General Information

Office Hours

The school office is open from 8.30am to 3.00pm weekdays. Messages may be left on the answer machine after hours (phone 03 326 5315).

8.55am - 10.30 Class Instruction
10.30am - 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00am - 12.30pm Class Instruction
12.30pm - 1.20pm Lunch
1.20pm - 3.00pm Class Instruction

Children are allowed to come on to school grounds from 8.30am. Children are not encouraged to be on the school grounds after 3.30pm as staff cannot be responsible for them and this is important planning time for teaching staff.

Absences

Regular school attendance is important for children’s progress. Please contact the school office before 9.00am if your child is going to be absent. An answering machine is available during non-office hours to record these absences. On returning to school a child either needs to bring a note of explanation for any absence or we must have an explanation in writing (email is perfect) – this is to comply with Government regulations regarding school attendance.

To contact the school office regarding an absence phone 03 326 5315 or email office@ourladystar.school.nz

Discipline

Our Lady Star of the Sea has a successful Behaviour Management Programme, whereby children are encouraged to learn to be responsible for their own actions and behaviour and to respect their own property and that of others. Parents are contacted if there are any serious matters of concern. We would encourage parents to contact the school if they have any concerns.

Complaints Procedure

No discussion on any complaints involving pupils or staff should take place in the presence or hearing of pupils.

If you have a complaint about a pupil or pupils, you should refer your complaint to your child’s classroom teacher. If the action or response does not satisfy your concern, please refer your complaint to the Principal.

In the event of a complaint about a teacher, you must first make an effort to discuss the problem with the teacher concerned before you approach the Principal.

School Policies

All areas of the school’s curriculum programme and school management structures are covered by comprehensive school policies and procedures. These are reviewed regularly and are available for parents to view here or via the school office.

Lost Property

Please ensure that all clothing and property is clearly named. The school cannot accept responsibility for lost property but every effort will be made to locate lost items. Items not labelled or named are put in the “lost property” box located in the office, and you are welcome to check through clothing found and not claimed. At the end of each term any unclaimed property is put out on display and then sent to the Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul or another charity if in acceptable condition.

Jewellery

As teachers cannot be responsible for the custody of valuable articles, children are advised not to bring them to school. Toys are discouraged unless prior notification has been given or they are being used for class activities. Earrings other than studs are not allowed, and watches are to be worn at “own risk”.

Stationery

Class lists of stationery are available at the school office and you can view them by clicking here.

Extra School Costs

Additional school activities may require money to be sent to school or put on parent accounts. A notice will be sent home outlining details of the activities and the amount of money required. Some possible activities are:
  • Swimming
  • Skiing
  • Class trips
  • School camps
  • Visits
  • Educational touring groups
  • Junior developmental
  • Lunches
Children are encouraged to have a healthy lunch. They are also encouraged to bring a piece of fruit for a “snack break” at 9.30am, as well as sufficient food for morning tea and lunch. Lollies, Sports Drinks and Fizzy Drinks are not allowed.