The staff and the Board of Trustees extend a warm welcome to you as a parent/caregiver of Kio Kio School. It is hoped that you will have a happy association with us while your children attend this school.
Kio Kio School is situated in a rural setting, approximately 10 minutes north of Otorohanga. At present our roll stands at approximately 125 students. We have 6 classrooms, school library, recreation centre, solar heated swimming pool, 2 playing fields and 2 major playgrounds.
Kio Kio School is proud of its reputation as a successful school, and we continue to strive to provide the best quality education for all students. In 2018 the Education Review Office identified the school as successful. Please go to www.ero.govt to read the full report.
Our 6 classrooms are named after native trees – Kowhai, Puriri, Pohutukawa, Rimu, Totara and Nikau.
Our 4 houses which children are allocated a house for their time at Kio Kio School for sporting events etc. are named after local mountains – Kakepuku (Red), Pirongia (Blue), Puketarata (Green) and Maungatautari (Yellow).
We are extremely fortunate to have a community which is very supportive of our school. Parents are welcome and are encouraged to become involved in a range of school events. Approximately half of our students are from farming backgrounds, whilst the other half travel to school from town.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Kio Kio School will provide all learners with a positive, safe learning environment, with maximum opportunities to excel.
Our motto is ‘Whakatangata – Playing the Game of Life’
Kio Kio School students will be confident, relate well to others, strive to achieve the Kio Kio core values and become lifelong learners.
We hope that you enjoy your association with the school and that in doing so you become involved in our school community. It is hoped that the following information (listed alphabetically) about our school will be useful and will help you understand our function.
If your child is absent from school or will arrive late, please phone or text the office on - 873 1816 or 027 398 1725 you can leave a message on the answer phone. Alternatively you may also email the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state the child’s name, classroom and reason for the absence. If no reason is given it is recorded as explained but unjustified according to the Ministry of Education guidelines.
If your child needs to attend an appointment, please sign them in and out at the office.
ARRIVING AND LEAVING SCHOOL
The school takes responsibility for students from 8.10am. Students who need to arrive earlier than that need to make arrangements with the Principal.
The drop off and collection point for students is through the school gate at the end of the bus shelter. Please escort your children to and from the vehicle to the school gate.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE
There are two available before and after school care programmes:
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Our Board of Trustees currently consists of five members. The Board of Trustees is elected every 3 years (next election June 2019). The Principal is on as of right and a staff member is elected every 3 years by the staff. The committee works with the staff to provide the optimum environment and facilities for the students. We are fortunate to have a Board of Trustees sincerely interested in the welfare of your children.
Monthly meetings will usually be held in the third week of each month during the school year. Parents are most welcome to attend and a reminder of these meetings will be put in the school newsletter and displayed in the school office.
Children are eligible to travel on the bus if they are:
Other children (ineligibles) living on the bus route may be permitted transportation if room is available. However, if there is insufficient space, the ineligible 10-13 year old students will be required to make their own way to school on the basis of the closest student off first. If this does not provide sufficient seats, then the ineligible students between the ages of 7-9 years will be required to make their own way on the same basis.
The Board of Trustees:
Reliable information of an intention not to use the afternoon service is most important.
As of January 2010 we introduced Cadets. This is a programme for 4 year old children to introduce prospective students to the school. This takes place on a Friday morning in Room 1 (Kowhai). As of 2022 we introduced a Cohort Entry Policy, this means that 5 year olds will be able to start school on the first day of any Term after their fifth birthday or on the first day of week 6 if their birthday falls after the Term has started.
The school is divided into six classes at present. The structure of these varies according to our school roll and numbers of children at various levels. Where practical, it is school policy to keep numbers lower in the junior room where the advantages of a good start are lasting.
As part of the class programme, day visits and overnight camps are undertaken by classes. These visits are a valuable extension of the class programme and involve a large amount of work and organisation, but their value is unquestionable.
Parents’ help on such excursions is essential and any offers of transport or supervision at these times are greatly appreciated.
A cleaning company is contracted to complete most of the cleaning, including all the classrooms and toilet blocks. A part-time Caretaker is employed to control weeds, care for gardens and carry out minor maintenance duties. Working Bees are arranged and parents are asked by the Board of Trustees to help with a spring clean of the school, including washing the school building walls.
The Board of Trustees contracts out the cutting of the main playing fields & lawns.
The school Dental Therapists cater for Kio Kio students through the Otorohanga South School Clinic. This is done either yearly or twice yearly, as required. Should anyone be in need of her services out of these times, they can be contacted on
0800 825 583.
The Board of Trustees provides laptops and iPads to support the learning in classrooms. We do not expect families to provide these for learning. Occasionally a family provides a cell phone for a student to communicate with home after school. Cell phones need to be named and handed to the office during school hours.
A child’s birth certificate or valid passport is required on enrolment. We also require an Immunisation certificate for our school records. For children who were not born in New Zealand, we need to have copies of residency status.
The following information will also be required:
We have an enrolment scheme in place, more information can be found at the back of this booklet. Please check with the school office for the most up to date information on placements available and opening/closing dates, as this can vary throughout the year depending on roll numbers.
We have a Facebook page to share information. Please ‘like’ our page Kio Kio School to receive notifications.
FIRST AID TREATMENT TO PUPILS
Should a child suffer an accident at school they will be attended to and if it is felt that a doctor’s advice is necessary, then the parents will be contacted immediately. Please advise the class teacher if students need to take any form of medical prescription during the school day. A Medication Administration form is available at the office and needs to be completed by the parent.
As we still have the periodic appearance of these little “friends”, a check will be made twice a term by parent volunteers. Should evidence of live Head lice be found, it is a school procedure that the student be removed from school for treatment to be carried out by the parent. If there are signs of Head lice eggs, a note will be sent home advising of such. Notification of a Head lice check will be published in “The Flash”, our weekly newsletter, in the week prior to a check. The Public Health Nurse is notified on each occasion of a check and should persistent infestation be found, a referral will be made to her. Should you not wish to have your child checked, then a signed note is required.
We value home learning being purposeful and connected to the learning focus for learners’ in classrooms.
Juniors will have reading exercises each night by either reading to or sharing reading with parents/guardians.
Middle and Senior classes are expected to do some home learning of a constructive nature:
Our students have access to and are encouraged to use a variety of online tools for research, communication and collaboration. With this great opportunity comes the responsibility to act appropriately and be safe in online spaces.
Students and parents must have signed the Cyber Safety agreement form before accessing and using the internet. There is a copy of this form included in the enrolment pack, and extra copies can be picked up from the office.
If you have any concerns regarding any aspect of your child’s school life please feel free to contact his/her teacher, or the principal. We very much value your input and look forward to working with you and your family.
KIO KIO SCHOOL SUPPORTERS’ COMMITTEE (P.T.A)
Our Supporters’ Committee assists in organising social events and activities for school families and the wider community. Examples of these events and activities are: Fireworks & Gala Evening, Quiz Evenings, Fashion Shows, Socials etc.
Students are encouraged to borrow books from the School Library – each class has a weekly time that they visit the Library for this purpose. Books are available for children of all ages and every class. The School Board of Trustees each year spends a considerable amount of money raised in the district on books and your assistance in encouraging the care of books will mean that we can enlarge our Library rather than spend money on replacements. If a book is damaged, please send it back to school where we have the materials for correct mending.
The Library is open at lunchtime from 1.00 – 1.30pm and librarians are rostered to help issue books. Encourage your children to use the library and read. A love of books will be lasting.
The ideal if to avoid lost property and this is achieved by clearly naming all property so if it is lost or misplaced we can return it to the child. Lost property is placed in the large blue drums outside the Principals office on the deck.
Children generally bring lunches to school. Subway may be ordered for a Friday delivery. Orders may be placed online directly with Subway by Thursday evenings or early Friday mornings at the latest. Lunches will be collected from Subway before lunchtime on a Friday.
Notices will be sent home with children every second Thursday (‘The Flash’). It is extremely important that you ensure you receive and read them. These notices will let you know of any coming events at the school. They are given to the eldest child in the family. Other notices could be sent home as and when the need arises.
There are many occasions where parents are able to help with school activities. Teachers recognise and are grateful for the support they receive at these times. Opportunities arise at such activities as sport days, school visits and camps. A parent help checklist is circularised at the beginning of Term 1 each year. There are further opportunities in both the preparation of class materials and library processing. Parents are invited to have a turn as parent helpers.
PROGRESS THROUGH THE SCHOOL
Students starting at 5 years of age should, on average, have 2 years in the Year 1/2 area. Only in exceptional cases will a student have less than 1 year 2 terms in these classes, or more than 2 years 2 terms. The criteria for advancement will be that they will gain positively from the move, or will clearly be at a disadvantage to be kept back.
Children are promoted according to their individual needs and not by any simple formula. However, where possible a child should go through school with others of about his own level of maturity. He should work with the group, which suits him best as a person, socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically.
REPORTING TO PARENTS
Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews – March & June/July
Written Reports – June & November
All parents are asked to take part in these interviews as experience has shown that they are extremely valuable to both teacher and parents. They enable parents to meet the teachers, discuss requirements and proposed activities and to learn more about the children.
The Board has a school donation of:
Although school donations are not compulsory, we are thrilled that a great majority of our families are able to support us in some way. Discussion on school donations is to be directed to the Principal or Chairperson.
8.10am Mangaoronga Road Bus arrives
8.30am Puketarata Road Bus arrives
9.00am School starts
10.30am Morning Interval
10.50am Lessons resume
1.55pm Lessons resume
2.55pm School Dismissed
3.05pm Puketarata Bus leaves
3.30pm Mangaoronga Road Bus leaves
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
At Kio Kio School we are able to offer students a number of educational opportunities over and above their normal classroom experiences.
Students will receive their stationery from school and invoices will be sent home requesting prompt payment. As the year progresses and stationery items become depleted, a note will be sent home informing you what is required by your child. Money for these items is to be sent to school in an envelope and may be purchased from the office.
The school aims to teach children to swim adequately, be conscious of water safety and know how to get themselves out of difficulties in the water should the need arise.
If a student is not to take part in the swimming lesson, a note to the effect should be provided.
The school pool is available for use by parents and residents subject to conditions laid down by the School Board of Trustees from time to time. It is expected that those using the pool will maintain a high standard of behaviour and will take care of property at all times. Keys can be purchased through the school office during the summer season.
Year 7 & 8 students are taken by bus to Otorohanga South School for Technicraft. This includes cooking, sewing and woodwork. The timetable of days and times is arranged by South School to suit their programme. Currently it is weekly on Friday mornings. Reports on students are given in writing for school reports.
TOYS AND VALUABLES
Except in very exceptional circumstances, it would be advisable that expensive toys and valuables should be left at home. Other children may not respect your child’s property in the same way that he/she does. Teachers cannot be responsible for the custody of valuable articles.
Our school does not have a school uniform, but we do have a code of dress. All students should be neatly and cleanly dressed.
A Kio Kio School polo-shirt, jacket and hat can be purchased from the school office. These are a requirement for some events, sports days and inter-school activities. Students need to have a pair of black shorts, skirt or track pants to wear with the polo-shirt.
VISITING THE SCHOOL
Kio Kio School has an “open door policy” – parents are welcome to visit at any time. If, however, you wish to discuss matters concerning your children, please make an appointment outside school hours.
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