***ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION***
We are hosting an information session for parents of students who will be enrolled in Prep next year 2021 (prospective parents welcome). The date is Tuesday the 27th of October it will be via WebEx starting at 4pm. There will be 3 sessions running for approximately 20 minutes, the following session times are;
Session 1: 4:00pm
Session 2: 4:30pm
Session 3: 5:00pm
Please complete the below form to request your preferred time: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z3CD25Y Please respond ASAP to this so we can send you back an invite to our WebEx session.
Please look below for some commonly asked questions.
We will record the video for the families who were unable to attend.
General questions about AMPS
What are the bell times?
Our school days runs from 8:50am – 3:15pm
8:55am: First bell rings for students to enter classrooms
9:00am – 11:00am: Class time
11:00am – 11:30am Morning recess
11:30am – 1:15pm Class time
1:15pm – 1:30pm Walking Club
1:30pm – 1:45pm Eat Lunch in classroom
1:45pm – 2:15pm Outside playtime in playground
2:15pm – 3:15pm Class time
What is the grade structure across the school?
We currently have three straight Prep classes and the following year levels are currently composite classes; 1/2s, 3/4s and 5/6s. The make-up of the classes may change depending on student numbers.
Do you have open plan classrooms?
We have single classrooms across all year levels throughout the school.
Does the school assign homework?
We believe that homework tasks assist students by complementing and reinforcing learning that is occurring within the classroom. It also assists in the development of life-long learning, study skills and work habits. At the Prep year level we encourage good reading habits by reading daily.
How do you care for the health of our children?
At Altona Meadows Primary School the teaching staff and most education support staff are trained in First Aid at Level 2. All staff have a current accreditation in Asthma Management, Epilepsy, and Anaphylaxis Management. If required students have access to first aid throughout the day and are cared for by our trained staff. We are also fortunate to have a teacher (Reachel Armstrong) who is a registered nurse who can be relied on for help as well.
Do you run before and after school care, or vacation care?
Yes, AMPS has partnered with Camp Australia, the leading provider for Before and After School Care. Camp Australia runs their program from our Hall, next to the front office. To attend Care Australia children need to be enrolled before attending. Bookings are made via website or contact number.
Before Care: 07:00 AM – 08:45 AM
After Care: 03:15 PM – 06:00 PM
Contact: 1300 105 343
Do you have a buddy program?
Our very successful Prep-Grade 6 buddy program provides many opportunities for all students in these year levels. It allows our students to develop and form strong connections with our Grade 6 students who often help and support the Prep students with playground transition. It also gives our Grade 6 students the chance to show leadership, demonstrate AMPS' core values and be positive role models to our junior students. The Prep Buddy program runs weekly and incorporates many fun and hands-on activities to promote friendship and inclusion between all at AMPS.
Am I able to volunteer at AMPS?
Volunteers are an integral part of Altona Meadows Primary School. We extend our gratitude to those who have assisted and those who continue to be active members of our school community. They are very much appreciated and any new parents wishing to join are warmly welcomed.
Our volunteers contribute in many ways at AMPS, including assisting with supervision of students in educational programs (including the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program), preparing food for our Breakfast Club and Fresh Fruit Friday programs, maintaining our school grounds, operating our canteen and through various fundraising efforts.
AMPS encourages parents, carers and members of our community to assist at our school. Please note that all AMPS volunteers require a current and valid Working With Children Check (WWCC) along with a signed Child Safe Code of Conduct Agreement.
Do you have any lunchtime clubs?
Yes, we offer an engaging Lego Club session twice a week and we have a lovely, peaceful Wellbeing Space open at both recess and lunch breaks for all students.
What camps do you run?
Years 3 and 4 one night sleep over at school
Year 5 and 6 three days two nights – Alternating years between the beach and the bush – Beach camp at Queenscliff and bush camp to Kyneton.
Subject to government guidelines due to Covid-19.
Do you have a swimming program?
Yes, we offer a whole school warm-water swimming program. This is held across 2 weeks in Term 3 and it is run by Bayfit Aquatic Centre in Altona North. The swimming lessons are held during the school day and are 45 minutes in duration, with an instructor/student ratio of around 1:8. Classes attend this program in single class groupings. We encourage all students to attend the swimming program.
There is an associated fee for participation in the swimming program.
Do you have a school canteen?
Yes we do. The canteen is open each day and provides nourishing lunch orders, snack and lunch time service. Our Canteen Manager, Shirlene, is always looking for helpers to assist in the canteen, to work on the counter and help pack and distribute lunch orders. Please contact the office if you are able to assist.
Do students have to wear a school uniform?
The school uniform for students at AMPS is yellow and navy blue. AMPS uniform is compulsory. Students are required to wear their uniform every day, parents/carers will need to purchase sufficient uniform items to ensure this.
Where can I get a school uniform?
The uniform shop is located in the main building next to the music room in the corner of the walk way. AMPS uniform shop is open every WEDNESDAY from 9.00am until 9.30am. Orders can also be left at the school office.
How do I enrol my child at Altona Meadows Primary School?
Please complete and submit a Student Enrolment Form to the school office. When submitting your enrolment form, also attach:
• Your child’s Birth Certificate
• Your child’s Immunisation Certificate/Record
To facilitate the planning of 2021 classes, we request that enrolment forms are submitted ASAP please.
Are there any dates I need to be aware of when enrolling my child for Prep (Foundation) 2021?
Important date to remember are as follows;
January 28th and 29th: Literacy testing for all Preps (you will have a booked time from your classroom teacher)
February 1st: Will be staggered start time with a 1pm finish (you will receive notification for your time)
February 2nd: All Prep students start school at the same time at 8:55am and finish at 1:00pm
February 3rd: No school for Preps, we will be running testing appointments (you will receive notification for you time)
February 4th and 5th: Preps start school at 8:55am and pick up from school at 1:00pm
February 10th: No school for Preps, we will be running testing appointments (you will receive notification for you time)
February 17th: No school for Preps, we will be running testing appointments (you will receive notification for you time)
February 22nd: Preps begin a full day at school
March 8th: Public Holiday - Labour Day
April 1st: Last day of Term 1 early finish
What activities are offered as part of your transition program?
Due to COVID we are unable to run our normal transition program.
We have however, prepared a Prep Transition Pack that will be sent to your home for you and your child to complete upon enrolment. If there are any further changes, you will be notified.