A TO Z

… of important things you need to know

Absences

All parents/caregivers are asked to ring or text the school if their child is to be absent for any reason. Teachers inform the office of any child not present in the morning and the secretary makes a phone call to parents/caregivers. This can be very time consuming so it is important to be diligent about ringing the school and leaving a message on our answer service. When leaving an absence message it is important you state why your child is absent. Parents/caregivers are asked to make sure they discuss with their child each day how they are to get home as the children do not have access to a telephone.

Accidents

If your child is injured at school, staff will take any appropriate first aid measures. If the injury is of a serious nature and/ or involves the child’s head we will notify you. Please make sure your contact and emergency details are always up to date.

Ashton and Scholastic + Wheelers Books

Books can be ordered through the school each term. Pamphlets will be sent home and if you wish to purchase books please make your cheque out to Hampden Street School. Late orders can not be accepted.

Assemblies

School assemblies are held on alternate Friday’s. Please check the calendar for when your child’s class has assembly.

Biking to School

Students under the age of seven are not permitted to bike to school. Students between 7 and 10 years may bike to school accompanied by an adult. Older students may bike to school on their own. They must bike directly to the bike stands and must not ride their bike around the grounds. The bike stands are out of bounds during the school day.

Board of Trustees

The Board is comprised of 5 elected parent representatives, a staff representative and the Principal. They are responsible for all areas of governance. Meetings are open to the public. Minutes and other meeting information are available from the school office. Meetings are held in the staff room the fourth week of every month at 7.30pm.

Class Placement

In December parents/caregivers will be advised of their child’s placement for the following year. The teachers and Principal are responsible for all class placement. Any changes to classes are made after review at the end of February. Some of the Hampden Street School classes are composite (i.e. two levels in one classroom). This is to make best use of the available teaching staff. Programmes in mathematics, reading and language are based on individual needs and rates of progress. There is opportunity for extension and attention to special needs in all classrooms. There is no advantage in being the older or younger class level in a composite class as teachers adjust their programmes to meet the needs of all children.

Concerns

An open door policy exists in our school. If you have any concerns relating to school we encourage you to talk to us about them. Feel free to approach the class teacher, senior staff, or Principal at any time. The school complaints policy is available from the school office.

Contact Details

It is vital that the school has up to date contact details for every student in the school. If you change cell phones or shift house please try to remember to contact us.

Emergencies

The school has a comprehensive emergency plan which can be viewed at the school office. In the case of natural disaster such as an earthquake, providing the school is still safe, all children will be kept at school until parents or caregiver collect them.

Enrolments

New Entrants – when enrolling your 5 year old for the first time it is important to provide their birth certificate and if possible an immunization certificate obtained from your doctor. To make the transition to school easier we encourage parents to bring their children in for a pre entry visit. This is arranged by the deputy principal of the junior school. Other enrolments – The Principal in happy to enroll any new children and show prospective families around the school.

Fashion verses Sensible

Students are expected to dress in a way that will allow them to participate in normal school activities, ie PE, Art etc. Tight fitting or revealing clothing is not appropriate at school as is the Gangster type clothing i.e. hoodies, bandanas, low rider pants. Students will be required to go home and change if they turn up to school inappropriately dressed. The school encourages children to wear their hair in a tidy fashion.

Fees

Hampden Street School fees are $50 per year per child (Maximum of $70/ Family). School fees are a donation, but are important to the operational costs of the school.

Food, Fizzy and Lollies

Hampden Street School encourages students to bring a full healthy lunch. Children are not to bring lollies or fizzy drinks to school.

Fundraising/School Council

Hampden Street School has an active fundraising committee called HSS Fundraising. This highly successful group of parents run a series of events throughout the year, including a fantastic school gala, which brings in a significant amount of money for the school. New members are always welcome.

Head Lice

Head Lice are a common problem at all schools. If left untreated they can easily spread and cause discomfort and sleeplessness for the infected children. When you discover your child has head lice you need to treat them immediately and the child should not return to school until all the live lice have gone. There are a wide range of treatments available and information about these is available at the school office or from your local chemist. Regular brushing of hair is the best method to prevent head lice out breaks.

Holidays in School Time

The school discourages families from taking holidays in school time. However, if parents do decide to take their children on a holiday during the school term they must write a letter explaining the absence, specifically noting the dates the children will be absent. This is a Ministry of Education requirement.

Homework

All classes provide homework to some degree. We ask for parent’s assistance in ensuring this is completed. Please feel free to talk to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns about homework.

Internet

Internet is available in all classrooms and in our computer suite under strict supervision by the teacher and in accordance with our school internet safety policy. All new enrolments sign an internet permission form.

Library

Children are encouraged to take library books home on a regular basis. Please do not attempt to mend any damaged books at home. There are no penalties for overdue books but we do charge replacement cost for books that are lost or seriously damaged.

Lost Property

Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own property, particularly clothing. There is a lost property bin outside Room 12. Lost property is often displayed in the playground. Please remember to label your children’s clothes.

Marbles

Marbles are allowed at school during our designated ‘Marble season’. Classes will be informed when this is going to happen.

Mobile Phones

Children can bring their mobile phones to school for the purpose of contacting parents before and after school. Students do not use their phones in school time and during the breaks. Students must hand their phone into the school office or to their class teacher, and they bring them to school at their own risk. If students abuse the privilege of having a phone at school they will be told to take it home and leave it there.

Newsletters

Our informative school newsletter comes out fortnightly on a Thursday. It is given to the eldest child in the family or alternatively it can be e-mailed to you. It is also available on our website.

Office Hours

The Hampden Street School office is staffed from 8:30am until 4 pm most days. Principal and/or office staff are available at this time. The school has an answer phone outside of these hours which is checked regularly by staff.

Parking

Parking can be difficult at times around our school, particularly at 3pm. Parents picking up children need to be patient and maybe park a little further from the school, rather than double park, park in our disabled parking spaces, or park across driveways.

Parent Help

Hampden Street School actively encourages parent help in the classes whether it be reading with a Junior class, transporting children, or doing a small job in the office. If you would like to help out, feel free to talk to your child’s class teacher or the Principal

Playgrounds

The junior and senior children have separate adventure playgrounds. All other areas of the school can be used by all ages.

Punctuality

It is important students get to school on time. Student’s that are late often miss important school notices given first thing in the morning and miss the morning roll call so would be marked absent for the morning. If your child is going to be late for school please phone the school office and let us know.

Removing children from school

Often parents need to collect children from school for appointments or out of school activities. Please ensure you notify the class teacher or the school office when you do this. If the activity happens on a regular basis please notify the school office in writing explaining time and dates of absence and reason for absence. This is a Ministry of Education requirement.

Reporting to Parents

The school reports on student achievement to parents three times a year, in written form in Terms 4 and with oral interviews in Term 1 and 3.

School Hours

School hours are 9am until 3pm, with morning tea break from 10:30am until 10:50am, lunch from 12:30pm until 1:30pm.

School Lunches

Subway lunches can be purchased on a Wednesday. Subway provides filled rolls (Subs), and a variety of other items. Orders must be made on the order form, which is available in the class and orders are placed in a syndicate box in the office. They must be handed in by 9.30 Wednesday morning.

School Trips

School trips provided are a key part of our class room programme. We encourage parents to come along on trips as we have a set ratio of adults to students that we must adhere to for students safety. On enrolment parents sign a general permission slip that will allow us to take students on trips within walking distance of the school. However, for any trips that require transport we will require a permission slip filled in for every student in that class.

Smokefree School

Hampden Street is a Smokefree school and smoking is not permitted in the school grounds or buildings at all times and at events, camps and outings associated with the school.

Sports

Hampden Street School offers a wide range of sports out of school hours for students from Years 3 to 6. Details of these sports can be obtained from our teacher in charge of sport or from the school office. Our participation in these sports is reliant on support from parents for coaching and managing of teams. The school can provide training for coaches through Sport Tasman.

Sports Uniforms

The school provides uniforms for all out of school sports and inter-school sports events. If a student borrows a uniform for a sports team they must look after it. If the uniform is seriously damaged or lost the student will be required to pay for it. School shirts can be purchased through our school office.

Stationery

Children will be issued with a list of their stationery requirements on enrolment and at the end of each year by the class teacher. Some stationery can be purchased from school if you wish.

Sun Smart

Hampden Street School is a ‘Sun Smart’ School and has a ‘no hat then play in the shade’ policy. School Hats are available for sale at the school office.

Swimming

The swimming programme runs for the first 6 weeks of Term 1 and the last five weeks of Term 4. Swimming is compulsory unless a note from a parent/caregiver is supplied. Swimming lessons are available at the school pool after school hours, by calling Jos and Margaret Pattison Ph: 544 6498.

Toys at School

We would prefer it if children would leave their toys and bubble gum cards at home as they can be a distraction and often cause conflict if lost. If your child has a special toy they wish to share for news, send it to school with a note from you and the class teacher will store it away until the appropriate time.

Zero Tolerance to Bullying

Hampden Street School prides itself on its safe learning environment. For this reason we have no tolerance for bullying what so ever. If your child has been involved in bullying expect a call and if you suspect your child is a victim of bullying please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, the DPs, or the Principal.