Permission slips for excursions!

Important Information ~ Return of Permission Notes!

We are finding that parents are increasingly returning permission slips after the due date, and on many occasions on the actual day of the camp or excursion.  In some cases, we have had to telephone parents on the day of the excursion to chase up a permission note.  This is not only time consuming for us, it also makes it very difficult to adequately cater for any additional student needs on the camp or excursion (illnesses, medications etc.).  For this reason, we will no longer accept permission notes which have been returned after the due date.
Permission notes for camps must be returned at least 5 days prior to the camp.  
Permission notes for excursions must be returned at least 3 days before the excursion.  
If the permission note is not returned on time, the student will not be able to attend the camp or excursion.  Please help us out by returning permission notes on time.

The No.1 bus from Ballina

Blanch’s No.1 bus from Ballina

Byron Council posted the following roadworks notice on their site yesterday regarding Broken Head Rd reconstruction, which will see one lane traffic conditions from next Monday 14 March 2016, extending for a 8-week period to 24 May 2016.  Students are advised that there could be additional delays with both the morning and afternoon school to Ballina route.

http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/road-works/2016/03/14/broken-head-road-reconstruction-works

Phil Blanch has communicated to the school that to address the existing delays with the morning bus No.1 they will be adding an extra bus No.15 shortly.  More details will be communicated to the students and parents of regular users of this service shortly, but this may or may not alleviate the schedule during the Broken Head upgrade. They are hoping that one lane traffic may be beneficial to the buses traffic flow, but we shall see!

Communication

We love communicating with parents – it’s how we best work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning journey.  Please help us out by using the correct form of communication.  If you need to speak to a teacher, the best option is to call reception and ask to make an appointment.  Alternatively you could email the teacher (preferably through our reception email address  reception@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.  Please do not contact the teachers by calling or texting their mobile phones.  Our teachers work hard and they do need to have a home life away from work – phone calls and text messages disturb this time and are not helpful to good communication.

Privacy Reminder

It is wonderful when parents and friends come to school events and many parents love to take photos of their children at these events to remember the occasion and share with family and friends.  Whilst sharing photos of your own child is your own choice, sharing photos of other children without their parents’ permission is a breach of privacy.  For this reason, we ask that parents who take photos of children other than their own at school events do not share the photos on social media (Facebook, Instagram etc.) or on any other website or sharing platform.

Communication

We love communicating with parents – it’s how we best work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning journey.  Please help us out by using the correct form of communication.  If you need to speak to a teacher, the best option is to call reception and ask to make an appointment.  Alternatively you could email the teacher (preferably through our reception email address  reception@capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.  Please do not contact the teachers by calling or texting their mobile phones.  Our teachers work hard and they do need to have a home life away from work – phone calls and text messages disturb this time and are not helpful to good communication.

Drop-off and Pick-up Reminder

Just a gentle reminder when dropping off or picking up children that this is to happen from the bottom car-park.  No children should be dropped off or picked up from the top car park as this is a school bus zone.

Car Park Dust

Dust in the bottom car park has become an issue in this dry weather. We have been working on a solution to this and will be installing a sprinkler system within the next 10 days.  It may take a little while to fine tune this system, however we hope to have an immediate reduction to the level of dust once the system has been installed.  In the meantime, please take care to drive slowly in the car park.  Thank you for your patience whilst we try to find the best solution.

Lost Property

Small items that are handed in to Reception, are on display in the Reception window.  Two single keys were found in the car park on Thursday, they are now in the Reception window :)

Warm Regards,

Felicity

Permission slips for excursions

Permission slips for excursions MUST  be received two days prior to an excursion, not on the morning of the excursion, or students will not be allowed to go.  Receiving permission slips on the morning of the excursion creates unnecessary stress for all involved, and can hold up the departure time. 

Time for Payment Plans to be finalised

Thank you to all parents for your patience during the implementation of our new system for generating and sending statements for school fees.  Yes, we experienced a few teething problems, but the overall the process went well.  Fees for Term 1 are due by 26 February, so please make payment if you have not already done so.  If you plan to make payments on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, you need to inform Julia of your payment plan by 26 February.

Reminders

  • Please no dogs allowed on school grounds.
  • Please drop your children off in the bottom carpark only.  No drop offs in the top carpark, it is too dangerous.