Communication

Below is a summary of Methven Primary School’s preferred communication methods including an extract from our concerns procedure.

Website

We hope that your find our website www.methven.school.nz an informative tool to discover and learn about our wonderful school. If you spot an error within our website or have a suggestion for additional content please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Bungard .

Message My Way

Methven Primary School uses Message My Way to send message alerts and reminders to school families. This cloud-based service allows parents to select the platform that they wish to receive the alerts/reminders via.

If you have not yet registered please visit https://messagemyway.com/code/qqdrq. Please also use this link if you need to update your contact details within the system (i.e. email address or mobile number). If you are having trouble registering to Message My Way, please contact the school office for assistance.

School Newsletters

A whole school newsletter is published every second Wednesday, starting week one of each term. This covers details of what is coming up in the next few weeks, important dates to take note of, any general information, as well as a Community Section.

Newsletters are loaded onto the school website and emailed out to parents/caregivers so please ensure the office has an up to date email address. We also use Message My Way to send out a link to the PDF document. Please let the office know if you require a printed copy.

Team Newsletters / Notices

You can expect a team newsletter at the start of each term to inform you of classroom programmes and important dates or information. Notices regarding an upcoming school activity will also be sent home from time to time. Copies of notices are available on our website.

Class Blogs – Seesaw / Sway

Seesaw is used by Team 1 – 3 students and teachers to share learning and happenings within classrooms via photos and videos, and Team 4 have started utilising the Microsoft product Sway. The occasional small class reminder (i.e. Library books) may be posted via this method too. Your child’s teacher will assist you with connecting to these Class Blogs.

Please feel free to like or comment on your child’s work and/or classroom activities. However, we ask that you use student diaries or email your class teacher to communicate specific questions or messages regarding your child.

School Dairies

Team 1, 2 & 3 children use a diary to communicate between home and school, especially regarding home learning. Please check this daily.

Facebook

Our Facebook page is seen as a way for us to share school happenings with the wider Methven community. The majority of posts will showcase activities that have already taken place, a complementary form of communication to our regular updates in the Snowfed newspaper. Message My Way is our main tool to send alerts and reminders to our school family.

Twitter Alerts

All Message My Way alerts/reminders and Facebook posts automatically feed through to our Twitter account.

If you would like to receive Twitter alerts please send a text to 8987 saying follow methvenprimary followed by another text saying set discover off to avoid getting unwanted Twitter messages.

Please note that Twitter alerts are not available on Vodafone.

When your child leaves Methven Primary School send a text to 8987 saying stop

Assemblies

Whole school assemblies are held once a fortnight, normally in the Mt Hutt College Hall. Parents are welcome to attend. Assembly dates/times can be found in the School Newsletter and are published on our event calendar.

Community Surveys

From time to time we survey members of our community to gather feedback and ideas over a whole range of school related topics. When we do this mostly we use a Microsoft product called Forms. When we invite you to participate in a survey you will be sent an email link that will take you directly to the survey.

Reporting

Throughout the school year a variety of Goal Setting Conferences, Written Reports, 3 Way Conferences, Informal Interviews, and Curriculum Meetings are held for parents/caregivers. More information of these reporting methods can be found on our website.

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees meetings are usually held twice a term (week 4 & week 8) in the school staff room commencing at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings. Meeting dates are published on our event calendar.

Complaints Procedure

No discussion on any complaints involving pupils or staff should take place in the presence or hearing of pupils. A full complaints procedure is available from the School Office, but a summary of the process is highlighted below for your reference:

Pupil Complaints

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.

Teacher Complaints

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.