Info for Parents

'We are committed to the achievement and success of all students in our care. '

ABSENCES

Children enrolled are to attend whenever the school is open. When a child is absent from school, a telephone call or text message to the office on the first morning of your child’s absence is required. If we have not heard from you by 9:30am, we will ring you.


ACCIDENTS & ILLNESSES

Minor troubles are dealt with at school by a member of staff with a first aid certificate. Should there be any concerns, parents or the nominated emergency contact will be notified. If we are unable to contact anyone, staff will take whatever action is necessary. It is important that the school office is informed of changes of address and contact telephone numbers.


ASSEMBLIES

School assemblies are held fortnightly on a Friday. They are held in our school hall and begin at 2:30pm.


BOOK CLUB

Each Term children are given the opportunity to purchase books from Scholastic Book Club. All students are given a leaflet describing the books that are available. The child returns the order form together with payment, in a sealed envelope. This is bought to the office where all orders are dealt with. Please make out any cheques to East Gore School. Alternatively, parents can order the Book Club online, directions for this are on the leaflets.


CIVIL DEFENCE EMERGENCIES

The protection of life and prevention of injury is of paramount importance at all times. Evacuation drills are held each term. If an emergency occurs, children will be kept at school until parent contact is made.


DRESS CODE

Acceptable standard of pupil dress and presentation is expected. The East Gore School uniform should be worn every day at school. Make up is not allowed. Jewellery that presents a safety hazard is not permitted e.g. facial rings and loose, dangling jewellery. Watches and studs are acceptable.


EAST GORE VALUES

The health and well-being of our children is seen as an essential part of what we are about in the school.

It is our belief that by implementing our values programme, which encourages; respect, responsibility and honesty, we are helping to address key social skills


ENROLLING

Students can legally be enrolled at East Gore School on or after their 5th birthday. Once you have made the decision to enrol your child at East Gore School, please contact the school office so we can add your child’s name to the enrolment list. You can let the office know about your child enrolling at any time.


If your child is enrolling as a five year old, please try and notify the school at least a month earlier of your intention. The New Entrants teacher will then make contact with you and arrange some visits to the school and class. These visits are important so your child becomes familiar with the school and class before beginning school full time.


To complete the enrolment process, the school needs a copy of your child’s birth certificate, immunisation record and an enrolment form (which can be collected from the school office).


HOMEWORKPupils are expected to complete homework activities which will vary from class to class. Teachers will keep parents informed of homework expectations.

KEY CURRICULUM AREAS

Emphasis is placed on the skilful teaching of literacy and numeracy in the school. We have several excellent programmes supporting our children's reading and writing. A Reading Recovery teacher works with our juniors while we have a close liaison with the literacy adviser who works closely with our senior students. We have an excellent Maths programme that we are reflect on termly to ensure all students are reaching their full potential.


Inquiry topics are taught under a yearly theme with key focuses on different curriculum areas throughout the year eg. Science, P.E., Health, Social Sciences, Technology and The Arts.


LEAVING THE SCHOOL GROUNDSOnce pupils have arrived at school they are not permitted to leave the school grounds without permission (except to go home for lunch as a regular arrangement).


LIBRARY

The library is open to pupils during scheduled class times for individual borrowing. The library is also open three lunch times per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) for students to browse and swap books. Parents are encouraged to use our library to support the reading of their children.


LOST PROPERTY

Over a term a considerable amount of clothing accumulates as lost property. It is stored in Room 6 and is available for children and parents/caregivers to view and claim items. At the end of each term, all remaining items are displayed publicly before being disposed of. Caregivers can minimise losses by clearly naming all property and clothing, by being aware of their child/ren’s possessions and by looking through the lost property as soon as items are noticed missing.


LUNCH ORDERS Download the latest Lunch Order Form here.

Lunch Order T2 and 3.pdf

PARENT HELP

The involvement of parent helpers is encouraged throughout the school. Please talk to your child’s teacher should you wish to help.


PERSONAL PROPERTY/TOYS AT SCHOOL

The School does not encourage children to bring toys, valuables and collectables to school. Staff cannot accept responsibility for these items.


PLAYGROUND DUTY

The school grounds are open from 8:30am and children are expected to go home straight after school. Duty teachers supervise the playground during interval and lunch and the pedestrian crossing is monitored before and after school.


TELEPHONE USE

In normal circumstances, children are not permitted to use the telephone.


Any cell phones that are brought to school, must be handed in to the teacher at the beginning of the day and can be collected at 3:00pm. The school does not recommend students bringing cell phones to school.


YEAR 5 & 6 CAMP

Every second year the Year 5 & 6 children attend camp for three days and two nights. The children generally start fund-raising for this as early as possible and this helps to keep the costs down for families. A parents meeting is held early to discuss fund raising options..


WET WEATHER

On wet days lunch and play time will be spent in the classroom. Year 6 children monitor the younger children in their classrooms. Our house leaders have organised and supervised games during lunch hours.


SCHOOL DONATIONS

Currently school donations are set at $20 per family. Payment of this is not compulsory but does enable us to provide subsidised trips, performers etc for the benefit of your children.


SCHOOL RULES

These are displayed through the school and compliance is expected from pupils. They are based around the values of respect responsibility and honesty.


SMOKE FREE ENVIRONMENT

East Gore School and its grounds is a smoke free environment, and we ask that you refrain from smoking both in the buildings and grounds.


SPORTS

East Gore School actively encourages our children to become involved in a sport. We have school teams participating in local competitions for a wide number of sports from Year One through to Year Six. Please phone the office or check out our Facebook page to see what sports are on offer at the beginning of each term.


SWIMMING

Students swim once a year for a 2 week block at the Gore Aquatic Centre. Most expenses are subsidized by the M.L.T. and the Gore District Council. There is a small cost to parents to help pay for the bus to and from the pool. The Board of Trustees subsidise this cost.


STATIONERY

Stationery lists are provided to each student at the end of the year.

If purchasing stationery from Paper Plus please inform the sales person that you are from East Gore School as a 10% rebate will be paid to the school for books purchased.

SCHOOL HOURS

8:30 - Children may arrive at school

8:55 - School begins

8:55 – 11:10 Class time

11:10 – 11:30 Morning interval

11:30 – 1:00 Class time

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 Class time

3:00 - School finishes