Oratia District School has an ‘open door’ policy. As a member of our school community you are warmly invited to become involved in the school and to participate in the many school activities. Here are just some of the ways we foster a partnership between home and school.
Every Thursday the school newsletter is distributed by email and in paper form. For more information about the newsletter and copies of the most recent newsletters click here.
We have a whole school assembly every second Friday, usually starting at 2pm and finishing at 2.55pm. The dates for our next assemblies can be found in our weekly newsletter or on our school calendar here. Our assemblies are hosted by students. Different classes or groups of students prepare items to share, and certificates celebrating achievement and excellence are handed out. We also welcome new students to our school by giving them a certificate at their first full-school assembly. All families and whānau of our school are welcome to attend our assemblies. We look forward to seeing you there!
Meet the Teacher
Within the first two or three weeks of the new school year we hold informal evening meetings during which parents and caregivers can meet their children’s new teachers and share any information relevant to their children’s learning. Throughout the year we have a comprehensive schedule of reporting assessment data and student-led conferences. For more information click here.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s behaviour or learning, your first point of contact should be their classroom teacher. Our teachers will always make time to talk with you, but please be aware that they are unlikely to be able to give you their full attention during the busy moments immediately before and after school. Please make an appointment to speak with them in private at a time that suits you. Email addresses for all our teachers can be found here.
Tea with Sherilee
Twice a term principal Sherilee Swanepoel holds an open forum in the staffroom, which parents are warmly invited to attend. These informal events give parents and caregivers a direct line to the principal, but if you can’t make it at these times please contact the office to make an appointment for a time that suits you. For upcoming Tea with Sherilee dates see the calendar on our home page.
Each year we hold an Open Day, where parents and caregivers are invited to spend part or all of the day observing their children’s classes – or other classes in the school. Keep an eye on the newsletter for the dates.
If you are able to help out with listening to children read, art activities and many other important tasks, please talk to your child’s teacher to find out what help is needed in their classroom. Alternatively, you can make a contribution to the school by volunteering to help the Parent Network (aka the PTA) with their fundraising activities.