Parent Information

Staff 2016

At the end of 2015 the school roll was 167 pupils with 8 classes. The B.O.T. chooses its own staff and positions are keenly sought after. This is reflected in the number of applicants for each advertised position. The school is therefore able to target money into specific areas as needed.

Classes and teachers for 2016 are -

Mr. Murray Kendrick Principal

Mr Murray Robson Deputy Principal currently on Sick leave

Mrs Rachel Rawiri Acting DP Year 5/6 Room 2

Mrs Jennifer Wilson Teacher Year 2/3 Room 3

Ms. Vivianne Templeton Teacher New Entrants Room 4

Ms Noa Tereu-Solomona Teacher Year 5/6 Room 1

Mrs. Wena Wiki Teacher Year 4 Room 8

Mrs Sheree Jansen Teacher Year 2/3 Room 9

Mrs L. Bates Assistant Principal Year 2/3 Room 10

on study leave Week 5 Term1 to End of Term 3

Miss Cherie Trenberth Teacher Year 2/3 Room 10

providing study leave release Week 5 Term 1 to end of Term 3

Part time Teachers - Mrs N. Taikato, Mrs N. Nooroa, Mrs V Teaukura, Mrs C. McPherson

Reading Recovery Teacher - Mrs. A Monteith

School Social Worker - Miss E. Orr

Teacher Aids - Mrs C. Brookes, Mrs C. Bridle, Mrs K. Davy, Ms A. Vano

School Librarian - Mrs. S. Mclntosh

School Secretary - Mrs C. Collier

School Caretaker - Mr. N. Matangi

Cleaning Staff - Mrs J. Marsh

Absences - If a child is absent from school, parents are requested to telephone (886 9765) or txt (027 304 9652) the office or to write a note to the class teacher. We will ring if a child is away without explanation.

Attendance - In order to succeed it is really important that children attend school every day they possibly can. While bereavements and sickness are legitimate reasons for being away from school, shopping, seeing someone off at the airport, or staying home because a relative is visiting are not acceptable reasons for not attending school. Remember - It's not OK to miss a day!

Attractive Environment - the school buildings and grounds create an attractive environment for children to learn and play. There are three adventure playgrounds (the largest of these is for children 8 years or older), an assembly hall, extensive library, netball courts, paved areas, sunshades, large fields and a resource centre (incorporating the current Library and ICT Suite).

Behaviour Management: Keeping it REAL - We expect Strathmore Kids to keep it REAL - that is show Respect, show Excellence, have a good Attitude and show Leadership.

Strathmore School believes in a positive approach to behaviour management. Behaviour problems are kept to a minimum by ensuring that: rules and expectations are clear,

staff are positive yet firm and consistent,

children achieve success from an interesting programme,

children are engaged in constructive play at break times.

We have rules to protect students and to ensure that children's behaviour is of an acceptable standard so that the school environment can be a pleasant and secure place for all. We encourage parents to let us know if their child is being bullied so that we can deal with the issue and the children concerned.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees have the responsibility of governing the school The current board is:

Mrs Akarere Henry - Chairperson

Mr Murray Kendrick - Principal

Ms Noa Tereu-Solomona - Staff Representative

Mr Lotu Misa, Mrs Amanda Te Huia-Peacock, Mrs Melissa Patena. Ms Terri Pepe, Ms Catherine Hayward - Parent representatives.

BOT meetings are held in the conference room or staff room at 4.00 on the second Tuesday of each month. Parents are welcome to attend these meetings

Books in Homes - Duffy Books - The school supports the Duffy Books in homes initiative. Each child will be given books during the year which are theirs to keep. This has been extended to include pre-school children who have older brothers and/or sisters at school. We would encourage parents to share these books with their children.

Classrooms - these are up to date with new decor and modern furniture. Each is resourced with a wide range of equipment and teaching aids. Further modernisation is anticipated in the next few years.

Computers/Internet - The school has up to date classroom computers, iPads, and a computer suite managed by a very capable Teachers Aid. Children are able to get information from the Internet. The school is on Ultrafast Broadband and runs a web filtering service to ensure unsuitable sites are not able to be accessed.

Concerns or Complaints from Parents - If you have concerns about your child's progress, well-being, or development you should discuss these in the first instance with your child's classroom teacher. If you are unable to get satisfaction you should approach the Principal. If you feel uncomfortable about these two options you are encouraged to contact a BOT member with your concerns so that they can bring them to the attention of the Principal.

Contact with Teachers - Should you need to phone the school to talk to a teacher it would be appreciated if you could do so either before school, during break, lunch, or after school Monday to Friday.

Teachers are happy to discuss pupils progress at any time during the year. However in order that a suitable time can be arranged, parents/caregivers are asked to make an appointment.

Cook Islands Maori - Because of the large numbers of children with Cook Islands ethnicity in the school, a Cook Islands Maori language and tikanga programme will be delivered by Numia Nooroa as part of the classroom programme when teachers have their classroom teacher release time.

Dental Clinic - While most schools use the dental clinic at the hospital, we have a mobile van visit each year. Please contact the school office if you would like a nurse to attend to your child's teeth at any time during the year.

Education Outside the Classroom - Year 4, 5 and 6 students attend a week camp each year. In 2016 children will be going to Papamoa. These visits are action packed, educational and keenly looked forward to by all. Regular trips are also made by all classes to venues outside the school to support current studies.

Homework - Children in the Junior classes will bring a book home in their book folders each night from Monday through to Thursday. Each Junior child should have a Home Reading Book.

Senior children should set aside a regular home work period each night for spelling and tables. Occasionally home work related to other subjects may be set. Homework should not be allowed to occupy more than half an hour and should be within the capabilities of the child.

KiwiCan Programme

We run a programme called KiwiCan. This is a values based programme that is run by an external provider. Classes will attend a ¾ hour or ½ hour session once a week run by trained facilitators. In Term 1 the focus of the sessions will be Respect.

Lost Property - If named, clothing can be returned to its owner. Otherwise it is kept in a box at school and put on display at regular intervals. Parents who are aware their child has lost clothing should check the lost property box in the hall.

We would encourage parents to name children's clothing.

Lunches

The following can be ordered for lunches Monday - Thursday

Children may buy any of the items listed below (Prices as of 02/02/2016).
Big Mince Pie $2.10

Pizza $2.00

American Hot Dog $2.20

Volcano $2.00

Little Mince Pies $1.50

Chocolate Milk $1.30

Moosies $1.00

Ice-Pops $0.50

Lunches orders are taken in the office from 8.30 every morning.

On Friday children are able to order Subway - $4.50 for a six inch sub.

Mutukaroa

Mutukaroa is the name of our school and community learning partnership. Mutukaroa is about working with parents and whanau to understand how your child is progressing in their learning over the first three years at school. It is also about supporting parents to help their children in their learning at home. Children are tested when entering school, at 5½, 6 and 7. Following this testing the Mutukaroa Coordinator will get in touch with you and set up a meeting to discuss how your child is progressing and how you can support them at home

Newsletters - The school sends home regular newsletters to keep parents informed on school and community events. The newsletter is usually sent home every second Wednesday.

Pre-School Visits - Children are invited to visit Room 3 or 4 on a Wednesday morning between 9.00 and 12.30, three weeks prior to their 5th birthday. Please phone the school to arrange such a visit. On enrolment we need to see the child's birth certificate, immunisation record and if done Fit for School Certificate.

Flying Start Programme.

Children who will be attending Strathmore School are encouraged to enrol in our Flying Start Pre-School Programme when they turn 4½. This programme, run on Thursday 9.00 - 3.00 (9.00 - 2.40 in Terms 2 & 3), concentrates on the basic values, key competencies and principles fostered at Strathmore School. It is run by a trained Teacher Aid and supervised by the Assistant Principal. Children can be enrolled for this programme through the office.

P.T.A. - The school enjoys fabulous support from parents in the form of the P.T.A. A typical year will see $30,000 raised and spent on Strathmore School students. Examples of what this money has been spent on recently are Sound systems, televisions, digital cameras, iPads, classroom computers, subsidising class trips and camps and classroom resources.

The P.T.A. meets once a term at 6.00 p.m. in the staff room. Upcoming meetings are noted in the newsletter. All parents are welcome.

Reading Recovery - All children are given a comprehensive test of their reading ability close to their 6th birthday i.e. after one year at school. Children who need additional assistance at this stage are placed into the Reading Recovery Programme. In this programme they receive intensive teaching on a one teacher to one pupil basis. Tuition is given by a specially trained teacher. The programme is discontinued when the children can maintain the average reading level for their age.

Religious Instruction - Children in years 4, 5 and 6 may have Religious Instruction for half an hour weekly. Lessons are taken by volunteers who have been selected by the local ministers, and are non - denominational. Parents have the right to have their children withdrawn from these lessons. At Strathmore School there is an understanding that the needs and wishes of all religious groups be respected.

Reporting to Parents - Parents are invited to participate in setting goals for their children at conferences held in March and August. Parents of senior children (Y4-6) are sent a formal report on their child's progress twice a year. The first report is sent out at the end of June with a final report being sent out at the end of the year. Parents of Junior children will receive formal written reports at the end of the month that their child's birthday falls on and six months prior or after. January birthdays will be reported on in February and July, December birthdays will be reported on in June and November.

School Hours - The hours for instruction are from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Road Wardens are on duty from 8:20 to 8:50 and 2:55 to 3:15. These are on St. Andrews Drive and Strathmore Drive. Morning interval is between 10:30 and 10:50 and lunch is from 12:30 until 1:30.

Short Days - Terms 2 & 3 - In the second and third terms only, the lunch break is shortened by twenty minutes and the children will be sent home at 2.40.

Social Worker in Schools - The Social Worker in Schools (SWIS) work in partnership with families/whanau in a voluntary (non Statutory) relationship which respects the family's right to participation.

SWIS role is -

· To work with families that may be experiencing difficulties with their children

· To assist parents/caregivers in maintaining positive relationships with their children.

· To assist in maintaining positive links with the schools and advocate on behalf of the family to resolve any difficulties or misunderstandings arising for their or their children's relationships with the school.

Some of the reasons for referrals may include

· Family circumstances

· School attendance

· Behaviour

· Social skills/Peer pressure/Bullying

· Performance

· Sudden changes

· Information, advice and support

Please feel free to contact the Social Worker - Miss Emily Orr any time either by leaving a message here at school on 886 9765, or contacting her at David Henry School on 886 5234.

Sports and Cultural activities - Strathmore School has a strong sporting tradition. Rugby, Cricket, Basketbal,Netball, Soccer and Hockey teams are extremely successful and have great parental support. Equally popular are the Maori and Polynesian Culture groups, and the Choir which performs at a Music Festival every second year.

Stationery - All stationery needed can be purchased from the school office. The school subsidises stationery by 50% during Term 1. Donations can also be paid at the office. These are $20 per child or $30 per family per year.

Swimming Programme - Swimming lessons are taken during the year for all children in the school.Senior children, Y4 up swim every Friday in the morning for Terms 1 and 4 and need to bring $3 for each session.

Junior classes are likely to have a swimming programme in Term 4. This is at the same cost.

Te Reo Maori - Te Reo Maori is taught in all classrooms by the classroom teacher. Children are expected to be able to use te reo at Level 1 of the Te Reo Maori Curriculum by the end of Year 3, and use te reo at Level 2 by the end of Year 6.

Terms and Holidays for 2016:

Term 1 Tuesday 2 February to Friday 15 April.

Closed for Waitangi Day observation 8 February

Easter - Friday 25 March - Tuesday 29 March

Term 2 Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July

Closed for Queen's Birthday - 6 June

Term 3 Monday 26 July to Friday 23 September

Term 4 Monday 10 October to Thursday 15 or Friday 16 December

Closed Labour Day - 24 October


School Address

Strathmore School, 27 Strathmore Drive, Tokoroa, 3420

Phone/fax - 07 886 9765 Cellphone - 027 304 9652

Email: office@strathmore.school.nz

Website: www.strathmore.school.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/strathmoreschool