SKOOLBAG PHONE APP St. Patrick’s School uses Skoolbag App to communicate with parents. This system is free to users and very effective in keeping parents up-to-date with events, the weekly newsletter, alerting the school to student absences, etc.
OPEROO This app provides parents the opportunity to update vital medical and contact information promptly and accurately while providing the school with instant access to the emergency information provided by parents. It can be updated directly through a mobile device/tablet/laptop/PC. Through Operooo permission forms are also sent home to parents electronically and permission accepted or denied. This free application is available as an app on a smart phone/device as well as through the website www.operoo.com.
Through Operoo excursion permission forms are also sent home to parents electronically and permission accepted or denied.
Permission is required through Operoo before children can leave the school grounds for an excursion. Children without permission will not be allowed to leave the school – verbal permission is not acceptable.
PARENT ACCESS MODULE (PAM) PAM is an online tool which provides parents with quick, easy and confidential access to a range of information specific to their child. This information includes attendance records, school reports, the ability to book for 3 way chats (parent-teacher-child interviews) and other relevant information. It is accessed via the website pam.spballarat.catholic.edu.au – each parent/guardian is supplied with a relevant log-in and password. It is recommended to select My Settings and enter an email address and change the password if necessary. If you wish to change the Username allocated please contact the school. Click on the student’s name to access all of the information relevant to that student.
SCHOOL NEWSLETTER Our bulletin is published every Wednesday and downloaded onto the Skoolbag App.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES From time to time, issues or concerns may arise regarding your child’s learning at school, which you may feel the need to discuss. When this arises, please contact the classroom teacher to arrange an interview time which is suitable to all parties. If, after this meeting, you feel that your concerns have not been addressed in a suitable manner, you are invited to request a meeting with the principal. Direct communication with the classroom teacher will always remain the first priority before any other action can be taken.
REPORTING & INTERVIEWS Reports will be given to parents at the end of each semester (Terms 2 and 4). These come home in the Learning Diary. They can also be accessed by the Parent Access Module (PAM).
Learning Diaries contain samples of the different learning activities the children engage in throughout the term. The samples are often accompanied by a teacher comment indicating the child’s progress or the child’s own self-assessment of a particular activity or program. The Learning Diary is sent home at the end of each term. Parents are asked to sit down with their child, go through it together and to then write a comment or note to their child in the diary.
Formal parent-teacher-child interviews are held twice yearly. Parents must contact the school to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet with teachers outside of the scheduled formal parent-teacher-child interviews.