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St Thomas's School is a state, full primary school which caters for students from Year 1 to Year 8 (aged 5 years to 13 years).

Enrolment at St Thomas's School

For the purpose of avoiding overcrowding at the school, the St Thomas's School Board of Trustees will implement the following enrolment scheme effective from 1 January, 2001 until such time as the enrolment scheme is abandoned or amended.

This scheme applies to children who are New Zealand citizens, or have New Zealand residency or who have a parent who is in New Zealand with a current work permit, and for whom a student permit has been obtained. 

The Enrolment Scheme

Home Zone

All students who live within the home zone shown on the attached map (also attached is a list of street names with numbers where required) shall be entitled to enrol at the school.

The Board of Trustees will require proof of residential address.

Out of zone enrolments

Each year the board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone.   The board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.   The notice will indicate how applications must be received.

Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:

First Priority
 This priority category is not applicable at this school because  the school does not run a special  programme approved by the Secretary.

Second Priority   
will be given  to applicants who are siblings of current students.

Third Priority      
will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.

Fourth Priority    
will be given to applicants who are children of board employees.

Fifth priority       
will be given to all other applicants

If there are more applicants in the second, third,  fourth or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G (1) of the Education Act 1989.  Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.

Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.

Pre-enrolment of in-zone students

For administration purposes the Board of Trustees will request that a pre-enrolment form be completed.  Proof of a permanent in-zone address will be required along with a statutory declaration to this effect.

Streets in St Thomas's School Geographic Zone

Absences and Buddy System
Please advise the school on the morning of your child's absence. If we are not advised through one of the following ways we phone the home, workplace or emergency contacts which is a time consuming activity we prefer to avoid.

  1. Contact your child's 'buddy' who will take a message to the class teacher - each child is paired with another in his or her class
  2. Sending a message to school with another family member or friend
  3. Telephoning, faxing or emailing the school office (Ph 528 3938, Fax 528 3944, office@stthomas.school.nz)
  4. Text name and room number to 027 758 0542 (mobile just used for absence messages)

We appreciate your help in reducing the time we spend checking that our children are safe.

Assemblies
Whole school assemblies are noted on the school calendar available on the website and advertised in the weekly Newsletter emailed home to parents and caregivers. All parents, caregivers and families are invited.

Bus
There is a school bus which runs before and after school. Contact the office for details of the route.

Dental Nurse
The Dental clinic is based at Stonefields, corner Stonemasons Ave & Vialou Lane.  Please phone 5708915 for any enquiries.

Homework
Homework enables all children to learn the skills of independent study. It is also an appropriate time for children to learn spelling, basic facts and to read. Whilst homework is not compulsory, we strongly recommend it is done daily. The following are guidelines for the time to be spent daily on Homework:

  • Years 1 - 3            Daily reading plus 10 minutes of another activity (spelling words etc)
  • Years 4 - 6            20 - 30 minutes
  • Years 7 - 8            30 - 45 minutes

 

General Information
 
Leaving the School Grounds
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during the school day unless they are collected by an adult who has reported to the office and signed the appropriate register. Class teachers are advised that students are unable to leave with an adult unless the adult has the blue authorisation slip issued by the office.

Lunch Orders
Lunch orders are taken between 8.30 and 9.00 at the lunchroom. Orders are delivered to the classroom prior to 12.30. The lunchroom is open at interval and a wide range of food and drink is available. The lunchroom menu is sent home at the beginning of each term.

Reporting to Parents
We report formally to parents throughout the year. In term 1 we hold parent / teacher interviews to discuss children's work habits and how they have settled into their new class. In term 3 we have parent / teacher interviews. A full written report is issued at the end of the year. Year 8 students receive a written report mid year in order to assist with secondary school applications. The combination of reporting methods throughout the year ensure that parents and caregivers receive comprehensive information about the progress of their children.

Road Safety
All children must use the crossing supervised by Road Patrol Wardens and a teacher before and after school. We strongly recommend that parents set a good example for their children by using the crossing too.

School Hours
Children are expected to be in class, prepared for the day by 8.55am. Please ensure you have your child at school in plenty of time. For safety and supervision reasons we discourage children being dropped off before 8.15am. School finishes at 3pm and children are expected to leave the school grounds promptly.

Stationery
Stationery is sold at the school office between 8.30 and 9.00 daily.

Suncare Policy
The Board of Trustees has a Suncare Policy to ensure children's safety during the spring and summer months. It is compulsory for all children to wear either a brimmed or legionnaire style cap during terms 1 and 4 whenever they are outdoors.  We ask for your support in ensuring your child brings an appropriate hat to school every day during these terms.

Uniform Sales
The Uniform Shop is open each Tuesday and Thursday 8.30 - 9.00. Orders may also be taken through the office. Order forms are available in the St Thomas's Uniform section of Parent Information on the website.