Please find below an A-Z directory of general information relating to Methven Primary School. If you can’t find the information you are looking for please don’t hesitate to contact the school office on 302 8500 or email .
Regular school attendance is important for children’s progress. Please contact the school office on 302 8500 before 9:00am if your child is going to be absent. An answering machine is available to record these absences – please leave the students name, class name and reason for absence on the message. On returning to school a child needs to bring a note of explanation for any absence – this is to comply with Government regulations regarding school attendance.
Please notify the office if your child:
- Is being picked up by someone else
- Is to leave the school grounds
- Will be absent from or be late for school
- Will be collected early
- Is absent due to a notifiable infectious disease
- will be off the afternoon school bus
If you child is late for school, please have them visit the school office on their arrival so that the attendance register can be updated.
Whole school assemblies are held once a fortnight, normally on a Friday at 2:15pm in the Mt Hutt College Hall. Parents are welcome to attend. Information regarding times of these can be on our event calendar.
Methven Primary School, Our Lady of the Snows School, and Lauriston School hold a joint Athletic Sports day each year in Term 4. The event is organised by (and held at) Methven Primary School.
Junior students are placed in mixed gender, age and ability groups for running, jumping & throwing activities. The activities are designed to teach athletic skills that lead on to Senior athletic activities, with the emphasis on participation, accepting and being sporting.
Senior students are separated by gender and age groups and participate in high jump, long jump, short sprint, long sprint, shot put, and discus events. Students have the opportunity to become eligible for the County Schools Athletic Sports, and the Canterbury Athletic day in Christchurch.
Details will be listed on our Event Calendar leading up to the event.
The school operates a very successful Behaviour Management Programme, whereby children are encouraged to be responsible for their own actions and behaviour and to respect their own property and that of others. Each class has a Behaviour Book that monitors classroom issues and there is a Playground Book that monitors playground incidents. We have a six-step Behaviour Procedure that allows children to clearly understand the consequences of repeated inappropriate behaviour. Parents are contacted of there are serious matters of concern. We would encourage parents to contact the school if they have any concerns.
Our MPS STARs; “Sporting, Trustworthy, Accepting & Responsible” provide a clear set of behaviour expectations for the children to achieve within the school environment.
Bible in Schools
Our Bible in Schools Programme is led by volunteers from the different Church groups in our local community. The children usually receive one half hour lesson each fortnight. The Bible in Schools Programme explores values in line with the New Zealand Curriculum. The children participate in small role-plays, cutting and colouring activities, singing songs and listening to stories from the Bible. These activities are based around citizenship themes and teach the children about the significant Christian religious holidays that we celebrate in New Zealand. Children not participating in the programme are given separate activities in their own room, or are removed to another class to join in with their classroom activities.
Scholastic Book Club keeps the reading momentum rolling all year long by providing children and families with regular access to age-appropriate and affordable books. Our school benefits too! We earn 20% in Scholastic Rewards on all Book Club orders which helps us purchase additional learning and literacy resources. The easiest way for parents to order and pay for LUCKY Book Club is online. Visit www.scholastic.co.nz/loop or download the LOOP apps to get started. Order forms with cash or cheques (payable to Scholastic New Zealand) can be returned to the school office. Current issue: 5. The deadline for orders to be returned to the office has closed but orders can be made online up until Saturday 16 September.
Parents are to fill out a Bus Enrolment Form and deliver it to the school office as soon as possible, making sure all details are entered including a full physical address with a RAPID number. The school office then forwards your enrolment form to the Methven Area Bus Group bus controller, who will contact you directly to confirm your enrolment and conditions/rules of travel.
The Methven Primary School office needs to be informed of any temporary changes to the afternoon school bus run including if your child will be absent or not traveling by bus on a particular day. Parents/caregivers can ring the school office to advise of these changes or use the bus book in the school office up until 3pm each day. Senior students are also able to sign themselves out on this book. Please ensure you keep your child’s bus traveling details up to date with the office.
It is important that you stay with your child/ren until the bus picks them up in the morning and be prepared to meet them when they arrive home each day. Please be on the side of the road that they alight. Teach your child bus safety rules. Bus Monitors are appointed to assist our bus children. After school, bus children assemble on the asphalt in their bus lines, and the roll is checked by the Bus Monitors. On wet days children assemble in the hall. Senior pupils help the little ones to the bus depot and see them safely onto the buses. Two duty teachers oversee this responsibility.
The Methven Bus Group is responsible for all issues involved in your child’s journey by bus, so please phone Sally-Ann Kircher (Bus Controller) at 302 9375 or 027 235 0337 if you have a concern to discuss. The Group use a facebook to communicate with parents/caregivers regarding bus delays so we recommend you connect with their page: https://www.facebook.com/methvenareabusgroup/.
Members of the community can borrow equipment that is not currently being used by the school. There are two requirements; the community loan book in the office is filled in fully and any equipment damaged is repaired at the user’s cost.
No discussion on any complaints involving pupils or staff should take place in the presence or hearing of pupils.
If you have a complaint about a pupil or pupils, you should refer your complaint to your child’s classroom teacher. If the action or response does not satisfy your concern, please refer your complaint to the Junior or Senior Associate Principals.
In the event of a complaint about a teacher, you must first make an effort to discuss the problem with the teacher concerned before you approach the Junior or Senior Associate Principal or Principal.
The full complaints procedure is available from the School Office.
School contact details can be found at the bottom of every page of our website.
Methven Primary School, Our Lady of the Snows School, and Lauriston School hold a joint Cross Country event each year in Term 2. The event is organised by (and held at) Lauriston Primary School. Students have the opportunity to become eligible for the County Cross Country.
- Year 1 – 600m
- Year 2 – 700m
- Year 3 – 1000m
- Year 4 – 1500m
- Year 5 – 2000m
- Year 6 – 2000m
Details are listed on our Event Calendar leading up to the event.
Methven Primary School has a clear commitment to providing quality programmes of work in all areas of the curriculum, but above all aims to ensure that the quality of its programmes in the core areas of English and Maths are a priority in each class. Curriculum areas are reviewed and updated regularly as new national curriculum documents are produced and the needs of our school change.
The Canterbury District Health Board’s mobile community dental service visits Methven Primary School once a year. They are next expected to arrive at school around the middle of September 2017.
- The dental therapist will not only be checking the children’s teeth but will also Xray, clean and apply protective treatments fluoride and or Fissure sealants (coating put on teeth to prevent decay) if required.
- If your child requires further dental care such as fillings they will bring home a ‘Care Plan’ which will explain what dental care is required.
- When you receive the ‘Care Plan’ please contact their Call Centre as soon as possible as you will need to arrange a time to bring your child to one of their Community Clinics for this dental treatment.
- Please let them know if you wish to be present at your child’s check up or if you do not wish your child to have any of the proposed dental care. You can phone the call centre or talk to the staff in the mobile.
If your child has a dental issue outside of the planned school visit, please phone the call centre to make an appointment at another Mid Canterbury location.
To contact the call centre, phone 0800 846 983 or email .
An annual donation of $50 per child or $100 per family is encouraged each year. Families may opt to increase this donation. This amount is considerably lower than many other New Zealand schools. Our school donations help support the funding shortfall we experience every year and are an important part of our budget.
In Term One a ‘have a go’ duathlon is held for Years 1 – 4. This event is held at the conclusion of the MPS Swimming gala.
We also hold a Triathlon in Term One for Years 3 – 6. Competitive racing option: Swim 2 lengths of Methven Pool, bike 3kms (approx) and run 1km (approx). Non-competitive racing option: Swim 1 length or 3 widths of Methven Pool, bike 1.5kms (approx) and run 500m (approx). Details are listed on our Event Calendar leading up to the events.
Our school is part of the N4L network set up by the Ministry of Education to provide high speed internet. This comes with robust filtering, but all children are expected to respect our school rules for internet usage. A form needs to be signed by children and parents on enrolment and annually for the Senior Syndicate children. We have a growing number of devices per class for specific use of enhancing learning. Children are taught safe internet usage and are guided in their skills to use different programmes, sites and Apps for collaborative learning, inquiry, skill practice and sharing. A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is being put in place for our older students. Senior classes are predominantly using windows devices and junior students use ipads to support their learning.
Education Outside The Classroom (ETOC) is the name given to all events/activities that occur outside the classroom, both on and off the school site. Our school believes in using a range of environments and experiences to enhance our students’ learning We are close to various rich learning environments for our students. Our EOTC consent on the Consent Form covers activities within normal school hours and within walking distance from the school that are deemed low risk (Table 3.1 Management guide for EOTC activity types. EOTC Guidelines. MOE.2009). The consent includes Sport and Swimming run by the school. There is a school camp every year for the Senior students and costs for this are met by parents. Parent Support is vital to ensure the success of School Camps.
Any cost associated with additional activities (i.e. skiing, class trips, school camp, visits, educational touring groups) will be advised via a notice and added to your family account. Money for these activities can be paid online (our preferred method of payment) or provided in a named envelope to the school office.
Methven Primary School bank account: 02 0868 0013797 02.
First Aid / Sickness
Should a child suffer an accident at School, they will be attended to, and if it is felt that a Doctor’s advice is necessary then the parent will be contacted immediately. If children become ill at school, the parents will be notified to come and take them home. Many of our staff have current first aide certificates.
Gifted & Talented
Our policy is to ensure that Gifted and Talented students are recognised, affirmed and that opportunities are provided for these students to further excel in their area(s) of strength. Some children are nominated to be assessed for participation in a One Date School Programme currently based in Ashburton. Please contact the school office for more information.
Purpose of Home Learning
- To extend and consolidate school based learning
- To develop self regulation (organise time & equipment)
- To foster a link between home and school (share current learning)
Home Learning Helper’s Role
- Take an interest in Home Learning and support children when needed
- Ensure children do not spend excessive time completing tasks
- Liaise with classroom teachers if there are any concerns
- Set relevant and purposeful home learning tasks
- Acknowledge home learning on a regular basis
- Provide adapted Home Learning for children with specific needs
- As appropriate, provide options for topic based projects and/or Websites for skill practice
Home Learning Options
- Team 1 – Tasks: Reading, Key Ring Words, Maths Cards (approx 15 mins)
- Team 2 – Tasks: Reading, Spelling Words, Basic Facts (approx 15 – 20 mins)
- Team 3 – Tasks: Reading, Spelling Words, Basic Facts/Maths Knowledge Activity (approx 15 – 20 mins)
- Team 4 – Tasks: Reading, Spelling Words, Basic Facts/Maths Knowledge Activity (approx 20 mins)
House and School Leaders
Each year these leaders are chosen from our Year 6 group of children. These children meet regularly with the Associate Principals and are responsible for important leadership roles around the school. They work with the younger students and support the staff.
When children are enrolled at MPS, they are put into colour groups with their siblings. There are four house groups:
- Whero (Red)
- Kahurangi (Blue)
- Kowhair (Yellow)
- Karakiki (Green)
Children are awarded house points throughout the year where children are able to participate in fun activities as part of a group or dress up in their house colours or other themed events. At the end of Term 1, we hold a “Show your Colours” mufti day to raise funds for further house activities. At the end of each term, the winning house are rewarded with a group fun activity run by the house leaders.
We offer our Y4 – Y5 students the opportunity to take part in Digital Technologies, Science, Spelling, Writing, English & Mathematics competitions. Students may choose to do none, one, or all of them, The aim of these exams is to test skills and processes in the various subjects and to provide children with worthwhile and challenging test experiences. These test take place in schools throughout the Pacific region and are an initiative of the Educational Testing Centre of the University of New South Wales. The majority of questions can be attempted by average students with reasonable chance of success. A few questions are designed to challenge more able students. Most questions are based on real life situations and involve the application of knowledge and skills developed inside and outside of the classroom. All students receive a certificate and letter with comprehensive feedback on their performance. Certificates awarded are: High Distinction, Distinction, Credit, Achievement, and Participation. Medals are awarded to top students each year. Exams take place between May – August each year.
The school has an excellent library with a wide range of titles available for use by children in the school. New titles are constantly added. All pupils spend some structured class time in the library each week and pupils are able to use the library at lunchtimes. Books are issued during in-school library sessions. Parents are requested to ensure books are returned to school promptly and in good condition.
Please ensure that all clothing and property is clearly named. The school cannot accept responsibility for lost property but every effort will be made to locate lost items. Items not labelled or named are put in the “lost property” box located in the hall foyer and you are welcome to check through clothing found and not claimed. At the end of each term any unclaimed property is sent to the Red Cross Shop. Please name all clothing!
Children are encouraged to have a healthy lunch. Lollies, Sports Drinks and Fizzy Drinks are not allowed. All children need to have a piece of fresh fruit or veggie to eat at Fruit Break” at 10am, as well as sufficient food for first and second lunch. A pie warmer is available for heating foods such as pies, toasties etc. Food should come wrapped in tin foil with name and room number marked clearly on the outside.
Choices for purchasing lunch that need to be ordered through the School will be published in the school newsletter.
If for some reason your child requires regular medication, please contact the school. You will be required to complete a Request to Administer Medication form. Provide the medication in a labelled container with the necessary instructions for use. This will be kept in a locked cupboard in the Sick Bay.
Microsoft Showcase School
Methven Primary School is a Microsoft Showcase School. We have been using Office 365 since 2014. Children have their own login and email and this allows them access to Office 365 products on their devices at home. Senior classes are using shared online learning environments such as OneNote for their daily learning.
Milk in Schools
Fonterra Milk is about growing healthy kids and milk contains essential nutrients for growth and development. The natural nutrition of milk gives kids calcium for building bones and nutrients they need for sustained energy, concentration and learning in the classroom. Participation in the programme is entirely voluntary. More information can be found at www.fonterramilkforschools.com. If you would like your children to be involved in the programme, please agree via our enrolment consent form.
As well as the school programme for music, children have the opportunity to join the school choir who perform regularly at a schools’ festival in Ashburton. Private music teachers teach lessons on the school premises and many parents take advantage of this opportunity and children are released from class time for their music lesson. Accounts are sent directly to parents by the music teacher.
There are many occasions where parents are able to help with school activities and teachers recognise and are grateful for the support they receive at these times. The classroom teacher will explain what the parent helper can do and help in the class lesson. Classroom Parent Helpers will be given a copy of the school policy on Parent Help, and will be asked to sign a confidentially form. Parents attending ETOC activities will be well briefed by the teacher in charge before departure.
Every second year (in term three) we hold a Pet Day event at school. Activities range from children dressing up in an animal theme for the day, classroom treasure hunts, dog agility course, animal care demonstrations, animal cake decorating/baking, animal sculptures, animal collages and pet viewing. Information will be loaded onto our Event Calendar closer to the time. Last event was held in 2016.
We celebrate the Arts every second year with a Whole School Production. This is an opportunity for children to share their learning through performance. We use local venues to provide a stage for us to our limited space at school. We provide a number of options for families to come and see our production. Next production: September 2017. Information will be loaded onto our Event Calendar closer to the time.
Goal Setting Conference
These will occur at the beginning of the school year to give parents a chance to meet with their child’s teacher and for the teachers to get to know about the needs of their students. Information about booking these conferences will be on the school website.
Parents will be provided with two written reports throughout the year. Year 4 – 6 children will receive their reports mid and end year. Year 0 – 3 children will have reports written in the term of their birthday and approximately 6 months either side of their birthday. Reports will contain details of your child’s progress during the year and achievement against the National Standards. Comments are intended to summarise your child’s strengths and learning needs.
3 Way Conferences
3 Way Conferences will be held once during the school year. Year 4 – 6 children will have their conference mid-year. Year 0 – 3 children will have their conference at the end of the term of their birthday. A 6 Year Net (Reading and Writing Test) will be presented at the conference for children who have turned 6. Children who have just started school can also expect their New Entrant teacher to invite them in to discuss how they have settled into school. Conferences are an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to discuss next steps and learning goals.
If you wish to meet a teacher for any particular reason during the school year, please contact the teacher for an appointment.
Opportunities will be given for parents to be informed of curriculum development and other school areas of focus.
Children may come into the school grounds from 8:30am (unless prior arrangements have been made). Children are not encouraged to remain at school after 3:20pm unless accompanied by a parent. Staff members will not be responsible for children after this time.
This information can be found at the bottom of every page of our website.
All areas of the school’s curriculum programme and school management structures are covered by comprehensive school policies and procedures. These are reviewed regularly and are available for parents to view through the office or the Principal.
Scooters & Skateboards
Children may bring scooters or skateboards to school. Helmets must be worn at all times. Specific areas for safe scooting and skating are provided and our scooter track is available for free use during break times. Please name all equipment clearly.
Methven Primary School is pleased to offer students the opportunity to travel in class groups to Mount Hutt for skiing or snowboarding. The school aims for two trips per class during August/September.
The school also offers a six week Friday Ski Option programme for year 4 – 6 students.
Details are listed on our Event Calendar.
Occasionally the school may have to close due to snow. Below is the procedure for closure during the day, and for closure before the start of the day.
Procedure for closure during the day
- A decision will be made to close in conjunction with the other affected schools and Methven Travel.
- You will be notified of the closure by Message My Way, and then by a phone call from a representative of the Bus Group with an approximate drop off time.
- Please make sure you have your phone with you if closure could be likely.
- In the case you can not be reached, your child will be kept at school until they can be picked up.
- Children will remain inside until their bus is ready to go. Buses will have a staggered departure.
- Parents will be notified by Message My Way of the closure.
- Pupils living in town will be held in their classrooms until after the buses have departed.
- Children will be kept at school until they are collected by a parent or caregiver.
- If you wish your child to be collected by another parent, the office will need authorisation from you.
- If for some reason you are unable to collect your child, they will be cared for at school.
- It is essential to delay pickup of your children until after the buses have departed.
Procedure for closure before the start of the day
- You will be notified of the closure by Message My Way before 7.00am. If you are not signed up to receive Message My Way, please do so as soon as possible. Our office staff can help you to do this.
- The closure will also be posted on the Methven Area Bus Group facebook page and the Mt Hutt Cancellation line – phone 302 8904.
- The situation may arise that the school is open but the buses are not operating. In this case parents will need to make their own transport arrangements.
If at any stage closure is looking likely, please feel free to keep your children at home. Snow Closure notices will also be placed on our website.
Special Learning Needs
We run learning support programmes throughout the school to cater for a range of different learning needs. We have a number of skilled Teacher Aides who work with groups of children and a Reading Recovery Teacher who works with individual children.
Methven Primary School encourages children to take up a sport – to be involved, to enjoy, to maintain fitness and skills, to contribute as a team member, to play fair and to play for success. Many of our students take part in after school/weekend local competitions (i.e. netball, tennis, miniball, hockey, cricket, soccer and rugby) and throughout the year we have a number of local codes providing skill development sessions during class time. Please feel free to contact the school office if you would like assistance in tracking down a contact number for a local sports club.
Methven Primary School participates in the annual Winter Sports Tournament which has teams competing against other schools from the Ashburton District in the main codes of Hockey, Netball, Rugby and Soccer. We also participate in the Mid Canterbury Rugby Union Rippa Tournament held in Ashburton during term 2, and Cricket & Miniball tournaments held in Ashburton. Event details are listed on our Event Calendar leading up to the event.
Student Contact Details
Please ensure that you advise the school office if there has been a change of contact details (address, phone or email) so that we can update our Student Management System records. This includes all primary caregivers and emergency contacts. Please note that it your responsibility to ensure that the details in Message My Way are kept up to date. The office staff can assist with this process if required.
Methven Primary School has a Sunsmart Procedure that makes sunhats compulsory in Terms 1 & 4. Hats should be a bucket or brimmed style. MPS red bucket sunhats are available from purchase via NZ Uniforms. It is important that children take responsibility for wearing and storing their own hats daily. Classrooms have sunscreen available, but this should also be applied at home before school.
The Methven Community Pool provides a fabulous resource for our students. Swimming is part of the school curriculum with all children expected to take part during the daily swimming times during terms one & four each year.
Methven Area Swimming Sports are held in term 1 for Years 5 & 6 each year, a combined event with OLS and Lauriston. County Schools Swimming Sports held at the EA Networks Centre in Ashburton.
A MPS Swimming Gala is held in term 1 for Years 1 – 4. This is a fun event, celebrating participation and having a go! There are widths, lengths and fun activities for all the children to participate in.
Information on swimming events are listed on our Event Calendar leading up to the event.
Terms Dates & Public Holidays
This information can be found at the bottom of every page of our website.