Contacting the School
If parents are concerned about a student they should.
- Telephone the college office on 535 2620. A voicemail system may be used to contact staff.
- Give the student's name, form class and whānau house.
- Ask the house leader or other staff member to contact them.
- Parents may ring the school at any time for brief information on day to day matters on the voicemail.
If parents wish to locate their children during the day or after school, we request that they enquire at the school office. Visitors to Macleans College must report to the administration office.
Note: Often parents contact the school expecting automatically to speak to the Principal about matters concerning their sons and daughters. Since student-related matters are delegated to other senior staff, parents are requested to contact the appropriate house leader who is essentially the Principal of his or her own small school. If the matter is urgent, parents may wish to speak to the Associate Principal, or Deputy Principals.
Parents are asked to keep the college informed of changes of address and changes in home or work telephone numbers.
Under the Education Act, attendance at school is compulsory, unless the student is unable to attend because of sickness, danger of infection, sudden and serious illness of a parent, or severe stress of weather. The Principal, however, may exempt a student for a period not exceeding five days if he is satisfied that there is sufficient reason for the absence. It is, therefore, outside the Principal's power to approve absence for shopping, holidays in school time, looking after younger members of the family, or sports and cultural fixtures arranged by clubs or outside organisations unless for regional or national representation (see more on this in Code of Conduct).
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during the lunch hour.
Students are required to be punctual and are to be at school by 8.20 am.
Students are under the school's authority from the time they leave home until they return home, or at any function held under the control of the college.
Leave is automatically given to students going to a doctor or dentist, but they are required to sign the exeat book when the leave school and when they return. The doctor or dentist's appointment card is all the form teacher needs to see but parents may write a letter if they wish. Special rules from the Ministry of Education and school policy apply to absence (other than for sickness), especially in Year 11,12 and 13. All absences due to sickness or similar causes must be explained by a note, which must be handed to the form teacher on the first day of the student's return.
In cases of expected prolonged sickness, it would be appreciated if parents rang the school office giving advice of an absence on the first day of illness and follow it with a note on the student's return. We would ask parents in cases of short term absence to report this by telephone on the absence line and follow up with a note. All letters and notes are to be written and signed by the parent or guardian.
If a student is required to bring prescription medication to school it should be lodged with the school nurse and will be made available as prescribed. Legislation requires that the medication is presented in its original packaging with the pharmacy label in place and preferably written in English to show the student’s name, the name of the medication, the dose, expiry date and reason for its use.
A sick or injured student must report to the Health centre. Only when a parent has been contacted and someone can collect and care for the student will they be released from the college. Please ensure that parent/caregiver contact details are kept up to date.
Students' requests for leave from the school, except for doctor or dentist appointments, must be made through the house leader, in advance of the event taking place, preferably in writing. It is not sufficient for the student or parent to tell a teacher or office staff that they intend taking time off. Students are expected to make up some of the missed time after school in supervised study.
Reasonable notice must be given when students decide to leave the school permanently. The should collect a leaving form from the administration office, which needs to be signed by the student's parents, teachers, house leader and Associate Principal.
The school charges each student a school donation. The donation is payable between enrolment in September and the start of the new school year. The donation will help pay for shortfalls in government funding to cover such items as class materials, curriculum related class trips, computer technology, library books, the school magazine, sports and cultural equipment, or any such purpose as may be approved by the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees will take good care that the money paid by parents will be properly administered and be used for the purposes approved by the Board under its statutory authority, as determined by the Education Act. Receipts will be issued on payment of donations. The Board of Trustees reviews and sets the donation each year. School donations are nonrefundable after Term 1 and a $40 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds.
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