Leadership and Student Voice The following roles and programs support students to build understanding and responsibility related to civics and citizenship, as well as leadership skills.
Buddy Program – Year Five children are paired with a Prep student to support their transition into the primary setting
Junior School Council – Students in Years One to Six. Students are involved in fundraising for others and contributing to decision making on behalf of the student community.
School captains and vice captains are selected each year from the Year 6 student group. Their roles include representing the student and school community at events.
Monitors – Students in Year 2, 5 and 6 are selected for whole school areas of responsibility such as the environment and borrowing equipment.
Personal and Social Learning The focus is building positive habits of mind related to the foundations of Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence and Organisation and building Resilience to improve student learning and relationships. This occurs through a whole school approach to behaviour management and development of positive relationships. This includes focussed sessions based on Social and Emotional Learning across the school and the implementation of our Everyday Values @ PVSPS strategy.
Recognition of student effort & achievement
Throughout the year students participate in a range of activities both in and outside the school that may see them recognised for their efforts. These achievements are acknowledged in ways such as Pupil of the Week awards, at school assemblies, publication in newsletters.
Walking and using bikes and other wheeled transport
These are great strategies for fitness and reducing our carbon footprint. Families should ensure that if they make the decision for their children to ride to school that their bikes are roadworthy and children are familiar with road and safety rules. Children must wear helmets and are to walk their bikes within the school grounds. Bikes can be stored in a designated area during the day. Parents are reminded to reinforce and practise personal and road safety skills with children.
To support learning, children require energy and water throughout the day to sustain them. Children are encouraged to drink water and are able to have plastic water bottles (with water) in their learning neighbourhoods throughout the day. Unprocessed fruit and vegetables ‘Brain Food” is able to be eaten by the children at a designated time (generally between 9.00am and 11.00am).
With a number of students and staff with allergies and intolerances children are encouraged to eat the food their families have provided for them. This is the best way to minimise health risks. The food that presents the greatest health risk to a number of students and staff are nuts. Families are asked to minimise the use of nuts or nut products when sending food to school. For birthday or other celebrations non-food items only are permitted.
School Council has a policy to minimise the impact of head lice in the school. Measures include recommendations that shoulder length or longer hair be kept tied up, that whole school checks may be undertaken and regular information about treating and managing head lice be provided.
Further information about managing head lice can be found at: http://health.vic.gov.au/headlice/
Children’s health and wellbeing is paramount at school and this is the first consideration of staff when dealing with illness or injury.
If a child becomes ill at school, parents or emergency contacts will be contacted to collect the child. The school does not have facilities or staff to look after children who are unwell. The first aid room at school, located in the administration area, is for treating minor ailments and as a waiting area for children who are to be collected.
Occasionally children are injured at school. Minor injuries (such as grazes) are treated on the spot, in the classroom or in the yard by the teacher on duty. In the event of more serious injuries (head injuries, suspected sprains/fractures) or there is concern for the child’s wellbeing, the child will be attended by staff, emergency services and parents will be contacted.
It is recommended that families take out an ambulance subscription as in serious cases of illness or injury an ambulance will be called (at parents’ expense).
If children need to take medication during the course of the day, a Medication Authority Form must be completed and handed in to the Office. Medication will be administered by staff in the office and will be entered into a logbook. This is to ensure the correct dosage and minimise incorrect use by children. Please ensure all medication/containers are clearly labelled with the child’s name and that expiry dates are checked regularly. The exception to this can be asthma puffers where a child’s condition requires them to have it on hand for immediate access. All asthma puffers should be supplied with a spacer.
Teachers are on duty from 8:50am to 3:40pm. Outside of these hours supervision of children is the responsibility of families.
At recess and lunch breaks two teachers are on yard duty. While on duty, staff encourage cooperative play, assist children with any problems and attend to first aid needs. Children are supervised inside during wet days and when lightning is present. On days of extreme heat the timetable may be amended to have the lunch break earlier in the day and recess in the afternoon. This does not affect the start and finish times of school.
Sun Smart Policy
Our school has a Sun Smart Policy in place to minimise the impact of sun damage. From September 1 to April 30 and whenever UV levels reach 3 or more all students must wear the school sunhat (broad brimmed) when outside. Those children who do not have a school hat are required to sit in the shade on the seats under the shade structure or in the sails area.