As well as being a legal requirement once
a child turns six, it is very important
that children are regularly and punctually
at school. Children should arrive at school
with sufficient time to unpack bags and
settle in for the day. If your
child is going to be absent, please telephone
the school or send a note a.s.a.p. to the
class teacher. We do frequently make contact
if a child has not shown up at school.
Approximately six weeks prior to your child
turning five please contact the school to
arrange pre-school visits and to fill out
In the four weeks prior to starting school
the child may attend school for two or three
periods per week - to be arranged between
the classroom teacher and the caregivers.
These pre-visits will usually start at 9am,
and finish at 11am, immediately after morning
2pm finishing: New entrants finish school
at 2pm for the first few school weeks.
Post enrolment interview:
Twice a term we will provide an opportunity
for you to meet with the teacher of your
new entrant child to share information and
any concerns which may have arisen in the
initial weeks. You will be contacted about
8.55am – 10.40am. Session 1
10.40am – 11.00am. Morning interval
11.00am – 12.30pm. Session 2
12.30pm – 1.25pm Lunch
1.25pm – 3.00pm. Session 3
It is very important that the children are at school when the first bell for the school day rings at 8.55am. This ensures that they are in class ready to start work at 9.00am. It is also the time when teachers share notices and give information that relates to the school day
from another school: Please make
contact with the office staff to make arrangements
to fill in the necessary forms when enrolling
children who have already enrolled elsewhere.
We will then arrange the transfer of school
The Board of Trustees has set the 2012 school at:
$40 for one child, $60 for two children and $80 for three or more children.
The donation may be paid as a lump sum or part payments may be made each term;
$10 for one child, $15 for two children and $20 for three or more.
Donations are used to fund activities that are not covered by the Ministry of Education Operations Grant, are voluntary and tax deductible. Receipts are issued.
While our reporting system is frequently
under review, the system as it currently
Term One - brief interview opportunity,
Term Two - Class books sent home
Mid year reports - attitude, work habits,
literacy and numeracy comment.
Term Four - Class books sent home
Full academic report
NB. This timetable is under review and may
change during the year.
TERM DATES 2012
Monday 30 January – Thursday 5 April
Waitangi Day – Monday 6 February
Monday 23 April – Friday 29 June
ANZAC Day – Wednesday 25 April
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 4 June
Monday 16 July – Friday 28 September
Monday 15 October – Friday 15 December
Labour Day – Monday 21 October
Marlborough Anniversary – Monday 29 October
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All classes follow the New Zealand Curriculum
with an emphasis on literacy and
numeracy. Efforts are made
to make full use of the computers which
are in each room. Plans are in place for
the school to be networked with access to
a limited number of websites which in turn
have access to thousands of safe sites.
Emphasis this year is on striving to achieve
in most work. We teachers also seek to maximise
active participation by children in learning
activities. The Co-operative Learning approach
has been shown to have tremendous benefit
for learning, for classroom programmes,
and for behaviour management.
School Action Squad
All caregivers of Picton School children
are automatically members of this hard working
group who raise funds for the children,
and support the school in a variety of ways.
It is appreciated that most people are not
able to attend all meetings and functions
but are willing to help out where and when
they can. The PSAS is particularly keen
to meet new parents.
are issued every Thursday. Please read
these as they are the main source of communication
between home and school. We acknowledge
the generous support of our newsletter
sponsors and encourage you to patronize
can be e-mailed home. Just inform the Administration
Officer at the school office.
We go to the right place at the right time
We look after ourselves and others
We play safely and talk respectfully to
We look after property
Positive Behaviour Programme
We have several systems for acknowledging
teachers select children for special mention
children nominate their peers for special
children who get a detention do not get
to take part in a privilege day.
Ritchies Buses provide a pay per term service
for our children. Please enquire at the
office if you wish to take advantage of
this service. It should be stressed that
the school is not entitled to a bus service
and that Ritchies offer this in addition
to the official contract for outlying schools.
From time to time parents of children using
the bus are asked to supervise children
at bus stops before or after school.
/ Problems/ Enquiry Procedures
We welcome hearing your concerns. Only then
can we address any issues. Please be prompt
if you have concerns. In the first instance
please contact the teacher, or, if preferred
the Principal. The next avenue is the board
of trustees. In some instances writing to
the teacher, principal or board of trustees
will be appropriate. Making appointments
is a good way to ensure quality communication.
We do not allow children to leave the school
grounds to purchase lunches. If you wish
your child to travel home please contact
the class teacher or office staff yourself.
We all need a healthy and balanced diet.
The best brain foods are fresh
fruit and veges, nuts, grains (and water).
High fat and/or sugar diets increase the
likelihood of a range of health problems.
Limit your child(ren)s fat and sugar
intake. Breakfast is the most important
meal of the day and should mainly consist
of carbohydrates (cereal, bread) for slow
excellent manners and bright smiles;
correct stationery and equipment for class
required homework reading books, library
breakfasted children because breakfast is
the most important meal of the day (high
fibre, low sugar is recommended);
sufficient food for morning tea and lunch
we recommend mainly healthy foods with low
sugar and fat content. Note: Water is the
best drink for enhancing learning abilities
in the afternoons (and mornings). Children
are encouraged to have clear plastic named
bottle for their own drinking water. Many
teachers will allow it in class (ask first).
We have two water filtered fountains at
do not need to bring:
highly valued personal possessions (toys
etc.) as we cannot be held responsible for
loss or damage;
cell phones and video games
skates, roller blades, skateboards, scooters
- except on designated wheel days
- and only with helmets
(Wheel day is currently Friday);
inappropriate foods or drinks such as large
bottles of carbonated soft drink, lollies,
chewing gum, and jelly crystals.
Jewellery or make up is not required, nor
is it appropriate for school.
Children will be asked to remove all but
the most necessary jewellery. For instance,
some studs may be able to be retained.
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