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Glossary

Absence and Lateness
There are many reasons why a child may be kept at home for the day and we would ask in each case that parents phone the school in the morning to explain the absence. An Attendance Register will be sent around the classrooms each morning after 9am and unexplained absences will be followed up by the school daily. When your child is unwell please keep them at home to allow the best chance of recovery and to protect those at school, often a day early can save a week later on.
It is expected that parents will endeavour to have children at school before classes are due to start. Children need a few minutes to prepare their belongings first thing in the morning and this should be kept in mind. School begins at 9.00am.

Attendance Dues

Accounts are sent from the Catholic Diocese. Dues are used to pay off the capital debt still owing on most Catholic schools, including ours. In cases of hardship please discuss with the Parish Priest or the Principal.

Behaviour Management
The school uses Restorative Justice principles to manage conflict.

Bicycles and Scooters

A few children bike or scooter to school and stands are provided at the back of the school. These are not to be ridden within school grounds.

Board of Trustees

The BOT has responsibility for the governance of the school.

Cars, Parking and Road Safety

If you are visiting the school, or dropping off or collecting your children, please park outside the school gates.  Please consider the Hoon Hay residents when you are parking on Hoon Hay Rd.
  • Do not park over or up driveways
  • Ensure there is enough room for people to get up their driveways.
  • Do not park on yellow lines
  • Please Do Not Park at BP
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Please use the road patrol when it is in action. It is not ok to choose to cross your children at a different spot on Hoon Hay Rd especially down by the roundabout. We all need to set an example so our children learn safe practices. Please support us with this.

When road patrol is finished any children waiting outside the church will be taken back inside the school grounds for safety purposes. They are unable to wait unless there is a teacher out there so please do not ask them to.

Choir
You can follow the OLA Choir blog on the website. 

Communications
Newsletters are emailed to parents and caregivers fortnightly as well as being posted on the website. You can also be sent email alerts for school messages and updates by setting up a Twitter account. Please see the office for details.

Complaints

If you have any concerns about school matters the Board of Trustees would encourage you to see the appropriate person as soon as possible.

THE MOST HELPFUL THING FOR YOU, OUR BOARD, AND FOR OUR SCHOOL IS FOR YOU TO RAISE ANY CONCERNS YOU HAVE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


  1. Arrange an acceptable time to meet with the appropriate person.
  2. The class teacher is always the first person to talk to.
  3. The Principal is always available to talk to parents who have 
exhausted the first avenue of approach, or have concerns of a
serious or sensitive nature, or wish to discuss matters concerning 
the school generally.

  4. A Board of Trustees member, or the Chairperson, is the next 
alternative, if other avenues have been exhausted, or if you feel
your concerns have not been dealt with effectively.




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Emergency Procedures

Civil Defence measures have been developed at our school. Realistic commonsense procedures have been established among the staff and children to decrease anxiety and the possibility of panic in the case of an emergency. The school has an Emergency Evacuation Plan. The Emergency Contacts you have given us are essential. These lists will be updated regularly, so please keep us advised if there is any change of address, home and work phone numbers and names of the emergency contacts. 

The types of emergencies that we have made safety measures for include:


  1. When an earthquake occurs.

  2. In the event of fire.

  3. Storm force winds.
  4. 
Industrial accidents (nearby)
In the case of any of the above emergencies taking place please keep in touch with the radio for Civil Defence Instructions.


First Aid Treatment to Pupils
A staff member treats minor injuries, of the sticking plaster and sting variety, on the spot. If it is felt that a doctor’s advice is necessary then parents will be contacted immediately and arrangements made. If parents, or emergency contacts, cannot be contacted then the school will proceed with treatment. There are times when children become ill at school and we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible. Please advise the school if pupils need to take any forms of medication during the day. A Medical Register and Incidents Report Form are kept at school.

Health
For advice on how long to keep children home from school, dealing with head lice and other school-related health topics, refer to the Health page on the web.

Helping Hands
The school has created a list of people that are able to help out when any of our families are in need. This has been utilised many times and many people in our school community have made use of this. If you would like to add your name to the list of helpers fill in the survey and / or let us know at the office and we will ensure this happens. We have a wonderful database of parents from our school community however we always need more.

The school has a very active Kapa Haka group. You can follow the Kapa Haka blog on the website.

Library
The school library has an extensive collection of books for children to borrow. Each class has an allocated time to visit the library each week, and the library is also open at lunchtimes. For more information, refer to the Classrooms / Library page on the website.

Lit Club
The school has an active Lit Club which all children from years 5-8 are invited to join. The Lit Club aims to foster a love of reading and provide direction and encouragement to enthusiastic readers. The Lit Club meets weekly at lunchtime. For more information, refer to the Students / Lit Club page on the website.

Lost Property
All lost property is collected and placed in a lost property box in the library. Parents are encouraged to regularly check the lost property box for missing items.

Lunches
The school is registered with LunchOnline which is an online lunch ordering system. Lunches are provided by Sydenham Bakery or Pita Pit and available on Fridays. Before you can order lunches, you must register with LunchOnline and credit your account. For more information, refer to the Parent Information / Lunches page on the website.

Masses
Each class is rostered to attend Mass approximately once per term on a Friday morning.

Medicines
If your child requires medication at school, please take it to the office and sign the consent form.

Newsletters
Newsletters are e-mailed to parents and placed on the website fortnightly on a Thursday. Other notices are placed on the News Center page on the website.

The PTA is active in fundraising for school initiatives. All parents are invited to join the PTA. The PTA meets monthly on a Monday evening. For more information, refer to the Our School / PTA page on the website.

Parental Involvement
The school welcomes parent involvement in a variety of ways. Parents currently help with testing spelling (FRoGS) before school, with road patrol, with manning the library and covering library books, classroom parent help (especially for new entrants), coaching sport, working bees and garden maintenance, as well as through the PTA.



Photographs
The school regularly takes photographs of children participating in school events. However, all parents must provide consent for photographs to be used on the website. Only first names are ever used to identify children in photographs. Professional school photos are arranged once a year and the purchase of these is optional.

Physical Education
The school actively promotes physical education as part of the school curriculum.

PMP
The Perpetual Motor Program

Policies
The school subscribes to SchoolDocs for managing Policies. To read school policies, refer to the Our School / Board of Trustees / Policies and Procedures page on the website.


School Hours
School starts at 9 am and finishes at 3 pm weekdays.


Special Character
Our catholic school provides a sound faith knowledge and opportunity for all students in conjunction with the Parish church, Our Lady of the Assumption.
 You can follow the Special Character blog on the website.

Special Needs
If you feel your child requires learning support, please contact your child’s teacher. Any child identified through pupil assessment as having a significant learning need, whether remedial or extension, will have their needs met. We also encourage parents to communicate other specific needs to staff. Our school philosophy is one of inclusion, which means we aim to address all learning needs in the classroom situation.

Sports
Children participate in a range of sports throughout the year.
  • Term 1: swimming sports
  • Term 2: cross country
  • Terms 2 and 3: primary school winter sports teams for the senior students (year 5 and up); 
  • Term 4: athletics

Opportunities may also occur in other activities which will be communicated as they arise.

Stationery
A full stationery list will be provided by your child’s teacher at the end of year and prior to starting for new entrants. All school books must be covered and an easy way to cover them is to use EZ-Covers.


Swimming
Children participate in swimming lessons each day for two weeks in term 4. Costs for these lessons will be billed to your school account.


Taking Children from School
Please communicate any leave, for whatever reason to either the class teacher or the school office. Absences may be recorded and left as a message by phoning the school on 03 338 9503.


Uniforms  
A full uniform list can be found on the Uniform page on the website along with guidelines. The PTA also hold two 2nd hand uniform sales per year. These dates are posted on the PTA page of the website

Welcome Wednesdays
Our way of saying welcome to new families to the school. These are held during terms 1 and 3 each year.

Working Bees
Many hands make light work! From time to time we may call on your help to assist with work in our community.