Student attendance is marked twice daily,
during the first lesson and after the afternoon recess (after
lunch Wednesdays only). If you are timetabled for these
lessons take the roll with you to class.
Collect the roll from the staffroom foyer outside the staffroom
door. Mark the roll with an “A” for any absent
students. Send the roll to the office with a student. Late
students should not be admitted without a yellow late note
from the office. School Support Staff will make corrections
to rolls for those students who arrive after roll has been
sent up to the office.
Students known to be present at school but absent from lessons
should be reported to the Discipline Co-ordinator, Mr Orr,
or Head Teacher.
The school operates a "DROP EVERYTHING AND
READ" (DEAR) scheme for 2O minutes every day.
The students are divided into groups of 10 -12 with one
teacher. Both students and teacher are expected to engage
in reading at this time. Some special remedial literacy
groups and a numeracy group also operate during DEAR time.
Students may read any material in any language. They are
not permitted to change library books during reading time;
this should be done during normal library lessons, at morning
recess or lunchtime. They are also not expected to use the
toilets at this time.
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The Playground Duty Roster is printed on the bottom of the
Please note the school rules before undertaking playground
Playground Duty Times:
Morning 9.50 - 10.05
Lunch 1. 11.40 - 12.00
Lunch 2. 12.00 - 12.20
Afternoon 1.35 - 1.45 ( Wed. 1.50 )
Morning 1. 9.50 - 10.02
Morning 2. 10.02 - 10.15
Lunch 1. 11.40 - 12.00 (
Lunch 2. 12.00 - 12.20
Afternoon 1.35 - 1.45
There are two teachers on each shift except for the afternoon,
when there is one.
• Teachers should try to go straight from class to
playground duty, otherwise be as prompt as possible.
One teacher should be up on the oval and at the canteen,
and one teacher should be patrolling the grounds and rooms
in the school.
There are clipboards by the door of the staffroom to record
Oval and Canteen
Teacher on this duty should move very quickly up to the
Students to be polite and orderly at canteen.
Soccer / Football players on oval to keep well away from
BHGHS sports classes, and if they are playing at the King
George's Road end they should be warned not to go after
any ball that goes over the fence.
Students should come straight back to the school after visiting
the canteen - not to hang around the High School area.
Students not to be in the classroom during breaks
except in bad weather.
Concentrate on the basketball and handball areas - these
are where sqabbles can start.
At afternoon recess students are not allowed up at the oval
or the canteen. They should not go past the steps to the
Please check the roster in staff room for Friday morning
Minor classroom problems are best dealt with on the spot
or after class with a short recess or lunch detention. More
serious problems should be recorded on the playground duty
sheet or referred to the Discipline Co-ordinator (Colin
Orr) or the Head Teacher. In general, three infringements
of rules will result in a Wednesday afternoon detention.
Assemblies are held once a week on Wednesday afternoons.
Staff timetabled for assembly must attend the assembly and
sit with and supervise the class.
The teacher in charge of assembly sets the hall up sometime
prior to the assembly. When the bell is rung, classes should
be taken immediately to the hall by the teacher timetabled.
Staff should assist by getting all students into the hall
and seated as quickly and quietly as possible.
Student interpreters are used at the assembly. Interpreters
are selected before the assembly and made familiar with
all they will need to translate beforehand. All notices
for assembly must be given to the Head Teacher prior to
afternoon recess, to enable time for briefing of interpreters.
The timetable changes when a class graduates or when new
classes are added during a term.
Prior to a new timetable, teachers complete an Allocation
Form from which class subject allocations and specific timetable
requests will be made.
The allocation form is given to the timetable organiser
(Thea Goreta) to assist in planning and organising the timetable.
Minor temporary timetable variations should be expected
when changes to school routine (e.g. excursions; work experience;
school experience) take place.
THE ROLE OF THE CLASS TEACHER
Educational Duties Related to the role
• 1. To have control
over programming of lessons taught to the class.
• 2. To liaise with other
teachers of that class in deciding which language outcomes
each teacher will have responsibility for.
• 3. To organise reports
to parents in the second and final terms of students’
Duties related to the role are:
• 1. Class roll: Maintain
a check on absentees and ensure absentee notes (proformas
in the pocket at the back of the roll) or a note from home
is returned to explain absences.
• 2. Check that office
has current addresses, telephone numbers of students.
• 3. Check with the Senior
School Assistant that term excursion fees are up-to-date
before planning excursions
Careful consideration must be given to the cost of excursions/activities
given the amount of subsidy that may be required from the
Centre before excursions can be approved to go ahead.
The General School Contribution requested at B.H.I.E.C.
is $40 in the first term of enrolment and $25 each subsequent
term. This amount covers the cost of folders and certificates
provided to students on arrival and at exit and provides
for $25 per term, payable in advance, for excursions. If
funds are not used, class teacher may use excess to cover
the cost of a gift to the school at graduation.
It is recognised that some families may have difficulty
meeting contributions, especially in the initial stages
of resettlement. Parents are advised on enrolment that if
this is the case they should make an appointment to discuss
the problem with the counsellor or head teacher.
Fees may be reduced or waived. Students granted Austudy
must pay their fees when payments are received. Those who
are unable to pay will have a red star stamp in their file.
At the beginning of each term the list of those with stamps
will be reviewed to account for families whose financial
situation has changed.
Please bring to the attention of the Counsellor or Head
Teacher those students you discover who are having difficulty
paying and who do not already have a red star.
All discussion re student’s financial difficulties
should take place in private and remain confidential.
Link Days are held at the end of each term for those students
who have exited the previous term. It is an opportunity
for ex-students to talk to their teachers about their experiences
at High School. Attendance is marked on the day and roll
lists faxed to the high schools concerned.
All visiting students at other times should sign in and
obtain a Visitor’s pass from the Office. All strangers
on school grounds should be directed to the Office.
EXCURSIONS - WHOLE SCHOOL
Usually in Term 1 the whole school goes to Shelly Beach
for a Science Rock Platform excursion and in Term 4 to Kurnell,
There are also two or three incursions during the year,
including Anthony Stimson with his Australian animals and
Eddie Quansah, Torres Strait Islander dancer.
Any teacher can arrange a class excursion by completing
the green "Variations to Routine" form, making
the appropriate bookings, arranging with Office staff that
class has sufficient funds for payment, and notifying the
timetabler and DEAR co-ordinator. Notice should be given
to the whole staff in the Staff meeting. Two weeks notice
of excursions is preferred.
After approval write date of excursion on whiteboard in
Head Teacher’s office.
Students must have their Excursion permission forms completed,
signed by parent or guardian and returned to school before
Hurstville Council has a minibus which may be borrowed.
An appropriately licenced driver is required.
Requests from various Tertiary establishments for Practicum
placements are sent to the Head Teacher during each year
and passed onto the Liaison Officer at the Centre.
The Liaison Officer asks appropriate teachers to assist
with the placement of the trainee teacher.
HEALTH and MEDICAL DETAILS
A Nurse from Peakhurst Community Hea1th Centre attends the
Centre monthly for Health screenings for students.
Exiting classes have priority for screenings, however any
student suspected of hearing, sight or other health or medical
problems may be seen on referral from a teacher.
Referral is via discussion with the Counsellor or Head Teacher.
Dental Screenings for 12 - 14 yr. olds only are conducted
by SOKS (Save Our Kids Smiles) teams twice per year.
Referrals by any Health care professionals are noted in
These are held from 2:30 to 3:30 pm on Wednesday afternoons.
Chairing of meetings, minute taking and supervision of detention
are according to roster.
STAFF MORNING TEA
This is held Friday morning recess time (25 mins). Four
teachers and/or support staff are rostered to provide morning
tea for the whole staff. Playground duty is also by roster
during this time.
These reports are for parents and should be completed in
the second term of a class’ enrolment and again in
the final term.
A pro-forma exists for all teachers involved with the student
to complete. Aides will translate reports (Chinese, Vietnamese,
Arabic, Spanish, Croatian).
PROCEDURE FOR PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS
Parent teacher meetings for the whole class or for the parents
of individual students can to be initiated and organised
at any time by the class teacher.
The parent/teacher meeting organised in the students’
exit term gives parents the chance to learn about the school
experience program, the procedure for enrolling their child
at high school and what to expect from high school.
Parents should be notified preferably three weeks to a month
before the meeting to give them the opportunity to make
arrangements to attend.
Notes should go out to parents with a return slip asking
whether they can attend or not, and whether an interpreter
is required. (See standard letter). (N.B. External agencies
require 7 - 10 working days notice for interpreter bookings).
Teachers’ aides will set up the hall with the help
of students from one of the classes involved, according
to teachers' needs - groups of tables and chairs, desks
for interviews etc.
School Support Staff will look after afternoon tea with
the help of two or three students whose parents cannot attend.
Aides will distribute tickets numbered according to time
The Head Teacher will usually speak to all the parents and
students together. After the talk, parents see the class
teacher according to numbered ticket.
Students may go home with parent. Students whose parents
could not attend are supervised until final bell.