Yarramalong Public School
Established 1870
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About Our School

Yarramalong Public School was established in 1870, founded by the original settlers of the Yarramalong Valley. There is a long-established heritage of teachers, parents and community working together to achieve the best possible outcomes for each student.

We cater for children from Kindergarten to Year 6 in all areas of the curriculum. Our main emphasis is on providing all students with the skills required to reach their potential in all areas.

The basic skills of reading, writing, talking and listening, mathematics, computer technology, civics and citizenship, scientific research, physical education and the arts are covered in our classroom.

One of the advantages of our small school is that teachers are able to focus on the individual needs of each student in small class groups.

The information contained on this site is an attempt to provide current information about the school. Details of specific policies as they relate to your child may be obtained from your child’s classroom teacher or from the office.

We look forward to working with you in the education of your child.

 

Mission Statement:

Yarramalong Public School strives for the pursuit of excellence in a safe, caring, friendly
and stimulating environment.

Parents, teachers and students all work co-operatively to provide quality education, to enable
each child to reach his or her full potential in all areas.


Uniform

Girls

Summer

Winter

Sport

  • Green, white and lemon checked dress with bottle green collar
  • White socks
  • Black shoes
  • Bottle green jacket
  • Bottle green slouch hat
  • Green, white and lemon checked dress with bottle green collar
  • Bottle green tights
  • Bottle green jacket

             or

  • Green trousers
  • Yellow gold polo shirt
  • White socks
  • Black shoes
  • Bottle green jacket
  • Yellow gold sports shirt
  • Bottle green skirts
  • White socks
  • Joggers
  • Bottle green slouch hat

And in cool weather

  • Bottle green jacket
  • Bottle green tracksuit pants

Boys

Summer

Winter

Sport

  • Green and gold polo shirt
  • Grey cargo shorts
  • Grey socks
  • Black shoes
  • Bottle green slouch hat
  • Bottle green jacket

 

  • Green and gold polo shirt
  • Grey cargo trousers
  • Grey socks
  • Black shoes
  • Bottle green jacket

 

  • Yellow gold polo shirt
  • Green knit shorts
  • White socks
  • Joggers
  • Bottle green slouch hat

And in cool weather

  • Bottle green jacket
  • Bottle green tracksuit pants
Teachers Uniform
white/pink/black/red tops and black/navy skirt/pants

Uniforms may be ordered from the school office.

The school’s uniform policy is to encourage the wearing of correct uniform each and every day, unless a specific ‘mufti’ day has been declared. Teachers also wear a uniform (red/white/black or navy).

Hats are a required part of the uniform – green slouch hat with a wide brim during all terms. The rule – no hat, play in the shade – is enforced year round.


Student Welfare

Students will be encouraged to display positive citizenship at all times through lessons in Personal Development/Health & HSIE.


The School Day

    8.30am
    Teachers on duty
    9am 
    Lessons commence
    11am
    First recess
    11.30am
    Lessons resume
    12.30pm
    Lunch
    1pm
    Lessons resume
    2pm
    Second recess
    2.15pm
    Lessons resume
    3pm
    End of school day

     

Food

Children provide their own food to be eaten during recesses and lunch. They are always encouraged to eat healthy foods. Regular lessons on personal health choices are part of the PD/H/PE curriculum. Teachers are also encouraged to provide a good example with their own lunches.

Children are expected to bring their lunches each day. However, lunches may be ordered from the local shop one day each week (Monday). Our wonderful P&C parents also make a hot lunch once a week which can be ordered for $2.

YEHAW and YEHAR
The P&C provides fresh fruit each day which is cut up and shared by all students at 10.30 each morning while they write in their diaries (Yarramalong Kids Eat Healthy and Write) and at 2.00pm while they read (Yarramalong Kids Eat Healthy and Read)


Play

Generally, the children play outside during class breaks, after going to the toilet and washing their hands. In wet weather, the children eat in the weathershed then return to the classroom and are allowed to play quietly with equipment (such as Lego), draw or read.


Attendance

Children between the ages of six and fifteen are required by law to attend school each day that the school is open. A roll is marked each day to record attendances.

Parents are required to provide an explanation for each absence, either by phone, in person or via a note to the child’s teacher. If no explanation has been received seven days after an absence, a form requesting a reason will be sent to the child’s home.

Any prolonged absences or unexplained absences will be recorded in the class roll and will be referred to the Home School Liaison Officer. Parents are encouraged to seek an exemption for prolonged absences, preferably before or during the period of absence – forms are available from the Office.


Medication

No child will be allowed to take medication at school without their parents’ written permission. All medications will be kept in the Office medicine cabinet labelled with the student’s name. Dosage times and amounts will be recorded in the medication book alongside the student’s name, and will be signed off by the staff member who administers the medicine.


Head Lice

Head lice are incredibly contagious but are not a reflection of lack of hygiene. All parents will be informed via a newsletter or newsflash if head lice have been detected in the school. If you notice your child has head lice or nits, please inform the school. All information will be treated confidentially.

Children are allowed to return to school if they have been treated for head lice. Treatment solutions are available at local chemists and supermarkets. Use of a nit removal comb in conjunction with thick, white conditioner is recommended on a regular basis, as is washing of bed linen, vacuuming of carpets, lounge chairs and car seats. Reminders and tips are included regularly in the school newsletter.


Personal Hygiene

Children are encouraged at every break to use the toilet and wash their hands before eating or playing. Signs are displayed in the toilets reminding them to wash their hands, in keeping with the Department of Education’s policy.

Children are also encouraged to bring their own tissues to school. By providing your child with a box of tissues when needed, you are encouraging your child to be responsible for their own health needs.


Childhood Illnesses

Contagious illnesses require children to be excluded from attending school. These illnesses include chicken pox, hepatitis, measles, mumps, conjunctivitis, whooping cough, impetigo, head lice, ring worm and scabies. A leaflet providing more specific details is available from the Office.

Parents should check with the school as to when their child may be able to return to school. For their own safety, children who have not been immunized will be required to remain at home during outbreaks of some infectious diseases, even though they may not show any symptoms.


Travelling to and from School

Road Safety education (including bike safety) is part of the PD/H/PE curriculum and is taught regularly at Yarramalong Public School.

Walking

Parents of students who live close to the school may choose to allow their children to walk directly to and from school from their homes. Older children may choose to ride a bike.  Please go over road safety rules with your children regularly to ensure their safe journey to and from school.

  1. ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think’ before crossing the road
  2. Cross in an area away from parked cars
  3. Cross at a safe place
  4. Walk quickly and directly across road
  5. Parents should not call children across the road; please meet them at the seat and cross the road with them

Cars

The school is located in a school traffic zone where a 40kmh speed limit applies from 8 – 9.30am and 2.30 – 4.00pm on school days. The speed limit is lowered during these hours to increase the safety of students coming to and from school. Drivers must not exceed 40kmh at these times.
The school has two carparks

  1. Top one is reserved for staff
  2. Lower one is for the use of parents and visitors

The entry into and exit from the carpark is one way.  When leaving please be careful as visibility to the east (towards Wyong) is limited. 

Children in the infant grades are required to wait on the timber seat for their parent/carer to collect them in the afternoon.  Primary children are permitted to walk to their parent’s/carer’s car, if sensible.  We ask all parents/carers to reverse park so that it is easier for them to see children when driving out.

When dropping children at school we ask parents/carers to walk with them until safely across the driveway and into the school playgrounds.

During wet weather extra safety measures should be taken as our driveway may become a hazard due to its steep incline.

Bikes

Older children may choose to ride to and from school.  The law requires all bike riders to wear protective helmets. At present there is a bike rack under the demountable classroom where bikes may be stored.


Changes to arrangements

If, at any time, your child is required to go home with somebody other than their usual carer, please let the school know via a written note. We understand that circumstances can change and that occasionally you may need to change your arrangements late in the day. If that is the case, a short phone call may suffice.


The School Library

Yarramalong Public School has a well-resourced library with books in the fiction and non-fiction sections available for students of all ages and abilities. Lessons are held weekly on library skills and for research purposes.

Students are encouraged to borrow regularly from our library, using a cloth bag to transport their books. Please support your children in developing a habit of regular borrowing, reading and returning library books. Students with overdue books will be reminded to return them via a note from the library.

Students are encouraged to actively participate in library lessons by becoming library monitors. All students are trained to use the library enquiry computer terminal located in the office building to assist them in locating resources in our library. They may also use this enquiry facility via the networked classroom computer system.

The resources in the school library are available for use by the parents, Playgroup and the broader community.

Books are borrowed and returned by taking them to the office, where they will be put through the library computer system.

Every year students from our school enter the Premier’s Reading Challenge. The Library supports the children through the Challenge by storing books on the Book List in special containers. Please encourage your child to borrow books from these containers on a regular basis throughout the year.


Technology

The school has a network of computers in the classroom, office and library on which the students regularly write, edit and publish the school newsletter, their own writing, research information using the Internet, and communicate with other students.

At present each student has access to a computer whenever they need to use one.
To complement the network of computers, we have a vast range of software that students can access when they have completed their work, at lunchtimes, or to assist them in their class work.

The school also incorporates the use of digital still and video cameras in the teaching and learning programs for each key learning area. Students often use their own digital images in their portfolios to showcase the work they have done in class.

 

Yarramalong Public School
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3pm
1560 Yarramalong Road, Yarramalong NSW 2259
Phone: (02) 4356 1169
Fax: (02) 4356 1174
Email: yarramalon-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

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