MISSION STATEMENT : To improve learning outcomes by building a ‘Kind’ school through engaging our whole community to value learning, themselves and others.

general information

Absences

By regulation of the Education Act children are required to attend school unless prevented by illness or emergency.

Any absence should be reported to the school by phone, text, note or oral message from an adult, preferably by 9.00am of the day the child is absent or as soon as possible.

If a child fails to arrive and the school has no knowledge of their whereabouts the attendance officer will send a text or ring home as a safeguard.

If your child arrives late to school, ie after 8.55am,they must report to the attendance officer at the school office for a late pass. This is to make sure that they are not marked absent on the class roll for that day.

To notify us of your child’s absence text 021 057 2491 or phone 09 298 8365 option 1 – include your child’s name, room number, reason for the absence, and likely return date.

Carparks and Road Safety

The main carpark off Cosgrave Road and the carpark inside the Yang Place gate are for staff parking only. Parents are asked not to drive into these carparks to collect or deliver children. For safety reasons the carparks are out of bounds to the children.

Please obey the parking rules on our roads and respect our neighbours when your drop off or pick up your children, by not parking over their driveways, or on the broken yellow lines, etc.

Please also take extra care when driving around the school at the start and end of the school day, as our roads are very congested. Help us keep all our children safe.

Children Walking to and From School

Children are encouraged to walk to and from school by the shortest route, using appropriate walkways and footpaths, and to walk with a friend or in a small group. Make sure your child knows the way to walk to and from school and how to be safe around the roads.

Class Trips

Class trips and activities are charged individually throughout the year. You will receive notification before any trip that your child will be attending of its associated cost (eg. transport and entry fees). Our staff work hard to keep the costs of these trips and activities to a minimum for you. Payment is expected or your child will not be able to participate in this trip or activity. These trips give our students wonderful experiences that compliment what they have been learning in school, and we encourage you to allow your children to participate.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Parents/caregivers must keep the school informed of telephone number and address changes for both your work and home.

It is also important to give us some other emergency contacts, relatives or friends, who we can ring if we cannot get hold of the primary contacts. Please remember to keep these emergency contacts updated as well.

PLEASE: It is essential that we have correct contact numbers in the event of an emergency

Fruit in Schools

Cosgrove School is fortunate to be a member of “Fruit in Schools”, a Ministry of Health funded programme which supplies fruit and vegetables for every child each day. This has obvious benefits for the health and well-being of all our students.

Hearing and Vision Testing

Hearing and vision screening is now done prior to the child attending school. However, students can be referred by teachers to the Public Health Nurse. If you would like your child to have their hearing or vision checked, please talk to their teacher.

KidsCan Nitbusters

The charity KidsCan have set up a programme of Nitbuster Champions in schools to help eradicate the issue of head lice.

Cosgrove School is fortunate to be part of this programme and we have a Nitbuster champion in our school four days a week. They will treat children with head lice and also follow up with families with support and advice.

In our enrolment pack there is a Nitbusters consent form that you will need to complete to confirm Yes or No to this service.

Leaving School Early

Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds unless a note or other communication has been received from home.

Parents/Caregivers who required children to leave school during school hours, must come to the school office to sign them out. Please note we will only release children to people named in our records. You will receive a ‘leaving early’ slip, which you will take to the child’s classroom before picking up your child.

The school does not allow children to leave the school unsupervised during school hours.

Learning and Behaviour Needs

We have a designated SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator) at our school who can access support for you and your child, if there is a need, to assist your child with their learning or behaviour.

Support services available include: Ministry of Education Special Education Group, Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), Speech Language Therapist, Kelston Deaf School, Rosehill School, Whirinaki Child, Youth and Family Mental Health.

Making Payments

Stationery must be paid prior to your child receving their stationery. Class trips and activities must be paid prior to the scheduled event. The stationery must also be paid for before your child is able to attend their class trip If you have any questions or queries or are having difficulty with any of these payments, please talk to your child’s teacher

Methods of payment:

  • Cheque or cash – place in an envelope with your child’s name and room number identified. Please take to your child’s teacher.
  • Pay via internet banking. The schools bank account number is: ASB 12-3031-0292716-000

Please give details of your child’s name and room number in the reference spaces

  • We will have an EFTPOS terminal available for the first term of 2018.
  • You may like to consider setting up an automatic payment at the bank, or making small regular payments via internet banking. These will be recorded as a credit for your child/children to be used for future expenses

Mana Kidz

Cosgrove School has two full time Mana Kidz staff, a registered nurse and a health worker. Their primary aim is to improve the health of our students.

They will take throat swabs of any students reporting a sore throat, and will check any worrying skin infections. They will follow up with the families and will supply free medication to those students who require it.

In our enrolment pack there is a Mana Kidz consent form that you are required to complete to confirm Yes or No to this service for your child.

Medication, Sickness and Accidents at School

The school keeps a record of children who require medication for allergies or other specific medical conditions. All medication is kept in a locked cupboard in the sick bay. Medication is NOT to be kept in the child’s bag.

Parents must complete our medical permission form with details of the medication and dosage. Please be aware that we can only administer medication to the prescribed child as per the doctors directions. These medical permission forms must be updated annually and expiry dates of medication checked regularly.

The school is equipped to handle minor injuries that occur at school, with staff receiving First Aid training. Basic facilities are provided at the sick bay by the school office.

We contact parents of those children who take ill or have an accident at school so that they can be picked up and taken home or to the doctor. If we deem it necessary we will call an ambulance for your child while we wait for your to arrive.

Milk in Schools

Cosgrove School is fortunate to be a participant in the Milk in Schools programme, sponsored and run by Fonterra. Milk is a rich source of calcium which is important for growing bones and strong teeth.

Children receive a chilled 200ml carton of UHT milk each day. There is a form in the enrolment pack that must be completed to give your child permission to be given this daily drink.

Newsletters

Newsletters are issued to Cosgrove pupils every fortnight and provide parents with up to date information on events and issues at school.

Additional newsletters and/or information notices are forwarded to cover special events, eg. class trips, sports, social occasions, parent consultations.

We do allow public notices to be included in our newsletters if we have space.

Syndicate newsletters are sent out at the beginning of each term.

Parent Helpers

Parents who wish to participate in the school programme are most welcome. Parent assistance can include helping with children’s learning, sports events, school trips, activity programmes etc.

Reporting to Parents

Frequent communication on the children’s progress is vital to ensure that home and school are working together on the schooling process.

There are several occasions when the school reports to parents:

· In Term 1 – Beginning of Year Pupil Profile and 3-Way Goal Setting Conversations

· In Term 2 – Mid-Year Progress Report and 3-Way Learning Conversations around your child’s portfolio and National Standards

· In Term 4 – Learning & Achievement Report and 3-Way Learning Conversations around your child’s portfolio and achievement for the year.

Our school has an ‘open door’ policy. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to keep close contact with their child’s teacher.

Road Patrol

School road patrols operate every morning and every afternoon at the pedestrian crossings on Clevedon Road and Cosgrave Road. Trained patrol student monitors and teachers will be on duty at these times:

· 8.15am – 8.45am

· 3.00pm – 3.15pm

All pupils are expected to use the crossings on their way to and from school. Please model this by always taking your children across the patrolled crossing if you are walking with your children. Safety rules need to be reinforced both at school and at home.

School Counsellor

Cosgrove School is very fortunate to have the services of a school counsellor for our students. Students can pop a note in the box in the library if they would like a confidential talk about anything that is troubling them whether it is at school or at home.

School Dental Clinic

Children may be enrolled with the Auckland Regional Dental Service from the age of 2 and be treated until they leave Year 8. In our enrolment pack there is a consent form for the Cosgrove Dental Clinic which needs to be completed, to allow your child to access this dental service.

The Dental Clinic is at the front of the school and is open between 8.30am and 4.00pm. The clinic number is 09 296 6014.

The Dental Therapists sometimes alternate between clinics, so in the event of an emergency ring the school for their whereabouts.

School Grounds

The school grounds are available for use after school and during the weekend, providing a few simple rules are kept.

· Please let your children know that playing in the school grounds after hours is a privilege, and that they must observe an acceptable code of behaviour.

· Play away from and do not enter any of the buildings

· The swimming pool is out of bounds

· No litter is to be left on the grounds

· Report and damage noticed

· Dogs are not permitted on the school grounds

· Skateboards, scooters and bicycles are also not permitted

Play in the grounds after 3.00pm on school days is not supervised, and therefore parents/caregivers must accept responsibility for their children at these times.

School Hours

Our school day is as follows:

8.30am Children may enter the school grounds

8.55am Assembly and line up for class

11.00am Morning Interval

11.30am Classes resume

1.10pm Lunch

2.00pm Classes resume

3.00pm School day ends

There are no shortened school days for wet weather.

The school cannot take any responsibility for children who arrive before 8.30am. Any children arriving before 8.30am must assemble and wait quietly on the court area behind the hall or in front of the hall until the 8.30am bell. If it is wet, they may wait under the adjacent covered areas.

School Office

The school office is staffed between 8.30am and 3.30 pm each day. Our answer phone operates outside these hours.

School Shows and Performances

Shows and performances in the school are free to all our students. The school uses some of its funding to pay for these shows, so that all students can participate. These shows are usually of a music or drama nature, with a strong message for our students and are highly interactive and entertaining.

We also regularly hold special maths or science shows, or life skills based education programmes for our students, which are again free of charge. Our students learn much from these practical experiences.

Stationery

Stationery will be sourced by the school for all students. We are very mindful of the financial burden the beginning of the school year can be for families and continue to look carefully each year at our student stationery to avoid unnecessary expense. As we can purchase the stationery in bulk we are able to offer it to you at a very competitive price. The school uses some of its funding to pay for some items of stationery to further reduce the cost to families.

In 2018 all stationery packs will be $**.00 each.

We will have the stationery packs in school from the start of the year, but we require this to be paid before the child will receive their pack. You will be able to make payment for your stationery from the school office (or the school hall for the first couple of weeks of the school year). Once this is paid a stationery pack will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

SWIS

Cosgrove School is very fortunate to have the services of a full time SWIS (Social Worker in School). Their role is to support our students and their Whanau.

If you have any concerns about your child that our SWIS may be able to help you with please contact the school office.

Talking to the Teacher, Deputy Principal or Principal

The office staff are always prepared to assist your with your enquiries and concerns and direct you to the best people to talk to.

The classroom teachers are in their classes by 8.30am and may be available for a quick catch-up before or after school. However, for a more in-depth discussion an appointment is a good idea. You can arrange this with the teacher directly, or by ringing the school office.

It is necessary to make an appointment if you wish to speak to the Principal or Deputy Principal about matters related to the well-being of your child. Please ring the school office to arrange this.

We have staff meetings on a Tuesday and Wednesday after school, so it is difficult for us to meet with you on these days.

Teaching staff are not available to answer the telephone during school times. Please call the school office to leave a message and they will return your call.

Terms and Holidays

The school has 4 terms each year. All schools in the Papakura area coordinate term dates. Each term is approximately 10 weeks. This allows for 2 weeks holiday between terms with 6 weeks over Christmas and New Year.

All parents/caregivers are notified of the term dates and holidays in the school newsletters. Extra copies can be obtained from the school office, or on the school website.

Website and Facebook

The school website is www.cosgrove.school.nz. We have recently upgraded our website and trust that you find it informative and easy to use.

The school also has a Facebook page, which we use to inform our community of notices and upcoming events.