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General Information

What will my child need to start school?

A school bag and lunch box (both named)
Play lunch i.e. a morning snack or fruit. As little children do not seem to eat a lot at school it is wise to have a variety of small items in the lunch box.
Stationery requirements – these can be bought through the school office. Requirements throughout the year will be conveyed to you by a short note. Children may buy these items any day before school. Your co-operation in this matter will be appreciated.
School Uniform – Children must have purchased, and be wearing, school uniform before starting.
How can I help?

Label any of your child’s clothing that is likely to be left lying about.

Send your child to school every day unless ill – nothing upsets children more than a broken routine. If your child has to stay away please send a note, phone, e-mail or leave a message giving the reason. This is protection against truancy, and to ensure the children are safe. If you know your child is going to be absent, and especially for any length of time, please notify the school.

Please pay the School Donation as this buys school equipment and sports gear.

Make sure the school is informed of any change of address, phone number or place of parents’ work, mobile phone numbers, and emergency contacts at any time.

Ensure that your child knows the way home from school, and whether he / she is going to be met after school or not.

Do not hesitate to seek an appointment to discuss problems. We are endeavouring to give your child the best education that we possibly can, and if teacher and parents can work together, this is achieved more easily.

Make sure your child has adequate sleep.

Consider helping in these ways:
• Road Patrol roster
• Library help, processing, mending books
• Lunch BBQ roster

Library and Home Readers

Please assist your child to enjoy reading, and return books to school promptly and in good condition.

Education Outside the Classroom – EOTC
We regularly have classes out on field trips to support classroom studies. Before any trip is organised, parent assistance and permission is always required.
Car park
Due to congestion in our car park, and danger to children using the Everglade Drive crossing before and after school, we have had to restrict use of the car park to staff only. Please park your car on Everglade Drive or De Havilland Drive.

Collecting children early
From time to time it is necessary to pick children up before 3 p.m. for medical appointments.
Please call at the office so that your child can be signed out of school.

Collecting children at 3pm
In the interest of safety we encourage parents to establish a meeting point to pick them up at 3 p.m. For Year 0 / Year 1 children we recommend parents collect their children directly outside the classroom.
The Board of Trustees is committed to making e-learning opportunities available to all children. We have a computer network delivering e-mail / internet to all classrooms, in addition to a pod of computers in our library.

Children in Year 4-6 may opt into bringing their own ipad to school as part of our BYOD programme.
(Bring Your Own Device)
Dental Clinic
The School no longer has an on-site Dental Clinic. A mobile clinic operates; this is run by the Counties Manukau District Health Board. If you have signed a dental treatment consent form your child will receive regular dental examination and treatment. If you wish your child to receive dental treatment, please contact Manurewa Child and Adolescent clinic 2640047.
Everglade Drive School Crossing
A team of Year 6 children, supervised by Parent volunteers and trained by the transport division of the Police dept, patrol the pedestrian crossing and the De Havilland Drive intersection between 8.30 – 8.55 a.m. and for 15 minutes after school each day. Everglade Drive is a very busy and dangerous road – please ensure your child crosses Everglade Drive at the pedestrian crossing.

Food preparation/Cooking at school
Classes often are involved in food preparation / cooking at school. Before these programmes go ahead we send home an outline to parents and seek permission for children to take part.

Health care at school
If your child becomes ill or has an accident at school, they will be made as comfortable as possible at school, and parents or emergency contacts telephoned.

If parents or guardians cannot be contacted and it is considered that immediate treatment by trained medical personnel is necessary, your child will be taken to either the Health Centre or his / her own doctor, or an ambulance called.

Normally if your child needs regular medication during the school day he / she should be kept at home until health is restored. However in cases where long term medication is needed eg for asthmatics or allergy suffers the Principal and classroom teacher should be fully informed, and clearly labeled medicines should be kept in the sick bay.

The Public Health Nurse - queries about your child’s health may be directed to her (phone 267 7676) or through the Principal.
Learning at Home
All children throughout the school will be given tasks for home learning. This varies according to the class level, but in general work for home should not take more than half an hour per night.
Late to school
All children arriving at school after 8.55 a.m. must report to the office before going to class.
Materials charge and school donation
The Board of Trustees sets the School Materials Charge and the School Donation on an annual basis. Several payment options are available.

School Rules
School rules are few and simple. They are based on normal rules of society, where everybody is somebody special, with rights that must be respected and protected.
We find that firm routines and consistent expectations form the basis of good behaviour.
However we have a Behaviour Management Strategy carefully laid out in a series of steps. You are welcome to discuss this with the Principal.

1. Our Learning Rule – Class time is for learning
2. Our Safety Rule – We keep ourselves, and others safe
3. Our Manner Rule – We are friendly and treat everyone kindly
4. Our Problem Solving Rule – We solve problems by talking       together
5. Our Property Rule – We treat all property with care

School Uniform
All items in our school uniform can be purchased at school. The uniform includes a sunhat for Terms 1 and 4. A price list for uniforms is available at the school office or on the 'Uniforms' page. You can assist us greatly by ensuring that all items of clothing are named.
Everglade School expects that all children wear school uniform daily. Where this is not possible, a letter, phone call, or contact with the teacher should be made.

Visitors to school
All visitors to school must sign in through the school office.

Sweets and treats
We discourage ‘birthday treats’ being brought to school for sharing. Parents who wish to provide a ‘shared treat’ to class may wish to offer stickers, etc instead.

Water Safety Education
Although we do not have a swimming pool, all classes receive water safety instruction as a component of the Health & Physical Wellbeing Curriculum.

Pre Enrolment

Pre enrolment of your children assists our planning of classes and resources.
To pre enrol your children at school you will need to bring along proof of your in-zone address, such as a phone or electricity account.
If your child is turning five, or enrolling in a school for the first time in New Zealand, you will need to bring along a copy of your child’s birth certificate. If your child was not born in New Zealand, you will need to bring your own passport and your child’s passport.

Enrolment at school
Children can only be formally enrolled at school once they turn 5 years of age. All children on enrolment require verification of their date of birth – we will take a copy of their birth certificate or passport. Children entering NZ school for the first time also require an immunisation certificate (obtained from your G.P or Practice Nurse) and dental forms completed.
As we operate an enrolment scheme all parents/caregivers enrolling children need to provide the school with proof of address. This is normally a telephone or electricity account which clearly states parent/caregiver name and residential address.
School lunches
A Lunch scheme operates Monday-Friday. The children order their lunches at the kitchen before school or in classroom (juniors)
Once a fortnight a B.B.Q lunch is held on Fridays. There is a reminder in the newsletter every fortnight.

Can my child bring a drink to school?
Yes – but in a plastic bottle please. It is wise to ensure that your child is taught how to stand the bottle upright in his / her school bag and that the top is on securely.

What do the class names mean eg YEAR 0 ?
They simply mean the first year at school, the second year and the third year up to Year 6. Children who start from the beginning of term 2 onwards will be called Year 0 for that year, and then they become Year 1 the following year.
For purposes of planning teaching programmes, the school is divided into teaching teams, according to year levels.