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Community of Readers - 8.45 - 9.00am

Session 1 - 9:00-11:00 

Recess - 11:00-11:30am

Session 2 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Lunch - 1:30- 2:30pm

Session 3 - 2:30- 3:25pm


Morning recess is from 11:00 until 11:30am.

By this time children can be quite hungry, so we recommend that some additional food is made available at that time. eg. fruit, cake, or even a sandwich. Most classes have a "Fruit Break" during the morning when children are encouraged to eat some fruit.

Lunch begins at 1:30pm. From 1:30pm until 1:40pm the children sit in classrooms to eat their lunch.

From 1:40pm until 2:25pm the children play. During lunch and recess children are supervised by 3 duty staff.


School finishes at 2:30pm on the last day of each term unless otherwise notified. This time fits in with bus arrangements.

St. Therese's Memorial Garden.

At St. Therese's School, the importance of families and the extended school community has always been integral to the development and maintenance of the spirit of the school.

We have developed an area of remembrance for those from the school community who have died. Because they belonged we miss them and with their passing a gap which cannot be filled is left. The memorial area serves as a way of dealing with the grief associated with the loss, especially that felt by the family and friends. The memorial area makes a statement about death being part of life and has helped to demystify this issue, especially for children.

The area, which is situated between St. Therese's Church and the school consists of a specially designed garden with water feature and a memorial wall.




St Therese's School community is committed to being of active service to all who are in need of support and comfort.

The following structures are in place to provide an outreach service:

Casserole Bank
Class Reps
P & F Reps
Pastoral Care Team - (see "Team" section of "Wellbeing")
Links to Centacare and other agencies
Home visitation and phone calls
St Vincent de Paul (Giving Mass, Christmas Hampers)
Anointing Mass, lunch service and entertainment for older parishioners
Choir performances in the wider community
Visits to Strath Haven and Bignold Park
"Open Door" policy
Portsea Lord Mayor's Camp
Seasons for Growth program
Memorial Garden
Children with special needs camp at Harrietville

Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support (PBIS)

At St Therese's School, we aim to lead, establish and support behaviour that is responsible, in a way that acknowledges and protects mutual rights.

We have developed a Behaviour Management Plan to provide guidelines that will assist in providing clear and consistent expectations of the ways we interact with each other.

The Behaviour Management Plan can be viewed or downloaded from the "Downloads" section of this website.

What is Positive Behavioural Intervention and Support (PBIS)?

PBIS is a research-based, school-wide systems approach to improve school climate and create safer and more effective schools.

PBIS IS a process that we started to implement in 2010. This is an ongoing process.

PBIS focuses on improving a school's ability to teach expectations and support positive behaviour for all students so that it is across the board for all staff and students alike.

PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school- wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student-specific discipline plans.

PBIS is a team-based process for data review, data-based problem solving and intervention, ongoing planning, and monitoring of interventions.

The steps involved in setting up school-wide PBIS after the initial training were to:

• Identify a school team to guide and direct the process. The team was made up of an administrator, grade level representatives, student services staff, non- classroom staff and parents.

• Establish 3-5 positively stated school-wide behavioral expectations which have been named – Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for Environment.

• Establish a way to collect office referral and other data on a regular basis to evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide PBIS efforts.

The graphic below defines the three-tiered prevention/intervention model that is integral to PBIS.