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School Information Booklets
For detailed information about life at Balwyn Primary School, please click on our How to Get Around Balwyn link.
For detailed information for new students starting Foundation in 2017 please click on Foundation Information Booklet link.
As of Monday 2 October, all Balwyn Primary School uniform can be purchased from Bob Stewart in Kew.
Bob Stewart of Kew, 203-207 High Street, Kew, 3101 (Phone 9853 8429, Fax: 9853 0432, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Open: Monday to Thursday (8am -6pm), Friday (8am-7pm), Saturday (8am-5pm)
We do suggest that you take your child down to the store to utilise their change rooms and try on garments.
Out of School Hours Care
Balwyn Primary School offers two forms of Out of School Hours Care – an After School Program and a Before School Program. All programs are open to students of Balwyn Primary School only and are operated by Camp Australia (Ph: 1300 105 343). A variety of both indoor and outdoor activities is offered to cater for children’s individual needs and interests. Facilities are also available for children to complete homework assignments. Outside School Hours Care welcomes children from 7.15 am – 8.45 am and 3.30 pm – 6.15 pm. Please register your child online.
Balwyn Primary School has subscribed to “Parenting Ideas”, an online subscription focusing on developing your child’s confidence, character and resilience.
Parenting Ideas is written by Michael Grose, the author of 8 parenting books who has an education background, he holds a Master of Educational Studies with research into what makes healthy families tick. He has conducted over 1,500 parenting seminars over the last two decades.
Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)
The CSEF will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance will be paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
The annual CSEF amount per primary student is $125.
Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from www.education.vic.gov.au/csef
For more information about the CSEF visit www.educationa.vic.gov.au/csef
Parents will be advised if head lice is present in their child’s classroom. If you would like information regarding the treatment and management of head lice please copy and paste the following address into your web browser:http://www.health.vic.gov.au/headlice/index.htm
BPS Head Lice Policy is below.
INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND CONDITIONS
If your child contracts an infectious disease, he/she must be kept home for the time indicated below:
- Amoebiasis (Entamoeba histolytica) – Until diarrhoea has ceased.
- Campylobacter – Until diarrhoea has ceased.
- Chickenpox – Until fully recovered or for at least 5 days after the eruption first appears. Note that some remaining scabs are not a reason for continued exclusion.
- Conjunctivitis – Until discharge from eyes has ceased.
- Cytomegalovirus Infection (CMV) – Exclusion not necessary.
- Diarrhoea – Until diarrhoea has ceased or until medical certificate of recovery is produced.
- Diphtheria – Until medical certificate of recovery is received following at least two negative throat swabs, the first not less than 24 hours after finishing a course of antibiotics and the other 48 hours later.
- Glandular Fever (mononucleosis) – Exclusion not necessary.
- Hand, Foot and Mouth disease – Until all blisters have dried.
- Haemophilus type b (Hib) – Until a medical certificate of recovery is received.
- Hepatitis A – Until a medical certificate of recovery is received, but not before 7 days after the onset of jaundice or illness.
- Hepatitis B – Exclusion is not necessary.
- Hepatitis C – Exclusion is not necessary.
- Herpes (‘cold sores’) – Young children unable to comply with good hygiene practices should be excluded while the lesion is weeping. Lesions to be covered by dressing, where possible.
- Hookworm – Exclusion is not necessary.
- Human immuno-deficiency virus infection (HIV/AIDS virus) – Exclusion is not necessary unless the child has a secondary infection.
- Impetigo (school sores) – Until appropriate treatment has commenced. Sores on exposed surfaces must be covered with a watertight dressing.
- Influenza and influenza like illnesses – Until well.
- Leprosy – Until approval to return has been given by the Secretary.
- Measles – Until at least 4 days after onset of rash.
- Meningitis (bacteria) – Until well.
- Meningococcal infection – Until adequate carrier eradication therapy has been completed.
- Molluscum contagiosum – Exclusion not necessary.
- Mumps – Exclude for 9 days or until swelling goes down (whichever is sooner).
- Parvovirus (erythema infectiousum fifth disease) – Exclusion not necessary.
- Poliomyelitis – Until at least 14 days from onset. Re-admit after receiving medical certificate of recovery.
- Ringworm, scabies, pediculosis (head lice) – Re-admit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.
- Rubella (german measles) – Until fully recovered or for at least four days after the onset of rash.
- Salmonella, Shigella – Until diarrhoea ceases.
- Streptococcal infection (inc. scarlet fever) e.g. tonsillitis – Until the child has received antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours and the child feels well.
- Trachoma – Re-admit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced
- Tuberculosis – Until receipt of a medical certificate from the treating physician stating that the child is not considered to be infectious.
- Typhoid fever (inc. paratyphoid fever) – Until approval to return has been given by the Secretary.
- Whooping cough – Exclude the child for 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment.
- Worms (intestinal) – Exclude if diarrhoea present.
Student Accident Insurance Arrangements
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not provide personal accident insurance for students.
Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs.
Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.