Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

First Day of the School Year

SHS has a staggered start to the school year to support students in settling into their new learning enrolment and classes.  On the first day of the school year, YR 7 students meet in the School Gymnasium, where they are allocated to their Care Groups and participate in orientation activities throughout the day. They spend the morning with their Care Teacher. Year 12 students also participate in Senior School Orientation.  Year 7,  8, 9, 10 and 11 students return to school on the following day.

School Day

School day school starts at 8.40 am and finishes at 3.10 pm every day except Wednesday, it ends at 2.20 pm.

Your Child’s Care Teacher

Your child will meet their Care Teacher on the first day. Year 7 families will be invited to a Parent/Caregiver Sausage Sizzle early in Term 1 to meet your child’s Care Teacher. Families will meet with care teachers in the last week of the term during SLC in terms 1 - 3.


If you have any concerns or issues about your child please contact their Care Teacher in the first instance or the Senior Leader for Junior School (7/8), Middle School (9/10), or Senior School (11/12) dependent on students year level.


The School newsletter is published twice a term and is available on our web site.

Sick Room

If your child feels unwell they should report to the Front Office. If the problem is serious, Parents/Caregivers are contacted. Due to Department for Education and Child Development policy we are not able to issue paracetamol to any student. Students may carry and administer their own. Please ensure that the school has names and phone numbers for emergency contacts.

Extreme Hot Weather Policy —Third Consecutive day over 36 degrees.

When the temperature reaches 36° on the Bureau of Meteorology - Edinburgh Observation website 6 sirens will blast to advise students to go indoors as follows during recess and lunch.

  • Yr 7/8 - Gym
  • Yr 9 - Library
  • Yr 10 - PAC
  • Yr 11 - B Block
  • Yr 12 - Senior School
  • SWD students - PAC

As an air-conditioned school the presentation of the curriculum will continue unless an emergency is declared. However on the 3rd consecutive school day of temperatures reaching 36° or above families can opt to keep students in years 7-10 home for the day.  Year 11 & 12 students are expected to attend each day.

On days when the expected temperature is forecast to be 40° or over families can opt to keep students home for the day.

To ensure the safety of students traveling to and from school, there is no early dismissal.


Stationery can be purchased locally at Big W, Coles, Target as required. 

School Photographs

Student ID and Student Family photographs are taken early in Term one.

Material and Services Fee

Your school account will be posted to your address early in January as part of your back to school pack. Accounts can be paid by instalments but must be finalised by the end of Term 1. Please advise us if you have changed your address or phone number to ensure you receive this pack and or other information sent to families. Your back to school pack will also contain info in relation to school card, B point, uniforms, canteen or medical updates.

School Card

Families must apply for School Card each year at each school for each student. This can be done online or by accessing a hard copy from the finance office.