Handy Hints Guide
Print out the Handy Hints Guide and keep in a safe place for quick reference.
Website: www.wbhs.school.nz Please check our website regularly for Notices, Newsletters, and information. The Kamar portal (Student Information Management System) can be accessed through the website. Use this to check your son’s attendance, progress, etc. Please contact the Main Office if you require assistance.
Important Phone Numbers
Student Centre: (09) 430-4170 ext 214
Absences, messages for your son, etc. Please leave a message on voicemail. These are regularly cleared.
Enrolment Officer: (09) 430-4170 ext 212 [email protected] for enrolment enquiries
The School Day
Whānau: 8:45 – 9:00
Period 1: 9:00 – 10:00
Period 2: 10:00 – 11:00
Interval: 11:00 – 11:30
Period 3: 11:30 – 12:30
Period 4: 12:30 – 1:30
Lunch: 1:30 – 2:10
Period 5: 2:10 – 3:10
During whānau time information is relayed from the Daily Notices. School diaries are checked and important dates advised. Students are encouraged to approach their Whānau teacher in the first instance if they have any concerns.
Please refer to the Prospectus for the correct school uniform. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) sells second hand uniforms in good condition. Contact Denise Limby by texting 021-213-2568.
Your son must have a Pass issued by the Student Centre for not wearing the correct uniform. This will only be given for valid reasons and must be supported by a note from his parent or caregiver.
Late to School
If your son arrives during Whānau time he should go straight to his Whānau class and explain why he is late to his Whānau teacher. If your son arrives after Period 1 has commenced he must go to the Student Centre to receive a Late Pass before going to class.
His Whānau teacher will contact you for an explanation if your son does not bring a note to school explaining why he is/was late.
Medical / Dental appointments
While it is in the best interests of your son’s education to arrange medical or dental appointments outside school hours, we understand this may not always happen. If your son has to attend an appointment during the school day, please issue him with a note to take to the Student Centre. A Pass will be prepared for him to collect at either interval or lunch. This pass will allow him to leave class at the allotted time. He is then required to report back to the Student Centre on his return.
If your son is too ill to attend school you will need phone and report his absence to the Student Centre (09) 430-4170 ext 214. Please follow this up with a written note on his return. Texts and emails are automatically sent out at 10:30am every morning to alert you if your son is not at school.
Change of Address or Circumstances
Please advise the Enrolment Officer if your family circumstances change, you move house, change jobs, or change your email address. This will ensure we have up-to-date details in case of an emergency.
The Canteen serves a wide range of healthy snacks at reasonable prices and opens at 8.00 am each morning. Lunches may be ordered in advance.
Taking your son out of class
If you are aware in advance that your son will need to leave school early, please provide him with a note to take to the Student Centre in order for him to get a Pass.
Whilst we try to accommodate every request, please note that it is not always possible at short notice to get a message to your son. As we do not have an inter-communication system operating between the office and classrooms, it could mean a staff member has to go and find him. Generally, after 2:50pm it is virtually impossible to do this as staff are at their busiest towards the end of the day. A phone is available in the Student Centre for students to make local calls.
Calls to cellphones cost 50c.
On the first day of the school year all new students who travel on school buses receive bus information. The Bus Controller is Mrs Rachel Thornton who may be contacted on (09) 430-4170 ext 204, or by email at [email protected]
Health Centre and Guidance Counsellor
Te Awatea means ‘bright pathway.’ It is in place to assist students in making positive decisions around health and wellbeing. Staff include Mrs Treena Shrimpton (Te Awatea Admin Assistant), Doug Gibbs (Guidance Counsellor/Head of Student Support) and Lydia Smith (Guidance Counsellor). Te Awatea is about welcoming caregivers and whānau to work together with us for the benefit of our students throughout their school years.
To make an appointment with a counsellor, book through Mrs Shrimpton on (09) 430-4170 ex 215 or email [email protected]
The school has a full-time Social Worker, Susan da Silva (email [email protected]), who is available to work with Whānau and students to meet their needs both within and outside of the school environment.
Payment of Accounts
We endeavour to send out accounts within the first week of each month. Payment instructions are noted on the statements. If your son is making the payment to the Main Office, please ensure it is in a sealed envelope with his name on the outside and what you are paying for.
We have an Eftpos machine in the Main Office and this may be used for payment of accounts or trips, etc. We do not give out cash on Eftpos cards.
The school is a Restorative Practice organisation. A range of measures may be engaged for behavioural issues depending on their degree of seriousness. Minor issues will usually be dealt with by general teaching staff. On occasion students may be required to carry out Community Service after school hours. Parents will be advised in advance when this is required. For very serious incidents your son may be given a Stand Down, meaning he would be sent home (you will be contacted to collect him) for up to 5 days a term or a maximum of 10 days per year. Once this has been exceeded (or for very serious offences) he could be suspended to the Board of Trustees.
If your son wishes to transfer to a new school or leave to start a training course or apprenticeship he must complete a Clearance form. This is signed off by the Main Office (to check fees), the Library (to check overdue Library/Text books), his Dean, and all his teachers. Once completed, he should return the form to the Main Office. His name can then be removed from the roll. If he is not enrolling at a new school he will be issued with a Leaving Certificate (providing fees are paid and all books returned). If your son is under 16 you must apply for an exemption for him from the Ministry of Education.
BYOD (Bring your own Device)
WBHS is a fully WIFI-capable campus, with ultra-fast broadband throughout. Boys are encouraged to bring their own device to school and may use them at the teacher’s discretion during classes. If the devices are used at times other than when directed by the teacher, they will be confiscated.
The Library is situated on the lefthand side of the main reception area and is managed by Mrs Dee Brooker. Opening hours are 8:00am to 3:30pm. The library holds 10,000 print books, over 150 e-books and a large collection of graphic novels. Library promotions are run every term.
Your son may borrow three books at a time. If a book is not returned or has been lost you will receive an account for the replacement cost.
PTA (Parent Teacher Association)
The PTA meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in the Staff Room. New members are always welcome.
Kōtuku ki te Rangi (Māori Parent Hui)
The Māori Parent Hui meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm in the Staff Room. The hui provides a forum for parents of our Māori students to meet and discuss matters which impact on improving educational outcomes. Those interested in attending should contact Matthew Lawson on (09) 430-4170 or email [email protected]