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The Information Book

The Halcombe School Information Book
contains our "school rules" and everything you need to know about our school and how it operates. A printed copy is issued to all families at Enrolment and is regularly updated.

Check the A-Z of important topics below.  

SCHOOL HOURS
The school is open in the mornings after the arrival of the first bus at approximately 8.10am.
Please ensure your children are at school by 8.45am, so they can be unpacked and ready to start learning at 8.55am.
8.55am First bell
9.00am School commences
10.30am – 10.50am Interval
12.30pm – 1.25pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Afternoon Programme

OFFICE HOURS
The School Office is open from 8.30am until 3.15pm Monday – Friday, during term. Our Office Manager, Mrs Paula Stace, will be happy to assist you.                                 

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
Our Code of Behaviour sets out our expectations for students, staff and families, as we strive to achieve our Vision and be a successful school.

SCHOOL RULES
School rules are kept to a minimum and are based on common sense, safety, fairness and consistency.
Our aim is to provide an environment where pupils learn to respect opinions, property and people, while building on the foundations of self discipline. The school wishes to encourage and maintain accepted social moral standards and values and provide guidelines for acceptable behaviour. Link to our School Rules (or scroll down).

ABSENCE
If your child is sick or unable to attend school, parents must contact the school before 9.00am. For your child’s safety, unexplained absences are investigated. Teachers keep a daily Attendance Register. These are checked regularly. If there are concerns about absences from school, the Principal will contact families. We use The Manawatu Truancy Service to  assist us with attendance issues.

ARRIVING LATE - LEAVING EARLY
Students who arrive late to school must check in at the school Office before going to their classroom. Please notify the Office or your child’s teacher if your child needs to leave school early for an appointment. Children can be collected from the school Office. We ask that parents not go directly to the classrooms or into the cloak bays looking for children or to deliver lunches or other items.

ASSEMBLY
We host regular weekly assemblies from Term 2. The programme will include the presentation of class items, sports reports, student awards and singing. All parents are welcome to attend. Dates & times for assemblies are notified through our newsletters.

BIKES
A number of students bike to school each day. We have the following rules:
• Students must be aged 7 or older and fully aware of road rules.
• Helmets must be worn.
• Bikes are parked in the bike shed and it is recommended that they are locked during the day.
• Bikes must not be ridden in the school grounds. Students must walk their bikes to the school gates and across the Monteith Street crossing.

BLOGS
Each of our classes has a blog. Blogs ("web logs") provide an opportunity for our students and teachers to connect and share their learning with families and friends. Blogs let us share student artwork, photos, writing and news about all kinds of classroom events in exciting and engaging ways. Blogs also provide links to other trusted websites that provide us with good opportunities for learning. We encourage families to view the blogs regularly and leave comments. Full instructions are given. This interaction is greatly valued and provides motivation and encouragement for our students.

BOT see our Board of Trustees webpage.

BULLYING
Halcombe School has a “zero tolerance” approach to bullying. Bullying of any kind - verbal or physical - will not be tolerated. Students are encouraged to report incidents of bullying, no matter how minor they may seem, to their teacher, the duty teacher, or the Principal.

BUSES
We currently have three school bus routes and over 80 children use the school buses each day. Managing the buses is a major task for the school, and we need the co-operation of families to ensure that our students travel safely and the buses are on schedule. Please link to our School Bus Runs webpage.

CALF AND LAMB DAY see “PET DAY”

CAMPS
Halcombe School is committed to providing exciting & challenging student camps, and regular class trips, to enhance learning through a wide variety of first-hand experiences.
Education Outside the Classroom ('EOTC') provides opportunities for learning, personal growth and social development. 
Senior classes have “Getting to Know You” camps at the beginning of the year. Rooms 5 & 6 will also take part in extended Outdoor Education Camps in Term 4. Information on each camp, including cost, will be sent home early in the year. Students are encouraged to participate in fundraising activities for these camps. Meetings for families are held prior to each camp and there will be clear guidelines on what the camps will entail and what gear will be required. From time to time, children in other classes may also have the opportunity to have an overnight camp.  Details would be made available at that time. See also our Camps & Trips webpage.

CAR PARKS
Parking is provided in the Hall car park and on Monteith Street. Space is limited. Please take care when entering and leaving the car-park, especially during the afternoons. Do NOT “double park”. We encourage drivers to reverse into carparks so that they have clear vision as they drive out. Children must use the footpath around the edge of the Hall car park. Additional parking is available at the front of the school on Monteith Street (please keep clear of bus parks).  Everyone (children and adults) MUST use the designated road crossing at the corner.

CELLPHONES AT SCHOOL
Students must not use cellphones at school or on the buses. If a student needs to have a phone at school, they must bring a note from a parent and gain permission from the Principal. Phones must be handed in to the Office for the day. Phones found at school without permission will be confiscated.

CHARGES AND FEES
We make a small compulsory charge to all families. School charges help us to provide a full range of resources and activities, including classrooms essentials, such as tissues, and the weekly newsletter. Regular fundraising helps us to keep these charges to a minimum. We may also collect fees for Technology for Year 7 & 8 students as well as for trips or camps. Full information is given in class. Charges are collected in Term 1 & 2 or at Enrolment.

CHARTER AND SCHOOL POLICIES
The Charter is an important document that outlines the direction for Halcombe School. It is developed by the Board of Trustees in consultation with our school community and is regularly reviewed. Policies on all aspects of school management are also developed and reviewed by the Board. The latest Charter can be viewed at our Charter webpage. Printed copies of both documents can be viewed at the Office.

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

Our Code of Behaviour sets out our expectations for students, staff and families, as we strive to achieve our Vision and be a successful school.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
The Board of Trustees is committed to building and maintaining a strong partnership with the whole community. Community meetings, forums and surveys are held periodically where parents / caregivers have the opportunity to share their ideas on a range of issues.

CONCERNS, COMPLAINTS or QUERIES
If there are problems at school or you are unhappy about something, please talk to your child's teacher or contact the office as soon as possible. We are always happy to help and want to put things right. You may like to check our Concerns/Query process first: "What should I do?"

CONTACT DETAILS
It is important that the information we have about your child is up-to-date. Please let us know of any changes, especially telephone contact numbers, health issues and guardianship. From time-to-time we will need to contact families if a child is unwell or we have a serious incident. It can be very difficult and time-consuming for us, and stressful for your child, if we cannot contact you quickly. We update all contact information for students at the start of each school year. Remember that the KIT Book is also available as a way to communicate with teachers.

CROSS COUNTRY

The school holds a Cross Country event for all students in Term 4. All children participate over distances appropriate for their age. An inter-school Cross Country event is held at Hunterville in late October. Children are selected to represent our school in various age groups.

CURRICULUM
The Curriculum is "what our children are learning." Please visit our Curriculum webpage.

DELIVERIES TO SCHOOL
If you need to bring in items to your children during the school day - for example forgotten books, lunches, or sports gear - please come to the Office and we will deliver items for you. We ask that parents/caregivers not go directly to the classrooms or cloak-bays.

DENTAL SERVICE
Dental therapists will treat preschoolers and school children using the Mobile Dental Service. You will be notified through the newsletter when the dental therapists are next at school. You are welcome to contact the dental therapists at any time if you have concerns about your children’s oral health. Please phone 06 322 8791 or 0800 825 583. See our Dental Service webpage.

DISCIPLINE
At Halcombe School, we encourage children to be responsible for their own actions and to treat others as they would like to be treated. We find that attention-seeking behaviour, both in classrooms and the playground is often best dealt with by removing the child from the ‘audience’. We encourage an atmosphere where children feel comfortable speaking out about bullying and unacceptable behaviour. Parents/caregivers will be called if behaviour is causing concern, so that the home and school can work through the issues together. Recurrent disruptive, abusive or aggressive behaviour and wilful damage are very serious matters.

DOGS IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS
Dogs are not permitted in the school grounds unless part of the school programme. Please inform us if you see a dog in the school grounds out of school hours.

END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS
The Junior Christmas Party and Senior Prizegiving are held during the final weeks of the school year in December. Students attend with their families.
The Junior Christmas Party is usually an afternoon function and celebrates the efforts and achievements of all our junior students. The Senior Prizegiving is an important occasion as we farewell our Year 8 students and recognise the efforts and achievements of all senior students. It is a formal evening function. 

“ENROL”
Halcombe School uses ENROL, the online student enrolment register of all students enrolled in New Zealand schools.

ENROLMENT
Please visit our Enrolment webpage for full details on enrolling students at our school.

GUIDELINES FOR HAIR & CLOTHING
While Halcombe School encourages individuality, some styles of clothing and accessories are unsuitable and inappropriate for school.
1. Hair should be tied back with simple hair clips and ties, and worn in a natural style/colour. Hair should not be hanging in front of eyes. (Parents should ask if unsure.) No mohawks or rats’ tails.
2. Shoes should have flat soles, for example sports shoes, sneakers or sandals. Heeled shoes are not appropriate for school. Gumboots are not suitable for sport.
3. Jackets are to be worn outside, not in the classroom.
4. Halter neck tops, ‘boob tubes’, and shoe string singlets are not appropriate.
5. Underwear should not be visible.
6. Shorts and jeans should stay up without having to be held.
7. No jewellery apart from a wristwatch and earring studs. Should any exemption be requested (e.g. for taonga), application must be made in writing to the Principal.
8. Extremes of fashion are not appropriate. If in doubt, please ask the principal.

HALCOMBE PLAYCENTRE
The school fosters a close relationship with Halcombe Playcentre (77 Willoughby Street, Halcombe). Playcentre is a family-based co-operative Early Childhood Education Service. Families play an important role in coordinating the sessions and running the Centre. All children from 0 – 6 are welcome to attend. Session times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.00am until 12.00pm. Please phone Playcentre (06 328 8693) during session times for more information.

HEAD LICE
Head lice are a recurring problem in all schools and we appreciate families doing their best to control outbreaks. We will check children’s hair if we suspect head lice are present – we request consent at Enrolment for this to be done. In the case of persistent infestation, a child with headlice may be asked to stay home until the lice are treated.

HEALTH
Please keep us informed of any heath issues that may affect your child at school or impact on their ability to learn. We update student health records and contact details at the start of each school year.

HELPING AT HOME
Please visit our Helping at Home webpage for tips on supporting your child's learning outside of school.

HOMEWORK - HOME LEARNING
"Homework" is a topic that can cause much tension in families. At Halcombe School, we have given this issue much consideration and have produced our own philosophy on "home learning".
• Apart from reading, basic maths facts and a little spelling, no homework will be ‘set’. If your child needs help with learning their basic facts or spelling, teachers will send activities home. It would be fantastic if you could help them with this.
• Children from home learning environments where reading is valued, new ideas are seen as exciting, and simple fun activities are provided, will enjoy learning.
• Please read to your child and/or listen to them read each night, and for older children, encourage them to read – every night. This should be a relaxed time for enjoying books. Show children that reading is valued in your family, by reading too, even if it’s just the newspaper. There is overwhelming evidence to show that reading is the most important skill for children to develop and leads to success in all other areas of learning. Reading to your child, with your child and alongside your child is clearly crucial to success at school. It’s important for our boys that they see male role models reading too.
• Play games with your children which involve counting and maths ideas, such as ‘Ludo’ and cards, and talk about numbers in everyday life, for example on number plates and phone numbers. Involve your children in activities which involve measuring and have problems to solve.
• From time to time, older students may choose to complete a task at home. That is their decision.

HOUSES

A ‘House’ system operates throughout the school for inter-house sport and other competitions held at during the year. When your child enrols they will be placed in one of four houses: Kauri, Matai (formerly Kowhai), Rimu, or Totara.  If you are a former pupil, please let us know, as we follow family traditions when placing your children in a House. Senior students act as ‘House Captains’ and lead each House. See our Student Council webpage for information about House Leaders.

ILLNESS, ACCIDENTS & EMERGENCIES
Children do occasionally become ill or hurt themselves at school. We have a well-equipped sick-bay and a staff member has designated responsibility for this area. Staff have experience and training in first aid. Unless injuries or health concerns are minor, we will consult with families and may send children home. If we cannot contact you directly, we will use your emergency contacts. In emergencies, we may contact your GP for further advice or call an ambulance. Families give permission at Enrolment for emergency medical care to be sought on their behalf. Please keep your contact details up-to-date and let us know if you have any concerns about your child’s health. We update student health records and contact details at the start of each school year. See also “Medication at School”.

INTERNET BANKING - ONLINE PAYMENTS
We accept online or internet banking payments for most school events or activities, including stationery purchases, camp fees and the school charge. Our bank account details are:
01 0625 0106729 00 (ANZ Feilding). Please use student or family name, event and/or invoice number as a reference. Make sure online payments are received by the school by the due date. See Online Payments/Internet Banking.

INTERNET USE & SAFETY

At Enrolment, families must complete the Cybersafety Use Agreement for each student before that child can use any ICT equipment or have access to the internet. The Agreement outlines the school’s policy and rules for the acceptable use of the internet and all areas of ICT at school. We will request permission at Enrolment for the school to publish a child’s image and/or school work online. It is important that parents/caregivers understand these issues. If you have any questions, please ask. Please also see “Publication of Student Images and School Work”

KIT BOOK
The KIT Book is a "keep in touch" diary that is issued to all students. It will contain important class notices and provides a chance for families and teachers to communicate daily about students and their learning. Students should be bringing their KIT Books home every day!

KEEPING IN TOUCH
It is important that the information we have about your child is up-to-date. Please let us know of any changes, especially telephone contact numbers, health issues and guardianship. From time-to-time we will need to contact families if a child is unwell or we have a serious incident. It can be very difficult and time-consuming for us, and stressful for your child, if we cannot contact you quickly. We update all contact information for students at the start of each school year. Remember that the KIT Book is also available to communicate with teachers.

LIBRARY
Our school has a very well-resourced library. All children are able to borrow books and each class has at least one library session per week.

LOST PROPERTY
The lost property box is outside the Cultural Centre. The school requests that you name your child’s clothing.

LUNCHES – SCHOOL

Good nutrition maximises your child’s ability to stay alert and focussed on their learning. You are encouraged to provide simple, nutritious healthy lunches for your children; for example, sandwiches, fruit, plain biscuits and water. Please do not pack sweets or chocolate bars.
Halcombe School is a “water only” school. This means juice, canned or bottled drinks are permitted. Children will bring only water from home to drink. (Milk is available through the Milk for Schools programme - see below)
LUNCH RUBBISH – students will take left-over food and all lunch rubbish HOME. This reduces the amount of rubbish that our school has to deal with, and helps students and their families to monitor the amount of food that may be wasted.

LUNCHES - BOUGHT
"Wednesday Pies" & “Subway” lunches are currently available. Please visit the Subways & Pies webpage for details & menus.

MANNERS
We encourage children to use their manners. Using ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘Excuse me’ is fostered from the first days at school, and develops a climate of mutual respect and care for others. Children will address adults by their full names (e.g. “Mrs Smith”, “Miss Morris” or “Mr Jones”) not by first names.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
Unless specifically requested by a GP or medical specialist, medication will NOT be administered by school staff to students at school.
Exception is only made for students who regularly use asthma relievers or who need emergency medicines to be kept on-hand (e.g. “Epipen” for severe allergy). Please contact the Office if you require more information. Special arrangements will be made for students on overnight camps/trips. We will not administer short-term prescription medication (such as antibiotics), cough mixture, antihistamines or headache treatments (paracetamol, ibuprofen, etc). Families will need to make their own arrangements. We will not hold supplies of medicines “just in case” they are required. Please DO NOT send cough lozenges, hay-fever tablets or other non-prescription medicines to school for students to administer themselves.

MILK FOR SCHOOLS
Halcombe School participates in the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. Fonterra provides free milk to all students in Years 1 – 6 every day. Full information about the programme, and a permission form, is available at Enrolment. For more information, please visit: www.fonterramilkforschools.com or contact the Office.

NEWSLETTERS
Weekly newsletters are sent home with every Tuesday to keep you informed of events at school. The newsletter is also available from the School Newsletter page of this website and a link can be e-mailed to you. Please contact the Office with your e-mail address. Check the KIT Book for other notices for individual classes or students.

OFFICE HOURS
The School Office is open from 8.30am until 3.15pm Monday – Friday, during term. Our Office Manager, Mrs Paula, will be happy to assist you.

ONLINE PAYMENTS - INTERNET BANKING
We accept online or internet banking payments for most school events or activities, including stationery purchases, camp fees and the school charge. Our bank account details are:
01 0625 0106729 00 (ANZ Feilding). Please use student or family name, event and/or invoice number as a reference. Make sure online payments are received by the school by the due date. See Online Payments/Internet Banking.

PARENT-HELPING AT SCHOOL
There are often opportunities for parents/caregivers to assist in the classroom or to help with special projects such as ‘art days’, sports practices or a school production. If you are available to act as a parent-help, whether on a regular basis or for a short period only, please talk with your child’s teacher or contact the Office. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated! Please note that it may not always be suitable for preschoolers to accompany you while you are parent-helping.

PASTORAL CARE
The staff at Halcombe School are responsible for the social and emotional well-being and safety of all our students. The school has a genuine concern for their pastoral care and our staff demonstrate this in many ways. If there are personal or confidential matters affecting your child that may impact on their learning or behaviour, we hope you will feel comfortable talking to us about it. All discussions will be treated in confidentially.

PET DAY
Every year in Term 4, Halcombe School holds a “Pet Day” in conjunction with the Manawatu Oroua Boys and Girls Agricultural Club. Pet Day is very much a whole school community day. Pet Day includes calf, lamb and kid (goat) competitions, dogs and other pets. Horses may be entered in the pet section, but may not be ridden at school. All students will take part in fun classroom activities with a Pet Day theme – sand saucers, veggie creations, miniature gardens etc. Full details are given in class. More information and pet entry forms will be available in Term 3. See our Pet Day webpage.

PLAYCENTRE
Halcombe Playcentre is at 77 Willoughby Street, Halcombe. Playcentre is a family-based co-operative Early Childhood Education Service. All children from 0 – 6 are welcome to attend. Please phone Halcombe Playcentre (06 328 8693) for more information.

PRESCHOOL VISITS
Preschoolers visit for a number of sessions before officially starting school. Our new entrant teacher will arrange this with families. Please visit our Enrolment webpage, and contact the school Office to discuss enrolment, to meet with our New Entrant teacher and to arrange visits. See also our Preparing for School webpage, for tips on making a smooth transition to primary school education.

PRIZEGIVING
The Junior Christmas Party and Senior Prizegiving are held during the final weeks of the school year in December. Students attend with their families.
The Junior Christmas Party is usually an afternoon function and celebrates the efforts and achievements of all our junior students. The Senior Prizegiving is an important occasion as we farewell our Year 8 students and recognise the efforts and achievements of all senior students. It is a formal evening function. 

PRIVACY ISSUES
Information that is collected by the school about your child becomes part of their essential school records. The records are held at Halcombe School, 30 Monteith Street, Feilding. Your child’s records may be viewed on request at the school. Families give permission at Enrolment for pupil information to be forwarded to appropriate health and educational authorities, within the limitations of the Privacy Act. Details may also be forwarded to potential intermediate and secondary schools on request. We pass on contact details for families (parent/caregiver names & phone numbers only) to our PTA to assist them with their activities. The school has a designated privacy officer to discuss enquiries about students’ privacy. The school’s Privacy Officer is: Sue Simpson (Principal), Halcombe School, RD9, FEILDING 4779.

PTA
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is very active at Halcombe School and organises a variety of activities to support our school and encourage parent participation. The PTA undertakes fundraising, provides meetings for parent education and supports school functions in a variety of ways. The PTA meets throughout the year, with meeting dates and times advertised in the weekly newsletter and on our website. Please visit our PTA webpage.

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
Public Health nurses work with our school to provide health information for teachers and families, and to carry out routine vision and hearing tests and vaccination programmes. Individual children can be referred to the Public Health Service for assistance with health or welfare issues. Parental consent is always sought. Public Health nurses carry out routine immunisations at the school (e.g. HPV or Year 7 dTaP vaccinations). Information packs and consent forms are sent home prior to any vaccination programme. The school is required to maintain an Immunisation Register with data on all students. We collect this information at Enrolment.

ROAD PATROL
A Road Patrol system operates on the Monteith Street crossing (at the front of the school) every afternoon from 3.00pm until 3.10pm. A teacher is on duty to supervise children using this crossing. All students who are crossing Monteith Street to walk home or to meet waiting cars MUST use this crossing. We ask that adults use this crossing too.

REPORTING TO PARENTS
For students Year 1 – 3, reports are prepared and learning conferences held after the child has been at school for 10 weeks, 6 months, 1 year, 18 months, 2 years, 30 months and after 3 years at school.
For students Year 4 and above, three-way conferences (student, teacher & parents) are held mid-year to share progress towards learning goals and to work on the "next steps" in learning. Families receive a written report, prior to their Conference, that will show the student's level of achievement against National Standards in reading, writing and maths, as well as other areas of the curriculum. Written reports are also sent home at the end of the school year.

Families can meet with teachers at any time if they want to know more about their child's learning, if they want guidance on how to best support their learning at home, or if they have any concerns or problems. Visit our Assessment & Reporting webpage.

SCHOOL RULES
School rules are kept to a minimum and are based on common sense, safety, fairness and consistency.
Our aim is to provide an environment where pupils learn to respect opinions, property and people, while building on the foundations of self -discipline. The school wishes to encourage and maintain accepted social moral standards and values and provide guidelines for acceptable behaviour.
1. Out of bounds areas: carpark, behind the hall, gardens, behind the bike shed, PE room, and in the pool area. A flag system will be used when grass is too wet.
2. Children will not be inside at break times, unless they are completing work, in which case their name will be written on the board by the class teacher.
3. No lollies or chewing gum.
4. No swearing or abusive language.
5. No kicking balls on the front court.
6. No biking in the school grounds.
7. No jewellery apart from a wristwatch and earring studs. Should any exemption be requested (e.g. for taonga), application must be made in writing to the Principal.
8. Fingernails must be kept short. No nail polish.
9. Hats are not to be worn inside.
10. Children remain seated in the designated area at lunchtime until dismissed by the duty teacher. If lunch is inside, class teachers will supervise their own classes until 12.45pm.
11. Clothing is kept in the cloakrooms. Shoes can be lined up under verandahs or kept in cloakbays.
12. Children are not allowed out of the school grounds without permission. This includes retrieving a ball and going home for lunch.
13. No balls on the adventure playground.
14. Senior students (Room 4, 5 and 6) are not on the adventure playground at interval and lunchtime.
15. The sandpit is for Room 7, 1 and 2.
16. Brimmed sunhats are to be worn in Terms 1 and 4. See also Guidelines for Clothing & Hair (above)

SCHOOL VISITS
We welcome visits from prospective students and their families. We are happy to show families around the school and can arrange an interview with the Principal and/or teachers. Please contact the school for more information and visit our Enrolment webpage.

SENIOR SOCIAL
A social for the senior students in Years 7 - 8 is usually held near the end of Term 3.

SKATEBOARDS / SKATES
These are not permitted at school during school hours.

SMOKE FREE
ALL of the school property is smoke-free at all times.

SPORT
Students at all levels will take part in a wide range of sport and fitness activities as part of our comprehensive physical education programme. The programme includes athletics, swimming, cross-country, ball skills, skipping, aerobics, dance, and a winter sports programme that includes netball, rugby, hockey, soccer and gymnastics.

SPORT – INTER SCHOOL
Sporting exchanges (usually for children in Year 4 upward) are held regularly with other similar-sized schools in the district. Students will be given about these events in class and in the school newsletters.

SPORT – AFTER SCHOOL

Children will have the opportunity to be involved in various sports teams in after-school competition. These include Netball, ‘Flippa Ball’ (junior water polo), Touch Rugby, ‘Miniball’ (junior basketball) and Basketball. Full information is available at the beginning of each sport’s season.

SPORT - WINTER
Students in the middle and senior school take part in a winter sport programme which usually includes hockey, soccer, netball and rugby during Terms 2 and 3. Students will experience all sports on offer during an introductory rotation, and then will select their chosen sport for winter school competition. The junior school takes part in fitness activities during this time. We appreciate the assistance of parent/caregivers in helping with coaching. Please remind your children to bring the correct gear. Children without the correct gear may not be able to take part in sports practices.

STATIONERY
At Enrolment, and at the beginning of each school year, students are issued with a stationery list for their class. All requirements can be purchased at the school. We stock high-quality stationery at reasonable prices. Children can purchase additional stationery during the year from the Office. We ask that books are covered (with "ez covers" or “Duraseal” etc). Books that are covered look better and last longer. Please make sure your child always has the correct books and equipment at school. Your child’s teacher will notify you if additional stationery is required. We will provide stationery labels.

STUDENT COUNCIL
Selected senior students form the Student Council which meets regularly and organises a number of projects, giving Council members experience in committee meetings, fundraising, running events such as discos, leadership and communicating effectively with their fellow students. The Student Council runs the school assemblies and puts on a number of events through the school year. Please visit our Student Council webpage to meet this year's leaders. See the Room 6 blog for recent news and upcoming events.

SUNSAFE POLICY
The school has a “no hat = no play” policy. This means that children must wear sunhats during Terms 1 and 4. The hat must have a brim, which shades the face, ears and neck. It must not have any inappropriate language, symbols, advertising or a draw string. A “legionnaire” style hat with the flaps down is fine. Hats must be named. The PTA provides each class with sunscreen to use during the summer months.

SWIMMING
During Term 1, all students take part in a daily swimming programme. They need to bring togs and towel in a waterproof bag every day. Guidelines for appropriate swimwear for school are included in the Information Book. We recommend that children also wear sunscreen in the pool. If your child is unable to participate on a particular day, they should bring a note.

Junior and Senior Swimming Sports are held in late February/early March. The Junior Sports are held in the school pool and the Senior Sports at the Makino Pool in Feilding.

SWIMMING POOL
The community may use the school pool outside of school hours during Term 1. Pool keys may be purchased at the start of the year. An agreement regarding Conditions of Use must be signed before keys are issued. Contact the Office for details in Term 1 or see the newsletters for details.

TECHNOLOGY
Teaching in technology subjects for Year 7 and 8 students is provided at the school. Technology includes a range of topics such as electronics, soft materials (sewing & textiles) food technology (cooking), hard materials (metalwork and woodwork). An annual fee is charged and an invoice will be issued. Full details of the programme will be available in class.

TOYS AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Children should not bring toys to school unless permission is given by the teacher (e.g. for sharing days). No responsibility can be accepted by the school for loss or damage to these items. Devices such as mp3 players, ipods, cell-phones and hand-held games, should not be brought to school. Children must not bring collectable cards or trading cards to school.

TRANPORT FOR TRIPS
We really appreciate parents/caregivers being able to provide transport for school trips and sporting events. However, we must insist that:
• ALL children are fitted with their own seat belt, with
approved child restraints for children up to 7 years of age.
• ALL adults are fitted with their own seat belt.
• Vehicles must have a current WOF.
• Vehicles must be registered.
• The driver must be licensed.
Unfortunately we will not be able to accept offers of transport if the vehicle does not comply with these safety requirements. On some trips it may not be appropriate for preschoolers to attend with families that are providing transport. Full information and permission slips will be given out prior to each trip. We will let you know the itinerary, the cost, transport requirements and so on.

VISION AND HEARING
Routine “Vision and Hearing” testing is carried out at the school by Public Health technicians.
New Entrants, Year 3 & Year 7 students will be tested each year, with follow-ups testing for those that need it. Families give consent at enrolment for their children to be tested. Children that are already under specialist care or who wear glasses will not be tested. Testing days are notified in the school newsletter. Any student that may have a hearing or vision problem can be referred for testing at other times – please speak to your classroom teacher or Office staff if you have any concerns. The Public Health Service also runs regular free vision & hearing clinics at the Clevely Health Centre in Feilding. Please phone (06) 350 4560 or 0800 153 042 for more information and to make an appointment.   
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