A-Z Parent Information
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
Wanniassa School comprises of a Preschool with three classes, one of which is a Koori Preschool, the Junior Campus (K-6) and the Senior Campus (7-10). Our students and teachers have diverse backgrounds and we maintain an inclusive environment. We have many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We are a relational, vibrant school and we are developing strong links with our community through our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), student workshops and participation in community events, whole-school acknowledgment of significant dates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and teachers’ professional development.
• Tutorial support scheme, for extra literacy and numeracy assistance or assistance with assignments
• Aspirations program, providing extension opportunities in students’ areas of special interest
• Aboriginal Art weekly program
• Closing the Gap literacy and numeracy support
• Individual student pathways planning
Annual events include:
• Australian National University Camp
• Indigenous careers expo
• Reconciliation Week
• NAIDOC Week
• Indigenous Literacy Day
• College transition days
We have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural resource room, the Ganbra room, and an Indigenous Education Officer.
For more information, call 6205 8087 or 6205 7855.
Absences / Late Arrival
All absences or late arrivals must be explained by a note or phone call from parents or legal guardians. If your child is absent or late please ring the front office on 6205 6200 with an explanation. If no explanation is received by 9:30am an absence SMS and /or email will be sent home.
Absence notifications can also be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acceptable use of ICT
Prior to any student using the school's computers and other forms of technology, an acceptable use form must be agreed upon and completed. This is to ensure that students follow the code of conduct in using information, communication and technolgy. For more information see the Communities Online Policy.
Wanniassa School’s Achievement Centre is an offline program for Year 7-8 students who are disengaging from education. Students are supported to improve attendance, literacy and numeracy and social skills within a small, structured environment. Our programs include:
• Small group literacy and numeracy (2-4 students per group)
• Daily reading program
• Morning meetings and breakfast program
• Lunch and kitchen facilities available, as well as access to Wanniassa Canteen
• PE and Health, social activities and games, art, horticulture, woodwork, cooking, Waterwatch/Environmental Science
Student placements are for 1 semester, with at least 1 term full-time at the centre before transitioning gradually back into the mainstream setting. Longer placements can be negotiated based on student need and centre capacity.
Students are referred to the centre from Tuggeranong region schools, usually through the Student Welfare or Pastoral Care personnel.
For more information, call 6205 8087.
School assemblies are held once a fortnight. Students are expected to listen and be courteous to all speakers during assemblies.
The school values a student's right to appeal against grades or assessment procedures if they can show that an error has been made or an injustice done. This means that students have the right to talk to someone when they feel that they have been unfairly treated so that action can be taken to make things right.
The student should make appeals against assessment in the first instance to the class teacher. If the student and teacher cannot work it out the appeal may be taken by the student to one of the Executive Teachers.
If this step does not work the appeal may be taken by the student to the Principal / Deputy Principal. If this step does not resolve matters then the student may lodge an appeal in writing, signed by a parent, seeking a formal review of the unit assessment.
Students are expected to attend school every day, and to attend every lesson, unless they are sick, or involved in urgent family business. This is a requirement of the Education Act 2004 for the award of the Year 10 Certificate.
All absences must be explained by a note or phone call from parents/legal guardians. Notes should be handed to the student’s Pathway Tutor Group teacher or the Front Office on the day they return to school after every absence.
The PTG teacher has a responsibility to follow up on any unexplained absences and will be insistent on notes or phone calls to explain any absence.