Vogeltown School at Vertical Horizon

FAQ

General Information

The following information should answer any questions you have about Vogeltown School. If you have further questions/queries/concerns please contact the school. Our aim is to ensure the transition to Vogeltown School is seamless and that the children quickly become part of our school community. We look forward to getting to know you and your child better.

Notices

Newsletters come home every Thursday with the oldest child in each family. You may have the school newsletter emailed to you if you prefer. Please email the office if you would like to do so.

Homework

Reading – Children will bring home a reading book most nights. Your child will have read this reader at school and please let them read it with you at home. They will also have a notebook with the name of the book in it, please sign this notebook to indicate whether your child has read or not.
Room one visits the School Library every Wednesday afternoon. Could you please remind your child to return their library book on Wednesday mornings.

Alphabet Chart – Some children will bring home an alphabet chart in their home reading folder so that they can learn the letter names and sounds.

School Entry Assessment

When your child has been at school for approximately 6 weeks they will be tested on a range of tasks making reference to numeracy and literacy. After the test, this assessment task and other classroom observations and assessments will be used as part of a parent teacher conference where goals will be set.

Learning Conferences
(Parent–Teacher Interviews)

Formal Parent – Teacher meetings take place on approximately week eight of Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 and at the end of Term 4 (end of the school year) there is a written report summing up the years progress. We welcome meetings outside these times if there are any concerns.

Parent Help at School

All parents, caregivers and extended family are welcome to visit the classroom or to help with selected programmes identified by the teacher.

Activities you could help with are:

  • Reading
    • Hear children read in a small group or individual situation
    • Supervise independent reading tasks
  • Writing
    • Supervise groups of children writing
    • Help children with their activities

If you were able to assist at school we would love to hear from you.

Behaviour

Our Mission asks children to take a growing responsibility for their own behaviour. The school has a ‘Discipline Plan’ we are happy to forward you a copy of if you want one.

Road Patrols and Pedestrian Crossings

Road Patrols are on duty 8.30 – 9.00 am and 3.00 – 3.15 pm. Could parents please use the pedestrian crossing at all times. Bikes and scooters are to be walked across the crossing. Volunteer parents act as supervisors.  If you’d like to help out, please contact Mr George (room 6)  for more information.

Junior Drive – No Car Access

Please – NO cars down the Junior Drive because this puts children at risk.

Assembly

Assemblies are held fortnightly on Fridays at 11.30 am. Each class or syndicate holds an assembly each term and parents concerned are invited to attend. These are not concerts, but a chance for the class to share their work with the school.

Bus Trips/Visits/Performances

During the year classes go to various locations in town (museum, art gallery, other schools etc) You may be asked to send a bus fare to school to cover these excursions, as well as sign a permission slip. Information about these trips will be available through the school newsletter.

Home & School Committee

This committee meets on a Tuesday at 7.00 p.m.in the staffroom to arrange social functions and fundraising activities. Dates for these meetings are advertised through the school newsletter and via our facebook page.  Parents are welcome to come along and check out what the Home & School do.

Health Nurse

The Health Nurse regularly visits the school. Please let teachers know if you have a health concern about your child. You can contact the Nurse – phone 753 6139 Ext 8530. All New Entrants are checked by the Hearing/Sight Nurse. Contact teacher if you have a concern, or the Nurse direct – phone 753 7796.

Dental Clinic

Vogeltown children attend the Te Henui Dental Clinic situated on Mangorei Road, within NPGHS grounds. Parents are responsible for taking the children to the clinic when appointments are issued.

After School Care

This service is provided on normal school days by the YMCA in the senior school block. Details of fees, hours etc are available from the School Office.

Medication

If your child requires medication to be taken at school, please ensure a Medication Administration Authority form is filled out at the school office.

Sun Smart

Vogeltown is a SunSmart School. Parents are strongly advised to provide children with sunscreen and bucket-style sunhats. Children will be encouraged to wear these during the summer months. Vogeltown bucket-hats are available from the School Office at a cost of $12.00.