Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child will be absent from school?

If your child is not able to attend school on a particular day please let the school office know by 8.55am. To report an absence phone 818 6216 and press 1 to leave a message. Please state your child/children’s name/s and class/es and the reason for their absence.

Children must be signed out at the school office for appointments or early departures.

Is before and after school care offered by the school?

Oscar Kool Kidz operates a before-school, after-school and holiday care programme at our school. For more information visit their website.

What are the bus options for children?

Because our school district covers such a wide area and there is no public transport to support our students, the Ministry of Education funds buses to transport our students to and from school. Please see our transport page for options.

Where can I look to find lost property?

Please make sure your child’s property is clearly named and marked. Should they miss some property by the end of the day or the week, please check their classroom first. Failing that, the junior lost property bin is displayed outside the Library, and the middle and senior lost property can be found in the hall foyer. At the end of each term any unclaimed items are donated to a good cause.

My child takes medication, what should I do?

Please inform your child’s teacher if your child has any special medical requirements. Medications should be handed in to the office with a note giving the office staff permission in writing to administer the medication. Medicine must be collected from the office at the end of the school day.

Why does my child need to take a spare set of clothes to school?

Please ensure your child has a spare set of clean clothes in their schoolbag at all times, especially during the winter months.

Why does my child require a sun hat?

Our SunSafe Policy requires all students to wear a wide-brimmed sunhat at all times while playing outdoors during Term 1 and Term 4. Students without a hat are asked to play in the shade. School hats are on sale from the school office.

What are the school's term dates for the year?

2019:

Term 1 –4th February - 12th April

Term 2 – 29th April - 5th July

Term 3 – 22nd July - 27th September

Term 4 – 14th October - 17th December

What are the timings of the school day?

Our school day starts at 8.55am and finishes at 2.55pm in order to accommodate buses travelling to and from other schools in our cluster. Please ensure your child arrives at school in time to get settled in before the first learning session starts.

Our classrooms are open from 8.30am. If you need to drop your children at school earlier than 8.30am or pick them up later than 3.15pm, please make arrangements with Oscar Kool Kidz, which is the private out-of-school care service based at the school.

Our day is structured into three learning blocks and two eating and free play blocks.

What if I have a concern or question?

If you have questions about your child’s learning or behaviour, please speak to your child’s teacher. If your concerns are not addressed or if they are about a wider issue, please email the Principal or phone 818 6216 to make an appointment to see her. Failing that, please talk to a member of our Board of Trustees or put your concerns in writing to be considered by the board at their next meeting.