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Communication:
SCHOOL NEWSLETTER:
An electronic School Newsletter is distributed every second Thursday. Parents will receive this via email. We have partnered with Austnews to produce this service free of charge to the school, with the kind support of our local businesses. It is important to keep the school informed of any email address changes to ensure you continue receiving the Newsletter.
CLASSROOM LETTERS:
Various other notices for specific purposes are sent home through the year. These include classroom news, excursion letters, excursion/camp Students are expected to pass these on to parents, and parents are expected to note the details and respond as requested. 
PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Parents are encouraged to discuss the progress of their children with class teachers whenever they, or the teachers, perceive a need. The most suitable times for such interviews are before or after school. To ensure that both teacher and parent are prepared for the interview, a mutually suitable time must be arranged by telephoning the school first. Any concerns you have regarding your child’s schooling should be discussed first with the teacher.
REPORTING
A pupil report card will be issued to each child from Years P-6 at the end of Semesters One and Two. However, because of limitations of space, a report card is only a summary of progress. Reporting that occurs at a parent/teacher conference is far more comprehensive. Parents will be informed of school - arranged reporting conferences at set times each semester. It is particularly important that parents attend the mid-year interview. Other interviews may be arranged by parent or teacher according to need. Parents of Prep students are included in the parent/teacher conferences.
INTERNET & E-MAIL PROCEDURES:
ICT includes mobile phones, iPads, computers, printers, scanners, digital cameras, Internet and e-mail facilities, and other associated electronic and mechanical hardware and software.
 
All students must read and sign the school ICT access agreement prior to using any electronic material.
 
COMMUNICATION AND SMS MESSAGING:
In conjunction with OneSchool we now also use ID Attend which allows the school to track student attendance, student movement, first aid, administering of medication and SMS Text Messaging to communicate with our parent community.  The text messaging allows us to keep all parents/caregivers up-to-date with all events happening around the school. It also allows us to determine student absences that are unexplained.  All parents are able to reply to these text messages to advise of these absences.
We look forward to using these communication tools within our community and see great benefit for the school and parent/caregivers to keep everyone up to date on events and other areas in our school.