Ohope Beach School - Dream Believe Achieve

Absences
If your child is away from school at any time we require a note, or a telephone call, from you explaining your child's absence.We have a telephone system that allows you to go directly through to an answer-phone machine to leave a message. You can also text an absence to027 750 3515- please state your child's name and their class.
Children should not be absent from school for reasons other than sickness or exceptional family circumstances (eg bereavement) without first consulting the Principal.

Assemblies
A regular assembly is held to share work, commend good work/behaviour, engage in communalactivities (eg. singing, shared reading) and so on.Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend these assemblies which are held on Friday afternoons.
Special assemblies for important notices and organisational details are held when necessary.

Be ready for school – Information for New Entrants

Does your child:
*Know his / her name, address and telephone number and know how to repeat it if necessary?
*Put away play things when not using them
*Know how to take off and put on outer garments without help?
*Know how to tie his / her own shoe laces?
*Know how to use a handkerchief and always have one?
* Know how to wash and dry hands and remember to flush the toilet without assistance?
*Know how to hold and use scissors?
*Know his / her basic colours?
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Know how to count from one to ten?
*Know how to sit and listen to a story?
*Know the days of the week?
*Recognise and write his / her own name?
*Look after his / her own belongings?
*Know his / her birthday and birth month?
*Pack and carry his / her own bag.

Bicycles
Our school strongly recommends that children below Yr 5 level should not ride bicycles to school.Research shows that younger children can not judge speed / distance etc.
It is law that anyone riding a bicycle must wear a safety approved helmet.
Cycle stands are provided in the school grounds for storage of bicycles during normal school hours.

Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees meets in the school meeting room on the fifth and ninth Monday of each term at 5.30pm. Upcoming meetings are advertised in the school newsletter.Parents/caregivers are invited to attend the Board meetings.The agenda for, and minutes from Board of Trustees meetings are available at the school office.
The Board of Trustees have an election every three years (2007, 2010 etc).An Annual Report is presented in December by the Board Chairperson and Principal.
Annual reports, budgets and policies are also available from the office on request.A Board of Trustees newsletter, outlining points discussed and decisions made, is sent out on a monthly basis.

Bullying
Ohope Beach School has a nil tolerance for bullying.All verbal / physical bullying is dealt with seriously according to our Behaviour Management procedure.

Buses
Under Ministry of Education rules, only children who live further than 3.2 km from school are entitled to travel to and from school by bus.For our school, 3.2 km commences at
133 Harbour Rd, 162 Ocean Road
10 (left side) and 17 (right side) Eruini Street,  140 Wainui Road
Children on bus lists are required to notify Bus Monitors or Duty Teachers if they are going home by other transport.Children may catch the bus on a casual basis provided that adatednote is received from the parent/caregivers.
The bus times are: Morning From Wainui (Stanley Road)7.30 am
From Port 7.55 am
Afternoon To  Port 2.45 pm
To Wainui 3.05 pm

Class trips and visits
As part of the class programme, day visits (or in some cases, overnight camps) are undertaken by classes.These are a valuable extension of the class programme and involve a large amount of work and organisation.However, their value is unquestioned.Parent/caregiver help on such excursions is essential and any offers of transport of supervision at these times are greatly appreciated.
Parents/caregivers offering transport are requested to provide seatbelts for all passengers in a car with a current warrant of fitness and that is registered.

Classroom help
From time to time we ask parents/caregivers to help in school activities (eg. library, book maintenance, sports days, transport etc.) Offers of assistance with in-class programmes (such as reading, story writing or art and craft) are also appreciated.
If you feel that you have expertise and / or time to make a regular commitment to classroom help please contact the staff.

Classroom Names
We use names instead of numbers for our school classrooms and buildings.We encourage parents to learn and use the names.
Many parents believe that New Entrant children start in room one, then go to room two etc – this is not the case in many schools, including Ohope Beach .Using names allow us to avoid this confusion.

Tahi

one

Wha

four

Rua

two

Rima

five

Toru

three

Ono

six









Whare Atawhai

House of Confidence

Te Ra

The Sun

Awatea

Morning Star

Matariki

Paliedes (Constellation)

Meremere

Evening Star

Te Marama

The Moon

Whare pukapuka

Library

Manawanui (Hall)

Big Heart

He ara whakatoi (Arts)

Pathway to the Arts

Whare maiatanga (PMP)

House of Confidence

Collecting children from school
Many children are collected from school by parent/caregivers driving motor vehicles.Please note that no vehicles are allowed in the school grounds to collect children except in cases of emergency or disability.
When collecting children, you are requested to observe normal courteous road behaviour and park safely.If your children are required to cross the road to your vehicle they use the pedestrian crossing and obey the instructions of the road patrol monitors.
Please observe the 5 minutes parking restriction immediately outside the school gate.This is a ‘drop off/pick up' zone only.Parents/caregivers must not park in the staff car park or the school gateway.Please look for No Parking zone left of the school crossing between 8.00 – 9.00am and 2.00 – 3.00pm week days.

Common diseases
Period of exclusion from school:

Measles

For at least 7 days from the appearance of rash until recovery.

Chicken Pox

For 1 week from the appearance of rash until ALL scabs are gone.

Diptheria

For at least 2 weeks from onset.

Mumps

Until all swelling has subsided and child has normal health.

Ringworm

Nil, if under treatment.

Headlice

Nil, if under treatment.

Scabies

Nil, if under treatment.

School sores

Nil, if under treatment. (No swimming unless completely healed)

Doctor's advice should be sought in all these matters where information is unavailable from the school or the Public Health Nurse.(Except headlice)

Complaints / Concerns
Often unnecessary worry can be caused by unfounded rumour or misinterpretation.If the issue is ‘whole school' please see the Principal.If you ever have any classroom concerns, please contact the classroom teacher in the first instance.If the matter is not resolved satisfactorily, you should then contact:
*the syndicate leader for that area of the school
*the Principal
*the Board of Trustees…………..IN THAT ORDER please.
Note:Our school defines a concern as something expressed verbally and a complaint as written.Anonymous complaints are ignored.

Computers / Internet
We have a computer suite and at four computers in each class.We also have digital cameras, data projectors, interactive white boards and video cameras. ICT (Information Communication Technology) is an important aspect of modern education.All children will use the above equipment, the internet and many types of software to enhance their education.

Dental Clinic
The Mobile Dental Clinic visits our school once a year and each child is examined by the dental therapists.If you need dental care/help outside of this time, contact Whakatane Intermediate School where the dental therapists are based.

Emergencies
Regular emergency drills are held in the school to ensure that the children know what they should do should a real emergency occur.
In the event of an emergency (eg. earthquake, fire, tsunami) children will remain at school, in the care of their teachers, until collected by their parent/caregiver.Children will not be released to any person other than their parent/caregiver unless a signed note from the parent/caregiver, requesting their release, is produced.

Events
During the school year children will be participating in a variety of events;swimming, cross country, athletics, summer and winter sports, cultural presentations etc. You will be informed, by newsletter / website, when these events are to be held.
As a school we welcome all parents/caregivers, grandparents and friends of the children to come along and join us on these occasions.

Friends of the school group
This organisation plays a vital role in providing support for the children of our school.The group involves itself in supporting curriculum evenings, organisation of social occasions, involvement of special projects and fund raising.We are particularly fortunate in the dedication and enthusiasm shown by this group.
Meetings  are usually held twice a term on a Monday in the school staffroom and are open to all parents/caregivers.New members are always welcome.

Health Nurse
The Health Nurse visits the school regularly to provide specialist assistance to the children.At various times during primary school, the children's hearing and vision are checked by the specialist technicians.
If you are worried about your child's vision / hearing, please notify the school immediately.

Homework
Pupils at all stages are encouraged to devote a regular period of time at home during which they may develop their interests or reinforce ideas and understandings.If difficulties arise with homework, the attempt should be noted, the homework left and the problem handled by the teacher the following day.Some suggestions regarding assisting children with reading are listed in the ‘Reading' section of this booklet.

Illness at school
Children who become ill during school time are cared for in the sick bay which is located near the school office.Parents / caregivers are advised by phone and may collect their child from the sick bay.
All teachers are First Aid certified and are able to administer First Aid and attend to minor injuries.Should it be considered that the child requires professional medical assistance a staff member will take the child to the nearest Doctor, if parents/caregivers cannot be located.Please ensure that the school has an emergency contact number.
Pain killing medicines such as paracetamol will not be administered to pupils unless the school has written permission to do so.
Children with medication at school should hand it to the classroom teacher rather than leave it in their bags.(This does not include inhalers for asthma).
Please keep us fully informed if your child is on any form of medication at any time.

Library and reading
We encourage children to take home library and reading books but like to get the books back in good condition.Quality, bright coloured, waterproof book bags are available from the office and it is expected that every child in the middle and junior school uses one to help protect our reading resources.
The replacement cost for lost or damaged books must be reimbursed by the parents / caregivers of the borrower.

Lost property
Problems with lost property are made considerably easier if all items are named.A large lost property box is kept outside middle school block and parents/caregivers are welcome to look through it at any time.Articles remaining in the box at the end of each term are disposed of.

Lunches
These may be ordered through the school on Fridays only.Orders are taken in your child's classroom between 8am and 8.30am.

Menus and prices are published in the newsletter regularly and on the school website.
We expect all children to be provided with healthy lunches.This should include brain food (non-processed snacks).Please encourage your children to bring home uneaten lunches.