Our school is committed to providing a safe and happy environment which enables each child to enjoy learning to the best of their ability.

Your Child's Health

Your child's health is imporant to us.

Medication at School

From time to time children require medication at school for a variety of reasons. As you could appreciate, medication in any form can be dangerous in the wrong hands. This is especially true in the school setting. We recommend that should your child require medication then they are probably better staying at home until they are feeling well. However, some children require medication for other reasons. We would prefer parents come to school to give the medication at the appropriate time. This is not always possible. School staff may administer medication only after a "Deed of Indemnity" has been completed and signed. A letter to the teacher must accompany the medication which must be placed in a suitably labelled container. Please direct all inquiries to your child's class teacher.


Children with certain allergies usually require immediate attention. Parents must inform the school of their child's needs. A management and emergency action plan must be negotiated and clearly labelled medication containers must be provided. Please discuss these needs with the principal.

Infectious disease

If children contract an infectious disease we recommend they stay at home until the infectious stage passes. This prevents other children from getting the disease and allows the child with the disease to recover. Depending on the nature of the disease, we may notify parents in a particular class or the whole school.

Chicken Pox

Symptoms - slight fever, runny nose and a rash that begins as raised pink spots that blister and scab.

Home or school? Keep home for 5 days after the rash first appears and until the blisters have all scabbed over.


Symptoms - The eye feels scratchy, is red and may water. Lids may stick together on waking.

Home or school? Keep home while there is discharge from the eye.


Symptoms - A combination of frequent loose or watery stools, vomiting, fever, stomach cramps and headaches.

Home or school? Keep home at least 24 hours after diarrhoea stops.

Hepatitis A

Symptoms - Sudden fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, dark urine and pale stools.

Home or school? Keep home for 2 weeks after first symptoms or 1 week after onset of jaundice.

Impetigo (school sores)

Symptoms - small red spots change into blisters that fill with pus and become crusted; usually on the face, hands or scalp.

Home or school? Keep home until treatment starts. Sores should be covered with a watertight dressing.

German Measles

Symptoms - Often mild or none, mild fever, runny nose, swollen nodes, pink blotchy rash that last a short time.

Home or school? Keep home for 4 days after the rash appears.

Glandular Fever

Symptoms - fever, headaches, sore throat, tiredness and swollen nodes.

Home or school? Can attend school unless sick.

Head Lice

Symptoms - itchy scalp, white specks stuck near the base of the hairs, lice may be found on the scalp.

Home or school? Can attend school if head lice treatment has been applied.


Symptoms - Sudden onset fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, muscle and headaches.

Home or school? Keep home until they feel better.


Symptoms - Fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes for a few days followed by a red blotchy rash that starts on the face and spreads down the body and lasts 4 to 7 days.

Home or school? Keep home for at least 4 days after the rash appears.

Meningococcal Disease

Symptoms - sudden onset of fever and a combination of headache, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and rash.

Home or school? Seek medical help immediately. Patient will need hospital treatment.


Symptoms - Fever, swollen and tender glands around the jaw.

Home or school? Keep home for 9 days after the onset of swelling.


Symptoms - Small scaly patch on the skin surrounded by a pink ring.

Home or school? Keep home until the day after fungal treatment has begun.

Scarlet Fever

Symptoms - Sudden onset sore throat, high fever and vomiting, followed by a rash in 12-36 hours.

Home or school? Keep home until at least 24 hours of treatment has begun and the child is feeling better.

Slapped Cheek

Symptoms - Mild illness, fever, red cheeks, itchy lace-like rash and possibly cough, sore throat or runny nose.

Home or school? Can come to school as most infectious before the rash appears.

Whooping Cough

Symptoms - Starts with runny nose, followed by persistent cough that comes in bouts. Bouts maybe followed by vomiting and a whooping sound as the child gasps for air.

Home or school? Keep home until the first 5 days of a special antibiotic have been taken.


Symptoms - itchy bottom.

Home or school? Can come to school.


NSW Health www.health.nsw.gov.au

Protection Advice

The Public Health (Amendment) Act of 1992 requires parents to provide the school with an Immunisation Certificate of their children. Parents not wishing to immunise their children will be informed of an outbreak of an infectious disease and directed to keep them at home until further notice. Proof of immunisation will be required upon enrolment. Careful hand washing with soap and water after using the toilet and before touching food is highly recommended. Also avoid sharing drinks, food, utensils, combs, hats and towels. Children should avoid touching and playing with other children's hair. Always keep your child's long hair contained in plaits or pony tails. For more information please contact your local health unit, community health centre, pharmacist or doctor.