Administration

Absences

When pupils are absent, the school must be informed, by phone (04 939 1909) or email (admin@stbrendans.school.nz) by 9:15am at the latest, as teachers record in their register, children's presence within the first 10 minutes of class. We are always concerned by unexplained absences. Office staff follow up on any child unaccounted for. Where an absence is planned in advance, parents must seek permission from the Principal in writing. Please indicate by letter or phone if routine arrangements change e.g. change of person picking up your child, or not catching usual bus etc. If you wish to remove your child during the day for an appointment, please ensure they are signed out on the register at the office and that their teacher is aware. 

After-school Care

Aboutkidz Oscar, an on-site before and after school care is available. Contact Sarah Thomson on ph 027 616 0235 for more information or alternatively click on the attached link for more information: Aboutkidz Information Pack.

Book Club

We belong to Scholastic New Zealand Lucky Book Club.Book Club Brochures are sent home with the children twice a term. Closing dates are on the forms. Orders need to be 'posted' at the student counter just inside the door at the rear of the administration building or alternatively you may order using LOOP. Information about LOOP can be found in the Lucky Book Club brochure.

Bus Service

Buses ‘drop off' and ‘pick up' from Whitemans Valley and the local bus runs to Silverstream and Pinehaven. Children are ‘marked on' (if using this service) as they get on the buses AFTER school. Please notify us if normal routines change.

Contact: Runciman Motors

Ph 528 5279 or Fax 528 7651 for information regarding bus routes and fees.

Communication

Please refer to the 'our notices' page for newsletter information. These are issued on a fortnightly basis.

We ask that parents communicate with all members of the school respectfully in keeping with our school values. We expect that when people have queries or concerns, they should be direct in their approach with an intention for constructive resolution. Please contact the classroom teacher in the initial instance. Teachers are available before school from 8:30 - 8:55am and after school on Thursdays and Fridays. If a private meeting is required or one where reasonable discussion is required, please make an appointment 

Lunches

Healthy lunches are available through Lunch Online on Mondays (from Sushi Planet) click the Lunch Online link below to view the menus. Please make your order before 9am.

Friday lunch orders through Lunch Online will be available (from Pita Pit) starting Friday, 24th February 2017. 

http://www.lunchonline.co.nz/ 

PLEASE NOTE : NZ Kids is unable to provide online lunch orders in our area at this time, and until further notice, as their building has been damaged by the recent earthquakes. They are currently looking for areas to setup outlets around the Wellington area (Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Porirua and Wellington city areas)  to cater for families while the online service is temporary unavailable.

http://www.nzkidsfood.co.nz/

Medical and Health

Students who require medication to be taken at school regardless of how frequent, are requested to complete a school Medication/Health Agreement each year.

Health contacts:

Health Nurse - Jessica Zanetti ph 5709196, 0800611116, 0800120064.
Dental Nurse - BeeHealthy Health Service or ph 0800825583

Money and Banking

Any money brought to school must be enclosed in a sealed, clearly named envelope, stating room number, amount and purpose. Money must never be left in bags or tote trays.

School Banking

School Banking Day is every Thursday - School Banking for students with ASB is available. If you wish for your child to join, please complete the following form and forward it to the school office: ASB Enrolment Form.

Parent Involvement

Parents are most welcome. Large numbers of parents are involved around the school on a voluntary basis. Please contact your class teacher or the principal if you would like to be involved in a regular basis.

Road Patrol

Senior students are on patrol in Sutherland Avenue from 8:30am to 8:50am and 2:45pm to 3:10pm and Palmer Crescent from 2:50 - 3:10pm.