A-Z Information


School Board

The School Board embodies the principle of collaboration between parents and staff, and community partnership in decision-making processes. Its members include three parents (one being the Chairperson), two teachers, a community representative and the Principal. Staggered two-year terms ensure continuity in the Board’s work. The Fadden Board encourages communication between the school and its community in determining the school’s budget, curriculum and education policies as well as its many needs in relation to buildings, facilities, equipment, funds and staff. Parents are welcome to attend any School Board Meeting and elected community members of the School Board can be contacted about school matters. The minutes of the Board Meetings are available from the Office.

Security at School

The school building is protected by a security system at night, weekends and during school holidays. Suspicious behaviour on school property should be reported to the police on 000 (urgent/emergency), 131 444 (attendance required but not urgent), 6239 7777 (routine enquiries).

Sickness and Accidents

Sick children should be kept at home. If a child becomes sick at school the limited school firstaid facilities will be used until parents take the child home. If a child suffers a serious accident at school, parents will be notified immediately. Should emergency treatment be required the child will be transported by ambulance to a hospital. Should a child require medication during school hours the following procedures should be followed for the safety of children and staff:

  • Parents write a letter to the Principal requesting assistance with medication, giving details. (Medication is to be forwarded with the request).
  • Medication is to be held in a secure place in the First Aid room.
  • Children are individually responsible for going to the Office Manager’s office for medication at the correct time.

Should your child catch chicken pox, mumps, measles or any other infectious disease, please contact the school for information about quarantine periods and to enable the school to warn other parents that their children may have been exposed.

Staff Allocation

The number of staff allocated to the school is determined by a formula administrated by the ACT Department of Education and Training and is based primarily on the number of children enrolled. A staff list is published in the School Newsletter early in the school year.

Sun Protection Policy

In accordance with the Department of Education and Training policy, Fadden Primary School has developed a policy based on the ACT Cancer Society’s Sun Smart Policy and Guidelines. The main features are as follows:

  • Hats and sunscreen are actively encouraged for all outdoor activity
  • A policy of “No hats, stay in the shade” is enforced
  • Where possible, outdoor activities are timetabled for the earlier part of the day
  • School hats are available from the Uniform Shop or the Front Office For further information see our Sunsmart Policy.

Supervision of the Grounds

Teachers provide supervision in the school grounds (and sometimes, the Library) during recess and at lunchtime and at the school bus stop after school. In the mornings, children stay on sealed areas outside units. A number of staff are in classrooms each morning from 8.30 – 8.58 to deal with any emergencies. A roster teacher before school duties is displayed in each building – usually on the windows (including at the entrance to the school). Should a child require assistance, she/he should report straight to the teacher on duty (in their classroom/work area) or to the front office and ask for the teacher on call. Children should not enter the units before 8.30 except by prior arrangement (such as band members, sporting teams, excursion groups). You are encouraged not to send your child to school before 8.30am for their own safety. An arrival between 8.50 and 8.58 would be much appreciated. Arrival before 9.00 is essential for a settled, informed start to the day. There is no supervision of play equipment before or after school. These areas are out of bounds before and after school. There is no supervision in the school grounds after 3.00pm and students should proceed home. Should a child require assistance after school, she/he should report to the front office. If children miss their bus, or parents are late, or children have problems immediately after school, they should go to the front office so that they may receive assistance.