Absences

There is an established system working within the school which ensures that any absence from school is accounted for. Parents or caregivers are asked to ring or text school between 8.30 and 9.00am to report a child's pending absence from school. At 9.10am all teachers advise the office of any absentees. The principal then checks to ensure that all absent students are accounted for. A written note is appreciated if parents know in advance that a child is to be absent.

PHONE: 368 6562
TEXT: 021 069 2386

Admissions

Parents or Caregivers of new entrants are encouraged to enrol their child before the date that they are to enter school. The Administration Staff will carry out the enrolments and are available during school hours. The school has an enrolment scheme in place.

What you will need to enrol your child.

The school policy on enrolment.

Parents may be interested in our pre-entry group.

Enrolment in the Special Education Unit.

Assemblies

School Assemblies are held fortnightly on Friday afternoons at 1.45pm. They are held in the hall and are run by students on a class rotational basis.

Parents and visitors are welcome to attend.

Bell Times

The school bell times are as follows:
8.55am School begins
10.30am Morning interval
10.50am Interval ends
12.30pm Lunch
1.25pm Afternoon school begins
2.55pm School ends

This varies at the start of the school year because of swimming. For this six week block the times are;
8.55am School begins
10.30am Morning interval
10.50am Interval ends
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Afternoon school begins
2.55pm School ends

A series of three short bell rings indicate to children that they are to come inside because of rain.

Be Ready for School

Parents/Caregivers – What can you do to help?
Talk to your child about starting school.

Does you child
1. Know his/her own name, address and telephone number well enough to repeat when necessary?
2. Know the safest way to school and be aware of road safety?
3. Put away playthings after using them?
4. Take off and put on outer clothing without assistance?
5. Tie own shoes?
6. Know how to use a handkerchief and always have one?
7. Know how to wash hands correctly after using the toilet?

Label clearly all possessions that he/she will bring to school. Bringing toys to school is discouraged. Check from time to time that they bring their own things home – we do get many mistakes.

Do
· Send them to school on time each and every day. Between 8.30am and 8.45am is best.
· Encourage them to bring home their work.
· Hang up that picture or painting for a few days – be proud of it!
· Give them duties around the house which require one or two simple directions. This will add to their confidence.
· Select good stories and books to read to them.
· Be selective with TV programmes. Some are good, some are not.
· Encourage them to collect things – eg scrapbooks.
· When reading or talking to them, make sure they are listening. We find many children who can talk, but not listen.
· Keep in close contact with the teachers about their progress.
· Make sure they get to bed at a reasonable hour. A 7pm bedtime is reasonable for a 5 year old.

Board of Trustees

The school is governed by an elected board of community members. Elections are held tri-annually and the current board members are;

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Chairperson

Anita Davidson

Treasurer

Len Blackaby

Members

Ariana Paxton

 

Angela Procter-Rofe

 

Aroha Wiparata

Staff
Representative

Paulianne Theuma

Principal

Paddy Sannazzaro

Minutes
Secretary

Gail Pickering

The Board consists of five elected parent representatives, one elected staff representative and the Principal. A minute secretary is employed. Each Board of Trustees will serve for three years. The Board as a whole meet once a month. These meetings are open to the public and are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3.15pm in the library. Minutes from full Board meetings are also available to the public and can be viewed at the school office.

Book Club

The school participates in the Ashton Scholastic Book Club and pamphlets are distributed regularly to all children. This provides parents with an opportunity to purchase suitable books for their children at a reasonable price.

Change of Address or Telephone Number

Please notify us immediately if there is a change of:
Parent / guardian
Address
Phone number
Emergency number
Doctor

Class Trips

Parent help and assistance is both necessary and greatly appreciated with all class trips. It is expected that parents providing this transport stay with the class during the trip and help with such supervision as the teacher may request.

Clothing

The school has a uniform which is compulsory and may be purchased from the school office, between 8.30am and 3.30pm on school days. Please ensure that your child's clothes are clearly named. The items of our uniform are identical and some children genuinely have difficulty in recognising theirs. Encourage your children to develop a sense of self responsibility for their clothes. Shoes and boots are not to be worn in the classrooms.

Parents are encouraged to check the lost property for missing belongings.

Dental Clinic

A mobile dental clinic services the school once per year.
In an emergency contact:
Elise Atkinson
Horowhenua Health Centre
Phone 06 366 0060

Discipline

The school openly encourages positive reinforcement and an on-going commitment to the building of self esteem. This helps the children to learn that appropriate behaviours are recognised and inappropriate behaviours are seen as undesirable. In the event of inappropriate behaviour however teachers are encouraged to use appropriate forms of discipline. This may be in the form of cleaning up if a mess is made, writing letters of apology for rude or cheeky behaviour, denying privileges for disruptive classroom behaviour, or time spent working productively out of the classroom if other children are being affected by an individual's behaviour, etc.

The board has a zero tolerance policy to fighting, bullying and swearing. 'Time outs' and 'detentions' are given for these and other serious misdemeanours. Parents or caregivers will be contacted if the Principal decides that a misdemeanour is serious enough to warrant a stand down or suspension.

Stand Down
This is set term suspension and may not be for any more than five days per term and ten days per year.

Suspension
A child who is suspended from school must appear before a hearing of the board of trustees who will decide if the child can return to school, or be excluded from the school.

Enrolment

For a child's first admission to a school it is necessary to provide the following:
1. Birth Certificate or Passport – proof of age
2. Immunisation Certificate
3. Parent's names and occupations
4. Address and phone number
5. Alternative phone number of friend or relative for emergencies
6. Doctor's name

Enrolment packages are available from the office between the hours of 8.30am and 3.30pm.

Enrolment Scheme

Home Zone
All students who live within the home zone described below (and/or shown on the attached map) shall be entitled to enrol at the school.

The home zone will include all streets bounded by:
· Oxford Street (SH 1) from its intersection with Buller Road to its intersection with Queen Street W.

· Queen Street W to its intersection with Elizabeth Street.

· Elizabeth Street to Tiro Tiro Road.

· Tiro Tiro Road to the Charles Street intersection

· The northern boundaries of Western Park, Lake Horowhenua Domain and Lake Horowhenua.

· A line from the top of Lake Horowhenua to the end of Moutere Road and from there to the coast.

· All streets in the settlement of Hokio Beach.

· A line from the coast at Hokio Beach, out to State Highway 1 at the intersection of Buller Road.

· Hokio Sand Road to its intersection with Hokio Beach Road including Painua Road

· Arawhata Road.

· CD Farm Road, Buller Road and Bruce Road.

Proof of residence within the home zone may be required.

The school operates a special needs unit for intellectually impaired students. These classes service the whole of Levin, Otaki, Foxton and surrounding areas.

Levin School
ZONE

Out of zone enrolments
Each year the board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. If there are any spaces the board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.

Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:
First priority will be given to ORRS funded students who enrol in our special needs facility.
Second priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.
Third priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.
Forth priority will be given to applicants who are children of board employees.
Fifth priority will be given to all other applicants.

If there are more applicants in the first, second, third, or fourth, priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.

Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.

Environment

Pupils are encouraged to keep the school grounds and buildings free of rubbish, to care for the plants and trees and whenever possible to keep the school environment pollution free. Levin School is a smoke free at all times.

Health

· Hearing and vision tests are carried out in the first year of school, and parents can request further checks if they are concerned.
· Five year olds entering school are expected to have their immunisation programme up to date and are required to have their vaccination certificate. Please check with you family Doctor or Public Health Nurse to ensure this is done.
· Headlice or Pediculosis. The school provides regular checks, but despite this, these nuisances do make an occasional visit. The best method by far is to carefully inspect your child's hair when washing, at least once a week – if in doubt ring the Public Health Nurse or see a Chemist. Lice can be controlled quite readily. Regular combing can also help to eradicate lice.
· Common ailments – period of exclusion from school
Chicken Pox – for one week from appearance of rash
Measles – for one week from appearance of rash
Mumps – until swelling has completely subsided
Ringworm – must be under treatment

Home and School Association

The Levin Home & School Assn. consists of parents, caregivers, staff and recognised friends of the school. The objectives of the association are to further the interests of the school, fundraise for projects which benefit the children and provide hospitality to school exchange visitors where possible. The association also promotes a friendly spirit between staff and parents. Notices of meetings and reports of happenings are included in the school newsletter. All interested parties are invited to attend any meetings or to forward ideas or concerns through a committee member.

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Chairperson

Len Blackaby

 Treasurer

Janine Bryant

 Secretary

Anita Davidson

 Committee

Rachel Cox

 

Tania Heath

 

Dee Hudson

   

 Teacher Rep

Paulianne Theuma

Library Books and Home Readers

Your child will bring home many books from school and we would ask your assistance in looking after them. It is very expensive to buy library books and sets of readers, so your care and attention will save us dollars.

In the junior school in particular many reading books are sent home. These are part of the school reading programme and are usually books that the children have already read at school, but some are for shared reading with parents. We ask you to let your child share their sense of accomplishment with you. A parent's encouragement can work wonders.

Local Goals

Levin School in recognising the needs of its students and the aspirations of their parents has developed programmes which will further enhance children's learning by:
· Placing emphasis on literacy and mathematical skills in the daily programme.
· Providing a Reading Recovery programme for those students identified as most at risk on their sixth birthday.
· Making provision for physical education programmes.
· Providing opportunities for students to use computers to enhance their learning.
· Providing opportunities for students to participate in drama and musical activities.
· Making provisions to extend the classroom programme beyond the confines of the school through visits and outdoor education.
· Supporting the school staff in their positive behavioural management policies.

Lost Property

Any clothing found at school is kept on a lost property rack, and displayed on the deck every day. Children are encouraged to look for lost clothing themselves. It is not the teacher's responsibility to look after or look for students clothing. Name labels greatly assist the process of returning found items to their owners. Lost property which is not claimed is periodically displayed at the school for children to view, eventually it is given to a Social Services agency, or sold.

Lunches

Lunches are available through the school every day. Children must order and pay for their lunches through their classroom teacher. Senior children collect and distribute the lunches at the beginning of lunchtime. Children are not allowed to visit the shop during school hours.

A healthy lunch menu with a great selection is available daily.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Mission Statement

"The school aims to provide educational opportunities which encourage students to develop sound social values, pride in achievement and respect for self and others."

Money

Children are encouraged not to bring money to school, unless it is for a particular purpose. All money coming to school should be in a named, sealed envelope.

Parent Concerns

If a parent has a concern about any school issue they should approach the class teacher in the first instance. If the parent remains dissatisfied then the Principal should be contacted and an appointment made to see him.

The Board of Trustees should be contacted only if matters cannot be resolved with either classroom teachers or the school Principal.

Parent Helpers

The school is very grateful for any help parents are able to give on trips and activities, but we also need volunteers who will work in the school on a regular basis;
Listening to children read,
Helping in classrooms or office
Repairing books
Processing new resources
Making resources
Photocopying & Laminating
etc.

If you are able to help,
please talk to the classroom teacher about your availability.

Parent / School Contact

Parents are welcome at school and are encouraged to participate in many of the school activities. If parents wish to contact the class teacher for pupil related matters it is requested that this be done outside of classroom hours.

Philosophy

As teachers we always try to provide a quality of learning and a caring attitude for all children by:
· Building up each child's self esteem
· Praising good aspects of behaviour and good performance
· Encouraging children to help and care for each other and their environment
· Establish clear routines and expectations so children have security and know where they stand
· Taking the time to speak and listen to individual children in our class
· Encouraging independence and self evaluation
· Emphasising co-operation, tolerance, participation and enjoyment in school activities
· Recognising and allowing for individual differences in learning pace

Pre-entry Group

Pre-entry group is available to pre-school children who will be turning five within the next twelve months and will be attending Levin School. The group meets on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30pm – 2.55pm in the new entrant class. Parents must attend with their children.

Pre-school Liaison

Four year old children and their parents are welcome to visit the new entrant classroom on a weekly basis prior to their beginning school. A school enrolment pack is available from the office. This provides information on starting school and enrolment procedures.

Reading Recovery

A reading recovery programme operates in the school on a daily basis for those 6 year olds most at risk in reading and writing. This is an early intervention programme rather than a remedial one. Because it is so expensive, this programme requires a lot of commitment from the home.

Reporting to Parents

Assessment Books/Portfolios – these are to be completed and sent home in Terms 1 and 3. The portfolios will follow the children through school and be given to them when they leave.

Teachers and parents both have an opportunity to request interviews at these times. Formal parent-teacher interviews will be held in Term 2.

A written report on each student will be completed and sent home by the end of term 2 and term 4. Student performance will be measured against the national standards.

Resource Fee

Because of the huge cost of photocopying classroom resources and providing extras for students, the school charges $30.00 per child or $50.00 per family per year. A discount applies of $5.00 per child and $10.00 per family if paid by the end of term 1 each year.

Road Safety

The school crossing is supervised between 8.30am and 8.50am, and between 2.55pm and 3.05pm.

School Organization

The school follows the normal primary curriculum as set down for state schools. Pupils in their first three years are classified as New Entrant (Year 0), Year 1, 2, 3. Pupils in the senior school are classified as Year 4, 5, 6.

Most of our students go on to complete their primary education at the Levin Intermediate.

From time to time, children are moved from room to room within the school. This is not always promotion – it could be a move of convenience because of an intake of new entrants.

School Symbols


Smoking

No smoking is tolerated on the school grounds at any time.

Sports

We hold sports afternoons as regularly as the weather and condition of the fields permit. Tabloids, swimming, cross country and athletics are all included in our programme.

Children are expected to have suitable clothing for PE and school sports. During winter children should have old clothes for playing on the fields when weather permits. When playing in school teams on Saturdays or at interschool events children are expected to wear their school uniform.

Stationery

All children's stationery needs are available for purchase through the school office on a cash base only.
The school does not have EFTPOS.

Support Services

The school staff can call on several different support services for advice and assistance where necessary. If parents have concerns about their children they can make direct contact themselves or through school.

We have a health nurse that comes to  school every Monday, and is able to assist the children with any health needs or you can contact on 3660888

Hinerau Hepia is our school social worker who is available to assist parents with any difficulties they are having. 

Sweets

There are to be no lollies or sweets brought to school. Any sweets found will be confiscated. Fizzy drinks are also prohibited.

Telephone

Children are not permitted to use the school telephone except in an emergency. Only urgent messages for the children will be passed on to them following a ring to the office.

The School phone number is: (06) 368 6562
The school text number is 021 0248 0530
Our facsimile number is: (06) 368 7865

Term Dates

 

Term 1 2017

Commences

Monday 30th Jan

 

Ends

Friday 13th April

 

 

 

Term 2

Commences

Monday 1st May

 

Ends

Friday 7thJuly

 

 

 

Term 3

Commences

Monday 24th July

 

Ends

Friday 29th September

 

 

 

Term 4

Commences

Monday 16th October

 

Ends

Friday15th December

The school will also be closed on the following days: 2017
Waitangi Day 6th Feb
Good Friday 14th April
Easter Monday 17th April
Anzac Day 25th April
Queen's Birthday 12th June
Labour Day 23rd October

Wet Days

Wet days are inevitable at school and it helps if children can bring games and activities to use during these wet play and lunchtimes. The children are expected to remain inside their own classrooms.