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These are an important part of our
school activities. Children from Year 4 upwards have opportunities to join
with neighbouring schools for cross country, athletics and sports days at the
Junior classes have swimming
programmes at Mornington School Pool and Yrs 4, 5 & 6 have several lessons
at Moana Pool. Because we have no large indoor space, gym and dance programmes
are held in local halls.
Sports Teams: We offer and
encourage children to play sport for our school.
We have a strong parent and staff
involvement in coaching and support. We currently have T-Ball, Ministicks, Touch Rugby, Mini-ball, Netball, Hockey and Flipperball teams.
School begins at 9.00 a.m. and
finishes at 3.00 p.m. Staff are available to assist children from 8.30 a.m. and until 3.15
p.m. Children need to be at school at least ten minutes before school starts
so they can organise themselves for the day. Morning break is 10.40a.m – 11:00a.m
Lunchtime is 12.30p.m. to 1.15p.m.
School is open from Monday to Friday
unless otherwise advised. Parents are asked to phone the office before 9.00
a.m. if children are not attending school or are coming late. This is important
for the aspect of children’s safety. Unexplained absences are followed up by
the school secretary.
Communicating With School/Home
We believe good
communication makes for good relationships. A newsletter is sent home each
Thursday. This keeps parents up-to-date with school activities. Parents need
to ensure children develop the habit of delivering school notices. Rochelle is
in the office from 8.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and is happy to answer any queries
and pass on any phone messages for children and teachers when necessary.
When your child is
enrolled, any health matters which may affect her/his learning or attendance
will be discussed and recorded. Parents are advised to inform the class
teacher of any incidental health matters. If a child is unwell and needs to go
home, his or her parent (or emergency contact) will be contacted. The child
will be cared for in the medical room or classroom, whichever is appropriate,
until they are collected.
All children have homework during
the school week. Class teachers set tasks and give parents guidelines for
their class levels. Teachers are always available to discuss homework
Reporting To Parents/Teachers
Throughout the year there are
opportunities scheduled for teachers and parents to meet and discuss children’s
progress. Early in the year there is usually a “Meet the Teachers” evening. Parent/Teacher
interviews are held towards the end of Term 1 and again in Term 3. Children receive written reports
at mid year and at the end of the year, and parents are given opportunities to
discuss these if they wish to.
If a teacher has a concern about a
child, parents will be contacted. Teachers are very happy to discuss
children’s progress outside these scheduled times. We ask parents to arrange
suitable times with teachers out of school hours.
Every second Friday at
2.40 p.m. we have a school Shared Prayer time in the Church. Each class and,
on occasions, parents take turns at leading this. Parents and friends are
warmly invited to attend. It is a special way to finish our school week.
In alternating weeks with Shared
Prayer the school meets in the Parish Centre at 2.30 p.m. for Assembly. The
senior pupils run the programme and give opportunities for children and classes
to share important news, birthdays and to show work. Parents are encouraged to
The Year 6 pupils are leaders of our
Family Groups. Each group has children from each level of the school and enjoy
the Friday family group immensely. Activities the family groups organise
include picnics, treasure hunts, craft sessions and talent quests.
Our Year 5 and Year 6
pupils belong to the Young Vinnies which is a section of The St Vincent de Paul
Society. The children meet regularly and carry out activities such as
collecting for Food Banks and donating and delivering Hug Rugs to elderly
people in the community.
Our Library is very well resourced.
All classes enjoy using the library and children borrow books to read at home.
These are due back each week.
On Mondays we have Smart Lunches which are ordered before school. The P.T.A often offers a lunch option on Wednesday which will be detailed in the newsletter. In the winter terms (Terms 2 & 3), children may bring food wrapped in foil for heating.
Money And Cheques
Various school activities require
payment to be sent to the school. To make the collection of money manageable
parents are encouraged to use envelopes and children are expected to deposit
them in the ‘Money Slot’ just inside the office counter. We discourage children
and parents from handing cash to teachers. Cheques are to be made out to St
Francis Xavier School.
Stationery And Activity Donation
The school has
stationery items which are supplied to children at the beginning of the year
and thereafter as needed. Parents are notified of the cost of items. At the
beginning of each year all children are charged an Activity Donation. This
donation contributes to the cost of Education in Faith resources,
school/class trips and payment for performances at school. This cost is $45 for
your first child and $35 for each additional child of the family. Accounts are
sent home each term.
Many of our activities involve
trips away from school. These require extra supervision and we are grateful
for parent help with this. Notification of these trips is given in plenty of
time and we enjoy having parents to help. There are various other
opportunities for parents to help around the school, e.g. working with small
groups of children under the guidance of a teacher, covering/repairing books,
Library work, Art work etc. We appreciate this help.
Parents will receive an account
from the Diocese for Attendance Dues for their child each term. The fee is $82
per child per term. Attendance Dues are paid directly to the Diocese
Scholastic N.Z. Limited
is a club which offers reasonably priced children’s books twice a term for
parents to buy. Order forms are sent out through the school. The school does
receive a percentage from purchases to buy new books.
Children have the opportunity to
bank through ANZ or National Banks. Information is available from the office.
Children may bring toys to school
to share on special occasions, e.g. birthdays, but generally children are not
encouraged to bring toys to school. We have an interesting playground area and
we provide suitable items for children to play with.
Children are treated by the dental
nurse based at Mornington School Clinic. Parents are notified when treatment
is necessary and are asked take their child to the appointment.