School A-Z

Administration

Absence / Attendance

Parents are required to contact the school office explaining their child’s absence via Hero, via our website www.stbrendans.school.nz, by telephone or email to office@stbrendans.school.nz. Where an absence is planned in advance, parents must seek permission from the Principal in writing. Students arriving late or leaving early must sign in or out at the office.

Assemblies

Whole School Assemblies are held regularly throughout the term, on Fridays at 9.05am in our school hall.  Please see our Weekly Reminders or our Hero calendar for these dates. Classes take turns hosting assemblies, these are also advertised in our Weekly Reminders. We warmly invite families to attend when these are not being held virtually.

Before and After School Care

Aboutkidz Oscar operates daily Monday to Friday, from 7am–8.30am and 3pm–6.30pm on school premises from the school hall. All enquiries should be directed to Sarah Thomson 0276160235.  Aboutkidz Oscar also operates holiday programmes.

Scholastic Book Club

A volunteer runs the Scholastic Book Club for our families.  Students receive leaflets and a closing date is advised in the school newsletter and/or via Hero. Orders can be made directly on the Scholastic Website via LOOP, using the LOOP App or dropped at the office. For more information see the Scholastic Bookclub Parent Information Page.

Ministry of Education School Bus Transport

The Ministry of Education school bus service, currently provided by Tranzit, transports students to/from Whiteman’s Valley.. The bus departs school at 3pm daily from the Sutherland Avenue bus stop. A St Brendan’s School staff member  records students travelling on this service. Families must notify school if normal routines change.  Please contact the School Office to check eligibility and to register your child for the bus.

Civil Defence Emergency Kits

In the event of a natural disaster in the region, it is possible that children would need to be cared for at school for some time. Parents are asked to provide a Civil Defence Kit at the beginning of each year for this purpose, details of what is required in each student’s kit is found on the school stationery list.

Communications

Newsletters are sent home fortnightly on Tuesdays Weekly Reminders on Fridays, and other administrative information and important reminders are posted on Hero, our Facebook Noticeboard and website www.stbrendans.school.nz. Team newsletters are sent home during the first week of each term. Our Lady of the Valley’s Parish Bulletin is emailed weekly to families, on Fridays.  Hero is also used to connect families to student learning and to provide an opportunity for families to give their child/ren feedback.

Early Explorers Programme – Pre-School Programme

The Early Explorers Programme is an induction process for new entrant children and their parents to Brendan’s School. The programme runs over two consecutive weeks and is organised by our Explorers Team Leader, Heather Campbell. Further information is found on your letter of acceptance.

Emergency Contact and Permission Profile Form

This important information is collected on enrolment. Families are responsible for keeping the office up to date with any changes to this information, especially when there is a change of contact details or a change to emergency caregivers (who can collect your son/daughter should we be unable to contact you).

Food and Drinks

Children are not allowed lollies or fizzy drinks as part of their lunch. We encourage parents to provide only water to drink, in reusable bottles and food, in reusable containers to help avoid glad wrap use.  Students are to take all waste/wrappers home in their lunchbox. We are unable to accomodate the sharing of food for class birthday celebrations due to an increasing number of allergies accross our school. Our Healthy Food Policy is available on SchoolDocs,

Health

If your child has any medical condition, please inform the school by completing a Medical Condition form so we can manage the condition. Students who require medication to be taken at school, are required to complete a Medication Agreement annually. Medications will be sent home at the end of each year for replenishing if necessary. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure supply is replenished.  No medication is to be kept in a students’ school bag, it must be secured in the school’s medical room. Administering of medications is recorded.

Sick / Injured and Medication for Students

Every reasonable effort will be made by staff to contact a parent/caregiver or support people if a child is injured, becomes ill at school or requires medical help. Details are recorded in Hero and primary caregivers will recieve a notification via Hero. For any head injury a parent/caregiver will be contacted by phone. Unwell children will wait in the Medical Room until collection is arranged. No child will leave the school unless accompanied by an adult. Staff training occurs regularly in First Aid so that we always have current certified staff available.

Smoking and Vaping

The School is a smoke-free and vape-free area.

Library

Our Library is open daily, and Monday through Thursday lunchtimes for students to use. Parents will be notified when books are three weeks overdue and parents are asked to contribute towards lost books. Children can issue from one to four books at a time (depending on their year level), for a two-week period. Pūrehurehu Upper Hutt Mobile Library Service visits fortnightly and teachers also request books on loan from the National Library.

Lunch Orders

Lunchonline.co.nz is available for Wednesday delivery (Sushi) & Friday delivery (Pita Pit). Please visit www.lunchonline.co.nz to login and place your order. For further information contact 0800 565 565 or info@lunchonline.co.nz. 

Lost Property

This is located in the Medical Room. Please return items accidently taken and encourage respect for your child/ren’s own property and that of others. To avoid lost property, please ensure all pieces of school uniform are clearly labelled.

Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTF)

The Parents, Teachers & Friends is a group of dedicated parents whose primary role is to fundraise for the school to assist the Board and Principal in achieving strategic goals.  Whānau are welcome you to join our St Brendan’s PTF, the group meets twice a term.  Meetings are advertised in our school newsletter and are mostly held over Zoom.

Volunteers

Whānau members and Parishioners are very welcome at school and their assistance is appreciated.  If you are willing and available to help, please email the office or approach your child/ren’s class teacher/s.  A current police vet may be required, which can be organised by our school office staff.

We offer a Give Me 5 Programme where family members can volunteer 5 hours a year to an area of choice.  Refer to the Contact Profile form to indicate your preferences of support.

Cycling and Scooter Policy

Safety helmets must be worn.  Bicycles and scooters can be securely locked into the bicycle stands.  Bicycles and scooters are not to be ridden in the school grounds (unless part of a planned programme).  It is recommended students under Year 5 be accompanied by an adult cyclist.

Cars

No vehicle entry is permitted onto school grounds during school hours while children are at school, unless with the permission of the Principal.

Stationery

Stationery lists outlining requirements are posted on our website and emailed home at the end of the school year.  You can also find these by searching “Stationery” on Hero. Families are asked to purchase their child’s requirements before the commencement of school.

Health Contacts

Dental Clinic                                                      Phone  0800 TALK TEETH

Ear Clinic/Upper Hutt Health Centre                Phone  (04) 920 1800

Public Health Nurse                                           Phone  (04) 570 9196

Public Health Line                                              Phone  0800 611 116

School Donations, Extra-Curricular Activities, Archdiocese of Wellington (ADW) Attendance Dues

For up-to-date information refer to the document via this link 

Money, Direct Credit and Account Numbers

Money brought to school must be enclosed in a sealed, clearly named envelope, stating room number, amount and purpose.  Money must never be left in school bags.  Direct credit payments can be made as follows:

  • For school payment to the Board Account number
  • For fundraising payments to the PTF Account

School Policies and Procedures

St Brendan’s worked with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. The site is live and available to our school community.  The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies, which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our strategic plan, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.  SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our St Brendan’s Board has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.  We invite you to visit the site at https://stbrendans.schooldocs.co.nz (note that there’s no “www.”). Our username is “stbrendans” and password “navigators”.

Resolving Concerns and Complaints

Our Concerns and Complaints policy is available on SchoolDocs. Most concerns can be resolved informally through discussion with the people concerned. The policy provides staff members, parents/caregivers, and the wider school community with clear guidelines for raising and resolving concerns and complaints.  We encourage open communication and prefer that you come to us to talk through any issues rather than discussing them in the community.  We have procedures in place to ensure that complaints and concerns are handled appropriately. We will be able to manage your concerns and complaints more effectively if you raise them with us promptly.  Our procedures enable us to:

  • maintain a safe environment for our students and staff
  • treat all people fairly, transparently, and with dignity and respect
  • resolve matters of concern early, if possible
  • respond to feedback and concerns constructively
  • deal with complaints fairly, effectively, and in a timely manner
  • take into account individual circumstances
  • maintain confidentiality
  • preserve and enhance school and community relationships
  • monitor and record complaints and concerns about student safety and wellbeing.

 

He waka eke noa, we are privileged to be sailing together.

Please know that our gate is always open and you are always very welcome.

We encourage you to be generous with your time and talents.

We will row together, through the calm, the storms and the uncertainty.

Together we are called to show love and kindness, draw strength from our faith and hold onto hope.

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