Thames South School Parent Information
If your child is away from school we need to be contacted by phone or note. The school number is 868 6594 or 027 217 6072 to leave a text message. The school is required to keep a record of attendance and we follow up on unexplained absences through the Thames Truancy Service. These absences are checked after 9.15am.
Accidents / First Aid
On enrolling your child you will have provided information on any health concerns for your child. If there is a change, please contact us so that we can alter our records. We are fortunate to have trained First Aid staff at school who deal with any first aid matters. Contact with the home is made for serious injuries. At Thames South School we may use homeopathic or bach flower remedies (Rescue Remedy) in oral liquids. If you would like more information about these, or do not wish your child to have these treatments, please contact the school office.
Bell Times – School Hours
9am Bell for school to commence
10am Fruit break for junior school
10.50 Interval starts
11.20 Interval ends
1.10 Lunch starts
2.00 Bell for lunch break to end
3.00 School finishes
A number of our students bike to and from school. We prefer students to be 10 years and over and it is recommended by the police. At 3pm students are to walk their bikes out of the school grounds and leave by the supervised crossings.
There are bus runs for children who live in outlying areas – e.g. Thames Coast, Kauaeranga and the Kopu-Hikuai. If you would like to know more about the bus runs, please contact Murphy’s Buses on 07 868 6265.
Children are expected to be dressed in clean and tidy clothing. We expect common sense to prevail, especially regarding appropriateness. In winter, a change of clothes when playing on the field is a sensible idea. We strongly recommend that clothing is named. Lost property is kept in the hall. Parents and students are encouraged to come and look for lost items. At the end of each term, unclaimed clothing is given to charity.
Code of Conduct – Agreed Expectations
The school has agreed expectations of behaviour, which sets out the expectations the school has. This is displayed for students and reinforced by staff. We believe in dealing quickly with instances of misbehaviour, including contact with the home if appropriate. We actively encourage a safe, supportive environment and set high standards of behaviour.
Our school actively supports open and honest dialogue. There will be times when you are unsure of something. If you have a query please contact the school as soon as possible. If you would like to see a teacher, please make an appointment and indicate what you would like to discuss.
Damage to School Property
Students need to be encouraged to take care of school property. If damage is deliberately done to school or anyone else’s property, we have a policy of repair or replacement by whoever caused it.
The mobile dental clinic visits the school once a year. When the clinic is not operating at the school, please phone 0800 833 844 to find out the nearest location of the mobile clinic.
Education Outside the Classroom
Thames South School promotes experiences outside the classroom to enrich class programmes. For safety, extra adult supervision is necessary. Parental permission is sought for walks in our local area. Some trips are made by private car. Where large numbers or longer distances are involved, local bus companies are used – in which case pupils are asked to cover costs. If private cars are used, our transport policy is followed.
Enrolling Your Child at School
If your child is turning five we welcome regular visits to school as this can make the transition to school life easier. When enrolling children at school there is a form to fill in with relevant details. There is an activity fee set which we ask you to pay. This voluntary donation is used to buy resources for the children. We ask that a birth certificate be presented, as well as an Immunisation Certificate.
The Waikato District Health Board provides health services to the school to promote and support the health of the students. The school’s Public Health Nurse is Jessie McTier-Jones. She makes regular visits to the school. Parents with health concerns about their child can contact Jessie directly (07 8686 598 or 021 759 839).
Hearing and Vision Testing
The Hearing and Vision Technician tests new entrants and Year 7 students. If at any time you feel a student needs to be referred, please contact the school.
At the beginning of each year the class teacher will outline the homework programme for their class. Your role as a parent/caregiver is one of support and encouragement.
Most classrooms have email and internet access. The forms “Acceptable Use of the Internet” and “Permission for Online Publication” are enclosed with the enrolment.
Our school library is open daily, including part of lunchtime. We do ask that books are returned on time. Each student has a computerised card kept at school, which records books issued and makes it easier to keep a track of the library inventory.
For safety reasons we require a note if your child goes home for lunch.
Students are required to sit for 10 minutes to eat their lunch, supervised by classroom teachers. In summer, lunch is eaten in the shade. If wet, lunch will be eaten inside.
Manual Training (Technology)
Thames High School works on a six day timetable. Years 7 & 8 students attend on a class basis. There is a fee of $15 per term, which is collected directly by Thames High School. Children are expected to walk directly to and from tech training along a set route. They are not permitted to visit shops or wander downtown at this time.
These are handed out on Thursdays. Please check your child’s bag each Thursday evening. The youngest or only child in the family will have a copy. The newsletter is also available for viewing on the school website.
As well as newsletters for the whole school, individual classes/syndicates send notices home from time-to-time.
Please use street parking and encourage your child to use the supervised crossings. Please leave the bus parks and main driveway free. Driving into the school driveways during school time is for extreme emergencies only.
Leave items that inhibit learning, at home eg. lollies, gum, knives, electronic devices, cell phones etc. Teachers will confiscate these items and parents will be asked to collect the item from the office.
Policies and Procedures
The school has formulated many policies and procedures which have been approved by the Board of Trustees, and which are kept in the school office.
We are bound by this act. You are welcome at any time to see all records held at school on your own child. Just contact us and we will happily provide that information. In addition, you should be aware of the following:
Thames South School requires accurate information in order to communicate with parents/caregivers, to determine appropriate educational and pastoral support needs and to complete statistical returns. The Privacy Act 1993 places rules on the collection, use, storage and access of information that is received at enrolment, and from student academic records. All reasonable care is taken in the collection, storage and security of this information. From time to time it needs to be updated. Individuals have the right of access to personal information through the Principal who is our school’s Privacy Officer. At the discretion of the Principal, under Section 76 and Section 77 of the Education Act 1989, this information may be shared with the following groups of professionals on a need-to-know basis – school staff, Group Special Education, Public Health Nurse and Doctors, Ministry of Education, Children and Young Persons and their Family Service, Police and other professionals approved by the Principal. If you do not wish personal information to be released, then contact with the Principal should be made.
Promotion of Tikanga Maori
It is a requirement of our charter and the National Curriculum Framework, to positively promote Te Reo me ona tikanga Maori wherever possible. We have total immersion and dual language mediums and we actively promote Te Reo Maori in all classrooms.
A non-denominational Christian based programme is available for Years 1-5 students, from 2-2.30pm each Thursday for those parents who request it for their child. Students who do not attend, continue with their normal classroom programme.
The school patrol is supervised by an adult, and operated by our senior children who are on duty from approximately 8am until 8.30am, and 2.55pm until 3.20pm daily in front of the school. When the signs are up all traffic MUST STOP. Children should always use this crossing if they need to cross Rolleston Street. The Grey Street crossing is monitored by volunteers from approximately 3.05-3.20pm.
School Activity Fees
The school activity fees are used to help students learning programmes and are set at $40 per student per year, with a maximum of $80 per family. Part of this fee is a donation and we certainly appreciate it, as it helps our children tremendously. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or automatic payment. They can be paid weekly, fortnightly, monthly or term by term. The office staff can assist you with this.
Thames South School is a smoke free area.
Special Needs Team – Learning Support Programmes
This team meets regularly and organises programmes to give extra support to students who need it. These programmes include:
Individual targeted learning programmes Reading Recovery – for students at six who need help with reading, for half an hour a day with a specially trained teacher
Rainbow Reading – a programme for students to improve reading skills
STEPS - spelling and phonics programme SKILLS - reading, writing, spelling programme for children over six years old needing a learning boost Pause Prompt Praise (PPP) - reading with parent volunteers to develop comprehension, confidence and mileage in their reading Resource Teacher of Literacy – works with students and teachers to close the gaps
Resource Teacher Learning & Behaviour – works with teacher, students and parents to help students to learn
Numeracy Tutor – for students who need help with number skills.
Australian School & Otago Maths Competitions – tests for students with strengths in maths, english, writing, science and computers.
A speech therapist from Group Special Education visits the school from time to time to work with students who require help. If the school or the parent/caregiver have a concern, a referral can be made.
At the end of the year a list is sent home for next year’s stationery. The school has a small amount of stock on hand for sales during the year. Please ensure students always have the correct equipment.
Students are required to wear sunhats in the sun at playtime, lunchtime and sports time in Terms 1 and 4.
All visitors are required to sign in at the Office on entering the school grounds (parents, caregivers, siblings, contractors, support services, sales people etc).