Info For Parents

SCHOOL HOURS

8.40 am – 2.40pm

Breaks at: Brain food 10.15 -10.25 am

Morning tea 11.25- 11.45 am

Lunch 12.45 - 1.25 pm

FAMILY SUBSCRIPTIONS

In order to defray additional costs in providing extra educational aids, not covered by grants and pupil work sheets, the Board of Trustees has approved an annual donation per family – at the moment, $50.00 per pupil.


FUND RAISING

At present we have:

Mufti Days,

Individual fund raising for class activities, general school fund raising.

School Uniforms.

If you would like to help with fundraising, contact the P.T.F.A through the school office.


HOMEWORK

All students are expected to read every school night for at least 20 minutes. Basic Facts and Spelling are important and need continual work. Research topics, spare time activities and maths exercises could be expected particularly for senior pupils. Every student has access to Mathletics, Reading Eggs and Spellodrome from home as long as there is internet access. These programs will allow all children to continue their literacy and numeracy learning at home. Any issues or concerns over homework should be discussed with the teachers as soon as practical

ABSENCES

Please contact the school in the morning if your child is going to be away and each subsequent day they are away sick. If we have no message we will contact home or an emergency number. It is extremely important that we know the whereabouts of every student.

An explanatory note or phone call is expected after an absence from school. If absences are anticipated, please contact us.


ATTENDANCE DUES

These will be sent to you by the Catholic Schools Board and can be paid by automatic payment, cheque, phone banking, credit card or internet banking. They can be contacted on 0800 462 725. Any problems with payment can be discussed with the Parish Priest or the Principal as assistance is available in cases of hardship. Currently the Dues are $447.00 per pupil per year (as of January 2017). This equates to $11.18 per week over the course of a 40 week school year and represents good value when compared to fees charged by other special character or private schools.


BOOKCLUB

The school runs an Ashton Scholastic Book Club service. Approximately twice a term children are given order forms with the months choice of books. Forms and money should be sent to school in a sealed envelope with the child’s name on front. Please keep this separate from other money. Cheques should be made out to Scholastic New Zealand.


BUS CHILDREN

You may fill out an Application of Assistance for School Transport if your child travels some distance before they get on the school bus. Route-specific information is available from the school office.


CHILDREN’S HEALTH PROBLEMS

Please let us know of any problems – allergies, hearing, sight, etc and medications. Any medicine can be left at the office with our secretary who is a qualified First Aid officer. Certain medication will require a signed consent form. Panadol or similar will not be administered unless consent is gained from a parent.


COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOL

Parents are most welcome to contact the school concerning matters pertaining to their child’s educational progress and welfare. Telephone calls and visits (unless urgent) should be made out of school hours. Teachers may be contacted before school, at morning break and at lunchtime. If urgent contact is required, please ask for Mrs. Manson-Petherick (school principal).


DENTAL HEALTH

St Joseph’s children receive their dental treatment at the Dental Centre on Hautapu Street, Taihape. We are fortunate that the Dental Clinic collects our students from school for their appointments. Parents can phone the clinic for an appointment if they wish to take their child.

FAMILY SUBSCRIPTIONS

In order to defray additional costs in providing extra educational aids, not covered by grants and pupil work sheets, the Board of Trustees has approved an annual donation per family – at the moment, $60.00 per pupil.

HOMEWORK

All students are expected to read every school night for at least 20 minutes. Basic Facts and Spelling are important and need continual work. Research topics, spare time activities and maths exercises could be expected particularly for senior pupils. Every student has access to Mathletics, Reading Eggs and Spellodrome from home as long as there is internet access. These programs will allow all children to continue their literacy and numeracy learning at home. Any issues or concerns over homework should be discussed with the teachers as soon as practical

LUNCH CLUB

For those children who consistently make WRONG decisions

1. Lunch Club will be at lunchtimes from 12.55 – 1.20pm.

2. A teacher will supervise. School service, such as picking up rubbish, writing out school expectations may be included in the detention session.

3. A letter will be sent home advising that children will be on the Lunch Club. Children will complete a letter explaining their actions. This letter will be posted home the day of detention. Parents are asked to return the cut off slip to the school office.

S.T.A.R.T. – Students Taking Action and Responsibility Today.

At St Joseph’s School we believe it is important for us all to understand that our actions have consequences. Everyone has the right to expect our school to be a safe and positive place to learn. Behaviour resulting in detention will result in placement on the Lunch club and Steps Board.


MONEY AND VALUABLES

Unless for specific purposes such as lunch, outings, photos or book orders children are discouraged from bringing money to school. Money for mufti days, missions, school trips etc is collected at the beginning of each day and sent to the office. Valuable toys, including video games and sports gear are discouraged unless there is a specific request from the teacher. Care but no responsibility will be taken for a student’s property. The only jewellery permitted is a watch or pendant with religious or cultural significance, earrings gold or silver studs.

SCHOOL LIBRARY

The school has a good library with over 3000 books which are continually being updated and restocked. Classes are allocated time each week for students to borrow books. They are expected to respect the library and the books. Replacement costs may be sought from parents or caregivers if books are lost or damaged during issue.


SCHOOL MASS

A Mass is celebrated for the whole school at School at the beginning of the school year. We also host an end of year Mass which is usually at the Church. The whole school is also required to attend 1 Parish/School Sunday Mass per term. This is only 4 Masses with the school per year. The requirement and agreement you have when you enrol your children at our school is for your committment to help upheld help uphold the special character and attend Mass.


SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS

The school produces a newsletter fortnightly and it is sent home with the eldest in the family. If you do not receive a copy please contact the office.

SPORTS PARTICIPATION

Sports and Phys-Ed are a compulsory part of the curriculum. All children are expected to participate for enjoyment firstly, and for skill and co-ordination development. Please encourage your children to take part. A note or phone call is required if children are unable to take part.


SWIMMING

Students are bussed to Taihape Community Pool during Term 1 each year. All pupils must take part in swimming lessons unless they have a note for the teacher. Swimming is part of the Physical Education Programme. No responsibility can be taken for children’s clothing if it is not clearly named. Swimming in Tee Shirts or long trousers is not permitted.


TRANSPORT

Buses are provided from country areas and all town children are transported to and from school by bus. The Sushi Shop in Tui Street is the St Joseph’s bus stop in the mornings. The children are picked up from school at about 2.45 pm and delivered to the Railway Station at the end of Tui Street in the afternoons. A teacher is on duty each morning and each afternoon to facilitate safe entry and exit from the buses. The town buses leave at 8.25 am and return at approximately 2.50pm to the Railway Station.

WATER ONLY POLICY

Our school has a water only policy. This means that children can only drink water while they are at school. We know that fluids are very important to our general well-being so the staff ask that your child has a named water bottle at school at all times. This bottle will need to be rinsed out and refilled every morning.