Developing school and class rules is a collaborative effort and they are designed for safety and security of the whole community. These are regularly discussed during class meetings, SRC meetings and assemblies and should be clear to all students. They are:
- bullying and harassment, physical violence or verbal abuse is unacceptable
- building passes are required to enter school buildings during recess and lunch
- brimmed hats must be worn on the playground
- bicycle racks, canteen and front of the main school building are “no play areas”
The School Board embodies the principle of collaboration between parents and staff, and community partnership in decision-making processes. Its members include three parents (one being the Chairperson), two teachers, a community representative and the Principal. Staggered two-year terms ensure continuity in the Board’s work. The Aranda Board encourages communication between the school and its community in determining the school’s budget, curriculum and education policies as well as its many needs in relation to buildings, facilities, equipment, funds and staff. Parents are welcome to attend any School Board Meeting and elected community members of the School Board can be contacted about school matters. The minutes of the Board Meetings are available from the Front Office.
Outside school hours the school buildings are under the protection of a security system. However any suspicious behaviour on school property should be reported to Police immediately. Parents, students and community members who use the school after hours are asked to enter and leave by the entrance nearest the Front Office. Do not under any circumstances leave by any other door after 3:10 pm as the Building Service Officer will have already locked them from the inside and by using them out of hours the school is left open to illegal entry.
One day, usually in May, is set aside for our major community event - Grandfriends' Day. Grandparents and other special older friends are invited to the school. Grandfriends accompany the children to their classrooms where they share student portfolios, learning activities and educational games. The school holds a variety of other special days through the year. These may include charity and school fundraising days or be linked to significant community events such as Clean up Canberra Day, World Environment Day as well as Learning Journeys and Literacy and Numeracy Week where students and parents share learning experiences.
The school promotes socially acceptable behaviour based on the fundamental principles of respect, care and responsibility. Parents are assured the school will contact them if their child’s progress or behaviour indicates that this is necessary. The school requests that parents inform the teacher or Principal when their child’s school progress or behaviour might be affected in some way by circumstances not known to the school (serious illness in family, separation and so on). The Student Management Policy is available from the Information Rack at the Front Office.
For further information link to our Student Management Policy.
Aranda Primary School follows the Sun Protection Policy Guidelines for ACT Schools, “No Hat-No Play”. A key requirement of the Sun Protection Policy is for students to wear hats which protect the face, neck and ears whenever the students are outside. Students without suitable hats are not permitted to play outside at recess and lunchtime. Parents are requested to buy a school hat from the Uniform Shop. The school has provided additional outdoor seating and tree planting as measures to support the policy. For further information download our Sun Protection Policy Implementation Guidelines.