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School Council

  • The Committee of the School Council consists of the:
  • Principal
  • Three Staff Members
  • 6 Cunderdin parent members

Membership of the Council is to be drawn from the following categories:

  • parents
  • members of the general community;
  • staff of the school

Powers and Duties of the Council

The Council is formed with the fundamental purpose of enabling parents and members of the community to engage in activities that are in the best interests of students and will enhance the education provided by the school. This includes activities that will improve and educational programme of the school or the management of the school’s facilities.
The funds of the Council and the property acquired by the Council shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the purpose of the Council and no part of that property or income may be paid or otherwise distributed, directly or indirectly, to members of the Council.

The Council has the following powers and duties:
  • Establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
  • Planning of financial arrangements;
  • Evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them;
  • Formulating codes of conduct for students;
  • To establish dress codes for students;
  • To promote the school in the community;
  • To approve charges and contributions for the provision of certain materials;
  • To provide advise to the Principal – on general policies.
    The Council cannot
  • intervene in the educational instruction of students;
  • exercise authority over teaching staff or other persons employed at the school;
  • intervene in the management or operation of a school fund.

School Student Council

This was formed to promote a positive attitude towards and a stronger sense of belonging and caring for the school by the students of Cunderdin District High School. Members of the Council meet on a regular basis to discuss what is happening at the school and to put forth suggestions and ideas that may help improve aspects of school life. Students from each class in Years 7 to 10 are elected by students to become Student Council Members.

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TERM DATES – 2012

School office re-opens Monday 28th January 2014
Teachers commence Monday 3rd February 2014

TERM 1 Monday 3 February Frid 11 April
TERM 2 Monday 28 April Frid 4 July
TERM 3 Wed 23 July Fri 26 Sept
TERM 4 Monday 13 Oct Thurs 18 Dec

Kindy and Pre-primary have flexi start.

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SCHOOL FEES

Please refer to the School Contribution and Charges Sheet.
Fees are payable as from the commencement of the school year and cheques should be made payable to the Cunderdin District High School.

The consideration of parents in supporting the school's need for finances is very much appreciated and early remittance will ensure satisfactory budgeting for the academic year.
A register is kept of all contributions made and receipts are returned as soon as possible and should be kept for taxation purposes. Your financial support will be greatly appreciated and we are hopeful for an excellent response from all families.
ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE - FINANCE – SECONDARY (YRS 8 – 11)
For secondary students only, there is financial assistance available in the form of Additional Assistance and High School Clothing Allowance. A parent must hold a Health Care Card to be eligible. For further information and a claim form please contact the School Office. Please note that applications close at the end of Term 1.

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SCHOOL HOURS

Primary Students - 8.40am - 9.00am Daily Fitness
Secondary students 8:40am - 9:00am Form.

Period
1
8.40am - 10.00am
Recess
10.00am - 10.20am
Period
2
10.20am - 11.20am
Period
3
11.20am - 12.20pm
Lunch
12.20pm - 1.00pm
Period
4
1.00pm - 2.00pm
Period
5
2.00pm - 3.00pm
Early Close Thursdays 2.30pm

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SCHOOL RECORDS

During the course of a student's stay at Cunderdin District High School changes may occur to the information originally placed on Admission Cards.
It is very important to advise the school as soon as possible as to any changes of address, telephone number or emergency contacts.

There have been a number of instances during past years when urgent contact to parents could not be made due to incorrect or outdated information on school records. Your continued co-operation and consideration in this area will help to ensure that your child's welfare will receive the highest priority, especially in times of emergency.

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COMMUNICATION WITH THE SCHOOL

An essential component of school policy is the fostering of sound home-school relationships. Parents are welcome to make contact with the school to discuss student progress or problems at any time although it would be appreciated if a mutually convenient time can be made, by appointment.

Parents are invited to attend our Assemblies or to participate in special activities or functions that are held during the course of the year ie: Anzac Day Services, Faction Sports Days, Open evenings etc.

Some teachers welcome the assistance of interested parents in classroom activities such as hearing oral reading, assisting with maths, science, and art/craft activities. Assisting the Librarian is also very welcome.

The school's telephone number is 96351 051. Fax Number is 96351 488.

Parents are welcome to make contact with the Principal or the school at any time.
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SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

The school has a School Volunteer Program that is designed to support students who benefit from one on one adult contact. The program runs during the year in 10 week blocks. Volunteers are typically community members who are able to spend an hour a week with a matched student. Training is available to volunteers. Interested community members can contact the school for more information.
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SCHOOL PARKING AREAS

The car park in front of the Administration Building, (entrance is near the hospital fence), is reserved for staff and commercial traffic.

The parking area next to the library is used by school buses and for general parking when attending assemblies and Parents and Citizens Meetings, when buses are not using the area.

No parking signs have been erected on the East side of Cubbine St. This is designed to ensure students are not required to cross that very busy road, especially during harvest. I am sure parents are aware of “close shaves” in the past when students, anxious to “escape” after school have rushed across the road without looking for traffic. Please also be aware that there is a 40KM speed limit in Cubbine St during school hours.
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ASSEMBLIES

Student orientated and conducted assemblies are held regularly in the school undercover area once a new term has settled down. Dates will be advised via the school newsletter.
Parents and friends are always cordially invited to attend.
Assemblies will commence at 8.45am.
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ATTENDANCE

Punctuality and regular attendance assist in individual and class progress. If it is necessary for a child to be late, or absent, a brief written or oral explanation is required stating the reason for the absence.
Parents will be informed by letter if their child’s absence is cause for concern and “at risk”. Late students are required to report to the office on arrival at school.

Cunderdin District High School has introduced SMS Communications to build on existing attendance procedures and to ensure that parents are notified as soon as possible if their child is absent from school without explanation. Parents/Caregivers will receive a text message from the school requesting an explanation for your child's absence.


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LIBRARY

A wide selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction are available and the use of the library is encouraged. Children are made familiar with the borrowing system and in the lower primary it is recommended that only two books be borrowed at a time. The borrowing period is a week and books must be returned on the due date, even if they wish to renew them for a further loan period.

Due to the high cost of books, careless handling and losses can easily lead to a situation whereby the library stock is steadily reduced instead of increasing steadily each year. Parents can assist the school by checking on the books brought home and ensuring their prompt return in good order. Damaged or lost books will have to be replaced at the parent's expense.
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HOMEWORK

The setting of homework for primary students is the responsibility of the classroom teacher who is aware of the individual needs of the children in their charge. Parents are advised to contact the classroom teacher via the school office early in the year if homework is causing concern.

As far as secondary students are concerned the following times are the minimum that secondary students should spend each night on homework and home study. NB: homework is that which is set by the teacher to be done by a specified date, home study is the individual student's responsibility to study the work done in class that day; therefore no student can say that they have no school work to do when they get home!

Year 8 5 to 7.5 hours per week
Year 9 7.5 to 10 hours per week
Year 10 10 to 12.5 hours per week

Homework class is available each Wednesday for Primary and Secondary students from 3.00pm – 4.00pm. The students will be notified of the day through the school Newsletter.
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FACTION - SPORT

A wide range of sporting activities is programmed during the course of the year and all students are expected to participate in the Daily Fitness Programme, Physical Education Skills Lessons and Faction Sport, where relevant. Students need to wear appropriate footwear to enable them to participate.
All children are placed in one of our two factions:

Red Barons - Blue Bombers

Children new to the school will be advised of their faction shortly after their arrival.
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COMMUNITY NURSE

A school nurse visits the school on a regular basis to check student's hearing and vision and to attend to medical matters regarding growth and development.
Please contact the office if you have any concerns.

INFECTIOUS DISEASES - SCHOOL NURSE


The following ailments require a period of exclusion from school unless a doctor is prepared to issue a medical certificate to say the child is free from infection and well enough to return to normal school activities.

CHICKEN POX Re-admit when sufficiently recovered.

DIPHTHERIA Medical Certificate only (notify Health Department).

VIRAL HEPATITIS Medical Certificate only (notify Health Department).

IMPETIGO (school sores) Must be under treatment, including use of occlusive dressing.

INFLUENZA Return when symptoms have subsided.

MEASLES Re-admit on medical certificate of recovery.

Students who have not been immunised against
Measles will be excluded from school if an
Outbreak occurs.

PEDICULOSIS (Nits) The school has a policy of holding nit checks twice a term. Parents will be advised of the dates they will be held via the newsletter. Students must be treated and clear of all eggs before being allowed back to school.
If you do not wish your child to be checked, please inform the office in writing.

RING-WORM Medical certificate only.

RUBELLA (German Measles) Medical certificate, or symptoms have subsided.

SCABIES Excluded from school until effective treatment has been instituted.

SCARLET FEVER Re-admit with medical certificate only. (Notify Health Department).

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO PARENTS
PROTECTION AGAINST INFECTIOUS DISEASES

The Ministry of Education supports the Health Department of WA in ensuring that children entering school are fully immunised.

Children who are not fully immunised have a high risk of contracting serious infectious diseases. Children commencing school should already have received their measles and mumps injection and their booster immunisation against diphtheria, tetanus and polio.

It is most important that your child has these booster immunisations BEFORE COMMENCING SCHOOL early in the first term.

Special arrangements can be made at clinics with private doctors for children who have not had any previous immunisations or who have missed some of their doses. It is vital that you keep a record of your child's immunisation. Clinics and doctors provide record cards.

ASTHMA – The school holds action plans for students with asthma. These must be updated each year.


ALLERGIES AND ANY OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS

As we have a number of students in the school with severe and life-threatening allergies to nuts we request that parents do not send food or snacks with students that contain nuts or nut products. This includes nut bars, peanut paste, nutella etc. Contact with these products in even the smallest amounts can cause a medical emergency.
If students suffer from an allergy or any other medical condition the school requires parents/guardians to complete a medical advice so an action plan may be put in place. These must be updated each year.

ADMINISTERING MEDICATION

if a child requires administering of an ongoing medication arrangements are to be made with the Deputy/Principal of the school.
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SCHOOL PYSCHOLOGIST

A school psychologist is available to the school. Referrals are usually made through the Principal following discussions with class teachers and/or parents.
Parental permission is always required prior to the conduct of any individual testing procedures.
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SCHOOL DENTAL SERVICE

The School Dental Service continues to provide free general and preventive dental care for all enrolled students up to year 11. If you are not already enrolled, it’s not too late to enrol now! Ring for an appointment.
The address and phone number of your nearest Dental Therapy Centre are listed in the White Pages telephone book under the heading “Schools – Government Primary, Junior Primary and Pre-Primary”
A Mobile Dental Therapy Caravan is located on site at times during the course of the year.
Contact telephone number whilst on site is (08) 9635 1029.
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YEAR ONE - COMMENCING SCHOOL

Parents can play a major part in making sure that their Year 1 child will settle into the classroom with a minimum of fuss and tears. After the long vacation, attendance at school and interaction with so many older students for the first time may well be a daunting and traumatic experience for the Year 1 child.

The emphasis in school today is to make this crisis point as easy to overcome as possible with the child settling into a daily routine quickly and effectively. The patience and good sense of parents and teachers are very vital factors at this time.

Parents should realise and accept from the start that the child's teacher knows what he/she is doing. He/she has been trained to work with children of this age - and they know that, for some children, the first few days can be very worrying. He/she will do their best to be sympathetic and understanding but will need time to become familiar with all the characteristics and abilities of all their pupils.

Though contact has been made with pre-primary teachers and the Health Sister in the year before, the Year 1 teacher will appreciate an up-date on the child's health and physical well being.

Potential learning problems and/or difficulties may be raised and an understanding of home and peer-relationships will prove vital to establishing initial learning procedures and activities. Matters discussed, of course, are completely confidential.

There may be the occasion when parents feel that the child is not receiving the attention that he or she should. Personal, negative or adverse comments about the teacher or the school in front of the child will not help matters. The best school is the one which has the full support of parents. If you feel you have a reasonable complaint

or have a matter of concern, please contact the school to arrange an interview with the Principal or class teacher. Remember the school is the best place to solve school problems.

When they arrive home, they may or may not, want to tell you what they have done at school. Do not worry them - particularly if they cannot understand what they are supposed to be doing.

Remember, that they won't bring home sheets of formal work in the early stages and not, most probably, a formal reading book. They may, of course bring home picture books or starter books.
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PRE-PRIMARY PROGRAMME


Implementation Schedule – will be handed out with booklist for Pre Primary.

Programme - The Pre Primary programme aims at providing a wide variety of experiences so that children will develop physical, mental and social skills as well as a certain measure of independence, to form a firm basis for their future development. This will occur through the setting up of a colourful, accepting, stimulating and challenging environment, where adults and children can grow and
work together.

During the first term a full time programme will be phased in as per the implementation schedule. The school hours are from 8.40am to 3.00pm (Thursday 2.30pm).
Children should only be at school 10 minutes prior to the morning siren.

Collecting your child -Please inform the teacher if someone other than a parent is to collect your child. In the case of bus children, the bus driver must also be notified of any change in travel and the school office sent a note stating which bus your child is travelling on.

Naming of Articles - Be sure that all children’s clothing and other articles are clearly labelled.

Toys - These are best left at home. However if a child especially wants to bring a particular item, it may be shown to the teacher and peers at news time and then put away.

Scrap Material - Please save and send in any boxes (especially small ones as the children can be more creative in their structures), flattened large boxes for collage, magazines (especially Womens Weekly), old Christmas and birthday cards - tear the back off, wallpaper samples, material, ribbon, bottle tops, cotton reels and old calendars.

What the children need to bring – see separate Pre primary booklist
* The children will need to bring their lunch and a drink.
All items should be clearly labelled.

* A piece of fruit or vegetable each day - this is cut up and divided between the Children for morning and afternoon tea. Variations to oranges and apples are encouraged and may include items such as cheese, sultanas, pineapple pieces and other fruits. No nuts please as we have children who are severely anaphylactic.

* A large bag big enough to carry their lunch box, work, and jumpers.

* A wide brimmed hat or a legionnaires cap.

Helping on Roster - A duty roster will be sent home during the first few weeks and mothers/fathers are asked to come in on the designated day to help out at the pre-primary. While parents are on roster we ask them to help in the preparation of morning tea and to clean away and wash up the dishes when the children have finished. However, the main purpose of having parents on roster is to give them an opportunity to see their child working in a group situation.

During the time you are in the centre you are free to read stories to interested children, participate in musical activities and to assist children at their activities.
If possible could younger siblings not come to the pre-primary when you are on duty as this distracts the other children.
If you are unable to do your duty could you please change with another parent.
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KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten students attend 5 days a fortnight, either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday plus every second Wednesday between 8.45am – 3.00pm and Thursday between 8.45am – 2.00pm.

WOULD PARENTS PLEASE ENSURE THAT ARTICLES BROUGHT FROM HOME IE: LUNCH BOXES, CARDIGANS, TOYS ETC. ARE CLEARLY LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME ON IT.
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SCHOOL POLICY ON PENCILS, BIROS AND PENCIL GRIPS

Considerable difficulty is caused in the development of printing and writing because of the early introduction of children to a wide variety of odd shapes and sizes of commercial biros, pencils and colouring materials, and unguided pencil grips. Once a bad habit has been learned it is difficult to eradicate, but there is a place for firm insistence on correct grip once a child has reached the developmental stage of finger manipulation and control as opposed to the gross motor control of the "fist".

Early grasping is of the "fist" kind which does not allow for fine control as in tracing, colouring or detailed drawing. There are several developmental years, and Pre-Primary and Year 1 years fall into this developmental stage, in which children learn fine control as fingers develop.

This transition usually requires the aid of thicker pencils, crayons etc, until high standards of letter formation and colouring-in indicate that adequate control of "normal" materials can be expected.

For this reason, we ask parents of Pre-Primary children and Year 1 to provide thick pencils, crayons and similar sized materials, for drawing and colouring, in preference to the very attractive easily-obtained "Thinnies", for home and school use.
Columbia Formative pencils are available in packs of 12 colours as well as HB lead.

Black Prince and Black Magic pencils are easily obtained, as are Strand or Leviathan crayons, in various sized packs.

Investigation has revealed that many of the poor pen and pencil grips of older pupils came from a time when correct grip was not insisted on. The prominent but incorrect use of the thumb across the pencil may also be the child's response to gaining more control over a thin pencil at a time when other fingers did not have sufficient control. Similarly, when biro use is allowed, children who have not mastered the use of pencils, will have trouble converting to a slippery pointed biro, and the thicker biros can be an aide in gaining control of the new writing tool.

As far as this school is concerned, correct grip is taught and expected!
Parents can assist by checking at home, quietly but firmly insisting on it, and in Pre-Primary and Year 1 classes at least, providing appropriate pencils.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

COLLECTING CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL
If you collect your child by car, please make sure you clearly establish exactly where you will pick your child up and please always be on time.

CLOTHING
It will be helpful if parents can attend to a few simple points about clothing. The children need articles they can deal with easily, and it helps if they can tie their shoe-laces, use a handkerchief, open and repack their cases, recognise their own things and button their clothes. Do make sure clothes are comfortable and well fitting (including underclothes) that they are CLEARLY MARKED with their name and that they do not look too unlike their friends at school.

LUNCHES - INCLUDING SCHOOL CANTEEN & CO-OP LUNCHES
Please ensure that the children know how to open their school case and lunch box. Wrap their play lunch (morning recess) and their main lunch separately and inform them clearly which is which.

For play lunch - a small sandwich or a biscuit and some fruit is usually sufficient. Lunch needs to be nutritious and appealing.

You will soon estimate how much your child can eat. Don't growl at your child if they bring home uneaten food. If you do, it is usually placed into the bin the next time the child is unable to consume all that has been provided. The plastic drink bottle - made up with cordial and frozen overnight is very popular and refreshing particularly in the warmer months.

Please label all lunch boxes and drink bottles or containers clearly with child's name and classroom number etc.

At this school lunch is eaten outdoors between 12.20pm and 1.00pm and is supervised by the teacher on duty. Children are not permitted to leave the school grounds at lunchtimes without a written request being made by the parent and receiving the consent of the Principal and a lunch pass.
If your child is to go home on a regular basis, one note at the beginning of each term, to this effect, will suffice. A pass will be issued to the student for the term.

SCHOOL CANTEEN


Run by the Parents & Citizens Association.
The “Neetnac” operates on Fridays only, from the canteen in the undercover Area. There are winter and summer menus. Menus are available in the school office. Orders with correct money in an envelope, are placed in the slot in the door beside the canteen no later than morning recess on Thursday. The food served meets requirements for healthy eating.

CUNDERDIN CO-OP CAFÉ

Provides lunches daily. Menus and paper lunch bags are available from the school office. Orders and money are to be put in the wooden box in the quadrangle (near the staff room) no later than morning recess. The Co-op delivers lunches to the undercover
area at 12.20pm Monday-Thursday only.

SETTLING INTO SCHOOL

  • Aspects that will help your child settle into formal school routines very readily are:

  • The children should know their name and address thoroughly – remembering the home telephone number is also helpful.

  • The child should know how to take off and put on outer clothes – especially putting on and taking off shoes and tying shoe laces.

  • The child should know that it is important to wash hands after a visit to the toilet.

  • The child should know that it is important to have nice manners and to speak to others politely.

  • The child should know that they must not take or accept rides with strangers.

RIDING BICYCLES TO SCHOOL

There have been several “near misses” between cars and children on bicycles. Children MUST wear a bicycle helmet of approved design when riding their bicycle. Make sure your child can safely ride their bicycle before allowing them to ride to school. The school provides racks for student bicycles.

PARENTS & CITIZENS ASSOCIATION (P & C)

This is your Association and deserves your support. It is the best way of being aware of school activities and what is planned to improve conditions for your child. There are many ways of supporting this organisation but personal involvement is the one most appreciated. Meetings are held regularly on the fourth Thursday of each month. Reminders are included each month in the school newsletter.
From time to time the P & C engages in fundraising and social activities or arranges busy-bees, where parents can mix and meet others. To date the Association has been an active contributor to the school's educational programmes and development of facilities and it is hoped that you will help maintain this support.
The school collects a voluntary contribution to support P&C of $20.00 per family. This contribution applies from Pre Primary to Year 11.

P & C COMMITTEE CONSISTS OF:
PRESIDENT
VICE PRESIDENT
SECRETARY
TREASURER

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CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

The "Code of Behaviour" stresses what we the staff believe to be positive steps in behaviour modification and to help all students accept responsibility for their own actions.

A goal of Cunderdin District High School is to provide a safe and harmonious environment for the students and staff to promote optimum learning situations, and to encourage students to be responsible for their behaviour. As a result, the school has developed a “Code of Behaviour” which is outlined below for your information.


PREAMBLE:
The purpose of Cunderdin District High School is to empower every student to learn, to achieve success and participate responsibly in society.
To promote safe and harmonious environments where all people - students, staff and community - can learn, work and play, school activities must be free from:

Conduct which endangers others.

Disrespectful behaviour

Profane and inappropriate language

Bullying and Harassment

Trespassers

Alcohol, drugs or substance abuse

To achieve optimum success, students are expected to attend, be punctual, prepare for and participate in the learning process.
To provide a secure, healthy and clean facility, students are expected to take precautions for the security of their own property, show care and respect for the property of the Education Department and that of others and observe the Government Policy of a “Smoke Free Environment”.

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR - WE APPLY OUR CODE AS FOLLOWS:

1. Respect all others
2. Respect personal property and school property.
3. Use only acceptable language
4. Behave appropriately in all school activities - within and out of school
5. Wear suitable clothing along the lines set out in the “uniform Policy”
6. Display a positive, supportive attitude
7. Attend school regularly and punctually
8. Follow class routines and rules
9. Solve problems through discussion
10. Act and play safely
11. Display good manners and courtesy to others.
In conjunction with the Code of Behaviour the school has a “Behaviour Management Policy” that provides a framework of expectations which includes:
  • Class Rules
  • Consequences
  • Reinforcement for Positive Behaviour

Each Class has a clear set of rules and consequences of which all students will be made aware.
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ATTENDANCE ON EXCURSION AND CAMPS

A students attendance at either an excursion/incursion or camp will depend upon the schools code of conduct being adhered to. The Administration Team of the school will determine whether the students conduct in class, school grounds or on the school bus has been sufficient to allow their inclusion.
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BUS CODE OF CONDUCT – FOR CONTRACT SCHOOL BUSES
  • Respect other people and property
  • Wait for the Bus in an orderly manner
  • While on the bus, behave yourself
  • Use approved bus stops
  • When leaving the bus, do so on an orderly manner
  • In case of emergency or a breakdown, follow the driver’s instructions.

STUDENTS MUST NOT
  • Bully other students

  • Place feet on seats

  • Fight, spit or use offensive language

  • Throw any article around or from the bus

  • Consume food or drink, or play music without permission of the driver

  • Smoke

  • Allow any part of their body to protrude out of the bus windows

  • Stand forward of the front seat.
BUS PASSES

The public transport authority of WA has launched a new website exclusively for School Bus Services. This website is for families, bus contractors, schools and shires, with the ability to conduct business with School Bus Services online.

Families will now be required to lodge applications for Transport Assistance, claim Conveyance Allowances and advise changes to family details or circumstances online. Each family will be issued with a unique Family Identification Number. This number identifies a particular family and all of the children associated with that family. This number will remain with the family throughout the entire time their children travel on a school bus or receive a conveyance allowance.  All applications for School Bus Services are to be made online at www.schoolbuses.wa.gov.au

Any student who wishes to gain approval on a school bus other then their own or a student who would not normally travel on a school bus must complete a Parental Permission Form and present to the School Office to gain permission from Administration. Download bus pass from School Forms page.

Bus Drivers should always be notified by the Parent/Guardian of any change in pick up/drop off arrangements. Written notification should be provided to the teacher for students up to Year 3 to save any misunderstanding on changed travel plans.
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