Parents Information

Term Dates

  • Term 1 – Starting Wednesday 31st January, Ending Friday 13th April
  • Term 2 – Starting Monday 3oth April, Ending Friday 6th July
  • Term 3 – Starting Monday 23rd July, Ending Friday 28th September
  • Term 4 – Starting Monday 15th October, Ending Friday 14th December

Schools Times

At Forrest Hill School, our day of learning is broken up into four blocks.  

Our day runs like this:

  • 8.45am: School starts
  • Block 1 – 8:45-9:55am
  • Brain Food Break: 9.55am – 10am
  • Block 2 – 10.00am – 11:00am
  • Morning Tea: 11.00am – 11:30am
  • Block 3 – 11.30am – 12:45pm
  • Lunch: 12.45pm -1:30pm
  • Block 4 1.30pm – 2:50pm
  • End of our school day: 2.50pm

Making Payments to School

For school donations, trip payments, stationery and uniform payments etc you are able to pay by internet banking directly into the school bank account.

Details are as follows:

ASB Wairau Park

Account No: 12 3087 0101077 03

Please provide your child’s name and Room number as a reference.

Alternatively you can make Credit Card or EFTPOS payments at the school office.

School Uniform

2017 Uniform Price List

  • School Shirts (sizes 4 – 12)  /  $38.00
  • School Shirts (S/M/L)  /  $40.00
  • Polar fleeces  /  $50.00
  • Vests  /  $40.00
  • Shorts  /  $32.00
  • Skirts  /  $33.00
  • Trousers  /  $36.00
  • Beanies  /  $10.00
  • Caps and Bucket Hats  /  $15.00

To purchase a uniform item please ask at the office.

Enrolment

Thank you for your interest in our school. Choosing a primary school is an important decision that parents make. You need to be sure that the school where your child is going to spend much of their time needs to hold the same values and beliefs that you and your family have. You need to understand the way the school delivers the curriculum and what other opportunities are available to help enrich your child’s education. If you are thinking of enrolling your child/ren at Forrest Hill School then please make contact with Sue or Linda, our office personnel, who will explain options available to you:   We can send you a school prospectus. The Principal enjoys meeting interested parents and will talk to you about the teaching and learning that takes place in the school. You will have a tour around the school whilst the students are working during the day.

ENROLMENT SCHEME

Home Zone

All students who live within the home zone described below (and/or shown on the Enrolment Zone Map FHS) shall be entitled to enrol at the school.

Starting at the intersection of Sunnynook Road (excluded) and Becroft Drive (included), travel around the southern side of Wairau Intermediate School to Blakeborough Drive (60 even, 49 odd and below included). Travel south along Blakeborough Drive until the intersection with Forrest Hill Road (226 even, 251 odd and below included). All roads off the northern side of Blakeborough Drive are excluded from the zone. Travel south along Forrest Hill Road until the intersection with Richards Avenue (included), turn east, including only no exit roads off Richards Avenue, until the intersection with East Coast Road (96-178 even only included). Travel south along the centre of East Coast Road until the intersection with Gordon Avenue (included). Travel southwest along Gordon Avenue (Sudan Avenue excluded) until the intersection with Nile Road (included). Follow Nile Road south and continue to the end of Forrest Hill Road. Travel west along Wairau Road to the motorway and then north along the motorway to the Sunnynook Road overbridge. Travel northeast along Sunnynook Road (excluded) back to the starting point.

Proof of residence within the home zone may be required.

Out of Zone Enrolments

Each year the board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. The board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.

Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:

First Priority This priority category is not applicable at this school because the school does not run a special programme approved by the Secretary.

Second Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.

Third Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.

Fourth priority will be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school

Fifth priority will be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school

Sixth priority will be given to all other applicants

If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.

Applicants seeking second or third priority status will be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.

Parent and Teacher Association - PTA

The Forrest Hill School PTA is made up of a group of school parents who have come together to support our children’s education.  We are the link to the teachers and staff, providing a means for parents and the school to build a successful partnership based on the best interests of our children.

We meet once a month, and our role is to help raise much needed extra funds for the school, to organise social events for the pupils and parents, and to help wherever we are able to within the school community.  New members are always welcome.  Feel free to talk to any of the members if you are interested in being involved!

The team:

  • Chairperson – Tania Hall
  • Secretary – Trudy Renner Falconer
  • Treasurer – Sandra Pennington
  • Staff Representative – Heather Lister
  • Principal: John Marwick

Committee Members: Shona Cribb, Dave Horne, Helena Witkowski, Kirsty Cameron, Anita Cook,

Daniel Cook, Paige Sun and Sarah Huang.

Friends of the PTA –  We have a number of parents who help out from time to time.

If you are interested in joining the PTA as a member, or as a friend of the PTA, you can either speak with one of our members above or we can be contacted through the following channels – email  pta@forresthill.school.nz or via our Facebook page “Forrest Hill School PTA

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Homework

Junior school children will have reading books to take home to read Monday to Thursday with a poem on Friday.

Parents, listening to and reading with their child are a valuable support to school learning.

Homework given to students in the middle and senior areas of the school is usually reflective of classroom programmes. It is a way of consolidating learning. Homework usually involves reading, the learning of spelling and maths basic facts and may contain some topic related activities when

Appropriate. Homework can be set as a week’s contract or on a day by day basis.

Homework is sometimes Web Based and available through Google Drive or Classroom.

For any further information please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Refer to the Teacher’s email Directory.

BYOD

In 2019 students will be using 1 to 1 devices to enhance their learning experience throughout the classes of Year 5 and Year 6.
Building on the work of teachers and students that have taken place over the past three years.
At FHS we use Google Suite as a platform for many of our learning activities in the senior school.
The device that is best suited for this purpose is a Chromebook.
In 2019 parents will have the option of providing their child with his or her own device starting from Year 5.

If you are considering purchasing a Chromebook for your child please download and read the following:

BYOD Rational FHS 2019

Forrest Hill School Criteria for BYOD 2019

BYOD Device Buyers Guide for 2018-2019

BYOD User Agreement 2019

School Policies

SchoolDocs is a website we subscribe to that takes care of our policies, making sure they are regularly reviewed, accessible and strengthened through collaborative practice. It saves our BOT time and gives our community an easy way to view, contributes and shapes school policy.

How it works:

  • Enter the username (forresthill) and password (school).
  • Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  • Read the policy.
  • Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  • Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  • Enter your name (optional).
  • Submit your ratings and comments.
  • If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Have your say on School Policies. View the policies up for discussion and give your feedback.

Absences

To report a student absences online please click here and follow the instructions on the absence form. Otherwise call the office (09) 4108939.  

Seeking Help

If you have a question about your child’s learning please contact their teachers by email.

Refer to the Teacher’s email Directory.

For other matters contact….The Principal, Team Leaders, Front Office.

For more information please download FHS Information Book 2017.