Parent Handbook 2017


Sawyers Valley Primary School aims to:-
Create and foster an environment where students become independent learners, enabling them to take responsible control of their lives and contribute meaningfully to society.


Mission Statement
School Staff 2017
Vision Statement
Access To Staff & Classrooms
Art Exhibition
Behaviour Expectations
Book Club
Bushfire Information
Charges Schedule
Complaints Management
Composite Classes
Cross Grade Activities
Dancing Classes
Dental Clinic
Dress Code
First Aid
Hair Care
Holidays (Extended)
Illness Or Accident
Incursions Program
Leadership Program
Leaving School Grounds Early
Library Resource Centre
Lost Property
Money Collection
Swimming Lessons
Parent And Citizens Association
Parent Involvement
Pastoral Care Program
Reporting To Parents
School Chaplain
School Choir
School Council
School Of Instrumental Music (IMMS)
School Priorities
Sawyers Valley School Song
School Map
School Terms 2017
School Times (Except Thursday)
Smoke Free Zone
Special Educational Needs
Sports Equipment
Students At Educational Risk

Dear parents

Welcome to Sawyers Valley Primary School. You and your family are now valued members of our school community. This folder will provide you with an easy reference on our school’s policies and procedures. Please read it carefully and discuss its contents with your family.

At Sawyers Valley Primary School we have provided a high quality of primary school education for over 125 years to help prepare our youth to become successful Australian citizens. The school environment is supportive and friendly with students, staff and parents working together to build high self-esteem and to achieve the best learning outcomes for all children. At this school it is our wish that children can learn in a caring environment where they will develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially in a happy atmosphere of cooperation with staff and other children. It is recognised that your cooperation and support, always a strong feature of the school, are fundamental to this process.

Starting in a new school is a time of excitement and also an anxious time for children. We are here to assist your child in whatever way we can, so if you have any questions or issues please contact us. 

The Western Australian Curriculum gives valuable research information to parents and staff that focuses on the understanding of developmental learning and the tremendous variation in children’s’ ability levels. For example, the developmental range in a group of 6-year-old students can be more than 3 years and this can increase with time. Children are given equal consideration with respect to educational opportunity but this does not mean that they should all be exposed to the same education but rather to programs that take into account the aptitude of each individual. Individual intervention programs are therefore developed in conjunction with parents, teachers and children to assist with learning needs and likewise, programs are offered to those children who have special talents and abilities through extension groupings.

Learning experiences are planned according to the Western Australian Curriculum and adjusted according to our knowledge of each child and how they learn. Assessment is carried out through The National Assessment Program (NAP) encompasses tests endorsed by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) including the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and three-yearly sample assessments in science literacy, civics and citizenship, and ICT literacy in conjunction with classroom and individual assessment conducted by the teacher according to the child’s individualised developmental rate and style of learning.

The teachers at this school recognise the important part that parents play in the education of their children and the assessment and reporting process is ongoing and continuous.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and other aspects of the schools operation with you and trust that you and your child/ren will enjoy your time with us at Sawyers Valley Primary School.

Fiona Collopy – Principal                                                 Erik Stanton-Clements- Chair, School Board

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K/ PP – Room 3                                 Mrs Tonya Wood
K/ PP – Room 2                                 Mrs Carey Stewart / Ms Danielle Murphy
PP/ Y1 – Room 1                               Mrs Kym Little
Y1/ 2 – Room 4                                 Mrs Helen Addison/ Mrs Caroline Garcia
Y 3 – Room 6                                    Ms Lucy Blair
Y 4/ 5 – Room 5                                Mrs Alison Charman/ Mrs Melissa Jones
Y 5/ 6 – Room 7                                Mrs Sheelagh Dennis/ Mrs Sharon Humphreys

Visual Arts                                        Mrs Sheelagh Dennis

Performing Arts                                Mrs Kimberley Shaw

Physical Education                           Mrs Alison Charman

Digital Technologies                         Mr Andrew Johnston


Room 1 – Mrs Denise Winsor/Mrs Hayley Wood
Room 2 – Mrs Vanessa Bowen/Mrs Danae Warden
Room 3 – Mrs Kim Holmes
Room 4 – Mrs Caroline Evans/Mrs Marilyn O’Hare/Mrs Sarah Harrison
Room 5 – Ms Sarah Harrison/Mrs Marilyn O’Hare
Room 6 – Mrs Caroline Evans/Mrs Sarah Newton/Mrs Jenny Ewen/Mrs Sarah Harrison
Room 7 – Mrs Margaret Cassidy


Principal                                   Ms Fiona Collopy
Deputy Principal                       Mr Andrew Johnston
Manager Corporate Services    Mrs Lyn Liddle
School Officer                            Ms Di Brown
Library Officer                            Mrs Glenys Holling
Gardener                                   Mrs Fiona Kent

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A voluntary contribution of $60 per student is requested as set in the School Education Regulations 2000. Where families have more than one child at a school, a discount will apply for the second child to be $55, and the contributions for each child thereafter will be $50.

  • Art / Craft Levy for Kindy and Pre-Primary Students of $25

These rates are set by the School Board each year. Contributions This can be paid at the office by cheque or cash.


you are welcome to pay via bank transfer into our Bendigo Bank account in Mundaring.

Account Name: Sawyers Valley Primary School
BSB: 633-000
Account Number: 150617231 

Please ensure you put your family name in the reference / description area when making your payment so we know who has made a payment.

You are also very welcome to pay in instalments.

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Sawyers Valley Primary School aims to create and foster an environment where students become independent learners, enabling them to take responsible control of their lives and contribute meaningfully to society.


Respect for the needs and potential of every child is at the heart of our school’s work. We believe that each person brings something unique and worthwhile to the table and we work to preserve dignity and to foster mutual respect of others’ opinions and beliefs.

We are a community and actively engage with our ‘village’ and wider community in order to build a sense of self that includes and attends to the wellbeing of others. We show compassion and care for our students, staff, our parents and our environment. Our school community grows and develops together.

We all share the responsibility for students’ wellbeing and learning. We act responsibly and are committed to our role as stewards of our community and environment.

We believe that effective two-way communication is central to successful problem solving. We value the partnerships we create with open and transparent communication. We help our children learn to build healthy relationships with their peers and community. We encourage our children to work in collaboration and partnership to achieve success as a team.

We celebrate individuality and uniqueness and recognise that each of us is one-of-a-kind and acknowledge each other’s strengths. We recognise and value the many varied ways in which we can learn and make sense of our world. We offer a range of experiences so that each child can succeed and discover their strengths. We embrace students’ interests and individual strengths and foster a passion for learning.

We value authenticity and integrity and endeavour to do what is honest and right for our community, others and our own selves. We see ourselves in relation to our environment and seek to preserve the principles of fairness: everyone receiving what they need, rather than all receiving the same.

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It is parental responsibility to ensure that the school has written information from parents if children are absent from school under the Education and Care Services Act 2012. The only acceptable reasons for absence are illness or medical/dental appointments, which cannot be arranged outside school hours. The school has an obligation to record and report on student absences to the Education Department.

The Education Department School Welfare officers will investigate frequent unexplained absences or late arrivals.

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Parents can meet with teachers before or after school but not after 8.50am as teachers have classroom responsibilities. It is best to make an appointment to ensure the teacher is available. Please note that children are only to enter classrooms if teacher is present.  Classrooms are open from 8.30am each morning.

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Traditionally the school holds an annual or biennial art exhibition in Term 4 in the Visual and Performing Arts Centre. The children work hard to display their work, which covers a multitude of genres. Parents are welcome to view the work both during the day and evening. Information regarding the Art Exhibition format will be sent home prior to the event. 


Fabulous Portraits

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Parent assemblies are rostered over the year for each class and mostly occur every two or three weeks on Fridays. These commence promptly at 9.00am. Year 6 student leaders set up the P.A. equipment and prepare the area for seating. There are long mats laid out for the students to sit on, older students at the back and PP/Kindy students at the front. The focus of this assembly is to celebrate student learning.

Each class will lead one assembly during the year, although other classes may also share work of which they are especially proud. Merit certificates are presented by the principal at parent assemblies. These may be presented to two or three students per class with some from specialist teachers, such as Performing Arts, Japanese etc.  Aussie of the Month awards are awarded to one or two students each month who have displayed exceptional citizenship.  The Aussie of the Month is presented by School Board members.

ASSEMBLIES – Operational

Special Operational assemblies occur for all classes on Mondays at 10.10am.  These assemblies allow opportunity for new behaviours to be introduced from the school’s Expected Student Behaviour Matrix.  Student leaders and staff are involved in role plays to introduce each fortnight’s focus behaviours and then these are followed up in each class over the week.  Each other fortnight during this assembly there is a SPIN OFF where six students, drawn from a raffle of Faction Points, spin the wheel and choose a reward for their positive behaviour. This is a very popular time for our students!


Department of Education Policy

The Education and Care Services Act 2012 requires that students attend the school on site or an educational program of the school elsewhere as directed by the principal.

The parents of a child who is enrolled in a school are responsible under the Act for ensuring their child is attending on a daily basis.

The Education and Care Services Act 2012 requires parents to ensure that children of compulsory school age attend school on each day that the school is open for instruction. If children are absent from school, a parent or responsible person must provide the school with an acceptable explanation within three days of the absence.

Consistent attendance and participation at school are essential factors in achieving social and academic learning achievements.

Although public schools offer non-compulsory schooling for Kindergarten, regular school attendance is important because it gives children the building blocks for future success. Students who regularly miss days of school are at risk of experiencing learning difficulties and vital concept building as well as socialisation skills.

School processes

  • Students should not arrive before 8.30am unless they are in the care of Camp Australia.
  • The end of school siren is at 3.10 pm. Please collect students promptly after this time.
  • Early close – we finish at 2.30pm on Thursdays. School commences at 8.50 and finishes at 3.10 apart from Thursdays.
  • If a child arrives at school after 9.00am they need to be signed in at the office prior to attending the classroom.
  • If children are to be collected during school time they must be signed out at the office prior to collecting them from class. This ensures adequate safety and care processes are in place.
  • Parents are also reminded that children should not be absent from school for regular appointments (e.g. speech therapy etc.) without discussion with the Principal and the implementation of the Private Tutor’s Policy which follows due Duty of Care.

Monitoring of Attendance

Department of Education policy

The principal or nominee will request an explanation from the student’s parent or responsible person when a student has been absent from school and an acceptable explanation has not been provided after three days from the beginning of the absence. There are fines of up to $1000 for non-attendance.

School processes

  • All absences must be explained. Please send a written explanation to your child’s teacher as soon as possible after any absence which is then recorded on the computer.
  • Data is regularly electronically transmitted to Central Office. Schools are asked to contact parents if an attendance rate of 90% or below is observed.
  • The Education and Care Services Act 2012 stipulates the role and responsibilities of the parent(s) in this regard and an Attendance Officer may visit the family if concerns are raised.
  • Children will be marked as late if they arrive 10 minutes or more after the school bell i.e. after 9am unless parents have made particular arrangements with the Principal.
  • Similarly the Principal and the Attendance Officer will contact parents if the data shows an ongoing problem. It is disrupting to the class, teacher and to the child him/herself if late.
  • Teachers often spend the first ten minutes explaining the routines of the day and children may feel unprepared and anxious if they arrive late.


Sawyers Valley Primary School is a Positive Behaviour Support school. Our practice is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Positive relationships are established between students, staff and parents;
  • Teaching and non-teaching staff employ good teaching practice;
  • There is appropriate modelling, teaching and reinforcing of desired positive behaviours;
  • Students and staff feel supported in their work and efforts;
  • Effective consequences and follow up for inappropriate behaviours is everybody’s responsibility;
  • Consequences for inappropriate behaviours are fair and where they involve restorative justice practices, these are relevant to the context;
  • Staff use a consistent approach to modelling, teaching and reinforcing expected behaviours, as well as correcting inappropriate behaviours;
  • Students and staff have respect interactions;
  • Expectations for students are clearly articulated and explicitly taught to students.  These are realistic and there is regular celebrating of successes.

Sawyers Valley Primary School Expected Behaviour Matrix describes the expected behaviours appropriate for different places and times during the school day.



Children who bring bicycles or scooters to school need to adhere to the following safety rules:

  1. Always wear protective equipment.
  2. Bicycles and scooters must be placed neatly in the bicycle rack.
  3. Bicycles and scooters must be wheeled inside the school grounds.
  4. The footpath is to be used when travelling down Barlow Street (avoids cars).

Staff will contact parents if children are seen travelling to and from school without a helmet. Children will not be allowed to ride their bike or scooter without a helmet.


Our Library Officer takes the responsibility of co-ordinating orders for the Book Club whose purpose is to provide your child with the opportunity to purchase books/magazines at reduced prices. There is no compulsion for any child to purchase books.

BUSHFIRE INFORMATION – Current procedure below.

Bushfire Information and Emergency Evacuation Procedure

We are very aware as a school community that we are situated within a potential bushfire zone. Therefore, we have created a set of procedures to ensure the safety of the students, staff and community members.


  • The school has an excellent bushfire process created in conjunction with EmQ.
  • A fire drill is held at least twice a year.
  • The bushfire plan has an earthquake and wildfire component.
  • Every classroom has a laminated chart showing the school grounds and evacuation process.
  • We also have a fire emergency file which contains all the contact numbers and student first aid requirements.


  • The school is under the control of the Fire Incident Controller.
  • If he/she tells us to evacuate, it will be from the oval and the children will be walking through to Gt. Eastern Highway to catch Swan Transit buses possibly to Mundaring Rec Centre. This will be in negotiation with the fire controller.
  • Fire-fighters are in contact by radio and they will advise parents of where to pick students up. Parents will not be able to gain entry to the school in this instance.
  • If the advice is to stay – we use the Wet Area/Main Classroom Block where there is water for the children present, where we have refrigerated air-conditioning, first aid kit and a mobile to ring parents if necessary.
  • Parents will not be able to gain entry to the school and will receive information from the Fire Incident Controller on fire progress and impact on the school and students.

Parents must check with one of the Fire Wardens (Ms Collopy, Mrs Liddle, Mr Johnston) BEFORE taking their child off the school site.

CAMP AUSTRALIA Outside School Hours Child Care

Sawyers Valley Primary School has partnered with Camp Australia to provide before and after school care. This high quality program embraces the school’s values and builds on your child’s educational experiences and individual interests. The program is run on the school grounds from Room 8 just off the undercover area. To find out more and how to register please contact Camp Australia at and use the school finder on the homepage to search for Sawyers Valley Primary School or call  1300 105 434.


The charges schedule that pertains to our school community is distributed annually. The charges are laid down each year by the School Board in conjunction with the Principal and Manager Corporate Services.




Senior Playground








Schools, like other government department has a complaints management process in place. Following are the details on the importance of two way communication between home and school.

The relationship between the home and the school plays a very important part in a child’s education. We cannot overestimate the critical role that parents play in successful learning; parents contribute much to their child’s development and are among the most important influences on the way in which the child approaches learning. Teachers are responsible for the more formal aspects of children’s learning and successful teaching builds on the home experiences of the child. This is most effective where there is an active partnership with parents. Two-way communication is a critical factor in the partnership between parents and the school. It is easier for parents to feel confident about the teaching and learning taking place in the classroom and to solve problems.

What might you talk to your school about?

  • Issues particular to your child: attitude, academic progress, participation, behaviour, how he/she gets along with the teachers and other students socially and emotionally, physical development and well-being, development of responsibility, non-attendance or learning program issues.
  • School or class issues –homework, learning environment, quality of teaching, general student behaviour, pastoral care, school policies and procedures and conduct of staff.
  • Access to support services – school and district level student services, visiting teaches for students with disabilities and ESL students, specialist facilities (e.g. language development centres) programs for students experiencing difficulty, programs for gifted and talented students, instrumental music program.

How your school communicates with you

  • Reports on student progress, regular information through the newsletter, parent-teacher interviews, notes, surveys, displays of children’s work, assemblies, special events, specialised learning programs, parent information booklets and sessions, learning journeys.
  • You are welcome to talk to your child’s teacher however you should make an appointment to talk with the teacher to avoid disrupting the learning program.
  • Information that is available from the school includes information on policies, homework, behaviour management policy, participation in parent bodies, school charges, excursions, dress code.

What can you do if you have a problem?

  • Seeking information as early as possible can solve many problems. The best way to contact the class teacher is to contact the school to make a mutually convenient time for a telephone conversation or meeting.
  • Parents have the opportunity for greater involvement through several parent bodies and these provide an opportunity for parents to express opinions on policy issues in the school.

 When you have a problem

  • Try to identify the problem before going to the school. If there is more than one, list them to ensure that the extent of the problem is clear to the school
  • Decide whether the problem is a concern, an enquiry or a complaint. This will help in finding a solution.
  • Make an appointment to talk with the teacher. This can be arranged through the school office. If your concern is about the conduct of a staff member, you may prefer to discuss the matter with the Principal.
  • Try to stay calm. Even if you don’t feel it, being calm will help to get your concerns across more clearly than if you are upset or angry. It may help to take someone with you.


Most of our classes are composite (i.e. they include more than one year level). Classes are formed by staff  based several factors to ensure that each is a cohesive group.  The expertise of our staff to identify individual student developmental learning ensures that children are working at their own particular level and not to a year level.


Each classroom has at least two computers and teachers organise use of these learning tools as best suit their classroom. Extra computers and tablets are also available for classroom use. Interactive whiteboards are found in all learning areas. A suite of Laptops and IPads is available for class use.


We are lucky to have a small school and be able to engage in ‘hands-on’ activities with students in groups consisting of children from across year levels. These learning experiences offer so much in the way of promoting self-esteem, positive interpersonal skills, leadership, communication and friendship.


Netball Practice


DANCING CLASSES – (Health and Physical Education)

Students from years PP-6 participate in dancing classes during Term 2 culminating in a School Social, which everyone enjoys. The cost of these classes is described in the Schedule of Charges, which parents receive annually.          


Our school is a part of the Hills Mobile Clinic. Parents will be advised of the van’s location when it moves through the newsletter. Their phone number is 0429 120 614



The School Board in conjunction with students and parents has established a dress code for all students attending this school.

By enrolling your child/children in our school, you are entering into an agreement to abide by the policy that governs the uniform of Sawyers Valley Primary School based on the Department of Education guidelines.


Why have a dress code?

  • Enhances student feeling of ‘belonging’ to the group;
  • Instils pride in personal presentation;
  • Ensures students are safely dressed for specific school activities;
  • Fosters and enhances the public image of the school;
  • Reduces the pressure for the wearing of “fad” clothing that can create negative rivalry and competition; and
  • Reduces financial pressure on parents to buy fashion clothing.


  • That all students will endeavour to wear school uniform;
  • Those students leaving the school on excursions and for carnivals will wear uniform;
  • That parents support the dress code; and
  • That staff support the dress code.

What should be worn?

Our school colours are grey and black.

  • Black shorts, skirts or skorts
  • Black pants
  • School polo T shirts
  • School jacket (zipped)
  • Summer dress (school check)
  • Faction T shirts (Swans – red, Penguins – yellow or Magpies – blue)
  • School hat, black or faction colours (see below)
  • Footwear – sneakers, shoes or sandals (with ankle straps)
  • The uniform shop also stocks a range of seasonal items.


  • Sawyers Valley is a SUN SMART school
  • A broad brimmed hat is expected to be worn at all times when working in the outdoors
  • A bucket or wide brimmed hat is the only hat permitted.
  • Long hair must be tied back.
  • Appropriate footwear is required for physical education and sport.

What other things can be worn?

  • Signet rings
  • Studs or sleepers
  • Watch


Items in the designated school colours may be purchased from the School Uniform Shop. Second hand school clothes will be available from the Uniform Shop when stock permits. Opening times and order forms for the Uniform Shop are available from the parent notice board in the wet area.


Each class has a basic first kit available for small incidents. All first accident incidents are recorded. For more serious injuries students attend the first aid / medical room. An accident report form is completed. The school currently has a number of qualified first aiders.


Head Lice do not discriminate and it is essential to check your child’s hair on a regular basis and remove all eggs to ensure that these cannot re-hatch.

Checks will be made in classes when parents have advised that head lice exist and children with head lice MUST BE KEPT AT HOME until the hair has been treated with an approved lotion and all eggs are removed.


The school has a ‘No hat – no play in the sun’ policy. As a SUN SMART school we have adopted a wide-brimmed hat with a brim toggle rather than an under the chin strap as our school uniform hat. This is a much safer option as well as providing more protection from the sun.  The hat can be purchased from the Uniform Shop.

Children are expected to wear their hat at lunch and recess times and also during Physical Education lessons and all other outside activities.


We have the service of a community school nurse on a number of occasions during the year. The aim is to ensure that every child remains fit and well in order to gain the greatest benefit from educational programs. The school nurse thus attempts to identify health problems early so that children can be referred to appropriate treatment agencies. If you wish to consult with the nurse, please ask at reception.

HOLIDAYS (EXTENDED) – Education and Care Services Act 2012.

Time off school (greater than 5 days) requires an application to be lodged with the Principal at least one month prior to requested departure (except in extenuating circumstances)

It is the responsibility of students and parents to ensure that they maintain their commitment to their education by perhaps writing a log of their journey whilst absent from normal classes. Staff members will not provide “catch up sessions” for students taking extended holidays.


The school’s approach to homework is in line with the Department of Education policy. Basically, younger children are encouraged to read nightly and older children receive homework at their point of need. Routine homework activities will be advantage for future times when homework is more formal. Please discuss this with your child’s teacher.


In the event of illness or injury every endeavour is made to contact the parent or emergency contact person provided on the enrolment form. Please ensure that these details are current. Parents are responsible for the cost of the ambulance should it be required.

We encourage parents to keep sick children at home as we do not want other students to be exposed to the spread of communicable diseases.


Parents are asked to ensure that their children are fully immunised. The West Australian Health Department holds clinics throughout the year at no cost.


Each year, extra curricula incursions are planned from across the curriculum to add extra motivation and interest to the learning programs. Prior notice of charges is described in the Schedule presented to parents each December.

One of the amazing school productions.



We value the individual qualities that each child brings to the school and offer a range of experiences so that they can succeed and discover their strengths.  A range of formal and informal opportunities are provided for children of all ages to develop and display their leadership skills.


Student Leader Program: Students in Year 6 participate in a formal leadership program involving weekly explicit teaching of leadership qualities and skills. They nominate for one of four Leadership Teams each term according to the skills they wish to improve.  These Leadership Teams align with our school’s four behaviour expectation areas: Personal Best, Respect, Responsibility and Compassion, with specific roles and responsibilities aligned to these areas.  E.g. Personal Best team members develop and present roles plays of focus behaviours at assemblies; Responsibility Team members organise recycling activities etc.  These students receive badges have a high profile around the school.

Student Council: A Student Council, consisting of two students selected from each class (Years 2 – 6), meets regularly with the Principal to coordinate activities and provide feedback on school happenings.

Two School Captains are elected by school staff and students through a preferential voting system, following each candidate’s presentation of a speech to the whole school. These students lead the School Council and also represent the school at community events when required.

Faction Captains: All Year 6 students are allocated roles as  Faction Captains over the year.  These captains change each term, with students required to assist during Sport sessions and lead their factions during sporting carnivals.

Green Team: Each term students (Years 1-6) can nominate to be part of the Green Team.  These students oversee and  lead specific sustainability and enterprise projects within the school such as: monitoring and caring for school chickens, collecting batteries, feeding worm farms etc.

Garden Club:  Our school gardener involves early childhood student volunteers in a Garden Club, where they work on projects to enhance and beautify our school environment.


Should you have reason to take your child from the school before 3.10pm, where possible, we ask that an appropriate note be given to the class teacher that morning. Parent, guardian or responsible adult collecting the child must first go to the office, where they will be asked to enter details in the signing out book and will be given a signed slip by office staff. This slip should then be presented to the classroom teacher when collecting the child. Children will not be permitted to meet parents or older siblings outside the school grounds.


Children have the opportunity to borrow regularly from the Library. Parents are requested to assist the school by making sure that children return borrowed books by the next class library day. If a book is lost or damaged, parents are requested to make a contribution to the cost of a replacement. sc10


All items of lost property are found in a cupboard located in the Wet Area. This cupboard is cleared out each term and put out for display for parents to “find” lost items. To avoid students misplacing clothing or other items please ensure all items are clearly named.


Any money sent to school for excursions, incursions, book orders, swimming etc., should be placed into a clearly marked envelope and given to the teacher.  When making payments to your child’s classroom teacher please give correct monies as the teacher will be unable to give change.

Please note our classroom teachers do not carry any change. Eg:

Jack Smith                      Room 3

Bubblemania incursion



Forms must be completed for any medical condition students may have including asthma, allergic reactions and allergies. The forms must be updated each year. Medication kept at school will be sent home at the end of each year.


Parents must complete 2 forms before medication can be administered at school by staff members. Medical forms are available at the school office or local medical centres have copies of the forms required to be completed by doctors. Medical forms must be dropped off at the school office.


As a regular means of communication between home and school, a newsletter will be sent home fortnightly on a Tuesday  via email. Newsletters will also be available on the school website. The purpose of the newsletter is to inform parents of school activities and other important notices. It is the school’s most important form of communication. We aim to reduce the amount of paper we use. Please provide your email details at the school office.



This is a very active body involved in decision making, facilities improvement and fundraising. The committee is elected yearly and holds regular meetings. Advance note of these meetings are circulated through the newsletter. Membership fee is $1 per family payable at the beginning of the year.

2017 Office Bearers

President                     Alison Grassick

Vice President            Laura Mead

Secretary                    Michelle Russo

Treasurer                    Jana Stolt

Uniform Shop             Laura mead


Please contact us at any time by email:


We are lucky in having extremely high levels of parental involvement throughout the different classrooms in a myriad of ways. Please check with your child’s teacher if you would like to be part of this.

Parents are very welcome to visit the school to discuss matters regarding their children with either the Class teacher or Principal but to avoid disruption to normal classroom routines, parents are requested to arrange visits in advance whether by note or email to your child’s teacher. 



Our school prides itself on its pastoral care programs. A values program created in 2001 based on parent survey data teaches children to become “all-rounders” i.e. adept in the quality of intelligence, quality of emotional response and quality of social relationships. Our School Chaplain works closely with staff to support students and their families in this vital area of development. 


Primary Extension Academic and Challenge program maybe offered to students in Years 5 -6 who are designated in the top 3% of a year cohort within the district.  Students are provided with a wide range of experiences across the learning areas by specially trained teachers at a central location with spare classrooms. Teachers are able to nominate children who we feel may also have talents in specific areas.


Our school psychologist visits the school regularly and collaborates with teachers and parents about the social, emotional and behavioural needs of students in their classes. Assistance is also given in developing educational programs for students with special needs. Please discuss any request to seek the psychologist advice through the class teacher.


A new reporting policy has been created which shows that reporting to parents is done on a cyclical manner including face-to-face interviews and systemic reports. Parents of course, can request interviews with staff at mutually convenient times. Reporting on each strand within the Australian Curriculum is carried out over a 2-year period. The National Literacy and Numeracy Assessments offered in Years 3, 5 and 7 give parents extra assistance in knowing where their child is operating compared to students of similar age. This data should be carefully examined and discussed with the teacher in conjunction with the portfolios to determine actual performance levels.


Singing in the pre-primary room



The school has the services of a non-denominational chaplain. Our Chaplin is available to talk to anyone about relationship or family issues on a confidential basis. They also spend time in the classrooms working alongside the teachers in supporting school programs such as the Values Program (You Can Do It), Peer Mediation and leadership.

The Chaplin also supports students in promoting positive social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing – meeting diverse societal issues such as death and divorce in the family She also conducts our Service Learning project – supporting students to raise monies for selected charities.



This is a group of people elected from parents, community members and staff who work with the Principal to create policies, procedures and processes to ensure the efficient running of the school. Elections take place on a 3-year cycle.

Chair:  Erik Stanton-Clements
Vice Chair:   Shorelle Watkins
Secretary:  Diane Brown
Parent representatives:  Duncan Pratt, Robyn Netherway, Lee Stohr,
Staff representatives:  Carey Stewart, Tonya Wood, Alison Charman
Community representatives:  Cheryl Osborne, Michelle Lloyd, Michelle Hardy
P&C Representative:  Laura Mead
Principal: Fiona Collopy



Students in Year 4/5 are assessed for the opportunity to take up a musical instrument in Years 5 and 6. Specialist teachers come to the school weekly to conduct these lessons.


Our school Business Plan details four priorities:

  • Successful Students;
  • Quality Teaching and Learning:
  • Positive School Environments; and
  • Community Links.

These are progressed each year through annual operational plans. The school Business Plan describes our strategic direction and sets out key targets and strategies to be achieved over three years.




In a valley where the air is cool
and the trees grow strong and tall
we learn together as we work and play
Sawyers Valley is our school

We’ve stood for more than one hundred years
from humble beginnings we’ve grown
through good and through bad,
we have held heads high
and our loyalty we’ve shown

In a valley where the air is cool
and the trees grow strong and tall
we learn together as we work and play
Sawyers Valley is our school.
Elisa Wilson and Rhys Kessey 2003


Working in the Garden


Harvest from the Garden



school mapSCHOOL TERMS 2017

Term 1 Monday1 February – Friday 7  April
Term 2 Tuesday 24 April – Friday 30 June
Term 3 Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September
Term 4 Tuesday 10  October – Thursday 14  December


SCHOOL TIMES (except Thursday)

Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri Thurs Only
School commences 8.50am                     8.50am
Recess             10.30 – 10.50am  10.30 –10.50am
Lunch              12.30 -1.10pm   12.30-1.10pm
School concludes   3.10pm                  2.30pm


EARLY CLOSURE occurs each Thursday when school concludes at 2.30pm

Each school within the hills zone has also adopted early closure which allows teachers to moderate student work within the school and zone as per Department of Education requirements.

The number of minutes of instruction provided to students will be exactly as required under the Education and Care Services Regulations 2012. Children will still have the same amount of time in the classroom throughout the week.


The School and its grounds are a designated Government Smoke Free Zone and therefore parents are requested to refrain from smoking within the grounds area. Drugs and alcohol are also prohibited.


The school strives to create a challenging learning environment with an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance, and respect for achievements, and sensitivity to individual needs in which all children thrive. We identify those children with special educational needs as early as possible and quickly devise individual education plans to fit their needs. These are monitored regularly with parents along with teachers, special needs teacher assistants and where required the Learning Support Coordinator.

If you are concerned that your child has special educational needs, we are keen for you come and share your concerns with the class teacher. If we identify difficulties, we will want to discuss them with you as soon as possible so that we can act together to obtain extra support for your child.



All children are allocated a faction (Penguins (yellow), Magpies (blue) or Swans (red)) and as far as possible, all children from the one family are placed in the same faction. The students participate in a variety of winter and summer sports both during their usual sports lessons and during interschool events. Children unfit for sport must have an explanation note from the parent/guardian. Sawyers Valley Primary School is part of the Eastern Hills Small Schools Sporting Association and interschool events include cross-country, football, netball, hockey and athletics for senior students (Yr 4-6). Each student from Yr 1-6 will complete 2 hours of compulsory PE activity during the week.

The Annual Swimming Carnival                                        Our Sports Carnival on the Oval



Children have access to sporting equipment whilst at school through the classroom allocation.  It is strongly advised that personal equipment should not be brought to school to avoid loss or damage.



Great care is exercised to implement developmentally appropriate activities in all learning areas but some children need specialised assistance in the way of an Individual Education Plan created by the teacher parent, and child and where appropriate, the school psychologist.


The School Volunteer Program is part of many strategies used and these especially trained volunteers act as mentors to work with individual children to gain their trust and work on separate programs with them to boost their confidence in trying new challenges.


In term school swimming lessons take place once a year at the Bilgoman Pool normally late term 4 for students Yr PP-6. These lessons are considered a part of the child’s education under the Health and Physical Education Program. Children are therefore expected to attend unless they are ill or injured in anyway. Parents are requested to supply a written note if this occurs.

Out of school swimming lessons e.g. Vacation Swimming Classes are offered during the September and January holidays. Parents will be given prior notice of the dates, forms and costs as they come to hand.


The current uniform is black bottoms and grey top featuring the school logo. The uniform shop operates each Monday afternoon from the Bristol Building. A copy of the Dress Code is in your booklet.


The school has a comprehensive website. Teachers contribute regularly, and parents are encouraged to visit regularly and post appropriate comments where necessary. The website can be found at