A - Z Directory

Absences

If your child is absent from school for any reason, a note must be written to the class teacher to explain the absence. It is the duty of the State to ensure that every child receives an education of the highest quality and it is the duty of parents to comply with the compulsory education requirements of the Education Act 1990.
The school is required by law to keep a record of absences and partial absences and the reasons for these absences.
If your child is absent from school for any time up to 50 days, please write a note to the class teacher to explain the absence. If your child will be absent for more than 50 days for a family holiday, an exemption from attending school form must be filled in at the office.

Advertising

There are various ways to advertise with the school, as a flier or on the website. Fliers are sent out each week and cost $30 per flier per week.
To advertise on the website please contact the school on 9541 9547 or email: killarneyh-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Animals

Animals are not permitted in the school. Occasionally animals may be brought onto the premises for special events, student news or education. Permission must be sought from the school prior. Please make arrangements with your child’s teacher or the school Principal.
Dogs prohibited in some public places including schools:
(1)  Dogs are prohibited in the following places (whether or not they are leashed or otherwise controlled):
       (e)  School grounds (meaning any property occupied or used for a purpose connected with the conduct of a government school or non- government school under the Education Act 1990, other than any property used for a residence or the curtilage of a residence).

For more information please visit the NSW legislation website.

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Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Parents and Citizens (P&C) group hold the KHPS Annual General Meeting at the first P&C meeting each year. All parents and citizens are welcome to join the meeting.
The French Speaking Association of the North Shore (FANS) also has an AGM each year. All parents from all backgrounds are welcome to attend and Members are allowed to vote. It is usually held in May and announced via the school Bulletin and an email communication to members.

Annual school report

The Annual school report comes out in towards the end of term 1 each year.

Anti-bullying

KHPS has an Anti-Bullying policy which states that bullying will not be tolerated at any time. In cases of bullying the issue is dealt with as quickly as possible with support for both the victim and perpetrator. If you suspect an incident of bullying has occurred, please contact the school or make an appointment to speak with the classroom teacher, the Deputy Principal or Principal.

Appointments

Parent teacher communication is very important and encouraged at Killarney Heights Public School. Parents are welcome to talk to the teachers after school if appropriate or to make an appointment to meet with the teachers at a time that is convenient to both parties.
Appointments can also be made with the Assistant Principals, Deputy Principal or Principal by phoning the office to make an appointment.
In addition, formal Parent/Teacher meetings are held at the end of Term 1 each year.

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Arts

In addition to the class Creative Arts program, students have the opportunity to audition for and participate in bands, dance groups, choirs and debating teams. Please contact the school to discuss the specific times and costs of these activities.

Assembly

Assemblies are held each Friday in the school hall.

Term 1

Years Time
3 - 6 11.30am
K - 2 1.30pm

Terms 2-4

Years Time
K - 2 11.30am
3 - 6 1.30pm

 

Assessments and reporting

Teachers collect and record assessment information to:
(i) guide ongoing teaching and learning
(ii) monitor and evaluate student progress
(iii) report achievement to parents and relevant authorities in accord with school requirements and Department policy.
Kindergarten students undertake the Best Start assessment at the beginning of the school year and Year 3 and Year 5 students sit the NAPLAN assessment in May each year.
In addition to the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) assessments, we also offer a French assessment for students in Year 6. This assessment is a requirement for our French accreditation with the French Government, the Label FrancÉducation.

Athletics

Killarney holds an athletics carnival in Term 3 each year at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen. Students from Year 3 to Year 6 are encouraged to participate.
K-2 students participate in an Athletics Fun Day each year.

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Attendance

The Department of Education and Communities (DEC) requires schools in Australia to keep an attendance record. If your child is absent from school for any time up to 50 days, please write a note to the class teacher to explain the absence. If your child will be absent for more than 50 days, an exemption from attending school form must be completed and returned to the school office.
If you're dropping off your child/ren late or picking them up early, you need to sign in electronically at the office. This must also be done by a parent or carer prior to leaving.

Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum is being rolled out from 2014 to 2016.  The new English Syllabus for 2014 is written by the NSW Board of Studies in line with the Australian Curriculum. The Australian Curriculum is guided by the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for young Australians, adopted by the Ministerial Council in December 2008. The Melbourne Declaration emphasises the importance of knowledge, skills and understandings of learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities as the basis for a curriculum designed to support 21st century learning.

Baha'i

Scripture classes (religious studies) offered at Killarney are Baha'i, Church of England and Catholicism. Scripture classes are optional and students can opt in or out and change classes at any time throughout the year. Parents must write to the school to request a change. Students who do not attend scripture have quiet time for reading or drawing.

Scripture classes are run for one hour, once per week.

Band

There are four bands that operate at school – Training Band (for beginners), Intermediate Band, Senior Band and Stage Band. Students in years 3 - 6 who have no experience or who are learning to play a musical instrument are welcome to join the school band. A band recruitment drive is held for all Year 2 students at the end of each year to introduce them to the program and obtain information to share with parents.
Each band rehearses twice a week either before school, after school or at lunchtimes.
The school band uniform can be purchased from the uniform shop or online. Go to Products and select PSSA accessories.
2013 Rehearsals in Performing Arts Space (PAS):
Training Band
Tuesday 12:30 - 1:30pm
Thursday 7:30 - 8:45am
Conductor: Gerald Steinmann
Intermediate Band
Monday 7:30am - 8:45am
Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30pm
Conductor: Nic Campbell
Senior Band
Tuesday 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Thursday 12:30 - 1:30pm
Conductor: Gerald Steinmann
Stage Band
Tuesday 7:30am - 8:45am
Conductor: Maddy Shearer  (Selected students from Snr and Int Bands)
Band fees 
$165 per term – includes instrument hire and rehearsals
$135 per term – Percussion players
$115 per term – with own instrument
Members of KHPS bands are required to:

  • commit to the Band for a full year
  • attend band rehearsals twice per week
  • attend one private half-hour lesson each week outside the school with a private teacher
  • wear the required band uniform at performances and competitions.

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Before and after school care

Killarney Heights Out Of School Hours care (KHOOSH) is run by 'Extend' for the families of Killarney Heights Public School.
KHOOSH is held in the Bini, adjacent to the oval. Sessions are held on normal school days, during the hours of:

  • 7:00am to 8.30am
  • 3pm to 6pm

Our KHOOSH coordinators organise a variety of activities for the children in a friendly and caring environment. Afternoon tea is provided for children. KHOOSH is a nut free environment.

Contact
For further information or to book your child into KHOOSH please complete their enrolment form or phone  0405 255 946 the number below. If calling out of ‘KHOOSH session’ hours, please leave a message on the answering service. Alternatively, please visit the Extend website.

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Before school play area

The designated play area before school is on the main playground. Children are not allowed to play on the oval or the Ausplay before school. Children under 5 with parent supervision are also not permitted on the Ausplay.

Bell times
  • 8:45am: Direct supervision in playground commences
  • 9:00am: School commences
  • 10:30am: Recess (except for Fridays, when recess is 11 - 11.30. am)
  • 11:00am: School resumes
  • 1:00pm: Lunchtime
  • 1:45pm: School resumes
  • 3:00pm: End of School

If you're dropping off your child/ren late or picking them up early you need to sign out electronically at the office.

  • Band practises starts: 7:30am
  • Before school care starts: 7:00am
  • After school care ends: 6:00pm.

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Best Start Assessment

The Best Start Assessment is a requirement of the Department of Education. All new Kindergarten students at Killarney are assessed in their first weeksof school.  Each student will be allocated a half hour time slot to meet their teacher and complete the assessment. Kindy students will begin classes in week 2.
For more information go to the Department of Education website.

Bilingual program

At Killarney we have an English/French bilingual program that operates for children in all years from Kindergarten to Year 6.
For more information please see our French bilingual program webpage.

Bini

The Bini is a large dome roofed building within the school. The Bini is used for our Before and After School Care, visiting educational groups and performances. It was designed by world-renowned, Italian architect Dante Bini.

Book week

Book week in Australia occurs in August each year. Different activities are organised to support this program.

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Bookclub

The Bookclub is an opportunity for families to purchase books through the Scholastic Bookclub program each term. The more books we sell the more new books we're able to donate to the school library. In our first year in 2012 we donated over 700 books to the library.
The Scholastic brochures are sent home with the children once per term. The Bookclub is cashless, therefore you can only pay by cheque or credit card. The order form has more details.
Parents are also able to pay for the books online at the Scholastic website.

Buddy program

At the beginning of the year each Kindergarten child is paired up with a Year 6 buddy. After meeting their buddies on the first day, students spend time each week getting to know each other and working on various skills. The Year 6 buddies are a friendly face in the playground who help the Kindergarten student settle in and support them while they learn school routines and rules.

Bulletin

The school produces a weekly newsletter called The Bulletin. It is available each Wednesday afternoon on this website and via subscription. You can subscribe to receive The Bulletin, notes and year specific information via email and also access these via an app for your iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

To get school news via an app on your phone and tablet use the following:

  • iPhone and iPod Touch app: http://iphone.schoolenews.com.au
  • iPad app: http://ipad.schoolenews.com.au
  • Android and other apps: http://apps.schoolenews.com.au

To subscribe for email updates go to Bulletins and notes in our website. Tick the appropriate year list, enter your name and email and click subscribe. 

IMPORTANT: An email will be sent to the address provided. When you receive this email you must click "Activate Now" inside this email.

A printed version is also available to familes who do not have access to the internet at home or work. Please contact the office for details.

Bullying

At Killarney all students participate in the Peer Support program. This program is run with trained Year 6 leaders who conduct small group lessons on topics such as anti-bullying, resilience, friendship and respect. Each peer support group of about 8-10 children is made up of students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Calendar

The school maintains a yearly calendar of events. For more information please view the online calendar.

KHPS Parent Calendar 2015.pdf

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Canteen

The canteen is open, Wednesday to Friday each week. All lunches need to be ordered through our online ordering system 'Flexischools'. Families wishing to sign up for Flexischools must register at https://www.flexischools.com.au/

 

Captains and student leadership

Towards the end of each year the following captains are voted in and announced in the Bulletin and Presentation Ceremonies:

  • Two Captains
  • Two Vice Captains
  • Four Prefects
  • Two House Captains per house
  • Two Vice House Captains per house
  • Two band captains
  • Two band vice captains

School Captains are student leaders and represent the school at various functions, events and welcoming visitors to the school. This is an important leadership role voted for by the students and staff of the school.

Carnivals

We hold athletics, cross country and swimming carnivals each year for years 3 - 6.

Catchment

Killarney has a small catchment area determined by the Department of Education. For more information you can view our map of the school's catchment area.

Please contact Principal Vicki Johnson for more information on our Enrolment Policy.

Catholicism

Scripture classes (religious studies) offered at Killarney are Baha’i, Church of England and Catholicism. Scripture classes are optional and students can opt in or out and change classes at any time throughout the year. Parents must write to the school to request a change. Students who do not attend scripture have quiet time for reading or drawing.
Scripture classes are run for one hour, once per week.

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Cats

Animals are not permitted in the school. Occasionally animals may be brought onto the premises for special events, student news or education. Permission must be sought from the school prior. Please make arrangements with your child’s teacher or the school Principal.

Chess Club

The Chess Club meets Friday lunch time each week in the Library and is open to all years. Students sign up in the library with the Chess Teacher.  Students who attend regularly will have their membership recognised on their report. Opportunities are also provided for inter school competitions.

Chicken Pox

Few symptoms. Usually only a slight upset. Outbreaks of small, raised, pink spots may appear one after the other on scalp, face, trunk, arms and legs and inside mouth. These may be so few as to escape notice. Small blisters which then form crusts follow spots.

  • School absence: Five days after first spots appear.
  • Contacts: Not necessary to keep contacts at home.
Choir

The school has a junior choir K-2 and senior choir 3-6. The students enjoy singing a range of classical and modern pieces. They rehearse weekly and perform at school, community functions and regional concerts. Each year they take part in the Forest Area Music Festival at Glen Street Theatre.

Some of our students are members of the Sing NSW choir which perform in such venues as the Sydney Opera House.

Students who attend or join the Choir will have this recognised on their report.

Church of England Anglican Scripture

Scripture classes (religious studies) offered at Killarney are Baha’i, Church of England and Catholicism. Scripture classes are optional and students can opt in or out and change classes at any time throughout the year. Parents must write to the school to request a change. Students who do not attend scripture have quiet time for reading or drawing.
Scripture classes are run for one hour, once per week.

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Class parents

Each class has a class parent who volunteers to communicate to all the parents of the class on behalf of the teachers, the school and the P&C. In addition the class parent organises get- togethers for the students and their families.

Email etiquette 

The school asks that class parents send all emails using the Blind Carbon Copy (BCC) feature. We discourage the use of the 'To' or 'cc' fields being used for group emails as it is not a venue for personal ads. All parents are welcome to place personal ads in the bulletin at a cost of $30 each. 

Clean up Killarney day

Each year Killarney holds a Clean up Killarney day. Parents will be given notice in The Bulletin to bring a pair of gloves to school for that day.

Clubs

At Killarney we run the following clubs:
Chess Club, Debating, Junior LandCare, Choir, French stories, DELF (Year 6) and Band.

Code of Conduct

The Core Rules
All students in NSW government schools are expected to:

  • Attend every school day, unless they are legally excused, and be in class on time and prepared to learn.
  • Maintain a neat appearance, including adhering to the requirements of the school’s uniform or dress code policy.
  • Behave safely, considerately and responsibly, including when travelling to and from school.
  • Show respect at all times for teachers, other school staff and helpers, including following class rules, speaking courteously and cooperating with instructions and learning activities.
  • Treat one another with dignity and respect.
  • Care for property belonging to themselves, the school and others.

Behaviour that infringes on the safety of others, such as harassment, bullying and illegal or anti-social behaviour of any kind, will not be tolerated.

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Computers
At Killarney we have computers in all the classrooms as well as a designated computer room in the library. K - 2 students also have ipads for use between 2 classes.
Mathletics and Reading Eggs are wonderful resources for teachers to use in class and for students to use at home.
Conjunctivitis

Redness of the white part of the eye and inside the lids, with a discharge which may be watery mucus or pus.

  • School absence: Until all discharge has ceased.
  • Contacts: Not excluded
Contact details

Principal: Vicki Johnson
Address: Tralee Avenue, Killarney Heights, NSW, 2087
Phone: 9451 9547
Fax: 9975 5038
Email: killarneyh-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

FANS Co-ordination: Sabine Duffy
General enquiries: Ph. 0488 776 133
Email: info@fanssydney.org
Website: www.fanssydney.org
Postal address: PO Box 472, Forestville NSW 2087

Costs

Some of the activities you may have to pay for include: Yearly school fee, yearly French fee, sports fees, excursions, uniform, fundraising activities and stationery.

Crunch and Sip

Crunch & Sip is a set break to eat fruit or vegetables and drink water in the classroom. Killarney is committed to providing this nutritious break to all students every day.

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Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum is being rolled out from 2014 to 2016.  The new English Syllabus for 2014 is written by the NSW Board of Studies in line with the Australian Curriculum. The Australian Curriculum is guided by the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for young Australians, adopted by the Ministerial Council in December 2008. The Melbourne Declaration emphasises the importance of knowledge, skills and understandings of learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities as the basis for a curriculum designed to support 21st century learning.

Cyber safety awareness week

Cyber safety awareness week takes place in May each year.

Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day is one of the Cancer Council's major fundraising events. At Killarney we make an effort to participate is some of the annual fundraising events, but not all.

Dance

Dance is incorporated into each of the stages’ Creative Arts program and each class attends a 40 minute dance lesson each week in Term 1.
For those students with a particular interest in dance there is the opportunity to audition and join one of the following dance groups.

  • Junior Dance Group Year 3 & 4
  • Senior Dance Group Year 5 & 6

The dance groups rehearse weekly and perform at various venues including the Sydney North Dance Festival at Glenn Street Theatre.

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Day one in Kindergarten

The Best Start Assessment will take place for new kindy students during week 1 of school. Each student will be allocated a half hour time slot to meet their teacher and complete the assessment. Kindy students will begin classes in week 2.
Their first day in week 2 is enrolment day. On enrolment day, students and their families will be met by the Principal and welcomed to the school. A specific start time will be given with a parent notification letter in December of the year prior to starting school. Enrolment papers will be checked and processed. Student will be introduced to their Kindergarten buddies and taken to the classroom with their parents.
When your child is comfortable in his/her classroom, parents are offered to attend ‘Tissues and Tears’ in the Bini to meet other parents and have some refreshments.
Day one for all other years starts back at the classroom they were in the year before.

Debating

Killarney Heights Public School enters the interschool Debating competition, the Permier’s Debating Challenge.
Students have the opportunity to learn about and participate in debating from Year 5. Expressions of interest are sought by the debating teachers at the beginning of the school year.

DELF

DELF and DALF are diplomas with world-wide recognition. The DELF Prim A1 diploma is for year 6 Anglophones and the DELF Prim A2 diploma is for year 6 Francophones. 60,000 diplomas are delivered each year as a formal recognition for what the students have learnt.  
FANS cover the cost of the exams and arrange for them to take place at the school. The Year 6 French teachers organise regular preparation sessions starting term 1 each year.

Helpful link

DELF website

Department of Education and Communities (DEC)

The Department of Education and Communities has a number of sites including Public Schools NSW and School A to Z. The School A to Z site assists parents with homework tips and other school related issues.

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Development Days

School staff participate in professional development on five days throughout the year.
They generally occur the first day of Terms 1, 2 and 3 and the last two days of Term 4.
French teachers also take part in all School Development Days. Even if they are employed by FANS, once at school, they are included in all teachers’ activities.

Dogs

Animals are not permitted in the school. Occasionally animals may be brought onto the premises for special events, student news or education. Permission must be sought from the school prior. Please make arrangements with your child’s teacher or the school Principal.
Dogs prohibited in some public places including schools:
(1)  Dogs are prohibited in the following places (whether or not they are leashed or otherwise controlled):
       (e)  School grounds (meaning any property occupied or used for a purpose connected with the conduct of a government school or non- government school under the Education Act 1990, other than any property used for a residence or the curtilage of a residence).

For more information please visit the NSW legislation website.

Dropping off students

Parents can park their car and walk their students into the school using the main gate near the office on Tralee Ave, the gate on Tramore Pl or the gate on Melwood Ave. Melwood Ave also has a kiss and drop area for parents to let their children off so they can walk into the school alone.
Students and parents are required to wait in the playground where there is supervision. The Ausplay, Hall area and pathways near the hall are all out of bounds.
Tralee Ave gates are open from 7am to 6pm and Tramore Pl gates are open from 7am to 9am and 2.30pm to 6pm.

Education week

Killarney celebrates Education week each year in a different way. Students participate in a variety of activities to showcase their talents and achievements. Concerts involving the bands, choirs and dance groups are held and parents are given the opportunity to visit the school at specific times.

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Elections

Student elections for School Captains and Vice Captains are held in Term 4. Students and teachers can vote for students to be selected for student leadership roles.
For the Student Representative Council each class elects a representative at the beginning of each semester (beginning Terms 1 and 3).
P&C positions are elected at the P&C AGM each year. Only parents and staff who attend this meeting can vote.

Email

The school email address is: killarneyh.p.school@det.nsw.edu.au
The FANS email address is: info@fanssydney.org
Parents are welcome to send feedback to the school via email. We do not want parents sending late notes or absent notes via email.

Enrolling at Killarney

Parents wishing to enrol at KHPS must complete an Enrolment Form. Forms can be submitted at any time during the year a child is due to start school but ‘Out of Area’ enrolments will only be taken and considered if enrolment forms are submitted by CoB on or before 30 August.

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Environment

At Killarney we do our bit for the environment. We encourage parents to send food for recess and lunch in reusable containers rather than disposable packaging every day but on Monday and Tuesday we have Nude Food days to support our school environment program.  
There are no bins in the school on these days to further encourage the use of recyclable containers for recess and lunch.
We have a gardening club, growing herbs, fruit and vegetables. We welcome donations for our garden. If you have any plants to donate please talk to the office.
Children can earn Environment Awards for nude food, recycling, keeping the school environment clean, supporting the worm farms by using the correct bins for fruit and vegetable scraps, helping in the garden and general support for the school to be environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Exams

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numercy) occurs for students in Year 3 and Year 5 in Term 2 each year.

Other exams the students can sit include:

  • An Extension Class exam for entry into Killarney Heights High School’s Year 7 extension program.
  • The French DELF exam.
  • OC Opportunity Class for Year 4 students seeking placement in Year 5 in an Opprtunity Class. Exams are held in July each year.
  • Selective High School Placement exam for Year 6 students seeking placement in Year 7 in a Selective High School. Exams are held in March each year.
Excursions

For children to participate in an excursion parents are required to complete an approval form and return it to the class teacher with their child.

Extend

Killarney Heights Out Of School Hours care (KHOOSH) is run by 'Extend' for the families of Killarney Heights Public School.
KHOOSH is held in the Bini, adjacent to the oval. Sessions are held on normal school days, during the hours of:

  • 7:00am to 8.30am
  • 3pm to 6pm

Our KHOOSH coordinators organise a variety of activities for the children in a friendly and caring environment. Afternoon tea is provided for children. KHOOSH is a nut free environment.

Contact
For further information or to book your child into KHOOSH please complete their enrolment form or phone  0405 255 946 the number below. If calling out of ‘KHOOSH session’ hours, please leave a message on the answering service. Alternatively, please visit the Extend website.

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Extra curricular activities

Several Extra Curricular activities are offered to students at KHPS. The structure of each activity varies. Please contact the school to find out more information about specific activities.
The extra curricular activities at Killarney are:

  • French
  • Band from Year 3
  • Debating
  • Junior Landcare Club
  • Dance
  • Choirs
  • Mandarin
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming lessons
Family Assistance

Family Assistance can be claimed for before and after school care with Extend, the external company who operates the Killarney Heights Out of School Hours (Khoosh) program.

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FANS

Killarney Heights Public School has a close relationship with FANS (the French Speaking Association of the North Shore). The major benefit of this relationship is to give children participating in the English/French Bilingaul Program at the school access to a unique program of bilingualism.
This English/French Bilingual program was established in 1999 and is offered as an option from Kindergarten to Year 6.

FANS AGM

The French Speaking Association of the North Shore (FANS) has an AGM each year. All parents from all backgrounds are welcome to attend and current members can vote.

FANS membership

FANS membership has something to offer everyone and each term activities are prepared. Anyone can join, please don’t hesitate to enquire and join the association. The membership cost is $50 per Year per family. Go to www.fanssydney.org

Feedback

The school welcomes feedback from parents. You're welcome to send your feedback via email to killarneyh-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au or you can make an appointment to see the Principal or Deputy Principal.

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Fees

The school will notify parents of the school fees for each Term via a Term Account that is emailed through our automated news system. School fees at Killarney can be paid by cash, cheque or deposit into BSB 032-001, Account no 161224. Fees go towards specialty programmes, paper and craft, Mathletics, Reading Eggs and various sports. Extra payments may be required during the year for excursions. There is also a P&C donation requested each year.
P&C donations are voluntary and everyone is strongly encouraged to contribute. Those contributions are needed to support the school in various projects discussed and approved at the beginning of every year. It is a vital tool for the school. In the past, the P&C have funded new playground equipment, computers, Interactive Whiteboards, reading resources, and Covered Outdoor Learning Areas.
Fees are also payable to FANS for students who wish to participate in the English/French Bilingual Program. In 2014 French speaking families pay $3000 per year and Anglophone families pay $850 per year (there was an early bird option or a deposit). 2015 fees will be published in Term 2 and registrations as well as payments or deposit will be required before the end of Term 3 for the next year.

Fireworks night

A fireworks night is held each year at the school. The fundraising committee is responsible for organising and running the fireworks and the events for the night.

First day of school

On the first day of school the Kindy kids are allocated specific start times. Parents and children are greeted in the library and children meet their Year 6 buddy who directs them to their classroom. Parents are welcome to stay in the classroom as long as they wish and then go to the Bini for ‘Tissues and Tears’.
All other students in Years 1-6 start school on the day after the teacher’s first ‘School Development Day’. Traditionally this is the second day following the Australia Day public holiday but varies from year to year. Please check with the school or the Department of Education and Communities website for each year’s starting date.

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French Association of the North Shore
Killarney Heights Primary School has a close relationship with the FANS (the French Association of the North Shore). The major benefit of this relationship is to give children participating in the FANS program at the school access to a unique program of bi-lingualism. This FANS program was established in 1999 and is offered as an option from Kindergarten to Year 6.
French lessons for parents

FANS run various French programs for parents who are beginners or have intermediate French speaking ability. The school bulletin will advertise the French lessons throughout the year. Lessons currently run for 1hr 30min and cost $25 per lesson. Membership to FANS must be covered and enrolment is on a term’s basis.
New parents are welcome to contact Sabine Duffy, FANS Executive Officer, info@fanssydney.org or phone: 0488 776 133 at any time to discuss availability.

French markets

The French Speaking Association of the North Shore (FANS) run the French Markets within the school grounds in November each year. The French Markets are a fundraising event for the bilingual program. Everyone from the school helps on the day.

This year the French Markets will be held 15 November, 2013 in the school grounds from 3pm to 7pm.
For more information please go to the FANS website.

French Speaking Association of the North Shore (FANS)

Killarney Heights Public School has a close relationship with FANS. The major benefit of this relationship is to give children participating in the English/French Bilingual  Program at the school access to a unique program of bilingualism.
The English/French Bilingual  Program was established in 1999 and is offered as an option from Kindergarten to Year 6.

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Fundraising

Fundraising for the school at Killarney is run by Year 1 parents each year. The Year 1 parents form a committee of any or all Year 1 parents who are able to help. The committee decide on fundraising events, making sure they are acceptable by the school and they organise and run each event.
Fundraising for FANS is run at the school by FANS.
Fundraising for charities is also run by the Year 6 students throughout the year.

Gates

Tralee Ave gates are open from 7am to 6pm and Tramore Pl gates are open from 7am to 9am and 2.30pm to 6pm. The Melwood Ave gates are open 8:30am – 9am and from 2:30 to 3:30pm.
The driveway access on Tralee Ave is for teachers only.

Gifted and talented program

Various competitions and workshops are offered to selected students for Maths, Debating, English, Writing, Spelling, Computer and Science throughout the year.

Gymnastics

All years learn gymnastics as part of school sports in Term 2. Trained gymnastics teachers team teach lessons with classroom teachers focussing on strength, flexibility, skills and fitness.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day is an important day for all children. It's a time for students  to reflect on their own background and be welcoming and accepting of the backgrounds of their peers. Students celebrate Harmony Day in a variety of ways. In the past students have been asked to wear national costume or clothes representing their country. Students have also played games traditional to certain countries and tasted food and read stories from cultures around the world.

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Hats

The school hat is to be worn when the children are outside at all times throughout the year. We have a no hat, no play policy. We appreciate all hats being kept in the correct shape and not shaped into ’cowboy style’. The school hat can be purchased from the uniform shop or online. Please label your child’s hat clearly with a permanent marker.

Head lice

If your child complains of an itchy head, or is often scratching it, he or she may have head lice. Lice are hard to see, move quickly and do not jump or fly. Their eggs or nits, look like small whitish specks. Each one is laid and stuck firmly to the hair close to the scalp. Head lice move easily from one person’s head to another, so if your child has head lice, you need to keep him/her home from school until you have carried out the treatment. You also need to advise the class teacher. Once treated, children may return to school.

  • School absence: Exclusion is only to enable treatment, then child may return.
Health and Immunisation

Under the 1991 NSW Public Health Act, children starting school from 1994 must present an Immunisation Certificate. This does not mean immunisation is compulsory but if there is an infectious disease outbreak, non-immunised children will have to stay at home for their own protection and that of family and friends. Warringah council early childhood health centres provide immunisation services, for more details ring 9942 2351.

Homework

Killarney Heights Public School redeveloped its homework policy in 2016 in consultation with the school community. 

Click here to view the policy.

Hours

Before school care: 7am to 8:30am
School hours: 9am to 3pm.
Recess time: 10:30am to 10.50am
Lunch time: 12:45pm to 1:30pm
After school care: 3pm to 6pm

House colours

Sheridan – Red
Swift – Green
Shaw – Yellow
Yeats – Blue

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Impetigo

Impetigo, or school sores, begin as small red spots which quickly change to blisters. The sores enlarge and become pus-filled and crusted. When the scale falls off a small temporary scar remains. Face, hands, scalp and other body parts may be affected. Tenderness and swelling of the lymph glands in the groin, armpit or neck may occur.

School Absence: Consult family doctor. If sores are being treated and properly covered with a clean dressing, children may attend school. Otherwise children are to be kept at home.

Interactive whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards are giant computer screens that allow you to access, view, capture, manipulate and share information (text, images, video, multimedia) – directly from the Internet or a PC. The children are able to touch the whiteboard to do their work in a similar way we interact with a tablet PC.
All classrooms as well as shared learning spaces (Library, Language Centre, Performing Arts Space are fitted with interactive whiteboards.

International families

If you're currently living overseas and are planning to move to the area Sabine Duffy, FANS Executive Officer, often assists families relocating from overseas with their many questions related to rent/preschools, cars, or others. To contact Sabine, email: info@fanssydney.org

Interpreters

Information regarding interpreter services offered by the Department of Education and Communities can be found at the DET website.

Interviews

New children enrolling at Killarney are not required to attend an interview. Simply complete the enrolment form and send it to the school. Parents can request an appointment with the Principal or Deputy Principal to visit the school and find out more information.
Parent/teacher interviews occur late in Term 1 or early in Term 2.

Jeans for Genes Day

This denim-themed mufti day is one of the possible charities that KHPS helps to raise money in a united stance against childhood disease.
Every dollar raised is donated towards Jeans for Genes Day to help bring tomorrow’s treatments and cures closer.
There’s no better feeling than knowing you are helping future generations of kids while having fun!

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Junior Land Care

Students in Years K-6 are able to join the Junior Landcare Club. The club meets several times a week to tend to the school’s vegetable gardens, herb gardens and fruit trees. The club harvest the produce they grow and use it to cook with as well as sell to parents and staff, raising funds for future plantings.

KHOOSH

Killarney Heights Out Of School Hours care (KHOOSH) is run by 'Extend' for the families of Killarney Heights Public School.
KHOOSH is held in the Bini, adjacent to the oval. Sessions are held on normal school days, during the hours of:

  • 7:00am to 8.30am
  • 3pm to 6pm

Our KHOOSH coordinators organise a variety of activities for the children in a friendly and caring environment. Afternoon tea is provided for children. KHOOSH is a nut free environment.

Contact
For further information or to book your child into KHOOSH please complete their enrolment form or phone  0405 255 946 the number below. If calling out of ‘KHOOSH session’ hours, please leave a message on the answering service. Alternatively, please visit the Extend website.

Killarney Heights High School

Killarney Heights High School is across the road (Melwood Ave) from Killarney Heights Public School. Children begin high school in Australia from Year 7. An enrolment form must be completed (suuplied to families of students in Year 6) and students can sit an exam to be offered a position in the school’s extension program.

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Killarney school song

It’s a great school at Killarney
It’s the best in all the land
The girls and boys are bright and full of wonder
And all obey their motto, “Truth with Honour”.

It’s a great school at Killarney
Teachers here are kind and fair
With Sheridan, Yeats and Swift and Shaw
The houses that we all adore
It’s a great, great school.

It’s a great  school at Killarney
Where the atmosphere is grand
The parents, staff and students pull together
To make this school a place of high endeavour.

It’s a great school at Killarney
Uniforms of green and blue
The sporting teams and band and choir
Forever will our hearts inspire
It’s a great, great school.

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Kindergarten

Currently we have five Kindergarten classes. They occupy the rooms known as Athlone, Ardee, Carlow, Clare and Kildare.
Kindergarten is also known as Early Stage One (ES1).
At Killarney kindergarten children usually  begin school the week after the rest of the students start. Students will sit a Best Start Assessment to inform teachers of the Literacy and Numeracy skills and knowledge the students have attained prior to them starting school. A report on this assessment is provided for parents.
Each kindergarten child will be allocated a buddy from Year 6 on their first day of school. The Buddy's role is to support the Kindy child throughout the whole year.

Kindy Information day and Orientation days

A Kindy information evening is held in May each year. This evening provides prospective parents information on the school and its programs, particularly those that relate to Kindergarten. This is followed by School Tours the following morning. Please contact the school office for specific dates and times.
Kindy Orientation sessions are held in October/November each year. These sessions are designed to give pre-schoolers a chance to visit the school and be involved in a range of Kindergarten activities. Please see our website for further details.

Kiss and drop

Kiss and drop is an area where parents can drop off and pick up students without leaving the car. The kiss and drop area for Killarney is on Melwood Ave. The Melwood Ave drop off and pick up area outside the school is a restricted parking zone.  Drivers are not permitted to stop their vehicles unless picking up or dropping off passengers. Vehicles may not stand for more than 2 minutes, and the driver may not move more than 3 metres from the vehicle.

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Label FrancÉducation

Killarney Heights Public School was awarded the Label FrancÉducation by the French Government in 2012. It is a world-wide accreditation which recognises our bilingual program as genuine excellence. KHPS is the first school in Australia to receive this award and one of only 25 schools in the world. The rigorous set of criteria the schools have to meet to qualify for this prestigious award includes a minimum of 33% of subjects being taught in French; highly qualified teachers, certified and fluent in French; the school must have a strong professional development plan and a commitment to quality education; it must participate in official language tests; and it must provide an environment that inspires an interest in French culture.
The accreditation provides access to services which include a fund for financing innovative projects and facilities for recruiting French teachers.

Land Care

Students in Years K-6 are able to join the Junior Landcare Club. The club meets several times a week to tend to the school’s vegetable gardens, herb gardens and fruit trees. The club harvest the produce they grow and use it to cook with as well as sell to parents and staff, raising funds for future plantings.

Languages

Languages taught at Killarney Heights Public School are English, French and Mandarin.

Leadership

Towards the end of each year the following captains are voted in and announced in the Bulletin and Presentation Ceremonies:

  • Two Captains
  • Two Vice Captains
  • Four Prefects
  • Two House Captains per house
  • Two Vice House Captains per house
  • Two band captains
  • Two band vice captains

School Captains are student leaders and represent the school at various functions, events and welcoming visitors to the school. This is an important leadership role voted for by the students and staff of the school.

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Learning and Support program

Learning support is offered to children from Kindergarten to Year 6.
A range of Learning Support programs operate throughout the school. Students are supported in class with specialist Learning and Support teachers in Literacy and Numeracy. Students may also be selected for individual and small group withdrawal programs including the Reading Recovery program for Year 1 students.
Parents of the selected students for Learning and Support do not incur any extra costs.
As part of our Learning Support program we have volunteer tutors who take selected students through an individualised program. We appreciate anyone with a spare morning from 9am to 10.30am who would be interested in being part of this program to contact Susan Tickle. Grandparents and retirees are very welcome. Further training for tutors is provided through St John's volunteer tutor program so they have further knowledge and skills to assist our students.

Library

Once a week each class visits the library. Children can borrow English and French books during this time.  Children can also visit the library during their lunch hour.
P & C meetings and sometimes parent teacher interviews are also held in the Library.

Life Education

Life Education is a program delivered to all students each year. The Life Education van visits the school for two weeks and specialist teachers provide lessons to the children centred on healthy lifestyles, healthy foods, friendships, resilience, drug education and cybersafety.

Lunch
  • Recess time: 10:30am to 10.50am
  • Lunch time: 12.45pm to 1:30pm

Food may be packed for students to eat at recess and lunch or they can order from the canteen on the days it is open, Wednesday to Friday. All lunches need to be ordered through our online ordering system 'Flexischools'. Families wishing to sign up for Flexischools must register at https://www.flexischools.com.au/

Generally, children don’t bring hot lunches as there are no facilities to warm up the food before eating it. An example of what students do bring for lunch and recess include: sandwiches, fruit, crackers, rice cakes, muffins, yoghurt and a bottle of water. When cooking and preparing food for your child please remember that we are a nut free school so items containing nuts are not permitted.
Students eat with their class peers supervised by the teachers before going out to play. All students must wear a hat before school, at recess and lunch. We have a no hat no play policy.
Students are allowed to bring balls and toys to school to play with at recess and lunch. Not all areas on the school grounds are allowed to be accessed by students. All the students are made aware of these boundaries and rules when they start.
Mondays and Wednesdays are known as Nude Food days. There are no bins in the playground on these days and students are encouraged to bring their food in recyclable containers. All wrappers sent to school on these days will be sent home.

Helpful link

Bell times

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Mandarin

Children in non - bilingual classes have Mandarin language lessons from Kindergarten to Year 6, approximately 45 minutes minutes per week. Programs in Mandarin concentrate on developing cultural understanding and language acquisition. In addition, the school has a long history of running Mandarin Mother Tongue lessons for those students from a Chinese speaking background with our Community Languages teacher. The lessons are currently held on Thursday and Fridays.

 

Mathletics and Reading Eggs

Mathletics and Reading Eggs are wonderful resources for teachers to use in class and for students to use at home. If you have an existing subscription you may want to cancel it as it is much cheaper through the school.

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Melwood Ave drop off and pick up area

Kiss and drop is an area where parents can drop off and pick up students without leaving the car. The kiss and drop area for Killarney is on Melwood Ave. The Melwood Ave drop off and pick up area outside the school is a restricted parking zone.  Drivers are not permitted to stop their vehicles unless picking up or dropping off passengers. Vehicles may not stand for more than 2 minutes, and the driver may not move more than 3 metres from the vehicle.

Merit awards

Each Friday at assembly students receive achievement awards. These awards are given to students who display excellence in behaviour, work habits and/or citizenship. Students who collect six awards during their time at KHPS take them to Vicki Johnson to choose a book and receive another larger achievement award. Award recipients are published each week in the school Bulletin.

Michael Grose, Parenting ideas

KHPS subscribes to Michael Grose Parenting Ideas for all parents to read. You can access his website for more information.

MindQuest

MindQuest is an exciting enrichment program designed to challenge and extend gifted and talented primary students. This highly successful weekend program is held at St George Girls and Glenwood High Schools. Activities include chemistry, earth sciences, lego robotics, drama, art, writing and much more. Courses focus on developing critical and creative thinking skills and problem solving skills. To find out more and when the programs are held, visit the MindQuest website.

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Morning play areas

From 8:30am to 8:45am students must sit in a designated place on the seats outside the Year 2 classrooms. From 8:45am to 9am two teachers will be supervising the students on the main playground only.
Students and parents are required to wait in the playground where there is supervision. The Ausplay, Hall area, Kindy classroom area and pathways near the hall or classroom verandahs are all out of bounds.

Movie night

The movie night is a fundraising event run by FANS in the school hall. Students who wish to attend will be asked to pay a donation and they can wear their pyjamas and bring a pillow and doona/blanket. Parents are allowed to stay and help supervise. The event is advertised in the Bulletin with times and session details.

Mufti Day

Mufti day is the name given to a day where all children can wear casual clothes and shoes instead of the uniform. The children are still required to wear a  hat on mufti day, either the school hat or their own hat.
Mufti days may specify the type of clothing the students are to wear. For example the French mufti day to celebrate the UN French Language Day requires students of each class to wear the country colours of one country that is French speaking.

Mumps

General upset for one or more days. There may be pain or soreness in jaw and neck and angle of jaw begins to swell. Swelling and tenderness just below and in front of one or both ears, extending later to cheek and down neck behind angle of jaw.

  • School absence: Until child has fully recovered and for one week after the appearance of the swelling
  • Contacts: It is not necessary to keep contacts at home. It is however recommended that all children receive immunisation at 15 months.
Music

Music forms part of the Creative Arts curriculum and is thus taught in all classes.
Students in Years 3-6 also have the opportunity to be involved in the extra-curricular band program. A band recruitment drive is held for all Year 2 students at the end of each year to introduce them to the program and obtain information to share with parents. The school currently has 4 bands operating – Training Band (beginners), Intermediate Band, Senior Band and Stage Band.
2014 Rehearsals in Performing Arts Space (PAS):
Training Band
Tuesday 3:05-4:05pm
Thursday 1:00-1:45pm
Conductor: Gerald Steinmann
Intermediate Band
Monday 1:00-1:45pm
Wednesday 3:05-4:05pm
Conductor: Nic Campbell
Senior Band
Tuesday 1:00-1:45pm
Thursday 3:05-4:05pm
Conductor: Gerald Steinmann
Stage Band
Tuesday 7.30am-8.50am
Conductor: Gerald Steinmann
Band fees 
$470 per year (includes rehearsals, performances and music)
$250 per term – includes instrument hire and service fees
$80 per term – Percussion / keyboard usage
$75 per term – second instrument hire
$100 per term - Stage Band


Members of KHPS bands are required to:

  • commit to the Band for a full year
  • attend band rehearsals twice per week
  • attend one private half-hour lesson each week outside the school with a private teacher
  • wear the required band uniform at performances and competitions.

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NAPLAN

Students sit the NAPLAN test in years 3 and 5. There is one test for maths and a separate test for English.  The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May. You can read more information about NAPLAN on the ACARA website or on our website.

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News bulletin

At Killarney Heights PS our newsletter is known as the 'Bulletin' and is produced on a Wednesday each week. Parents should subscribe to the 'Bulletins' list and also the relevant "Year" list(s) based on a student(s) year on the School Enews page.

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge

Each year our students are invited to participate in the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge.

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read more and read more widely.

  • Kindergarten - year 2 students must read or be read 30 books (25 from the set list and 5 free choice)
  • Year 3-4 students must read 20 books (15 from the set list and 5 free choice)
  • Year 5-6 students must read 20 books (15 from the set list and 5 free choice)

All reading records are submitted online and reading must be completed by the end of August for that year.

 The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten-Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools.

At Killarney Heights Public School we encourage all students to take part. Parents are required to go to the website and logon and register their child/ren using the username and password that the school provides you.

To find out more you can go to the NSW Premier's website

NSW School Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum is being rolled out from 2014 to 2016.  The new English Syllabus for 2014 is written by the NSW Board of Studies in line with the Australian Curriculum. The Australian Curriculum is guided by the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for young Australians, adopted by the Ministerial Council in December 2008. The Melbourne Declaration emphasises the importance of knowledge, skills and understandings of learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities as the basis for a curriculum designed to support 21st century learning.

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Nude food days

To support our school environmental program we ask that student's recess and lunch be sent to school in rubbish free recyclable containers. Our nude food days are Mondays and Tuesdays. All wrappers sent to school on these days will be sent home.

 

Nuts

KHPS is a nut free school. Please ensure you do not give your children any nut products for recess or lunch to ensure all our students are safe. Nut products that are not to be sent to school include: peanut butter, Nutella, muesli bars containing nuts and raw nuts.

Online learning

Mathletics and Reading Eggs are wonderful resources for teachers to use in class and for students to use at home. If you have an existing subscription you may want to cancel it as it is much cheaper through the school.

Orientation Day

Orientation Day is held for children the year before they start kindergarten.

2014 orientation dates for 2015 Kindergarten students are:

  • Tuesday 21 October
  • Tuesday 28 October, and
  • Tuesday 4 November
Out of area

Out of area refers to families who attend Killarney Heights Public School but don't live within the school's zone. Killarney is currently accepting applications from families out of the area but this is not always guaranteed. If you live out of the area please complete and submit your application the year prior to your child starting. The school will contact you to let you know if your child is accepted.

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Out of School Care (KHOOSH)

Killarney Heights Out Of School Hours care (KHOOSH) is run by 'Extend' for the families of Killarney Heights Public School.
KHOOSH is held in the Bini, adjacent to the oval. Sessions are held on normal school days, during the hours of:

  • 7:00am to 8.30am
  • 3pm to 6pm

Our KHOOSH coordinators organise a variety of activities for the children in a friendly and caring environment. Afternoon tea is provided for children. KHOOSH is a nut free environment.

Contact
For further information or to book your child into KHOOSH please complete their enrolment form or phone  0405 255 946 the number below. If calling out of ‘KHOOSH session’ hours, please leave a message on the answering service. Alternatively, please visit the Extend website.

Out of school hours care

Out of school hours care, known as KHOOSH) is the care the school provides for children before and after school. Out of school hours care at Killarney is provided by Extend, an external company.

KHOOSH is held in the Bini, adjacent to the oval. Sessions are held on normal school days, during the hours of:

  • 7am to 8.30am
  • 3pm to 6pm

Our KHOOSH coordinators organise a variety of activities for the children in a friendly and caring environment. Afternoon tea is provided for children. KHOOSH is a nut free environment.

Contact
For further information or to book your child into KHOOSH please complete their enrolment form or phone  0405 255 946 the number below. If calling out of ‘KHOOSH session’ hours, please leave a message on the answering service. Alternatively, please visit the Extend website.

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Parent contribution

The Parent Contribution is one of the most important sources of funds to resource the school educational program.

The Department of Education and Training provides schools with essential supplies, facilities and maintenance. Parents’ financial contributions provide the important additional funds which support the purchase of library books, educational games, computer software, craft supplies, duplicating materials (photocopy paper for class work) etc.

Parent teacher communication

Parent teacher communication is very important and encouraged at Killarney Heights Public School. Parents are welcome to talk to the teachers after school or to make a time and meet with the teachers at a time that is convenient to them.

If you wish to speak with your child's class teacher for a quick chat it is best to approach the teacher directly just as class finishes in the afternoon at 3pm. There is no need to make an appointment.

For longer talks with the teachers, Assistant Principal or Principal you can phone the office to make an appointment.

There is one formal meeting time arranged by the school for parents to meet with the teachers at the end of Term 1.

 

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Parent teacher interviews

Parent/Teacher interviews occur late in term 1. Parents are able to book their interviews online when the log in and password are sent home with students. The interview is followed by two written reports, one at the end of term 2 and another at the end of the year in term 4.

 

Parenting ideas, Michael Grose

KHPS subscribes to Michael Grose Parenting Ideas for all parents to read. You can access his website for more information.

Parents & Citizens

Killarney Heights Public School has an active Parents and Citizens Association that contributes significantly to the life of the school and the opportunities that are offered to students. The P&C Association exists for the benefit of all students at the school and provides a forum for parents to discuss matters relevant to them and their children.

Meetings are held on Tuesday of week 3 and week 8 each term at 7pm in the Library.

Dates will be included on the school calendar. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in various committees.

Parents' French classes

FANS run various French programs for parents who are beginners or have intermediate French speaking ability. The school bulletin will advertise the French lessons throughout the year. Lessons currently run for 1hr  30min, they cost $25 per lesson but payments are for the term. Membership to FANS must be paid with your first invoice.

New parents are welcome to contact Sabine Duffy, FANS Executive Officer, by emailing: info@fanssydney.org or phone: 0488 776 133 at any time to discuss availability.

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Parking

There is street parking available for families dropping off and picking up their children out side the three gates on Tramore Pl, Tralee Ave and Melwood Ave. Also on Melwood Ave is the Kiss and Drop zone for parents who are not getting out of the car and walking their children into the school ground.

Parents are not permitted to use the staff car park for parking or for entering and leaving the school on foot.

PBEL

PBEL or Positive Behaviour Engaging Learners is a program for managing and encouraging positive student behaviour.

For more information please go to our PBEL page.

Peer Support

At Killarney all students participate in the Peer Support program. This program is run with trained Year 6 leaders who conduct small group lessons on topics such as anti-bullying, resilience, friendship and respect. Each peer support group of about 8-10 children is made up of students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Performing Arts

At Killarney we offer band, dance, choir and debating.

Phone contact

You can contact the school in person or by phone, fax or email:

  • Ph. 9451 9547 Fax: 9975 5038
  • Email: killarneyh-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

You can contact Sabine Duffy, the FANS Executive Officer by phone or email:

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Photos

School photos are taken in term 2. Students are required to wear the full winter uniform, including the tie. Parents are welcome to purchase the photos.

Premier's Debating Challenge

Killarney Heights Public School enters the interschool Debating competition, the Permier’s Debating Challenge.
Students have the opportunity to learn about and participate in debating from Year 5. Expressions of interest are sought by the debating teachers at the beginning of the school year.

Premier's Reading Challenge

Each year our students are invited to participate in the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge.

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read more and read more widely.

  • Kindergarten - year 2 students must read or be read 30 books (25 from the set list and 5 free choice)
  • Year 3-4 students must read 20 books (15 from the set list and 5 free choice)
  • Year 5-6 students must read 20 books (15 from the set list and 5 free choice)

All reading records are submitted online and reading must be completed by the end of August for that year.

 The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten-Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools.

At Killarney Heights Public School we encourage all students to take part. Parents are required to go to the website and logon and register their child/ren using the username and password that the school provides you.

To find out more you can go to the NSW Premier's website.

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Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA)

The Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA) runs the interschool sports carnival each year. The school sports uniform can be purchased from the uniform shop or online. For the sports cap and socks go to Products and select PSSA accessories.

Principal and school leaders

The principal of Killarney Heights Public School is Vicki Johnson.

The Deputy Principal is Matthew Fuller.

The FANS Executive Officer is Sabine Duffy.

Our year co-ordinators are also known as assistant principals. The French assistant principals are: Amélie Thibault and Marion Nannetti.

Readers

Reading books are sent home for students to read each week, they are known as 'readers'. Students must read the books and return them to the class teacher each week. The readers are numbered and numbers get higher as the students progress in their reading skills.

French readers are sent home for Francophones from Kindergarten each week. Some advanced Anglophones receive French readers too, but not all Anglophones will get French readers as they may not be able to read or understand them and there may not be anyone at home who can help.

Reading Eggs and Mathletics

Mathletics and Reading Eggs are wonderful resources for teachers to use in class and for students to use at home. If you have an existing subscription you may want to cancel it as it is much cheaper through the school.

Reading recovery

Learning support is offered to children from Kindergarten to Year 6.
A range of Learning Support programs operate throughout the school. Students are supported in class with specialist Learning and Support teachers in Literacy and Numeracy. Students may also be selected for individual and small group withdrawal programs including the Reading Recovery program for Year 1 students.
Parents of the selected students for Learning and Support do not incur any extra costs.
As part of our Learning Support program we have volunteer tutors who take selected students through an individualised program. We appreciate anyone with a spare morning from 9am to 10.30am who would be interested in being part of this program to contact Matthew Fuller. Grandparents and retirees are very welcome. Further training for tutors is provided through St John's volunteer tutor program so they have further knowledge and skills to assist our students.

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Recess
  • Recess time: 10:30am to 11am
  • Lunch time: 12.45pm to 1:30pm

Food may be packed for students to eat at recess and lunch or they can order from the canteen on the days it is open.

Generally, children don’t bring hot lunches as there are no facilities to warm up the food before eating it. An example of what students do bring for lunch and recess include: sandwiches, fruit, crackers, rice cakes, muffins, yoghurt and a bottle of water. When cooking and preparing food for your child please remember that we have a nut free school so items containing nuts are not permitted.

Students eat in their classrooms first and then go out to play. All students must wear a hat at recess and lunch. We have a no hat no play policy.

Students are allowed to bring balls and toys to school to play with at recess and lunch. Not all areas on the school grounds are allowed to be accessed by students. All the students are made aware of these boundaries and rules when they start.

Mondays and Wednesdays are known as Nude Food days. There are no bins in the playground on these days and students are encouraged to bring their food in recyclable containers. All wrappers sent to school on these days will be sent home.

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Religious studies

Scripture classes (religious studies) offered at Killarney are Baha’i, Church of England and Catholicism. Scripture classes are optional and students can opt in or out and change classes at any time throughout the year. Parents must write to the school to request a change. Students who do not attend scripture have quiet time for reading or drawing.
Scripture classes are run for one hour, once per week.

Reports

Student reports are written and sent home twice a year.

Ride to school day

At least once per year we have a Ride to school day where children are encouraged to ride their bike or scooter to school. This day is organised and run by year 6 students.

Road Safety

At Killarney we teach the students the importance of road safety. But we also encourage parents to follow the road rules and not drop children off in the no stopping zones, in particular the ones right before or after the school crossings. Not only is this dangerous to other children using the crossing but it also sends the wrong message to your children giving them a different message to one the school is trying to teach.

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Rocket words

In Kindy children are given a set of words to learn how to read. They are known as Sight Words or Rocket words. There are a little over 200 words for the children to learn.

On your child’s news day each week the teacher will ask them to read the Rocket words.

When they successfully read the words a new list will be sent home until they complete all the sheets.

Kindy students also doing intensive French also receive French rocket words. Anglophones start getting French rocket words when the French homework starts in Year 1. At this time there are sight words lists for both Francophones and Anglophones.

 

School A to Z website

The Department of Education and Communities has a website called School A to Z to assist parents with homework tips and other school related issues. Some interesting information includes Apostrophes, multiplication and times tables.

For more information go to the Schools A to Z website.

 

School captains and leadership

Towards the end of each year the following captains are voted in and announced in the Bulletin and Presentation Ceremonies:

  • Two Captains
  • Two Vice Captains
  • Four Prefects
  • Two House Captains per house
  • Two Vice House Captains per house
  • Two band captains
  • Two band vice captains

School Captains are student leaders and represent the school at various functions, events and welcoming visitors to the school. This is an important leadership role voted for by the students and staff of the school.

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School song

It’s a great school at Killarney
It’s the best in all the land
The girls and boys are bright and full of wonder
And all obey their motto, “Truth with Honour”.

It’s a great school at Killarney
Teachers here are kind and fair
With Sheridan, Yeats and Swift and Shaw
The houses that we all adore
It’s a great, great school.

It’s a great  school at Killarney
Where the atmosphere is grand
The parents, staff and students pull together
To make this school a place of high endeavour.

It’s a great school at Killarney
Uniforms of green and blue
The sporting teams and band and choir
Forever will our hearts inspire
It’s a great, great school.

School Term

There are four school terms each year.

School times

Before school care: 7am to 8:30am

School hours: 9am to 3pm.

Recess time: 10:30am to 11am

Lunch time: 12:45pm to 1:30pm

After school care: 3pm to 6pm.

Scripture

Scripture classes (religious studies) offered at Killarney are Baha’i, Church of England and Catholicism. Scripture classes are optional and students can opt in or out and change classes at any time throughout the year. Parents must write to the school to request a change. Students who do not attend scripture have quiet time for reading or drawing.
Scripture classes are run for one hour, once per week.

Second hand uniforms

If you have uniforms in good condition you can return them to the uniform shop in exchange for a gift voucher.

Unfortunately we don't have a large collection of second hand uniforms. If you are after a second hand uniform please contact the uniform shop to ask about availability. You can email the uniform shop: clothingpool@khps-pc.com.au

 

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Sick children

If your child is absent from school for any reason, a note must be written to the class teacher to explain the absence.

If your child is unwell during school hours they will be taken to the office. Office staff will call the parents/carers to discuss the condition.

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Absences

Sports houses

Sheridan – Red
Swift – Green
Shaw – Yellow
Yeats – Blue

Springfest

Springfest is a production each class puts on in Spring. The production is put on at the Killarney Heights High School hall and it is filmed. Parents are able to order a copy of the video in the weeks following the production.

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Staff car park

The staff car park is only for staff and is not to be used for dropping off children to KHOOSH or school. We also prefer if parents, carers and children do not use this entrance to access the school.

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Parking

Staff development days

School staff participate in professional development on five days throughout the year.
They generally occur the first day of Terms 1, 2 and 3 and the last two days of Term 4.
French teachers also take part in all School Development Days. Even if they are employed by FANS, once at school, they are included in all teachers’ activities.

Stages

There are three stages of primary school:

  • Stage 1 (S1) comprising: Early stage 1 (ES1) for Kindy, year 1 and year 2.
  • Stage 2 (S2) for year 3 and 4, and
  • Stage 3 (S3) for years 5 and 6.
Stewart House

Stewart House is our school’s charity and is supported through donations and fundraising. Stewart House provides respite and schooling for students who are in need of a break from their everyday lives. The children receive optometric, dental and medical treatment as well as emotional support. It relies heavily on donation and fundraising to support its programs.

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Strikes and stop work

In the case of a strike or stop work period, either Extend will operate or one or two teachers will be on duty to look after children who are unable to stay at home for the day or period of time.

Student of the week

Each Friday at assembly students receive achievement awards. These awards are given to students who display excellence in behaviour, work habits and/or citizenship. Students who collect six awards during their time at KHPS take them to Vicki Johnson to choose a book and receive another larger achievement award. Award recipients are published each week in the school Bulletin.

Student reports
Student reports are written and sent home twice a year. Around when?
Student Representative Council

The Student Representative Council is elected in term 1 of the year. One student from each class is elected as the representative. SRC students meet every other Friday with the SRC teacher coordinator to discuss issues that the students feel important to the school. Past SRC initiatives include Walk Safely to School Day, Canteen Bandana Day and a collection of eye glasses for the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Swimming

Swimming lessons are offered to all students. Lessons are held at the Carlile Swim Centre in Killarney. The lessons are conducted by qualified staff.

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Swimming carnival
The school swimming carnival is held at the beginning of the year for children in year 3 and up or 8yrs? and older.
Technology

At Killarney we have the latest interactive whiteboards in each class. We also have computers in all classrooms as well as a dedicated computer room in the library.

Uniform

We expect all children to wear the school uniform at all times.

During terms 1 and 4 students wear the summer uniform.

During terms 2 and 3 students wear the winter uniform.

On days when the weather is unseasonably different students may wear the appropriate uniform for the weather but they are not permitted to wear a mix of both winter and summer uniforms.

 

Uniform shop

The uniform shop is open Wednesday mornings 8am – 10am and Wednesday afternoon 2:30pm-4:30pm during Term and the first Saturday of each Term 9 - 12am. 

It is located opposite the office under the Kildare class room.

For your convenience we have an Online store open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Uniform Shop sells all the same items as the Online Store but also stocks second hand items.

The Uniform Shop contact details are:

  • Email: clothingpool@khps-pc.com.au
  • Phone: 0433 986 671. Phone calls are generally returned each Tuesday when the uniform shop is open.

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UNSW Competitions

The University of NSW holds competitions for students for Computers, Science, Writing, Spelling, English and Mathematics. For students to enter these competitions their payment must be received by the cut off date and no late entries are accepted.

 

Vacation care

Extend offers vacation care at the school and the Warringah Council offers vacation care at various places thorughout the council area, including Forestville. To find out more and to enrol in vacation care go to: Extend or Warringah Council.

Vice captains

Towards the end of each year the following captains are voted in and announced in the Bulletin:

  • Two band captains
  • Two Vice House Captains per house
  • Two Captains
  • Two Vice Captains
  • Four Prefects
  • Two House Captains per house
  • Two band vice captains
Visitors to the school

All visitors to the school are required to sign in and out at the office.

Volunteers

The school requires volunteers in many areas, eg canteen, helping with literacy in the classroom, book club, fundraising and all the various events held to raise funds. We're very thankful to all those who give up their time to help at the school.

Walk safely to school day

The school promotes this day to get students exercising and to enhance their awareness of the road rules.

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