About Langley Primary School

Facilities

Brand new classroom/admin/breakout area, all air conditioned and have the latest interactive whiteboards. All students utilise computers and ipads.

Physical activity is part of daily Langley life. The school has an excellent Tiger Turf surface which children use for sporting activities as well as a multitude of games. Recently acquired fitness stations also enhance the variety of fitness activities available to children.

Spacious natural play areas encompass two separate sets of playground equipment, a large covered sandpit and outdoor chess settings, all increasing play opportunities to cover the range of student ages. Also a new amphitheatre with lovely surrounds.

A large multipurpose hall was recently built to enable an indoor play area for wet days and to showcase students, musical, dramatic and artistic talents.

Library Facilities

The MARC Van is at our school once a week and children have the opportunity to borrow books. Library sessions are conducted weekly during which children are introduced to a variety of literature, are taught how to use the library resources effectively, and assisted in developing skills in research and accessing information. The children are encouraged to borrow books from the van for recreational reading at school and at home. Parents may also borrow books and materials. Parents are expected to ensure that children care for the books that are taken home and should contact their MARC teacher should a book become lost or damaged. A named library bag (cloth) is required. Preps are usually supplied with one.

School Hours

9.00am School Commences
11.00am Morning Recess
11.30am Classes Commence
1.00pm Lunch in Rooms
1.15pm Lunch Recess
2.00pm Classes Commence
3.30pm Dismissal

Staff

Mrs Natalie Talbot (Acting Principal)

Mrs Vicki Nettleton

Ms Stacey Michell

Ms Amanda Copeland

Ms Jocelyn Russell (MARC Library)

Livia Bourke (Business Manager)

Ellie Marney (Indonesian)

Ged Seddon & Marcus Drago-Stevens (Intregation)

PREP INFORMATION

Starting School at Langley Primary School

Both parents and teachers are very aware that children beginning school are passing one of the milestones they will meet on their way to adulthood and independence. Undue unhappiness can be avoided if parents plan experiences to prepare children emotionally for school.

There will be many new experiences for learning and discovery.
Learning in a world of change cannot be passive or overformal. Your child will be in a stimulating environment that allows for movement, investigation and discussion.

This is a time when children most need your confidence and understanding. You can share your child’s growth through your interest in their school life, their reading, and the work they bring home and through your visits to the school. As teachers feel that the school should give satisfaction as well as learning, there are many demands to meet and your support as parents is an essential part of a successful school.

The First Day

On the commencement day your child will require a large school bag, play lunch, lunch and a drink (drink bottles with water only, are encouraged to be available to children at all times.)

It is important to arrive before time, not too early though as a long wait for class to begin may add to any strain or tension already existing. It is natural for children to experience some fears about school. (Will I miss home? Will the other kids like me? Who’s going to meet me after school?)

Discuss any fears about school BEFORE the first day. Be positive and loving. Be reassuring – say that everything will be alright. Do all you can to make your child happy and confident about going to school.

After a short settling in period, it is wise to leave your child with the teacher and leave the school. Leave your child cheerfully.

Letting go can be hard, but don’t let your doubts or nervousness dampen your child’s enthusiasm. If you have a positive attitude and look forward to the first day of school, your child will probably do the same.

Be careful not to smother your child. Allow them to carry their own bag & collect their belongings. Early in the year your child should be encouraged to enter the school & put their own bag away independently.

Learning can be Fun!

You can help your child become an interested learner by spending time with him or her by:

  • Helping him/her to recognise (and write) his/her name eg. Capital letters first, lower case for others eg Robert/Megan
  • Making shopping lists together
  • Encouraging your child to sit at a task for a short length of time
  • Counting objects in the house, find numbers in the environment
  • Joining a library and allowing your child to borrow books regularly
  • Sharing favourite books at a special time each day
  • Paying attention to signs and print in the environment
  • Writing and drawing with your child
  • Buying books as presents, this shows you value them
  • Playing simple games
  • Cooking with him/her
  • Making and using play dough
  • Singing favourite nursery rhymes and songs
  • Sorting washing, buttons etc.
  • Speaking positively
  • Praising their efforts-remember your child will develop necessary skills to become an independent learner, however he/she needs guidance

Children can be encouraged to help themselves by being taught to...

  • Care for their property
  • Dress and undress themselves
  • Tie their own shoe laces (if possible) or have shoes with buckles or velcro
  • Help in simple tasks
  • Put away toys and tools
  • Employ good eating habits
  • Manage in the toilet
  • Wash themselves
  • Listen carefully
  • Follow simple instructions
  • Obey simple instructions
  • Speak politely
  • Care for school property
  • Use a handkerchief or tissue
  • Open and close lunch boxes and school bags, drink bottles and be able to undo lunch wrap.

Lunch & Healthy Snack

Lunches are eaten in the classroom or outside in pleasant weather under the supervision of the teacher from 1.00 – 1.15
All children should bring something to eat at morning recess (11.00-11.30).
Please ensure the amount of food that your child has is adequate but not excessive as children are encouraged to eat all their lunch. It is a good idea to discuss food preferences with your child the night before so that the children are happy to eat their lunch and not have to eat food they don’t like. School lunches should be nutritious.
Please wrap the play lunch separately from the main lunch.
Lunch boxes and drink containers need to have the child’s name written clearly on both top and bottom.
A sipper bottle of water on their worktable is encouraged all year. Fizzy drinks are not permitted at school.

Fruit Day

Every Tuesday we ask you to bring an extra piece of fruit to eat together as whole school straight after Lunch play. A discussion is often after held concerning the fruits brought in – good health promotion.

Hot Lunches

Children who wish their lunches to be heated must wrap them in foil with their name marked on it (permanent marker) and place it in their grade’s tub. The sauce does not supply tomatoe sauce. 

Feature of Multi-Age Classrooms

Multi-age groupings model the family group in which the child’s initial learning took place. In a family, children have the opportunity to learn from parents and siblings. Children develop socially and intellectually at quite different rates and they have a diverse range of interests. The multi-age structure recognizes this diversity.
Children learn by modelling others. The older children in the class can be role models for the younger ones. The younger children quickly adopt the independent work habits, skills and practices of the older ones. Children are less competitive towards each other. They are more ready to accept differences and take advantage of the opportunities given to work at their level.

Multi-Age Groupings Allow Teachers...

  • Opportunities for extension of students beyond traditional year expectations.
  • Opportunities for social interaction between the different age groups. A spirit of mutual assistance and acceptance between students for each child to work at different times in different ways for different purposes.

School Entry (Immunisation & Birth Certificate)

ALL CHILDREN STARTING PREP MUST HAVE AN IMMUNISATION CERTIFICATE.
This certificate will indicate whether or not your child has been immunized against diphtheria, polio, tetanus, measles and mumps.
A copy of the child’s birth certificate is also required.

Emergency Contact

All parent/guardians are asked to fill in an emergency information form, which is kept in the office. This includes your contact numbers and an emergency contact number of a friend or relative. This information is required so that we can contact you quickly should an emergency arise. If there is a change in any of the information that you initially provided (eg: phone number, address or health details) please notify the office immediately.

Dress Code & School Uniform

School uniform is available at the office. Order forms can be found at the office and payment is required. Children are encouraged to wear the school colours green and gold. Black or Green pants/shorts/skirts. Please mark all articles of clothing and belongings clearly with your child’s name (including hats, lunch boxes, drink bottle etc). The children are asked to take their shoes in the new class room area, so we encourage them to bring slippers, crocs etc to change into.

Other Requirements

Children require an art smock to protect their clothing during art sessions. Children also require a library bag to hold reading books and books borrowed from the MARC van.
Ensure both items are labelled with your child’s name.

Sunsafe Policy

All are asked to take precaution against skin damage caused by the harmful ultra - violet rays of the sun. Sun block is available in all classrooms.
It is compulsory for children to wear a broad brimmed hat in Terms 1 & 4, when outdoors or playing sport. Please put names on hats. Hats are available for sale at the school.

Absences

To support your child’s learning, ensure school attendance is regular. If your child is away from school for illness at any time, a brief note from the parent is required. This is a legal requirement. In cases of extended absence, a phone call to the office or to the classroom teacher to give an early indication of likely return date would be appreciated.

Discipline

The school aims to enable each child to take responsibility for their own behaviour. All teachers actively seek to recognize positive behaviour in students in both classes and the playground through verbal recognition, awards and certificates, stickers, etc.
Parents should be proud of their children's behavioural efforts at school and reinforce these achievements.
There are clearly stated rules for both the classroom and playground with progressive consequences for children who choose to break the rules. Parents will be contacted if children seem to be having problems socially or in fitting in with school life.

Local Excursion & Photo Permission Form

At the beginning of each year, parents are asked to sign 2 forms for local excursion and use of the child’s photograph. Further information will be forwarded to parents early in the New Year.

Book Club

The school offers Ashton Scholastic book club to the children. Scholastic offer a wide range of books at reasonable prices. There are usually two issues a term. If you wish to order from the book club the money or cheque (made out to Ashton Scholastic) can be sent to school in an envelope. The school in turn sends a cheque to the company.
The school receives commission on book club sales in the form of book credits. This is usually between 10- 30% of the children's orders and is used to obtain books and computer software for classrooms and the school library.

Bus Travel

The bus, which serves Langley Primary School, is coordinated at Kyneton Secondary College. Prospective bus travellers should contact the College to make necessary arrangements. Normally, bus transport is available to children who live more than 4.8kms from the school. Casual travelling on a bus is not approved.
A teacher accompanies children across the road to the bus. Please insist on your child using the bus in a safe, acceptable manner.

Traffic Safety

The safety of children coming to and from school is always a priority.
Parents should ensure they are aware of children in the car park and enter and leave it safely. Parents should accompany their children from the gate to the car.

Excursions/Incursions

Excursions and Incursions enrich and enhance students learning. Several are planned throughout the year. These will provide firsthand experience which is part of a vital educational program. Participation in these group outings or performances held at the school is expected and is a valuable part of a child’s development. In addition, Children participate in the school swimming program at Campaspe Downs’ heated pool. Parents are notified of such events in advance, together with the cost outlines. Payment is required before the day of the event. EMA allowance can be used for any Excursions/Incursions.
Please send all payment labelled and this can be left in the red letter box near the office.

Camps Sports, Excursion Funding (CSEF)

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)  commenced in 2015 for four years and will provide  payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions. Families  holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students. Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student

Conveyance Allowance

You may be eligible for Conveyance Allowance if you live 4.8km or more from the school or Langley Primary School is 4.8km or more from the next nearest school.

Newsletters

A Newsletter containing school information, dates and activities is sent home on Friday, with the eldest member of the family. Our newsletter is our key means of weekly communication. Please be sure to read it for notification of important dates and events.

Public Holidays

State Schools observe all public holidays. Currently School Council authorises a school holiday on the first Wednesday in November as Kyneton Cup Day.

Pupil Free Days

Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development and student assessment and reporting purposes. The first day of Term 1 is a student free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school and School Council.

School Bags

Please check your child’s bag at the end of each day. This is one way of making certain that you get all information from the school and keep track of clothing. All school bags are stored in areas designated for each class.

Transition Program

Langley Primary School offers a Transition Program for Grade 6 students who are attending local secondary schools. We have ongoing communication with these schools to ensure that the transition from primary to secondary schools is a smooth as possible. Students who will be new preps at our school are also offered a program of classroom visits at the year prior to their commencement at school. Details of enrolment day and transition program can be obtained from the School Office.

Valuables at School

Children are asked NOT to bring valuable items to school.This includes Ipods, Mobile phones etc. The school cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage to valuable items..