This page will give you a general insight on how the day to day school is run
|1st Break||10.55am -11.35am|
|2nd Break||1.45pm - 2.25pm|
Children are asked to be at school no later than 8.55am each morning but not before 8.30am.
A staff member commences supervision of the school grounds at 8.30am.
Students are supervised by teaching staff for 10 minutes whilst eating. Staff on duty, supervise the grounds during play times.
Children need the opportunity to meet their friends prior to the commencement of class each day. We encourage all students to be at school prior to 8.55am. Repeated lateness interferes with the child’s progress each day.
Students are dismissed at 3.30pm. At the end of the day a bell sounds at 3.25pm for children to prepare for dismissal before the final bell sounds at 3.30pm.
End of Term Dismissal
School is dismissed at 2.30pm on the last day of each term. Except for the last day of the school year where children finish at 3.30pm.
This year Assembly is held Monday each fortnight at 3.00pm. This will start on Week 2 and will continue on every even school week (2,4,6, etc.) Parents are most welcome to attend.
Absence from School
Children are expected to attend school every day unless there is a reasonable excuse for non-attendance. If your child is absent from school parents must telephone the school before 9.00am or alternatively parents can complete a Parent Notified Absence on thier PAM (Parent Access Module) App.
Change of Contact Details
Please ensure that you notify the school of any change of address, phone numbers, work arrangements etc. This is very important if the school needs to contact you urgently.
Term Dates 2020
Wednesday 29th January
Friday 27th of March
Tuesday 14th April
Friday 26th June
Monday 13th July
Friday 18th September
Monday 5th October
Friday 18th December
Visitors to School
When visiting the school during school hours for purposes of delivering messages, collecting children for appointments etc, parents should first call at the office. In this way the school and classroom organisation is not interrupted. Parents visiting or helping in the school during school hours must sign the Visitor Sign-In Book on arrival and departure. The Visitor Sign-In Book is located in the foyer at the front of the Office.
Change of After School Arrangements
If you need to change after school arrangements for your child you will need to contact the office. If possible, parents are advised to ring prior to 3.00pm. The office can be very busy after this time and this will help ensure that your child gets your message.
Students are encouraged to open a savings account with the Commonwealth Bank or Bendigo Bank. Bank books are sent to the office via the classroom basket each week where they are collected and money banked.
Transfer to Another School
If you intend to leave the school and transfer your child to another, please notify the Principal and obtain the necessary transfer documents for your child.
2020 School Fees
School fees are set each year. They cover tuition, stationery, intensive swimming program and local excursions. This varies from year to year according to the excursion for the classes. The Capital Levy component is to assist the school in meeting capital development including buildings and computer technology. It is a directive of the St. Monica’s School Board that parents use the direct debit system for the payment of school fees. This has proved most successful in past years and we hope to increase the number of users in the coming year. The fortnightly/monthly payments commence as soon as possible after the commencement of the school year. Direct debit payments are deducted from your nominated bank account on a Friday. It is expected that those not using the direct debit system pay their school fees in advance. Parents experiencing difficulty in making payment should contact the Principal to discuss payment options.
Direct debit Request forms are available from the office/website, and also at the following link:
Please see the link for a table of our 2020 School Fees:
Camps & Excursions
Parents will be notified with details and cost of any excursion or camp organised throughout the year by the classroom teachers. These activities are billed at the start of the year when all school fees are issued. IMPORTANT: If your child is not attending camp for any reason please notify the class teacher and/or principal within the first few weeks of the school year.
Supplies used in the classroom, such as work books, pencils, rulers, erasers, etc are provided by the school with the cost being covered by the school fees. Students will need to supply an art smock and library bag. Library bags may be purchased from the Uniform Shop.
Smoke Free Zone
All areas of Saint Monica’s Primary School are SMOKE FREE ZONES. The smoke free policy is available to read at the school.
Maintenance of Saint Monica’s
The School Board meets regularly and part of their responsibility is to ensure that the school is properly maintained. If you notice anything at school that might require attention, please inform the principal or make an entry in the Hazard Alert Register at the front office.
Catholic Schools Network
Saint Monica’s belongs to the Catholic Education Goldfields, which includes the following schools:
St Therese’s Primary School, Kennington St Kilian’s Primary School, Bendigo
St Joseph’s Primary School, Quarry Hill St Peter’s Primary School, North Bendigo
Holy Rosary Primary School, White Hills St Liborius Primary School, Eaglehawk
St Francis of the Field’s Primary School, Strathfieldsaye