2021 Information for our SGHS Families - Whanau Hononga (Family Connection) - Southland Girls' High School
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Digital Communication School Phone: 03 2116030 School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.southlandgirls.school.nz School Stream Parent Info Portal Kia Ora https://southlandgirls.myschoolstream.net It is a pleasure to welcome parents Edge Caregiver Portal and whanau to our school. We see the education of your daughter as https://parent.musac.school.nz/ being a partnership—home, school Booking a Personal Learning Conference and the students, and quality communication is the key. www.schoolinterviews.co.nz We hope this booklet will provide useful information to help build a strong connection between home and school and a clearer understanding of the school rules Key Support Personnel we ask the girls to follow.. Academic Tutor (Yr 9-13) / Home Room Teacher (Yr 7/8) Please trust us that we will always do what is best for your daughters, Your daughter’s Academic Tutor/Home Room Teacher is the first and value your support of our riles port of call for concerns relating to the emotional, social, physical and procedures. and academic well being of your daughter. You can contact them via email using the following formula: Your presence in the school is valued and I look forward to seeing staff member first name.staff member email@example.com you often at meetings and at other . E.g. yvonne firstname.lastname@example.org All staff can be occasions. contacted in this way. Please be aware that teachers and Senior Hei kona mai Leaders are not always readily available if you just arrive expecting Yvonne Browning, Principal to speak with them (they are often teaching). Mrs Mason or Mrs Flannery at Student Services will help you to make an appointment.
Absences During the School Year Planned Absence Absences (Due to illness/injury—3 days or more) 3 Days or more out of school A medical certificate will be needed to cover this Steps absence. This is especially important for Year 11-13 as 1. Write a letter to the Principal (Please give at least 3 days it may affect their NZQA / Exam results. notice) Lunchtime Passes 2. Student brings letter to Principal between 8.30-8.45am. These are only issued to students who are going home or 3. Student receives a form which allows for each of their away with their registered caregivers. teachers to sign off their absence, and where appropriate, outlines work to Daily Timetable be completed during the Please note the school day runs from 8.50am - 3.10pm. absence. NB: Any absence during the school term will have a negative effect on your daughter’s learning, especially at NCEA Levels. Appointments Students need to bring a note to the Principal for any Medical, Dental, Eye or Specialist appointments. Student Services will then issue a pass for students to be out of school during this time. Students must report in to Student Services on their return to school after their appointment. Lateness to school Illness Parents either ring the school All students arriving late to school, including those arriving after notifying their daughter’s absence an appointment, must report to Student Services with a note from or students take a note to their a parent/caregiver. Students are expected to be at school and in Academic Tutor / Home Room class on time every day. School starts at 8.50am. Teacher on their return to school Regular lateness is not acceptable. giving dates and a reason for absence.
Specialist Services Other Key Contacts • Margaret Ereckson Head Guidance Counsellor email@example.com • Steve Jackson Guidance Counsellor KEY DATES firstname.lastname@example.org Term Dates 2021 • Liz Dodds Careers Advisor 1 February to 16 April—Term 1 email@example.com 3 May to 9 July—Term 2 • Sarah Rabbitt and 26 July to 1 October—Term 3 • Kerrin Tattersfield-Smith Literacy Support firstname.lastname@example.org 18 October to 10 December—Term 4 kerrn.Tattersfieldsmith@southlandgirls.school.nz STATUTORY HOLIDAYS Contacting Senior Leaders Waitangi Day Principal 6 February Yvonne Browning (via my P.A. Deb Hay) (Observed 8th February) email@example.com Easter: (in Holidays) Deputy Principal 2 April – Good Friday John Grogan 5 April —Easter Monday firstname.lastname@example.org 6 April—Easter Tuesday Assistant Principals ANZAC Day Lee Pirini 25 April (Options, Curriculum, Timetable and Assessment) (Observed 26th April) email@example.com Queen’s Birthday Rowana McNaught 7 June (Student Welfare) firstname.lastname@example.org Labour Day 25 October Amanda Tiplady (Year 7 and 8) email@example.com
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Can my daughter leave during the school day? What are the school fees? No, unless you give her permission for her to do so. School Fees = $100. A School Fee donation is invited for each student. It is What happens if my daughter can’t wear her full uniform? $100 for each student. This voluntary She must bring a note from you to the Principal/Deputy fund helps to fund extras, including Principal to get a pass for being out of uniform. games and sports materials, library, What if my daughter feels unwell during the day? trophies, prizes, the Sportfit programmes She must go to Student Services. Your daughter should not and many other activities that benefit arrange to be picked up or leave the school grounds every girl. without the School’s knowledge. We will contact you to let Student Utility = $100. There is also a you know she wishes to come home. This enables you to compulsory Student Utility fee of $100 make the appropriate arrangements for her, particularly if which covers take home consumables. you are working/not at home. School Account Guidelines What if my daughter’s device is damaged or broken at school? All accounts must have a nil balance by Your daughter is responsible for the care and safety of any the end of each academic year. devices. The school does not accept any responsibility for loss or damage. Our advice is to make sure that the device Automatic payments will be a is covered by your own insurance. We do provide free Wifi. minimum of $15.00 per week and should commence at the beginning of Why is it compulsory for my daughter to wear winter uniform the school year. from early June to the end of Term 3? It is simply too cold during this time for the summer Automatic payments to clear arrears uniform and we have found that if they do not wear warm must be sufficient to clear all arrears clothing, that they are more susceptible to illness which by the end of Term 4. often means absences and loss of learning time. However, Extracurricular activities such as if the weather improves dramatically this will be reviewed sports, camps etc must be paid prior and the winter uniform may become optional at the latter to the event or start of the season. end of the term. NB: if there are outstanding debts, any How much homework will my daughter have? payments received will be allocated to This depends on her teachers, and of course, how hard she the debt first. works in class to complete set work. There is nothing to stop girls reviewing their daily work each night. In fact, we Can my daughter be released to anyone other recommend it. If you have concerns please contact her than a listed caregiver? Academic Tutor / Home Room Teacher. No. Student Services will only release students to caregivers who are listed on the Can my daughter wear makeup-or nail polish with her uniform? student’s file. If you want your daughter to The simple answer is NO. Students are not to wear foundation, go home with another caregiver you will eye liner, lipstick or eye make-up with their uniform. Fake or gel need to provide written permission for this nails are also not permitted. to occur.
New Entrants Day - 13 November 2020 New Entrants’ Day is on Friday, 13 November 2020 from 9.00am-12:15pm Where do we meet at the school? We will meet in the Performing Arts Centre (in the old Tweeds- muir building) on Tweed Street. There will be girls out the front of school to help, and strawberry flags to help you find your way. How do we get there? You arrange your own transport to Southland Girls’ High School. How do we get home? If you attend the following schools, a bus will take you back to school, departing SGHS at 12:15pm: Donovan, Middle, Newfield Park, New River, Otatara, Sacred Heart, Salford, St John’s, St Theresa’s (town), St Patrick’s, Waihopai, Waverley Park, Windsor North, Fernworth. If your school is having a ‘teacher only day’ or you attend a rural school, then you will need to arrange to be picked up at SGHS at 12.15pm from the same place as you were dropped off – look for the strawberry flags. What do we need to bring? Bring morning tea and your pencil case. What will we be doing? We have planned a full and fun morning of belonging and orien- tation (‘getting to know each other and the school’) activities for you. What will I wear? Please wear what you would normally wear to your current school. Do my parents/caregivers need to stay? No. Parents/caregivers pick up and drop off as outlined above. Parents picking students up at the conclusion of the morning are welcome to meet their daughter in the Performing Arts Centre at 12:15pm.
Digital Devices in the Classroom - Bring Your Own Device—BYOD Year 7 students are not required to bring a device for learning, however they can if they wish. All Year 8-13 pupils will be expected to bring an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) device to use in their classes. We are committed to using ICT tools to support the girls’ learning and enhance their ability to collaborate, communicate and create. There are some general guidelines for what the device should NETSAFE - netsafe.org.nz have. It can be difficult to know where It must: to start when thinking about •Have good battery life. Devices must be charged at home, keeping your children safe online. overnight. This is why Netsafe created the •Have a keyboard. If your daughter uses an iPad, she will Family Safe Online Treaty to help require a Bluetooth keyboard. all kids and their families to have a safe and positive time while •Be Internet accessible so that students can access their using the internet and devices. Microsoft 365 Portal/Google Apps for education. Read our advice to get started. •Be covered by your insurance. The School will not be FAMILY SAFE ONLINE TREATY responsible for any loss or breakages. Netsafe has created the Family •Please note – a Cell Phone will NOT be considered the most Safe Online Treaty to help young appropriate learning device going forward. Your daughter can people have better online bring in a device you already have if it meets the criteria above. experiences. The Toolkit gives every parent and caregiver access For Year 8-10 we highly recommend Chromebooks, or some to the support they need to teach variation on this, because they are the most cost effective and their kids how to access digital durable for this age. opportunities and reduce harm. For Years 11-13 we recommend laptops. It was designed to overcome any perceived or real technology knowledge gaps between what parents know and what their child knows – or thinks they know.
Can my daughter have a facial piercing? CELL PHONE GUIDELINES No. In fact, no school in town allows this. If a student Cell Phones need to be turned off and in the comes to school with one, she will be asked to students bag in class, unless directed otherwise remove it or parents will be contacted to take their by staff. daughter to have it removed. Only one earring in each ear (1 small stud /ring) is If the girls break the rules about cell phones: allowed. 1. They will be asked to take their phone to What colour hair can my daughter have? Student Services and hand it in. They can Normal colour ways of blonde, black, brown, auburn. pick it up at the end of the day from Please do not allow her to put blue/red/pink/green/ Student Services. purple/orange etc in her hair. 2. 2nd time, the process is the same BUT this She will be asked to have the colour removed. Neither coloured hair extensions or beads are permitted. time, a registered caregiver/parent will have to come and pick it up from Student Services. 3. 3rd time, the student will be required to leave their cell phone at home for a designated period of time. 4. If the problem continues then the student’s Year Level Co-ordinator or a member of the Senior Leadership Team may become involved and this could result in a lengthy Why does my daughter have to tie her hair up? ban on bringing the cell phone to school. For Health and Safety reasons in specialist rooms like the Gym and Science rooms. Hair flowing ‘all over the show’ can also be an ongoing Outside the classroom at Interval and Lunch distraction to her learning in normal class so we say times: ‘hair tied back’ please with neutral, red or navy hair • Phones must be used respectfully. They are ties. not a tool to be used to harass or give others All our girls know the answers to these questions, so a hard time. please don’t be fooled/persuaded into believing it is • Phones cannot be used to video anyone okay. If we can work together particularly on the above without the permission of all concerned—it three things, it makes life easier all round. is breaking privacy laws to film without permission. Is my daughter allowed to leave during lunchtime to • Phones cannot be used to video buy food or have fast food delivered? inappropriate activity or to circulate The answer is NO to both questions as there is no inappropriate material. need to do this. We offer a very comprehensive list of hot and cold food at our Canteen, The Food Hub.
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