2017 Annual. Taradale High School

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1 2017 Annual Taradale High School

2 Kia ora Parents, Caregivers, Whanau and Students I take this opportunity to welcome every student, and extend a special welcome to new students. I wish you all the best for a very successful year. Working with you inspires enthusiasm in your teachers and in our support staff. We want to do the best for you, and we want to see you doing your best every day that you re here. There is no success without striving, so I encourage you to set yourself high goals and follow them through with determination. Parents, communication between home and school is an important ingredient in a successful education, so please note that staff can be contacted by (see pages 5-9) and phone. We welcome your enquiries. Finally, 2017 is the year we become a laptop school for all year levels. Our request is that every student in Year 9-11 (Form 3-5) has a laptop at school from the start of the year. Every Year 12 and 13 student (Form 6 & 7) needs to check the details later in the Annual to confirm which courses require a laptop. We acknowledge that the success of our introduction to e-learning has been uneven in the last two years, but we are in a stronger position now. However, we cannot deliver e-learning effectively unless every student has a laptop. For families with financial constraints, see page 33 for information on how we can assist. Please note that start dates for the year are listed on page 3. Piki ake. Kia maia. Stephen Hensman Principal

3 Be determined Aim high Mission Vision Values Our philosophical framework Confident, caring young people who are creative, Optimise student outcomes in preparation for the world of the future. collaborative, and committed to their learning. Nurture individual potential Knowing the individual and mentoring effectively RESPECT INTEGRITY CURIOSITY EXCELLENCE 3

4 Contents Page Dates and Times Important Dates 3 Times of the Day 5 Staff Who to Contact 5 Heads of Departments & Teachers in Charge of Curriculum Areas 7 Form Teachers and Deans 8 School Counsellor 9 Careers 9 Board of Trustees 9 Student Leaders 10 Start of Year (including expenses) School Stationery Uniform Statement 11 Uniform for students in Years Year 13 Senior Uniform 12 Piercings 13 Correct Uniform Guidelines 14 Shoes 15 Year 13 Mufti Guidelines The School Uniform Shop 17 Finance 17 Assessment Junior Diploma 18 National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) Overview 18 New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Fees for NCEA 19 Additional NCEA Informaton 19 Scholarship 26 Learning Diaries/ time management 26 Homework Get Ahead in Your Studies 27 Paid Work and Extra-Curricular Activities 27 School Rules Cell phones and other electronic devices 28 Motor Vehicle Use 28 Expectations of Students (28), 36 Attendance Healthy Attendance 29 Provisions for Year 13 during the School Day 30 Leaving School During the School Day 30 Serious Health Concerns 30 Miscellaneous Parent Portal 30 Peer Support and Collabor8 30 Sports 31 Lockers 31 Complaints Procedure (32) 35 Gifted and Talented Provision and Accelerated Pathway 32 Emergency Procedures Information for Parents 32 High School Diploma 33 E-learning for Canteen Prices 34 2

5 Important Dates for 2017 January Jan 10am - 4pm Uniform Shop opens (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) Closed Wednesdays 23 Jan 9am - 3pm School Office reopens 27 Jan Course Confirmation Day (for Year 12 and Year 13 students) (Students can wear mufti) 9.30am Surnames A -F 10.30am Surnames G-O 12noon Surnames P-Z 9.30am Catch up testing (for Year 9 students who have not yet completed testing, & new Year 10 students) (Students can wear mufti) 11.30am Orientation for new students in Years (Students can wear mufti) Leadership training for Heads of School (11 am pm, Common Room) 30 Jan Teacher Only Day 1 School Office resumes normal hours 8am pm 31 Jan Teacher Only Day 2 February 1 Feb 8.45am pm Year 9 students (and peer support leaders) (All students in uniform) Timetable operates periods 4 & 5. 2 Feb Years 9-13 students attend school for house meetings (All students in uniform) 8.45am - 11am Tareha 9.45am - 12 Hetley 11am pm Kaiwhata pm Miller 5.15pm Year 9 Parents Introduction to THS & Meet the Form Teacher 3 Feb 8.45am pm Full school in with timetable operating (All students in uniform) 9.15am Welcome Powhiri (Parents/ Whanau welcome) Year level assembles in the hall 6 Feb Waitangi Day 7 Feb Full school with timetable operating 10 Feb Athletic Sports 23 Feb Swimming Sports March 27 Mar Summer Tournament Week 3

6 April 13 Apr Term 1 Ends 14 Apr Good Friday May 1 May Term 2 Starts 9 May Cross Country 11 May Cross Country back up day 20 May School ball June 5 Jun Queen s Birthday 7-9 Jun Senior Exams 29 Jun Freyberg Exchange July 7 Jul Term 2 Ends 24 July Term 3 Starts August 28 Aug Senior Exams September 4 Sept Winter Tournament Week 28 Sept Haka/ Waiata competition 29 Sept Term 3 Ends October 16 Oct Term 4 Starts 20 Oct Hawke s Bay Anniversary Day 23 Oct Labour Day November 8 Nov NCEA starts 17 Nov Central 6 Summer Tournament December 1 Dec NCEA finishes 6 Dec Year 9 Activities/ Year 10 Camps 12 Dec Whole School Prize Giving, Municipal Theatre 13 Dec Senior Sign Out 14 Dec Junior Diploma Prize Giving, Last Day of School 15 Dec Junior Summer School 4

7 Times of the Day 2017 Mon, Wed, Thurs Tues Fri Form time 8.45 am - 9am 8.45 am am Form classes for attendance check, then to Year Level assemblies. Term 1: No form time due to Staff PLGs Period 1 9am - 10am 9.10am am 9.20am am Period 2 10am - 11am 10.10am am 10.15am am Interval 11am am 11.05am am 11.05am am Period am pm 11.30am pm 11.30am pm Period pm pm 12.30pm pm 12.20pm Assembly Juniors: pm pm- Seniors: 1.10pm -1.40pm Lunch 1.30pm pm 1.30pm pm 1.40pm pm Period pm pm 2.15pm pm 2.20pm pm Warning bells will ring 5 minutes before the start of form time, Period 3 and Period 5. Who to contact at Taradale High School Telephone: (06) / Fax: (06) Physical Address: 50 Murphy Road, Taradale Postal Address: PO Box 7109, Taradale, Napier School Office Hours: 8.00 am pm daily. Board of Trustees Chairperson Mrs L Read School Community Parent- Teacher Association Chairperson: Mrs L Read School Management Principal Mr S Hensman Deputy Principals Mrs L Drury Mr A Bain Mr J Marshall Senior Manager Mr Neil Wood Student Welfare School Counsellor Mrs Nichola Jobson-Walch Careers Careers/ Transition to Work/ School/ Tertiary/ Study Links Mrs R Penman, Mrs L Vidulich 5

8 Care of Students Subject concerns Well-being Problems Family Liaison Deans Senior Lead Dean: Mr M Taylor Junior Lead Dean: Mrs A Williams Year 9 (Form 3): Mrs Cheryll Lee Year 10 (Form 4): Mr Simon Rutherford Mr S Kennedy Year 11 (Form 5): Mrs S James Year 12 (Form 6): Mr B Woodward Year 13 (Form 7): Mrs A LeMay Maori Students Deans Ms B Heremia International Students Dean Mrs J Dearing Learning Support Special Education Mrs Vickie Harrison Finance Finance Manager Mrs Heather Ward School Fees/ Recoveries Reception Mrs R Tasker Sports Coordinator Mrs M Macredie Arts Coordinator Mrs A Warmke Uniform Policy Senior Manager in Charge Mr A Bain Uniform Shop Manager Mrs H Massey ( online uniform Extended Student Leave Principal Mr S Hensman Student Attendance Form Teachers Attendance Coordinator Senior Manager in Charge Mrs S Adams Mr A Bain Student Sickness School Office Mrs R Tasker Mrs S Adams School Canteen Canteen Manager Mr Tama Gardiner Tawhai Reception Office Staff Mrs Tasker, Mrs Adams, Mrs Smyth, Mrs Kearney 6

9 Heads of Department and Teachers in Charge of Curriculum Areas Head of Visual Arts Ms Amanda LeMay Head of English Assistant Head of English Teacher in Charge of Media Head of Second Languages Teacher in Charge of French Teacher in Charge of Te Reo Maori Teacher in Charge of Japanese Mr Hamish Crafar Mrs Robyn Elston Mr Bevan King Mrs Cheryll Lee Mrs Karen Stockill Ms Beryl Heremia Mr Martin Fairley Head of Learning Support Mrs Vickie Harrison Head of Maths Mrs Karen Gibbs Head of PE and Health Mr Jim Williams Head of Sciences Assistant Head of Science Teacher in Charge of Biology Teacher in Charge of Chemistry Teacher in Charge of Horticulture Teacher in Charge of Physics Head of Social Sciences Teacher in Charge of Accounting & Economics Teacher in Charge of Geography Teacher in Charge of Classical Studies Teacher in Charge of History Head of Materials Technology Head of Food Technology Teacher in Charge of Graphics Teacher in Charge of Textiles Mr Tony Jones Mrs Carol Roderick Mr Gary Peterson Mr Martyn Williams Mr Gareth Howard Mr Al Bain Ms Chris Hodge Mr Glenn Hutcheson Mr Matt Bruin Mr Stephen Kennedy Mr Karl Peterson Mr Tony Prebensen Mrs Amanda Smith Mr Scott Kersley Mrs Carmel Gardner Please note: addresses of all staff at Taradale High School follow the format above: the initial of the first name, followed by a full stop, then surname, and all 7

10 Form Teachers and Deans For most issues, form teachers will be the first point of contact for parents. Deans are available for a wide range of concerns, including subject choices, academic progress, attendance issues and student behaviour. Senior Lead Dean Mr Michael Taylor Junior Lead Dean Mrs Allison Williams Year 13 Dean Ms Amanda LeMay Year 10 Dean Mr Simon Rutherford Year 12 Dean Mr Bruce Woodward Year 10 Co-Dean Mr Stephen Kennedy Year 11 Dean Mrs Shannon James Year 9 Dean Mrs Cheryll Lee 8

11 Dean of Maori Students Ms Beryl Heremia Gateway Co-ordinator Mrs Lynda Vidulich School Counsellor The School Counsellor meets with students in times of need, providing a wide range of advice on personal and academic issues. The Counsellor may make contact with parents and caregivers to consult with matters that arise as a result of discussions. School Counsellor Mrs Nichola Jobson-Walch Careers The careers department provides assistance and advice to students with regards to future courses, employment and further education. Students can make appointments to see either Mrs Robin Penman, or Mrs Lynda Vidulich. Taradale High School Board of Trustees Board meetings are public meetings (apart from the In-Committee business) and you are welcome to attend. Board Meeting minutes, school policies and a copy of the school s strategic plan are all available for reading in the foyer of the administration block, should you wish to do so. If you have a concern, a suggestion or any feedback, Board members can be contacted on the following phone numbers and addresses Mrs Liz Read Mr Jonathan Dick iwi.nz Mr Tim Smith Ms Pamela McCullough hbdhb.govt.nz Mr Dan Heaps Mr Gary Smith Mr Hamish Crafar Staff Trustee Abbie Chittock Student Trustee The Board looks forward to working in partnership with you to support the education of your sons and daughters in the years ahead. STAR Co-ordinator Mrs Robin Penman 9

12 Student Leaders 2017 Head Boy and Girl Nicole Whitelock Bailey Trower Head of Arts Molly Roche Bruin Maunder Head of Drama Abbie Chittock Student Trustee (Board of Trustees) Abbie Chittock Head of Communications Leigh Bedford Alisa Mitlash Head of School Functions Aellerie Konia-Storey Holly Simmons Sian Williams Head of Environment To be appointed later in February Head of Technology Ashleigh Lowe William Eldridge Ethan King Head of House Hetley (Blue) Olivia Farquharson Jayden Lowe Deputy Head Girl and Boy Tayla Le Quesne Thomas Baldwin Head of Sport Joelle Malek Ippei Ninomiya Head of Music Sophie Dark Head of Community Welfare Toria Hutchison Bree Nilsen Mackenzie Springer Head of Maori Students Charlotte Taurima-Thomas Head of International Students Mariana Leiataua Ethan King Head of Academic Georgia Shea Xavier Le Lievre James Pocock Kaiwhata (Red) Brianna Perfect Conor Rhodes Miller (Green) Danielle Long Lewis Hall Tareha (Yellow) Kiana Reid Tom Webb Heads of Peer Support & Careers Ambassadors Hetley Bree Nilsen Miller Toria Hutchison Junior House Leaders Hetley Kirk McNabb Lauryn Wood Miller Josh Cheer Tamra Grant Kaiwhata Georgia Ericksen Tareha Anna Lorch Kaiwhata George Bergman Jazmin Williams Tareha Fletcher Mitchell Brooke Challis Leadership at Taradale High School is spread widely over a number of students. Many other Year 13 students as well as some Year 12 students, help out as peer support leaders, playing a key role in settling the younger students and helping them to get the most out of their year. Other students play a leadership role by representing their House on the Junior or Senior Student Council. Our modern school could not function without the direction, energy and input of all of our student leaders. Thank you for what you do. School Stationery This year we are using Office Products Depot to supply our students stationery. How: Go to and select Taradale High School from the drop box by typing Taradale High School until the name appears. The stationery lists are loaded by YEAR and SUBJECT. This allows you to select your son s /daughter s stationery by the subjects they are taking. Just select the appropriate year and subjects from the catalogue on the left hand side and add to your 10

13 basket. If you have more than one child at the school, then simply add each pack to your basket. While the site allows you to adjust the quantity of any item, the lists are approved by Taradale High School mandatory requirements, at bulk prices negotiated by Taradale High School. Finally, please provide your delivery address details (along with any special instructions) and complete the order by making your payment (by Visa or Mastercard only) through the secure credit card payment gateway. Once you have completed your order, you will receive an confirmation including delivery details. IMPORTANT - if you do not receive a confirmation , something may have gone wrong with the placement of, or payment of, your order. If this occurs, please contact Office Products Depot immediately. Office Products Depot will deliver your order to the address provided. OR Purchase stationery direct from Hawke s Bay Office Products store at 44 Wakefield Street, Onekawa. When: The site is now live for ordering, however, orders will not be dispatched until mid-january, when all published texts are available. If you have any questions, you can via the Contact Us page or directly to Hawke s Bay Office Products Depot on (ask for Marc, Heather or Debbie) or Uniform Statement Uniform for students in Years 9-12 Taradale High School promotes a school uniform worn properly to enhance self-respect and pride in one s school. We appreciate the considerable effort which parents and caregivers make in ensuring that their sons and daughters are dressed in the correct uniform and are tidy in their appearance. To assist you in helping us maintain a high standard of uniform and grooming, here are some guidelines: THE SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP, EXCEPT SHOES AND ROMAN SANDALS WHICH ARE AVAILABLE AT MANY RETAILERS. The shop is open every Tuesday during term time from p.m. See Start to the School Year at the front of this Annual for extra opening hours in January and February. Why not shop on-line: Online Uniform Shop. HAIR: Must be one natural colour all over. It may not be streaked, tinted or highlighted. No extreme styles permitted eg dreadlocks, mohawks, rats tails, afro styles, mullets, or hair shorter than a number two comb. For girls, hair touching the collar must be tied up and hair over the eyebrows, clipped back. Hair partially tied up is not acceptable. Hair bands must not be wider than 1 cm and should be navy, white or black in colour. No bows, flowers or other hair accessories are permitted. For boys, if hair is touching the collar it must be tied up. Hair partially tied up is not acceptable and must be cut. Hair must not be over the eyebrows and hairclips are not acceptable for boys. For all students, hair must be neatly groomed and product should not be visible. JEWELLERY: The only jewellery permitted is a watch and one small stud (less than 3mm in diameter) or a single wire sleeper per ear. No nylon through piercings is permitted. No visible body piercing. If a student is wearing jewellery for religious or cultural reasons, they must have a permit obtained from a senior leader and the item should be worn out of sight. No tattoos - if already existing, students will have to keep them covered. ALL UNIFORM ITEMS MUST BE PURCHASED FROM 11

14 MAKEUP: No mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick or blusher is permitted. Subtle foundation may be worn. Nail polish is not permitted at school. UNIFORM: All uniform should be clean and tidy. Frayed jerseys are unacceptable and need to be repaired or replaced. T-shirts and camisoles must not be visible at the waist or the neck. Staff will confiscate the item for the term. Collars must be worn down. V-neck polyprops are acceptable and are stocked by the uniform shop. Girls skirts should be on the knee for all year levels and no more than 5cm from the ground when kneeling. Girls may wear blue ankle socks or blue/black tights. Laddered tights are not acceptable. Footwear must be black roman sandals (Term 1 & 4 only) or leather lace up school shoes. No skate shoes, ballet slippers, canvas shoes, slip on shoes or heels higher than 2 cm are permitted. (Year 13 have different footwear requirement) Black puffer jackets were introduced as an optional part of school uniform in They may be purchased from the Uniform Shop or other outlets. Sports jackets are not part of the uniform and will be confiscated. School blazers are permitted as a regular uniform item for students and may be purchased from the Uniform Shop or hired by Year 13 leaders. Only navy/gold striped scarves are permitted, apart from students in Year 13, who are also able to wear white or black scarves. Blue school monogrammed caps may be worn throughout the year. Year 13 Senior Uniform Taradale High School has a senior uniform for Year 13 students to set them apart as our school leaders. Year 13 students wear the uniform on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and when representing the school. On Wednesdays, they wear tidy mufti, as outlined on the reverse of this sheet. All senior uniform items are to be purchased through the uniform shop (apart from footwear and the boys shirts) or online: Year 13 Uniform Girls Skirt (Lined) $65.00 Girls Long Sleeved White Blouse $50.00 Girls Short Sleeved White Blouse $50.00 Boys Striped Shorts $52.00 Boys Trousers $60.00 Unisex Black Jersey $75.00 Miscellaneous Jackets - Puffer (Black) $ Sto-Way Parka $45.00 Tracksuit Bottoms $75.00 (suitable for PE classes) Tracksuit Tops $95.00 Full Tracksuit (top and bottom) $ Thermal Polyprop Top $25.00 (v neck, short sleeve) Scarf Gold and Navy Stripe $23.00 School Tie (monogrammed) $27.00 Unisex Cap (monogrammed) $15.00 School blazer optional for Yr 9 13 students (in minimum orders of 30) Compulsory for school leaders may be hired for year($50) $ Boys Boys long and/or short sleeved white shirt available at Farmers/Warehouse etc for approx $25. On Mondays,Tuesdays, Thursdays in Terms 1 & 4, boys may wear their striped shorts with white shirts tucked in, minus the tie, and black Roman Sandals. (Shoes and socks are not permitted with the shorts) Full dress uniform, including the school tie, is required for assembly days (usually Friday) Shoes Boys may wear black, leather lace-up or slip on dress shoes (no sports shoes, canvas shoes or sneakers) Black Roman Sandals are permitted in Terms 1 and 4 when wearing the shorts. Girls Short and/or long sleeved white fitted shirt with school monogram on the collar. 12

15 Note that the skirts are to be worn just on the knee. Please do not shorten them! Shoes: Year 13 girls may wear regular lace up school shoes or plain black, leather, closed-toe dress shoes (ie ballet flats) with a heel lower than 2cm. Girls have the option of black Roman Sandals or a designated style sandal (please see uniform posters.) Please note, canvas shoes are NOT permitted for boys or girls at any time during the year. General Scarves Year 13 students are permitted to wear the school striped scarf or a plain black or plain white scarf. Makeup/nail polish No mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, blusher or nail polish is permitted with the senior uniform. Subtle foundation is allowed. Piercings No facial piercings for any student Only one piercing in each ear Jewellery Year 13 students have the option of wearing one subtle necklace or bracelet as well as a watch and one sleeper/stud in each ear. No nylon through piercings. No jewellery on assembly days. Blazers Students may wear the senior blazer (available for purchase at the uniform shop) Jackets Year 13 students may wear a black puffer jacket. No large earring or ear expanders Hair must be neatly groomed with no unnatural hair colours or extreme styles. Hair on the collar must be tied up on assembly days (boys and girls) and hair over the eyebrows clipped back. Formal functions Formal mufti may be worn to leavers dinner and dress uniform for prizegiving. Please contact Mr Bain or Mrs Drury if you have any queries regarding the senior uniform or the mufti guidelines. Thank you for your support in ensuring our Year 13 students present themselves and our school positively. One small (<3mm) stud or hoop earring in each ear. Please note: no nylon through piercings or bandages/plasters over the piercing permitted. 13

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17 All Boys shoes No canvas or skate shoes (even if leather) Black leather lace-up shoes All Girls shoes Black leather slip-on dress shoes School roman sandals No boots No ballet pumps Black leather lace-up shoes 15

18 No gladiator sandals School roman sandals Year 13 Girls Shoes No boots Black leather closed toe shoes with heel < 2cm high Black leather lace-up shoes School roman sandals No gladiator sandals No canvas or skate shoes (even if leather) 16

19 Year 13 Students Mufti Guidelines 2017 Year 13 students wear the senior uniform on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at Academic Prizegiving and when representing the school. On Wednesdays, students dress should reflect their senior status in the school as role models for the younger students. Dress should be tidy street wear, similar to clothing which would be acceptable in an office environment. Guidelines for the Year 13 dress code The following will assist with some of our most frequently asked questions. Acceptable Not acceptable dressy sleeveless shoestring tops/ top with a reasonably wide shoulder singlets / strapless muscle back tops strap (girls) tops collared shirts (boys) beach wear, boardshorts shorts, skirts and dresses no shorter unusual/exceptional hair colour/tints than 5cm above the knee. and dreadlocks/rats tattoos must be tails/ mullets/ or covered any other extreme tidy clean jeans hairstyles collared rugby bare midriffs jerseys/sports tops, cleavage must not providing they are be visible, even tidy when bending over hair may be worn heels higher than out but must be tied 5cm up on assembly days sandals, scuffs, slipons, shoes without and when representing the school backs alcohol advertisements or unacceptable slogans on clothing facial hair rips, frays or holes in clothing The Year 13 Dean or a member of the Senior Management Team will make a final judgement in cases of questionable dress. Any queries should be directed to Mr Bain. If a student is noted wearing the incorrect uniform, there will be a disciplinary consequence. Repeated uniform infringements may result in a letter or phone call home and more serious consequences for the student. The School Uniform Shop To locate the shop, turn left at the school hall, and the uniform shop will be on your left at the side of the gym. Extended hours from 12th - 31st January 2017 incl.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: a.m p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays) Uniform is available online at Normal shop hours resume on the 7th February 2017, (Tuesdays only) pm. Alternatively, you can order items from our Online Uniform Shop: Finance The school donation is a vital part of our income. All donations can be claimed with your tax return for a 30% rebate. If you pay your donation before 31 March you can claim for that rebate in the next financial year. If you pay later you will have to wait until the following financial year. There will be a 20 per cent discount for donations paid by 28th February 2017, and a 10 per cent discount for those paid by 31st March The school donation pays for the school magazine and library books, provides wireless internet fees, IT support, and photocopying, as well as supporting extra-curricular sport, and music. We absolutely rely on the payment of the donation to provide a well-rounded, modern education for your sons and daughters. Whilst payment is not compulsory, it is essential in order to maintain 17

20 the standards that you have come to expect of us. There are various payment options available. Payments may be made periodically or regularly during the year to the office or all at once if you desire. You are welcome to take advantage of an automatic payment system that will spread the cost of payments to the school. This can also assist with NZQA record of learning fees that occur later in the year. These direct debits may be set up for weekly, fortnightly, or monthly amounts. If you are genuinely experiencing difficulty paying school fees, there is the Arthur Miller Scholarship to which you can apply for financial assistance. Please contact the office to obtain the paperwork if you wish to take advantage of these facilities. The PTA this year will again request a $25 donation per family, through school invoicing, in preference to running the school raffle. The PTA feels that the raffle has had its day and most parents would prefer to pay the donation than deal with the challenge of assisting their sons and daughters to sell raffle tickets. Please contact the office if you have a question concerning this. We also have Eftpos and credit card facilities available at the school office Junior Diploma Year 9 and 10 students (Form 3 and 4) have the opportunity to complete the Taradale High School Junior Diploma. The Diploma operates separately at Year 9 and 10. The school instigated the Junior Diploma programme to improve student motivation, to prepare students for NCEA and to encourage students to strive for excellence, instead of being satisfied with an achieved grade. Students have access to 1000 points during the course of the year and need to attain a minimum of 550 points in Year 9 & 600 points in Year 10 to graduate gaining automatic entry into the next year level. Points are awarded in all subjects across four different categories including: Academic Points (based on assessments) Self Management Points (based on endeavour, attitude, organisation, participation, homework and levels of social responsibility) Form Teacher Points (based on uniform, citizenship and participation in school events) Assisted Points (available to students who arrive part way through the year or are on special educational programmes) Progress reports are prepared each term and provide students and their parents with information including the number of points attained to date. Graduation divisions Students with: 850 points and over: Graduate with Distinction points: Graduate with Commendation Year 9: points: Graduate Year 10: points: Graduate Summer School opportunities will be provided for students who fail to graduate with Junior Diploma. Unsatisfactory completion of Summer School is likely to result in a student having to repeat a year. Note that some students who perform very poorly may not have the option of doing Summer School and will have to repeat the year. National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Overview NCEA is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand. How it works In each subject, skills and knowledge are assessed against a number of standards. For example, a Mathematics standard could be: Apply numeric reasoning in solving problems. Schools use a range of internal and external assessments to measure how well students meet these standards. We administer the internal assessments on behalf of NZQA. NZQA administers the externals (through exams and 18

21 portfolios). When a student achieves a standard, they gain a number of credits. Students must achieve 80 credits to gain an NCEA certificate, as described below. NCEA level Level 1 Level 2 Requirements 80 credits are required at any level (level 1, 2 or 3) including 10 literacy (reading and writing) and 10 numeracy (maths). 60 credits at level 2 or above + 20 credits from any level Level 3 60 credits at level 3 or above + 20 credits from level 2 or above Note: Students must have attained their Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy credits in order to be awarded Level 2 or 3. Multi-level study We allow students to study a mix of standards at different levels, depending on their ability. For example, in Year 12 (Form 6), a student may study most subjects at level 2, but add a new subject at level 1 and another advanced subject at level 3. Selected Year 10 (Form 4) students work towards NCEA. Recognising high achievement Certificates can be endorsed to reflect high achievement in a significant number of standards. If a student gains 50 credits at Excellence, their NCEA will be endorsed with Excellence. Likewise, if a student gains 50 credits at Merit (or Merit and Excellence), their NCEA will be endorsed with Merit. This endorsement is not year specific and can be obtained over a number of years. Course endorsements are also available. A course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course. The key objective of a course endorsement is to motivate students to achieve their potential in one or more courses. Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve both of: 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards. (Note, this does not apply to Physical Education, or Level 3 Visual Arts.) Scholarship (Year 13) - see Scholarship (page 26) Scholarship is a monetary award to recognise top secondary school students. Students who achieved Excellence subject endorsement at Level 2 should consider entering for Scholarship. Scholarship exams are externally assessed and are an additional set of exams. They do not attract credits, nor contribute towards a qualification, but the fact that a student has gained a Scholarship appears on their Record of Achievement. Further Information The school has written policies and procedures for all teachers and students to follow. Copies of all relevant paperwork are available to students and parents at the main school office, on the website and in the student survival guide issued to all students. If you have any questions about NCEA please do not hesitate to contact Mr Marshall (NZQA liaison teacher). Either ring the school office or at: New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) Fees for NCEA Although it is early in the year, it may be time to start thinking about NZQA fees which are normally due in Term 3. These are record of learning fees, not exam fees. Fees apply for levels 1, 2 and 3: Flat fee $76.70 Scholarship entries cost $30 per subject. These represent significant costs. However, substantial financial assistance is available for those on benefits or low incomes. Details of this will be available through the school. Arrangements to pay these fees in instalments can also be made by contacting Mrs Ward or ring the school office). Additional NCEA Information Assessment Statement At the beginning of the year every subject will issue students a course assessment statement. This will include details of: 19

22 1. Names and numbers of all achievement standards or unit standards being assessed 2. Timings of the assessments (to the week) 3. Nature of the assessment (internal, practice for external, in class, out of class, project, test, open book, closed book etc) Details of the specific assessment day(s) or any timing change will be given to students for an appropriate length of time prior to the assessment starting. If students are away from a class it is their responsibility to check to see if their classroom teacher has given out information on the specific timing of assessments. (Where possible changes to the scheduled dates will be written on class noticeboards) Late Assignments Some assessments have a set due date and others don t. Where there is a fixed date, late work will not be accepted or marked other than in exceptional circumstances. These circumstances include: approved extensions (see below), verified compassionate consideration or sickness. Sickness must be confirmed by a medical certificate. Note: If your son/daughter forgets to bring their assessment to school on the day it is due in, they can negotiate with their class teacher to hand in the assessment before 4.30 pm that day providing they have attended all classes at school that day. If it is not possible for them to travel home and back to school by 4.30 pm, then they may hand their assessment in at 8.30 the next morning (providing you write a note to say that they had finished their assessment on the day that it was due in). Extensions The NZQA Liaison Teacher is the only person who can grant your son/daughter an extension. They must: Complete a Missed Assessment Form (as soon as they have identified that there is a problem). A copy of this form can be found on page 22 Give the form to the NZQA liaison teacher within three weeks of the Assessment date. The NZQA Liaison Teacher will make the decision and let your son/daughter know as soon as possible. In the meantime they are advised to keep working on their assessment while their application is being considered. Where no fixed date is set - assignments can be handed in by arrangement with the class teacher as long as this flexibility doesn t adversely affect the authenticity of the assessment. Absent for an assessment Wherever possible your son/daughter must complete their assessments at the scheduled time. If they are not well and miss the assessment or they think that their performance has been impaired then they should fill out a Missed Assessment Form within three weeks of the Assessment date. Sufficient evidence must be provided to allow us to make an informed decision. (It should be noted that not all assessments lend themselves to a reassessment, e.g. it would not be possible re-schedule the Year 11 Pentathlon for a student who was sick). For Medical Issues: your son/daughter must get a medical professional to fill out the appropriate section of the Missed Assessment Form. From 2017 we will accept a written note from a parent/primary caregiver in support of an extension of up to 3 days for medical reasons. Extensions beyond 3 days will require a medical certificate from a medical professional. We will monitor any suspicious patterns of repeated extension applications and assignment due dates. We will reserve the right to request independent verification should we deem it to be necessary. In other exceptional personal circumstances application to the NZQA Liaison Teacher can be made in writing. If your son/daughter does not get a compassionate consideration approved they will fail the achievement standard in question. Note: Some examples of things that are not normally considered a legitimate absence are: 20

23 Family holiday Routine Dentist/Doctor/Physio appointments. A specialist or hospital appointment will be considered on a case by case basis Driving lesson/drivers Licence Test Seeing a friend/relative off at the airport Exam / Assessment Misconduct What if your son/daughter does not behave appropriately during an assessment? The teacher will inform your son/daughter that their misconduct has been noted and will be reported to the NZQA Liaison Teacher. They will be permitted to complete the assessment unless they are disrupting other students, in which case they will be removed from the class. The NZQA Liaison Teacher will consider their misconduct and decide on the appropriate action. This could lead to your son/daughter being disqualified from an Achievement Standard. What if your son/daughter hands in work that is not all their own? If the teacher thinks that your son/daughter has copied someone else s work or had help with their work then they will refer the matter to the NZQA Liaison Teacher. They will establish the degree of misconduct and decide on the appropriate sanction. This could lead to your son/daughter being disqualified from an Achievement Standard. What if your son/daughter refuses to sign that correct procedures have been used to arrive at their grade? If your son/daughter challenges a marking decision the teacher will explain the reasons for those decisions to them. If they are still unhappy then they can use the appeal procedure (see below). What if your son/daughter challenges the mark awarded to them? The teacher will explain the marking decisions in question to your son/daughter and if they are still unhappy then they can consult with the Head of Department. If they are still unhappy after this they you can formally lodge an appeal with the NZQA Liaison Teacher by filling in an Appeal Form. Appeals must be lodged within five school days of the marked assessment being returned to them. What if your son/daughter asks for a further assessment opportunity? They may be offered one further assessment opportunity, at the descretion of the teacher(s), if any of the following circumstances apply: They did not gain achieved or better and can provide evidence that they have completed further learning (this would normally involve being given a task or assignment to do in their own time). This further assessment opportunity must fit naturally into the Department s learning programme and have been indicated on their course statement. They have missed sitting the assessment on the first opportunity and it has been established that the absence was for a legitimate reason. They are close to a grade boundary and it is possible for further evidence to be obtained without completing an entire new assessment. They have been granted compassionate consideration or impaired performance The HOD deems it necessary (e.g. unforeseen problems with the assessment task affected the grades attained by a lot of students). Poor Attendance What if your son/daughter has poor attendance? Their attendance will be reported. In all likelihood a letter will go home to you outlining the concerns about your son s/daughter s poor attendance. In some cases a member of staff may suggest that the scheduled assessments may not be realistic due to the extended absences and may suggest a more realistic assessment schedule. Good attendance is vital for students to achieve well at school. Poor attendance affects student achievement and may jeopardise their chance of getting into the subsequent course the following year. What if your son/daughter has not completed all of the course work? If your son or daughter fails to hand in assessment material which is a compulsory part of a course a Not Achieved grade will be awarded. Failure to complete a course may jeopardise their chance of getting into the subsequent course the following year. 21

24 Missed Assessment Application 2017 Name Form Class Subject Standard No. Subject Standard No. Subject Standard No. Due Date Teacher Due Date Teacher Due Date Teacher Note: Sufficient evidence must be supplied to allow an informed decision to be made. My assessment was: (tick one) [ ] Missed / late, because (tick reason) [ ] Medical (up to 3 days)- Parent or Doctor must Complete Declaration overleaf [ ] Medical (Over 3 days) Must be supported by your Doctor (See overleaf) [ ] Family/personal trauma Parent or Doctor must Complete Declaration overleaf [ ] Sporting/cultural activity parent/caregiver/teacher note must be attached [ ] impaired because (tick reason) [ ] medical (up to 3 days)- Parent or Doctor must Complete Declaration overleaf [ ] medical (Over 3 days) Must be supported by your Doctor (See overleaf) [ ] family/personal trauma Complete Parent Declaration overleaf I give permission for Mr Marshall to ring my parent and / or the Medical Professional to discuss this application and / or check on the authenticity of the above details. Student Signature Date (Student to hand form to Mr Marshall) Decision [ ] evidence is available and will be used to award a grade [ ] extension granted until [ ] eligible for further assessment opportunity if available [ ] assessment can be completed by negotiation with class teacher/hod [ ] application declined because: NZQA Liaison Teacher Signature ( J. Marshall) Date 22

25 Parent Declaration Missed Assessment Medical/ Personal Trauma (up to 3 days) Student s Name Yr Level Subject(s) involved (Parent Declaration for absences / extensions of up to 3 days) has not been fit to be at school from to (Dates) Please provide a brief explanation (in confidence) to assist me to make the approval decision. Note: This information is NOT shared with other staff without your permission. Parent Name Signature Phone Number DOCTOR S SECTION MISSED ASSESSMENT MEDICAL / PERSONAL TRAUMA (OVER 3 DAYS) Student s Name has not been medically fit to be at school from to. (Date) s performance in the assessment on _ would have been impaired. Clinical Diagnosis (Please complete) Medical Professional Practice Signature Date 23

26 Assessment Appeal Form (Part One) Student s Name: Subject: Assessment Number Level Grade Date: marked assessment returned to student Date of Appeal Reason for the Appeal (student to fill in): [ ] I wish to appeal the grade I have been awarded: [ ] I have discussed my grade with my class teacher [ ] I would like the HoD/ NZQA Liaison Teacher to reconsider my grade/the decision made. My reasons for this request are; [ ] I wish to appeal any other assessment decision, eg not being granted a re-submission opportunity, issues relating to assessment misconduct or authenticity: [ ] I have discussed the issue with my class teacher [ ] I would like the HoD/ NZQA Liaison Teacher to reconsider the decision made My reasons for this request are; HOD Recommendation Signed (HOD) [ ] The grade awarded/decision made by the class teacher stands [ ] The grade awarded has been changed to Final Decision (NZQA Liaison Teacher ) Grade Reason Signed (NZQA Liaison Teacher) Date Feedback to Student [ ] The reason for this decision has been explained to me [ ] I accept the decision [ ] I don t accept the decision and will be appealing further Student Signature Date 24

27 NQF Assessment: Appeal Form (Part Two) Use this form only if you have been through Part one of the appeal process and you wish to appeal the decision made by the NZQA Liaison Teacher. Such appeals will be considered by the Senior Management Team Student s Name: Subject: Assessment Number Level Grade Date: marked assessment returned to student Date of Appeal Final Decision Senior Management Team Grade Reason Signed (NZQA Liaison Teacher) Date Feedback to Student [ ] The reason for this decision has been explained to me [ ] I accept the decision Student Signature Date 25

28 What if your son/daughter requires Special Assessment Conditions? Contact the Head of the Learning Support Centre, Jude Knight, early in the year and she will liaise with the relevant Heads of Departments to decide whether a reader and / or a writer is appropriate. This needs to be done well ahead of assessment times, so that arrangements, if necessary, can be made. Each Department will also make it clear to students what equipment they can take into assessments eg calculators, translation dictionaries etc. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact John Marshall, NZQA Liaison Teacher on Scholarship Scholarship is growing in popularity and resourcing at Taradale High School. In 2016, most subject areas were able to provide one hour of extra tutoring each week for interested students and all students were offered Scholarship Workshops run through EIT. At Taradale High School, some students attempt scholarship in Year 12, and we have had three students successfully gain scholarships from Year 11. It is possible, and often helpful, to attempt scholarship in consecutive years. Students should discuss this with their teachers. Scholarship exams operate as separate three hour exams over the same examination period as NCEA. Scholarship is designed to challenge the top students in the country and it is awarded to the top three percent of students in a subject. It requires a high level of critical thinking and the ability to synthesise and apply knowledge and skills to complex situations. Students find that working at scholarship level enhances their understanding and performance at Level 3. Some students success in scholarhips provides considerable financial reward; anywhere from $500 for one scholarship to $10,000 for three years for the top scholars in NZ. In 2017, we will be offering scholarship in most Level 3 subjects. Year 12 and 13 students who are interested should see their teachers and/or the HoD early in There will be an information session held at school in Term 1. Diaries/ time management In 2015, we surveyed students regarding their use of the school Homework Diary. The survey showed very low use of the diary, as many students were using their phones or other devices to record important meetings, homework and deadlines. We encourage all students to download the KAMAR app, and to use the school s Office 365 calendar and website to keep up to date with important events. Homework Students love to hate it, but homework makes a big difference. Research shows that homework can double the rate of acquisition of skills and knowledge by students. Parents can help in a range of ways: Reminding sons and daughters about the importance of homework. Providing them with encouragement. Showing an interest in school. Getting involved with the school. Providing emotional and other support when school work gets difficult. Providing access to computers at home. Discussing the importance of having high aspirations. What doesn t assist is giving unhelpful help with homework, by doing the work for sons and daughters. Neither does the sort of parental surveillance of homework that creates a negative atmosphere at home. Both of these strategies tend to cause a decline in learning. The message from us is that homework is most effective when parents accentuate the positive about it. If you have concerns about the homework your sons & daughters are receiving, please contact the appropriate Head of Department or Dean. Students are expected to complete homework regularly (juniors up to 1 hour per night, seniors up to 2 ½ hours per night). If homework is not issued, students should revise work covered in class, sort notes, complete work and attempt 26

29 exercises not finished in class time, check material on the Ultranet, or complete their English reading logs. There is always work to do. Staff will expect students to be able to demonstrate their review of work covered in class, either in their exercise books or in separate study books. Parents, it would be helpful if you checked this too. We recommend a review page every four pages or at the end of a unit of work. These review pages could include mindmaps, summaries, diagrams etc. We strongly recommend that you help your son/ daughter to establish this routine to consolidate their learning. A Study Centre runs every day in C1 at lunchtime. This is for students behind in homework, for those who need a quiet place to work, or for those who need extra help with subjects from senior students. Computers are available and senior students can be arranged to tutor students. Call in or contact Mrs Drury, Deputy Principal, if you require assistance. Parents and caregivers can help by taking an interest in homework and revision of work. Ask students to show you what they have done. If you have any questions or concerns about homework, please contact Mrs Liz Drury (Deputy Principal) or the relevant Dean. Get Ahead in Your Studies Studyit is a website that has been developed as a free online learning resource for all students studying NCEA Maths, English and Sciences. The website provides students with: Revision notes, key tips, practice questions and links to selected sites. Hints on how to keep on track, study and exam advice, and tertiary and careers information. A place to discuss issues with students and teachers and to questions to expert teachers. The Studyit website is not a homework service and does not provide students with answers to their exam questions! Instead it gives expert guidance and encourages students to engage their problem-solving skills so they reach the answer themselves. The website is targeted to help with almost any topic a student may be having problems with in the Maths, English or Science curriculum areas. Along with advice, the website has links to New Zealand and overseas NZQA-approved websites, which provide additional supporting information, illustrations, and examples. Responses to queries are usually replied to within 24 hours and students are also free to offer advice. As well as helping students with Maths, English and Sciences, the Studyit website has an open forum to discuss other related topics such as study techniques, sitting exams, dealing with stress and which information communication technology (ICT) works best for different purposes. This is another useful website for parents, with ideas of different ways to support your student s learning. It has ideas for children of all ages and is well worth a look. For information about careers, we recommend the following website: Other useful websites include: Paid Work & Extra Curricular Activities The following information from the Department of Labour offers some guidance for parents & caregivers about how much paid work for their 27

30 children is too much. Part-Time Employment: Echoing the international literature, New Zealand studies indicate that, when limited to a moderate number of hours, part-time employment during the school term may have a positive impact on scholastic achievements or subsequent employment outcomes. The data suggest that optimal levels for Year 10 and 11 students sit at less than ten hours per week, but any level of work appears to be better than none. There is a warning, however. Students working over 15 hours per week are at risk of negative impact on educational outcomes; those working over 20 hours are at high risk. Cell Phones (and other electronic devices such as IPods and Walkmans) Although they seem to have become part of young peoples lives they pose problems to all schools. Clearly all of the following activities are banned and will result in the confiscation of cell phones use at any time in a classroom or between classes. (They may only be used before and after school, at lunchtime and interval). inappropriate text messaging and electronic bullying including Facebook/Youtube etc. The cell phone will only be returned to a caregiver after one week s confiscation when the caregiver arrives to see a Senior Manager (confiscated phones are securely stored): Motor Vehicle Pass from Mr Bain, Deputy Principal. All students and caregivers have agreed to these procedures when signing the enrolment form. Note that the application for permit must be done at the start of each school year. (A 2016 pass will not apply in 2017). The school expects that students will follow all road regulations, in particular that students with restricted licences will not carry passengers. Passengers may only be carried if appropriate signed authorisation is obtained from the school as detailed on the Motor Vehicle Pass Application Form. Note that only Year 13 students will receive a pass as of right other years will have applications looked at as of merit. Students living within the school enrolment zone normally will not receive permits. Any infringement of the road regulations will automatically be reported to the Traffic Section of the Police and could result in the student s Motor Vehicle Pass being revoked. Where possible, students should park in the student car park. If full, please show consideration when parking on adjacent streets. Expectations of Students Please refer to the diagram on page 36. The school would like to make it clear that we dissuade students from bringing cell phones to school. If students choose to bring cell phones, the school takes absolutely no responsibility for the loss, accidental or otherwise, of such equipment at school by students. Students should respect the privacy of others when using the camera function on cell phones. Motor Vehicle Use If a student wishes to use a motor vehicle on their way to or from school they must first apply for a 28

31 Healthy Attendance The ideal attendance rate for any student or employee is 100%. However, in the real world, people suffer illness, attend unavoidable appointments that intrude on school and work time, and so on. Whilst the attendance of most of our students is very high, some fall below 95%. That doesn t sound bad, until you realise that it s still an absence of half a day every fortnight. Warning bells will ring for us if attendance drops below 95%. Parents will be contacted if we have a concern about a student s attendance, as it has a large impact on academic performance. It is therefore essential that students have excellent attendance. If you are experiencing difficulties with your son or daughter s attendance, please contact the Dean; or Mrs Adams, the attendance officer; or Mr Bain, Deputy Principal. To help us monitor student attendance effectively, if your son/daughter is away from school please notify the school in one of the following ways: Phone: Please ring the school office before 8.40 a.m. A phone notification will count as a note for attendance purposes.. Web Notification. Logon to org.nz using your logon and password to advise of absences. A follow up note is NOT required. A logon and temporary password will be sent to parents new to the school. Please do not give this logon or password to your son or daughter as we will assume it has come from you. Absence Notes The absence note can either be written in the space of the homework diary or written on a separate piece of paper. The absence note should: be dated state the date(s) and period(s) of absence give the reason for the absence be signed by a parent/guardian If you know in advance about the absence, please send a letter in advance to the Principal, requesting permission for the absence. Please note that if the absence is for a family holiday the absence will be recorded as explained (not justified) If your son/daughter is late to school they must sign in at the office. This is for safety purposes so that we know who is on site. Please note that if absences are not properly explained, it goes on the attendance record as truancy. Students with unexplained absences will be asked to pay back time, either before or after school, or on Saturday mornings. Early notification. The school is part of the early notification programme funded by the Ministry of Education. We will send a text message to the caregivers of students who are absent. To ensure the success of the early notification programme: Please ensure that we have an accurate cell phone number for you. Do not give your cell phone to your son or daughter. We will assume any response to the text notification has come from you. If a reason is provided in the text reply a follow up note is not required. Mrs Adams will attempt to phone parents of juniors who we haven t managed to establish text contact with. A note will still be required for the school record and a detention will be issued. Students with unexplained absences will be given detentions. Year 12 and 13 students are bound by the same attendance requirements as junior students. They must attend form time every morning. Absences must be explained by a doctor s note and they must sign in and out at the office if they leave school, for example for a doctor s appointment. Year 12 students have privileges to apply to leave school if they have no scheduled class in the last period of the day. They will be issued with a permission card if this is the case Around 5000 attendance decisions are made daily by staff at Taradale High School. While we will endeavour to get it right, there may well be occasions where a student is involved in an out of class activity, e.g. a music lesson and is reported absent by the class teacher. We apologise in advance for this, however, we would rather report an absence and get it wrong sometimes instead of not reporting the absence at all. 29

32 If you have any concerns or queries about the attendance requirements, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Bain, the Deputy Principal, or Mrs Adams, the Attendance Officer. Provisions for Year 13 (Form 7) during the School Day The Year 13 privilege of signing out of school during the school day has to be earned in 2017 rather than given as of right. The main features of the new system are as follows: Students who are identified as working well in the first five weeks of the year, will be given the privilege of: leaving the school grounds at lunchtime remaining out of school during Period 5 if they have no timetabled classes. We will send letters to parents letting them know whether or not this privilege has been extended to their son or daughter after the first five weeks of school. The decision will be based on students performance in the Mid-Term Review. Meanwhile Year 13 students will be required to attend study classes in Period 5 if they are not scheduled for a class. Whilst most study classes will be in the form of supervised study / homework, others will consist of tutoring junior students, being timetabled in a practical class to work on portfolios, etc. If we have enough staffing to do so, we will provide study classes for all Year 13 students in periods 1-4 for the whole year. We will confirm this at the start of Term 1. Leaving School During the School Day Students must sign out at the office if leaving school during the school day. If your daughter/son is unwell at school s/he will go to the office. If s/he is unable to return to class after a short time, the office will contact the parent/caregiver and ask that s/he be collected from school. We ask that you do not make arrangements with your son/daughter by text or phone to go home without getting permission from the school first. 30 If your son/daughter has another reason for leaving school during the day, please either provide a written note or ring the school prior to the student leaving. Serious Health Concerns A few students have serious health concerns that may require specific attention. If your child is one of these, please be sure that the school knows, so that we are able to inform staff as necessary and provide the best care. The office staff can be contacted with this information, if it has not already been provided at enrolment, or call Mrs Jude Knight in the Learning Support Centre at school. Parent Portal The online parent portal enables parents to see information the school holds about their son/daughter. Parents can check personal information and notify the school of any changes, as well as accessing timetables, attendance information, assessment results and reports throughout the year. To create an account: We must have a current account for a parent. Login information is then ed to this address. Students also have access to relevant information using their own login. It is planned to extend student use in 2016 to assist student mentoring. Particular questions can be answered at key points throughout the year; the responses are then used to inform mentoring interviews with staff. Information on this will be sent to parents at a later date and your assistance in encouraging students to use it would be appreciated. Peer Support and Collabor8 Peer Support is a programme designed to foster more positive and trusting relationships between senior and junior students. Senior students help younger students to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to get along with the people around them. The result is a network of personal support for young people who are new to secondary school. Collabor8 is a team building leadership initiative which involves working in teams of 8 to really bond as a group. The teams are made up of students from all year levels and they work together to complete

33 activities and discuss ideas. Why offer Peer Support and Collabor8? Young people beginning secondary school often feel left out and scared in a new school, among new people. The need to build their confidence and sense of belonging and to become familiar with the new systems in the school. Older students can help them to do this. Peer Support and Collabor8 also develop the leadership skills of the senior students and help to develop a school where all people are valued by encouraging strong links between senior and junior students. Sports As the school s sports programme starts to gear up for another year, it is worthwhile to establish a few key points. Mrs Melanie Macredie school.nz), our Sports Co-ordinator, is our first link with the community. She is easily contactable at school at extension 735. It is school policy that where appropriate school teams are available, that any students first call is to play for a school team rather than for an outside club. The Teacher in Charge of Sport is Miss Pauline Edwards. Students will be given the opportunity to nominate sports of their choice in the first week of school. All participants must wear correct and appropriate uniforms for their sports. It is expected that coaches will not field players who do not conform to this. The school is a signatory to the Fair Play Code of behaviour and expects high standards of sportsmanship on and off the sports arenas. The very extended nature of our programme (that features close links with many Taradale sporting clubs) means that extra parental help is really appreciated in coaching and managing teams. If you have a specific interest, please contact Mrs Macredie. Each code has a fee charged to teams participating in local competitions. In order to play, students must pay their team fees. Sport: Similarly, some participation in sport is associated with higher NCEA level achievement than none at all or too much, suggesting that caregivers may have a critical role to play in supporting and monitoring their children s out of school extracurricular activities. For the full report, go to: publications/research/schoolchildren-in-paid-employment/youthreport_01.asp Lockers Lockers will be made available to all students. Locker numbers are limited, so students need to get in early. If a student has chosen to have a locker then it is expected they: supply their own lock for the locker allocated to them. For security reasons we recommend that this be a key lock, although please be aware that vandals can still break into lockers. go to their locker at the specified times only (before and after school, the first 5 minutes of interval and lunchtime, or the last 5 minutes of lunchtime) store school books and gear only (valuables should not be stored in lockers) may be asked by a staff member to open their locker and display its contents at any time must keep their locker clear of food and empty their locker at the end of the year The school will cut locks off lockers if: a student has lost their key or forgotten their combination a lock is put on some-one else s locker locks are not removed at the end of the year. Anything left in lockers will be disposed of. Lockers were paid for through the fundraising efforts of students six years ago through Student Work Day and have greatly eased the problem of heavy school bags. We have been concerned recently with vandalism of lockers. We hope that students will respect our property, but we cannot be responsible for anything lost out of lockers. Mr Bain, Deputy Principal, is in charge of locker allocation. 31

34 Complaints Procedure Please refer to page 35. Gifted and Talented Provision and Accelerated Pathway Our accelerated pathway caters for students who are academically talented. It consists of: Selection for one of our two top band classes in Year 9 (Form 3) NCEA courses in Year 10 (Form 4) in selected subjects The Cambridge International Examination in selected subjects in Year 11 (Form 5) as well as the possibility of level two NCEA. Scholarship classes and University courses in Year 13 (Form 7) We also identify students who are particularly strong in visual / spatial intelligence, yet are not placed in a top band class. We aim to cater for their particular needs as research tells us that 80% of unidentified gifted and talented students are strong in visual / spatial intelligence. If you have any questions relating to either gifted and talented provision, please contact John Marshall, Deputy Principal. Emergency Procedures Information for Parents The Taradale High School Emergency Plan meets the requirements of section 14(2)(a) of the Fire Safety and Evacuation of buildings regulations Up to date contact information. It is vital that you provide the school with a range of accurate contact details including: addresses Phone Numbers (Home /Work/ Cell) Emergency contact numbers. When these details change it is very important that you inform the school office Emergency signals used at Taradale High School Continuous ringing of the school bell: General 32 Evacuation Smoke siren rise/fall + voice commands:. General Evacuation School bell 3 seconds on and 3 seconds off: Lock down 3 short rings: All Clear Earthquake In the event of a significant earthquake we will be guided by Police and Civil defence as to whether students are kept at school or released to go home. Further information will be posted on the school website as soon as possible. Tsunami The information we have obtained from the Napier City Council is that Taradale High School would not be adversely affected by a significant tsunami. In light of this fact, we would not evacuate the site in the event of a tsunami warning. Lock Down In the unlikely event that we should ever need to invoke a lock down procedure, we have a procedure for signalling to students to remain indoors, out of sight. We will encourage students not to text family and friends during a lock down. Please do not try and enter the site during a lock down as this may well put your selves or others in danger. During a lock down, the Police would take over control of the site. Knives Taradale High School endeavours to provide a safe environment for all students. Students should NOT bring knives or other sharp or dangerous objects to school. Please assist us in keeping these items out of school. Cyber Bullying This is the age of social networking. Many students use these mediums appropriately, but there are some students who use this medium for bullying other students and posting obnoxious and offensive material on their Facebook pages.

35 Please keep an eye on what your son and or daughter is posting on their social networking sites. For further information re Emergency Procedures or other relevant policies, please refer to the school website at Mr John Marshall, Deputy Principal, is responsible for Health and Safety. High School Diploma The High School Diploma is endorsed by the Hawke s Bay Chamber of Commerce. It is evidence of the student s readiness to become responsible and productive employees. Its goals are: Providing a recognisable acknowledgement for students who may not achieve Level 3. To reward good work-based behaviours. To acknowledge very good attendance. (95 % 100%) To provide a tangible and valuable record of their readiness for entering the work force. Procedures To include all GATEWAY and SPEC students. Other Year 13s may participate on a voluntary basis. We will use information generated by reports and Five Week Reviews to monitor progress. Further information is available from Mr Taylor, Senior Lead Dean. E-learning for 2017 Taradale High School is committed to providing a quality education for all students which involves a blended approach of e-learning and traditional classroom teaching. Over the last two years we have promted a staged introduction of laptops in Years 9 and 10. For 2017 almost all students wll require a laptop. Better access to computers when they are needed We are promoting quality learning, anytime, anywhere. When students have laptops, they have the flexibility of computing power anytime they need it. Over recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for classes to get access to a computer room. We also want students to be able to work seamlessly at home and at school which is facilitated by students having the ir own device. Year 9-11: all students must have a laptop. Year 12 & 13: We expect that almost all students in Years 12 and 13 will need a laptop in If your son or daughter is taking one of the following subjects in 2017 they will be disadvantaged if they do not have a laptop at school. Art - Design Art History English Media Studies ESOL Hospitality Home Economics Technology Accounting Economics Geography History Social Science SPEC Digital Media 33 Japanese French Chinese Horticulture Physics Science Textiles Gateway STAR Tourism EIT Trades Academy Mathematics Music Drama PE Studies Financial assistance Families who meet the criteria for receiving financial assistance may apply to buy a pre-loved laptop from the school as a stationery item. If you are receiving a benefit or have a Community Services Card, you are likely to meet the criteria. There will be two options available: Basic computer: $240 or an AP set up paying $20 per month for 1 year. Newer computer: $360 or AP set up for $30 per month for 1 year. Minimum specifications for laptops 1. Windows-based laptop is preferable for our network. NOT A CHROMEBOOK. 2. Capable of connecting wirelessly to the school network. 3. Preferably enough battery to last a day.

36 4. Not too heavy! An 11.6 inch screen is a good compromise between weight and size. Nice but not essential 1. Stylus capable (This allows the greatest opportunity for the user to interact with the digital content) but these are still pretty expensive. 2. Warranty and insurance (If you purchase the device through PB Tech you can purchase 3 year s warranty and insurance for around $86.00) Purchase options The school buys all its computer equipment from PB Tech who will offer our parents the same education prices they offer us. This link has a number of options, all of which would be suitable Finance PB Tech also offer finance plans. PB Tech have just sourced a bulk shipment of Lenovo ThinkPad N22 Rugged design Education Notebook, 11.6 Intel Celeron N3050 4GB 64GB emmc SSD NO-DVD Win10Pro 64 bit 1 yr, 3Cell, front and back camera: normally $673, now limited special THS education price of $388. Questions relating to bringing an internet-capable device to school can be directed to Mr John Marshall, Deputy Principal. Taradale High School Canteen prices as at December Please note that the prices quoted may be subject to change. Pies - Gourmet $3.50 Pies - Sunnyday $2.50 Sausage rolls $2.50 Hash browns $1.00 Noodles - Beef/ Chicken $3.00 Quiches $3.00 Pizza $2.00 Nacho Boat $3.00 Pies - Gourmet $3.50 Sandwiches From $3.00 Wraps From $4.00 Rolls From $4.00 Moosies S1.50 Juices (small) $1.00 Choc Chip Cookies $1.50 Muffins $1.00 Slices $2.50 Chippies - small $2.00 Chippies - large $3.50 Popcorn $2.50 Drinks $2.50 Bottled water $2.50 Cans $2.50 Powerade $4.50 Flavoured water $4.00 Aloe $3.50 Up & Go $2.50 Keri juice - small $3.00 Keri juice - large $4.00 E2 large $4.50 We are looking to introduce gluten-free options in

37 Complaints Procedure If there is something you are not happy about, tell us; for the things you appreciate, tell others. Caregiver has a concern about something happening in the School Caregiver contacts the student s Dean. The issue is discussed with the Dean The caregiver may feel more comfortable contacting the Principal or the Board of Trustees Dean (or Head of Department or Senior Management Team) investigates the concern Parents are informed of the result(s) of the investigation and any Plan of Action Matter resolved to the satisfaction of both parties Matter is unresolved or has resurfaced Contact the Principal After an agreed period of time (e.g. 2 weeks), the action taken is reviewed Dean, Head of Department or a member of the Senior Management Team revise the Plan of Action A support person (e.g. Board of Trustees, family or whanau member) can be invited to assist in this process Matter is resolved to both parties satisfaction. The issue is concluded or an understanding is put in place for further action Matter unresolved. Complaint put in writing and addressed to the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. The Chairperson follows the Board process for handling complaints After an agreed period of time (e.g. 2 weeks) the action taken is reviewed The Board of Trustees needs to receive a written complaint in order to act on it. If the complaint is serious enough for the Board to deal with, it is serious enough to be put in writing. If you have concerns about expressing the matter clearly in writing, please discuss the matter in confidence with the Board Chairperson (or another delegated Board member), to enable them to assist you. 35

38 Expectations and what happens if these expectations are not met. Change RICE Respect, Integrity, Curiosity, Excellence Provide explicit instructions Use frequent, guided and reinforced practices of desired behaviours Give genuine and positive feedback Build and maintain positive relationships 1. Relaxed Vigilance 2. Less Relaxed Vigilance 3. Mini Chat 4. Level 1 Removal 1. Relaxed Vigilance proximity control, signals, non-verbal cues, ignore, attend, praise, engagement (Opportunities to Respond) 2. Less Relaxed Vigilance pre-correct, re-direct, re-teach, provide choice, name on board, consequence sheets, note on KAMAR and notify FT 3. Min Chat teacher facilitated chat before the next lesson (RP bookmark), note on KAMAR and notify Dean, can contact parent 4. Level 1 Removal use appropriate form and send to HOD or duty department colleague. Hold mini chat before student goes back into class. KAMAR note and notify Dean 5. Level 2 Removal use appropriate form and send to duty Dean. Facilitated RP conversation before student returns to class MINOR BEHAVIOUR = TEACHER MANAGED Uniform violation Disrespect towards others Brief, low intensity failure to comply with adult request Inappropriate language Minor property misuse Technology violation Inappropriate physical contact (not serious) Disruption Lack of correct equipment Late to class CRISIS BEHAVIOUR = SM MANAGED Actual or threatened violence to staff member High level bullying Assault Use or possession of weapons Use or possession of alcohol or drugs Arson Theft Bomb threat/false alarm MAJOR BEHAVIOUR = DEAN/SM MANAGED Higher level/repeated failure to comply with adult request Safety of others at risk Chronic/repeated minor violations Defaulted Level 1 Removal Number of Level 1 Removals in period of time Harassment/Bullyimg/Threats Deliberate vandalism Verbal Abuse/Swearing at staff member Use or possession of tobacco/lighters/matches Forgery Fighting RELENTLESS CONSISTENCY! Teach Appropriate Behaviour Practice Appropriate Behaviour Reward Appropriate Behaviour Consistent Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour 5. Level 2 Removal to Duty Dean Restorative Sent to restorative room Student remains until facilitated meeting between student and teacher Meeting to be held within 48 hours Return to class after meeting No improvement or engagement Dean contacts home or Punitive Dean/SM/Principal Family Conference Stand Down Pre Suspension Meeting Suspension 36

39 Notes 37

40 Be determined Aim high Here and Striving 38

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