A child is enrolled in Linuwel School on the understanding that the child’s class teacher and parents/carers will work together for the balanced development of the child, and that the parents/carers will support these requirements and the ethos of the school. In all dealings with members of the school community parents/carers are expected to treat others with politeness and respect. When you are attending School activities please remember your purpose is to support the children. It is a time to put your personal and business activities aside and to be fully present for the children.
Punctuality and Attendance
Students are to arrive at School no earlier than 8:15am unless a prior arrangement has been made, and no later than 8:40am. If your child arrives after 8:45am, please accompany them to the office and sign a late slip which they will need to take with them to their classroom. Office staff will accompany young children to their class.
An important aspect of Steiner education is the continuity of lesson content and social interaction from one day to the next. A low rate of absenteeism is vital to your child’s progress and to the class. Students are expected to attend to the last day of each School term, and to participate in class performances and other activities which may take place in the evening or on weekends.
Please Note: Class camps are an integral and compulsory part of the School’s programme, and non-attendance must be supported by a doctor’s certificate.
If your child will be absent please contact the office via email or phone before 8.40am to alleviate concerns regarding your child’s whereabouts. It is a legal requirement that the School is notified of the reason for absence verbally or in writing. You must contact the School each day of absence until you can advise the date when the child will be returning to School.
It is important for each child, and the continuity within the class, that holidays are not taken during term time. There are 2-3 weeks of scheduled holidays in addition to state school holidays each year.
If travel during school term is necessary, the parents/carers are legally required to apply for extended leave by completing an Application for Extended Leave form (available from the class teacher) seven (7) days prior to travel. There is no power to grant approval retrospectively. In order to grant a Certificate of Extended Leave, the Principal must follow the Department of Education guidelines. For other leave, apart from sick leave or family emergencies, parents/carers are required to complete an Application for Exemption from Attendance at School (available from the class teacher) in advance.
Diet has an important effect on a child’s well-being through the day, especially the effects of sugar and food additives. Apart from occasional class fund-raising activities there is no School canteen, and parents/carers are asked to provide a nutritious morning tea and lunch for their child. Sweets, soft drinks, crisps and other packaged treats and snacks are not permitted.
Clothing and Dress Code
Whilst there is no school uniform, Linuwel School has a school dress code that has a focus on self-care, awareness and care of others and what the School deems as safe and practical attire. The code aims to reflect a working environment where there is allowance for individuality without appearance becoming a point of focus. As a School and workplace, we consider compliance with the code offers valuable learning opportunities for our students. The dress codes for the primary, high and senior schools differ in detail to reflect the different stages of development involved. A dress code for the Kindergarten will be provided by the teachers on enrolment.
At its core, the dress code endeavours to address the safety and health standards of the students and the school community. It aims to facilitate a positive learning environment in a non-discriminatory, equitable and safe manner.
Cooperation and compliance with the dress code is expected, and any breaches of the code will be addressed by staff. The School reserves the right to determine whether a student’s appearance is acceptable at school/school activities. This should never be confused with it being about personal judgements or preferences.
Clothing and footwear ~ whole school
We agree that clothing will be
- Sun safe and appropriate for the season. Shoulders and midriffs will always be protected.
- Neat, tidy and colourful. Clothing choices will reflect that our school celebrates and embraces the full spectrum of colour, the beauty of the rainbow and the awareness of the impact colour can have on us all. Experiencing colour is part of the students’ education at Linuwel School.
- Practical to allow students to be physically active and to move freely.
- Free from images and words that are irreverent, frightening, negative, offensive or grotesque in any way.
- Unrestrictive, not too tight, too loose, too short, too long or too revealing.
Hats and shoes in primary and high school
- A wide brimmed hat will be worn/on hand daily in the primary school; this is encouraged for the high school students.
- Shoes suitable for impromptu walks and sports will be worn.
- Thongs and sandals/slip-on shoes without a back strap and heel will not be worn. Ugg Boots are not appropriate footwear for school.
Jewellery and personal grooming in the high school
- Studs or sleepers are acceptable ear jewellery throughout the school.
- Subtle makeup and clear nail varnish are acceptable in the high school only; exaggerated synthetic nails will not be worn.
- Subtle, natural hair colours or highlights are acceptable in the high school only; no fluorescent colours are permitted.
- Nose studs and nose rings are acceptable in the high school only. Jewellery (other than ear studs and sleepers) will be worn in the high school only and needs to be kept to a minimum for safety reasons.
- Perfume and deodorant – We request that students respect the needs of children and staff with asthma and allergies by only using natural non-artificial fragrance and non-aerosol deodorant including whilst on camps and outings. Strong perfumes are not appropriate.
To reflect the age and stage of our Senior School students, the dress code is responsive to discussion and negotiation between teachers and students.
Students wearing inappropriate or unsafe clothing may be required to change or may be withdrawn from classes or activities for the day.
It is the responsibility of all parents/carers to ensure that their child adheres to the dress standards.
Medical Conditions and Treatments
To ensure the health and safety of students at all times and to ensure that staff have necessary medical information, parents/carers – in relation to their children and/or charges – are responsible for:
- keeping the School informed of any medical conditions, treatments and medical contact details;
- providing staff with appropriate information and training/instruction where medical conditions require specialised treatment.
- updating the School on any changes in medical conditions and/or required treatments.
- obtaining the relevant blank medication forms from the School and arranging for their completion and return.
- providing the medication in the original labelled container to the class teacher.
- ensuring the medication is not out of date and has an original pharmacy label with the student’s name, dosage and time to be taken.
- providing a written request by parents/carers and/or a medical practitioner for medication that is not obtained on prescription, indicating: Name of student, condition for which the medication is required, and guidelines for administration.
Daily Transport & Supervision Outside School Operating Hours
Pre-school and kindergarten children are to be brought to school and collected from school by a parent or adult known to the child, as train and bus travel are generally unsuitable for this age.
Either car park may be used for set-down in the morning. For pick up in the afternoon please use the car park near the soccer field to keep the bus turning/waiting area clear. Buses are available to most regions and a bus connects to the East Maitland railway station. Note that there is no supervision of students travelling on buses and trains. Pre-school finishes at 2:15pm, kindergarten at 2:30pm and the other classes at 2:45pm.
Prior to 8:15am and after 3pm the School does not provide supervision to students. If students are arriving early or remaining in the afternoons is it the responsibility of the parents/carers to arrange supervision for their child. If you are unexpectedly late for pick-up in the afternoon, please call the office on 4933 3095. Children who haven’t been collected by 3pm will wait in the office.
If arrangements other than normal have been made for student pick-up, or there is anything else which will impact upon transport home on the day in question, please inform the office.
Once students have left the school premises no duty of care exists on the part of the School and parents/carers must use their own discretion to determine the appropriateness or otherwise of available travel options for their child.
School outings which extend beyond normal school hours will be notified beforehand, however impromptu class outings for sporting, recreational or cultural purposes (without prior notification) are a normal occurrence. This may involve use of the School’s buses, private cars or public transport.
Access to electronic games and media
Especially in the primary years, many behavioural, social and learning difficulties can be contributed to or exacerbated by exposure to electronic games and media. This is counter- productive to the children’s education and well-being, and parents/carers are expected to work with the class teacher in monitoring and restricting this access.
Phones and electronic entertainment devices are prohibited at school and if confiscated will be returned only to the parent.
Parent and students are asked to be mindful of privacy and ethical considerations when using electronic communications and social networking sites. No photos or video clips associated with School activities may be used without the express permission of every person featured in the images/video, and then only for private purposes, unless sanctioned by the School. The use of electronic or social media to transmit material which may denigrate, be offensive or upsetting to another member of the School community is not acceptable. Do not post or share personal information about another student or member of the School community, electronically or otherwise, such as their image, name, birth date, address, telephone number, email address, current location and/or School.
Work Health & Safety
The School has an obligation to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, students, and other visitors. The School’s WHS Statement (available at the office) provides a framework for meeting this obligation.
All persons at Linuwel, including students, parents/carers, and other visitors, must take reasonable care for their own health and safety and take reasonable care that their conduct does not adversely affect the health and safety of others at the School or School events. They must also comply, so far as they reasonably are able to, with any reasonable instructions given by the School.
All visitors/volunteers to the School must first attend the office where they must sign on/off in the visitor’s register and wear a visitor I.D. tag or be accompanied by a staff member. In the event of an emergency the volunteer must follow the directions of the staff member.
Smoking & Alcohol
Neither smoking nor consumption of alcohol is permitted on School property, in the designated parking areas adjacent to the School or near public entrances to the School.
The School is aware that some students have parents that are separated or divorced. In these cases, parents should not attempt to involve the School in any parental dispute that may arise. The School is not able to make judgments on the merits of claims made by one parent against another and should not be asked to do so. Nor should it be asked to take any action which is designed to disadvantage one party; the exception being that the School will comply with any subpoena orders made by a Court in relation to a student. It is not the role of schools to enforce family court orders or resolve family law disputes. When necessary, the School will place its obligation to ensure its duty of care towards enrolled students above the needs or wishes of a parent/carer.