Port Kennedy Primary School opened in 1996 and is part of the Education Department’s South Metropolitan Region. Located in a residential area to the south of the City of Rockingham, the school serves a community of social and economic diversity. The school population grew rapidly from its opening in 1996. In 2015, the year 7 students move to high school. This has a significant impact on our student population with the estimated student enrolment of 572 in 2015.
The school’s permanent facilities include:
Grounds facilities include a fenced multipurpose hard court area, an oval with cricket pitch, cricket nets, soccer pitch and football goals. There are grassed and paved play areas and adventure play equipment with sand pits.
The school is staffed by the Department of Education WA.
Port Kennedy Primary is a part of the South Metropolitan Education Region.
In 2015 an exciting change will occur at PKPS and in all schools nationally with the implementation of Phase 1 Australian Curriculum subjects: English, Maths, History and Science. At PKPS we will continue to implement: The Arts (Music, Visual Arts) and some Dance (P – 3); Health and Physical Education; LOTE Indonesian (3 – 6) and an increased utilisation of iPads and apps to compliment the current ICT programme.
Administration ……………………………. 9593 5055
Fax ………………………………….………9593 5504
Kindergarten (N8 Clownfish & Dory)……..9593 6518
Kindergarten (N7 Jellyfish & Starfish)…… 9593 7238
Pre-Primary N4 & 5 …………………….…9593 6481
Pre-Primary N6 …………………………….9593 7296
Canteen …………………………………….9593 5507
The Term dates for each year are published in the first and final newsletter.
School Development days will be advised early in Term 1.
Term dates for 2015 are as follows:
Term 1 Monday 2nd April – Thursday 2nd April
Term Break Friday 3rd April – Sunday 19th April
Term 2 Monday 20th April – Friday 3rd July
Term Break Saturday 4th July – Sunday 19th July
Term 3 Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September
Term Break Saturday 26th September – Sunday 11th October
Term 4 Monday 12th October – Thursday 17th December
Labour Day – Monday 2nd March
Good Friday – Friday 3rd April
Easter Monday – Monday 6th April
ANZAC Day – Monday 27th April
Western Australia Day – Monday 1st June
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 28th September
8:35am – Formal playground supervision finishes.
8:50am – Morning session commences
11.00 – 11.20 RECESS
12.50 – 1.30 LUNCH
3:00pm Afternoon dismissal
Department of Education Regulations require all absences to be explained. Parents are requested to send a note to school detailing the reason for their child’s absence. Verbal advice in person to the teacher or by telephoning the school is also acceptable.
The school is equipped to attend to minor injuries or illness only. In most circumstances, the child will return to class. If a child’s injury or illness requires further attention, parents or caregiver will be contacted. In an emergency, the school will call an ambulance or seek medical assistance at the local hospital. A parent will then be advised.
Parents are responsible for costs or charges in these circumstances.
Whole school assemblies are held fortnightly in the undercover area.
* Thursday 9:00am start Week 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
The Book Club operates out of the Library. Children bring the correct money and their order form in a sealed envelope and put the envelope into the Brown box near the book returns desk, located in the Library. Book orders will be delivered to the child’s classroom.
The school canteen is a P&C service and operates four days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Menus and price lists are distributed each term. Lunch orders are placed in the class lunch basket which is sent to the canteen each morning. Lunch order bags may be purchased from the canteen.
Volunteer helpers are always welcome. If you would like to assist in any way, please contact the canteen on 9593 5507
The school encourages parents to be involved in various ways in their child’s education. A parent taking an active part in the learning process has many positive outcomes. Teachers may arrange parents to help with reading book, exchange, oral reading support, sports or physical education, in-class helpers, excursion assistants, cooking, art and craft etc. Parents are asked to complete the Confidential Declaration Form before volunteering in class.
The enrolment card completed when a child is enrolled at the school provides information for the school data base. The school must be kept informed of any changes to enrolment information. Notification of changes in family circumstances and of emergency contacts is also required.
ALL DETAILS ARE HELD IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE.
Excursions and Incursions can provide vital support to teaching programs. The school endeavours to provide a balance of activities to complement these programs.
Parents are advised of any forthcoming excursion/incursion. Information and requirements for these are outlined in newsletters and notes, well in advance of the event.
Whilst every care is taken to keep the cost to a minimum, these events require funding by parents. Charges are outlined in a “Summary of Charges” schedule which is ratified by the School Council and is available at the Administration Office.
On enrolment at the school, children are placed in one of four factions. These are:
Collins – Blue
Rankin – Red
Sheean – Gold
Waller – White
Children earn points for their factions by participating in various activities and events during the year. Points are tallied and rewards are presented to the winning faction at the end of each term. Sporting trophies are also presented.
Children’s health needs are supported by a team of qualified professionals. These include:
Parents wishing to have their child referred to the school psychologist should contact the classroom teacher.
Teachers wishing to refer a child will contact the parent prior to a referral.
The school does not provide any medicines for children. If the Principal is to approve school staff administering or supervising the administration of medication to students then the following requirements must be met:
Assisted or Supervised Administration
If a student is unable to self-administer prescribed medication, a discussion between the principal, school staff and parent/guardian is necessary to attend to the following details:
Medication will only be accepted when parents/guardians adhere to the policy.
School staff will administer or supervise administration of prescribed medication in accordance with the instructions or advice of the medical authority.
It is possible that at some time during a child’s school years, he or she may contract one of the common diseases of childhood.
Parents are asked to note the exclusion periods for particular diseases to limit the spread of infection, not only before but whilst the child is suffering from early symptoms and whilst the virus or bacteria remains active in the body.
The following exclusion period details as provided by the Health Department are set out below for your information:
Chicken Pox: Child may return to school (if well) after all blisters have crusted – usually about ten days from onset.
Conjunctivitis: Child may return to school when discharge has stopped.
Influenza: Child may return to school when symptoms have subsided.
School Sores: Child may return to school if under treatment and sores
(Impetigo) are covered.
Measles: Child may return to school no less than seven days from appearance of rash. (Notifiable)
Mumps: Child may return to school (if well) no less than fourteen days from onset. (Notifiable)
Head Lice / Nits: Child may return to school after effective treatment has been administered to destroy all live head lice and the majority of the eggs.
Ringworm: Child may return to school if they are no longer likely to convey the infection. At least one day after effective treatment has commenced.
Rubella: Child may return to school when symptoms have
(German Measles) subsided – at least four days after onset of rash.
Notifiable diseases are those which must be reported by a medical practitioner to the Health Department of Western Australia
Further information may be obtained by contacting the Department of Health on 9339 1362 or Web address http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au
Port Kennedy Primary School offers a Kindergarten program for 4-year-old children and a Pre-Primary program for 5-year-old children. Information Booklets on these are available from the Administration Office.
Port Kennedy School has a fully automated library. A wide range of books and resources are available for both students and staff. Students have access to the library during nominated library times.
All students and staff are issued with a borrowing card, which remains in the library.
Children wishing to borrow a book must provide a library bag. These may be purchased from the Library.
Books and resources may be borrowed for up to seven days and may be renewed after that time. Parents are asked to pay the replacement cost for any lost or damaged items.
All lost property is kept at the Sports Office, located in West Block (close to the library). Items of lost property may be collected from the lost property box before school each day. Children should ensure that all school clothing and items of property brought to school are clearly marked with their name.
Children are not permitted to use mobile telephones at school. Telephone messages to children will be passed on in URGENT circumstances.
Children are encouraged not to bring valuables to school. This includes mobile phones. Money brought to school may be handed to class teachers for safekeeping. Please ensure all payments sent to school via children are sealed in an envelope with the child’s name, class and purpose of payment.
A school newsletter is published fortnightly. The newsletter provides information regarding school activities and events and is sent home via the oldest child in each family. An electronic version is available on the school’s website.
Parents support the school through the P&C Association. The P&C has a number of active committees which help provide additional resources for the benefit of the children and the school. These committees include:
The P&C meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the School Library at 7.00pm. Parents are most welcome to attend. Children are also welcome.
Teachers will hold a parent meeting early in Term 1 to introduce themselves, broadly outline goals, expectations, routines, homework etc. Throughout the year teachers may arrange parent interviews regarding children’s academic, social, behavioural or general progress at a time convenient to both parent and teacher. Please make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher if necessary.
The school has a Physical Education specialist teacher who provides all students with a comprehensive program. General sports fitness and games skills are taught throughout the school. Interschool carnivals and sporting events supplement “in-school” faction activities.
Physical fitness is undertaken by all students on a regular basis. Children are encouraged to be suitably attired for all Physical Education activities. This includes wearing suitable footwear.
An exemption note is required by students not participating in any Physical Education class.
Reports on children’s progress are issued at the end of each semester. Assessment of children’s work is carried out throughout the year. A school open night is also held in Term 3.
The School Council comprises representatives from staff and parents. The council meets twice each term to address various items relevant to the school. These items include:
* Assisting with setting the school’s priority areas of development.
* Approving plans developed to meet priorities.
* Monitoring and reviewing progress made towards achieving those plans.
Children are not permitted on school grounds out of hours unless under the direct supervision of a teacher or another adult. Approval must be obtained from the principal. The oval may be used for out-of-hours play.
Class requirement lists are distributed towards the end of each year. Orders can be placed online and delivered to your home. Alternatively, parents are free to purchase the items from other sources.
Government funds provide most resources used by students. However, personal items of stationery remain the responsibility of parents and should be replaced as needed.
Children from Pre Primary to Year 7 participate in swimming lessons held over a two-week period each year. Lessons are held during the school day. No tuition fees are charged, however bus transport and pool admission costs must be met by parents. Costs are outlined in the “Summary of Charges” schedule, which is available at the Administration Office. Children are to ensure that all items of swimming gear are clearly labelled with their name.
Parents are requested to notify the school when their children are transferring to another school. All outstanding resources (inc. library books) belonging to the school are to be returned prior to transfer.
Port Kennedy School has adopted a uniform dress code for all students. This is in accordance with the Department of Education policy and has been ratified by the School Council. Acceptance of enrolment at the school assumes an agreement that the enrolling student will dress within the guidelines of the dress code.
The dress code requires all students to wear school uniform whilst at school, on excursions or at any other time whilst representing the school.
A full description of the dress code is as follows:
School clothing may be badged (available from the Uniform Shop) or non-badged (from general clothing outlets or home made).
Please note: Dresses, Skirts, Shorts, Skorts must be no shorter than mid thigh length.
Jumpers, jackets, windcheaters with hoods must not be worn.
Leggings, bike pants must not be worn unless these are underneath dresses, skirts, shorts or skirts.
Denim or imitation Denim of any colour is not permitted.
Beanies are not to be worn at school.
(Thongs, reef sandals, massage sandals, heeled dress sandals and scuffs are not permitted).
The uniform shop is a P&C service. Parents wishing to purchase uniforms may do so through the school’s uniform shop. This shop currently operates Monday 2.45pm – 3.30pm, Wednesday 9.00am – 9.30am, Friday 9.00am-9.30am and is located between classrooms D1 and D2. A uniform ordering service is available. Second-hand uniforms and a trade-in system are also offered.
Parents witnessing any suspicious behaviour in or around the school are requested to contact one of the following numbers:
Rockingham Police – 9528 8000
Police General Enquiries – 131444
Education Security – 9264 4771 or 9264 4632
– Freecall 1800 177 777
Government Schools can request a voluntary contribution from parents each year. The amount of the contribution, along with costs for optional components of educational programs, is outlined in a “Summary of Charges” available at the Administration Office. These costs have been ratified by the School Council.