Learning Programs - Student Wellbeing

At Ripponlea Primary School, the health, wellbeing and safety of our students is paramount.

Student Engagement and Wellbeing

The foundation of our positive school culture is the active participation of all members of the school community so they feel valued, safe and secure; are provided with meaningful opportunities to contribute to the school; and have every opportunity to meet their personal and educational potential. Our school’s Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy articulates the school community’s shared expectations in the areas of student engagement, student attendance and student behaviour. The policy supports the right of every community member to engage in and promote a safe and inclusive school environment. The document details our whole-school prevention statement; rights and responsibilities; shared expectations; school actions; and consequences. It is an integral component of the school operations.

Ripponlea's Student Wellbeing Coordinator monitors and reviews current student engagement and wellbeing, and works to implement programs and initiatives, such as Mindfulness practice.  
 

Student Behaviour and Restorative Practices

At Ripponlea, ‘restorative practice’ is about being respectful to and of, every member of our school community; encouraging responsible behaviour and actions; and ensuring that personal pride and dignity is maintained. Restorative practices are intended to move the focus away from a punitive consequence that is based on the establishment of wrong doing. Rather it seeks to value and support those involved, so that they feel empowered to take positive action to address the situation and move forward.

The Restorative Practice philosophy provides a forum that encourages open and respectful dialogue, enabling students to learn how to better manage their social and emotional issues and as a result, free their capacity to learn.


Circle Time 

Circle Time at Ripponlea Primary School is embedded into school routines.  The circle format is an ancient form of spiritual, communal and political communication and is found throughout world traditions.  We use a circle when we want to talk about an issue in a way that allows everyone to participate and contribute.

Circle Time sets up a climate of collaboration and trust and is useful for teacher and student discussion and decision-making.  It can also be a format used for having fun. 


Additional information regarding the health, wellbeing and safety of our students can be found below.


Yard Safety and Supervision

The school grounds are supervised both before and after school by teaching staff from 8:45am-9:00am and 3:30pm-3:45pm. Outside these hours, all children in the school grounds are expected to be either booked into Before or After School Care (ROSH) or actively supervised by their parent/carer.

Students are welcome to go into their classrooms from 8:45am to get ready for the school day or to do a quite activity such as reading.  Alternatively, they can stay outside until the bell goes at 9:00am.

Two teachers are on duty during recess and lunchtime. Students are encouraged to seek these teachers out if they require assistance. The teachers on yard duty wear high visibility vests to enable the children to identify them quickly. 

The school yard is reserved for ROSH from 7:30am-8:45am and 3:45pm-6:00pm. With approval, other school groups may access this space on occasion. For everyone’s safety:

  • the play equipment near the basketball court is reserved for students in Years 3 – 6 only
  • bikes, scooters and skateboards are not to be ridden on school grounds from 7:30am-6:00pm
  • dogs are not to be brought onto the school ground without prior approval (refer Animals in the School Grounds Policy)

Download the school’s Playground Supervision Policy.


Punctuality and Early Departure

It is very important that all students are at school by 9:00am. This ensures they start the day’s routine with their peers and also reduces interruptions for the teacher and the other students.

Those who arrive after 9:00am are required to be signed in at the office by their parent/carer. The student is then asked to give the sign-in note to their teacher on arrival in the classroom.

Under no circumstance will a student be allowed to leave the school grounds before 3:30pm without being accompanied by a supervising adult. Parents/carers are required to complete an early departure notice at the office and give it to the class teacher, prior to collecting their child.


Student Absences

Parents/carers are asked to inform the school of their child/ren's absence using one of the following methods:


Illness

Please remember that infections spread quickly at school and sick children should be kept at home. If your child needs to take any form of medication during a school day, we ask parents to administer medication to their own child at a prearranged time.

For information about infectious diseases that require school exclusion, please refer to the Department of Health website.


First Aid

All staff are trained in First Aid and the use of an Epipen on an annual basis. Minor scrapes are managed at school and parents contacted if required. A call is made to parents if their child has hit their head at school.

School staff will respond to your child’s first aid needs and take the appropriate action if your child is unwell or injured. They will rely on the medical information you provided, initially on enrolment or updated since as circumstances changed. Parents are required to ensure their child/ren’s medical requirements are current.

Download the school's First Aid Policy.


Student Emergency Contact Details

It is vital that parents/carer inform the School Office immediately there is any change to a student's address, emergency contacts or health requirements.  Student information is entered on the school's database and used in emergency situations. Parents/carers are responsible for passing on information in a timely manner to ensure student details are current and correct.


Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Epilepsy and Diabetes

School policy determines that all students with a potentially life-threatening medical condition have a medical plan, completed and signed by your doctor. The school will rely on this plan if action is to be taken. It is expected that the plan will be reviewed and updated annually or earlier, if conditions change.

Download the school’s Anaphylaxis and Asthma policies.


SunSmart

Ripponlea Primary School is a SunSmart school. This means all students are to wear a broad-brimmed or legionnaire school hat while playing outside from September to April. Our school policy states “No Hat No Play from Spring to Anzac Day” and days when the UV light exceeds safe limits. It is also advisable for each child to apply sunscreen as required.

Download the school’s SunSmart policy.


School Visitors and Working With Children Check

Ripponlea Primary School welcomes visitors to the school, such as parent helpers, guest presenters and contractors.

Visitors are asked to sign in at the School Office on arrival and wear an identification badge to authorise their visit.  They are also asked to return the badge and sign out on departure.

To help ensure the safety and privacy of students, visitors who work with students are required to have a valid 'Working With Children Check' registered with the School Office. Applications can be submitted online at www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au. The application is free if you apply for a Volunteer Check.

Download the school's Visitors to School and Working With Children Check policies.


Student Permission Forms

At the start of each school year, parents/carers receive an envelope containing:

  • the school's record of your child/ren's details currently stored in the school's database
  • a variety of parent/carer permission forms required to be completed annually

For you child/ren's safety, you are asked to check all the details, sign and return all documents to school as soon as possible.

Students must have signed permission from parents/carers to leave the school during school hours (e.g. for excursions).  A parent signature and contact details must be sighted - verbal permission is not accepted.


Student Property/Lost Property

Students are not encouraged to bring items of value to school.  If items of value are brought to school, it is the student's responsibility to ensure they are kept safe.

All items that come to school MUST be labelled with the student's name.  Property that is found by others will be left in the designated 'lost property' baskets.  All unclaimed property will be removed at the end of each term; unnamed, unclaimed school clothing will be donated to the Uniform Shop.


Bikes and Scooters

Students who ride to school, must wear an approved helmet when riding to/from school. Bikes and scooters are not to be ridden in the school yard from 8:45am-3:45pm or other times as determined for safety reasons. A locked bike shed is provided.

Ripponlea is a member of the national Ride2School program.


Parking

Parking is available in Carrington Grove and surrounding local streets.  Please be considerate of our neighbours (do not park over driveways) and observe all road rules and parking signs.

For everyone's safety, please observe the reduced speed limit in the school zone.

The Kiss’n’Go areas at the front of the school were installed in 2012 and have improved the flow of traffic during school drop-off and pick-up times. These areas are clearly marked. The following rules associated with these parking spaces are monitored regularly by City of Glen Eira Parking Officers:

  • motorists can stop for a maximum 2 minutes to drop-off or pick-up only
  • motorists are required to stay with their vehicle (unless assisting un/load the car)