Parnell District School A-Z
Essential information for parents and caregivers
Please contact the school if your child is going to be absent.
You can telephone the office 379 3008 at any time and leave a message detailing the reason for your child’s absence. Please notify the school every day they are away. If your child is absent for any reason other than illness, please inform the school in advance of the dates they will be away.
If your child is absent through illness for more than three days, please provide a doctor’s certificate.
PDS uses an electronic attendance system to record the roll and to monitor student attendance. Based on the Ministry’s attendance guidelines children’s absence is recorded using a number of codes. For example:
M= Medical (This refers to students at home sick or in hospital, however unless a Dr’s note is provided the student will be marked as E)
J= Justified absence (This refers to unplanned absence such as accident or bereavement, and also planned absence such as representation in a national sporting event)
E= Explained but unjustified absence (This includes term time holidays, visiting relatives, children staying at home as their brother or sister is sick)
High levels of attendance are strongly attributed to student progress and success in learning. We monitor student’s attendance closely and will be in contact with parents if their child’s attendance falls below 90%. Continued and consistent absence are recorded on the child’s MOE record.
Further details about the codes used can be found at the Ministry of Education’s website: www.minedu.govt.nz
The Sick Bay is managed by the office staff. If you are collecting a child please sign your child out at the office before you take them home.
In the event of an accident your child will be administered basic first aid. In the case of serious accidents parents will be contacted. If it is an emergency the student will be taken to A&E, doctor or dentist.
Please hand all named medications and signed instructions to the office. These will be stored in the Sick Bay and administered by office staff.
Allergies and severe medical conditions:
Medications for specific allergies/illnesses will be kept in the Sick Bay with details for administration. Details of students with significant life-threatening conditions are held in the form of a health plan at the school office. Parents must inform the office of any changes in their child’s health plan to ensure that correct action is taken.
Various activities will happen throughout the year. For all activities that are curriculum activities, the school pays for these but relies on voluntary contributions to make them possible.The suggested amount for every child is $30.
For events that are extra to the curriculum programme, students can attend these on a user-pays basis. This will include items such as camp and performances etc. The school will endeavour to identify all such events at the start of the year and share this with parent/ caregivers.
Assemblies are seen as a valuable opportunity to bring the whole school community together in order to celebrate, share and to activate learning.
Assemblies will be held throughout the term fortnightly on Monday afternoons at 2pm.
We encourage children to start arriving from 8.30am to prepare for the days learning.
After school children must leave the school grounds as soon as they are dismissed from their Classroom. Children left waiting for parents after 3.15pm must come and play between the office and the hall. Parents of children who are still waiting at 3.30pm will be contacted. Please ring through if you know you are being held up to ensure your child’s safety.
We encourage children to cycle to school. Based on police guidelines children Y5-8 (10 years) can obtain a wheels licence. As a parent of a child younger than 10 years and if you would like your child to cycle to school it is your responsibility to come to the office for a copy of a letter agreeing to take responsibility.
It is your child’s responsibility to ensure that bikes and scooters are securely locked at school.
This is the governing body of the school. It is made up of the Principal, an elected Staff Representative and a number of Parent Elected Representatives.
Board meeting dates are published on the school calendar and are generally held on third Monday at 6:00 in the Staff Room.
Board meetings are meeting held in public and you are welcome to attend except when a Board goes into an in-committee session to work on matters that are required to be managed through such an arrangement.
Many communications will be distributed using our electronic database. To ensure you continue to receive the necessary communication, please contact the School Office if your address, telephone number, email or emergency contact details change.
Please help the school to promote child safety by encouraging them:
(a) to go to and from school in groups. We encourage an informal buddy system.
(b) to have and know strategies to deal with approaches by strangers eg.
- say ‘no’
- note car numbers and colour etc
- report incidents etc
- ensure children know the arrangements for going home specially if changed from the usual
We all have a responsibility towards child safety in our community.
We have a culture of open communication at Parnell District School and aim to run an efficient and effective school If you need to pass on a comliment or information please feel free to do so.
We aim to inform parents of all upcoming events and school projects through our website, our school ap, email and newsletters.
Make sure that you check the website calendar, and look for updates on the school ap or through your emails..
As a staff we are open to discussing any particular concerns or positive feedback you have. If you have any concerns, your first port of call is your child’s teacher. If you feel your concerns have not been adequately addressed the Principal or Deputy/Associate Principals are happy to meet with you and ensure a solution is achieved. In this instance please call the office to make an appointment. See the attached flowchart for more information.
The newsletter will be emailed weekly on Tuesdays to showcase learning and keep you informed of school happenings.
An event calendar is available on the school website where the key dates are updated regularly for your information.
Please provide all documentation to the office. We cannot deny access to a parent based on a verbal request.
School Dental Clinic is available through Orakei Dental Clinic located at:
For appointments please contact: 09 520 0603
If you are in the school and you hear
A long continuous bell – GO
This is a signal to evacuate the building. Children and visitors will follow teacher direction in a quick & orderly manner. The evacuation point is on the rear of the netball courts.
A long intermittent bell (on off, on off……….) – STAY
This is a signal to remain inside and lock the doors. Senior staff will advise on when it is safe to evacuate.
EARTHQUAKE ( no other signal required) – STAY
This will signal that children should drop, cover and hold, stay indoors if possible and if outside away from trees, power lines and buildings.
As a parent you are encouraged to take part in our PTA
This is a group of parent volunteers who participate and support school activities and fundraising events.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet other parents and become involved in the school community.
Please contact the office if you are keen to be part of this team.
Children are encouraged to wear footwear at all times, along with plain black or white socks when wearing shoes.
Parnell District School has several wonderful vegetable gardens which are created and maintained by our volunteer Brenda and the students. All vegetable produce is donated to the City Mission.
Headlice like healthy hair and can be a problem from time to time. The spread of headlice in a classroom can be controlled and prevented by checking your child’s hair regularly (eggs take about 9 days to hatch).
If lice or eggs are found consult your chemist and notify the child’s guardian (teacher). All parents of the classroom concerned will be asked to check their child’s hair.
We believe that a safe, hygienic, attractive and healthy environment is essential. From time to time the school is audited for Health and Safety.
Please report any hazards to the office so appropriate interim action can be taken.
You will have completed a form on enrolment with all the necessary details. At age 5 children have Tympanometry, audiometry and vision tested. At age 11 boys have vision and colour vision tested and all children at age 14 have vision tested again through the School Health Service.
Throughout the year each class will have homework activities and experiences that compliment the learning programmes.
Please check the separate page on this website for more information.
There are four house groups:
Te Arawa (Red)
The use of e learning tools are maximized throughout the day. AT PDS we have several computers in each classroom. From year 5 upwards, students have the option of bringing their own device to use in class on the school network.
Our school operates on a high speed secure network. There are security and access filters in place that are controlled to ensure student safety.
Procedure for student use of the Internet:
Every year, all students and parents are to sign a mobile agreement before using the internet at school. This document is kept on file at the office.
In addition the school conducts an on-going programme promoting cyber safety and encourages parent support in this area.
No child is to leave the school grounds without being accompanied by parents or the teacher. When withdrawing children during the day please sign the student out at the office.
The school library has a growing collection of books – fiction (including picture books), non-fiction and reference books. Students are encouraged to maximize the use of the library. The library is open from 1:15 until 2 pm for students to access outside their classroom library time. You will be notified of over-due books and if a book is not returned or lost you will be invoiced. The library staff are Jo and Kat.
Please name all of your child’s uniform items.
If a child cannot find an article of clothing in the classroom, they will be encouraged to look in the school lost property. Any unnamed items found will be placed in here for children to check.
At the end of each term, these items will be displayed in the courtyard for claiming.
Students have a supervised lunch eating time. If students are bringing a drink to school, water is the preferred option. Could you please make sure that the drink container is name and re-usable.
Parnell District encourages a litter free environment. This means all lunch wrappings will come home in the students lunch box as we have a ‘walk it in, walk it out’ principle. Recyclable waste, such as yoghurt pots and fruit skins will go into the containers provided. Compostable items can be put into the worm bins.
Mathletics are highly engaging online space for the practice of basic facts, number knowledge and strand Maths.
Payment for these resources are charged as a separate fee. Login details can be organised via your classroom teacher.
As a staff we are open to discussing any particular concerns or positive feedback you have. If you have any concerns, your first port of call is your child’s teacher.
In addition the school holds several open days and formal learning conferences during the year to showcase and discuss the learning progress of our child.
All payments for the school should be handed to the office in a marked envelope with the students name, classroom, and details of what it is for.
Students should not bring additional money or any valuables to school.
Payments can also be made through the school website or by direct credit to the school account. School account details are as follows:
Bank and Branch: 123 075
Account number: 0126269:00
Reference: Family name and what it is for
Starting school is an important milestone in the life of a child. It is a time of change and adjustment both on the part of the child and of his/her parents.
Before your child is due to start school we will send you an email arranging 2 pre-school orientation visits which both children and parents are invited to attend. These will help you and your child see what happens at school and makes the initial adjustment easier.
The car park is off St Stephen’s Avenue north of the school buildings. There is room is for staff and special assistance vehicles only. Please avoid this area fordropping off and picking up children from school.
School gates can be busy just before and after school and we encourage you to collect your child from any of the parking bays surrounding the school. If you are within walking distance to school we recommend our children to be travelwise and walk, run or ride to school.
These are important facets at Parnell School and all students are encouraged to take an active part. We consider that all students should be given the opportunity to experience a wide range of physical activities, and the emphasis is on attitude, sportsmanship and perseverance in both team and individual sports.
All students are involved in a daily fitness programme and organised sports activities each week.
From time to time, our school teams take part in inter school sports activities with neighbouring Our Yr 5-8 students have the opportunity to enter interschool competitions such as cross country, athletics, swimming and softball.
Children are not to bring toys, jewellery or electronic games.
The school accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage of such items.
Classroom and individual photographs are taken every year.
Please also note that there is a section in the enrolment form considering the use of photos and videos at school.
Parents and caregivers will be reported at various times of the year depending on the year level.
Y1-3 students will receive written reports when the child has completed 20,40,60,80,100 and 120 weeks at school.
Y4-8 students will receive a report mid year and at the end of the year.
These reports are emailed out.
There are 2 school crossings situated on Gladstone Road and St Stephens Ave. This is operational from 8:25am – 8:55am and 2:50pm – 3:20pm.
For the safety of all our children we ask for parental assistance and consideration at eliminating congestion just before and after school hours. One way to help with this is to encourage your children to walk to and from school if this is practical.
There are 2 school crossings situated on Gladstone Road and St Stephens Ave. This is operational from 8:25am – 8:55am and 2:50pm – 3:20pm.
For the safety of all our children we ask for parental assistance and consideration at eliminating congestion just before and after school hours. Please do not enter the staff carpark to collect your child, rather arrange a meeting point for the safe collection of your child. Continual disregard will be reported to the council.
Each year the BOT asks for voluntary donations to supplement the school’s budget. These donations help support and enhance many aspects of the school curriculum and activities. The donations may be made each term or as one annual payment.
All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be issued.
Uniforms are available for purchase at The Uniform Shop 555 Remuera Road, Remuera. The school operates a second hand uniform shop on Tuesdays at 3 – 3:30 pm. The uniform is worn with pride and is branded with our school logo.
There is a sports uniform available to be purchased for students in Years 3-8 Optional in years 1 – 3. This is can be worn as uniform or by sports teams and during fitness and physical education. It cannot be worn on non sport official trips and events outside the school.
Accessories that are acceptable to be worn to school are:
- Blue or black plain hair ties / bands
- Stud or small hooped earrings only for those with pierced ears
- Jewellery of cultural significance
Back to School Stationery can be purchased online at Officemax.
We actively promote sun safety. The school has shaded areas and children must wear hats when playing outside during Terms 1 and 4. Sunhats must be worn for physical education, sport and other outdoor activities.
The school hat is navy in colour and can be purchased from the Uniform shop.
8.30am onwards: Students arrive
8.55–10.50am: Morning classes
11.00-11:10am: Morning Tea eating
11.10–11.30am: Morning Tea break
11.30–1:00pm: Middle day classes
1.00-1:15pm: Lunch eating
1.40–3.00pm: Afternoon classes
Parnell Primary School is a community which nurtures, inspires and challenges students to actively understand, push boundaries and achieve success in learning for life.
For more information please see here
Our School Values are: Respect, Integrity, Curiosity, Honesty, Empathy and Responsibility.
All visitors must report to the office and sign in the visitor’s book and wear a visitor’s badge. This is important should an evacuation or similar emergency occur we will then be able to account for your safety. Please remember to sign out prior to leaving the grounds.
Our website is located at www.parnell.school.nz. School donations and activity fees can be paid via the website on EZ Lunches.
Currently we have two walking school bus routes. These begin and end:
To volunteer to become a driver for one of our WSB or to sign up your child please call Judy Stichbury on 09 3793008.