I’m happy to be able to tell you we have had a positive and calm day at school.
Each class / team has managed any conversation about the Christchurch situation at team level. This means content was age appropriate.
We have focused on the fact that we are safe, and we have lots in place to keep everyone safe.
Through this week we will be reminding children about our safety procedures. Next week we will have drills to practice these (in the first instance we will let the children know before the drill).
There is an information page of tips for parents and educators available at your child’s class or from the school office if you would like one.
If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher, or myself.
Thank you all for your caring and concern.
Alison Woollard – Principal
The current Organisation & Procedures Booklet for 2019 is available here.
If you require a printed copy, please contact the school office.
Cyber Safety at Home & School
At Carterton School we work to ensure that your children are safe using the Internet. We are part of Ministry of Education systems which automatically filter inappropriate sites and searches. Students who work on 1:1 Chromebooks are also closely monitored using the Teacher Dashboard app.
Thankfully, we seldom have incidents where students use the Internet inappropriately at school. If it does happen, we take it very seriously and look into why it has happened and how we can avoid it happening again. Students are not allowed to use devices without clear instructions from a staff member. I anything inappropriate is seen, the students are told to close the lid of their device and see an adult immediately.
Unfortunately, from time to time, some students have been known to use social media sites out of school to target their peers, and inevitably these interactions impact on relationships in and out of school.
Do you know that adult social media sites and apps, such as Snapchat, Facebook etc. have an age restriction of 13 years? Some age restrictions are higher and some require parental consent. If your child is younger than this, they must have entered a false age.
Even Google services have a 13 year old age limit, the exception being the school apps for education. You create an account for younger children using the family link.
We know that for many of us YouTube is the go to place for instructions on how to do just about everything. But do you know what your child is watching or what channels they follow? Do you know if they have their own channel and are posting videos? Do you know what comments they are posting or reacting to? This is an interactive app that we may sometime forget. Some basics to keep your kids safe can be found here or search for parents’ guides.
- Talk to your child about their Internet and Apps use and what social media they are using.
- Sit with them and explore together to see what they are doing and to learn from them.
- Remember, it is reasonable for children of primary/intermediate school age to expect their social media to be checked by a parent.
- If your child receives hurtful or abusive messages on any social media, talk to the other parents concerned and go to the the police for advice if necessary.
|All students are given a new Digital equipment and Internet Agreement at the beginning of the school year. This should be read through thoroughly by both students and whanau, and we ask that you discuss this with your child before you both sign it.|
Students return to school on Monday 4 February 2019 for Term 1.
Contact the office on 06 379 4010 for more information on enrolments and uniforms from 31 January. There will be staff on site at various times from 28 January.
The final evaluation report has now been received from The Education Review Office and may be viewed at the link below.
For further information visit our Facebook page.
To join closed Team Facebook groups, contact your child’s Team Leader.
Look out for the box at Carterton New World supermarket, drop in your receipts for the selected Kellogg’s products for Carterton School.
Promotion runs from 1 January to 31 March.
Following the earthquakes on 14 November 2016, school is open as usual.
Please follow the school Facebook page and app for any updates.
Two new books about Wairarapa have recently been published, authored by Maxine Hemi, available from Huia Publishing.
‘First Flight’ is a collection of short stories for children and young adults about people and events of Ngāti Kahungunu. The majority of the stories focus on key events in the life of Ngāti Kahungunu chief Nukupewapewa.
This graphic novel tells the story of Ngārara Huarau, a taniwha, that travels from Hawke’s Bay to Wairarapa in search of his sister, Pari-kawhiti. As he journeys, his movement shapes the landscape, and his hunger leads him to eat birds, seals, seafood and people, causing terror as he travels south. It is available in Māori and English.