Putney Public School

Excellence Through Endeavour

Telephone02 9807 6255 02 9807 6466

Emailputney-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Student health and safety

We are committed to ensuring a safe and happy environment for your child.

Following the incident on 17 September at Southern Cross University – Lismore Campus, we would like to share Headspace’s mental health support resource (PDF 100.52KB) for students, teachers and school staff.

We support your child’s health and safety through a range of strategies including:

For more information, visit the student wellbeing section of the department’s website.

Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:

  • school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety
  • supporting individual students who need help with health issues
  • providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.

Student wellbeing

Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.

The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.

The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allows them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.

Positive Behaviour for Learning

At our school, we use Positive Behaviour for Learning – a whole-school approach for creating a positive, safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and develop. Our whole school community works together to establish expected behaviours and teach them to all students.

The role of an Anti-Racism Contact Officer
The NSW Department of Education rejects all forms of racism and is committed to the elimination of racial discrimination. The Department’s Anti-Racism Policy requires each school to have an Anti-Racism Contact Officer (ARCO). The ARCO is an experienced teacher nominated by the principal. The ARCO is trained to assist students, teachers, parents and community members who have concerns relating to racism in the school or complaints about incidents of racism. 

The ARCO can assist by providing: 
1. advice on the procedure to resolve concerns or complaints about racism 
2. support during the process to reach a resolution. 

Complaints of racism are managed by a complaints manager as explained in the School Community and Consumer Complaint Procedure. People making complaints may ask for a representative to make the complaint on their behalf. The representative can be any person or organisation chosen by the complainant unless there are reasonable grounds to assume the chosen person is not appropriate, for example if the person poses a risk to health or safety or their entitlement to information about a child has been restricted by law. 

Putney Public School’s ARCO is Mrs Kathy Gounakis.

A brochure for parents/carers outlining the role of the Anti-Racism Contact Officer is available in a variety of translations. Telephone interpreter service is also available free of charge for persons wishing to contact the ARCO.