St Pius X

Catholic Primary School

Cnr Ley St and Cloister Ave,
Manning WA 6152
admin@stpiusx.wa.edu.au

General Information

Download a copy of the St Pius X Catholic Primary School Parent Handbook here.

Curriculum

Religious Education is taught each day and is based on units set by the Archdiocese of Perth. There is regular contact with the Parish Priest and special children’s liturgies are celebrated throughout the school year.

The Western Australian Syllabus has been implemented into the school and the Learning Areas have been developed along these lines with the focus on child centred learning.

There are a number of specialist teachers in the school to support the classroom teacher in the following

  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Music Teacher
  • Italian Teacher
  • MiniLit Literacy
  • Language Support
  • MacKillop Club - Gifted and Talented
  • Science

Tennis and Instrumental Music Lessons are options carried out by private companies external to the school. These lessons are not included in the school fees.

Children are encouraged to participate in a range of sports and there are many opportunities to participate in interschool sport throughout the year.

All classrooms have access to the Internet and computers. There is also a bank of computers in the library for the children to use. The Library is fully automated and uses the Athena Library Software Package.

Sacramental Programme

Children are prepared for each of the following Sacraments through their daily Religious Education lessons. There is an eight-week preparation leading into the Sacraments. There is, however, the need for parents to be active in their support for their children as they prepare for each of the Sacraments. Parents may be required to attend information evenings, enrolment ceremonies, organizational meetings and student / parent workshops for each of the sacraments.

Reconciliation is prepared when the children are in Year 3 (Term One); Eucharist is prepared in Year 4 (Term Three) and Confirmation in Year 6 (Term Two).

School Uniform

The school uniform shop operates each Friday morning from 8.30-9.00am. Parents are able to place orders by completing an order form which is available from the school website. The order can be left at the school office together with the correct money (cheque or cash) and items will be delivered to your child within two days.

To download a uniform order form click here.

Grooming

Hairstyles for both boys and girls should be neat and tidy and reflect accepted standards. Shoulder length hair or longer is to be tied up. Boys’ hair length should not be longer than the shirt collar or shorter than a Number 2. The Principal reserves the right to decide the acceptability of hairstyles. Parents are requested to refrain from allowing children to dye their hair during school terms. Scrunchies or ribbons need to be in school colours (maroon or green).

Hats

School regulation hats are compulsory. A ‘NO HAT NO PLAY’ rule is enforced throughout the year. Children not wearing the school hat must remain undercover during breaks. Children will be excluded from sport if no hat is worn. Children will be issued with a note to inform parents when they have been excluded from the lesson. ALL school hats should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. To reduce the incidents of head lice, each child needs to wear his/her own hat. (no lending or borrowing.)

Jewellery

The wearing of jewellery is not encouraged for safety reasons. A watch and/or necklace with a Christian symbol may be worn. One stud or sleeper (plain – eg. gold or silver) in each ear lobe. No nail polish, tattoos, makeup may be worn during school hours.

School Bags

The St Pius X school bag is available for purchase, however is not compulsory.

Library Bags

The St Pius X library bag is available for purchase, however is not compulsory.

Hair Accessories

In keeping with the school uniform shoulder length or longer hair should be tied back with green or maroon hair ties, scrunchies, ribbons or hairclips.

Excursions

Full school uniform appropriate to the season should be worn on all school excursions to maintain a good image for our school. Should the nature of the excursion require the wearing of the sport uniform this will be specified at the time.

Exceptions to School Uniform Rules

  • If a product or item has been brought into the uniform there will be a phase in and phase out period e.g. new tracksuits – an allowance of 2 years will be given to allow students to outgrow their current uniform and replace with a new style one. For items $15 and under a phase in period of 1 year will be given e.g. new sport socks.
  • At the start of term 2 and at the end of term 3 there will be a 2 weeks only allowance for students to wear short-sleeved shirts in place of the long sleeved shirts if the weather is warm.

Grooming Requirements

The following conditions reflect:

  • The school communities concern for safety, health and the whole development of the child.
  • The promotion of our Vision Statement.

    1. Wearing of full school uniform is compulsory from Years 1-6.
    2. School shoes are to be polished and sport shoes kept clean.
    3. A watch: a chain with a small religious symbol and one sleeper (plain) or stud (plain) in each ear lobe are the only items of jewellery permitted.
    4. No make up.
    5. Longer than collar length hair is to be tied back using maroon or green elastics, ribbon or scrunchies.
    6. No fad haircuts.
    7. No shaved heads.
    8. The school hat is to be worn in all terms for all outdoor activities.
    9. The Principal reserves the right to determine the suitability of an individual’s grooming.

School Board

St Pius is under the financial management of the Manning Catholic School Board. Members of the school board are elected from the school/parish at the Annual School Community Meeting held each November.

To find out more about our School Board click here.

Parents and Friends' Association

The P & F have monthly meetings in the library on Wednesday evening on dates determined at the commencement of the school year. All parents of children attending the school are encouraged to attend these meetings.

The P & F is largely responsible for the fund-raising and social activities of the school. The P & F is also responsible for the operation of the uniform shop.

To find out more about or Parents and Friends' Association click here.

School Canteen

Canteen will be open on Thursdays and Friday by Lunch Box Express. Orders can be placed online or first thing in the morning. Children can make cash purchases on snack items at both morning recess and lunch!

Staff Professional Development

Primary Schools have 8 professional development days per year: In 2013 the following days will be taken:

  • Thursday 31 January; Friday 1 February;
  • Wednesday 3 April;
  • Monday 6 May;
  • Tuesday 4 June;
  • Friday 30 August;
  • Monday 14 October; Tuesday 15 October;

These dates could change and parents will be notified in advance via the school newsletter.

School Hours

Years 1-6  
8.45am School Commences
10.40-11.00am Recess
12.30 - 1.15pm Lunch (Yrs 1-3)
1.00 - 1.45pm Lunch (Yrs 4-6)
3.05pm Dismissal

Children are not supervised prior to 8.30am and are discouraged from arriving at school before this time. Teachers finish their duty at 3.25pm. Between 8.30am-8.45am there is no play. This is preparation time for all students.

Pre-Primary 8.45am - 3.05pm Monday - Friday
  Doors open at 8.30am and at 3.00pm  
     
Kindergarten 8.50am - 2.55pm Tuesday - Thursday
Pre-Kindy 8.50am - 2.55pm Monday

Children in Pre-primary and Kindergarten need to be delivered to and picked up from the door by an authorised adult.

Parking

For safety reasons, parents are requested not to park in the driveways, nor drive into the school grounds.

Parent Teacher Interaction

An information Night will be held at the commencement of each year for children in Year 1 – 6. Orientation is held in the previous year for Pre-Kindy, Kindy and Pre-Primary parents.

Reports are sent home at the end of each semester. Parents will have the opportunity to have an interview at the end of the first term to discuss their child’s progress.
Student Portfolios are sent home at the end of term 1.
Learning Journeys take place at the end of term 3.

A school Newsletter is sent home each Wednesday via email providing parents with important information.

Teachers will also inform parents on the many ways they can be involved in the classroom over the year.

Homework Policy

A copy of the school's homework policy is available here.

Children from Year 2 -6 have a homework diary. Parents may also use this to communicate, through, notes to the teacher.

School Excursions and Year 6 Camp

These are considered a valuable part of the educational process and all studentas are expected to participate. The school will undertake to give parents full details of any excursion or camp well before the event takes place.

Absences and Illness

If a child is going to be absent you need to advise the school via email admin@stpiusx.wa.edu.au prior to 9.30am and a note explaining the reason must be given to the teacher on the child's return to school Absentee notes are available here.

Emergency Information

It is vital that all details on the Enrolment Form are kept up to date. If at any time your address, phone number, work number or emergency contact number is changed, please notify the office and class teacher immediately.


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