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Class times

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Bell times

TIME
BELL

8.40am
x
Recommended time of arrival - Teachers are in classrooms
8.45am
x
FIRST SESSION of learning time commences
10.55am

Beginning of First Break – children proceed to eating areas
11.05am
 
x
Playtime commences
11.25am
 
x
Children move to assembly areas
11.30am
 
x
SECOND SESSION of learning time commences
1.05pm

Beginning of Second break – children proceed to eating areas
1.10pm
 
x
Playtime commences.
1.35pm
 
x
Children move to assembly areas
1.40pm
x
THIRD SESSION of learning time commences
2.45pm
x
End of school day.


Arriving at school

Your child has a better opportunity to perform well if they arrive at school on time to prepare for the school day and formal instruction which begins at 8.45am.

Students and their parents arriving early are asked to congregate in the Centre Court until 8.40am.  A staff member will release them at 8:40am to move to classrooms and prepare for the day.

Departure from school

Students are dismissed at 2.45pm.  Once dismissed, students are to proceed home or attend afternoon programs as directed by their parents/carers.

Should a student not be collected by 3.00pm or an alternative time as planned by the family, the students are to report to the office.

Parents/carers who collect students each afternoon in private vehicles are asked to ensure that their children are not left waiting for long periods after they have been dismissed.

Parents/carers are also asked to collect their children from their classroom or the school gate and escort them to the car, especially students in Prep, Years 1, 2 and 3.

If arriving before 2.45pm please wait quietly in the Junior Court area, and then proceed to your child’s class after the 2.45pm bell.   Please ensure the service provided by the pedestrian crossing and crossing supervisor is used and that our students have good role models to follow.

Parents are asked not to drive into the school for safety reasons.

Pupils collected early

Parents/carers wishing to collect students from school early are required to:
  • Advise the school by note or phone of the intended early collection the day of, or prior to, the day of early collection
  • Report to the Administration Office upon arrival to sign the child out.  An Early Departure Authorisation slip will be issued.
  • Present the Early Departure Authorisation slip to the classroom teacher when collecting the child.

If a person other than the parents/carers is to collect a child early from school, they will require identification and need to be listed on your child’s file as an approved emergency contact or family member.

Due to our duty of care responsibilities we actively discourage requests to allow students to leave our care to make their own way home unsupervised by an adult during class time. Therefore, written or verbal requests from parents/carers to “Let students go early” will be referred to the Principal or Deputy Principal where alternative arrangements will be negotiated with the parent/carer by phone.

Parades

At Talara, we maintain a small community atmosphere, through mixed grouping across our school where all classes are represented.  These groups are used to create Peer Support and Buddy Programs.  Our staff are also members of these groups.

In 2006, “Uncle” Lyndon Davis represented the Gubbi Gubbi people and worked with all of our Talara Indigenous students to discuss the history of our local custodians.  The Tribe or Mob structure of our Indigenous people leant itself to the groupings we have at Talara.  In acknowledgement and celebration of our traditional Gubbi Gubbi custodians, “Uncle” Lyndon Davis helped us find Gubbi Gubbi language to name our groups, which became our Tribes.  The existing artwork in Junior Court which Dale Manns created for us, was used to stimulate our Tribe names.  The earth, the sky and the sea are depicted in this image.  From here our Talara Tribes were created. 

​Class Name
​Animal
​Tribe Name
​Meaning of Tribe
​Parade Day
​Audakoal  
​Mullet Fish
​Dingira
​Sea
​Tuesday
​Midyimba  
​Mud Crab
​Dingira
​Sea
​Tuesday
​Giwer
​Goana
​Djaa
​Earth
​Wednesday
​Yilam
​Small Grey Snake
​Djaa
​Earth
​Wednesday
​Wurooma
​Sea Eagle
​Noring
​Sky
​Thursday
​Blai Blai
​Flying Fox
​Noring
​Sky
​Thursday

During weekly parades we share achievements and promote our senior students as role models. These same classes may engage in buddy reading, become the audiences for final rehearsals for culmination activities and watch out for each other in the playground.  Our Peer Support Program is also conducted within these Tribes.

In the last week of each term we celebrate a Whole School Parade of Excellence.  These are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate, as a whole school, students attaining outstanding levels of achievement in Academic, Sporting, Cultural and The Arts.

Parents/carers are invited to attend parades whenever possible to celebrate with us our students’ successes and to keep abreast of school life generally. We ask that if you are able to attend, please ensure any younger siblings with you are kept quiet so as not to distract the students.

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Last reviewed 08 February 2021
Last updated 08 February 2021