Amaroo School

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After and Before School Care
Before and after school care is provided at the school by the Gungahlin Regional Community Service. Forms are available at the school or you can contact the service directly on:

After School Care Office: 62289208
After School Care at Amaroo School: 62419665

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Aware School
Amaroo School is an allergy and anaphylaxis aware school. This is to provide protection for children who have severe allergic reactions to nuts and nut products. Our canteen menu will aim to be nut free and parents are asked to provide nut free food for their child's morning tea and lunch.

Assessment and Reporting
A range of assessment tools is used by our teachers to determine your child's progress throughout the year. A component of our assessment procedures each year will be PIPS assessment for Kindergarten children early in Term 1. Year 3, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 9 children will participate in the National Assessment Program (NAPLAN) in literacy and numeracy early in Term 2.

In 2013 written reporting occurs mid year and at the end of the year, with a parent-teacher interview at the end of Term 2 and a learning journey at the end of Term 3. Based on surveys of parents and staff, the assessment and reporting procedures will be modified as the school grows and develops over the coming years.    

The School Board has developed a policy relating to student appeals. For further information go to Appeals.

B

Building Architecture
Our buildings are designed to provide ideal learning and teaching spaces for children and staff. Learning areas are spacious and bright. Particular attention has been paid to acoustics to minimise noise.

The building has also been designed to incorporate sustainable energy principles and features:

  • North facing orientation of the teaching block to minimise summer heat and maximise winter sun; Underground water tanks to capture rainwater. This is used to flush toilets and water courtyards and gardens;    
  • In-floor heating and internal masonry walls to provide thermal mass;
  • A computerised building management system (BMS) which controls window operation. This regulates the daytime ventilation and night time cooling of the buildings.
  • Solar technology to heat water and generate electricity in the senior school.

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Canteen
The canteen is operated by the P&C. In 2013 the canteen is open for over the counter sales and lunch orders on Mondays to Friday.  All lunch orders can be ordered on line (Ordering Online)

Co Curricular activities
Amaroo School offers a range of co-curricular activities throughout the year. At present these include:

  • Band (woodwind, brass and percussion, conducted by MusiCorp
  • Productions ( Blabbermouth,2005 Cinderalla, 2006)
  • Pl@y program (structured play program at lunchtimes)
  • Sporting teams

Counsellor
We have the services of a school counsellor five days per week. The counsellor is responsible for assisting in identifying special educational needs of students. She is also available to support students and families in times of need.

Curriculum
Our curriculum uses the ACT Curriculum Frameworks and the Australian National Profiles as its base. There is a strong focus on five strands:

  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Critical Thinking and Information Literacy
  • Civics and Citizenship 
  • Health and the
  • Arts Environmental Science
An important component of the curriculum is our Integrated Curriculum. These comprise of units which allow our students to gain a deeper understanding of topics and concepts studied, and to come to a better understanding of the connections between subject areas.


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Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA) Defence School Mentor (DSM)
Currently we have a DSTA and DSTM five days per week to support newly posted families settle into Amaroo School. The DSTA and DSTM are also a point of cantact to provide information and assistance during a Defence Family's time as part on the school. For further information please contact the school.

Dogs on School Grounds
Under Department of Urban Services policies, dogs are not permitted on school grounds.    

Section 42 of the Act defines places where dogs are prohibited. These include the grounds of a child care centre, preschool, primary school, high school or secondary college during school hours or when school sport including training is being conducted unless the keeper of the dog resides in the grounds, or a dog is taken into the grounds with the approval of the principal.     

There is a global ban on dogs on playing fields anywhere where sport or training for sport is being played.    

Also dogs are prohibited within 10 metres of anything designed for play by children in a public place if children are playing on it; a fireplace designed for cooking food; or a swimming area defined by a sign erected.

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Equity Fund
To ensure access and equity in the provision of education, like all government schools Amaroo has established an Equity Fund to support the needs of students who might not otherwise be in a position to take advantage of the opportunities provided by their schools.

F

Fund-Raising
Several activities will be held during the year to raise funds for the P&C Association to provide supplementary resources for the children. The Newsletter will keep you informed regarding fund-raising activities and your attendance at P&C monthly meetings will keep you up-to-date with information.

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Home work
We believe that homework is important to:

  • practise skills taught in the classroom,     
  • develop study habits and organisational skills,     
  • develop responsibility,   
  • involve parents in the learning process,   
  • pursue extra or special activities.

The particular form of school initiated homework for each unit will be explained at the beginning of the school year. Refer to Policies

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Information Communication Technology
The school is well resourced for Information Technology. The school is cabled with fibre optic and has broadband radio access. Interactive Whiteboards are used extensively within the teaching and learning programs. Our philosophy is to embed technology into the curriculum so that it becomes a natural and integral part of students' learning experiences.

Illness or Accident 
The health of the students is prime importance at Amaroo. In the case of illness or accident it is vital that the school is able to contact the parents or guardian of every child by telephone.    

Please remember to ensure the school has up-to-date phone numbers and places of employment if changes need to be made.

Immunisation
The ACT Department of Health advises that all children attending school in the ACT should be immunised against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and HIB (Haemophilus influenzae type b). We would ask that you check your child's present immunisation status to see whether it is complete for his/her age. ACT Public Health regulations require schools to request proof of up-to-date immunisation when enrolling. Failure to provide this may result in your child being excluded from school should an outbreak of an infectious disease occur. A copy of exclusion periods for students with infectious diseases is available here. Parents are asked to adhere closely to these requirements unless medical advice to the contrary is provided in writing.

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Kindergarten At Amaroo School
Our Kindergarten program provides a

  • Caring environment in which children feel safe and welsome  
  • Student centred curriculum focused on each child's learning needs

Our Kindergarten program is designed to provide foundational learning in literacy, numeracy and social skilling.      

At Amaroo School we treat each child as an individual and cater for all their needs. This year we had kindergarten students who were reading and writing before they came to school and could add two digit numbers together. To cater for these students we established group activities in Literacy and Maths.    

In Literacy, students are placed in a group which caters for their ability. In these groups, students work with a teacher on a book that is targeted at their reading level. We also assess the students and work on sight word lists that are aimed at their ability. In writing, all our lessons are open ended. This allows those students who are able to write to continue to improve on their skills. We also have many games that help students to build upon their spelling.      

In Maths we use a program called Count Me in Too ! This program begins by individually testing the students using hands-on materials and then develops a program to cater for all needs.      

We are extremely lucky to have SmartBoards in our classrooms. These interactive boards allow us to develop dynamic lessons and gain access to websites that highly motivate students at all levels. These websites are great for those students who need extension. The Emerald and Sapphires Terraces house the Kindergarten classrooms. They are situated next to the Pre-School and the staff work closely together to ensure a smooth transition into school for the children.   

The Emerald and Sapphire Terraces
The Terraces have 8 classrooms that open out onto a central gathering area. These areas provides a safe place for children's bags and clothing as well as a large meeting area for the whole of Kindergarten for singing and play activities. The Terraces have a large multi-purpose space used for practical activities such as art, cooking and science.

Kindergarten Class Sizes
Our maximum class size in Kindergarten is 21 children per class. Our small class sizes ensure that teachers get to know each child very quickly and are able to more accurately develop programs that meet each child's learning needs.

Kindergarten Entry
Children are accepted into Kindergarten if they turn 5 years of age on or before 30 April. Early entry to school must be negotiated with the Director of Schools Northern Region (  02 62057194 ).

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Learning Support and Enrichment
Students in need of extra support in literacy and numeracy have the availability of a learning assistance teacher. Small group and individual assistance is available based on teacher assessment and referral. Support for students with English as a Second Language is also available.

Lost Clothing
Ensure all articles of clothing labelled with your child’s name. Lost items are collected and if named, owners are easily traced. There is a lost property box containing found items of clothing situated in the front office.

M

Middle School Information

Medication
Children who need to take medication should bring their medication to the front office for safe keeping. It should be accompanied by written instructions from their doctor and should be clearly labelled. Except for asthma, puffers should not be kept in children’s bags.

Mobile Phones
The School Board has developed a policy relating to the use of mobile phones and MP3 players. For further information go to Mobile Phones.

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Newsletter
The school newsletter is published on Tuesdays and appears on the website soon after. Hard copies are not sent home but are available from the front office. You may receive the newsletter by email.

Parent Partnerships
Positive parent partnerships are critical to our success. Recent research indicates that parent involvement in their children's education has a significant and positive effect on educational outcomes. Your child's teacher will contact you in the first week of school to introduce themselves and invite you to a parent meeting early in the year. We encourage you to contact your child's teacher if you have any queries or concerns. There are many ways in which you can become involved in your child's school: from participation in the P&C, School Board, Canteen, school productions, volunteering in the classroom, going on excursions or attending learning journeys.

PE and Pl@y Program
All students participate in a health and physical activity program throughout the week. This program is designed to help students identify and adopt a healthy lifestyle and promote physical activity. As a part of the program, senior students take part in the Active Australia program and lead activities for younger students. The Pl@y program offers structured play activities at lunchtime, led by staff and Active Australia leaders.

Priority Enrolment Area (PEA)
The PEA for Amaroo School is:

  • Amaroo
    Forde
    Bonner  


Link to our Enrolment Policy

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Religious Education
Our school works with the combined churches group in Gungahlin and provides a religious education service once a term. Parents are given the choice whether their child will participate. The Anglican Church operates out of the school to provide the Supa Kids Club on Wednesday afternoons after school.

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School Governance
The School Board is the official governing body of Amaroo School. The Board consists of eight members: 3 parent representatives, 2 teacher representatives, 2 student representatives and one community representative. Members of the Board gain their positions through election. The Board is responsible for all policy decisions for the school.       

Amaroo Student Representative Council was formed in Semester 2, 2004 to give students a voice in decision making processes within the school. Representatives from all classes K – 10 have a role deciding on the outcome for issues relevant to the student body.

Link to Senior School Information

Student Management and Pastoral Care
Our policy is based upon our respect for the child as an individual and is designed to enable children to learn to solve their own problems. Children learn they are able to make choices and that there are consequences flowing from all choices. Children learn, that in addition to their rights, they also have responsibilities to others. Children choosing behaviour which infringes upon the rights of others will be given assistance by staff (often in consultation with parents) in the development of more effective behaviour.

Link to Student Management and Pastoral Care

Safety
To ensure student safety, the following procedures have been developed:

  • On arrival at school children should enter the Terrace Courtyard through the gates at either end of the Terrace (teaching block).
  • Class rolls are taken at the beginning of each day and a list of children absent is sent to the office. It is important that children are in attendance at the beginning of the school day.
  • If your child is late for school, please take them to the administration building first so that we can update records.
  • If you need to take your child out of school during the day, please contact the administration office. Children will need to be signed in/out before leaving the school and on their return.
  • If your child is absent for the day, please ring the front office, 62052909 or 62058929 for the middle and senior school 

If children are absent without explanation, administration staff will contact parents as soon as possible.

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Times of the School Day
The start and finish times for the Primary School are 9am-2.55pm. For the Middle and Senior Schools they are 9.00am-3pm. We ask parents to drop children at school between 8.30am and 8.55am. There will be no formal supervision before school although staff will be on duty for any emergencies. 

Primary School - K- Year 5
09.00am Morning session begins
11.20am Break 1 (B1)
12pm Middle session begins
1.20pm Break 2 (B2)
02.00pm Afternoon teaching sessions begins.
02.55pm End of the school day.

Middle and Senior School Year 6 - Year 10
08:30 Clubs
09.15am Morning session begins
11am Break 1 (B1)
11.35am Middle session begins
01.00pm Break 2 (B2) Monday to Friday 
02.00pm Afternoon teaching sessions begin  Monday to Friday  
03.00pm End of the school day.
 

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Uniform
The school has a uniform policy that has been developed by our P&C. The uniform meets the guidelines of Sun Smart policies and is designed to be attractive and comfortable. The school colours are red and blue. The specific items for the Primary School, Middle and Senior School are listed below. Order forms will be sent out in Term 4. The Senior School uniform is now finalised continues the themes established in the Middle School. Uniform Policy

Uniform Supplies

Uniform Shop in the Front Office:

Open - Monday and Thursday on school days - 8.30am to 9.30 am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Savvy in Mitchell:

http://www.savvyschoolwear.com.au/uniforms-by-school/public-schools/amaroo-school

Junior School Boys
Navy shorts, trousers or track pants
Red short or long sleeved polo shirt
Navy polo fleece sweatshirt 
Red bucket hat
Navy or white socks (student's choice)
Joggers or school shoes (must be an enclosed shoe)

Junior School Girls
School A-line dress (Summer)
School pinafore (Winter)
Navy culottes, shorts, trousers or track pants
Red short or long sleeved polo shirt
Navy polo fleece sweatshirt
Red bucket hat
Navy or white socks (student's choice)
Joggers or school shoes (must be an enclosed shoe)

Middle School Boys
Navy shorts, trousers or track pants or navy micro fibre logo short or track pants (only available at school)
Navy blue with red striped collar short sleeved polo shirt
White with blue striped collar short sleeved polo shirt (for sport)
Navy and red polo fleece sweatshirt
Navy bucket hat
Navy or white socks (student's choice)
Joggers or school shoes (must be an enclosed shoe)


Middle School Girls
School skirt
Navy shorts, trousers or track pants or navy micro fibre logo short or track pants (only available at school)
Navy blue with red striped collar short sleeved polo shirt
White with blue stripe collar short sleeved polo (for sport)
Navy and red polo fleece sweatshirt
Navy bucket hat
Navy or white socks (student's choice)
Joggers or school shoes (must be an enclosed shoe)

Senior School Boys
Navy shorts or pants or navy micro fibre logo short or track pants (only available at school)
White short sleeved polo with red and blue
White short sleeved polo (for sport)
Navy hoodie or jacket
Navy bucket hat
Year 10 jersey

Senior School Girls
Navy skirt or Middle school skirt  or navy tailored shorts of navy micro fibre logo short or track pants (only available at school)
Long white socks
White short sleeved polo with red and blue
Navy hoodie or jacket
Navy bucket hat
Year 10 jersey

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Voluntary Contributions
Included in the school packs is a voluntary contribution of $55 for Kindergarten to Year 5 and $110 for Year 6 to Year 10. The contributions whilst voluntary, provides resources such as Library books, sporting equiment, and other resources to support student learning.            

Whilst the ACT Department of Education and Training provides per capita grants to cover basic requirements of students, considerably more finance is required to maintain the high standard of education which we have been able to attain at Amaroo School. Parents are asked to provide a voluntary conrtibution to enable the purchase of many of the items which the school uses for the students.
Departmental Policy


Voluntary Contributions - Departmental Statement
“For many years, students have benefited from the additional resources provided through voluntary financial contributions from parents, carers and other citizens. These contributions have assisted the school to conduct additional programs and activities and purchase educational material.        

The School Board has suggested the following contribution will directly support the educational programs by the school. This voluntary contribution may be made in full or in part or by instalments. These contributions have been used to purchase materials for used across the all KLA's as well as in the Library, Information Technology, Science, Health and PE Visual and Performimng Arts.

Section 27 of the Educational Act 2004 however clearly states that
a) each contribution must be voluntary
b) a child is not to be refused benefits or services because the child's parents do not make a contribution
c) a child is not harassed for contributions
d) any record of contribution is confidential.

Schools may offer to facilitate some specific optional items, activities and services for which parents may be required to pay if they want their child to access them. There are included in Schedule One of the Department of Education and Training’s Statement on Requesting Financial Contributions from Parents, which can be found at http://www.det.act.gov.au/policies/policies.htm.”

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Youth Worker
To support the young adults at Amaroo we have the services of a Youth Worker who is at the school for 5 days a week. For further information, please contact the school.

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