THE A-Z OF MANGAWHAI BEACH SCHOOL
A handbook of procedures, as well as a set of school policies is available at the school office. They are based on legal requirements as well as accepted professional practice. Please contact the school office should you have any queries.
New Zealand law requires children from the age of 6 to be present at school except in special circumstances such as illness etc. Parents must notify the school if their child is absent stating the reason by 8.55am each day. If a child is absent and the school has not been notified we will contact parents to confirm the child is safe.
Access to Children
Please notify the Principal if you have a special custody arrangement or if there are any changes to this. A copy of the custody agreement must be provided to the school office.
Any parents wishing to take their child out of school before the end of the day must first visit the school office and obtain a pink “Visitors Pass” which needs to be handed to the teacher on collection of their child. No student will be allowed to leave the classroom or school with a parent/caregiver unless they have firstly obtained this slip.
Accidents at School
Parents will be advised of any injury to children where staff consider the injury sufficiently serious. Parents must provide the school with emergency contact numbers.
Whole school assemblies are held Friday’s at 1.30pm with the aim of children being able to present aspects of their programme. All parents are welcome to attend every assembly. Class assembly dates are published in the school newsletter. Awards are given at these assemblies in recognition of student achievement.
Every syndicate has a turn to perform an item at these assemblies and we encourage parents to come along and watch even if your child is not performing. The school principal also speaks and will update any issues or notices to parents.
The ASB Bank has established a school banking programme whereby students can deposit their money for school banking. Information about school banking is available from the office.
This is a short 5 - 10 minute break at 10:00am during lessons in the morning session. Please ensure your child has appropriate healthy snacks, i.e. a small piece of fruit, cubes of cheese etc.
Children are eligible to travel by bus if they are:
(a) under 10 years and live more than 3.2kms from school.
(b) 10 years and over and live more than 4.8kms from school.
Pupils who travel by bus should not travel home by other means unless parents have advised the school in writing about such a change. Reliable information about non-use of the school bus is of considerable importance to teachers on bus duty. The use of school transport is a privilege, not a right, and the Ministry of Education may withdraw that privilege at any time. For more information on the bus service, please ask at the school office.
Camps and Class Trips (Education outside the Classroom EOTC)
Consent and information forms will be sent out prior to trips and written parent permission must be given before children are taken out of school. Preschoolers are not permitted on any school trips.
Payment may be made online to the following bank account: 12-3094-0106669-01. Please clearly state name of child and reason of payment in reference areas.
Please inform the school office immediately if your contact details change.
On enrolment each child is issued a Student ICT Agreement form which needs to be signed and returned before children are allowed computer access.
A complete dental service is available at certain times during the year. Please call the office for service schedules or call 0800 MY TEETH for any other queries.
Government funding does not meet all the expenses associated with the running of this school. We rely on annual donations to subsidise expenditure on such extras as sports equipment, resource books, teaching aids along with other items that benefit the students and their learning. The donation is tax deductible and a receipt can be issued on request. Donations are set at $110 per child and $220 for two or more children. Payment may be made online to the following bank account: 12-3094-0106669-01. Please clearly state name of child and reason of payment in reference areas.
Earthquake, fire and tsunami drills are practiced regularly throughout the year and a report is provided to the Board of Trustees.
A standard enrolment form prepared by the school office is used when new pupils enrol at the school. Parents of 5 year olds enrolling for the first time are asked to bring the child’s birth and vaccination certificates on enrolment day.
Mangawhai School has an Enrolment Scheme. Information is available at the school office and on our web site.
Basic supplies of first aid equipment are kept in the sickbay located in the school office. All teachers and staff undergo regular first aid training and have completed a course of instruction in CPR and First Aid for the school environment.
Parents are asked to support all fundraising activities and can do so by supporting FOMBS events and key fundraisers such as our Agricultural Day. Event organisers send out volunteer forms requesting help and parents/caregivers and families are encouraged to participate in these events.
The school requires parents to complete a medical form annually. These are held in the Sickbay and will be taken on trips or events your child attends. Please note it is the parent’s responsibility to update us on any changes in medical conditions. Hearing and Vision testing is carried out by a team from Northland District Health. Parents are notified after their child has been checked. For any other health concerns including speech please contact your child’s teacher, SENCO or Public Health Nurse on 09 4304101. Any medication that needs to be administered to children must be prescribed to that child and in original packaging. The school cannot administer medication that has expired so please keep medication current. Written instruction must accompany the medication and handed to the school office.
Each classroom teacher will provide information with regard to homework expectations at Parent Information sessions held at the beginning of Term 1. Whilst the detail/content varies from room to room, homework will be given on a regular basis to support classroom programmes. Parents are urged to provide time and a suitable situation for children to complete reading and/or written work and to maintain regular contact with the class teacher to ensure standards are acceptable.
Your child will be assigned a 'house' upon enrolment i.e. Tuna, Marlin, Kingfish, Mako. Students are divided into these four houses. Points are awarded for school spirit, participation and achievements in other house activities. On sports days children are encouraged to wear their house colours.
House and Whanau Group
Every student has a house group allocated to them. We have four House Groups – Kingfish, Marlin, Mako and Tuna. Each House Group has Whanau Groups attached to them (e.g. Kingfish has Kingfish Whanau Groups 1, 2 and 3. They are made up of students from Years 1 through 8.
Friday fortnightly the Whanau Groups are taken by the teachers and the students need to go to their Whanau Group when the bell sounds in the morning. This is a bonding time for students from all ages, they do games etc – outside and inside and if there are any school wide notices they are told these at this time.
Each House Group has a different colour. When the school has a sports day sometimes the students are asked to dress in the appropriate house colours. The colours for each house are:
Kingfish – Green
Mako – Yellow
Tuna – Blue
Marlin – Red
The Information Centre is a very important education resource for the school. It encompasses our library and information technology unit which are always evolving to meet changing needs.
The school has a part-time librarian to catalogue, shelve and maintain our library, or to arrange for parents to help with these tasks. Parents are reminded to assist the safety of our collection by checking that all books bought home are returned to school in the child’s book bag to keep them away from food and drink.
Books come from two sources.
(a) Books purchased from Ministry of Education grants
(b) Books purchased from local fundraising
Information morning for new families
The school holds a new parent information morning once a term. These will be held in the third week of the term, and dates will be published in the school newsletter. All new and future parents to our school are welcome to join this meeting. Any questions or queries that are not answered on our parent information page on the website can be answered at the school office by phoning 09-431-4385.
Kapa Haka and The Arts
Students have access to Ukulele Group, Kapa Haka Group, Choir, Enviro Group just to name a few. Please see the office for more information regarding these groups.
A diagnostic reading survey is conducted at age 6 by the Associate Principal for all children at school and parents are invited to discuss their child’s result. For those who have not made satisfactory progress in reading (for whatever reason), a special ‘Reading Recovery’ programme is employed to ensure that their reading skills are developed to the stage where they can work confidently with their age group.
Parents need to ensure that all property is clearly named. A lost property box is kept outside Room 1. At the end of each term unclaimed articles will be given to charity or added to our second hand stock.
Parents are encouraged to provide a bottle of water and a balanced morning tea and lunch for their child. If your child has insufficient food for the day, the office will phone you to bring more food to school. On Friday iceblocks and popcorn is available for purchase at lunchtime as a fundraiser.
Maths-Whizz is an online maths programme that we are using in class as well as a homework tool for students who have the internet at home. When students login to Maths-Whizz, it assesses each student and sets an individual learning programme for them based on their strengths and weaknesses. Teachers have full access to the reporting and progress for each student.
What is Maths Whizz?
* An online maths tutoring programme that assesses each student and gives them a “maths age” per topic and an overall “maths age” based on the UK standards (which are slightly higher than the NZ standards)
* Maths-Whizz creates a learning programme for each student based on their individual strengths and weaknesses.
* Maths-Whizz provides up to date assessment and reporting on each student which the teachers will have access too.
* Each student has their own “virtual bedroom” to engage the students. When they are working in their tutor they earn “maths credits” that they can spend in the Whizz shop – students love doing maths and saving up to buy pets, toys etc for their bedroom.
* Students can compete against their class mates on exercises they have done in their tutor – this consolidates their learning and helps improve their maths.
* Students can access the programme at any time on any online computer.
Money being forwarded to school should be in a named, sealed envelope which also indicates the reason for the payment and amount and be put into the banking box in the office foyer. Payment may also be made online to the following bank account: 12-3094-0106669-01. Please clearly state name of child and reason of payment in reference areas.
Your child will be assessed using the National Standards. Information is available on the Ministry website. Reports for the end of Year 1 to the end of your child's third year at school will be sent home on or around their birthday each year. When your child reaches Year 4, reports will be sent home midway and at the end of the year.
Parents will be informed of school events at regular intervals. School newsletters are printed and distributed to the eldest and only child fortnightly unless parents opt for an email copy. A copy of the newsletter is posted on the school website, a link on our school facebook page and extra copies left in the school office.
The office is staffed between 8.00am and 4.00pm daily. If the office is unattended please leave a message on the answer phone. The school has a photocopier which is available for public use. Charges are set at 20c per black & white copy and $0.50c for colour, with a discount for large runs.
Please do not park in the bus bay outside the school office or the staff car park. Parking is available outside the community gym and designated drop off zones are assigned.
The school encourages parents to contribute to school programmes when appropriate. Parents may be asked to assist as tutors in Reading, Mathematics or Language, or to act as resource people in a variety of curriculum areas. Anyone interested in participating in the parent help programme is invited to contact the classroom teacher. All classroom helpers must sign the Mangawhai Beach School Parent Help document. All parents must report and sign in at the school office where they will be issued with a visitor’s badge.
The school has a fulltime Caretaker/Property Manager. He is usually in the school grounds from 7.30am-2.30pm daily.
Parent Support FOMBS (Friends of Mangawhai Beach School)
Mangawhai Beach School has an active parent body which meets regularly to organise a variety of social and fundraising events each year. Volunteers are welcome to join at anytime.
It is a Health & Safety requirement that any parents accompanying children on a trip or camp be police vetted. From the 1st of July 2017 there will be a charge of $10 per vet form processed from the NZ Police so the school will have no option but to ask parents to pay for their police vet check.
Reporting to Parents
Term One: Goal setting and Classroom visits
Term Two: Mid Year Reports / Student Led Conferences
Term Three: Student Led Conferences
Term Four: End of Year Reports
Electronic School Interview bookings are used www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
Rubbish - Zero Waste
Mangawhai Beach School has a zero waste policy. Any rubbish and/or food scraps will be taken home by the children at the end of the day.
School commences at 8.55am daily and concludes at 2.45pm.
8.55 - 11.00am Morning school session
11.00 – 11.30am Morning Interval
11.30am - 1.00pm Mid-morning school session
1.00 - 1.45pm Lunch Break
1.45 - 2.45pm Afternoon school session
Term dates are given in the school notices.
If children are not collected from school by 3.00pm the duty teacher will attempt to contact parents.
Student Code of Conduct
At the beginning of the year a Student Code of Conduct form will be sent home with each child for parents to discuss with their child, sign and return to the school. Staff keep a record of incidents and the School Behaviour Management Procedures are implemented. A copy of the Behaviour Management Procedure is available at the school office and online.
A small supply of stationery is kept at the school office for children during the year. At the start of each year stationery sales are available online through www.officemax.co.nz. Stationery lists are available from the school office. Please see the school office for stationery prices.
During the summer season each class is timetabled for swimming. We aim to teach children to swim, to be conscious of water safety and to be able to practice basic swimming skills. It is important that all children take full part in the swimming programme. Very often the children who need tuition most – are the ones who avoid swimming. If a pupil is not to take part in the swimming lesson, a note to this effect must be provided by parents. We follow the Lotto Swim Safe Programme designed for New Zealand schools. All children must wear swim caps.
Parents must advise the school of any change in travel arrangement particularly if it concerns buses. Parents must send a note informing the office of the change by 2.00pm so the child can be notified if required. Children assemble in the school gym at the end of the day for collection by parents/caregivers and those of buses board and have their names called from a roll.
Mangawhai Beach School has a compulsory uniform. Our standard uniform may be worn all year round. Uniform items are available for purchase from the office. Please read the Uniform Policy as there is a strict code of uniform requirements. All items should be clearly named. The uniform consists of the following:
* Blue Polo shirt, short sleeved (winter weight and summer weight), with Mangawhai School logo;
* Blue Poly cotton sweatshirt, long sleeved, with the Mangawhai School logo;
* Black Shorts, trousers, culottes, skorts;
* Black sun hat (The existing Hat Policy will apply).
* Black beanie, black gloves, black scarf.
* Black long sleeved skivvies may be worn under the polo shirt for extra warmth.
* Black stockings / leggings may be worn under uniform.
* Predominately BLACK footwear is to be worn. Socks and shoes are not compulsory. However, if they are to be worn, shoes and socks must be black.
Valuables at School
As teachers cannot be responsible for the safety and security of valuable articles that students bring to school. Please leave them at home.
Visitors to School
All visitors must report and sign in at the school office where they will be issued with a visitor’s badge. Visitors must make prior arrangements with classroom teachers.
School does not close early on wet days. We recognise that in an increasing percentage of families, both parents go out to work, and that any early closing of school might seriously inconvenience these parents. Parents arriving in cars on wet days are warned to drive with extreme care when turning into school driveways. .
Important Policies / Procedures