At St. Mary's Primary we aim to provide a framework for Student Welfare & Discipline which:

  • Based on a philosophy of Restorative Justice.
  • Quality relationships promotes quality learning.
  • Promotes a sense of other. All behaviour has meaning.
  • Encourages students to develop self-discipline and sense of worth, to respect the rights and feelings of others and to take responsibility for their own actions
  • Ensures students, staff & parents clearly understand the school expectation of student behaviour
  • Establishes a set of protocols for dealing with unacceptable student behaviour
  • The pastoral care of all students is paramount
  • A unified whole school approach

The school has developed a comprehensive Student Welfare & Discipline Policy based on the Gospel values & Restorative Justice. Important aspects are the area of "positive reinforcement", the House Award System and Levels of Consequences for inappropriate behaviour. Bullying is not tolerated in any form. An Anti-Bullying Policy is integrated into the Discipline Policy. Corporal punishment is not permitted at St. Mary's Primary School.

  • Supervision of Students Before & After School

Contains Procedures for students to follow if they are on school premises outside school hours and drop-off, and pick up procedures at the start and end of the school day. Supervision of students commences at 8.25am daily. It concludes at 3.20pm for students being collected by car and when the last bus departs, that is, approximately 3.30pm for students travelling home by bus. At all times outside of these hours no supervision will be provided and no responsibility will be taken by the school for any consequences of the activities of pupils. Please assist the school, in the interests of the pupils’ safety, by ensuring that your child or children do not attend or remain in the precincts of the school outside these hours.

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  • Homework Policy

Children are given homework each week and parents are asked to assist teachers by providing supervision and encouragement. Please contact your child's teacher if there are any problems. All homework is to be done neatly and signed by parents. We do ask parents to hear their child read each night.

If the child has a book that is too difficult, please return it immediately so that a more suitable book can be chosen. Reading books are to be kept in a plastic bag.

Approximate time expectation for each Grade for Reading and set homework activities:

Kindergarten                             15 minutes

Stage 1                                     20 minutes

Stage 2                                     20-30 minutes

Stage 3                                     40-50 minutes per night    

  • Sun Smart Policy

The school recognises the danger posed by exposure to ultra violet solar radiation and has developed procedures in accordance with recommended guidelines.

 The "No Hat - No Play" policy is strictly enforced.  All children are expected to wear a school hat while outside unless exempted by a medical statement. Children who need to have a hat during play periods are expected to sit under the shade in the Infants eating area. Friday sporting competition in Terms 4 has been changed to 9:15am - 11:10am to avoid the hottest part of the day. Students are expected to wear their hats while participating in all sporting activities. Without a hat children are unable to participate in these activities. 

  • Child Protection Legislation

New laws pertaining to Child Protection are now in effect in all N.S.W. schools as a result of recommendations from the Wood Royal Commission. Our school, like all schools, must comply with this new legislation, which helps make St Mary's Primary School a safer place for our children.

The Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 requires any employee in a child-related organisation to sign an Employment Declaration Form before they are allowed to work with children.

New staff must be screened and must sign an Employment Screening Form before they can work at St Mary's Primary School. Existing staff have also signed the form. Parents and volunteers, who help in any school related activities, must sign the Prohibited Employment Declaration Form. Even if you are able to assist only once per year (eg. School excursions), you must sign this form. Click on

  • Privacy Policy

The school has adopted the Privacy Policy of the Diocese of Bathurst. Each year a new Collection Notice is issued to parents/guardians. A Collection Notice describes personal information that the school requires to provide your children with their education. It is also a requirement of the National Privacy Act (2001) that such notices be provided to individuals. The Principal is the contact person for issues regarding the Privacy Policy.

  • Excursion Policy

Excursions and field trips are planned by teachers to give children a first hand experience of their local community and the wider community for senior students.  They are planned to reinforce the subject matter, concepts and skills taught across the curriculum.  Students in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to attend overnight excursions. From a student and staff perspective, these excursions have proved to be most beneficial as curriculum enhancement activities. 


Our school is committed to meeting the needs of all students so that they may reach their full potential. We are aware that some students may require modified programs. We therefore endeavour through consultation with appropriate professionals, class teachers and parents, together with a range of information identify these students and support them in the classroom and at times deemed necessary through group support and extension activities.


The St Mary's Primary School Computer Policy's main aim is to help the students develop the computer and technology skills needed in today's ever changing world. The students need to be proficient in computer skills, have sound knowledge and understanding of computers and their purpose and develop positive values and attitudes for this technology.


At St. Mary's we believe that schools have the responsibility to develop leadership skills and talents of all students. The Student Leadership Program is based on a Parliament Model. Student Leaders are commissioned from the senior class of the school at the commencement of each school year. Each member of Year 6 is included in the leadership program and is acknowledged as such by the privilege of wearing a School Leadership badge. All Year 6 students nominate themselves for consideration as the leader in one of the six student Leadership Ministries. The leader of each Ministry is referred to as the Minister while the Deputy Leader is referred to as the Deputy Minister. The Ministries are: Religion, Social Welfare, Public Relations & Communication, Environment, Sport and Recreation & Playground, Health and Safety.


Classes from Kindergarten to Year 5 elect a student to represent their class on the Student Representative Council (SRC). The SRC provide a voice and an avenue for students to express ideas and initiate change. The Council meet regularly throughout the term to discuss issues raised from each class.


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St Mary's Primary School

Wheelers Lane PO Box 4141 Dubbo NSW 2830
Tel: 02 6882 4790
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