For Parents

Parent Information

A copy of our the Holy Name School Parent Information Booklet can be picked up at our administration office. Other parent resources are available through Learning Support and/or Classroom teachers as required. 

Starting Kindergarten

Research has found that children learn best when they have a positive self-esteem. A positive self-esteem means the child feels loved and valued and is able to confidently interact with the world around them. Parents can help develop their child’s self esteem and school readiness by:

  • Talking positively about school and education
  • Encouraging children's efforts, irrespective of results
  • Encouraging them to socialise regularly with friends of the same age
  • Encouraging active lifestyles and creative potential through painting, making things or just running around
  • Providing them with responsibility e.g. Setting table/cleaning up after themselves
  • Accepting that they will be at a different stage of development and will learn at different rates
  • Allowing them to stay with relatives or friends occasionally to develop independence
  • Reading to your child regularly as research indicates that this will have a significant influence on a child's 'readiness' for school
  • Building awareness that will assist the child but are not essential to know before they come to school include how to:
    • Write or recognise their own name
    • Recognise their own belongings
    • Tie their own shoelaces
    • Recognise numbers from 1-10 and creating some familiarity with the alphabet through talking about letters when the opportunity arises
    • Helping your child to distinguish between their little lunch and big lunch

Be aware that each child develops individually and it is very important children enjoy their opportunity to learn.

Religious Education - Sharing your own faith and values with your children. Teaching them how to pray and allowing them to accompany you to church services.

Communication – take time to talk and to listen to your children, discussing the events of the day, asking questions, making observations and planning future activities.

Reading – read to your child, be seen as a reader, give books as presents or rewards, point out different signs in the street or whilst travelling and have plenty of books and print materials in the home.

Writing – let them see you write (notes to friends, shopping lists etc), provide a space for writing, praise their attempts as they begin to mimic writing and give the child various things for writing (pens, pencils, paper, note books, crayons, tracing stencils)

Maths – encourage them to count aloud common objects (pegs when hanging out the washing, animals on the farm), use words such as more/less, equal/below/above, circle/square, name the different types of money and how much things cost. Allow your children to play with blocks to copy shapes, talk about the time (morning or afternoon)

Starting High School

Holy Name Catholic Primary works closely with St Clare’s High School, Taree to ensure a smooth transition from Primary to High School. All students participate in a High School Orientation Day in Term 4 as well as selected students participating in additional transition days to assist identified needs.

Parent Involvement

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent teacher interviews are a critical time when students, teachers and parents meet to discuss both the learning success and the learning needs of the child. At Holy Name Catholic Primary School we provide 2 formal parent/teacher interview sessions towards the end of Term 1 and Term 3. Appointments can be made via our online booking system. All parents are encouraged to meet often with their class teacher outside this formal occasion, particularly after the release of the Semester One and Semester Two Student Reports.

Volunteering

There are many opportunities for parents and friends to become involved in the life of the school. These range from helping with class reading/educational programs, coaching or assisting with sporting teams, cultural or educational pursuits, working in the canteen, supporting the Parent Assembly and participating in the fund raising and social agendas of the P&F. All volunteers must have their Working With Children Check. Further information can be found in the Volunteer Induction Handbook

Holy Name Parents and Friends Association

There must be the closest co-operation between parents and the teachers to whom they entrust their children to be educated.  In fulfilling their tasks teachers are to collaborate with the parents and willingly listen to them; associations are to be set up and held within high esteem. “(The Code of Canon Law: Canon 796)

Our P & F meet in Weeks 3 and 7 on a Tuesday to discuss issues relating to the social, academic and spiritual development of their children.  Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend.  Engaging with academic pursuits, a healthy canteen and fundraising ideas are often topics on the agenda.  This very vibrant group adds much to the quality of Holy Name School.

Uniform Expectations

The wearing of the Holy Name School Uniform is a mandatory requirement for all students.  Strict adherence to the specifications as set out below is essential.  These specifications have been established by the Parents and Friends Association and no variations will be approved unless authorisation is granted by the latter body.

Class teachers are to monitor the children’s wearing of the uniform and contact parents to seek clarification when students are repeatedly out of uniform without permission.  If the situation is unable to be resolved then the Principal is to be informed.

  • Uniform is always neat, clean and tidy.
  • School shoes are polished.
  • No nail polish, transfer tattoos or make-up is to be worn at school.
  • A general tidiness in hairstyle (no mohawks / rats tails / colouring) and no fancy hair accessories. All Accessories should be maroon.  Long hair is to be tied back off the face.
  • Sleepers and flat studs only to be worn in pierced ears.
  • All clothing is to be labelled.
  • The wearing of the School hat is compulsory.
  • Necklaces are not permitted.

Children are encouraged to bring a note to explain any variation from the school uniform

Download Uniform Purchase Information

Canteen

The Canteen Committee, sponsored by the Parent’s and Friends Association, operate the school Canteen.

Lunches, drinks and snacks are available each day.  Children write their lunch orders on a bag at home or may order and pay online (orders close at 9.00am).  The bag with money enclosed is placed in the Class Lunch tray each morning.  Monitors take the tray to the canteen by 9.15 a.m. and pick up the tray at 11.00 a.m. Online ordering is also available by using the Qkr! App. 

Qkr! App

The canteen is open at lunch and at recess time Tuesday to Friday.

 

Outline of the School Day

8:30am – School Bell Start

Teacher on playground duty
Teachers are officially “On Duty”

8:55am – First Bell

Go to toilet and wash hands then move directly to assembly areas

9:00am – Second Bell

Morning prayer and communication of messages
Items for the office are collected and sent (eg. money)
Lessons commence

11:00am – Lunch Bell

Sit in designated area to eat lunch

11:40am – First Bell

Go to the toilet, wash hands, get a drink then move to line up

11:45pm – Second Bell

Line up outside classrooms (Year 3-6) Infants line up under COLA
Teachers present at lines
Lessons commence

1:30pm – Recess Bell

Sit in designated area to eat recess
Teacher dismisses students to play areas

1:55pm – First Bell

Go to the toilet, wash hands, get a drink then move to line up

2.00pm – Second Bell

Line up outside classrooms (Year 3-6) Infants line up under COLA
Teachers present at lines
Lessons commence

3:00pm

Bell to assemble in designated area ready for afternoon departure

3:05pm

Classes dismissed as per dismissal procedures

 

Reporting Concerns for Children

Concerns for children is a term used to capture a wide range of possible situations or issues that may adversely affect the safety, welfare or well-being of a child or class of children. You may like to seek advice through the services provided by our Diocese using the following link.

https://www.mn.catholic.org.au/agencies/child-protection/ 

41 Lake Street
Forster NSW 2428

Phone: 02 6554 6504
Fax: 02 6554 8895