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Parents Club



The Parents' Club has a number of objectives/responsibilities, which include:
- organising the School Uniform Shop.
- providing an opportunity for the social introduction of new parents to the school community.
- enabling parents to learn about the operation of the school and the management of its resources.
- being a vehicle through which parents may find ways and places in which they can help the school in its many tasks.
- raising funds to supplement Government funding and improve the teaching/learning facilities available to the children.
- providing a forum in which parents may express concerns, ask questions, and obtain answers - generally from the Principal who attends Parents' Club meetings whenever possible, for that purpose.
Parents' Club meetings are advertised in the newsletter and we would love to see some new faces!

The 2012 Parents' Club office bearers are as follows:
President- 
Vice President- 
Secretary- 
Treasurer- 
School Council Representative-

 

School Council



In March of each year, half the parent-elected members of the Council will retire, so it is possible that an election will be held. The council consists of 8 parent-elected members (who must be parents of children enrolled at the school), one member nominated by Parents' Club (annually), another one year co-opted person and 4 members elected by the staff. The Principal is also a member.
The Council has ever-broadening responsibilities and is responsible for many decisions regarding the buildings and grounds, the financial management of the school, and the curriculum. Much of the curriculum responsibility may be delegated to the Principal and staff, but the Council still bears
ultimate responsibility for the functioning of the school.
The President of the Council, or any of its members, will always be ready to listen to any problem which may cause a parent concern. Normally however, it is suggested that problems be outlined to the Principal, who may well be able to resolve them immediately.
The School Council is important to the education of your child. You should give serious thought to whether you might serve as a member for one or more terms. We meet on the second Monday of the month, and for a minimum of eight meetings during the year. The Council has sub-committees based on the School Charter Goals - Curriculum, Management and Accountability, Resources and Environment.

 

The 2012 School Council office bearers are as follows:
President- 
Vice President- 
Secretary- 
Treasurer- 
Executive Officer- 

 
 

 
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Student Code of Conduct



Rationale:

 

Staff at Cohuna Consolidated School will strive to actively promote resilience, pro-active behaviour and a self- determination for students to do their personal best in all situations.

Aims:
The school is a positive environment in which all teachers assume responsibility for student welfare, provide successful experiences for all children, feel safe and secure in a supportive environment and where a sense of belonging and wellbeing are strengthened. A culture of positive reinforcement and encouragement will permeate all facets of our school.

Implementation:

· The school will adopt a proactive and strategic stance with issues of student welfare, rather than operating in a consistently reactive mode.
· Developing the wellbeing of our students is central to our role as a school, and is reflected in our whole school philosophy.
· Student work and achievements will be regularly showcased and publicly recognised.
· Our school will value and encourage student individuality, differences and diversity, sharing, tolerance and compassion among children.
· To develop pride in the school, opportunities for leadership will be promoted through School Captains, House Captains, Bus Captains and Junior School Council membership.
· Programs that provide for the emotional health of students, such as ‘Buddies’, Transition, ‘You Can Do It’ Harm Minimisation, Preparation For Puberty, Solving the Jigsaw, Tribes, Peer Support and Peer Mediation will underpin our curriculum.
· The curriculum will be broad, provide for the needs of individual students, and be developed to cater for multiple intelligences.
· Through individual classrooms, programs will be developed to cater for children identified with specific needs. This is done through creating support groups, individual learning plans and ongoing monitoring.
· The Well Being Team will consist of the Principal and Assistant Principal and a staff representative, who will meet regularly and discuss programs with classroom teachers.
· Strategies detailed in the ‘Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools’ will be implemented across the school.
· The school will provide access to DE&T, regional and network staff with wellbeing and/or welfare expertise as required.
· Staff will be provided with professional development regarding student wellbeing, the implementation of wellbeing programs, and the resolution of wellbeing issues.

Anti Bullying Policy



Definition:

A person is bullied when they are regularly exposed to negative and/or harmful actions by one or more other people. Bullies are people who intimidate, exclude, threaten and/or hurt others on a repeated basis. Bullying is a clear form of harassment.
Sexual harassment can be physical, verbal, or written and can include words, actions, statements or images including text and email. It is against the law for any individual to sexually harass another individual.

Rationale:

The school will provide a positive culture where bullying is not accepted. Everyone will have the right of respect from others, the right to learn or to teach and the right to feel safe and secure in their school environment.
The school recognizes that everyone has the legal right to protection from sexual harassment.

Aims:

· To reinforce, within the school community, what bullying is and that it is an unacceptable form of behaviour.

· For everyone, within the school community, to be alert to the signs and evidence of bullying, and to have a responsibility to report it to staff, whether as an observer or as a victim.

· To ensure that all reported incidents of bullying are followed up appropriately, and support is given to both victims and perpetrators.

· To seek parental, peer-group support and co-operation at all times.

Implementation:

Parents, teachers and students will be aware of the school’s position on bullying. The Principal will issue a ‘Code of Conduct’ statement for parents to discuss with their child/children as early as practical each school year. Addressing the issue will involve a four-phased approach, as outlined in the ‘Anti-Bullying’ Framework.



Discipline Policy



Rationale:

Positive and responsible student behaviour is essential to the smooth running of the school, to the achievement of optimal learning opportunities and to the development of a supportive, cooperative school environment.

Aims:

 

· To build a school environment based on positive behaviour, mutual respect and cooperation.
· To manage poor behaviour in a positive and professional manner.
· To establish well understood and logical consequences for student behaviour.

Implementation:

 

· Our school will develop, through a process of wide community consultation, a student code of conduct, which outlines agreed behavioural development and management strategies.
· Our code of conduct will place significant emphasis on the development and recognition of positive behaviours.
· Peer mediation, peer counseling and ‘buddies’ will be key strategies employed to guide and develop student behaviour.
· The school will deliberately engage the services of young people as guest speakers or workshop facilitators etc to act as positive role models.
· Whole school rules will be discussed with the Junior School Council.
· We will provide a wide range of positive extra-curricula activities for students including sporting, theatrical, leadership, community service and appropriate leisure pursuits.
· Positive student behavioural achievement will be appropriately recognised.
· An up-to-date database of student behaviour will be implemented and maintained.
· All staff will undertake professional development every three years on student behaviour and discipline management. 
· The school curriculum will include units on resilience, peer pressure, positive choices, bullying, conflict resolution and leadership.
· Student Portfolios will include details regarding student behavioural achievement and personal goal attainment.
· Students experiencing difficulty achieving acceptable behaviour will undertake individualised behaviour management programs focusing upon agreed goals. Refer to Whole School Discipline Policy
· Consequences for ongoing inappropriate behaviour will include counselling, loss of privileges or suspension.
· Parents will be kept informed, and actively encouraged, to assist in the development of their children’s behavioural performance.

Whole School Discipline Policy



Purpose:

It is anticipated that this Discipline Policy will provide guidelines to all relevant groups - students, staff and parents, regarding appropriate codes of conduct that will permit our school to function successfully.

Our intention is that the document will be used by teachers and parents. We do not expect it to be read by all students. However, it is expected that teachers and parents will accept the responsibility to explain, implement and support its contents.

Rules will be developed to guide the basic functioning of the school on the basis of:

1. a. Classroom Rules:
A standard set of rules will be developed to apply across all classrooms. These will address the aspects of:
- Talking - Movement
- Conflict - Learning
- Treatment (of others)
Individual teachers will be free to establish other rules to operate within their class. All teachers are to ensure, however, that all rules are thoroughly discussed on a regular basis and understood by the children. Teachers will ensure that rules are prominently displayed in classrooms.

b. Whole School Rules:
These rules apply throughout the school, inside and outside the classroom.
Staff, in consultation with the School Well Being Team (Principal, Assistant Principal and elected staff representative) will determine whole school rules and these will be reviewed on an annual basis. Whole school rules will address:
- Movement in the yard - Conflict resolution
- Treatment of others - Health and Safety
All teachers should regularly reinforce school wide rules with their students.

2. The use of consequences relating to established rules will occur in order to develop consistency in the implementation of the ‘Code of Conduct’ across the school.

a. Positive Consequences:
The benefits of developing a positive relationship between teacher and child cannot be overstated. Firm, but fair and consistent, application of school rules, coupled with a genuine empathy for the child can lead to a positive relationship being developed which may minimise the need for consequences of a disciplinary nature to be applied.
Examples of possible positive consequences.
- praise - note attached to homework/communication journal
- certificates, stickers - note sent home/telephone call to parents
- privileges - recognition of achievement from teachers 
- Principal Award - recognition of achievement from Principal


b. Disciplinary Consequences.
While a range of management strategies may be employed by staff in the classroom and whole school situation, the general rule of application of consequences for discipline will occur in the sequence of:


Classroom – Prep – 2

A. Low Level: e.g. Disruptive behaviour, passive learning, uncooperative behaviour

1. Name on the board and name the behaviour. (A positive reminder of the task to
be done)
2. If behaviour persists – record a cross (X) on the board. Length of time inside at teacher’s discretion.
3. Parent to be contacted either verbally or written.

B. Extreme: e.g Physical Violence, Abusive or Foul Language directed at someone with intent
1. Red card – sent to Principal
2. Removal of student from area where incident occurred
3. Cooling off period if needed.
4. Counselling
5. Parent contact
6. Suspension process if felt warranted
(In or Out of school suspension)


Classroom – Grades 3-6

A. Low Level: e.g. Disruptive behaviour, passive learning and uncooperative behaviour.

1. Verbal warning first for things that are not so serious to warrant detention, but still need addressing.
2. Name on the board and name the behaviour. Warning. 
3. If behaviour persists –“x” marked against name. No discussion entered into.
The following actions will then occur 
* 1 cross - 15 minutes lunchtime detention OR instant classroom withdrawal eg completing work, time out may be warranted
* 2 crosses - 30 minutes lunchtime detention - withdrawal of privileges eg specialist programs, computer privileges, rotations 
* 3 crosses - visit the Principal - likely to result in some special provisions being invoked
* 4 crosses - Parent/Principal conference - may result in suspension

3. Students should begin each day with a 'clean slate', although they may well have a detention to serve from a previous day's misbehaviour. 
4. If due work returns incomplete, student remains in class under teacher supervision until completed.
5. Note sent home to parents with information about child’s behaviour
Refer to instant classroom withdrawal included in point 3.


B. Extreme: e.g Physical Violence, Bullying, Abusive or Foul Language directed at 
someone with intent
“See Prep – 2 consequences”

Behaviour and Discipline:

The importance of consistency is stressed here. All staff need to ensure that they are aware of this Policy Statement, and that they implement it in a fair and consistent manner.

Record of Behaviour: Student Data Base.
As part of our on-going monitoring of student behaviour, our school is currently installing a data base of all student behaviour that is deemed inappropriate. Teachers will use this data base to identify patterns of behaviour, communicate with parents about the nature of their child’s behaviour and as a record for other future references.

Notes:
§ Children should have a clear understanding of what behaviour is expected of them. This should be appropriate to their age level and should develop as they progress through school.
§ It is important that teachers articulate that students have a choice. If they choose not to obey legitimate rules, they are choosing a disciplinary consequence - it’s their choice.

Severe Clause
§ A student may be removed from class or the school grounds immediately if they endanger the safety of others or become abusive and aggressive towards the teacher. Teachers must immediately follow up all removed students with the Principal or Assistant Principal as soon as possible and have a Significant Incident Report completed.

§ Teachers should send for the Principal or Assistant Principal via the Red Card rather than absent themselves from any incident. In the event of the Principal or Assistant Principal being absent, the staff member should call on another staff member to provide supervision assistance.

Playground:

Low level:

A. Disrespect, Insolence and Disobedience.

Respect will be shown to all adults and visitors. All rules must be obeyed.

B. Wrestling, Swearing, 'Put-downs', Throwing missiles, Spitting, 
This type of behaviour is unnecessary, antisocial and will not be tolerated.

C. Staying within the School Boundaries.

Children are not permitted outside the boundaries without permission at any time,
or inside school buildings unless supervised by a teacher.

Low Level: Action to be taken
1. Name and misdemeanor recorded in Yard Duty folder
2. Walk & talk – counsel initially.
3. Restorative action – Sorry for…, I will try to……, I could have…….,
4. Time out of yard if required.

Extreme:

D. Respect for School Property, Property of Others, Bullying, Fighting, Vandalism and Theft, Violation of privacy by personal contact and other anti-social behaviour.

We all have a right to feel safe and to expect that our property is protected. 
Behaviour which contradicts this premise will not be tolerated. We encourage valuable items not to be brought to school.

Extreme: Action to be taken
1. Removal from area where incident occurred
2. Sent to Principal
3. Cooling off period if needed. Likely detention procedures.
4. Counselling
5. Parent contacted
6. Suspension process if felt warranted. (In or Out of school suspension)

Play areas:

* The front lawn is for passive recreation - no ball games.

* The front Basketball Court area is for small ball games (not football or cricket). Running is limited to organised/supervised Basketball games.

* Back Netball courts: Large balls are not to be kicked on these courts at recess or lunch time.

* Oval: All games, including football.

* Play Equipment: These have temporary arrangements or rules imposed as the need arises.

* Care of the Environment: Bins will be used for all litter. Care will be taken of gardens and trees.

* Eating is to be confined to classroom court yards and seats on the front lawn area after buying from the canteen. Students cannot eat in areas not serviced by a bin.


Consequences for breaking these rules:

A warning will be recorded for first offence. Detention Slips and the Behavior Recovery - 4 W’s Task (see page 11) will then be issued for second and third violations of rules if they occur within five days. The slips must be taken home, the school section signed by the parent/guardian, and returned to school on the following day.

The Detention Slip and the Behavior Recovery - 4 W’s Task must be presented to the teacher on detention duty. If the slip is not returned the detention time will be increased the following day and parents notified. A record of children's names and number of misdemeanors will be kept on the sheets in the duty folder. It will be renewed weekly and kept in a file.

Weekly

1st violation - Warning and appropriate task at teacher's discretion.
2nd violation - Detention Slip and 4W’s Task sheet. 15 minutes detention isolation/withdrawal
3rd violation - Detention Slip and 4W’s Task sheet. Parent notification and 30 minutes detention - withdraw privileges.
4th violation - Parent/teacher conference - Principal.
Subsequent offences - suspension procedures initiated if appropriate.


Suspension Process.
Suspension is a serious disciplinary measure and should normally only be used when other measures have not produced a satisfactory response.
A suspension process at our school will be conducted in line with the procedures as outlined in the ‘Student Discipline Procedures 1994.’

In general:
i) The Principal or senior staff member in charge is to make the decision and take all appropriate steps.
ii) The parent will be notified in writing of the times of, and reason for, the suspension.
iii) Opportunity will be provided for the parent to discuss the matter with the Principal and if necessary, teacher concerned.
iv) An appropriate support process will be aimed for in order to enable a positive
re-entry for the child.

Suspension is a serious exercise - there must be a strong basis (of proof) for an action to be taken.

Expulsion Process.
Authority for this process to occur rests with the Principal. This power cannot be delegated to any other person at the school level.
Implementation of this process will occur in line with the procedures outlined in the ‘Student Discipline Procedures 1994.’
Except in the most unusual and extreme circumstances, expulsion will only be used after other relevant forms of behaviour management outlined in the school’s ‘Code of Conduct’ have been exhausted.

Role of individual staff members.
Staff need to be consistent with their approach to issues:
i) all incidents reported to teachers should be seen as valid and investigated.
ii) children should receive positive reinforcement for doing the right thing. (Catch them being good.)
iii) staff should avoid physical contact with students unless in their opinion a pupil needs to be restrained to avoid damage or injury to the student, teacher, other students or property.
iv) completion of Significant Incident Reports.
v) participation in interviews with parents.
vi) the class teacher in liaison with the Principal will implement further action:
- notification of parents by phone or note.
- arranging an interview.
- implementing the outcomes of the meeting.

Role of Parents and children.
In conjunction with this policy statement, an ‘Overview’ of the ‘Student Code of Conduct’ will be prepared to assist families in considering this program using ‘jargon free’ language.
The following process will be followed in relation to the Overview:
i) At the beginning of each year the class teacher will discuss the class and whole school rules.
ii) Children will take their ‘Overview’ booklet home for discussion with parents.
iii) Students must return the overview of the ‘Student Code of Conduct’ agreement to school with parents and student signature.

School rules:

A. Behavioural rules
· All children are expected to be courteous and considerate towards all other children and other adults
· All children must show care and respect for property, whether it be their own, that of
others or of the school

B. Safety rules
· All children and parents crossing Mead and Sampson Street should use the school crossing
· Playthings which can be seen as dangerous or frightening are not to be used – this includes such things as sticks, guns, hard balls and skateboards
· Any accident which cause injury should be reported to the duty teacher

C. Clothing rules:
· Children must not wear outside footwear into the building. Slippers or socks should be worn. Bare feet or thongs are not acceptable. Shoes are to be worn outside at all times.
· The wearing of school uniform is mandatory. Refer to School Uniform policy. All items of clothing should be clearly named
· The only earrings permitted are sleepers or studs. No other piercing apparel is permitted

D. Grounds and building rules:
· Climbing on trees, buildings and fences is expressly forbidden
· Children must eat in their own courtyard or in the Canteen eating area. The courtyards are ‘safety zones’ for each class where quiet activities are encouraged
· Running or playing with balls under the verandah is not permitted – kicking games, involving balls of any type, is confined to the oval
· Children must not be inside the school building unless under the supervision of a teacher
· Bicycles should be stored in the bike shed, after being walked along the path. Children are not to ride or interfere with the bicycles inside the school ground
· The car park should only be used by parents during school time if there are special recognized needs. At all times the ‘Emergency Access Ramp’ is to be left vacant
· Dangerous activities at the teachers discretion
· Damage of school property may be paid by parents, if the Principal deems necessary

E. General rules:
· Chewing / bubble gum is not permitted at school
· Persons wishing to have an interview with a teacher need to make an appointment
· Sign the visitors book
· Mobile phones are not allowed at school

 

School Profile

Cohuna is a beautiful country town situated 65km west of Echuca. The town is in a farming area and provides many sporting and recreational facilities for its residents.

The school services the town, with a population of 2200, and its surrounding district. 

Cohuna Consolidated School is one of three schools in the town and has a student population of 150 students. Together with St Mary’s Catholic School we form the feeder schools to Cohuna Secondary College. The school’s provides high quality, challenging and progressive education. The school is extremely committed to providing students with comprehensive education that caters for the academic, social, physical and emotional development of all students. There is a strong focus on English and Mathematics while providing quality learning in all Victorian Framework areas. Many extra curricula activities are provided for students including sporting events, camps/excursions, spelling competitions, public speaking and a whole school swimming program.

The school has a dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced staff that prioritise student learning as their main focus.

The school building is of a unique design; it consists of sixteen modern, flexible and open classrooms. It also has a Library, Art room, Multi-purpose room and canteen. The school is well resourced and is surrounded by spacious, well maintained playgrounds.

The school is well served by an active Parents’ Club and School Council. Parents and the wider community are very enthusiastic in their praise of the school. It is well regarded and enjoys good support amongst all sections of the community. It is intended that this will continue, with the school reinforcing commonly held values and preparing the children for further education and life.

The Community

Cohuna is a picturesque and vibrant country town of 2200 people. It is situated between the towns of Kerang and Echuca on the Murray Valley highway. Cohuna is the gateway to the Gunbower State Forest and Gunbower National Park which are a mecca for people camping, fishing, canoeing, bush walking and bird watching. The parks showcase the mighty Murray River. Closer to town water-skiing is popular on the Gunbower Creek which flows through the town.

The district’s industry centres on irrigated dairy farming with high tech irrigation solutions and dairy farming being the major employers. The town has a hospital, 5 doctor medical clinic, Community Health Centre, Maternal and Child Health Centre and kindergarten. The busy commercial hub has all facilities including 3 banks and a well catered shopping centre. There are 2 primary schools and a secondary school.

Sport enthusiasts are well catered for with football, netball, cricket, tennis, golf, bowls, swimming, little aths, basketball, squash and clay target shooting clubs. Culturally the town has a dance school, and art gallery as well as a very active Lion’s Club, Progress Association and Neighbourhood House.

Cohuna offers an exciting rural lifestyle with all facilities whilst being 3 hours to Melbourne, 1.5 hours to Bendigo and 40 minutes to the cafes, restaurants and theatres of Echuca.

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Click here to view the lastest Cohuna Consolidated School Annual Report

 

School Goals

Our school sets out to provide programs and opportunities which will assist children to:

- grow and develop in a happy atmosphere, and learn to have respect for themselves and their peers.

- acquire, and successfully develop, the basic skills of literacy and numeracy which in turn will enable them to be truly independent in their search for knowledge and understanding.

- relate successfully to other children and adults, so that they show courtesy and consideration to all members of their community.

- develop their creativity and imagination so that they may contribute to, and be appreciative of, their own culture, and the cultures of other societies.

- become self-disciplined and responsible individuals.


Curriculum

Parents are advised that there are Policy Statements relating to the education of the children. They are generally known as the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) documents. Our school programs are reviewed regularly to ensure that they meet the objectives of the VELS. They are lengthy documents and statements, but are available from the general office for parent perusal.

School Hours

Our children are “in school” from:
8.50am - 10.50am
11.10am - 1.10pm
2.10pm - 3.10pm 


Uniform

The wearing of uniform is compulsory.
Our uniform consists of many different styles and choices with the main colours being dark green, white and grey. As our school is a Sun Smart School the wearing of a hat/cap will be enforced during Terms 1 and 4.
New and second-hand uniform items are available through the Parents' Club Uniform Shop as well as art smocks and library bags. School Bags available from Ross Bateman Menswear.
We require that all clothing be clearly and permanently named as un-named articles are often unclaimed - causing great inconvenience as well as financial loss to parents.
Lost property will be placed on pegs near Room 8. Unclaimed articles are donated to charity each term. Uniform items are washed and resold as secondhand clothing.


Lunches

Juniors (Prep-2) eat lunch under teacher supervision from 1.05 pm.
Seniors eat under teacher supervision from 1.10 pm.
Under normal circumstances, food is eaten in the verandah or courtyard areas outside each classroom, so that carpets can be kept clean. On days of extreme weather conditions, lunch will be taken in the multi-purpose room, which has a vinyl floor.


Canteen

Canteen Manager - Fiona Smith & Tanya Black
Canteen Phone Number - 03 54 562121 (This is a separate line - the General Office cannot connect
you)
-All parents are expected to take turns to assist with Canteen Duty, the roster is published in full with reminders on the weekly Newsletter. There are various shift options to suit different people.
-Lunches are available each day except Wednesdays and on special occasions, of
which notice will be given. The Canteen may also be closed at some stage, if we are unable to raise enough voluntary assistance.
- Orders should be written on lunch bags with the NAME and GRADE of the child CLEARLY written on the bag.
- Price changes, and menu changes, are made known via the school's newsletter.
- The canteen has `summer' and `winter' menus, as well as monthly ‘Specials’.
- Canteen is run strictly on a cash basis - no credit is given.
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Absences

When your child has been absent, it is necessary for you to submit an absence form,
explaining the reason for the absence. This is a legal requirement for our Attendance Rolls.
Absence forms are available from the office.
Bus absences are to be listed on the Bus Board outside General Office.


Curriculum Days

The Government allows schools to conduct curriculum/planning and reporting days each year. Planning programs and studying new or different ideas is the purpose of these days. The number of them varies from time to time, but is usually four.
The first three school days are allocated state-wide as curriculum days. Students will not attend the first three days of school. 
Attendance of students is not required, and parents will be given plenty of advance notice, so that arrangements may be made for the care of your children. We try to ensure that as many days as possible coincide with those chosen by the Secondary College and/or St. Mary's P. S.
School Council is also able to grant one holiday per year, to coincide with the local government gazetted holiday, or, if there is no such day, on a day requested by the majority of staff.


Bus Travellers

Currently eight buses convey children to our school. To be eligible for free travel by school bus to our school, children must reside a minimum of 4.8 Km. from their nearest school. If that school is ours, or another school which does not have a bus service to it, they can legitimately catch a bus to Cohuna Consolidated School. If you live closer than 4.8 Km. to another school your child should attend there or be a fee paying traveller to our school. Students living closer than 4.8 Km. to our school can be granted permission to travel here if there is spare seating on the bus. New travellers must apply at Cohuna Secondary College for permission to travel on the buses.
At 3.10 pm. each day, bus travellers assemble at the front of the school in their respective bus lines and names are checked off on a roll. Bus rolls are marked by monitors both morning and afternoon and children leaving school in any other way, must place their names in the appropriate space on the master bus roll outside the main office.
We have Bus Captains who help us manage behaviour on the buses. Students receive one warning for bad behaviour on the bus and are suspended from travel for a period, the second time they misbehave. Our drivers must concentrate on their driving, so we ask parents to help encourage sensible behaviour.


Bike Travellers

In line with Government Legislation, children riding their bikes to school must wear their helmets at all times and provision will be made for storage of helmets in the classroom during school hours if needed.
The Victorian Bike Education Committee recommends that CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 9,
DON'T RIDE UNSUPERVISED. Our school takes the opportunity to develop road safety awareness etc., at a number of levels, through the Bike Education Policy and Program.


Student Requirements

A list of student requirements will be given to parents prior to the beginning of the school year. This will list any extra items that need to be provided to the school for your child's use. These items include an art smock and a library bag.


Discipline Policy

It is anticipated that this Discipline Policy will provide guidelines to all relevant groups - students, staff and parents, regarding appropriate codes of conduct, that will permit our school to function successfully.

We aim to adopt a positive approach, and to develop an environment in which students, staff, parents and the community can interact in a constructive, harmonious and caring manner.
To successfully achieve this aim, we need to establish co-operation and understanding between the teacher and the child. The relationships which are developed in the classroom are of paramount importance.

Furthermore, the contributions made by parents in supporting the broad aims of the school and the more specific objectives of the classroom, cannot be over emphasized. They are valuable indeed, and must be fostered.

We believe that it is possible to achieve an atmosphere in the school, where people are treated with care and consideration, and where all members of the school community avoid behaviour which may harm themselves or others. Our plan is to make this possible.

Harmful behaviour includes all actions which may cause:-
a. Disruption to the smooth running of the school
b. Mental and/or physical harm to self or others
c. Damage and/or interference to property

In order to provide a school situation which prevents the above from occurring, it is necessary to establish rules. In this document we concern ourselves with those areas over which we have some control.

1. The use of positive reinforcement in the program.
2. Behaviour and discipline within the classroom.
3. Behaviour and discipline outside the classroom.
4. School Rules.
5. The administration of Time-Out and Detention.

This revision of our Discipline Policy continues to use the elements of Positive Reinforcement. It attempts to make use of a better monitoring system for ensuring that the consequences of misbehaviour are applied fairly and consistently in the majority of cases. Use of the Detention Slip system, and strong support from parents, is central to the success of this process which aims to improve the environment for all students.

Health Issues

We are not equipped nor qualified to be a medical centre, and our sick-bay is only a holding area until a child may be given to the parent, the parent's emergency contact, or the medical authorities. However, when there are times that children need to be medicated, the medication with strict and clear instructions, must be left at the main office please. Sanitary supplies are kept at school for girls who commence menstruation during the school day.

Our school is a Sun Smart School and we conduct a positive campaign to encourage children to wear suitable headgear during the summer period. We believe that ALL children should wear hats and sunscreen. Duty Staff set the example as they patrol the grounds. This issue is a very important one, and alternatives to play, if children do not have the necessary protection, will be enforced.

Children of all ages are likely to be in contact with head lice at some stage. Parents should
thoroughly examine the hair of children at least once or twice weekly for eggs (they are small and
stuck to the hair) or the adult lice. If you find nits or lice please keep your child at home until treated.



School Council

In March of each year, half the parent-elected members of the Council will retire, so it is possible that an election will be held. The council consists of 8 parent-elected members (who must be parents of children enrolled at the school), one member nominated by Parents' Club (annually), another one year co-opted person and 4 members elected by the staff. The Principal is also a member.
The Council has ever-broadening responsibilities and is responsible for many decisions regarding the buildings and grounds, the financial management of the school, and the curriculum. Much of the curriculum responsibility may be delegated to the Principal and staff, but the Council still bears
ultimate responsibility for the functioning of the school.
The President of the Council, or any of its members, will always be ready to listen to any problem which may cause a parent concern. Normally however, it is suggested that problems be outlined to the Principal, who may well be able to resolve them immediately.
The School Council is important to the education of your child. You should give serious thought to whether you might serve as a member for one or more terms. We meet on the second Monday of the month, and for a minimum of eight meetings during the year. The Council has sub-committees based on the School Charter Goals - Curriculum, Management and Accountability, Resources and Environment. 

The 2012 School Council office bearers are as follows:
President- 
Vice President- 
Secretary-
Treasurer- 
Executive Officer-


Parents' Club

The Parents' Club has a number of objectives/responsibilities, which include:
- organising the School Uniform Shop.
- providing an opportunity for the social introduction of new parents to the school community.
- enabling parents to learn about the operation of the school and the management of its resources.
- being a vehicle through which parents may find ways and places in which they can help the school in its many tasks.
- raising funds to supplement Government funding and improve the teaching/learning facilities available to the children.
- providing a forum in which parents may express concerns, ask questions, and obtain answers - generally from the Principal who attends Parents' Club meetings whenever possible, for that purpose.
Parents' Club meetings are advertised in the newsletter and we would love to see some new faces!

The 2012 Parents' Club office bearers are as follows:
President- 
Vice President- 
Secretary- 
Treasurer- 
School Council Representative-


Sport

An intensive Swimming Program operates and the success of this is very reliant on assistance from parents. It is not possible for the school to keep group sizes within the guidelines without your help.
Furthermore, parents who take up the challenge to be Austswim trained are in great demand. We will pay for the training if you agree to help us in our program.
Annual Athletic Sports and a Cross Country Event will be held.
Regular P.E. and Sports sessions are held for all classes in the school. Parents should be aware of these sessions so that children come properly prepared. Non-participation requires a note from parents.
We are also members of a number of Primary School Sports Organisations. This enables individual students to test their sporting abilities in more competitive company and develops a strong team spirit amongst those who represent the school in team games. In past years our students have done very well at various levels, up to and including the Australian Championships, a level reached by two of our students.
Parents who are particularly interested and/or gifted in particular sports may like to offer themselves for sports days - we are always looking for new sports and people who can help us bring those sports to our students.



Other information

All of this information as well as other important details are contained in our Parent Information Manual. This document can be downloaded by clicking here
We can also post a copy of the Parent Information Manual to you.


Staff and Classes for 2016

 

 

School Strategic Plan

Cohuna Consolidated School must provide a comprehensive education for all students, which enables them to achieve their academic, social, and physical potential. The school is committed to instilling high expectations, and believes all students will learn and grow in self-confidence and esteem.
Our school strategic plan for 2006-2008 is outlined in full by downloading this document:


The school Annual Implementation Plan can also be downloaded by clicking on the following link:



Camps and excursions

AIM:
To provide a planned series of educational experiences designed to enable children to mix socially with their peers and to extend their understanding of the world about them.
To provide a springboard for a wide range of activities.

BROAD GUIDELINES:
*Regular camps and excursions should provide:
*Planning and pre-excursion activities;
*Broadening experiences;
*Stimulation of further learning;
*Opportunity for community and family involvement;
*Children to experience different life styles and environments;
*Promotion of follow up activities;
*The opportunity to develop independence;

IMPLEMENTATION:
General
Each child should be provided with the opportunity to participate in camps, excursions or sleep-overs.
Specific
Prep: BBQ tea with parents / teachers, local day excursions(s).
Grade 1: Indoor sleepover, local day excursion(s).
Grade 2: Tent sleepover in local area, local day excursion(s)
Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 can visit such places as Kyabram Fauna Park, Echuca, Swan Hill and Wetlander etc. on a rotational basis.
Grade 3 and 4: Local / Day excursions and / or overnight stays to a maximum of 4 nights per year.
Alternate excursions to Melbourne and an outdoor camp at Corop.
Grade 5 and 6: Local/Day excursions, overnight camps and/or one extended excursion to a maximum of 5 nights.
Alternate excusions to Canberra and Ballarat (Sovereign Hill)
Now that the school consists of 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 teaching groups the camping and excursions policy will need to be applied on two year rotation.

High quality, challenging and progressive education

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Cohuna Consolidated School provides high quality, challenging and progressive education. The school is extremely committed to providing students with comprehensive education that caters for the academic, social, physical and emotional development of all students. There is a strong focus on English and Mathematics while providing quality learning in all Victorian Framework areas.

Many extra curricula activities are provided for students including sporting events, camps/excursions, spelling competitions, public speaking and a whole school swimming program.

The school has a dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced staff that prioritise student learning as their main focus. 

The school building is of a unique design; it consists of sixteen modern, flexible and open classrooms. It also has a Library, Art room, Multi-purpose room and canteen. The school is well resourced and is surrounded by spacious, well maintained playgrounds.

The school is well served by an active Parents’ Club and School Council. Parents and the wider community are very enthusiastic in their praise of the school. It is well regarded and enjoys good support amongst all sections of the community.

It is intended that this will continue, with the school reinforcing commonly held values and preparing the children for further education and life.

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