information for parents
Vision - Building an interdependent community of engaged learners who go forth to influence the world around them.
If for any reason your child is going to be absent from school, the school must be informed prior to 8.50 am. You can either:
Phone 06 327 8229
Text 027 758 5514
If your child is absent from school for 3 days or more a medical certificate is required.
Arrival at School
Because the teachers are preparing for the learning day, we ask that children do not arrive until 8.30 am.
Board of Trustees
The school is administered by elected representatives called the Board of Trustees. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 6.00pm, Week 2 and Week 8 of each term. All meetings are open and parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend.
Buying of Lunches – Healthy Eating Healthy Minds
We are a water only and healthy snacks School.
Bought lunches can be purchased on Thursday’s only at Southend Minimarket. These are ordered and paid for by parents and are then delivered to the school by Southend Mini Market.
Departure From School
Unless students are attending sports practice or other teacher directed activity, students are expected to return home directly after school. If children are to 'play' at a friend's place then this should be arranged the day before. This practice is in line with our 'keeping ourselves safe' unit, and it helps to minimise the number of times we are called out to look for children who have not arrived home within a reasonable time.
Free School App
Download from your app store the school app to receive notifications, copies of newsletters and any messages regarding practice, game or event postponements or cancellations. Also absences can be sent through to the office via the school app.
All students at James Cook School have either a R.E.A.D.I.T Home Reading Log or a Student Diary. It is essential for the ongoing progress of our students that we partner together to ensure this resource is used daily. Throughout the year students will be required to complete other homework assignments related to topics of interest and study.
Leaving the School Grounds During the Day
No pupil is permitted to leave the school grounds unless teacher and parent permission has been obtained. Parents/Caregivers must sign their child/ren out at the office when leaving the school grounds. Please notify the school if your child will be returning home daily for lunch. We need this information in case of emergencies.
Clothing which is not named is difficult to trace and a constant worry to both staff and parents. Any articles unclaimed at the end of each year are disposed of to various charitable organisations.
Naming of Clothes
All clothing should be named. This especially includes towels and swimming togs used during the swimming season and PE gear.
From time to time teachers will ask for parent help both in and out of the classroom. Please let your children's teachers know if you are available.
Students are asked to wear appropriate clothing for physical education sessions e.g. t-shirt, shorts and trainers. Swimming – girls (one-piece togs), boys (swim shorts).
The school has a uniform. Details of this are available from the school office.
All students are to wear the uniform. If a student does not have their own regulation school hat, hats will be supplied to these students for Terms 1 & 4. For protection all students must wear the hat during intervals and lunch times.
Uniform items can be purchased from Academy Apparel, 82 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North. Order online www.academyapparel.co.nz.