All absences must be explained in writing to the class teacher when the student returns. 

If your child is to be taken from the school at any time please ensure that the child’s class teacher is informed by note in advance. 

If your child is removed during recess times please ensure that your child’s class teacher is advised.  Students leaving during these times will wait at the School Office for their parent or an adult nominated by the parents. 

Between the hours of 9.00am and 3.15pm parents who wish to collect their child from school are asked to report to the Administration Office and sign the Sign Out Register.  

Students arriving after 9.00am must be signed in by a parent/guardian and collect a Late Pass to be given to the teacher.



The school newsletter is distributed via electronic form each month. Hard copies will be available upon request for parents or community members. These can be collected from the office. You can also find all the newsletters in the “Newsletters 2018” section of this website which you will find under “Parent Information”.

Special Notices

Notices for particular grades are sent home as needed.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Communication with class/specialist teachers is welcomed and strongly encouraged. Appointments are preferred as this provides everyone with opportunity to plan in advance and make the contact more valuable.

Parent/Teacher interviews to discuss student progress are conducted twice annually.  A comprehensive written report is sent to parents at the end of second term and at the end of the fourth term.

Student Reporting
Parent/teacher and student interviews will also be conducted as required throughout the year. Either parents or teachers can initiate these.
Term 1
• Parent/teacher information sharing.
Term 2
• Written reports on student achievement.
• Parent/teacher interviews.
Term 4
• Written reports on student achievement.

Facebook Page

The school Facebook page will increasingly be used to share information and photos of events held by the school.  Click on the link to access the page:



Mobile App

The Tate Street App is available from iTunes and Google Play.  Increasingly, the app will be used to keep parents up to date of important events and information regarding the school.

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Out of School Hours Care

Tate Street offers both a before and after school care program for Primary school aged children. The program is operated by dedicated and experienced staff, including:

  • Fiona Farnsworth – Coordinator

  • Angela Oldham

  • Meg Wiffen

  • Karly Russell

Service times:

  • Before School Care: 7.00am – 8.50am

  • After school Care:  3.15 p.m. – 6.15pm

This service operates in the school under the management of the School Council. It is available to all families in the school community and to all children Prep-Grade 6.

Children must be enrolled/registered annually and bookings are essential. Enrollment forms are available from Out of School Hours Care or the administration office.

For further information please contact one of the friendly staff directly on 5229 3795.

School Routine

8.45 am                     – Playground supervision commences.
8.50 am                     – Bag bell (Children may enter their classrooms).
9.00 am                     – Class begins
11.00 – 11.30am      – Recess
1.30 – 1.40pm          – Lunch eaten in class or supervised outside
1.40 – 2.15pm          – Lunch time
3.15 pm                     – Dismissal
3.30 pm                     – Playground supervision ceases.

Lunches are eaten in the classroom or outside as a group under the supervision of teachers. Children like to have a morning play lunch as well as a lunch.  Lunches are best kept simple and healthy.  We are a WATER ONLY school; an initiative of Barwon Health.

Student Health

Please remember that sick students must be kept home.  The sick bay provides for minor upsets at school.  The school’s policy is to contact the parents if the illness is protracted or of a serious nature, so that students can be taken home.  It is imperative that the school has your daily contact number and/or that of a responsible friend who can be relied upon in an emergency.  If this information changes, please notify the school immediately. 

If your child’s health status changes (eg. he/she develops allergies, asthma, etc.) please ensure that the Administration is made aware of this change immediately.  This will ensure that the necessary knowledge and precautions are drawn to the attention of all staff.

If medication is to be taken at school, written instructions must be handed to the teacher.  Prescription medication must come to school in the original pharmacy packaging with the child’s name and dosage label intact. The school possesses a well-maintained first aid kit.  We also have a number of appropriate kits, which are always taken on excursions.

Asthma Action Plans If your child suffers from asthma, an action plan needs to be completed and an inhaler must accompany him/her in their bag.  The school does have an inhaler, which can be applied in an emergency. Parents, in consultation with their family doctor, must document a management plan.  Please ensure that an updated Asthma Action Plan is provided to the school whenever changes to your child’s condition necessitates this.


Anaphylaxis Management Plans

Parents, in consultation with their family doctor, must document a management plan.  A current epipen is kept at school. All staff have been trained to deal with a reaction. Please ensure that an updated Anaphylaxis Action Plan is provided to the school whenever changes to your child’s condition necessitates this.


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