Wellbeing

Health and Diet

Student Health

Administration of Medication
Some students need medication to control illnesses such as asthma, anaphylaxis, epilepsy, diabetes etc. In such cases, the school needs to be informed and a management plan be documented for the child.

Asthma 

The school is an accredited “Asthma Friendly School”. Asthma records are kept for each student in the School Office and are updated initially at the beginning of each school year and regularly throughout the year as required. Students who need to use asthma medication are supervised and a record is kept of the time and dosage taken.

Anaphylaxis

Parents of students who are anaphylactic must notify the school. With parent permission, the photos of these students are displayed throughout the school. Their labelled EpiPens are stored in the sick bay area along with their management plan. Their photos and management plans are also in every classroom.

Medication 

Occasionally some students require medication to manage short-term illness. All medication to be administered at school must be handed to the office with full dosage details. Parents are required to give written permission for the medication to be taken with the dosage and time it is required clearly written. The school is unable to administer any medication without written parent permission and does not provide medications for student use. The medication must be clearly marked with the child’s name and instructions for administering. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that all medication stored at school is updated once it has reached its use by date, including Epipens and Ventolin. Parents will receive written notification of end of date medication. 

Infectious Diseases

Parents enrolling their children at school are required to provide proof of immunisation against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Measles and Mumps. School Entry Immunisation Certificates are obtained from your local Council. If your child contracts an infectious disease, he/she must be kept home for the time indicated by Health Victoria.

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/infectious-diseases/school-exclusion

Head Lice

While children are at school many families will have contact with head lice. Parents will be advised if head lice is present in their child’s classroom. According to the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009, children with head lice may be readmitted to school after head lice treatment has commenced. If you would like information regarding the treatment and management of head lice please follow the link below.

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/infectious-diseases/head-lice

Student Accident Insurance

All students at Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School are protected in case of accidents. Catholic Education in association with Catholic Churches Insurances Limited has developed the School Care Children’s Accident Insurance Program. Basic policy covers accidents on school camps, school sports (including sports out of school hours, as long as they are organised by the school), travelling to and from school or school activities. It also includes any activity organised or authorised by the school. 

It is important to note that the policy cannot cover (restricted by legislation) any Medicare service including the Medicare gap.

http://ccinsurance.org.au/Insurance/Pages/schoolcare-insurance.aspx

Healthy Food

At OLGC we encourage all students to eat nutritious high energy food. Parents are asked to provide three portions of food for their children to eat at school. Students eat brain food at 10am, snack at 11am and a lunch at 1pm. Students may have something fairly substantial (not just a snack) at 11am if required.

Students are supervised as they eat and will be given adequate time. We will endeavour to ensure that any uneaten food goes back into students’ lunchboxes and goes home (with the exception of yogurt containers and tetra juice packs).

We promote a healthy diet allowing time for brain food at 10am. This light snack is to encourage students to eat fresh fruit or vegetables throughout the morning. Water bottles are also encouraged in the classroom. At recess, wholesome energy snacks are an important part of a healthy diet for active children. 

For school lunches we recommend:

  • Sandwiches or pita bread with cheese, lean meat, hummus and salad 
  • Cheese slices, crackers with spread and fresh or dried fruits 
  • Washed and cut up raw vegetables or fresh fruits

Please avoid sugary processed foods in your child’s lunch.

Canteen

The OLGC school canteen operates on Monday and Friday. This offers a range of snacks and lunch options. The menu includes a variety of healthy sandwiches, rolls, sushi, pies and nachos for lunch. We also provide fruit, drinks and snacks.