Dear Parents and Caregivers
Kia ora and welcome to Sumner School. We hope that you and your family have a long and happy stay with us. The following prospectus outlines some of the important information you will need to know when your child starts school. As our mission statement (excellence and effort in a caring environment) suggests, our aim is to provide a happy and secure learning environment for your child and to develop a sense of pride, success, and high self-esteem. The partnership between home and school is crucial in achieving this and we welcome your full involvement in our wonderful school. I look forward to meeting you sometime in the near future.
Although every reasonable precaution is exercised, accidents do happen. Minor ones receive first-aid treatment from the teacher on duty. In all cases of head injury, suspected bone injury, bad cuts, etc. the parent is notified immediately for the necessary medical attention to be sought. All accidents at the school are investigated, recorded and if serious enough, reported to the Board of Trustees. Children are not sent home unless their parents have been informed, and must be accompanied before leaving the school.
If your child does arrive home during lunch time or school time, and you have not had any communication from us, please contact the school immediately.
In order to keep our Emergency File up to date, please notify the school of any change of alternative contact, (for when a parent is not at home) and change of doctor.
After School Play
Children should report home after school before going to a friend's house to play, or, where arrangements have been made by the parents concerned. The school should be notified by note.
Children are expected to regularly attend school. Caregivers are obliged by law to ensure their children maintain regular attendance. Last year we implemented the electronic attendance register system (eAR). This is something that all schools in NZ are expected to be using in the near future. Each morning and afternoon teachers complete their class register. If a student is absent from school for any reason, the teacher must enter a code. These absences fall under two main categories ‘ explained’ and ‘unexplained’.
It is the responsibility of parents to contact the school to explain why their child is absent. Phone 326 6546 before 9.00am to explain the child’s whereabouts or send a note via the class teacher. If an explanation is not received the office staff will attempt to contact parents to seek an explanation. These follow-ups do have a significant impact on our admin time so we really appreciate all parents ensuring that they have contacted the school if their child is going to be away. Please note that according to the Ministry of Education criteria, any absences due to travelling on family holidays during term time are treated as unjustified absences.
These absences need to be put in writing or email email@example.com