Frequently Asked Questions
The logo of the organisation contains the five human values ‘Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Non-Violence’ which are latent in all human beings. These values form the foundation of Sathya Sai Baba’s Education in Human Values program (EHV).
Also pictured in the logo is a tall pillar, called the sarva dharma (world religions) stupa, with a lotus flower on it. Literally, sarva means entire, whole, every kind of; and dharma means righteousness, morality, virtue, duty, code of conduct.
The pillar, with its concentric rings, represents yoga or union with God. The rings indicate the stages of yogic discipline required for unfolding the “lotus of the heart” whose petals are at the top of the pillar. The flame of inner illumination is in the centre of the lotus. Just as the lotus plant lives in water but does not get contaminated by it, so we should live in the world but be untouched by it.
The Sathya Sai College is a vegetarian school. Our school does not allow for the consumption of meat, chicken or fish on campus or at any school events.
In line with our Human Values Program and the Healthy Kids: Live Life Well @ School Program, the college adheres to vegetarianism for both pupils and staff. All official college functions at which food is served are vegetarian.
Lunches are the responsibility of each family. We encourage our parents to provide healthy, whole-food based lunches with minimal packaging. We would also request that you do not pack soft drinks, chips/crisps, chocolates, cakes or other refined-sugar heavy items. Students are not permitted to share food at school. In hot weather, drinking water during class time is encouraged.
Some healthy lunchbox ideas include:
· Hummus or another vegetarian dip and crackers
· Sandwiches or wraps
· Pasta or rice salad
· Fresh fruit and vegetables
· Muesli bars
· Yoghurt (make sure to use an ice brick in your child’s lunchbox)
· Vegetarian patties or vegetarian sausages
The college is well connected by bus services from across the Tweed Shire.
The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) can only be used for:
· Travel between home and the college campus at which the student is enrolled, and
· Approved travel, Monday to Friday on school days.
To be eligible for the scheme an applicant must be:
4 years and 6 months of age or older and enrolled as one of the following:
· an infant student (K-2) regardless of the distance between their home and the college
· primary student (Years 3-6) who lives more than 1.6 kms (radial distance) from the college, or 2.3 kms or more by the most direct practical walking route to the nearest entry point to the college
.To apply for a bus pass, please visit Transport NSW
Primary Campus – Students may arrive from 8:00am but must remain in the Junior undercover area until 8:15am when a teacher is on duty. They can then play in the schoolyard until the bell at 8:45am. All students must arrive by 8:45am.
Secondary Campus – The school is open to students and a teacher is on duty from 8.20am. The first bell for homeroom is at 8.50am.
Your child will need to go to the school office and sign in at Reception.
Children who are unwell should stay at home. In the event of vomiting the child should not return to school until 24 hours after the last time they were sick.
Parents must contact the school and provide an explanation as to why their child is absent.
This can be done by:
– Using the Sentral Parent Portal App
– Contacting the Campus via phone
– Contacting the Campus via email
If your child is unwell at school their teacher will send them to the sick bay. If they are unwell but not physically sick and without a fever, they will be given some time to rest. Should your child not improve you will be contacted to pick them up.
If your child is physically sick at school, has a fever, or displays Covid-19 symptoms you will be contacted to pick them up immediately.
Yes, because we do not function as a religious school. There are no religious rituals. By focusing on universal values, which are common to all religions, the college promotes unity of faith.
Although we are required by law to keep a record of students’ immunisation status, we do not require children to be immunised to be enrolled at our school.
Please be advised that your child/ren may be asked to remain at home if an outbreak of a serious matter occurs.
Sathya Sai College requires a formal school uniform and a sport school uniform. The formal uniform must be worn at all formal college occasions, unless otherwise authorised.
Hats are necessary at all playtimes and during outdoor activities. ‘No hat, no play’ is our very distinct policy.
Please ensure that all the student’s belongings are clearly labeled.
Our policy is for students to take pride in their college and wear their uniform with pride and distinction. We expect that parents and guardians will reinforce this requirement in support of the school. For further information regarding the uniform please refer to the Primary Uniform Page and/or Parent Handbook or the Secondary Uniform Policy and/or Parent Handbook.
Thank you for choosing to volunteer your time with Sathya Sai College. Please contact Reception of the relevant Campus to express your interest. Please refer to our Volunteers and Parent Helpers Policy – on the Policies and Reports page
Please refer to our Grievance Policy – on the Policies and Reports page.
Celebrating local sustainability champions and environmental initiatives On Friday 15th November, Tweed Shire Council’s inaugural Sustainability Awards celebrated champions in the community who are going above and beyond for the sustainability of the Tweed Shire.
Sathya Sai College was awarded the Sustainability – Schools – People’s Choice Award. The slogan for the College’s submission was – Learning about litter, living life cleaner and making it greener. The practices implemented at the school that were highlighted are:- Red-bin free school grounds, creating healthy habits by eating nude food, connecting with nature during activities such as outdoor classroom day, weekly gardening activities, developing edible gardens by growing a “Juicy Fruit Patch” and using the 3 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Recycle.
The students, staff and parents have gradually changed the waste management processes and culture at the school community. This has also been achieved thanks to the support of Eco-Schools, North East Waste and Tweed Shire Council.