Curriculum & Student Achievement

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION POLICY

Rationale:

Assessment and evaluation are integral and valuable parts of the learning and teaching process that help improve students learning and the quality of learning programmes.

Purpose:

To meet the National Education guidelines and to implement the requirements of the New Zealand curriculum framework.

Guidelines:

Assessment and evaluation takes places in all curriculum areas using a variety of methods, oral, written, visual etc.

It is the responsibility of all teachers to effectively assess and evaluate learning and teaching.

Children are encouraged to self and peer evaluate.

The special nature of Kokopu School allows for all staff to have input into assessment and evaluation of all facets of school life.

Summative assessment data is recorded on the SMS throughout the year for each child by teachers.

A progress report will be sent home at the end of term two and a written report at the end of term four, with interviews held at the end of terms one and three.

The MOE require student outcomes to be monitored annually in two curriculum areas and results reported to the BOT and MOE.

EOTC PROCEDURES

Rationale:

School trips are part of the learning experience of the children and enhance the curriculum.

Purpose:

Children are encouraged to make trips to study the topics they are covering. Sports competitions between schools and cultural visits are essential elements of children’s education. These trips need to be undertaken in a safe environment.

Guidelines:

Day trips can be taken and organised at the teacher’s discretion if approved by the Principal. Overnight trips must be approved by the BOT.

A Risk Analysis Management System presented.

Adult to pupil ratio is to be at least 1 to 4 for overnight camps and water activities. Legally required adult to pupil ratios will be maintained at other times.

Parental permission is required for all trips including sports visits.

All classes may have one major trip per year with duration of up to 5 nights away.

All classes are encouraged to make day trips around the Whangarei District.

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY

Rationale:

Students irrespective of their gender, religion, ethnic, cultural, social or family background will have an equal opportunity to be guided and encouraged to reach their full potential in academic, social and physical achievements.

Guidelines:

a) Where possible, a balance of male and female teachers and administrators is achieved.

b) Boys and girls are mixed for seating and line arrangements.

c) Children are assigned equally for accepting and carrying out responsibility.

d) A standard disciplinary policy is maintained for all children. The same person handles both male and female disciplinary problems.

e) Extra curriculum activities are open to both genders.

f) There is no designation of books, toys and assignments specifically for either gender. They are to be equally used by both genders.

g) All learning activities are carried out by all children.

h) There is a balance of gender when displaying and introducing topic material.

I) Parents and guardians of both genders are involved in interviews, trips, communications and programmes.

j) Girls and boys are given equal instructional time.

k) Verbal reinforcement of stereo-typed behaviour in statements is avoided.

l) Classroom resource material should represent man and woman in non-traditional roles.

INTERNET POLICY

Rationale:

To promote and ensure welfare and safety of people when using the Internet.

Purpose:

To provide Internet access, so all staff and students:

Become effective and safe users of the Internet.

Extend their awareness and knowledge of the Internet.

Become motivated, responsible, independent users of the Internet.

Guidelines:

Staff use of the Internet:

Training for staff to use these facilities is made available.

Students will be directed to sites on the Net, which is why staff members will gain experience using the Internet.

All staff members will sign a copy of the School’s Code of Conduct.

In consultation staff can request website links be placed on the school web pages to provide quick access to particular sites.

Student use of the Internet:

All students must sign the School Internet Use Agreement AND have the signed permission of a parent/caregiver before using the Internet at school. These documents will be kept on file.

Staff will monitor students use of the Internet.

A media release agreement will be signed by caregivers before any child’s information is released publicly.

Safety issues:

A filtering software will be deployed on all terminals, which access the Internet.

The school will continue to refine methods of improving safety on the Internet.

INTERNET USE AGREEMENT

I understand that:

The purpose for school computers and other Information Technology resources is to support teaching and classroom learning.

The school will do its best to keep me safe while using global information systems such as the computer and the Internet.

I know that I am not permitted to access material through the Internet which is offensive, dangerous, inappropriate school, or illegal*.

If I use e-mail at school, I am not permitted to send any messages which are offensive, dangerous, inappropriate at school, or illegal*.

I may use the Internet or e-mail at school only if there is a staff member supervising me.

Students: * Please ask your teacher if you need any of these terms explained to you.

I understand how important it is to:

1. Take care of Information Technology resources, such as computers and the Internet.

Be careful with equipment and furniture.

Respect the copyrights on software that prohibit copying.

2. Be considerate of other users.

Share available equipment.

Be careful not to waste computer resources e.g. paper.

Avoid disruption of the running of any computer or network.

Take care not to scan or display graphics, record or play sounds, or type messages which could cause offence to others.

Remove immediately from the screen any material that would not be allowed at the school which I accidentally come across, and tell a staff member right away.

3. Be responsible for privacy and security.

I will not give anyone on the Internet information about myself or anyone else unless permission has been given by a staff member, this includes address, phone number, photograph or credit card information.

I will use discs only to backup work or take it to and from home.

I will tell the teacher if I come across a virus or security problem.

PROMOTION PROCEDURE

Rationale:

To ensure pupils are promoted where possible with their peers so that they develop academically and socially at their appropriate level.

Purpose:

To provide clear guidelines to parents and teachers on promotion.

To ensure that children’s best interests both socially and intellectually are taken into consideration.

Guidelines:

Most children will leave Year 8 for high school aged about 13 years.

If the parents and/or teaching staff are concerned about promotion or placement within a class, a discussion will be held.

RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION PROCEDURE

Rationale:

The Kokopu School Board of Trustees supports religious instruction for it’s pupils.

Guidelines:

Children receive religious instruction for 30 minutes once a fortnight.

Instructors are co-ordinated by Gail Matthews.

The BOT have the power to change instructors if they think necessary.

Parents will indicate on the enrolment form if their child/children are to receive religious instruction.

Children who do not attend will be supervised.

TAHA MAORI PROCEDURE

Rationale:

The more educated we are about other cultures, the more able we are to understand and appreciate the diversity of life around us. To support the children’s knowledge and understanding of Maori heritage and history, Taha Maori is part of the curricula.

Guidelines:

Time will be spent learning and understanding the Maori language.

Other aspects of Maori life to be studied are culture, protocol and general way of life.

A Maori resource person may be used to help the staff.