Frequently Asked Questions

This section attempts to cover many of the issues raised by parents throughout the year. If after viewing this section an issue is still unclear please contact the college This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Arriving at College

At the start of the school day students are welcome to enter the college grounds from 3 directions. The gates are open off the 3 carparks – Ponderosa Loop, Fraser Road and Dumbarton Road. Students riding bikes are welcome to lock them up at the bike racks near the Galileo building or in the front of the Socrates building (this is the best location for senior students that leave the college early on a flexi class). The bike racks at the front of Galileo are only opened at the end of day.

Students entering and leaving the college via the Galileo building need to use the gates next to the gym each morning and afternoon. Please do not go through the foyer of the building.

Arriving late at College

Once school has started for the day students must enter through the Dumbarton Road entrance – the side gate near the Business centre will be open until 9am. Students who arrive late (after the start of day 8.50am) must sign in at the student services office in the Socrates building. Senior students that have Session 1 Flexi class (late start) MUST sign in at Student Services when they arrive or they will be marked absent.

Please send a note to explain the lateness. Students who fail to bring a note (or have a parent call) will be required to attend detention at recess.

Absence from College

For varying reasons there are occasions when students miss days at school. Please call to explain the absence or if you are unable to call, please write a note in your child’s diary for the Home Room teacher. Students who miss more than 1 day a fortnight are considered at risk of not achieving to their potential and your child’s academic success is important to us.

  • Please call 9334 9026 or SMS 0400 213 039 to report any absences
  • Or upon return to school, the student must present a written note of explanation to student services
  • SMS messages will be sent to parents at 10.00am if their child has been marked absent. 

Students enrolled at CVC are required to regularly attend and participate fully in our educational program by being on time for every class. Student attendance is recorded daily on a period by period basis and then converted to total half day absences. The role and responsibility of parents/guardians is to provide notification (e.g. phone call, text message, letter, medical certificate) to explain any student’s absence or lateness or respond to the school to provide a satisfactory explanation about their child’s absence from school. Regular and chronic non attendance will result in a case conference meeting with the school and possible referral to the Attendance Officer at South East Metropolitan District Office.

Leaving Early

  • Students leaving early must bring a written note from their parents/guardians to the student services office before school. Students will be issued with a Leave Pass to show the classroom teacher in order to be released from class.
  • Parents wishing to collect students from the College early are able to do so by signing them out from the office.

Students are not permitted to leave the college without parent/guardian permission.

Students leaving due to illness: 
If a student feels ill, they must get their teacher’s permission to go to the Health Centre (or see the nurse at recess or lunchtime). The nurse will then assess the student and contact the parent/guardian if necessary. Under no circumstances is a student to contact home directly and arrange to be collected.

Student Sign In/Out Procedure
If students arrive late, they must sign in at student services. If they have organised to leave early they must sign out at student services before leaving the college.

Changing Classes

Consistency is one of the keys to achieving higher outcomes and therefore we try to limit student class movement but students are moved when required. A change of class is usually based upon academic results; however there are times when social issues may also impact learning.

Bikes/Skateboards/Scooters

Students are encouraged to ride their bikes to the college. Students riding their bikes to school can lock them up in either the compound near Galileo or the bike racks near Socrates. Students who have flexi and ride a bike, will need to lock them near Socrates on the days they leave early. The Galileo compound will not be opened before 3pm. Skateboards and scooters are very popular with our students but students must lock them up at the bike racks near Socrates or in the bike compound near Galileo building.

Students are not permitted to ride their bike inside the college grounds. They are encouraged to walk their bike to the bike racks where they can than lock their bikes. Please do not leave any loose items on the bike. The college can not accept any responsibility for theft, loss or damage.

Buses

The following Department of Transport bus routes connect with Canning Vale College:

School Canning Vale College: 205 , 206 , 518

Want to manage your child’s SmartRider online? Simply sign up for a Transperth ‘My Account’ at www.transperth.wa. gov.au and add your child’s SmartRider card to your account. You can have multiple cards registered to one account.

Any other queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Education Officer at Transperth on 9326 3970, or email on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ID cards/Bus Smartrider Cards

Every student receives a free CVC ID/SmartRider card when they start at Canning Vale College. The card is a photo ID card to be used at the College for a variety of reasons: 

  • Students require this card for their personal photocopying and printing at the college. Students can purchase photocopying credit from the Business Centre before school or at recess or lunch time. All photocopiers are fitted with card readers and the charge is $0.05 cents per A4 standard copy. (Note: Any remaining balance when the student leaves the school cannot be refunded).
  • The card is required when borrowing books from the college library.
  • The card is required to access the services of our IT technicians. The IT technician cannot assist students with IT problems unless they produce their card for identification.
  • The card can be used for travel on Transperth buses and trains. Money for travel is not added at the college.
  • Lost or damaged cards can be replaced at a cost of $5.00 by applying at the College Business Centre.
  • If a student commences at the college at some time other than the start of the year they will need to visit the library so that their photo can be taken and a card ordered. 

Note: Students with an intellectual disability are eligible to apply for access to the specialised school bus service run by the Public Transport Authority. Further information is available from the School Bus Service website.

Clearance Process

A letter is required from parents if a student is transferring to another school or of post compulsory age and is leaving the college. The letter must be given to the student services office. A Clearance Form must be completed by the student to finalise charges and contributions, tests, library books and to inform staff.

All students must remain in full time education or training until the end of the year they turn 17. The preferred option for 17 year olds is full time attendance at college, however, for those students where college is not an appropriate option a number of pathways are allowed. If your child is not opting to return to the college please ask for the necessary forms. These forms are to be completed by the parent and the employer, and returned to the college who will forward them for approval from the Department of Education.

Diary

Student diaries are an integral part of school procedure and processes, teachers will use them to communicate messages to parents, and advise parents of student movements, for example, lateness. Your child will be required to bring this diary with them to school each day.

This diary is to be used to mark in their daily homework and also for reminders about forms, class changes (ie Science may move to a lab for a lesson) and also for time management (for assignments). Students will need to ensure that each day they are prepared with their equipment, texts and class work. The school diary is also a necessity for those occasions when they sign in late.

Financial Assistance

Holders of a Centrelink Family Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card may be eligible for Financial Assistance through the Secondary Assistance Scheme. Application forms are available from the Business Centre and close at the end of March.  

Fire Drills and Evacuation Practice

During the year the college conducts emergency drills. This may be for either a lock down situation or an evacuation. Please be aware that these are only practice situations so that students and staff know what to do in case of an emergency. Please do not be alarmed if your child contacts you on their mobile (something they should not be doing). These drills are conducted for the safety of the college community.

Flexi Classes

Some of the senior classes have an early finish to make up for an early start time. Senior students that are leaving the college at lunch time for their flexi finish must leave through the bike rack gate near the front of Socrates building. The teacher on duty will check their leave pass. If students ride a bike to the College they need to remember to lock it at the Socrates bike racks as the ones at the front of Galileo remain locked until the end of the day.

Homework

Homework

Students in Year 7-10 will be given homework and homework assignments. On nights when students do not have formal homework, they need to work on assignments, review what they were doing in class and/or go back through their bag and files and make sure everything is organised. Students will receive a login for “Mathletics” which allows them to work on Maths at home. Students are also encouraged to read on a regular basis. It is extremely important for students to read a range of different texts, from newspapers to novels.

Year 11-12 students are expected to complete their nightly homework and assignment work but they also need to study and review what they have learnt. We recommend students create a study planner that allocates time for homework, assignments, revision, part time work and even TV/social time to help them have good habits throughout the year. This can assist them in taking the pressure off the night before assignments are due or when exams are occurring.

Library

The Library is the place to go for books and information when students are researching for assignments. Students can also use the library before school and during lunch breaks for a quiet place to read, borrow, research, print or access games. The library stocks a variety of resources written, audio and visual texts. All students can borrow up to five resources for two weeks at a time, with the option of renewing if need be.

Library Hours: Monday to Friday 7.30am – 3.30pm

Lost property

Lost Property can be reported to and collected from the student services office. All named items will be returned to students.

Mobile Phones/Electronic Devices

At CVC we allow students to have and use their phones/electronic devices during recess and lunch but they are not permitted during class times unless directed by the teacher to do so.

Parking Parents/Students

There is limited parking for parents – there are some spaces on the roundabout at Dumbarton road, some spaces on Fraser road and the car park off Comrie Road on Ponderosa Loop is also an option (especially for pick up and drop off of students).

As there is a shortage of parking space within the college grounds students will need to park their vehicles off the college premises in either Fraser Road or Comrie Road (facing the oval). The Year 12 Co-ordinator must be informed of car and motorcycle registration numbers. Students, other that the driver, are not permitted to travel in a car or on a motorcycle without parental permission

Parent/Teacher Interviews

These will be held in Term 1 for all year groups. A letter will be sent to all families that will include your PTO login prior to the evening. The PTO login will provide you with access to the list of teachers for your child/children and the ability to book in your meeting time. Please be aware that these are very busy afternoons and you will need to book early. Please be aware that if you need to speak to a teacher regarding your child that you do not need to wait for this time. Teacher's emails are available and you are welcome to contact them at any time.

Security

All students must keep close watch over their own property. Loss of clothes, bags, pens, books, files and other small items is at times unavoidable. It is essential that ALL personal property be clearly labelled. This applies particularly to bags, many of which are otherwise identical. Valuables such as MP3 players, iPods, mobiles etc preferably should not be bought to the college at all. The college does not accept responsibility for lost mobiles or other electronic devices.

The college will record the theft of student property and were possible investigate the loss. The college cannot take responsibility for loss/theft of cash or valuables.  

Student Services Staff

CVC has a range of support staff to assist students throughout their high school years, including a nurse, youth workers, a chaplain and year coordinators.

The youth workers and chaplain will be coordinating a range of activities for students to participate in this year to assist them in not only enjoying life at the college but also developing resilience, social skills and an understanding of when and how to ask for help. Our school nurse is also available most days. Her role includes nursing sick students but also teaching preventative health strategies and she is available to students to discuss a range of health issues.

If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, attendance or general wellbeing at the college please contact the appropriate year coordinator for assistance.

  • Year 7 Mr Tom Langridge This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • Year 8 Mr Andy Gray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
  • Year 9 Ms Varina Earle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Year 10 Mr Dan Bayliss This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Year 11 Ms Jackie D'Sylva This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Year 12 Ms Vanessa Pratt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reports

Student reports will be given to students at the end of each Semester (July and December). If a student is not in attendance the report will be posted.

Tax File Numbers

Changes to the Secondary Schools Tax File Number Program: The Secondary Schools Tax File Number (TFN) Program will not continue beyond 31 December 2014. This means that School TFN forms will no longer be processed beyond this date.

How students can apply for a TFN from 1 January 2015: The Australian Taxation Office in partnership with Australia Post is making it easier for individuals to apply for a TFN. Students can now apply for a TFN online and have their identity verified through an interview at a participating Australia Post office. For more information please click here.

Text Books

Year 7-10 students are not required to purchase text books. These will be supplied by the college. A recommended list of personal materials will be provided to parents and there may also be some requirements for optional subjects chosen by students.

Year 11-12 students will be required to purchase text books in conjunction with the subjects selected, as well as other personal learning materials.

The lists of requirements are forwarded to parents by the 1st December for the following year. If you join the college throughout the year please ask for a student requirement list from the Business Centre.

Uniform

CVC has a compulsory uniform for all students that is endorsed by the college board. If you attend school without the correct uniform you are required to go to student services and ask for a uniform pass. There are consequences for being out of uniform.

Updating Student Details

Student details can be updated by the legal parent/guardian in writing. Please keep your mobile phone number and email address updated.

Visitors to the College

All visitors (parents, presenters, visiting teachers,tradesmen etc) are required to sign in at the Business Centre reception to receive a visitor’s pass, and either wait for a staff member or be directed to the appropriate meeting place.


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