Policies are statements of Penrith Christian School’s official position on a variety of matters. All educational providers need to have policies which comply with state and Commonwealth law. Additionally, we need to remain consistent with the Christian faith which is the very reason for, and the basis upon which PCS exists. Policies which regularly affect parents and their Junior School children are referenced below. You can access all PCS policies HERE.
Detailed uniform information is available HERE and parents can login to the School Uniform Shop.
Some important details to note include:
• No nail polish (or equivalent) other than clear.
• Girls’ hair that is shoulder length or longer is required to be fastened back away from the face. Acceptable hair accessories are described in the Parent Handbook.
• In winter boys (and girls who wear trousers) are required to have their shirt tucked into their trousers. Younger students often need to be shown how to do this.
• Shoes – regular school shoes and sport shoes have strict guidelines.
Please refer to the Parent Handbook before purchasing (often expensive) items which are not acceptable uniform.
Regular attendance at school is a legislated requirement. It is important that young students especially, as they are sequentially building Literacy and Numeracy skills, attend school for all scheduled lessons. Absences are documented and parents need to provide information about the reason for any absence/s. Habitual non-attendance is a reportable matter which PCS is required to do.
Partial absences are occasionally necessary for appointments etc, however please avoid regularly arriving late, as this has detrimental impacts on class routines and leaves the arriving child feeling a disconnect with the lesson which is already underway.
Junior school students are developmentally learning about appropriate and inappropriate behaviours, and the fact that consequences apply to actions which are hurtful. Therefore students are guided towards acting appropriately, and consequences are determined with reference to their age and the seriousness of the action which they did.
See ‘Compliance’ section for more information.
Homework is generally designed to give students practice of skills and/or application of knowledge which they are expected to have some understanding (if not mastery) of. The amount of time spent doing homework should reflect an age appropriate quantity. The following approximate times should be a guide to how much time to allow your child to be doing homework:
• Kindergarten – NA
• Years 1 & 2 – Approx 20 mins
• Years 3 & 4 – Approx 30 mins
Non completion of homework is a disciplinary matter and students who regularly do not complete set homework will receive a consequence and their infraction is recorded.
DROP OFF AND PICKUP OF STUDENTS
Students can arrive at school in a variety of ways
• Escorted to school gate by parent / guardian
• Use ‘Kiss & Drop’ vehicle drop off (don’t get out of your driver seat) at school gate
• Bus – students walk into the school grounds from the bus shelter
Pickup procedures include:
• Collect your child from the Junior School COLA area at 2:50pm
• Collect your child at Express Pickup zone at school front entrance – (do not get out of your driver seat) at 2:55pm
• Bus – Junior School students assemble and are escorted to bus bay, and supervised whilst awaiting their bus
• OSHC – After School care students assemble behind Year 3 rooms and are escorted to the sports centre. Parents arriving after 4:00pm can drive to the bottom of the paved carpark (which is gated off during the day) and walk the short distance to the sports centre to collect their children.
Please communicate with your child/ren’s class teacher/s regarding their method of being collected at home time (for each day). Many students get confused and go to the wrong location unless the teacher is made aware and can assist them.
AWARDS & REWARDS
Young students usually respond to positive recognition of their achievements. All class teachers utilise various strategies to encourage students to put in their best effort, to behave thoughtfully and respectfully, to value achieving a goal and to change poor behaviours. Such things as stickers, prizes, ‘star cards’, certificates, special jobs, behaviour cards and of course regular words of encouragement all help children to understand the value of hard work and learning. See our Awards page for more information.
FOOD AND CANTEEN
Students need to bring their daily food requirements with them to school. Please make sure that lunch boxes are clearly marked with your child’s name. A water bottle is also a necessity, especially on hot days or after sport. As part of our ‘Crunch and Sip’ program, children are given a short time to have some fruit whilst working (if possible) and drink some water. Proper nutrition and lack of hunger contribute to better focus in class as well as better overall health.
In order to protect students with strong allergies to nuts, PCS has adopted a ‘Nut Free’ policy, and we encourage students NOT to bring products which contain nuts to school. Junior School students have a 10 minute period at the beginning of lunch time, when teachers are supervising them eating, and we endeavour to monitor students to ensure they have eaten their food and are not just discarding their food because they don’t like it or they just want to play etc.
The school canteen is available for parents to order either Recess or Lunch. Junior School students are not permitted to buy items over the counter. All items are ordered at the start of the day and collected by class monitors at the appropriate time. The canteen menu is available online for your convenience. Students who have not got any lunch will be given a simple sandwich from the canteen, and the parents notified. Further forgetfulness relating to food will result in parents being called and asked to bring some food to school for their child.
PARENT ACCESS TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
All visitors to PCS need to sign in at school reception. There are child protection and Work Health & Safety reasons for managing access in this way. We understand that it can be inconvenient at times, but there are compelling reasons for this practice which benefit both students and visitors, and we appreciate your understanding.
HELPING WITH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
We love having parents and guardians volunteer to help in Junior School. In fact, there are so many things with young students which are achieved when members of the school community help out. Some of the possible areas you may like to consider helping with may include:
• Reading groups
• Art classes
• Maths groups
• Sporting events
• Classroom talks
• Fundraising activities
• Take home book covering
• Enrichment groups
• Lunchtime interest group
• Clerical tasks for teachers
• Something related to your interests or expertise.