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If your child will not be at school for any reason, please inform the school office, if possible before 9.00am. Please state the child's name, room and if possible the nature and length of the absence. The Office number is 06 3626791.
Office staff check on any unexplained absences from school by telephone or txt to make sure your children are safe.
Please send a note if your child is absent for more than two days.
Accidents and Illnesses
Duty teachers and office staff attend to minor matters. You will be contacted if your child becomes ill at school or if an accident requires ongoing attention. In such cases, it is advisable that children are collected and taken home. In an emergency, an ambulance and parents will be called immediately.
Please ensure we are informed of any chronic conditions or allergies and that we have up to date emergency contact numbers.
If your child requires medicine at school a member of staff must be notified and the appropriate form completed and given to office staff. Any medicines will be kept in the first aid room or staffroom as appropriate.
Friday's at 9am - All classes gather in Room 2.The children join together for singing, to celebrate successes in the classroom and on the sports fields, and to reinforce our Values (Pride, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence) and Vision (Personal Best Always). Parents/ caregivers are encouraged to join us.
Punctuality matters. Please ensure your children arrive at school in time to start lessons at 8.55am. For your child's safety, children should not be at school before 8.15am or after 3.30pm unless engaged in a supervised activity e.g. sports practice
Bicycles and Scooters
We encourage children to bring their bikes and scooters to school. Children are able to leave the bikes/scooters at school for the week. Helmets must be worn for both activities.
2016 sees the arrival of the new Bike Track. The concept for this awesome community asset was developed as part of a Learning Inquiry by teacher, Mel West and her class.
We have a permission slip which must be completed before your child uses the bike track in school time.
We encourage involvement from our community. Do you have any skills, talents, or time you can share with us? See your child's class teacher, Annette or Deb.
Reading Grandies - Encouraging connection with our community is a key component of our Reading Grandie Programme where community members are involved in listening to children read daily.
Community Electives - Crafts, Technology, Cooking, Science, other specialist subjects are catered for in our Electives Programme.
Office - 06 3626791 firstname.lastname@example.org
Annette - Office Manager
Deb Logan - email@example.com
Curriculum - An updated Manakau School Diverse Learners Curriulum is available. Please contact the Principal.
We are visited by a mobile Dental Clinic yearly. In an emergency please contact 0800 Talk Teeth (0800825583), or 063508619.
The school donation is set by the Board of Trustees every year. This is currently $65 for one child, $100 for two or more children.
Education outside the classroom
School trips bring the classroom alive. Therefore we look for exciting, active and enjoyable opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Permission forms and specific information will be shared before the event.
Fire, Volcano, Earthquake, Lock-down
Regular drills are carried out in line with the schools Health and Safety Policy.
We encourage healthy food choices at school, and recommend the children only drink water.
Opportunities for the children to grow their own vegetables are part of the enviro garden project. Members of the community are encouraged to support this venture.
In terms 2 and 3 all children learn an instrument to extend their creative learning.
School newsletters are produced fortnightly. You can receive this in hard copy form or through email.
Physical Education and Sport
Public Health Nurse
Reporting to parents
their first three years at school will receive an anniversary report and a
mid-anniversary report each year. These reports go home with the students
at the end of the TERM that coincides with their BIRTHDAY at school. Because five
year old children start school at different times during the year, their number
of weeks at school in a given year varies. Therefore in line with Ministry of
Education’s guidelines, a written report is completed for each child based on
the following number of weeks that they have been at school:
· 20 weeks (mid year - half way through their first year of
· 40 weeks (one full year of schooling)
· 60 weeks (mid year - half way through their second year of
· 80 weeks (two full years of schooling)
· 100 weeks (mid year - half way through their third year of
· 120 weeks (three full years of schooling)
This means that a number of students will receive an ANNIVERSARY
REPORT at the end of this term. Once children reach their 120 week
anniversaries, the reporting period switches to the academic year’s mid-year
and end year.
Year 4-8 Students will receive and interim report at the end of Term 2, and a final report in Term 4.
All school facilities are smoke free.
In terms 1 and 4 (weather dependent), we expect all children to bring their togs ad participate in swimming lessons daily.
Term Dates 2017
Term One 30th January to 13th April
Term Two 1st May to 6th July Term Three 24th July to 29th September Term Four 16th October to 14th December
TIMETABLE AND SCHOOL HOURS
8.55 - 10.30 Classes
10.30 - 11.00 Morning Break
11.00 - 12.30 Classes
12.30- 1.30 Lunch break (Bell rings at 1.20 to allow for pack up of equipment and washing of feet:)
1.30- 2.55 Classes
All children love to share toys that are special to them, however we prefer these are left at home. Sharing times can be negotiated with the classroom teacher.