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Absences from school

All absences from school require a note from parents (a legal requirement). For further information, see your class teacher.

Adopt-a-patch garden scheme – Leonie McNamara

Families are invited to 'adopt' a section of the school grounds to care for ­– including weeding, watering (when necessary) and planting. Families can choose a 'patch' and advice and support are available. For further information, email Leonie McNamara at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Allergy and anaphylaxis

A number of students enrolled at the school suffer from allergies, some leading to reactions as severe as anaphylaxis. For this reason, parents are not to send/bring any food containing nuts or nut products to school.

It is mandatory that every staff member is trained annually in responding to an anaphylactic episode.


Each year, ten students from Year 6 represent the student body of our school as ambassadors. Elections are held at the end of the previous year with students in years one to five participating. Ambassadors accept a range of roles and responsibilities which are always undertaken with cheerful enthusiasm and friendly courtesy.



Dulwich Hill Public School participates in the school banking program run by the Commonwealth Bank. Each Friday students can bring in their deposit books and money for processing. Parents can open a Youth Saver account for their child at any branch of the Commonwealth Bank.


Camp Australia

See 'Outside School Hours Care'


The school canteen is P&C operated and run by a paid manager supported by volunteers – the Community Club. Canteen operates five days from 8:30am and sells a variety of lunch and snack options and additional lunch specials as advertised. The canteen is a signatory of NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy, using 'traffic lights' to rate each item. No 'red' items are sold.

Lunch orders must be placed at the canteen after 8.30 and no later than 9.30am. Students who attend Camp Australia in the mornings can place an order by filling out a lunch order bag (available near the sign-on sheets in the Camp Australia room) and enclosing money. Correct money is important as change is always limited. A canteen menu is available on the school's website.

The canteen committee, in consultation with the school community, has developed Expectations for Canteen Users which are accessible through the school website, Canteen link.


Effective home-school partnerships depend on effective two-way communication.

Please arrange to speak with the class teacher when there is any issue, positive or negative, which may affect a child’s at school experience. Births, deaths, extended family visits, gaining or losing a family pet, changed family arrangements through work, separation, a new partner; many things may impact on a child’s view of their world. Please inform the class teacher as soon as possible.

Teachers are required to speak with parents about any concerns for student progress academically, socially and emotionally. These conversations do not automatically imply a serious problem. Early identification, clarification and/or conversation promote early action, progress, solutions and such conversations with parents are a prerequisite for engagement with DHPS Learning Support Team.

Community Club

The Community Club is a group of parents, part of the school's P&C which operates the uniform shop and the canteen. The volunteers support school events such as Grandparents' and Harmony Days, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Days stalls. The Community Club meets three times each term or as needed to organize the fundraising events. For further information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community night

At the end of each term a Community Night is held in the School hall to showcase the performance talents of students. Parents are advised of their child's participation and if children are required to wear specific clothing for their performance. By the end of each year, all interested students have had the opportunity to perform at one of these events.

Parent volunteers organize and sell food before each community night as both a service to families therefore able to buy meals before the performances and also as a fundraiser for a designated school program.


Early pick-up and/or late arrival

School starts at 9:15am and finishes at 3.15pm. If a student arrives at school after that time, a late pass must be collected from the front office before going to class as this will constitute a partial attendance for the day.

Similarly, if a student is to be collected before 3:15pm, due to exceptional circumstances, parents must obtain a pass from the office before proceeding to the classroom. This will also constitute a partial attendance on the day.

Ethics classes

Ethics classes are offered to students in Stages 2 and 3 students (Years 3–6) who do not attend SRE- Special Religious Education classes. The number of classes offered depends on the number of parents who volunteer to run the classes. Ethics classes are held every Wednesday for 30 minutes. Expressions of interest in attending classes are accepted from parents who have completed the appropriate processes.

Excursions/ Incursions

Each grade engages in excursions (outside the school) and incursions (on school site) approximately once each term. Notice of upcoming excursion /incursion is provided at the information sessions held at the beginning of each school year. Information is provided through Skoolbag app and on the school website. Permission notes can be downloaded from the website. Reminders are provided by class teacher and included in the online newsletter. Parents are required to cover excursion costs – eg transport to and from the venue, entry or other fees. Refunds are unable to be given, except in very particular circumstances because of set costs to the school. Excursions support learning and are closely aligned with class/ grade or stage teaching and learning programs.


Family contact lists

Each year the P&C compiles 'family contact lists' for interested families in each year group. The lists are compiled by parent volunteers and are designed to be a useful reference when organising children’s play-dates and remembering names. Participation is entirely voluntary. The information includes: the names of the parent/s and student, the student's class, phone and email details. Only those families on the list receive a copy of the list.


Gardening bees

Gardening bees are held on a Saturday or Sunday once per term to assist in the upkeep and development of the school grounds. Dates and times are advertised in the school newsletter, online, through Skoolbag and via posters on the P&C noticeboard near the canteen.

Garden program and Harvest Club

The school has a wide-ranging and well-developed garden program which makes excellent use of and contributions to the Indigenous Gardens and the Kitchen Gardens. On a rotating roster, grades work with a teacher to establish, cultivate and harvest garden produce.


Harmony and Grandparents' Day

Each year DHPS celebrates Harmony and Grandparents' Days during March. Harmony Day welcomes the school community to join celebrations of Australia’s rich cultural diversity. Grandparents’ Day recognizes the role of grandparents and other older carers in enriching the narrative of our children’s lives.

Helping in class

Parents are welcomed into most classes from Kindergarten to Year 6 supporting students, teachers and school learning support officers in a range of activities. These include working with individual or group reading tasks, working with individual or group tasks in other key learning areas, assisting with creative arts activities, excursions, sport and/or games, covering books in the Library, supervising home reading resources. Please speak with class teachers individually.

It is not possible for pre-school children to be accommodated on these occasions.

Houses ­

DHPS has four sport houses named after well-known Australian sportspeople: Freeman (yellow), Hewitt (green), Thorpe (blue) and Sauvage (red). During the enrolment process students are assigned to a house for their time at our school. House groupings are mainly used at the school swimming and athletics carnivals and students are encouraged to wear their house colours on these days. Each house has a girl and a boy captain and vice-captain, elected from Year 6 students at the beginning of each year. Siblings may not necessarily be placed in the same house group.



Department of Education Greek and Vietnamese community language programs operate one day each week. The allocation is determined by enrolment data harvested each year by the Department of Education. Spanish is available outside of school hours, for an annual fee, to any interested students.

Learning support (see also Communication above)

All information about additional learning support needs should be discussed with the Principal or Deputy Principal at enrolment or with your child’s teacher at the earliest opportunity. DHPS has a strong and effective Learning Support Team comprised of appropriate school-based staff, including the Principal and the School Counsellor. Parents and outside agency personnel are involved in discussions and decisions to enhance individual student learning.

School Learning Support Officers (SLSOs) are employed at DHPS to provide some additional, in-class and playground learning support to targeted individual and small groups of students. Other identified learning needs are met by the classroom teachers who provide adjustments to classroom programs and differentiated access to explicit teaching as required by DoE policies and guidelines including Every Student Every School, the National Disabilities Framework and Local Schools Local Decisions. See the Principal, Deputy Principal, class teacher or Department of Education website for more information


Medication ­

If students require medication during the school day, parents must provide a medication form to the front office staff who have responsibility for administering all medications. Under no circumstances are students to carry and administer their own medication, including paracetamol (panadol etc) or cough and cold tablets etc. Students with an ongoing condition such as asthma, epilepsy, diabetes require an individual health plan. For further information, please see our wonderful front office staff.

Merit cards ­

Merit cards are part of DHPS positive behavior system. Students receive these for doing their best, for courtesy and respect to others, for caring for their environment. Three merit cards earn a Principal's Award certificate. Three Principal's certificates earn a blue ribbon. Three blue ribbons earn a red ribbon. Certificates may be carried from one year to the next. The names of awarded students are published each week in the school newsletter online. Photographs of students are displayed proudly in the Administration block.


Each year families are asked to make payments to the school for a variety of reasons, including excursions, incursions and a voluntary school contribution. Students also bring in sponsorship money for events such as the school walkathon. All cash and cheques should be handed to the child’s class teacher with the relevant permission slips or notes and the teacher will keep a record of payments. Please do not give cash or cheques to front office staff. Payments via the online payment system POP, may be made through the home page of the school’s website at

Please contact the school if you are having difficulty making payments – assistance is available.

Mothers' and Fathers' Day stalls

Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day stalls are organized each year by the P&C Community Club and other volunteers. The stalls are advertised in the school newsletter, P&C online and Skoolbag app. Students are invited to bring money to purchase gifts ranging in price from $3 to $20. On the day, students are accompanied by their teachers, one grade at a time, to visit the stall and purchase gifts for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or carers. Parent volunteers sell to the students and if they are available, additional volunteers support younger students in their purchases each year.

Mufti day

DHPS holds mufti days each year and students are invited to wear regular clothes rather than school uniform and to give a gold coin towards a cause chosen by the Student Representative Council (SRC). Money raised in this way has supported urgent appeals for victims of bushfires, floods, earthquakes, both nationally and internationally as well as Jump Rope for Heart (The Australian Heart Foundation), The Australian Red Cross and Stewart House.


Dulwich Hill PS offers a range of music experiences to students both within classroom programs and for-a-fee opportunities after school hours. Under the guidance of experienced and talented DHPS teachers, externally sourced teachers and tutors, students can engage with a senior concert band, a junior (training) concert band, string ensemble, rock band, senior choir, junior choir, recorder consort, and ukulele group.

Each term, performance opportunities are provided for these students as well as individual students, through the Community Night program (see above) as well as NSW Department of Education Arts Unit Gala Performance Events at both the Sydney Town Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Music Support Committee

The P&C music support committee parent volunteers focus on raising funds to assist the sustainability of school music programs and assist with logistics/ canteen provision/ publicity for performances, including Community Nights and fortnightly Monday morning before school performances.



The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been part of the school calendar since 2008.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • Numeracy

The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May. For more information go to


A key source of information for families is published online each Thursday and is also available through the Skoolbag app. It is available for collection in a hardcopy at the front office by request only.


Outside School Hours Care (Camp Australia) ­

Dulwich Hill PS has an outside school hours care program run by Camp Australia. The program operates Monday to Friday. It is open in the mornings from 7am – 9.15am and again in the afternoons from 3.15pm – 6pm.

Kindergarten students who attend the service in the morning are brought to the playground just prior to the morning bell by Camp Australia staff. In the afternoon these students are collected from their classrooms and accompanied to the service by Camp Australia staff.


P&C ­

The Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) is a group of interested parents and citizens of the Dulwich Hill Public School community who work in close cooperation with the school to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children.

Parent volunteers are elected at the beginning of each year at an annual general meeting, to act as an executive committee, but the real strength of the P&C comes from the ideas, energy and efforts of all the parents and citizens who make up our community.

The P&C meets twice per term in the school staff room from 7–9pm. All parents and citizens of the Dulwich Hill Public School community are welcome to attend. Further information about the P&C can be found on the school website at the P&C link.

Parent–teacher meetings

The school holds parent-teacher evenings early in term one on a grade or stage basis to share information about the coming year with parents. These meetings are held in the early evening to encourage as many parents as possible to attend. No toddlers or preschool children are to attend these meetings. In order to exchange important information about your children early in the year, parents are warmly invited to arrange an individual meeting using the School Interviews program on the home page of the school website.

At the end of term 2, parents are strongly encouraged to arrange a meeting following the distribution of reports. Interview times are booked via the School Interviews program as above, and are of approximately 10-15 minutes duration.

During the year, teachers and parents may request meetings for a variety of reasons. If parents would like to meet with a teacher, please phone or email the school so a mutually convenient time may be arranged.


See ‘Money’.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL)

DHPS is in the process of becoming a PBL school as part of a state wide, DoE supported initiative. PBL assists the school to develop and implement consistent and fair responses to positive and negative behaviour choices by all members of the school community. This is achieved through negotiated school rules and matrices which describe expected behaviours in all school settings. More information can be found on DoE Wellbeing Framework site.

Pink slips and yellow slips

The use of yellow and pink slips is part of the current school welfare system. The slips are issued to students whose behaviour choices have broken school rules. Yellow slips are issued for inappropriate behaviour choices in the playground. Pink slips for inappropriate behaviour choices in classrooms. When a student receives a total of three slips a phone call to a parent is made and/or a letter is sent home to inform parents.


Reading at home

Students in Kindergarten, Years 1, 2 and 3 participate in the 'Book-a-night’ program. Students are given a book which matches their independent reading age each day. Students keep a reading log of the books read each night and parents are encouraged to both listen to and read with the children. This can also be entered in the log.

The reading levels, from beginner to advanced are: Red 1, Red 2, Blue (1 and 2), Yellow (1 and 2), Orange (1 and 2), Count Down and Blast Off.

Students from Years 3 –6 are encouraged to select and read a book, or part of a book every day and record it in a reading log. Parents are encouraged to continue to listen and/ or read with children. Research strongly supports this practice of family engagement with reading.


Special Religious Education – SRE (previously known as Scripture)

The following denominations offer SRE classes at Dulwich Hill Public School:

Catholic – Years 5–6 only

Greek Orthodox – Years 1–6

Protestant – Years 1–6

SRE commences from Year 1 for those students whose enrolment form identifies one of the above denominations. Classes are 30 minutes and are held on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.10pm for Years 1 and 2; and from 2.40pm for Years 3–6. Students return to class after their lesson. If parents wish to make any changes to this arrangement, they should advise the school in writing.

Students who do not attend SRE either remain in their classroom under teacher supervision or may participate in ethics classes if appropriate processes have been followed and classes are available.

Sick bay

The school’s sick bay is located directly next to the front office. If a student is injured or unwell, first aid is available from first-aid trained front office staff and teachers. The student will be assessed and parents contacted as appropriate. Medication will also be administered according to a child’s medical plan. See also ‘Allergy and anaphylaxis’ and ‘Medication’.

Sports Carnivals

Early in term 1 is DHPS swimming carnival for students in Stages 2 and 3. This is a school day and all students are expected to attend. Times are taken for age divisions in all strokes to determine eligibility for the PSSA zone swimming carnival.

Regardless of student swimming ability, all students are encouraged to participate in the activities provided for their proficiency. In this way all children earn house points and contribute to the overall point score for the day. Students are encouraged to wear house colours and parents are welcome to attend, but must make their own way to the pool.

Years 3-6 athletics carnival is held with similar organization which encourages all students to participate, earn house points and perhaps qualify for the PSSA zone athletics carnival. Again parents are welcome to attend.

Staff Development Days (SDD)

The Department of Education has designated the first day of terms 1, 2 and 3 as School Development Days for staff to comply with mandatory training requirements, to engage deeply with professional learning relating to the School Plan and to review, evaluate and design future learning.

An additional two days have been designated on the last two days of term 4, each year. In 2015 the community supported the staff’s successful application to have the second term 4 SDD transferred to two out-of-school-hours sessions of three hours each during term 3.

Students do not attend school on these days and parents are required to make arrangements for any necessary childcare. Camp Australia operates as normal on these days and booking ahead is a simple task using the Camp Australia website.


Suspension is never a solution in itself, however in some circumstances it is an appropriate option assisting the school, the student and the parents to work together and construct appropriate adjustments for improved learning behaviour outcomes. DoE Policy and procedures are followed in any case of suspension.


In NSW, school years and the corresponding learning outcomes are grouped into Stages:

Early Stage 1: Kindergarten

Stage 1: Year 1 and Year 2

Stage 2: Year 3 and Year 4

Stage 3: Year 5 and Year 6

Parents are encouraged to visit the Board of Studies website to view learning outcomes for all six key learning areas, divided into four stages in the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum documents for K-6 and the statements which describe expected learning at each stage.

Stewart House NSW Schools’ Charity

Each year DHPS supports Stewart House through a collection of used, clean clothing returned to the school in specially marked bags issued to students. Families are asked to fill the bag with clean clothing and return it to the school within a given time frame of several weeks. Extra bags are available on request from the school office.

Stewart House is at Manly and provides students from any NSW DoE primary school with a holiday of two weeks during which time health, academic and social opportunities are provided for each child. It is a charity entirely dependent on the students and teachers of DoE schools in NSW for its continuing operation and your support is greatly appreciated each year.

Student Representative Council (SRC)

Each year students elect a representative for their class on DHPS SRC. Students are active in engaging with matters brought by members on behalf of their peers. SRC also supports fund raising for specific purposes, most often, children in other parts of Australia or overseas, whose education has been affected by natural disasters.


Uniform shop

The uniform shop is operated by the P&C community club parent volunteers and is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 8:30 and 9:30am. Orders can be placed through the front office, by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and online. Volunteers are always welcome and information is available on the website and above email address.


Voluntary school contributions

All voluntary financial contributions (tax deductible) from parents, carers and community members are welcomed by the school as these assist with the purchase of additional services and resources which enhance teaching and learning opportunities for DHPS students.

The Department of Education limits the amount a school may request to $60 for one child or $100 per family. Parents and carers may elect to pay this contribution by instalment across terms 1, 2 and 3. Additional donations are welcome at any time.

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