Punctuality and regular attendance are good habits, which are encouraged at St Augustine’s. Regular attendance is necessary if pupils are to gain the greatest possible benefit from school activities.
Absences and Parental Notes
When a pupil is absent from school, parents are required to contact the school via phone call, email or on the Parent Portal, explaining the absence. A note is also required if a child cannot participate in the school’s program, eg sports, physical education.
After an absence, or before if possible, a written notice explaining the absence to the class teacher is required. A phone call on the day is necessary. Parents of all children away will be contacted by the school if a call has not been received, however a written notice is still required on the child’s return.
If there is any change to a child’s normal school routine (eg. Doctor’s visits, special appointments), please notify the school or class teacher in writing or with a phone call to the office. A child’s oral explanation is not accepted.
Children must not be kept at home for reasons other than illness, except in extraordinary circumstances. Parents planning extended holidays need to send a letter of explanation about absents in writing to the Principal and this needs to be discussed with the Principal.
Parents and teachers expect a high standard of politeness, respect and behaviour at all times. This is true not only during school hours but in moving between home and school, and vice versa, by either private or bus transport. Students in school uniform not only represent themselves, but also their family, their school and their church.
Evacuation of the school is carried out at regular intervals so that children are conversant with the procedure undertaken, should a fire occur. Staff of the Queensland Fire Service come to the school to discuss with children the hazards of fire and its prevention and to ensure the school’s evacuation program is operational and functional. Any parents on site are expected to participate in this procedure.
The school has a lockdown procedure that is practised each term. Any parents on site are expected to participate in this procedure.
Lost property labelled with a name is usually easy to locate. A lost property box is located next to the resource room which is opened every morning @ 8:20am. This box is emptied periodically, and unclaimed articles are disposed of.
Parental cooperation is sought in ensuring their children obey the rules of the road if they walk or ride bicycles to and from school.
- Children who are walking are to keep to the footpath and bicycles are to be ridden in bike lanes or on the left side of the road (not footpaths).
- All cyclists must wear helmets.
- Cyclists must dismount and walk their bicycles through the school grounds.
- In accordance with instructions from the Diocesan Workplace Safety Officer, parents are asked to drop off and pick up children in either Grogan or Jack Streets, between the hours of 8am and 3pm.
Ample notice, in writing, of intention to transfer children to other schools is appreciated, so that teachers can make an up-to-date report on progress for presentation at the next school. A transfer form needs to be signed by the Principal before moving on to another next school.