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Riverbank Public School

Riverbank Public School

Learning to live - living to learn

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Student health and safety

We are committed to ensuring a safe and happy environment for your child.

Following the incident on 17 September at Southern Cross University – Lismore Campus, we would like to share Headspace’s mental health support resource (PDF 100.52KB) for students, teachers and school staff.

We support your child’s health and safety through a range of strategies including:

For more information, visit the student wellbeing section of the department’s website.

Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:

  • school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety
  • supporting individual students who need help with health issues
  • providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.

Student wellbeing

Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.

The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.

The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allows them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.

Restorative practices and wellbeing

Restorative Practices form the relational basis for Quality Teaching and Learning at Riverbank Public School. Our Restorative practice framework, because of its explicit nature, offers a common language and practice capable of fostering healthy relationships.

Please click here to view our Restorative Practises and wellbeing page for detailed information.   

Supervision prior to 8:15am

Parents are advised that the school playground is unsupervised prior to 8:15am. Students should not arrive at school before this time. Students are asked to stay seated under the Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA) until the teachers are on duty.

An assistant principal will be on bus supervision from 2:45pm-3:00pm. Students have been shown where to meet after the 2:45pm bell so they can be escorted on to the bus.

Students arriving late to school 

We understand that sometimes children need to arrive late to school due to specialist appointments, etc, however, no student is allowed to sign themselves in. To ensure their safe arrival at school, a parent must accompany them if they are arriving anytime after 8:45am. Should your child arrive unescorted after this time, you will be contacted and your child will remain in the school office until you return to sign them in.

Please do not drop your child at the gate after this time. 


Any adult entering the school during school hours must report to the administration office and record their name and purpose of the visit in the visitor’s book. They will be required to wear a visitor’s badge while on the premises and to sign out on departure. Visitors will only be permitted to enter the school if they are on school business or by invitation from the school.

School parliament

An important aspect of modern schools is the establishment of student ownership in the day to day operations within the school; be it roles and responsibilities within the classroom, jobs out in the playground and also having a say in ways to improve the school. With this in mind, Riverbank Public School has established a student parliament. The parliament is run by Year 6 students who will take on the roles of speaker and prime minister.

The other prefects and house captains will adopt portfolios within the school, such as Minister of Sport, Minister for Functions, and Minister for Transport. During parliament, all students will have the opportunity to address the parliament and make suggestions of new things to be bought for the school, things that need changes, or things that need to be stopped.

Once the item is brought to the parliament’s attention, the minister in charge of that area will take action on the issue under the guidance of school staff. The establishment of student parliament was an exciting step in the evolution of Riverbank Public School, and we know the students relish the opportunity to have a larger say in how the school is run.