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Our schoolOur school has a long and proud tradition of excellence. Since the 1880s we have provided care, a stimulating learning environment and challenging studies for all students. Our students have gone on to reflect great credit to their school. The Eastwood community has always been close-knit, sharing the values of its school and supporting it energetically in its endeavours. We believe that this strong sense of community responsibility has helped contribute to the successes of our students both present and past. It is an inspiration to the team of dedicated, experienced, professional teachers and ancillary staff who continue to work diligently in the best interests of the children. In a world of rapid change, let us be mindful of the need to prepare children for a “preferred future”, a culture characterised by

  • life-long learning
  • enterprise and innovation
  • caring and mutual support.

Never before has there been such an urgent need to revisit and focus on the school’s motto: “Each Can Serve“. I believe that teachers and parents together can and will keep Eastwood School at the forefront of education, which is practical and relevant, allowing children to take their future firmly in their hands. Our web site ais to provided access to information about the school as well as samples of student activities and learning.

Additional information is also contained in the Eastwood PS Information Booklet.

History

Eastwood Public School was established in temporary buildings in the 1880s for the children of railway workers. It grew to a 

Stories Under the Buya Pine

large school with a population of over 1600 in the 1950s and remains today a very large Primary School with a current population of 860 students.

Over the years Eastwood has produced many well known past pupils. Some have carved out public careers for themselves, such as Geoffrey Robertson, who went on to become a barrister and Queen’s Councillor. He was at Eastwood Public School from 1954-1959. He was involved in debating and public speaking. Geoffrey was in the same Grade as Professor Laurie Brady, who is now Senior Lecturer in Education at UTS. Two other notable “old boys” are Dr Grahame D. Henderson and Dr Robert Lyneham, who are both local gynaecologists.

The new Auditor-General of New South Wales, Mr Bob Sendt was also an ex-pupil of Eastwood. Angela Sanderson, a former teacher at Eastwood Public School has compiled a History of the school.The history, entitled “Stories from Under the Bunya Pine” is available from the school office for a cost of $10.

Interested readers, former staff and students are encouraged to purchase a copy by phoning 9874 1600, by dropping in to the office or emailing the school.

School boundaries for enrolment at Eastwood School will be generally observed. Out-of-area applications will be assessed by the enrolment committee.

All parents/custodians of candidates for local enrolment shall be asked to produce three (3) separate items proving their residential address. 

In exceptional circumstances, compassionate and welfare grounds will be taken into account in cases of out-of-area enrolment applications.

Kindergarten enrolments

Children may be enrolled at the beginning of the school year in which they turn five years of age prior to August 1st. Documentary evidence of date of birth, immunisation and residential address is required.  The enrolment of the youngest of these children should be discussed with senior school staff.

Applying to enrol in primary school

If your child is currently enrolled in a NSW public school, contact us to discuss the enrolment procedures and obtain the necessary paperwork.

If your child is coming from a non-government school, contact us to make an appointment to discuss your child’s potential enrolment.

If your child has a temporary visa or visitor visa you will first need to apply to enrol by contacting the temporary residents program who will give you forms to bring to the school.

Enrolment appointments
For your appointment, if your child has not been previously enrolled in a NSW public school, you will need to bring these documents with you:

  • your child’s birth certificate or identity documents
  • proof of student’s address – originals of different documents such as your council rates notice or residential lease and electricity bill
  • Immunisation history statement based on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR)
  • family law or other relevant court orders (if applicable).

If your child is not a permanent resident you will also need to provide:

  • passport or travel documents
  • current visa and previous visas (if applicable).

For children already enrolled in a NSW public school we only require:

  • proof of student’s address – originals of different documents such as your council rates notice or residential lease and electricity bill
  • family law or other relevant court orders (if applicable).

It’s important that you tell the principal if your child has any special circumstances, allergies, health or medical conditions, before your child starts school.

After your appointment with us, you may be asked to complete an application to enrol in a NSW public school form [English PDF 1.16MB] and return it to us. We will notify you of the result of your application. Please note that this form must be completed in English. Help is available for parents who do not read English. There are also translations of the enrolment application which may help you fill out the form in English.

The Uniform Shop is managed by volunteers and supplies the school’s uniform at most competitive prices. It opens every Tuesday, from 9:15am to 10:15am. Profits are returned to the P & C Association. New and used uniforms in good condition are available. The wearing of uniform is strongly supported by the community. Advice may be obtained from the Uniform Shop or the School Office as to the specifications of the uniform. More details about the Uniform Shop are available from the school P&C.

Hats/caps should be worn outdoors and joggers are permitted only with sports uniform.

Where necessary, financial assistance is available on request to the Principal from the Student Assistance Scheme.

Summer uniform  
Girls Boys
Tunic – summer Grey shorts
White ankle socks Blue polo shirt or
Black shoes grey short sleeve shirt
Hat Grey ankle socks
  Black shoes
  Hat
   
Winter uniform  
Girls Boys
Navy pants or winter tunic Grey long pants
Long sleeve white Blouse Blue polo shirt or
or white skivvy grey long sleeve shirt
Grey tights or Grey ankle socks
white ankle socks Black shoes
Black shoes Hat
Hat  
   
Sports uniform  
Girls Boys
White polo shirt White polo shirt
Blue netball skirt or Blue shorts
blue shorts or skort White socks
Sport briefs Joggers
White socks Hat
Joggers  
Hat  
   
Accessories  
Baseball Jacket (fleecy)  
Track top  
Track pants  
Scarves  
House polo shirt
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School uniform
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Sports uniform

This is a support for working parents or those preparing for a job or studying. The Eastwood Before & After School Care Centre (EBASCC) in the school grounds is an independent organisation managed by an elected group of volunteer parents.  Places are limited so you should contact the centre well before your need arises. Hours of operation are:

  • Before School Care: 7am – 9am
  • After School Care: 3:10pm – 6:15pm
  • Vacation Care: 7:30am – 6:15pm

Contact the Coordinator: Phone – 9874 2019

Missing school means your child misses out on vital information and maintaining learning routines. This can result in a loss of confidence and missing out on forming vital friendships.

Attendance is recorded each day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, including sports days unless your child:

  • has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)
  • is required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)
  • is sick, or has an infectious illness.

If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you might like to talk to the school principal or the school counsellor.

If your child has to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please either tell your child’s teacher or the administration assistant at our school, or explain the reason by phone, email, or written note as soon as possible and within seven days.

For more information and translated documents in Korean and Chinese, please visit the NSW Department of Education’s website.

The school is used seven days per week outside school hours by a wide variety of organisations and individuals, all of who contribute appropriately to school or P & C funds in return for their accommodation. These include:

  • Music Lessons – various instruments
  • Chinese language classes (Saturday)
  • Private coaching students in English and Maths
  • Tamil Culture classes
  • Church groups.

If you are interested in hiring school facilities, please contact the school.