A-Z of Important Facts & Information
Absence and Lateness
Clarendon Primary School has an active Attendance Policy, which is also available in hard copy at the school office. 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 with a diary note. You may also use the school text messaging service for 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 one week or longer must be completed prior to the leave period. Exemption forms are available at the front office.
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.
School assemblies are held on Wednesday, generally in weeks 3, 6 & 9, in the Resource Centre from 2.30pm until end of school (3.20pm). We look forward to welcoming parents and friends but request that you kindly sign the visitors’ book upon arrival. Please check the diary dates in the school newsletter or at the office to confirm assembly dates.
Bank Transfer Details
School BSB: 065-132
School Account Number: 1032 8702
Payments can also be made in the office using our EFTPOS machine.
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 the Bushfire Information section.
Care of Belongings
Younger students have a plastic 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 choose which hook/cubicle to use each day so they know where to find it. School uniforms, bags, hats and lunchboxes can be quite expensive, so please label clearly all of your child’s school equipment to ensure it can always be returned to your child.
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.
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.
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.
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. See also Reception Students and New Students.
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.
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 of Education and Child Development 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.
Students need to be supplied with adequate, nutritious food for the school day, including lunch break and afternoon playtime. Children should bring a drink bottle to ensure they remain hydrated throughout the day (particularly in warm weather); filtered drinking water is provided. Students are encouraged to eat fruit, vegetables and other good food options. We encourage parents and children to pack food for school that has minimal packaging and is appropriate for school. The Right Bite Strategy has good tips for good food at school. 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 Night, Wine Bottling and Christmas Fair, Sports Day Sideshows, Firewood, Bulb and Entertainment Book sales.
Clarendon Primary School has a Grievance Procedure for Parents, Staff and Students. Hard copies of the procedure are available at the front office. Please consult the policy prior to raising concerns.
High School Transition
Students in year 7 have the opportunity to participate in the relevant Year 8 Transition programs offered by various high schools across the region. Year 7 students and their families are kept informed about upcoming open nights and information sessions throughout the year.
All classrooms have air-conditioning and our older buildings remain relatively cool in hot weather. Students are encouraged to stay cool, be less active, wear sunscreen and drink water regularly when the weather is hot. See Emergency Management Plan for further information.
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. A price list/order form for each class is available from the office and classrooms. Complete and take the form to the General Store by 6.30pm on Thursday (pre-orders are welcome). Lunch orders are delivered to each class by the first break (10.50am) on Friday.
The school newsletter is available every Friday. It is either sent home with the eldest child in each family, available on Skoolbag or emailed. Items for the school newsletter must be submitted no later than end of school on Wednesday. If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the newsletter, please let us know via this address firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add your email address to our contact list. Copies of all our recent newsletters are available on this website via the Skoolbag tab.
Please contact the school to arrange a tour with the principal. We encourage all new students 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. See Reception and Starting School for more information.
OSHC and Vacation Care
We share an OSHC (Out of School Hours Care) program with Kangarilla Primary School held at Kangarilla after school Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Monday & Friday by pre-booking only). It is important to register your child at the start of the year so that After School Care can be used when needed. There is a $5 per child registration fee which is included on your first account. A staff member escorts the children to the pick-up point on the main street of Clarendon and supervises them until the bus arrives at approximately 3.40pm to take them to Kangarilla. Contact OSHC on (08) 8383 7068 for more info. Please also let us know at Clarendon Primary which days your child is booked in to OSHC, so we know which students we need to walk down to the bus.
The Parent Club meets regularly according to need so please check your school newsletter. These meetings are held for fun, socialising and fundraising efforts for the school. All parents are welcome to attend the meetings and “new” parents are especially encouraged to attend. Coffee Cake and Chat Morning teas are held regularly for parents and community members to attend.
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 for 6 hours per week. Our PCW Jenni Forder supports a range of community and school programs; for further information, refer to the PCW information brochure available at the front office or contact Jenni at the school.
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 webpage on this site for more information.
Recycling and Waste Management
The school operates a 24 hour recycling shed for most household recyclable items. Please check the Recycle Shed for details. We are also able to recycle paper and cardboard using our industrial paper recycling skip.
School Council – Governing Council
The Governing Council assists and advises the Principal regarding governance of the school. The meetings are held on Mondays twice a term and start at 7.00pm in the Resource Centre. The AGM is held in early Term 1 and elects councillors to serve a two-year term. The School 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.
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 publications are available from the office or from this website. Current priority areas at Clarendon are Well being of Learning, Engagement for Learning and Quality Teaching and Learning.
The 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.
|Lesson Block 1||9.00am – 10.50am|
|Supervised Eating Time||10.50am – 11.00am|
|Morning Play Break||11.00am – 11.30am|
|Lesson Block 2||11.30am – 1.10pm|
|Afternoon Play Break||1.10pm – 1.40pm|
|Lesson Block 3||1.40pm – 3.20pm|
Students at Clarendon are required to follow the dress code of navy and light blue. Hats are part of the dress code and children are expected to wear them during terms 1, 3 & 4 and on any day with a UV Reading of 3 or above. These need to be in the style of either a legionnaire hat or slouch hat.
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. We also have a small selection of good second hand clothes at a nominal fee. Other items which meet the dress code are readily available from general department stores.
– *Broad brimmed, sun smart hats are required for all outside activity in accordance with Cancer Council and Sun Smart School recommendations.
– Plain Navy or Light blue beanies are appropriate for winter.
– *Hats with crown drawstrings are preferred and recommended as a safer option.
– Hats with under chin drawstrings or cords require safety release mechanism.
– Children without hats will have their outside playtime limited to designated shade areas.
– Baseball style or flat caps not acceptable.
– Navy-coloured: mid-thigh length or longer *sport shorts, *cargo shorts, *skorts, or skirt. NB: bike shorts/leggings are to be worn underneath skirts/dresses.
– Long pants/*tracksuit pants/trousers/*cargo pants in plain navy.
– 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.
– *Short or long-sleeved polo shirt in navy or light blue.
– *Two-toned CPS monogrammed polo shirt.
– *Navy school rain jacket or navy spray jacket for wet weather activities and playtimes.
– Collared shirt or skivvy in plain navy or light blue.
– *Navy hooded school jumper or *windcheater.
– Navy cardigan.
– *Navy and white cotton school dress.
– *Commemorative school shirts/jumpers including Year 7 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 playtimes 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 are not acceptable school footwear.
– Small studs or sleeper earrings are acceptable.
– Wrist watches are ok.
– Long hair must be secured off the face – 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). *Clarendon Primary School Bags are available.
– Umbrellas – The safe use of umbrellas by children is acceptable outside during wet weather. When not in use, umbrellas to be stored safely in bag areas.
– Make up, false nails and nail polish are not appropriate for school wear.
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 sign in the visitors register. This includes visitors for assemblies who need to sign the register in the library.
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!