We would like to make your whanau transition to school as easy as possible. We realise that there is a tonne of information to digest. We have put together some of the key information which you may find useful. However, nothing beats a conversation though, so please do call the office if you have any questions.Starting school is an exciting event for your child. They have heard many stories about the school from family and friends and now it is time for them to become part of this new community. Attending Bombay School will involve changes for your child as he or she establishes new friendships, learns new routines and takes the first steps towards independence. For some, it will also be the first separation from home and family.
We can let you know who your child’s teacher is likely to be but unexpected enrolments can change the class cut off point at any stage. When establishing Year 1 classes we work primarily from birth dates. From Year 2 onwards we consider factors such as balancing the gender, strengths and needs across classes at each level, and we consider the needs of individual children in terms of successful work partnerships formed with other children. We also work as teaching teams - where all teachers in the team get to know and get to teach children. This promotes our whanau approach and it also ensures that many 'eyes' and talents are contributing to your child's development.
How long should I stay with my child on their first full day at school?
The teacher will advise you about when it is best to leave. Some children are more focused when they are away from their parents, so it is good if you settle them in before the first school bell at 8.50am, tell them you are leaving and do so in a matter of fact way. It is often better for you to delay your parent help times for a few weeks. Bombay has a very active open door policy but the prime consideration is always what is best for each child’s learning.
Will my child be alone at playtime?
New children are given a buddy who will look after them at playtime. A teacher is always on duty and children are supervised while they are eating. Young children remain in the lunch area until they have finished eating.
What time does my child finish school?
Children work through to 2.50pm from their first day at school.
Managing the first day at school.
- Bring a packed lunch, play lunch and a drink.
- Arrive on time, anytime between 8.20am and 8.45 am, in time for the 8.50am bell.
- Go to the office on arrival to complete the final paperwork before you go to the classroom.
- Arrange to spend some time in the classroom on that first morning. Discuss arrangements with your child, for example, who will collect them at the end of the day, how long you will stay, which food to eat at morning tea and lunchtime.
- When you leave the classroom do not linger. Leaving your child can be hard but your concerns can cloud your child’s enthusiasm. If you are positive about the first day at school then your child will probably be the same. It is rare for children to be upset during the transition to school, due to the thorough preparation of the child by the school and family.
Share the excitement of starting school.
Visit the classroom before or after school. If you have any questions ask the teacher. To discuss an issue in more detail please make an appointment. Remember that settling fully into school can take a few weeks. The school will keep you informed about what is happening at school through regular newsletters so check for them on the App. Stay in touch with the school staff and if you have concerns talk to the teacher, the Deputy Principal or the Principal. This can happen informally as an opportunity arises in the classroom or formally by making an appointment through the office.
We believe children will have the best possible start at school if they know their teacher, their classmates, the learning space and some of the school routines before they start school.
It is filled with useful information and videos for new families. Hopefully, it will help you find your way around school systems.
Download the school App. You can receive push notifications from the school, read our newsletter, report an absence and much more.
We ask that mum and dad download it to their phones. We will use the App to contact school families if there is a major emergency.
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Download the information booklet.
We send out electronic newsletters. Our newsletters have forms, links, videos and surveys embedded into them. They are best viewed landscape on a phone or ipad, or from your laptop.
Tip Six: How to get your child ready for school
In the weeks prior to starting school, and throughout the early school years, you can help your child by:
_ talking about numbers and recognising numbers, e.g. looking at letterboxes, numbers in the supermarket.
_ counting opportunities e.g. setting the table and counting out plates and forks etc
Tip Seven: Get involved
Your child's school journey is more than their time in the classroom.
It's also about how their family supports them and participates in school life.
It is more than homework and reading at night.
It is about joining our home and school team and getting involved in the social, cultural and sporting life of the school. We invite you to join the home and school team.
Put your hand up to be a parent volunteer.
Help out at camps.
Be a parent coach.
Help to transport students to sports events.
Volunteer to put away books.
Volunteer to work in our gardens.
Offer our caretaker some of your time to help him get some projects completed.
Attend our pool committee meetings.
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