New Entrants

Starting School at Roslyn

Starting school is a milestone in a child’s life. It is a special and major event for Parents and Whanau, too. This booklet will provide you with important information to help you with an easy transition to school for both you and your child. It will inform you of some of the wonderful opportunities our students have at Roslyn School. When your child starts school they will become members of Te Tipu Ora which is all New Entrant to Year 2 children.

Enrolling your child

Come in and see our friendly office staff. They will help you fill out all the necessary enrollment forms. Parents of five year old children and children new to New Zealand must bring in their child’s birth certificate or passport to verify their date of birth. It is also essential you provide a copy of your child’s immunisation records.

During your appointment, you will be able to ask any questions you may have. We will provide you with a stationery list and we encourage parents to bring the required stationery on your child's first day. We ask that all books are covered.

A New Entrants teacher will be in contact with you prior to your child starting school to arrange school visits or you can come down to Room 1 and talk it over with us.

Transition to School

Roslyn School has a Transition to School programme called the ‘Tipu’ Class. Our Tipu class is open to all 4 years olds for school visits in Room 1. This is designed to be fun with a focus on alphabet activities, singing, being creative and more. We encourage you to come along with your child to see some of the exciting things we do at Roslyn School.

School Visits are open any day of the week that works for you. You are welcome to bring your child as often as you like, as the more visits your child has the better their transition to school will be.

School Visits

During this time your child will join in with regular classroom activities. These will include:

· Roll, Karakia, Waiata and Oral Language activities

· Fitness, Brain Break/Healthy Snack

· Phonics

· Investigation Time

When you come for visits we ask you to bring with you:

· A healthy snack

(fruit and vegetables are preferred)

· A named water bottle

· A sunhat (compulsory for Tm 1 and 4)

Until your child is settled into school life, you will be required to stay with your child for these visits. We encourage you to take a look around, ask questions and become part of our unique school family.

First Day of School

School starts at 8.55am.

Each day your child needs to bring:

· Sunhat (in Terms 1 and 4)

· School Bag

· book bag (these will be issued with your child on their first day of school)

· Lunchbox with a healthy snack, morning tea and lunch

· Water bottle

· A change of clothes (just in case)

Please make sure all of the above are clearly named. Roslyn School has a ‘No Toys’ policy so please ensure all toys stay at home; this stops any problems from occurring.

On the first day of school you will need to come with your child to their classroom in the morning and pick them up after school to establish routines and to make sure that your child is comfortable being at school.

If your child is going to be late or absent from school you will need to phone the absence line (354 7212 or 0800 800 605) as soon as possible. You will receive a phone call at home if the office doesn’t hear from you. This is to confirm the whereabouts of your child to ensure their safety.

Please support your child so they can:

· Hang up their own bag

· Bring their lunchbox and drink bottle into the classroom

· Put their book bags into the correct box

School finishes at 3pm. Feel free to come in and greet your child at the end of each day. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and touch base with the classroom teacher.