Bombay School - Our Best Always - Ake Runga - Years 0 to 8

1 January 2021

Welcome to Bombay School. On behalf of the Chairman of the Board, Matthew Bagley and myself - welcome to our school family.

We know that you are going to enjoy your time at this school and that our association will be filled with great learning, teaching and socialising opportunities. 

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 feel it is very important that starting school is a positive experience for your child because quality learning takes place when the child feels secure and happy.

We have prepared a few notes that new families may find helpful :

Who will my child’s teacher be?

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've included a few hints and tips which may make your integration into the Bombay School Community easier.  
If you have any questions, at any stage, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

What opportunities are available for introducing my child to school?

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.  
Introducing your child to school gradually enables familiarity with these routines and encourages the establishment of relationships with the teacher and other students.  
We invite parents to bring their child to the Ready for School sessions (school visit) to develop this familiarity and their confidence in the new surroundings.  The office will provide more information about these sessions.

Tip One:

Visit our website : and explore this tab : ENROL@BOMBAY

It is filled with useful information and videos for new families.  Hopefully, it will help you find your way around school systems.

Tip Two:

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.

Tip Three :

Tip Four :

Download the information booklet.

Tip Five:

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:
– helping them write their own name
– looking at the various letters in their name
– matching letters from one setting to another
– reading and re-reading favourite stories
– doing puzzles and making things together
– singing and chanting nursery rhymes and songs
– looking at road signs, labels on packets and signs in shops
– answering their questions and encouraging them to ask questions
– reading out recipes, shopping lists and directions
– sharing household tasks such as baking, sweeping and laying the table
– putting toys and equipment away after activities are finished
– making regular visits to the local library
– name all school clothes and belongings
– teaching your child their full name, address and phone number
– practising road safety procedures and becoming familiar with the route to school
–       playing games where everyone takes turns.

_       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.

Sign up to Seesaw
Talk to your child's teacher about signing into Seesaw.

That's probably enough for now. I don't want to overload you with too much.

If you have any questions, email me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Warm regards,

Paul Petersen
Bombay School

35 Paparata Road, Bombay 2675
P 09 236 1012 | F 09 236 0458 | E

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