Every child's learning journey is unique, and so a personal relationship with each learner and their family/whanau is important to us. We love having informal chats with you in the morning. However if there is ever something you would like to discuss in more detail, you are very welcome to make an appointment at any time to talk to your child’s teacher.
We plan to report to you formally each term of the school year as outlined here. We encourage you, in every instance, to share your child’s learning and discuss reports in a positive and supportive manner, valuing their progress and effort.
Early in term one, there is an opportunity for parents/whanau to visit the classroom and meet your child’s teacher in an informal way. It is intended that your child show you around the classroom and introduce you to their teacher (although sometimes they may need your help with this). The classrooms are open from 4.15-5.30pm and this is followed by a school family picnic and fun night. It is also a great chance to meet other parents who have children in the same classes as you. This event is advertised in our school newsletter and on our website.
Later in term one, 3 way conferences will be scheduled. These 3 way conferences include you (the parents), your child and your child’s teacher. They are scheduled for 15 minutes and include information about what your child has been working on in the first term, including achievement information, and how they have settled into the school year. This will include key competency development and growth mindset approach to learning. Goals will be shared, as well as how things are going overall. These conferences are booked online, or a time can be made through the office. The 3 way conferences and code are advertised in our school newsletter and on our website. We want every family to be involved in this important learning event.
At the end of term two a mid-year written report will come home to all children (except those who have had a 6 week report/interview in term 2). This mid-year report will have your child’s photo on the front page - a very personal way of valuing the uniqueness of each of our students.
In this mid-year report, after the front page, we have made a deliberate decision to ensure that the next page will tell you about your child in a more holistic way. That means you will receive information about the key competencies (managing self, social interactions, active participation, approach to learning tasks) as well as learning across the curriculum. When you open the whole report, you will then be provided with specific information regarding your child’s progress towards the Churton Park School Expected Achievement in Maths, Reading and Writing. The information regarding progress and achievement in all areas is obtained through national and internal assessment tasks; teacher observation and conversation; as well as evidence provided by student work; and these guide teachers’ overall judgement.
In term three there will be a further opportunity for 3 way conferences. Your child will share with you work they are proud of, and why, and they will also explain what they have been learning in different areas of the curriculum. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress that has been made and to set some new goals. Once again these conferences are booked online, or a time can be made through the office. The 3 way conferences and code are advertised in our school newsletter and on our website. We want every family to be involved in this important learning event.
At the end of the year all children who have been at school for longer than 6 months will receive an end of year report. Once again this report will have your child’s photo on the front page and will also include a comment from them about their school year - a personal way of valuing the uniqueness of each of our students. This summative report celebrates the progress they have made and recognises their achievement for the year in relation to the Churton Park School Expected Achievement in Maths, Reading and Writing. You will also receive information about their learning across the curriculum including PE and Health, Inquiry and the Arts, as well as the key competencies. Their involvement in the wider life of the school is also celebrated in this end of year report.
Teachers may make contact with you at times outside of this formal reporting schedule if there is something they would like to share with you in relation to your child’s learning and interactions at school. We know that when home and school are working together there is always more likelihood of success, and so we really value and appreciate your support.
For our newest 5 year olds all parents are invited to a meeting with their child’s teacher after about 6 weeks at school so the teacher can share with you how they have settled at school, what they have shown they can do, and to set a learning direction.
6 year old literacy assessment: A nationally recognised literacy assessment is completed as close as possible to a child’s 6th birthday. Once completed, you will be invited to a meeting with the Deputy Principal Hillary Team so the tasks within the assessment can be explained to you, and the results shared with you.
Learning Support: At times, some children need some extra targeted support - this can be a short term intervention, or may require a more intensive programme. Your classroom teacher will advise you if your child needs any specific learning support.