Our Policies

Commitment to Child Safety

The Child Safe Standards Ministerial Order No. 870 sets out the specific actions that schools need to take to meet the child safe standards. The introduction of child safe standards form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, which found that more must be done to prevent and respond to child abuse in schools. The standards will promote cultures where protecting children from abuse is part of everyday thinking and practice in organisations.   The Child Safe Standards set out to create safe places for children to fully and actively participate in the life of the community benefiting everyone. Thomastown Meadows Primary School will ensure that the children in its care are protected to the best of its ability and in line with their duty of care and the compulsory child safe standards.   The Standards   To create and maintain a child safe school, we will comply with the following standards.   Standard 1 Good leadership & governance in child safe school – strategies to embed a school culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements   Standard 2 Commitment to Child Safety Policy – a child safe statement of commitment to child safety   Standard 3 Code of Conduct – a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children   Standard 4 Human Resources Practices – screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel   Standard 5 Reporting Child Abuse – processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse   Standard 6 Identifying and Reducing Risks – strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse   Standard 7 Empowering Children – strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.   Ministerial Order No. 870 has set out the specific actions for schools to take to meet these requirements In complying with the child safe standards above, we will be mindful of the diversity of students and school communities and include the following inclusion principles as part of each standard:

  • promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse and vulnerable backgrounds
  • promoting the safety of children with a disability

Thomastown Meadows Primary School is committed to promoting and protecting the interest and safety of all children by providing an environment where children are safe, feel safe and their voices are heard.

School Attendance – Every day counts

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. By Year 10 they’ll have missed more than a year of school. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes. Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school, there are things we can do together to ensure they don’t fall behind:

  • Speak with your classroom teacher and find out what work your child needs to do to keep up.
  • Develop an absence learning plan with your teacher and ensure your child completes the plan.

Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher early as early as possible. From 1 March 2014, new laws will mean that parents can be fined for not sending students to school without an acceptable reason. If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day. Please click on the link below for more information on School Attendance. Every Day Counts Student Engagement Policy This school strives to promote a happy, healthy, supportive and secure environment for all children and to raise awareness of what makes students resilient, to develop strategies to reduce vulnerabilities, to build student/school connectedness and to increase coping skills. A copy of our Student Engagement policy is available from the school office.