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Everything you need to know!

Absences - All parents/caregivers are asked to ring 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 administrator 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 can text in absence messages to 0275 Absent (0275 227368).

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 Scholastic - Books can be ordered through the school each term.  Pamphlets will be sent home and if you wish to purchase books these need to be returned with payment to the office.

Assembly - Full school assemblies are held every second Friday afternoon at 2.15pm.  We encourage parents to attend if possible.

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. Meeting are held in the staff room the third Wednesday of every month at 6pm.

BYOD - The school allows students to bring their own device for learning. However, there is documentation which needs to be filled in before this can happen. We also prefer devices to have certain specifications to allow them to safely work on our network. Details of this can be obtained from Karen Linyard our ICT Manager.

Class Placement - In December parents and whānau will be advised of their child's placement for the following year.  The teachers and Principal are responsible for all class placements.  Any changes to classes are made after review at the end of February. Most 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 on the school website.

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.

Dental Therapist - Please phone 539 5324. The Dental clinic is situated on the corner of Tipahi and Franklyn Streets.

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 full 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 school office.  Other enrolments - The Principal is happy to enroll any new children and show prospective families around the school.

Facebook - The school has a popular Facebook page. This is great place for school notices, including sports and also to celebrate successes in the school.

Fashion verse 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 – 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. Hampden Street has a Water Only (And Milk for Schools) policy when it comes to drinks.

Fundraising - Hampden Street School has an active parent fundraising committee. This highly successful group of parents run a series of events throughout the year, including a fantastic school gala and Quiz Night, which bring 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 - Apart from Junior readers, Hampden Street Student do not receive regular homework as research tells us it can be counterproductive to student achievement. Students may bring homework home and generally this is in the form of work they needed to complete.

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. Our internet is monitored by the nationwide Network 4 Learning schools’ network.

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.

Lock Down - The school has a Lock Down procedure for when we feel safety requires us to lock students in classes. When we go into Lock-down we will inform all parents. However, we ask that parents do not come down to the school until the all clear is given.

Lost Property - Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own property, particularly clothing.  There is a lost property bin outside Room 6.  Lost property is often displayed in the playground. Please remember to label your children’s clothes.

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 emailed to you or  alternatively you can request a hard copy.  It is also available on our website and our School Stream App.

Office Hours - The Hampden Street School office is staffed from 8:00am until 4:30pm.  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. Students 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. Late students must call into the office on arrival at school

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 four times a year, in written form in Terms 2 and 4 with oral interviews in Term 1 and 3. 

School Stream App - Our school has a smartphone app, School Stream. This app is a place for school alerts and notifications. It is also somewhere where the newsletter can be found, and our school calendar is available. Absentees can also be reported.

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 – Pita Pit lunches can be purchased on a Thursday. Pita Pit provides filled Pita Bread and a variety of other items. Orders must be made online, lunchonline.co.nz. See the office staff for more information. Sushi is available on Fridays and can be ordered in the office before school starts.

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 student’s 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.

Smoke-free 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 0 to 6. Details of these sports can be obtained from our teacher in charge of sport or the sports co-ordinator in 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. Students will be required check their uniform out when they collect it and if the uniform is seriously damaged or lost the student will be required to pay for it. Individuals can purchase these from the 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. Stationery can be purchased online and collected from a local vendor. Office Max has Hampden Street Stationery packs. Only new entrant 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.

Toys at School - We would prefer it if children would leave their toys 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. Marbles are allowed at school during our designated “Marble season.” Classes will be informed when this is going to happen.

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 DP, or the Principal.