Our Partnership Handbook
Our Partnership Handbook is the first point of call for parents and caregivers to understand how things work at RCS. Your concerns or complaints are very important to us, so we can ensure we are working with you as positively as possible. The process for raising a concern or complaint is found in this handbook.
As a state-integrated school we charge a compulsory attendance due in order to cover the costs of the property and buildings. There are scholarships available if you choose to apply. You are also welcome to make a voluntary donation, if you choose, as this will allow us greater flexibility when purchasing curriculum resources to provide a strong education for your children.
2018 School Term Dates
Term 1 starts: Wednesday 31 January
Teacher Only Day: Monday 12 March – No School
Easter Weekend, including Tuesday 3 April – No School
Term 1 finishes: Friday 13 April
Term 2 starts: Monday 30 April
Queens Birthday: Monday 5 June – No School
Term 2 finishes: Friday 6 July
Term 3 starts: Monday 23 July
Term 3 finishes: Friday 28 September
Term 4 starts: Monday 15 October
Labour Day: Monday 22 October- No School
Show Day: Friday 16 November – No School
Teacher Only Day: Monday 19 November – No School
Term 4 ends: Wednesday 19 December, 2pm
We have our Staff Handbook online because we believe it is important for parents to have an understanding of the expectations we, as a school, have of staff. This will help parents to develop a healthy educational partnership with school staff.
Our Health and Safety Programme outlines the way we reduce the Health and Safety risks for both students and staff.
We have our Governance Handbook online so that our full school community can see the expectations of our school Trustees, and also the Annual Plan for each year. We hold ourselves accountable to the goals, success indicators and actions outlined in our Annual Plan, as we continue to work hard to build the best school we can. (2018 coming soon)
Please note that our complaints procedure is found in the Partnership Handbook.
We have a Parent Community Group that supports the school community in a number of ways. If you are keen to be involved with this group contact the Staff Rep, Kendra Liggett, on email@example.com.
PCG Mission Statement: As a group we are here to bring glory to God as together we grow a school community that equips, encourages and supports each other to be a blessing to the community.
We have a prayer group the gets together every Wednesday morning. We believe that prayer is a vital part in creating a God-honouring learning community and are eager to have as many people as possible involved. See Rebekah Wain for details.
During 2016 the students developed the idea of having a food forest at our school, and then the parent community worked together with the children to see this become a reality. This year we need volunteers to see this space continue to develop. The children will work on the space during their whanau group learning times on a Friday afternoon and it would be fantastic if those of you with ‘green fingers’, and some time on your hands, could come along and help out. There are other jobs that can be done outside of school time, so please come and see us if this interests you. The children also have dreams of having a gazebo and a little bridge, so if you have building skills these would also be great!
Reading Mileage is a wonderful way to contribute to the school if you have 30 minutes a week or so you can donate to helping out our students. Reading Mileage is simply listening to students read one-to-one. For many of our children, this extra session of reading with an adult can really help to boost their reading achievement. Please come and see us at the Office if this interests you.
We always love to have parents come along and help out in classes as this enhances the education of all our students. Please see your child’s teacher if you would like to volunteer.
Helping to put books away or organising teaching resources helps to relieve teachers of certain pressures, allowing them to spend more time focussing on the planning and preparation of teaching and learning. If you are happy to spend some time during the week helping out in this way then please see Cristene in the office.