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School Information

At Warrane Primary School we pride ourselves on being an inclusive, vibrant community of learners from Birth – Grade 6. We have developed an educational environment which nurtures the academic, social and emotional potential of all students.

Our staff work as a Professional learning Community and together they create quality, engaging and developmentally appropriate learning sequences for all students which are underpinned by the Australian Curriculum. We encourage and support our students to be independent learners and to develop into creative, co-operative thinkers. We employ two literacy coaches and a numeracy intervention teacher who provide support and extension for all students and professional learning and modelling of good practice for staff.

We offer extension programmes, IT electives where students have access to 3D printers, Virtual Reality headsets and game making software, library and specialist Art and PE lessons.

School times are : 8.55 am-2.45 pm

Positive Behaviour Support

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support underpins the way we interact with each other, our students and the community.

We use a range of strategies to support students to demonstrate positive behaviours. These vary and we do not have a ‘one size fits all’ approach as every child comes with their own story and experiences which can change daily. We take the time to really know our students, our families and community as this informs our responses. The ‘certainty, not severity’ of follow up is central to our philosophy. Students are given time to reflect on their own behaviour.

Our strategies include, but are not limited to:

  • Giving rule reminders
  • Use calming strategies
  • Giving praise for getting back on track
  • Behaviour ‘contracts’ to reinforce positive behaviour
  • Having high expectations of student behaviour
  • Providing a break for the student, staff member or class
  • Internal or external suspension
  • Restorative conferences with all involved
  • Parent contacted
  • Reflection/chill out time
  • Rewards and reward excursions
  • Building emotional awareness
  • Provision of engaging learning programmes
  • PBS phrases e.g “Talk Terrific”

To further support the wellbeing of our students we offer leadership opportunities for every Grade 6 student and elect two School Captains to represent the school.

The school captains are required to write an application which is then considered by all of our staff before the decision is made.

The captains can be easily identified by their distinctive jackets

House Captains:

We also elect House captains and Vice House Captains to assist with sport carnivals. Our House Names are:

  • Meehan
  • Waverley 
  • Wellington

Kidsmatter

This programme supports students and their families in their social and emotional development. Kidsmatter is a collaborative approach between school and parents/carers. It has been shown to improve student learning outcomes and enhance their life opportunities.

Professional Support Staff

At Warrane PS we have a Social Worker, School Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist and Support Teacher available to assist with social, emotional and learning needs.

Anti- Bullying philosophy:

At Warrane PS we take any report of bullying very seriously and act on it immediately. It is essential that students report any incidence of bullying to a member of staff immediately so that we are able to support the young person involved.

It is important however to recognise that bullying is not a one off event….it is targeted, ongoing, and often motivated by a need for a student to feel power over another. Both the victim and perpetrator of the bullying need support

Each year we participate in the “Bullying No Way” event to further communicate our approach.

“Move Well Eat Well”

As a Move Well Eat Well member school we encourage:

  • Drinking water only during learning time
  • Limiting ‘treat’ foods in lunchboxes
  • Including fruit and veg in lunchboxes everyday
  • Supporting Students to be active during the school day

Limiting screen time

Allergies

We are an allergy aware school as we have students in our community who have allergies to eggs, peanuts and nuts.

Mobile Phones:

Students are required to bring their mobile phones to the school office to be kept safe until the end of the day. A policy to be signed by students and families is sent out at the beginning of each year

ICT use:

Students are expected to follow the “ICT Resources Acceptable use Agreement” in order to use all equipment. A policy to be signed by students and families is sent out at the start of each year

Communication:

All communication which takes place on the school grounds must be respectful. If this is not the case, then the school can refuse entry to the grounds for a period of time. Your first contact point is the classroom teacher. Please make an appointment to see the teacher at a convenient time so that they can give your problem the full attention it deserves. It can be difficult if you approach them at busy times like the start of the day. Appointments with Senior Staff can then also be organised if deemed necessary.

Breakfast Club:

This operates from our school hall on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8.15- 8.45 am

Launching into Learning:

Sessions operate for families and children Birth to 4 on four days per week. Please call into the office for a “Launching into Learning” leaflet for more details

LIFT (“Learning in Families Together”)

This is a programme for our K-2 students and their families which encourages participation in student learning.

Extended Learning Programmes:

These are available for ECE and Primary students. Some options for study are Creative Writing, IT, online learning or student led enquiries supported and guided by senior staff.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden and MONA 24 Carrot Programmes

This is available to 4 primary classes on a monthly cycle. Each week, a class has a gardening and harvesting session followed the next day by a cooking session where students prepare a long table lunch for their class members, helpers and invited guests. Students learn about budgeting, seasonal foods and the benefits of cooking in bulk and freezing leftovers. Students are also exposed to a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and fruit. Recipes are sent home on a regular basis.
ECE children also have opportunities to work in and harvest from the gardens.

General Safety Rules

  • No scooters or bikes are to be ridden in the school grounds
  • Bikes and scooters are to be stored in the bike racks
  • Helmets must be worn if riding scooters or bikes to and from school
  • Dogs are not permitted on school grounds.

Volunteers

Volunteers need a “Working with Vulnerable People” card

You are very welcome at our school, and we encourage participation in your child’s learning. Please sign in at the office on arrival.

Students Arriving Late or Leaving Early

Please complete white slips at the office on arrival and departure

Absences

Please call the office to let us know if your child is absent. Office staff will contact you otherwise. Any unexplained absences are logged by the Education Department and sent to the Principal as alerts.

Parking

Please use our carpark respectfully and safely, making sure you are not blocking access for others or driving too quickly. Young children are very difficult to see and may dart out without warning, so be aware.

Newsletters

Newsletters are sent home fortnightly

School Facebook Page

Please ‘like’ us on Facebook so that you get access to photos and information about our school and its programmes

Assemblies

We hold a short assembly each Monday morning to welcome students back after the weekend and identify a focus behaviour or value for the week.

Playground raffle ticket prizes are also awarded on Monday mornings.

Whole School Assemblies occur on Tuesdays at 2.00pm in the 3rd 6th and 9th week of each term.

Classroom Canines

Ashleigh our volunteer brings in her beautiful Golden Retriever Ellie to listen to our students read their reading books. It has been fabulous to see our students grow in confidence and pride as they read to Ellie.

Drumbeat

This programme helps selected students develop confidence and ease anxiety through the medium of drumming using African Drums.

Reports

Reports on student learning are sent out in Terms 1, 2 and 4. The major, detailed report for the year is the one sent in Term 2. Arrangements for a formal parent teacher meeting are made following the major report. However, please make arrangements to meet at any time during the year if you have concerns about any aspect of your child’s development.

IT Equipment

Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and has access to class sets of ipads and laptops to support student learning.

Library

Our library is a beautiful learning space and is well stocked with both fiction and non-fiction texts. New texts are bought on a regular basis .We have subscriptions to “National Geographic” and “Double Helix” magazine which are readily available for all students to borrow.

Buses

Please contact the office for information about routes and times.

Banking

A school banking service is provided by the Commonwealth Bank. Please contact the office for detail of how to take part. Tuesday is banking day.

School Association

All family members are welcome to attend the meetings and to nominate for positions are they arise. There is also a fundraising group which operates under the banner of The School Association. Information is sent out regularly through the school newsletter