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Parent Handbook

The Holy Family Parent Handbook provides information covering all the information you and your child will need.

If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries, please feel free to contact Holy Family Primary, Granville East by phone on 9637 6020 during weekdays between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.
  • Communication
    • Change of Address or Telephone Number

      It is most important that you notify the school of any changes to your contact details.

      If your child is ill, it is most distressing for him or her when we are unable to contact you because our records are not up-to-date. Please supply the name, relationship and telephone number/s of an emergency contact other than the parents. 
    • School Phone

      The phones in the school are for use in the administration of the school. Children are not permitted to use the phone and phone calls will not be made on their behalf, except in case of emergency. The school phone number is 9637 6020. The school fax number is 9637 8464. The school office is staffed from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday to Friday.

    • Communication with Parents

      Our school welcomes regular communication between home and school for the benefit of each child. If parents wish to meet with a teacher or the Principal, they are asked to phone the school office to arrange an interview time in advance.

       

    • Newsletters

      Subscribe to our newsletters

      A school newsletter is available online via the school website and Skoolbag application every Wednesday fortnight. Follow the links on the homepage of the school website to subscribe to the E-Newsletter. Once you have filled the subscription, an email will be sent with the newsletter attached. The newsletter contains information about school activities and upcoming events.

    • Class Interruptions

      Messages to children or lunches brought late to school should be left at the school office.  Parents are reminded not to go directly to classrooms as this interrupts your child's learning.
      Your assistance is appreciated.

    • Website

      Holy Family School website is regularly updated and is a valuable source of information. Families can access this handbook, relevant school policies and plans, weekly newsletters, student matters and current news stories.

      The web address is: www.hfgranville.catholic.edu.au

       

  • General Information
    • School Hours
      8:15 am - 8:50 am Playground supervision commences
      8:50 am School Begins
      11:00 am - 11:30 am Recess
      1:30 pm - 2:10 pm Lunch (N.B. students are seated to eat from 1:30 pm – 1:40 pm)
      3:10 pm School finishes

      Parents are advised that the playground is supervised from 8:15 am. Children arriving earlier than this will not be supervised.

      Broken hours of attendance, regular & frequent late arrivals / early departures are disruptive to the children’s learning, and can impact on classroom organisation and the learning of others.

    • Absence from School

      If your child is absent from school due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances, you must send a note along to the class teacher as soon as they return to school. The note must contain the following information:

      1. child’s name
      2. date(s) absent
      3. reason explaining absence

      The Attendance Roll is a legal document, and written documentation to support a child’s absence from school is required. If your child is on extended sick leave, that is, over three days, please inform the School Office.

      Approval for Extended Leave

      Students may have up to 15 days of leave from school e.g. family holidays, funerals, special events. A note must be provided for these absences.
       
      Where a student has already had 15 days leave, and more leave is required, they must apply for permission from the Principal. An Application for Exemption from Attendance at School form must be completed and submitted to the Principal BEFORE the leave is taken. This form is available from the school office, or the school website.
       
      If families are travelling for extended holidays (over 15 school days), an Application from Attendance at School form must be completed and submitted to the Principal BEFORE the leave is taken. This form is available from the school office, or the school website.
       

    • Late Arrival & Early Release from School

      Late Arrival

      Children arriving late to school must collect a 'late pass' from the school office prior to attending class. This allows the school to monitor children who are not at school on time. The morning 'whole school' Assembly is an important part of the day for all children.

      Early Release from School

      If a parent wishes to take their child from school for any reason, a 'leave form' is required from the school office, which is then given to the class teacher. Your child will be called to the office. 

       

    • Custody and Restraining Orders

      If a custody or restraining order (AVO) exists within a family relationship, the school must be provided with a copy of the legal document. This enables the school to monitor contact with a child. This is also a legal requirement.

    • Critical Incidents

      Holy Family has in place procedures to manage tragedies and emergencies in the school community. Parents should note the following:

      1. The safe area after evacuation of classes is in the church grounds or inside the church.
      2. The school phone system has three lines for in-coming calls.

      For all critical incidents, your child and teachers will have access to counselling and support from trained student support staff.

       

    • Road Safety

      Safety in crossing roads is crucial to the safe arrival and departure of children. Parramatta City Council has provided a crossing for use by pedestrians on The Trongate. Our school curriculum addresses road safety issues with children, however parental support is crucial.

      Parents can save lives and prevent injury by:

      1. Parking in signed parking areas and not in the Staff Car Park.
      2. Dropping children off in safe and signed parking areas, and not dropping off or picking up children outside of parking areas.
      3. Not calling children across the road to your car and not dropping your child off on the crossing.
      4. Adhering to all parking signs along The Trongate.
      5. Using the pedestrian crossing and not jay-walking.

       

    • Excursions, Incursions and Cultural Experiences

      Holy Family Primary School provides opportunities for children to experience life in community situations outside their local environment. Appropriately planned and supervised excursions, incursions and cultural activities therefore become an integral part of our teaching and learning program. Adequate notice of such activities will be given to parents outlining costs and itinerary. During all excursions involving water, a supervising teacher with a current Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation Certificate will be in attendance in case of emergency.

      To fulfil our duty of care for students, notes fully describing the nature of excursions are sent to parents ahead of time. Permission slips will need to be returned with all the relevant information completed.

       

    • Medication and First Aid

      Children who require medication at school must obtain a pink form – ‘Notification and Request for the Administration of Medicine’ from the school office, which should be filled in by parents and returned to the office.

      Parents must send the correct dosage of medicine to school and this is sent to the office. The children are given their medication under the supervision of the office staff.

      The school office staff are trained First Aid attendants and will tend to injured or sick children.  A sick bed and first aid kit are available adjacent to the school office. An ambulance will be called if emergency treatment is required.

       

    • Canteen - Our Health Promoting School
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      Holy Family School canteen currently operates 5 days a week.  Menus and price lists are regularly distributed to the children with updated menus and/or price changes. Our Canteen Supervisor adheres to State Health Department guidelines for a ‘Healthy’ School Canteen.

      Holy Family is a Health Promoting School and aims to develop an understanding of the factors that influence a healthy lifestyle. 

       

    • Lost Property

      Parents are asked to ensure all clothing, including hats, are clearly marked with your child's name and class. Items of clothing that are misplaced may be found in a box, which is located outside the Staffroom. This box is emptied each month and uncollected clothing given to St Vincent de Paul Society, or the second hand clothing pool.

       

    • School Banking

      The Commonwealth Bank provides on-site banking for Holy Family students who have existing Dollarmite accounts. Money is collected early on Tuesday mornings. The office processes the children’s banking. Parents are asked to check that money sent to school matches the amount written on the deposit slip.

       

    • Student Leadership

      Throughout their time at Holy Family, all students are encouraged to demonstrate peer leadership and classroom assistance. Staff work with students from Kindergarten to Year 6 to develop these important social skills.

      All students entering Year 6 will take on the important role of Student Leaders. This enables all students to develop qualities and skills of leadership, and reach their potential in working as a collaborative team.

       

    • School Information

      Holy Family Primary School
      199 The Trongate
      Granville East NSW 2142

      Phone: (02) 9637 6020
      Fax:(02) 9637 8464

      Email:

      HolyFamilyEGranville@parra.catholic.edu.au

      School Website:

      www.hfgranville.catholic.edu.au

       

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    • Racism

      In maintaining a safe and supportive environment, Holy Family adheres to the principles and practices of the CEO Anti-Racism Policy. If any student or parent has concerns pertaining to matters of racism, they should contact the Assistant Principal or Principal.

       

    • Dismissal Procedures

      For safety reasons, all parents are to pick up their children from the classroom. Children will not be permitted to leave the school grounds to meet their parents in parked cars.  

      Children will be released to their parents or caregivers after the 3:10pm bell. If your child is to be picked up by another adult, written notification is required before the day. Our first priority is the safety of the student.

       

    • Assemblies

      Each Monday morning, parents are invited to join us for a brief assembly at which time we share our school prayer, raise our flags, sing the national anthem and hand out class awards. Tuesday – Friday morning we gather briefly to share our school prayer, raise the flag and share important announcements / reminders.

       

    • Birthdays

      Children often enjoy celebrating their birthdays with their classmates. Should parents choose to, they are able to bring in special treats for their child to share with the class. These can include:

      • cupcakes OR
      • doughnut OR
      • lolly bags (these will be sent home for children to eat).

      Please do not send in more than one of the above listed options.

    • Bus Travel

      Holy Family students are expected to take notice of and adhere to, the 'Code of Conduct' while travelling on the bus, as set out by the New South Wales Department of Transport. The school's responsibility for children starts and finishes at the school gate; therefore, responsibility for the children's behaviour on the buses is the concern of the parents and the bus company.  Serious misbehaviour will be reported immediately to parents for their action.

      All children travelling by bus are required to have a bus pass or the appropriate bus fare. To be eligible for free travel for children in primary classes, the distance criteria is 1.6 km radial or 2.3 walking distance from the child's place of residence to the school. Infant children are eligible for free travel. If a bus pass is lost, a fee is charged by the bus company for the replacement of the pass. If you wish to report any concerns regarding student behaviour on a bus, please contact the Assistant Principal. For enquiries regarding the issuing of bus passes, please contact the school office.

       

    • Emergency Procedures

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      In case of an emergency the school siren is activated.  All children, staff and visitors assemble and move to the Parish Church.  All rooms are checked and class roll is taken. The children will wait until the school is notified by the authorities that it is safe to return to the classrooms.

      Evacuation Drill

      In an ongoing plan of ensuring student, staff and community safety in the event of an evacuation being required, drills are held each term. Evacuation procedures are displayed throughout the school. Procedures also exist for the event of a ‘Lock Down’ and a ‘Lock Out’ situation.

       

    • Gossip
      From time to time, when people come together, some find the need to talk about others and pass on tales whether true or not, that can hurt, defame or disrespect. Our Catholic faith instructs us to “not bear false witness against our neighbour.”
       
      Aside from the inappropriateness of gossip and slander, is the hurt that it causes to people’s reputations, esteem and feelings. Teachers, parents, children and our community should not be damaged by the whispers of gossip.
       
      If we are truly building the Kingdom of God is here at Holy Family, we should think before we talk and choose our words based on the Gospel values. After all, this is what we are trying to teach our children.
    • Homework

      The purpose of homework is to revise classroom content, skills and activities, develop study habits for ongoing learning, and provide parent communication regarding school content.

      Homework should never become a source of family difficulty. Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s homework, please make an appointment to see the classroom teacher.

      For further information see our Homework Policy.

    • Internet User Policy

      Each family is asked to spend time reading our Acceptable User’s Guidelines. Students in all classes, together with their parents, are requested to acknowledge that they have read and agree to follow the guidelines by signing the slip and returning it to school. The Acceptable User’s Guidelines form is sent home at the beginning of each school year.

       

    • Parking
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      In the interest of student safety, the Hudson Street car park is for staff use only and is closed between 9:00 & 3:00pm each day. Parents and friends visiting the school must enter through the unlocked pedestrian gate near the office. This gate is to remain closed at all times.

      As a courtesy to others and to our neighbours, when dropping children off at school or picking them up, parents are asked not to park across driveways. Parents are not to park in the Presbytery driveway at any time.

    • Pets on the Premises

      In keeping with Occupational Safety & Health regulations and our duty of care for all on the school site, pets should be left at home and not brought to school. This guideline also includes not bringing the family dog to school when dropping off or collecting children. Please ensure that all family members or friends who may be collecting your child, are also aware of these guidelines.

      If children wish to bring animals to school for a special reason, Holy Family is bound to follow the Animals in Schools protocols. Please contact the Principal or Assistant Principal for relevant advice.

       

    • Playgroup
      Holy Family Playgroup is held each Tuesday morning for 2 hours from 9:15am, for children 0-5 years and their parents. 
    • Religious Life

      As a Catholic school community, we place great emphasis upon our prayer life and spiritual formation. As a school community each year we celebrate:

      • Opening School Mass
      • Feast Days - Sacred Heart, St Mary MacKillop of the Cross, Annunciation, All Saints Day etc
      • Liturgical Seasons – Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas

      The Angelus is prayed at 12:00 each day. This gives all in our community the opportunity to stop for a quiet time of prayer and reflection, dedicated to Our Lady.

      Grade groups also have opportunities to attend parish Mass on rostered days and go to reconciliation.

      As a lived sign of our faith we participate in the following outreach programs:

      • St Vincent de Paul Appeals – Winter & Christmas
      • Mission Week
      • The works of Mary MacKillop – East Timor, Australia, Peru

      Parents are encouraged to join us in sharing these faith experiences.

    • Sickness/Accidents At School
      If a child becomes sick at school or meets with an accident, parents are telephoned and asked to collect the sick child. In the meantime, the child is cared for in the sick bay. Parents will always be contacted in the event of a suspected fracture or head injury, and their direction will be sought. In an emergency situation, the Principal will assume responsibility for the child until a parent can be contacted, or present e.g. accompany child to the hospital.

      It is important that parents ensure updated and current contact numbers are on file in the office.

       

       

    • Site Safety

      To ensure the safety of all who visit our school site, the following procedures are in place:

      • All visitors, including parents who visit during school hours, must report to the school office so that they can sign in. They will be issued with a visitor’s badge, which must be worn while on site. It is important that we know who is on site in the event of an emergency.

      • If parents or visitors need to use toilet facilities while they are at the school, they are not permitted to use the student toilets. All parents and visitors should discuss with a staff member the facilities that they may access.

      • Smoking on any school premises, including school buildings, school hall, gardens, sports fields and car parks, is prohibited. This includes students, employees, visitors and other people who use school premises, including community groups.

    • Social Media
      With the growing popularity of Facebook and Instagram it is essential to remind parents that photos of school events can not be placed on parent’s pages or sites. This is to ensure that privacy and child protection practices are not breeched.
       
      Parents are also reminded that, in keeping with our Catholic faith and respecting the dignity of each person, it is not appropriate to make comment on other parents, children or staff on social media sites.
       
    • Sport Houses

      The school is divided into four Sport Houses: Martin Reds; Mackillop Blues; Kerrigan Gold and Stack Green. School Leaders lead their teams at Athletics Carnival, Cross Country and Swimming Carnival during the year. Children in the same family will always be in the same House Colour.

       

    • Staff Development Days

      The Catholic Education Office allows the school five pupil free days per year, for the staff to use a block of time to develop school-based curricula or other approved staff development exercises. The NSW government has deemed that first of these days is the ‘teacher only’ day before the start of the school year, and two of the days are the last two days of the school year. Prior notice of the remaining two days each year will be given in the school newsletter, at least six weeks before the scheduled day.

       

      Even though this can be a challenge for parents, especially when both parents work, they are a valuable way to ensure there is good professional development for the staff and planning for the school and, therefore, of value for your child's education. 

       

    • Sunsafe Policy / School Hats
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      Holy Family has adopted a 'NO HAT, NO PLAY policy all year. In the interest of the lifelong safety of our children from skin cancer, all staff will continue their commitment to the wearing of hats before and after school. School hats are available from the office.

       

    • Swimming Program

      Currently Holy Family Primary School participates in a two-week intensive swimming program each year. Lessons are conducted at Granville Heated Pool during Term 4 for Years K-6 and are levelled to suit each child's ability.  This program is compulsory for all students.

       

    • Volunteers & Child Protection

      The NSW Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 requires schools to ask anyone who is performing a task for the school and who may have direct, unsupervised contact with children, if they are a prohibited person. This includes all parents helping in classrooms, canteen, excursions and any other activities where they may have direct, unsupervised contact with children.

      Procedure For All Volunteers

      All volunteers are required to complete the online form available on the CCYP website (NSW Commission for Children and Young People)

      1. All volunteers complete the form online then download and sign the form
      2. The signed, completed form is retained by school
      3. A supervisor at school ensures volunteers receive appropriate induction        
      4. A volunteer initially completes the online training module ‘Child Protection Training for Volunteers’ and again every two years thereafter.
      5. All volunteers complete a Volunteers Declaration form and provide photo identification which is sighted by the Principal.

      Volunteers wanting to work at the school on a particular day are required to report to the school office first. There you will be asked to sign in and pick up an identification badge. At the end of the day you are required to sign out and return the badge to the office.


      What do I do if I want to volunteer to help at school
      ?

      Volunteers play a vital part in school activities, whether in-classroom help, sporting events, excursions or help by covering library books. If you wish to volunteer to help, you need to send a note to your child’s teacher and complete the on-line child protection courses through Catholic Education Office.

       

      1.       Go to http://childprotection.parra.catholic.edu.au/volunteers

      2.       Click on the volunteer  tab.

      3.       Complete 'Building Child Safe Communities - Undertaking for Volunteers' Form

      4.       Complete the online training module

                     
      Once completed, you and the school will receive an email showing you have completed the training.


       

       

    • Welfare Programs

      An essential part of being an authentically Catholic school is offering students a supportive environment in which to learn. Holy Family Primary makes the welfare of its students a priority and seeks to offer them appropriate support to ensure their wellbeing.

      Programs include:

      • Transition to Kindergarten
      • Transition to High School
      • Holy Family Playgroup
      • Students with Additional Needs
      • Pastoral Care – including a school counsellor
      • Community Liaison Officers – Lebanese & Sudanese

      For further information, please refer to our school website.

    • School Dates 2017

      Key Dates

      Friday 27th January 2017 (Staff only)
      Monday 30th January & Tuesday 31st January 2017 (MAI Testing on all students. Appointment times given)
      Wednesday 1st February (All students K-6 begin school 8:50am - 3:10pm.)


      Term 1

      Friday, 27th January to Friday, 7th April

      Term 2

      Monday, 24th April to Friday, 30th  June

      Term 3

      Monday, 17th July to Friday, 22nd September

      Term 4

      Monday, 9th October to Tuesday, 19th December

  • Uniform
    • Hair Styling, Grooming and Jewellery Policy

      Students are expected to keep their hair clean, neat and tidy at all times.

      Students are to keep hair off their face and out of their eyes. Student haircuts are to be in a sensible and conventional style. There are to be no extremes of fashion in hairstyle cut or colour. Shaving of any part of the head or undercuts, and haircuts with a number 1 or 2 blade are not permitted. Rat’s tails are not permitted. For girls, long hair below the shoulder should be tied back by a ribbon, ‘scrunchy’, hair band or clip in navy blue colour.

      In the interest of safety and security, no jewellery should be worn.  A watch, gold or silver bangle or bracelet which cannot be removed, are permitted. A plain gold silver or gold chain with a religious symbol or medal may be worn under the child’s shirt out of sight. (However, this is not recommended due to valuable items being lost in the playground and children and parents being greatly upset at the loss).

      If a girl’s ears are pierced, only one pair of sleepers or studs are to be worn in the lower ear lobe. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings at school or at any school activities. No other jewellery is permitted and teachers will ask students to remove inappropriate jewellery. In extreme cases, jewellery will be confiscated, secured and returned at a later time to the student or parent.

      Make-up and nail polish are not part of the school uniform. Students wearing make-up or coloured nail polish will be asked to remove it.

      The Assistant Principal, in consultation with the Principal, will make the final decision on what is considered appropriate hair styling, grooming and jewellery for school. Parents will be notified if there are concerns regarding their child/ren.

    • School Uniform

      Holy Family Uniform

      Each child at Holy Family Primary School is expected to wear the uniform as stipulated below. The full school uniform, including hats, can be purchased from ‘Josephs’ at Guildford in the main shopping centre.

       

      Girls’ Summer Uniform Girls’ Winter Uniform Girls’ Sport Uniform

      Blue short sleeved blouse with school logo (new style)

      Blue long sleeved blouse with school logo (new style)

      Navy blue/yellow collared polo-shirt with emblem (new style)

      Navy blue culottes (new style)

      Navy blue culottes (new style) or navy blue trousers.

      Navy blue sports shorts with school logo (new style)

      Black school shoes with navy blue ankle socks

      Black school shoes with navy blue tights

      Sports shoe with plain white socks

      Navy blue school jacket

      Navy blue school jacket

      Navy school tracksuit with emblem for winter

      Navy blue hair accessories

      Navy blue hair accessories

      Navy blue hair accessories

      School Hat* (new style)

      School Hat* (new style)

      School Hat* (new style)

      Boys’ Summer Uniform Boys’ Winter Uniform Boys’ Sport Uniform

      Grey shorts

      Long grey trousers

      Navy blue/yellow collared polo-shirt with emblem (new style)

      Blue short sleeved shirt with school logo (new style)

      Blue long sleeve blue shirt with school logo (new style) and school tie

      Navy blue sports shorts with school logo (new style)

      Black school shoes with short grey socks

      Black school shoes with grey socks

      Sports shoe with plain white socks

      Navy blue school jacket

      Navy blue school jacket

      Navy school tracksuit with emblem for winter

      School Hat* (new style)

      School Hat* (new style)

      School Hat* (new style)


      * The Holy Family School hat is compulsory to wear (a 'No Hat / No Play' policy is enforced for sun protection for all children all year)

Parent Handbook

  • The Holy Family Parent Handbook provides information covering all the information you and your child will need.

    If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries, please feel free to contact Holy Family Primary, Granville East by phone on 9637 6020 during weekdays between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.
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Policies & Procedures

Holy Family Primary has a number of school-based policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our School life. These provide the framework within which we operate.

The Catholic Education Office, Parramatta Diocese also provides advice and recommendations on educational and administrative policies and priorities, and monitors policy implementation.

Policies & Procedures

  • Holy Family Primary has a number of school-based policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our School life. These provide the framework within which we operate.

    The Catholic Education Office, Parramatta Diocese also provides advice and recommendations on educational and administrative policies and priorities, and monitors policy implementation.

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199 The Trongate 
East Granville
NSW 2142

tel: 9637 6020
fax: 9637 8464

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  • Holy Family Primary
    199 The Trongate 
    East Granville
    NSW 2142

    tel: 9637 6020
    fax: 9637 8464

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