General Information

Are you in our school Zone?
As of 2015, we have been advised by the Ministry of Education that any families who live outside our school zone will need to apply for a space and wait for a ballot to take place.
If you are unsure, please call the school on 09 828 8929 or come to the front office and we can clarify and questions or concerns you may have.
Below is our current school zone.

Zone for Ultranet

Enrolments
Pre-school children may be enrolled shortly before their fifth birthday and we need to see a birth certificate or other official documents showing the name and date of birth. A copy of their immunisation certificate is also required. Copies of the documents are required to be kept for school records. Pre-school visits are a really important part of transitioning children into school and we welcome parents arranging these. Just see Yvonne in the office. Greg the principal, is also more than happy to meet informally with any new parents.
 
Personal Details, Addresses and Telephone Numbers
We really value having up-to-date contact details, so it is appreciated when you let Yvonne in the office know if your telephone, email, address or emergency contacts change.  This is important if we need to contact you in an emergency and remember that any information you give us remains totally confidential.
 
School Donation
Please click on the following link to recieve our latest school donation information

 

After School Care
Kelly Club offer excellent before- and after-school care for your child.    Details are available from the school office.

 

School Hours/ Bell times
8.55 a.m.         School commences
9.00 a.m.         First learning block begins
10.00 a.m.       School assembly on Mon (Hall) and Fitness on Tues – Fri
10.30 a.m.       Morning break
10.45 a.m.       Students & teachers return to class for prompt start to second learning block
10.50 a.m.       Second learning block begins
11.50 a.m.       Sit down lunch
12.00 p.m.       Students released for lunch break
12.30 p.m.      Students & teachers return to class for prompt start to the third learning block
12.35 p.m.      Third learning block begins
1.35 p.m.        Afternoon break
1.50 p.m.        Students & teachers return to class  – SSR & Milk
2.00p.m.         Fourth learning block begins
3.00 p.m.        School concludes

 

Attendance
If your child is absent or likely to be late for any reason,  you can ring the office on 828 8929; text the Principal on 0272 777 873 873; or let us know via email: principal@avondaleprimary.school.nz Students who arrive at school after 9.00 a.m. need to go to the office and check in with us before going to class.  Notes explaining absences are always appreciated and can be given to the classroom teacher or dropped into the office.  If your child is not present when the roll is taken just after 9.00 am, and we haven’t heard from you with a reason, you will get a text or email reminding you to contact the school.  We appreciate your cooperation with this as it is vital that we have good lines of communication around attendance and absences.  If you are planning to take your child out of school for extended periods – for example, going overseas – we have a form for you to complete at the office.  This covers you in terms of legal requirements.

Bicycles/Wheels 

If you want your child to travel to school on a bike, a Cycling to School Contract will need to be completed.  These are available at the office and basically explain the responsibility of the school, the students and of course the parents.  While the school is surrounded by very busy roads and this is a safety consideration for parents, we feel our contract does allow for bikes to be brought to school under the conditions in the Contract. We don’t allow students to come to school on scooters or skate boards – except on special occasions. Parents will be notified of these special occasions.

Carpark
There is limited parking space at the main entrance and we ask that parents don’t enter the school grounds in their cars between 8.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.  This is safety issue as children do occasionally cross through the car park. There are parking spaces on Crayford Street, Geddes Terrace and Layard Street. However parents using Layard Street are reminded of the One Way Street Rule.  There are also some time limitations on parking so take care not to get a ticket!

Assemblies                                                                                                                                           
A whole school assembly is held at 10.00 a.m. each Monday to celebrate the previous week’s successes and prepare for the week beginning. Tui, Kea and takahe have their assembly on Fridays. Check with your child’s teacher when they are held. From time to time other special purpose assemblies may be held. Parents are welcome to attend any of these assemblies.

Camps
Each alternative year part of our Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) is in the form of a school camp for the Year 5 / 6 Senior Students. Parents are encouraged to be involved in this part of their children’s educational experience which provides opportunities for learning, personal growth and social development not possible within the classroom.

Class Organisation
The school is organised into three areas – Tui (Years 1/2), Kea (Years 3/4) and Takahe (Years 5/6).

Communications
The school makes every effort to let you know what is happening. These are some ways in which we try to share information with you:

  • A fortnightly newsletter
  • Special notices about class activities
  • Meetings to share information about the curriculum
  • Board of Trustees meetings
  • Parent / teacher conferences in Terms 1 and 2, with student-led conferences in Term 3.
  • Written reports at the end of Term 2 and the end of the year
  • Bi-annual Art Shows and Concerts
  • Special curriculum-related events – e.g.  Maths Week
  • The School Web Site
  • Our Friends of Avondale Facebookpage  https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfAvondalePrimary/

Newsletters
Newsletters are sent home every second Thursday, starting in week 2 of each term. From time to time it may be necessary to send home a weekly newsletter. Students are asked to return the signed corner to school for a lucky draw at the next assembly. You will also be able to read this on our website.  http://www.avondaleprimary.school.nz/school-newsletter/
If you have any questions about our school, we welcome questions. Ring the office on 828 8929 or contact the Principal on 0272 777 873 or by email at: principal@avondaleprimary.school.nz