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Orange Public School Directory

Welcome to Orange Public School
A most sincere and friendly welcome to Orange Public School, the oldest school in this increasingly diverse city and one with many fine traditions. We have a highly experienced staff who are committed to providing our students with continued opportunities to achieve their personal best in all fields of endeavour OPS occupies two separate sites with our Infants Department situated in Anson Street, (between Torpy and Moulder Streets) and the Primary Department on the corner of Sale and Kite Streets. This separation enables us to run two smaller, more personal campuses and we believe this is beneficial to our students. An ‘open door’ policy prevails at OPS as we believe a positive home and school partnership enhances the effectiveness and valuing of learning. We look forward to seeing you. Kind regards,

John Webb
Principal

SCHOOL EXECUTIVE & ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
PRINCIPAL: DEPUTY PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS: Mr John Webb Ms Anne Drummond Mrs Glenda Pickering Mr Duncan Peard (Primary) Mrs Leanne Dixon (Primary) Mrs Julie Carr (Infants Relieving) Mrs Lynne Wilson (Infants)

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER Mrs Denise Piper SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS Primary Mrs Marilyn Hetherington Mrs Lorraine Napier (Library) Infants Mrs Gay Dillon

PHONE NUMBERS: FAX NUMBERS: EMAIL:

Infants Primary Infants Primary

6362 1992 6362 6369 6361 8496 6361 7923

orange-p.school@det.nsw.edu

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About Our School
We are so pleased to welcome you to our school where we hope you will learn well, make friends and be happy. SCHOOL HOURS
School commences at 9.10am and finishes at 3.10pm each day. Morning Recess is from 11.10am to 11.35am. Students eat lunch with their class group from 12.55 to 1.05pm. The lunch break ends at 1.55pm.

8.30am - 3.30pm The Infants office is closed between 12 noon and 1pm. Infants phone lines are re-directed to the Primary site during this time. We do ask that with the exception of early bus travellers, children do not arrive at school before 8.45am, as there is no supervision prior to this time.

OFFICE HOURS

9.10am - 3.00pm (Term 1) 9.10am - 3.10pm (Terms 2 to 4) Parents are invited to take Kindergarten children directly to their classroom for the first 2 weeks to help with settling into school, however it is important that you then separate. The children can be collected at the Torpy Street gate where they will be directly supervised by their own teacher. This is to enable a safer establishment of home time routines for the children and parents. We ask that Kindergarten children DO NOT catch a school bus for Term 1 as this can be very overwhelming for young children.

KINDERGARTEN

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Shared Values
The staff and parents of Orange Public School believe that students grow as individuals and as members of the community when their work reflects the traditional values which provide cohesion for our community. The following core values underpin the policies, programs and practices of our school community. INTEGRITY
Loyalty Honesty Truth

EXCELLENCE
Personal best Lifelong Learning Acknowledgement of effort

RESPECT
For self and others Property, law and environment Courtesy

RESPONSIBILITY
Being accountable for actions Positive role models Sensible choices

CO-OPERATION
Tolerance

PARTICIPATION
Contribution Pride Pro-active

Working together

CARE
Empathy Compassion Nurturing

FAIRNESS
Social Justice Honesty Equity

DEMOCRACY
Rights & Responsibilities Freedoms Citizenship, Inclusion, Acceptance

Responsible Contributing Members of Society

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School Services
CANTEEN
The school has a canteen which operates daily under the direction of a Supervisor. A group of parents assist in this work on a voluntary basis and a roster is drawn up each term. If you are willing to help in this way, please advise the Canteen Supervisor. A price list of goods is distributed periodically during the year.

CLOTHING POOL
A Clothing Pool operated by the P&C, has good quality second hand uniforms for sale at reasonable prices. Uniforms which are no longer required can be sold through the Clothing Pool. A small commission is charged. The Clothing Pool is situated at the end of the Year 3 corridor and is open on:

Monday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

BUSES
All children who wish to use bus transport to and from school need to apply for a bus pass from the Department of Transport. Applications are available from the office. Buses from most areas of Orange service Orange Public School. Infants: All children are eligible for a bus pass which entitles them to free bus travel. Bus arrivals and departures are from the Anson Street gate. Primary: Children living more than 1.6 kilometres from School are eligible for a bus pass which entitles them to free bus travel to their place of residence. Bus arrivals and departures are from both the Kite and Sale Street entrances.

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About Our School
COLLECTING CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL
If you need to collect your child from school during the day for any reason, please call to the Office to fill in an “Early Release Form”. All children travelling home on a bus will go directly to their bus line each day. Should you want to collect your child instead of him / her travelling on the bus on a particular day, please see the teacher on duty and collect your child from the line. If your children are not collected prior to the arrival of the bus, they will be put on the bus as usual. For any change to the normal routine, please notify your child’s teacher in writing. Please do not at any time double park your car, park in a bus zone or across a driveway as this is a fineable offence and very dangerous. A 5 minute only drop off bay exists at the Infants Site on the school side of Torpy Street, from the corner to the entrance gate.

CHILDREN ARRIVING LATE TO SCHOOL Children arriving at school after 9.10a.m. must come to the front office (accompanied by parent/carer) to complete a late note before going to the classroom.

VOLUNTEERS AND PARENTS VISITING THE SCHOOL Any volunteers or parents who enter the school grounds, need to report to the Office to sign a visitors / volunteers book and collect an identification badge.

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About Our School
PHOTOGRAPHS Each year, class groups are photographed as well as individual or family group photos as requested by parents. Sporting teams, cultural groups or individuals who represent the school are also photographed. These photos are available for purchase by parents.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Anglican, Baptist, Catholic and Uniting Church clergy and lay people combine to instruct the children in non-denominational classes. Students stay in their home class for Scripture lessons each Wednesday. Non-denominational school services are held at Easter and Christmas. Buddhist lessons are also provided. If you do not wish your child to attend Religious Education lessons, please notify the school in writing and your child will be supervised in another room by a class teacher. BOOK CLUB The opportunity to purchase good quality children’s literature is available through Ashton Scholastic Book Club service. Information flyers on what’s available are issued twice a term. Orders, with payment, should be placed in an envelope and returned to the school office.

CHARITIES The main charity OPS supports is Stewart House. This charity is supported by staff and students of NSW State Schools. Stewart House is a holiday house for children who really need a break for health, economic or emotional reasons. We also support many other charities on a regular basis and some when a particular need arises. Charity appeal days follow a variety of themes to create and maintain student interest and input.

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About Our School
SENIOR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL (SRC)
At the end of each year, candidates for the position of Senior SRC are nominated from the Year 5 classes. A final twenty four candidates are selected by grade peers. An election is held and twelve representatives are elected by the students. These twelve (six girls and six boys), then meet and elect the school captains and vicecaptains. They hold their positions for twelve months in which time they stand as student models and assist in organisational matters.

STUDENT COUNCIL (Primary)
Senior SRC are of course automatic members of the Student Council along with two elected members from each class within the school. Other children may attend Student Council meetings as an observer. The Council meets regularly with the Teacher Facilitator and the agenda comes from matters raised in classes or the Council meeting.

ASSEMBLIES
Infants: Each week grade assemblies are held at the Infants School. In Year 2 leadership is encouraged where classes take turns to organize and run the assembly and share items of work and perform for their peers. At all grade assemblies achievements are celebrated in the form of merit awards. Positive behaviour is recognised with a class visit for a week by the grade mascot. Children take part in group singing, news of upcoming events is given and school values and rules are reinforced. Each week a K-2 assembly is held where special mention is made of important issues relating to Infants school, the flag is raised and the National Anthem is sung. Primary: Each week there are formal assemblies, for the Junior Primary and Senior Primary school. The national anthem and school song are both sung at these assemblies and the school prayer is said. Often a class will share with their peers a unit of work they are doing through reading, music or drama. Parents are most welcome to attend these weekly assemblies. Children who have gained courtesy or citizenship points for the week are recognised, while those who have progressed a stage with “Take It To The Top” are awarded their certificates of recognition as are children who have gained their reading awards. News of upcoming events and recognition for good sportsmanship is given.

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Traditions
“Armaleka”, our school magazine, is compiled in Term 4 each year. All children have an opportunity to have written or drawn work published in “Armaleka”. The name comes from the first two letters of each of our Sporting Houses. The Armaleka magazine has been published annually since 1970. It provides a record of events in the life of the OPS community and reflects our achievements in the academic, cultural, artistic, social and sporting areas. “Armaleka” is a great momento for all students.

ARMALEKA

Our first K-2 performance of the year is the Easter Hat Parade. The children make their Easter Hats at home and wear them for the parade. Parents and carers are invited to attend as the children also perform a dance that they have learnt.

EASTER HAT PARADE (Infants)

END OF YEAR PRESENTATIONS

Christmas Concert and Presentation Assembly (Infants): The end of each year is celebrated with a Christmas concert performed by the students. The children are visited by Santa who collects gifts from the “Giving Tree” to distribute to needy children in the community. Year 2 awards are presented to a boy and girl, elected by their peers, for Courtesy and Citizenship. Grandparents and parents are invited to attend this end of year concert and presentation where each student receives a certificate from their teacher to congratulate the children for their efforts throughout the year. This event is a memorable culmination of the children’s school year. Presentation Night (Primary): Our Annual Presentation Night is the culmination of our school year. Outstanding achievements by individuals and groups within the school are recognised and celebrated. Presentation Night is held at the Orange Function Centre and is attended by students, parents, staff and friends. Many of the awards given are presented by ex-students who return especially for this occasion.

YEAR 2 FAREWELL

There has been a long standing tradition for the Year 2 teachers to farewell our Year 2 students from our K-2 site. The Year 2 students play party games, dance and share party food. They cut a special cake to celebrate the next step in their school life.

YEAR 6 FAREWELL

There has been a long standing tradition at OPS to formally farewell the graduating Year 6 students. The farewell is a formal meal for all of the graduating students, followed by a social to which Year 5 is invited. Both events are hosted by the parents and students of Year 5. While our Year 6 students celebrate the end of their primary school days, the Year 5 students look forward to receiving the leadership roles in our school.
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Health
GOOD HEALTH IS VITAL TO SCHOOL PROGRESS
Immunisation is a wonderful safeguard to health and we suggest that you consult your doctor concerning protection against diphtheria, whooping cough, poliomyelitis, tetanus, measles and mumps. It is probable that at some time during your child’s school career he/she will contract one of the common diseases of childhood as listed below:

• Measles: Exclude for 5 days from appearance of the rash until a medical
certificate of recovery is produced.

• German Measles (Rubella): Exclude for 4 days from appearance of rash. • Whooping Cough: Exclude for 3 weeks from the onset of the whoop; except
that the period of exclusion may be less than 3 weeks if there is no whoop and a medical certificate is produced.

• Mumps: Exclude for 1 week from onset of swelling.
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• Chicken Pox: Exclude for 5 days after the first spots appear. • Ringworm: Exclude until all evidence of the disease has disappeared or a
medical certificate is produced stating that lesions are inactive.

• Impetigo (School Sores): Exclude only if on exposed surfaces, such as scalp,
face, hands and legs.

• Infectious Hepatitis: Re-admit on receipt of a medical certificate of recovery. • Scabies: Exclude until all evidence of disease has disappeared or a medical
certificate is produced stating that the treatment has been successful.

• Acute Conjunctivitis: Exclude until discharge from the eyes has ceased. • Pediculosis (Head Lice): Treatment to be carried out at home with
appropriate solutions from Pharmacist.

ABSENCES

If your child is absent from school for any reason, you are required to notify the school with an explanation. If you wish to verbally inform the school of your child’s absence, please call the school office on the morning of the absence. If notification is being made after the absence date, a note needs to be sent to the class teacher stating the child’s christian and surname, date of and reason for the absence. We ask that parents also print their name as well as adding their signature to the letter. From the NSW Department of School Education: “All children starting Kindergarten are required to provide an immunisation certificate, a record of your child’s immunisation status.” Speak to your doctor about immunisation.
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Student Health and Welfare
MEDICATION
If children are required to take prescribed medication at school, an Indemnity Form (available at the school office) must be completed to allow office staff to administer medication to your child. The medication is to be clearly labelled and placed in the original pharmaceutical container and left at the School Office. Only medications prescribed by a doctor can be administered.

FIRST AID ROOM
Children who are injured will be given First Aid assistance by the School Staff at school. Parents will be notified if their child needs to be taken home or requires further medical assistance. If your child is sick at school, parents will be contacted to collect them.

STUDENT ASSISTANCE SCHEME
Some funding is provided to schools under the above scheme to assist parents who find themselves in financial difficulty when money is needed for their child/children to participate in activities at school. The school can provide part assistance for the purchase of class equipment, school workbooks, school uniforms and can assist with excursions. The money is limited and is allocated on an annual basis so parents need to complete an application form which can be obtained from the office at either site.

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Student Welfare
Infants: Within the Infants Department we emphasise and recognise positive behaviour. Children are presented with yellow merit certificates to celebrate achievement. These are published in the school newsletter. When the children have 4 awards they receive a Bronze certificate, with 4 more merit awards they receive a Silver award, with another 4 merit awards they receive a Gold award. A large white certificate is presented for 4 more merit awards with many of our students reaching this stage in Year 2. Orange playground awards are presented for positive playground behaviour such as being a caring friend, co-operation, looking after the playground, following school rules and honesty. To support children with their behaviour, children might attend the activity skills room at lunch time to practise positive play and sharing in a secure and supervised environment. Behaviour is monitored by teachers, and students whose behaviour is at risk are identified and supported by the School Counsellor and/or School Executive. Parents are notified if issues are ongoing or compromises the safety of themselves or others. We encourage positive choices by the children as well as consequences for their actions. Primary: Within the Primary Department heavy emphasis is placed on the recognition of positive behaviour and positive support for students unable to display appropriate behaviour at all times. Take It To The Top, a positive behavioural reinforcement program, resulted from a great deal of consultation between various groups throughout the school community. It focuses on the positive aspects of behaviour and allows children to progress through a series of 6 stages with appropriate awards being given at each stage. Awards. At the weekly assembly, each Primary Class receives 2 citizenship and 2 courtesy awards.

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

Our school currently provides a wide range of student support services. The school counsellor is available to assist with individual assessment, counselling and assistance with individual programs. Our support teachers assist with children from Non-English speaking backgrounds, those with hearing or vision difficulties, children with learning difficulties or children with language difficulties. There is a special education unit, catering for children who are experiencing language or learning difficulties. We have a number of Teachers’ Aides (Special) who assist these children. An outline of all support personnel available to the school and an explanation of the Support Plan for children experiencing difficulties can be found in the ‘Fair Discipline Code’.
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Uniforms
ORANGE PUBLIC SCHOOL UNIFORM
GIRLS:
Summer • Royal blue and white checked dress with royal blue tie at collar. Black shoes and white socks. Winter • Navy tunic, white blouse, blue and gold tie, navy jumper with blue and gold bands, black shoes, white socks or navy tights. Navy slacks may be worn in place of tunic, but jeans are not permitted. Sport • Royal blue perma-pleat skirt or royal blue rugby shorts, gold knit polo shirt, royal blue and gold socks with four gold stripes, footwear appropriate to the sport being played. Royal blue track suit with school logo during winter if desired.

BOYS:

Summer • Grey shorts, grey short sleeved shirt, grey socks with blue and gold bands and black shoes. Winter • Grey shorts or long trousers, long sleeved grey shirt, navy jumper with blue and gold bands, blue and gold tie and black shoes. Sport Royal blue shorts or royal blue rugby shorts, gold knit polo shirt, royal blue socks with four gold stripes and footwear appropriate to the sport being played. Royal blue tracksuit with school logo during winter if desired.
Parents are strongly advised to have all articles of clothing clearly labelled. Lost property is kept in front office. Unlabelled clothing is sent to the Clothing Pool each fortnight.

Optional for all children: • zip fronted jacket with school logo • Royal blue polar fleece 1/2 zip jumper. Students MUST wear a broad brimmed hat (no caps). Hats with the school logo are available at most of the uniform shops in town.
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School Pride
School Motto ‘Deeds Not Words’

School Song
We’re proud of the fact that to Orange we go, To add something more to whatever we know, Lasting friendships will follow and help us to grow As people of courage with something to show.
Orange Public School is the best one ‘tis true; Let’s always remember ‘Deeds Not Words’ And may our motto guide us whatever we do.

We’re decked out in colours of bright blue and gold, To show we are proud of the name we uphold, Let’s go on into life, wise young men, women too, With something to offer in things we can do.

SCHOOL PRAYER
This is our school Let peace dwell here, Let the rooms be full of contentment, Let love abide here. Love of one another, Love of mankind, Love of life itself, And love of God. Let us remember That as many hands build a house, So many hearts make a school. Amen

SCHOOL PLEDGE
I pledge myself, To honour my school; To respect and obey my teachers; To keep school rules and To be a worthy school citizen at all times I will do my very best, To help our school Live up to its motto ‘Deeds Not Words’.

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School Rules
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Always do as the teacher says. Keep your hands and feet to yourself. Stop, look and listen when you hear the bell. Stay out of the classroom unless with a teacher. Walk on the cement and play safely. Stay in bounds. Be kind to others. It is not wise for children to bring expensive or precious toys to school (unless requested for instructional purposes by the teacher, who in such circumstances would supervise their use) as they can be easily mislaid. No responsibility will be taken by staff for such possessions which are lost or broken at school. Children with pierced ears are requested to wear studs only.

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Informing Parents
PARENTS AND CITIZENS
Orange Public School has a committed and enthusiastic P&C Association which meets on the first Monday of each month at 7.30pm, alternating between the Infants and Primary sites. Parents, as partners in education, are encouraged through P&C to play an active role in the education of their children.

NEWSLETTER
This Kindergarten to Year 6 publication is distributed via the youngest students each Wednesday and informs parents of happenings within the school, requests assistance, congratulates community members and advertises worthwhile community activities. It is our “lifeline” to our parents.

PARENTAL CONTRIBUTION Over the years, parents have generously supported the school by making an annual contribution which is used to purchased school resources that we would otherwise not be able to provide your children. School Contributions are set at $10.00 per student per term for Terms 2, 3 & 4.

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Informing Parents
REPORTING STUDENT PROGRESS The School reposts are currently being revised to comply with the expectations of the Federal and State Governments. All reports except Kinder, are being set up to report to the word equivalent of the A to E scale—i.e. Outstanding, High, Sound, Basic and Limited. The 206 Semester 2 report will be the first stage in us achieving the requirements. Interviews with teachers are planned following the distribution of the first report. They can also be arranged at any time during the year simply by making an appointment with your child’s teacher.

INFORMATION EVENINGS These are held early in Term 1 at which parents and care providers are made aware of grade and class requirements and are given an outline of the year’s program.

BASIC SKILLS TESTS These are completed by students in Years 3 and 5. The tests cover aspects of literacy and numeracy and parents receive an individual report outlining their child’s results. At the same time, the test results, individually and collectively, provide valuable information for the school.

OUR ANNUAL SCHOOL REPORT This provides parents and members of the wider community with information about our activities and performance. This document is sent home towards the end of Term 1 of the following year with the youngest student from each family.

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Special Programs
CATERING FOR INDIVIDUALS An extensive sports program including participation in: • State Knockout Competitions in a wide range of sports (Primary) • Bands (Primary) • Excursions and local visits • Competitions • Choirs • Public speaking (Primary) • School Shows (Every second year) • Debating—Stage 3 Primary

EXCURSIONS These visits into the wider community, support the school’s educational program by offering first hand experiences. The places of interest and activities vary from grade to grade. Examples include:
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Year 5 go to Canberra for a 2 day excursion Year 6 enjoy a five day Sport and Recreation Camp at Point Wolstoncroft (on the shores of Lake Macquarie).

Many excursions are free as our central location permits us to walk to venues such as the Regional Art Gallery, the City Library and various other points of interest.

RELIEF FROM FACE TO FACE TEACHING
Teachers in public schools are released from teaching for 2 hours a week. During this time they are able to prepare lessons, mark student work, participate in interviews and discussions with parents / care providers and work on school projects. Weekly lessons in the Library and Computer lab are provided for students during this time.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES
Each class receives 1 hour of instruction per week from specialist teachers in our computer room. Each classroom is equipped with two networked computers with internet access which help teachers integrate ICT fully across all Key Learning Areas. Interactive Whiteboards are used in Stage 3 teaching and learning activities and will be introduced across all stages as more become available.

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Special Programs
BAND (Primary) The school band contains woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard sections. Tuition is provided and regular performances are given. Instruments may be hired locally or from the school which has a small number of mainly brass instruments for hire. The band program has grown greatly over the years and now has approximately 120 participants each year.

CHOIRS Choir is available to our students with regular performances inside and outside of school.

THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS Orange Public School has an outstanding record in programs for children which provide a strong foundation in the Arts. The historic Sir Henry Parkes Centre (Primary Site 1880) was refurbished in 1992 and features an Assembly Hall, a carpeted area for drama, dance or art and a computer lab. The restoration of this area has confirmed the schools’ commitment to the arts, resulting in a dramatic rise in the standards achieved by students. The Primary school students have the opportunity to perform in competitive and non-competitive events in Choral, Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts, at local, state and occasionally international levels.
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The Learning Environment
CURRICULUM
The compulsory syllabus areas or Key Learning Areas are listed below with their major strands. English • Talking and Listening • Writing in its many forms which includes story-writing, communicating instructions, expressing opinions and promoting ideas; • Reading for pleasure, information and mastering the required decoding skills. Mathematics • Number - the facts and their application in solving problems. • Measurement - of length, liquids and heaviness and the use of calculators. • Space and Geometry - shapes and their relationship to one another. • Data– collecting, representing, analysing and evaluating information. • Patterns and Algebra - numbers, patterns and number relationships. Science and Technology • Including computer skills. Human Society and Its Environment • Studies of our society and that of other cultures Creative and Practical Arts • Including the visual arts of art and craft and the performing arts of drama, dance and music. Personal Development, Health and Physical Eduation Which includes hygiene, safety and child protection.

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The Learning Environment
Infants: The Infants Library is located near the playground. The children come to the library for one hour per week, where they are allowed to borrow one book as long as they bring their library bag. During this time, the children develop early library skills relating to all aspects of the library. Older children develop early research skills in preparation for their primary years. There is a wide selection of both fiction and non-fiction books available and the children always manage to find reading material that they really enjoy! The Infants Library is a valuable and integral part of a child’s early years at Orange Public School. Primary: We have an extensive library which is on the first floor above the Administration area. It features a full-time librarian and significant clerical backup. The Reading/Reference Room can be separated from the main open-space area by a soundproof partition if required. Formal weekly lessons develop in the students confidence to access books, magazines, pictures and the like for recreational reading or gathering information. It is clearly divided into Junior and Senior Fiction and Non-Fiction and Reference areas to mirror standard library practice, thus preparing the students for their future. In the borrowing and catalogue systems, barcoding and computers have brought the facilities in line with current technology. Everyone finds material to their taste with approximately 30 000 items available for borrowing. CD Rom computers are also available in the library. Among the programs available on these are encyclopedias . The children and staff have access to the Internet through computers in the library. COMPUTER LAB Classroom machines are mostly iMac DV and eMac machines. These computers have Apple’s iLife suite for managing digital content (ie: photos, movies and music). It also has several applications to help develop mathematical concepts and skills, age-appropriate literacy development applications, graphic and sound editing applications and web publishing tools. Each student has a personal web site on the school’s intranet where they are able to showcase their work. Our two networks are served by a dual processor Xserve (with RAID 5 1Tb capacity) at the Kite Street site and a G5 2.1Ghz PPC iMac at the Torpy Street site. There is also a Linux-based SENTRAL server which provides backup services, OASIS Library and Administration enquiries across the network, a behaviour support database (RISC), web-based reporting module (Easy School Reports), web-based calendar and local caching/filtering of internet services.

THE LIBRARY

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Sport
INFANTS: In the Infants School emphasis is on the development of the fundamental skills of movement including hopping, skipping, running, jumping, throwing, catching and kicking. Minor games are also promoted in sport sessions with modified T-Ball, soccer, hockey, cricket and touch football as well as group games to practice skills. Intensive 10 day swimming lessons are offered to non-swimmers in Year 2 as part of the Department of Education Learn to Swim program. An Infants sports day is held in term 4, where children march in their house colours. The emphasis for the carnival is on participation with all children receiving an award for their efforts. Fitness programs operate 3 days a week and promote activity through walking, aerobics, skipping and relays. Children are able to borrow class sports equipment for use in the playground to encourage group play and active participation during playtime. PRIMARY: OPS has a strong sporting tradition. All students participate in sport which is held weekly on Friday in two separate sessions, Juniors (Years 3&4) and Seniors (Years 5&6). Children participate in sports such as volleyball, netball, touch, Aussie Rules, soccer, basketball, athletics, netball, T-ball and cricket. The program incorporates a mixture of skills and games. The students compete in three sporting carnivals over the year. House colours are worn, banners are made and chants created. The house spirit is very strong on these occasions. The Swimming Carnival is held in Term 1. The Athletics Carnival is held early in the year and the Annual Cross Country run is held mid year. The school travels to Macquarie Woods for this event. OPS enters teams in many Primary Schools Sport Association Knockout Competitions including netball, basketball, hockey, soccer, cricket, softball, rugby league, touch football and tennis. We also participate in Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country competitions. OPS enjoys great success in all these competitions, with qualified and motivated staff members guiding teams and individuals in their chosen sports. OPS has many Western Region Representatives each year and an impressive range of Western Region Championship titles in its keeping.
SCHOOL SPORTING HOUSES There are four houses in our school: • Arunta Green • Kawana Blue • Leawarra Yellow • Maranoa Red

There is a keenly contested competition among the houses to see who can amass the most house points each year. The winning house receives the shield at Presentation Night. House points are given as an incentive to children and weekly progress scores are given at assemblies. This system creates great team spirit.
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Starting School
What you can do to help when your child he / she starts school.

Children only come to school six hours a day and the home is still a major place where children learn. Encourage your child in all he / she sets out to do. Research has proved beyond doubt that a home where there is love, interest and continuing encouragement, does more for the child’s educational progress than any other factor. Try to get up early enough to give your child a calm and ordered start to the day. Remember, a good breakfast is essential to help your child learn and concentrate throughout the morning. Don’t worry about your child’s apparent lack of progress by comparison with the neighbour’s children. If you have the slightest concern or worry see your child’s teacher or the Deputy Principal to seek help and advice. Take care not to be over critical of your child and don’t destroy confidence by belittling his / her efforts. Always find something in which your child can succeed and so help him/her to be unafraid of attempting something new. Always give plenty of encouragement and praise for effort. Make every effort to attend school meetings arranged for parents.

THINGS TO REMEMBER
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Smile Be Kind Have good manners Help others Be a good friend Take care of own and othersí belongings Respect other children, parents and teachers

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Ready For School
Mother! Father! What you can do to help…

Talk to your child about school, where he / she will meet new friends, play games, sing, read, draw, write and make things. Teach your child how to put on and do up shoes. Buy clothes that are large enough to manage. The buttons and buttonholes should be large. Coats and pullovers should have large loops so that they are easy to hang up. Clearly label all possessions your child will take to school—e.g. raincoat, lunch box, drink bottle, school bag etc. Give your child some simple duties around the home. This will help foster confidence in the performance of small tasks. Allow your child to stay with relatives or friends for short periods so that he / she will accept the fact that it is not always possible to be with parents. Encourage your child by admiring their work when it is brought home. Give paintings and handiwork a place of honour for a few days at least. Select suitable stories, picture books, radio and television programs for your child. Help your child to come to school with a good command of language. Talk to your child and listen when your child talks to you. Read to your child daily and enjoy nursery rhymes and songs with them.

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Does Your Child:

Know his / her name, address and phone number well enough to repeat them when necessary? Make his / her needs known? Know the safest way to and from school? Know that hands should be washed before meals and after visiting the toilet? Know how to use and flush the toilet without assistance? Put away playthings and materials after using them? Put on jumper, shoes, raincoat?
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