child is absent from school for any reason, please phone the school office (07 3049633) and
leave a message for the class teacher on the answer phone and write a note as
soon as possible after the absence. Unexplained absences will be followed up to
ensure the safety of our children.
assemblies are held weekly on a Tuesday. Assemblies take place in our Multi
Purpose Room. The school will let parents know if there is something special
happening so that you can attend if you want.
is presently a ‘Books in Homes School’ sponsored by Main Freight International
Limited. This provides families with a number of free books and visiting role
models at assemblies throughout the year. Parents are welcome to attend these Duffy Books in Homes assemblies.
BRAIN BREAK / BRAIN FOOD
We encourage our teachers to let the children have a brain break at 10.20am - 10.30am. During this time the children are able to eat their (brain break food). Parents / Caregivers can help us by encouraging children to bring along brain food e.g. fruit, nuts, cheese, vegetables and water.
The Canteen is not operating at this stage but we will notify parents if this changes.
Students may bring cell phones and
devices to school, but must hand them in to the school office in the morning
and collect them at the end of the day. The school will not be responsible for
this equipment should students fail to hand them in.
We have a
mobile clinic that visits and you will be advised when they are due.
We do not ask families to make school donations or fees. However students in Year 7/8 attend technology at Edgecumbe College and are required to pay a fee to cover material costs.
The school practices emergency procedures; in particular fire and earthquake drill regularly, so that in the unlikely event of a fire or earthquake the children and staff know what to do. We would encourage families to work out similar emergency procedures for the whole family when at home. Again emergency contact phone numbers are important to assist us at these times.
the school needs to sight a birth certificate or other official documentation
showing the name and age of the child plus gather a number of other details.
- Any previous
pre-school education participation
the school for the new entrants to become familiar with the school surroundings
are arranged through the Principal and New Entrant Class Teachers and have
enrol students directly from overseas we need to sight their passports or other
documentation showing that they are legally allowed to be in New Zealand and
are entitled to be enrolled at a school. Often there is a direct cost to be met
by families who are short term visitors or who lack the necessary
important; not just for its own sake but also as a means for parents and
children to share with each other what is happening at school. Teachers will
advise parents of what is expected at each level. Homethink should never become
a cause for arguments in the home. It must be manageable, appropriate and
interesting and related to class learning.
It is always
useful where school related activities are consolidated and enriched with the
support and encouragement of parents.
starts at 8.50am and finishes at 2.50pm. Children are welcome at school from
8.20am and are expected to have vacated or have been uplifted from the school
grounds by 3.45pm. Staff begin arriving at school from 7.30am but they are at
school to prepare for the school day, not to mind the children. Guaranteed safe
supervision of students outside of these school hours is not possible. Lunch is
from 12.20pm to 1.10 pm.
LEAVING THE SCHOOL GROUNDS
Children are not to leave the school grounds for any reason during the day unless parents request them to do so in writing or in person.
Please do not take children away from school during the school day unless the class teacher or the office has been informed.
computerised School Library is an important learning centre at Edgecumbe Primary.
Your support as parents / caregivers is appreciated to ensure the care and
return of loaned books. We are always pleased to receive assistance from
regular Parental involvement in this area. Contact the school if you wish to
Please let the school know as soon as possible if you have any concerns. Do not let things fester. Keep the communication lines open. Make contact with teachers, senior staff or the Principal and hopefully we can work out any problems together.
The school welcomes parent help in a variety of ways. Firstly check with the class teacher on how you can best help. Needs of teachers vary from class to class and levels of the school.
Assistance may be given accordingly:
- Help with the reading programme
- Help with school trips, camps, sporting outings
- Library assistance
- Coaching of school sports teams
- Working bees
As you can see there are many ways that you can help Edgecumbe Primary School be the best school ever. Read your newsletter every fortnight and you will be able to respond.
From time to time children get sick and our caring office staff may contact you if there is a problem. Please ensure your child is really well enough to return to school before sending them back. Please ensure your emergency contact number is up to date.
SOCIAL MEDIA (INTERNET – FACEBOOK / YOU
The school values information
and communication technologies (ICT) including Facebook, Social
Media, YouTube, Seesaw etc. as great platforms for learning.
Quite often these platforms are used in day to day teaching and learning
programmes under direct supervision from their teachers. However, the school is
not responsible for students or members of the community inappropriate comments
or dialogue including photos that are not part of teaching and learning programmes.
SPECIAL NEEDS / ABILITIES
Our school recognises that there are children who require special assistance to meet their educational and social needs. This includes children with special abilities. We have a Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and we are committed to providing assistance within the resources and time available to these students.
At the beginning of each year or when your child enrols, he/she will be given a stationery list. All items can be bought from the school.
During the summer months, all children and staff are encouraged to wear sunhats for outdoor activities, at intervals and lunchtimes. Summer months are defined as the period commencing Term 4 through to Easter or the end of Term 1 of the New Year.
Swimming is an important part of our Physical Education programme. We are fortunate to have our own pool as well as the use of the college pool. All children are expected to take part in the swimming programme.
Please send a note or call the school if for any reason your child is unable to go swimming on a particular day. It is a good idea to send togs and towels in a plastic or beach bag. Please name all gear.
Trips and Outdoor Education are an integral part of the school programme and we encourage all children to take part in any out of school activities. Some of these trips cost money. Please let us know if payment is a problem because we can often help out.
These include bi-annual trip to Vanuatu for Year 7/8 and a skiing trip to Ruapehu.
Our School is found in the acronym 'C.A.R.E'
These four - fit alongside our 'I Care' philosophy of -
- Caring for yourself
- Caring for others
- Caring for property
- Caring for the environment
We pride ourselves on being an I Care School 'Whakaaro pai ki te tangata'