About Our School
Governing Council Committees Role and Composition 2014 (67 KB Adobe PDF)
The Governing Council is a legally incorporated body whose object is to involve the school community in the governance of the school to strengthen and support public education in the community.
Governing Council's joint responsibility with the Principal includes:
- providing a focus and forum for parent and community involvement
- determining and advising on the educational needs of the local community
- ensuring the cultural and social diversity of the community is identified
- setting the broad direction and vision of the school
- strategic planning, financial and asset management
- establishing school policies including safety, welfare and discipline of students
- reporting to the school community and the Minister
Governing Council sub-committees include Finance, Education, Grounds and Promotions. Parents and community members can be co-opted to sub-committees.
Governing Council meets on the third Monday of the month during term time and the Annual General Meeting is held in Term 1.
Parent Club is an affiliated body of Governing Council. Daytime meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month during term time. Among its many activities Parent Club is involved in
- the school's educational program (classroom visits and guest speakers)
- fundraising, (providing honorariums for the Christian Pastoral Support Worker, LAP coordinator, Canteen Administrator, classroom and whole school resources)
- managing the canteen
- providing an opportunity for parents to socialise and be well informed about their children's learning.
The new school year begins with an assembly for all students in the Gymnasium. Students then move to classrooms with their teacher/s. For Middle and Senior School students timetabled lessons usually begin after recess time on the first morning.
Parents may obtain financial assistance for the education of their children in certain circumstances.
- SCHOOL CARD SCHEME
The School Card Scheme is administered by DECD.
People holding a Health Care or Pension Card may present it to the Front Office at school when paying school fees.
The criterion for eligibility for the School Card System is based on whether the applicant's combined family gross income falls within the School Card income limits. Eligibility is not dependent on any member of the family receiving any Centrelink benefits of Family Tax benefits.
There is also provision for families with changed circumstances affecting income.
Please note that the scheme involves a number of different application forms.
All applicants wishing to be considered for School Card assistance are to be reminded that they must apply each year.
Forms and further information are available from the School's Front Office Staff or phone Freecall number 1800 672 758.
- ABORIGINAL SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME
Details and application forms are available from Centrelink.
- YOUTH ALLOWANCE
This is a means-tested allowance for families, payable when the child turns 16 years old. The assistance available is considerable. Do not assume you are ineligible. The aim of the Youth Allowance is to assist families to provide a sound education for their children and to allow students some financial independence. Students for their part are expected to attend school regularly and perform satisfactorily. Only students receiving a Full Youth Allowance are automatically accepted for School Card. Further information and application forms contact Centrelink.
Materials & Services charges may be paid and stationery can be collected on the 2 working days prior to the commencement of school at the beginning of the year. Any textbooks are distributed as needed by subject teachers.
On the first day of school, students need to bring all stationery previously collected, including pencils, pens, rulers etc, and have all items named.
Throughout the year extra stationery can be purchased from the Book Room, which is organised through the Library. All clothing, bags, calculators etc should be clearly marked with the student's name.
The school operates three sub-schools
Junior School : Reception to Year 5
Middle School: Year 6 to Year 9
Senior School : Year 10 to 12
Home Group 8:55 - 9:00am
Lesson 1 9:00 - 9:45am
Lesson 2 9:45 - 10:30am
Recess 10:30 - 10:50am
Lesson 3 10:50 - 11:35am
Lesson 4 11:35 - 12:20pm
Lesson 5 12:20 - 1:05pm
Lunch 1:05 - 1:45pm
Lesson 6 1:45 - 2:30pm
Lesson 7 2:30 - 3:15pm
Buses depart by 3.25pm
In 2006, vertical Home Groups were introduced to the Middle and Senior School, with changes occurring depending on numbers, which may include Year 11. This year, Years 8, 9 & 10 are split into 2 Home Groups. Students meet in their Home Groups every morning and for two lessons a week for Pastoral Care activities. These activities have included goal setting, study skills, painting of lockers and the design of a Home Group logo and banner.
Our school has a well-defined School Uniform Policy and staff fully supports parents in encouraging students to wear correct school uniform. OHSW regulations also do not allow the wearing of sandals in the following practical subjects: Home Economics, Technology Studies, Science, Agricultural Studies and Physical Education.
Jewellery must be simple, not loose, excessive or intrusive. Jewellery must be limited to a pair of studs or sleepers, a single neck chain and no rings or bracelets. When students are asked to remove jewellery for sport or safety reasons, they must comply with the request.
Make-up , nail polish and the wearing of loose jewellery is not permitted, as it doesn't comply with OHS&W regulations.
Shoes, sneakers or sandals with non-marking soles. Footwear should be suitable for school, a sensible colour and style, and must be covered to meet Department of Labour and Industry rules. Thongs and backless, slip-on shoes cannot be worn as they do not comply with OHSW regulations.
- Navy blue, light blue and fine maroon stripe check in a winter weight, box pleated skirt. This skirt is to be knee to mid calf in length. (This material is fully washable)
White polo shirt with navy trimming on collar and sleeves with LRCS embroidered emblem on LH front chest or Navy polo shirt with white trimming on collar and sleeves with LRCS embroidered emblem on LH front chest
LRCS rugby jumper or Navy hoodie
Option of plain navy tracksuit pants or navy dress pants or navy track pants with white stripe on side. (no brand name logo)
White or navy socks
Navy or flesh stockings
Shoes or sneakers (footwear should be suitable for school, sensible colour and style, and must be covered to meet Department of Labour & Industry rules for practical lessons). Ugg boots cannot be worn.
Navy jacket or parka
- Blue, maroon and white check dress made in pattern currently used at Lameroo Regional Community School . (Patterns available from the school library)
- White polo shirt with navy trimming on collar and sleeves with LRCS embroidered emblem on LH front chest or Navy polo shirt with white trimming on collar and shirt sleeves with LRCS embroidered emblem on LH front chest.
- Navy skirt, skorts, or shorts and or navy shorts with white stripe on the side. (no brand name logo)
- Navy or white socks
- Shoes, sneakers or sandals (footwear should be suitable for school, sensible colour and style, and must be covered to meet Department of Labour & Industry rules for practical lessons). Thongs or Crocs cannot be worn.
Winter or Summer Uniform:
- Navy track pants or Navy track pants with white stripe on side (no brand name logo)
- Navy shorts or navy shorts with white stripe on side (no brand name logo)
- White polo shirt with navy trimming on collar and shirt sleeves with LRCS embroidered emblem on LH front chest or Navy polo shirt with white trimming on collar and shirt sleeves with LRCS embroidered emblem on LH front chest.
- LRCS rugby top or Navy hoodie
- Navy jacket or parka
- White or navy socks
- Suitable shoes, sneakers or sandals. (The same conditions apply to both boys and girls)
PE Uniform (Year 6 – 12):
Navy & white polo shirt with white trimming. (Accessible through the school) To be worn only during PE lessons.
Shoes must have white soles to prevent marking the gymnasium floor.
Sports Day Uniform (R-7) white polo shirt or PE Shirt (6-7), navy shorts or track pants.
Murray Mallee SAPSASA Jumper ARE NOT school uniform and are not be worn to school as uniform after January 2010.
Ms. Donna Cummins of Crafty Crow (phone: 8576 3999) also stocks the material for summer and winter uniforms as well as the windcheater and tracksuit material if you wish to make the uniform yourself. Donna also stocks ready made school uniforms, track pants, polar fleeces jumpers, skirts etc.
School Rugby jumpers, polo shirts and Sports polo shirts are available from Front Office
Lameroo Regional Community School has a Sun Hat Policy which stresses the importance of all students and staff wearing suitable hats for sun protection from 1st September through to the end of Term 1.
The type of hats worn must offer protection to sides and back of head and neck, eg "Legionnaire,” full brim or surf. Baseball style caps are not permitted. Hats are available for purchase through LRCS Front Office.
The canteen is open at recess time and lunchtime from 1:05pm - 1:30pm and provides drinks, food including chips and bars and ice blocks for the students to purchase. The canteen is closed on Wednesdays, except for Counter Sales.
The menu is reviewed regularly throughout the year and endeavours to provide a good variety of healthy food.
The students order canteen lunches during Home Group period at the beginning of the day. Monitors take orders to the canteen during home group and then collect the lunches and take them to home group rooms for lunch.
There may be some special information, which you would like us to know, about your child. Such information is treated confidentially, and you have the right to specify which people need to know. If you wish to discuss this with us, please contact the Principal.
All lost property is stored in the Junior School Activity Room. Students / parents / caregivers may check for lost items each morning or afternoon.
BankSA provide a coupon book system for banking in the schools. School Bank Day is Tuesday.
Diaries or Communication Books are a three-way communication between parent, student and teacher. The student uses the diary to write in homework, due dates of work, reminders, and reasons for moving around the school during lessons. Parents / Caregivers are asked to check diaries regularly, which is a way of showing interest in your child's work, to sign it at the end of each week and to write any communication to the teachers (eg. reasons for absence). Teachers also use the diary for messages. Home Group teachers sign the diary at the end of the day.
If students are absent for any part of the school day including lateness & / or early leaving, a note in their diary explaining the reason for absence and signed by you is expected.
It is the policy of this school that if a note has not been provided, or a phone call received from the parents, the school will phone parents to check why the student is absent.
If a student is absent for more than 3 days without explanation, the school will contact parent / caregivers.
If a student is late to school or has to leave early, or leaving for part of the day, they are required to come to the Front Office and sign in / out using Incidental Absence Manager.
If your child is going to be absent for 3 or more days, it is DECD policy that an Application for Temporary Exemption From School Attendance form is filled in by the parent / caregiver, 1-2 weeks, if possible, before the absence, so that the class teacher can set some work, if appropriate, and the Principal can approve the exemption.
If students must be off the school grounds during the day, a note in the diary signed by a parent or caregiver and signed by the Home Group teacher MUST be shown to staff in the Front Office. There are NO EXCEPTIONS about street visits, a written note MUST BE PROVIDED and signed by a parent or caregiver.
Permanent lunch passes for students whose parents / caregivers wish them to go home for lunch (not to the shops) will be issued on application at the beginning of each year. Students leaving school grounds without permission are committing a serious offence.
All students and staff sign in and out at the Front Office when leaving the school grounds. Students do this through the Incidental Absence system and receive a print out of their departure and return times. The print-out is stuck in the students' diary and parents / carers are asked to regularly check and initial these slips.
The Front Office Staff administer first aid by giving treatment and using the sick room if needed. A note stating the treatment given is sent home and must be signed by the parent / caregiver and returned. Parents are contacted in the event of injury or if a student needs to be collected from school.
If students require medication or pain relievers while at school it is important that parents / caregivers notify the Home Group teacher with a written note in the Diary. For example students with asthma must have a puffer at all times.
If students have allergies it is important that parents / caregivers notify the school in writing informing us of the allergy and the treatment. We must also have a Care Plan signed by your doctor. It may be necessary to have medication at school in case of an emergency.
Medication, including pain relief, sent from home and required at school, must come in original containers, accompanied by a note from parent/caregiver, with instructions and given to Front Office staff.
BUSES: Bus routes are arranged so that the buses arrive at Lameroo just before school starts at 9.00am and depart as soon after 3.20pm as possible.
Bus routes are reviewed each year in order to provide the most convenient service to the greatest number of people and to provide link-ups at suitable places between buses servicing Geranium and Pinnaroo Primary Schools.
The need for some families to travel up to 5km to a bus route is seen as a reasonable expectation by the Department for Education. However, a car allowance is paid if children must be transported further than 5km. Apply at the Front Office for a car allowances application form if applicable.
BUS RULES : All students who travel on buses to Lameroo, Pinnaroo and Geranium schools need to be aware of the bus rules which mean that the driver is able to drive the bus safely and not be distracted by poor student behaviour. The driver has a duty to ensure the safety and the behaviour of all students on the bus and must report continued misbehaviour to the Deputy Principal. The students in turn have a duty to behave responsibly so that the bus driver can deliver them safely to and from school every day.
Our bus rules state that students will:
- be at the bus pick-up point before the allotted time
- follow bus driver's instructions promptly and in a sensible manner
- remain seated at all times the bus is moving and behave in a quiet manner
- not distract the driver i.e. throwing any object around the bus, changing seats
- respect all bus travellers on the bus and at the bus stop � adult and student
- not leave bags in walkways
Additionally it is essential that the bus driver and the school are informed, as soon as possible, if students are not to be on the bus at any stage. Students must obtain written permission using a Bus Travel Pass signed by the Deputy Principal if they wish to travel on a different bus, or vary the stop. Bus Passes need to be brought into the Front Office to be signed at least a day in advance of travel. Parents / caregivers of students who travel on buses are encouraged to discuss behaviour expectations and bus rules with their child/ren so that they can appreciate the need for a safe and responsible attitude towards the bus driver and bus travel.
Students who ride bikes to school must leave them in the bike racks that are out of bounds except for leaving or collecting a bike. No bike should be borrowed by another student. Helmets are essential.
Space inside the school grounds is limited for parking cars. Parents are reminded that when delivering or collecting students they are to park under the trees in Yappara Road or near the Gym. Parents may also park in the Bus Bay between 9:30am and 2:30pm. Student drivers are to park their cars in Yappara Road. Additionally, students are reminded not to walk through the Staff/Visitors car parks when entering or leaving the school grounds.
Students are reminded not to bring items of value like money, brand name clothes or shoes, computer games, CD's, iPods, MP3 players or similar to school. Students must assume responsibility for the care and protection of their personal property. Valuable items may be left at the Front Office for safekeeping. However, to avoid heartbreak over the loss or damage of a valued possession, students are advised not to bring them to school.
The use of mobile phones, pagers, Walkmans and similar devices in class is disruptive to the learning environment of all students and should be discouraged. Students wishing to use these devices in special circumstances should negotiate arrangements with the Principal.
We regularly advise students, parents and carers of our expectations in respect of these devices. Also students, parents and carers are reminded that the school in the event of the loss, theft or damage of any device will accept no liability unless it can be established that the loss, theft or damage resulted from the department's negligence.
At LRCS the policy and guidelines regarding the use of mobile phones by students during school hours was approved following consultation with students, parents and carers.
There are times when it is genuinely appropriate and beneficial for students to have access to a mobile phone. Students may, for example, need to contact parents in emergencies or to confirm or change a collection time after school. However except in times of genuine emergency, mobile phone use should be restricted.
It is important that students display courtesy, consideration and respect for others whenever they are using a mobile phone.
The policy states that:
- mobile phones should not be used in any manner or place that is disruptive to the normal routine of a school.
- students should have their mobile phones switched off and out of sight during classes.
- students should only use their mobile phones before or after school and not during recess and lunch breaks.
- mobile phones are not to be used or switched on inside toilets and change rooms.
- It is recommended that appropriate action be taken against any student who photographs or films other individuals without their consent, downloads and displays inappropriate material including pornographic images or who sends harassing or threatening text messages (sms) or multimedia messaging (mms) messages.
- Students should ensure that their phones are always stored in a safe and secure place.
- Mobile phones are used at their owners' risk. The school in the event of the loss, theft or damage of any device will accept no liability unless it can be established that the loss, theft or damage resulted from the department's negligence.