Our Community - Parent Information Booklets

 
 
 
 

 

Welcome

Welcome to O’Connor Primary School. The staff and I will be working together to ensure your child/ren are given the greatest opportunity to achieve their potential. We are committed to ensuring you are involved at every opportunity and given appropriate information to maintain your understanding of the direction of the school. As an Independent Public School, we have a degree of flexibility to ensure we are catering for the needs of all. Your involvement and suggestions are welcomed at all times.
 
The staff and I are always working hard to ensure you find our school a welcoming  environment that is safe and secure for you and your children. The dedicated staff are focussed on catering for the children in their care to maximise their learning opportunities. We are aware of the current developments in education and are eager to utilise modern technologies at every opportunity. Majority of classrooms are fitted out with electronic whiteboards and staff have the skills to integrate them into their learning programmes. We are very aware of children’s needs and ensure we cater for their social and emotional demands to the best of our ability. We expect appropriate behaviour at all times and support students to reach this.
 
Our focus is to keep you informed at every opportunity. This document will give you some general information but further details are available from the school and via our website: oconnorps.wa.edu.au. At all times, do not hesitate in contacting us at the school so we can clarify any matter.
 
I look forward to your involvement in the school as we work together to ensure your child achieves to their potential.
Steve Delfs
Prinicpal
 

 

School Beliefs

  • Establishing a learning environment so that all students no matter what their needs, have a safe, caring and inclusive environment.
  • Delivering high quality teaching and learning programs with engaging, stimulating, flexible, individual, challenging, explicit and enjoyable pedagogy.
  • Establishing high expectations for our students of behaviour and achievement.
  • Building and developing strong links between the community and school through positive relationships, values education, cultural awareness and inclusive practices.
  • Engaging and developing staff in pedagogical links between curriculum, assessment and behaviour.
  • Targeting human and other resources, such as School Support Programs Resource Agreement and National Partnership for Literacy and Numeracy funding.

School Purpose

The purpose of O’Connor Primary School is to provide a quality education enabling all students to reach their full academic, social and personal potential in order to interact effectively in the changing society.

School Values

Friendship
Students are able to develop and display values that foster and promote friendliness and friendship.
 
Achievement
Every child is capable of reaching their personal best through encouragement and setting high expectations.
  

School Vision

  • To support an inclusive environment. 
  • To foster the core values including respect, cooperation, friendship and achievement.
  • To value our cultural and natural heritage and encourage all students to respect the  cultures of all. 
  • To nurture all students academically, emotionally and socially, encouraging them to reach their full potential in our changing society.
 

 

School Operation 

Term Dates 2015
 
Term1          Monday 2nd February to Thursday 3rd April
Term 2         Tuesday 21st April to Friday 3rd July
Term 3         Tuesday 21st July to Friday 25th September
Term 4         Tuesday 13th October to Thursday 17th December
  
Class Bell Times
 
First Siren 8.30am
Morning Tea Break 10.35am to 10.55am
Lunch Break 12.45 to 1.25
School Finishes 2.50pm
 
School Office Times
 
8.15am to 4.00pm
 
 

 
 

Components of Education


Kindergarten and Pre Primary
Kindergarten operates for children turning four or five over five full days per fortnight - two days one week and three the next. Pre Primary operates for children turning five or six over five full days a week with    access to school specialist programs such as music/arts and physical education. The programs are based on providing a wide variety of educational experiences. The programs are play based and cater for cognitive, social/emotional, fine/gross motor and creative development. Teachers are specifically trained in Early Childhood Education.
 
Primary
Year 1 to Year 6 children are provided with a balanced education with access to specialist programs such as Arts, Music, Physical Education, Science and History/Geography. Peer mentoring and buddy programs between the year groups are a highlight of the primary programs.
 
Education Support
A dedicated Education Support Centre shares the site with O’Connor Primary, catering for students with intellectual and physical disabilities. Many activities are shared between the two schools and successful inclusivity programs and practices operate.
 
 

Student Information

Arrival and Departure
Students are requested to assemble in the Under Cover Area if they arrive earlier than 8.30am. Parents collecting children are requested to do so on time as young children can become distressed if they are left at the school after home time.
 
Kindergarten and Pre Primary students are to be accompanied by parents/guardians at all times. Parents are to park in the Oasis Recreation Centre car park and
walk with their child to the classroom door. Parents are requested to wait outside the class room door until the siren. Children are not permitted to wait by themselves.
 
Children will only be released to persons formally identified as caregivers. Please ensure all enrolment information and emergency contact numbers are kept up to date by informing the school office of any changes as soon as they take place. Children are not permitted to leave the school grounds without written approval from the front office. Parents must sign children out and collect a note from the school office before going to their child’s classroom.
 
School Uniform
All children are strongly encouraged to wear the designated school uniform to create a sense of pride and unity within the school. The school uniform shop is open on Tuesday afternoons with extended hours at the beginning of each school year. It is coordinated by the school P&C with all funds directed back into the school.
 
School Colours:Ice blue and black.
Boys:Black shorts and ice blue polo shirt
Girls:Black skirt or black shorts and ice blue polo shirt or dress.
Winter Option: Black track pants and ice blue rugby style jumper, tracksuit jacket
 
Dress Code:Footwear – sneakers, closed shoes or sandals. Thongs and slip-ons are not appropriate.
Hats – wide brim or bucket hat preferred.
Hair – long hair to be tied back.
Jewellery – limited to earrings (ie sleepers or studs) and a watch. Please leave valuables at home.
The school adopts the ‘No Hat - No Play’ policy and students with no hat will be restricted to the Under Cover Area for recess and lunch play.
We encourage parents to label all children’s clothing and equipment. Please check the lost property box regularly. Unmarked or unclaimed clothing will be donated to a charity at the end of each term.
 
School Lunches
 
Healthy Eating Tips
  • Children need a variety of different foods each day.
  • Snacks are an important part of a healthy diet for active children.
  • Make snacks nutritious, not just high in energy.
  • Enjoy talking and sharing the day’s happenings at mealtimes as a family.
  • Let children tell you when they’re full.
  • Make your child a home made lunch.
  • Let children help with food preparation and meal planning.
  • Encourage physical activities for the whole family.
  • Encourage children to drink water.
Lunch Box suggestions
  • Sandwiches or pita bread with cheese, lean meat, hummus and salad
  • Cheese slices, crackers with spread or dried fruits
  • Washed and cut up raw vegetables or fresh fruits
  • Frozen water bottle or tetra pack of milk, particularly in hot weather.
 


 

Department of Education Resource Booklets 

Starting School booklet

Writing and Spelling booklet - activities and fun ideas that help your children develop writing and spelling.
Writing and Spelling Fact Sheet - What can parents do to help?
Making Sense of Maths booklet - understanding numbers and how maths is used are essential skills.
Making Sense of Maths Fact Sheet  - What can parents do to help?
Reading Fact Sheet - What can parents do to help?