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Junior School Handbook


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Information, Volunteering, Services . . . . . . 23

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Junior School Handbook

Welcome to the Junior School The Junior School at The Knox School comprises a busy, enthusiastic learning environment for students from 3-12 years. The School is dedicated to providing a high quality and rigorous education, taking into account the unique needs of each student. As educators we are also committed to the pastoral needs of the entire student community, and to fostering an environment where all students feel supported and encouraged in working towards their personal potential. Joining a new school, regardless of the year level, is an exciting chapter for a student and their family, so it is important that every child at The Knox School has a positive and happy start that cements a solid foundation for future success. At The Knox School, every teacher, regardless of the year level they teach, values the partnership between home and school and realises the importance of working together in nurturing each student’s educational journey. Every student in the Junior School is unique and brings to their learning differences in their thinking, knowledge and skills. They continue to learn and understand at different stages. In the Junior School, we foster a sense of belonging and connectedness with their classmates, their teachers, their House and the School. This sense of belonging is a crucial one. It is one of the major factors that indicate the health of a school and the wellbeing of its students. By building relationships with students in earlier and in later years, one also builds a sense of one’s importance in the School community. Every student is aware that there will be someone looking out for each of them, just as one needs to look out for others. Teachers at The Knox School value how they know their students and how each learns. As a relatively small school, students are also known by all the teachers. You will discover at The Knox School our commitment to the establishment and mastery of foundation skills in literacy and numeracy. As students progress, they are increasingly encouraged to risk-take in their learning, to identify with strong role models, to engage in higher order thinking and to take opportunities to excel and take on the responsibility of leadership. Schools are social environments and students are guided to develop the soft skills that are so crucial for life. These skills and enthusiasm to learn are helpful in building confidence and resilience to tackle the new and exciting challenges presented at each year level. In the younger levels this may be taking turns, understanding safety rules or participating in play. For all levels, it includes making and maintaining friendships, following directions, developing independence and showing initiative or curiosity. Our students, from those in the Early Learning Centre to our leaders in Year 6, have a strong sense of their place in the School. Each stage of schooling is distinctive, reflecting the age and stage of development of the cohort, yet the boundaries are blurred: from the ELC where it all begins, moving through the lower primary (Prep-2), middle primary (Years 3-4) and upper primary (Years 5-6) and culminating at our leadership group in Year 6. At every level there is a sense of looking forward, and yet an appreciation of what has gone before. You will find the Junior School a happy learning environment that welcomes everyone. Catherine Samuel Head of Junior School 

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Our Mission “To equip students to be the architects of, and advocates for, their learning through their lives”

Our Vision The Knox School is a secular, coeducational, Early Learning to Year 12 School committed to excellence in education. Our School has an environment which promotes learning as a means of discovery and enjoyment and where enthusiasm and diversity are the central tenets of the program. Each student is encouraged to aim high, to improve daily, to take pride in his or her achievements and to develop effective and worthy ethical values.

School Values It is expected that members of our community will do their best to implement the desired modelling of the values within the total life of the School.

Achievement Accomplishing a ‘personal best’ in the world of work, education or personal development.

Care & Empathy Being emotionally & physically supported, helping others and understanding their perspectives.

Resilience The mental/psychological skill to properly adapt to stress and adversity.

Responsibility Being personally accountable for and able to make decisions influencing a course of action.

Respect Honour or regard for the worth of others.

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Principal Mr Allan Shaw

ELC Coordinator Ms Tina Cimino

EA to Head of Junior School Mrs Nicola Thomas

Director of International Program Mrs Jingjing Wang

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Head of Junior School Ms Catherine Samuel

Reception

Reception

Mrs Carol Gardiner

Mrs Helen Cairns

School Nurse

School Counsellor

Mrs Colleen Norvill

Ms Maria Dhroso


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Contacts Who

Contact

Phone

Email

Pre-Prep to Year 6 Absences

Nicola Thomas EA to Head of Junior School

8805 3824

Nicola.Thomas@knox.vic.edu.au

Year 7 to Year 12 Absences

Carol Gardiner Reception

8805 3800

Reception@knox.vic.edu.au

Update Contact Details

Tania Castles Registrar

8805 3800

Tania.Castles@knox.vic.edu.au

Payment of Accounts

Jenny Crampton Accounts Receivable

8805 3807

Jenny.Crampton@knox.vic.edu.au

Medical Enquiry

Colleen Norvill School Nurse

8805 3838

Colleen.Norvill@knox.vic.edu.au

Mental Health

Maria Dhroso School Counsellor

8805 3828

Maria.Dhroso@knoxvic.edu.au

IT Helpdesk

Technology Services

8805 3888

HelpDesk@knox.vic.edu.au

Canteen

Canteen

8805 3834

Canteen@knox.vic.edu.au

Uniform Purchases

Uniform Shop

9801 0829

Junior School enquiries

Nicola Thomas EA to Head of Junior School

8805 3824

Nicola.Thomas@knox.vic.edu.au

Middle School enquiries

Claudia Chialastri EA to Head of Middle School

8805 3822

Claudia.Chialastri@knox.vic.edu.au

Senior School enquiries

Sonia Lili EA to Head of Senior School

8805 3820

Sonia.Lili@knox.vic.edu.au

Music enquiries

Shani Cossins EA to Director of Music

8805 3826

Shani.Cossins@knox.vic.edu.au

All other enquiries

Carol Gardiner / Helen Cairns Reception

8805 3800

Reception@knox.vic.edu.au

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Term Dates 2020

Term Dates 2021

Term 1: 30 January 2020 to 27 March 2020

Term 1: 28 January 2021 to 1 April 2021

Term 2: 14 April 2020 to 19 June 2020

Term 2: 19 April 2021 to 18 June 2021

Term 3: 13 July 2020 to 18 September 2020

Term 3: 12 July 2021 to 17 September 2021

Term 4: 5 October 2020 to 9 December 2020

Term 4: 4 October 2021 to 8 December 2021

School Times Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Tuesday

8:30 – 8:40

Classrooms Open

8:30-8:40

Classrooms Open

8:40 - 9:45

Period 1

65mins

8:40-9:45

Period 1

65mins

9:50 - 10:55

Period 2

65mins

9:50-10:55

Period 2

65mins

10:55 – 11:15

Recess

20mins

10:55-11:15

Recess

20mins

11:20 – 12:25

Period 3

65mins

11:20-12:25

Period 3

65mins

Lunch eating

15mins

12:25 – 12:40

Lunch eating

15mins

12:25-12:40

12:40 – 1:20

Lunch

40mins

12:40-1:40

Lunch

60mins

1:25 – 2:30

Period 4

65mins

1:45-2:55

Period 4

70mins

2:35 – 3:30

Period 5

55mins

Supervision is provided for students in ELC to Year 6 from 8.15am each morning in the Junior School Atrium and in the Robert Read Learning Centre. Junior School classroom doors open for students at 8.30am when teachers are ready to welcome students. All students should be at school by 8.30am. Whilst parents of students in Prep-Year 6 do not need to remain with their children after 8.15am, and can also use the Kiss and Drop option from 8.15am, those with pre-school children in Pre-Prep 3 and Pre-Prep 4 must supervise their children until they are signed into the program at 8.30am. Supervision is provided for students after school for up to 20 minutes after dismissal. Students not collected by that time will be admitted to the After Hours Care Program (at a cost to be borne by families). Students in Years 5 and 6 may wait outside the Junior School building to be collected, however if parents are not able to collect their child within 30 minutes of the school co-curricular finish, students should be admitted to Out of Hours Care.

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Attendances / Absences The School fully expects all students to attend every lesson every day and students cannot expect to achieve strong results if their attitude to study and attendance is irregular. Students should be encouraged to be punctual. Lessons missed are often very difficult to catch up. Attendance is of particular importance to VCE students and, if not followed, can result in a student failing a VCE unit and possibly that Study. International students may lose their Australian Student Visa if absences remain unexplained. If students are unwell and unable to attend School, parent/guardian/homestay is requested to notify the School before 9.00am. • For students in Pre-Prep to Year 6, please contact the Junior School Office on 8805 3824 or Nicola.Thomas@knox.vic.edu.au • For students in Years 7 to 12, please contact main Reception on 8805 3800 or Reception@knox.vic.edu.au We ask that every effort is made for all students to be on time. Students arriving late to School are asked to sign-in at Reception prior to attending their first class for the day. The School will contact parents by SMS or telephone prior to 10.00am if there is an unexplained absence and will continue until they are able to make contact with a parent/guardian/homestay. Students who have approval to leave school early must sign out and provide written notice from a parent or guardian. • Pre-Prep to Year 4 students should sign out at the Junior School Office • Years 5 to 12 students should sign out at Main Reception Any students in Prep to Year 4 are not permitted to leave the Junior School unless collected by a parent or older sibling. Students not collected within 20 minutes of dismissal time will be placed in After School Care (at a cost to be borne by families). Absences from school due to family circumstances must be notified in writing and addressed to the Head of School.

Book Supplies The Knox School book supplier is: Campion Education 1/170-180 Rooks Road NUNAWADING VIC 3131 1300 433 982 sales@campion.com.au www.campion.com.au Normal Trading Hours:

Monday-Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

January Trading Hours: 1:00pm

Monday-Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to

We prefer all students to order their books “online”. Campion offers an excellent website assisting parents with the purchase and delivery of all school items. Hard copies of year level booklists will be provided to Primary students. The Registrar’s Office located in the IC has additional hard copies of all year level booklists.

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Canteen The Knox School provides a canteen service to all students. The canteen is located in The David Aitken Pavilion and is operated by an independent company, Metro Canteens. The Knox School is registered with Flexischools Online Ordering and Cashless Canteen System and families are encouraged to use this service. For more information, please contact Flexischools on 1300 361 769 or via email to help@flexischools. com.au or visit their website at www.flexischools.com.au to register. This service allows online ordering. Nutritional lunches can be purchased in Junior School (Pre-Prep – Year 6), with lunch orders submitted via Flexi Schools online system. Student monitors collect the lunch orders from the Canteen. Students in Years 5 and 6 may also purchase over the counter at Recess or Lunchtime.

Communications Knoxmail

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Emailed every Friday afternoon from 2pm; contains messages from staff which may otherwise be mailed individually. Any upcoming excursion notifications through CareMonkey will be emailed to relevant families around the same time.

KeptMe

Year level newsletters are uploaded every fortnight (even weeks), on a Friday afternoon

The Falcon

Produced electronically every term and parents will be emailed a link to download it direct from our website

The Chronicle

The School’s community magazine, distributed at the end of each Semester

School Yearbook

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Excursions & Incursions Excursions and incursions are seen as an integral part of the rich and stimulating school curriculum as they enable students to explore, extend and enrich their learning and their social skills development, in a non-school setting. Excursions/ incursions may have a cultural, environmental or outdoor emphasis and complement the educational programs offered at The Knox School. Regular excursions and incursions are planned for each year level. Parents are advised well in advance if students will be attending a program outside the school and will be asked to respond via CareMonkey with approval. On occasion there will be opportunities for parents to attend excursions to assist with supervision.

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Safety Child Safety The Knox School has zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the protection of all children from all forms of child abuse and demonstrates this commitment through the implementation of a comprehensive Child Protection Program designed to keep children safe.

Transport Car The commute to and from school is a daily undertaking that for all families involves considerable organisation. The peak time for vehicular traffic is 8:25-8:40am Monday-Friday, 3.20 to 4.00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 2.45 to 3.15pm Tuesday. We have several strategies in place to make drop-off and pick-up as safe and efficient as possible including Burwood Hwy entry and a ‘kiss and drop’ area for Junior School. Middle School and Senior School parents are encouraged to use the Merryn Grove entry and round-a-bout. For more information, please refer to our “Travelling to TKS” brochure.

Bus The Knox School is well-serviced by a variety of transport systems and we offer several chartered bus routes from surrounding suburbs, comprising coach services run specifically for the School as well as our own fleet of mini buses driven by qualified drivers. For more information, please refer to our “Bus Transport” brochure.

Bike Students, who are in Year 5 or above, may ride a bicycle to school, if they have received the necessary permission from the Head of School and their parents. Permission is dependent upon: (a) the wearing of an approved helmet (b) the secure locking of bikes in appropriate bays during school hours.

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School Uniform The Knox School Uniform Prep - Year 6 • The blazer

(Y2-6)

• White, long-sleeve shirt, tucked-in shirt, School tie • Charcoal grey trousers or tartan skirt-bib (P-Y4) /tartan skirt (Y5-6) • Plain grey socks (trousers) or navy tights (skirt) • Black leather shoes (lace-up or T-bar) • School jumper

Summer variations in Terms 1 and 4 include: • White open necked shirt with School crest • Light grey (prep - 4) or charcoal grey (y5 onward) shorts • Plain grey socks • Summer dress with plain white socks • School hat Charcoal grey shorts may be worn during Terms 2 and 3 except on formal occasions

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Uniform (continued) Students of The Knox School are required to wear the relevant School uniform appropriate for classes, physical education, and sport. It is expected that they will wear their uniform appropriately. The School expects the uniform to be worn correctly at all times: at School, when travelling to and from School and on formal occasions. More information regarding the appropriate way in which to wear the uniform can be found in the student Record Book. All items of uniform are available for purchase through The Knox School Uniform Shop which is operated by Noone Imagewear. The shop is located in the Daniel Rechtman Information Common adjacent to the Health Centre.

Term Time Opening Hours: Mondays: 8.00am – 11.30am Wednesdays: 1.00pm – 4.00pm (Term 1 and Term 4 only) Thursdays 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Holiday Opening Hours: Please contact Reception for holiday hours. It takes some time to kit out a new student when starting at the school. As December and January are the busiest months of the year in the Uniform Shop, we encourage you to make an appointment to enable the Uniform Shop staff to give the attention required. Phone: 9801 0829

Visitors to the School For the safety of our students, all visitors to the School during the school day should go first to Main Reception and sign in. All visitors will receive a visitor badge which must be work for the duration of their stay. Visitors are also asked to sign out at Main Reception and return their visitor badge. If a meeting has been arranged with parents, the staff member will come to Reception after parents have signed in. This also applies to parent volunteers.

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Learning Assessment Formal benchmark assessments are carried out at the beginning of each year for reading, spelling and Mathematics for all students Prep-Year 6. In addition, Year 3 and 5 students undertake NAPLAN (National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy) assessments in May. Students at specific year levels undertake a suite of PAT (ACER) testing in Literacy and Numeracy. The results provide valuable information for teachers regarding student attainments and assist them with meeting the student’s learning needs. Other assessments are conducted as part of the monitoring of student progress and the school’s assessment schedule.

Curriculum The Knox School follows the Victorian Curriculum, which sets out what students should learn at the various stages of their schooling. The curriculum that is taught in the Junior School incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards. Our programs cover the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. The Key Learning Areas are: • English • Mathematics • Humanities • Science • The Arts – Music and Visual Arts • Health and Physical Education • Languages • Technologies - Design and Digital

Home Learning

Research indicates that those who do homework are greater achievers (time on task produces results). It is important, however, to note that primary school children need plenty of leisure time and home learning should not ever be seen as a form of punishment. We appreciate that our students can be very busy after school and the completion of home learning tasks on a given night may not be possible. In most cases, the home learning tasks are set to be completed within a given timeframe. We encourage parents to use their best judgement on what can be reasonably completed. As a guide to students and parents, the following times have been set below.

Year

Time allocated per night

Prep and Year 1

Home Reading

Year 2

15 minutes and 10 minutes reading

Year 3

15 minutes and 15 minutes reading

Year 4

20 minutes and 20 minutes reading

Year 5 and 6

45 minutes plus reading

Our staff are very flexible and understanding, and readily adjust their planned teaching program according to the specific needs, issues raised, and interests highlighted, throughout the lesson. This means that, on some occasions, students will be asked to make alterations to their homework sheet so that their homework continues to be related to work completed and discussed in class.

Individual Music Tuition – Home Practice Students undertaking individual or group instrumental tuition at the school will be given home practice expectations by their instrumental tutor. All queries regarding home practice should be directed to the Music and Performing Arts Department.

Homework is a vital part of the assessment program. Homework helps to bridge the gap between home and school. It should be seen by teachers, students, parents and caregivers as a vital part of the home-school partnership that supports young people while they learn. The main purposes of home learning are: • To communicate with parents about what their child is doing in the classroom and to encourage parents or carers to interact and talk to their child about their school work in a positive manner; • To practise the many skills learned in class, to reinforce work learned in and to revise content covered in class; and • To develop time and resource management skills in the students and to develop a disciplined and responsible attitude towards learning.

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Reporting The School aims to keep parents informed of their child’s progress continually throughout the academic year. This is achieved through homework samples, reports, interviews and regular KeptMe posts.

Term One Information Evening This is held in the first week of Term 1. The objective of this event is to enable parents to gain an insight into the curriculum for the year level, the special events planned, co-curricular opportunities and to meet their child’s new teacher.

Term One Sharing Sessions Individual interviews are arranged for parents to talk privately with their child’s new teacher early in Term One.

Term One and Term Three Parent Teacher Interviews Parent Teacher Interviews are held at the end of Term One and at the end of Term Three. Parents are asked to book a specific time via an online booking system, Parent Teacher Online (PTO), to discuss their child’s progress with the classroom teacher and specialist staff. The students are welcome to come to the interviews also, if appropriate for their age.

End of Semester Report Formal reports of each student’s progress and achievements, along with recommendations for future learning are written and posted electronically at the end of each semester.

Learning Management System - KeptMe KeptMe is the ELC and Junior School online platform that provides real time information to parents via the online portfolio. Teachers post photos and information about each child’s learning and can link activities to the curriculum outcomes the activity addresses. Parents are also able to jointly view and contribute to their child’s learning journey. It is a safe and secure interactive environment. Once parents have signed up, they receive weekly information about their child’s personal learning and more generic information goes to the whole year level group. Parents are asked to follow up with us as soon as possible if they are not receiving notices on KeptMe. In addition to classroom related reports about the learning in the classroom for each student, regular postings also include fortnightly year level newsletters, the Curriculum Overview each term and articles of interest for parents. Semester reports are also sent out via KeptMe. For further instructions on KeptMe see appendix 1.

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Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Curriculum The Knox School prides itself on how the School cares for its students. Staff members participate actively in caring for students through their interactions with them in the classroom, in co-curricular activities, in the House Program and when on camps. Staff members willingly meet with parents to discuss any issue or concern they may have in relation to their child’s academic progress, wellbeing or behaviour. The Wellbeing program involves a variety of key personnel. The classroom teacher is the first port of call, with the support of others as required, such as the Head of Junior School, the School Counsellor (Psychologist), School Nurse and the Head of Differentiated Learning. In the Junior School a range of resources are used to promote emotional health and wellbeing, where students are empowered to deal effectively with situations of conflict that occur. The Aristotle Program, for instance, focuses on developing emotional intelligence by exploring the abilities relating to emotions and the processing of emotional information.

Behaviour Management The manner in which we assist students in this area is largely based on the principles of common sense and natural justice, with the School Values and the consideration of others in the school community being paramount. Of greatest importance is respect for others and property. Each student should be responsible for their actions and become aware of maintaining self-control in relationship building within the community. The Junior School uses the Student Record Book and emails for parent communication. Each stage of the process when dealing with incidents allows for reflection and communication to allow for guidance and strategies for future growth.

Interviews If at any time during the year a parent wishes to discuss their child with the teachers, please make an appointment by contacting the class teacher, or by putting a note in the Student Record Book. The relevant teacher/s will then liaise with you about a suitable time. It is recommended that parents communicate with the class teacher first before contacting the Head of Junior School or others.

Bullying and Cyber-Bullying Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumours, attacking someone physically or verbally and excluding someone from a group on purpose. We regard bullying as totally unacceptable. Students are encouraged to assume a major responsibility for its prevention. Staff take reported incidences seriously. 17


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Life at School Assemblies Assemblies in the Junior School for Prep to Year 6 are held each fortnight on Fridays from 8.50 – 9.40am. Parents and family members are welcome to attend. As the Junior School requires most of the Auditorium, seating for parents is available in the back 5 rows. Assemblies feature each year level on a rotational basis.

Birthdays, parties and invitations We understand that children often have birthday parties and wish to distribute invitations. We ask, that unless everyone in the class is invited, that these are not distributed at school. As birthdays are very important, when it is your child’s birthday feel free to send in cupcakes or muffins to celebrate, but please do not send in large cakes that require careful dividing up among the members of the class. Please be mindful of adhering allergy guidelines.

Hats All students are expected to wear a regulation school hat for all outdoor activities in Terms 1 and 4. The hat should be clearly named. Students without a hat will not be permitted to play outside and will need to remain seated under cover.

House System The House system is an integral feature of our practice, particularly for competitions, festivals and student leadership. The Junior School holds a regular House Program each fortnight when students from each House work together on a wide variety of activities. This enables student leaders, particularly the House Captains to take an active role. The House system provides the sense of belonging to a small unit such as a House and the provision of individual attention form the basis of the House system. Each House develops its own spirit. House events are held in sports, performing and creative arts and other areas. All students belong to one of 4 houses at Knox.

Chisholm

Lawrence

Caroline Chisholm (1808-1877)

Marjorie Lawrence (1907-1979)

Progressive 19th-century English humanitarian known mostly for her involvement with female immigrant welfare in Australia.

Victorian soprano. Became an international operatic performer. Afflicted with polio in 1941, she continued to entertain troops during the war. She received the Légion d’honneur in 1946 and a CBE in 1976.

Flinders

Paterson

Captain Matthew Flinders (1774-1814)

Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson (1864- 1941)

Distinguished English navigator and cartographer who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent.

Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas.

Students are automatically placed in the same House as an older sibling, unless otherwise instructed.

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Information Technology The Knox School is a digitally rich environment where engagement with learning technology is a normal aspect of student learning. The School’s use of technology throughout student learning programs is commensurate to the age group and mindful that technology is a tool to assist learning, not an end in and of itself.

Prep to Year 2

Class sets of iPads for use as part of a student’s learning program

Years 3 to 6

One to One Laptop program whereby devices are owned by the School and loaned to students during the year. Students in Years 5 and 6 are permitted to take their device home in order to assist their learning, including opportunities for home learning

Years 7 to 9

One to one laptop tablet program

Years 10 to 12

The Senior College Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Program requires students to bring their own technology, such as a laptop, to assist in their learning.

Kiss and Drop The Kiss and Drop Zone at the front of the school nearest to Burwood Highway is recommended for parents to drop students off in the morning and to collect in the afternoon. Parents and Carers of students can use this zone and it allows parents to efficiently deliver and collect at each end of the School day. Parents are not permitted to park their cars in the zone and walk to the Junior School. At the end of each day, a teacher will accompany students to the Kiss and Drop zone and supervise them until all have been collected. Please consider making use of Kiss and Drop as this makes the carpark less congested and will save valuable time. If your child will be using Kiss and Drop in the afternoon, please let your child know and also the classroom teacher, to ensure they are collected by the supervising teacher. This is especially important if the student does not always go to Kiss and Drop after school.

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Lockers

Mobile Phones

Lockers for students in Years 7 to 12 will be issued on the first day of the school year. Year 7 students and new students in Years 8-12 will be supplied with a combination lock, as paid for in the book list – this lock is the only one to be used as it has a master key in the office which can be used should the combination be forgotten. Current students in Years 8 -12 will retain their combination lock from the previous year. Pre-Prep to Year 6 have storage space in their classrooms or just outside to store their belongings.

Personal Electronic Devices and Mobile Phones are nowadays an integral part of the educational process. However, these can only be used in class to support learning if instructed by the teacher. All other use of personal devices is restricted to out of class time.

Lost Property

The school takes no responsibility for personal electronic devices and mobile phones if lost or stolen on the school property.

Students are expected to name all items of clothing, belongings and learning resources. All named items, when found, should be returned to the student’s classroom teacher. Any unnamed items found will be held at Main Reception, Junior School (in the yellow Lost Property bin), or the Physical Education Department Office (upstairs in the gym) until the end of term at which point they will be disposed of if they remain unclaimed. Students wishing to claim unnamed items will need to provide some evidence that they are the rightful owner.

Inappropriate or irresponsible use of personal devices may result in them being confiscated for a period of time. Parents will then be advised.

Students in Junior School who have a mobile phone are asked to turn it off and place securely in their school bag during the school day. They are permitted to turn it on again at the end of the school day to make contact with parents about collection arrangements when necessary. Mobile phones have unfiltered access to the Internet and as such should not be in a student’s possession during the School day. Students who need to call home can do so by approaching their class teacher who will send them to Reception.

Record Books Every student is given a Record Book, which contains information about the school calendar for the current year. It must also be used by students to record homework requirements. Parents are required to sign the Record Book each week. The Record Book is also used as a means of communication between school and home. If you have any messages to convey (lateness, medical appointment or a request for an interview) please place this on the current week’s page. Your child is expected to show this message to the appropriate staff member. If a student misplaces their Record Book, they should obtain and complete a ‘Request for Replacement Record Book’ form from their sub-school office or main reception as soon as possible.

Toys We ask that toys stay at home. This includes electronic games of all types and card collections etc. We discourage these at school as they can be broken or lost and this causes great distress. Appropriate sporting equipment may be brought to school with the understanding that it may be lost.

Water bottles All students are encouraged to have a refillable water bottle that they can keep with them during the day in order to stay well hydrated.

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Lunch and Nutrition Forgotten Lunches / Late Lunch Orders

Healthy Snack

Students who have forgotten to bring lunch, or to order from the Canteen, will be provided with a basic lunch order on that day. After coming to the Junior School Office, they will be asked to select from a ham, cheese or vegemite sandwich ($3.00). A note will go into the Student Record Book and parents are asked to reimburse the following school day.

All students in the Junior School (Prep – Year 4) have a break at the end of Period 1 (9.50am) to have a healthy snack before commencing Period 2. Please ensure your child has some healthy food to eat each day. We suggest cut up fruit or raw vegetables.

Beyond the Classroom Banking

Library

School Banking is available to students of The Knox School. This is an optional program facilitated through the Commonwealth Bank. A team of parents coordinates School Banking for the Junior School on Fridays. Information is available from the Junior School Office and is advertised early in the school year.

The Knox School’s Library aims to provide a gateway through which our entire school community can enter an environment that supports and fosters lifelong learning, independent decision-making and cultural development on a ‘research and presentational’ model. To this end, the Library will acquire, preserve and make available the widest variety of print and electronic materials to support the school curriculum and reflect the needs and diversity within the school community.

Camps The School’s camping program is an integral part of the learning for all students from Year One. There are compulsory school camps from Years 1 to 10. The cost of these camps is incorporated into the consolidated charge. Other non-year level camps are offered during the years, such as Music Camp, and may incur an additional cost to parents.

Co-Curricular Activities

The School Library is open before school from 8.00am – 8.30am and after school from 3.30pm – 4.00pm should parents wish to take their children to browse in the Junior Library or to borrow and return books. Junior School students are not permitted to go to the library before or after school without a parent. The Library also has a collection of parenting resources available to parents, which can be borrowed. A member of the Library staff will be able to assist.

The Co-Curricular Program is an integral part of the broad range of learning experiences offered to students at The Knox School. The School offers an extensive array of co-curricular activities and aims to cater for the diverse interests and talents of our students. Most classes take place after school and run between 1 hour and 1.5 hours unless otherwise stated. Some activities are taken by outside providers and others are taken by staff of The Knox School. As some programs do not finish until 5.00pm, it is recommended that students should take with them a snack to eat for afternoon tea. Students not collected by the nominated finish time will be taken to After School Care where fees shall apply. The Junior School Co-curricular booklet is available on the School website under the Essential Links tab. Each activity has its own eligibility requirements and enrolment procedures and these are clearly outlined in the booklet. If you are interested in any of the activities listed in this book, please register via the contact details for each activity.

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Health and Wellbeing Allergies

Health Centre

The Junior School is nut and allergy aware. No nut products are sold at the Canteen and should there be a student in the class who is anaphylactic, this information will be shared with the class community. Parents are asked to be sensitive to the needs of others who may have severe allergies.

The School employs a registered nurse who is on campus from 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday to administer the Health Centre. The Health Centre is located adjacent to the staff room in the Daniel Rechtman Information Common. Students who are unwell will be taken to the Health Centre to be assessed by the School Nurse. She will provide care and will contact parents if necessary.

If your child suffers from food, insect or other allergies that may require urgent medical attention or monitoring, you must provide an Allergy Management Plan to the School and liaise with the School Nurse.

Counsellor Many students find their years at school enjoyable and rewarding. However, students also sometimes hit bumps in the road and may need a helping hand to get through. All students have ‘ups’ and ‘downs’. Sometimes these ‘downs’ have a huge effect on us, and those around us. The School Counsellor at The Knox School is a registered and experienced Psychologist. An initial appointment can be made by contacting the School Counsellor directly or discussing a referral with a teacher or Head of Sub-School.

Duty of Care The school takes its responsibility to duty of care very seriously and supervises students at all times in class time and when the students are at recess or lunch breaks. We ask parents to ensure students are not left at school outside the hours when supervision is rostered.

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Please keep your child home if they are unwell. This prevents the spread of germs to others and is in the best interest of your child’s wellbeing. Please notify the class teacher immediately should your child contract German Measles (Rubella), as expectant mothers will need to take precautions. The teachers also need to be notified if chicken pox, mumps, hand, foot and mouth disease, head lice, impetigo (school sores), ringworm or conjunctivitis are contracted. Please call the Health Centre on 8805 3838 for health concerns.


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Information, Volunteering, Services Change of Parent Details If you change your address/phone number or family circumstances, please inform the school in writing (email is suitable) immediately; prompt receipt of accurate information ensures your family receives all vital information from the School in time.

Holiday Care Camp Australia offers a School Holiday Care Program that is open to all students from Pre Prep to Year Six. Holiday Care operates on all holiday weeks, apart from approximately three weeks over the Christmas period.

Out of School Hours Care Before and After School Care from 7am is available for children in Pre-Prep–Year 6 attending The Knox School. Camp Australia, an experienced company, has been selected by The Knox School to assume responsibility for the Junior School Out of School Hours Care Program. All students involved in the program need to be registered with Camp Australia and forms are available from the Junior School office, from the Program Coordinator or through the Camp Australia website. Before School Care (Pre-Prep-Year 6) is available from 7:00 am until 8:30 am – it provides a safe and warm environment until classrooms are open. The children will be given time for free play, for homework and will be provided with refreshments and suitable activities from 3.30pm - 6.00pm. Final collection time is no later than 6.00pm. Preference will be given to those requiring regular after school care, but casual places are usually available. Please notify Camp Australia (1300 105 343) or the Program Coordinator (0412 801 010).

Parent Volunteers/Classroom Helpers The Junior School welcomes assistance from parents hearing reading, attending excursions, as guest speakers or at other activities – the list of opportunities to get involved is long. As for visitors to the School, parent volunteers are required to sign in at Main Reception and to collect and wear a Visitor’s badge for the duration of their visit. We ask that parent volunteers then sign out at Main Reception and return their badge. All parents wishing to assist are required to: • attend an annual update of the Child Safe Standards; • attend a parent information session with the Head of Junior School to review TKS guidelines; and • have a current Working With Children Card.

All parents, grandparents or other special people are welcome to participate as classroom helpers as long as they have completed the requirements as above. Being a classroom helper is not only of great assistance to staff and students but it is also an invaluable time to share in your child’s learning. Please be considerate of a few simple guidelines when in classes: • Confidentiality is of prime importance; do not make the progress and/or behaviour of any child in the class a talking point anywhere • Helpers are in the room to help the whole class through the tasks Often duties will accompany class activities but sometimes help is needed with the preparation of tasks as well. The tasks will be subject to the class needs and may vary from visit to visit. We discourage the attendance of younger siblings who may compete for adult attention.

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Appendix 1: Access to KeptMe Online Student Portfolio for the Junior School The Junior School at The Knox School uses a product called KeptMe as an online student portfolio. Teachers use this application to share ‘moments’ and ‘stories’ with parents as these happen throughout the year. Parents are allocated with KeptMe accounts when they join The Junior School. New parents will be sent an email from KeptMe Customer Service asking them to accept an invitation to join and sign up. This email will come from noreply@ keptme.com. Parents need to accept the invitation and then download the free application on their mobile devices to be able to access their child’s portfolio. Families are able to register two parents or guardians for free. There is a monthly fee if families wish to register additional members to their KeptMe network. Once registered, parents/guardians will receive updates through ‘push notifications’. Push notifications appear as a number on the KeptMe icon on a mobile device. KeptMe can be accessed on any mobile device where the application is downloaded or by logging on to the web-page www.KeptMe.com KeptMe offers parents and guardians an insight into the learning that is happening at school. Your child’s teachers will post: • Pictures of your child in their learning environment • Stories about your child’s learning including teacher feedback • Pages that show your child’s work with reference to the Curriculum areas being covered • Fortnightly year-group newsletters • Links to your child’s end of semester reports • Miscellaneous notifications where necessary The accompanying page provides a guide to navigating KeptMe. Should you have an issue with accessing or registering with KeptMe, or any queries relating to this service, please contact The Knox School Technology Services Department at helpdesk@knox.vic.edu.au.

Navigating the KeptMe app Once successfully logged into the app, there are a range of tools from which to select. The images across provide an example of the KeptMe app ‘homepage’ and identifies what information is available in each section. You should first see your profile selection page. Click on the child in the centre of your page. You will next see your ‘moments and stories’ page. Here you will find pictures of your child and their work which has been uploaded. The default view is ‘moments’ but these are only pictures. When you are in the ‘stories’ tab, you will see several folders. The folder with curriculum for your child’s level will house your main KeptMe files. Announcements are where you will find weekly newsletters and uploads from the front office. You will see numbers on the bell at the top of the page and on the folders where there are new items to view.

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This is the opening or ‘homepage’ of your child’s KeptMe Portfolio. If you have multiple children, you will find all children on this page. You may add more adults to your family network but this comes at an extra cost to be paid by you directly to KeptMe. You have access to two free parents or guardians as a default.

This is the opening or ‘homepage’ of your child’s KeptMe Portfolio. If you have multiple children, you will find all children on this page. You may add more adults to your family network but this comes at an extra cost to be paid by you directly to KeptMe. You have access to two free parents or guardians as a default.

This is where you can choose to read portfolio pages, announcements or newsletters. Your semester report will appear in the announcements folder.

This is an example page of a KeptMe Portfolio. You will find pictures in the main white space. You will find a description of the task from the teacher and a list of curriculum outcomes that this task covered. You can comment on each story or like them with the love heart symbol. 25


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