5Bs

The Ellerslie School 5Bs are: Be A Good Friend, Be Helpful, Be Kind, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.

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5Cs

The Ellerslie School 5Cs are: Collaborative, Compassionate, Confident, Creative and Curious.

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Absences

If your child/ren are going to be away from school, please do one of the following BEFORE 9:00am each morning:

●      call the school (579-5477), press option 1 and leave a message on the answer phone
●      use the Absence submission template on the Ellerslie School App
●      send an email to office@ellerslie.school.nz
●      use the Absence submission form on the school website

Please clearly state your child/ren’s name, Guardian Group and reason why they are absent.

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ACES

Our Fundraising and PTA volunteer groups have merged to become the Active Community of Ellerslie School (ACES.)  Some of the events that ACES run are - School Disco, A-Thon, Pizza and Mufti days, Trivia Night and more!  We understand that not everyone has a lot of time to give but whatever effort parents and caregivers can contribute helps to make our school culture stronger.  To register your interest in joining ACES or assisting in any of their events, please email aces@ellerslie.school.nz.

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Allergies

We have a number of children who have serious food allergies.  We take the health and safety of these students very seriously and follow Allergy New Zealand’s recommendations and guidelines when developing policies and procedures within the school.  Our focus is on educating staff and students around the management of food and how to minimise student exposure to allergens as much as possible.  While self management for children that have allergies is an ultimate goal, this takes time to develop in children.  Self management is particularly more difficult for students in our junior school, where teachers closely monitor lunchboxes to check for potential triggers.   While we do not ban any particular foods, being mindful of nut allergies may be helpful to you when planning and packing lunches.  If you have a child that suffers from allergies, please contact the school to discuss an individual action plan so we can work together to ensure their safety.

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Attendance

If your child is away for 5 continuous days, please note that you are required to either:

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Bus

There are a number of bus lines that your child is able to catch to and from school.  A permission form is required to be filled in and returned to our office prior to your child catching a bus home from Ellerslie School.  All students who have permission to bus home will meet a monitor outside our new block directly after school for roll call, and will then be escorted onto the AT Transport operated bus. As the bus information is always changing, this link provides updated information in regards to bus routes and times: https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/timetables/school-timetables/ellerslie-primary/

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BYOD - Bring Your Own Device

Ellerslie School is a BYOD school for Years 5-8 students. Students are permitted to bring a chromebook to school to assist with their learning programme.  The devices are only used to support and enhance the learning experiences. The school also provides a number of school owned iPads and Chromebooks which are allocated to the teams and able to be used by the students. Students are able to utilise apps like Seesaw to track and reflect on their learning. This also allows them to share their learning with their peer group and whanau.

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Car Park

The Ellerslie School car park is for staff and official visitor use only during school hours.  Any visitors need to report to the school office on arrival.  There is a mobility parking space outside the school office if this is required. 

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Channels of Communication

We always encourage feedback both positive and anything you think we need to work on to keep making our school a great place for our learners.  The Concerns and Complaints procedure encourages concerns to be resolved informally through discussions with the person concerned. If this is appropriate, please contact the relevant person directly. If this is not appropriate, the procedure provides for other avenues to resolve issues.  Copies of our procedures can be found here.

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Communication

We have an open door policy at Ellerslie School and love having contact with our parents and whanau.  We recognise that many families will be used to receiving daily or weekly PDFs about activities at preschool and kindergarten, and that daily conversations at pick up about your child's day are common. At school this isn't possible due to the number of students, however rest assured that if we have any concerns we will be quick to touch base. Likewise don't be a stranger and if you have any concerns just hang around after school and when the crowds clear pop into the pod. Our seesaw blogs are up and operational and are a great tool for us to share some of what happens at school.  If you require more time speaking with a teacher, please email us to arrange an appointment. 

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Community of Learning (COL)

Cybersafety Agreement

Together with their caregivers, students are required to sign the Ellerslie School Cybersafety Agreement.  A copy can be found here.

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Dogs

Dogs are not permitted anywhere on the Ellerslie School grounds.

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Email addresses

Our teachers can be contacted by using the following format: First name, last initial, @ellerslie.school.nz / e.g. fionay@ellerslie.school.nz. Detailed lists of our staff email addresses are listed here under “Staff”.  The school office can be contacted via email office@ellerslie.school.nz.

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EOTC - Education outside the classroom / Camps and Trips

The School views outdoor education as an essential part of our curriculum. The school has the philosophy that where possible the outdoor education will be utilised to enhance learning.  The highlight for many students is the biennial Year 7 and 8 camp.  This is alternated with a biennial Year 5 and 6 camp. The 4 day camp offers students a wide range of activities and challenges.  Activities include archery, orienteering, confidence course, bushcraft, mountain biking, and adventure based learning.   The camp is held at the end of the school year. Also, during the year our students attend additional trips outside the school in connection with their classroom programme and inquiry topics.

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Enrolments

The Board of Trustees has an enrolment scheme in place based on a Home Zone.  Applications for a place must be made before enrolment can be offered.  All enrolments must be accompanied by Birth Certificate or Passport as proof of age and residency.  All in-zone applicants are guaranteed places.  Out of Zone Applications are subject to ‘Enrolment Periods’ being determined by the Board of Trustees if there are spare places.  Generally there will only be one ‘Enrolment Period’ which is when applications are called for the next year.  Applications for enrolment can be made before your child’s 5th birthday but children start school on the Monday after they turn 5.  We encourage you to enrol your child up to one year before they turn 5 years old.

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Facebook Page

Please like and follow our Ellerslie School Facebook page.  We recommend this as an effective way to get information in an emergency situation, reminders, celebrations and is a great way to hear all the exciting initiatives we have underway.

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Guardian Groups

Children are organised into guardian groups and have a guardian teacher.  Within a pod there will be multiple guardian groups and teachers working together.   Your child will start and end the day with their guardian teacher and that teacher will take responsibility for the pastoral care of your child.  They will be your first point of contact if you wish to discuss your child. 

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Hats

We are committed to keeping our children safe in the sun and have developed Sun Safe Procedures accordingly.  Children are required to wear school uniform hats when playing in the sun in Terms 1 and 4.  It is essential that children have hats at school every day.  We strongly encourage the wearing of hats to and from school.

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Health and Safety

A copy of Ellerslie School’s current Health and Safety policy can be found here.

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Illnesses

Becoming ill is part of being a child.  Please keep your child at home if they are unwell or potentially contagious.  If your child is showing signs of vomiting, diarrhoea, flu, chicken pox, etc  they will need to remain at home until they are no longer infectious, which is usually 24 hours from last symptoms so as not to infect other students and teachers.

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Kindo

Our preferred method of payment is through your myKindo account.  This offers an easy way for you to view and pay for your child’s needs online. It’s quick, secure and open 24/7, and offers many card and bank transfer options, and options to hold an online balance or pay-as-you-go. Access is via our school website, app or go directly to www.mykindo.co.nz.

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Late to school

If your child is late to school, please ensure that they report to the office immediately on arrival to sign in and collect a late slip to give to their teacher.  These are issued at the back desk of the office, entry through the door between Miro and Rimu Pods.

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Leave during school hours

If you are taking your child out of school early, a parent/caregiver must personally sign the child out at the school office, providing a reason while the child is leaving.  A sign-out slip will be provided - this must be given to the class teacher and the child will then be released from their class.

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Lost Property

Lost property is stored near the After School Care space.  All named items are returned to the owner’s class.  If your child misplaces a uniform item, please let the class teacher know.  Your child’s teacher will try to locate the item at school.  Similarly if you find your child has taken another child’s uniform item home by mistake, please return it as soon as possible, to your child’s teacher, so it may be reunited with its actual owner.

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Lunch Orders

Lunch orders are available every day of the school week through Kindo.  Order anytime on the day before 9:00am, or schedule in advance.  These are delivered and distributed to students at lunchtime.  Daily lunch options are as follows: 

Monday - EZ Lunch
Tuesday - Sushi
Wednesday - EZ Lunch
Thursday - Pita Pit
Friday - Subway and ACES Sausage Sizzle (twice a term - dates to be advised).

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Maungakiekie Kāhui Ako - Community of Learning

Ellerslie School is one of six schools that makes up the Maungakiekie Community of Learning. (One Tree Hill College, Bailey Road School, Stanhope Primary School, Sylvia Park School and Panmure District School are the other five schools in this group.) Barbara Alaalatoa, Principal of Sylvia Park School is currently the lead principal of the Kāhui Ako.

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Medication at school

Wherever possible, with the exception of asthma medication, we encourage you to administer all medication at home.  If your child has medication which must be taken within school hours, please complete the appropriate forms at our office.  Please do not hand medication to your child’s teacher or send it to school with your child. All medication (with the exception of asthma medication) must be administered from our office. We will not administer the first dose of a prescribed medication at school, in case of allergic reactions.

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Mobile Phones

If your child is bringing a cell phone to school it must be handed into the office in a named plastic bag for safe keeping on arrival at school and collected at the end of the school day.  Intermediate classes hand phones to teachers and are sent to the office together.

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Newsletters

These are sent to parents and caregivers via email second Thursday but can also be found on our website and school app. The newsletters are a great way to stay connected with the school community and keep you informed of events and important upcoming dates. 

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Office

The school office is open from 8:30-3:00pm on each school day.   The office can be contacted on phone (09) 579 5477 and email: office@ellerslie.school.nz.

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Passion Clubs

During term time, we continue to offer a diverse range of exciting lunchtime Passion Clubs for our keen students in Years 1-8.  If your child is interested in trying one of these fantastic activities, please contact their Guardian Group teacher. 

  • Fun Music Club
  • Crochet Club
  • Pasifika Club
  • Enviro Club
  • Lego Club
  • Soccer Club for juniors
  • Chess Club
  • Craft Club
  • High Jump
  • Kapa Haka
  • Martial Arts Club

After School Clubs:

  • French
  • HeART Minds Club
  • Creative Matters Club
  • Kelly Sports

Also, if you are interested in offering your skills to teach a Passion Club, please email sumans@ellerslie.school.nz

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School App

The official Ellerslie School app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or iTunes for free onto any Android or iPhone device or tablet - search for “Schoolapps/Ellerslie School”.   We use this channel to send out important information quickly to our community.

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School Assemblies

Every Friday morning we have a celebration assembly outside in our courtyard, beginning at 9:00am. These are a wonderful opportunity for the whole school and parent/whanau community to come together to celebrate our learners and their successes from the previous week.  If the weather does not permit us to hold the assembly outside, we will hold these inside the pods.

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School Contributions

Determined by the Board of Trustees each year, this is actually a voluntary donation.  Paying a donation helps reduce fundraising and compensates for the reduced government funding received as a Decile 9 school.  School donations are necessary to provide items such as sports equipment, library books, Teacher Aides, Specialist Music Teacher, and additional teachers to help reduce class sizes.

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School Hours - Bell Times

Classes open for arrival:
First block: 
Morning tea and play:
Second block: 
Lunch and play:
Third block:
School ends:
8:30am - 8:50am
8:50am - 10:30am
10:30am - 10:50am
10:50 am - 12:20pm
12:20pm - 1.15pm  (includes 10 minutes supervised eating time)
1:15pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm

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School Map

A copy of the current Ellerslie School Map can be found here.

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Scooter / Skateboard Agreement

Students and caregivers  are required to sign Scooter and Bicycle User Safety Agreements before being permitted to bring their bicycles and scooters to school.  There are reminders about road and user safety on these documents.  These can be collected from our school office and returned once signed.  Scooters and Bikes are to be walked (not ridden upon) into the school grounds from the Kalmia Street crossing.  Students are responsible for storing and locking these at the bike/scooter racks.

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SeeSaw Blogs

On our website you can find links to our Seesaw blogs.  These are organised by pods and will have snapshots of your child’s learning and experiences for you to view.  This is a great way for you to keep in touch with what your child is doing in class and to share the learning with your whanau.  You will be able to leave comments and view other pods with the touch of a button.

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Sick Bay

Children who are feeling unwell, or who receive an injury, are cared for and treated in our Sick Bay, which is located by the  office.  Details of all incidents/injuries/illnesses treated at school are recorded in our Student Management System, including the date, nature of illness/injury, treatment provided and by whom.  Contact is made with parents by phone if the person giving treatment has any concerns at all.  In a situation where it is thought that a child is too ill to return to a classroom, or is in need of further medical treatment, parents/guardians will be contacted to come and collect their child.  Children with suspected contagious conditions, e.g. impetigo, head lice or conjunctivitis, will also be required to be collected from school.

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Specialist Teachers

Ellerslie School currently has a number of specialist teachers for the following subjects:

  • Reading Recovery - Linda Sperring
  • Music - Dylan Symonds
  • STEAM - John MacNaughtan

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Stationery

Stationery packs are available to purchase online through your Kindo account.  Here you can select the required stationery pack for your child.  After you check out it will be delivered to school and will include everything your child needs.  Items will be issued to your child by their teacher as required. Textbooks and library books are provided free of charge but pupils are responsible for loss or damage.    

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Support for Learning

Ellerslie School has a specialist Learning Support Co-ordinator available to assist families with specific learning needs.  Sarah Murphy can be contacted via email sarahm@ellerslie.school.nz.

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Swimming

In Term 1, Year 0-6 students have swimming lessons at YMCA Panmure pool once a week.  Students in Years 7/8 will have swimming and water safety lessons at Hilton Brown One Tree Hill. 

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Uniform Try-On Service

Ellerslie School uniform is compulsory for all students.  Uniform can be purchased from our online supplier, Argyle: www.argyleonine.co.nz. Our uniform try-on service at school is open every Thursday from 8:15am-9:00am for you to try on sizes.

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Valuable Items

We do not encourage items of value to be brought to school and do not accept responsibility for damage or loss.   Personal items such as toys and collectables are not to be brought to school.  They can get broken, become lost and cause disruption  There will be times when your child's teacher requests them to bring something from home for sharing.  In this instance it is permitted, but needs to be handed in to teachers.

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Visitors to School

It is school policy that anyone entering the school grounds during school hours, must sign in at the school office.  For the safety of all, please adhere to this.

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Walking School Bus

A Walking School Bus is a fun, safe and healthy way for your children to get to and from school. Walking School Buses are organised and run by parent/community volunteers.  Ellerslie School currently has two well established Walking School Buses in operation.  If you are interested in either joining your child up, or helping with the co-ordination and running of this service, please contact our school office staff or website for further information.

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Website

At Ellerslie School we have an informative website with lots of up to date information for you to read.  We update this regularly and upload all school newsletters here.  On our website you will also find links to our classroom blogs where you can keep up to date with your child’s learning.  Please visit http://www.ellerslie.school.nz/ to learn more.

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Whanau House System

At Ellerslie School we run a whanau house system across the entire school. There are 4 whanau houses: Whero, Kakariki, Kowhai and Kikorangi.  Upon beginning school, your child will be allocated a whanau house which they will remain in until they leave the school.  The primary purpose of our school houses is to develop a sense of belonging and community within our school.  Throughout the year students will be provided many opportunities to earn whanau points.  This will include the chance to earn daily points for learning, effort and behaviour as well as participating in whanau house challenges, sporting and cultural events.

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Yummy Stickers

Ellerslie School participates in the Yummy Sticker Promotion.  For all the stickers that we save, we can apply for a share of free sports gear on offer to Primary and Intermediate Schools in New Zealand.  You can help by saving the “Yummy” stickers from apples and seasonal fruit such as nectarines and peaches.  A form can be downloaded here and once you have completed this, please drop this into the school office.

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12 Kalmia Street, Ellerslie, Auckland    |    Phone: (09) 579 5477    |    Email: office@ellerslie.school.nz

 

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