Parent Information

Term 1     Tuesday 29 January - Friday 12 April

Term 2     Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July

Term 3     Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September

Term 4     Monday 14 October - Friday 13 December

Waitangi Day observed   -   Wednesday 6 February

Otago Anniversary Day   -   Monday 25 March

Queen's Birthday   -   Monday 3 June

Labour Day   -   Monday 28 October

8.55am                       Start of school bell

Morning Break

10.30 - 10.40am        Snack time (supervised inside or outside by teacher)

10.40 - 11.00am        Play time (supervised by duty teachers)

Lunch Break

12.30 - 12.45pm        Lunch time (supervised inside by teacher on cold days / outside by duty teachers on fine days)

12.45 - 1.25pm          Play time

1.30pm                      End of lunch bell

3.00pm                     End of school bell (children must be collected by 3.15pm)

The PTA sell hot lunches every Friday unless otherwise notified.

  • Sausage, saveloy, vegetarian, gluten free $2
  • Hot milo $0.50 (provide named cup)

To order, bring your money and cups to the school hall on Friday mornings before school.

It is important to inform the school when your child is absent. You can inform the school of an absence via the following:

Absences are monitored and parents called if there is an unexplained absence. 

Absences for reasons such as an overseas holiday must be signalled in writing in advance.

Assembly is held in the school hall each Friday at 2.10pm. It is led by a different class every week. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.

The before and after school care programme is OSCAR approved and supervised by Shelley Kennedy.

Enrolment

Enrolment is finalised on completion of the enrolment form. Please inform staff of any relevant changes to your enrolment details. It is important that we have current information.

Location

The programme is located in room C1 of the College Block.

Hours of Operation 

  • Before school care      8.00 - 8.30am.
  • After school care         3.00 - 5.30pm.

Fees

  • Before school care    $4.00 per session or $15.00 per child per week.
  • After school care       $14 per child per session.
  • Fees are tax deductible*

WINZ subsidies are available 

Parents/caregivers may qualify for an OSCAR subsidy which is a payment to help families with the cost. Information and application forms are available on the Work and Income website here

Absences

Once your child's name is on the roll, they are expected to attend the programme unless the school has been notified by a parent or caregiver.

Please notify us of an absence before 1pm via the following:

Due to child/staff ratio there may be a charge if your child does not attend and is on the roll.

When your child has an appointment during school hours, please collect them from the classroom after informing the school office.

Road patrol operates twice daily on North Road:

  • 8.30 - 8.55am
  • 3.00 - 3.15pm

This is supervised by an adult and monitored by the school and the Land Transport Authority and the NZ Police.

Children who need to cross the road are directed to use this safety measure and parents are encouraged to observe this when accompanying their child/ren to and from school.

Please advise the school if you are willing to help with road patrol.

School Patrol Notes

It is necessary to move students 'up a class' when enrolments exceed expectation. The principal has the authority to make the final decision.

The decision to promote a student is based on the following factors:

  • age of student
  • academic ability of the child
  • social skills of the child
  • how the individual presence in the classroom will affect the overall tone and balance of the classrooms involved (e.g. gender balance, ESOL support, behaviour, etc)

Parents will be informed at least two weeks prior to any movement. 

The classroom teacher and syndicate leader will propose to the senior management team who should be promoted and provide written explanation and copies of evidence to support the proposals. The senior management team will assist the principal to make the final decision. The principal will inform the parents in writing of the move.

The principal will endeavour to ensure that promotion happens only once a year and preferably at mid year.

If parents are vigorously opposed to the decision, they should use the school's complaints procedure detailed below.

Step One

  • Discuss the concern/complaint with the person at school most closely related to the issue, or responsible for the area involved.
  • If you feel your concern/complaint has not been fairly heard or responded to after giving reasonable opportunity to do so, move on to step two.

Step Two

  • Arrange an appropriate time to discuss it with the principal. If after this discussion you feel your complaint has not been either fairly heard or responded to, move on to step three.

Step Three

  • Approach the parent advocate(s) who after considering the concern may:
    • consult the parties concerned and/or
    • arrange a meeting or meetings of all parties involved to provide further opportunity for a mutually acceptable solution to be found and/or
    • refer the matter to the Board of Trustees.
  • If this provess has not resolved the matter or there is no parent advocate available then move on to step four.

Step Four

  • Contact the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees to arrange an informal meeting with a sub committee of the Board to discuss the matter.
  • If, following the informal discussion, the complaint has still not been resolved move on to step five.

Step Five

  • Refer the complaint to the Board of Trustees in writing at least four days before a meeting.
  • If you wish to speak to the written complaint at the meeting, application must be made to the Chairperson and a time frame for presentation of the complaint negotiated, prior to the meeting.
  • If after consideration by the Board the complaint has still not been resolved move on to step six.

Step Six

  • Independent arbitration can be a final part of the procedure, with due consideration of benefit and cost.
  • Parents may choose to begin at step three or four if they feel unable to approach staff within the school directly. Those people will then be consulted by the parent advocate or sub committee.