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2018 School Dates
School will open at 9am on Wednesday January 31st and the last day of 2018 will be Tuesday December 18th. There will be 2 Teacher Only days in 2018, dates to be confirmed but these are likely to be in Term 3 and Term 4.
Term 1 January 31st – April 13th (with a 5 day break for Easter)
Term 2 April 30th – July 6th
Term 3 July 23rd – September 28th
Term 4 October 15th – December 18th
- Principal: Julia Bevin
- Deputy Principal: Rachel McMullen and Judith Smith
- Teina Syndicate: Judith Smith, Debbie Ayres, Sue Gent and Justine Ward
- Tuakana Syndicate: Rachel McMullen, Andy Laurenson, Jess Hortop and Rebecca Chisholm
- Office Manager: Raima Kingi and Linda McLaughlan
- Caretaker: Mike Stringfellow
- Librarian: Donna Barr
- Release Teacher: Alayna Flighty
- Reading Recovery Teacher: Judith Price
- Teacher Aides: Naomi Ratana, Jill Mazey, Bridget Pidford, Hollie Tuiileila, Sarah McMaster
- Paekakariki School’s hours are from 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. for 40 weeks of the year.
Hours of instruction are as follows:
- 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
- 11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
- 1.50 p.m. 3.00 p.m.
The Board may from time to time approve departure from these hours provided that the time is within Ministry requirements of 394 half days
School Community Support
Parents and members of the community are encouraged to come and support the school and classroom programmes. There is also a constant need for parents/caregivers to:
- Provide transport on class visits for Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) programmes
- Fundraising activities
- Help within the school.
- Support learning
If you are interested in helping please contact the school office.
Lunches are available on Friday with a variety of hot food available. The food available is publicized in our weekly newsletter. Orders can be made by placing the correct money in an envelope with name, room and order written clearly on the front and posted in the lunch box situated outside the office in the school foyer. All pies that we offer have the healthy heart tick for low fat content.
We believe that the appearance of pupils reflect the school as a whole. Some attire is not appropriate in a school environment. Our guidelines are:
- Jewelry is kept to a minimum with only studs in ears for reasons of safety
- There is no body piercing
- Make up is not necessary\
- Clothing needs to be appropriate for children to participate in all activities comfortably at school. There may be times when specific clothing is required for example: for running, gymnastics, other physical education programmes and swimming. The children will be required to wear the correct clothing.
- No illegal or anti social slogans will be visible on pupils clothing i.e. drug usage, swearing, pornography.
- Hair is kept tidy and clean.
The school has a compulsory policy that children must bring hats in Terms 1 and 4 for sun protection during breaks and any outdoor activities. The requirement to wear them is at the discretion of the school. The threat of getting burnt by the sun can be very high. Using hats and a strong sun block will greatly minimise this risk. The students will be required to wear hats when the “sun flag” is displayed on the flagpole.
As Paekakariki School is a place of learning and a high expectation of behaviour is required at all times. Behaviour is guided by our school values of whanaungatanga, creativity, resilience, integrity, and inquiring mind.
We believe our responsibility to supervise your children begins at 8:30 at school and ends at the school gate, at 3:00; unless your child is required for a school activity after these hours.
Absences and Lateness
If your child is sick in the morning please contact the school by telephone so we can inform the teacher. Parents/Caregivers are asked also to provide a note if their child has been away or has to leave school early. If your child is consistently absent or absent for a long period, a medical certificate will be required.
We understand from time to time that your child may be late to school. We ask that all late pupils report to the office first before going to class. Consistent lateness disrupts class programmes as well as hinders your child’s education, therefore everyone benefits when your child is at school and ready to start the day at 9.00 a.m.
Visitors to the school
We ask that all visitors who will be in the school for a period of time sign the visitors book at the entrance to the school. In this way we can account for every person in case of an emergency.
All pupils will be placed in a class deemed appropriate to their academic and social development. Parents will be notified of their child’s class before the end of Term 4 each year. Parents are welcome to come and discuss their child’s placement with the Assistant or Deputy Principal.
School donations by Parent/Caregivers help pay for extra resources for Paekakariki School students. Accounts are sent home in the first term of each year and we ask that they be paid by the end of the first term. Upon payment a tax deduction receipt will be provided.
Extra Curricular Activities
From time to time parents/caregivers are asked to pay for extra curricular activities in the form of visiting groups and E.O.T.C programmes. We will try give as much advance warning of these activities as possible. If there are some problems with payment please contact your classroom teacher or the office. We believe in making these activities accessible to all.
Home & School Communication
The school newsletter, with information for parents, goes home or gets emailed out on Thursday afternoon. You can request the newsletter by email or view it on our website at http://www.paekakariki.school.nz
Paekakariki School reports to whanau twice a year as per current legislation.
If there are concerns about school programmes then communication is the best way to resolve them.
We ask that you make an appointment with your classroom teacher the first instance as this is where most issues can be solved. If there are still concerns, we ask that you follow the line of responsibility in the school and discuss the issue with the Assistant Principal/Deputy Principal then Principal.
If parents/caregivers are still not satisfied, there is a formal complaints procedure available at the office which offers guidance on the appropriate steps to take.
Teachers may also have concerns about pupils. If this is the case you will either be contacted by phone or letter.
- If you wish to use the school grounds or buildings out of school hours, please contact the Principal or office to obtain information on costs, requirements and application forms.
- Paekakariki School is a smoke, alcohol and drug free area
- Lost Property can be found in the black container in the hall. Children are given the opportunity to claim their gear. All property not claimed is donated to charity once per term.
The school does not take responsibility for the loss or damage of a pupil’s personal items. However we will try and help resolve any issue over the loss of an item that may arise.
Health and Safety
Parents whose children need to take medication at school are asked to inform the classroom teacher. If there is a necessity for regular medication to be taken, we ask that you make an appointment with the classroom teacher. A medication form is required to be filled out and is available at the office
For the safety of the children, driving and parking in the school grounds during the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm is not permitted.
In the interests of all, dogs are to be kept out of the school grounds.
Cycling to School
Bicycles should be road worthy and helmets worn properly at all time. The school reserves the right to stop pupils riding to school if we feel they are unsafe. All pupils are asked not ride in the school grounds for the safety of other children
Roller blades, skateboards and scooters are not to be ridden in the school grounds. Students are allowed to use these items in the tennis court area during breaks