New Parent Information

Absences

Accidents or Illness

Accidents of a minor nature are attended to at school in the sick bay.   If they are more serious we contact you at home or at work so that you can take your child home or to the Doctor.  All accidents are recorded in the sick bay notification book.

After School

Children must go straight home after school.  If your child wishes to play with a friend, they should first obtain your permission.

Assemblies

We hold a full School Assembly every second Friday at 9.45am., where classes or groups may share aspects of classroom programmes.You are welcome to come to these assemblies.

Bicycles

Our School Policy recommends that only children ten years and above ride on the roads.  Bicycles may be ridden to and from school, but the use of cycle helmets is compulsory.  To be secure, cycles must be locked in the stands provided.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees has the task of governing the school.  Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public and parents are welcome to attend.  A copy of the agenda for meetings is available at the office. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month in the staffroom at 6 pm.

Children's Progress

Teachers closely monitor the progress of all children every year.  We know what the expected levels of achievement should be for different age levels across NZ.  However, every child is different.  They all develop and progress at their own rate, whether that's physical, emotional or intellectual change.  Not all 5 or 10 year olds will grow at the same rate, and they certainly don't learn at the same rate.   It is unwise to make comparisons between children, especially brothers or sisters.  It is much more valid to look at what a child could do at the start of a year, and then look at how well they are making progress through the year, and across years.

It is important that home and school keep in regular contact on any concerns that arise about a child's learning, and how well they are progressing over years. Finally, encouragement and building on children's strengths are two key ways to help them build self-confidence and to face challenges that arise in their learning.

Choir

Children may join the choir in Years five and six.  Practices are held during the day and taking part in the Christchurch Schools’ Music festival is usually a major focus of the year.

Enrolment

If it is possible please enrol your child at least three months prior to their fifth birthday.  Ring the school to make an enrolment appointment and bring along your child's birth certificate and immunisation certificate .   A decision about class placement will be made soon after enrolment and you will be contacted about pre entry visits for you and your child. 

Family Records

A file is kept at the office with details of your address and home telephone and work numbers; also other contact numbers are important in case of sickness or an emergency. It is most important that we have these up-to-date at all times. Please inform the office immediately there is a change.

F.O.L. (Friends of Linwood)

Helping your child at home

Hours

  • School begins: 9.00 am daily
  • Morning break is from: 10.40 am — 11.00 am
  • Lunch break: 12 noon — 12.30 pm, then 1.30 pm — 2 pm
  • School finishes: 3 pm.
Before 8.30 am your child may come into the grounds on arrival in the morning but must wait outside the library. 
The grounds are not supervised until 8.30 am or after 3.30 pm.   
We prefer the children to arrive at 8.30 am.

Houses

Each year the children from Year 3 to Year 6 are put into one of four houses (HarrisJohnsonDavid Brown and Reece) named after the four most recent Principals.

Library

  • All children can use the school library and each class has its own library time during the week.
  • Your child may borrow two books at a time and can keep it for a week.
  • The library is open each lunch hour for randomly selected children.
We ask that your child takes care of their library book and returns it to the library box in their classroom, within the week.

Lost Property

We recommend that you name all your child’s clothing. You are welcome to check for any missing clothes etc. in the cloak bays, the classroom and in the Lost Property box in the entrance of the room beside the library.

Lunch Times

Your child may        
a)            bring their lunch to have at school                               
b)            go home for lunch with written permission only                                                          
For safety reasons we do not permit any children to leave the school grounds to buy lunch.  Drinks in glass bottles must not be brought to school.

Meet the Teacher Evening

This is held around the third week of February and is an opportunity to find out about class goals and expectations.

Newsletters

We send Newsletters to all school families (via the eldest child in each family) on a Thursday.   If you don't receive the newsletter, please ask your child’s teacher for it.   Other notices are sent home from time to time.

Outside Agency Support

Pacific Island Cultural Group

Parking

Angle parking is provided in the slipway for you to use when necessary.  You are urged not to park on the opposite side of the slipway or to double park, for the safety and access of others, especially our children.

Personal Possessions

We discourage children from bringing toys or money to school.  We are unable to take responsibility for personal belongings.

Public Health Nurse

Our nurse is based at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, phone 3836877.  She is available to help provide advice and support for children’s health.

Reporting

We hold our Student / Parent / Teacher Meetings in Term 2 (for the teacher to find out more information about your child).  Our written reports are issued in Term 1 and 4.   We also invite you to an interview, with the class teacher of your five year old after they have been at school for six weeks.  When your child turns six, information regarding some literacy and maths tests, will be discussed with you. 

School Donations

These are currently set at $40 per year per family.  $10 donations are requested approximately half way through terms two, three and four.  The money is used to provide materials such as P.E., Computer or Library equipment, for your children.

Smoking Policy

All schools in New Zealand are non-smoking areas.

Special Needs & Special Abilities

Speech Therapist

Sports

Swimming

All classes have swimming times each day during Terms 1 and 4, weather permitting.

Te Whitinga

For those of you who choose it for their children Te Whitinga provides a regular specialised Maori programme.  It is a resource for Maori culture and language. Taha Maori is part of the normal school programme.  A cultural club meets on a weekly basis.

Uniform

Vision and Hearing Tests

The Health Department checks the vision and hearing of your child at age 5-6 years.  They will check any other children we refer.   This is done twice a year.  Between those times the Health Nurse will make vision tests on request.   If you are concerned about your child's hearing you can get it tested by making an appointment with the Health Department.