Parent Information

   Chaplaincy

At Huntingdale we are fortunate to have a Chaplain available for two days a week. The role provides pastoral care and general spiritual, social and emotional comfort to all students, irrespective of their faith or beliefs. This can include support and guidance​ about ethics, values, relationships and spiritual issues; the provision of student welfare; and enhancing engagement with the broader community.

Our Chaplain, Susan Hangar, is an integral part of our Student Wellbeing Team. Chaplaincy complements our Student Wellbeing Program with the provision of help to support the personal and social wellbeing of students and the wider school community.

Our Chaplain’s main goal is to provide the children with a sense of belonging and connectedness. All general interactions with the children are of a secular nature and the service is entirely voluntary. The initial consultation is at the request of parents, teachers or children but any subsequent meetings will require parental consent.

Chaplaincy work at the school is often of a highly sensitive and confidential nature which can make the attributes of the program and its value seemingly invisible. However, Chaplaincy is regularly reactive with the Chaplain responding to most situations and needs.

Child Safe Standards

All schools are required to implement the Child Safe Standards

  • On July 1 2022, new Child Safe Standards were introduced. Ministerial Order 1359 provides the framework for child safety in schools. 

    The Child Safe Standards are:

    • Child Safe Standard 1 – Establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued.
    • Child Safe Standard 2 – Ensure that child safety and wellbeing are embedded in school leadership, governance and culture.
    • Child Safe Standard 3 – Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
    • Child Safe Standard 4 – Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
    • Child Safe Standard 5 – Equity is upheld and diverse needs are respected in policy and practice.
    • Child Safe Standard 6 – People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice
    • Child Safe Standard 7 – Ensure that processes for complaints and concerns are child focused.
    • Child Safe Standard 8 – Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
    • Child Safe Standard 9 – Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
    • Child Safe Standard 10 – Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved.
    • Child Safe Standard 11 – Policies and procedures that document how schools are safe for children, young people and students.

At Huntingdale Primary School there is a culture of ‘no tolerance’ for child abuse.

Please see the following weblinks related to Mandatory Reporting & Child Safety:
Failure to disclose offence
Protecting children

Parent Contributions Arrangements 2022

Schools provide students with free instruction to fulfil the standard Victorian Curriculum and we want to assure you that all contributions are voluntary. Nevertheless the ongoing support of our families ensures that our school can offer the best possible education and support for our students. We want to thank you for all your support. Your support makes a huge difference to our school and the programs we can offer.

Please find attached on your right our Parent Contributions arrangements  for 2022 and a one page overwiew of the Department of Education’s Parent Payments Policy.

Lunch Orders

Canteen lunches are available every Friday. If you would like to place an order please provide a large paper bag for the lunch order with your child’s name and home group on it. Please put your money in the paper bag and double fold the top to secure.  Do not use sticky tape or staples. Correct change is appreciated.

Lunch orders need to be placed on a Thursday morning to be delivered on a Friday. Late orders can not be accepted.

See attached order list:

 

Out of Hours School Care

TeamKids Before & After Care, Vacation Care.

TeamKids is the premium provider that exists to enrich children’s lives before school, after school and throughout the school holidays.

Before & After Care Available Here!
When attending TeamKids before and after school care, your children are in remarkable hands. Our full-time Director of Service is highly experienced in the field, and their number one priority is fun – your child will love the experiences we have on offer every day at TeamKids.

When children join our team, not only are they able to explore their world through our designated activity zones and TeamKids Clubs, but they’ll get to connect, collaborate and learn with others in a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters their individuality and own unique interests.

They’ll also enjoy an incredible menu, jam-packed with nutritious and delicious food. One thing is for sure, your child will not go hungry.

From the moment you walk through the door, TeamKids provides an atmosphere that is welcoming, relaxed and inclusive.  At every opportunity, we aim to promote child agency and help to shape their innate leadership skills through a variety of in-house leadership opportunities and fun, engaging rewards programs.

We offer industry-leading educator to child ratios of 1:10 (industry standard is 1:15), resulting in safer, better supervised experiences for all involved.

All of our programs are fully approved under the National Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

We’re excited and look forward to welcoming you to the TeamKids Family. 

To find out more, register or book, click here

Holiday program

TeamKids School Holiday Program Available Here!

TeamKids holiday programs are conveniently located here at your school, with extended hours to help families juggle work and home.

Truth be told, TeamKids started out being Holiday Program specialists – so get set for an action packed adventure your children are sure to enjoy!

During the school holidays, our focus is on FUN. Our programming team work with the school, parents and children to build the best possible program for your community, including a broad range of exciting experiences that include incursions, excursions and in-house activities that will ensure your child has an absolute blast every day. Programs may include activities like cooking, bubble soccer, trampoline parks, epic excursions, super sports days, giant laser tag, art attack, coding, construction, maker days, STEM days, robotics and so much more.

The Fun Squad is poised and waiting, so don’t delay, book into our holiday program today.

To find out more, register or book, click here

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