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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 out 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 3.30pm Monday – Friday, during term. The School Secretary, Mrs Paula Stace, will be happy to assist you. 
      


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
Classes are rostered to run school assemblies. The programme includes the presentation of class items and student awards. Parents are welcome to attend. Dates and times for assemblies are notified through our newsletter.

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 which is regularly updated. Blogs 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. We encourage families to view the blogs and leave comments. This interaction is greatly valued and provides motivation and encouragement for our students. Please click the link above for links to our current blogs.

BOT 
The Board of Trustees has the role of School Governance, with its core focus being raising student achievement and improving the learning outcomes for all students. Parent representatives are elected onto the Board for a three-year term. The Board usually meets in Weeks 3 & 8 of each term. Meeting details are advised in the weekly newsletter.
The agenda and minutes of each meeting are available to view at the school office. Parents are most welcome to attend meetings to observe Board process. Please contact the Board Chairperson (via the school Office) if there are issues you would like the Board to discuss. 

Our Board of Trustees:
 Jessica Pettersson (Chairperson)
Shane Casey
Rochelle Chase
Richard Dodunski
Andrew Managh
Diane Simpson (Staff Representative)
Sue Simpson (Principal)
Paula Stace (Secretary) (not a trustee).

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. Students are taught strategies about how to deal with any incidents of behaviour they do not like.

BUSES
Over 90 children use the school bus service each day. Many more use the bus on a casual basis to visit friends, attend sports practices etc. 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.

CALF AND LAMB DAY see “PET DAY”

CAMPS
Rooms 4, 5 and 6 have 'Getting to Know You' camps at the beginning of the year. These are usually for 2 nights and are often held at school. The two senior classes take part in extended Outdoor Education Camps, usually in Term 4. Information on each camp, including cost, will be sent home during the year. Students are encouraged to participate in fundraising activities for these camps. Meetings for families are held prior to each camp. From time to time, children in other classes may also have the opportunity to have an overnight camp - usually at school. 

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”. Drivers 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
We make a small compulsory charge to all families, currently $15. The school charge helps us to provide a full range of resources and activities, including classroom essentials, such as tissues, sunblock and the weekly newsletter. If families do not pay the charge, they must provide their children with tissues and sunblock, and no hard copy of the newsletter will be sent home. Regular fundraising helps us to keep these charges to a minimum. We also collect fees for Technology for Year 7 & 8 students. Charges are collected in Term 1 and 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. Copies of these documents can be viewed at the Office.

CLOTHING & HAIR GUIDELINES
While Halcombe School encourages individuality, some styles of clothing and accessories are unsuitable and inappropriate for school.   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. No mohawks or rats' tails. No fluffy or sparkly head bands or hair products. 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. Jackets are to be worn outside, not in the classroom. Halter neck tops, 'boob tubes', and shoe string singlets are not appropriate. Underwear should not be visible. Shorts and jeans should stay up without having to be held. Extremes of fashion are not appropriate. If in doubt, please ask the Principal.

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. From time to time you will have the opportunity to respond to surveys from te Board. Community meetings, forums and surveys are held periodically where parents 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.

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. Students are selected to represent our school in various age groups.

CURRICULUM
The Curriculum is "what our children are learning." Halcombe School is guided by The New Zealand Curriculum and develops its own curriculum that meets the learning needs and aspirations of our students. There are eight learning areas in The New Zealand Curriculum:  English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences, and Technology. The Key Competencies, which sit alongside the learning areas, are designed to encourage enjoyment of learning, the ability to think critically, manage self, set goals to overcome obstacles and get along with others – the attributes children need to succeed as adults. Each term we have a school-wide theme - a range of topics and a process of inquiry - that helps us to link these curriculum areas in meaningful ways.  Our curriculum is developed by our Principal and teachers. Our Board of Trustees is required to make sure that a quality programme of teaching and learning is in place.  We regularly assess all students and report on their progress to their families and, in broad groups, to the Board or Trustees and Ministry of Education.  See also "Reporting to Parents" below.

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
Every year, and at enrolment, families must complete the Digital Citizenship Agreement for each student before that child can use devices. The Agreement ouline's 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 understand these issues. If you have any questions, please ask. The school may use "The Harmful Digital Communications Act" (2015) in cases of inappropriate use of social media including, for example Facebook.

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 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 child’s oral health. Please phone 06 322 8791 or 0800 825 583.

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 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.

ENROLMENT
Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit the school, prior to enrolling, to meet the Principal, our friendly teachers and support staff, and take a tour of the school and classrooms. Please contact the Office 06 328 8845 for more information and to make an appointment. Our Board of Trustees has implemented an Enrolment Scheme (see below) for Halcombe School.

Before-School Visits: 
Preschoolers will visit for a number of sessions before officially starting school. Our new entrant teacher will arrange these visits with you. During these visits, you can collect your enrolment forms, Information Book and student stationery from the Office.  

Start Dates: 
New entrant children will start school on the Monday following their 5th birthday: If Monday is a public holiday, then children will start on Tuesday. If their birthday is a Monday, they can start that day, or the following week. Children will not be able to attend school until all paperwork has been completed and returned to the Office.  

Enrolment Process - to enrol a student we will require:
A copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport (to confirm date of birth and NZ citizenship or residency)*
A copy of your child’s immunisation record (if applicable)
A copy of any court documents relating to access or custody (if applicable)
*A separate process is required for international students - please contact the school.
You will complete enrolment forms for the school, as well as for the WDHB Dental Service, and you will complete a Digital Citizenship Agreement for your child (regarding the safe and responsible use of computers, other IT devices and the internet). All enrolment forms are available at the school Office. 
Please note: Children will not be able to attend school until all paperwork has been completed and returned to the Office. For children transferring from another school in New Zealand, we will contact that school to confirm that students have enrolled at a new school and request their academic information for our teachers.
You will be given your own copy of the Halcombe School Information Book as well as your student stationery requirements.  

Halcombe School Enrolment Scheme
Halcombe School has an Enrolment Scheme to manage its growing roll. The Enrolment Scheme determines who can enrol at the school each year. A description and map of the Halcombe School "Home Zone" are available to download and copies are also available at the Office.  All students who live within the home zone are entitled to enrol at the school. 

Out of Zone Enrolments: 
Each year the Board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. This will be notified in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received. Priority is given in the following order to applicants who: 
* are a sibling of a current student
* are a sibling of a former student
* are the child of a former student
* are the child of an employee of the school or the child of a member of the Board
* all others.

FACEBOOK
Halcombe School has a popular Facebook page. Regular posts keep everyone up-to-date with school news, photos and important daily notices about events e.g. sports cancellations. Find and Like us today!

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.

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".
Our expectations around 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, 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 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. All 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” below.

INTERNET BANKING - ONLINE PAYMENTS
We accept online or internet banking payments for most school events or activities, including stationery purchases, camp fees, bus tickets 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. 

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

LIBRARY
Our school has a very well-resourced library. All children are able to borrow books each week.

LOST PROPERTY
The lost property box is under the Room 1-4 veranda. 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 not permitted. Milk is available through the Milk for Schools programme. During the winter months, students can bring food wrapped in tinfoil which we will heat for them in the pie-warmers. Popular choices are: toasted sandwiches, savouries, pies, sausages, lasagne and mac & cheese. Make sure these items are named!
Students take any 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
Pies and Subway meals are sometimes available. Details will be in the newsletter.

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). 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 UHT milk for those who want it, every day.

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 KIT Books for class notices.

OFFICE HOURS
The School Office is open from 8.30am until 3.30pm Monday – Friday, during term. The School Secretary, Mrs Paula Stace, will be happy to assist you.

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’ or sports practices. 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. 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 the pastoral care of our students. 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.

PET DAY
Halcombe School holds a Pet Day early in Term 4, in conjunction with the 'Manawatu Oroua Boys and Girls Agricultural Club'. Pet Day is very much a whole-school and 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. Children are also involved in fun classroom activities, for example sand saucers, vege creations, miniature gardens etc. Details are given in class. Information and entry forms will be available in Term 3.

PLAYCENTRE
Halcombe Playcentre is a family-based co-operative Early Childhood Education Service. 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 contact the school Office to discuss enrolment, to meet with our New Entrant teacher and to arrange visits. See "Enrolment" above.

PRIZEGIVING
The Junior Christmas Party and Senior Prizegiving are held during the final weeks of the school year.  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. 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. The school has a designated Privacy Officer to discuss enquiries about students’ privacy. The school’s Privacy Officer is: Sue Simpson (Principal).

PTA
The 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. PTA-run events such as the Gala and Quiz Night bring in valuable funds for school resources such as the environmental area, computers and ICT equipment, library resources and technology resources. 

Our 2018 PTA Committee:

President: Lucinda Dodunski
Vice President: Richard Waugh
Secretary: Michela Fox
Treasurer: Gary Dundass
Other Committee Members: Cameron Waugh, Chris Monk and Rachel Lane. 

“Friends of the PTA” 
We have a “Friends of the PTA” group of parents that we can call on for extra help.  This might involve providing afternoon tea for a school event, helping with classroom tasks, providing support for families in need, or collecting things from town. Please come join us! Contact the Office for details. We’d love to know that we can call on you.

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. 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 every afternoon from 3.00pm until 3.10pm. 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 written after your child has been at school for 10 weeks, 6 months, 1 year, 18 months, 2 years, 30 months and after 3 years at school. Conferences, which always include children, are held at 10 weeks, 6 months, and after 1 year, 2 years and 3 years.
For students Year 4 and above, conferences 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 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.

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 encourages and maintains accepted social moral standards and values and provides 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 supervised by a 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 plain earring studs. Should any exemption be requested, for example, wearing a taonga or medic alert bracelet, application should be made in writing to the Principal.
8. Fingernails must be kept short. No nail polish.
9. Hats are not worn inside.
10. Students 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 5, 6, 7 and 8) are not on the adventure playground at interval and lunchtime.
15. The sandpit is for Room 1, 2, 3 and 4.
16. Brimmed sunhats are to be worn in Terms 1 and 4.

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. We have special 'Wheels Days' when studens can bring these.

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

SPORT
Students at all levels will take part in a wide range of sport and fitness activities as part of our physical education programme. The programme includes athletics, swimming, cross-country, ball skills, skipping, aerobics, dance, and a winter sports programme that includes netball, rugby, soccer and gymnastics.
SPORT – WINTER
Students in the middle and senior school take part in a winter sport programme which includes soccer, netball, basketball and rugby during terms 2 and 3. Students will experience all sports during a rotation, then select their chosen sport for our winter programme. Please remind your children to bring correct gear, which will be notified in a newsletter or KIT books. Children without the correct gear may not be able to take part in sport's practices.
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 information 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, Flippaball, Touch Rugby, ‘Miniball’ (junior basketball) and Basketball. Full information is available at the beginning of each sport’s season.

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, or families can make their own arrangements. Children can purchase additional stationery during the year from the Office. We ask that books are covered. 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 organises a number of projects, giving Council members experience in 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.

SUNSAFE POLICY
The school has a 'no hat means no play policy. Students 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. Each class has 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 printed Information Book. Girls 2-piece costumes should cover the midriff. We recommend that students 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 March. The Junior Sports are held in the school pool and the Senior Sports at the Makino Aquatic Centre Pool in Feilding.

SWIMMING POOL - COMMUNITY USE
The community may use the school pool outside of school hours, for 6 weeks during Term 1. Pool keys can be purchased at the start of the year. An agreement regarding Conditions of Use must be signed before keys are issued. See the newsletter 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 (woodwork) and ICT. An annual fee is charged and an invoice will be issued. Full details of the programme will be given in class.

TOYS AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Students 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. Collectable cards or trading cards are not appropriate for school.

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 and be insured.
• Vehicles must be registered and 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 pre-schoolers to attend with families that are providing transport. Full information and permission slips will be given out prior to each trip.

VISION AND HEARING
Routine Vision and Hearing tests are carried out at the school by Public Health technicians. Families give consent at enrolment for their children to be tested. Any student that may have a hearing or vision problem can be referred for testing at any time. 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. Please phone (06) 350 4560 or 0800 153 042 for more information and to make an appointment.   

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