Is there any medical reasons why students shouldn’t attend school?
Yes, the Port Lincoln High School has a MEDICAL EXCLUSION POLICY for :
Recommended minimum exclusion periods from attending school, for having infectious or contact diseases.
Common Infectious Diseases | Rare Infectious Diseases. & Common diseases affecting skin, hair & eyes.
What are school hours and break times?
The School Day – Timing and Structure
- The school day STARTS at 8:45, meaning students should be on the grounds 5 or 10 minutes before to ensure they can start the day efficiently.
- Staff members are on Yard Duty from 8:20am ensuring duty of care for students.
- Lesson 1 is what is referred to as Roll Class. This lesson runs from 8:45 – 9:30. Daily bulletin notices and absences are recorded towards the start of this class.
- Lesson 1 for Year 10’s is the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and for Year 12”s it is the Research project, both compulsory subjects for SACE.
- Lesson 2 runs from 9:30 until 10:20.
- Recess then runs from 10:20 to 10:45.
- Lesson 3 runs from 10:35 until 11:35
- Lesson 4 is the long lesson and goes from 11:35 until 12:50
- Lunch is from 12:50 to 1:40
- Lesson 5 runs from 1:40 to 2:30.
- Lesson 6 (Last Lesson) runs from 2:30 to 3:20.
- Again, Staff members are on Yard Duty after school to provide a duty of care for students leaving school and for those waiting for buses.
What does the school do in Hot Weather?
HOT WEATHER POLICY
Schools have a duty of care to staff and students at all times. This duty of care includes protection against hot weather both inside and outside classrooms.
DECD has advised that if the weather forecast the night before on the 7pm ABC 1 television news is that the temperature for Port Lincoln will be 38 degrees C or higher the following day, Year 8, 9 and 10 students may leave at 12.50pm with parental approval.
All staff are required to remain on duty on days of early dismissal.
Year 11 and 12
Lessons will continue as per normal timetable and students are expected to remain at school. Wherever possible, classes will be in air-conditioned rooms in the afternoon.
Non Bus Students
Each year Parents/Caregivers are required to complete a permission form indicating that their student will be dismissed at 12.50pm
All bus students are encouraged to stay at school until the end of the day as buses will run as normal (students will be supervised in the Resource Centre). This will assist us to be able to keep your students safe, informed of any fire activity in their particular bus route and to take the appropriate action.
Each year Parents/Caregivers are required to complete a permission form indicating their wishes for the current school year. This will include:
- Students will be supervised in air-conditioned classrooms from 12.50pm – 3.20pm and then they will return home on their bus
- Students will be dismissed at 12.50pm to parent/caregiver
- Students will wait in designated area to be picked up by parent/caregiver
- If students are to be collected – th parent/caregiver will need to come into the office to sign the student out.
What are suitable reasons to be absent from school?
Having a day off from school should be treated exactly like having a day off from work! It is NOT ok to have a day off for your Birthday!!!
Unless there is an alternate program of study or work organised with the school, the only reason a student can reasonably be absent is because of illness (including travel for surgery) or family reasons (funerals, unavoidable family holiday).
If you need to contact the school to inform us of your child’s absence, this can be done on the Contact School Page, or by calling Port Lincoln High School on (08) 8682 3677.
Is there a school uniform; if so, where can I buy it from?
Yes, the Port Lincoln High School has a colour-coded, flexible, safe and economic school uniform.
PLHS specific garments: the School jumpers, PLHS summer dress and winter skirt are available from our Student Services Office; anytime during school hours for parents, recess and lunchtime for students. Some generic items (e.g. plain grey white or navy polo tops) can be purchased from a number of local retail outlets.
Who can I contact if I have an issue I would like to discuss about my child?
There may be a range of reasons a parent needs to discuss an issue about their child.
If it subject related, the best idea is to contact the teacher directly via email or phone.
If the issue requires a counsellor, please contact Peter Jolley (Senior School Students) or Amy O’Brien (Junior School Students).
If you are unsure, please contact Student Services on (08) 8682 3677 who will put you in contact with the right person.
Is there a bus service, if so, how can I get information about it?
Yes, a large number of our students utilise bus services. Information regarding this service can be obtained from Port Lincoln Primary School, who deal with all of the bookings.
Their contact number is 08 8682 1544.
Can my child study music?
Yes, PLHS has a very strong Music department allowing students to follow a range of options with the study of music. PLHS also has a renowned school band for students to join.
Can my child study a language?
Yes, both Indonesian and Japanese are taught at PLHS and can be followed as a SACE pathway right through schooling. In Senior School there is also the option to study other languages via Open Learning if there is a strong desire.
What are the compulsory subjects?
There are different compulsory subjects at different year levels. Maths, English, Science, History/Geography and HPE are compulsory to Year 10 and Maths and English are still compulsory in Year 11.
Please refer to the Port Lincoln High School 2014 Subject Handbook for further information.