New Students

We warmly welcome the following new students and their families to our School Community.

Dress Code Reminder

We have a relatively simple and straight forward dress code across the school. This is designed to ensure our students are comfortable, safe and can learn and play with ease. Details of the dress code can be found on the school website here.

Some important things to consider include:

Primary School – tops should be plain, single colour (no patterns, designs or logos please). Please make sure children wearing dresses or skirts where shorts, bike shorts or leggings as well. Shoes must be worn at school.

High School – shoulders must be covered (straps must be at least a hand width wide), midriffs must be covered and shorts and skirts must not be too short. Shoes must be worn at school.

Your assistance in ensuring your children are dressed appropriately for school is most appreciated.

 

CBRSS CANTEEN- How can I help?

To register your interest to work in the canteen for 2018 please email Amanda directly amandaeade55@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Active kids program – apply for $100 voucher

The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids program.

From 31 January 2018, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a $100 voucher per calendar year for each student enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.

For more information and to apply please visit their website here

Snapchat….we have a problem

https://www.safeonsocial.com/

If you have allowed your primary school student or young teen a snapchat account, here’s something you need to be aware of.

One of the search functions of Snapchat is providing too much information about their users. If the location services for the app are turned on a very concerning security problem is revealed.

Snapchat has a very clever user retention strategy behind it. They lured in a whole generation based on the fact that their snaps would disappear after a short amount of time, so it became a second language for teenagers. A large percentage of kids say they use Snapchat because their parents don’t. Also, if you turn off location services for snapchat you start to disable some of the photo filters so kids won’t turn off location services for Snapchat.

And there lies a BIG personal privacy and security issue that you and your children are not aware of and should be.

Enter a school name or a suburb into the search feature on Snapchat and the app will deliver to you all of posts being made in proximity to the location. It will also suggest other schools (with other Snapchat account holders). Often this list will include the names of account holder, and provides the individual searching locations with the option to add the account holder to their contacts.

This raises two issues.

It provides evidence that numbers of students are using snapchat in and around school – often in defiance of the schools’ mobile devices usage policy.

2. Complete strangers are able to target your child’s Snapchat profile, using the school they attend as a way to find them. This issue is particularly disturbing.

Consider this possible scenario if you are not concerned by this information.

A predator doesn’t know the names or other regular locations of children attending any of the schools in the area that they may be, but simply by searching the school name in the Snapchat search feature, they are able to find regular users of Snapchat at these schools that are close to them.

Courtesy of Snapchat they are now able to add the accounts of any child they find, and may now happily follow their snaps, record or screen shot them……and watch for other locations that appear regularly in a child’s Snapchat feed, such as their home or regular place for sporting activity. They can also interact with the child through their account, and become “friends” with them on any other social media account.

What can you do to minimize risk?

Respect the age restrictions of 13+
Build trust with your child by explaining why you insist the account be set to private.
Ensure that Ghost Mode is enabled on the Snap Map, so account holder information is hidden.
Turn the location services for the app off on the device.
Regularly review with your child who interacts with their account.
Ask your child to respect the schools mobile phone policy.

If you have any questions please get in touch:

wecanhelp@safeonsocial.com

Kind regards,

Kirra

Important re Bus passes

This is a reminder regarding students who need to re-apply for School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) travel in 2018

Students who hold an School Student Transport Scheme entitlement and are changing grade bands i.e. going from year 2 to 3 or year 6 to 7 and changing school, and students whose entitlement was approved under a medical condition, should have received notification by email or post informing them of the pending expiry of their entitlement. Term Buss Pass holders will have also received notification.

Students enquiring about a pending cancellation should be advised to go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails to update their details or apply for next year’s entitlement. Students changing residential address will also need to go online to update their information.

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2017 to ensure students’ entitlements are updated and their current card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2017, the system will automatically cancel their card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students who do not need to re-apply:

Students who are changing grade band and are remaining at the same school and same residential address will not receive notification and do not need to reapply. The system now automatically validates a student’s on-going eligibility if they’re at the same school and going from infants to primary or primary to secondary. Where a student meets the new eligibility the system will automatically update their entitlement and card.

Students in the Opal network applying for an SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out during the 3rd week of January 2018.

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their new travel pass at the commencement of the new school year in 2018. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students should check with their operator for more information.

Advent & Hanukkah stories

Some lovely stories for Advent and Hanukkah by Eugene Schwartz available by following this link.

 

 

Reminder re Special General Meeting of the Association

Members of the CBRSS Association are invited to a short Special General Meeting of the Association to be held in the Library at school on Tuesday 5th December at 5 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to pass a number of resolutions which are required to enable the change from an Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee. An invitation was sent to Members, with details of the resolutions, on 10th November. For further information please contact Nerrida at the school.

Illness and Emergency – Please Help Us Out

There have been a number of bugs and lurgies doing the round this semester. When a child presents to the office as being unwell, our First Aid staff will often make the assessment that the child should go home (any child with vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature or flue like symptoms will be sent home). When this is the case, we do ask that you come as soon as possible to pick up your child. It is not pleasant for a sick child to have to wait around in our busy sick-bay and it increases the risk of infecting other children or staff. If you are unable to pick your child up, we ask that you organise another person to come and get your child.

We are also finding that we have quite a number of families where there are no emergency contact details listed on our system, or the emergency contact details are out of date and no longer working. We are now asking all parents to please log into the parent portal and check to make sure we have emergency contact details for your child. If you are new to the area or don’t have anyone you feel you can list as an emergency contact, please contact Margaret in the office to discuss this and we will do our best to help you find some solutions. Please note that it is an absolute requirement of enrolment (and in your child’s best interests) that we have up-to-date emergency contact details on file.

Treatment of Ticks at School

As per current advice of best practice, our current treatment for a child presenting for First Aid with a tick is to kill the tick using ether spray (applied to the tick). If you do not wish us to use this treatment method with your child, could you please log into the parent portal and update your child’s medical information to provide clear details regarding this.

 

We Plan to Celebrate – Can You Help?

Next year we will be celebrating the school’s 30th birthday. We are planning some wonderful celebration events, but need some help to do this. If you would like to help out with organising the celebration, please contact Jacquie at the school. We will meet at the beginning of Term 1 to start the planning. Any time or skills you have to offer would be much appreciated.

Keeping our Children Safe

The space in front of the main footbridge from our car park is a no parking zone. Please do not park in this space as it is the main entry into our school and needs to be kept clear. When this space is clear of cars, drivers in the car park have a much better chance of seeing pedestrians entering the car park. Thank you for helping us to make our car park a safer zone for pedestrians.

Driving to School – a Moral Issue

Every day a large number of staff, parents and students drive to school. As we all negotiate the road on the way in and the car park, we have a number of decisions to make. We can choose to drive with care; slowing down, paying close attention to other traffic and pedestrians and trying to assess risks at all times, or we can just stay focused on our aim to get there, get to work on time, get the children dropped off or on whatever other thoughts, concerns or worries may be on our mind.

When we choose to drive to school, we have a moral responsibility to take care. The safety of our children is a responsibility for all of us, something which should impact on the driving decisions we make.

Please, when you are bringing your children to school, drive slowly and carefully, park properly in the designated spaces and walk your children into the school grounds. Please park carefully, leaving space for other cars and yield to pedestrians wherever possible.

Let’s make safety a shared responsibility.

 

Are you planning a move at the end of the year? Please let us know……

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As a courtesy we would like to remind you of the following in regards to withdrawal of students from CBRSS:

As per the School’s Enrolment & Fee Policies:

  • The school commits substantial resources to the education of each child and the whole school community development. Therefore when a child leaves, there is a significant impact on the school both financially and communally. For a student to be withdrawn from school once he/she has commenced at CBRSS i.e. for parents to end the enrolment contract, the School requires one term’s notice. Parents and guardians must inform and submit a Student Withdrawal Form one term in advance if they intend to withdraw their child from the school and end the enrolment contract. If no such notification is received a Withdrawal Fee of one term’s fees from the date of notification will be charged. If a student withdraws part way through a term, having given one term’s notice, tuition fees and consolidated charges will be charged on a pro-rata weekly basis; for the purpose of this clause a part week is considered a full week.

School policies can be found on our website here

The Student Withdrawal form can be found on our website here

If you require assistance with completing this form or would like to discuss your options please contact the Enrolments Officer Yvette. Email: enrolments@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au  Phone: 02 6639 9302.