Before and After School Supervision
The School has a duty of care to ensure our students' safety on campus. For this reason, it is a requirement that all students are supervised at all times whilst on the school grounds. Please note the supervision times as detailed below.
Parents dropping off or picking up students outside of these times will be contacted by the relevant Head of School.
Teacher playground supervision commences from 8.20am each morning.
Primary students arriving between 7.50am and 8.20am must go to the SOLA until playground supervision begins at 8.20am. Students will be collected from the SOLA for co-curricular activities that commence at 8.00am.
Secondary students arriving between 7.50am and 8.20am may use the Dawson Library for quiet study or reading. At 8.20am, they can remain in the Library or proceed to their year areas outside.
No students are to be on-site before 7.50am. Students on-site before 7.50am will be taken to Front Reception and parents contacted.
The only exceptions are:
Stage 6 students with timetabled, before-school classes.
RAD Ballet students on scheduled class mornings (see RAD Ballet page for more information).
Students who are participating in co-curricular activities scheduled as commencing before 7.50am.
Kindergarten students will have separate arrangments at the beginning of the year to ensure a smooth transition to school.
Before School Care is available on-site from 6.30am to the commencement of the school day. The rates for BSC are $30 per permanent (prebooked) session; $31 per casual session*
* Please note that all casual sessions need to be booked in by midday each day to ensure sufficient educators are available.
Primary School student supervision ceases at 3.45pm, and all students must be collected by 3.45pm from the Kiss and Drop area. Students who have not been collected by 3.45pm (and are not registered for OSHC) will be escorted by teaching staff to the School Front Reception and the School will contact parents.
All Kindergarten to Year 6 students who are not being collected by parents or caregivers at the end of the school day, or catching a bus after school, need to be registered for our Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) service.
Secondary students will have access to the Dawson Library every afternoon until 4.30pm Monday to Thursday, and until 4.00pm on Fridays, for quiet study or reading.
The OSHC Service provides nutritious afternoon tea snacks prepared by our Canteen and served to the students on arrival. Kindergarten to Year 2 students will participate in the OSHC program. Students in Years 3 to 6 have the option of engaging in Homework Help between 3.30pm and 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday. Primary students not participating in OSHC Homework Help cannot access the Library after school and parents will be called to collect those children.
Most families will be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlements on their OSHC fees and are encouraged to complete the Child Care Subsidy Assessment to determine what entitlements you are eligible for. Generally, entitlements are around 85% of the session fee (capped at $10.29 for the short session). Call Columba Cottage on 6581 4433 if you would like to know more about the service.
There are two OSHC session options available for Primary students:
Full session: care available until 6.00pm on days selected $35 per permanent (prebooked) session; $36 per casual session*
Short session: care until 4.30pm $12 per session for permanent (prebooked) bookings; $13 per hour for casual bookings** Please note that all casual sessions need to be booked in by midday each day to ensure sufficient educators are available.
The OSHC service offers the following after school options to families:
Kindergarten to Year 2 Care (3.20pm to 4.30pm)
Students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 will participate in OSHC activities such as games, sport, craft and outdoor play. Afternoon tea supplied.
Homework Help in the Library (3.20pm to 4.30pm)
A fully qualified teacher will be working with our students in Years 3 to 6 with their homework. Students must be registered with OSHC to attend. Afternoon tea supplied. Full session fees will be charged for families accessing care beyond 4.30pm.
Out of School Hours Care (3:20pm to 6.00pm)
Games, sport and craft will be supervised by qualified staff for Kindergarten to Year 2 students and Years 3 to 6 students requiring extended care. Afternoon tea is provided, and OSHC is open until 6.00pm. See the OSHC Fee Schedule available on the Columba Cottage website for more information regarding fees, or you can call the staff at Columba Cottage on 6581 4433 if you would like to know more about the OSHC service.
Families wanting to utilise any of these options will be required to enrol their child for OSHC. OSHC registration forms are available from Columba Cottage Reception.
Please note that Kiss and Drop and bus line supervision ceases at 3.45pm each day and all students should be collected by that time. Primary School students will not be able to access the Library after school, and parents will be called to collect children who are not registered with the OSHC service.