Resources for Parents
Parents have a valuable role to play in working with schools to support their children's learning. At Parramatta West we value the contribution parents make, and provide numerous opportunities for parents to understand more about our teaching and learning programs.
Click on the links to find further activities and information.
School uniforms may be purchased from the uniform shop located at Parramatta West Public School which is managed by our P & C Association. You can purchase the uniform in the mornings from 8.30am until 9.30am.
Uniform Prices Oct 2016 (pdf 34 KB)
Uniform Price March 2016 (pdf 34 KB)
Uniform hours for Feb 16 (pdf 23 KB)
Canteen - Information
Our school canteen provides your child with nutritious lunches at a reasonable price. It operates 5 days a week by Kids Snack Shack.
Recess and lunch may be ordered by placing the correct money into a paper bag and write clearly your child's name, class, recess or lunch and the food order. Orders can be placed on-line (refer to attached menu for details). Orders should be placed before school begins.
Canteen Menu 2016 (pdf 120 KB)
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Click on the link below to access a range of useful documents for teachers, parents and caregivers, translated into over 40 languages.
Free Support for Parents
‘Tis the Season of Meltdowns
As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, calendars and to-do lists get jam-packed and tempers can be frayed. Sometimes at this time of year we see our children behaving in ways that aren't usual for them such as being teary and emotional to being defiant and angry. Sometimes when things become too hard for children to handle they might have a ‘meltdown'. A meltdown is an intense and often frightening response to over-stimulation of the nervous system involving activation of the child's ‘fight or flight' response. This often means that the experiences the child is having are too much for them to handle at the time. Tiredness, lack of routines, stress in the family (rushing around with too many things on the to-do list) and other changes can create a "perfect storm" for the child. Afterwards, the child may experience intense feelings of shame, humiliation, remorse and fear that relationships have been harmed beyond repair.
The notion of prevention being better than the cure is primary when dealing with meltdowns. So how, as a parent, can you prevent meltdowns?
Tune in to early warning signs in your children. What do these signs look like?
- Resistance to, or disengaging from, an activity or routine
- Verbal or non-verbal expressions of distress or frustration e.g. tears, whining, swearing, difficulty answering questions, pacing, stuttering, grimacing etc.
By tuning in early, you may be able to prevent a meltdown or minimise its impact. Expressing empathy, helping a child to verbalise their frustration and providing them with options can have a positive impact. An example of this could be "I can see that you are getting mad about not getting a turn on the flying fox. Would you like me to help you ask for your turn?"
It may also be helpful to manage your child's environment to minimise the likelihood of a meltdown occurring. For example, try to maintain normal household routines, spend quality time together as a family and factor in some quiet time for your children to unwind after a bust day.
If prevention fails, there are ways to manage a meltdown to minimise its impact:-
- Once your child is having a meltdown, the time for reasoning has passed. He or she is overwhelmed emotionally and will not be able to think rationally.
- It is imperative that you, as the parent, stay calm. If you feel you are losing control, enlist another adult to help you or take time out yourself if you are at home.
- Ensure your child is safe whilst having a meltdown. Move a young child away from roads, sharp objects etc.
- If you are out and about and the meltdown doesn't subside quickly, it's often better to go straight home.
- Don't interfere with your child's meltdown in terms of making suggestions or ordering your child to stop. Wait until the storm begins to subside before offering comfort.
- Once your child is calmer, offer simple suggestions such as a cuddle, a quiet story together or a DVD.
- Only engage in problem solving the issues that led to the meltdown once your child is completely calm. It may even be the next day before you can help your child find a solution to their angst.
Parent Line NSW is a State Government funded free professional telephone counselling service that is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call our Parenting Counsellors to talk through any issue related to raising your child 1300 1300 52.
Best for Kids Flyer (pdf 2253 KB)