Policies & Publications
It is an ACT Government regulation that all children attending schools in the ACT be immunised. The school is obliged to formally collect from parents, duly completed forms that verify immunisation. Where parents object to immunisation, a formal letter indicating this objection must be provided. In such cases, the ACT Health Department will be notified about your child's lack of immunisation. In the event of a contagious illness being reported at school, children without the appropriate vaccinations will be excluded from school. We strongly urge all families to fully immunise their school age children.
The School Medical Service visits the school each year. Only Kindergarten will receive a thorough medical screening. Other children will be seen on request. After consultation with parents any child with a specific need is referred to appropriate specialist services.
Accidents and Illness
Every care is taken to make sure that children are attended to in the event of an accident. Minor accidents, cuts and bruises are treated by staff who are first aid trained. Any bumps to the head are treated and the parents are contacted. Parents are also contacted where the injury is considered to be of a more serious nature. In the event that a serious accident occurs, parents are immediately contacted and, if necessary, medical attention is sought. The school will, in extreme circumstances, ring directly for an ambulance whether the parents can be contacted or not. Parents should note: it is Ambulance Service policy to provide free transportation for any accident occurring on the school grounds or on a school excursion within the ACT.
Any child who becomes ill at school is taken to the sick room and parents or emergency contacts will be called. This highlights the importance of having Information Cards up to date.
A dental service is available through the School Dental Program of the ACT Health Department. You can access this Dental Service by ringing the Tuggeranong Dental Clinic on 6205 2768 for appointments. A membership fee is payable for this service, and appointments are necessary.
The school aims to work with parents with the management of those children who have a severe form of allergic reaction to certain triggers, which is life threatening if not treated immediately.
The school understands that it must take reasonable steps to promote the health of students at risk of severe allergic reactions including arranging emergency care when it is needed.
CatholicCare and the Catholic Education Office provide the school with a Counsellor on a regular basis. The Counsellor will be available to parents, pupils and teachers who seek advice or help for the emotional, social and educational well being of pupils. Parents may request an interview with the Counsellor, whilst teachers may at times refer pupils to the Counsellor with parent permission. As a general rule, all parents are contacted before their child sees the Counsellor. This service is a positive aspect of the school community. Before contact with the Counsellor can be arranged, parents are requested to contact the office for a referral to be returned to the Principal.