We hope this provides you all the information you need. If there is anything else you need to find out, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
After School Care: After School Care is available every day between 2.30 and 5.30pm. Children need to be pre-registered. You can then make bookings in person, by phone, Skoolbag or SMS either in advance or by 2pm on the day.
Assemblies: We hold whole school assemblies on Friday at 2pm. These share information, celebrate achievements and efforts, highlight our values and provide a way to come together to celebrate. You are welcome to attend.
Board of Trustees: The Board of Trustees (BoT) serves a vital role in overseeing the governance of the school. It relies on elected parents giving a few hours of their time each month. The Board meets 10 times each year at times as outlined on the school calendar. You are welcome to attend these meetings.
Bus: The school bus provides transport to and from the West and South of the school. If you are over 3.2km from school, you are entitled to bus transport or a travel subsidy. The bus arrives at school approx. 8.15. There are two afternoon buses. Please contact the office for more information.
Calendar: All events and dates can be found on Skoolbag and our website.
Class help: You are most welcome to spend time in your child’s class and this can really help your own and other children. Any help you can offer is gratefully appreciated. Speak to your child’s teacher.
Complaints and concerns: We recognise that things do at times go wrong at school. The only way we can improve things is if we know. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact your child’s teacher. If concerns are of a more general nature or you feel a concern has not been addressed properly, please come in and see Matt. In the event that things still haven't been resolved then you may have a formal complaint that will need to be addressed by the Board of Trustees. Find out more here
Contacting us: You can contact the school by phone, e-mail, Skoolbag or SMS (see your fridge magnet!) If you want to speak to your child’s teacher, they are available in classes or through the office before and after school.
Clubs: The school offers a number of different clubs. These happen at lunchtimes and after school. We have a number of after-school and weekend sports teams. We also provide the venue for parent-paid guitar, ukulele, piano and drums lessons—contact the office for more details.
Hats: All students need a bucket style hat in terms 1 and 4. They are not able to play outside without one. Any bucket hat will do but school logo hats are available from Direct Group.
Health: The public health nurse and dental service visit the school periodically. We will advise you in advance of these dates. These services are free for all children.
Homework: Each class teacher provides homework which both supports learning in the classroom and helps children understand how learning happens at home too. Speak to the classroom teacher to find more about your child’s homework. Children also get to take books home from the school library.
Hours: The school operates the following schedule:
8.30—10.30 Essential Learning block (plus energizer) 10.30—10.50 Morning Play then eating
10.50—11.50 Essential Learning block 11.50—12.25 Lunch Play
12.25—12.40 Lunch eating 12.40—2.30 Afternoon Learning
Invoices: The school sends out invoices monthly by post or email. These need to be paid within 14 days or by automatic payment. Payments can be made in cash, via our payment app or by direct credit . Our bank account number is printed on all our invoices.
Late arrivals and leaving early: If your child is late, please ensure they report to the office before going to class. If your child needs to leave before 2.30pm, you need to first come to the office and let us know .
Learning programmes: Full details of our curriculum and our termly learning programmes can be found on our website and in our newsletters. Photos of them can be found on our Facebook page.
Lost property: Our school generates a huge amount of lost property. Please ensure your child’s clothes and belongings are named. Lost property is placed into a metal bin by the library. Unclaimed property is given to charity.
Lunches: Children are encouraged and learn to bring healthy food and are not allowed lollies, sugary drinks or take-aways at school. Due to a child with a severe peanut allergy, no peanut products are allowed at school. Healthy lunches, provided by The Village Café can be ordered daily at the office. School milk is provided free to all Year 1 to 6. Children eat after playing to give them quality eating time.
Newsletters, letters and websites: School newsletters and information letters are all sent out via SkoolBag. They contain important information and news from the classrooms. The School website provides information about the school including learning, administration, calendar, and news. Our Facebook page shares images and news from our activities and events.
Parking and road safety: See the enclosed map for how to park around school. As we are a very busy school please make sure to always follow this.
Reporting on your child’s learning: We share how your child is going in a number of ways, including meet the parents evening, student-led conferences, parent teacher conferences and mid and end-year reports. Appointments for these can be booked on-line at times most convenient to you, by phone or in person. All details of these are published in the newsletter well in advance.
Sickness: If your child is sick or needs to be away for an important appointment please ring or SMS the school office to let us know. Please keep children away until they are fully recovered so bugs don’t spread.
Sickness or injury at school: If your child becomes sick or gets hurt while at school they will be taken care of as the first aid staff (Bree, Warren, Matt) believe best. If permission has been given, we may administer Pamol. In severe cases, we may need to contact you or an approved caregiver to collect your child from school. In emergencies, emergency services may be contacted first.
Skoolbag: As all our communication comes to you via Skoolbag, it’s essential you install this app. See the enclosed letter for instructions.
Staff: We have a team of 20 working at the school to support our learners. See the staff pages.
Stationery and donations: Every child needs a particular range of stationery for learning and a list is provided at the start of the year or when they start. This can be purchased from school or from Office Max. Top up stationery is available from the office throughout the year. The school donation is optional.
Term dates: Our school dates are published on our calendar each year.
Trips and visits: The school builds a number of learning opportunities away from the school into its learning programmes. These provide new learning contexts and challenges for our students. One permission slip completed at the time of enrolment covers all trips. All information is sent home at least 4 weeks before an event. There is a cost involved in many of these which parents are required to pay.
Uniform: Children are required to wear the school uniform every day. It consists of a school shirt, polar fleece or hoodie, and plain navy blue shorts, skort or sports pants. Shoes are optional. All items can be purchased from Direct Group in Frankton, bottoms can also be purchased elsewhere.
Waste: We try to minimise the waste the school produces and we reduce, reuse and recycle wherever we can. Children are required to take all their lunch waste home although food scraps containers are available. The scraps are used to feed our school chickens, local pigs and to make compost for our gardens.
Young Leaders: Many of our children help as leaders in school, including as school councillors, PE leaders, techies, enviro leaders, lunch leaders and more. We also have a head boy and girl.