INFO FOR PARENTS
2019 STUDENT STATIONERY LIST
PARENT INFORMATION PACK
HOW DO I ENROL MY CHILD AT ST JOSEPH'S?
Criteria for preference for enrolment in State-Integrated Catholic Schools is based on at least one of the following criteria being met:
5.1 The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.
5.2 The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.
5.3 At least one parent / guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.
5.4 With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a grand parent or other significant adult in the child’s life, such as an aunt, uncle or godparent, undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.
St Joseph's Catholic school can also accept a limited number of non-Catholic students. Please contact us to discuss this.
Lunch orders are available every Friday. Orders are placed at the school office before 9am and these are delivered to school by 12:40pm.
Once a month the school holds a Sausage Sizzle on a Wednesday lunchtime as a fundraiser. Again orders are placed at the office before school. Sausages are $2 each.
School Attendance Dues:
Catholic Schools are financed partly by the government and partly through attendance dues paid to the Proprietor (the Bishop of Hamilton).
Payment of attendance dues is required by law. A contract to pay attendance dues is a condition of enrolment at any New Zealand Catholic school.
Assistance is available should the payment of attendance dues become difficult due to personal circumstances. The school should be the first point of contact should difficulties occur.
Children enjoying Harold and the Life Education Caravan
Checking the compost for the Community Garden
Water safety activities with Ben from Energize Sports Waikato
The school office must be notified if your child is absent. This can be done by ringing the office or by sending a notification through the Parent Calendar App. The school will contact parents if there is an unexplained absence after 9.30am. If parents wish to take their child out of school during the day they must notify the classroom teacher or the office.
All pupils must wear approved safety helmets. Bikes and Scooters must be kept in the stands provided and must not be ridden in the school grounds during the school day. Parents must follow current Police/Road Safety guidelines if allowing children to ride bikes to school.
Students catching the bus are now issued with high visibility vests provided by the school. The duty teacher will check and supervise those children boarding the bus at school. Please let the school know if your child is not travelling on the bus.
Sun Smart Safety
We are officially a Sun Smart School. Sunhats are issued to all students and these are to remain at school. In Term 1 and 4 all students are to follow sun safe procedures. e.g. hats are to be worn whilst outside, sunscreen available at the school when necessary. Students are to wear sufficient clothing during school outings. Lunch to be eaten under designated shaded areas.
COMMUNICATION AND REPORTING TO PARENTS
Official Parent Teacher interviews take place early in Term 2 to discuss the students learning. However appointments can be made at any time throughout the year for an informal meeting.
Written reports are sent home at the end of Term 2 and Term 4. These identify a child’s strengths, next steps for learning and ways that parents/whanau can support their child.
Learning Portfolios are kept for each child. These contain samples of your child’s work and evidence of their progress. They measure the child’s achievement against the Achievement Goals established from National Education Guidelines and track progress in relation to the National standards. These are sent home at the end of each term for parents/whanau to discuss with their child.
Other Communications with Teachers
As we are a small school we encourage parents/whanau to visit our classrooms on an informal basis to view their child’s work while classes are not in progress. The teachers are happy to discuss any aspect of your child’s progress, however they would prefer if you would make an appointment so they can give you their full attention. The Principal is available to parents, however, as a teaching Principal it is helpful to phone in advance to make an appointment. You could also email the office
The school has a Facebook page, Website and Learning blogs that can be accessed through the Learning / Links page on this website.
All clothing for school use (including swimming togs, towels etc) should be clearly named as this makes it easier to return.
Any unnamed or unclaimed items are kept in a lost property box in the learning space.
Scholastic book club brochures are available from time to time. Purchases can be made by filling in the form on the back of the brochure and returning to school with the required money. Parents are not required in any way to purchase books