Daily Operation

Daily Operation

Daily Operation, St Joseph's Catholic School Waihi


9.00am School Commences
9.00am – 10.40am First Morning Session
10.40am – 11.00am Morning Break
11.00am – 12.30pm Second Morning Session
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch Break
1.30pm – 3.00pm Afternoon Session
3.00pm School Closes

EMERGENCY CLOSURE: In the advent of a civil emergency such as a severe cyclone, listen for notice of school closure on Waihi Gold FM, 96.4FM, or refer to the EVENTS page of our website at wsj.school.nz.

SCHOOL OFFICE: The school Office Administrator is in attendance Monday to Friday mornings from 8.30 – 11.30 am. and in the afternoons from 1.00 – 3.15 pm. If you need to contact the school, it is helpful if you do so during these hours. Outside these hours the office is unattended and it is often difficult to field telephone or personal enquiries.

ABSENCES: If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office between 8.30 am – 9.20 am to inform the Office Administrator of the absence and the reason. A phone call will be made to the homes of those who have not contacted the school.

PURCHASING STATIONERY ITEMS: Stationery items sold by the school may be purchased in the morning from 8.30 – 9.00 am. As the office is often busy at this time, please bring the money in a named envelope with a list of the items to be purchased so the items can be given to the child later that morning in class. Correct change is much appreciated.

LOST PROPERTY: The Lost Property container is situated in the Sick Bay, next to the school office, and is available for parents to view at any time the school is open. If the caretaker finds clothing outside after school he usually deposits it in the nearest classroom or porch area. Any money or valuables found are to be handed into the office and kept for three months for claims to be made. If no claim is made the items are returned to the finder after the parent has been notified.

CONCERNS: Should a parent have a concern about their child they should follow the steps listed below.

1. Make an appointment to talk with the classroom teacher. After school is the most appropriate time to talk with the classroom teacher when they have time to discuss the matter without distraction.
2. If the matter is unresolved, approach the Principal.
3. If still unresolved, write a letter outlining your concerns to the Principal.
4. Should you still be dissatisfied, write a letter of complaint to the Board of Trustees Chairperson.

The most convenient time to contact teachers is between 3.05 and 3.30 pm, with the exception of Monday which is the usual staff meeting day.

If a message will suffice, please give it to the Office Administrator or the person who answers the phone, as teachers are often a great distance away from the office.

Teachers should not be asked to leave their classes for phone calls unless the matter is extremely urgent.

Children are not permitted to use the telephone except in urgent cases.

CHILDREN LEAVING THE SCHOOL AT THE END OF THE DAY Parents picking up their children at the end of the school day must be aware of how dangerous the situation could be for children. Parents are asked to please drive slowly and to park on the school side of Mueller Street or in the school car park in Union Street. Do not park in the Church driveway, as this can cause congestion and confusion where smaller children may not be seen by reversing cars. Please come from your car and collect your child who will be waiting INSIDE the school grounds. Students must not cross the road unsupervised. Children who walk to and from school must go straight home.