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When your child is unavoidably absent would you please contact the school by phone on 389 9256 and leave an appropriate message or txt 0274 373 674 before 9am.



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.



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



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.


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


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.

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.


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.



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. 



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.



The FOL operates to support the goals set for school development and children’s learning.  Meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of every month at 6pm in the staffroom.


Your child may bring home a reading book (in a folder), a library book, completed work, artwork etc.   Please set aside some time each day to talk about these things and where appropriate:

· Listen to your child read

· Help with homework

· Talk about and display artwork

· Read to your child if a Library book is brought home.


Your child will look forward to taking things home to be admired.  You will probably find it worthwhile and enjoyable to devote  some time each day to your child and their learning.   It will prove valuable in helping with their progress at school.

Supporting your child's learning - after 1 year at school:-

Supporting your child's learning - at the end of Year 5:-
Supporting your child's learning - at the end of Year 6:-


School begins at                        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 at 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.



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



· 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.


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.



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.



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

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.



The Government and other social agencies provide additional support to help children’s learning and development.  We use their services regularly.  Some will also work with families.  This includes:


· Our Social Worker in School

· Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour

· Resource Teacher of Literacy

· Public Health Nurse

· Special Education Service

· Police Youth Aid

· Salvation Army

· Te Mapua Trust

· Child Youth and Family Service



This is held on a weekly basis.  It provides a chance for our Pasifika children to experience and share some of their cultures at school.


We welcome the involvement of parent helpers either on a regular or periodic basis.  Please discuss this with the classroom teacher if you have an interest in helping, or a particular skill that children could learn about.


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.


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



Prospective parents and pupils are most welcome to visit and view the school.   The Principal is available to discuss your child’s welfare, progress, school programme, and also to tell you of the many good things going on in the school.  However if you have a concern about your child, please discuss this first, with your child’s class teacher.



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


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. 



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.



All schools in New Zealand are non-smoking areas.


Some children require additional help or extension work.  The school leadership team and our Special Needs Teacher co-ordinates programmes for these children.  We have experience with assisting children through a wide range of programmes.  These include:

  • Reading Recovery
  • Literacy Interventions
  • Short term support programmes in Literacy & Numeracy
  • English for speakers of other language (ESOL) programmes
  • Monitoring and supporting children with behavioural problems
  • Monitoring and supporting for children who are often absent from school without a good reason

We also cater for children’s needs by offering extension and enrichment programmes.

We employ specialised staff to provide these programmes.


Our school is served by a Speech Language Therapist, who we contact through the Ministry of Education.  The teachers of our 5-6 year old children are trained to evaluate your child’s speech and to make referrals.


We place a strong emphasis on physical activity and health.  We teach the basic skills of a wide range of traditional and non- traditional sports.  We are also part of a group of schools in a sports zone.  Zone sports are held for swimming, cross country and athletics, and a winter sports tournament is held each year.  Our school holds its own swimming sports, cross country races, winter sports programme, and athletic sports, just prior to each of these.   Year 5 and 6 children take part in a Winter Sports programme in Hagley Park.  All children can participate in triathlons and a Kiwisport programme at school.


Stationary lists and items are available at the school office at any time during the school year.


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


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.


Our main concern is that your child is tidy, warm and comfortable in our school uniform.

Our uniform is compulsory. 



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.