Absences / Attendance
The Education Act regulations state that no child shall be absent from school without sufficient reason. A note signed by a parent stating reasons for a child’s absence should be sent to school when the pupil returns. Alternatively the school can be telephoned or complete the Absentee form here.
School assemblies are usually held every Monday afternoon at 2.15pm in Pukeoware Hall. All learners receiving a certificate will be notified in the newsletter on the Thursday prior to assembly. Each week, a different class will lead assembly. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend assemblies.
Concerns From Parents
From time to time, parents and caregivers will have concerns that need to be resolved. Below are the guidelines of the complaints / concerns procedure:
- See the class teacher.
- If not happy with the resolution – see the Deputy Principal (whomever is the leader for the syndicate).
- If the concern still exists, see the Principal.
All staff will be sensitive to the issues of professional integrity and respect matters of confidentiality and privacy at all times.
We have a school wide behaviour system that can lead to detentions. When this happens parents are notified of this misconduct. Serious misconduct can lead to suspension and expulsion. The Board of Trustees will get involved at this stage. We appreciate parents reinforcing the school stance on inappropriate behaviour with children.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees consists of five members elected every three years by parents of the school, the principal and a staff representative. It has the power to co-opt other members if it chooses.
We have enjoyed a very committed and hard working Board in the past who have achieved a lot. The Board meets monthly. Parents are able to attend these meetings if they so desire. As a courtesy however, informing the Chairperson of intending participation would assist with meeting procedures. Parents may be asked to leave a meeting should a sensitive matter need to be discussed.
Board Minutes are available at the school office.
The Board is not responsible for the day to day management of the school and concerns in this area should be referred to the teaching staff and principal. Only when your concerns have not been resolved should there be reference to the Board.
The school encourages children to purchase from the ABC, Lucky, Arrow and Star Book Clubs. They are inexpensive by today’s standards and fulfil a very useful purpose. The school receives a small commission on sales. All children are given an information sheet and order form. Cheques should be made out to Scholastic NZ.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Children are able to bring their own device to assist with learning. If you are happy for your child to bring their device to help support and enhance their learning, you will need to complete a BYOD Memorandum of Understanding.
Calf Club / Gala Day
This is a special feature of a country school and an important community event. Calf Club will be held on Saturday, 30th September 2017. Children are encouraged to rear a calf, lamb, goat or chicken for showing on this day or to bring a pet for the Pet Section. All children are also expected to participate in the show indoor exhibits.
The Gala Committee is responsible for the running of the Gala day and assistance and support from the community is appreciated. As it is classed as a school day, pupils are urged to attend.
The Board of Trustees has made it policy that senior pupils (Years 7 & 8) have one major camp each year. These camps encourage pupil development and achievement and have related themes such as aquatics. Fundraising is often needed as camps costs can vary, depending on type of camp being organised.
We are fortunate to have staff that are keen on outdoor education and a supportive crew of parents. Camp is a great way to get involved. For any parent wishing to stay overnight at camp, a Police Check will be required. (Vulnerable Children Act 2014)
A choir is formed bi-annually to participate in the Waiuku Schools Music Festival. Because of its popularity, numbers have to be limited to senior pupils. Children from Years 4 – 8 may take part in a simple audition.
Some years we also participate in the Kids for Kids Choir Festival and the APPA Music Festival. Performances for other community groups may also be arranged.
As part of class programmes, visits are sometimes undertaken by classes or syndicates. These are valuable extensions of children’s understanding of themselves and of the world they live in, often lead to stimulating follow up work and offer a “hands on” approach to learning. The cost of these is on a pay as you go basis. All trip money needs to go through your child’s teacher.
When trips involve parents driving children to and from venues, cars must be roadworthy, the driver licensed and children in seat belts (not lap belts). Some trips will use a bus.
Period of exclusion from school:
- Measles – four days after appearance of rash.
- Chicken Pox – until blisters have formed dry scabs.
- Mumps – until nine days after swelling appears.
- Ringworm – nil if under treatment.
- Impetigo School sores (Impetigo) must be covered.
- Slapped Cheek – nil unless they have a fever (keep children away from pregnant women).
- Hand, Foot & Mouth – for period of illness/until blisters dry up.
Doctor’s advice should be sought in all cases. The Public Health Nurse can also be approached.
Computers / eLearning
Computers are an integral part of our programme. We endeavour to expand pupils’ knowledge and experience in this field and all children will develop computer literacy as they move through the school.
Use of the Internet is monitored by staff and parents and children are asked to sign a user consent form.
As our school is near a busy main road, cycling is recommended only for pupils in Year 5 and over. It is compulsory that all cyclists wear approved safety helmets.
The children from Pukeoware School are looked after by the View Road Dental Clinic – Ph: 09 236 5180.
A screening programme is set up at school whereby all children are checked at school by dental therapists and only those requiring treatment to see the Dental Nurse.
The school maintains contact with and utilises where necessary, a variety of outside specialised agencies. These include:
- Department of Health (Public Health Nurse)
- School Library Service
- Education Advisers
- Speech Therapist
- RTLB – Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour – for children with moderate needs.
- RTLLit – Resource Teacher of Literacy.
- Group Specialist Education
- As specialist help is hard to come by we encourage parent support for these services.
Please contact us if you’d like to access these services.
Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
School Donation / Fundraising
These are set by the Board of Trustees each year. They are currently:
- Annual School Donation – $80.00 per child
- Annual Ground Maintenance – $15.00 per family
- Annual Hall Maintenance – $45.00 per family
We may also have school fundraising to supplement funds.
If your child enters Pukeoware School part way through the year, adjustments are made to the fees accordingly.
Should a child suffer an accident at school he/she will be attended to and if it is felt a doctor’s advice is necessary then parents will be contacted immediately. If parents cannot be contacted the child will be taken to the Waiuku Medical Centre.
Please advise the school if pupils need to take any medication during the day. This is especially important for asthmatics or children with allergies. Be aware also that we are not entitled to give pupils any medication without prior permission of the caregiver. It is crucial that the school is aware of student health issues.
Please provide your child with a school hat in summer (Terms 1 & 4). The school provides sunscreen. Children who don’t have a sunhat will have to play in shady areas.
Home Helpers / Parent Helpers
If you have a particular talent or would just like to “muck in” around the school – you are always welcome! We like to have parents assisting at school. Teachers may also require parent help for some extracurricular activities.
At times it is necessary for children to get practice, consolidate skills taught or to prepare for work in the future. It is very beneficial for pupils to read each day. Often children need to learn spelling and basic facts in maths. If you have any worries about your child and homework, see the teacher concerned.
At the senior level, homework is set according to individual teachers. In the junior classes, reading will be sent home Monday to Thursday and Poetry Books and or publishing folders on Friday. Please support your child’s progress by making this an enjoyable time.
The School opens at 8:15am. We like the children to be at school by 8.45am so they have time to organise themselves before school.
|8.15am: School opens|
|8.50am: School commences|
|10.40 – 11.00am: Morning interval|
|12.30–1.25pm: Lunch time|
|2.50pm: School closes|
These have been introduced so that children of all ages can interact and to build leadership and a sense of community. Children are divided evenly between Kaha (Green), Aroha (Yellow), Mana (Red) and Toa (Blue) houses, led by House Captains. House activities include duties, sports, educational and cultural activities.
At times parents may feel they need to seek clarification for things that are done or happen at school. Staff are happy to see parents to discuss pupils in their care. Contact the school to arrange a suitable time. If you are still concerned after seeing the teacher, please contact a Senior Teacher, (Lynne Green -Senior Syndicate or Kim Michie – Junior Syndicate).
The school policy is that no make up or jewellery (other than ear studs and watches) are worn.
Leaving School / Late Arrival
If your child is Late to school, please escort them to the office and sign them in.
If you require to pick them up early, please sign them out of the school in the office.
The library is an excellent resource and all children are encouraged to take books out. Children may take out two books at a time. They are issued for two weeks. Please ensure your children return books on time. Book bags are purchased when children start school. These must be used to protect books.
Senior children may apply to be trained as Librarians each year.
All clothing and footwear should be named. Parents are welcome to check in the lost property box by Room 3. Unclaimed clothing will be given to charitable organisations at the end of term.
Manual / Technology
Each term (approximately 4 times) the Year 7 & 8 pupils go by bus to View Road School for tuition in aspects of technology. Some fees are required at the beginning of Term 1 and Term 3 to cover cost of materials used. Suitable footwear is essential. All children must return to school by bus unless an exemption is applied for by the parent and a pass is issued. Since 1999 Art has become an additional specialist subject.
The annual fee is currently $60 per child. If fees aren’t paid an alternative programme will be arranged or students will not take work home with them.
A school newsletter is sent home weekly. They are written to inform parents of school matters. They can also be used by local clubs and organisations. They are written mostly on Thursdays and whenever else it is deemed necessary. Check bags on Thursdays!
This is held in the last week of school. There are three class prizes to be awarded:
- Endeavour – the student who attempts to do their best always.
- Academic – the student who is achieves the top academic / or has made marked progress in all areas.
- Community – the student who participates proactively in school life.
PTA – Parent Teacher Association
This is a great opportunity for parents to work with the staff for the benefit of the school community. The PTA works in close liaison with the staff and Board of Trustees and is a vibrant organisation that allows parents to be active within the school. Recent successes have included running our gala days, building the new playground and shade areas, a new sandpit and a variety of school equipment, providing laptops, helping towards camps etc., community barbecues, social events and revamping gardens.
We have a Special Education Needs coordinator (SENCO) who will co ordinate help for students assessed to have special needs. In 2016 this is Lynne Green (Deputy Principal and Room 6 teacher)
The school expects all children to participate in Phys Ed lessons. Children should bring appropriate clothing to school – e.g. shorts if children are playing on the field at lunchtimes / for sports etc. If you wish your child excused for health reasons, a note is required (this includes swimming).
Piano and Guitar Lessons
Qualified music teachers come into the school once a week to give private piano and guitar lessons to those children interested. Contact the school office for details.
As part of the Board of Trustee’s responsibility they institute policies which are binding on parents/pupils/staff of the school. As the situation demands, these policies are implemented/amended to meet the changing needs of the school. Parents are welcome to view any School Policy at the office.
Public Health Nurse
Our Public Health Nurse is at school on a regular basis and is available to teachers and parents should there be any problems.
She has a wide range of expertise and can access other community health agencies.
Reporting to Parents
Meet the Teacher Evening / Open Evening:
Held in Term One to meet the parents and share expectations of the class and learn more of the children.
Interim Anniversary Reports (Years 1 – 3):
Six monthly interim reports will be sent home to indicate progress against the National Standards.
Anniversary Reports will be sent home after 1, 2 and 3 Year Anniversaries to indicate progress against the National Standards. A parent interview will then be scheduled.
Mid-Year Reports (Years 1 – 4)
These are sent home at the end of Term Two to reflect on the progress of the children in the core areas and are aligned with the National Standards.
Learning Conferences (Years 4 – 8)
These are held at the end of Term Two to follow up on the Mid-Year Report. These are led by the learner.
End of Year Report (All):
These are sent home at the end of Term Four to reflect on the progress of the children in the core areas and are aligned with the National Standards.
The school is always on the lookout for sources of paper, card and other material such as newspapers, magazines, material and wool. If you could help in that area please do so. We are thankful for these resources.
Senior children are trained as Traffic Wardens by the police to help with safe crossing after school. It is essential that crossing rules are obeyed by everyone, including adults, to ensure the safety of our children.
The school and grounds are the responsibility of the Board of Trustees. The community is welcome to use the outside facilities and to assume some responsibility in ensuring it is cared for. Contact the Principal if you wish to use facilities.
School Reports (see Reporting to Parents)
Written interview reports are issued mid-year and another in-depth report at the end of the year.
They objectively inform parents as to a child’s progress socially and academically. Parent interviews are available after interview reports are issued mid-year. An interim report is also issued early in the year.
The National Standards require all schools to issue 2 written reports per year.
Smoke / Alcohol Free School
Pukeoware School is a designated smoke / alcohol free zone. Smoking outside the school entrances is discouraged.
Our school may take part in the 40 Hour Famine, annual speech contest, Mathex and other charitable occasions.
We often have other events such as productions, a concert, Jump Jam, Jump Rope for Heart, Book week. We have also in the past few years had an art auction (children’s work), talent quest, syndicate and end of year picnics, school prizegivings and a Year 8 leaving outing. These functions and format will change yearly.
Our school is part of the Waiuku Group of schools and we have a time tabled agenda of sporting and cultural events that we participate in with other local schools. Our Year 8’s participate in ballroom dancing in the 4th term, culminating with a country school social at the end of the year.
Parents are actively encouraged to have their children play some form of sport. Parental coaching is done in netball and soccer at our school at present. Local clubs coach rugby, soccer, hockey, gymnastics, cricket, swimming, athletics, table tennis, BMX and other sports. They do a very worthwhile and appreciated job in providing out of school sport for those children who are interested. We participate in regular Waiuku area interschool days and special tournaments also.
The Pukeoware Netball Club is autonomous of the school but has a high degree of cooperation with it.
A stationery list is supplied at the end of each school year with requirements for the commencement of the following year.
The school holds stocks of the most commonly used stationery, but particularly specialty items required by new entrants. These are sold to pupils, as they are required. Any profit goes into school funds.
Our school operates two syndicates – Junior and Senior. Often teachers in these syndicates meet and plan together. Syndicate leaders are Lynne Green (Senior) and Kim Michie (Junior). As senior teachers they can also be approached should you have any concerns about your children (after seeing your child’s teacher in the first instance).
If Eamonn Kelly (Principal) is away, Kim Michie is Acting Principal. If Eamonn Kelly and Kim Michie are away, Lynne Green is Acting Principal.
To facilitate the smooth running of the school without interruptions, it would be appreciated if telephone calls to school could be made at the following times (not applicable where urgent of course).
- 8.15 – 8.50am
- 10.00 – 10.15am
- 12.30 – 1.15pm
- 2.50 – 4.00pm
Our phone number is 235 9443 and our fax number is 235 9013.
Children are discouraged from bringing toys to school as they can be broken or lost, causing distress to the child and their family. A great deal of valuable time can also be spent looking for the toy or finding out how it was broken, often with no satisfactory result.
We are a fully uniformed school. The Uniform Shop is open on Tuesday morning (8:30 – 8:50am) and afternoon (3.00 – 3.30pm).
Please be aware that the Uniform Shop will only accept payment by cash or cheque (there are no eftpos facilities), or by Direct Credit to the bank account (12 3052 0248378 01 Pukeoware School Uniform Account – please note this is an account dedicated to payment of uniforms and no other school payments are to be made to this account). If paying by Direct Credit please identify the child’s name and room number as a reference. Orders will only be placed once all payments have been cleared in the bank account. At the time of placing your order you will be advised of delivery times.
The current price list for uniform items is:
- Polo – Child (size 4 – 14), $26
- Polo – Adult (size S – XL), $28
- Cargo Shorts, $30
- Sports Shorts, $22
- Skorts, $30
- 3/4 Pants (not held in stock), $34
- Long Cargo Pants, $37
- Track Pants, $38
- Sports Jacket, $43
- Poly Fleece, $36
- Cap – OSFA, $10
- Bucket Hat – S/M, L/XL, $12
Vision / Values
A POSITIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY THAT EMPOWERS CONFIDENT, LIFE LONG LEARNERS.
Our Values are embraced under our House system of:
- Kaha – STRONG
- Mana – PRIDE
- Toa – BRAVE
- Aroha – CARING
As we cannot be responsible for the custody of valuable articles, pupils are advised not to bring them to school. Children should not have money at school unless for some specific reason. Children are responsible for their own toys if they bring them to school.
Cell phones need to be turned off during school hours. If your child needs to contact someone urgently they can do so at the office.
It is important that all visitors report to the office in the first instance.
Our website is www.pukeoware.school.nz
As well as administrative details, weekly school newsletters, syndicate letters, a calendar of events and photos are included. This is a great site should you have mislaid information.