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Home visits 2017


​​Home Visits

“What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children’s growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn’t a school at all.” John Holt


The purpose of Cairns SDE staff visiting students at their home ​is:

  • to give Cairns SDE staff an opportunity to better understand the context and learning environment of students and parents/home tutors, and 
  • to provide support for families to meet the individual learning needs of their child/children.

Does everyone get a Home Visit?

Home Visits are considered by request. All families within the geographic catchment are welcome to apply for a home visit completing and submitting a Home Visit Request Form.

Consideration is given to:

  • Enrolment status:   new enrolment, limited choice/by choice, previous visits/status of past agreed actions – e.g. Have tasks been completed since previous visit?
  • Well-being/Pastoral care:  Social/emotional issues, medical/health issues, behaviour, habits of mind, coaching.
  • Engagement in school programs:  lessons, field, regular mail and telephone contact, online courses, learning materials.
  • Academic progress:  formative, summative and diagnostic data.
  • Focus areas and intended outcomes of visit.
  • Post-visit actions/negotiated agreements with student/s, staff and HT.

The Deputy Principal will contact parents by email to notify if request is approved or not approved.

2017 Home Visits


2017 Home Visits are scheduled to take place in Terms 1 and 2.

Home Visits Request Forms Due Dates:

• Term 1 Home Visits: Friday 20th January 

• Term 2 Home Visits: Friday 14th April

Term 1 Home Visits


• Week 3 Mareeba/Tablelands Home Visits (Mon 6th  Feb – Fri 10th Feb)


• Week 5 Savannah Home Visits (Mon 20th Feb – Fri 24th Feb) OR                                

• Week 9 Savannah Home Visits (Mon 20th Mar – Fri 24th Mar)


• Week 4 Cooktown /Peninsula Home Visits (Mon 13th Feb – Fri 17th Feb) OR  

• Week 10 Cooktown /Peninsula Home Visits (Mon 27th Mar – Fri 31st Mar) 

Term 2 Home Visits


• Week 3 Mareeba/Tablelands Home Visits (Tues 2nd May – Fri 5th  May)

• Week 8 Savannah Home Visits (Mon 5th June – Fri 10th June)

• Week 9 Cooktown /Peninsula Home Visits (Mon 12th June – Fri 16th June)

It is a shared expectation that visiting staff are afforded meals and accommodation if overnight stays are required. 

Home Visits may be rescheduled due to weather conditions.