Where Our Dreams Begin! - At Edendale Primary School we are confident,connected, actively involved lifelong learners .

 
Where Our Dreams Begin! - At Edendale Primary School we are confident,connected, actively involved lifelong learners .
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 Parent Information Book
           2018

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                                         Principal:    David McKenzie
                                         Address:      24 Salford Street, Edendale, Southland, 9825
                                         Landline:     (03) 206 6959
                                         Cell/Text:     027 614 6740
                                         Email:        admin@edendaleps.school.nz
                                         Website:       www.edendaleps.school.nz
                                         Facebook:      Edendale Primary School
                                         App:           Edendale PS Southland

Dear Parents,
We are very pleased to welcome you to Edendale Primary School for 2018.
Our vision is focused on building children into strong learners for today and into their futures
by ensuring they are confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. We take this
vision seriously and seek to implement it throughout our school.
We encourage learning partnerships. This is essential to learning success where your child,
yourself and we here at school, all work together to move your child forward in their formal
education.
This handbook provides you with information about our school. It is organized
alphabetically. It is printed annually. Things that change during a year are notified to you via
our weekly newsletter.
If you have any suggestions for additions to future revisions of this booklet, please let us
know.
Kind regards

David McKenzie
Principal

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                                         ABSENCES
The school accounts for the attendance of each child. If your child is absent you need to
contact the school office with a reason.

Absences can be sent through our school app, emailed, sent by text or by message on the
answerphone. You will receive a reply to confirm we have received emails and texts.

Once the class rolls are taken in the morning, you will be phoned if your child is absent
without any explanation given.

                                       ACTIVITY FEE
The school has an activity fee for school trips by bus, visiting performers, sports levies,
LMV subscriptions, payment for Life Education Van and payment for entry to various
educational opportunities that arise over the year. The fee is currently set at $60.00 per year.
This can be paid termly at $15 per term.

                                  AFTER SCHOOL CARE
We run a sole charge After School Care programme on site Monday to Friday, term time
only.
To have your children part of it, you will need to complete the contract agreement prior to
booking any placements. We cannot take children into the programme without the prior
After School Care contract and consent signed by the parent.

If After School Care is a provision that you are thinking you may use in the future, please
come in well in advance to complete the paperwork.
For further information regarding costs and times please contact the office.

                                    APPOINTMENTS
Should you have a concern and desire to talk to your child’s teacher please make an
appointment. Phone the school office and a message will be passed on to the teacher
concerned who then can arrange a suitable time. It is important to state the nature of the
meeting so our teachers can have the right information available for you.

                                   BIKE LICENCE
Children can bike to school. Our younger children Y1-Y3 need to do this with supervision.
Our older children Y4-Y6 need to have a bike license that is coordinated by the school with
the help of the NZ Police.

                                 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school and is made up of parent
representatives, a staff member and the Principal.

The role of the Board of Trustees is to govern the school by way of policy statements. It is
the responsibility of the Principal to manage the school following Board policy and to

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provide professional leadership to the staff.

Other roles of the Board of Trustees include:
   ● being the employer of all staff.
   ● undertaking the principal’s appraisal.
   ● approving the budget.
   ● developing the school strategic plan to ensure the future success of the school.
The Board meets twice a term. These meetings are open to the public to observe, but are not
public meetings. You are welcome to attend if you would like to find out more about how the
Board operates, or to follow topics of interest to you. You can speak only if given speaking
rights by the Board.
If you wish to write to the Board of Trustees, please address your letter to:
Board of Trustees Chairperson, Edendale Primary School, 24 Salford Street, Edendale 9825.
You can also email the Board of Trustees at bot@edendaleps.school.nz . If it is a school
concern the Board’s expectation would be that you have worked through the complaint
procedure step by step.

Current members are:
Mr Jacob Smyth                   Parent Representative – (Chairperson)
Mrs Nicole Elliott               Parent Representative – (Audit)
Mr Brendon Clarke                Parent Representative – (Pool Society)
Ms Joy Johnston                  Parent Representative – (Secretary)
Mr Logan McKenzie                Parent Representative – (Financial Task Force)
Mrs Wendy Weir                   (Staff Representative)
Mr David McKenzie                (Principal)

Additional information may be found in the school’s Charter, meeting minutes, Governance
Manual, policy statements and annual reports. These are available at the school office.

                                          CAMP
The Year Five and Six children have a biannual camp held at Pukerau. The next camp is
2019.

Parental support with camping is really important to ensure safety of the children in the
activities that they undertake. The school will call for parental help and select from the
group of parents that put their names forward. A police vet will be required.

                                  CANCELLATIONS
Postponements and cancellations will be made over our School App, Facebook page and
● Radio Hokonui (92.4)
● Classic Hits ZAFM (98.8)
● Foveaux FM (89.2)

                        CAR TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS
Please ensure when taking a vehicle on a school approved trip that…
● Your license is valid
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●   Vehicles must have a current warrant and registration.
●   All children wear their safety belts and where ever possible use three point safety belts.
●   Children up to age 7 are to be in a car booster seat.
●   Please do not use a hand held cell phone or text whilst driving.
●   The older/taller children sit in the front.
●   That all your driving is done in a defensive and safety conscious manner taking into
    consideration the conditions of the road.
●   That you obey all road rules.
●   That if you feel tired you either stop and take a break (as regularly as needed) or change
    drivers with another adult in the vehicle.
●   You do not in any way drink alcohol or take any illegal drugs before or during
    transporting children.
●   You do not smoke with the children in the vehicle.
●   When children disembark from your vehicle please make sure that they wait for you to
    lock up before crossing any roads. Make sure they disembark on the path side.
●   You will need to be police vetted.

                                      CELL PHONES
We do not expect to see cell phones at school being used by students.
In special circumstances, where the cell phone use is justifiable, please contact the classroom
teacher. A number of conditions appropriate to the circumstances would be applied with
regards to its presence at school.

Should children need to contact their parents they simply need to make a reasonable request
of the teacher and permission is generally granted to use the school phones.

If a child is found to have a cell phone without permission it will be removed from them and
kept in safe keeping for the remainder of that day and handed back at the end.

                CHANGE OF AFTER SCHOOL BUS ARRANGEMENTS
Any changes to the Mataura Island, Seaward Downs, Brydone and Homestead buses should
be notified to the office prior to 2-45pm. Ideally you and your child will have talked about
your daily routine prior to the school day. A note for the teacher or school office can also be
helpful to confirm arrangements. Please note that late notice may not reach the intended
recipient.

                                         CHAPLAIN
Mrs. Sandra Hunter is our school chaplain. In her role as chaplain she can:
● Visit sick children if requested by the school.
● Help with any form of bereavement within the home if requested.
● Become a family friend at events when Mum and Dad are unable to attend.
● Offer general family support for difficulties that may be happening in the home.
● Visit the school on a regular basis to mix with the children in the playground and makes
  herself available to the staff.
● Provide counselling to children with emotional needs.
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Mrs. Sandra Hunter can be contacted at home, telephone 021 264 7738 or through the
school, 206 6959.

                                         CHARTER
The full Charter for Edendale Primary School is available from our office or website. Our
charter includes the Strategic Plan and Annual Plan for the school.

                                      CLASSIFICATIONS
A child’s birthdate is crucial to their progression through school. We seek to ensure our
children have at least two years before being classified as a Year 3.
Therefore, we take a conservative approach and encourage children born January through to
March to be called New Entrants in their first year, Year 1 in their next year, Year 2 in their
next year and then after what would be close to three years at school, they become Year 3’s.

We like our pupils to be turning 11 in Year 6 which provides the right maturity for success in
their future formal schooling years.

                                       CLASSROOMS

Team Kea Room 1           Miss Emma Diack                  New Entrants
Team Kiwi Room 2          Mrs Wendy Weir                   Year 1- Year 2
Team Weka   TBLC
                          Miss Laura McVicar               Year 2
Team Pukeko Room 3        Miss Kim Nicol                   Year 3
Team Tui Room 4           Mrs Jodie Whitson-Morris         Year 4
Team Kereru Room 5        Miss Sanne Den Boon              Year 5
Team Kahu Room 6          Mrs Jenny Coyle                  Year 6

                                        CONSENTS
On enrolment of your child the following consents are granted.
● Policies and Procedures: I apply to enrol my son/daughter at Edendale Primary School
  and agree to comply with School Policies and procedures in all matters concerning the
  School. I appreciate that the Board of Trustees reserves the right to alter policies.
● Payment of School Activities and Events: I understand that certain school
  activities/events incur a charge and agree to meet these requirements. I understand that if
  there are any concerns regarding payment I will be in contact with the school.
● Enrolment Zone: I understand that Edendale Primary School is subject to the rules and
  requirements of an Enrolment Zone. I confirm that the physical address provided on this
  form is the location in which we dwell or intend to dwell when we shift. I understand that
  if I am out of zone I must then proceed through the process for out of zone enrolments. I
  understand that providing a false in zone address will nullify my child’s enrolment.
● Transport Zone: I understand that Edendale Primary School is subject to a Transport
  Entitlement Zone. I understand that eligibility for bus transport is subject to residing
  within the transport entitlement zone and living outside of this may incur charges.

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● Transfer/Sharing of information with Educational Professionals: I understand
  confidential information about my child, being held in the school will be forwarded or
  shared as required with:
●
                 1. Lower Mataura Valley Community of Learning Kahui Ako
                 2. ENROL – national student data base.
                 3. Another educational institution (e.g. school transferring to)
                 4. Educational support agencies/personnel (e.g. Group Special Education,
                    Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour, Resource Teacher of
                    Literacy)
                 5. Government Agency or Government Appointed Agency (e.g. CYFS,
                    Family Works)
● Sharing of Information and Contact Details with Health Professionals: I understand
  that information will be shared with relevant Health Professionals (e.g. Health Nurse,
  Dental Therapist, School Chaplain.)
● School Organisational and Operational Considerations: I consent for our telephone
  number and/or email address to be shared and used for things such as Home and School
  activities, BOT events and school activities. I understand that if any of my contact details
  change then I need to contact the school and provide updated information.
● Local Environment Learning Outside the Classroom: I give consent for my child to
  take part in school activities organised to take place outside the school grounds in our local
  environment e.g. visiting the Post Shop, Fire Station, Netball Courts, Rugby Grounds,
  Activity Centre, Vet Club, Presbyterian Church etc.
● Lower Mataura Valley Activities: I give consent for my child to take part in the
  interschool activities arranged through the Lower Mataura Valley Combined Activities
  Group. These include Athletics, Cross Country, Boys and Girls Pet Day, Music Festival
  and Fun Days.
● Low Risk EOTC Events: I give permission for the school to take my child on low risk
  EOTC events wider than the local environment (such as Gore, Invercargill) e.g. museum
  visits, exhibition visits, educational programmes, competitions/quizzes where the main
  predominant risk associated with these visits is the travel to and from the venue.
● Medical Needs: I give consent for medical or surgical treatment deemed necessary for my
  child by a qualified medical practitioner if an emergency should occur at a time when my
  consent to the particular treatment cannot otherwise reasonably be obtained. I give
  consent for basic first aid to be administered to my child in the event of minor injuries.
● School Property: I agree to treat with care, respect and follow relevant school procedures
  for all school property that goes home including library books, reading books etc. Damage
  may incur a recovery cost.
● Bible in Schools: I give my consent for my child to attend Bible in Schools. Please
  provide a letter for file if not the case.
● Digital Publishing: I give my consent for digital work of my child and made by my child
  to be published in print or on web-based programmes. This includes pictures, audio work
  and audiovisual work of or by my child. Identification of my child would be on first name
  basis only.

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● Student Photos: I give my consent for photos of my child(ren) to be published by the
  school and associated press e.g. Newslink or The Ensign.
● Year 5 and Year 6 Big Buddy. I give consent for my child to participate in the Big
  Buddy programme run in conjunction with Little Ones Early Childcare centre.
● Headlice: I give consent for my child to be checked for headlice.

                                     CONCERNS
We appreciate your comments to help us grow our school. It is wonderful when you come in
early with concerns, with a positive attitude of working with the school to improve the
learning of your child. Should you find it difficult to approach the school then there are
people with the school community e.g. the Home and School who could come along with
you and support you in your concern.

If you have a concern regarding as aspect of your child’s classroom follow this procedure:

Step One : Teacher
   ● Make an appoint first and give an indication of what will be discussed so that the
      teacher can have relevant information on hand.
   ● Visit the teacher in an open and co-operative manner to work through your concerns.

Step Two : Senior Management
   ● If you are unhappy with the response, make an appointment with either the Assistant
      Principal or the Deputy Principal and give an indication of what will be discussed so
      that they can have relevant information on hand.
   ● Visit with the Assistant Principal or Deputy Principal in an open and co-operative
      manner to work through your concerns.

Step Three : Principal
   ● If you are unhappy with the response, make an appointment with the principal and
      give an indication of what will be discussed so that the principal can have relevant
      information on hand.
   ● Visit with the principal in an open and co-operative manner to work through your
      concerns.

Step Four : Board of Trustees
   ● If still unhappy, please write a letter to the Board of Trustees Chairperson outlining
      your concern, your evidence, everything that has occurred to date and why you are
      dissatisfied. The Chairperson will raise the matter in a ‘public excluded’ section of the
      next Board meeting. The decision of the Board, as to how they will deal with your
      complaint, will be communicated to you.

Step Five : Independent Restorative Facilitator
   ● Should you still remain unhappy for the outcome the BOT and yourself can process
      through to an agreed upon independent external facilitator to arbitrate between both
      parties.
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If you have a concern regarding an aspect of school management such as an event, school
systems or programmes (e.g. After School Care) follow this procedure:

Step One : Teacher In Charge
   ● Make an appointment first with the appropriate person (event organiser, Assistant
      Principal, Deputy Principal, Principal). The Office Manager will help you to know
      who to speak to.
   ● Visit with them in an open and co-operative manner and tell them what your concern
      is.

Step Two : Board of Trustees
   ● If still unhappy, please write a letter to the Board of Trustees Chairperson outlining
      your concern, your evidence, everything that has occurred to date and why you are
      dissatisfied. The Chairperson will raise the matter in a ‘public excluded’ section of the
      next Board meeting. The decision of the Board, as to how they will deal with your
      complaint, will be communicated to you.

Step Three : Independent Restorative Facilitator
   ● Should you still remain unhappy for the outcome the BOT and yourself can process
      through to an agreed upon independent external facilitator to arbitrate between both
      parties.

                             CONCERT AND PRIZEGIVING
At the end of every year the school runs a concert based around a theme. This event is a very
popular community supported occasion. There are two performances with a matinee and
evening performance (which includes a prize-giving for Year 6 pupils).

                                  CONTACT DETAILS
We do our best to keep our records as up to date as possible. Please let us know if you
change your cell phone number, landline number or address.

If you would like to check that we have the latest details please contact the Office
Manager. Keeping our records as up to date is vital especially in the event of an emergency
when we need to get quality information fast.

                                  DENTAL THERAPIST
For any dental enquiries please phone Gore Hospital (03) 203 9042 and ask for Dental.

                            DONATIONS TO THE SCHOOL
We encourage parents to make a donation to the school. Remember that donations are
tax-deductible. A receipt will be issued.

The School Bank Account number is 03 0962 0011632 00. Donations into this account
should be referenced “Donation” along with your child’s name. Donations are targeted to
supporting initiatives in the school.
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                              EDENDALE SCHOOL APP
Please download our school app by visiting the App Store or Play Store and search
Edendale PS Southland. We send alerts out via our App to notify parents of important
information. The App has links to our school newsletter and class blogs. You can also notify
student absences via the App.

                  EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM (EOTC)
Throughout the year we have opportunities that we provide for children to attend events
outside of the classroom. These events will often tie into the inquiry being undertaken in the
class. On occasions there are also one off events for small groups focused upon extension.

We now ask for a one off permission to cover all low risk EOTC events that simply involve
transport to and from a venue such as a school or class trip to Gore.

Camp and skiing at the Remarkables are significant parts of the senior school EOTC
programme and a separate permission is required for these.

We discourage preschoolers attending whole class trips.

                                      ENROLMENT
To arrange an enrolment interview please telephone the school office for a suitable
appointment time. You will be met by the Principal or another staff member who will be
able to answer any questions that you may have. This is a good opportunity for us to meet
you and your child.

For children turning five please bring your child’s birth certificate (which will be
photocopied for our records), and your child’s immunisation certificate. If your child has a
pre-school portfolio, we would like to see this as well. For people from overseas we require
to see information regarding residency, passports and entry date.

If your child will travel on the bus, please measure the distance between your home and the
school, so we can calculate entitlement.

                                    ENROLMENT ZONE
Edendale Primary School is subject to an Enrolment Scheme. Details of this are available on
our website. Please visit www.edendaleps.school.nz to obtain further information or
telephone the school office. Children out of our enrolment zone are required to apply.
Application dates and times are advertised. Acceptance upon application is not guaranteed
as Ministry of Education criteria are required to be met.

It is worth noting that our Enrolment Zone is different to our Transport Entitlement Zone.

                                       FACEBOOK
Edendale Primary School has a Facebook page which provides information about upcoming
events. We also post photos of school events. You can access it by typing ‘Edendale
Primary School’ in the Facebook search bar.
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                        FAMILY HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL LEAVE
Where-ever possible, you should always arrange family holidays during the school holidays.
Students get generous time away from school and do not need extra days attached to long
weekends. To minimize disruption to your child’s learning all requests for special leave
should be made in writing to the Principal through the appropriate form (available from the
office).

If your child has a good record of attendance and is up to date with school work, permission
is more likely to be granted. We expect such requests to be the exception, rather than the
norm.

                                GROUNDS AND PROPERTY
We have wonderful facilities that include a large adventure playground, sandpit, grass areas,
netball court and tennis court.

Children and parents are free to make use of the school grounds during daylight outside of
school hours. However, children are the responsibility of their parents at these times.

We rely on parents and children to report and intervene with regards to any misbehaviour by
unsupervised children in the grounds outside of school hours, at weekends or during school
holidays. Please call the police should you see damage occurring.

                                HEADLICE CHECKING
Head lice checks are done by a group of Home & School parents.

After the check any child identified with head lice will be issued with a notice that states the
date of the check, the person who checked their head and whether any treatment was given.
For those children with consent, head lice treatment may be given. For children who
consecutively (weekly or fortnightly) are infected with head lice the school health nurse will
be contacted.

                                    HEALTH NURSE
The Health Nurse visits the school on a regular basis. Outside of those times her contact
details are:
Rebecca Curtis, Public Health Nurse, Southern Health, PO Box 828, Invercargill. Telephone
(03) 211 0012, cell 027 205 1237 or email: rebecca.curtis@southerndhb.govt.nz . Monday –
Friday 8am to 4-30pm.

                          HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
Catherine Frantz                       Executive Chair
Edith Shepherd                         Treasurer
Amy Alksne                             Secretary

The Home and School Association meets once a term and acts as a focal point for
fundraising activities supporting the school through running various events in the school
calendar. You are welcome to attend each term’s meeting.
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                                    LEARNING GOALS
As part of helping our children to be confident, connected, actively involved, life-long
learners we encourage them to set learning goals. Support for the establishment of these
goals comes from the teacher and you as the parent. Learning Goals are set in Term One and
reviewed in Term Four.

                    LEARNING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMMES
Each classroom has their Learning Partnership Books. These are for all children and provide
a means by which you can partner with your child and the classroom teacher to encourage
essential numeracy and literacy learning. Activities that are part of the Learning Partnership
Programme include:
        ● Reading logs.
        ● Mathematics basic facts learning as per school programme.
        ● Spelling Mastery – Essential Words school programme, senior class programme.
        ● Literacy activities e.g. a,b,c, sight words.
        ● Phonological awareness.

The activities with the Learning Partnership Book should match the ability of the child/ren as
best as possible and as practical. Please talk with your classroom teacher if you have any
learning partnership concerns.

Connected Extension Programme: This programme starts at around Year 4. It is child
focused and child driven based on predetermined areas with different options in each. It is
structured around acknowledging the out-of-school activities children do that contribute
equally importantly to their learning.

                       LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAMMES
We run a range of support programmes to assist children who may have additional learning
needs.
Reading Recovery: Selected children receive daily half hour intensive reading sessions for
about 20 weeks. This programme is only accessible by children who are six years of age.

External Agency Support: For a number of children we seek help from outside of the
school through the Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) or the Resource
Teacher of Literacy (RTLit). We also may seek support for children from our School
Chaplain.
                                        LIBRARY
Our library is in the Thomas Brydone Learning Centre. Each Team has set library times
during the week. Children are issued two books at a time to take home.

Any inquiries should be directed to our librarian, Mrs Liz Pask.

The Southland District Council Book Bus also visits regularly to provide another resource
for reading.

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                                    LOST PROPERTY
Please ensure all clothing and footwear is clearly named. When property is named it
quickly gets back to its owner. Please check regularly for your children’s belongings on
our lost property rack.

Unclaimed general property will be donated to a worthy cause at the end of each term.
School uniform items will be washed and added to our second hand sales items.

                    LOWER MATAURA VALLEY (LMV) ACTIVITIES
Edendale is one of four schools (Wyndham, Glenham and Tuturau) belonging to the Lower
Mataura Valley (LMV) group of schools.
Joint activities include Athletics (Term 1), Cross country (Term 2), Swimming Sports,
Speech Contest, and Pet Day (Term 4).

             LOWER MATAURA VALLEY COMMUNITY OF LEARNING
Edendale is partnering with four other schools (Wyndham, Glenham, Tuturau and Menzies)
to form a Community of Learning (COL). Through our COL we seek to work together to
accelerate the learning of all our children.

                                    LUNCH ORDERS
Pie Warmer: A pie warmer is available each day to heat children’s pies and toasted
sandwiches. They should be sealed in foil or oven-proof dish and named clearly, preferably
with a permanent marker pen and placed in the lunch basket in the classrooms on arrival at
school. Please note: due to time constraints we do not do microwaving of foods.

Canteen: Items available for lunches from school are currently being reviewed. An update
of what will be available is in the Quick Access information sheet.

Orders should be written on a named envelope with the money enclosed and placed in your
child’s lunch basket on arrival at school.

Menzies Lunch Options – Thursdays: Menzies College have a menu available to order
from on Thursdays. The order along with payment is put into your child’s team notice box on
arrival at school on a Thursday morning. The lunches are then delivered ready for
lunchtime. A copy of this menu is in the quick access information.

                             MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
Should you wish medication to be issued to your child whilst at school please follow our
procedures.
   ● Before medication is administered parents/guardians are required to complete a
      Request for School to Administer Medication. These are available from the school
      office.
   ● The exact dose of medication and a suitable dispenser must be provided.
   ● The medication must be kept in a safe container and handed into the Administration
      Office. Medication will be administered by the delegated person.
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                                      NEWSLETTER
Our newsletter is published weekly and aims at keeping you fully informed of our school
events, Board decisions and items of general interest.
It is uploaded to our website each week. www.edendaleps.school.nz and also provided as a
link on our Facebook page. A paper copy is at the school office or can be obtained from
local businesses.

                                  NOTICES RETURN BOX
Each classroom has a notices return box for any of those things that need to be returned to
the school office e.g. bus notes, book club orders, return slips, etc. At the start of the day
they are in your child’s classroom.

                                        OPEN DAY
Early in the year an Open Day is held for parents to come into the school. The classrooms
are open from 10.10am until lunchtime. A barbecue lunch follows.

                                       PARENT HELP
Parent volunteers are very beneficial. If you feel that you have the time to make a regular
contribution to the school programme, please discuss with your child’s class teacher how
your offer can best be used. In the senior classes, Y5-Y6, parent participation is especially
valuable in the sport programme. Parents are often involved here, providing important skills
and knowledge.

The school will Police Vet parent helpers as part of ensuring safety for all our children.

                            PHOTOCOPYING CHARGES
We have a photocopier capable of colour and black/white copying. Contact the office for
current charges.

In addition to photocopying, the school also has a binding machine and laminator. Please
contact the office for prices for specific tasks.

                     PRE SCHOOL PREPARATION PROGRAMME
We run a Pre-school Preparation Programme which involves four meetings, one per term,
with the parents of pre-schoolers due to start school during the year following.
   ● Term One:            Maths
   ● Term Two:            Reading and Writing
   ● Term Three:          Oral Language
   ● Term Four:           Getting Ready for School Routines

                                   PROPERTY DAMAGE
Repairs to property, equipment and buildings are very expensive. Costs are recovered from
parents for other than accidental damage to school property.

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                                   READING LEVELS
To help you understand the levels of colour and the equivalent reading age we have included
the following table.
                                           Reading
                             Colour                         Age
                                            Level
                         Magenta 1            1
                         Magenta 2            2
                         Red 1                3            5 years
                         Red 2                4
                         Red 3                5
                         Yellow 1             6
                         Yellow 2             7
                                                          5 ½ years
                         Yellow 3             8
                         Blue 1               9
                         Blue 2              10
                         Blue 3              11           6 years to
                         Green 1             12           6 ½ years
                         Green 2             13
                         Green 3             14
                         Orange 1            15
                         Orange 2            16            7 years
                         Turquoise 1         17
                         Turquoise 2         18
                         Purple 1            19           7 ½ years
                         Purple 2            20
                                                           8 years
                         Gold 1              21
                         Gold 2              22           8 ½ years
                         Silver             23 – 24    8½ - 9 years
                         Emerald           25 - 26       9 – 10 years
                         Ruby              27 - 28      10 – 11 years
                         Sapphire          29 - 30      11 – 12 years

Beyond this, texts are rated as 12 – 13 years then 13-15 years.

                               RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
The Board has agreed to a Bible in Schools programme taught by voluntary teachers from
local churches who are police vetted.

The programme and personnel are approved by the Board. Parents may withdraw their
children from the programme by notifying the Principal. Bible in Schools currently runs
from 8-50am until 9-20am on a Friday.
Officially the school is closed during Bible in Schools so children not attending can come to
school at 9:20 on a Friday. Otherwise we can provide a quiet place for them to work, or an
opportunity to practice music or something else appropriate.

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                             REPORTS AND INTERVIEWS
The school has two reports (with interviews) each year, mid and end of the year. These cover
current progress and achievement.

                                       SAFETY VESTS
A safety vest will be allocated to each child on enrolment. Children are expected to wear the
vest to and from school.
Children keep their vests right through school their years at our school.

                                SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS
The school office is open from 8-30am until 3-00pm daily. Mrs Tumataroa and Mrs Pask
undertake the administration role in the office. If you have any queries, we welcome your
telephone call. The phone is unlikely to be answered outside of these hours.

                                      SCHOOL YEAR
Term Dates and holidays for 2018:
 ● Term 1 Tuesday 30th January - Thursday 13th April
 ● Term 2 Monday 30th April - Friday 6th July
 ● Term 3 Monday 23rd July - Friday 28th September
 ● Term 4 Monday 15th October - Friday 14th December

We have three Teacher Only Days planned into the 2018 school year. Details of when these
will be, will be published in the school newsletter.

                                         SEESAW
We have an on-line digital portfolio where the children upload their work to for you to see,
and comment on, on a regular basis. The App is: Seesaw Parent and Family.

Over a child’s six plus years with us this portfolio will build up a huge amount of
information about your child’s learning, progress and achievements.

You will get a special QR code to link to it and you can share this with close relatives (e.g.
grandparents) and they can then post encouraging and inspiring comments to your child to
motivate and spur them on to further learning.

                                          STAFF
The staff are paid employees of the Board of Trustees.

The staff are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school within Board policies.

There are four basic occupational groups: teachers, teacher aides, clerical staff and caretaking
staff. While roles differ, they are all dedicated to our mission statement with each group
contributing its own expertise.

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Teaching and Management

 Mr David McKenzie        Mrs Jenny Coyle         Miss Sanne den Boon        Mrs Jodie
     Principal           Deputy Principal         Team Kereru Teacher    Whitson-Morris
                        Team Kahu Teacher                               Assistant Principal
                                                                        Team Tui Teacher

    Miss Kim Nicol      Miss Laura McVicar          Mrs Wendy Weir      Miss Emma Diack
 Team Pukeko Teacher    Team Weka Teacher          Team Kiwi Teacher    Team Kea Teacher

                       Mrs Abby Duffy
                       Reading Recovery
                       Teacher

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Support Staff

 Mrs Broni Tumataroa         Mrs Liz Pask           Ms Tracey Lockhart    Mrs Debbie Harvey
   Office Manager              Librarian               Teacher Aide       After School Carer
                            Office Assistant             Cleaner
                             Teacher Aide

                                        STATIONERY
Stationery Book Packs are available to purchase prior to the first day of school for the year
from the school office. You will receive an information letter mid-January giving you the
dates and details of when the office is open for stationery purchases.

Teachers try to ensure exercise books from the previous year are used up before new ones are
started, (as long as the old ones are in good condition and the book is appropriate for the new
year level). We encourage students to purchase any stationery requirements prior to the start
of the school day.

The office holds small amounts of replacement stationery items for sale throughout the year.
Students requiring stationery items should purchase these from the office on arrival at school
in the morning.

                                  STUDENT COUNCIL
We have a Student Council. It is made up of seven Year Six children who are selected
through a voting system which involves taking into account children’s preference
accompanied with teacher knowledge.

The Student Council meets regularly to organise compassionate fundraisers and a student
activity for each term.

Term 1 – Sports Event                                 Term 3 – Master Chef
Term 2 – Edendale’s Got Talent                        Term 4 - Disco

The Student Council provides support our playground. They are also attached to a class and

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support that class by providing representation for their needs and on wet days head into their
rooms to help supervise them. The Student Council also raises funds to support our TEAR
Fund sponsored child Grace.

                                   SWIMMING POOL
The community pool is run by a separate committee called the Edendale Community Pool
Society (ECPS). The pool is available for use by school families and other members of the
community during the summer season.
A charge of $100.00 is made for a key with a refund of $15.00 on return of the key at the end
of the season. The conditions of use and Pool Rules are provided at the time of purchasing a
key. A holiday season or half-season membership is available should any entry tags be
available.

Memberships are available at the Edendale Discounter from October - March

Enquiries: contact Beckz Boutherway (President) on 0279309441 or Jenny Coyle
(Secretary/Treasurer) on 03 206 6288.

                                       TIMETABLE
We do not expect children at school before 8:30 a.m. There is no supervision prior to this
  time.

First Session              8.50 – 10.00am           Maths
Second Session            10.00 - 11.00am           Writing
                          11.00 - 11.15am            Fitness
Third Session              11.35 - 12.30pm          Reading
Fourth Session              1.20 - 3.00pm           Inquiry,
                                                    The Arts, Health and PE

                                   TRANSPORT
Bus Contractors Ritchies Coachlines   Mr Robin Stevenson Ph 03 2089902
                Operations Manager

Runs: Four Ministry of Education designed bus runs serve the Edendale Primary School.
● BRYDONE – This serves the Brydone area.
● HOMESTEAD – This serves State Highway 1, Morton Mains, Kamahi, Old Dunedin
  Road, Homestead Road, Hilda Road and Ota Creek Road.
● SEAWARD DOWNS – This serves Seaward Road (and its side roads).
● MATAURA ISLAND – A Menzies bus transports some children in this area to Edendale
  School. Transport on this bus generally incurs a cost. Further, as this is a Menzies bus it
  runs on Menzies College requirements. Parents may need to transport children to and
  from Edendale Primary School on occasions when the Menzies buses do not run.

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Eligibility: There are strict rules set by the Ministry of Education regarding bus eligibility
based around a Transport Entitlement Zone (TEZ). Please check with the bus company or
school office if you have any questions.

Bus Roll: A bus roll is maintained at school and is marked before the children leave for
home. If there is to be any change to the bus arrangements for your child on any day, please
notify the school office by sending along a note or telephoning during the office hours before
2-45pm. Notices are sent around the classroom to advise the children and teachers of any
changes for the day.

Pupil Management on Buses: The busing network is an invaluable service that ensures
equity of access to our education system for all New Zealanders. A safe and friendly trip to
school involves a partnership between the school, bus drivers, bus company, child/ren and
parents. When they all work together then the bus system runs smoothly.

Walkers: At the end of the school day we walk children from school back to the Edendale
township. The children are expected to meet after school at a designated spot (which is at
the centre circle on the courts) and a teacher will take them to the far side of the pedestrian
crossing on Seaward Road. From there the children make their way to their homes.

Bikes: We have a Bike License system which we expect children to pass before using a bike
to come to school. This is administered with support from the Gore police.

The school has a bike shed situated on the western boundary next to Salford Street and a bike
stand on the east fence line by Team Kiwi (Room 2). All children who bike to school must
obey the road rules, have an understanding of road sense and wear a cycle helmet.

                                      UNIFORM
The uniform is available from The Warehouse in Invercargill.

It is advised that you go in early as some items may need to be ordered.

Many items can be purchased on-line at www.thewarehouse.co.nz
Those that are available are marked with an *.

Unisex Uniform Range and Style Numbers
Maroon/Burgundy short sleeve polo                        (Style number 6608) *
Maroon/Burgundy long sleeve polo                         (Style number 6012) *
Black and White track suit jacket                        (Style number 99220) *
Black thermal top (long or short sleeve) worn under polo

Bottoms
Cargo black shorts (no labelling)                           (Style number 727498) *
Cargo black pants (no labelling)                            (Style number 23855) *
Cargo black pants (no labelling)                            (Style number 110000) *
Strait leg pongee pants (no labelling)                      (Style number 713159) *
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Girls Uniform
Black Skort                                              (Style number 702046) *
Tartan two pleat skirt                                   (Style number TRT003 or 70757) *
Black or white socks or tights

Shoes
Black shoes, black laced boots, black heel strap sandals and/or school appropriate gym
shoes.

Sunhats
Maroon / Burgundy Aussie Hat                             (Style number 6691)
Maroon / Burgundy Bucket Hat                             (Style number S7404)
Black Bucket Hats                                        Sold from School Office

There are some pre-loved uniforms sometimes available for purchase from the school office.

The School Sports Events top is available from the school office for $35.00. This is required
for Lower Mataura Valley combined activities along with some school trips.

                                           VALUES
 We run a values programme. These values have been identified by the community as
aspects of the school they would like us to encourage.

                 Term One          Term Two            Term Three           Term Four
                  The aim of our values is aroha because we seek to nurture positive,
                     meaningful and purposeful relationships for ourselves and others.

Value                            We grow relationships of aroha through…

                Respect             Responsibility      Excellence           Integrity
              Manaakitanga            Haepapa          Tohungatanga         Ponotanga

                   VETCO WYNDHAM AND DISTRICTS PET DAY
The schools of the Lower Mataura Valley join together once a year for Pet Day. This occurs
in early November at the Wyndham A and P Showgrounds.

                                        WEBSITE
We have our own website. It is worth referring to it for useful information and downloads.
Visit on www.edendaleps.school.nz. The website is linked to our school App.

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