School Information for Parents and Caregivers.
Here you will find a quick index to many of our commonly asked questions.
If your child is at home unwell, is attending a doctors appointment, is arriving late or is not attending school on any given day please advise the office by filling out the form on the school app (the office’s preferred choice) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message on our absentee phone line – ph: 524-6574 ext 1. Please provide name, room number, brief explanation for absence and the date the child is expected to return so you don’t need to advise us every day.
This phone line is cleared everyday at 9.15am and assists the office greatly in ensuring your child is safe and being taken care of.
The sick bay is located in the main office. Basic first aid will be given to your child in the event of a minor accident or illness. If asked to collect your child, you will be required to sign them out at the office.
In the case of serious accidents parents/guardian will be contacted, if we are unable to contact you we will refer to the emergency contact listed on your enrolment form. If it is an emergency the student will be taken to A&E, doctor or dentist.
Please hand all named medications and treatment instructions to the office. These will be stored in the Sick Bay and administered by office staff. For children with severe allergies and/or any serious health issues please consult the school nurse.
Assembly is held fortnightly on Fridays for the whole school. Parents of children receiving awards are invited to attend.
There are a number of providers offering before and after school care. These providers are not affiliated to Cornwall Park District School. These businesses provide a service that students of Cornwall Park District School and neighbouring schools utilise on a private usage basis. For all information and enquiries please make contact with these service providers.
Every three years ‘caregivers’, ie: parents or guardians of children attending the school, elect five representatives. Additional to these five elected members who make up the Board of Trustees, are the Principal, an elected Staff Representative and up to four other co-opted members who may be appointed by the Board of Trustees for set periods of time.
For a full set of guidelines for public attending a Board of Trustees meeting, please contact the BOT Secretary For direct contact with the BOT Chairperson please email: email@example.com
If your child is marked as absent from class and the school has not been notified, for safety reasons the office staff will endeavour to contact the caregiver’s home or an alternative contact number supplied to verify your child’s absenteeism. It is therefore extremely important to notify the office should any address, email or contact numbers change at any time during the school year.
The first school bell will ring at 8.30am. The school playground is not supervised before this time so all children should sit outside the school office if arriving early. Classrooms are available for entry from 8.30am. The bell will ring at 8.55am to start class. All students should be in their classroom ready at this time.
Morning tea is from 10.30- 10.50am.
Lunch is 12.30- 1.25pm.
End of day 3.00pm.
It is our goal to establish clear and open communication lines between school and home.
We communicate with our community on a regular basis and in addition to this we urge you to contact us at any time should you have any concerns, no matter how big or small, as it is easier to deal with a minor issue before it becomes a bigger problem. Some things can be fixed by a quick talk with the teacher, before or after school, however, sometimes a longer meeting may be required and these can be arranged at a mutually convenient time, either by face to face or by email. All details can be found on the staff page.
For further information on School/Home Partnership click here
Cornwall Park District School has ultra fast access in every class via our computer network. Considerable planning has gone into this, including the drafting of policies, incident protocols and agreements. The Cybersafety and Learning Blogs Student Permission and Digital Citizenship Agreement for junior (Years 0-3) students, needs to be signed (at Enrolment) and discussed with your child before they will be permitted to go on the Internet.
In accordance with these documents and in line with what we are trying to achieve in terms of e-learning, teachers will train children in the safest ways to locate information and make use of this valuable resource.
The school system will be filtered by a filtering service, but as no filtering service is guaranteed to protect against all unsuitable material, the school has the right to monitor, access and review all use. This includes personal emails sent and received on the schools computer/s and/or network facilities at all times.
The safety of children is of paramount concern. Any apparent breach of cybersafety will be taken seriously.
Issues relating to confidentiality, such as sighting student or staff information, reasons for collecting data and the secure storage of personal details and information (including images) will be subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act 1993.
The school has two internet safety officers, these are the associate principals. Should you have any queries please contact them through the office.
Find out more on our Cybersafety page
Year 6 children are encouraged to ride to school. They MUST wear a correctly fitted helmet and complete the Bike Safety Programme run by the police before being able to ride. Children younger than Year 6 may ride if accompanied by an adult. Students need to walk their bikes once in the school grounds. Bikes need to be stored in the bike racks provided whenever possible. Students are expected to supply their own bike locks.
It is the parents responsibility to enrol their child in Public Dental Service – Phone 839 0565
All students who live within the home zone described on the enrolment page shall be entitled to enroll at the school. Enrolment forms are available from the school office. Proof of residence within the home zone will be required.
Getting headlice has nothing to do with cleanliness; in fact, lice prefer a clean, healthy head to a dirty one. Anyone, adult or child can get headlice.
We suggest the following treatments; Fine tooth comb (nit.flea comb) available from the chemist or vet. Do this every three days for at least three weeks to comb out the lice. Headlice shampoo; Very effective treatment shampoos are available from the supermarkets and/or chemist. See www.nit-enz.com. Follow all instructions meticulously.
If you would like more information please contact: Heather Cave, Public Health Nurse, Ph 639 0200 Extn 27475#
Auckland District Health Board provides a free screening programme for children. This programme is operated by Vision Hearing Technicians, from the Community Child Health & Disability Service, who visit the school. As a new entrant to school your child will have their hearing and distance vision screened. You will be informed of all results and any problems found so that you can get treatment for your child.
At Cornwall Park District School we believe homework should supplement classroom learning and provides a chance for teachers an opportunity to establish positive links with the home. Homework is not compulsory and no child will ever be punished for not completing homework.
The general guideline is NO more than 30 minutes a day on homework assuming the child is “on task” for that time. Homework generally comprises of reading, practising basic facts and learning spelling words.
Homework may also involve revising a known skill, follow-up of the day’s lessons, or a research type activity.
Teachers can also give homework to extend children with an added challenge. If you feel homework set does not follow these guidelines please let us know.
All children must be signed out at the office by a parent/guardian. If you wish the child to be collected by a friend or family member this must be arranged beforehand with the office staff. ID will be required.
All pupils visit the library once a week with their class, where they might enjoy a book being read out loud, browse the shelves, take out books or just curl up in a corner and read.
The library is open before school, at morning tea and lunchtime. On Tuesdays we have lunchtime drawing activities and on Thursdays at lunchtime they can play board games.
Library Monitors (Year 6 students) are here at these times to help younger pupils find their way around, and help with issuing and returning books.
Years 0 – 2 can take out up to 2 books, Years 3 – 4 up to 3 books and Years 5 – 6 up to 5 books at a time. Books are issued for two weeks but we encourage children to keep returning and taking home new books every week, once they have read them.
Parents are welcome to join up and borrow books to share with children at home.
Children can login by clicking the button below to look for books, reserve, check their loans and visit educational websites.
To ensure that your child’s school uniform is not lost it is vital that ALL SCHOOL UNIFORM ITEMS BE CLEARLY NAMED with your child’s full name.
All lost uniform items, shoes, lunchboxes, drink bottles etc found are transferred to the Lost Property Shed at the back of the junior classroom block (behind Room 10). This lost property may be inspected at any time during the school day.
Lunches are available for children to buy at school daily. The school canteen operators offer a varied menu with healthy nutritious alternative options. A menu is kept in each classroom and a copy may be collected from the school office. Click here for more information.
You can order lunches online at https://www.schoollunches.co.nz
This is easy to use on your phone, ipad or desktop
A drink should accompany your child each day to school with adequate food to drink during morning tea time and lunchtime. If your child lets a teacher know that they do not have lunch, the child will be bought to the office, and we will attempt to contact parents. Click here for more information.
We communicate with our community on a regular basis and you are most welcome to contact us at any time should you have concerns. Before and after school are busy times in the classroom therefore if you wish discuss your child’s progress and any problems with your child’s teacher please make an appointment directly with the teacher at a mutually convenient time. All teachers are happy to correspond by e-mail their email address can be found on the staff page.
If you would like your child to bring their mobile phone, please note that mobile phones are not permitted in class and unfortunatley we can hold no responsibility if the phone is lost. The mobile phones must be handed in to the school office at the beginning of the school day and can be collected at 3.pm
Cornwall Park School is fortunate to have the expertise of experienced Music Specialists available for Instrumental Lessons on a user pays basis for students from Year 3 to 6. Lessons take place during class time in small groups with pupils taken out of class at a time that minimises disruption to both teacher and pupil.
For further information view our Itinerant Music page
If you would like to help in our classrooms it would be much appreciated, however, it is important that all new helpers complete a ‘Parent help’ orientation session before working with children, so we all have a shared understanding of what is involved. More information relating to these sessions can be found on the calendar.
There are two main entrances for the school. One from Wheturangi Road and the other through the Campbell Park Tennis Club carpark off Green Lane West. The Wheturangi Road entrance does not have vehicle access during the day. There is limited parking around the school. Caution should be taken at the beginning and end of school as these are peak times.
At Cornwall Park District School there are many opportunities to learn more about and enjoy physical education.
Mr Paul Campbell is our PE Specialist. He offers weekly class lessons for every class, where children develop physical skills as well as having numerous opportunities for them to apply these in game situations.
Find out more information here
PhotoWonder take classroom and individual photographs are taken every year which are available for purchase.
In your enrolment form there is a question regarding the consent for your child’s first name, photo or work to appear in the school newsletter, school publications, or on the school’s website.
Cornwall Park District School offers the Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP) to all New Entrant/ Year 1 children in Terms 2 and 3 each year. PMP is a step by step programme that repeats a series of physical and sensory activities, developing gross and fine motor skills resulting in these perceptions and motor reactions becoming more automatic on the return to the classroom. This allows the brain to be able to free itself up to concentrate on higher thinking tasks optimising learning opportunities.
Getting to Know your Child – Beginning of the Year
Parents are invited to fill in a quick information page about their child and then to make a time to meet the teacher on our ‘Getting to Know your child’ sessions held after school one evening in Week 2 of Term 1. This gives the opportunity for the teacher to understand your child’s strengths and passions more as well as look at any areas of particular focus you as parents may have for your child(ren)
Parents will receive a progress report for their child for the first 6 weeks of being at school when starting as a new entrant child.
Progress reports come home on Friday Week 2 Term 2. These reports are followed by an opportunity to make a meeting to meet the Teacher in Week 3 or 4 to discuss your child’s progress.
In Week 3 or 4 Term 3, children share their learning with their parents. Parents are able to select one of 4 sessions to come to the class to talk your child about their progress and the teacher is present to facilitate as required.
Progress reports come home on Friday Week 2 Term 4
In Week 3 or 4 Term 4, children share their learning with their parents. Parents are able to select one of 4 available sessions to come to the class to talk your child about their progress while the teacher is present to facilitate across the group as required.
Parents are invited to meet with your child’s teacher at any stage (outside of the above) to discuss any concerns you may have or to have any questions about your child’s progress at school you may have. Please refer to the School Home Partnership page.
Annual National Standard Anniversary Card
For the first three years at school your child will receive their Anniversary Card measuring their achievement against National Standards. These cards are sent home on the anniversary of the month your child originally started school in.
In Year 4, 5 and 6 your child will receive their anniversary card in the second to last week of the school year measuring their achievement against National Standards.
School donations collected annually help ensure that Cornwall Park District School continues to provide the best resources for our children’s learning, providing specialist teachers in music and physical education, a modern e-Learning environment, high quality ESOL and gifted and talented programmes.
The school donation is set annually by the Board of Trustees.
View our Donations & Payments page for further information
Our School app includes alerts for your childs class, sports teams, itinerant music lessons, BOT, School Fair, PTA, Principal’s Blog and Kapa Haka. You can change these at any time.
Go to the App store on your phone. Search for SchoolAppsNz Open SchoolAppsNZ and enter “Cornwall Park District School”, select to open. Set up your Alert Subscriptions – these are what you would like to be notified about.
For further information go to the School App Page
Rules for our playground
- Speak politely to each other.
- Share and respect school equipment.
- Play in the correct places.
- Play peacefully and safely.
- Respect the school environment.
Rules for the classroom environment
Each room decides its own rules, and displays them in the classroom.
Supplies of all student stationery will be sold through Onehunga Books & Stationery
Visit the Onehunga Books & Stationery store from mid January, state the year level your child will be in, and the complete pack will be handed to you for payment. Onehunga Books & Stationery is open 7 days a week only at the address below excluding some statutory holidays.
Onehunga Books and Stationery
175A Onehunga Mall
In line with the school shade policy, hats must be worn to and from school and at all times when outside during Terms 1 and 4. The school hats are designed with a broad brim for maximum face, neck and ear protection from the sun. Should your child be found not wearing their hat during morning tea time and lunch time, they will be asked to sit under the shade cover outside Room 22 (under the school staffroom).
2020 Term Dates and Student Holidays
Teacher Only Days
- Thursday 30 January 2020
- Friday 31 January 2020
- Friday 27 March 2020
- Friday 29 May 2020
Getting to Know your Child (Interviews with parents) – Monday 3 February 2020
Tuesday 4th February to Thursday 9th April 2020
- Monday 3 February Getting to Know Your Child Meetings
- Tuesday 4 February Term 1 Starts
- Thursday 6 February Waitangi Day (school closed)
- Friday 27 March Teacher Only Day (school closed)
- Thursday 9 April Last Day of Term 1
- Friday 10 April Good Friday (school closed)
- Saturday 11 April School Holidays Start
Tuesday 28 April 2020 to Friday 3rd July 2020
- Monday 27 April Anzac Day (Mondayised – school closed)
- Tuesday 28 April Term 2 Starts
- Friday 29 May Teacher Only Day (school closed)
- Monday 1 June Queens Birthday
- Friday 3 July Last Day of Term 2
- Saturday 4 July School Holidays Start
Monday 20 July 2020 to Friday 25 September 2020
- Monday 20 July Term 3 Starts
- Friday 28 August Teacher Only Day (school closed)
- Friday 25 September Last Day of Term 3
- Saturday 26 September School Holidays Start
Monday 12th October 2020 to Friday 16th December 2020
- Monday 12 October Term 4 Starts
- Monday 26 October Labour Day (school closed)
- Tuesday 8 December Flag Day (saving days 9 – 11)
- Thursday 16 December Last Day of Term 4
The Travelwise primary school programme focuses on road safety education and fun ways to get to school. Teaching children to be safe and encouraging them to get out of the car and be active inspires good habits for the future.
We encourage children to walk to school where ever possible, even if it means parking the car a few blocks away and walking the remaining journey.
Students can scooter to school as long as they wear a helmet and scooter racks are provided at school.
At the end of year 5 students take part in a bike wise programme to teach them the skills to enable them to ride to school safely as year 6 students. Students can ride to school earlier than year 6 as long as they are accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Our school values reflect how we treat each other every day.
Compassion – helping others, wanting to help, sacrificing for others
Perseverance – not giving up, achieving goals, staying with tasks through to completion
Diversity – respecting others, being tolerant, including others, making an effort to understand other points of view, understanding others, celebrating difference
Showing Integrity – making great choices, being honest, doing what you said you would, being trustworthy
All visitors to the school, being any person that is staying on the grounds for purposes other than dropping off or picking up children must report to the school office. A sign in/out tablet is available for use.
This very successful initiative is a great way for pupils to be able to walk to and from school safely while helping relieve parking congestion. The Walking School Bus has a ‘driver’ in front and a ‘conductor’ at the back to various pick-up/drop-off points enroute, or children are collected by caregivers at the end of the route.