School advises parents of PEAC and EYE charges per year ($5 – $300) as part of Voluntary Contributions and Charges process
Students who attend PEAC are marked as an “E” at their enrolled school as they are participating in an educational program away from their enrolled school. The only time this is changed is when the enrolled school is informed that the student did not attend PEAC on the prescribed day. This information can come from two recognised sources as follows:
- parents inform the enrolled school that their child will not be attending PEAC on the prescribed day and provide the school with a valid reason for non-attendance; and/or
- the PEAC teacher informs the school that the child did not attend on the prescribed day. If the PEAC teacher is aware of the reason they will also provide that to the enrolled school and the school can then make the necessary alterations to the status of the student at the school. If the PEAC teacher is unaware of the reason for the student not attending PEAC they will inform the school when notifying them of the absence.
The student’s enrolled school must ensure they follow the correct procedures related to attendance for all PEAC students and follow up on any known absences in the same way as they would for any other student in the school.
PEAC provides two types of excursions for students who participate in the program: courses that are based at an external venue such as Scitech, and one-off excursions as part of a centre-based course.
Courses based at an external venue follow this procedure
- full year approval from the Principal of the PEAC Administration Centre host school (currently Yuluma Primary School); and
- Parent Consent Form signed prior to course commencement.
As courses are selected by students as part of the Course Selection Process; it is understood by both the students and the parents that the whole course will be at the one venue, similar to attending a centre-based course.
One-off excursions as part of a centre-based course follow this procedure:
- approval required from Host School Principal from where the course is based;
- all aspects of the proposal (as per the Department of Education Excursion Policy) are to be forwarded to the Host Principal at least four weeks prior to the excursion taking place; and
- student lists, health forms and parent consent forms are collected and submitted to the Host Principal before the excursion.
PEAC recognises the impost this places on Host Principals but have established this process to ensure compliance with the Excursion Policy and Guidelines. This process best mirrors the practice that occurs in most schools for similar excursions.
Memorandum of Agreement (Host Schools Only)
Host schools have entered into a partnership agreement with NMER to facilitate the operation of PEAC Centres at the relevant schools. To formalise this partnership a Memorandum of Agreement has been developed that outlines the following:
- Terms of Reference
- Key Outcomes
- Roles and Responsibilities of Host Schools and NMER
- Joint Steering Group Operational Procedures
- Funding Allocation
- Reporting Requirements
- Mutual Obligations
- Termination of MoA
- Dispute Resolution
- Status of MoA
Further details related to the MoA can be obtained from the NMER office.
Safe and legal transport to and from PEAC programs is the responsibility of parents. Parents are responsible for ensuring the vehicle used to transport their child has comprehensive motor vehicle insurance cover and is deemed to be suitable for such use.
Students are delivered by their transport provider to the teacher at the venue and collected from the teacher at the conclusion of each session. Students are not permitted to travel unaccompanied at any time to reach or depart a venue.
School PEAC Coordinators may assist parents by providing the names of other students attending PEAC Courses provided the other parents have given the Coordinator permission to divulge this information.
Carpooling requests can be made via the online course selection app. For these requests to be actioned students must be from the same school and enter the SAME course preferences in the SAME order. The correct spelling of names is essential.