Student Matters

Pastoral Care and Behaviour Management

The relationships we build with our boys are paramount to the development of each child. Boys have the propensity to switch off if they don’t have a good relationship with staff. We encourage staff to build strong professional relationships with our boys by getting to know them, their interests, hobbies, sports, likes and dislikes. We are the adults in this situation and should role model the behaviours we wish to see from our students.

See the Schools Behaviour Management Policy for more details.

Click this link about the school’s policy on Physical Restraint

Classroom Management

Classroom timetables should be clearly displayed. Copies with planning to DP by day one of each term. The teaching programme should be completed at 2.55pm and the last ten minutes spent packing up, tidying the classroom, completing homework requirements in the school diary and preparing the students for home. ‘Student Diaries’ should be sighted and/or signed on a regular basis.

Classroom programmes must be carefully planned to meet the needs of each individual boy. Each class is to have clear, well communicated attention signals. Each classroom is to have clearly defined procedures and rules worked out in collaboration with the boys. Consequences of inappropriate behaviour should be known by the boys and should be a natural consequence of that behaviour. Teachers are to ensure that all new boys are fully introduced to both classroom and school based behaviour expectations. The merit card system is a positive way of supporting behaviour and good work. We also have a Values Card system for monitoring behaviour.

Wellesley Behaviour Management

At Wellesley values are encouraged, modelled and explored.

We believe that although our school community comes from a range and diversity of experience, we collectively believe and uphold a range of values that are reflected in the way we think and act.

Our 3 Core Values are

  • Respect and Empathy for self and others
  • Perseverance for personal best
  • Risk taking in learning

Student Welfare and Taking Responsibility

At Wellesley, we like to work with our students to help them build the skills they need for both now and for the future.  The social and emotional welfare of our students is important, as this provides the foundation for academic success.  We do this by:

  • Providing opportunities for our students to take responsibility for their own behaviour and to “get it right”, to learn, to practice, and to understand the importance of acceptable social behaviour.
  • Ensuring our students understand that all behaviours have consequences, and that their choices have consequences, both positive and not so positive.
  • Ensuring our School Values are encouraged modelled and taught by all staff.  Values are an integral part of our school and classroom culture.  The schools 3 key values are perseverance, Risk taking and Respect, which were determined through community consultation.  The Wellesley values are integrated across the school curriculum and day.

Student Matters

The following alphabetical section covers some key aspects of Student Matters while at Wellesley.

ABSENCES

An explanation is required from a parent / caregiver whenever their child is absent from school. To report an absence parents/caregivers are requested to phone the Absence line on our school phone: 5628030 (option #2)

The information will be relayed to the class teacher. If no notification has been received, parents/caregivers will either receive an automated text message or a phone call as a reminder.

If you wish to take your children on an extended holiday during term time, then it is a Ministry of Education requirement that you write to the principal prior to the holiday, seeking permission to remove them from school.

COMMUNICATION (HOME/SCHOOL) 

The school places an emphasis on building good home and school relationships.  We believe that when working in partnership with parents we can make the greatest impact on student outcomes.

The school has an ‘open’ policy towards parents who are welcome to visit school and discuss concerns with the staff.  All we ask is that you make an appointment.  Any concern about children at school is our business and concern, no matter how ‘trivial’ it may appear.  If you have a concern please first discuss it with the child’s teacher. If you need to take the matter further, please then see the senior teacher in charge of the syndicate, the Deputy Principal and then the Principal (in that order).

ESOL

All international students are provided additional ESOL tuition, which focuses on accelerating their English language acquisition. The children will be regularly withdrawn in small groups from their classes for English lessons. Children sometimes miss out on their ESOL lesson due to class events, where they are unable to be excused.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

In NZ dial 111 for any emergency service such as police, ambulance or fire engine.

In NZ people generally locate a doctor close to their homes to visit if they are feeling unwell. However, international families must pay for this service and claim back any expenses from their medical insurance provider.

  • If it is a medical emergency needing immediate assistance and treatment dial 111
  • The school staff 24/7 contact Mr Steve Girvan 021 711 740
  • If a desperate situation arises where specialised counselling services are needed during non-school hours, care givers should take students to be assessed by a medical doctor and they will refer them to the relevant specialist organisations.

Counselling:

We have superb counsellor at school who listens to concerns students may have and guide them accordingly. Students can make an appointment on their own or staff may request for the counsellor to see a student. If further specialised support is needed the counsellors will refer students to relevant specialist organisations.

Support Services and Advice Websites and Phone Numbers

Chinese New Settlers Service Trust www.chineseservice.org.nz

Earthquakes and other natural disasters: http://getthru.govt.nz

Ethnic Affairs Language Line www.ethnicaffairs.govt.nz

Human Rights Commission www.hrc.co.nz

New Zealand Drug Foundation www.nzdf.org.nz

New Zealand Immigration www.immigration.govt.nz

Sun safety: http://www.sunsmart.org.nz

Water Safety in New Zealand www.watersafety.org.nz

Youthline www.youthline.co.nz   or Ph 0800376633 or free text to 234

LIBRARY

The library books are to be enjoyed.  We like children to take them home but ask that you see they are well cared for.  Damage and losses are costly, and we require parents to pay where books are lost or abused. Classes are taken to the school library regularly to learn library skills and select books to take home to read.

LOST PROPERTY

Lost property items are displayed in the Old Library. Please remind your children to check these regularly, and you may also want to check yourself from time to time.

Any unclaimed, unnamed uniform items will be washed and re-sold by the school after the end of each term.

LUNCHES

We encourage packed lunches from home to include healthy eating choices, as we know this supports optimum learning in the classroom.  We have three opportunities for children to eat in the day (crunch & sip, morning tea and lunchtime).    Our canteen offers healthy lunch choices and these can be ordered on-line.

MEDICAL

Accidents and illnesses of a minor nature are treated at school.  Our policy is to contact parents / guardians to take home children who are too ill to return to the classroom.  Serious head clashes / injuries will be reported to the parents / caregivers concerned.

If a child needs to take medication please fill in the Administration of Medication form (available from the office or on our website) and hand it, along with the medicine, to the office.  A fridge is available to keep the medication cool.

Our Administration Staff try their best to ensure all children requiring medicine receive it, but they cannot be held responsible for any missed.  We suggest that a note is put in the child’s lunch box to remind them to come for their medicine. We do have Pamol available on site to administer but this will only be given with parental permission.

MINDFULNESS

All of our classes practice Mindfulness.  Mindfulness was researched and designed by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ.  It is a programme that develops skills and dispositions that help us to pay attention to the present, be able to focus on what is important, and utilise positive strategies to cope with life’s ups and downs.  Mindfulness is a quiet time where children focus on their breathing, and pay attention to what is presently occurring, with kindness and curiosity.

MONEY AT SCHOOL

Children are not encouraged to have money at school but if they do have to bring some, it must be in a sealed envelope and handed to the teacher for safekeeping.

NEWSLETTERS

Neesletters are weekly and are emailed out to all families and put on the school website.  Important dates, for the coming weeks, are also included in each newsletter.

PARENT HELPERS

We have a strong belief that it takes a whole community to educate our children.  Learning happens at any time, in any place and from anyone.   We value parents as partners in learning.  Strong engagement and contributions from families and whanau can only result in positive outcomes, both academically and socially, for our learners.

SPORTS

The following school sports teams are organised by the school (depending on numbers) for children in Year 4 and upward: Cricket,  Tennis,  Rugby,  Football,  Softball,  Water polo,  Basketball,  Hockey,  Touch Rugby.

Saturday sports are organised by clubs or community organisations, e.g. Football Cricket, Hockey and Rugby.

SWIMMING

Children are expected to take part in the school’s aquatic programme that aims to develop confidence in the water, water survival techniques, and progress in swimming proficiency. All children are expected to participate unless a note with a valid reason is received from parents / caregivers.

TOYS

We do not encourage children to bring toys (including collectable cards) to school.  No responsibility will be taken for toys – expensive or otherwise.

UNIFORM

Please ensure that all garments and other belongings are named.  It is much easier to find the owner of misplaced clothing if it is named. All children must wear the agreed school uniform items.

During Terms 1 and 4 sunhats must be worn at all times when children are outside.