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If your child is to be absent from school for any reason, you have the responsibility to phone the school office 370 0189 by 9:00 am.
Given issues around the safety of some children in recent times we undertake to:
1. Operate a ‘phone-in’ system where parents inform us of their child’s absence by 9:00 am.
2. Monitor absences 9:00am – 9:30am daily
3. Check unexplained absences by phoning contact phone numbers of:
• Parent caregivers
• Emergency caregivers
• Any other known contact
4. Where we are unable to make contact with the above we may contact:
• Truancy Service
• Masterton Police
• CYFS (in cases of high concern)
It is the parents’ responsibility
1. To ensure children are at school by 8:45 am.
2. To contact the school by 9:00 am if their child is absent. We happily accept calls after 9:00 am. Roll sheets are circulated around the classes at 8:45 am and unexplained absences are actioned from 9:30 am onwards.
3. To get children off to school in good time to follow the safest walking/biking route to school
4. To encourage your child to walk/bike to and from school in a group.
5. To discuss with your child places they could go if they are scared.
6. To have your child make contact with a specific adult by telephone (list on the wall) if no adult is present when they arrive at home.
Children arriving after 8:45 am need to check in to the school office to have their attendance recorded.
ADDRESS & TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Please keep us up to date with any change of telephone numbers (home, work & mobile), and alternative emergency contact numbers.
It is essential we have an emergency contact so that we can make decisions about your child(ren) in case of an accident or emergency.
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Is available from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. The children are cared for by Jann Thompson. There is a daily fee per child of $4.50. Enrolment forms at the school office.
Assemblies are now known as ‘Celebration Time’. Parents are welcome to join us in celebrating student success and achievements at 9:15 am Friday mornings.
At Douglas Park School we have the following shared beliefs and values:
We will work together to include everyone in the school family.
We care for everyone and treat others the way we like to be treated.
We use excellent manners and courtesy in all situations
We work, play and learn co-operatively with students, teachers, parents & visitors.
We recognise and respect the differences of each individual.
All behaviour is about choice.
Students come to school to behave to learn.
We work in a partnership with the community and home to produce happy and achieving citizens of Masterton
Communication is the ‘life blood’ of all relationships. We listen carefully to and respond to others. Our doors are open for discussions about children’s well being.
The class and school guidelines are:
Do your best and let others do their best.
Take care of yourself and others.
Take care of our things and our environment.
Over the year we will be progressively introducing Promoting Peace and Positive Behaviour systems.
Each classroom has computers for the children to publish written work, find information and develop computer literacy. Network systems will develop as the building programme progresses.
Our roads are generally safe, cycling is great exercise and helps reduce school gate traffic. Ensure your children can handle a bike competently and in emergency conditions. Helmets must be worn and please check the mechanical condition regularly.
Do provide a bike lock to secure the bike safely.
The following curriculum is taught at Douglas Park School :
• English - oral language: Listening & Speaking
- written language: Reading & Writing
- visual language: Viewing & Presenting
• Information Communications Technology
• Physical Education
• PrEP (Yr4-6)
• Social Studies
• Te Reo Maori
All programmes follow the National Curriculum Guidelines and National Educational Goals.
Vicki Jackson, the school dental therapist works from our dental clinic. The dental clinic phone number is 377 3650. Children’s teeth are checked at least once a year. If a dental emergency arises and the therapist is not here, ring Choice Health 378 9029 and you will be directed to the nearest dental clinic.
These are a very important source of income to enhance students learning.
Fee levels are set by the BOT and this year are a flat $40.00 per pupil. We ask that this be paid so we can enhance the learning opportunities we are able to provide. The donation works out at $1.00 per week which is value for money. Families enrolling during the year are asked to pay a proportion of the annual donation.
EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM (EOTC)
Trips, visits and camps are an important ingredient in children’s learning and class work. We analyse all risk factors involved and put management plans in place. It is important that Parent Consent forms are signed and returned promptly so we know that you know your child is involved in an out of school adventure. We appreciate all the help parents give and endeavour to spread the adventure equitably among all those who volunteer.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSURE POLICY
In the case of fire, natural or any other emergency the following procedures will apply:
• The Principal will contact the local radio stations, MIS and Wairarapa College (if needed) to announce the closure.
• All students will stay under the control of the school until picked up by parents or other.
• Parents/Caregivers will be notified by phone and will need to arrange to collect their children.
• Emergency contacts will be rung where parents cannot be contacted.
• All families need to have plans in place for any emergency. The plans need to be known by the children.
We have an Enrolment scheme at Douglas Park. Please phone the office to find out if your child is eligible to attend Douglas Park School. Each year a ballot is held for out of zone enrolments
Enrolment documentation can be collected from the office.
Proof of date of birth and immunization certificate or Plunket book required.
New entrants are welcome to visit at least three times before beginning school.
If your child has any problems or difficulties (medical/behavioural or social) that we need to know about, please inform us so we can make this really important event go as smoothly as possible.
If your child is joining us as a five year old, it is helpful if she/he:
• Knows their own name, address and telephone number well enough to repeat it when necessary
• Can recognise their own name in printed form
• Knows the safest way to and from school
• Can put away toys and materials after use
• Knows how to use a handkerchief and always has one
• Can undress and dress themselves without assistance
• Knows how to put on their shoes
• Know how to flush a toilet after use and to wash their hands
• Knows colours by name
• Is able to respond to instructions
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