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 0/1 - Kiwi Class - Ms Sarah Macintosh and Mr Ronan Kelly
Years 2/3 - Hoiho Class - Ms Tracy Shanks
Years 3/4 - Takahe Class - Miss Davinia Penman
Years 5/6 - Kea Class - Mr Nick Small
Years 7/8 - Tui Class - Mrs Helen Revill (Monday-Tuesday) and Mrs Denise Johnson (Wednesday-Friday)
Teacher Aide/Librarian: Mrs Kate Kingston
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 2.05pm 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.
Newsletter – 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.
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 (3Way) conferences and Student Led Conferences will be held.
Reporting Schedule - In the first 3 years of schooling, children are assessed against National Standards in Reading, Writing and Mathematics on the anniversary of their start date at school. St Anthony’s School follow the following reporting cycle for students within their first three years of schooling.
6 Weeks: Written Summary Report + Parent/Teacher Conference
20 Weeks: Written Snapshot Report + Parent/Teacher Conference
40 Weeks (End of first year): Full Written National Standards Report + Parent/Teacher Conference
60 Weeks: Written Snapshot Report + Parent/Teacher Conference
80 Weeks (End of second year): Full Written National Standards Report + Parent/Teacher Conference
100 Weeks: Written Snapshot Report + 3-way Conference
120 Weeks (End of third year): Full Written National Standards Report + 3-way Conference
For students in Years 4-8, there is a goal setting 3-way Conference in Term 1, written report detailing student progress in Reading, Writing and Mathematics in Term 2, 3-way Conference in Term 3 and Full Written National Standards Report in Term 4.
All students are involved in Student Led Conferences in November. 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.
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 2017 House Leaders are:
Veronica House (blue) – Ruben Manz
McAuley House (green) – Inés McArley
Eymard House (red) – Vienna Nunns
Theodore House (purple) – Lucca Mansfield
Ligouri House (yellow) – Ella Mclauchlan
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.
The Term 3 lunch order form can be downloaded from here.
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.
Guitar, piano and drums lessons are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during school hours. Please contact Simon Manning-Jones at email@example.com
Singing lessons with Talita Archibald are held on Monday afternoons during school hours for Years 2-8 students. Please contact Talita at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
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 black shorts/leggings, black/navy or 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 black shorts, black/navy or 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.