Schools will call an ambulance at the earliest suggestion it may be required. The ACT Ambulance Service provides free ambulance transport within the ACT for students who are injured or suddenly become ill at school or during approved school activities.
Communication between school and home is highly valued. To make an appointment for any discussion with the Principal, Deputy Principal, Executive Staff, Counsellor, or teachers please phone 6142 2400. An appointment will be arranged at the earliest possible time and attention will be given immediately to urgent issues.
Whole school assemblies provide an opportunity for our community to celebrate special events and achievements, and for classes to showcase their learning. Assemblies are scheduled to be held at 12pm, alternate even week Fridays. Parents, carers and family members are welcome to attend by invitation or in line with currently COVID-19 restrictions.
Special commemorative services are held each year for ANZAC and Remembrance Day.
If unsure, please contact the school on 6142 2400 to clarify current impact of assembly attendance due to COVID-19 restriction.
A range of assessment tools are used by our teachers to determine your child's progress throughout the year. A component of our assessment procedures each year is BASE assessment for Kindergarten children in Term 1. National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for Year 3 and Year 5 students in Term 3. For further information, please refer to our Assessment and Reporting Policy.
Attendance and Absences
Schools are required to maintain accurate records of all student attendance and absences by marking class rolls daily.
Under the ACT Education Act 2004, it is the responsibility of parents or carers to report their child’s absences to the school in writing.
Chapman Primary School
Our school day begins at 8.50 am for students in kindergarten to year 6, and 9.00am for preschool students. We ask parents or carers to notify the school by 9.00 am on the day your child will to be away to ensure the all absences are recorded accurately.
How to notify a student absence
Telephone the school on 02 6142 2400.
Please confirm student absences in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapman Primary - Procedures for maintaining accurate attendance and absence records
- Class rolls are marked by the classroom teacher between 8.50 am daily (9.00 am daily for preschool)
- Marked class rolls are submitted electronically on the School Administration System daily.
- An automated SMS message is generated at 9.30 am daily and sent to parents and carers of students who are listed with an unexplained absence.
If/when you receive an SMS message advising your child has been marked as an unexplained absence
- If you receive a message advising that your child is marked as an unexplained absence from school and this is incorrect, please contact the school front office immediately on 02 6142 2400 to allow staff to verify and correct attendance records.
- If you receive this message and you know your child is absent please contact the school by phone or email to allow staff to correct the records.
Students arriving at school after 8.50 am
Students arriving after a class roll has been submitted will be asked to proceed to the front office to have their arrival noted. We suggest that all students arriving at school after 8.50 am please enter via the school front office to ensure their attendance is marked accurately, a late slip will be issued, and students can proceed to class.
Collecting students during the school day
If you wish to collect your child from school early, please contact the front office prior to the collection time. With previous notice to front office staff, we can arrange for your child to be waiting for you or will collect your child from class and note the correct absence information on the School Administration System.
After any 2 consecutive days (on the 3rd day or 3 days within a week) of non-attendance without explanation (unjustified), the classroom teacher will contact the parents/carers. The classroom teacher will also make contact for repeated non-attendance eg absent one day a week over a three week period.
After a total of 5 unexplained days in a term, the classroom teacher will inform their team leader who will contact the parents/carers.
If the total number reaches 7 unexplained days in a term, the classroom teacher will inform the Principal who will contact the parents/carers and discuss with them that the next step involves formal notification.
Upon reaching a total of 10 unexplained days in a term, the Principal will issue the parents with a letter. After this time, the Principal will continue to monitor attendance and provide further formal notifications if necessary.
Regularly Late to School
If a child is frequently late to school, the classroom teacher will contact the parents/carers to remind them of the importance of being at school by 8.50a m to maximise learning opportunities and to see if there is anything the school can do to support the family. If late arrivals continue to be an issue, please speak to your team leader who will contact the parents/carers.
For further information please refer to the ACT Education Directorate website to download the Education Act.