection of Triple Antigen (DTP). Third dose of Sabin Oral vaccine.
12 months One injection of combined Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine.
18 months Booster injection of Triple Antigen (DTP).
5 years or prior to school entry Injection of Combined Diphtheria and Tetanus (CDT) vaccine. Booster dose of Sabin Oral vaccine.
10-16 years
(female only)
Booster injection of Rubella Vaccine
15 years or prior to leaving school Booster injection of Adult Diphtheria and Tetanus (ADT) vaccine. Booster dose of Sabin Oral vaccine.

Disease Children who have the disease (case) Unimmunised children who are in contact with the sick child
Diphtheria Exclude until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery. Exclude from school until investigated by the Medical Officer of Health of the Public Health Unit.
Tetanus Exclude until fully recovered. Not excluded from school.
Pertussis
(Whooping Cough)
Exclude for 14 days from onset of illness or until 5 days of a 14 day course of antibiotics have been completed. Exclude unimmunised household contacts for 14 days from exposure or until they have had 5 days of a 14 day course of antibiotics, if they go to a child care centre or preschool. Unimmunised contacts in Primary School (K-6) do not need to be excluded.
Measles Exclude for at least 4 days from appearance of the rash. Unimmunised contacts should be excluded for 14 days unless immunised within 72 hours from exposure to the disease. Following immunisation the contact can return to school immediately.
Mumps Exclude for 9 days after the appearance of the swelling. Not excluded from school.
Rubella Exclude for at least 4 days after the rash appears. Not excluded from school.
Poliomyelitis Exclude for at least 14 days from onset and until a medical certificate is produced. Not excluded from school.

Disease Usual Incubation Period Isolation & Exclusion from School
ACUTE CONJUNCTIVITIS Variable, depending on the type of organism causing the infection Until all discharge has ceased
A.I.D.S
(Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
Ranges from 6 months to 5 years.(Not everyone exposed to the virus will develop the disease) Students/staff who have been exposed to the AIDS-related virus should not be excluded from school or isolated within the school
CHICKEN POX About 14-21 days Until fully recovered – for at least seven days after the first spots appear
DIPHTHERIA About 1-5 days Isolate immediately. Take to hospital if possible. It is necessary to stay away from school until a doctor gives a certificate. The doctor can do this after at least two negative nose and throat swabs. The first swab should be taken not less than 24 hours after the child has finished taking antibiotics. The second swab should be 48 hours later.
GLANDULAR FEVER
(Infectious Mononucleosis)
Uncertain - from one week to several weeks Until recovered or until a medical certificate is produced
IMPETIGO
(Scabby Sores)
Variable
About 4-10 days
The family doctor should be consulted. If the sores are being treated and are properly covered by a clean dressing, children are allowed to attend school. If they are not covered and are on exposed parts of the body such as scalp, hands or legs, exclusion is necessary until sores have healed.
MEASLES 7-14 days The average is 10 days. At least five days from appearance of rash
MUMPS 12-28 days The average is 18 days. Until fully recovered. For at least 10 days after the swelling occurs.
PEDICULOSIS
(Head Lice)
Eggs of lice usually hatch in a week and reach maturity in approx. 2weeks. Until treatment with anti-lice lotion or shampoo has been undertaken. Hair should be free of nits. (It is important to follow instructions on the container. If treatment has been given properly, any nits will be dead. Any nits more than two centimetres from the scalp are also dead.)
RINGWORM 10-14 days Until appropriate treatment has begun. The school may ask for a medical certificate to say that this has happened.
RUBELLA
(German Measles)
About 14-21 days Until fully recovered
For at least 5 days after the rash appears.
SCABIES
(The Itch)
Several days, sometime seven weeks Until proper treatment has begun. The school may ask for a medical certificate to say that this has happened.
VIRAL HEPATITIS
(Types A & B)
About 28 days Until all symptoms have disappeared or until a doctor issues a certificate of recovery. For at least seven days from the first signs of jaundice.
WHOOPING COUGH About 7-14 days Isolate immediately. Exclude from school for at least 3 weeks from the onset of the whoop, until fully recovered or a medical certificate is obtained.

It is necessary to complete a medical form for any child requiring medication to be administered at school. These forms are available from the school office and must be completed in every instance. Medication is administered by the Principal’s delegate, usually the school secretary, who is trained in this area. Medication cannot be administered without completed forms. Medication should be sent to school in the correct dosage and handed in at the office immediately upon arriving at school. No medication is to be kept in school bags other than an asthma reliever spray.

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that all medication provided to the office is within its expiry date. This is especially important for children who require allergy medication, such as antihistamines or epi-pens, to be kept on site. These medications must be kept at school in the office; they are sent on all excursions or activities outside of the school with the child’s teacher.

Unfortunately, the school office is not able to keep and administer Panadol to children. If Panadol is required throughout the day it needs to be sent in with a completed medical form as for all other medications.

We request that you do not send your child to school if they are sick. It is also important to ensure that the school office has emergency contact names and phone numbers and that these are maintained and current at all times. When contact numbers change simply send a note to the school office and records will be amended.

OLQP has a number of anaphylactic students who have allergies to peanut products. The school is ‘nut free’ so families are asked not to send any peanut butter or Nutella sandwiches or peanut products to school with their children. This policy is significant for our school as we have number of children who suffer with anaphylaxis. The most serious consequence can be respiratory failure and death. Parents are asked to provide epipens and an action plan from the doctor if their child is diagnosed with this condition. Staff are trained in basic first aid every second year and office staff are trained in senior first aid.

Uniform and Grooming

OLQP has a uniform shop on the premises. Opening hours are Thursday & Saturday from 8:30am-10:00am. Mr Joe Arida and Mrs Elle Arida are the proprietors. On Saturdays the staff car-park on Old Prospect Road is open for parents to access the shop.

The wearing of correct school uniform is an expectation for attendance at school. The basic principle is that students understand the significance of learning time.

  • No jewellery (only one pair of sleepers, studs, signet ring for girls)
  • No make-up or nail polish
  • No bike pants under school uniform
  • No parkas - school jackets only
  • Hair - tied back if at shoulder length
  • Only blue hair accessories, etc.
  • Appropriate school hair cut for boys
  • No hair colouring
  • Black leather school shoes with school uniform
  • Predominantly white joggers with white laces with sports uniform
  • OLQP has a “no hat – no play” policy in place

The following is a list of items that make up the school uniform.

Girls Summer Uniform RRP
Summer Dress: Exclusive Fabric & Design $45.00
Fleecy Jumper: Navy Fleecy Jumper With School Crest $28.00
College Bomber Jacket: Nylon/ Fleecy Lined Navy College Bomber Jacket With Gold Stripes $65.00
Socks: White Turn Up $4.00
Scrunchy: Exclusive Fabric & Design $5.00
Headband: Exclusive Fabric & Design $5.00

Girls Winter Uniform RRP
Winter Tunic: Exclusive Fabric & Design $50.00
Blouse: Sky Peter Pan Long Sleeve Blouse $25.00
Fleecy Jumper: Navy Fleecy Jumper With School Crest $28.00
College Bomber Jacket: Nylon/ Fleecy Lined Navy College Bomber Jacket With Gold Stripes $65.00
Tights: Navy Cotton/Lycra $15.00
Scrunchy: Exclusive Fabric & Design $5.00
Headband: Exclusive Fabric & Design $5.00
Tab Tie Exclusive Fabric & Design $5.00

Boys Summer Uniform RRP
Shirt: Classic Blue Short Sleeve Shirt With School Crest $25.00
Shorts: Grey Elastic Waist $25.00
Fleecy Jumper: Navy Fleecy Jumper With School Crest $28.00
College Bomber Jacket: Nylon/ Fleecy Lined Navy College Bomber Jacket With Gold Stripes $65.00
Socks: Grey With Royal /Gold Stripe $7.00

Boys Winter Uniform RRP
Shirt: Classic Blue Long Sleeve Shirt With School Crest $30.00
Trousers: Grey Elastic Waist $39.00
Tie: Pre-Tied Loop Design Or Self Tied Design In Exclusive Fabric $17.00
Fleecy Jumper: Navy Fleecy Jumper With School Crest $28.00
College Bomber Jacket: Nylon/ Fleecy Lined Navy College Bomber Jacket With Gold Stripes $65.00
Socks: Grey With Royal /Gold Stripe $7.00

Sports Uniform RRP
Polo Top: Royal/ Sky & Gold Piping In Cool Dry With School Crest $30.00
Shorts: Royal/ Sky & Gold Piping In Peach Skin Micro Fibre $30.00
Trackpant: Royal/ Sky & Gold Piping In Peach Skin Micro Fibre $40.00
Jacket: Royal/ Sky & Gold Piping In Peach Skin Micro Fibre $50.00
Socks: White Sport Style $4.00

Accessories All Year Round RRP
College Back Pack: Compartment/Heavy Duty With School Crest $40.00
Library Bag $10.00
Bucket Hat With Lice Repellent Pouch: Navy With School Crest $15.00
Lice Off Repellant Kit: $6.00
Art Smock $15.00

(Note: All Prices Quoted Above Are For All Sizes And Prices Are Subject To Alterations)