Prospectus 2021 - Mountview School
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WELCOME Welcome to Mountview School Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Kura o Te Maunga i Kitea Mountview School is a highly successful school, catering for year 1-8 students, situated in one of the most exciting destinations in New Zealand, Lake Taupo. Our staff are highly talented educators who develop student achievement through the school’s localized curriculum. As we do not have a school zone we have students attend our school from all over Taupo. When looking for a school that fits with you and your child we encourage you to visit our school and make an informed decision about your child’s education. Mountview School prides itself on its reputation for excellence and being a high performance 21st century learning school and engages learners with quality inquiry learning. Extensive digital technologies in every classroom expands student opportunities to participate in our global community. Mission: Whaia Te Mana – Pursuing Success For ALL Principles, Values and Strengths Our principles at Mountview Schools promote effective partnership with our teachers, students and their whanau. We recognise the importance of developing student identity of themselves as learners and as individuals. Identity is an important aspect in students learning. Our inclusive future focussed school de- velops students learning to learn. Growth mindset is encouraged to support to reach their full potential; continuing to be life-long learners who are contributing and valuable members of society. At Mountview we recognise the importance of individuals identity which help students to identify and understand their own personal values and beliefs. We value the diversity of staff, students and whanau. Participation and integrity are embedded through our school WHAIA values. Relationships are based on mutual respect and we encourage all our learners to show excellence, innovation and curiosity through- out their education. and equity in all Ngakau mahaki, compassion towards others, is the foundation for relationships at Mountview. We pro- mote inclusive practices which value the cultural diversity of our learning community. Our school is a safe, open and welcoming environment which reflects our core values. Our staff take the time to know our
OUR CARVINGS As you walk through our school gate you will see our two carved Totara Panels that depict the place we stand/tangata whenua Taupo’s geography, flora and fauna. One panel is Papatuanuku, Mother Earth, the foundation of all life and ascents thought to Rangi-nui, the Sky Father. The other panel begins with Paptu- anuku and follows an energy flow to the central figure which represents the challenge to all who enter to strive for their best. The top level of carving symbolises the achievements that lifts us from the ordinary to present and to the intense feeling of achievement. Our school vision Whaia te Mana – Pursuing suc- cess for all encompasses this symbol. The two figures inside are guardians and protectors; male/ female, who tie in with the Maihi and are connected to it. The Maihi is decorative but also both welcoming and challenging. It basically calls on all to do your best and enjoy the activities – Whaia te Mana These works are a statement of Mountview School’s awareness and commitment to creativity and art through the non-verbal language of carving; to be precise contemporary Maori carving. With thanks to Jono P Randell who carved these for our school in 1999. OUR VALUES At Mountview we recognise the importance of an individuals identity. We value the diversity of staff, students and whanau. Participation and integrity are embedded through the school WHAIA values. Our students are encouraged to develop the expectations of each value and teach explicitly the skills within them. We fo- cus on how our values support students learning at school and our values are modelled and consistently required of all who work and learn at Mountview School. These form a “common language” and a common expectation of everyone, and en- courages our students to learn the dispositions to becoming lifelong learners.
SCHOOL CONTACTS Mountview School 31 Rangatira Street Taupo 3330 The school office is open from 8:30am—3:30pm Mon-Fri. Telephone (07) 378 8488 Office: Extension 0 Absences: Extension 2 Email: email@example.com Website: www.mountview.school.nz To contact a child’s class to speak to the teacher or leave a message for your child, dial 3788488 followed by the class extension number ROOM TEACHER EXT. 1 Jess Bell 101 2 Lorna Wainwright 102 3 Leigh Jenkins 103 4 Helen Dunlop 104 5 Jodie Appleton 105 6 Anaru Amstad 106 7 Pani Eketone 107 8 Leanne Curtis 108 9 Helen Purdy 109 10 Shona Forman 110 11 Sherryl Crawford 111 12 Dominique Hancock 112 13 Marianne Fairest 113 14 Kate Grant 114 16 Northern Regional Health School 3785395 Tech Room Kristine Blewitt 120 Kea Street Kea Street Specialist 119 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Kim Manunui Board Chairperson Hellene Ross Secretary Skay Rangi Finance/Treasurer Grant McDonald Property Scotty Mariu Health and Safety Jeannie Short Staff Representative
SCHOOL INFORMATION ABSENCES If your child will be away from school, either use the Skoolloop app or phone and leave a message on the school answer phone, both with the reason for their absence and when they expect to return. Phone (07) 3788488 ext. 2. All absences must be explained and the office is required by law to know why your child is not at school. If a child is sick for 3 days or more, a medical certificate is necessary. If your child is absent and we have not had any explanation, we will send a text message requesting you to contact our office with details. LATENESS Students are expected to be at school prior to 8:50am ready to start the day. If they are late for any reason, students need to report to Kidzone and register their name on the late list and collect a late card before going to class. From Kidzone, students report to class with minimal disruption and pass the late card onto their teacher. KAI AT SCHOOL Every morning from 8:15—8:50a.m Breakfast Club is open in the school hall. We thank Sanitarium, Fonter- ra, and KidsCan in donating the food so that this can happen . All students are welcome to attend and not on- ly do students a nutritious start to their day they also enjoy the social benefits of having breakfast with other students. Students also have access to fruit daily. This is delivered to their classrooms and can help themselves throughout the day. Our school is now part of the Health & Free school lunches initiative which means all students are supplied with a nutritious school lunch every week day. BOOK BAGS In years 0-3 we send all students home with a book that supports their reading development of the school. We encourage whanau to read with students every day. These books are supplied by the school and come to school each day in a book bag. ENROLMENT Enrolment forms are available from the student office or from our school website www.mountview.school.nz NO FEES/DONATIONS Mountview School does not charge school fees or donations. At times we do offer special events or activities that your student can opt into. Parents / caregivers can elect to pay regular automatic payments into their student’s account, or make one-off payments when required. Account: Mountview School Student Account Account Number: 01-0427-0125670-059 Reference: Student Name Particulars: Trip / Activity Name
COMMUNICATION Mountview School uses the Skool Loop app, available for Apple and Android phones. We encourage all whanau to download and use the app. Simply download the Skool Loop app. To your phone and search for Mountview School and select this as your school. From here you are able to select what notifica- tions you want to sign up for based on classrooms or rel- evant co-curricular groups. Be sure to enable notifications to ensure you don’t miss out on any important information. Mountview School also has a Facebook page —‘Mountview School—Te Kura o Te Maunga i Kitea’. Simply “Like” this page to receive regular updates from our school. YEAR 7 AND 8 PROGRAMME Being a full primary the majority of our students stay at Mountview School until Year 8. This supports our students in avoiding an unnecessary transition to another school before entering College. Research suggests transitions in schooling can have a negative impact on student achievement and wellbeing. Our students enjoy a specialist year 7 and 8 technology programme in a purpose built suite that caters for all as- pects of the Technology curriculum. Students also participate in the Whaia Te Mana Programme run in conjunction with the New Zealand Police and Youthtown. Students have opportunities to opt into other activities throughout the year specific to the needs of Year 7 and 8. FITNESS Every day from 8:50-9:15 the entire school begins their day with “Fitness”. These are fun activities that change regularly. Purpose for fitness within our kura is to…Begin the day by stimulating the brain. Strong research suggests benefits such as: • Attentiveness • Concentration • Fitness releases endorphins promoting positive attitudes and feeling good! • There are many more cognitive development benefits. LOST PROPERTY We encourage parents / caregivers to label their students clothing and belongings. Should your student mislay an items they can check the Lost Property located in Room 11. ROAD WARDENS/OFFICE DUTY Students can train to become school road wardens for our school and cover in the school office for staff on breaks. These positions require commitment and leadership and contribute to the well-being of all.
KAPA HAKA Each year in September our students perform at the Ngati Tuwharetoa Taiopenga Festival. Our students are taught by professional tutors of Kapa Haka. Students from across the school are encouraged to join the Kapa Haka and we are extremely proud of our students performances in this area. RUMAKI Mountview School is able to provide Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga to our tamariki who wish to learn in Te Reo within a whanau environment, called Rumaki. Two fluent kaiako maintain an engaging and enriching programme with students achieving well in Nga Whanaketanga (national expectations). We have Maori Medium classes where students are taught entirely in Te Reo as the language of instruction which cater for Years 0 to 8. The Marautanga o Aotearoa (curriculum) guides the basis of this learning as well as Te Ao Matua blended into the programme. We also have a fluent Kaiawhina to assist with the development and enhancement of Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga as well as assisting with any students with special educa- tion needs. KIDS GREENING TAUPO We are a Kids Greening Taupo school. This initiative provides our students with opportunities to learn about, and take action for, our native plants and animals by taking part in projects in our local environment and community. We have a school edi- ble garden with both fruit and vegetables that all our students participate in maintaining. Our Kids Rangers and Greening Tau- po Leadership team oversee projects across the school and ad- vocate for our school in Community initiatives. MEDICAL When to keep your child home from school? The Ministry of Health recommends asking yourself the following questions: 1. Does your child have a fever? A fever of >38°C is generally a sign of illness. 2. Does your child have flu like symptoms? 3. Do you think your child has a contagious illness, such as the flu, school sores, or conjunctivitis? If so, keep them at home until they are no longer infectious. 4. Is your child vomiting or have diarrhea MEDICATION We can administer Panadol should your child suddenly become unwell or hurt themselves, but can only do so with parent/caregiver permission. Our enrolment forms ask for this permission, but this can be changed by contacting the school office. We are not able to provide Panadol to students who we have not received permission for. We are able to store medication for your child on-site. Please call into the school office and request a Medicine Authority form.
UNIFORM Mountview has a compulsory school uniform which is available for pur- chase from Brandfuel on Oruanui Street. A price list is available on request from the school office, or viewed online at www.brandfuel.co.nz WHANAU CONFERENCES At Mountview School we value the joint partnership we have with whanau in supporting our students to reach their full potential. We encourage our whanau to have a voice and share in their students learning journey as they progress through their learning years. We do have the expectation that all whanau attend these meetings in Term 1, and the aspirations are reflected on during the year by the student., whanau, and teacher. Throughout the year, we offer many opportunities for our students to share their learning with their whanau with open evenings. Students choose what they want to share and whanau have an opportunity to ask questions of them and their teacher about what they want to know. This allows for a more informal relationship to build between home and school and whanau can hear about their child’s progress in a relaxed and informative way. Parents can expect two written reports a year in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Ma- rautanga o te Aotearoa. MUSIC We have a purpose built music room where classes are taught once a week by our specialist music teacher. Students are able to opt into extension classes musical instruments such as ukulele and keyboard. Students can also opt into Junior or Senior Choir. Often our Choir is group performs in the community and different events. SCHOOL HOURS 8:50 a.m. Fitness 9:15 a.m. Learning begins 11:00 a.m. Morning Tea 11:30 a.m. Learning continues 1:00 p.m. Lunchtime 2:00 p.m. Learning continues 3:00 p.m. School concludes Please do not drop your student to school before 8:30am unless they are attending Breakfast Club, as they will be unsupervised. Likewise, please ensure all students have been left school by 3:15pm unless attending a sport / cultural practice, or the Youthtown after-school programme (contact Youthtown for details).
SPORT & PHYSICAL EDUCATION There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year for students to represent Mountview in their chosen sport—netball, hockey, touch rugby, interschool swimming and athletics to name a few. Keep an eye on the school communications for how to register for sports. STATIONERY Each school year we bulk buy and have stationery packs individually packaged for each age group. Our stationery is sourced at the cheapest possible prices to keep the costs down. These packs are available for sale from the school office until stock runs out. After that, you are able to pick up a stationery list from the office and purchase your books in town. We do keep a small stock of various stationery items that stu- dents are able to purchase during the year. For students transferring to us mid-year, we endeavor to make use of the stationery they bring with them. STUDENT INFORMATION Effective communication is an important aspect of a whanau-school partnership. Occasions may arise where we need to contact parents / caregivers e.g., academic, behavioral, medical. Consequently, a fully updated contact list is required at all times for all students. To allow us to have an accurate student database, your cooperation is essential in updating the office every time there is a change of address, phone, or to family circumstances. Changes can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the school office. SUNSMART As part of our Sunsmart Policy students must wear hats during break times in Term 1 and 4. We limit the time our students are in the sun for learning activities after 1pm during these terms. We encourage whanau to apply sunscreen before school. SWIMMING All students receive a 2 week swimming programme run at the AC Baths. This is sponsored by Contact Energy and does not cost the school. This is a compulsory part of students education and all students are required to participate. TRANSPORT Information about bus timetables for students who need to catch a bus is available at the Nimons Taupo Office. (07) 377 8870 or email email@example.com Students who choose to scooter or bike to school must wear a hel- met.
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