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Flexible Learning Guide

View the Flexible Learning Guide created to assist parents and students in this time of home-based learning.

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Helpful Information for Parents

Edumate Parent Portal

The portal has a range of useful information for parents regarding the progress, behaviour and attendance of their child at school. Edumate is also where all important medical and carer information is stored. 

All parents are provided with login details for Edumate and it is essential that every parent logs in to the portal to ensure all contact and emergency information about your child is accurate and up-to-date.

Edumate Parent Portal

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Term Dates and School Times

Term dates, period times and assembly information can be viewed here: Term Dates and School Times

Important Information to Start 2020

Please visit the Important Information for 2020 page for all the key information you need to know for 2020.

Mrs Brown's tips on who to talk to when...

In Junior School, if you have questions, concerns or suggestions regarding:

  • your child or some general classroom practice, contact the class teacher
  • a policy or practice in a section of the Junior School, contact the relevant coordinator or the Deputy Principal Junior School the whole Junior
  • the curriculum from K-6, contact the Junior School Curriculum Coordinator
  • policy or practice in the whole Junior School, contact the Deputy Principal Junior School
  • if the issue is of a highly sensitive nature contact the Principal

In Secondary School, if you have questions, concerns or suggestions regarding:

  • your child’s general progress or welfare, contact the Home Class Teacher in the first instance
  • your child’s progress in a particular subject or a question about classroom practice, contact the subject teacher concerned 
  • policy, practice or pastoral care in relation to a section of the Secondary School, contact the relevant Year 7–12 Pastoral Care Coordinator
  • for questions about the Preliminary or HSC Courses contact the Deputy Principal Curriculum 
  • for policy or practice in a subject area in general, contact the Subject Coordinator 
  • for issues regarding Policy or Practice, or a group of children in the whole Secondary School contact the relevant Deputy Principal i.e. Curriculum or Pastoral Care
  • If the issue is of a highly sensitive nature contact the Principal

Whole of school questions, concerns or suggestions can be directed to:

  • general bus behaviour, contact the Deputy Principal Pastoral Care for Year 7-12 or Deputy Principal Junior School for K-6
  • discipline across a number of areas of the school, contact the Deputy Principal Pastoral Care for Year 7-12 or Deputy Principal Junior School for K-6
  • Pastoral Care Policy or enquiries about how the school prevents and manages harassment/bullying across the School, contact Deputy Principal Pastoral Care
  • for enquiries in the area of careers, contact the Careers Adviser
  • school curriculum approach and delivery, contact the Deputy Principal Curriculum for Year 7-12 or Deputy Principal Junior School for K-6
  • library and its resources, contact the relevant Teacher Librarian 
  • enrolments and related issues, contact the Registrar
  • Parent Involvement Program, community relations or fundraising, contact the Office
  • fees and other financial matters or maintenance of the buildings and grounds, contact the Business Manager
  • General administrative matters (e.g. bus passes, book lists, etc.), contact the Office
  • health and safety risks should be reported to any staff member, or can be raised with the relevant Deputy Principal if the matter is delicate or complex
  • any concern or suggestion can be made using the feedback form on the school’s website
Absences

1. If your child is absent* please use the Edumate Parent Portal. This is accessible by clicking on 'Edumate Login' in 'Portals' at the top of the screen. Login to Edumate and find ‘At a Glance’ on the left hand menu. Once there, follow the steps below:

In some cases, absences are advised to the school, or applied for in advance. The Portal can’t be used to advise or explain future absences (like, ‘we are going on a family holiday’ - you will need to email admin@covenant.nsw.edu.au or your class teacher in Junior School). Absences also can’t be explained before the class teacher has marked your child absent in the day, so might be best to do it that evening.

Or

2. Email here with student name, class and reason for absence.

3. Call the School Office on 8459 4200. On return to school complete a signed Absence Note and drop it off at Student Reception.

*The Education Act 1990 requires you to ensure your child attends school each day that instruction is provided unless they are prevented from doing so by sickness or other acceptable reason, and for you to provide an explanation for any absence. The Act requires you to explain your child’s absences within seven days of the occurrence. Failure to do so will result in an unjustified absence being recorded. Please provide an explanation by email or using the appropriate form and return to the School Office as soon as possible. If you have any concerns that our records are incorrect, please contact the school immediately. 

Please see our Student Attendance Policy for more details.

Extended leave

If you are planning to take more than 5 days for a family holiday then an Application for Extended Leave - Travel Form needs to be completed. 

Lateness

Junior School - students go straight to their class when they arrive.

Secondary School - students go to Student Reception to sign in with a Late Note or a parent. They will be given a printout to take to their teacher. 

Leaving Early

Junior School - please advise Class Teacher.

Secondary School - Students must sign out at Student Reception and have a signed note or parent present. Alternatively, a parent can email admin@covenant.nsw.edu.au with student name, year and reason for leaving early.

Messages to Students

Call the School Office on 8459 4200. Let the Office staff know:

  • Name of child 
  • Year Group or Class 
  • Your message 

The Office team will endeavour to pass on the message to your child. Naturally this depends on sport, excursions and changes to location of classes. Messages should be received by 2.30pm Monday to Thursday and by 1.45pm on Friday.

Sick Bay

Students must seek permission from a teacher to present to Sick Bay. If the Nurse decides the student needs to go home parents will be contacted by the school. The student will need to be signed out of school by the Nurse. Students should not SMS or call parents directly to pick them up.

Student illness

The school asks parents not to send their child to school when they are infectious. In particular, NSW Health guidelines are that children be kept home until 48 hours after their last symptoms of gastroenteritis. This greatly helps us to stop the spread of infection and protect other students and staff. 

Where to Park

Parents can park in Dell St, Waldon Rd or Bundaleer St. 

Senior students can park in Waldon Road. 

Visitors can use the four dedicated Visitor parking spots in the top car park (at the end of Dell St). 

Visitors coming onto the school grounds, including parents helping at school (e.g. canteen, Cafe Covie, class reading groups), must sign-in at the School Office and wear the printout ID label.

Incorrect Uniforms

Junior School - students should give a note from a parent to their Teacher.

Secondary School - students should visit the Deputy Principal Pastoral Care before school, ideally with a note from a parent, to be given a one-day uniform pass.

Letters to parents

Letters to parents can be located via the Quicklinks menu. 

Forms & Information

This is a helpful list of general information and regularly used forms. It can be located via the Quicklinks menu. 

Child Protection concerns

You may become aware of a situation where a child has been, or could be harmed. This may be through maltreatment, or a child’s needs not being met in their context outside school, or even a concern at school.

If you have any concerns of a child protection nature, please contact the Principal or deputy principal as soon as possible. If you wish, you may directly report the matter to ‘FACS’ by ringing the Child Protection Hotline on 132 111.

It is natural to be concerned about the implications of a report for the adults involved. However, we need to work in the best interests of the children we are aware of, and care for. We need to trust the agencies which receive these reports to assess the situation so they can protect children. We want to be part of bringing matters out into the light, so that children are safe, or so that a situation is clarified and resolved.