A to Z of Tasman School

Absences – If your child is unable to attend school for any reason, please contact the school office before 9.15 am that day.

Accidents – If your child is injured at school, staff will take any appropriate first aid measures.  We will notify you immediately if your child has fallen from a height, has been hit on the head, or has a serious injury.

Assembly – Full school assemblies are held once a week to celebrate students’ learning. The classes take it in turn to “host” these assemblies.  We encourage parents to attend if possible.

Behaviour – We expect students to care for themselves, others and our environment with respect.  Behaviour is guided by 3 key questions: Is it safe? Is it fair? Is it kind?

Bell Times – the school day is structured as follows:
School Starts - 8.55 am
Morning tea  - 10.30 to 10.55 am
Lunchtime - 12.30 to 1.15 pm
Finish Time - 2.55 pm

Biking to School – We encourage parents to make safe decisions e.g. accompanying their children to school if under 10 years old. Older students may bike to school on their own. They should bike directly to the bike sheds, up the pathway from the bus stop. They are not to bike up the driveway. On Wednesdays and Fridays children are allowed to bring their skates, scooters, bikes and roller blades and can use the courts at lunchtime for this. Bike riders may use the field area. Children are only allowed to ride their bikes/scooters etc if they have a helmet.

Board of Trustees – The Board is comprised of at least three elected parents, a staff representative and the Principal.  The Board is responsible for all areas of governance. Meetings are open to the public and are held in the school staffroom each month, February through December, at 7pm. We welcome your interest in this important function.

Bullying - Tasman School prides itself on its safe learning environment. If you have any reason to believe your child is a victim of bullying, please contact the classroom teacher immediately. The Tasman School behaviour support plan will be followed and restorative justice processes applied.

Buses – Our school bus services Tasman, Mapua and Mahana Schools.  It travels from Mapua to Tasman via Pomona and Marriages Road as far north as Eden Road.  The bus arrives at Tasman School at 8.00 am and departs at 3.00pm. Eligible students must live a minimum of 3.5 kms from the school.

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – Senior students are able to bring to school for learning purposes, their notebook, tablet or i-pad. The school will provide a secure login facility. A  guest Wifi password is provided by the Office Manager for students to connect to the internet. Devices are the responsibility of the student and the school takes no responsibility for the breakage, or loss of a device. 

Concerns – An open door policy exists at our school.  If you have any concerns relating to school, we encourage you to talk to us about them.  Please feel free to approach the class teacher first or make an appointment with principal any time outside of teaching hours.

Communication - We try to communicate to our parent community on a regular basis. We do this using email and Skool Loop. Skool Loop is a phone app that can be downloaded on your phone to stay up to date with newsletters, absence reporting etc. Ask at the office for more information. The Principal sends out a Community Comment each week with the upcoming week ahead as well as upcoming dates in the future. This is sent via email as well as Skool Loop.

Dental Therapist – Dental therapy is available to all Tasman students through the Parklands School Dental Clinic.  The Dental Nurse will contact families to arrange for annual checkups.

Discipline – We work to develop student self-management skills by providing clear boundaries and expectations. We use a restorative justice process to address wrongdoing.

Enrolments:  We welcome new enrolments in our school zone. When enrolling a 5 year old for the first time, you MUST bring with you their Birth Certificate or Passport, Residency Permit or Citizenship Certificate and any immunization certificates, if applicable.  To make the transition to school easier, we encourage parents to bring their children in for pre-enrolment visits.

Fundraising – Fundraising at Tasman School is run by a separate fundraising group who welcome new members.

Homework – All classes provide homework of some degree.  We ask for parents’ support with this. This is developed in consultation with students and whanau to meet learning needs.

Internet – This is available in all classrooms via a managed wifi. Students sign an Internet User Agreement and behaviour is guided by our school questions: is it fair, is it safe, is it kind? We have a filter that is provided by Network 4 Learning which filters out harmful material.

Library – Children are encouraged to take library books home on a regular basis (maximum 3). Please do not attempt to mend any damaged books, just return them and the mending team will tackle them.  There are no fines for overdue books but we do ask you to return them weekly during class library times. We are always looking for people to help in the library and if you are interested, please let the office know.

Lost Property – Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own property – particularly clothing.  Clothes such as jackets, sweatshirts, swimsuits, hats, etc. should be labelled with the child’s name. Lost property can be picked up on the deck outside Room 3 during term time. Unclaimed items will be disposed of at the end of each term.

Motec – All Year 7 and 8 students attend this technology session at Parklands School on a Friday from 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm.  Students are required to wear closed in footwear for safety reasons (shoes, gym shoes etc.) and girls to wear long hair up. They travel by bus to and from school. The MOTEC teachers will advise students of any special requirements for classes.  There is an annual fee charged for each student to cover the cost of materials used.

Newsletters – Our informative school newsletter comes out weekly, on a Friday.  Newsletters are emailed home and sent via School Stream. These are also available on the school website: www.tasman.school.nz
Office Hours – The Tasman School office is staffed most days from 8.15am to 3.15pm by the Principal or Office Manager.  The school answerphone is checked by staff regularly.

Parent Help – Tasman School actively encourages parent help, whether it be working with the children in a class or with transport and/or supervision of sports teams. Please talk to your child’s teacher or the Principal if you would like to help out.  We would love to hear from you.

Reporting to Parents - The school reports to parents three times a year.  In Term 1 an interim written report accompanies parent interviews. There are follow-up student led interviews in Terms 2 or 3, as arranged by the teachers.  A full written report is sent out in Term 4.

School Donation – Tasman School donations are $65 per year per child, with a maximum of $150 per year per family.  These contributions are a donation to the school but are important to the operational running of the school.

School T-Shirts and Hats – We encourage each child to have a school sports top. The Board subsidises these by approximately $30 per shirt. T-shirts cost $20.00; hats cost $20.00. These are available to purchase at the Office.

Stationery – Stationery lists are available from the website and are updated at the end of each year.  The school only stocks the more specialised items used by the new entrant room.
Sun-Smart – Tasman School is a “Sun-smart” school and has a “no hat, then play in the shade” policy. Hats are to be bucket type hats not baseball caps.

Swimming – The swimming programme runs for the last 6 weeks of Term 4 and the first 6 weeks of Term 1.  Swimming is compulsory unless a note is sent from a parent / caregiver. The pool is available for use after school and during the weekend for pool key holders.  Swimming pool keys are available from the office for $100 per season. Some pool water testing and maintenance may be required from pool key holders.

Toys at School – We would prefer children to keep their toys at home to avoid potential damage or loss.  We take no responsibility for toys lost or damaged. If your child has a special toy they would like to share for news, please negotiate this with your teacher.

Uniform – There is no compulsory formal uniform although some families choose to wear the Tasman school sports t-shirt. We expect children to wear tidy clothing appropriate for learning and physical activity. Our school t-shirt is available for purchase ($20 from the office) for students to wear to represent our school at sporting or inter-school activities.

Reviewed 2020