Te Ao Mārama

07 595 0595 33 Hare Puke Drive, Hamilton

Health and Safety

Please click on each sub-heading for info.

Emergency Drills

Emergency procedures are practised each term. Should you be in the school at such a time, please follow instructions from the staff and comply with the relevant procedural practice. The assembly point is the school field.



Contact Details - Yours

Should you change address, telephone or emergency contact information, even temporarily please keep the school office informed. Accurate information is vital in the event of an emergency. If you are not able to come into the school please email this information to: office@teaomarama.school.nz



Medical Authority Form

If your child is on any medication that needs to be administered at school for any period of time, you will need to complete a medical authority form. If your child needs ongoing medication during school time please inform both our office staff and your child’s whanau teacher. Please ensure your child’s medication is in a sealed bag which is clearly labelled with their name.



Absences

Please inform the school of all absences before 8:40am. School office staff will contact parents/guardians of children whose absence has not been explained after that time.. 

If your child/ren will be absent for 3 days or more for any reason, you will need to notify the school in writing to admin@teaomarama.school.nz Please include the dates and the reason for the absence.



Arriving at and leaving from school

We encourage our students to walk, bike or scooter to school.  All students need to wear safety helmets and we strongly suggest the use of locks for security. Please make sure all scooters and bikes are clearly named. 



Drop Off and Pick Up Zone

Please use this safe area to drop off and pick up your children from school. 

Here are our Drop Off and Pick Up Zone guidelines: 

  • Stay with your vehicle until your child comes out to you - stand on the pavement next to your vehicle and give them a wave from there if needed.

  • Your child can exit the school gates by themselves. There will be a staff member on duty in a high viz vest with whom they can wait. This person can also help your child locate you. 

  • Once you have collected your child, please be prompt and exit, allowing someone else to use your parking space.

  • If there are no parking spaces available when you arrive, you could find a designated park elsewhere or drive around the block and return.

  • If you want to come onto the school site to meet your child you must use other designated parking 

  • Please park in allocated parking spaces, not on the grass verges.

  • Please use pedestrian crossing areas to promote safe crossing of roads. Be the role model for your child so they know what to do when you are not with them.

Lateness

If your child is late, they need to come to reception and sign in on the visitor tablet before going  to their learning area. If a student leaves school during the day they must come to reception to sign out. This process will operate in reverse should they return to school. 



Collecting your child during the day for appointments

If you have arranged to collect your child from the school for an appointment during the school day, they will meet you in the reception area. If you need to pick up your child unexpectedly, again come to reception first and our office staff will assist you. 



After School Care

An after school care programme is provided by the YMCA.

Dental Services

Our school falls under the Fairfield Community Dental Clinic located at Kensington Place in Fairfield. You will be sent an appointment time for your child when a check up is due. If you have any concerns with regard to your child's teeth please ring 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583)



Drink bottles and water fountains

All learners at Te Ao Mārama School  are encouraged to drink water throughout the day. Please provide your child with a drink bottle that has been clearly labelled. There are several drinking fountains and bottle refilling areas around the school, and a drinking fountain in each learning community.



Illnesses and Accidents

Most school accidents are minor and can be remedied by a staff member who has been trained in First Aid. If the accident is more serious or your child becomes unwell at school, we will contact you as soon as possible and your child will be kept in our Sick Bay. If we are unable to contact either parent or caregiver, we will contact your emergency contact. 



Hearing and Vision

Your child should have had their hearing and vision tested at 4 years of age. If your child has missed this check then it will be carried out during their first year at school by a qualified Vision & Hearing Technician. 



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