The School Day

by stevefang

Community Sharing

Community Sharing is held on a regular basis as an opportunity to develop a sense of community, to celebrate learning and to share learning. Parent/s are always invited to these celebrations.

Special Events

Special Events and parents are invited to all Community Sharing occasions. These provide a unique opportunity to share experiences with families.

Events will be published on the school calendar and information and invitations will be sent to parents leading up to the events.

Activities Programme

Activities are offered on a term basis and for 3, 4 and 5 year olds from 4:00 to 5:00pm. Activities are provided by both Early Years Centers teaching staff and by outside providers. The programme is carefully developed based on interests and suitability and the programme is posted to the website. Parents sign up and pay for the Activities Programme on a term by term basis.

Schedule

The Early Years Centers school day is from 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Students may join for breakfast before school starts, from 8:00am until 8:30am.

In the afternoon, an optional activities programme is offered to the 3, 4 and 5 year olds.

Further information about the Activities Programme and costs are provided separately. The daily schedule varies between age groups. The following schedule provides a guide to a typical day; however, the actual class schedule will be provided by the teaching staff.

Schedule 
8:00 – 8:30Breakfast (Optional)
8:30 – 8:40Mindfulness
8:40 – 9:20Morning Meeting /Guided Inquiry
9:20 –10:00Guided Inquiry
10:00 – 10:20Outdoor Play
10:20 – 10:40Snack
10:40 –11:20Guided Inquiry
11:20 – 12:00Free Inquiry
12:00 – 12:30Lunch
12:30 – 2:00Rest/Sleep
2:10 – 2:50Free Inquiry
2:50 – 3:30Snack
3:30 – 3:50Outdoor Play
3:50 – 4:00Reflection
*4:00 – 5:00Activities Programme

Each day students have scheduled time for outdoor play, except when air quality is not suitable. Air quality is always monitored both inside and outside, with an air purification system operating within the building to ensure that students in the center enjoy air that is of optimal standard. Outdoor play is suspended when the outdoor AQI is 150 or above. Outdoor play is then relocated to the Multi-Purpose Room/s.

School Dress

There is a uniform for Early Years students, however this is only required to be worn on days when students participate in a school field trip or are representing the Early Years Center. At other times students have the option to wear the uniform or they may wear their own choice of personal clothing.

Care should be taken when helping to choose students’ clothing, to ensure it is both practical and comfortable for both indoor and outdoor activities. Clothing can influence the quality of their experiences and may affect their health, safety, comfort, play and learning.

Students need clothes that allow them to be independent and able to dress themselves e.g. comfortable pants and shoes that are quick and easy to put on and take off by themselves.

Absence from School

Parents are asked to telephone, email or send a note of explanation to the Classroom Teacher if their child is absent through sickness or any other reason.

If there is a special occasion where a student is to be absent for any reason other than illness, please advise the teaching staff at least one day before.

Routines are very important for young students and we encourage students to attend school every day and arrive on time.

Late Arrival

Students arriving after 8:40am are marked as ‘late’ for school on our attendance register. If arriving after 8:40am parents are asked to report to the reception desk to sign in before going to class. The School receptionist will adjust the school attendance register accordingly.

Lateness is monitored and parents will be contacted to work out a solution should there be a pattern of lateness. Valuable learning is missed when students arrive late.

Early Departure

If students are required by their parents to leave school early, the parent must make prior arrangements with the Classroom Teacher. Prior to departure the parent and student are asked to report to the front reception desk and sign-out with the receptionist.

Rest Time

Each day the students have a rest time from 12:30pm – 2:00pm. After Spring Festival, 5 year old students will begin transitioning for primary school and no long have rest time. Parent/s are required to provide the following bedding items:

• One top sheet maximum size 134cm*60 cm • One bottom fitted sheet size 164*80cm
• One small pillow with cover

Every Friday bedding items will be sent home for laundering. Please return each Monday morning. We ask that all parents label, with the child’s name, all bedding items.

Extended Absence

Parent/s are requested to inform the Classroom Teachers if their child will be absent from school for an extended period of time. While it is not easy to replicate the school- learning environment when away from the school, teaching staff are able to provide some guidance for the students continued learning while they are absent.

en_US