Transition to Box Hill

All students will begin learning at our new school site located at 1 Lakefront Crescent, Gables from 8 November 2021.


However, as you would appreciate this plan may need to be changed in response to further Government and Public Health advice or other circumstances that may emerge in these uncertain times.

All updates regarding our transition to Gables and new arrangements will be provided on this page.

 

 

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Santa Sophia Catholic College Box Hill Transport

Transport Arrangements

  
Bus Routes

From 8 November, all private bus services (with the exception of Bus 1) will cease to operate and will be replaced by the Hillsbus service according to the    attached timetable. Families that are coming from Riverstone Area will need to use 741 - Oakville to Riverstone via Maraylya & Box Hill provided by Busways.

Due to no other transport options west of Gables, Private Bus service no.1 will temporarily continue to provide transportation for students west of Gables, until Busways reviews the services west of the school. The school will cover the cost for Term 4.

All bus services will be reviewed over Term 4 and the Summer/Christmas holiday break. We strongly recommend you apply for or update the School Travel Pass as soon as possible to provide Transport NSW the data needed to justify more services.

For further information, please use the Transport NSW Trip Planner which will assist you in determining which bus routes are available.

Students catching the bus should enter the school via Gate 6 located on Fontana Drive (see below map)

  View the procedures for students travelling by bus

School Travel Pass

The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) gives eligible school students free or subsidised travel between home and school.

You need to live a minimum distance from school to be eligible for a free school travel pass. The minimum distance varies according to the year/grade you are enrolled in, in that calendar year:

  • Years K to 2 (Infants): no minimum distance
  • Years 3 to 6 (Primary): 1.6 kilometres straight line distance or 2.3 kilometres walking or further
  • Years 7 to 12 (Secondary): 2 kilometres straight line distance or 2.9 kilometres walking or further.

You can apply for a school bus here - Apply for a School Travel Pass.

Students are required to have their opal cards on them each time they get on a bus. Students may be refused entry if they do not have a valid opal card. Hillsbus Supervisors frequent these services on a regular basis. If students lose their opal card they need to apply for a replacement immediately.

Students will need to tap on, each time they get on the bus. Tapping on ensures that NSW transport is monitoring student numbers. If students do not tap on we may lose services.
  

Pick Up/Drop Off

The Primary Kiss and Drop area is on Lakefront Crescent near Gate 1.

  View the procedures for the Primary Kiss & Drop area - Cars Only

The Secondary Kiss and Drop area is along Fontana Drive. Students MUST cross the road at the zebra crossing along Red Gables Rd and enter the school via Gate 6.

  View the procedures for the Secondary Kiss & Drop area - Cars Only

 

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Riding a Bike/Scooter or Walking to school

Students are encouraged to ride their bikes and scooters to school. There are 252 bicycle parking rails located in the school grounds. Students riding/walking to school should enter the school via Gate 2 located on Lakefront Crescent and park their bike/scooter in an available parking rail within school grounds next to Block B.

When students arrive at school on the front concrete paths outside the site (before entering through Gate 2), they must get off their bikes/scooters and walk them into the school grounds. RIDING IS NOT PERMITTED IN SCHOOL GROUNDS.

Students must ensure that they are wearing a helmet whilst riding to school and we ask that parents enforce this rule. Any student caught without a helmet may be banned from riding for a period of time.

Students are responsible for providing their own locks, the school will take no responsibility for stolen items where locks were not provided.

We ask that parents have a discussion with your child around bike safety. Please read the attached fact sheet for your perusal:    Safety on wheels - Information for parents and carers.

  View the procedures for Riding or Walking to School

Parking for visitors

Visitors should park on the adjoining streets. There are many available spots around the school. There is no on-site parking for parents.

Please note: due to current COVID-19 restrictions, parents and carers are not permitted to enter school grounds.
 

Picking up students during the day

There will be times where parents and carers will need to pick up students during the day. However, we encourage parents to make any appointments outside school hours where possible.

We ask that parents send a note to school with the student advising time that they will be picked up. If it is an unexpected occurrence, we ask that parents ring ahead so that we can organise for the student to attend the office.

Parents needing to pick up their children due to appointments or sickness need to go to GATE 1 and ring the buzzer and head to the Administration Office.

 

 

Santa Sophia Catholic College Box Hill Bell Times

Bell Times

School of Connect (Year 5-8) and School of Challenge (Year 9-12)

Start time 8.00am
End time 2.15pm

School of Curiosity (K-4)

Start time 8.10am
End time 2.30pm

School bell times can be found in the School Handbook.

 

 

Santa Sophia Catholic College Box Hill Uniform

Uniform

Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no uniform fittings for students starting school in 2022 at this stage. We have however provided a   size chart and   recommended uniform list to help parents choose the right size and amount of uniforms required to start the school year.

More info on uniform requirements and how to order uniforms.

 

 

Santa Sophia Catholic College Box Hill Orientation

Orientations and School Tours

 
Orientations

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and public health orders, our original planned days have had to be postponed.

Our new planned days will be in Term 4, Weeks 8 to 10 (from Monday 22 Nov to Thursday 9 Dec).  Further information regarding these dates will be sent at a later date. 

All new students attending orientation and transition days are to wear appropriate mufti with fully enclosed shoes.

School of Curiosity (K-4)
Kindergarten - Tuesday 30 November 2021 - Thursday 2 December 2021 (Three ½ days: 9.00 - 11.30am)
Year 1 - Monday 6 December 2021 - 9:00am - 1:45pm
Year 2 - Tuesday 7 December 2021 -  9:00am - 1:45pm
Year 3 - Wednesday 8 December 2021 -  9:00am - 1:45pm
Year 4 - Thursday 9 December 2021 -  9:00am - 1:45pm

School of Connect (5-8)
Year 5 -  Monday 22 November 2021 - 9:00am - 1:45pm
Year 6 - Tuesday 23 November 2021 - 9:00am - 1:45pm
Year 7 - Wednesday 24 November 2021 - 9:00am - 1:45pm
Year 8 - Thursday 25 November 2021 - 9:00am - 1:45pm

School of Challenge (9-12*)
Year 9 - Thursday 25 November 2021 - 9:00am - 1:45pm
Year 10 - Thursday 25 November 2021 - 9:00am - 1:45pm
Year 11 - Thursday 25 November 2021 -9:00am - 1:45pm
*There is no Year 12 cohort in 2022

Parent Orientation Webinars
We will hold parent orientation webinars for new parents on the following dates:
Kindergarten - Thursday 2 December 2021 , 6:30pm
Years 1 to 4 -Thursday  9 December 2021, 6:30pm
Years 5 to 8 - Thursday  25 November 2021, 6:30pm 
Years 9 to 11 - Thursday 25 November 2021, 7:30pm

School Tours

Current Public Health Orders do not allow non-essential visitors to enter school grounds, therefore we are unable to announce any dates for school tours for parents and prospective parents at this time. School Tours for parents in 2022 are currently being planned (pending Public Health directives).

All of the above dates are subject to change due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

FAQ

School of Curiosity (K-4)

Prior to Kindergarten starting at the school, they will be sent a booking sheet where they will be able to book in a time for their individual Mathematics Assessment Interviews (MAI).

Keep in mind that this is an interview only to assist the teachers in planning and preparing personalised learning for all of their students. Students do not need to prepare for this interview. Parents are to bring their children to the school  for their booked interview time. Interviews will take place in the classroom. Years One to Six Mathematics Interviews will take place over the course of the first few weeks back at school during class time.

 

Kindergarten, Years 1, 2, 3 MAI Testing
Tuesday 1 February 2022
Kindergarten MAI Testing Wednesday 2 February 2022

Term 1 2022 Start Dates

Kindergarten Thursday 3 February 2022
Years 1, 2 and 3 Wednesday 2 February 2022
Year 4 Tuesday 1 February 2022

School of Connect (5-8)

Years 5, 6 and 7 Tuesday 1 February 2022
Year 8 Wednesday 2 February 2022

School of Challenge (9-12*)

Years 9 and 10 Wednesday 2 February 2022
Year 11 Tuesday 1 February 2022

*There is no Year 12 cohort in 2022

You can find our start dates in our school handbook

Applications for enrolments will open on Wednesday 1 December, 2021.

Applications will close on Thursday 31 March, 2022.

We will NOT accept any enrolments prior to this date. Offers will go out at the end of April 2022.

All future enrolments are subject to availability.

For more information on requirements for enrolment, see 'How to Enrol'.

How do I do uniform fittings?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be no uniform fittings for students starting school in 2022 at this stage.

We have however provided a    size chart and    recommended uniform list to help parents choose the right size and amount of uniforms required to start the school year.

More information on uniform requirements and how to order uniforms can be found here.

 
I noticed I could buy shoes from the Uniform Shop on Qkr. Can I buy shoes from the shops instead? Do girls need to wear lace up shoes?

Yes, you may purchase shoes that match our uniform standards from the shops. Students may use the specialist areas of Science and Technology which require WHS regulations to be followed. This includes enclosed footwear, therefore, laced shoes.

 

To assist in the management of the school. Primary and Secondary schools will have staggered bell times.

New Bell Times in 2022

School of Curiosity (K-4) School of Connect (5-8) School of Challenge (9-12)
Before School Supervision 7.30 - 8.00am 7.45am - 8.15am 7.45am - 8.15am
Roll / Homeroom  8.00 - 8.10am 8.15 - 8.30am 8.15 - 8.30am
Session 1 8.10 - 9.10am 8.30 - 9.30am 8.30 - 9.30am
Recess (Yrs 5-12) 9.30 - 10.00am 9.30 - 10.00am
Session 2 9.10 - 10.10am 10.00 - 11.00am
10.00 - 11.00am
Recess (K-4) 10.10 - 10.40am
 
Session 3 10.40 - 11.40am 11.00 - 12.00pm
11.00 - 12.00pm
Lunch (Yrs 5-12) 12.00 - 12.30pm
12.00 - 12.30pm
Session 4 11.40 - 12.40pm 12:30 - 1.30pm 12:30 - 1.30pm
Lunch (K-4) 12.40 - 1.20pm (10 mins eating time)
Session 5 1.20 - 2.20pm 1.30 - 2.30pm 1.30 - 2.30pm
 After School Supervision 2.20 -2.50pm  2.30 - 3.00pm  2.30 - 3.00pm

 

No students should be on school grounds before 7.30am and after 3.00pm, unless they are part of Ambrose Activities - Before/After School Care for K-6. 

You can also find the school bell times in our school handbook.

 

Can students stay after school to catch up on their homework and if yes, till' what time?

School is supervised till 2.50pm. If a teacher runs a supervised activity or an after school homework club is organised you will be advised.

 

Is there any after school care and/or activities for the children to access?

Yes, there is. 

 

Will places be made available to all children who need After School Care at Ambrose (for primary aged kids?)

Ambrose Activities will be running before and after school care (Activities Club) at Box Hill starting from Monday 8 November 2021. Before School Care will start at 6.30am and After School Care will run to 6pm.

 Please note: Ambrose Activities is a separate entity to Santa Sophia Catholic College and CEDP. Please refer any questions or communication to:

Email: santasophia@ambrose.org.au
Mobile: 0460 013 228

For more details, please see the   attached brochure.

 

No Visitors Until Further Notice

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents and carers are currently not permitted on site. We are awaiting government advice on visitor restrictions for schools.

Parking

When visitors are allowed on site, visitors should park on the adjoining streets. There are many available spots with a 1 hour limit during school hours along Lakefront Crescent, Fontana Drive and Red Gables Road. There is no on-site parking for parents.

Can siblings from both School of Curiosity and School of Connect be dropped off and picked up together at the drive through for School of Curiosity?

Yes, if a parent has a child in the School of Curiosity, they can use the Kiss and Drop on Lakefront Crescent. Siblings in older year groups will not be made to exit at a different location. Parents who are dropping off siblings in both K-4 and 5-12  may use the Lakefront Crescent Kiss & Drop area in the morning and afternoon.



Do both senior years and younger kindergartens leave on buses together?

Yes, students in K-4 who catch the bus are brought to the front of the bus lines by their teacher. We currently do not allow any buses to leave until all primary classes have confirmed that their students are ready and waiting for the bus. 


Will there be a canteen?

There will be no canteen services available (including Flexischool orders) in Term 4. A canteen provider will be tendered for in Term 4 and operational in 2022.

Please ensure your child/children come to school with their recess and lunch each day in 2021.

 

My son starts year 5 next year. Do they spend their recess and lunch with the older kids?

Our bell times for the School of Connect and the School of Challenge are currently the same, meaning that Year 5 students and Year 12 students will have recess and lunch at the same time, however we are exploring options for designated areas for each year group (e.g. Year 11 and 12 will be on Level 5) and a rotating roster for popular playground areas such as the basketball court and the oval. Students in the School of Challenge will not be allowed to use certain areas such as the Pyramid and the Ninja Course at the back of the Knowledge Hub which Year 5 and 6 students will gravitate towards.

 

Is there space for students to run around at recess and lunch?

Yes, students currently have access to a running track and basketball court on Level 4, which all different year groups will access but at different times. Next year, students will have  access to a grass area that is currently owned by Stockland. Long term, students will also have access to sporting facilities across the road from the school, although these facilities are yet to be developed.

 

 

 

 

Do you have band available for Year 5?

While we do not currently have a Year 5 cohort, there are plans to have a band for Year 5-8 in 2022.

 

Will students joining Santa Sophia in Year 8 2022 be able to complete the Cert II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways?

No, they will not get the full qualification, but they could be eligible for a statement of attainment.

 

Is school the VET provider or do you engage with an external RTO?

Santa Sophia Catholic College is not an RTO. We are a delivery site on behalf of the CEDP VET RTO. The CEDP VET RTO supports us in our delivery of VET qualifications at the College.

 

How many flights of stairs will my child need to walk up and down daily?

Most classes for each year group will be on the same level, with the exception of classes in specialist areas such as science, TAS, art and PDHPE. 

During recess and lunch, there are areas outside the classrooms that students may use.

Restricted lift access can be granted to any students with medical conditions that prevent them from using the stairs.

 

Will there be lockers for students in the near future?

No. Students' bags have a dedicated space to be hung and security cameras ensure that belongings are safe and secure.

 

Do you have a school library?

Yes, we have a 4 story Knowledge Hub, with a general collection for borrowing which caters for the range of diverse needs of students from each of the Schools. We are open on all levels in both the recess and lunch breaks. 

Level 2 for K-4  has settled social activities including LEGO, games, colouring and reading.

Level 3 for Yrs 5-11 is a space for settled social games, including chess, UNO, puzzles, board and card games.

Level 4 is a quiet area for Years 5-11.

 
  • Compass
  • Seesaw (K-4 only)
  • Facebook/Instagram
  • Website

The main form of communication with parents will occur via the Compass Parent Portal.

Important letters will be e-mailed to all parents on Compass, and posts will appear within the News Feed. Download the Compass School Manager application for FREE from the App Store (iPhone users) or from Google Play (Android users).

The Seesaw App is a form of communicating learning to parents of K-4 students.

Other updates and news will be featured on our website and social media channels - mainly Facebook or Instagram.

NB: As of mid Term 4 2021, we are no longer using SkoolBag.

Learn more about Parents as Partners.

Are there any courses that students can join after school hours within the campus?

There are not necessarily “courses”. However, we do have after school Maths help and as the school grows, and we envisage there will be further after school activities specific to student needs later in 2022.

 

Is there extra classes after school time to help the student that is struggling with the subject and is it a teacher from that same subject?

See above.

 

What is the average class size and/or student-to-teacher ratio?

On average classes will have 60-64 students with 2 teachers. Larger classes would have a third teacher or teachers aide to assist.

 

Will students have the opportunity to sit an ICAS test if they wish?

This has not yet been decided, however, will be considered. It could be part of a program to extend students who are achieving academic excellence.


Do you teach languages, e.g. Spanish?

The language studied in Year 8 is Japanese. If students are interested in studying a language other than Japanese you may wish to enrol in The Saturday School of Languages. Details for 2022 enrollment can be found here.

 

Will there be consideration on students coming from selective/partially selective schools? 

Our classes are mixed ability. Differentiation to cater for all levels of students is planned for in lessons. Data is collected to ensure students are achieving growth in their learning.

 

Homework Policy

 Is there any leniency with regard to homework? Does it need to be handed in/completed daily or does it have a due date? Just wondering how it works when children have after school activities.

A copy of our school Homework Policy can be found on our website using this link: Homework Policy

 

 

If my child is on a PP, how is this information handed over to the teachers at Santa Sophia?

The personalised plans will be transferred by the current Primary School to Santa Sophia. Further to this, the Diversity Team from Santa Sophia have met with the Diversity Teacher and/or Class Teacher at many local CEPD and DET schools to share important information regarding adjustments for students. 

 

How do you help those kids who need more attention in a particular subject? 

We help students in a number of way: 

Scheduling additional teaching personnel in classes: In 2022 an additional Diversity Teacher will be scheduled across Maths and English classes for Years 5-8. This will allow for additional masterclasses and for a focus on building foundational skills in literacy and 
numeracy. 

Scheduling Teachers Aides in classes: Teacher’s Aides are scheduled across a range of classes to support teaching and learning for all students. 

Differentiation and Adjustments: Class teachers differentiate the learning to provide access points for all students in the lesson. Our pedagogy allows us to differentiate by directing students to work at the Surface, Deep or Transfer level. Furthermore, teachers will adjust work based on the students' needs. For example, providing additional scaffolding, simplifying language, incorporating the use of assistive technologies etc. Families are involved in conversations about adjustments via the personalised planning process. 

Intervention: The school runs literacy and numeracy based interventions. 

 

Is there a gifted/talented class?

In 2020 Santa Sophia introduced a Gifted and Talented Program which ran outside of class time. This is currently being reviewed with a plan to profile students and use this information to determine specific subjects and specific content areas in which to run individualised projects to stretch nominated students. 

 

When should we expect the resource/supplies list?

Before the end of the year. It is being worked on now and we will e-mail it out and update it on the website.

 

What are the device requirements for my child?

K-4: No requirements (school supplied)

5-12: Macbook Air (click for specifications)

 

The guidelines found on the CEDP BYOD portal are provided and managed by CEDP so that all parents in the diocese have access to our preferred suppliers if they wish to.

Each school may also give additional requirements to help support their learning pedagogy and technical environment.

Our Santa Sophia BYOD requirements are available on the handbook page of our website under the ‘Technology’ tab. You can be sure that you are looking at our BYOD Requirements if the document has our letterhead attached.

We ask that all families provide a BYOD device that runs MacOS, meaning that an iPad, Chromebook or Windows PC device would not be suitable.

 

Do we need to purchase Microsoft Office or any other software when purchasing the Mac?

Purchasing a Microsoft Office licence is not necessary as the diocese provides every student access to the Google for Education Suite, which includes a variety of collaborative tools such as Google Drive (Cloud-based storage), Gmail, and Google Docs.

 

Will the devices need anti-virus/malware protection?

Anti-virus/malware protection is at the discretion of the family, however, the software used cannot interfere with network settings or enforce a VPN connection.

 
 

For kids who need a more tactile textbook will they have that opportunity?

Students will be provided with an online package. The hard copy equivalent could be purchased if your child needs this option. 

 

 

From the original letter we received about the children's laptop having no restrictions, what restrictions are in place at the school to ensure safe online learning?

We provide internet access through the Diocesan Internet filtering service zScaler. 

The content filtering provided by zScaler actively restricts access to inappropriate web material on school devices. This assists schools in confirming that devices are used only for educational purposes. We ask that VPN software or other network monitoring software isn’t installed as it can conflict with our local filtering service, causing the BYOD device to be unable to access the college network. Parents must note, the Internet filtering rules on your device will not apply outside the CEDP network. e.g. at home or public Wi-Fi and hotspot locations.

 

What opportunities  do you provide for children's active participation in competitive sports?

 

Stage 4: (Year 7 & 8)

We participate in a weekly representative inter-school sport competition run by the PDSSSC (Parramatta Secondary Schools Sports Council). There are three seasons across the year where students have the opportunity to trial for different school teams. Stage 4 students also have the opportunity to trial for school based teams to represent the college at a variety of gala days run by the PDSSSC. All students attend the college swimming and athletics carnivals where if selected students progress to the PDSSSC Swimming and Athletics Championships. Cross Country is also held however students may nominate to participate in the college cross country to progress to the PDSSSC championships. 

As part of the pathways progression students progressing through the PDSSSC competition may be eligible for NSWCCC (New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges) trials and events. These events and trials are reserved for high performing athletes in their chosen sport. Nominations for NSWCCC must go through the school’s sport coordinator. 

Stage 3: (Year 5 & 6)
Stage 3 students similar to Stage 4 students will participate in Swimming and Athletics carnivals with the option for Cross Country. The progression from school level goes to the Hills Zone Swimming and Athletics Carnival while cross country progresses straight to PDCPSSC (Parramatta Dioceses Catholic Primary School Sport Council). The college also participates in a variety of gala days run by the PDCPSSC throughout the year. 

For students who perform at a high standard of sport they may be nominated for PDCPSSC teams that play at region (Mackillop) or state NSW PSSA level. Nominations for all levels above school level must go through the college sports coordinator. 


Will Santa Sophia be participating in The Duke of Edinburgh Award ?

We do not yet participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award however this is a program we hope to become involved with. 


Is there any specific sport clubs?

We do not have specific sports clubs affiliated with the school or with any external organisation.


Is there an inter-school sports competition? What sports are an option?

There are a variety of inter-school sports competitions that the college regularly participate in.

 

Carnivals:

Swimming, Cross Country & Athletics

Weekly Sport Competition:
Volleyball, Touch football, Basketball, Netball, Cricket, Football (Soccer), Rugby League, Oztag, Frisbee, AFL

Gala Days:
Basketball, Netball, Football (Soccer), OzTag, Touch Football, Futsal, Chess, Dance, Tennis

*Pathways for NSWCCC
There are a variety of sports that offer pathways for NSWCCC.

These include: AFL, Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Canoeing, Cricket, Cross Country, Diving, Football (Soccer), Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby ‘Union, Sailing, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Touch football, Triathlon, Volleyball and Water Polo.

*It is important to note that these trials are generally for those students that MUST demonstrate an ABOVE AVERAGE ability, HIGH LEVEL OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT or in particular sports demonstrate REPRESENTATIVE playing experience in their nominated sport. In most sports, students should have experience playing regular competition outside of school. Please check with the college sport coordinator for specific pathway eligibility and process. 


What sports programs do you run? Also, is there any sporting groups before or after school?

 

At the College we participate in a wide range of sports. While we offer competitive sport competitions and pathways we also offer recreational sporting activities at school through our weekly timetables Sports and Activity session on Thursday afternoons 1:15pm-2:15pm. There are also lunchtime/recess games/competitions held throughout the year for a variety of sports that all students are invited to attend. 

Each day as part of the Ambrose Activity club there is a sports activity held. For more specific information about the activities you will need to speak to the Ambrose staff. 


Will there be a rugby league and netball school team?

 

We intend on entering a Stage 4 Rugby League team into the PDSSSC weekly sport competition when it is offered later in 2022. We will be entering a netball team for Stage 4 into the weekly sport competition when it is offered later in 2022 as well as in the PDSSSC Gala Day. We will be entering Stage 3 Netball teams into the PDCPSSC Netball Gala Day. Stage 3 Rugby League is yet to be confirmed for 2022. 

 

Is there representative school sports or programs, i.e. representative soccer or netball?

Yes, there are opportunities for representative soccer and netball through the PDSSSC weekly seasonal competition and gala days.


Will there be a PSSA Sport type program available next year?

Stage 3 students participate under the PDCPSSC (Parramatta Diocese Catholic Primary School Sports Council). The college intends on entering teams/individuals into the following:

Carnivals:
Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics

Gala Days:
Basketball, gymnastics, Netball, Football (Soccer), Touch Football, League Tag

**PDCPSSC/Mackillop Teams:
AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Diving, Football (Soccer), Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Softball, Tennis, Touch Football

 

**It is important to note that these trials are generally for those students that MUST demonstrate an ABOVE AVERAGE ability, HIGH LEVEL OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT or in particular sports demonstrate REPRESENTATIVE playing experience in their nominated sport. In most sports, students should have experience playing regular competition outside of school. While teams are open in age it is strongly recommended that only children of a representative standard in Years 5 & 6 in 2022 be invited to attend.

 


In such a big school how do you encourage respectful relationships between the younger and the older students (eg late primary vs high school) aside from your values, is there anything practical being done (eg. special activities, events etc.)?

There are a number of ways we do that:

  1. Explicitly teaching positive and respectful relationships, resilience and social skills through timetabled wellbeing lessons as well as through the Virtues programs
  2. Peer Support will also commence in 2022 which will explicitly foster positive relationships between older students and younger students
  3. Student Leadership activities and initiatives within the College and across the 3 schools will also be designed to support these positive relationships
  4. Rewarding positive behaviours through our PBS4L stamp system and certificate system to recognise behaviours that are demonstrating our school values

 

How does this school support students who have academic, social or emotional difficulties?

Academic difficulties are supported through the Diversity Team who work with class teachers and students to adjust the curriculum to be more accessible to these students.
Social and emotional difficulties are supported through the Wellbeing Team and may include small group programs (such as social skills groups, anxiety groups), individual school counselling and mentoring and individualised wellbeing and behaviour support plans.

 

Western Sydney LHD comes to Santa Sophia Catholic College a number of times a year to provide The School Vaccination Program.

Currently their vaccination program includes HPV & dTpa vaccines.