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Communication We encourage all families to ensure their email details are current and correct as this is our main form of communication. Please ensure all phone numbers and home addresses are also current. Notices are placed on the website. Although students have access to their phones during the school day, the expectation is that they do not communicate with home. All necessary communication with students throughout the school day is directed through the front office or classroom teacher.
Absences from School The Education Act requires that the Board of Trustees takes all reasonable steps to ensure that children attend school whenever it is open, unless they are sick or absent for some other reason. A phone call on the day of sickness before 9am (09 477 2121) or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org is required. Please ensure you clearly say your child's full name and room number.
Newsletter Parents are kept informed of what is happening at the school by means of a fortnightly newsletter. The newsletter is emailed to families every alternate Thursday. It is also available on the school website: www.mbi.school.nz
Reporting to Parents The school has a policy of reporting to parents regularly on their child’s learning progress. Parent/teacher/student conferences are scheduled in Term 1 and midyear. Parents are welcome to seek additional interviews with teachers at any time. Two written reports are issued each year, one at midyear and one at the end of the year.
Home Learning It is important that children of this age develop time management and good independent study habits in preparation for college. Home learning is set for each classroom under a points system. If your child claims not to have home learning on a regular basis please contact the Teacher/Dean. The recommended time should not be longer than 35 minutes a night.
All students have access to our school library via the Oliver library link. They log on with their MBIS account details and can view, reserve and download a wide selection of e-books. Parents can browse the site but need student details to access. Year 7 students are shown how to use this resource at the beginning of the school year. Its valid for the time they are at MBIS.
Finances Like most schools, Murrays Bay Intermediate depends on the school donation to support learning programmes. The school donation levels for individual students and for families with more than one child at school are set by the Board each year. If a family is experiencing financial hardship they should contact the Principal in confidence as the school can generally assist. Our policy is that no child shall be disadvantaged due to inability to pay. Payment options KINDO Payment system
Stationery and Equipment It is essential that students have the necessary equipment to facilitate their learning. For the first few days of the school year, students will need to bring from home their device or a pad and pen. Stationery is sold through a company who delivered individual packs to the school. Details will be emailed before the end of year on how to order your child’s stationery.
Devices Murrays Bay Intermediate School is an ICT enriched learning environment. Our school is a BYOD teaching and learning community. Students are encouraged to bring their own device to school to enhance and enable online learning in the 21st century.
Lunchroom The school runs a lunchroom that operates a daily lunch scheme. This supplies students with a range of substantial lunch options and snacks. The menu varies from time to time. A list of available products and prices will be issued at the beginning of the year. Changes to the menu will be indicated in the newsletter. The menu is also on the school website.
Mufti Days Once a term students have the opportunity to come to school out of uniform. Usually these days are arranged by the School Council and a small fee is collected for the privilege of wearing mufti. Monies collected are for charitable causes and School Council projects. Visits by Parents Parents wishing to see students for any reason during the course of the school day should go to the School office and make their request.
Accidents or Sickness at School The school has very limited sick bay facilities so we ask parents who are advised by phone that their child is ill, to collect them immediately. In cases of emergency the school will get a child to medical attention, either GP or hospital, if no caregiver can be contacted. Medication can only be given on receipt of a letter from a parent as per the school policy. All communication regarding sickness or accidents will be conducted by the school to parents, not through students.
Discipline The school requires high standards of behaviour from students. The school guiding rule is ‘that students speak and act in ways they would be happy for their parents to know about’. Parents will be advised of behaviour causing concern. It is essential that parents and school work closely together to ensure responsible behaviour. Other Information At Murrays Bay Intermediate School there are opportunities to learn to speak several languages.