This has now been transitioned to School Docs. This is an online document that parents have access to with a school login and password. The link for the Flemington School Docs portal is under Policies in the School Information tab.
A Folder containing the Current School Plan and the current Budget 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.
Internet banking is available for payment of Levies, School Lunches, Uniform; Bookclub 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.
HOURS OF SCHOOL
The hours of school are as follows;
9.00am - 10.30am
10.50am - 12.30 pm
1.30pm - 3pm
At playtime and lunchtime the children go out and play before sitting down to eat and then going back into class.
Prior to your child's fifth birthday contact the School to arrange a meeting with their teacher and/or Principal, and also their preliminary orientation visits, if they are a New Entrant. We do not operate under a Cohort Entry structure.
If it is very helpful for the school if you can pre-enrol your child as early as you can. This involves completing an enrolment form..
It is required that we get a copy of a birth certificate or other proof of your child's age; and get a copy of the immunisation record if your child is immunised.
PREPARATION FOR SCHOOL
Parents with children due to start school as New entrants are invited to bring them along for four days of schools visits before their starting date. These are scheduled for Wednesdays and is a great way to start that transition to school process. Often there is a cross over with other children who are also doing pre-start visits.
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;
- Change into togs and back into clothes.
- Recognise his / her own name (and write it).
- Handle all books with care, knowing which way up to look at them and which way to go.
- Understand that reading books are not written in or cut up.
- 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.
Children starting school should find it an enjoyable experience. Any work they bring home could be talked about and praised for tyhe work tjhey have put in to creating it.
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. We also invite parents or grandparents 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:
- Find a comfortable place.
- Sit so that you and the child can see the book.
Talk about the pictures:
Who (Cahracters) or what (house, paddock, animal etc) is in them
- What is happening in them
- Point as the child reads - or let them point.
- Help them with the sounds of the letters - not the names of the letters
- 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.
- Praise the child, especially for using clues such as pictures initial letters and similar words.
Reading strategies for the next stage:
- Again, make sure you and your child are comfortable, and can see the book easily.
- Talk about the pictures and what might happen next.
- Keep the flow going ie. let the child read to the end of the page, but if it is not correct, say "Did that sound right to you; Let's try that again" .
- Encourage the child to look at the initial letters of unknown words and help them with those sounds.
If the child is struggling allow 3-4 seconds, then tell the child the word to avoid frustration.
Linking them to another word with the same initial sound if possible - this helps them strengthen and retain that particular sound with that letter.
- Praise the child, especially for correcting his/her own mistakes.
- If your child is struggling too much just read to them and encourage them to have say different words as you progress - once again linking similar words
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. Students stating at the same class level the following year 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. Strengthening their confidence and self-belief are very much to the fore when considering these decisions.
There is one weekly assembly.
This is held on a Friday afternoon at 2:15pm where we celebrate sport and other activities and also 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.
Parents are invited to share assembly with us.
Once a term, usually on the last Friday afternoon, a Talent assembly is held 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 instrument playing occurring on a regular basis.
DESIGNATED PLAY ZONES AT THE SCHOOL:
We have the school divided into 3 areas for play for different Year groups - as outlined on maps posted around the school and in classrooms.
The old playground behind Ngahape (by the hall) and the grass area beside the hall. This area is for Ngahape and Purimu children - Year 1-3 only.
Tourere Playground is for Year 1-4 students.
The big field and tennis court is for all students.
The senior playground on the field is for Year 5-8 students unless supervised by an adult.
This is a system whereby parents pre-pay for actual costs that may occur throughout the year and saves the children having to frequently bring small amounts of change to school. Parents are informed upon entry the anticipated costs for the remainder of the year, and that amount is requested. Refer to page 2 for Internet Banking details.
Currently the amounts are:
Ngahape Class $40
Purimu Class $40
Rotohiwi Class $50
Ngawaka Class $60 + $50 Technology fee for Y7 & Y8.
At the end of the year, or upon withdrawal, parents are supplied with a balance sheet and issued with a credit for the next year, or a refund if the child is leaving school and they have not used their levies. Accounts are issued if levies have been overused.
Items paid for in this manner include stationery, school day trip costs, visiting performer charges, and Saturday morning team fees.
The school has no compulsory school-day uniform, but a uniform is required when representing the school at interschool sporting, academic or cultural events. The following items can be purchased for those occasions. PLEASE NAME ALL UNIFORM.
A monogrammed red polar fleece top, polo shirt, and tracksuit pants/or jackets may be bought through the school and these are very suitable for everyday wear as well as for school events. White rugby shorts may be bought from Story’s in Waipukurau.
The following is the dress for school and interschool events.
Cross Country, Athletics, Softball Tournaments, and any other school events: School polo shirt and white shorts.
Cricket: White shirt and shorts.
Hockey: School polo shirt and white shorts.
Netball: School supplied uniform for Year 5 + ; Year 1-4 Flemington sports uniform
Gymnastics: White shorts and school polo shirts for boys. Leotards for girls (provided by the school.)
Rugby: Black shorts and school supplied jersey.
Junior Soccer: School polo shirt and white shorts
Ngati Whai Festival: Boys- black shorts only. Girls- supplied by school.
TRANSPORT / BUSES
Parents are generally called upon to help with transport to cultural and sporting events.
Buses - It is important that the parking area at school is kept free of congestion so that the buses may pull up safely.
When parents are picking up children after school they are, for safety reasons, requested to collect the children from the gate. The teacher on bus duty will release these children.
Our School bus runs are:
Ngahape Rd - Tourere Road - Ngahape Rd.
Bush Rd (Wallingford Hall)
Lake Station Rd - Epae Rd - Ugly Hill Road.
If, for any reason, parents wish their children to travel either to school or home on a bus that they do not normally use, it is important to confirm with the driver that there is sufficient room as our buses have maximum loadings which cannot be exceeded.
No children are permitted to travel on any bus without notification to the school.
Please also notify any change in your child’s routine e.g. if your child is not on the bus one day, for whatever reason. It is important that parents please contact the bus driver, when your child is not on the bus in the morning.
The Year 7 & Year 8 Children are bussed over to Waipawa School for Technology. Any changes to pick up or drop off for any children has to be notified to GoBus in Writing/email before the day or days of technology. Parents have to email, or send a note, to school indicating any Drop Off or Pick Up that is not at Flemington School or Waipawa School.
Any changes to normal daily routine pickups - eg. early pickups - are to be recorded on the notice whiteboard on the office bench.
To be sure of the safety of our students we appreciate knowing on the day or prior, when/why a child is absent. Please telephone before school if your child is sick or absent at any time. We have a checking system in place, and will contact parents/caregivers when there is an unexplained absence.
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.
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.
Year 7 and 8 students attend Technology for five days a term. This consists of 2 groups of 2 full days and one half day. They are transported by a Go Bus school bus from school to the technology centre at Waipawa School and then back to school. 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.
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) and the Oranga Tamariki (Ministry for Children)
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 for hire 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. Toilets are made available through the Toilet block.
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 catalogues are supplied six times a year. Catalogues are distributed and orders collected at school. Payment must accompany orders, either online banking; 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.
There has been some recent changes to the format this newsletter takes. The newsletter is produced every week on a Wednesday and is in two parts.
- Part One - 'School Newsletter' - This is the main part of our newsletter and contains all of the relvant school information and dates our families need to know. A hard copy is given to each family to take home on a Wednesday, it is also emailed out to the Flemington School parents as well as the wider community contacts who wish to recieve it.
- Part Two - 'School and Community Notices' This part contains news, events and dates of a much broader range of community and district information. This is not sent home to families as a hard copy but instead is emailed out to our families and wider community contacts list along with the School Newsletter.
- The Community Newsletter is produced by Jo Percival and an edition is published once a Term in line with the seasons - Summer, Spring, Autumn, Winter. This newsletter contacins a wide range of community information and contacts, including such things as the 'Policeman's Page' and other community focused snippets
OUT OF SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Summer - Cricket, Tennis, Softball,
Winter - Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Soccer,
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. A second line -Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) - is available as well if the normal line is not working.
Phones and the emails 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 school telephone except for emergencies.
REPORTING OF CHILDREN'S PROGRESS
Two 3-Way Conferences - One at the start of the year early in Term 1, which will be focused on Setting Goals for the students in collaboration with the parents/caregivers. The other 3-Way Conference will be at the beginning of Term 3 as a review of the year’s achievement so far and determine what the next steps for learning and development 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.
Seesaw is an online tool that we are using to share with parents samples of their children’s work during the 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.
Each class tries to visit our school library once per week. The children are allowed to take out a maximum of two books for juniors and three for the middle and senior room. 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 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.
These are taken during Term 4. We have moved to engaging a professional photographer to take these now and families will order them directly with the photographer online
- The photos include class photos, individual and family/whanau groupings
FUNDRAISING – Parents and Friends Group (PFG)
Fundraising for School activities and projects is organised by the Flemington School Parent and Friends Group (PFG). This is a group of interested parents/caregivers and community members who want to help provide the best opportunities for the children at Flemington School. ‘The Flemington Mud Run’ are held annually, with other events organized when a good opportunity arises.
The PFG also runs a Cattle Scheme which organizes for cattle to be grazed by members of the community on behalf of the School.
They are always coming up with new ideas that help raise funds and also create opportunities for the community to get together and have a good time. It is a great way to get involved with the school and great bunch of people.
On occasions throughout the year the school actively involves itself in fundraising for charities. In the main it is for organizations that have some relevance to us. Past activities have included; 'Jump Rope for Heart', ‘Pink Shirt Day’ etc.
Please contact one of the Flemington PFG members or the school if you have ideas to share. They are very welcoming to any parents wanting to get involved. They actively support any new families that have moved into the area or are just starting out on their schooling journey. Contact numbers for the PFG are on page 2 of this booklet.
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.
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, or 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 12.10pm 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 are placed at the beginning of each term on an order form sent to home to families. Lunch orders are paid for in advance at the start of each term through online banking - Refer to page 2 for Internet Banking details. If poaying by cash this needs to be sent to school with the order form in a sealed named envelope.
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. This is a great service to those who choose to purchase their lunches as a treat.