Flemington School

Central Hawke's Bay • New Zealand

Phone: 06 8554860

Fax: 06 8554870

Email: office@flemington.school.nz

Upcoming events

Term Dates 2017

Term 1: Mon 30 Jan — Thu 13 April
Term 2: Mon 1 May — Fri 7 July
Term 3: Mon 24 July — Fri 29 Sept
Term 4: Mon 16 Oct — Thur 14 Dec

 

Public Holidays:
Waitangi Day: Mon 6 Feb
Good Friday: Fri 14 Apr
Easter Monday:  Mon  17 Apr

 

 

Queen’s Birthday: Mon 5 June
HB Anniversary Day: Fri 20 Oct
Labour Day: Mon 23 Oct
 

 

Educational Excellence and Success

Parent Information

ENROLMENT PROCEDURES

Please contact the school to arrange a meeeting with the Principal and to organise the collection of the enrolment forms. If your child is a new entrant contact the school two months prior to their fifth birthday to arrange a meeting with their teacher and/or Principal, and also to schedule their preliminary orientation visits, leading up to the day they begin school.
If it is more convenient, you can pre-enrol your child at an earlier time. This involves completing an enrolment form and receiving a card requesting health information. This health card is to be returned to school and is used by the Community Health Nurse.

It is required that we view a birth certificate or other proof of your child's age.

 

INTERNET BANKING

Internet banking is available for payment of Levies, School Lunches, Uniform etc.
Please enter your name and what you’ve paid for, if possible, and notify the office that you have made a payment.

Westpac Bank Account: 03 – 0779 – 0144402 – 00.
 

PREPARATION FOR SCHOOL

Parents with children due to start school are invited to bring them along for a preview several weeks beforehand.

Arrangements can then be made for them to stay for a morning or whole day prior to starting school officially.

It would be a great help if the child is able to;
1. Change into togs and back into clothes.
2. Recognise his / her own name (and write it).
3. Handle all books with care, knowing which way up to look at them and which way to go.
4. Understand that reading books are not written in or cut up.
5. Count up to ten, recognise the main colours and understand the basic positions,  eg, up, down, under, over etc.

It is not necessary for the child to be able to write, but if they want to, an alphabet sheet showing the correct letter formation is available on request.

HOURS OF SCHOOL

The hours of school are as follows;
Monday- Friday
9.00am - 10.30am
10.50am - 12.30 pm
1.30pm - 3pm

ASSEMBLY

There are two weekly assemblies.
Monday mornings start with an assembly where sport and other activities can be reported on and celebrated.
On Friday afternoons at 2.15pm, parents are invited to share assembly and singing with us. At these assemblies the children receive certificates and awards, ‘Gotcha’ recipients are drawn and weekly information is given. Classes / children are encouraged to share their work successes at these assemblies.
The assembly is run by two senior children on a rotation basis.

The last assembly of each term is a Talent Assembly in which any child can share some particular talent they may have. This is normally quite varied with things such as dance, singing, drama recitals and musical instruments playing occurring on a regular basis.

 

NEW ENTRANTS

Children starting school should find it an enjoyable experience. Any work they bring home could be talked about and praised.

Caregivers can help by listening to the children, hearing them read, and reading to them.

We like you to be involved in our programme, and you are invited to join various activities, also to be on our reading roster for one to one reading with the children.

Reading books are taken home most nights. A Reading Bag is part of their stationery and is used to take reading books home at night.

When reading with your child at the early stages:
1. Find a comfortable place.
2. Sit so that you and the child can see the book.
3. Talk about the pictures.
4. Let the child 'read' the pictures.
5. Point as the child reads - or let them point.
6. Keep the flow going, ie. don't correct unless the meaning is lost. eg. It's alright to read 'Dad’ for 'Father' at this stage.
7. Praise the child, especially for using clues such as pictures initial letters and similar words.

Reading strategies for the next stage:-
1. Again, make sure you and your child are comfortable, and can see the book easily.
2. Talk about the pictures and what might happen next.
3. Let the child point, as they read the page, allowing time for thought or discussion.
4. Keep the flow going ie. let the child read to the end of then page, but if it is not correct, say "Let's try that again".
5. Encourage the child to look at the initial letters of unknown words or to have a guess according to context. If still not correct, and then help out.
6. Praise the child, especially for correcting his/her own mistakes.

CLASS PLACEMENT

Because of the nature of our school, classes are of mixed age groups. If, on entry, the child has attended a previous school, placement will be guided by the records received from the previous school.

Movement from one year level to another is guided by the child's intellectual, social and emotional development. Retention of students at the same class level may on occasions be recommended, but this will only occur following the closest consideration and consultation with parents.

The main purpose is to ensure that all children are placed at a class level that will be advantageous to them.

SUN HATS

School sun hats are provided for the 2 summer terms. These are numbered and distributed where appropriate. The hats are cleaned when redistributed to ensure that they are hygienic. Children are required to wear them at play and lunch times. They are to be kept at school unless otherwise arranged for a particular trip.

TERM CALENDAR

A calendar outlining all known events in the coming term is distributed at the beginning of each term and sent out with the newsletter. It has term dates for the year and contact numbers for the school and various staff and Board members.

TECHNOLOGY

Year 7 and 8 students attend Technology twice a term at the Waipawa Technology Centre. They are transported by school bus. The children return to school at lunch time Monday to Wednesday and by 3.00pm on Thursday during the week they attend Technology.

Parents will be notified early in the year of the fees and payment will be collected by the school on behalf of the Technology centre.
 

PUBLIC HEALTH

The school dental clinic base is Waipukurau Primary School. Visits are arranged annually by the dental clinic. For urgent matters or queries contact the dental clinic direct.

The Community Health Service based in Waipukurau is available to the school as a referral agent.

Once a term new entrant pupils are checked re immunisation status. Immunisations can be given following parental consent. They also annually provide the Rubella vaccination for senior students.

Vision and hearing testing is also carried out, either on a referral basis or as part of the annual programme.

Other agencies available for school or parent support are the Special Education Service, Speech and Language Therapy, Resource Teachers for Literacy, Resource Teachers for Learning and Behaviour and the Children and Young Persons Service.

POOL/ SWIMMING

The pool will be used as often and as regularly as the weather permits in Terms 1 and 4. It is expected that all children swim daily. If a child is unable to swim on any day a note would be appreciated.

The key is available during the swimming season to anyone in the community. Contact school for information about the key. A responsible adult must be in charge of any children swimming. The pool must be locked when not in use. School toilets are made available throughout the season. Treating them with respect would be very much appreciated

It is expected that the pool area is kept clean and tidy by those using it outside of school hours and during the holiday period.

 BOOK CLUB

Book Club catalogues are supplied six times a year. Catalogues are distributed and orders collected at school. Payment must accompany orders, either cash or cheque (made out to Flemington school). It is best sent, sealed in a used envelope.

As well as encouraging children to read, your purchases help the school, because for every $100 dollars spent we get $10 worth of free books, which go into the library or classrooms.

NEWSLETTERS

A newsletter of school events and current information is sent home on a regular basis (Wednesdays) with the oldest child in each family.

On occasions (once a term) a district newsletter is sent out to all households via the rural delivery service and gives an overview of district events and provides general information.

OUT OF SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Summer - Cricket, Tennis, Softball, Swimming
and Miniball

Winter - Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Soccer and Swimming

All venues in Waipukurau.

TELEPHONE

The telephone will be answered promptly by the office or other staff if available. If telephones are unattended please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Phones are checked before bus departures in the afternoon.

A school Phone Tree is circulated with the newsletter at various times throughout the year. This allows urgent or emergency information to be sent out to the school community in an efficient manner.

Children are discouraged from using the telephone except for emergencies.

REPORTING OF CHILDREN'S PROGRESS

Two 3-way Conferences - one each in Term 2 and Term 4 - are conducted to review assessment information, learning progress and goals, and determine what the next steps for learning are.

If you have queries or concerns at other times please feel free to arrange a time to see your child’s teacher, or the Principal.

Sharing Books, showing samples of your children’s work, go home at the end of each term.

Written reports are part of the 3-Way Conferences during the year. End of year reporting will be a compilation of these written reports.

Parents are encouraged to communicate regularly with school.

LIBRARY

Each class tries to visit our school library once per week. The children are allowed to take out a maximum of two books. These books can be kept for two weeks before being returned and/or re-issued.

All borrowed material, including school journals, maths textbooks and readers must be returned on time in sound condition. Books that are not returned at the end of each term are to be replaced or equivalent cost paid.

CLOTHING / LOST PROPERTY

LOST, STOLEN OR STRAYED....Clothes are much easier to return to owners if they are NAMED. We recommend that all personal property be labelled in some way.

Items found around school are placed in a lost property box outside Tourere and, if not reclaimed, are held up at assembly and laid out periodically for children/parents to view at break times and at the end of the day. Any objects not claimed after a fortnight are suitably disposed of.

It is recommended that personal 'precious' items are not brought to school unless they are for a specific purpose and are part of some class activity.

We suggest parents check the lost property box when at school.
 
PHOTOGRAPHS

These are taken during Term 4.

The photos include class photos, sports and school teams.

Photographs are displayed at school. Money and orders are sent to school.

Costs cover developing and printing costs only.

HOMEWORK

There is no time set for homework but all classes have ongoing programmes that will require the children to complete work at home and develop quality routines. The work will generally be of either, a revisionary nature, or work that has been introduced in class to be completed at home. As the pupils progress through the school independent studies may be assigned as research and extension activities.

 EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

One Charter Goal is ' To introduce the children to challenging physical conditions, and social interaction from working together'.

School Camps are an educational experience involving learning outside the classroom setting.

Day excursions take place during the year - in conjunction with classroom planning. Parents are encouraged to participate, and are welcomed as helpers.

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Lunch boxes are checked by the duty teacher before the children are dismissed from the lunch area, to ensure that the children have had sufficient to eat.

Lunch is eaten on the steps in front of the pool, under the sunshades.

Every Friday lunches are available for the children to purchase. This is not only a treat for them but also generates some funds for the school camps and the Big Day Out. Parents on duty need to be at school at about 11.30am to turn the ovens on etc. If you are a new parent, details of basic lunch duty requirements will be sent home prior to your turn.

Lunches consist of a main, from a menu which is sent home at the start of every term and a frozen treat (juicy). The lunches are $2.50 each; however there is a larger $4.00 option available which includes a double of the main with the frozen treat.

Orders need to be in a named, sealed envelope and dropped into the OFFICE, no later than Thursday morning to allow time for purchasing. Lunch orders can be paid for in advance at the start of each term. Refer to the top of this page for Internet Banking details.

You are most welcome to phone in your child’s order and then send the money in anytime before Friday, or select and pay for the entire term in a lump sum. Please call the school office if you have any enquiries.

Because this is a fundraising venture, all families are asked to donate their time and are put on a roster (distributed at the start of each term) to help heat and serve the lunches. Thanks to the senior class we have been able to limit the amount of parent helpers to just one per week, which means fewer annual duties for all families. Most will find they are only called upon once or twice a year.

It is a great service to those who choose to purchase their lunches as a treat.

POLICY REGISTER

All current Policies and Procedures were reviewed and streamlined in 2009. The number of policies was reduced but each policy has a set of procedures that outline how the policies work in practice. Policies guide how the school meets its obligations under the National Administration Guidelines (NAGs).

All current School Policies are contained in a Policy Register. This Folder contains the Current School Plan, the current Budget and all approved School Policies. This folder is available for viewing by all members of the School Community, but must not be removed from the School premises.

Policy changes may be initiated by Community, Board of Trustees or Staff but must be approved by the Board of Trustees.

Current Policies include those on;
NAG1: Students Achievement and Curriculum Delivery
• Flemington School Curriculum
• Taha Maori
NAG 2: Planning Reviewing and Reporting
• Flemington School Planning, Reviewing and Reporting
• Policy Writing
• Self-Review
NAG 3: Personal
• Flemington School Personal
• Complaints and Concerns
• Equal Employment Opportunity
NAG 4: Finance and Property
• Flemington School Finance and Property
• Theft and Fraud
NAG 5: Health and Safety
• Flemington School Health and Safety
• Child Abuse
NAG 6: Legislation
• Flemington School Legislation and Government Requirements

There are currently 56 procedures that underpin these 13 policies.