General Information

Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school, you need to explain their absence at the office.

Students should ensure they are at school by 8:55am and leave by 3:15pm. Outside these times the office needs to be made aware.

Phone: (03) 217 5196

Absence Cell Phone: 027 385 1468

Did you know that being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two weeks of school over the year. Lateness is just as serious as non-attendance. The start of the school day is an important time for children to develop their social skills with their peers, as well as preparing them for their learning. We start teaching at 9:00am and 'late' children miss out on vital skills.

Assembly

Assemblies are held on Fridays

Junior Syndicate: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Senior Syndicate: 9:15am - 9:45am

Full school assemblies will be notified on the school Facebook page.

Behaviour

Link to school behaviour plan - flow charts majors and minors

Bikes & Scooters

The NZ police recommend that children should be aged 10 years or over to ride their bike to school independently. Children must not cycle on the footpaths. Children must wear cycle helmets.

Bikes are to be kept in the bike stands outside of the office. Locking of bikes is recommended.

Scooters can be left in the scooter stand by the bikes or in the scooter room.

Communication

Staff – Feel free to call in to classrooms to talk to us, or make an appointment

Newsletters – These are sent home fortnightly

FacebookOur Facebook page

School Office Hours: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm

Phone: (03) 217 5196

Fax: (03) 217 5196

Absence Cell Phone: 0273851468

Email: admin@ascot.school.nz

Crossings

All children and whānau are expected to use the pedestrian crossing on Tay Street.

Dental Bus

Ascot Community School students will receive dental care through the Dental Bus. This is a service provided through the SOuthern DIstrict Health Board. Contact details are as follows:

Donations

The Ascot Community School Board of Trustees has opted into the Ministry of Education School Donation Scheme for 2020. The School will now receive funds as part of the operating grant.

This means that in 2020 we will not be asking for donations or fees for normal everyday school curriculum activities.

The following will be covered by the Ministry of Education Donation Scheme:

-Swimming

-Group Trips and Excursions

-Visiting Performers

-Google Account Management

-Reading Eggs Subscriptions and any other Curriculum Subscriptions

-Family School Donation

We will only be asking for payment contributions for events to do with optional activities, camps and Technology costs.

Items for payment are:

-School Camps

-EOTC activities that are optional

-Sports Teams that children opt into outside the classroom

-Cultural Activities that children opt into as an extra

-Year 7/8 Technology costs

Hall

We have a great resource for functions. If you are interested in hiring out our hall get in contact with the office.

Phone: (03) 217 5196

Health Nurse


Interviews

Parent teacher interviews will be held in Term 1&3.

Term One: Meet the teacher and goal setting.

Term Three: Reflections on goals and progress being made.

Kapa Haka


Kiwi Can

Kiwi Can is a values and life skills programme designed for primary and intermediate school students. Right now it reaches 15,000 children in 69 schools around the country (GO Kiwi Can!), delivering a range of awesome physical, mental and creative challenges - plus high-energy, fun, safe and interactive lessons that reinforce the schools' goals and curriculum.

ACS takes part in this programme on Mondays and Tuesdays weekly. Classes from Year 1-6 are timetabled for a session in the hall with our wonderful Kiwican Leaders. Sessions are 30-45 minutes long and generally consist of an energizer to warm up, activity (generally game based) and then a discussion about the topic.

https://dinglefoundation.org.nz/kiwi-can/

Leaving the School Grounds

Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds at break times to make purchases from local shops.

Library

Lunch Orders

Medication

New Entrants

Newsletter/Notices

Newsletters are handed out fortnightly on a Wednesday.

Out of school care

Parent involvement

Parking

Lithgow Street:

Tay Street: We ask you park on the street and the children are expected to walk up the pathway. Please do not drive up the driveway unless you have permission from the school.

PB4L

Ascot Community School is a PB4L School (Positive Behaviour for Learning).

At Ascot Community School we aim to create a caring environment, developing respectful relationships with our school wide community (parents, staff and students), to improve social, cultural and academic outcomes. To do this we will consistently model, teach, acknowledge and praise positive behaviours.

Developing the skills required to help students understand ‘learning is for life’ and through their years at ACS students will learn to be HEROs (Honest, Respectful, (demonstrate) Excellence, (take) Ownership).

· We expect staff, teachers, parents and whanau to model positive behaviours for these expectations to be successful.

· It is an expectation that students at Ascot Community School will demonstrate positive behaviours and encourage others to do the same.

PB4L represents a major shift in managing disruptive behaviour by students in our education system. Positive behaviour is a prerequisite to improving the engagement and achievement of our children and young people. Positive behaviour can be learnt. Using a proactive approach, the environments around children can be changed to support positive behaviour.

PB4L uses a small number of evidence-based programmes and frameworks that we know can work. They provide opportunities to support long-term and sustainable changes in behaviour. There are no quick fixes, however, as behaviour change takes time.

We believe, that through PB4L, children and young people will be more engaged and will achieve at school.

Playground

Reports

Reporting to Parents

Road Patrol Duty

There is a staff member and student Road Patrollers on duty at the following times:

8:25am - 8:55am

2:55pm - 3:15pm

School Hours

Enter School Grounds: 8:30am

First session: 9:00am - 10:00am

Brain break: 10:00am - 10:10am

Second session: 10:10am - 11:10am

Morning Tea Break: 11:10am - 11:30am

Third session: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Eating lunch: 12:30pm - 12:40pm

Play Break: 12:40pm - 1:15pm

Final Session:1:15pm - 3:00pm

School hours are subject to Board Policy changes but all parents will be consulted if this occurs.

Stationery


Term Dates

Term One: Monday 27th January - Wednesday 25 March

Term Two: Thursday 16 April - Friday 3rd July

Term Three: Monday 20th July - Friday 25th September

Term Four: Monday 12th October - (Depends on Teacher Only Day)

Uniform

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