School Begins: 8.55 am
Interval: 10:40 am - 11:00 am
Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
School Ends: 3:00 pm
Children should be in the school grounds by 8.50 am. There is NO shortened lunch hour on wet days. Children who are required to go home for lunch or for any other purpose during the day must have written permission. Parents are requested to leave classrooms by the 8.55 am bell to enable a quick and settled start by children.
Staff are able to treat minor problems only. Although we have a bed in our sick bay it is our policy to contact parents when a child appears unwell or requires further medical attention. In an emergency when a parent or contact person is not available, the school will use the 'Vital Information' or 'Enrolment Information' to contact the family doctor if necessary.
a) Verran Road - children should cross over at the special patrol place at 3 pm. In the morning they should go around the footpath.
b) Bush paths - Children are encouraged to walk to and from school in small groups.
c) Castleton Street - children should go around the footpath to the opposite side, not cross near Vandeleur Ave or any other point.
These rules have been made in the interests of child safety. Parents who do not wish their children to conform must accept all responsibility.
Two orientation evenings are held for parents of New Entrant children during the year. Parents will be notified of dates and times.
Community Help Scheme
There are several Community Centres available in the area, with the Birkdale Community Centre offering after school care.
The Dental Therapist is located at Birkenhead Primary School. Children can be enrolled at the clinic from 3 years or when they start school. If you require urgent treatment contact 480 9602 direct. A mobile dental van visits our school once a year and screens all children.
When placing a lunch order please use a separate envelope for each pupil. The name of the child; room number; lunch order required; is written on the back of the envelope and money enclosed. This order is then placed in a lunchroom box in the child's classroom at 9am. On 'lunch order' days parents should ensure provision has been made for morning break needs.
Individual and class photographs are taken every year. Classroom photos are taken in Term 1 and individual photos and sports teams Term 3. Photos will be sent home for parents - pre paid photos can be ordered.
Ashton Scholastic / Wheelers Bookclub Books
Throughout the year children will have the opportunity to purchase paperback books at a reasonable price through these book clubs. Cheques (payable to Ashton Scholastic Books, Wheelers Bookclub) and money for purchases must be returned to school with the completed form in an envelope stating child's name, room number and amount enclosed.
Clothing and Footwear
Children should be appropriately dressed at all times and we request that you name your child's items of clothing and belongings to assist their return. Clothing that is not claimed is kept in the cloakroom outside Room 3 and Room 4 for about a term. After that it is put into the clothing bin at the school gate. We ask that children wear shoes or sandals to school each day as this is a health and safety issue.
School T shirts are available at certain times during the school year. No stock is carried so parents need to place an order.
The school acquires large quantities of lost property, most UNNAMED.
Lost property is available (when recently lost) from outside Room 4. Parents are encouraged to check this regularly. Please name all clothing.
Attendance, Absentee, Sickness
Irregular attendance patterns have been identified as one of the major barriers to children's learning and the Ministry of Education provides schools with a number of avenues of support to help reduce unjustified absences and truancy. Children are required by regulation to attend school unless prevented by special circumstances or illness.
It is important that children arrive each day on time. We require prior written notification to the Principal if your child is going to be absent for reasons other than illness eg family holiday.
The school day starts at 8.55am when children need to be at school ready to start the day. Arriving after the bell can cause disruption to the class and make it difficult for a child to settle.
Roll call is at 8.55am and if children are not there they will be recorded as late or absent.
If your child is unavoidably late please notify the office on arrival. If your child is absent for the day you need to notify the Office. Any unexplained absence will be followed up with a phone call.
Student absence: please ring the school office 09 483 7052 before 9am and leave a message or text 021 635 876 to leave a message.
For school records it is important that certain information is provided upon enrolment e.g. address, phone numbers at work and home; relative/neighbours who may be contacted in an emergency when parents are unavailable; doctor; health related matters, allergies, special medications etc. Any alteration to this information during the year should be sent to the office.
The school has access to the following:
- Public Health Nurse (and Public Health Doctor, when required)
- Psychological Service
- Speech Therapist
- Audiometrist (hearing and vision tester)
- Advisor of the hearing impaired
- Visiting Teacher
Children may be seen as a matter of course or as referred by parent or teacher.
At the beginning of each year parents are informed about the syndicate homework policies. A permission slip indicating whether a child is to have homework or not might be required by the classroom teacher. This helps to clarify the situation between home and school.
Meet the Teacher Evening
Early in the year, each syndicate holds a parent evening to inform parents of syndicate policies, programmes and organisations. It is also an opportunity for parents to informally meet their child's teacher. The aim of this meeting is to provide information in a general way and is for parents/guardians only.
The school considers oral reporting the most effective way to discuss pupils' achievements and progress with parents. Two formal verbal reportings are held each year. The first in the Term 2, and the second late in Term 3. A written report is provided in conjunction with the Term 2 parent interview, and during the last week of Term 4. This will describe children's individual achievements in key curriculum; personal/social areas.
Parents are welcome to make an appointment, through the school office at any time to discuss their child's progress, when there is a particular need or concern. Occasionally teachers may also initiate such a meeting when a matter requires discussion.
As teachers have various commitments before and after school, such as staff meetings and work preparation, they can not be readily available without an appointment. Parents are therefore requested to make an appointment with the teacher or through contacting the school office.
Parent Involvement in School Activities
Parents are actively encouraged to participate in school activities. This may include, assistance in classroom programmes; particularly in the Junior Department, or assistance with school trips; sports coaching, cultural activities or general school operations such as: fundraising, lunchroom, typing, book repair, Library or B.S.M. Resources.
Please contact the school if you are willing to help in any of these areas.
Parent help is always appreciated. In addition there is a 'Parent Support Group' which is particularly concerned with fundraising activities.