A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


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ABSENCE and ILLNESS

It is in the interest of a child’s progress that they attend school every day, and the Education Act requires this by law.

The school maintains an electronic attendance register. Please inform us when your child can not attend school, advising your child’s name, room number and the reason for their absence. Either:

  • telephone the school on 3889519 before 9.00 a.m.

  • send a message via another family member or neighbour

  • send an email to: admin@rawhiti.school.nz

  • text–02108271380 with the child’s name, room number and reason for absence

A message can be left on the school’s answer phone 24 hours a day.  The school will make contact with home if a child is unaccounted for. Please make sure we have your current home, work and cellphone number and that these along with your home address are kept up to date.

Children absent for more than 3 weeks at one time are required to be removed from the school roll unless there is written verification of a return to school date and an explanation for non-attendance e.g. medical certificate or travel details.  When there are patterns of unjustified absence, this will be followed up with their parents/caregivers by the Deputy Principal or Principal.

Under the Education Act 1989, Principal’s approval is required for parents to take children out of school for 3 days or more.  Please request this in writing by sending an e-mail to admin@rawhiti.school.nz

ACCESS

Parents, by right, have access to their child(ren) when living apart, separated or divorced. Upon request, interviews and reports are available to both parents. Where access is denied by either parent, documentation is required to be seen by the Principal. Without proof, access must be allowed to both parents.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Our PTA have put together a list of after school activities in the local area.

(Rāwhiti School does not attest to the quality or skill of any of the providers listed. We urge parents to satisfy themselves as to the suitability of any of these activity providers for their own children)

AFTER SCHOOL CARE

There are a number of providers who operate after school care programmes for Rāwhiti School pupils.

Each of these groups provides a pickup service from school.

Youth Alive Trust
Location: 111 Seaview Road, Central New Brighton
Programme Manager – James Redpath
Phone: 3881001
Email: office@yat.org.nz
Programme is for Year 6 – 8 pupils

Rawhiti Community Sports Inc OSCAR
Location: Old Rāwhiti School Beach Base in Hawke St, Central New Brighton
http://www.rawhiticommunity.co.nz
Oscar Supervisor – Sandra Kendall
Mobile:0274640005
Email:sandra@rawhiticommunity.co.nz

GenZ Afterschool and Holiday Program
Location: East Campus 171 Pages Road, Haeata Campus 240 Breezes Road, Aranui
https://www.facebook.com/justkids.co.nz
Mobile: 0226441574 or 02041070744
Email: genzkids81@gmail.com

APPOINTMENTS

If at any time during the year you wish to discuss a concern, or you just want to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss progress, please feel free to phone the school and make an appointment. While minor matters can sometimes be discussed informally, this can present a problem if the teacher is on playground duty or has an after school meeting to attend. An appointment ensures you have the teachers full attention.

ASSEMBLY

Dates and times for  assemblies are advised in the school newsletter and on the calendar on the school website.

Parents are welcome to attend all school assemblies.

 

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BEFORE SCHOOL

Children are allowed into the school and the classrooms from 8:30 a.m. Children at school prior to 8:30 are unsupervised and remain the responsibility of their parent/caregiver.

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

See Restorative Practice below

BREAK TIMES

  • Block 1:  9:00 am – 10:40 am

  • Morning play break:  10:40 am – 11:00 am

  • Morning tea: 11:00am – 11.10 am
  • Block 2:  11.10 am – 12:15 pm

  • Lunch play break:  12:15 pm – 12:45pm

  • Lunch eating: 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Block 3:  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Afternoon break: 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

  • Block 4:  2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Please ensure your child arrives no earlier than 8.30am. Teachers are not on duty until 8:30 am, therefore children using the grounds prior to this time will be unsupervised.

 

BICYCLES

We believe that children must know the Road Code and have the skills for safe cycling.  We remind parents that the New Zealand Transport Agency and The New Zealand Police recommended age for cycling to school is 10. We strongly recommend that children do not ride to school until they are in Year 5 or above. If parents allow their child to ride to school, they take responsibility for their cycling safety. Children who cycle to school must wear approved safety helmets. Bicycles can be left in the cycle stands during the school day at the risk of the owner. Bicycles may be ridden up the west path and on the bike track at the rear of the school apart from that they must be walked within the school grounds unless children are participating in a supervised cycling activity.

BILINGUAL EDUCATION

See this link for more information.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Your Board is elected every three years as the governing body of the school. The main function of the trustees is to be responsible for all aspects of the school relating to governance, this includes the welfare of students and staff, appointment of staff, financial matters, building maintenance, equipment, grounds and amenities. Please refer to the BOT page of this website, under the ‘Our People’ tab.

Your Board of Trustees meet eight times a year and dates are advertised in our school newsletter. These are public meetings and all members of the school community are welcome to attend.

BUS

The school bus service between bases was operating only for 2015. This bus service is no longer operating.

 

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CHILD SAFETY

We all have a responsibility towards child safety in our community. Please help the school to promote child safety by encouraging children to:

(a) go to and from school in groups.

(b) have and know strategies to deal with approaches by strangers, e.g.

  • say “no”

  • note car numbers and colour, etc

  • walk towards a house where someone is likely to be home

  • report incidents

CELLPHONES AT SCHOOL

Children that bring their cellphone to school need to hand them to their teacher at 8.55am to be kept secure until 2.55pm.  This is to ensure that children ask a teacher before contacting parents and to reduce risk of any text bullying.

COMMUNICATION

Messages left on the school answer phone are cleared daily when the school is open for instruction. Messages left during holiday breaks are cleared on a regular basis.

Email messages are cleared daily when the school is open and on a regular basis when the school is closed during a holiday break. The school’s email address is admin@rawhiti.school.nz

The school website has most information pertaining to the school. www.rawhiti.school.nz

We operate a school Facebook page for instant messaging. If you are a Facebook user please search for Rāwhiti School and click ‘Like’. This is the only Facebook page endorsed by the school.

Our school app is available from here. Download the app appropriate for your device. You can subscribe to various groups for news and information.

COMPOSITE CLASSES

Often parents have concerns over composite classes (classes of more than one Year level). Mostly these concerns relate to a perception that if a child is placed in a composite class the child may be disadvantaged; perhaps that work will be too easy, or that they will be repeating work from a previous year etc. Be assured programmes and learning themes for each classroom are planned annually. There is no set requirement for curriculum coverage for children of a certain age. The only requirement of schools, by the Ministry of Education, is to ensure there is breadth and depth of coverage of all of the essential learning areas and that the classroom teacher delivers a programme at an appropriate level of instruction that caters for the individual differences in levels of thinking and learning.

CONCERNS AND QUERIES

Complaints or queries may be directed to the class teacher, Principal or Board of Trustees. Your starting point will be the classroom teacher.

Please do not remain silent if you have a concern, are uneasy or troubled.

Problems are usually remedied easily; rumours are often ill founded; policies and practice are sometimes misunderstood; errors, shortcomings and wrongs should be corrected immediately.

Please feel free to contact the office to arrange to see your child’s teacher or the principal. Please don’t leave problems until interview times. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress with the teacher, please speak to them before or after school and arrange a suitable time for this. Please bring matters of concern to their attention straight away to enable teachers to assemble the relevant information to put you fully in the picture.

COUNSELLING

Rāwhiti School has partnered with Youth Alive Trust to provide counselling for children at school. Referral forms are available from the office or here. More detailed information about the counselling service is available here.

CHANGE OF DETAILS

It is vitally important that you keep the school informed of any change of address or work or home phone or emergency contact numbers. Please email admin@rawhiti.school.nz with any changes. See emergencies for more detail.

CURRICULUM PROGRAMMES

All school programmes are carefully based on National Education Goals, curriculum guidelines, and programmes as specified in our Charter and accompanying policies.

It is the school’s intention that all staff work together to deliver a balanced curriculum which reflects the latest trends in education and, for this reason, programmes are constantly being reviewed and refined.

Staff are committed to ongoing professional learning that is fully supported by the Board of Trustees.

A priority is placed on literacy and numeracy teaching in the core curriculum subjects (Reading, Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technolgy and The Arts).

 

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DENTAL CARE

Enrolment at school automatically means enrolment for free Dental Therapy. Parents wishing to make alternative arrangements are able to do so. Dental Therapists visit the school once a year to assess all children.

The closest Community Dental Care facilities are located at Aranui High School, Shortland Street, Aranui. If your child requires urgent dental care please phone 0800 846 983 to make an appointment.

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP (Cyber Citizenship)

We are helping prepare our students to be effective and safe digital citizens. We have a planned programme suited to each year level, as well as taking opportunities (within context) throughout the year. Upon enrolment, students and their families are also required to sign a cybersafety agreement, and asked to agree to the publication of student work on our class and school blogs. We believe that sharing student work with our community, as well as a wider audience, is an important aspect of building digital citizenship skills.

DOGS

Dogs are an important part of life for many Rāwhiti School families, and are often included in activities such as walking children to and from school. The school appreciates this inclusion and values the place the dog has within a family. It also acknowledges that some people can find contact with dogs stressful, and even frightening.

Parents who bring dogs on to school grounds do so on the understanding that their dog has no issues around children, has never displayed any aggression towards children, and that the owner believes the dog is fully trustworthy in a school environment.

Owners bringing a dog or dogs on to the school grounds must follow the guidelines below.

Guidelines

Rāwhiti School is committed to teaching children appropriate behaviour when approaching dogs so that they have a positive experience interacting with the animal, and in order to reduce the risk of accident or injury.

Stray dogs

Any stray dog at school will be reported to dog control and taken away so there is no danger to our students.

DONATIONS (often referred to as School Fees)

Each year we ask for a donation from each family to supplement the money we receive from the Government and from fundraising. Thank you to those who regularly support the school by paying their School Donations. Your support is crucial in this way as we endeavour to produce material and equipment, which is beneficial for all children throughout the school. Your contribution will be distributed to enable us to maintain activities greater than the government grants are intended for.

Please enquire at the school office for the current school fee. Donations are tax deductable.

All extra-curricular activities usually have a cost associated with them and parents are asked to pay on account for these activities.

We are conscious that lump sum payments can be a budget problem for some families. We operate a process where you can use a direct credit from your bank account for a set amount each week or fortnight or if you prefer in termly instalments. The parents who are using this service find it works well for them. If you are interested, please ask at the office.

If you wish to make a payment via internet banking, our bank account number is

030 814 0000 333 25. State your child’s/family name and ‘donation’.

DUFFY BOOKS

To inspire a love of books in children so they become adults who inspire a love of reading

The Alan Duff Charitable Foundation Duffy Books in Homes programme is a literacy programme aimed at getting books into homes across New Zealand. We are really lucky to part of this fantastic programme.  Each year students receive five books.  They make their own selections and these books are theirs to keep.  All books are supplied by Scholastic NZ.

DUTY TEACHERS

Students will always be able to find a Duty Teacher if they need any assistance during breaks.

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EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM (EOTC)

This is an important dimension to enhance our school programmes.

Experiences outside the classroom include such activities as the camps, skiing, sporting, musical, drama and other educational trips. Local walks, visits and visitors are valuable additions to classroom learning programmes.

School outings are usually directly related to current classroom programmes/themes, and as such most arranged visits are compulsory to children.

Risk management systems are in place and all parent helpers must complete the required documentation from the school. Ratios of adults to children are determined by the perceived level of risk. Teachers arranging trips must have the prior approval of the principal and on some occasions the approval of the board. Parents sign permission slips for activity Levels 1-3 when children start school.

Sometimes we walk, or travel in school vans or buses, and at other times we ask for parental help with transport. Whenever private transport is used, parents/caregivers must have a current drivers license and their car must be registered and have a current Warrant of Fitness. All children must wear a diagonal seatbelt.

EMERGENCIES

In the event of an emergency children will be cared for by staff until parents are able to collect them from school. It is essential that we have at least two (preferably more) emergency contacts recorded for your child. We will only release children to contacts identified in our database. Please keep emergency contact information up to date.

ENROLMENTS

If your child is turning five in the next year please contact the school office to make an enrolment appointment. The earlier you enrol, the better, so that the Board of Trustees can plan for classroom space and teacher appointments.

Rāwhiti School has an excellent Transition to School programme that includes a Ready for Rāwhiti Party and a Starting School Pack.

Approximately one month before your child’s birthday pre-entry visits will be arranged.

When enrolling your child you will need to bring a copy of his/her Birth Certificate or passport and evidence of up-to-date immunisation. Immunisation is not compulsory in New Zealand but parents of children born from 1995 onwards are required to show their child’s immunisation certificate when starting school so that the Immunisation Register can be completed.

Rāwhiti School has an enrolment scheme in place see this link for the enrolment zone

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FULL PRIMARY SCHOOL

Rāwhiti is a Year 0-8 Full Primary School and, as such, offers a complete package for children between preschool and high school. Full Primary Schools are known for having a caring family environment that enhances personal development, supportive staff who know your children well and care about their progress, and quality teaching and learning across the curriculum to prepare your child for the future. We also provide leadership opportunities for all children, particularly in the senior school, and a Year 7 and 8 programme designed to meet the academic and social needs of emerging adolescents.

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GIFTED & TALENTED LEARNERS

Gifted & Talented Learners are identified and individual programmes ensure that those who have particular gifts and talents have their learning needs met and are challenged.

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HEALTH MATTERS

Children who are not well in the night or before school should not be sent to school.   We do not have staff or facilities to give care to sick children.  When children become ill or are injured during the school day, parents are contacted and are asked to take the child home or to their doctor.  If your child has been vomiting or had diarrheoa, they need to be away from school for 48 hours from the time of their last symptom.

If a child becomes ill at school parents are contacted and suitable arrangements made. If both parents are working the name and telephone number of someone who can be called in an emergency should be made known. This is particularly necessary in the case of accidents.

Where contact can not be made, the school will take the actions a prudent parent would, in an emergency, by contacting the doctor or hospital. We will call an ambulance to assist with first aid if needed.  Our staff are trained in practical first aid.

If your child suffers from asthma, allergies, epilepsy etc  please advise the school office so we can work out a procedure to deal with any situation that may arise.

If your child needs to take medication during the day, this will be administered at the office.   If medication is to be administered, parents MUST sign an authorisation form at the office before medication can be given. Inhalers also need to be kept at the office and administered as per instruction from parents.  While all care will be taken in administering medication and first aid, the final responsibility is the parents.

HEALTH NURSE

Rāwhiti School works alongside our local Public Health Nurse located at Burwood Hospital.  Parents and caregivers can contact or the health team for any health matters on 383 6877.

HEARING & VISION TESTER

A Hearing & Vision tester employed by Canterbury District Health Board regularly visits school to test the hearing and vision of new entrants to school. If you would like to find out more about this, or ask for your child to be added to the list when they next visit, please contact the school office.

HELPING YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL

  • Family and Community influences can account for as much as 65% of children’s learning according to research both overseas and in New Zealand (Biddulph and Biddulph, 2003)

  • The school day is only a part of your child’s education. There are many ways you can help at home

  • At school we encourage children to work independently, make decisions and develop responsibility for their own learning. You can encourage this by giving them responsibilities at home

  • Praise your child’s efforts and value things they bring home

  • If writing things for your child to read, use the printing style used at school. A copy of this will be given to you when your child starts school. Use capital letters only for the beginning of a name or sentence

  • Play lots of games with numbers and words

  • Read lots of stories and encourage reading and writing

  • Set a limit on TV time and encourage your child to be selective in their TV watching

  • Help with, but don’t do, homework

  • Make sure your child has adequate sleep

  • Recognise that different children progress at different rates

HEADLICE

From time to time there are outbreaks of headlice. Please don’t panic if your child has headlice – they are very easily caught and very easily treated. Please inform us if you discover signs of headlice in your child’s hair – chances are others may have them too. Generally, the school sends note home to all families in a class to alert them to the presence of headlice. The school has a Robi-Comb which you can arrange to use by contacting the office.

HOME LEARNING (often referred to as Homework)

At Rāwhiti School we believe learning happens everywhere and often the best learning is a result of shared experiences and conversations.  We understand that families have busy lives and children are often involved in many out of school activities and sports.

Research shows homework does not work!  We do not want to send home busy work which does not relate to the classroom. If home learning becomes stressful with arguments or tears it turns children off learning and becomes ineffective and has a negative impact for families. Research also acknowledges that while reading and learning basic facts is beneficial for learners, all other compulsory homework (in primary schools) is not proven to improve outcomes.

Consequently at Rāwhiti, set home learning tasks are minimal.

Home Learning will consist of reading and basic facts for all and basic sight words (high frequency words) for juniors.

The best thing we can do to enable your children is to assist them with reading, basic numeracy and encourage them to become lifelong learners. Home learning should be based on a child’s progress and individual needs.

There are several ways that parents can best support children’s learning at home

  • Make learning fun! – play games, laugh, sing together, get out and about, kick a ball and enjoy quality interaction time together

  • Reading to, reading with and listening to your child read regularly for fun and leisure.

  • Engage your child in conversation about the things that are happening in their world. Ask questions and help your child to ask questions about their experiences.  Listen to your children’s stories, tales, ideas etc

  • Maths home learning could include learning basic maths facts (see your child’s teacher for appropriate facts to learn). Equally valuable maths learning takes place when you are baking, shopping, building something or playing strategy games such as connect four, chess or chinese checkers.

  • Model reading, writing and maths at home.  This could be writing shopping lists, reading the newspaper or a magazine, texting (reading and writing), sending an email, using measurements when cooking, counting objects, discussing the social issues on the news, creating a menu etc.

After school time should be a balance between play, socialising, family time, hobbies and interests, sport and a small amount of school work.  Home learning should not be a stressful time.

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INDIVIDUAL NEEDS

Rāwhiti School employs a full time Learning Support Coordinator who oversees the provision of learning support for children with individual needs. Part-time teachers and teacher aides work with individuals and groups of children whose needs include E.S.O.L., enrichment, learning difficulties, and extension learning.

INDOOR FOOTWEAR

During the winter months children are encouraged to bring suitable footwear, e.g. slippers, for indoors.  This helps to keep the noise down when children are compelled to remain indoors and assists in keeping the school carpets clean.

INQUIRY LEARNING

The school uses an Inquiry Learning approach with an emphasis on assisting children to ‘learn how to learn’. The Inquiry Learning philosophy itself aims to strengthen children’s understanding of how a learning process can help to develop children’s understanding and knowledge of appropriate skills, and the tools they can apply to develop their thinking and learning.

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JEWELLERY

Jewellery, other than ear studs and watches, is not permitted to be worn at school, unless for cultural or religious reasons.  Ear studs are the only earrings allowed to be worn, no dangling or sleeper type earrings.

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LATE ARRIVALS

Children who arrive late to school (after 9.00 a.m.) need to report to the office and collect a late pass and explain a reason for their lateness before going to their classroom.  When there are patterns of children arriving late, this will be followed up with their parents/caregivers by the classroom teacher in the first instance and the Deputy Principal or Principal if lateness continues to be a problem.

LEARNING ASSISTANT SUPPORT

The school uses a considerable amount of its operational grant to provide in class support for children.  This Learning Assistant support is allocated according to need.

LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM (LOTC)

Teachers take classes on visits to extend understanding and language and to educate children in use of the outdoors for personal development.

It is a requirement that all private motor vehicles used for the transportation of pupils have a current WOF, registration and shoulder seat belts for each pupil.  Children under 8 years must sit in an approved booster seat.

Parents who assist with supervision on class trips are asked to not bring preschoolers. The adult:child ratio is applied to achieve safe management of the children in groups and so children can be focused on the activities to achieve the aims of the trip. School camps are included in the senior school programme. (Also see EOTC above)

LEARNING TEAMS

Rāwhiti School has six main classroom learning spaces.

See the staff list for who is teaching in which class.

LEAVING THE SCHOOL GROUNDS

If parents come to take children from school between 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 pm, they must advise the class teacher and sign out at the office.  Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during the school day for any reason without permission from a teacher and need to sign out at the office. Children are not allowed to enter neighbour’s properties to collect balls or to climb over any fences backing onto the school.

LIBRARIES

The school has a well stocked library which all classes visit on a regular basis. Children are able to select books to take home. The library is open during breaks and children are encouraged to make use of the extensive services available. The school employs a part- time librarian to ensure the on-going purchasing of up-to-date, attractive and stimulating reading material. As library books are expensive to replace we would ask you to assist us by ensuring children look after the books and return them promptly. If children lose library books, parents will be invoiced for their replacement.

The Library is also promoted through our library blog.

LOST PROPERTY

There is a lost property collection point in each classroom and also in the main office entry. It is the child’s responsibility to retrace their steps when items have been misplaced. We cannot stress enough that uniform and belongings must be named. Unclaimed and un-named clothing will be sold or given away at the end of each term.

Lost property will be returned to its owner if it is named.

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MEDICATION

If your child has an ongoing medical condition (e.g. asthma/allergies) medication can be held at the school office to be administered when required. Please ensure that all medication is labelled with your child’s name.

In each case, a parent/caregiver must complete and sign a Permission to Administer Medication form.

At the end of the school year all medication is returned. This is a good opportunity to check the expiry date on medications.

If your child still requires medication at the beginning of the next school year we will ask you to complete a new Permission to Adminsiter Medication form. This ensures we have the most current information regarding dosages for your child.

MONEY

When sending a payment with your children please send to the office.

We encourage internet banking, the school bank account number is:

030 814 0000 333 25

When making a payment on-line please state your child’s name and what the payment is for.

*If you send cash to school, please have money in a sealed envelope with the following information:

  • your child’s name

  • room number

  • what the payment is for

Please ensure you include the correct money. All money will be applied to your account, no change can be given.

MEETING WITH PARENTS

Prospective parents and pupils are most welcome to visit to view the school.  Please contact the Office to make an appointment if you wish to meet the Principal.  Liz welcomes the opportunity to speak with parents.

MUSIC TUITION

Rāwhiti School has partnered with Amplify School of Music to provide music lessons. Ask at the office for more information.

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NATIONAL STANDARDS

Information regarding the Government’s National Standards initiative can be found by going to the National Standards page on the Ministry of Education website.

NEWSLETTER

A school newsletter is posted under “Latest Newsletter” in this website every second Thursday and is also e-mailed to parents.  Please ensure we have your correct e-mail address.  If you do not have access to the internet, please let your child’s teacher know and we will send a paper copy home. A copy is also available to read the school office.

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PARENT CONCERNS

Our aim is to work co-operatively to resolve any problem.

If you have a concern please follow the following steps.

  1. Please arrange a discussion with the class teacher. Explain clearly the concerns felt and discuss how these concerns could be overcome. Arrange a follow-up interview at a later date to review progress.

  2. If a concern is still felt please make an appointment with either of the Deputy Principals Helen Parata (QE2 Base) or Paul Wilkinson (Beach Base).

  3. If you feel the matter has not been resolved, please make an appointment with the Principal who will also check all earlier action taken and work with all parties concerned to reach a satisfactory solution.

PARENT HELPERS

This school encourages active participation by parents in school activities inside and outside of school. Parent assistance is sought by teachers with individuals and small groups of children in the classroom, library, sports teams, working bees, supervision, camping and fundraising etc. If you can help in either a general or particular way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES (Learning Conversations)

Parents are encouraged to maintain a regular contact with your child’s teacher. Besides informal contacts before and after school, opportunities to have an interview with the teacher are always available.

3-way Learning Conversations take place twice a year. A variety of days and times is offered to families and parents make bookings using an on-line system.

PARKING AT SCHOOL

No parking is permitted on the school grounds, on the yellow lines outside or in any bus stops.

PAYMENT FOR ACTIVITIES

To enhance the learning opportunities for your child, teachers plan experiences and activities  that may include performing artists (story tellers, dancers and musicians), visits to places beyond the school (see LOTC)  or costs for specialist instructors (such as beach education).

The costs for these activities are to be met by parents. An invoice for payment for activities is sent home once a term. Payment can be made in one lump sum, by direct credit or automatic payment.  Many families pay a weekly or fortnightly sum ($2 – $10) which covers the annual activities. Parents who use this process find it an effective way of managing payment. You can contact the school office for a balance on your account during school hours.

We encourage internet banking, the school bank account number is:

030 814 0000 333 25

When making a payment on-line please state your child’s name and what the payment is for.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Children are discouraged from bringing to school any toys, jewellery or belongings irrelevant to teaching and learning.  Most jewellery is not suitable in terms of safety in sport and play.  The school can take no responsibility for any such items if they go missing or are damaged.

PHOTOCOPYING

The school’s photocopier is available for use by the school community at a set price. Our Office Manager, Jan, is responsible for overseeing the photocopiers use, and should be contacted between the hours of 8.30-3.30 to make a suitable time.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Each year children are able to have their class, individual and family photographs taken. There is no compulsion for children to have their photos taken. Photographs are provided as a service to parents and payment must be made when photos are received.

PLACEMENT OF STUDENTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR

Guidelines:

1.       In November, after consultation with teachers, the Senior Leadership Team draw up classes for the following year.

2.       A range of criteria including age, intellectual, emotional and social development and positive or negative peer relationships will be considered. We aim to ensure children are placed with at least one good friend, when classes are formed from one year to the next.

3.       Depending on enrolments early in the new year, classes will remain as drawn up, with additions from enrolments as they arrive.

4.       No class changes will be undertaken during the year unless there are extraordinary circumstances and parents and staff both agree on the class   change.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The Board has developed a comprehensive folder of policies and procedures to assist in operating the school. Rāwhiti School uses an on-line system for reviewing policy and procedure and parents are notified of this in the school newsletter.

To view our full Policies and Procedures visit

http://rawhiti.schooldocs.co.nz

Username: rawhiti

Password: East

PRESCHOOLERS

If you are intending to send your child to Rāwhiti School it is a good idea to put your name down at the office up to a year ahead.  If we have your name and address you will be contacted by our Junior Team Leader, who deals with all matters relating to transition to school.  Prior to starting school you will be asked to show a copy of your child’s birth and immunisation certificates.

PRE-SCHOOL VISITS

In the month before your child is due to start school we will arrange two or more pre-school orientation visits.  These will help you and your child see what happens at school and will make the initial adjustment easier. Your child will also receive an invitation to a ‘Ready for Rāwhiti’ Party in the term before he or she is due to start.

PRIVACY ACT

All information relating to families and pupils of Rāwhiti School is confidential under the Privacy Act.  No information will be given to other agencies without permission of the persons concerned.

PRIVACY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

During your child’s time at Rāwhiti School, they will be involved in class activities where children may be included in photographs, as well as being involved in activities using e-mail and the internet.

  • E-mail: Children’s email access is managed either through their teacher’s email or through Hapara Dashboard which gives teachers full access and oversight to children’s online activity.

  • Internet: Our system is set up to block unsuitable sites. A staff member is present when children are using the internet.

  • Publication of school activities:  Children’s learning, photographs of children, podcasts or movies may appear on our school website, facebook and in articles in the school newsletter.  Some will be on secure websites and others will be publicly available.

  • Newspaper Articles:  From time to time we celebrate our children’s learning in local newspapers.  Their photographs and full names may be published in the paper.

You will be asked to sign and return a Cybersafety Use Agreement that will be in force for the duration of your child attending Rāwhiti School.  If you have any concerns regarding the above, please advise the school office

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Children may not bring the following items to school:

  • hand held video games

  • matches

  • solvents-chemicals

  • jewellery other than studs and watches

  • cigarettes/tobacco

  • alcohol

  • chewing gum

  • sweets

  • pocket knives

PROMOTION THROUGH THE SCHOOL

The Ministry of Education’s policy on the classification of pupils in New Zealand is one of social promotion – children moving through the school with pupils of the same age.   Most Year 1 children with birthdays from January – end April will be promoted to Year 2 at the start of the following year. Generally at the start of each subsequent year the child will move to the next class level.

PTA (Parent Teacher Association)

Rāwhiti School has an active parent/caregiver support group who have an interest in helping the Principal, teachers and the Board of Trustees.  They not only support the school financially but with a great amount of time assisting tasks that support running the school and free up our teachers to be with the children.  They meet once a month, please look out for dates of meetings in our newsletters and on our website calendar.  If you would like to know more about the committee, further PTA information and contact details are under “Our People” on this website.

 

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READING RECOVERY

When children reach their sixth birthday they are assessed using a standardised Six Year Net which evaluates their progress, particularly in reading. Those children shown to have made least progress may be placed in the Government funded Reading Recovery programme if and when a place becomes available. Parents will be contacted if their child is selected for Reading Recovery.

The Reading Recovery teacher works with children on a one to one basis for thirty minutes each day the child is in the programme. Generally the child will remain in the programme until they have either reached a reading level appropriate to their age or at the completion of 20 weeks.

REPORTING TO PARENTS

Teachers report informally and formally to parents.

 

Term 1: February:  Goal Setting Meetings – a chance for child and parents to meet and set initial goals for the start of the new school year. Towards the end of Term 1 3-Way Learning Conversations are held. Bookings are made using an on-line system, and appointments are 30 minutes in duration. Initial goals are reviews, assessment data shared, and academic goals for the next term are set.

Term 3:  At the beginning of Term 3 a second round of 3-Way Learning Conversations are held.

Term 4: A summative written report to parents is sent home early December. Our school report outlines your child’s progress in relation to his/her ability, they do not compare your child with another.

For children in Years 1-3 Learning Conversation meetings will be at the end of each term that coincides with a 20, 40, 60, 80, 100 or 120 week anniversary of the week they started school.

Teachers are available throughout the year, by appointment, to discuss student progress.

In addition to the interviews and reports the school takes every opportunity it can to celebrate and share children’s achievements.

RESTORATIVE PRACTICE

At Rāwhiti School we look at discipline as an opportunity to provide boundaries and guidelines for children. Discipline is a basic requirement for all young people in order for them to grow up to be independent and successful in society.

We place a strong emphasis on Restorative Practice – on putting right the wrong that has been done, and repairing any relationships that may have been damaged. This process is usually private to the parties involved, but it does always happen.

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SCHOLASTIC N.Z. LTD

Once or twice a term, children bring home a pamphlet from the Scholastic Book Company offering pupils a selection of books to purchase – ABC/Lucky, Arrow, Star. Children are under no pressure to buy. If you wish to order, send the money and order form in a named envelope to either school office by the due date. Cheques are made to Scholastic NZ Ltd.

The school receives points for each book sold. These points are accumulated and used to purchase books and equipment.

Orders, accompanied by payment, should be placed in the deposit box in the school office in a clearly labelled envelope.

SCHOOLS HOURS AND BREAKS

  • Block 1:  9:00 am – 10:30 am

  • Morning play break:  10:30 am – 10:50 am

  • Morning tea: 10:50am – 11.00 am
  • Block 2:  11 am – 12:00 pm

  • Lunch play break:  12:00 pm – 12:20pm

  • Lunch eating: 12:20 pm – 12:40 pm
  • Block 3:  12:40 pm – 1:40 pm

  • Afternoon break: 1:40 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Block 4:  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please ensure your child arrives no earlier than 8.30am. Teachers are not on duty until 8:30 am, therefore children using the grounds prior to this time will be unsupervised.

SCHOOL TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES

The children are involved in a variety of trips and activities during the year which complement the school curriculum. Parents are notified of the costs associated with each activity and this can either be paid at the office or added to your school account.(See EOTC above)

SCOOTERS AND SKATEBOARDS

Children are encouraged to bring their wheels to school – bikes, scooters, skateboards or ripsticks and ride them in a safe manner.   If a child is found to be riding their wheels unsafely their wheels will be taken to the office for the day and they can collect them after school. Having wheels at school is a privilege not a right. Please ensure that all items are named and understand that they come to school at the owners risk. It is advisable to lock scooters and bikes.

SUNSAFE SCHOOL

Rāwhiti School has a Sunsafe School Policy to try to ensure that while children are attending school they are protected from skin damage caused by the sun. The policy is implemented during Terms 1 and 4.  As part of the general skin protection strategies it is compulsory for children wear hats which protect the face, neck and ears when they are outside (ie: break, lunch, sport, excursions and outdoor activities).  Children will need to sit in the shade if they do not have a hat.

SMOKEFREE SCHOOL

The Smokefree Environments Amendment Act 2003, directs that all buildings and grounds of Rāwhiti School are smokefree 24 hours a day, seven days a week (with no exemptions). The Act applies to anyone on the school grounds including staff, students, visiting parents/caregivers, contractors and people hiring or using the school facilities outside of school hours.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The majority of our children make normal progress as part of their classroom programme. Curriculum planning is designed to meet the needs of all students; this includes students who may have special needs and/or are gifted and/or talented. Extension within the classroom programme is considered essential. When a teacher cannot easily meet the needs of a child within the classroom programme other alternatives are considered

Children may be assisted through a wide a range of programmes including;

  • Reading Recovery

  • Employment of specialist teachers

  • Employment of teacher aides

  • Employment of additional teaching staff

  • Curriculum competitions

  • Resource Teachers i.e. Literacy, Learning and Behaviour. Cross-class groupings

  • Correspondence school courses

 

SPECIALIST SERVICES

Hearing and Vision Tests are conducted by the Canterbury District Health Board at frequent intervals throughout the year.   New Entrant pupils are seen automatically and children who fail tests are retested and the appropriate action taken, including advising parents.

Other specialist services available through the school include: Public Health Nurse, Speech/Language Therapist, Social Worker in Schools, Counselling provided by the Methodist Mission, Youth Workers, Child and Family Guidance, Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

Usually the school initiates contact with the above services. However, you are welcome to make enquiries to the Principal or Deputy Principals, if you consider referrals to any of the above are required for your child.

SPORT

Rāwhiti School children have the option to participate in a wide variety of sports.  Depending on the interest and the age of children, the following sports are available.

Netball, Soccer, Hockey, Table Tennis and Rugby

School, Zone and Canterbury Cross Country

Basketball

Jump Jam

School, Zone and Canterbury Swimming

School, Zone and Canterbury Athletics

Touch Rugby

As events start at a different time each year it is important that parents/caregivers and children read the newsletter for information of sign up notices.

We also promote and encourage participation in local sporting events such as Weetbix Tryathlon, McDonalds Duathlon and City to Surf.

STATIONERY

A list of stationery requirements is sent home with the report and class placement notices at the end of the year. The lists are also made available at this time on the school website.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

Teachers will use classroom assessment as the basis for monitoring student progress and setting next step learning. Portfolios and or classroom exercise books may be used to show children’s work and may be used as a means of comparison, or to provide evidence of achievement.

Information will be collected each year by using a variety of assessment tools, such as Running Word Records and Asttle Tests. The information will be analysed and used to make recommendations for setting school targets and or to improve curriculum planning and identify strengths or areas of concern across the school in year groups.

The Rāwhiti School Student Report is part of the school’s official records on a child’s progress.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

The school holds high expectations for the children in the Year 7/8 class, particularly in the area of student leadership. All senior students have the opportunity to join leadership groups of interest to them. Children in these groups receive specific leadership training and are then supported as they organise and manage whole school events, act as buddies to our new entrant children, meet and greet visitors, conduct school tours and undertake numerous other duties.

SUNHATS

Children must wear their regulation school sun hat when they are in the playground in Terms 1 and 4. Replacement of hats will be at the expense of parents. Hats can be purchased from the school office.

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING

As whānau you play a big part in your child’s learning every day, and you can support and build on what they learn at school too.  Below is a link to the “Supporting your child’s learning”  page on the Ministry of Education website. This section has information and tips on getting involved in your child’s reading, writing and mathematics learning while they are in years 1-8 at school. There is a page for each year level to help you understand the National Standards and how you can support your child’s learning at home.

SWIMMING

Swimming is part of the physical education programme. Participation is not voluntary. The pool is heated during the regular season. Please ensure your child has their togs and towel at school on a daily basis. If your child is unable to swim due to illness a note should be sent to school.

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TECHNOLOGY

Year Seven and Eight students travel by bus to Te Waka Unua Technology Centre one morning a week for specialist technology, hard/soft materials, food and electronics. A charge is made for materials supplied by the training centre. The Ministry of Education meets the cost of transporting children to technology.

TOYS/VALUABLES

Small toys and home play articles are discouraged, as they are often lost or ‘attract’ other children’s attention. The school takes no responsibility for loss or damage. Please ensure all belongings are named and that children are encouraged to be responsible for their belongings.

TRAVEL TO AND FROM SCHOOL

Road Patrol:

We have a Road Patrol team who are trained by the Police Education Officer and are on duty from 8.30am – 8.50am and 2.55pm – 3.10pm each day at both campuses. All children approaching school where there is a crossing, MUST USE THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING.

ROAD SAFETY:

Please discuss with your children about being particularly careful when crossing roads when coming to and from school. If your child scoots/walks home by themselves, please teach them to look both ways before crossing any road and use the pedestrian crossing where available. We encourage children to do the right thing for their safety, please continue this when walking with your child.

Drivers please slow down and look out for children before and after school.

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UNIFORM

Wearing the Rāwhiti uniform is compulsory and is an important part of helping children develop a sense of belonging in their new school. Please ensure all items of clothing are labeled so lost items can be returned to their owner.

The Board of Trustees and Uniform Committee have been active in sourcing a new uniform for our school.  Children, parents and staff were asked to give feedback in creating our new school uniform and logo.  The Board and Uniform Committee took comments into consideration and have come up with a vibrant, smart and easy wear uniform.  Most items are unisex and can be worn summer or winter.  The sun hat is a compulsory item for Terms 1 & 4.

USE OF SCHOOL GROUNDS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS

Entry onto the school grounds after hours is a privilege – not a right.  We ask that any children using the school grounds and/or playground after hours are supervised by an adult and that visitors show respect for our school buildings and property.

If children are not collected by 3.15pm they are to come to the office and parents will be contacted.

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VISITORS

ALL visitors are required to report to the office. They need to sign in and out.

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WHEELS AT SCHOOL

Children are encouraged to bring their wheels to school – bikes, scooters, skateboards or ripsticks and ride them in a safe manner.   If a child is found to be riding their wheels unsafely their wheels will be taken to the office for the day and they can collect them after school. Having wheels at school is a privilege not a right. Please ensure that all items are named and understand that they come to school at the owners risk. It is advisable to lock scooters and bikes.

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ZONE

See this link for full details.