INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
ABSENCES: Please contact our school on 06 322 1544 and leave a message on the answerphone, email firstname.lastname@example.org, use our School App or send a signed note with another family member if your child is going to be absent on any day. Teachers take the school roll as soon as school starts and mark children with a question mark (?) if we have not been advised that they will be absent. A text is sent to parents/caregivers to the mobile phone number we have on file requesting confirmation that your child is at home with you. If we do not hear back, your child will be marked truant. It is for this reason that parents are urged to let us know whenever a child is absent from school. Similarly, if your child is going to be picked up early, or needs to leave the school grounds for any reason, we need a parent or guardian’s authorisation. If we haven’t been advised, your child will not be allowed to leave until we have contacted you. We thank you for your support in helping keep your children safe.
ASSEMBLIES: We have presentation assemblies where each class showcases their learning. These are held approximately every two to three weeks. Assemblies focus on sharing work, commending good work/behaviour, engaging in communal activities (eg, singing, shared reading) and similar. Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend these assemblies which are held on Friday afternoons at 2:15pm in our Discovery Centre. Weekly assemblies are usually held on Monday mornings, and special assemblies for important notices and organisational details are held when necessary.
ENROLMENTS: Children cannot be officially enrolled before their fifth birthday although the enrolment forms can be completed before this. Enrolment packs are available from our school office which includes the necessary information about how to enrol your child for school, including an invitation for pre-school visits. Please note that if your child is a new entrant, we need a copy of their birth certificate or New Zealand passport, plus immunisation certificates. A transition programme is run in the new entrant room on a Friday morning in order to ease the movement into school for both the child and the parent.
LIBRARY: The school library is our most valuable non-human resource with over 3000 books. The library is part of our Discovery Centre which has attractive and welcoming surroundings. We encourage its extensive use and urge children to read and research as widely as possible. Parent help at home is very valuable in developing good reading habits and interests.
SCHOOL APP: Clifton School’s app is Skool Loop. Please search your Play Store or App Store for Skool Loop for your free download. Our school newsletter, notices, alerts and the calendar are all uploaded to the app, and it will be used for updates through the school year. If you have any difficulty, then please feel free to come and see us in the office and we will help you.