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.
Parental/Guardian Communication is extremly important at St Augustine’s. We have a number of communication platforms in place.
- Parent Portal. Once your child has commenced their first day at school and attendance has been marked you will be able to access the Parent Portal. Access is restricted to parents of students at our school and a logon is required. An account has been created for you with the email address you have provided to the school and the details are outlined below. Parent Guide – What is the Parent Portal The Parent Portal will enable easy access to information about happenings in the school, forms that need to be returned, names and contact details for staff, policy information and much more. There’s also a special section to allow you to check the details we have recorded in our enrolment system about your children, and if necessary, advise us of any changes. You can also check on information about your child’s attendance, teachers, timetable, NAPLAN performance and Academic Report cards Your current email address (that you have enrolled your child with) will need to be used to activate the Parent Portal. Here you will find up to date information on announcements and links to various other resources at the school. Click here to read how to logon to Parent Portal FIRST TIME Parent Portal Invitation Template
- Newsletters via Schoolzine. Published Twice a Term – Week 2 & Week 8, this will be emailed to you & also placed on the Facebook sites and Website.
- Facebook – Open account – St Augustine’s Primary School, Mossman
- Facebook – Closed account – SAS Community Hub – Open to Parents & Guardians of current students at the school. A request to the administrator will need to be submitted. The aim/objective of the SAS Community Hub Facebook Group is to provide a secure and safe platform on which parents/guardians can engage with the school and other parents in the confidential environment facilitated via a closed group
- Paperless EdSmart Emails. Administration will email notices and permission notes that may need a response/permission for school related events.
- Class SeeSaw Your child’s teacher will invite you to the Class SeeSaw where a line of communication can be open with your child’s teacher.
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.
Bus Transportation & Travel Rebate
School Transport funding REBATE through the Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS). Student travel rebate applications are only open in May for
Semester 1 and October for Semester 2. Please visit the School Transport website first to check if you are eligible. https://schooltransport.com.au/
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.