Everything You Need to Know on the First Day: Primary

Another school year is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about all of those 'first day' things again. To make the transition to school smooth for everyone, Mr Quick put together some FAQs that will help you with our main procedures. 

This information is also in a letter emailed to all parents of Primary children.

WHEN DO CLASSES COMMENCE?

Classes commence at 8:45am on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. It's important to plan your first day so that you arrive early. The school day finishes at 3:00pm. In class, students will receive information regarding their classroom routines etc. 

NOTE: Please ensure that you have communicated clearly with your child/teacher your transport arrangements for the end of the day.

WHERE DO WE GO ON THE FIRST DAY?

At 8:45am, before classes start for the day, students from Years 1 to 6 will meet in our usual assembly area under the shade cloth. Prep students will meet at the Prep Centre, which you will see from the carpark. 

New Students: Years 1 to 6

There will be a common meeting area for all new students. Please follow the signage on the day. 

Prep Students

Please wait at the Prep Centre with your child until the bell rings for classes to begin. While you are waiting, please fill in the Pick Up Form, provided on the day. This will let your child's teacher know where your child needs to be for pick-up that afternoon. NOTE: It is essential that you leave this form in the classroom before you leave. 

The Prep playground is not supervised before school, so it would be appreciated if you could keep your little ones off the equipment.

At class time, the Prep teacher will welcome you and your child into the classroom where she may take a photo of you and your child. You may help your child locate their name around the classroom. Your child's name will be on a tray, a chair bag and the birthday wall. The teacher will talk to you about what you can do to help your child get settled into the classroom. This includes routines such as water bottles in the container, lunch boxes in fridge, hats in chair bags and so on. 

Eventually, the children will be asked to sit on the mat and you will need to say goodbye. If your child has difficulty separating from you at this time, our teacher aides will be available to assist. Please don't linger outside the windows as this can distract the class and prolong your child's settling time. Instead, please come to our LaunchPad Café morning tea in the Primary Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

LAUNCHPAD CAFÉ

We invite all new families to attend our LaunchPad Cafe morning tea from 9:00 to 10:00am in the Primary Learning Resource Centre (LRC). This is a great opportunity to meet and share first day experiences with other parents.

WHERE CAN I PICK UP MY CHILD AT THE END OF THE DAY?

Students may be picked up from either the GATE 1 car park (with better access to the Prep Centre, or the GATE 2 Dop'n'Go. All gates are clearly marked.

Our school day finishes at 3:00pm. Please ensure that you have communicated clearly with your child and their teacher about where you will be meeting your child at the end of the day to avoid any unnecessary confusion and anxiety.

Secondary brothers and sisters are asked to walk over to Primary if their parents wish to have only one pick-up location. In the afternoon, the only Primary students who have permission to walk across to Secondary are the following groups:

  • Students who are walking directly to the care of their parent/caregiver who works on the Secondary campus
  • Students who walk home via Wishart Road
  • Students who need to catch a council bus from WIshart Road
  • READ MORE ABOUT OUR CAR PARK PROTOCOLS HERE

    PREP STUDENTS 

    Parents of Prep students can collect their child from either the Prep Centre (Gate 1) or the Drop’n’Go (Gate 3). If you choose to collect your child from the Prep Centre, we ask that you please wait outside the gate until the bell has rung because we find that students are easily distracted if they see their parents outside the classrooms.

    WHAT ABOUT THE BUS SERVICE IN 2019?

    If you require the BAC bus service in 2019, please go to Bus Information to learn more. Find out about our new Bus Management System and download the Bus Requirement and Profile Form

    Complete the form and return it to the Administration Office before school starts. Forms will be date stamped and preference will be given in order of receipt. Once a bus reaches operating capacity, applicants will be put on a waiting list. You are required to complete a form if you:

  • are a new traveller
  • are a current traveller returning in 2019
  • need to change any details
  • wish to cancel a serviceUNIFORM ON THE FIRST DAY
  • UNIFORMS

    Uniforms on January 29, 2019 are as follows:

  • PREP TO YEAR 2: BAC sports uniform
  • YEAR 3 TO YEAR 6: BAC formal uniform
  • Students are also required to bring their hat. We have a 'no hat, no play!' policy for the safety of our students. The BAC Way states that we ‘Look smart and wear our uniform correctly and with pride’. Please refer to the BAC Uniform Regulations.

    Uniform Shop

    The Uniform Shop will operate from 8am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 4pm on Tuesday for any last minute purchases. The usual opening hours in 2019 will be Mondays (8am to 12pm) and Thursdays (12pm to 5pm). Go to the website or contact Nataly: E: uniformshop@bac.qld.edu.au | (07) 3347 6402.

    WHAT ARE THE USUAL SUPERVISION HOURS ON PRIMARY?

    Teacher supervision begins at 8:15am and concludes at 3:25pmChildren on the grounds outside of these times will be placed in the OSHC care service located at the Student Centre. It is suggested that all parents sign up online at www.extend.com.au. Duty-of-care obligations do not permit us to allow unsupervised children on the premises outside of supervised times.

    CAN I ORDER MY CHILD TUCKSHOP ON THE FIRST DAY?

    Yes you can order tuckshop for your child on the first day of school, 29 January 2019. New families to BAC will need to register online with School24. Note that our school registration ID number is: 25247963. For returning families, when ordering please ensure you have your child's new class listed.

    PLEASE NOTE: The cutoff time for ordering on the day-of is 8am.

    WHAT STATIONERY WILL MY CHILD NEED IN 2019?

    Please note that all stationery and books for Primary students are provided by the College. Parents need only provide minor items such as coloured pencils and pencil cases. Each student will also need a library bag in order to borrow library books from the Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

    You should label everything your child brings to school. Please ensure that all items belonging to your child are clearly labelled from the first day, including clothing, hats, bags, pencils and so on. Thanks for helping us stay organised.

    HOW CAN I SET UP 2019 SO THAT WE GET THE BEST OUT OF OUR YEAR?
    Communication

    As per usual, you will receive communications via email, ClassDojo or written sheets directly from your child's teacher regarding any in-class activities or excursions. 

    For communications relevant to families across campuses or the whole school, or celebratory information we'd like to share with you, there are 5 main ways you can stay 'in the loop' in 2019, go to our Communications page on the MyBAC menu.

    Fees

    When it comes to fees, we understand that a lot of families prefer to pay them bit by bit instead of all at once. Business manager Lance Usher can set up a payment plan with you. To do this, phone the school on (07) 3347 6444 or email Lance to make an appointment as soon as possible.