Our Staff

2015 Term Dates
Term One Monday 2 February to Thursday 2 April
Term Two Monday 20 April to Friday 3 July
Term Three Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term Four Monday 12 October to Friday 18 December (to be confirmed)

It is your responsibility as parents/guardians to ensure your child attends school regularly. You are asked to telephone the school between 8am and 9am if your child will be absent for the day. Please leave a message on the answer phone if you do not get a reply. This is for your child’s safety. If a child is not at school and has not been reported to be away, your home will be contacted to ensure they have not gone missing on route to school.

This is the link to the Ministry Website detailing codes the school must use for dealing with absences. It provides an explanation for each code. MOE Absences

Children may bike to school but only if they have a safe bike, a safe helmet and know the road rules. It is not recommended that young children ride on the road without adult supervision. This recommendation generally applies to children under 10 years of age. Groups of children now cycle from both ends of our school zone. From the southern end the group cycles in Terms 1 & 4 on Tuesdays only. 

When transporting your child to and from school by car, for the children’s safety, please park on the school side of the road but NOT on the bus stop. We ask that you leave room for children to walk beside the fence when parking your vehicle. This means they do not have to walk on the road around cars. In the afternoons when all children are leaving at once, it is preferable you get out of your car and meet your child. Please do not double-park because we do not want to have children walking in front of cars. Please do not drive into the school grounds.

Child Health
We ask that parents do not send their children to school when they are feeling unwell. The school is unable to provide sufficient care for sick children. Please do not send your child to school when he/she is suffering from any contagious illness such as chickenpox, tummy bug or conjunctivitis. Despite the fact your child may appear well they can still be contagious. Should a child become ill at school parents will be contacted.If your child requires medication to be taken throughout the school day, clear directions for use and written permission from caregivers must be received by the school before staff can administer it. This includes items such as Panadol and cough syrup as well as prescription medicines.Students continue to have regular dental checks through the school system. The dental nurse can be contacted by phoning Bee Healthy Dental Clinics 0800 825 583 (0800 Talk Teeth).
Community Input
We have a very close school community and welcome involvement of all family members. We aim to listen and act on comments and suggestions. Please feel free to contact any Board of Trustees member to offer suggestions. Board of Trustees meetings are public meetings and all members of the school community are invited to attend. If anyone has a matter to be discussed at a board meeting they should contact the board chairperson, Graeme Cosslett. The Home and School committee also work constantly on behalf of the school with sub-committees involved with gardening, Maths Evenings and Homework. Our school runs social events during the year so members of the school community can get to know each other. We also have regular fundraising events and working bees. These events not only get a job done but provide enjoyable social time where members of the school community can work together and get to know each other better. 

In the event you have a complaint about an aspect of your child’s education or the school system, the normal first point of contact is your child’s teacher. If a satisfactory resolution is not obtained you are encouraged to discuss the matter with the Principal. If you are still not satisfied, it is suggested you write a letter to either the Principal or the Board of Trustees. Any written complaints are dealt with by the Board of Trustees who will give a fair and unbiased hearing to any matter of concern. Refer to Policy on Complaints Procedure 3.7.

Homework is an extension of the classroom programme. Work is set within your child’s capability. This varies from class to class and is at the discretion of each teacher. Generally an amount of homework will be set to do within the school week. If your child has a problem with the homework that is set please see your child’s teacher. For Years 4-6 children the Homework Challenges are available from the school website www.mangaroa.school.nz

The school has a fortnightly newsletter that is published every alternate Wednesday. This along with Facebook and Signmee are our main forms of regular communication between the school and your home. We encourage you to read all communications and make note of coming events. We also welcome suggestions from school families of items for inclusion in the newsletter.

Office Hours
The best time to contact our Office Staff, Tanja Wyllie and Ellen Abel, is between 8.30am and 1.00pm daily. The school office is not attended all day. If you find the office unattended please call at one of the classrooms. If you are telephoning, please leave a message on the answer phone. The messages will be cleared and your call returned. Please note any messages left after 1.30pm may not be cleared until the next day if all staff are in the classroom.

Parent Support
Parental involvement in the school community is essential to the success of the school. Parents are encouraged to participate fully in our programmes. It is appreciated when parents offer help with classroom programmes, educational trips and visits, coaching, fundraising and Board of Trustees work.

Police Vetting for Parents and Caregivers
In the interest of the safety of the students and in line with The Education Standards Act, Mangaroa School Board of Trustees will use police vetting for 

· All volunteers who assist in overnight school activities such as camps.

Property and Equipment
Please name all clothing and personal property. This enables us to return items left lying around, to your child. If an item is left at school, the school will be open until 5pm each day. Property left at school cannot be retrieved after the school has closed. Mangaroa School has a lost property basket; please ask at the office if your child has lost something. Lost property not claimed after 3 months is donated to a charity organisation. Personal Property of any monetary (or emotional) value should not be brought to the school. Such items are not covered by the schools insurance and the school is not able to accept responsibility for loss or damage. This includes precious toys and electronic games.

Reporting to Parents
Children’s work is monitored and their progress evaluated on an ongoing basis. Parents are regularly invited to a discussion meeting with individual teachers.Please feel free to come and look at your child’s work around the classroom and to talk to teachers, if you would like further comments on your child’s progress. You will need to make an appointment if you wish to have an in-depth discussion with a teacher so that they have time to prepare the relevant information for you.

School Bus
A free school bus leaves the end of Katherine Mansfield Drive daily at 8.30am. It travels along Whitemans Valley and Mangaroa Valley Roads picking up children en route. It returns leaving the school at 3.05pm daily, arriving at the end of Katherine Mansfield Drive at approximately 3.20pm. If you would like to arrange for your child to use this service, please see Christine Harrison, the Bus Controller. It is available to residents living within the rural bus entitlement area. For children under the age of 10 it is 3.2kms from school. Over the age of 10 it is 4.8kms from school. The Principal can confirm your qualification. For children using the service the office must be notified on the days your child has made other arrangements to travel home. A roll is called before the bus leaves the school to make sure no-one is left behind. If your child is missing and the school has not been informed it creates obvious difficulties if your child cannot be located.

School Subscriptions
A family donation of $130 for each child is requested by the Board of Trustees. This is an essential source of funding for such things as the purchase of sports equipment, library books and class resources not funded by the Ministry of Education. Parents are required to pay an activity fee of $35 per student. This covers the cost of trips, visiting performers and other special events. It saves having to ask for small amounts of money throughout the year. It does not cover the cost of Outdoor Education activities.

School Hours
Daily School hours are 9am to 3pm with breaks from 10.30am to 10.50am (interval) and 12.30pm to 1.30pm (lunch).
The classrooms are open from 8.30am. Unless supervised by parents or caregivers students must not arrive before 8.30am and must leave the school by 3.30pm. Teachers must be notified before children are taken away during school hours for appointments, because of illness or to go home for lunch. All children must be signed out at the office by the accompanying adult so if there is an emergency we all know where they are. A private before and after-school care program is run by Valley Kids in the hall. They can be contacted on valley.kids@xtra.co.nz

Shady School Policy
During Terms 1 and 4 all staff and students are expected to wear a hat when they are outside. Children will need to bring a hat to wear from home unless a note is received from their parent/caregiver. A wide brimmed hat will be placed on the stationery lists for all new entrants. Sunblock is available in all classrooms for the students to apply as they go outside. If this sunblock does not suit your child, please provide them with a suitable alternative.

Smoke Free
Please note the school has a “Smokefree” policy. This means that smoking is not allowed in the school grounds or buildings by any person at any time. Also smoking is not permitted on school day trips at any time.

We employ only New Zealand registered teachers. Our staff is caring, enthusiastic and has an up to date knowledge across all New Zealand curriculum. 
Our staff is:-
Principal: Ms Lisa Malones
Room 3: Mrs. Christine Finlay Year 1/2
Room 4: Mrs. Sherryn James Year 2/3
Room 5: Mr Andrew de Wit Year 4/5 (Deputy Principal)
Room 6: Mrs. Sherryl Allen New Entrants/Year 1
Room 7: Mrs. Christine Harrison Year 5//Year 6
Teacher Aide: Mrs Sarah Meatyard
Library Assistant/ Teacher Aide: Mrs. Melva Max
Office Manager's: Mrs. Tanja Wyllie, Mrs. Ellen Abel
Cleaner: Mrs. Pat Cudby
Caretaker: Mr Ben Van Dalen

Students will receive a list of stationery requirements at the end of one year for the following year. This allows parents to take the opportunity to purchase their requirements at local retail outlets or to order it through an on-line company. 

Swimming Pool
The school has its own swimming pool – children are involved in swimming as part of the school curriculum during summer. Children are also given supervised free swimming times during hot weather. The pool is available for school family use outside school time. Please see the school’s Office Staff, for further information on obtaining a pool key. If you or anyone in your family has had diarrhoea, please do not swim in the school pool for 2 weeks. This may seem like a 
long time, but that is the recommendation we have from the health authorities. We have employed a person to keep our pool water monitored and clean and he needs your co-operation in this way to ensure the health of all those swimming. Please observe the rules in the Pool Users Guide which accompanies the key. Failure to observe the rules will result in forfeiture of the key.

Mangaroa School does not have a compulsory school uniform. However children are encouraged to wear appropriate clothes and footwear suitable for play. While every effort is taken to ensure the children’s clothing does not become damaged during activities such as art, for your children’s enjoyment of their day, it is wise not to have them wear their good clothing. A sports t-shirt will be handed out at school when required for Interschool sports events and any other appropriate occasions.

Walking to School
As there are no footpaths around our school, please remind children to walk at the side of the road. We suggest they walk between cars and the fence, not walk on the road to go around cars. It is recommended parents also endeavor to set an example and do not walk on the road or stand talking on the road. 

Where Our Children Come From
In line with our Enrolment Policy the majority of our pupils come from within the Mangaroa/Whiteman’s Valley area.

Internet Use and BYOD
All students need to have signed an Internet Use Permission form to be able to use the school's Ultra Fast Internet connection and ICT equipment. From Year 4, students have the option of Bringing their own Device (BYOD) to support their Learning. We are a Google Apps School using the free tools made available to schools to enhance and open up the learning potential of our students. Most of all, we strive to prepare them to be confident and resilient students, prepared for the future