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Helpful Information

Table of Contents

Absences
Assemblies
Banking
Behaviour Management
Car Parking
Children Leaving the School
Donations
Educational Visits
Library
Lost Property
Lunches
Money
Music
Newsletters
Parent Help
Performing Arts
Reporting to Parents
School Crossing
School Hours 
Sport
Stationery
Swimming
Toys and Valuables
Updated School Records

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8.30 am   Children may enter school grounds
8.55 am School commences
11.00 - 11.20 am        Interval
12.30 - 1.25 pm Lunch
3.00 pm School finishes
3.20 pm Clearing bell - children not collected by this time are encouraged to come to the office.
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Absences

Please telephone the school absence line 338 7493 or text 027 9116019 before 8:30 am if your child is going to be absent. Please include a brief explanation for the absence. You can call at anytime outside of school hours and leave a message on the answer phone. If you do not call us, we will call you. If your child arrives late in the morning, or you pick up your child early please come to the office and sign the attendance book.

Assemblies

Full school assemblies are held fortnightly on a Friday at 9.00 am. Dates are published in the newsletter and are available on the website. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Banking

ASB school banking is banked on Friday.  Cashin the Elephant is situated in the office together with banking envelopes.

Behaviour Management

Teachers use a variety of strategies to maintain a friendly, safe and co-operative atmosphere in the classroom.  In all classes, children contribute to a class set of rules established early in the year.  Programmes in health and social skills training also teach positive behaviours.

The teachers and the Deputy Principal involve the child and parents/caregivers in developing strategies to deal with repetitive or serious misbehaviour which compromises the safety of others, or the ability of the teacher and children to work in a classroom free of disruptions.

Verbal abuse, taunts, physical intimidation and aggression are unacceptable. Every member of the school community is responsible for ensuring that they are not present in our school.

Children and parents are encouraged to report incidents of unacceptable behaviour.  This environment is crucial in developing a safe playground and classroom. Together we can make a difference.

Please click here to view our behaviour expectation document.

Car Parking

Car parking in the school is for staff and service vehicles only. We ask that you park, pick up or drop off your child using Sparks Road or Maryhill Avenue. Please do not use the staff car park.


Children Leaving the School

Please do not take your child from school without making sure that a staff member or the office know.


Donations

$100.00 per year—up to a maximum of $280 for 3 or more children attending school.  School donations are a small but vital component of our school’s budget.  They are set each year by the Board of Trustees to supplement funding received from the Government.  Without your donation we would be unable to fund many of the programmes that we currently do, e.g. dance, music, ICT and sports.

All school donations are now incorporated in our computer records and computer generates invoices and receipts are issues.

You can claim a 33.3% school donation tax credit—visit the IRD website: www.ird.govt.nz/non-profit/np-donations/school/

Payment arrangements are available—please enquire at the School Office.

We would really appreciate receiving your financial contribution and thank you, in anticipation, for your continued support.


Educational Visits

Sports, cultural and class trips are undertaken throughout the year.  Bus and other costs are met by those travelling.  Naturally, all drivers offering to transport children must have a current licence, ensure that their car is registered and has a warrant of fitness.

Library

The library is open before school, after school and at lunchtimes for children to return and issue books.

Lost Property

This is collected and stored between classrooms, in the cloak bays. Please ensure all belongings are clearly named.

Lunches

Subway is available and orders must be in by 9:00 am Thursday for Subway to be delivered on Friday. The order forms and box is situated in the office foyer. 

Money

All money is to be brought to the office in a named envelope and can be put in the Dropbox. Eftpos is available.

Music

Music has a high profile, with the Board employing a specialist teacher.  Each year the school is involved in major musical events, such as the South West Music Festival at the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival at the Town Hall.  Extension music programmes are also part of the Hoon Hay programme.  Guitar, keyboard and drum tuition is also offered through private tutors.


Newsletters

Fortnightly newsletters are emailed out on a Friday.  We will have paper copies available in the office for those without internet access.  If you would prefer a paper copy let the office know and we will ensure it gets to you.  Please ensure your contact details are up to date.


Parent Help

There are many opportunities for you to become involved- just talk to the teacher and let them know how and when you can help.

Performing Arts

Dance has a high profile. The Board employs a specialist teacher, giving the children the opportunity to participate in hip hop groups that enter local competitions. Regular performances at assembly are a real highlight.

Reporting to Parents - Our Programme

Shortly after your child settles at school we like to find out just what knowledge they have, so that we can build upon this. We look at alphabet knowledge, book skills, number skills, memory and speech and language development.

When these tests are complete, we invite you in with your child to share the results. You will be informed on the knowledge your child has already gained and what their next learning step will be. We also discuss how your child is settling in socially. This is an opportunity to raise any concerns you or the teacher might have. This is usually 6 weeks after your child has started school.

During the year we continue to test the alphabet knowledge and also the number of word that your child can recognise at sight. We also complete ongoing assessment in reading, writing and maths.

After 20, 40, 60 and 80 weeks you will receive a written report and an interview if required.


School Crossing

A crossing is controlled by trained Year 6 pupils with a teacher or parent supervising from 8.30 - 8.55 am, and 3.00 - 3.15 pm.

Parents are asked not to stop their cars on the yellow lines in front of the school when dropping off or collecting their children.  It is impossible for our traffic wardens to see over these cars - our wardens are only child-sized! Be a good role model for your child and always use the crossing!


Sport

Hoon Hay takes an active part in the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Sports Programme as well as running its own junior and senior sporting programme.  Parent help with coaching and transport is welcomed.  Year 5 and 6 children have the opportunity to be involved in cricket during summer and netball, hockey, soccer and rugby during winter.  Teams play against other Christchurch schools during school hours.

In addition we have school touch and basketball teams participating in competitions out of school hours.

Swimming sports, athletics, a cross-country and a triathlon are also part of the annual calendar of school events.


Stationery

Parents are issued with a list of stationery requirements at the end of each year, in preparation for the new school year.

Swimming

All children have swimming tuition, from an outside provider – Pioneer Pool and Wharenui.

Toys and Valuables

We ask that toys and valuables are not brought to school and seek your co-operation with this. Loss, damage and disputes over ownership are best avoided.

Updated School Records 

Please let us know of any change in information, such as phone, address, emergency contact details, doctor.