School begins at 8:55am. The handbell rings at this time to indicate there is 5 minutes before the electronic bell rings at 9am and the roll is taken. Students who arrive after the bell must go to the office to have their attendance recorded.
Morning break is 11:00-11:30am.
Lunch break is 1:00-1:45pm.
School finishes at 3:00pm
Please notify the office by way of a phone call (a message on the answerphone is fine) or email before the start of the school day. You must also use the sign in/out book (in the office foyer) if your child/ren are taken from school during the school day, or if they arrive after the start of the school day. Future absences should be notified by email to both the office and the class teacher.
After School Care
A private after-school facility is run at the playcentre next door to the school.
Contact details are: [email protected], Faye Livesey 027 6422 380 or Sho Pogoni 021 0264 9893 from 2:40pm weekdays.
Students who live more than 3.2km from their nearest state school are entitled to catch a free bus service to and from school.
Details of bus routes are available on our website.
All users of an afternoon bus must notify the school so they can be added to our bus list. Students are checked by staff before boarding the bus.
Casual users or children using a different bus than usual (eg. to go to a friend’s house) must notify the class teacher or office by 12:30pm on the day concerned so they can be added to the bus list for that day only.
The school does not have a school uniform.
A school hat is provided free to each new pupil and must be worn, when outside, during Terms 1 and 4. If lost or damaged, new hats can be purchased from the office.
Footwear is required when outside during Terms 2 and 3.
A mobile van visits the school periodically to do checks and basic dental procedures. If further treatment is required the dental therapists will give children an appointment time to attend the clinic at Albany Junior High School.
If your child requires attention between these visits, please phone AJHS Community Dental Clinic on 415-2059.
Private tuition is available during school time for piano, harp and guitar. Details are available at the office.
Weekly newsletter are posted on the website each Tuesday.
An email will be sent to remind you that the newsletter is now available.
Students are encouraged to bring a healthy lunch to school, benefiting their own growth and achievement.
Around 10am each day students are encouraged to eat a healthy ‘brain food’ to re-energise.
Monday: Sausage sizzle and cookies are available.
Wednesday: Subway Day - order online before 9am on Subway Day: www.subway.co.nz/schools
Friday: Lunch orders are delivered by Coatesville Store – parents must order and pay for these at the store before Friday. Sweets and glass containers are not permitted.
Individual packs, specific to each class, are available to purchase at the beginning of the school year. An invoice is sent home with each child on the first day of the year and children receive their pack upon payment. As we purchase in bulk, prices are very competitive and the quality is monitored carefully. The new entrant pack is purchased throughout the year by new entrants as they start – please see your enrolment pack for cost details.
Students receive a progress report and an achievement report each year.
After reports are issued parents are able to book a conference to discuss progress and achievement.
Guidelines for conferences
Our school pool is located next to the Coatesville Hall.
All classes swim 3-4 times per week during Term 1. There is a small charge to help cover pool running costs – this charge is on the stationery invoice which goes home with each child on the first day of the year.
If there is anything else you need to know please feel free to ask at the office – or ask your child’s teacher.