The A-Z of Information about Palmerston
Welcome to Palmerston District Primary School. We have provided an A-Z of information to assist in a smooth transition to Palmerston Primary School. If you have any further questions, please call the front office on (02) 6205 7241 and they will endeavor to assist you.
From time to time students and parents at Palmerston District Primary School will be involved in activities which may be of positive interest to the Media or may be useful in promoting the school through Information Brochures or through the Directorate website and/or our school’s website. To acknowledge and celebrate student achievement, children’s work, including writing, artwork, photographs of school/class activities may also be used from time to time e.g. in our newsletter. Only the child’s first name and the parent/carer’s full name will be attached to any information/children’s work that is accessible by the wider community.
To assist them in observing and understanding strategies students use to achieve specific outcomes, staff at the school may also wish to video students engaging in learning tasks. In order to ensure that no child or parent/carer is filmed or photographed against their wishes, the school has established a register of students and parent/carers who are not to be filmed or whose photograph and work are not to be used for the above activities. For more information please contact the Front Office. With the increase of videoing on iPads for teachers’ assessment. Please ensure that we have your signed media permission note. Teachers are confidential.
The Directorate is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students. While school staff have a duty of care to students to provide first aid assistance when required, parents will be aware that schools cannot be responsible for the general management of medical conditions. In special circumstances, staff may be able to assist with the administration of medication. In these cases, Directorate policy requires principals to ensure that a comprehensive written authority is obtained from the student's parents and also seek from them a written statement from the student's doctor authorising a member of staff to administer the prescribed medication. Students requiring medication during the day need to have their medicines labelled (name, dose, times for administering). Parents need to inform teachers and front office staff, of the medication students are taking. A record book is located at the Front Office and medications are stored there at all times. In the event of Asthma, a plan will be required and parents will provide information to staff re administration of medication.
Anaphylaxis - administration of adrenaline by EpiPen or similar device if your child suffers from anaphylaxis. You should obtain a written Anaphylaxis Treatment Plan signed by your doctor and yourself as parent or carer. In the absence of a written and signed Anaphylaxis Treatment Plan, only standard First Aid can be given in an emergency and staff will be unable to administer adrenaline. If your child is given adrenaline to treat an isolated anaphylaxis Attack, it can help the anaphylaxis and is unlikely to cause any significant side-effects. Relevant staff have received asthma and anaphylaxis and diabetes training.
For further information download the departmental policy on Administering Medication
An Emergency Treatment Plan is to be completed for any significant medical condition that could lead to a medical emergency. It is to be completed by parents/carers in consultation with their child's doctor (Specialist or General Medical Practitioner). Procedure 11 Emergency Treatment Plan for Act Public Schools
An 'Authority to Administer Medication' form will also need to be completed, which is available on the school web-site.
We understand that at times students may need to bring a mobile phone to school. We ask that you have your child drop it off at the front office on arrival to school. They can be collected at 3pm. We cannot guarantee safety of the phone otherwise. As many phones have cameras, we need to lock up phones in the front office as part of our cyber safety to others.