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Goulburn East Public School
Mrs Charmian Cribb Principal
Mrs Belinda Baxter Teacher
Mrs Helen Sharwood Assistant Principal
Mrs Annette Pattison Teacher
Mrs Jenny Anderson Librarian
Mrs Ayeiisha Jones Teacher
Mrs Gail Joyce Learning & Support Teacher
Mrs Kim Hall School Learning Support Officer
Mrs Sue Peden School Admin Manager
Ms Janna House School Admin Officer
Mrs Bron Robinson Assistant Principal
Mr Jackson Fleming School Learning Support Officer
Mr Patrick Manning Teacher
Ms Jordan Huntley Teacher
Mrs Jennifer Gliddon Teacher
Additional staff: Mr Neville Robertson - General Assistant Ms Tara Craft - Counsellor
Professional and Caring Teachers Deliver Excellence in
At Goulburn East Public School we take pride in delivering an excellent education in a
warm and nurturing environment.
Our teachers are highly trained, caring individuals who are committed to helping all our
students reach their full potential across all the key learning areas (KLAs) as well as the
broad range of extra-curricular activities our school offers.
We are an innovative school community supportive of the idea of life-long learning. We
continuously evaluate our approaches to learning to ensure that our school is providing a
quality education for our students.
A Secure and Friendly Environment
Our strong relationship with all members of the school community contributes to the
creation of a happy, safe, secure and welcoming school environment.
We believe the welfare of students and their families is paramount. We are committed to
building high self esteem in students to ensure both responsible behaviour and a strong
sense of civic pride is promoted.
Strong Foundations in Literacy and Numeracy
Goulburn East Public School has always had a strong commitment to Literacy and
Numeracy. Our experienced staff is always up-to-date on current teaching practices. We
also strongly value and promote the role of parents in developing and improving children’s
literacy and numeracy skills.
Literacy and numeracy skills for students are developed across all Key Learning Areas
(KLAs) and student progress is carefully monitored through regular assessments.
In both literacy and numeracy, quality support programs and specialist teaching staff are
available to assist students experiencing difficulties.
Technology that Prepares Every Student for the Future
Technology is a vital component of our curriculum from Kindergarten
to Year 6. We have a computer lab with internet access. All classrooms
have a complement of computers with a mini lab in 4 of our classrooms
and access to the computer lab for our other 2 classrooms. Our school
has 4 Interactive White Boards (IWB). Video Conferencing facilities
are used to enhance learning within our school.
Active and Healthy Students
The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education curriculum provides structured
opportunities for students to enjoy regular physical exercise. Our school promotes an active
lifestyle through fun activities, play on our excellent play equipment and participation in
competitive and non-competitive sports at PSSA and district events.
Goulburn East Public School participates in local and regional inter-school sports
competitions, the Premier’s Sporting Challenge and has an intensive Learn to Swim
program each year. Specialist sporting programs such are offered throughout the school
year for students to participate in. Our school has many visiting sports clinics that have
included AFL, cricket, football (soccer) and touch football.
All students participate in our annual athletics and swimming carnivals. Students 8 years
and over participate in the cross country carnival each year. Those students aged 8 years
and up who are successful then go on to represent the school at the Goulburn District
Healthy eating is promoted at Goulburn East and we encourage all of our students to pack
a healthy lunch for school. Fruit and water are great additions to your child’s lunchbox!
Effective Welfare and Discipline Programs
Our school community strongly supports our welfare and discipline program.
We believe that in order to learn successfully, students have a number of rights and
responsibilities that must be respected.
Our students have the right to:
• be and feel safe
• learn without interruption
• be treated with respect and fairness
• communicate and be listened to
• use and share the equipment available at our school
learn and play in a clean, safe and healthy environment
Our students have the responsibility to:
• help themselves and others to be safe and feel safe
• learn, and allow others to learn without interruption
• treat others with respect and fairness
• listen to others and respect their opinions
• use, look after, and share school materials appropriately
respect and care for the school and its environment
To instil these values in our students we have:
• a positive learning environment
• appropriate teaching methods
• caring and consistent staff
• effective use of positive reinforcement
• liaison with parents
clearly defined rules and consequences
GOULBURN EAST PUBLIC SCHOOL
RATIONALE: The NSW Department of Education and Goulburn East Public School (PS) are committed to providing a school environment that is based on our core values of integrity, excellence, respect, responsibility, cooperation, participation, care, fairness and democracy.
The critical role of parents and care-givers is recognised as the primary influence on each child’s character and behaviour and as essential partners in supporting the core rules and the successful education of their children. Goulburn East PS believes that each child and staff member has the right to a school environment that is safe, productive and collaborative. As a team, together with our parents, we promote positive relationships and responsibility at the school.
Our motto ‘Success Through Participation’ encompasses all aspects of school life and protects the rights, safety and health of all school community members. These rules are continually referred to and reinforced to the students to establish and maintain an acceptable code of conduct.
NSWDEC CORE RULES
We accept and promote the core rules as outlined in Departmental policy. All students in NSW government schools are expected to: Attend every school day, unless they are legally excused, and be in class on time
and prepared to learn.
Maintain a neat appearance, including adhering to the requirements of the school’s uniform or dress code policy.
Behave safely, considerately and responsibly, including when travelling to and
from school. Show respect at all times for teachers, other school staff and helpers, including
following class rules, speaking courteously and cooperating with instructions and learning activities.
Treat one another with dignity and respect. Care for property belonging to themselves, the school and others. Behaviour that infringes on the safety of others, such as harassment, bullying and
illegal or anti-social behaviour of any kind, will not be tolerated. At Goulburn East PS we communicate these core rules explicitly.
Goulburn East PS Whole School Values
Be Tolerant Be Proud Be Safe Be Considerate
School Rule What does this mean for
students? How will the school promote this
whole school rule?
Accept differences and
similarities of others Solve problems without
fighting, violence or bullying
Life Education and
Multicultural-Education Anti-racism expected Anti-discrimination expected Social skills program
development. Aboriginal Education Peer support/ Peer buddy
program Encourage restitution All assemblies reinforce
happy and safe ideals
Wear full school uniform
appropriately Keep the school clean Show pride in personal
appearance Always give personal best
efforts Respect school property Respect the property of
others Be proud of our personal
achievements and the achievements of others
Expect and encourage all
children to wear school uniform with pride according to the School Uniform Code and Sun Protection Policy
Encourage the clear labeling
of all property Expect all children to
dispose of rubbish appropriately and assist in keeping the school clean
Promote recycling Reward students for best
efforts Constantly promote the
positive aspects of the school in the community
Keep within recognised
safety boundaries Wear a hat in the
playground Travel safely when on
buses Walk when on paths and
walkways Play safely Follow class safety
procedures The school will be free of
alcohol, cigarettes, illegal substances and weapons
Identify and teach boundaries and use of different play areas
Expect the school’s blue
hats to be worn at all times when outside
Display safety messages
throughout school Expect a high standard of
safe behaviour on buses Train children in road
safety issues Always expect children to
walk on concrete areas Promote peaceful
co-existence in play areas
Teach children games
suitable for small areas Develop and teach class
rules and display them Demonstrate how to play
safely with all equipment
Children will solve their
problems without teasing, bullying or violence
Children will be truthful,
cooperative and trustworthy.
Children will show respect
to each other Children will use appropri-
ate verbal and non-verbal language.
The rights of all people will
be respected Children will learn that
with rights go responsibili-ties
Children will stay on task
and complete set work
Provision of both passive
and active areas of the playground
Children will be made
aware of positive conflict resolution skills
Only appropriate equip-
ment necessary for child use will be allowed at school
In all situations children
will be taught to under-stand that rights involve reciprocal responsibilities
Children will respect the
learning time of other students.
Goulburn East PS Whole School Values System
At Goulburn East we expect the highest standards of behaviour from our students,
and our classrooms encourage the development of caring, responsible and engaged
learners. The School Values System rewards the positive aspects of students’
performance, application and behaviour.
Every child receives a ‘Being a Good School Citizen’ poster at the start of each year.
Children strive to receive stickers to put on their poster for each category:
Be Tolerant Once a student receives 10 stickers for a value, they receive a certificate at the next
assembly. They will also be recognised in the school newsletter the following week for
At each assembly, class teachers will award 4 Merit Certificates to students in their
class. Each student who receives a class certificate will also receive a sticker on their
poster for the appropriate value.
We have two House Groups – Hume (blue) and Hovell (red).
Students receive house points in their classroom and in the playground for
demonstrating our School Values.
A student receives 5 house points for every sticker on their ‘Being a Good School
Citizen’ chart and when they receive a Merit Certificate.
These scores are totalled by our school leaders and the House Cup is presented to the
wining house at our fortnightly assembly.
Inappropriate Behaviour Classroom teachers respond to low level inappropriate behaviours by giving clear
directions and reinforcing positive behaviours.
When a teacher is discussing inappropriate behaviour with a student, the teacher will
refer to the School Values and classroom rules and expectations. Children are
encouraged to identify strategies for improving their behaviour and are expected to
accept responsibility for their actions and behaviour.
If a child does not follow a specific direction and the inappropriate behaviour continues,
the child will be sent to another class for ‘time out’ or to the principal. This may lead to a
detention at the Principal’s discretion and the parents will be contacted.
L In the playground;
All teachers on playground duties may refer any child to the Principal for breaking school
values. Students are to be directed immediately to the Principal/delegate for serious inci-
dents on the playground.
Responsible Citizens and Leaders
Students are able to experience democratic processes and to develop effective
problem-solving strategies through participation in peer support programs and student
Students and teachers work together. Students are encouraged to have discussions and
to make their own decisions as individuals as well as members of a group and/or team.
2016 School Leaders
There is strong support from both parents and staff at Goulburn East Public School for
the wearing of a school uniform. We believe it helps to promote school pride and
encourages the students to feel part of a cohesive and supportive community.
The design of the uniform was the result of consultation between the school and
parents. It is inexpensive and easy to care for. Uniforms are available from Lowes
Goulburn store. Goulburn East Public School is a Sun Safe School and promotes the
wearing of the school hat. During terms 1 and 4 the ‘No Hat: Play In the Shade’ policy is
enforced. Children who attend school out of uniform will be supplied with the correct
uniform to wear for the day.
School polo top (royal blue with red trim)
School polo top (royal blue with red trim)
Navy Skirt or Navy Skort
White socks or navy stockings
Boys and Girls Sports Uniform
Royal blue shorts
Red polo shirt with blue trim and school emblem
(reverse colour of the daily summer polo shirt)
School polo top (royal blue with red trim)
Royal blue polar fleece jumper with school emblem
Royal blue school jacket
School polo top (royal blue with red trim)
Navy slacks or navy skirt with navy tights
Royal blue polar fleece jumper with school emblem
Royal blue school jacket
Royal blue polar fleece jumper with school emblem
Royal blue track pants
Red polo shirt with blue trim and school emblem
(reverse colour of the daily summer polo shirt)
A GEPS hat must be worn during Terms 1 & 4.
GEPS Beanies may be worn during Terms 2 & 3.
Please put your child’s name on all clothing items
L A Dynamic School Community
Our parent body meets in weeks 2 and 7 of each term on Tuesday evenings at
7.00pm. There is a high level of involvement and support from our parental body.
We actively encourage parents to support our teaching and learning programs.
Parents will receive information from their child’s teacher at the beginning of each
term regarding homework, class expectations etc. Currently at GEPS we have 6
classes. Please be assured that if your child is in a multi-grade class, they will still be
working at their appropriate stage level as determined by the NSW Department of
Education and Communities.
Accidents at School
At school every care is taken to avoid accidents. This is achieved by both the
enforcement of school rules and the provision of safe, supervised play areas. In the
event of accidents involving children at school, first aid will be administered by the
relevant first aid officer as per DEC guidelines. If a child is admitted to ‘Sick Bay’,
their condition will be monitored by staff until the child feels better or the parent has
arrived to take the child home. In the case of serious injuries, parents are
immediately notified by telephone and medical advice or parental direction sought.
An ambulance may be called in some situations.
Staff at Goulburn East PS have Senior First Aid, CPR and anaphylaxis qualifications.
The front office is open from 9.00am through to 3.30pm. Please ensure that the
Administration office is contacted in writing of any changes to contact
numbers or addresses so that entries on our database can be altered accord-
ingly. This information is kept confidential.
Afternoon Pick up
If home time arrangements change during the day, please telephone the school
office to let us know.
In the case of emergency, an ambulance is organised and the school will contact the
parent(s) as soon as possible. The student would be taken to Goulburn Base
Hospital. There is no cost to parents, as the school pays an annual membership cost.
Parents are encouraged to attend the school’s fortnightly assemblies. This is a very
good way to keep in touch with the many activities your children are involved in
throughout the school year. At most assemblies, one of our classes will perform an
item. Your child’s teacher will let you know if your child is involved. Our students love
to have an audience!
Assessment is ongoing throughout the year and does not depend entirely on formal
assessment. Across grade tasks are set, checklists and work samples are kept and
observation records are maintained. It is through a variety of CTJ (Consistent
Teacher Judgement) assessment procedures that an accurate profile can be kept of
each child. Written reports will be sent home in Terms 2 & 4 and followed up with
parent/teacher interviews. The class teacher and/or the Principal will be happy to talk
with you at any mutually convenient time throughout the year. Please phone the
school for an appointment.
Attendance at School
Under the Education and Public Instruction Act 1987, parents have a legal
responsibility to ensure the regular school attendance of their children aged between
5 and 17 years.
Is regular attendance important? – Yes
From the first day. If students miss the basics in the early years of school, they often
experience difficulties later. It has been shown that irregular attendance in the infants
and primary years often lead to the development of poor attendance and attitude to
learning at High School.
Must children be sent to school every day? – Yes, unless:
the child is too sick to leave the house
the child has an infectious disease like chicken pox, mumps or measles
the child is incapacitated by injury preventing movement around the school
the child has to honour a religious commitment or
the child is accompanying his or her parents on a family holiday which cannot be arranged in school vacation. (This should be communicated to the Principal prior to absence)
Wherever possible, dental, medical and other appointments should be made out of school hours.
Must the school be notified if a child has been away? – Yes
Parents/guardians are required to ALWAYS send a note to explain the reason for any absence
When a child is to be absent for more than two days, parents/guardians are requested to inform the school verbally as well as by note
Should the school be notified if a child refuses to go to school? – Yes
Parents/guardians should contact the Principal and seek assistance as a matter of urgency
What kind of assistance is available?
The Home School Liaison Program is a supportive resource to students, parents/
guardians and schools. It aims to ensure the full participation of all students.
What is the role of a Home School Liaison Officer?
The Home School Liaison Officer:
is a contact between the home and the school when there are attendance problems
finds out why the child is not attending school and arranges appropriate help
encourages regular attendance of students
9.00am Playground supervision commences
9.25am Assembly/Morning session commences
12.15pm Mid session commences
2.10pm Afternoon session commences
Parents are requested to ensure that children are at school no later than 9.25am.
Late arrival is disruptive for others and should be avoided. Parents/guardians must
report late arrivals to the office and complete a late arrivals note. This must be handed
to the child’s teacher.
All children, including Kindergarten are dismissed at 3.25pm. Bus travellers line up in bus
lines and are supervised onto appropriate buses. Walkers are escorted to the Eleanor
Street gate and Park Road exit to meet parents or be supervised across the road by the
Parents are requested to use the crossing at all times.
If you wish to send cakes to celebrate your child’s birthday, please send items such as
cup cakes, crackles or lamingtons rather than large cakes that require cutting as these
small items are easier and more hygienic for handling. Please do not send candles,
matches or knives for birthday cakes. Please keep in mind when preparing or purchasing
cakes that GEPS is a NUT AWARE school.
The school has a breakfast club Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from
8.15am to 8.50am. All children are welcome to attend on a regular or casual basis.
Breakfast Club offers a healthy start to the day for our students. A gold coin donation is
Approximately 4 issues per year are sent home with students. Payments of cash or
cheques (made out to Scholastic) are accepted at the school. Credit card payments can
be made over the phone to Scholastic or on their website. If paying by credit card, the
receipt number should be recorded on the order slip that is returned to the school.
The P&C operate a canteen at our school on Friday each week of the school term.
Students are asked to write their order on a brown paper bag and place it in the crate by
9:25am. The crate is situated on the verandah near the 4/5 classroom. Regular notes will
be sent home regarding the menu items and meal deals. Parents are more than welcome
to help in the canteen. Please let the office know if you are interested.
L Change of Contact Details
It is most important to notify the school of any changes, so that our records can be kept
up to date. Information relating to telephone and personal contacts in case of emergency
is obtained when students enrol. THE OFFICE SHOULD BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY
OF ANY CHANGE IN TELEPHONE NUMBERS OR CONTACTS.
If events change at home that may impact on your child’s learning or behaviour at school
such as death of pet or family member etc. PLEASE contact the school office or
classroom teacher. All matters are treated with the strictest confidence.
Open lines of communication between home and school is crucial. The school expects
that, should a parent have a concern or is seeking clarification on a particular issue, it will
be discussed with the member of staff concerned, the Assistant Principal or Principal.
If at anytime you would like to speak with the Principal, please phone the office to
arrange a mutually convenient time.
The school operates on information that is shared directly with all involved parties. Our
central focus is the child and his/her learning, self esteem and confidence. If we all work
in a partnership to this end, maximum potential is more likely to be reached.
Computers are an indispensable element of modern society. Students are introduced to
them from Kindergarten onwards. Students are encouraged to view computers as a tool
or a resource to be used across all subjects and not to be viewed as a subject in
themselves. Our students are encouraged to use the Interactive Whiteboards in our
school on a regular basis.
In support of this view, computers are widely distributed throughout the school and
software resources are spread across all Key Learning Areas.
The curriculum is defined in terms of Key Learning Areas (KLA) and other areas of
learning: The KLAs are:
Creative and Practical Arts—(CAPA, Music, craft, drama etc)
Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PD/H/PE)
Science and Technology (Sc &T)
Other programs offered:
Special Religious Education (Scripture)
Interest group – choir, dance
Support Programs offered
Support Teacher Learning Assistance
Learning Support Team
L Custody of Children
The Principal should be informed of the conditions of custody when parents are
separated. If this involves a court order, a copy must be sighted and kept at the school.
If these orders are changed through the courts, an update must also be sighted and a
copy kept at the school. The school must follow Departmental Policy and guidelines and
cannot act only on parental verbal advice regarding custody orders.
Emergency Contact Information
An emergency contact file is kept at the school office. On enrolling a student, parents will
be requested to complete emergency information. Please ensure that all details are filled
in correctly and returned promptly to the school office. The school should be advised
immediately should any details change. Only contacts who live close or reasonably
close to the school should be included. Please do not include yourself as the emergency
contact. Emergency contacts are only contacted should we be unable to get hold of you,
Children can be enrolled at the school from Kindergarten to Year 6. Enrolments are
taken at the main office in the school administration block. Proof of address must be
supplied. A Birth Certificate and a recent immunisation certificate are required for all
Parents of children from overseas enrolling in a state school for the first time must
present the appropriate documents, which include a current passport with visa and entry
The school organises regular evacuation and lockdown drills so that students are aware
of these procedures.
Our school is well equipped with modern facilities. We boast a well resourced library,
computer lab, large playing fields, tennis court, covered outdoor learning area (COLA),
playground equipment and a large hall suitable for performances and other school func-
Educational excursions are encouraged and supported at the school. Parents receive
detailed information and a permission note for each excursion. Children’s experiences
beyond the classroom contribute to their growth and development. For some children
such experiences, organised and implemented by the school, are the most significant
opportunities they have for integrated learning of living skills.
All excursions must have the approval of the Principal, who will have sighted a risk
assessment and considered the educational value of the proposed excursion in relation
to the child’s needs and the total learning program.
L Permission by the Parent/Guardian for a child to participate in a specific excursion is
required in writing.
A student’s attendance on an excursion will be at the discretion of the Principal and staff
and based upon behaviour and attitude.
In the case of an excursion involving payment of money for fares or entry, all money is to
be paid prior to the excursions due date.
Where financial hardship would prevent a student participating in an excursion the
parent/guardian may approach the Principal in confidence and the school may provide
financial assistance to enable the student to attend. (See Student Assistance Scheme).
Children who are obviously ill in the morning should be kept at home. We
understand that at times it is hard to tell and that a child can fall ill suddenly throughout
the day. If this happens, you will be contacted to collect your child from school.
Where necessary basic first aid will be given by the school’s first aid officer if a child is
injured at school. When immediate medical attention is required, an ambulance will be
called and the parents or emergency contact will be notified.
Children need to read everyday to encourage fluency development. Daily practice in
tables and basic number facts will help develop sound knowledge and skills to support
learning. Homework for each class is set by the classroom teacher.
Interviews with Principal or Teachers
Parents are encouraged and are welcome to visit the school and discuss any relevant
matters with their child’s class teacher or the Principal.
Parents should ring the school on 4821 4007 and make an appointment or write (or
email) requesting an appropriate time to meet with the relevant staff member. The staff
are aware that parents are busy and will make every attempt to accommodate parents’
requests in this regard.
Parents are asked in the first instance to meet with the child’s class teacher if they have
any concerns regarding their child’s schooling. If the parent wishes to seek further
advice, or the matter cannot be resolved, an appointment can be made with the Assistant
Principal or Principal.
L Jewellery, Makeup, Electronics etc.
Children should not wear jewellery to school (except small sleepers or stud earrings).
Fake nails and other adornments are not permitted in order to prevent injury. No makeup,
nail polish or tattoos are to be worn at school. Ipods, hand held electronic games and
mobile phones should not be brought to school. Toys should only be brought to school if
they are part of a class news item.
Responsibility for any jewellery, watches, ipods, mobile phones, toys etc cannot be
accepted by staff.
Learning Support Team
The Learning Support Team, comprising of the Counsellor, the Principal, the Assistant
Principal and the School Learning Support Teacher meet on a regular basis in order to
discuss planning and programs for specific groups of students. This is done in
collaboration with classroom teachers.
It is the aim of the school to encourage maximum use of the library both for enjoyment
and as a resource centre for learning. All classes have regular timetabled lessons
learning research skills and literature appreciation. Students are informed at the begin-
ning of the school year which day their class will have library.
The library houses an ever growing collection of books, magazines and audio-visual
material covering a wide range of topics both fiction and non-fiction.
Bulk loans are issued to classes as the need arises and individual borrowing is
encouraged each week.
Students, K-6, are encouraged to participate in the Premiers Reading Challenge
Students are taught responsibility for borrowing
A library bag is required to borrow books
Each year, the school holds a Book Fair, which provides an opportunity for the
community to purchase books, either for themselves or to donate to our library.
All enquiries should be made through your child’s teacher. Lost property is NOT kept at
the school office.
PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING, LUNCH BOXES etc ARE
CLEARLY LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME SO THE ITEM CAN BE
RETURNED TO YOUR CHILD’S CLASS IF FOUND.
If your child has an illness that requires the administration of medication at school, a
medical permission form will need to be completed before the medication can be given
to the child. This includes medication such as antibiotics, drops etc. Only prescription
medication can be administered. All medication must be provided in the original
packaging that has on it the administration directions and the doctor’s name. If this is not
possible, then a letter from the doctor stating the administration details is needed.
L Panadol, Nurofen and other pain relieving medications will not be given to any student.
Medication must be brought to the school office by the parent. No Panadol etc. is kept in
the school office for student use. A register is kept detailing when the medication has
been taken, the dosage given and by whom the medication was administered.
If for some reason parents wish their child to bring a mobile phone to school they must
write a letter stating the reasons to the Principal. Any mobile phone that is brought to
school must be turned off and handed in to the office before school and collected at the
end of the day. Whilst every effort is made to ensure they are secure, no responsibility
can be accepted for loss or damage.
School office hours are 9am — 3:30pm.
Outside of School Hours Care
Cool Kids, Romp and Stomp and Kids Choice operate before and after school care
programs in Goulburn. All of these services provide a pick up and drop off bus that
attends Goulburn East each morning and afternoon. Please contact these providers if
you require before or after school care for your child.
Parents and Carers are encouraged to join the P & C to become involved in school
programs and special projects.
If you can help in any way, your time and effort would be most appreciated. Please
contact the Principal or class teacher.
All volunteers in the school, including parents helping with educational programs are
required to sign in at the front office when they arrive at the school. It is the volunteer
worker’s or visitor’s responsibility to ensure that they sign this book, in case of an
emergency evacuation or lockdown.
REMEMBER: All volunteers must undergo a Working With Children Check for volunteers
before being eligible to assist at the school. This is a legal requirement of the NSWDEC.
Parents and Citizen’s Association
The Parents and Citizens’ Association meet in the school library in Week 2 and 7 of each
term on a Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. Dates are confirmed in the weekly school
The role of the P&C Association is to be the parent representative body within the School
community. Through its executive and associated committees it provides financial,
technical, managerial and other forms of support.
Regular P&C meetings provide one of the main forums for communication between all
parents and the school.
All notes and money are to be left at the office. It is appreciated if the notes and correct
money is placed in an envelope or zip lock bag with the child’s name, amount enclosed
and the event on the outside.
Please keep money for P&C organised events and GEPS events separate when sending
them in to the office.
Performances are organised from time to time to support programs or to provide
experiences which will enhance children’s learning.
PLEASE NOTE: There is usually a cost involved with these school activities and some-
times families find it difficult to meet these commitments. If you find that you are having
trouble at any time PLEASE contact the office to discuss your payment options so your
child need not miss out on any activities. All matters are kept strictly confidential. (see
Student Assistance Scheme).
Paint and Play is run each Monday morning of school terms in our school hall from
9:30am to 11am. The playgroup is co-ordinated through the Goulburn Schools as
Community Centres program. Anyone with preschool aged children is welcome. Morning
tea is supplied and it is free to attend!
Presentation Evening is held towards the end of Term 4. It is an evening to recognise
and celebrate the students achievements over the year. The students usually perform an
item and the Year 6 students are farewelled at this formal occasion.
Publishing Student Photos/Written Work
At the beginning of the new year or when a student enrols a form needs to be completed
by new families. This form seeks parents/carers permission for their child/children to be
photographed/ videoed and for these items to be published in the school newsletter,
website, intranet, local paper or other publications relating to the school.
Refunds will only be given when notification is given to the Principal or Office staff seven
(7) days prior to an event and only if the amount is $10.00 or more. In the event of the
child suffering from an illness, notification must be made as soon as possible prior to the
day of the event. Refunds will only be given in this case for amounts that are not
identified for a payment.
Reporting to Parents
The school issues a weekly newsletter on Wednesdays which contains school and P&C
news, and dates of coming events. The newsletter is sent home to parents with their
eldest child, and can also be viewed online at our school website:
L Please make a practice of looking in your child’s school bag for the newsletter and other
important notices which are sent home. The newsletter is an essential communication
link between the school, parents and the local community.
Interviews The school encourages contact with parents. Please make arrangements through the
office for an interview appointment with the class teacher. Parents will be invited to a
formal interview with teachers at the end of Term 2. Parents and teachers can also
request interviews outside of this time.
Respect and Responsibility
Goulburn East students are involved in local community and school activities that
promote respect and responsibility. They participate in ANZAC and Remembrance Day
Services, Reconciliation Week, and take part in Clean-Up Australia Day. Each year our
infants students visit local nursing homes and sing to the residents. Our senior students
grow in leadership through peer support programs. Everyday values of Goulburn East
Public School and the core rules of the Department of Education and Communities are
promoted through a focus on respect, good sportsmanship and reliability.
Voluntary School Contribution (Formerly known as School Fees)
Goulburn East Public School asks each family to pay $48 per family to assist with the
schools costs, as well as other educational resources. We do not ask for any other
school fee or contribution.
The school has the services of a school counsellor. The school counsellor’s role is to
assist teachers with classroom learning and behaviour management, to test and assess
students, to assist parents with advice about their children’s education, development and
adjustment. Please contact the office to make an appointment.
Supervision is provided for students from 9.00am until 3.25pm each day. Morning
lessons commence following assembly. It is important that children should not arrive at
school before 9.00am (unless attending Breakfast Club) and no later than 9.25am.
Class, individual and sibling photos are taken each year at school. Parents are notified of
the date and cost in advance. Students are to wear full school uniform.
L School Sport
Our Sport Program is developmental and sequential. It consists of:
Fundamental movement skills
Representative sports - School - District – Region – State
Sports uniforms should be worn each Friday.
Sporting houses are Hume (blue) and Hovell (red). If you are unsure of which house your
child is in, please ask at the office.
Religious instruction is provided by volunteer lay people. Parents are to advise the school
as to which scripture class they would like their child to attend. Scripture is not
compulsory and students have the option of attending scripture or staying in class with
their teacher. All religious denominations are taught by the same scripture teacher.
Scripture lessons take place each Thursday between 12.15pm and 12.45pm.
Starting School Successfully
Our orientation program operates during Term 4 and provides many opportunities for
children starting Kindergarten to settle into school routine, mix with groups of other
children and engage in both structured and unstructured play activities.
Goulburn East Public School conducts the Best Start Assessment Program for all
Kindergarten students at the beginning of the school year.
The Best Start Assessment Program provides:
Information that supports the teacher in meeting students individual learning
Parents and caregivers with feedback on what their child can do
Information on how the teacher can best support the student’s learning
Assistance in the monitoring of student learning throughout Kindergarten
Student Transport Scheme
Buses run to and from GEPS in the morning and afternoons. Please call PBC on
48212320 if you would like more information on which buses are available. Bus pass
application forms are available from the school office.
PRIVATE VEHICLE CONVEYANCE
Private Vehicle Conveyance (PVC) subsidy is available for eligible families who are
residents of NSW, where there is no public transport for all or part of the journey. Please
contact the office for application forms and further information.
Student Banking—Commonwealth Bank
The school has student banking packages available at the office for all students wishing
to participate. Student banking deposit books should be handed in at the office on
Thursday mornings when students arrive at school.
L Students in School Grounds
Students are not encouraged to be in the school grounds before 9.00am (unless they are
attending breakfast club), as no direct supervision is provided by staff prior to this time.
If you consider that you have a valid reason for your child arriving earlier that 9.00am
please inform the Principal in writing. It is stressed that the Principal authorises entry to
the school, not the parent. This authorisation is necessary for the protection of pupils and
staff against accident, injury, and damage to property.
Students on the school premises before 9.00am must sit quietly on the silver seats
outside the 3/4 and 4/5 classrooms.
Unless special school activities have been arranged, students should not be on school
premises outside of school hours.
Students Leaving Early
If parents wish to collect children during school hours, they must call at the office; sign an
early leaver’s slip and present this to the class teacher.
Any person other than a child’s parent, who wishes to collect a child, must have
signed written permission from the parent. Identification must also be sighted.
No child is permitted to leave the school ground on his/her own before 3.25pm.
Student Assistance Scheme
A small amount of money is provided by the Department of Education and Communities
to assist families. As the name suggests money is available to assist parents in meeting
some of the expenses of educating a child.
The money can be used to assist parents to purchase school uniforms, school materials
and textbooks or meet the cost of school excursions. Applications must be received in
writing by the school Principal for approval.
If at anytime you are unsure of procedures or have any questions, please contact the office.
We are happy to help!
For further information, or to enrol your child, please contact: Goulburn East Public School Eleanor Street Goulburn NSW 2580 Telephone: 02 4821 4007 Fax: 02 4822 1381 Email:
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