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St Aloysius

Catholic Primary School

Queenscliff

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St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Queenscliff, situated on the Bellarine Peninsula is approximately 30 km from Geelong.  The school is part of the Parish of Holy Trinity, which encompasses the towns of Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. St Aloysius School was opened in 1902 by the Sisters of Mercy. Extensive renovations took place in 2015 making St Aloysius a contemporary, comfortable learning environment catering for all. One classroom was renovated allowing the school to have a functioning Visual Arts Centre. The toilet block was also renovated. A new contemporary learning space was built on the first floor catering for our senior classes. The school population at the end of 2016 was 141 students. The students come from the local area including Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and the surrounding areas. The school grounds are safe and secure. The play spaces are varied including junior and senior adventure playgrounds, netball/basketball court, oval and passive play areas.

At St Aloysius, we endeavour to develop courage and confidence within our students while showing respect and care for others in a vibrant faith community. St. Aloysius models values which are consistent with the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ. We promote a safe and supportive school environment for all students and pride ourselves on developing respect and understanding of individual differences. As a place of learning, our contemporary and personalized environment supports the academic progress of each child, balanced with a strong awareness of the need to nurture their spiritual, creative, physical, social and emotional development. We have purposely targeted the Sciences and Environmental Sustainability as areas of inquiry and a means for our students to make meaning of our natural world.

Curriculum development is an ongoing process and the school is continuing to work on improving the Numeracy and Literacy programmes, and further developing the ICT skills of staff and students. St Aloysius has made a major commitment to continually upgrading ICT resources. At St Aloysius Catholic Primary School teachers are encouraged to make their classrooms vibrant and active learning environments in which stimulating teaching strategies are designed to maximize student interest and learning opportunities. A variety of digital devices are used by the students including desk top computers, ipads, smart TVs, interactive whiteboards and laptops which are utilized at the point of need. Google Apps for Education (GAFE) has been introduced school wide as well as an effective using of ‘blogging’ as a vehicle for reflection and home/school communication. All of this sits within the umbrella of the eSmart framework. Science and Environmental Sustainability continues to be a key focus within the learning and teaching programme with engagement with community organizations such as Parks Victoria, Coast Care, Deakin University and Community Environment Alliance a key to its success.

The partnership of parents and teachers is essential to the life and learning at St Aloysius Catholic Primary School. Parents play valuable roles assisting in the classrooms, participating in literacy programs, guest speaker role, inter-school sport, excursions, library etc. Parents have representatives on the School Education Board, which acts as a forum for discussing matters concerning the school.  The School Education Board meets ten times a year and its members include the Parish Priest, Principal, Staff Representative and elected Parent Representatives. St Aloysius is fortunate in having a highly committed and supportive Parents and Friends Association.

Special Features

Personalised learning is ensured at St Aloysius through the differentiated curriculum offered.  This includes Religious Education, Literacy, Numeracy, Inquiry Studies, LOTE, Environmental Studies, Physical and Outdoor education (Swimming, Camp, Bike Ed).  Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music and Art) are also integral aspects of our curriculum.  Activities include an annual concert at the end of the school year.  Private tuition in guitar, drums, piano and keyboard is also available.  We use a variety of multimedia tools and devices to engage students in their learning journey.

Children are regularly involved in local community activities such as sand dune revegetation, environmental planting programs, history walks and combined projects with the local council.  Students regularly visit the local library to make use of community resources.  We are known as an active and vibrant school community which is welcoming and inclusive.  We welcome new members to our dynamic parents and friends association.

Environment

St. Aloysius is situated in the 'heart' of Queenscliff. The Borough of Queenscliff is a vibrant and supportive environment with a community oriented focus. The students of St Aloysius can access many historic sites and have a diverse range of educational activities to participate in.

Vision Statement

The Staff at St Aloysius recognises the right of each child to a complete education and therefore the curriculum of our school needs to foster the total development of each child:

  • Spiritually
  • Academically
  • Aesthetically
  • Emotionally
  • Socially
  • Culturally       
  • Physically

As members of St. Aloysius School Staff we strive to be a faith-filled, dynamic community who proclaim the mission of Jesus.  We believe it essential that we aim to promote the self-esteem of others and that we assist children to feel positive about themselves and the future.

Our school works within the Parish of Holy Trinity to develop a mutual awareness of what it means to be a member of a Catholic Community.  To make this work we need cooperation between the School Staff/Students, Families and members of our Parish.

Mission Statement

  • To develop in children an awareness and appreciation of the environment in which they live and respect it as part of God's creation.
  • To develop an appreciation of education as a lifelong process that enables individuals to adapt in a rapidly changing technological society.
  • That through education one develops an understanding of self, others, our society and the world in which we live.
  • To assist students to develop skills, attitudes, values and actions which will support them in becoming valued effective members of our society.
  • To cultivate an environment where children, parents and staff grow together in a Catholic Community.  To have time for reflection so the Spirit of God can be seen in action.
  • To endeavour to show each child that they are special and individually loved for whom they are.
  • To foster a spirit of acceptance, appreciation, sharing and friendly cooperation with all others in our school community.  Our school needs to be a happy place where people respect and support each other.
  • To facilitate the professional development of staff, who can then use new ideas for the benefit of our children; to facilitate a relationship between staff/parents so that parents too can understand the changes that are taking place in the education process.
  • To provide a variety of experiences that encourage children to participate to the maximum of their abilities.
  • To build and expand the experiences of our children; so that each comes to a fuller realisation of belonging to a faith and wider community.

Learning and Teaching

At St Aloysius, the curriculum expresses the educative vision of our school community and an authentic understanding of Christ and his teaching.

The curriculum is designed to ensure all students gain the knowledge, skills and deep understandings of the world around them.  To achieve this, the school teaches skills that enable our students to participate fully in their school, parish and local community today, and which will enable them to participate in the future workplace and contribute as members of their community.  Skills of innovation, cooperation, problem solving, self-direction, self-regulation, the capacity to relate to others and the capacity to manage change are embedded throughout the curriculum.

Pastoral Care – Student Welfare Policy Statement

Student Wellbeing

Wellbeing refers to students’ physical, social, spiritual and emotional development.  These elements are integral to learning.  A supportive positive learning environment contributes to the development of a student’s sense of self-worth, enthusiasm for learning and optimism for the future.  The wellbeing program is structured around the implementation of a Social/Emotional learning strategy which includes such programs as:

  • Bounce Back (P - 6 resilience program)
  • Circle Time
  • Individual Learning Plans for Students
  • Program Support Group meetings for parents and staff
  • Student Action Teams
  • Buddy Program
  • Student Leadership Opportunity
  • Orientation to school (for new Preps)
  • Transition to Secondary School (for Year 6)
  • Dance
  • Music Programs – Drumming, piano, guitar
  • Five lunchtime clubs

Enrolment

St Aloysius Catholic Primary School was opened in 1902.  Since that time, St Aloysius Catholic Primary School has continued to offer a Catholic Education to the children in the Parish of Holy Trinity.  The Holy Trinity community realises that once a child becomes a member of the Catholic Church through Baptism, he/she should be given the opportunity to be educated as a Catholic. Where possible this formation is given through Catholic schooling, in partnership with the parish and parents.

It is also possible for non-Catholic children to attend.  This can be arranged after a discussion with the Principal about the particular nature of the school and expectations that exist.  Enrolments are open at all times throughout the year. 

1.  Guiding Principles

1.1 The Archdiocese of Melbourne, through the Catholic Education Office Melbourne encourages Parish communities to establish Catholic schools which are committed to the development of the whole person; are embedded within the community of believers and share in the evangelising mission of the Church. 

1.2 The responsibility for admitting children to St Aloysius Catholic Primary School is one that is ultimately shared by the whole Catholic community.  While immediate responsibility is delegated to the Parish Priest and Principal, their decisions must be:

a)  Informed by the Gospel values of inclusiveness and equity

b)  In accord with Archdiocesan Policy (CEOM Enrolment Policy 2.4) as well as Commonwealth and State legislations

1.3 St Aloysius Catholic Primary School acknowledges the Church’s call to Catholic parents to send their children to Catholic schools whenever it is possible.  It accepts a shared responsibility on the part of Catholic education authorities to ensure that quality Catholic education, which caters for all enrolled students, is provided.

1.4 St Aloysius Catholic Primary School strives to cater for the needs of all students at each level, and to meet individual needs over a wide range of learning abilities.  These objectives must be equitably achieved within the constraints of the available teaching and material resources.  St Aloysius Catholic Primary School recognises the right of all students to educational opportunities that expand life choices.

1.5 In the event of St Aloysius Catholic Primary School being unable to offer a place to all baptised Catholic children resident in the Parish, contact will be made with neighbourhood Parishes to ascertain if there are vacancies in their local school. The decision to act on this information is left to the parents.

1.6 It is the policy of the school that no baptised Catholic child will be denied the right to be enrolled at St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, owing to the parents’ genuine inability to pay the full fees.

2. Criteria for Enrolment

Children from all families who are prepared to support Catholic ideals and principles may be considered eligible for enrolment.  Priority in enrolment is to be given in the following order, except in special circumstances (see ‘Basis for Discretion’.)

To be eligible for enrolment in Prep/Foundation the child must turn five years of age by 30 April of the child’s first year of schooling.

When assessing enrolment applications the following priority system will be used:

  1. Catholic children who are residents of the parish
  2. Catholic children who do not reside in the parish but are recognised as parishioners by the Parish Priest.
  3. Catholic children from other parishes (for pastoral reasons)
  4. Children from non-Catholic Eastern churches who reside in the parish
  5. Children from non-Catholic Eastern churches who reside outside the parish
  6. Other Christian children who reside in the parish
  7. Other Christian children who reside outside the parish
  8. Non-Christian children who reside in the parish
  9. Non-Christian children who reside outside the parish

Note:     Siblings of children already enrolled in the school shall be given priority.

  • A child who is less than minimum age of entry for Victorian schools but has transferred from an interstate school is eligible for enrolment.  Evidence of age and full-time enrolment at the interstate school must be provided.
  • Parents seeking early age entry for their children will be considered for enrolment once the parent has sought approval by written application to the Catholic Education Office.
  • The principal will contact principals of previous schools of all students seeking transfers to discuss the circumstances of the transfer, to seek a transfer note or an immunisation certificate, and to discuss academic, social and behavioural matters.  The principal has the authority to defer admission in order that enquiries of the previous school are carried out in the best interests of the student.

3. Basis for Discretion

With regard to the criteria for enrolment, special consideration may be given to individual cases, as determined by local circumstances, for the following reasons:

  • The learning capacity of a Catholic child is generally not a criterion for school entry, however, the enrolment of children with an impairment, disability, handicap, or behavioural issues would depend on the ability of the school to cater for the specific needs of the child.
  • Family situations necessitating a pastoral approach or requiring the exercise of compassion
  • Family circumstances regarding mobility.

4. Procedure for Enrolment for Students beginning in Prep

  • Enrolment for the following year is advertised in Term 1 of each year through the school newsletter, Parish newsletter and local kindergartens/pre-schools
  • Interviews with the Principal or Principal delegate take place by Term Three
  • Families notified via mail of their acceptance/non-acceptance during Term Three
  • Applications received after the class has been determined for the following year may be placed on a waiting list
  • The following documents are required upon the submission of an enrolment form:

                                A copy of the child’s -         Birth certificate

                                                                             Baptismal certificate

                                                                             Immunisation certificate

                                                                             Passport visa where necessary

5. Procedures for Enrolment of Children in Grades 1-6 

  • Applications are accepted throughout the school year
  • Applications to be considered by Principal or Principal delegate once ‘Application for Enrolment’ forms are lodged at the School Office
  • Families notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance in writing
  • Students will be allocated to classes by the Principal according to a combination of needs including class sizes and student need.

All enrolments are subject to final approval by the Parish Priest.

Admission and exclusion are at his discretion.

School Times:

 8:35am - Teacher on duty

8:50am  -School begins

9:00am - Literacy Block

10.00am - Fruit Break

11:00am - Recess (children play outside)

11.28am - Music - get ready for class

11:30am - Music -move inside

1:00pm - Supervised lunch

1:10pm - Lunch (Children play outside)

1.50pm - Afternoon session

3:20pm - Home time

The School Year

St. Aloysius School operates on a four-term basis.  List of Activities:

Term 1

Opening School year mass

Welcome picnic

Prep and new families information session

School sports day

Lent and Easter

Queenscliff Library visits

Class masses

Term 2

Athletics carnival (senior children)

Mothers’ Day Celebrations

Family Week

St Aloysius Feast day

Sacrament of Reconciliation (year 3)

Queenscliff Library visits

Class masses

Term 3

Book Week celebrations

Sacrament of Eucharist (Year 4)

Sacrament of Confirmation (Year 5/6)

Literacy and Numeracy week celebrations

Queenscliff library visits

Class masses

Yr 3/4 Camp

Term 4

Whole School Swimming program

Mission Week

Advent/Christmas celebrations

Queenscliff library visits

Camp for 5/6

Graduation for Year 6

ST ALOYSIUS CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL UNIFORM

The wearing of our school uniform is compulsory.  Children take pride in wearing their school uniform and it develops a sense of belonging.

The Parents and Friends group has a liaison officer who works with the uniform supplier to provide an efficient service.

The School/Parents & Friends run a second hand uniform shop, contact the office. 

Children’s clothing needs to be labelled with a permanent marker showing the child’s full name.

SUMMER

Girls:

  • Blue and White check dress
  • Navy blue bike short
  • Plain white socks (up & downers)
  • Black shoes (leather or leather-look, no runners or suede)
  • Crew neck navy windcheater (with or without band) with St Aloysius logo or
  • Navy bomber jacket with St Aloysius logo

Boys:    

  • Grey shorts (elastic waist)
  • Light blue short sleeve polo shirt with St Aloysius logo
  • Grey socks (up & downers)
  • Black shoes (leather or leather-look, no runners or suede)
  • Crew neck navy windcheater (with or without band) with St Aloysius logo or
  • Navy bomber jacket with St Aloysius logo

WINTER:

Girls:      

  • St Aloysius school knee length kilt with grey tights/grey knee high socks
  • OR Navy blue Gaberdine pants with grey socks
  • Light blue long/short sleeve polo shirt 
  • Crew neck navy windcheater (with or without band) with school logo or
  • Navy bomber jacket with St Aloysius logo
  • Black shoes (leather or leather-look, no runners or suede)

Boys:     

  • Grey trousers (full elastic) – double kneed
  • Light blue long/short sleeve polo shirt with school logo
  • Crew neck navy windcheater with St Aloysius logo or
  • Navy Bomber jacket with St Aloysius logo
  • Black shoes (leather or leather-look, no runners or suede)
  • Grey Socks (up and downers)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Boys & Girls (on class Sport/PE designated days only)

  • Navy blue track pants or Navy blue sports shorts
  • Navy sports top with St Aloysius logo
  • Crew neck navy windcheater (with or without band) with school logo or
  • Navy bomber jacket with St Aloysius logo
  • Runners
  • White sport socks

Boys & Girls:

  • School approved hybrid bucket hat & bag with logo
  • Hair longer than shoulder length to be tied back

Uniform Supplier:

Bellarine Uniforms: 162 Moorabool Street Geelong  3220

Phone: 5221 9199

Fax: 5221 5789

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Financial Arrangement of the School

St Aloysius Catholic Primary School is funded as part of the Catholic Parish School System of Victoria.  As such, the school attracts grants of a recurrent nature from the State Government of Victoria.  In addition, the school requires financial support from Holy Trinity Parish and from the families of the school, as well as the Parents and Friends Association.

School Fees and Levies

School Fees are billed per Family and Student Levies are billed per student.

Statements are sent out in Term 1 with the full amount payable per annum.

You can elect to pay school fees as an annual payment in Term 1, by Direct Debit (monthly or fortnightly) or make a Private Arrangement with the Principal. 

Every child is charged a student levy covering items such as books, stationary, excursions, incursions, Religious Education, class sets, library resources, information technology, specialist classes cost and other educational resources.

School Fees and Charges in 2018:

Number of Children

Family Fee

Capital Maintenance Fee

Compulsory Tuition Levy

Swimming Levy

Total

One

$1,555

$275

$605

$90

$2,525

Two

$1,555

$275

$1,210

$180

$3,220

Three

$1,555

$275

$1,815

$270

$3,915

Four

$1,555

$275

$2,420

$360

$4,610

** Please note: if your child/children are attending Camp in 2018, a Camp Levy will be added to your Fee Statement ($110 per student in Year 3/4 and $290 per student in Year 5/6).

Procedure for Payment

Payments are to be made through the school office.  Periodic payment via credit card or direct debit is the preferred method of payment.

Conveyance Allowance

Children residing further than 4.8km from the school and attending the nearest school of the chosen denomination are entitled to an allowance for each day of school attendance.  Application forms are available at the school.  For private transport an allowance per child per year is paid to the school.  Payment is subsequently issued to parents.      

Parent Involvement

Our School welcomes parent involvement and at St. Aloysius we see this as being paramount to enabling our children to acquire the best education possible.

Our staff work with parents to help them be involved as productively as possible within the classroom.

To become involved as a volunteer at St Aloysius School, parents must complete a process laid down by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria – this involves meeting with the Principal, giving the Principal permission to contact two referees, read and sign the St Aloysius Child Safe Policy and  sign the St Aloysius Code of Conduct agreement.

St. Aloysius School has a School Board which has elected parent representatives. 

Our Parents and Friends Association organises many activities during the year which are for:-       

i) Fundraising purposes and

ii) To foster a sense of community in our school.

When choosing to Enrol

St. Aloysius will accept enrolments for any grade at any time throughout the year.

To enrol at St. Aloysius it is necessary to complete an 'application for enrolment' form.    Families may then make an appointment to meet with the principal to confirm enrolment and to be given a tour of the school's facilities.

It is necessary for children to have been immunised against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough (INFANRIX), Poliomyelitis (SABIN) and Mumps/Measles, Rubella (M.M.R.) prior to school entry. 

Immunisation certificates cannot be issued until these vaccinations are received.

It is necessary at the time of enrolment to present the child's birth certificate, Immunisation certificate and baptismal details (if Catholic).

Facilities

St Aloysius provides 14 distinctive learning and teaching facilities that help to support the continuing education of your children including:

  • All classrooms are air-conditioned and heated. 
  • A ratio of 1:2 computers and laptops for each student
  • Contemporary Learning Space that includes Library with resources to cater for all reading levels
  • Reading Recovery room
  • Oval
  • Basketball/netball courts
  • Adventure playground for seniors and juniors
  • Church and Parish Hall on site
  • A combination of interactive whiteboards and smart boards’
  • Visual Arts Room
  • Contemporary learning spaces for Years 5 and 6