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Camps, Sports And Excursions Fund (CSEF)

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Child Safe Policy

Every day counts

Camps, Sports And Excursions Fund (CSEF)

 

To be eligible for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending a registered Government Victorian School on the first day of term one or the few day of term two. 

 

To be eligible a parent must be a holder of a Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) OR Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder or be a temporary foster parent. 

 

The CSEF is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the benefit of the eligible student. 

-Primary School Student rate:         $125 per year

-Secondary School student rate :  $225 per year

 

The CSEF is paid directly to your child’s school and will be allocated by the school towards camps, sports and/or excursions costs for your child. 

 

If you are eligible please call to the school office to collect a form to complete. 

Sign and date the form and return it to the school office as soon as possible. The CSEF program for 2021 closes on 25th June 2021

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Schools Privacy Policy

 

 

Child Safe Policy

 

Mortlake College commits to a ‘zero tolerance of child abuse’. Appropriate arrangements are in place to regulate the conduct and decisions of school staff for the benefit of our students. We support, encourage and enable staff, parents, and children to understand, identify, discuss and report child safety matters; and support or assist children who disclose child abuse, or are otherwise linked to suspected child abuse. We commit to ensuring the safety of children with a disability, ATSI and CALD backgrounds, students with diverse sexual and/or gender identifications and children who are vulnerable.

 

For all our school related policies please refer to our school website  https://mortlakep12.vic.edu.au/

Every Day Counts

Primary School Attendance

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind. 

School is better when your child is there

Why it’s important 

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.

Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.

Getting in early

Attendance patterns are established early – a child regularly missing days in kindergarten or in the early years of school will often continue to miss classes in the later years, and receive lower test scores than their classmates. 

It’s vital that students go to school every day – even in the early years of primary school. 

In Victoria school is compulsory for children and young people aged 6 -17 years

Student Absences

The main reasons for absence are:

Sickness – There are always times when students need to miss school, such as when they’re ill. It’s vital that they’re only away on the days they are genuinely sick, and developing good sleep patterns, eating well and exercising regularly can make a big difference.

Family holidays - It's vital that holidays are planned during school holidays where possible, and not during the term. If you are planning to go on holiday during term time, make sure that you talk to your child’s school in advance, and work with them to develop an absence learning plan.

“Day off” – Think twice before letting your child have a “day off” as they could fall behind their classmates – every day counts. 

Truancy – This is when students choose not to go to school without their parent’s permission. There can be many reasons for truancy. The best way to address this is for schools and parents to work together.

School refusal - School refusing children will experience significant emotional distress not only when going to school but also at the thought of going to school; they may be absent from school for weeks or even months at a time. School refusal differs from truancy as children generally stay home with the knowledge of the parents and despite their best efforts to encourage their child to go to school. See: My child or teenager has anxiety
Being away from school for one day a fortnight equals missing 1.5 years over 13 years of school

If your child is away

If for any reason your child must miss school, there are things you can do with your school to ensure they don’t fall behind:

Inform the school

  • Speak with your child’s classroom teacher and find out what work they need to do to keep up.
  • Develop an absence learning plan with your teacher and ensure your child completes the plan.

Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher as early as possible.

Openly communicating with your child's school about all absences is a good way to prevent attendance issues being escalated to a School Attendance Officer. A School Attendance Officer is a Department of Education and Training Regional Director who has authority to follow up attendance issues. Chronic or ongoing attendance issues that are escalated can lead to an Infringement Notice being issued to parent/s. 

If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.

Top attendance tips for parents

  • Schools want to work in partnership with parents – act early if you have any concerns by contacting your child’s school and asking for advice and support
  • Remember that every day counts
  • There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes and their social connectedness
  • Talk positively about school and the importance of attending every day
  • Open and prompt communication with your child’s school about all absences is a good idea
  • Avoid making routine medical and dental appointments during the school day or planning family holidays during the term
  • Seek help from your school if you are concerned about your child’s attendance and wellbeing. Schools want to work in partnership with parents to support student attendance and wellbeing.

Further information 

For more information and resources to help address attendance issues, visit:

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/studentmanagement/attendance/Pages/improve-attendance.aspx