Primary School


I. Excused and Unexcused Absences

Parents must notify the school IN WRITING if a student has or will not be in attendance for any reason. Phone calls and text messages are NOT acceptable.

A. Excused Absences

i. Personal illness of student
ii. Medical appointments or early dismissal from school + embassy appointments.
iii. Death within the immediate family
iv. Number of days absent – In the event a student is absent from school for more than 10 (ten) days during one quarter, for any reason, the student’s parent will be required to meet with the director to discuss the situation.  In the event that the total number of absences, for any reason, is equal to or exceeds 25 (twenty-five) days in one semester, promotion of the student to the next grade may be in jeopardy.
v. Make-up work for excused absences – Any work assigned before the absence is due on the day that the student returns to school.  Students who have been absent may need to take make-up tests after school or at recess.  When a student is absent, parents may ask for their homework assignments.

 B. Unexcused Absences
These are absences for reasons other than personal illness, medical appointments, or a death in the family. Also, an excused absence becomes an unexcused absence if written notification is not provided.

C. Lateness
Most incidents of lateness are avoidable. A student is late when he or she arrives to class after 8:00 A.M. When late, the tardy student must excuse themselves for disrupting the class and provide a reason for their lateness.

D. Leaving School Property
Students are not allowed to leave the school property without permission from school authorities. Parents should notify appropriate staff members if they come to collect their children.

II. Academic Policies and Procedures

A. Homework
Homework is designed to encourage students to develop initiative, responsibility, self-discipline, and good study habits. Homework provides an opportunity to practice and apply the concepts learned in the classroom. Homework will be given on a regular basis. Failure to complete homework may result in disciplinary action by the classroom teacher. See Code of Conduct and Discipline Chart for details.

Parents should expect students to have homework and check with their child regularly so that it is a priority at home. While parents may assist by assuring that this work is completed, and explain work when necessary, the work must be done by the child. He/she must take responsibility for its accuracy and completion. The following are some ways that you can help your child with his/her studies:

i. Be sure they have a quiet, secluded study place with good lighting.
ii. Remove all distractions; television, radios, music players, and computers should be off.
iii. Homework should be completed at a regular time each day so that a habit is developed.
iv. Parents should encourage the use of an agenda so that the student has a systematic way of recording and completing all assignments.
v. Parents should monitor the study time to see that the student applies himself/herself and uses his/her time wisely.
vi. If the study time takes longer than 20-30 minutes, allow for a short break to aid in concentration.

B. Incomplete Work Not Due to Absence
If a student has incomplete work, he/she will stay in at break. If the situation continues, parents will be contacted to determine steps for correcting the problem.

C. Tests and Exams
Tests and exams missed must be made up as soon as possible upon returning to school. Tests missed because of unexcused absences cannot be taken before the absence but must be made up upon returning.

D. Promotion/Retention
Students will be promoted only upon completion of the academic requirements for their grade level. Students who do not finish the year with satisfactory grades will only be readmitted to school upon approval of the administration. Readmission, if granted, would be on a probationary status and the grade would be repeated.

E. English Language Learners/Remedial Classes
Students are permitted to enroll while not yet fluent in English in Grades R-7. Our practice is to mainstream such students, placing them in the regular classroom to learn English by daily immersion, provided there are no learning difficulties or gaps in their prior education. ELL students are encouraged to receive separate English language classes outside of school hours.

F. Reporting Progress
Academic progress reports will be issued in the middle and end of the school year. Reports must be signed for. Once the mid-year report has been issued, parents should make appointments with the learner’s teachers where there are areas that need improvement.

G. Parent/Teacher Conference and Communication
Communication between parents and teachers is extremely important at each grade level. We believe that the key to success for many students is for parents to take an interest and be involved in their child’s work. Many students need additional motivation and discipline which parents can best give at home. In order for parents to know their child’s progress, all parents are required to attend a Parent-Teacher Conference after the first term. After other terms, conferences will be scheduled as necessary. Teachers are regularly available after school from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. and parents may ask for a conference at any time by calling the school to schedule an appointment. Parents and visitors may not interrupt classroom instruction during school hours. Teachers on arrival/dismissal duty are not available to discuss students’ progress.

H. Standardized Testing
Upon enrolment with KFLICC, the learner may be expected to complete a standardized test for the grade he or she has completed. This test provides helpful counsel about both the student’s and the school’s strengths and weaknesses.

I. Student Records
A cumulative file is kept on each student for the time enrolled at KFLICC. The contents of the file are academic reports, health forms, and disciplinary information. Parents may view their child’s records upon request. Other than parents, only authorized school personnel are permitted to view the files. The file will be given to the parents upon departure from the school, provided nothing is owed to the school, be it fees, books or otherwise.

J. Library Services
Students regularly borrow materials from the school library. The learner must fill in the form and return the book in the same condition in which they received it. Damaged or lost books must be paid for by the parents, at a price determined by the specific item, which will include the cost of replacing it (i.e. postage and handling).

K. Field Trips
Field trips are held for educational benefit. The school will notify parents of details before each trip and secure permission. Students are to wear the school uniform for such trips, unless otherwise instructed and should conduct themselves in a way that impacts positively on the reputation of the school.

III. Student Life – Policies and Procedures

It is our goal to create an atmosphere in which students can develop to their fullest potential – academically, physically, and socially. To accomplish this, we must set guidelines to direct the energies and growth of the students. Many of these guidelines are dealt with in our Code of Conduct in the About Kingfisher Lake section of the website.

A. Student Dress Code – UNIFORMS
Until such time as KFLICC implements its own uniform, the following attire will be accepted:

White shirt (cotton with collar and buttons), navy blue shorts. In winter, long navy blue pants may be worn and a navy blue V-neck jersey.

White shirt (cotton with collar and buttons), navy blue shorts, skirt or skort. In winter, girls may either wear long navy blue pants or tights with the skirt or skort. A navy blue V-neck jersey may also be worn.

Boys and girls to wear navy blue or black sports shorts (plain) with a plain white T-shirt and cap.Sports/ running shoes and white socks.Navy blue or black swimming costume and goggles.

The goal of our dress code is to provide the best atmosphere possible for learning. To that end, we require good grooming, modesty, neatness, cleanliness, and clothes in good repair.

KFLICC requires school uniforms, whether at school or at off-campus school functions. No hats or any other clothing will be permitted, except when on school breaks or during physical education. No visible jewellery is permitted. Stud or sleeper earrings (one per ear) are permitted. Students may wear white vests under their uniform if they are tucked in properly.

The wearing of shoes is left to the discretion of the learner and his or her parents. However, plastic ‘Croc’ type shoes WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. These have proven to be unhygienic and slippery, resulting in accidents with learners who are running around during break time. When requested to do so, the correct shoes must be worn for physical education.

Students must have their uniforms on when entering the school grounds at the beginning of the day and must remain in their uniforms until after they have left the school grounds at the end of the day. Physical education uniforms are required for physical education classes. Learners must wear their school uniform every day and change into P.E. clothes on P.E. days. Students will not be permitted to wear jewelry (including watches) during P.E. classes. Seeing glasses should be removed when participating in P.E. lessons (to avoid injury to the wearer and or damage to the glasses). The P.E. teacher will not be responsible for any personal items. Children who do not have appropriate sports attire will not be permitted to participate. A towel must accompany the learner for use after a swimming lesson.

We strongly recommend the use of an art smock (or oversized T Shirt) to protect your child’s uniform during appropriate activities.

Please use name tags on all uniforms, P.E. clothes, and art smocks.

B. Stationary
It is extremely important that your child is equipped with the right amount of good quality stationary. This stationary should all be labeled so as to avoid theft or being claimed by mistake. Much time is wasted each day due to a lack of stationary per child, when we should be maximizing learning time at school.

Please ensure that your child has the following items, which will satisfy the minimum stationary requirements. Leftover stock will be retained for the child for the following year:

Key Stage 1 (Grade R to year 2):

8 x Pritt Glue Sticks – Medium Sized (Large dries out)
1 x Bottle Wood Glue – Ponal if possible
1 x Scissors
12 x Pencils – HB
2 x Steel, 2-hole Sharpeners
1 x Pack of Wax Retractables
4 x Pack Colouring Pencils (12 per pack; 1 per term)
1 x 2 Litre Ice-cream container (for storing stationary)
1 x Large Eraser – White
2 x Small Erasers – White
1 x Plastic 30cm Ruler
1 x Pencil Case (Space Case – hard plastic; not pencil bag)
1 x Pack Oil Pastels
1 x Homework Diary OR Ruled Hardcover A5 Exercise Book
1 x Children’s watercolour set
5 x Black Hardcover Counter/ Exercise Books (Ruled) A4
1 x Black Hardcover Exercise Book with Irish Lines (5mm Ruled)
1 x A4 Blank (White Paper, not ruled) Book or Pack of A4 Paper, White

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

5 x Pritt Glue Sticks – Medium Sized (Large dries out)
1 x Bottle Wood Glue – Ponal if possible
1 x Scissors
8 x Pencils – HB
2 x Steel, 2-hole Sharpeners
1 x Pack Colouring Pencils (12 per pack)
2 x Large Erasers – White
1 x Plastic 30cm Ruler
1 x Pencil Case (Space Case – hard plastic; not pencil bag)
1 x Pack Oil Pastels
1 x Homework Diary OR Ruled Hardcover A5 Exercise Book
1 x Children’s watercolour set
12 x Black Hardcover Counter/ Exercise Books (Ruled) A4
1 x A4 Blank (White Paper, not ruled) Book or Pack of A4 Paper, White or Sketch Book
1 x Mathematics Set (Protractor, Set Square, Compass etc)
1 x Calculator
1 x Pack Felt tip Pens (Khokis) – 12 pack
2 x Fineliners – Black
1 x Pack Art Pencils (selection from H and B range)
1 x Pack Soft Pastels

C. Health Services
After school dismisses for the day, parents are responsible to supervise their children.

At the beginning of each year, each parent is required to sign and return information regarding the health of their child, which includes instructions for emergency care. This form contains numbers for the family’s preferred physician and one other contact person in the event that a parent cannot be reached. This information must be kept current. Please notify the school office of any changes occurring during the year.

i. Minor first aid will be administered by school personnel.
ii. Students with illnesses or head lice will be required to go home and follow the prescribed treatment procedures. After head lice treatment, he/she will be rechecked and, if found clear, will be allowed to return to school.
iii. If an occasional illness requires prescription or over-the-counter medication to be given at school, a note signed by a parent with the following information will be required: name of child, name of medication, dosage, and frequency.

All medications MUST be in their original container, and are to be kept with the class teacher, not with the child. Teacher will remind student regarding the proper time for taking his/her medication. The teacher will communicate to the parent stating the date, time, medication, and dosage of the medication given.

D. School Property
i. Students are expected to respect and care for school property. Textbooks are loaned to students and the condition of each book is recorded. Damage beyond normal use of textbooks, library books, or other school equipment will be charged to the student’s account.
ii. Textbooks are to be covered with appropriate book covers at all times. This should be in the form of a clear, plastic film.
iii. Students are expected to respect all flora and fauna, including all animal and plant life.

IV. Miscellaneous

 A. Emergency Drills
Evacuation drills will be held to acquaint students with routes and procedures.

B. Telephone Calls
i. Students may only make telephone calls for emergency needs. Phone messages taken for students or teachers will be delivered at the next break. Phone calls or messages to or from learners for social purposes (including after school arrangements) will not permitted.
ii. Cell phones must be turned off during the school day and kept in backpacks. Cell phones may be used for emergencies with permission from the teacher. Teachers will confiscate all cell phones seen or heard during the school day and return them at the end of the day but will not be held responsible for any loss or damage that occurs during this period.

C. Lunch
Students should bring packed lunches and should not expect to use kitchen facilities to store or prepare their lunch.Gum and lollypops are not allowed at school. No food or drinks are allowed to be consumed inside the classrooms.

D. Visitors
Visitors and parents are welcome at the school. Please contact the school office before or upon arrival for assistance so that classes are not disturbed. Parents / visitors are not allowed to go to the classrooms unless prior authorization has been given by the principal.

E. Lost and Found
Parents are encouraged to label all their child’s belongings. Items found will be held for at least one month and after will be given to those in need.

F. School Photographs
Individual, class and sibling photographs are taken annually and offered as a package to parents at a fee.