INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Absent Student

If your child is absent from school for any reason please ring our absence answer phone before 9am. Phone 354 7212 of free phone 0800 800 605. If no communication has been received the school will contact families.

Book Club

These pamphlets are sent home approximately once a term. These optional orders are placed with the class teacher.

Book Look ( Under Review )


Rationale:

· At Roslyn School we believe that our students’ exercise books best show “evidence of learning”

Exercise Books:

· Are an accurate record of students day to day progress and learning development

· Maintain a quality standard

· Make expectations known (learning and presentation)

· Motivate and drive purposeful curriculum delivery

· Widen the audience for students’ work

· Are authentic, not a show-case

· Show progression over time, rather than a snapshot

· Provide a meaningful link from school to home, and vice-versa

· Enlighten parents about curriculum content

· Fit with our belief and development in ‘formative assessment’:

- Assessment should be ongoing

- Feedback should lead to further learning

- Assessment should happen during the learning

- Students should have opportunities to self-assess/peer-assess/reflect

- Students should have opportunities to determine ‘learning intentions’ and success criteria’

What Does This Mean For You?

· All children’s exercise books will come home each term for you to look at and discuss with your child

· When commenting on your child’s books, please write on the feedback sheet supplied inside the Learning Journey book

· On the inside cover of each book will be a summary of what the book is used for and what you will see in this book

· These summaries are consistent from Year 0 to Year 8. This helps us all to establish consistency and good work habits in learning areas across the school

· All children’s exercise books will be covered. This can be done at home or plastic covers can be purchased from the school

· Computer generated name labels will be supplied by the school. Please do not name your child’s books

· Please buy the type of book which is listed on the stationery list – this helps us to achieve consistency

· Please note that not all learning can be recorded in student’s books – there is a lot of work on display around the classrooms and the school. Learning is also celebrated through assembly items, performances and through opportunities outside the classroom, such as camps, team and class trips, inter-school fixtures and technology to name only a few

· Your child can not work without their books, please return books on the Monday following Book Look

· Termly reports and all assessments will be included along with planning, outlines of lessons and goal setting so you will be able to see your child’s progress

Cell Phones

We do not permit students to have mobile phones on them at school. Students are however able to turn in their phone to be stored in the school office during school hours.

Communications with Families

We regard our school as a partnership between home and school deal working together and supporting one another in a shared endeavour. The key to the success of this relationship is communication. Our open door policy means that parents/caregivers are free at any time to make an appointment to see the teacher at a mutually convenient time. Good professional practice entails teachers getting to know their students and families well and having excellent communication.

There is a host of situations where informal communication can take place such as sports days, blogs, gatherings, after school, camps etc and we encourage you to chat with teachers then. Obviously specific issues about your child will need to be done at another time.

There are more formal opportunities for communicating such as parent/teacher conferences. However, please feel free to make an appointment anytime throughout the year if you would like one.

The regular School Newsletter is an important part of the school wide communication process and we encourage all parents and caregivers to read this, as it contains a huge array of information. It is sent home or emailed every second Wednesday, and can also be seen through our school website. The school’s website also has information relating to a variety of aspects of our school. Our school Facebook page also gives up to date information.

Complaints and Concerns

From time to time in a people oriented environment such as schools, there will be concerns. When these occur it is important that the parties involved work together to obtain a solution that is mutually acceptable and best for all concerned. We must always seek a win /win result.

If you have a concern please speak firstly with your child’s teacher if it’s a class matter, if it is not a class matter or you feel it has not been resolved, then speak to either your child’s Team Leader or Deputy Principal/Assistant Principal. For other matters, you are more than welcome to see the Principal.

You are more than welcome to obtain our Complaints and Concerns process. This is displayed around the school.

Dental Service

Mid Central Health operate a mobile clinic for Roslyn School. Details of when it will be at school will be given in our newsletter. For emergency services contact The Palms Dental Unit

Enrolments and Withdrawals

Parents wishing to visit or enrol their children can come in or contact the office (office@roslyn.school.nz or phone the office on 357 9946) so you can meet with a member of the Senior Management Team and/or the Office Manager.

Inductions will take place so every child is settled into our school successfully.

Parents of students who are leaving are asked to notify the school office a few days beforehand. When they leave, children need to take all stationery belonging to them and return any outstanding school property such as library books, readers, sports uniforms and pay any outstanding money owing.

Houses

All students and staff are members of a house (Shelley, Tremaine, Milton, Vogel). Events take place throughout the year for students to obtain points. These activities cover sporting, cultural and social events. Students earn house points through a variety of activities.

Learning Centre

Our library is an important hub of our school. It is open throughout lunchtime. Some classes also use the Rossmont Library at the end of Kipling Street.

All books are issued for a period of two weeks. If a book is not returned or is damaged, parents or guardians will need to pay for the book.

Lost Property

Please come and check through our lost property on a regular basis, you could be surprised at what your child has lost! Lost property is kept in a box at the back of Room 13 by the picnic tables.

Lunches

Students should not share lunches with any other student (due to allergies and parental restrictions). Roslyn School is part of the 'Lunch by Libelle' programme. Lunch By Libelle is a school food service as part of the 2020/21 Government’s Ka Ora Ka Ako | Health School Lunches programme.

Medication

If your child requires medication at school, come in and see the office. You will need to sign a form allowing us to give the required dose. For antibiotics required three times a day we do suggest doses before school, after school and at bedtime, which eliminates the need for doses at school.

Reporting to Parents

Frequent communication on the student’s progress and welfare is vital to ensure that home and school are working together for the betterment of the student.

· Along with Book Look a term report will go home. This will include your child’s goals, reflection and next learning steps

· 3way conferences are held each term where your child can show you their learning progress and next learning steps

· Charter, Annual reports and targets can be viewed both online and from the office

· Reporting to our parents on specific targets pertaining to either ethnic, gender or year group occurs throughout the year

· Students in Y0 – 3 will have 6 week and 6 months report, as well as yearly anniversary.

Visit our website frequently to get updates of school development as well as your child’s class blog.

Vandalism

Any student that causes deliberate damage to school property will be responsible for the full cost of repair. Any damage caused through neglect or stupidity will also be passed onto students and their families to cover the cost of repairs. Accidental damage is covered by the school. Our school is monitored by cameras.


Varied Programmes

Part of Roslyn School’s success and uniqueness is the wide range of “other programmes” on offer. These cover, education outside the classroom, photography, music, sports, drama, choir, Kapa Haka, art, dance, academic groups (writing, book club, Mathex) etc. Most staff are involved in these or specialist staff are employed to offer a programme related to their interests and strengths.

These activities occur either during class, at lunchtimes or out of school.