Camps and Trips

Camps

At Reporoa Primary School all junior school children have a one night sleepover early in term 1 in preperation for the camp experience later in their schooling.

Middle and senior school camps are biennial and further a field. 

Parents are urged to attend all camp meetings and fill in all forms required for their child to attend the camp. Payment for camps can be made to the office and can be broken down into regular payments prior to the camp.

If you are able to attend a camp as parent helper you will need to be police vetted. Click on the link below for the police vet form and hand it to the office as soon as possible. Police vetting can take some time (6 weeks) and as it is board policy, we are unable to take any parent that is not vetted.

Teachers will keep parents informed and up to date with all relevant information about the camp. Please do not hesitate to ask if you are unsure of any details.

Police Vet Form

EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom)

The school’s EOTC activities support and enhance the New Zealand Curriculum. EOTC programmes, events, activities, and experiences enhance learning, through a variety of well-designed, first-hand experiences.

Parents may be asked to assist with trips and must abide by the parent helper guidelines below.

At the beginning of the year a permission form is signed for minor trips and activities. Anything with a risk factor or an overnight stay outside of school will require additional permission and health & safety forms.

If parents are transporting children outside of school a current W.O.F, registration and drivers licence is required.

Students learn through experiences appropriate to their needs and environment. Students need a variety of experiences for maximum development, and should be given opportunities to explore and learn from the world outside the classroom.

Taking children out of the school environment can provide them with life-changing experiences which they will remember for the rest of their lives. It can also put them at risk and into unfamiliar situations. Careful planning and preparation is needed to minimise risks and make the activity a positive experience for each student.

Parent Help

Parent Involvement

Parents may wish to support the school by spending time in school involved with class programmes, and on trips and camps outside the school. Other opportunities for involvement may include helping with sports, fundraising, becoming a member of the whanau group or board of trustees, attending and participating in school events, and taking part in scheduled policy reviews.

Parent involvement contributes to a strong school community and has benefits for everyone involved. Many events would simply not take place without the involvement of parent volunteers.

General guidelines

  • Parents are welcome to offer their time and assistance.
  • Parents are invited to help by the individual class teacher when the need exists.
  • Parents are informed of their obligations and role as helpers.
  • Activities involving parent help are monitored by staff.
  • When there are more offers of help than required, school declines some of these offers.
  • The school reserves the right to decline offers of help at any time. Parent volunteers, excluding camp parents, are not required to be vetted, although the school board or management may choose to do so.
  • It is not always appropriate for siblings to come along with the parent helper. Please discuss this with the teacher before the event/activity.

Care and protection of children

  • The school’s child protection policies apply to anyone helping in the school. For example, helpers must also maintain confidentiality regarding other children, and should be aware of not being alone with children.
  • It is likely that parents working within the school will sometimes become aware of issues relating to individual families or specific children. Any issues or concerns about such children should be communicated immediately to the classroom teacher who should be able to reassure parent volunteers that the school is managing the situation.
  • If the parent continues to have concerns these should be raised with the principal. They must not be discussed with other parents.

In the classroom

  • While support in the classroom is appreciated, each teacher has their own preference for the extent of this involvement.
  • Parents are welcome to offer their time and assistance and are invited to help by the individual class teacher when the need exists.