A-Z of Important Facts & Information

Absence and Lateness
Clarendon Primary School has an active Attendance Policy. Regular and consistent attendance at school every day is a vital part of establishing good work habits and routines with your children. Please let us know when your child is absent by telephoning, sending a message via the Skoolbag app or texting on our SMS number. You may also use the school text messaging service for other non-urgent notifications.

When children arrive late (after 9am) or leave early (before 3.20pm), they must be signed in or out at the front office. While we encourage families to take their holidays outside of school term times, we understand that this is not always possible, and exemption forms for absences of 3 days or longer must be completed prior to the leave period. Exemption forms are available at the front office. If your child is sick for three or more days, a sickness certificate is required.

Annual Report
Each year, an Annual Report is prepared for the School Community and reports on a range of mandatory areas in line with state and federal compliance requirements. Click here to find a copy of our latest Annual Report 2020.
In more recent times we have been hosting separate assemblies: one for families of Reception to Year 3 students and another for families of Year 4 to 7 students. Check SkoolBag, the Term Planner or latest newsletters for times; we host at least one per term for each of these groups.

Assemblies are held in the Resource Centre from 2.45pm until end of school at 3.20pm. RSVPs are currently not required, however, we ask that you check in when you arrive.

Bank Transfer Details
School BSB: 065-132 
School Account Number: 1032 8702

Payments can also be made in the office using EFTPOS.

We ask that you use either of these methods rather than cash, thank you.

Behaviour Management
Please refer to the section of this website relating to Wellbeing and Behaviour Management.
Books and Stationery
Exercise books and required stationery are supplied to students at the start of the year, or when they commence. Covers are often provided (check with the class teacher).
Bushfire Action Plan
Clarendon Primary School is in an R2 Bushfire Zone, as part of the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District.

Please note that the school is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger, as forecast the day prior before 4pm on the CFS website or BOM website. Parents will be informed using our SMS text system of any bushfire related closures or emergencies.

See our Emergency Management Plan for more information.

Care of Belongings
Younger students have a folder for their diaries and notices. Students are encouraged to look after their own belongings and bags. It’s a great idea to let your child pack and carry their own bag and place their bag on/in their hook/cubicle so they know where to find it. School uniforms, bags, hats and lunchboxes can be quite expensive, so please clearly label all of your child’s school items to ensure it can always be returned to your child.
Car Parking
There is a car park immediately behind the school in Potter Road, with steps leading down to the classroom areas. Please observe parking and pick up restrictions on Potter Road. Overflow parking is available at the community hall/kindergarten, accessed via Grants Gully Road. This is a lovely short walk up to our school; be sure to cross at the school crossing.
Communication Book/Diary
All students have a communication book/diary for important messages from their teacher or parent. Please check this each day and encourage your children to utilise the diary to foster their personal organisation and time management skills.
Emergency Contacts
We like to keep our emergency names and telephone numbers up to date and we also ask for the names of people with whom your child may go home, if necessary. Please let us know if details change. It is vital that we have your current mobile number also in the event of needing to notify you re bushfire closures and other significant events.
Enrolment Procedures
When do I enrol my child? Please enrol your child at about the time he or she begins pre-school. This will help the pre-school as well as us. We would like to know as soon as possible so that our staff and our classes can be well organised.

Please submit an Expression of Interest and we will get in touch with you. If you do not hear back from us within a week, please follow up with a call (8383 6110) in case something went awry with our website.

See the Reception Students and New Students headings on this page for further information.

Feedback and complaints
Let us know if you have feedback or a complaint, or if you want to give us a compliment. Feedback is valuable as it helps us shape our services to meet your needs. Each year, the parent opinion survey is distributed to collect information from families about the way we run the school. We may also distribute surveys at other times to collect feedback from parents on various issues.

Contact can be made by coming into the office, by using the “Get in Touch” eForm on the Skoolbag app, by calling the school 8383 6110 or by sending an email to our Principal david.hodges852@schools.sa.edu.au.

First Aid
Limited first aid is provided by school staff. When a child is ill or injured, we will contact their parent/guardian or nominated contact person so that treatment can be arranged. If necessary, an ambulance will be called for serious or urgent conditions. Ambulance costs are covered by the Department for Education should you not have your own cover.

Class teachers and support staff need to be informed if your child suffers from asthma or any other condition requiring medication so that an appropriate plan may be made and we can keep any required medication onsite. 

Students need to be supplied with adequate, nutritious food for the school day. Lunch (first break) is at 10.50am, and recess (second break) is at 1.10pm. Each day children should bring:

  • a drink bottle to ensure they remain hydrated throughout the day (particularly in warm weather); filtered drinking water is provided to refill bottles.
  • a fruit snack (for around 10am)
  • lunch (for first break)
  • recess (for second break) 

We encourage parents and children to pack food for school that has minimal packaging. Please save chocolates, lollies, etc for after school snacks.

The Right Bite Strategy has good tips for good food to bring to school, plus this Pick & Mix suggestion is a great at-a-glance guide. Lunch orders are available every Friday (see Lunches heading).

We encourage parents to be involved in fundraising activities for the school. In the past these have proven to be successful social occasions as well as a valuable source of raising funds for the school. Fundraisers to date have included quiz nights, wine bottling, a Christmas fair, Sports Day sideshows, Bunnings sausage sizzle, firewood, bulb and Entertainment Book sales.
Grievance Procedure
Clarendon Primary School has a Grievance Procedure for Parents, Staff and Students. Please consult the policy prior to raising concerns.
High School Transition
Students in years 6 & 7 have the opportunity to participate in the relevant Year 7/8 Transition programs offered by various high schools across the region. Years 6 & 7 students and their families are kept informed about upcoming open nights and information sessions throughout the year.
Hot Weather
All classrooms have air-conditioning and our older buildings remain relatively cool in hot weather. When the weather is hot, students are encouraged to stay cool, be less active, wear sunscreen and drink water regularly.

Hats must be worn for Term 1 & 4 during all outside play and outdoor lesson time, plus during Term 3 from 1 September as the UV increases. At other times, the wearing of hats can be at the discretion of the teacher, according to the UV reading for the day and the duration students will be outside. It is best to ensure your child has a hat in their bag year-round.

See Emergency Management Plan for further information.

Lost Property
Lost property is usually held for a short while on the cupboards under the porch of the heritage classroom building. Named items can easily be returned to their owner, however, unnamed and unclaimed items may end up in our treatment room as spares or be donated to charity. PLEASE CLEARLY LABEL ALL PROPERTY.

Lunches may be ordered once a week on Friday from the Clarendon General Store. Order forms for each class are available from the office and from the General Store in the main street of Clarendon. Complete the correct colour:
green = Reception/Year 1 Class
yellow = Year 2/3 Class
blue = Year 4/5 Class
pink = Year 6/7 Class

Drop the form at the General Store by 4pm on Thursday (pre-orders earlier in the week are welcome). The information is also available on Skoolbag: General Information > Lunch Orders.

Lunch orders are delivered to each class by the first break (10.50am) on Friday.


The school newsletter is available fortnightly on Friday (odd weeks). It is either sent home with the eldest child in each family, sent via the SkoolBag app or emailed via the SkoolBag app.

To keep in touch with the latest at school, be sure to download the SkoolBag app and add Clarendon Primary School. Join the class group associated with your child/ren to receive push notifications specific to your child/ren’s class/es, including our fortnightly newsletter.

Our newsletters can be viewed by anyone on this website on the “Parent & Family Information” tab ->Newsletters.

New Students
Please complete our Expression of Interest form. We encourage new students across all year levels to commence at the beginning of the year or term. Starting school on the first day of the week is also preferred to ensure that the transition to a new school and class is as smooth as possible. If you are enrolling your child in Reception, please see Reception and Starting School for more information.
OSHC and Vacation Care

We have an onsite OSHC program every morning; the program is staffed on regular school days before school from 6.30am to 8.30am. To book, please email oshc@adam.com.au.

After school OSHC is available at Kangarilla on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday via bus. Children must be collected by 6pm. To book, please email oshc.director78@schools.sa.edu.au. Please also let us know at Clarendon Primary if your child is booked in to afternoon OSHC as we need to ensure they are on our bus list.

On pupil-free and school closure days, OSHC will be offered for the full day – please keep an eye on the newsletter for information regarding which service will provide it.

When there is an early school finish at the end of term (2.20pm dismissal), the bus will take students to OSHC at Kangarilla as usual, with OSHC ending at 6pm.

During school holidays, OSHC will be offered at Aberfoyle Campus Schools from 6.30am to 6.30pm.

Please read the Clarendon OSHC Handbook for more information.

Parent Visits
Parents are invited to an acquaintance evening early in Term 1 each year. These are a great opportunity to connect and reconnect with staff, other parents, students and community members. Parents may visit the school and classes at other times by negotiation with staff and the principal.
Pastoral Care Worker
Local community churches provide a Pastoral Care Worker to our school on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Our PCW Annara Oxenham supports a range of community and school programs; for further information, refer to the brochure below or contact Annara at school.

PCW Website Info 2020

PCW Annara Oxenham Clarendon PS

Reception Students
At Clarendon Primary School, our vision for a child’s Reception year is that it features the best aspects of Kindergarten and Junior Primary in a school setting that understands and respects their developmental needs and meets them in a caring, nurturing way that provides a strong foundation for their future learning.

Please Refer to the dedicated Reception – Starting School section on this site for more information.

If you wish to register your interest to enrol your child at Clarendon Primary, please complete the Expression of Interest form.

School Council – Governing Council

The Governing Council assists and advises the Principal regarding governance of the school. The meetings are held on Tuesdays twice a term and start at 7pm in the Resource Centre. The AGM is held in early Term 1 and elects councillors to serve a two-year term. The Governing Council is the representative body for the parents of the school. School Councillors will welcome your suggestions or concerns in relation to governance matters and raise them on your behalf at council meetings. Please see the Our School tab –> Staff Information for an up to date list of our Governing Council members.

School Photographs

Your child’s class and individual photographs are taken by a nominated photographer each year – usually during Term 1 or 2.

School Priorities and Strategic Plan

A three year plan details the developing areas within the school as well as our core business and long term focus. Copies of this Strategic Plan and other policies are available from the office or from this website. Current priority areas at Clarendon are Wellbeing of Learning, Engagement for Learning and Quality Teaching & Learning.

School timetable
Our school hours are from 9.00am to 3.20pm. There is a teacher to supervise the play area from 8.30am until school starts at 9.00am, and from 3.20pm (when children are dismissed) until 3.35pm.

Morning OSHC is available onsite at Clarendon Primary from 6.30am. Breakfast is provided. For more information or to book, email oshc@adam.com.au, using ‘Clarendon Primary School’ as the subject.

Lesson Block 1 9.00am – 10.50am
Supervised Lunch Eating Time 10.50am – 11.00am
Morning Play Break 11.00am – 11.30am
Lesson Block 2 11.30am – 1.10pm
Afternoon Play Break (Recess) 1.10pm – 1.40pm
Lesson Block 3 1.40pm – 3.20pm

Afternoon OSHC is available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at Kangarilla Primary School via a Department for Education school bus. Students are escorted to the bus stop by a staff member who waits with them in the main street until they board the bus. OSHC is also available on Tuesday, however, there is no bus to transport students on this day, so you would need to make your own arrangements.

OSHC students must be collected from Kangarilla Primary School by 6pm. For more information or to book, email oshc.director78@schools.sa.edu.au.

Please also let us know here at Clarendon if your child will be attending afternoon OSHC as we need to ensure their name is on our bus list.


Students at Clarendon are required to follow the dress code of navy and light blue. Sun hats are part of the dress code and children are expected to wear them during all of Terms 1 & 4, and from the first day of spring, 1 September. Children should also keep a hat in their bag for other unseasonably hot days during Term 2 & 3.

The asterisked items below are available at the office. Please enquire at the office for a price list and payment details. Uniform items with logos may also be purchased from the office. Other items that meet the dress code are readily available from general department stores.



– *Broad brimmed, navy, sun smart hats are required for all outside activity in Terms 1 & 4. We have a navy bucket hat with a crown drawstring embroidered with our logo and your child’s name. Please note that children without a sun hat during the prescribed times above will have their outside playtime limited to designated shade areas.

NB hats with crown drawstrings are preferred and recommended as a safer option. Hats with under chin drawstrings or cords require a safety release mechanism. Baseball style or flat caps are not acceptable.

– *Plain Navy or Light blue beanies are appropriate for winter. We have a navy beanie available, embroidered with our logo and your child’s name.

Lower Body: 
Navy-coloured, mid-thigh length or longer:

– *sport shorts

– *cargo shorts

– *skorts, or skirt

NB: bike shorts/leggings can be worn underneath skirts/dresses, however, not as pants


– long pants/*tracksuit pants

– trousers/*cargo pants

NB no denim, large visible commercial logos, skirts, skorts or shorts shorter than mid thigh. Leggings, bike shorts or tights alone are not acceptable as school pants

Upper Body: 
– *Short or long-sleeved polo shirt in navy or light blue

– *Two-toned Clarendon Primary monogrammed polo shirt

– *Navy school rain jacket or navy spray jacket for wet weather activities and play times

– Collared shirt or skivvy in plain navy or light blue

– *Navy hooded school jumper or *windcheater

– Navy cardigan

– *Two-toned Clarendon Primary monogrammed school dress

– *Commemorative school shirts/jumpers including senior tops

– Students may wear their own personal rain jackets and parkas to and from school and outside in inclement or cold weather

– Sturdy shoes with socks including closed sneakers, leather ‘work’ boots, school shoes or sturdy sandals are appropriate for school

– Closed shoes need to worn during Kitchen-Garden lessons

– Gumboots/work boots are recommended for Kitchen Garden lessons and winter play times and children are welcome to keep a pair of gumboots at school

– Children are welcome to keep slippers/ugg boots at school for inside times during colder months

– Thongs and flimsy sandals are not acceptable school footwear

– Earrings: small studs or sleepers are acceptable

– Watches: wrist watches are okay as long as they do not create a distraction

– Hair: long hair must be secured off the face using a hair tie or scrunchy; having the hair secured also reduces incidences of head lice and this is a requirement also for Kitchen Garden and technology lessons

– School bag: appropriate proportions to the child and preferably kept light (less than 10% of a child’s body weight)

– Umbrellas: the safe use of umbrellas by children is acceptable outside during wet weather. When not in use, umbrellas must be stored safely in bag areas

NB make up, false nails and nail polish are not appropriate for school wear.

It is a good idea to pack a change of clothes to school, particularly for younger students.

Please see our Uniform & Dress Code Policy for further information.


For the purpose of safety and security ALL VISITORS are kindly requested to report to the office upon arrival at the school and use the QR to sign in, as well as sign in using the visitors’ register. This includes visitors for assemblies who need to sign the register in the library.

Wet Weather

Our school has little shelter so jackets and umbrellas are very common in the winter months. Students can leave their rubber boots and shoes in classroom foyers to avoid making the carpets muddy and slippers can be worn inside. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated!

If there is wet weather during break times, inside activities will be provided in classrooms/the library as decided by the teacher on yard duty.

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