General

Supporting your child's learning
The Ministry of Education have developed resources for parents to support children's learning home especially in reading, writing and mathematics. Please view and access these here.
Early years
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Absences

School - If your child is going to be absent from school, please phone 315 7208 before 9am or leave a message on the school answer phone. For reasons of safety, a phone call or message before school is the best method. It is not permissible for any child to leave the school grounds without permission from their teacher and informing the office. It is your child's right to have access to education, so it is important that attendance is regular and punctual. 

Bus
- If your child is not travelling on the bus to school please phone Rose van Beek 0272233880 before 8am. All bus children are asked to fill in an intention sheet each term with their after school arrangements. If this changes for any reason please let the office know before 2.45pm (leave a message if unattended). For safety reasons we must know who is on the bus.
Accounts
Costs for items of stationery, travel, visiting shows etc will be put onto an account which will be posted out at the end of each term. We ask that these are paid promptly either by cash, cheque or online. Larger costs like uniform must be paid for before collection and we also ask for camps to be paid before children attend them.
After School
To guarantee children's safety, all children are expected to go straight home after school. When alternative arrangements have been made for your child after school please phone the office or send a note to your child's teacher.Children are welcome to play in the school grounds after school and at weekends under parental supervision, but no pets please. Children are asked to play away from classrooms and the office block.

 
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Bible-in-Schools
This is taken between March and late November in all rooms on a Thursday between 9am and 9.30am. Parents who request exemption for their child must do so in writing. For those children not participating in Bible-in-Schools, we run a Values group which is taken by an individual teacher each week. 

Bike Safety
It is the Board of Trustees recommendation that "no child under 10 years of age will ride to or from school unless wearing a cycle helmet and accompanied by an adult". All children will wear helmets at ALL times. Helmets must be fastened and fitted correctly. There is a bike shed at the front of the school where they can be locked.  

Board of Trustees
The Board is comprised of 5 Parent Trustees, a Staff Trustee and the Principal. They are responsible for all areas of governance. The Board has the power to co-opt other members to the Board as the need arises. Elections are held every 3 years. Minutes are available to read in a clearfile in the school office and on the school website.

Book Club
Twice a term your child will bring home a pamphlet from the Scholastic Book Club, which is stamped with a date that orders are due.  Please return any orders with cash or cheque only (make cheques out to Scholastic New Zealand Ltd).  Please place orders in an envelope and write your child's name on the front.  
If you'd like to pay by credit card, please use the LOOP ordering system - go to mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz and follow the prompts to place your order.
All orders usually arrive back at school about a week to 10 days after they are sent away and sorted by the office then given to the children (or kept at the office for you to collect).

Bus
The school bus run is owned by Go Bus.  One run caters for all the children at present. Children must be at their gate 5 minutes before the bus is due and must wear the fluorescent vest all bus children are issued with.To be able to use the School Bus service, year 1 to 8 children must live more than 3.2kms from the nearest State School.  If your child(ren) is eligible for bus transport you will need to complete an application form - available from the office. Any behaviour concerns on the bus must be directed to the Bus Controller (Mr Wright), not the driver.


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Contacts
We need to keep all contact details accurate and current in case of an emergency. Should you change your address, telephone number, email address or emergency contact information, even temporarily, please inform the school as soon as possible.

Concerns
There may be times when you have a concern about aspects of your child's education. On these occasions it is vital that your direct your concern to the school. We would much rather know about it and be able to alleviate your concerns.


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Dental Therapist
Our Dental Therapist is Jenny Stewart. She brings the Mobile Caravan to our school once a year, usually in Term 1, to screen all the children. If any work needs to be done an appointment is made to attend the larger Caravan at Amuri Area School. If you have any concerns or you would like your child to see the Dental Therapist at any other time please phone 0800846983.


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Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)
EOTC is a regular feature of learning programmes.  Children make use of the local forest and village area to support their learning when relevant.  There is a 'blanket approval' form for parents to review and sign upon enrolment to give permission for participation in local low risk learning opportunities.  Trips out of the Hanmer Springs basin are arranged as appropriate to support specific inquiry programmes where further permission is sought.  There are numerous sport and PE opportunities with other school in the district throughout the year.  Year 5 to 8 children attend school camps.  These are held both locally and further afield with the senior students all having a the opportunity to attend a Wellington or Dunedin camp by the end of year 8.

Enrolment at School
Children can start school on their 5th birthday and are required to start by their 6th birthday. Please make contact with school at least 4 weeks before their 5th birthday so we can meet you and give you the required paper work to fill out. Children have a number of half day visits to the New Entrant room before they begin to familiarise themselves with routines and meet other children. Suitable days are organised with the junior school teachers.


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Fees
A parent donation is requested and is voluntary.  This can be paid by the term or paid in one lump-sum for the year.Donation amounts are as follows:
  • $60 ($15 per term) - 1 child
  • $100 ($25 per term) - 2 or more children
Donations are automatically charged to your account and cleared if not paid by the end of the year.  We will send out an official receipt for donations received for tax purposes.


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Health
Your child's health is important to us and some points to note are:- Please inform us of any medication your child is having at school (including pain relief medication).  You will need to fill in a Medical Authority Form and drop the medicine at the Office- The Public Health Nurse (Ann Robinson) visits the school periodically.- If your child is unwell please keep them away from school. Extra days convalescing at home after an illness are important to eliminate a viral or bacterial infection spreading to other children plus they need time to get their strength back to take a full and active part in school activities.- Please inform the school office of any changes to your child's health eg. allergies- A First Aid kit is kept at school to attend to any minor injuries or conditions.- If your child becomes ill at school, we will phone parents to collect them. If this is not possible your child will be looked after in the school sick bay. In the case of more serious illness or accidents they will be taken to the local Medical Centre and parents phoned.

Hire of School Buildings
Anyone wishing to use the school buildings please seek permission from the Principal and complete an agreement for hire of Hanmer Springs School facilities.  Charges will be $50 per room per day and a donation is asked for if the grounds are being used.

Home and School Association
Home and School Association is a parent-run group, who meet monthly to organise different activities for fundraising.  All profits from this fundraising help purchase extra resources for the school to support the children's learning.  Please visit the school website for the Home & School Facebook site. 


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Internet and Internet Safety
The school has a large number of computers and ipads for all children to use. With the Enrolment pack there is a Cybersafe Agreement Policy form to sign. All children must have permission by signing this form before they are eligible to use the Internet. They will also be issued with passwords to access Ultranet for their classroom pages. Digital citizenship and cybersafety is part of your child's education at Hanmer Springs School.


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Library
The school library is currently closed and children are using the local library.  This is due to the building of new classrooms during 2015. 
All classes are given library time to change books which are issued for 2 weeks. Overdue notices are sent home if the book is a few weeks overdue. If a book becomes lost parents will be invoiced for a replacement.We ask for your assistance in ensuring that books brought home are looked after carefully and returned when they are due.

Lost Property
Please ensure clothing and personal property is named so it can be returned promptly to its owner should it be lost.  Lost Property can be viewed in the wooden box outside Room 2 at any time. At the end of each term lost property clothing is sorted and displayed for collection. Any items remaining are washed. Logoed poloshirts and polofleeces are put onto the secondhand uniform rack for sale and remaining items placed in a clothing bin which is sent to charities.

Lunches
Children are supervised each day whilst lunches are eaten. They sit for at least 15 mins with Juniors being encouraged to sit longer if required.Lunch orders can be placed with either the Bakery or Log Cabin who deliver orders to school. It is parents' responsibility to place and pay for the order before midday. Children are not allowed to leave the school grounds at lunchtime.We have drinking fountains at school so no fizzy or energy drinks at school please.


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Messages
From time to time a message needs to be sent to parents, for example, reminding them of a meeting or postponement of sports activity. To receive these text messages (note: Vodafone not supported) please sign up by texting Follow hanmerspringssc to 8987. 
Important messages and the weekly school newsletter are available on the school website and Facebook page. 

Money at School
If money needs to be bought to school, for example, for a bookclub order, please place in a sealed envelope with your child's name, amount and reason clearly on the outside.

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Newsletter & News Centre
The newsletter is sent out each Thursday. It contains messages from the Principal and Office. Children are also recognised for any special achievements. There is also a space to include any notices from the community. Newsletters can be viewed on the school website and the notice board (between rooms 3 and 4).  Additionally an email reminder and link is sent out weekly.
The News Centre on the school website contains latest news, stories and events from the children.

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Parent Help
A much appreciated aspect of the school day is the help parents/caregivers are able to give teachers in various ways.Volunteers are called for when needed in all rooms, but please offer your help at any time if you wish. Please contact class teachers.

Personal Effects
Children who bring toys, watches and other personal effects to school do so at their own risk.No money is to be bought to school unless it is handed to the office. No jewellery is to be worn, especially earrings, as they can be a danger when playing on the adventure playground. Children with pierced ears may only wear plain studs.

Phone Calls
If you need to speak to someone in the office please phone between 8.30am and 3pm, otherwise you can leave a message on the answer phone which is always checked before 3pm. 

Policies and Procedures
If you wish to check on a specific policy or procedure you can do so through SchoolDocs. To do this go to the Board of Trustees tab on this website and click on Policies and Procedures in the sub pages. This will take you to the SchoolDocs site. Here you can search through and access all school policies and procedures.


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Reporting to Parents
There are three formal meetings during the school year:
  1. A Parent Information Evening is held in the first few days of the new school year for general school information for parents. 
  2. Goal Setting Conferences with parents and their child, are held early in Term 1 to set goals for the year and learn more about children from their parents.
  3. Parent Interviews and Learning Conferences are held with parents and their child in Term 3.
Additionally, ongoing EPortfolios are available for each child on Ultranet and are updated throughout the year.  Learning Journeys are also held in all classrooms in Term 2 and 3 where parents get the chance to visit their child's classroom (and other classes) to share and show how children are involved in learning in the classroom. It is also a chance for parents to be involved in day to day examples of learning with their children.
All classrooms record a weekly 'snapshot' of learning on their class website.
National Standard Reports are sent home mid year and end of year (year 4 to 8) and at key anniversary dates for year 1 to 3. Overall teacher judgements in relation to the national standards in reading, writing and mathematics and made at the end of 1,2 and 3 years of schooling and then at the end of year 4,5,6,7 and 8.  General Comment Reports focussed on the key competencies are issued at the end of each year.The school operates an 'open door' policy which means teachers are happy to make arrangements with you to discuss pupil progress and concerns as the need arises.

Road Safety
To ensure the safety of children, please do not drive into the school grounds between the hours of 8:30am and 3:15pm.  The only access for vehicles to the school is through the gate on Jollies pass Road. The driveway on the western side of the school is the entrance to the school house. PLEASE KEEP THIS DRIVEWAY CLEAR AT ALL TIMES. Please do not drop off or pickup from this driveway - this is a safety measure. Parents delivering or picking up children are asked to park on the school side of the road and please watch for children as they leave school. Please note the speed restriction signs at either end of Cheltenham Street which worn motorists of the school zone. No cars are to park in the school bus stop before 9:30am or after 2:45pm.

Roller Blades/ Skateboards /Scooters
Rollerbaldes/skateboards/scooters may be used at the discretion of the staff at playtimes, but safety helmets must be worn at all times. No large wheeled scooters into the playground please.



School Rules Not Mentioned Elsewhere
  • Children are not permitted to bring chewing gum or bubble gum, lollies or bottles of drink to school, especially energy or fizzy drinks. We have filtered water available through 2 fountains.
  • Children with long hair should keep it tied back at all times, especially for safety reasons on the playground.
  • Children are not permitted to bring money to school unless it is for a specific purpose with parent's permission.
  • Sunhats are compulsory during terms 1 and 4 as per our Sun Safe Policy.  Sunhats are issued to all children and the cost of $18 is added to their term account. 

Secondary School
Our nearest secondary school is Amuri Area School in Culverden. A school bus service service runs daily picking children up in the centre of the village at 8am and returns at approximately 3.40pm. Please refer to their website www.amuri.school.nz for any further information. 

Sporting Events
Throughout the year Hanmer Springs School takes part in sporting events with the other schools in our geographic cluster.These events include:
  • Hurunui Swimming Sports - Hurunui College
  • Hurunui Athletic Sports - Cheviot Area School
  • T-Ball (Year 3/4)                           - Scargill Domain
  • Softball (Year 5/6)                         - Amuri Area School
  • 7 a'side Tournament (Year4/8)  - Amuri Area School
  • Cross Country (Year 5/8)            - Waikari School
  • Hurunui Triathlon (Year5/8)      - Hanmer Springs
  • Kiwi Sport (whole school)          - Scargill Domain 
Transport is requested from parents for these events. From time to time there maybe other events organised.

Stationery
Children are issued with stationery at the beginning of the year. The cost of this is put onto the child's term account. The cost of any further stationery that is required throughout the year is also added to the term account. 

Sun Protection
Our school operates a Sun Protection Policy which incorporates a "No Hat No Sun" proviso. Please look at our Policy for more information under Board of Trustees tab.

Swimming
Swimming is part of our Physical Education programme so all children are expected to participate. Our own school pool is open in Term 1 for Swim Safe instruction organised by teachers.  Children also have access to the Hanmer Thermal Pools for a school wide based swimming instruction programme called Waiswim for 2 weeks in Term 4 led by professional swim intructors.  Senior Swimming Sports are held there in Term 1.

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Technology
Year 7 and 8 children travel to Amuri Area School every Monday afternoon by school bus to attend Technology classes in woodwork and cooking. They return on the Secondary School bus arriving in Hanmer Springs at approximately 3.40pm and are dropped off in the centre of the village at the end of Cheltenham Street.

Transport 
When children are attending sporting events or other class trips outside of Hanmer Springs we ask parents to help transport them. Parents offering to transport children are reimbursed a small amount to help with petrol costs which is credited to their child's term account. Children being transported are charged the same amount on their term account.
The present rates per child are:        
  • Rotherham/Waiau/Culverden    $5                                                                 
  • Hawarden/Scargill/Parnassus    $7                                                                 
  • Cheviot/Christchurch                  $10                                                               
Parents offering transport must have a current full licence and their vehicle must be warranted and registered. A Parent Transport Form must be signed for all trips.  

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Uniform                                                                                                               
All children are expected to wear the school uniform. A list with prices is available on the right of this page under uniform or from the school office. Any logoed items eg: polo shirts, sweatshirts and polo fleeces are available from the school office and dresses, shorts, track pants and cullotes can be purchased from The Warehouse in Christchurch. We also have a new additional Merino Jersey which is only available when we have a few orders to place. A note will be added to the newsletter when an order is due to be sent away.