Following advice from the Ministry of Education and Health, The Marlborough Principals’ Association has decided upon the following messages for all schools within Marlborough.
– No assemblies for the remainder of Term 1.
– The Teacher Only Day scheduled for 29th May has been postponed.
– All schools will review lunch eating arrangements including the availability of lunch orders.
– Schools will only provide online learning in the unlikely event of school closures.
– Schools will continue to have strong focus on the importance of handwashing. Classroom cleaning has also increased.
– Students and staff who are unwell must stay at home. Students who become unwell during the school day will be sent home.
– Schools are currently planning for the unlikely event of school closures, including the use of online learning. More information will be provided in the near future.
– Schools may decide to cancel group events such as Kapahaka, School Choir and other large group activities.
Following these guidelines we will be temporarily cancelling Kapahaka and choir groups.
We will continue with our small eating areas. Subway and Sushi will continue, Sausage Sizzle will be cancelled from Friday 27th March until further notice.
Further message from the Ministry of Education and Health
Reminder – schools remain open
At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures, like what is happening at Logan Park School but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres.
Consequently any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless students are unwell themselves, then parents should keep sending them to schools and early learning centres as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning.
Talking to children and young people about COVID-19
Given the rise in the number of reported cases, there may be children or young people in your life who experience distress. As a trusted adult, you can help reassure and educate them about COVID-19 – it can be good to talk to them now, so they can understand the illness and be reassured.
Please click here for advice on talking to your child(ren) about Covid-19
Green Gold – Enviro schools
As a green gold school, we focus on environmental issues which relate back to our vision “To make a Difference” We have a range of initiatives reduce, reuse and recycle products. Each area of the school has an environmental focus Our GO M.A.D team make a difference to the team with a range of environmental initiatives like: writers walk, fish on drains, vegetable garden, school orchard. Nga Tikanga, Nga Tikanga Ako, Nga Kaupapa – sustain BEYOND GREEN GOLD practices.
We make connections to our team tress.
Sports and Culture
We have a large number of opportunities for children to be involved in weekend and school sports teams. This currently includes netball, hockey, volleyball, summer soccer, touch rugby, rippa rugby, basketball, and Tball/softball. Football and rugby are organized through the sports clubs.
When sports become available each term, a signup sheet is given to the classes. If your child is interested in a particular sport they are encouraged to put their name on the list. These children then receive a permission slip with further information requiring a parent signature.
Please note we have timeframes of when our teams have to be registered and for some sports trials are held. We therefore require notices back to the office or class teacher on the date specified. After this date, we are unable to accept registrations. We have a ‘’No Pay, No Play’’ policy and sports fees are due prior to the start of each sports season.
Every class will be operating a regular fitness programme along with other physical education activities. We encourage all children to be active in health and Physical activity including cross country, swimming in summer. A note from a parent/caregiver is required to excuse children who are not able to actively take part in any programmes.
Elin Thomas is our performing arts teacher. She takes all students for dance, drama and music. She also offers ukulele lessons after school. If you are interested in music lessons contact the office for details of guitar and brass lessons.
The school performing artist specialist develops the children’s talents in a visual expression of Maori culture and traditions. Kapahaka meet regulary to practice and perform regular to the public and for school events. The whole school has kapahaka on a Friday alternate to assembly.
The music specialist leads the choir and this is a strong focus in the school. The school choir participates in the Marlborough Schools Music Festival regularly as well as representing the school for a variety of public performances. If your child is interested in joining the choir they should speak to Elin Thomas our ‘Performing Arts Specialist’.
Board of Trustees
We have a very supportive, caring Board of Trustees, who are very proud of the opportunities provided to all the students at Springlands School.
The School Board of Trustees is made up of five elected members/parents, the principal and one teacher rep.
The Board’s role is to develop the strategic direction of the school including property and ensure policies and procedures are current. The Board of Trustee also is responsible for staffing and property matters.
The Springlands Board of Trustees consists of:
Gaylene Beattie (Principal)
Jodi Harris (Chairperson)
Jess Holdaway (Teacher Representative)
Policies and Procedures
An important part of the Board’s governance responsibilities involves setting policies that describe how we expect the school to be run, in order to produce the best outcomes for our students and to fulfill our legal requirements. The application of these policies in the day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the principal, in accordance with the procedures specified in each policy.
SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to fit our school; including school specific information such as our charter, procedures for behaviour management and reporting to parents.
Our policies are monitored by SchoolDocs and updated, modified, or created in response to changes in legislation, significant events, Ministry guidelines, reviews /requests from schools, with regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in this review.
- To view our policies click here to visit the website
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Families of Springlands School
Families of Springlands School (FOSS) plays a vital role in communication, coordination and fundraising at our school. We are very lucky to have a supportive and helpful parent group who connect with our Board of Trustees and parent community to enhance the development of school resources and event planning.
Over the years FOSS has been responsible for fundraising and supporting the school by purchasing the senior playground, upgrading the pool, funding the tennis courts and supporting the school by purchasing school flags.
The Springlands School Annual Gala is the FOSS teams main fundraising event. The gala is well known for the family atmosphere, quality entertainment, fabulous food, the famous white elephant, silent auction and so much more. A day not to be missed.
If you would like to become involved with FOSS please contact the school office.
Feedback from our school community is very important to us. We strive to provide many opportunities to feed into and give feedback on our goals, vision, curriculum, policy and projects. This consultation takes the form of hui, online surveys, focus group consultation and organised meetings covering specific topics. Please contact the school directly if you would like to meet individually regarding any specific consultation.