Arrival & Departure Times
Children should not arrive at school prior to 8.15 a.m. unless approval has been granted by the principal. If it is unavoidable that a child arrives at school prior to 8.15 a.m. They are expected to utilise our Before School Care service. Morning playground duty commences at 8.15 a.m. At this time children move to the basketball court area where they are permitted to play.
Parents are requested to ensure that all children leave the grounds by 3.20 p.m. Should there be a difficulty in arranging for your child to be collected by this time, please phone the school as soon as possible on the day. Each afternoon there are three, teacher supervised collection areas:
Herbert Street – children wait near the entrance gate.
Rundle Street – children wait on the chairs outside the office. This is a BUS ONLY pickup zone.
Church Car park – children wait beside the church
If, for any reason, a child is late for school, is required to leave early, or is to be absent for part of the day, the class teacher must be informed and the child ‘signed out’ in the Sign Out Register which is located on the front counter in the administration office.
If a child is absent from school, parents must notify the school by phone, letter, via our School App or email as soon as possible. If you know in advance that your child will be absent for an extended period of time, please notify your child’s teacher to ensure that specific arrangements can be made if necessary.
Each school day commences at 8.35a.m. with all children assembling in the hall. At this time we join together in prayer and acknowledge each other’s achievements, celebrate birthdays and share important information.
On most Fridays our school community gathers for a weekly prayer assembly. Individual classes assume responsibility for preparing and presenting this weekly assembly. Dates of scheduled class assemblies can be found on the term calendar and in the weekly newsletter. All parents and friends are welcome to attend.
As well as these occasions, the school comes together for a variety of Liturgical Celebrations that recognise important events in the life of the school as well as that of the Church and community eg Anzac Day, Holy Week, St Joseph’s Feast Day and the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
As a way of celebrating achievement, effort and improvement, awards are presented at our Friday assembly.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Scholastic Book Club operates periodically throughout the year at St Joseph’s Wandal. There are four different levels. Order forms are distributed throughout the year. The school receives bonus points with each Scholastic book purchase which allows the school to purchase extra books for the library and classrooms.
Booklists for each year level are compiled and distributed each year via our School App and website. This booklist identifies text books, exercise books, stationery and consumables required by your child. Parents are asked to check throughout the year that their child has sufficient stationery. All items are required to be clearly labeled with your child’s name.
Each class teacher is responsible for prescribing homework that is of educational value to the students and for reviewing the homework assigned. Teachers will inform parents of their expectations with regards to the completion of homework. All homework given will reflect work being carried out during class and is not expected to be difficult or onerous for either the child or parent. A child's failure to complete homework to a satisfactory standard or on a regular basis will be reported to parents.
All lost property is placed in the Lost Property Bin in the Hall. Items left unclaimed at the end of each term will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul. Please clearly mark all of your children's items and check the clarity of these markings regularly.
Leaving School Grounds
Children are not permitted to leave the school grounds unless the school principal has received notification from the child's parent.