Welcome to the 2014 school year! We, at Baldivis Secondary College hope that you have had a relaxing and fun-filled summer. There are lots of wonderful things planned for this year and we are excited to get going.
The following information outlines the arrangements for the first day of school … Monday 4 February 2013 and sets the scene for what promises to be an exciting journey for us all!
Opening Day Program
The arrangements for opening day are as follows:
|8.30am||Warning Siren –students to assemble at Sports Hall|
|8.35am – 9.00am||Assembly
|9.00am – 9.45am||Registration
|9.45am onwards||Year 8 Students – Induction Program
Year 9 Students – Normal timetable commences
Students commencing Year 8
Making the jump from primary to secondary school can be a daunting time, both for your child and for you! It is likely that both you and your child will experience a range of emotions. This is perfectly normal! High school is a wonderful place for your child to make new friends, learn new skills and eventually make important decisions about their career and future. There is no doubt high school takes some adjustment, but over time your child will become familiar with the environment, staff and other students. Over time you too will become familiar with the college.
Understanding the Timetable
Students are provided with a timetable – similar to a train or bus timetable. It will tell students when each subject is on, in which classroom, and who the teacher will be.
It’s a good idea for students to check their timetable for the next day, the evening before, so they can be sure to pack their bags with everything they will need – such as books, materials, PE uniforms and sporting equipment. Being prepared for the next school day cuts down on stress for students, especially when they’re settling into their new academic environment.
On the first day, students need only bring their stationery equipment (i.e. pens and pencils).
As the Cafeteria Manager, Kelly Cowie will be involved with college tours on the first day, the college cafeteria will not be fully operational until lunchtime. As of Tuesday, 4 February the cafeteria will be fully operational during both the recess and lunch breaks.
If you are able to assist with manning the cafeteria as a volunteer, please contact our cafeteria manager, Kelly on 0414 879 002
Transperth will be operating additional bus services for those students wishing to travel to and from school by public transport. For more details click here.
Mobile Phones and other Personal Electronic Devices
The preferred position is that students do not bring mobile phones/ mp3 players to school. However, the college acknowledges that there are times when it is genuinely appropriate and beneficial for students to have access to such items. Mobile phones must be switched off and out of sight during lessons and between lessons. Mobile phones should only be used for essential purposes during the recess break, lunch times and at the end of the school day. Mobile phones must never be used to take photos, taking images or films.
Should a student contravene school policy resulting in any items being confiscated then parents /carers may have to make an appointment with the Principal retrieve the offending items and/or losing the privilege of bringing a mobile phone into school entirely. To read the policy in its entirety click here.
Administration of Medication to Students
The process for managing the administration of medication to students when they are in the college’s care is outlined below.
Except in an extreme emergency, e.g. unexpected anaphylaxis, medication can only be administered by college staff if appropriate documentation has been completed by parents/carers. This applies to both prescribed and non-prescribed medication.
Short Term Use of Medication (up to two weeks)
For administration of short term medication such as a course of antibiotics, the college requires written authority from parents/carers. This authority can be provided by completing an Administration of Medication form. These forms can be obtained by contacting the college on 9523 3600.
- The medication must be clearly labelled with the child’s name and provided in packaging from the pharmacy or the manufacturer.
- Documentation must be signed and dated by a parent or carer and provided to the college with the medication.
Long Term Use of Medication
If you require the college to administer medication to your child for a period of more than two weeks, and if you have not already done so, you need to complete a Student Health Care Summary and a Management/Emergency Response Plan for your child’s particular health need. In most instances, this documentation will have been completed when you enrolled your child or as part of the college’s process for updating student health care records. If this is not the case, please discuss with the Program Coordinator – Student Services.
Parking and Student Drop Off and Pick Up
The college will have specially marked drop off and pick up areas for students, parent parking and bus bays. Please use the areas along Stillwater Drive to drop off and pick up students. Students are not to be picked up from within the car park. Please note that the bay on the southern end of Stillwater Drive in front of the car park is reserved for school buses. Importantly, staff will be supervising the crossing area directly adjacent to the main pedestrian gate and controlling the movement of students across Stillwater Drive.
Visitor bays will be painted in the car park. We ask that any visitor wishing to park during the course of the day do so in the college’s car park at the southern end. All visitors must report to Administration upon arrival at the college.
Parents are to notify the college of all student absences. The telephone number for the Absentee Line is 9523 3660. If a student needs to be released early, he/she must bring a note signed by a parent or legal guardian to Student Services prior to third period on the day of the release. Students returning to school or who arrive to the college after registration must check in at Student Services when they arrive. Students leaving campus without following the proper will be considered truant from any class/es missed.
Parents: If you have an emergency during the school day and need to contact your son or daughter, please contact the college on telephone 9523 3600. Please do not contact your child directly.
Supporting Your Child to Get Organised for High School!
- Establish a clearly defined area at home for homework and study
- Decide on the best way to get to and from school
- Buy your child a watch
- To help your child get out of ‘holiday’ mode, start getting your child up every morning at a time that will give them plenty of time to get ready for school.
- Encourage your child to discuss any potential fears or problems and think of ways to solve any causes of anxiety.