Policies, Procedures and Practices
Allergic reactions can vary from mild discomfort to severe reactions. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sudden allergic reaction. Common allergens include but are not limited to nuts, eggs, shellfish, wheat, pollens, dairy products and bee stings.
Current research and advice regarding Allergies and Anaphylaxis indicates that the proactive approach in managing allergies in the environment is to educate our community about the various types and triggers to allergies, and develop safe practices to support community members with allergies.
Ainslie School is a' Nut Aware' school in response to children suffering severe allergic reactions when in contact with nuts. To minimise the risk of nut contamination in the school area we require that no nuts, peanut butter or nut oil be brought to school. This does not include products that state "may contain traces of nuts".
Children are encourgaed to start their school day at 8.40am. If, for unavoidable reasons, a student is at school earlier, they should wait on the back steps of the main building. From 8.40 onwards a teacher is on duty behind the East Wing building and all students should gather there until 9am when school starts. Children do not play on the play quipment or with large balls at this time. If a child needs assistance or first aid, they can see the duty teacher or go directly to the front office.
School finishes at 3pm each day and the children usually proceed straight home, to the bus stop or to after school care. Parents driving to pick up their children are asked to be very careful of moving children near the car parks and crossing areas. Parents are asked to check each day that their children know how they are going to get home and let teachers know of any changes to usual arrangements.
As the front door is bronzed and therefore very heavy, most of the children use one of the side entrances.
We encourage all children riding to school to wear a correctly fitted helmet and walk their bikes once in the school grounds - adults model this routine for the children. Bikes and scooters are stored in the bike cage which is locked during the day between 9.30am and 3pm. It is again locked at 3.30pm so children attending After School Care are advised to move their bikes to the 'Afters racks'. We suggest that personal items are moved from the bike cage.
On spotting dangerous items in the school area, children are directed to do the following: do not touch, stand guard - well back and send for a teacher. A teacher will isolate the item and arrange for removal.
Home Learning plays a valuable part of the learning process. We recognise the need for families and teachers to work together focussing on learning being an enjoyable, discovery-orientated, life-long process. Home Learning should not become a source of tension for families.
Medication can be issued during school times by a designated, responsible adult with parent/carer authority given in writing (please use this form).
An essential element of wellbeing is the experience of belonging, of being connected to others in a community, being accepted and valued, and being positively involved and engaged. Students can reach their full educational potential only when they are happy, healthy and safe and when there is a positive school culture to support them. This interdependent relationship between student wellbeing and student learning is fundamental to students positive and successful engagement with their education. Schools should aim to promote the link between wellbeing and learning in every aspect of their curriculum, school culture and environment.
Ainslie School is committed to providing a positive school culture by:
- The Leadership Team having a vision for a strategic whole-school approach to student safety and wellbeing that includes a focus on prevention as well as management
- Staff collaboration being facilitated through a leadership approach which empowers staff to initiate and take responsibility for safe school initiatives that focus on both student and teacher wellbeing through a Professional Learning Community model
- The school's staff modelling respectful and caring interactions with each other, students and families
- Leaders understanding their duty of care responsibilities for students and being mindful that an effective and well-executed policy and vision for the prevention and management of harassment and violence is fundamental to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students in their care
- The Leadership team and teachers making optimal use of specialist support professionals available within our school and within the wider community
Ainslie School is currently working towards being an accredited Sunsmart school. We have a policy document that outlines our sun protection practices in the areas of behaviour, curriculum and environment. These practices are applied to all activities both during and out of school hours from the beginning of August through to the end of May when daily UV levels reach 3 or above. Extra care is taken between 10am and 3pm when UV levels peak as Australia has amongst the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. It is estimated that 99% of common skin cancers and 95% or melanomas are caused by sun exposure (UV radiation).
Our Sunsmart Policy has been developed to ensure that all students, teachers, school staff and visitors of Ainslie School are protected from over-exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Effective sun protection practices not only reduce a child's risk of skin and eye damage and ultimately skin cancer but should also ensure they obtain enough vitamin D from the sun to allow for healthy bone development and maintenance. Our school will not reinforce or promote sun protection behaviour during the June and July period in Canberra due to 'low' UV levels (under 3) as recommended by Cancer Council ACT.
Students from kindergarten to year 6 are strongly encouraged to take pride in belonging to Ainslie School by wearing the school uniform. The school colours have been the same since the school's inception in 1927. While the wearing of the Ainslie School uniform is encouraged at all times, it is particularly necessary that students wear school uniform to all outside public activities, performances and excursions