Preparing learners for now and the future

Our School

 

Opened in 1927, Pahoia is set on the outskirts of Tauranga City. The school has a genuine flavour of rural community, blended with effective modern learning styles and environments. As a learning community we strive to engage children in active and meaningful learning experiences that develop the skills and qualities children need to reach their full potential in our modern world.

With around 220 children Pahoia is a caring and friendly school community where we provide a safe environment and treat all children with dignity and respect.

Our teachers are proud to be part of a passionate team that fosters a positive learning environment. Our Board, staff and wider school family are committed to the delivery of excellence and achievement in the education of children in our care.

We aim to respond to the needs of the individual, hold high expectations and align everything we do with the values and beliefs that underpin our community.

We value our community of learners: teachers, support staff, children and whānau, and welcome their input.

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2017 Term Dates

 

Term 1 Wednesday 1 February—Thursday 13 April

Term 2 Monday 1 May—Friday 7 July

Term 3 Monday 24 July—Friday 29 September

Term 4 Monday 16 October— Wednesday 20 December

Pahoia School Charter

Charter 2017

Important Information

 

Absence from school

By regulation, children are required to attend school unless prevented by illness or some special home circumstances. If your child is absent, please ring or text the school before 9:00am. If the school has not been notified of an absence, the school office will call home to confirm the absence.

Ph 07 548 0723 or txt 027 941 2639

 

Agricultural day

This has been an annual event at this school since 1934. All children are encouraged to participate by rearing an animal, planting a vege or flower garden, creating a hanging basket or working on an art, science or research project. The projects culminate on judging day, usually the first weekend in Term 4. This is a day on which all children are expected to attend and participate in. A team co-ordinates this event with parent help essential.

 

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees are elected every three years and is made up of five parents, a staff representative and the principal. The BOT governs the school in consultation with the staff and community. BOT meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held twice per term at the school and meeting dates are found on the school calendar. Dates of meetings are subject to change should this be needed by the members of the Board.

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Schoolastic book club

The school participates in the Scholastic Book Fair up to twice a year where a comprehensive range of books are displayed. There are also regular bookclub brochures sent home. The school benefits by way of book credits.

 

Community assemblies

Every second Friday the community is invited along to be a part of our whole school assembly. These start at 2pm and take place in the Community Hall. It is a chance for us all to share and celebrate student achievement, listen to messages and sing. Dates vary for these assemblies, but information is published in the school newsletters.

Car parking

Pupil safety is the prime concern. During the busy times at the start and finish of the day, please do not park in the 'Drop Off Zone’ or in the bus stop. Please do not use the staff car park for dropping off or picking up your child. There is a disabled car park outside the school office for those who require it.

 

Bus

We currently have two Ministry of Education funded bus services contracted to GoBus. The service is funded for eligible pupils only. A fare, set by GoBus, is charged to those ineligible pupils who are picked up outside of the school Transport Entitlement Zone.

The MOE eligibility criteria states that pupils living less than 3.2km from the school are ineligible. Pupils living north of Wright Road, are also classified as ineligible.

The bus routes will be regularly reviewed by the MOE to ensure the majority of eligible Pahoia pupils have access to the service.

Pupils who go home on the bus are marked off by a teacher on duty. If your child is not going home on the bus, please let the office know.

If the bus is running late, please ring the school office on 5480723. After hearing from GoBus, we will be able to let you know approximately how much longer the bus will be to your drop off point.

 

Education outside the classroom (EOTC)

Educational visits and camps are planned as part of the teaching and learning programme. We endeavour to keep costs to a minimum. The school uses a combination of buses and parent transport to support trips throughout the year.

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Enrolling a pupil

Pupils living within the school's 'zone' are entitled to enrol at Pahoia School. Prior to your first day our office administrator will fill out enrolment forms with you on the morning of your child’s first day at school. For 5 year olds, proof of age eg. Birth Certificate must be produced. For pupils arriving from another school, we simply complete an enrolment form. Immunisation records will be asked for. New Entrants are able to organise visits with the new entrant teachers before they begin full time.

A visit to the school to discuss a pupil's transition and for a guided tour prior to a pupil starting is encouraged. Please speak to the Principal regarding this.

 

Enrolment scheme

Follow this LINK for more out of zone enrolment information

Pahoia School operates an enrolment scheme. Pupils who wish to enrol at our school and live outside the school's 'zone' need to apply in writing. If the number of 'out of zone' pupils exceeds the number of places available in a term, a ballot system will decide who is able to enrol. Please see below for the school's enrolment zone.

 

Enrolment zone

Description of the enrolment zone: From the Katikati side, our zone, starting at State Highway 2, includes the addresses on Wright Road and all the roads coming off Wright Road.

On the eastern side of SH2, our boundary is the Whatakao Stream down to the coastline.

On the Omokoroa side, starting at the coastline, our boundary follows the Waipapa River up to Francis Road, includes the addresses on Francis Road and SH2 up to but not including Omokoroa Road and Youngson Road.

The zone then travels along Youngson Road until Old Highway but does not include the addresses on Youngson Road. From the Old Highway/Youngson Road intersection, the zone goes north and includes the addresses on Old Highway and Waipapa Block Road.

From the end of Waipapa Block Road, the zone links to the Waipapa River, travels south along the Waipapa River and links to the top of Esdaile Road.

From that point, the western boundary is dictated by the base of the Kaimais and includes the addresses on the following roads which all end at the base of the Kaimais - Tim Road, Work Road, Wright Road and all the roads coming off Wright Road.

If you have any queries regarding the zone, plese contact the school office.

 

Pahoia School Zone April 2017

 

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Homework

Some form of homework is given. At the junior level, homework will consist of bringing home a reading book to share with parents, some spelling and maybe some follow-up activities. At a more senior level, specific learning tasks are encouraged e.g. spelling, basic number facts and multiplication tables. We believe that a child who has completed a full day’s work at school ought to have time to develop as a child at home. Homework ought not to cause pupils or parents distress. If this occurs, the homework is better put aside and discussed with the teacher at a convenient time.

 

Lost property

Parents are asked to name all children’s clothing and property and to encourage children to be accountable for their belongings.
 Clothing and shoes for which owners can not be found is located on the field side of the school hall.

At the end of each term unclaimed clothing is donated to a charity.

 

Money

When sending money into the school office, please place it in an envelope with your child’s name, room, amount and what it is for, clearly marked on the front.

 

Pupil health

The school needs to know if your child requires medication for any reason e.g. bee stings, asthma, allergies etc. Please discuss medication requirements with the classroom teachers. A Medication Agreement is also required.

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Religious instruction

The Cool Bananas Religious Education team visit our school every Tuesday afternoon where classes attend a 40 minute session in the hall. Parents who do not wish their children to attend may request exemption in writing.

To view the Cool Bananas programme, please ask at the office.

 

Rerporting to Parents/Caregivers

Meet the Teacher - Term 1
Goal Setting Conference - Term 1
Three-way Learner Conferences - Term 2
Written Report (in conjunction with Learner Conferences - End of Term 2.

 

End of Year Report

Our school operates an 'open door' policy where teachers are readily accessible to parents/caregivers. This will facilitate informal reporting.

Newsletters are sent home every second Wednesday with the eldest child in each family.

Community Assemblies - Every second Friday, the community is invited along to be a part of our whole school assembly. This is a chance for us all to celebrate achievement within our learning community.

Parent Information Sessions are held occasionally, usually in the evening, to share different aspects of curriculum delivery and information about various programmes.

Website / Blogs / FaceBook helps our community to stay in touch with class and school happenings.

 

School donations

Each year the Board of Trustees sets a donation to cover the cost of additional purchases, supplies and human resources not covered by the Operational Grant. Requests for these are made at the beginning of each year - all payments will be receipted. While not compulsory, the school donation provides the finance for a great deal of additional equipment and human resources.

Pahoia School has a School Donation of $85 and a compulsory Resource Levy of $30.

The school office has an EFTPOS machine for ease of payments. Termly payments are also an option.

School hours

Children should arrive no later than 8:50am. Children who do not travel on the bus are are expected to be collected as near to 3:00pm as possible.
School starts 9:00am
Morning Interval 11:00 - 11:30am
Lunch 1:00 - 1:45pm
School ends 3:00pm
Supervision is between the hours of 8:30am and 3:00pm.
Staff members are on duty for the afternoon buses.

 

School property (Damage or Loss)

We have a responsibility to the community for school resources. Fortunately, the majority of children at our school respect and care for school property. On occasions, however, thoughtless or careless action causes damage to property which must be paid for from money which would be more profitably spent on teaching resources.

 If school property is damaged as a result of wilful damage and/or blatant disobedience of a direct instruction or school rule by a student, then an account for the cost of repairs or replacement will be sent to the parents of the child/ren responsible.

 

School uniform

Pahoia School does not have a compulsory uniform. For sporting, cultural activities and special events however, the Pahoia School T-Shirt is to be worn. Both new and second hand T-shirts are available for purchase from the school office.

Also available from the office are Pahoia School polar fleeces and bucket style hats.

Sport

Pahoia School places a strong emphasis on physical education and physical activity. There are many opportunities for children to engage in both curriculum based and extra-curricular activities. Sports teams that play in competitions outside of school hours include netball, miniball, basketball, volleyball, cricket and rippa rugby.

Inter-school sporting opportunities include swimming, triathlon, cross-country, athletics, gymnastics, soccer, rugby, hockey, netball, cricket and miniball.

The school also organises events throughout the year involving community participation such as cross country, a netball or basketball match, athletics and Splash 'n' Dash Day.

 

Swimming pool keys

Each year keys to the school pool are made available to the community for a fee (enquire at the school office for the cost). This enables key holders to use the pool outside school hours. We ask that all children are supervised by an adult and pool users respect the rights of other users. The number of keys made available is directly related to what pool maintenance will allow. Keys must not be loaned to other families.

 

Sun protection

Pahoia School is officially recognised as a Sun Safe School. Wide-brimmed or bucket style hats are compulsory for all staff and pupils during Terms 1 and 4. Pahoia School bucket style hats are available to purchase from the school office.

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Unwell children at school

Parents should not send unwell children to school. We are equipped to handle minor injuries that occur at school. In the event of an accident or serious illness, the Principal or teacher in charge will act in 'loco parentis' to arrange for medical treatment if parents cannot be contacted. Please ensure we have up-to-date phone numbers and emergency numbers. If the illness appears to be of a minor temporary nature, children will be monitored and parents contacted if there is no improvement. If parents wish children who are recovering from an illness to be exempt from sport or fitness, a note must be written to the teacher.

Children who have a contagious condition such as nits or school sores MUST stay at home until properly treated.