August 17

General

School Hours

Morning Session               9.00am            to            12.30pm

Afternoon Session            1.30pm            to             3.00pm

Children, parents and caregivers are encouraged to arrive at school from 8.30am each day.  Arriving by 8.55am at the latest helps children to be ready to start classes at 9.00am.

Absences

When your child is absent from school please let his or her teacher know, phone the office or text 027 308 9016  prior to 9am.  The school will contact parents if a child is not present and we have not been notified.

Clothing

We do not have a school uniform.  Clothing needs to be comfortable and suitable for the day’s activities. Whilst we encourage individuality, please keep jewellery to a minimum. Please name all belongings. The lost property box is placed in the Main Block Corridor. Tainui School sun hats are to be worn in Term 1 & 4 by all children.

Health Nurse

The Health Nurse visits the school regularly.  All children receive free regular hearing and vision tests.

Dental School

All children are entitled to free dental checks and treatment at the Otago University Dental School. If you have any queries about dental health please contact Donna at the Dental School (479 7189).

Newsletters

Newsletters are emailed to you on Thursdays. This is one of our main forms of communication and we ask you to read the newsletter so that you are well informed.  Your ideas and responses are often sought, and your feedback is appreciated.

School Donations and Contributions

Voluntary donations and contributions enable us to provide children with a wide base of experiences in all curriculum areas.   Donations to schools are tax deductible.  Regular automatic payments are welcome.  In 2015, we recommend the following :

Donation: $20 per child or $30 per family.

Contribution to Activities: $70 per child per year, with no further request for payments aside from your child’s personal items.

Lunches

Lunches may be ordered daily.  A price list is available at the school office or can be downloaded here. Please place the correct money in an envelope with all orders, including child’s name and room number.  Sweets and fizzy drinks are not permitted.

Lunches 2017

Stationery

All necessary stationery items can be purchased from our office. Stationery packs are made available at the beginning of each year.

Homework

Homework is a time to practice skills, increase independence, build study habits, and further the link between home and school.  Junior children will bring reading books home daily, and parents are asked to make this an enjoyable shared session.  Our older pupils will have set tasks from Monday to Thursday.  Children can be encouraged to follow other learning and interests as well as completing basic homework.

Library

Children borrow books on a weekly basis.  We seek parent help in ensuring that books are looked after and returned to school.

Parental Involvement

There are many opportunities for parents to become involved in the life of the school.  During the year requests are made for parents for a variety of activities which include reading, music, theme activities, sports, swimming and camping for our Year 6 students.  This assistance is very much  valued by both teachers and pupils.

-Serving on our Board of Trustees

-Belonging to the Parent Teacher Association

-Joining our Whānau Rōpu

-Assisting Rehutai (kapa haka)

-Supervising Road Patrol

-Casual surveillance of the school grounds during out of school hours

-Assisting with sports teams

Progress and Welfare

Parents are encouraged to get in touch with us – and us with you, whenever there are any concern’s about a child’s progress, attitude or behaviour.   Good communication between home and school is essential. We prefer to discuss such matters in person rather than over the telephone.

Please ring us or email to arrange a time to see your child’s teacher and/or the Principal.

Oral and written reports are forwarded to you throughout the year, however parents are encouraged to keep communication between home and school open at all times. Positive feedback is appreciated, too.

Accidents /Sickness

Minor bumps and scratches receive first aid treatment in the school’s medical room.  In more serious cases you will be contacted as soon as possible so that you can take your child to the family doctor.

You are requested to keep the school informed of any change of emergency or other phone numbers.  Unfortunately our resources cater only for first aid. We have neither the facilities nor personnel to care for unwell children.

Parking

Please exercise extreme care when picking up children as our school entrance is situated on a narrow, busy section of road.

Keep clear of the school gate and do not use the gateway for turning.  Parking is available over in the Westpac Bowls Stadium Car Park.  Please also refer to our Safe Meet Spots map.

Cycling

Older children are permitted to ride cycles to school if parents deem they are safe to. Those seen behaving carelessly on bikes, or endangering others, may have the privilege of cycling to school withdrawn.  Helmets are compulsory.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is elected every three years.  It has the responsibility of governing the school on behalf of the wider community. The Board meets monthly and minutes of each meeting are displayed in the school foyer and are available on request at the school office.

P.T.A.

The Parent Teacher Association provides a liaison between home and and school through social activities, parent education and fund raising.

Whānau Rōpu

This group meets once a term to support the school’s Te Reo Maori programme and to foster tikanga and cultural activities.

Scholastic Book Club

Throughout the year forms for Scholastic Book Clubs will be sent home.  Order forms and cheques need to be returned in clearly labelled and named envelopes.  Cheques should be made out to Scholastic New  Zealand Ltd.

Grounds

Families are welcome to use our extensive grounds after school and at weekends.  Your encouragement of children to respect and care for this community facility is appreciated.

Road Patrol

Year 6 students, under the guidance of adults, assist children using the Cavell Street crossing.  All parents are encouraged to use the crossing when approaching from this direction.  Road patrol is run between 8.45am and 9am and then from 3pm to 3.10pm.

Special Education

We are an inclusive school and have access to all Special Education Services. If the school or a parent feels there is a need for assistance in any area of a child’s development or learning, then help can be sought.