Parent Information Booklet

ST. LEONARDS ROAD SCHOOL INFORMATION BOOKLET


From the Principal

Welcome to St. Leonards Road School!

This information booklet seeks to help you know how our school operates and to help our children and their families successfully settle into our school.

As educators we want your children to succeed at school. We will always endeavour to do our very best for your children. We will encourage them to become independent, lifelong learners by helping them to take responsibility for their learning and for their actions.

They will be offered a wide range of opportunities and experiences to develop and discover skills and talents that they have. As they mature and grow they will be given responsibilities to develop leadership skills within our school. We will strive to ensure that they have every opportunity to gain success in Literacy and Mathematics. We see this as our core business and crucial to their success in learning across the curriculum.

Like most schools, we teach children from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures, and we see this as a real strength. Within the school environment, our children are able to learn from one another, and to see value in those things which make us the same and those things that make us unique.

The success of your child’s education relies to a great extent on the communication and the co-operation between home and school.

We value the partnerships we have with our families and the crucial roles that parents have played in their children’s learning during the early years of development.

We welcome your family’s involvement and participation in our school.

We look forward to meeting you throughout the year and I wish you and your children an enjoyable and successful time at St. Leonards Road School.

From the Chairperson, Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees would like to welcome to St. Leonards Road

School those families who for the first time are forming an association with our school, and we also welcome back those families who are returning this year.

St. Leonards Road School has been part of the Kelston community since 26 January 1962, not only for the education of our children, but in making its facilities available to different community groups to use after school hours.

As the elected representatives of the community, the Board of Trustees is a group of people constantly working with the Principal and the staff to achieve the best education for your children.

This booklet is updated annually and is intended to assist all families new and not so new to become familiar with school expectations and requirements. Items covered in this booklet are school policy and / or procedures approved by the BOT.

If you have any suggestions, problems, or something to discuss with the Board, you are more than welcome to contact us.

Rachel Gatland - BOT Chairperson

STAFF 2019

Acting Principal

1st Deputy Principal Mrs Jenny Ridling

2nd Deputy Principal Mrs Jude Bostin

Assistant Principal Mrs Adrienne (Ad) Ackerman

Area Leaders Mrs Jude Bostin Tuakana Whanau Year 4 - 6

Mrs Adrienne (Ad) Ackerman Teina Whanau NE/Year 1-3

Team Leaders Mrs Kay Spray

Miss Rosanne Mcgregor

Mrs Fiona Fuiava

Mrs Zandra Boodle

Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Cassidy

Miss Lourelle French

Classroom Teachers

Ms Chelsea Matley-Field Year 3 Room 2

Mrs Zandra Boodle (Team Leader) Year 3 Room 3

Mrs Glenys Ferguson Year 2/3 Room 4

Ms Lourelle French (Team Leader) Year 1/2 Room 6

Mr Jeff Mose Year 2 Room 7

Miss MaryAnne Schwenke Year 2 Room 8

Mrs Frances Hindmarsh Year 0/1 Room 12

Mrs Melissa Botha Year 1 Room 13

Mrs Glenda O’Brien Year 1 Room 14

Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Cassidy (Team Leader) Reception Class Room 15

Mrs Fiona Allport (Team Leader) Year 4 Room 16

Ms Netta Wyllie Year 4 Room 17

Ms Zinta Kreismanis Year 3/4 Room 18

Ms Kirsten Fraser Year 5/6 Room 19

Mrs Evelynne Gilmour Year 5/6 Room 20

Mrs Mandira Goswami Year 5/6 Room 21

Miss Janie Patroni Year 4/5 Room 22

Miss Rosanne Mcgregor (Team Leader) Year 5/6 Room 23

Ms Frances Thompson Year 5/6 Room 25

Mrs Kay Spray (Team Leader) Year 5/6 Room 26

Part-time Teachers

Mrs Audrey Willey

Mrs Temaleti Lethbridge

Ancillary Staff

Office Manager (Team Leader) Mrs Denise Frentz

School Secretary Ms Mandy Butcher

Resource Manager Mrs Sue Howard

Finance Assistant Mrs Angela Te Whata

Teacher Aides

Mrs Anne Coath

Mrs Judy Button Mrs Audrey Susanto

Miss Donna Dyason Mrs Monica Chia

Miss Andrea Atutolu Mrs Sophia Fariq

Mrs Diane Seymour Mrs Angela Te Whata

Lunchroom Staff

Mrs Christine De’Har (Lunchroom Manager)

Mr Tom De’Har, Miss Christina De’Har

Caretaker

Mr Gordon Armstrong

Cleaners

Mrs Pola Nosa

Miss Lavinia Dunn

Mrs Christine De’Har

Mr Tom De’Har

Mrs Yalemwork Chegne

Social Worker

Ms Phoenix Llewellyn

Board of Trustees Chairperson Rachel Gatland

BOT Deputy Chairperson Hannah Creek

Parent Elected Trustees Shannel Nikoia

Anita Cameron

Fiona Nikoia

Staff Trustee Mrs Fiona Allport

Why we are here

When you send your children to school each day, you have the right to know what our aims are and we have the responsibility to let you know what goes on here. We try to do this by talking with you, through written newsletters and reports, through meetings and special occasions, through giving you chances to feel welcome and needed here. We like to invite you here to see the children at work. We hope many of you can find the time and opportunity to help (see Helping at School).

We seek to provide all our students with opportunities to learn how to live and to have the desire to be lifelong learners so that they may reach their full potential in life.

Our school goals are:

Learning to Learn

● To promote sound learning and teaching skills so that children show academic progress.

● To ensure that Literacy and Mathematics are the central focus of our curriculum delivery.

● To foster motivated life long learners who have the skills to learn how to learn.

● To encourage our children to take risks and be creative in their actions and thinking.

Honour the Treaty of Waitangi

● To acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand.

● To ensure students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori and tikanga Maori.

● To develop an awareness of the historical and environmental features, which are unique to and identify the Kelston suburb, Auckland City and region and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Fostering Community Engagement, Respect for Cultural Diversity

● To provide a partnership with the community that fosters better learning outcomes for children and engages the support of families/whanau.

● Provide opportunities for students to participate in activities beyond the classroom.

Coherence

● To promote social, emotional, artistic and physical development through positive school programmes which open pathways to further learning and make links within and across learning areas.

High Expectations

● To provide an environment that is a safe and healthy place for all students, staff, families, friends and visitors, an environment that empowers all students to learn and achieve personal excellence, regardless of their individual circumstances.

● Identify and provide programmes for our children’s specific learning and / or social abilities and needs.

● Ensure that students and staff have adequate opportunities to become ICT literate within the school community.

Future Focus

● Extend and enrich students through a range of artistic, cultural, physical and academic activities that reflect the changing diversity of our community and significant future focus ideas such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise and globalisation.

Inclusion

● To provide an education that values and acknowledges the culture of each student and recognises students’ individual identities, languages, abilities and talents.

Our Vision is:

“Learn To Live, Live To Learn” -

“Ma te mohio ka ora, ma te ora ka mohio”

At St. Leonards Road School this means that

We the St. Leonards family, grasp opportunities to learn how to live and to be lifelong learners.

We are confident, connected and actively involved in our school, within the Kelston community and as global citizens.

We live ‘The St. Leonards Way’ by honouring our school values.

Our School Values:

The purpose for having school values is for our students to become lifelong learners where they can value the past, present and the future. We have fun in living and learning through our values.

As a member of our whanau in our school, we teach our students to be the ‘BEST’ that they can be.

This means:

Belonging - Whanau Whanui

Excellence - Hiranga

Show integrity - Mana Tangata

To persevere -Manawanui

What we Teach

The Essential Learning Areas of the NZ Curriculum:

English and Languages

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

Technology

The Arts

Health & Physical Well-being

The Key Competencies of the NZ Curriculum:

Managing Self

Relating to Others

Participating and Contributing

Thinking

Understanding

School Organisation

All pupils at St Leonards are placed into classes that are arranged in two areas or syndicates.

Teina Whanau New Entrant & Year 1- 3 students

Tuakana Whanau Year 4 - 6 students

Board of Trustees

The Trustees are responsible for the broad policy objectives and efficient and effective governance of the school. The day to day management of the school and the implementation of the policies are the responsibility of the Principal. The Principal is the professional leader of the school and is responsible to the Board. Trustee meetings are open to the public, and parents are welcome to come along and observe the proceedings. Dates of meetings are notified via the school newsletter and are usually held in the Principal’s Office.

School Dates 2019

Term One

Monday 4 February – Friday 12 April (96 half days)

Public Holidays: Waitangi Day - Wednesday 6 February

Teacher Only Day: Friday 5 April

School Holidays: Saturday 13 April - Sunday 28 April (includes Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday and ANZAC Day)

Term Two

Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July (98 half days)

Public Holidays: Queens Birthday - Monday 3 June

School Holidays: Saturday 6 July - Sunday 21 July

Term Three

Monday 22 July – Friday 27 September (100 half days)

School Holidays: Saturday 28 September - Sunday 13 October

Term Four

Monday 14 October - Thursday 19 December (96 half days)

Public Holidays: Labour Day - Monday 28 October

Absentees

We ask that parents notify the school, by phone on the morning of the first day of absence if a child is away from school for any reason.

A written note must be sent when your child returns to school.

Continual absence seriously affects your child’s learning process. If a child is going to be absent please let the school know. Remember, our phone number is 818-7717 or text us on 021 02776991. You can phone or text us anytime of the day or night to let us know if your child is not coming to school. If we do not hear from you, a phone call or a text message will be made to you to ascertain the reason for the absence.

Address, Telephone and Emergency Numbers

Please let the school office know of any alterations to your personal contact and information details throughout the year. It is very important that we are able to contact you immediately, should the need arise. Please notify the office of any changes to these details, as our records need to be up to date for your child’s sake.

Arrival at School

We recommend that children get to school between 8:30 - 8:45am so that they are ready to start school when the bell goes at 8:55am Supervision at school does not normally start until 8:30am, and children who arrive before this time are required to wait outside the classrooms or by the covered seating area by the office. On wet days we ring the bell early, so that children can shelter in classrooms; rest assured that we would never leave children standing in the rain! Road patrols, with teacher supervision, are on duty from 8:30 - 8:55am and after school from 3:00 - 3:15pm.

We expect that children will be punctual and arrive at school on time.

Assemblies

These are a focal point of our week at St. Leonards. Whole School Assemblies are held every Friday in the School Hall, from 9:10 to 10:00am class items, presentation of prizes, certificates & awards, singing and announcements are the main features. During this time we also acknowledge birthdays, good work and behaviour and we sing popular songs sometimes involving actions. Parents and friends are cordially invited to attend. Children who are putting on an item or receiving an award are really inspired if family members are watching!

Teina Whanau Assemblies will be held every second Tuesday afternoon and Tuakana Whanau on alternate Monday afternoons.

Before and After School Care

We have a Before and After School Care Programme running at our school. This is a privately set up programme which is run by sKids’ and is available for students needing before and/or after school care from 7:00 – 8:30am and 3:00 - 6:00pm daily.

They offer:

❖ A safe and fun environment

❖ Help with homework

❖ Afternoon tea

❖ A range of indoor and outdoor activities

❖ Swimming (when the school pool is available)

❖ At least one planned activity daily

Information about this service is available by asking at the school office.

Behaviour Programme

At St. Leonards Road School we aim to ensure that all children have the opportunity to enjoy their education throughout their six years at our primary school. Whether learning in class, on stage, out on the sports field or during break times, every child has the right to be happy and feel safe at all times.

Children have clear expectations for their behaviour at our school and are made aware of the appropriate consequences and rewards for their actions. These expectations are regularly visited by teachers in class, at whanau gatherings and during school assemblies.

It is important to us that children are recognised for their good behaviour and for their efforts with school work. This is done in the following ways:

Cool Schools Caught Being Good Awards - Peer Mediators write down the names of children who have been good citizens during break times. A prize draw is made across each syndicate.

Pupil of the Week Awards - one child from every class is presented with this award for effort, attitude, improvement or excellence in an aspect of their learning at whole school assemblies.

Duffy Books - Tuakana and Teina Whanau Caught Being Good Awards – a number of children across each syndicate are presented with certificates and book prizes for an excellent effort and attitude at school presented at Tuakana and Teina Whanau assemblies.

Children will receive much recognition at our school from support staff, teacher aides, class teachers and the management team.

We encourage children to take part in cultural, artistic and sporting activities and reward them for their efforts and achievements.

We focus on positive behaviour and positive learning success.

The school rules are our code of conduct for our students to follow at St. Leonards Road School and the children benefit from this code as they form clear boundaries for their conduct at school, their relationships with other children, staff and in caring for the property of others.

Student Code of Conduct

St. Leonards Road School is a friendly, helpful and caring school and the St. Leonards Road School Code of Conduct will help guide our children to keep it that way. As a student at this school children agree to abide by this code of conduct which reflects the ‘St Leonards Way’.

Complete required work in class and at home.

Be thoughtful, co-operative, tolerant and punctual.

This will make it easier for you to learn and for all of us to live together.

Respect others’ right to learn to learn without interruption.

Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

Be proud of your school and keep it clean, safe and attractive.

This ensures that everyone can work in a pleasant healthy environment and helps maintain the community’s high regard for our school.

Behave well at all times.

Involve yourself totally in the opportunities that St. Leonards Road School offers.

Attend school.

Have pride in yourself; always do your best.

The most important things to remember are self-discipline, common sense and respect for others.

Some types of behaviour are not acceptable from St. Leonards Road students, these are:

▪ Rude or abusive language.

▪ Bullying, violence or threatening behaviour.

▪ Damaging or stealing property.

▪ Disruptive behaviour.

▪ Defiance.

▪ Spitting.

Why?

Because these actions harm you and your school and they hinder your learning. They are also unacceptable in society or not tolerated in our community.

Most minor inappropriate behaviour is resolved through the classroom teacher, however, occasionally children do step over the mark and need reminding about the conduct expected at our school and in our community.

The ‘steps programme’ is designed so that the classroom teacher is the first person to deal with a child’s inappropriate behaviour, and then they will attempt to contact the parent/s to resolve the issue.

If a child’s behaviour does not improve then the matter will be forwarded to the child’s Team Leader and if there is still no improvement it would then be forwarded to the Deputy Principal responsible for student welfare or the Principal. If we work together to overcome problems then they will be solved more effectively.

If at any time you wish to discuss any matter concerning our behaviour programme please feel free to contact the Principal or the Deputy Principal responsible for Pupil Welfare, before or after school by appointment.

St. Leonards Road School Behaviour Plan

Step 1: The first time an unacceptable behaviour occurs.

1. Teacher concerned discusses the unacceptable behaviour with the child or children.

2. Teacher speaks to Team Leader (dependant on the nature and severity of the behaviour or incident)

3. Teacher contacts the caregivers of the child or children involved by phone (or letter if not on the phone) to inform them of the incident and the consequences and sets up a time to meet with the caregivers if necessary.

4. Teacher fills in the follow up in the Guidance Register’ (ETAP SMS).

Step 2: Second time same behaviour occurs within the following 10 school days.

1. Teacher concerned discusses the unacceptable behaviour with the child or children.

2. Teacher fills in detailed account of the incident in the ‘Guidance Register’ (ETAP SMS).

3. The child is sent to the Area Leader. A restorative conversation will be held with the parties involved and if necessary a consequence will be put in place. Children will not be expected to attend after school detentions.

4. The Area Leader contacts the caregivers by phone and sends the ‘Step 2’ letter to inform them of the incident and the action to be taken. Caregivers are given the opportunity to discuss the problem with the child's teacher and Area Leader. Area Leader fills in the follow up on the ‘Guidance Register’ (ETAP SMS).

Step 3: Third time same behaviour occurs within the following 10 school days.

1. Teacher concerned discusses the unacceptable behaviour with the child or children.

2. Teacher fills in detailed account of the incident on the ‘Guidance Register’ (ETAP SMS)

3. The child is sent to the Area Leader.

4. The Area Leader checks the same rule has been broken for the third time within the allowed timeframe. The child is then sent to the Deputy Principal (responsible for child welfare) or the Principal.

5. The Deputy Principal (responsible for child welfare) or Principal contacts the caregivers by phone and sends the ‘Step 3’ letter to inform them of the incident and the consequence of a three-day detention. Caregivers and the child concerned will be requested to meet with the Deputy Principal, the Team Leader and the class teacher (Guidance Reg. updated).

6. Outside agencies or the Strengthening Families Model will be considered after meeting with the family.

Stand-downs, Suspensions & Exclusions

1. The Principal may stand down or suspend a student if satisfied on reasonable grounds that:

a. The student’s gross misconduct or continual disobedience is a harmful or dangerous example to other students, or

b. because of the student’s behaviour it is likely that the student or other students will be seriously harmed.

2. A child may be stood-down by the Principal for no more than 5 days in a term, or no more than 10 days in a year.

3. A child may be suspended by the Principal, and a meeting will be held by the Board of Trustees to decide whether to lift or extend the suspension, or to exclude the child.

(1989 Education Act Sec. 13 -18)

ST. LEONARDS ROAD SCHOOL RULES

Use the Positive Behaviour Plan steps for the following rules:

Respect Other People:

Speak politely to all staff members and other children.

Listen to and obey teachers, staff members, Wet Day monitors and Peer Mediators.

No verbal abuse, including swearing.

Walk quietly and sensibly past classrooms and around the school during lessons.

Do not physically abuse anyone – this includes:

Hitting or kicking

Pinching or scratching

Pushing or shoving

Crushing or strangling

Throwing potentially harmful objects

Spitting

Note – Play fighting is not allowed

Respect other people’s property – this includes:

Not stealing

Not taking anyone’s lunch or any part of it without permission

Not going into anyone’s bag without permission

Not taking a pencil, rubber, ruler or any other child’s or school item without permission

Finding somebody’s property or money and not handing it in to the office immediately

Do not deface or break others belongings or school property (class, school equipment and buildings)

Take care of our school environment including gardens and trees

Security – this includes:

Not leaving the school grounds without permission from a teacher or staff member

Not leaving the classroom without permission from the teacher

Playing within the designated playground areas of the school

Not touching or interfering with the security system in any way

The following appropriate behaviour will be the class teacher’s responsibility

Be respectful and considerate of others and be courteous to both staff and children

Walk quietly and sensibly past classrooms and around the school during lessons

When involved in Physical Education lessons, be considerate of other classes working

Do not leave the classroom during lesson time without permission

The following items are not allowed at school:

Digital devices, valuables, toys, matches, weapons, gum or lollies.

Jewellery – unless for specific cultural reasons or a school based item or activity (watches are permitted).

Only stud earrings may be worn (for health and safety reasons)

We actively discourage bringing phones to school, however if a child requires a phone for outside of school use, it must be handed into the office before school for safe-keeping and collected after school. Parents must inform the office in writing if this is a necessity for your child. The school takes no responsibility for phones at school.

Bicycles

School policy restricts the riding of bicycles to school.

Car Parking at School

Due to limited parking available within the school grounds we ask families and friends visiting the school or dropping off and picking up students to park out on the main roads surrounding the school. Parents collecting a sick or injured child from the first aid room will be able to park their vehicle near the school office.

Children with Special Abilities (CWSA)

From Year 3 onwards we seek to identify children that possess special talents or giftedness. Children may have special abilities in a variety of areas. We are targeting numeracy and literacy across the curriculum for CWSA Children who are selected for any of these programmes need to be motivated and interested to participate.

Parents will be notified if their child is taking part in a CWSA programme. We have an enrichment class in Years 5 - 6 to cater for students with strong academic abilities. This class are to challenge our most gifted and talented students academically to reach their full potential.

Children with Special Needs (CWSN) & Non English Speaking Background (NESB/ESOL)

We have a number of programmes for children with special needs. Our teachers and our teacher-aides, spend a lot of their time working with these children. We set out to identify these children as early as possible, so that we can design special programmes for them. Parents of CWSN and ESOL/NESB are informed and are encouraged to assist their children at home. Some of the programmes we offer are Reading Recovery, Speedy Bee Reading, Talk to Learn, Rainbow Reading and English Language Assistant Support.

Choir, Instrumental and Culture Groups

We run culture groups for all year levels. There are ukulele groups for different year levels and a choir for children from Year 4 - 6. Whenever talented new teachers join our staff or enthusiastic parents put their hand up, our performance groups are added to. The choir, instrumental and culture groups perform to a very high standard at music festivals, school assemblies and concerts. Their performances are a real indication of our school’s artistic abilities and strengths.

Class Trips

Good educational experiences are enhanced by taking children on trips out of the classroom and out of the school. It is desirable that all children go on these trips, whereby we usually transport children by bus. Children are expected to comply with our school rules when they are out of the school grounds. Schools are often judged by the behaviour of their pupils, and children attending St. Leonards have built up a first class reputation in this area. We often call for adult helpers to assist us on these trips. Indeed, without sufficient parent help many trips simply could not take place, as we are required to maintain suitable adult/child numbers at all times.

Collecting Children from School

When coming to collect children from school, please first report to the school office. No child will be allowed to leave school unless we receive a note from home or the class teacher is informed by the school office that a child has been asked to be collected early from school. We ask parents to try and make appointments for children wherever possible outside of school hours so as to minimize absenteeism from school.

Concerns at school

From time to time certain situations arise and occur that require the need for consultation between home and school, such as:

- concern over progress at school or with schoolwork

- health matters

- behaviour issues

- relationship problems

- family circumstances of a special nature which may affect your

child’s progress

- loss of clothing or lunches

If you wish to have a discussion on such matters, please call us on 818-7717 and arrange for an appointment. Note that teachers are not able to leave their classes during class time for such discussions. Of course, brief, informal chats with classroom teachers can easily take place before or after school, (please, NOT during class time), but discussions on more important matters really do require an appointment. As a staff we want to do the best for your children and in partnership with you this can be achieved at a time that is suitable for both parties to meet.

Dental Clinic

The school is served by a Transportable Dental Unit for the treatment of children of pre-school age to Year 6. This unit when on site is situated between Kelston Intermediate and St. Leonards Road School.

If your child has a need for emergency dental treatment you can call 837 9133 or 0800 825 583.

Duffy Books in School

Our school is part of the Duffy Books in Homes Programme. Throughout the year your child will receive books of their choice to keep and/or as rewards from the school. This programme is financially funded by the Board of Trustees and Duffy Books in Homes. All 5 year olds starting school receive a starter pack through the Duffy Books Programme. Our focus through Duffy books is to promote lifelong reading. Each year a travelling show and well known New Zealanders present books and reinforce the message about reading and its importance in learning.

E-Learning (Electronic Learning)

We are committed to “helping our students learn to live in a digitally rich world.” Children are taught three core values of digital citizenship: respect, protect & ownership. All children have access to electronic devices that are used to aid and improve their learning. All classrooms are equipped with an electronic display device, such as an interactive whiteboard or large screen TV and we use Apple computers in all our classrooms. Year 0-2 classes have 3-6 iPads per classroom. In years 3-6 there are approximately 8-10 Chromebooks and an iPad in every classroom. Children are shown how to use email and how to access the Internet. An agreement form is required to be filled out on enrolment of students allowing them to have access to these facilities.

Friends of the School (FOTS)

This group meets on a Monday evening every month, in the school staffroom from 7:00pm. The FOTS involve themselves in a range of activities around the school, not the least of which is fundraising: a task which is made just that much easier with plenty of help. FOTS members become familiar with the many and varied aspects of school life. All parents are most welcome to attend the meetings.

The FOTS organise discos, sausage sizzles, family fun nights and school ‘athons’ to help raise money for our children’s educational needs. Our school newsletter keeps you informed of meetings and FOTS activities that you can help with, or support. We would welcome new families joining our FOTS. Feel free to contact us to be involved. Ring the school Office on 818-7717.

Headlice

Headlice are occasionally a problem at any school, and St. Leonards is no exception. In cases where headlice are noticed in a classroom, a general letter is sent home to all children in that class with information on how to treat this problem. It is a good idea to check your child’s hair on a regular basis: headlice are not particularly choosy about whose head they decide to infest! It is also a good idea to have a bottle of special headlice shampoo in the bathroom. Your chemist will be pleased to advise.

Health Support

Our Public Health Nurse is Lysann Jones. She attends our school on an ‘as and when needed’ basis. She helps children and their families with health matters and information that are referred to her by the school. If you need to see her please let the school office know and they will get her to contact you.

Helping at school and at home

St. Leonards has built up a fine tradition of wonderfully supportive parental help in many different ways. From time to time we will continue to seek your assistance with classroom involvement, school trips and related school activities. Please ring the school if you can help. We realise that many of you are unable to help out due to work commitments. However, you can still help us by taking a real interest in your child’s day, by talking about what they have done at school, by encouraging them to do well at school, and by sending them off to school fully prepared for the day ahead, with a good lunch to see them through, appropriate fitting school uniform for wet or fine weather that is clean and tidy, and the things they need to participate in all curriculum activities (school bag, stationery, homework book bag, clothing for sports days etc).

Homework Policy

Rationale:

Homework should be seen as an enrichment of the classroom programme. A supportive partnership between home and school is essential to ensure the homework programme is successful.

Purpose:

1. To practise skills and reinforce concepts learnt during the school day.

2. To learn essential facts, e.g. Mathematics tables, Spelling.

3. To allow for practice in language areas e.g. Reading, Written Language.

4. To actively involve parents in their child’s schooling.

Guidelines:

1. Parent cooperation will be necessary for this policy to be successful, and agreement will be sought from parents confirming

their support for the homework programme.

2. The completion of homework tasks can never be compulsory but we see benefits in regular practicing of their reading, math concepts, numeracy basic facts and the spelling of words and letter identification.

3. Feedback will be given to children upon completion of the homework.

4. Allocation of time for homework varies for each Tuakana and Teina Whanau. Generally...

● Tuakana Whanau Yr. 4-6 (approx. 20-30 minutes per night)

● Teina Whanau Yr. 0-3 (approx 5-15 minutes per night

5. Parents need to assist their children in setting good time management of tasks set for homework during the week at home.

6. Generally homework will be set on a daily basis for Yr. 1/2 students; weekly or fortnightly for Yr. 3 - 6 students with some aspects to be practiced daily, e.g. reading and essential facts (maths tables, spelling.)

7. It is expected that homework activities will be completed by pupils. Parents/Caregivers are welcome to assist, however, it is important that the work completed by the child is their own.

8. Parents experiencing difficulty with their child completing homework tasks should discuss the matter with their child’s teacher at a mutually agreed time in the first instance.

9. Tasks will be set based on children’s needs, and requirements may vary.

10. Requirements for homework are reviewed annually by each syndicate. These are sent home at the beginning of each year and are available from your child’s teacher.

11. Class teachers are required to follow these guidelines when setting homework tasks.

Illness and/or accidents at school

During the year we have incidents of illness and accidents to children. When we consider the situation serious enough to seek medical advice the parents/guardians will be contacted if at all possible. If this is not possible, injured children are taken to the Kelston Medical Centre in Archibald Rd or we call for an ambulance. If you are contacted, we ask that you collect your child from school and seek medical attention if required. Please keep the school updated with contact telephone numbers, we had a number of incidents last year where we could not contact the family of ill or injured children as we had not been told of changes to home or work phone numbers.

Jewellery at school

The only items of jewellery that children are allowed at school are medical emergency bracelets/necklaces, watches and one pair of stud earrings. No other body piercings are allowed. This rule has been established for health and safety reasons. No other items of jewellery are allowed to be worn at school unless permission has been sought and given from the Principal or BOT under cultural or religious grounds. Please contact the Principal if this is necessary for your child/ren.

Library

We have a very well resourced air-conditioned library and it is a major resource centre for children wanting to seek information or discover the world of books. Children are encouraged to make use of the library during class lessons and at lunch interval. We have a real school focus on reading for enjoyment! Please encourage your children to read at home and to make use of our school library.

Where books are borrowed from the library by students and are lost or damaged, you may be asked to meet the cost of a replacement book.

We have built up a wide range of books on various fiction and non-fiction topics. Care of our present books allows us to purchase greater quantities of new books in the future for our children to enjoy.

Lost Property

This can be a real problem at all schools. Please ensure that all items of clothing your children bring to school are clearly labelled with their first and last names. We operate a Lost Property system and parents are encouraged to come along before or after school to view the lost property bins. These are kept in the cloak bays of Rooms 16/17, Rooms 3/4 and Room 7/8. Once again, it is much easier to locate an item of clothing if it has been clearly named.

Lost property is also displayed after assembly on Friday mornings.

At the end of each term unclaimed items that are not labeled will be put into a charitable organisation clothing bin or utilized by the school.

Lunches

A variety of healthy foods are available from the school lunchroom at morning tea and lunchtime. This service is provided by the school through, ‘Mum’s Kitchen’.

We would appreciate that when children are ordering, they have the correct amount of money. Lunch should be ordered from the child’s classroom.The child’s name and room number should be written on the lunch bag, along with the lunch required ticked.Any change left over from morning tea or lunch purchases should be handed to the class teacher for safekeeping.

Children need an appetizing lunch every day to sustain their energy levels for learning. Whether using the school lunch scheme or providing food from home please make sure your child has adequate food to sustain them throughout the day. We encourage children to bring a bottle of water to school to keep them well hydrated throughout the day. Teachers encourage children to drink plenty of water at school. It helps them to concentrate, keep focused and aids learning

Milk in Schools Programme

We are part of the Fonterra Milk in Schools Programme. Monday to Thursday our children receive milk to drink during class time between 9:30 and 10:00am. This is delivered by Milk Monitors from the Senior Syndicate. The Tetra Pac milk containers must be folded up and placed in the blue milk recycling bins outside classrooms before 10:45am ready to be collected by the monitors before morning tea commences at 11:00am.

Money and Valuables

All money sent to school should be clearly labelled with the child’s name, Room number, the amount, change required, and purpose. Children must hand all money to their class teacher for safekeeping. Your assistance with this ensures money ends up at where it is supposed to go. Toys are not to be brought to school.

Newsletters

Newsletters will be sent home at weekly intervals throughout the year, on a Wednesday. They are sent home with the oldest or only child, attending our school from your family. Please check your child’s bag for these. Spare copies are available from the school office or on our website if your child doesn’t bring one home.

Playground Matters

We have three teachers on duty: one in the top playground area and Rooms 5-15, one in the court areas and behind Rooms 1-4 and around Rooms 16-26 and one on the school field. The students are not able to play games involving kicking of balls on the court areas due to health and safety concerns with the possibility of broken glass from classroom windows. We ask students to play ball games on court areas that involve passing or hand ball games. If a ball is kicked that is seen as dangerous by staff the children will be warned and if it happens again the ball will be put away until after the interval break.

Reading Books

Children will bring books home to read as part of their learning. When this happens, we ask that these books be looked after and returned to school the next day. Unfortunately, on occasions when books are lost or damaged, those children concerned will be required to pay for a replacement book before further material can be sent home. Similarly if your child’s reading book is not returned the following day, he/she will not be issued with another until it is returned. Please discuss with your child’s teacher how often and when reading books will be sent home with your child to read with you as part of their homework.

Reading Recovery

We have an excellent Reading Recovery programme here at St. Leonards Road School. This has been underway for some years now, and is very well established. Reading Recovery is a special programme, which caters for those children aged 6, who are having some difficulty with learning to read and who need a boost. Our Reading Recovery programs operate from the Koru Learning and Support Centre.

Reporting to Parents

Reporting to parents takes place throughout the year:

Term 2:

● First Report and Parent, Student, Teacher Learning Meetings early in Term 2

Term 4:

● Second Report and a Parent, Student, Teacher Learning Meetings early in Term 4

● End of Year Achievement Report

Children progress best when regular contact is maintained between home and school. We encourage you to keep regular contact with the staff at St. Leonards Road School. Call the office to make an appointment with your child’s teacher. A time will be arranged that suits both you and the teacher to meet to discuss your child.

Road Patrol

We have a teacher-supervised Road Patrol system each day outside the school’s front gate on the pedestrian crossing on St Leonards Road. Students from our school operate as road patrol wardens using road signs to stop traffic to allow families to cross safely before and after school. Our road patrol monitors are trained by our local police education officer. The Road Patrol children are on duty from 8:30 to 8:50am daily, and from 3:00 to 3:15pm, or for 15 minutes from the time the ‘Home’ bell rings. Kelston Intermediate also provide additional morning road patrol between 8:15 and 8:30am.

Crossing duties are timetabled each term and children are expected to arrive for duty on time, i.e. 8:20 am. and 2:50pm.

Occasionally, St Leonards Road is so busy that children may have to wait for some minutes before the Patrol children stop the traffic. When this happens we ask for parents to be patient and wait also. You as parents and caregivers using the crossing, reinforces the message to your children that it is a safe place to cross. We would appreciate adults setting a good example to our children and make sure that they cross at these crossings.

Serious traffic offences or incidents on crossing patrol are to be reported to the Principal or Road Safety coordinator, Jude Bostin who will inform the Police.

Kelston Intermediate helps cross children safely outside their school on Vanguard Road before and after school each day. We ask families and students that cross at Vanguard Road to use this crossing area.

Road Safety - Getting to and from school

Walking

Cross carefully and safely. Use teacher patrolled crossings when available (St Leonards Road School crossing is patrolled between 8:30-8:55am and 3:00-3:15pm).

Keep to the footpath.

Do not accept rides from strangers.

Go straight home from school, unless prior arrangements have been made.

Children are encouraged to take extra care when raining as roads are slippery and vehicle visibility is reduced.

Do not play games or ball games on the way to and from school.

Where possible, children are encouraged to walk to and from school and to walk with a friend. Parents should discuss with their children the safest routes to take to and from school and best places to cross.

Bicycles & Wheels

Bicycles, skateboards and scooters are not permitted at school (unless there is an organised school event).

School Gates

Only staff, support agencies and service vehicles to enter school car park during Road Patrol times.

Drop off and pick up your children outside school grounds.

Children being dropped off should use school patrol crossing.

Parents should not park or stop on yellow lines, bus stops or over driveways.

Inside School Grounds

Children are to use the footpaths.

Road areas and the car parks are out of bounds for pupils.

Speed limit is 10 km inside school grounds.

All visitors are to report to reception.

Outside School - School Visits

Trip Risk Analysis and Management forms are to be completed and authorised.

By Foot:

Children to proceed in an orderly manner using footpath and safest crossing positions.

Children supervised in accordance to legal requirements, with adequate adult to pupil ratios.

By Bus:

Passenger limits are to be followed.

By Car:

Appropriate number of passengers per vehicle.

Diagonal seat belts must be worn.

Booster seats must be used where appropriate.

Vehicles must be in good working order, including WOF and Registration.

Drivers to have a full current licence.

Road Safety Education

Skills are taught as part of the school Health Curriculum. Skills are reinforced throughout the year on an incidental basis. Parents will be kept up to date through newsletters. Parents have a responsibility to inform, role model, encourage and promote positive safety messages.

School Hours

The school day is as follows:

8:55am to 11:00am classroom lessons

11:00am to 11:20am morning tea

11:20am to 1:00pm classroom lessons

1:00pm to 1:10pm children eat lunch with teacher supervision

1:10pm to 1:50pm lunch break

1:50pm to 3:00pm classroom lessons

Please note: Children are encouraged to be at school by 8:45am to prepare for the day ahead. We want our children to be punctual and on time to school.

School Security

Our school has a full security system with activating pads in each classroom block. The children are instructed by staff not to touch these pads as damage and false alarms are expensive. Parents are asked to emphasise to children the seriousness of tampering with this equipment.

Social Workers in Schools

St. Leonards Road School is very fortunate to have the services of a full time Social Worker (Phoenix Llewellyn). Her phone number is 027 5631095. The Social Worker is available to support students and families with issues that affect the family and in particular the students of our school. Referrals can be made by the school, or by the family, or by the child. It is a free service to families of our school.

Sports

The children are provided with opportunities to learn skills and develop attitudes of fair play during sports, and we expect them all to take part. We also participate in inter-school sporting competitions throughout the year. Children, who have special interest in sports can join a number of sports teams, e.g. swimming, cross country, athletics or our gymnastics squad. We also participate in after school sports like our mid week and Saturday netball teams at Te Pai Courts in Henderson.

Stationery

The stationery pack includes all books and equipment needed for that year level and a $30 Art and Craft levy for bulk art and craft supplies that we purchase for your children to use. In addition there is also an annual computer software levy for all year levels, this levy is subsidized by the Board of Trustees and the current charge to families is $12.00 per child for Year 0-2 and $6.00 per child for years 3-6. This levy is also built into the stationery costs for the year. Prompt payment is appreciated. Replacement items, pencils etc., can be purchased from the school office during the year. ALL stationery is requested to be purchased from the school. This ensures children have the correct quality and the quantity of items required. Children starting at our school after the beginning of the year will still need to pay the $30 Art and Craft levy even if they transfer from another school and have books that they brought from their previous school. This levy will be reduced to $20 if your child starts in Term 3 and $10 if your child starts in Term 4. Any concerns about stationery at the beginning of the school year should be discussed with the Principal.

Starting School at Five

We encourage all children to start school on the Monday following their 5th birthday. This ensures that their first week at school is a full one and it gives them time to settle before the weekend break.

Two pre-visits are recommended before children start full time. These visits are arranged through our school secretary, Ms Mandy Butcher, at the school office. Visits are Thursday morning 9:00 - 11:00am. An adult must stay with the child during this pre-entry visit.

We are required to see a copy of your child’s birth certificate, or passport and also their immunisation certificate before they can start. Please bring these with you when you enrol your child. You will be asked for information about your family, and your child’s medical history. We also need the names of two people we can contact in the unlikely event of an emergency. This information is especially important.

Reception Class

We run a dedicated Reception Class that helps children to settle into learning at St. Leonards when they first start school at five. In this class there is a heavy emphasis on developing strong foundation skills. These skills include confident oral language, awareness of letter sounds, fine motor skills and appropriate school behaviour. Once your child has developed these important learning skills they will move into their permanent New Entrant or Year 1 class. The Reception Class teacher will be in regular contact with you so that you know how your child is progressing, and so that you know how you can help at home. Twenty weeks is the maximum time that any child will spend in the Reception Class.

Sun Safe School

Following feedback to the Board of Trustees from parents who were concerned about school hats not being worn by children and the possible health risks associated with this, the Board has decided that school hats must be worn at school during morning tea and lunch breaks in Term 1 and 4 each year, effective from Term 4 2012. Children not wearing hats will need to spend morning tea and lunch breaks under the school’s shade structure. School hats are available for purchase from New Zealand Uniforms, at 7 Rata Street, New Lynn.

Swimming

We are very fortunate to have a solar heated swimming pool that allows our children to swim in comfort for most of the Summer and Spring time. Our swimming season starts in February and continues to the end of Term 1.

We also swim during November and December in Term 4. The children receive regular instruction from their teachers, and should bring their swimming togs and a towel to school on their swimming days. During our school swimming lessons we emphasise participation, enjoyment and skill development. Our more able swimmers take part in the West Auckland Schools Swimming competition, with considerable success. We also encourage families to enrol their children at swimming classes outside of school to help them become proficient swimmers, confident in the water.

Uniform

We have a school uniform for all students and this is available from New Zealand Uniforms. Their store is located at 7 Rata Street, New Lynn. They are open Monday to Saturday. Weekdays 9-5pm and Saturdays 9-4pm and their phone number is 972 0272. You can also contact them via email newlynn@nzuniforms.com They offer a lay-by system and WINZ quotes for those who require either of these services. A copy of prices is available for viewing at the school office.

We expect our children to take pride in their appearance. Their uniform should be appropriately labelled with their first and last name on each item of clothing. This is to ensure that lost or misplaced items of clothing, when found, are returned to their rightful owners.

All students attending St Leonards Road School are required to wear the school uniform. Families of students who arrive at school not in uniform will be contacted to sort the issue out immediately. Please make sure you have ample items so that if some uniform is in the wash your child still has correct uniform to wear to school. We expect our children to look neat and tidy and have pride in their appearance.

Visiting the School

You are very welcome to visit us at any time. We request that you first report to the school office.

A visitor’s register is at the front counter in the office and must be filled out by all visitors to the school for health and safety reasons.

You may be asked to wear a visitor’s badge whilst on the school site to identify you to school staff.

In addition, there are many special occasions during the year when we particularly welcome parents to visit the school, and notices are sent home to advise you of these.

Website

If you have access to a computer and the internet, then please visit our School Website: www.stleonards.school.nz

We have lots of interesting things for you to view. Our newsletter is published weekly on this website and any upcoming events that we may have. Our website is always changing and has lots of things for you to see to share with family and friends about what your children are doing at school and what is happening.

We hope you found our information useful and helpful.

We look forward to meeting with you throughout this year!

If you like what we do, tell your friends and neighbours. If you don’t, or if you have concerns, then please tell us, so that we can do something about it.