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:
- the behaviour code for students, which outlines the standards of behaviour expected in all NSW public schools
- anti-racism education
- anti-bullying programs
- conflict resolution and mediation training
- peer support
- road safety education
- the Healthy School Canteen Strategy.
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.
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. Gates open at 8:15am.
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.
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 sticker 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.
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 having a say in ways to improve the school. Mrs Brown established a student parliament in 2015. The parliament is run by Year 6 leaders who take on the roles of Prime Minister in Federal Parliament and Premier in State Parliament, Ministers of Sport, Environment, Events, Transport, Education, Arts and Technology. There is a Treasurer, Speaker, Serjeant-At-Arms and a Leader of the Opposition. During parliament, all students in Years 3-6 have the opportunity to address the parliament and move a motion, outlining new initiatives for the school to undertake. The students then vote on the motion. If passed, the item is brought to the attention of the minister in charge of that area. They then take action on the issue, under the guidance of the Principal and school staff. Due to the significant increase in student enrolments, in 2019, our school parliament split into two sessions. Stage 2 became State Parliament and Stage 3 became Federal Parliament. The Federal Parliament is given a budget from the Principal to work with throughout the year and they designate half of the funds to be given to State Parliament. Our parliament sessions provide a forum for all students to have a ‘voice’ regarding how the school operates since its foundation.