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Accidents at School
Every care is taken to avoid accidents in and around the playground. However they do occur and in these situations the staff take the necessary steps to attend to your child’s needs.
It is very important that you keep your emergency contact details up to date.
Arrival Time at School
Parents are requested not to have children at school prior to 8.30am. In some circumstances, those few children who arrive prior to 8.30am are required to sit on the bench seats outside Rooms 2, 3, 4. There is no access to classrooms until the 8.30am bell rings. Pupils should arrive at school early enough for them to prepare for a smooth start to the day. For example to bring in readers, take down chairs, etc. School STARTS at 8.50am. Teachers check the roll at 8.50am and report absences to the office for investigation.
After School / Playing with Friends
Children who wish to go and play with their friends after school should have arranged this activity with both sets of parents the day before. The school telephone cannot be used for this purpose. Please ensure that your children understand the importance of going straight home after school, before visiting or playing. If a child, or children, arrive at your house to play and this has not been prearranged please send them home or ring the parent.
It is important that we keep track of the children enrolled at our school for several reasons. One is to prevent truancy and another is to protect your child from danger. If your child is away for any reason, please telephone the school on the absences answer phone 354 8537, send a note to the classroom by 9.00am or complete the absences form on our website. A text to 027 755 7753 will also alert us to absences. An early call prevents the waste of valuable time searching for your child. Please remember a note or phone call from you is required each time your child is away, stating the reason for their absence.
To ensure the safety of everyone using the carpark, we outline the guidelines for use below:
If an emergency occurs at any time while the children are at school they will be kept at school under the care of our staff. We will not send the children home, as many caregivers work. We urge you, in the event of an emergency, to call or listen to your local radio station.
Communicating with Parents
A close relationship between parents and the school enhances learning. The staff value the chance to meet parents to talk about the progress of their children. In a school such as ours, this often happens informally on occasions such as dropping off or collecting children.
Below, we outline the programme for the year so parents are aware of what to expect.
We emphasise that parents are welcome to discuss matters with teachers, or the Principal, at any time. We would however, ask that you do not approach the staff on these matters during class time.
Dental treatment is provided by a mobile clinic which spends approximately one term at the school. The phone number for the mobile clinic is 027 244 4159. When the mobile clinic is not on site, a dental therapist can be contacted at Roslyn School Clinic to make an appointment for your child. Phone 357 9868.
An Enrolment Scheme operates at Parkland School with strict enrolment guidelines. If you have a pre-school child and are looking for an exceptional school, with traditional values, please make sure you contact the principal to arrange a tour of the school.
Applications are currently considered using the following criteria and this would not change.
Priority 2 Siblings of current students
Priority 3 Siblings of former students
Priority 4 Child of a former student
Priority 5 Child of a staff or Board of Trustee member
Priority 6 All other applicants
All students who live within the home zone described below (and shown on the map) shall be entitled to enrol at the school.
The home zone is defined as all homes in the area enclosed by:
Proof of residence within the home zone will be required
Enrolment of Pupils
Pupils may not start school prior to their 5th birthday. It is very helpful if children are placed on our pre-enrolment list well before their birthday. The admission procedure requires the child’s birth certificate (not a copy) to be sighted and copied, and for a health card and an enrolment form to be completed. We are also required to sight and copy the vaccination certificate.
Simply go to the Education Review Office /Home Page and search for "Parkland School ERO Report
Every child is unique and different. When they arrive at school it is expected that they are ‘ready for school’ – this expectation is unfair. As not all children are ready to read and write immediately.
Children’s sensory and physical development affects their ability to remember what they see, hear and do. Therefore it affects their ability to learn and achieve. Think of your child’s brain as a ‘bucket’ with holes in it – if these holes are not plugged then formal learning can be lost. The plugs are the Foundation Skills for Formal Learning. Therefore these skills are the ‘plugs’ that fill the holes in the bucket!
In our bucket we have Reading, Writing and Maths at the top. However, if we focus entirely on these skills at the top of the bucket the holes in the lower areas will undermine our efforts.
To achieve in the classroom a child needs to be physically and developmentally ready. This in turn will have an effect on a child’s ability to be able to remember what they see, hear and do. We need to make sure that children have the Foundation Skills to be ready for formal learning. We need to allow children to develop these skills so that when they move into formal learning situations they will find success more readily and be more ‘switched on to learning’. We want children to enjoy early success in school and provide the best possible start to school life. Everyday children need to participate in a wide range of important movement activities. These movement activities can improve the way the brain functions to help prepare a child for learning success. Time also needs to be taken to develop auditory and visual processing and memory skills. The ability to remember what we see, hear and do are learned skills.
When the brain has been provided with a wide range of movement patterns, sensory activities and language, the brain will develop a rich network of nerve patterns and literally be ‘wired for learning’.
The development of Foundation Skills for formal learning is sequential:
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Health and Safety
When using the school grounds at any time - no actions by you should cause harm to yourself, others or school property. Anyone found climbing on the school roof or any building will be reported to Police
Parkland School has an expectation that all children undertake daily homework across the school. More than 90% of our school parents have requested this level of homework. At Parkland School we value homework as a way of supporting learning and as a way to develop sound work habits for the future. Students are expected to be involved in purposeful homework tasks that are monitored by the class teacher. Feedback from the teacher and/or communication between the teacher and home is important regarding the regular completion of homework.
Junior Team - 15-20 minutes per night
Senior Team - 20-30 minutes per night
There are days when circumstances beyond anyone's control impacts on family lives and homework is unable to be completed. The school understands these situations arise, and they are not a problem. It does help however if the teacher is simply notified briefly in some way. (Email, text or a brief note). Homework is not intended to be that difficult that children are unable to complete it. All content would have been covered in class time. If parents have any issues at all over their child’s homework they are advised to make personal contact early with the class teacher.
Illness at School
If your child becomes ill at school, we take steps to inform you, or the person you’ve elected as your ‘emergency contact’. If we’re unable to locate either you, or your emergency contact, we will ensure that your child is cared for until such contact can be made.
Each year parents are required to update emergency and medical information.
If your child requires specific medication for asthma, bee stings etc, this can be held in the sick bay. Medications must be clearly labelled and replaced each year. If the school is required to administer any form of medication to a pupil on a regular basis, a form must be completed at the office.
Newsletters are sent home on the first Thursday of each term and then each alternate Thursdays to keep families informed of what is going on in the school. A full colour version is also provided on the school website. Parents and caregivers may register on the website and will receive these automatically.
The Newsletter will also be available via the School App.
Community members are welcome to include items in the Community Notices section.
To maintain the quality of our newsletter we do not include advertising flyers unless they are directly related to the operation of the school.
We encourage the help of parents in our school. If you have a special interest or strength that you could share with the children, we would love to hear about it. We also look for parents to help out with the fortnightly BBQ Lunch. Let the office know if you can help in any way. All volunteer helpers will need to be Police Vetted.
Public Health Nurse
The Public Health Nurse works in the school by networking with social and health agencies in our community. Her tasks include the following:
SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator )
At Parkland School the SENCO’s task is to work closely with the Principal and colleagues in the strategic development of the school's special educational needs.
Learning Support Programmes at Parkland and agencies we work closely with.
Our teachers and teacher aides support our learners on various programmes to provide for their individual and specific learning needs.
Give your future five year old a "Smart Start" at Parkland School!
What is Smart Start?
Smart Start is a programme offered to all future five year-olds and their parents, who are enrolled to start at Parkland School. Smart Start will give you and your child an informative, hands-on, fun-filled introduction to Parkland School, to ensure a smooth transition for your child.
Smart Start will give you both an opportunity to:
The Smart Start Programme
The Smart Start Programme consists of a range of activities and experiences designed to give you and your child an idea of what to expect when they begin school, and also to prepare them for the learning that takes place in a New Entrant Classroom.
Smart Start Activities and Experiences:
Your child will receive activities to take home to share and practise with you, such as:
What you need to know
Where: One of the Junior Classrooms
When: Wednesday afternoons 1:40 - 2:55
Teacher: Junior Team Leader or New Entrant Teacher
How long before children can start?
Children are able to be involved in the programme for up to a term (10 weeks) before they start school. You will be sent a letter a few weeks before your child is due to start Smart Start, please fill in the form at the bottom and return it to school to confirm your child's enrolment in this programme.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.
We look forward to meeting you and your future five year-old!
Stationery is made available to children on the first school day each year to ensure a prompt start to programmes of work. Stationery can be purchased at the school office each morning between 8.30am and 8.50am at competitive prices, both at the beginning of the year and also throughout the remainder of the year. New entrants will be provided with requirements on enrolment.
Parkland is a 'SunSmart Accredited School'
Parkland School was one of the first schools in New Zealand to require sunhats for all pupils to be worn during summer months. Each child is required to have their own named hat. The Parkland, bottle green, bucket style hat is available for purchase from Academy Apparel. Sunscreen is also provided in a dispenser near the library for the use of children.
Hats are compulsory in Terms 1 & 4
Travel to/from School
The Police, Board of Trustees and staff strongly recommend that only pupils in Years 5 and 6 ride bicycles to school. By law, cycle helmets must be worn by all cyclists. Parents collecting pupils at 2.55pm are asked to be very considerate to ensure the safety of our pupils.
When you are parking outside the school (Balmoral Drive or Parkland Crescent) please leave access to resident's properties clear.
8.30am Office opens
8.50am School starts
10.40am – 10.50am Read & feed
10.50 – 11.20am Morning Interval
12.50pm – 1.00pm Lunch in class
1.00 – 1.40pm Lunch Interval
2.55pm School ends
41 Parkland Crescent
Phone: (06)358 1469
Fax: (06)358 1756
Absences: (06)354 8537
Text Absences : 027 755 7753
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