School commences at 8.40am. Please note that your child should not arrive prior to 8.15am. For arrivals between 8.15am and 8.30am, all students must congregate in the Hall.
For 2018, the following times will apply for all Year 1 – 6 students:
The lunch time change will allow for more consistency with session lengths in the morning. Note there is no change to school start or finish times, or morning recess time.
Kindergarten and Pre Primary students lunch break will be 12.30pm to 1.00pm.
We encourage you to assist your child by being punctual. Any student arriving after 8.40am must obtain a late pass from the Administration Office.
Punctuality at the end of the day is also very important. Children do get stressed if parents are late to pick them up and teachers need this time to prepare for the next day. If you are delayed please ensure you call the Administration Office on 9349 1799 as soon as possible.
HAVE YOU BEEN LATE LATELY?
Being late occasionally is part of life in our busy lives – everyone understands this! 🙂
However, habitual lateness causes a lot of problems for everyone. At our school, like all schools, we are bound by the Education Act (1999) to record late arrival to class and the reason for it. This applies to all students from Kindy to Year 6. This inconveniences our staff and students in many ways – and it interrupts and takes time away from our focus on education. Children like to have a happy, smooth start to their day – and being on time positively supports their learning.
Let’s all work together to be on time:
Please click here to read more about Education Department policy.
Changing schools: Extra days off between changing schools
Moving between schools can be an opportune time for a “little break” from school but getting students quickly to their new school is very important so that learning is not missed and new routines and friendships are established quickly. Regardless of how many schools are attended, student data is tracked by the Department of Education every day and these absences remain on student records until they leave in Year 12. Make the move quickly to benefit your children!
Extended vacation time or not returning in 2018?
If your child will not be commencing school on 31 January 2018 due to a vacation, please notify the office in writing prior to your last day 2017.
If your child is not returning to Tuart Hill Primary School next year, please advise the following information in writing to the front office as soon as possible:
Or click here to access a form which can be completed and returned to the front office.
At Tuart Hill Primary we prefer a phone call to the front office advising staff of the reason for your child’s absence. Please phone 9349 1799 if you wish to speak to an Administration staff member or SMS 0417 931 262 to send a text message prior to 11am.
For further information, click on the following link to view our Student Attendance flyer and the responsibilities of Parents and Caregivers: Tuart Hill Attendance Brochure for Parents
Developing the habit of going to school every day is vitally important for children to develop important ideas, concepts, knowledge and skills for future independent learning. In the early years many concepts, such as literacy and numeracy, are taught in a particular sequence. Attending school daily builds a solid knowledge and skills base for each phase of learning, and it is very difficult to catch up what has been missed due to absence.
Refer to the table below which shows the impact of missing school over varying periods of absence:
Period of Absence
Rate of Attendance
Equivalent School Missed
Level of Educational Risk
Average of 5 Days per term
Classified as regular attendance (but not ideal)
Average of 1.5 days per fortnight
Classified as being at Indicated Risk
1 Day per week
1.5 Days per week
2 Days per week
3 Days per week
5 Weeks per term
Attendance is excellent and conducive to best academic results
Attendance is classified as being REGULAR
Attendance is classified as being at INDICATED RISK
Attendance is classified as being at MODERATE RISK
Attendance is classified as being at SEVERE RISK