Contents SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION................................................................................................ 4 COLLEGE BOARD ............................................................................................................... 4 THE LEADERSHIP TEAM .................................................................................................... 5 THE CORNERSTONE DIFFERENCE ................................................................................... 6 STAFF ................................................................................................................................... 7 ACADEMIC YEAR ................................................................................................................. 8 TUITION & ASSOCIATED COSTS ....................................................................................... 9 PASTORAL CARE & DISCIPLINE ..................................................................................... 10 CARE OF CHILDREN ......................................................................................................... 11 COMMUNICATION.............................................................................................................. 15 CURRICULUM..................................................................................................................... 16 PARENTS IN PARTNERSHIP............................................................................................. 18 UNIFORM POLICY .............................................................................................................. 18 HELPFUL INFORMATION .................................................................................................. 20
THE CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CHARTER To ensure all students are able to develop the learning outcomes described within the Australian Curriculum, the Early Years Learning Framework, and the Curriculum Framework, which defines the curriculum for all schools (government and non-government). To provide an educational program that is uniquely Christian. We will teach, model and integrate Christian values and beliefs innovatively, creatively and authentically throughout the learning program. To ensure every lesson and learning experience is a result of purposeful planning and is professionally facilitated or delivered by dedicated Christian teachers, whose efforts are genuinely and actively supported by school leaders, support staff, parents and the wider community. To always maintain a school environment where students can learn in a safe and caring place, without fear of disruption or harassment. To teach students what it means to be strong, loving and self disciplined as described in the Bible in 2 Timothy 1 verse 7; by encouraging students to go MAD, that is, to Make A Difference through positively enhancing the lives of others, and to be givers not takers. To recognize, celebrate and nurture each childâ€™s unique gifts and strengths.
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION In the following pages you will find information to assist you in learning about the Primary School. Please keep it for future reference. If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to call the College administration on 9754 1144 where the staff will direct you to the most appropriate person to answer your query. Primary Administration Principal
Mr Bruce Douglas
Head of Primary
Miss Judy Nolan
Assistant Head of Primary
Mrs Tina King
Mr Stuart Robinson
Assistant to Principal/Media
Mrs Dianne Fraser
COLLEGE BOARD The College Board is made up of 9 Directors, who are appointed by Cornerstone Church of Christ Inc. The College Board is responsible for the governance of Cornerstone Christian College Ltd. College is a Not-For-Profit organisation. The College Boardâ€™s responsibilities include: Strategic Planning Financial Oversight Legal Oversight Governance Policy Development Below is a list of the current Directors: Mr Greg Holland (Chairperson) Mr Mike Wallace (Secretary) Mr Eric Moorcroft (Deputy Chair) Mr Kingsley Chapman Mrs Andrea Marden Mr Alex van Wees Dr Gavin Riches (Sabbatical) Pastor Lee Sykes (Cornerstone Church of Christ) Mr Bruce Douglas (Principal)
THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Principal Mr Bruce Douglas B.Ed, B. Arts Head of Primary Miss Judy Nolan BA, Grad Dip Ed. M Ed. Head of Secondary Mr Boyd Davey BA Soc. Science., Grad Dip Ed. Assistant Head of Primary Mrs Tina King B.Ed Bursar Mr Stuart Robinson B. Bus (Marketing & Accounting)
Acknowledgement The College would like to acknowledge the assistance of Mrs Jennifer Argue the Principal of Carey Baptist Collegeâ€”Primary (Perth) and other schools in the Christian Schools Australia (CSA) group, who have allowed us to draw on their materials/policies in the preparation of this booklet. We value their ongoing support and assistance as sister schools in the business of providing quality Christian education for the communities we serve.
THE CORNERSTONE DIFFERENCE Cornerstone Church of Christ (formerly Busselton Church of Christ) has established Cornerstone Christian College with the aim of providing a standard of educational excellence that is widely recognised by the community and whose ethos and practice is built on a solid Christian foundation. Why the Name Cornerstone? The term ‘Cornerstone’ is not commonly used today. The origins of the word can be traced to times past when buildings were constructed using stone. Before the foundation of a building was formed, the cornerstone was put in place. It became the reference point for all future construction. At Cornerstone Christian College, we recognise that the education we provide in partnership with parents can be the cornerstone for life. The Cornerstone Difference Caring parents recognise the importance of education and the foundation it provides for children and their ongoing learning. You may be familiar with the proverb which says: “Train up a child in the way that they should go and when he/she is old they will not depart from it” (Proverbs Chpt 22 v.6). The way we train and teach our children clearly provides the foundation or ‘cornerstone’ for life. The educators at Cornerstone Christian College recognise the responsibility they accept when working in partnership with parents to train and equip children. They consider it an honour and privilege to work in this vocation. Our desire is for your children to be equipped and strong as they step out into the workforce and broader community as active and contributing citizens. Central to our teaching and learning program is a desire to provide students with a balanced curriculum, which includes recognition of the fundamental beliefs, attitudes and values that shape us as individuals and the society in which we live. For many schools, educational programs focus only on the cognitive (mental/intellectual), physical and social areas of life. At Cornerstone, we recognise the need for Christian beliefs and values to be taught and modelled. It is this area that provides the balance to our curriculum. The Cornerstone Way The School Board and Leadership Team of Cornerstone aim to bring together and equip a competent team of Christian educators and support staff who are committed to making a life enhancing investment in the students we serve.
STAFF Early Learning Centre Pebbles Kindergarten Aides
Miss Lara Clark Mrs Anthea Kindt & Mrs Brenda Bindi Mrs Mary-Anne van der Laan Mrs Theresa Mapstone
Pre-Primary 1 Mrs Carol Cameron Mrs Rebekah Reid Pre-Primary 2 Mrs Lara Clark Mrs Marilyn van Beek Aides Mrs Lindi van Niekerk Mrs Lyndel Lane Mrs Sonya Johnson Mrs Remanda Dusterhoft Junior Primary Year 1 Year 1 Year 2 Year 2 Year 3 Year 3/4 Aides
Mrs Audrey Sully Miss Sarah Durell Mrs Judith Ali Mrs Cathy Saw Mrs Sascha Haagensen Mrs Shirley-Ann Hemmings Mrs Megan Conradie Mrs Tina King Mr Thomas Cooper Mrs Margaret Black Mrs Cindy Heyes Mrs Shevaun Sandlund Mrs Vanessa Andreone Mrs Cathy Sykes Mrs Remanda Dusterhoft Miss Alana Wright
Upper Primary Year 4 Year 5 Year 5/6 Year 6
Mrs Johannie Meyer Miss Brittany Haythornthwaite Mr Matt Meyerink Mrs Maria Ackerman Mrs Larissa Posa (Sem 1) Mrs Jill Wright (Sem 2)
Specialist Teaching Sports ICT Teacher/Librarian Learning Support Centre LOTE Health
Mr Caleb Murphy Mr Glen Saw Mrs Cindy Midgley Mrs Lynn Chapman Mr Mikail Sandlund Mrs Cindy Heyes 7
Support Staff Library Uniform Shop Chaplain Canteen
Mrs Allanah Rowney Mrs Michelle Shipton Mrs Debbie Robinson Mrs Michelle Shipton
ACADEMIC YEAR Term dates for Cornerstone will, in general, coincide with those laid down by the Department of Education and Training. However, there may be some variance in dates at the beginning and end of each term. 2014 Term Dates Primary students will commence the school year on Monday 3rd February 2014. CALENDAR DATES 2014 *Staff days in italics TERM 1 Monday 3th February – Friday 11th April (10 week term) Staff Only – Tuesday 28th January – Friday 31st January 3th March (Labour Day Holiday) TERM 2 Tuesday 29th April – Friday 4th July (10 week term) Staff Only – Monday 28th April 2nd June (WA Day public holiday, WA) TERM 3 Thursday 24th July – Friday 26th September (10 week term) Staff Only – Monday 21st July – Wednesday 23rd July (CSA State Conference on 21nd and 22rd) TERM 4 Tuesday 14th October – Thursday 11th December (9 week term) Staff Only – Monday 13th October Last day for teaching staff – Friday 12th December The school administration closes on Friday 12th December 2014. School Development Days (Pupil Free Days) for staff will be advised via the College newsletter.
College Overview Primary School: Pebbles, K - Year 6 Middle School: Years 7 - 8 High School: Years 9 - 10 Senior School: Years 11 - 12 Class Sizes Kindergarten : Pre-Primary – Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 - Year 4: Year 5 - Year 6:
20 students per class 24 students per class 26 students per class 28 students per class 28 students per class
NB: Under extremely limited circumstances, these maximum numbers may be exceeded. For further details, please speak with the Principal. School Hours Years K – 6 Warning Siren 8:35am Lessons commence at 8:40 am and conclude at 3:15 pm. Recess: 10:15 - 10:35 am Lunch: 12:15 - 12:50 pm Pebbles Semester 1 9:00am – 11:30am Semester 2 12:30pm - 3:00pm TUITION & ASSOCIATED COSTS Families will receive a Tuition Account Statement. Information on payment options will be included. Further information can be obtained from the College’s Accounts Department. Please note, many of the ‘add on’ costs charged over and above fees by other schools (eg workbooks/textbooks) are included within the tuition fees at Cornerstone. For a full break-down of what is covered, please speak with the office staff. Stationery Stationery requirements for the College can be purchased through Office Max. Costs incurred will depend on each year level. A copy of the Stationery requirements will be sent out near the end of Term 4 or is available through the front office. The College will provide each child with a work sample file. Excursions & Incursions These are part of the curriculum and may be organised by staff throughout the year. Costs are included in the Tuition fees. Instrumental Music Students may elect to receive musical tuition on an instrument of their choice (guitar, piano or flute), as outlined further in the curriculum section of this booklet. Music tuition fees are paid direct to the tutor and payment arrangements should be made with music tutors separately from our school accounts department. At the commencement of each year (or the commencement of enrolment if part way through a school year), families receive an itemised account for the annual fees. The account must be paid within 30 days, or families must adopt one of the following options: 1) Enter a direct debit payment plan; or 2) Enter an agreed payment plan. Families who choose to pay the full amount within 30 days will receive a 7% discount. A rebate scheme is also in place to assist those families who have limited financial means and find the fee levels unaffordable. Details are available from the front office. 9
PASTORAL CARE & DISCIPLINE “The interaction between the teacher and the learner is at the heart of schooling. The quality of this relationship is the single most important factor in learning.” (Education Department of South Australia). The staff at Cornerstone are committed to building positive and meaningful relationships with students to optimise each child’s learning potential. The College upholds a Charter which clearly articulates what we seek to achieve and provides the framework for our pastoral care and discipline processes. At Cornerstone we believe that parents are the most influential educators in the life of a child. We see our role in supporting parents. Where a child is misbehaving and not responding to school based intervention, a clear plan will be developed between the College, parents and the student. If that plan fails to have any positive effect on the child’s behaviour, then the child may be excluded from the school program. Appropriate behaviour is expected, taught and affirmed. Boundaries and expectations for behaviour are clearly defined and explained to students. Consequences are enforced. Where appropriate, students may be involved in determining boundaries and consequences, thereby encouraging them to take responsibility for their actions. Emphasis is given to the prevention of problems before they arise and to teaching students appropriate ways to behave. Social skills are taught within the context of the school environment. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour. Parents are asked to keep in regular contact with teachers and/or the Head of Primary or Assistant Head of Primary. It is critical that parents advise the College about concerns they may have, before a small matter becomes a major crisis. The staff would rather know about something that may seem insignificant at the time, than find out when the issue becomes more complex. Our College is committed to maintaining an atmosphere where the community of students and staff can work and learn cooperatively and harmoniously. Whenever this is jeopardized, action will be taken. We will not allow the actions of a single student to jeopardize the positive learning atmosphere of our community. Clearly defined boundaries are set and appropriate consequences are applied. Where boundaries are exceeded, students will be held accountable for their actions. Teachers will assist students to understand why the behaviour is unacceptable, the impact of the behaviour on others and alternative ways to behave. Students will be supported by all members of staff in their efforts to change inappropriate behaviour. Students are expected to be responsible and cooperative in their behaviour, reflecting self-respect and respect of others at all times. Each member of the staff and student community has the right to feel comfortable and safe at school. To this end there is no tolerance for the following: Vandalism Harassment – verbal, physical, bullying Possession and/or sale of illegal substances or materials
CARE OF CHILDREN Collection of Children & Bus Travel Children are to be collected from their classroom or from the car park areas outlined below. For those who utilise the bus services, students will walk to the bus stop area at the end of the day where a teacher will help them get on their bus safely. Children who use the bus service must be registered with the appropriate contractor. For further details, please speak with the Collegeâ€™s office staff. It is also important that the College office is kept informed of any changes to your childâ€™s bus travel arrangements. Please inform the office of any changes by 2:30pm if your child will not be travelling on their normal bus service. If a child is to be collected by a Day-Care provider, the College office needs to be advised of details. Kindergarten/Pre-Primary Children must be collected from the class teacher, and will not be released to carers or siblings without written permission from the parent/guardian. Kiss and Drop Zone The kiss and drop zone is to be used strictly for dropping off or picking up students only. The driver must not leave the vehicle at any time. If your child is not at the designated pick up area when you reach the pickup zone, please park your car or re-join the queue. Please Note: Students must be ready with their school bag and shoes on. Front Carpark Front entrance carpark - Parents of all students may use the main school car-park area. If you are taking your child into their class or visiting the school for any reason, you must park your vehicle in the designated areas.
Grace Court and Auditorium Carpark Grace Court & Auditorium—This car park is available to all parents. Students will be supervised by teachers when crossing the driveway to the school and the entrance to the ELC. The footpath must be used. Crossing the road in front of the bus shelter can be very dangerous and is strongly discouraged. Waratah Court Parking (For parents with their youngest child in Year 3 or above) Parents may PARK along the fence of the school to collect students. It is preferable that they reverse into these positions so they are able to see children more clearly when leaving. There is a ‘No Standing Zone’ clearly marked in the cul-de-sac, so please DO NOT WAIT for children on the road. The Shire is proposing changes to the Duty of Care Policy Statement: Before and After School Supervision Children must not be dropped off at school before 8:15am. There will be no official supervision before this time. School concludes at 3.15pm and there will be a duty teacher at each major exit until 3.30pm. Students on play equipment must be actively supervised by a parent or adult carer. There will be no teacher on duty.
Late Arrivals To assist teachers with settling their classes, and for our records, students who have not arrived by 8.40am are automatically marked as absent for the morning. If students arrive after this time, they are required to report to the College Office for a late note. If children persistently arrive late, parents will be scheduled an appointment with the Head of Primary. Refer to the section on absences for more information. 12
ABSENCES The School Education Act 1999 requires compulsory aged students (PP – Year 12), as defined in the Act, to attend school, or participate in an educational program of a school, on the days on which the school is open for instruction unless an arrangement in writing has been entered into for a student. Although there is no legal requirement in the School Education Act 1999 for pre- compulsory aged students to enrol (Kindergarten), there is an expectation that once enrolled, students will attend on a regular basis and positive attendance patterns should be fostered in students. The Education Act now states that Pre-Primary is the first formal year of schooling and is compulsory. Students who need to attend appointments, or who will be absent during class times, must go to the office to have a note generated to provide to their class teacher. When returning, students must sign in at the office. When unexpected absences occur, or sickness necessitates being away from the College, a written note should be forwarded to the front office as soon as possible. A Medical Certificate may be required to explain prolonged absences. Holidays are not recognised as legitimate reasons for extended absences. When a parent or caregiver needs to collect or drop off a student from the College during instructional school hours, they are required to report to the College Office. This minimizes disruption to classes and allows the College to effectively manage the movement of students on and off the site. You will be required to sign a register indicating that the child has been removed from and/or returned to the school premises, and will be given a ‘white form’ to give to the class teacher when collecting your child. Whilst on the premises, all visitors are required to wear a visitor’s badge. Informing the College of Past or Impending Absences The caregiver should always provide a reason for their child’s absence. If the absence is for one (1) day only then a verbal reason is acceptable, although a written reason (handwritten note or email) is preferred. For absences longer than two (2) or more days a written note, stating the reason for the absence, is the only form that will be accepted. If the reason is sickness, caregivers are expected to provide a Doctor’s Certificate (for 3 days or more). Following Up Unexplained Absences If a student is absent from school, and there has been no notification of the absence, the following procedure will apply; 1. Bulk SMS sent to caregivers prior to 9:30am requesting an immediate response. 2. If no response by 10:00am then administration staff will continue trying to ascertain the student’s whereabouts and safety via the following order of contact; a. Primary caregiver’s; mobile phone, home phone, work phone b. Other caregiver’s; mobile phone, home phone, work phone c. Other siblings at school (if available), friends etc d. Emergency contact’s phone 3. A follow-up email/letter will sent to the caregiver at the end of the week requesting written explanation for absence. Custody Arrangements It is the responsibility of families with child custody issues to make the Principal aware of the necessary details and provide documentation so that it may be placed in the student’s file. 13
Sickness and Accidents Should a child become ill or involved in an accident, parents will be contacted immediately. Please ensure that the College has a current emergency number. If the College is concerned that a child may have a contagious infection/disease or sickness, the child’s parents will be contacted. It is important in these situations that arrangements are made for the child to be picked up from school, thus reducing the risk of the sickness being passed onto others. If a situation arises where a staff member believes a child needs emergency hospital care and requires transportation by ambulance, this action will be taken. Parents will be responsible for the costs associated with the ambulance and medical care provided at the hospital. INFECTIOUS ILLNESS - PERIODS OF EXCLUSION Following Department of Health guidelines, children suffering from an infectious illness must remain at home until the contagious period is over and they have fully recovered. Parents are asked to notify the school immediately a child contracts an infectious illness. Children are not permitted to be at school with any of the following: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Vomiting (in the previous 12 hours) Mumps Diarrhoea Measles Persistent coughing Conjunctivitis High temperature (in the previous 12 hours) German measles Chicken pox Impetigo (school sores) Head Lice (unless treated and the eggs removed)
Head Lice Please check your child’s hair each Friday afternoon. If needed, Lice treatment needs to be applied over the weekend and the hair thoroughly combed. This will reduce the spread of infestation throughout the classroom. A note will be sent home with your child if a case of head lice is found in his or her class. Please instruct your child/ren about sharing hats, brushes and ‘head space’ as Lice are very easily transferred and have NO preference for clean or dirty hair. Dogs on site For reasons of safety and hygiene NO dogs are allowed on the school grounds at any time. Wheels Bikes, scooters and other modes of transport used to and from school are not to be used on campus during school hours. Once students have arrived they must dismount and either store their bike with a lock at the stands provided, or carry their scooter to an appropriate place where it can be stored until needed at the end of the day. Parent Helpers If you would like to help in a classroom, please see your child’s classroom teacher. Mrs Lynn Chapman coordinates parent helpers.
COMMUNICATION Communicating with Parents Developing strong lines of communication is important in developing effective links between the home and school. Parents are encouraged to discuss with staff any issues of concern they may have. Appointments can be made to see the classroom or specialist teacher either directly through the teacher or through the College Office. Please be aware that at the commencement of the school day teachers are busy preparing for class and welcoming and settling children into their routines. This is not an appropriate time for a formal “interview”. Appointments to see the Principal or Head of Primary or Assistant Head of Primary, can be made through the College Office (9754 1144). Newsletters A College newsletter (Pebbles-12) is sent home fortnightly on a Tuesday, with the oldest child in the family. Additional copies are available from the College Office or online at www.cornerstone.wa.edu.au Facebook The College utilizes Facebook as a means of communicating events to families, and we encourage all families who use this tool to visit and subscribe to the College page. Access to newsletters, important information and notification of events is placed on our news feed. Please note that due care is given to any images that are utilised on our page. As for personal use of Facebook, please be aware that as per the signed ‘ICT Policy’ that every parent and student signs at the commencement of the year, we are strict on what images can be placed on personal sites. Under no circumstance is any material to be uploaded (to Facebook, YouTube, My Space etc) that contains the Cornerstone Christian College name, logo or student uniforms or identifies Cornerstone Christian College students in any way, unless signed approval has been given by the Principal and all parties involved. Change of Address Notification of your change of address and landline or mobile phone numbers is essential in enabling the College to fulfil its Duty of Care to your child in the event of an accident, illness or emergency. Assemblies Full school assemblies are conducted in the Cornerstone Auditorium fortnightly. Parents are welcome to attend any of the college assemblies and dates will be published in the College newsletter. You will also receive a term planner at the beginning of each term with these dates. Class merit certificates for Years 1 – 6 are presented at each assembly. The last assembly of the term will also include an Endeavour Award, an Academic Award (Years 3-6) and a PowerPoint presentation of term highlights.
CURRICULUM In accordance with the Curriculum Council of Western Australia, Cornerstone Christian College will operate within the guidelines of the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework. The Framework identifies a number of learning outcomes which students should demonstrate at various stages of their development. It sets out what students should know, understand, value and be able to do as a result of the programs they undertake in school from Kindergarten to Year 12. These outcomes are specific to 8 major Learning Areas: The Arts English Health and Physical Education Languages (Mandarin) Mathematics Science Humanities and Social Sciences Technologies Bible and Christian Living At Cornerstone we have an additional learning area of Bible and Christian Living. The school day commences with devotions and prayer. A weekly Bible lesson is also part of the curriculum at the College. A Christian worldview is integrated into all programs. COGGs – Celebration of God’s Goodness COGGs assemblies occur regularly. There is worship music and often a guest speaker. organized by our school chaplain.
Learning Support Centre Lynn Chapman, our Learning Support Centre teacher, works with small groups of students to better develop their literacy and numeracy skills. Teachers will refer students to Mrs Chapman for academic testing as they deem necessary. She works collaboratively with teachers and education assistants to develop individual education plans. Mrs Chapman also coordinates our reading repairer program in the morning. Our desire through this program is to see all students achieve their potential in Literacy and Numeracy. Music (Pre-Primary—Year 6) Children have the opportunity to engage in a range of musical experiences and are given opportunities to perform at assemblies and special music events. Choir is run by Mrs Judith Ali,assisted by pianist Mrs Francine Ivory and is available to students in Years 3 - 6.
Instrumental Music Private tuition is available to students from years 3 - 6. They may elect to learn a musical instrument by nominating for lessons with an instrumental tutor. Piano: Flute: Guitar:
Mrs Sherinne Jones Ph: 9751 5267/0405 052 527 Miss Melody Wittwer Ph: 0468 566 737 Mrs Sabine Kozlowski Ph: 9756 7790/0406 064 379 Mr Mark Hassell Ph: 9757 2870
Lesson times and costs should be discussed with each tutor. 16
Languages An appreciation of other cultures and the opportunity to learn a second language is a valuable skill. At the College we are fortunate to have Mr Mikail Sandlund who will be teaching Mandarin as our language. Lessons are provided for students in years 3-6 and as an optional subject in high school. Technologies It is our aim to assist students to develop the skills that will enable them to use information technology across the curriculum and for every day life.. Students are able to access computers in the computer laboratory. Students from year 4 upwards are given an opportunity to learn touch-typing skills, which we believe is fast becoming an essential skill. The Primary School has its own Computer Laboratory. The College is keeping up to date with technology through the installation of optic-fibre and wifi. We are currently investigating innovative use of smaller handheld devices for the future. Physical Education (PE) PE provides an opportunity for children to not only develop their physical skills but also to increase their confidence and fitness. Fundamental movement skills and game skills are covered in the program. There are a number of Carnivals throughout the year, both Intra and Inter-School. We also participate in other special events e.g. Beach Carnival, Junior Mini Olympics. The main focus is participation and enjoyment, however we also encourage healthy competition between teams. The teams/factions are named after four of the twelve tribes of Israel as taken from the book of Genesis. BENJAMIN JUDAH NAPHTALI REUBEN
Green Red Blue Yellow
Library The Primary School has a shared Library facility with the Middle/Senior School. Students have one allocated session each week in the library and are encouraged to borrow Fiction and Non-Fiction books. A love of reading, as well as learning skills comprise the focus of work in the Library. Reporting and Assessment Reporting student progress is an important way of keeping parents informed about their child’s development. Teachers are available for interviews at other times by request. Please contact your child’s teacher or telephone the College Office on 9754 1144 should you wish to make an appointment. Our Reporting Process is as follows: Term 1 – Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 -
Interim Report Portfolio Viewing (K & PP) Formal Reports (PP– 6) Portfolio Viewing (K & PP) Learning Journey (1-6) Portfolio Viewing (K & PP) Formal Reports (K-6) Portfolio Viewing (K & PP)
Homework Throughout the primary school years, students are expected to develop a pattern of homework study. Good habits/disciplines established in the primary years will have considerable impact on student achievement in the long-term. Students are expected to dedicate the following amounts of time to homework each day (5 days per week). Yr 1 (reading only); Yr 2 (10-15mins + reading); Yr 3 (15-20mins + reading); Yr 4 (20-25min + reading); Yr 5 (25-30min + reading); Yr 6 (30-40mins incl. reading).
Reading Homework will be given each week night. Year1 students also have spellings/sight words to learn. Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 students will be given homework on Mondays and are expected to hand it in completed on Fridays. The essential purpose of homework is to review, consolidate and complete curriculum based tasks as they are taught. PARENTS IN PARTNERSHIP Parent Involvement At Cornerstone we recognise that parents play the most significant part in their child’s journey to lifelong learning. The values and attitudes that parents hold towards school and learning will strongly influence the values and attitudes that their children adopt. This in turn will impact on each child’s learning. To this end, we encourage and welcome parent involvement. There are many ways that you can be involved in your child’s schooling e.g.: rostered help in the classroom, library and canteen assisting with literacy/numeracy support special events and sports carnivals excursions and camps etc., working bees. Lynn Chapman coordinates parent help within the college, so please contact her if you wish to volunteer, or alternatively for class help please see your child’s classroom teacher. If you have any special skills that you may be able to share with students or if you have access to resources that would enhance our learning programs, we would love to hear from you! In addition, parents are welcome to become involved in the ‘Parents in Partnership’ at the College. Events/meetings are held and provide an opportunity for the link between home and school to be strengthened. Parent Representatives The purpose of this representative is to help establish a contact list for parents (with consent) in each class which can be distributed. This is to help connect parents with one another. The Parent Representative is also a contact person for new families who join the class during the year. UNIFORM POLICY Rationale Wearing a uniform is not meant to establish uniformity or deny individuality, but to encourage students to identify with their College and develop a sense of belonging. It is our hope that our students will wear their uniform with a sense of pride and accomplishment as they identify with Cornerstone—a place of growth and learning that will play a significant role in their lives both now and in the future. It is desirable that students learn to take responsibility and ownership for correctly and appropriately wearing their uniforms. If students are consistently out of uniform a Uniform Infringement Notice will be sent home and the College will make contact with parents to discuss the problem.
The consistent wearing of the school uniform by all students is important. In the interests of maintaining a standard that avoids competitiveness among students and allows them to wear the uniform with pride, it is necessary that the agreed specific expectations are clearly understood and adhered to. During the enrolment interview, parents are advised of the importance of adhering to the school uniform policy. Below are the expectations for all students with respect to the wearing of the College uniform. The Deputy Principal will be the final arbiter in any matters of doubt or dispute in relation to grooming standards. Details of what constitutes the actual uniform are outlined in the prospectus booklet or on the college’s website. Jewellery No more than 2 piercings in each ear – small discrete studs or sleepers (no larger than 5c piece) No bangles including “friendship” bangles and rubber wrist bands. One ring that is simple and neat in nature. No anklets or “friendship” anklets One simple gold or silver coloured with a small pendant. Simple watch Makeup No makeup Hair Hair must be neat and not touching the collar or falling over face. Long hair should be neatly tied back. Lackies or scrunchie bands to be one solid colour of red white or black. Headbands are to be a single school colour with no added decorations. Formal Uniform Socks Regulation school socks only Jumper Regulation school jumper only Shoes Black leather shoes in good repair. Summer Boys Regulation grey short sleeved shirt neatly tucked in at all times. Regulation grey shorts or long trousers. Elastic waist (Year 1-3) or fitted waist worn with simple black belt (Year 4-6). Girls Regulation school dress, must be long enough to touch the knees. Winter Boys Regulation school shirt with top button fastened and tucked in. School tie 19
Regulation school trousers or shorts worn (with a black belt for boys in Year 4-6). Girls Regulation school tie. Regulation school blouse with top button fastened. Regulation school dress, must be long enough to touch the knees. Black tights, stockings (optional) or school socks. Sport Uniform Regulation school sports shirt School zip up track jumper Regulation school sports shorts or school track pants. Runers or cross trainers that support the foot adequately. Skate shoes, volleys and slip ons are NOT permitted. Scarves o School black or red scarf. Rain Jacket o A rain jacket is permitted to be worn to and from school but cannot be worn during school hours. Hats During Terms 1 and 4, students (and staff) must wear a hat.
Parents are asked to ensure that their children are properly and neatly dressed as they drop them off or as they leave home. This is regarded by the College as an expectation for families, as part of your support of the College ethos. Uniform Shop Hours Mondays 8.30am-9.30am Wednesdays 3.00pm-4.00pm New Students- Please phone to make an appointment on 97541144
HELPFUL INFORMATION Canteen The College canteen is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for lunch only (NOT recess), and the menu can be found online at ‘Canteen Online’ or on the College website. It is preferred that orders are made online. Students in Years 1-3 must order ALL food for their child as they will not be permitted to purchase food at school. Mrs Michelle Shipton is employed by the College to manage the canteen, which also relies upon voluntary parent support. If you are able to volunteer as a canteen assistant, please contact Michelle directly or through the College Office. Lost Property A box containing lost property is located in the administration office. All lost clothing will be placed 20
here and parents are encouraged to check this box for lost items. Please ensure that all your childâ€™s school items and uniforms are clearly labelled. Lost property will be cleared or sold at the end of each Semester. Lost Library/Reading Books The library has an extensive range of books. replacement will be added to your account.
Should an item be lost or damaged, the cost of the
Administration of Medication Cornerstone Christian College will comply with reasonable requests for the administration of medication, where there is an agreement between staff, parents and the Principal and where written instructions from the family doctor have been provided for prescribed medications. Student medication forms are available from the office. All medication will be kept centrally and administered under the supervision of the appropriate staff member. Students are not to keep medication in their own possession. Mobile Phones and Valuables Students are actively discouraged from bringing any valuable items to school (eg mobile phones, mp3 players etc). The College will not accept responsibility for any items of this kind that are stolen or misplaced. Such items are required to be handed into the Office or to their class teacher at the beginning of the day, and collected at the end of the school day. Under no circumstance is a student allowed to have a mobile phone or mp3 type player switched on during school hours. They are to be handed in at the office and collected at the end of the school day. I Any student who is seen accessing a phone or ipod during the school day will have the phone confiscated and parents will be contacted to arrange for the collection of the item from the College Administration. It will not be returned directly to the child. Computer Use To limit students accessing inappropriate material, the College has a general filter called â€˜netboxâ€™. Students may only access websites as directed by their teacher. Office Hours The college office is open from 8.15am- 4.30pm Email address for correspondence and absentees is email@example.com