School Life at St Anthony's
"School life at St Anthony's can get busy! Whether it is Eastern Zones competitions, Spanish lessons, music concerts or environmental club, the best thing is that I always know my good friends are around me and my teachers want the best for me." Year 6 Student
Years 1/2 - Kiwi Class - Miss Lucy Williams
Years 2/3 - Hoiho Class - Miss Deanna Young
Years 3/4 - Takahe Class - Mr Ronan Kelly
Years 5/6 - Kea Class - Ms Christine Taylor
Years 7/8 - Tui Class - Mrs Helen Revill (Monday-Tuesday) and Mrs Denise Johnson (Wednesday-Friday)
Specialist ICT Teacher and SENCo - Mrs Sam Cripps
Specialist Music Teacher - Ms Jacqueline Ward
Mandarin Languages Assistant - Jiamin He
Reading Recovery - Mrs Angela Clark
Teacher Aide & Librarian - Mrs Kirsten Bouras
Release teachers: Mrs Denise Whiteley and Mrs Maureen Folan
School begins at 8.45am and finishes at 2.55pm. We encourage all children to be at school by 8.30am so that they have time to settle and get organised for the day.
Parents/caregivers are expected to notify the school by telephone by 8.50am if their child will be absent due to illness. Parents/caregivers of students who are absent without explanation will be contacted by the school by 9.30am. When a parent/caregiver knows that their child will be absent they must give the school prior written notice of the upcoming absence.
School assemblies are held 3 or 4 times a term, usually on Fridays at 2pm in the Church. This is an opportunity to share what goes on in the individual classes. Children share their achievements and there is a presentation of awards. All parents, family and friends are welcome. Syndicate assemblies are held fortnightly during class time. This is an opportunity for notices to be shared, certificates given out by teachers and syndicate singing.
School Newsletters – A newsletter is emailed via Signmee every other Thursday. All events and news are communicated through the newsletter. Please make sure you make time to read the newsletter as it often contains important information. Teachers also write a class newsletter which is sent to parents via LINC-ED at the start of each term.
Reporting to Parents – Children are treated as individuals and are carefully monitored during their time at St Anthony’s School. At various times during the year, parent information sessions, parent/student/teacher (3-Way) conferences and Student Led Conferences will be held.
With the introduction of LINC-ED as our new Student Management System for 2018, progressions reporting has been introduced for all students. Parents and students can view the goals for each curriculum level and the next learning steps. Student progress comments are published at the end of each term for the core curriculum areas of Literacy and Mathematics. Over the year additional comments will be made available for other curriculum areas.
E-portfolios of learning – E-portfolios are used across the school for students to showcase their learning. Years 1-4 use Seesaw. Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what’s happening in the classroom. Each student also has their own journal, and will add things to it such as photos, videos, drawings or notes for their parents to comment on. Years 5-8 have personal e-portfolios on LINC-ED. They use this site to showcase and track their learning journey, as well as reflect on their progress and next steps. Parents and teachers add feedback and feedforward.
Conferences – All students are involved in goal setting 3-Way Conferences with their parents and teachers in Terms 1 and 3 as well as Student Led Conferences in Term 4. A Student Led Conference is a meeting run by the student for his or her parents, entirely focused on the student's recent learning. During the conference the student presents work in different curriculum areas, discussing the process of learning and the progress made to date.
Parents are also welcome to contact their class teacher at any time during the school year by making an appointment with their child’s teacher or through the office.
Drama, French & Music Tuition
Drama lessons are available Wednesdays at lunchtime. Please contact Becca Gates at email@example.com
French lessons are available Wednesdays after school in the school library. Please contact Alliance Française Wellington at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guitar, piano and drums lessons are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during school hours. Please contact Simon Manning-Jones at email@example.com
St Anthony's School runs a House system. The five Houses are named after Sisters of Mercy who taught in the school over five decades. All students are placed in one of our five Houses upon starting at St Anthony’s. Family members are kept in the same house. Houses foster pride, teamwork, cooperation and, for our Year 8 students who are the House Leaders, develop their leadership skills.
Our five Houses and 2018 House Leaders are:
Eymard House (red) – Pieta Proudfoot
Ligouri House (yellow) – Brianna Tawhiri
McAuley House (green) – Hagan Macfadyen
Theodore House (purple) – Ashley Geusebroek
Veronica House (blue) – Maia Bouras
For further information about who the Houses are named after, please see the section 'Who We Are'.
Lunch time is 12.30pm to 1.25pm. In the interests of healthy eating and playground safety, we do not allow canned drinks, lollies or chewing gum at school. These will be confiscated and returned to children at 2.55pm. We encourage healthy lunches.
School lunches can be purchased most Fridays. The newsletter will tell you when and what is available. Orders are placed in classroom order bags first thing in the morning. School lunches are run by FOSA and require parent volunteers for it to run successfully.
Money Sent to School
All money sent to school should be in an envelope with the child's name clearly marked, and what the money is for. All money and notices should be posted in the notice box outside the office in the morning. We encourage you not to allow children to bring other money for spending after school. If necessary, it can be handed into the office for safekeeping.
A mufti day is usually held for the children on the last day of each term. They bring a gold coin donation from their pocket money for the Missions or another selected charity. At times there will be other mufti days or fundraising activities that will be notified prior.
P.E. is taken regularly and children are expected to participate unless we are specifically asked by parents to exclude them on medical grounds. Such a request should be from a parent or caregiver and in writing.
There is a sports uniform for students to purchase and wear during P.E. lessons and sports. Our Year 4-8 students also have opportunities during the year to represent our school at the Eastern Zones sport competitions where they compete against other schools and they are required to wear this uniform.
We have school sports teams for netball, miniball and floorball. Students play against other schools in the Eastern Suburbs after school or on the weekends.
Scholastic Book Club
St Anthony's School is part of the Lucky Bookclub programme run by Scholastic. Throughout the year, brochures are sent home and parents have the opportunity to purchase books for their children at a reasonable cost. Ordering and payment is done online with Scholastic, and the books are delivered free of charge via the school. A bonus of Lucky Bookclub is that Scholastic gives the school 20% of parent sales in rewards vouchers. St Anthony's uses these rewards to buy new books for the school library.
Online Ordering Instructions
Parents/Caregivers order and pay for Book Club books online directly with Scholastic’s Linked Online Ordering and Payment for Parents (LOOP). Please note - we only use online ordering now (therefore you do not complete a paper form).
* Go online to mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz
* The very first time, you will need to register, and get your child/children entered (children’s first name & first initial of surname e.g. John S). All children can go on the same account, and the account is password protected.
Search by School, not postcode, and type St Anthonys without an apostrophe, select St Anthonys (Wellington). Assign your child’s class (not year).
* Place your Book Club order and pay directly online. All orders made before the closing date will be sent to the school together free of charge.
* Online orders can still be made after the closing date, however, the books will be delivered to your home address at a charge.
St Anthony’s School became part of the Genesis Energy “Schoolgen” initiative in June 2015 when we were fortunate enough to receive our very own solar panels. There is currently an active Schoolgen group operating in the school. The students in this group meet up on a regular basis to discuss, plan and share ideas about how we can make our school as energy efficient as we possibly can. The students share their ideas with the rest of the school at each assembly, as well as writing pieces for the school newsletter so that our ‘Save Energy’ message reaches the whole school community.
Whole school and individual class Masses and Liturgies are held at various times throughout the year. Each Wednesday one class will attend the 9am Mass and we welcome you all to join us. We see these celebrations as an important part of the "special character" of this school and parents are encouraged to attend. You will be notified of these in the calendar section of the newsletter. Formal school uniform must be worn.
A small amount of uniform is kept in stock for any new entrants about to start school. Orders are processed through the school as a small profit is made for the school. Queries and orders should be made to Yvonne Small – firstname.lastname@example.org
Years 1 - 6 - Navy/maroon dress (summer); Navy/maroon tartan tunic (winter); white polo shirt with school emblem
Years 7 - 8 - Navy/maroon tartan skirt; white drop collar, shaped blouse
Socks - White long or ankle (no low cut socks) Tights - navy or plain black
Years 1 - 8 - P.E. Gear: Sports shirt and plain black shorts/leggings, black/navy/white sport socks
Red polo shirt with navy trim/school emblem
Years 1 - 6 - Navy elastic-waist shorts
Years 7 - 8 - Navy side-strap shorts
Socks - Navy socks with red stripes
Years 1 - 8 - P.E. Gear: Sports shirt and plain black shorts, black/navy/white sport socks
· Students must wear full school uniform. It should be clean, tidy and in a good state of repair.
· Footwear must be plain black, no canvas or fashion shoes – soles must be black.
· Sports shoes may be worn at break times in the school grounds but uniform shoes are to be worn to and from school.
· Anyone not wearing correct uniform will not be permitted to participate in school outings.
· A school sun hat must be worn outside during Term 1 and Term 4, however, we do encourage children to wear their sun hats during the other terms when we have warm days.
· Any clothing under shirts must not be showing.
· Please name all items.
· The girls dress may only be worn during summer (i.e. Terms 1 and 4).
· Long hair is to be tied back in a tidy manner.
· Hair ties and accessories must match uniform, i.e. navy, black or the school tartan. No fancy hair ties.
· Earrings should be small round studs that are gold or silver.
· Black bike shorts are permitted under dresses or tunics, but should not be seen.