Absences
Bell Times
Bikes and Scooters
Board of Trustees

Children with Special Needs
Clothes - Lost
Extra - Curricular and Sport

Friends of Seatoun School

Support Programmes
Stationery Requirements

Absences

Absences and Late Arrivals If your child will be absent from school or arriving late, please notify the school by leaving a message before the commencement of the day on the absence line on 388 7600 extn 1. Messages are checked in the morning before 8.45am. You may also email the office on absent@seatoun.school.nz.
 
If your child cannot be accounted for, either through an answer phone message, and email or discussion with the teacher concerned, office staff will make every effort to contact you, or your nominated contact, to check the whereabouts of your child. This procedure aims to ensure the safety of your child. 23 If your child is to be away from school for any length of time, please inform the office in writing. 
 
It is important that children arrive at school in the morning prior to the 8.45am bell. At least 5 minutes is necessary to get organised and prepared for the day of learning. Late arrivals must report to the school office to register their arrival. Lateness and absences are closely monitored and parents will be contacted if deemed necessary.
 
Bell Times

The bell goes at 8.45am each morning, not 9.00am. Students should be at school by 8.40am to enable a prompt start to the day and to eliminate disruptions from students arriving after activities have begun.

School Programme MONDAY –THURSDAY

8.45am Bell to go to Classroom

8.50am Commencement of morning programme

11.00am Morning Interval – first 5 minutes supervised eating in class

11.20am End of Interval

12.30pm - 1.25pm Lunch

1.25pm End of Lunchtime Warning Bell

1.30pm Start of afternoon programme

2.55pm School closes for day


FRIDAY As above EXCEPT morning interval is 10.00—10.20am

If Children arrive earlier, staff are not responsible for their supervision until 8.30 in the morning. There may not be a teacher in the classroom until that time. In the afternoon children are expected to go directly home [or to a prearranged destination]. With your knowledge and permission, they are welcome to return to play in the school grounds. Staff are usually on site until  late afternoon, but they are not available or responsible for supervision.
 
Bikes and Scooters
Bike racks are situated beside the main entrance to the classroom wing. The scooter racks are situated at the southern entrance to the school on the northern boundary of the playing field. All bikes and scooters are to be left in their designated areas. Parents are requested to ensure that their child’s bike meets all safety standards, and that their child is a competent and confident cyclist able to ride to school on the road. It is compulsory for all cyclists to wear safety standard approved cycle helmets. Bikes and scooters must not be ridden in the school grounds in school hours, but must be pushed as far as the footpath.
 

Board of Trustees

Seeking election onto the Board of Trustees [BOT] is the most formal means of involvement in the school. The BOT is the school’s governing body and members work closely with management at a strategic level. Board meetings are advertised in advance in our school Google Calendar and are open to the public.  Refer to our BOT page for additional information.

Children with Special Needs

Children all come to school with varying abilities and needs. Most of these are well catered for in the classroom programme or in special programmes within the school, but some children with higher needs may require referral to outside agencies.

There are several agencies/services to use and these will be discussed with you, the class teacher and one of our Senior Leadership Team before any action is taken. The services available from the Ministry of Education include MoE Special Education (for behaviour, speech or occupational therapy), Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB for learning needs and behaviour needs), and Resource Teachers of Literacy (RTLits for reading and writing).

Referrals to these services are only available after consultation with parents and prior work in the class aimed at addressing the special needs, and only children with the highest needs will be referred and accepted. Other services available from private companies and counselling services are at parents’ discretion although it is very helpful for the school to have information about these if you use them. We have information about a range of private services available – please see one of our Associate Principal's.

Clothes - Lost

It is school policy that all pupils' clothes are expected to be named. Every endeavour is made to find lost property but if it is not named, there can be no great expectation on the part of the owner of it being returned. We get a very large number of unnamed and unclaimed clothes.  We will display these through each term.  When we have too many unclaimed clothes we will give them to a charity.


 

Extra - Curricular Activities

Sport: There are many opportunities for children to participate in sport, both to represent the school during school time and in after school competitions. A sports booklet is updated annually and is available as a pdf from here.

Cultural: Again a range of activities are available, especially for more senior students. Options may change from year-to-year depending upon staff.

 

Friends of Seatoun School

FoSS [Previously the PTA] works closely alongside the staff and BOT to fundraise and organise social events that maintain and build upon the school’s close links with its community. Members are also involved in the strategic planning process. FoSS relies on parent involvement and the old adage that “many hands make light work.” FoSS meets a couple of evenings per term. Actual meeting dates and venue are advertised in the Steeple Rock newsletter, the school website and on the flat screens in the atrium main foyer.     New members are always welcome.  Please like the FoSS Facebook Page to keep informed.

 

Support Programmes

Providing effective additional support for those children that need it is a real challenge for all schools. The range of needs can be huge e.g. academic, physical, social and emotional. Often children have needs identified in more than one area. At Seatoun School considerably more resources than we receive from our Operations Grant is allocated to support programmes. We also have a highly capable, experienced and

professional team that work alongside teachers to help children become independent learners able to operate at age appropriate levels.

However, despite this real commitment and very good success rate we are still unable to achieve our ideal. Resources must be prioritised and fairly allocated as we endeavour to work alongside parents and other agencies to ensure the needs of each student are being met to the best of our ability.

A more comprehensive booklet is available from the school office and/or a meeting with the school principal can be arranged for those wanting more information.


Stationery Requirements - download as pdf's