HEARING AND VISION TESTING
The Hearing and Vision Technician visit the school each year and tests new entrants and Year 7 students. If at any time you feel a student needs to be referred, please contact the school.
One of the best thing you can do with your children after school, if you have the chance, is play with them, talk with them or engage them in other activities with yourself. That is where children often develop their imagination, creativity and collaborative skills.
The main focus of homework at Tapu School is to build on learning especially in developing literacy and numeracy. All children are expected to read every night at an age appropriate level and length of time. Children have individual spelling programmes which is relevant to their current needs. This will range from basic sight words through to more difficult words as they become more competent. Each child also has a Mathseeds/Mathletics and Reading Eggs/Reading Express/Fast Phonics password which allows them to access mathematics and reading activities at home through the internet. We also encourage parents to help their children to learn their basic facts including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Tapu School prides itself on its wonderful, clean and tidy environment and surroundings. We ask parents to minimize lunch wrappers and students are asked to bring home their lunchboxes scraps and wrappers.
We do not keep a special lost property box or bin as such, and students are expected to be responsible for their own clothing and footwear. Naming all clothing greatly assists us to make sure all items are returned to their rightful owners before the students leave school each day. This is particularly important for the younger members of the school who often will not recognize their own belongings.
Tapu Students participate in the Ministry of Educations' Healthy Lunches in Schools Programme and have the opportunity to enjoy delicious meals provided by this programme each day. There is no obligation to eat these meals and children may bring along their lunchboxes with food for the day or for extras if they do join with the lunch programme. We encourage parents to provide healthy options for their children. Children are requested to return all lunch wrapping and other rubbish home in their lunchboxes.
Year 7 & 8 pupils travel to Thames High School to receive tuition in technology-based experiences. Our children experience a different area of technology each term. Students currently pay about $15 per term to Thames High School for the take home component of materials used during their sessions. An invoice will be issued and this is payable to the High School office.
Medicines may be brought to school to ensure continuity of prescribed courses. These should be clearly labeled with name, dosage and storage recommendations. Medicines are to be handed to the Principal or another member of the staff for safe keeping and/or refrigeration. If at all possible sending just the daily dose along rather than the whole script is appreciated – also it makes things easier if you arrive home without the medicine you need for an evening or early morning dose if it is still at school. Parents whose children have severe allergies or conditions that require special treatments need to discuss this with the Principal to arrange and action plan for this in conjunction with the Public Health Nurse if appropriate.
Newsletters are sent home throughout the term. They are dated and contain notices of forthcoming events, general information etc. If you miss one, additional copies are available from the office. Newsletters are distributed via the eldest in the family. You can also view our updated newsletter on our school website.www.tapu.school.nz
We are bound by this act. Tapu School requires accurate information in order to communicate with parents/caregivers, to determine appropriate educational and pastoral support needs and to complete statistical returns. The Privacy Act 1993 places rules on the collection, use, storage and access of information that is received at enrolment, and from student academic records. All reasonable care is taken in the collection, storage and security of this information. From time to time it needs to be updated. Individuals have the right of access to personal information through the Principal who is our school’s Privacy Officer. At the discretion of the Principal, under Section 76 and Section 77 of the Education Act 1989, this information may be shared with the following groups of professionals on a need-to-know basis – school staff, Group Special Education, Public Health Nurse and Doctors, Ministry of Education, Children and Young Persons and their Family Service, Police and other professionals approved by the Principal. This includes student files, enrolment information etc.