John Purchase Public School

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Children should be kept at home when they are sick. Children will feel much more comfortable at home during recuperation and this prevents other children in the school falling ill.

From time to time children will become sick while they are at school or may be involved in an accident. In these situations the school may need to contact a parent / carer. Please ensure your contact details are kept up to date and that the school is provided with the names and numbers of two emergency contacts who would be available to collect your child/ren in the event of illness or injury if you were not available or contactable. Please also refer to the section in this handbook titled, Infectious illnesses.


At the beginning of each year, students and parents are asked to sign our Acceptable usage agreement for the use of ICT and the Internet. Students are not permitted to use the Internet without this signed form. Students found to breach the code may no longer be permitted to use the Internet and ICT for a period determined by the school.


Anaphylaxis is a severe allergy which can be fatal. We have students at the school with such allergies, eggs, nuts, dairy and seafood. Foods containing nuts should not be brought to school, and foods containing other allergens should be avoided where possible. These foods should not be included in sharing situations such as children's end-of-year picnics and birthday snacks. Even a slight exposure can be fatal. Parents of children with anaphylaxis are asked to provide the school with a current Epipen. The school will provide a number of forms which need to be completed and returned to school, along with an Epipen and other requested documentation. It is important that this documentation is updated. Staff receive regular training updates.


The annual school report is our evaluation of the school, its teachers, students and school community during the previous year. It also summarises our initiatives, achievements and directions. The report can be found on our school website.


Our school has an anti-bullying policy and plan which is designed to teach children to resolve differences and to make amends when someone is harmed. You should contact your child's class teacher in the first instance if you feel your child is experiencing bullying. Anti-bullying brochures are available at the school office. These outline school procedures and provide useful tips for students and parents.


Communication between school and home is highly valued. Parents are asked to make an appointment for any discussion with the Principal, Deputy Principal, Counsellor or teachers. An appointment will be arranged at the earliest possible time.


If your child suffers from asthma, the school will require an up to date asthma management plan.

Every student with asthma attending the school should have a written "asthma action plan" (available from the school) filled out by their doctor, in consultation with the student's family.

This plan should include:

  • usual medical treatment - the medication taken on a regular basis when the student is well
  • medication used before exercise (if necessary)
  • medications to be used when asthma gets worse.  This should include how to recognise worsening symptoms and what to do during an asthma attack.
  • name, address and telephone number of an emergency contact for parents and relatives
  • name, address and telephone number (including an after hours number) of the child's doctor.

Please ensure your child has reliever medication with them at school each day and that you inform the school office of any changes to your child's condition. This will help us to support your child while they are at school.


School assemblies are held in the school COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Area) every second Thursday afternoon. During these assemblies, children sing the school song and national anthem, awards are presented, messages are given and children may perform. Parents and carers are welcome to attend. Occasionally, a special assembly will be held to mark a special occasion or event.These are advertised in the school newsletter.


Children are expected to attend school each day. If your child is absent from school, please send a signed note explaining the reason for the absence to the teacher when your child returns to school within 7 days.

Families should try to organise holidays within the school holiday periods. If they can only be arranged within school time, please complete the attendance exemption form which is available from the school office.


Students are dismissed from their classrooms.  They should leave the school via existing pathways in an orderly and safe manner.  Students needing to cross Purchase Road are to use the school crossing.  The school crossing is supervised by an R.T.A. crossing supervisor. All persons using the crossing must follow the supervisor's instructions.

Parents are asked to come into the school grounds if collecting children.  No children are to wait for parents near the roadway.  Students waiting to be collected from the kiss and drop zone should wait on the steps/concrete area which is supervised by a teacher.

Students travelling by bus assemble near the canteen. They are then escorted down to the bus bay by a supervising teacher.

Parents are urged to set a good example regarding Road Safety.  This is best done by using the crossing yourself and never encouraging your child to cross at any other point on Purchase Road.

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