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School uniform are available from the Country Feeling Uniform Boutique. Orders can be emailed through using the order form below, or you can visit the uniform boutique, located on the first floor of the school administration block during the opening hours listed below.
The school would like to remind all parents of the process regarding student attendance, in particular students who need to leave school early.
If your child becomes ill while at school they need to see their classoom teacher for permission to attend the school sick bay, the office staff will contact parents/guardian/emergency contacts to collect sick students if required. Students should not be using their mobile phones to contact parents to arrange collection from school due to illness.
If students follow the correct procedures it ensures that they will be at the office waiting for collection rather than parents having to wait at the office for someone to collect them from class. Teachers will not let students leave class if the office does not send for them or if they do not have an early leavers pass.
Students are reminded that use of a mobile phone durnig class time is not permitted unless approved by the classroom teacher. Use of mobile phones is to be limited to recess and lunch times. Students should not be contacting parents throughout lessons unless directed to by their teacher.
The school would also ask that parents do not contact their children via mobile phone during class time unless it is an emergency situation. If a parents need to collect their child from school early the school attendance office should be contacted to make these arrangements.
Whitebridge High School currently has BYOD (Bring your own device) procedures for students who would like to bring their own laptop/tablet/smartphone to school. Parents and students should be aware of the procedures around BYOD and should sign and return the Agreement for the Use of Electronic Devices if they plan to bring their own electronic device to school.
Information regarding suitable devices and software available for student use they can refer to the BYOD information here.
The NSW Minister for Health has announced the start of a school-based meningococcal vaccination program targeting Year 11 and 12 students in Term 2 2017.
Meningococcal W has emerged as a significant cause of invasive meningococcal disease with the number of cases almost tripling in NSW in 2016 compared to 2015. Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious illness that can present as meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) or septicaemia (blood poisoning) and may be caused by one of several serogroups (or types), including A, B, C, W and Y. Use of meningococcal C vaccine on the National Immunisation Program has almost eradicated meningococcal C disease in Australia.
Evidence from Australia and overseas suggest that meningococcal disease caused by serotype W is significantly more severe than the other serotypes currently circulating in Australia. More information about meningococcal disease is available here: www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Meningococcal_disease.aspx The vaccination program will target and protect Year 11 and 12 students based on national expert advice that older adolescents have a greater risk of carrying and transmitting meningococcal disease and that school-based vaccination programs are the most effective way of achieving high vaccine uptake in this group. The vaccine is given as a single dose, protects against serotypes A, C, W and Y and has been shown to be both safe and effective.
The Meningococcal W Response Program for students in Years 11 and 12 will run alongside the routine Year 7 vaccination program, with some modification. The second dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine normally given to Year 7 students in Term 2 will be deferred, which will allow school immunisation teams to commence the Year 11 and 12 Meningococcal W Vaccination Program from 1 May 2017 at that Term 2 slot instead. There is no harm for Year 7 students in delaying the second dose of the HPV vaccine.
Further consideration will be given to completion of the HPV course for Year 7 students, and correspondence about these arrangements will be made to parents and schools as soon as possible. In determining this schedule, NSW Health has been working with the Government, Catholic and Independent sectors to minimise disruption to schools and senior students.