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Mevrouw Roberta Bell

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Accidents

In the event of your child being involved in a serious accident the school will take appropriate action and will contact you as soon as possible.

Accounts

During the course of the year parents are asked to pay for a number of activities such as after school care, technology at Mt Cook for the seniors, swimming, etc.

It is important for the school’s cash flow that all accounts are paid promptly and in full.

acconts@thorndonprimary.school.nz

After School Care

After and Before School Care is operated by Kelly Club and available each day from 3:00 to 6:00pm at a reasonable cost. 

                             

Kelly Club is OSCAR accredited and eligible parents are able to get a subsidy through WINZ.

 

Phone: 021 322 502 (3:00pm – 6:00pm). 

An answer phone is in operation if you are unable to get through and the programme also has an email address – thorndon@kellyclub.co.nz


Check out info here

Arrival Times

School begins at 9:00am, and is open from 8.15am. We can provide supervision from this time. School finishes at 3pm. TASC is available for after school care from 3pm-6pm.

Art Week

Each year the school holds an Art Week during which all children and staff are involved in small group art activities between 9:30 and 2:30 each day. This is a feature of the
school calendar and parents are invited to assist.

There is very good evidence indicating that strong Arts programmes reinforce the core curriculum areas of Literacy and Numeracy and this is one reason for holding this art week.


At the end of Art Week we invite parents in to see what has been produced.

Assembly

We meet together weekly as a kura to celebrate our mokopuna. We alternate music assemblies with full celebration assemblies each week. It is important we illuminate our mokopuna for the wonderful people they are through their
achievements across the curriculum and adding to our kura culture. These are mokopuna oriented and directed.
Whanau are always welcome.

Assessment

Teachers are constantly monitoring and assessing children’s progress both formally and informally and the results of these assessments are used to inform planning and further learning. We use a wide range of tools available to schools.


Learning progress and achievement is shared with whānau regularly. 

 

Written reports are shared at the end of Term 2 and Term 4. These are emailed to whānau. Reports cover all areas of the curriuculum with a focus on Literacy and Numeracy against the New Zealand Curriculum. Please talk to your whānau teacher for more information.

Attendance

It is a requirement that all children attend a school from the age of 6. Once enrolled, children are expected to attend every day.

There will always be times when children are absent for extended periods for family
reasons but outside these times it is important for learning that children attend school regularly.

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Behaviour

While we do not have a long list of school rules we expect children to maintain acceptable standards of behaviour and teachers display lists of what is expected. In essence our expectations are built around the idea of
respect:- respect for others, respect for the environment and respect for self.
We hope we can count on the support of parents to help ensure that these expectations are met.

Bullying

The school takes a pro-active approach to what can be a real problem in schools, and, by giving pupils strategies and skills to deal with difficulties we have been able to ensure that this has not become a major issue for our children. 
If children feel they have a problem they are encouraged to talk with a teacher or with the principal.

Bookbags

Pupils in Junior classes will often bring home school bookbags containing reading material. Please make sure that the reading is heard and that the books and bags are returned to school.

Board of Trustees

The Board meets regularly and meeting dates and times of meetings will be published in the school newsletter as well as being on the school website. Parents are welcome to come to meetings, which are held in the staffroom.
Minutes are held in the office and displayed Here.

Book Club

Children have the opportunity to buy books through Scholastic Book Clubs about 4 times a year and will bring home brochures and order forms.

BYOD

Thorndon School has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. From Year 5, students are able to bring their own digital device to school once they have completed and signed the required agreement in conjunction with their
parent. This is a voluntary scheme.
  Find more information HERE.

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Cell Phone

We will be reviewing our cellphone and phone-capable watches procedure in 2023. For now, all phones and phone-capable watches are handed into the teacher before school. Students collect them at the end of the day. The school will take all reasonable care but it needs to be clear that children bring these to school at their own risk. If whānau need to communicate with their child during the school day, they should do so through the school office (04) 472-4267.

Students are not permitted to call their whānau on their phones during the school day.

Chess

The school has a very strong chess club and we enjoy considerable success in local and regional tournaments.


In 2009, 2017, 2018 and 2022 our senior team represented Wellington in the National Championships and in 2010 and 2018, our junior team did the same. Each year the school holds a chess tournament and numbers participating grow year by year.

College

The secondary schools in Wellington send out prospectuses and enrolment forms in the middle of the year.
If you have a child in Year 8 it is important to make sure that he or she is enrolled early.


Please note that entry to a zoned school is dependent on where you live, not on the location of this school.

Communication

We communicate with parents in a number of ways. The principal’s newsletter is available on odd weeks during the school term.
Hapū (Tūī, Kerererū, Kākāpō, Kea) newsletters are available on even weeks and week 1 during the school term. Teachers use group and individual emails to keep in touch with parents and the office will from time to time send out an email notice. In 2016 a Thorndon School App was created. The app is free and accessible from the app stores. Type in “thorndon school” and it should come up. More information is under “T”.

Computers

Digital devices play a key role in teaching and learning from Year 5 onwards. At this level the school has a ratio of about 1 device to every two children.
The computers are used to enhance and support learning in all areas of the curriculum.
The school is networked and all classrooms have access to the internet through a high speed fibre optic link.

 

From Year 5, students are able to bring their own devices to school. (See BYOD.)

Covid-19

Click Here to View Thorndon School's Covid-19 Procedures.

 

This information is updated regularly to respond to developments and align with the latest requirements and advice from the Ministry of Education in regards to Covid-19.

Curriculum

From time to time staff will organise and present evenings or lunchtime sessions on aspects of the local and national curriculum, especially when new material is introduced.
By attending these sessions you can become better informed about the school curriculum.

Covid
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Donation

The school asks every parent for a donation each year.
This is an extremely important part of the school’s income and, while it is classed as a voluntary donation, we rely heavily on it.
We are more than happy to have these paid in
instalments.

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Emails

Each teacher has a school email address and parents may contact teachers using these. We will do our best to make sure that any queries are responded to within 48 hours.
It is extremely useful to the school if we have parent’s email addresses and we encourage you to include these with your contact details. Teachers send out newsletters and class notes by email and we also email a link to the
fortnightly newsletter.

EOTC

The school is committed to the practice of Education Outside the Classroom in its broadest sense. Because of our location we regard the city itself as one of our major resources and will make frequent use of opportunities to visit the central city area.
Over the course of their time here children can generally expect to go on a camp in the senior school, do an overnight stay away from the school in Years 5 and 6 and, in Years 3 and 4 experience an overnight Noho Marae in the hall. Circumstances change each year however and there is no commitment to an annual school
camp.

Enrolment Scheme

Excessive demand for places required the school to put Scheme an enrolment scheme in place in 2002. This allows the board of trustees to manage the school roll to prevent
overcrowding.
Children who live within the home zone have an automatic right to attend the school regardless of the roll. Details of the scheme are held in the office and are also found HERE.

EnviroSchools

The school has been involved in the EnviroSchools programme since 2007 and has achieved the full bronze award. In 2015 we achieved the silver award. We are now working towards the gold award.

Entertainment book

As part of our fundraising programme we sell the Book Entertainment Book each year and per head, we are one of the most successful selling groups in Wellington.
Information on this will come through the newsletter.

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Fundraising

While the fair is our major fundraising activity we do have a small programme of other fundraising activities and you will be informed of these through the school newsletter.


We are always keen to have parents involved in the organisation and running of these activities.

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Healthy Eating

The school tries to encourage healthy eating habits and we ask parents to reinforce what we are trying to do by providing healthy lunches.

Holiday Care

During the four main holiday breaks, a holiday
programme
may be run at the school. Notice is given through the school newsletter.

Homework

Research evidence indicates very strongly that formal homework is of little value to primary school children and may even have a negative effect.

 

Our policy is to set very little homework beyond reading, spelling – to a particular level - and the learning of basic maths facts.
We take the view that it is of at least as much value for parents to help their children by encouraging reading for pleasure and information, by listening to their children talk
about matters of interest, by providing them with the opportunity to help at home, and by encouraging them in the pursuit of worthwhile interests.

 

As a matter of interest there is research which indicates that one of the strongest indicators of later academic success or achievement is
families sitting down at the table to eat together.

Hours

School begins at 9:00am and finishes at 3:00pm.
Morning tea is from 10:30am until 10:50am and the lunch hour begins at 12:30pm and finishes at 1:30pm.

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IEPs

An IEP is an Individual Education Plan and all special needs children have IEPs which are developed by parents, teachers and specialists.

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Lunches

The school has an arrangement with outside providers to supply lunches. Monday to Friday lunches are able to be ordered from Wholly Bagels. Ezlunch/O’sushi is available on Wednesdays (this must be ordered and paid
for online by Tuesday night). On Fridays children can order from Subway (this must be ordered and paid for online before 9.00 am Friday).


Wholly Bagel menus and price lists are available from the office. Children bring their order to school in a sealed envelope which has the correct money inside and has the child’s name, room number and order on the outside. No
change will be given.


Orders are to be taken to the office when children arrive at school and must be in by 9:15am.

More information HERE


Children are generally not permitted to leave the school grounds to buy their lunches.

Library

The school has a well stocked and well equipped library which relies heavily on parent help and donations.
The senior classes make use of the Wellington Public Library on a monthly basis.
We also operate a holiday borrowing programme which allows parents to come in before the holidays and issue a selection of books for their child to read during the
holidays.

Lost property

Each year the school collects an astonishing amount of lost property. This is kept in the foyer in the hall. From time to time items are displayed so that children can identify their property and reclaim it. Once a term unclaimed clothing is collected and taken to one of the charitable organisations.


Parents can help reduce the problem by making certain that clothing is named.

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Medicine

Please try to avoid sending medicines to school for teachers to administer. It is possible for doctors to prescribe medicines which do not need to be taken during school hours.
Some children need to keep inhalers or other emergency medication at school and these should be taken to the office.

Money

We discourage children from bringing money to school unless it is absolutely necessary.
When they do bring money they should give it to their teacher or hand it in to the office for safe keeping.

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Newsletter

A newsletter is emailed home every fortnight on a Friday. This will keep you up to date with school activities as well as community events.

 

We will try not to send notices home on other days though this is sometimes unavoidable.
Parents are welcome to send in items and notices for the newsletter.


We encourage parents to give us their e-mail addresses so that we can send out a link to the newsletter which is also posted HERE.

New Children

Parents intending to enrol their 5 year olds at Thorndon are invited to bring them in on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 for the three weeks prior to enrolment.

This can help ease the transition for the child. Parents are expected to stay with their child during this time.

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Phys Ed

Children are involved in regular PE and we ask your assistance in making sure that they have suitable clothing and footwear.

Parent Support

The school welcomes parents, and if you would like to spend some time helping in your child’s room, helping with reading programmes, preparation of materials or in the library, please let your classroom teacher know.

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RT / Lit

The school has a Resource Teacher of Literacy attached to the staff. This teacher provides assistance in the area of literacy learning to children and schools in the northern suburbs.

 

Referrals to the services come from schools within that area. The clinic is located at 27 Hobson Crescent.

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Skateboards / Rollerblades

We ask that children do not use skateboards or rollerblades at school as space is at a premium and the risk of an accident is too great.

Sports

We have a number of teams playing sport outside school hours. Netball teams play every Saturday during Terms 2 and 3 and Waterpolo teams compete at Kilbirnie Pool on Monday evenings during Terms 1 and 4.

 

While teachers are involved these teams are very much dependent on the involvement of parents as coaches and managers.

Staff Meetings

The whole staff is involved in staff meetings on Monday afternoons, in team planning meetings on Tuesday afternoons, and admin meetings on Thursday mornings.
On Thursdays teachers may be attending IEP meetings for special needs children. Please keep this in mind when phoning or trying to make appointments. It is not always easy for teachers to free themselves.

Stationery

The school does not carry a stock of stationery and, apart from junior classes (New Entrant – Year 2), children will need to buy their stationery outside the school.

 

New Entrant, Year 1 and 2 children are asked to pay $10:00 per term and this will cover all their stationery needs. Parents will be invoiced for this.

 

For more info click HERE

Sweets

Please make sure that your child does not bring sweets, gum, fizzy or energy drinks to school.

Swimming

During the summer, swimming is a major part of our PE programme.

 

Our Year 5-8 students swim at Thorndon Pool.

 

Our New Entrants-Year 4 are transported, via bus, to the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre where they have instructors teaching them.


All children are expected to take part unless there is a medical reason for not doing so.

There is a charge for using the pools and you will be invoiced for this.

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Thorndon School App

Our App has many functions that can help improve communication between home and school. These include:
- easy access to inform the school of absences
- links to contacts around the school
- term dates
- calendar
- newsletters
- helpful links
- alerts/reminders about things happening at Thorndon School.


The App is free and accessible from app stores. Just type in “thorndon school” in your app store and it should come up.

If not you can also open it via THIS LINK

 

This will take you directly to the Thorndon School App within your app store (on any device).


While this App has a wide range of applications, we are particularly mindful of its potential for communication during emergencies, even if it is to just send out a
reassuring message to let you know that we are all okay.

Three way conferences

Over the 1st and 3rd terms parents are invited to pupil Conferences directed three way conferences involving the pupil, the teacher and the parents.

 

At these conferences children will talk about their learning, showing examples and presenting evidence, and examining how well they have done in terms of meeting the goals set in Term 1.

 

At these meetings new goals will be set for the remainder of the year. Parent participation is vital if these meetings are to be worthwhile.

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Visitors

Visitors to the school should report to the office as the first point of contact.

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