A-Z Information

Absences

Regular school attendance is important for children’s progress. You have several options to inform the school of an absence.
  • Please contact the school office on (03) 303 6214 or before 9:00am if your child is going to be absent. An answering machine is available to record these absences – please leave the students name and reason for absence on the message.
  • Send a text message on the school cell phone 027 320 9802.
  • Email the school office (office@mayfieldschool.co.nz).
  • Hero – report an absence option.


Agriculture Course

We offer an Agricultural Course for children in years 4-8 one day a week.  This may be available to any children in these year groups that are in interested in Agriculture.  Children participate in practical agricultural activities as well as classroom based activities focussed on agriculture.  A few examples of activities have been going to a bull auction and then coming back to class to research a breed of bull and then to create a poster.  The school veggie garden has been maintained by this class as well as researching a new place on school grounds for a chicken coop. 

Assemblies

We hold whole school assemblies at Mayfield School every Friday – an opportunity for students to sing, be proud of their work and celebrate our HEART values at Mayfield School.  Principal awards are handed out from each classroom as well has Heartie awards and prizes.  Children are given the opportunity to get up and share their achievements from outside of school activities as well.  Parents are sent a text message for an invite to attend if their child will be receiving some type of award.

At the end of each term Mayfield School has an End of Term Assembly where each class is given time to share their latest learning achievements.  All parents/grandparents/caregivers are welcome to attend.

Athletic Sports

Mayfield School, Hinds School, Mt Somers Springburn School, and Longbeach School hold a joint Athletic Sports day each year in Term 4. The event is organised by (and held at) Hinds School.

Junior students are placed in mixed gender, age and ability groups for running, jumping & throwing activities. The activities are designed to teach athletic skills that lead on to Senior athletic activities, with the emphasis on participation, accepting and being sporting.

Senior students are separated by gender and age groups and participate in high jump, long jump, short sprint, long sprint, shot put, and discus events. Students have the opportunity to become eligible for the County Schools Athletic Sports, and the Canterbury Athletic day in Christchurch.

Bank Account

Bank & Branch: Westpac, Ashburton

Mayfield School
Account Number: 03-0855-0467829-000

Mayfield Home & School
Account Number: 02-0836-0227619-001

Behaviour

The school operates a very successful Behaviour Management Programme, whereby children are encouraged to be responsible for their own actions and behaviour and to respect their own property and that of others. Each class has a Behaviour Book that monitors classroom issues and there is a Playground Book that monitors playground incidents. We have a six-step Behaviour Procedure that allows children to clearly understand the consequences of repeated inappropriate behaviour. Parents are contacted if there are serious matters of concern. We would encourage parents to contact the school if they have any concerns.

Our HEART values; “Honesty, Enjoyment, Achievement, Respect, Trying your Best” provide a clear set of behaviour expectations for the children to achieve within the school environment.

Breakfast Club

We offer a before school breakfast club to children need some extra sustenance.  Weetbix, other cereals and toast are provided.  We thank Fonterra, Sanitarium and Mayfield Caltex Garage for supporting the breakfast club.

Board of Trustees

Information can be found on our School Board page.

Book Club

Scholastic Book Club keeps the reading momentum rolling all year long by providing children and families with regular access to age-appropriate and affordable books. Our school benefits too! We earn 20% in Scholastic Rewards on all Book Club orders which helps us purchase additional learning and literacy resources. The easiest way for parents to order and pay for LUCKY Book Club is online.

Visit https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx or download the LOOP app to get started. The school does not accept cash or cheque orders.

Bus Enrolment

After your child enrols at Mayfield School, parents are to make contact with the Principal (Bus Controller).  He will indicate which bus and bus driver your child will be assigned to and an approximate time when the bus will pickup your child(ren) and when they will be dropped off at the assigned stop.

Bus Travel

  • Valetta Bus – Bus Driver- Melissa Farnell (021 179 0865)
  • Montalto Bus – Bus Driver – Wendy Grigg (027 428 8084)
  • Lismore Bus – Bus Driver – Eddie Graham (021 046 7809)
Children are given high-vis vests in the afternoon to wear until they reach their home. In the morning children are to wear their high-vis vest from their home until they reach the school.

The Ritchies company is responsible for all issues involved in your child’s journey by bus.  Bus drivers or the school will send a text message out if the bus is running late.

Communication

Mayfield School uses the following means of communication:
  • School Website
  • Hero – all school notices are sent out via email and posted on HERO
  • School Newsletters – These are sent out via HERO fortnightly
  • Facebook – Community Events and current activities
  • Board of Trustees – Meetings dates are posted via the newsletter.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Individual Classrooms – Each teacher will have their own means of communication this could be a newsletter, Seasaw, etc.

Complaints

No discussion on any complaints involving pupils or staff should take place in the presence of pupils.

Pupil Complaints
If you have a complaint about a pupil or pupils, you should refer your complaint to your child’s classroom teacher. If the action or response does not satisfy your concern, please refer your complaint to the Principal.

Teacher Complaints
In the event of a complaint about a teacher, you must first make an effort to discuss the problem with the teacher concerned before you approach the Principal.

The full complaints procedure is available on our School Docs website. Click here to access this.

Cross Country

Mayfield School, Mt Somers Springburn School hold a joint Cross Country event each year in Term 2. The event is organised by (and held at) Mt Somers Springburn School. Students have the opportunity to become eligible for the County Cross Country.

Years 0/1/2 – 500m; Years 3/4 – 1km; Years 5/6 – 2kms; Years 7/8—3kms.

Dental Hygiene

The Canterbury District Health Board’s mobile community dental service visits Methven Primary School once a year.

Enrolment

Please go to our Enrol page for information.  Enrolments are done via an online form.

First Aid / Sickness

Should a child suffer an accident at School, they will be attended to, and if it is felt that a Doctor’s advice is necessary then the parent will be contacted immediately. If children become ill at school, the parents will be notified to come and take them home. Many of our staff have current first aid certificates.

Gifted & Talented

Our policy is to ensure that Gifted and Talented students are recognised, affirmed and that opportunities are provided for these students to further excel in their area(s) of strength. Some children are nominated to be assessed for participation in a One Date School Programme currently based in Ashburton. Please contact the school office for more information.

Hero

Hero is the new Student Management System operating within Mayfield School.

House and School Leaders

Each year these leaders are chosen from our Year 6,7 and 8 group of children. These children meet regularly with the Principal and are responsible for important leadership roles around the school. They work with the younger students and support the staff.

House Groups

When children are enrolled at Mayfield School, they are put into colour groups with their siblings. There are four house groups that represent the surrounding hills:
  • Peel (Red)
  • Surrey (Blue)
  • Hutt (Yellow)
  • Somers (Green)
Children are awarded house points by earning ‘Hearties’ to reward playground related behaviour.  At the end of each term the winning house group are rewarded with a fun activity run by the house leaders.  Other fun house activities and/or Mufti Days are organised by school leaders throughout the year to celebrate learning or support various causes.

Leaving Mayfield School

If your child is moving to a new school please inform the class teacher as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made to forward the necessary student information to the next school. This will also allow us time to gather up your child’s belongings and Mayfield School belongings, i.e. books.

Library – Montalto Room

The school has an excellent library with a wide range of titles available for use by children in the school. New titles are constantly added. All pupils spend some structured class time in the library each week and pupils are able to use the library at lunchtimes. Books are issued during in-school library sessions. Parents are requested to ensure books are returned to school promptly and in good condition.

Lost Property

Please ensure that all clothing and property is clearly named. The school cannot accept responsibility for lost property but every effort will be made to locate lost items. Items not labelled or named are put in the “lost property” box located in the Anama Classroom cloak room as well as in each classroom’s cloak room and you are welcome to check through clothing found and not claimed. At the end of each term any unclaimed property will be sent to a donation clothing bin. Please name all clothing!

Lunches

Children are encouraged to have a healthy lunch.

Drinks
We encourage all students to bring water to school daily.

Food
All children need to have a piece of fresh fruit at 10am, as well as sufficient food for first and second lunch. We ask students not to bring lollies to school.

A pie warmer is available for heating foods such as pies, toasties etc in Term 1 and 4 (Friday’s only).  In Term 2 and 3 when it is colder the pie warmer is on offer everyday.    Food should come wrapped in tin foil with name and room number marked clearly on the outside.

Choices for purchasing lunch from the Café Mayfield are on a Friday.  An updated price list is in the office.  Send correction change and order in an envelope and drop into the school office before school.

Map

Click here to view the school's location on Google Maps and here for an aerial view of the school.

Medication

All medicine administered to children is dispensed through the school office. Children are not to keep medicine in their bags and self-dose.

The school will only administer prescription medicine to students whose parents have made a formal request. This includes short term antibiotic courses. A Medicine Authority Form is available from the office and needs to be filled out before medicine can be given.

All medication (e.g., tablets, liquid, epi-pens) must be delivered to the school by parents/care-givers, not by students. Please ensure it is clearly labelled with the child’s name, dose and time to be taken.

Pain relief
If you do not wish your child to be given paracetamol (as indicated on the enrolment form), please contact the school office in writing.

For more information, view our Medicines Policy on our School Docs website. Click here to access this.

Newsletters

School newsletters are posted on Hero every fortnight, usually on a Friday. Newsletters can also be viewed/downloaded from the News Centre page on our website. Hard copies are also available from the school office.

PB4L

What is PB4L?
Positive Behaviour for Learning initiatives help parents, whānau, teachers, schools address problem behaviour, improve children’s well-being, and increase educational achievement.

By strengthening relationships and creating more positive home and school environments, we remove barriers to engagement and improve students’ chances to achieve at school and beyond.

PB4L is a long-term, systematic approach involving: whole-school change initiatives, targeted group programmes, and individual student support services.

Pet Day

Every second year (in term three) we hold a Pet Day event at school. Activities range from children dressing up in an animal theme for the day, classroom treasure hunts, dog agility course, animal care demonstrations, animal collages and pet viewing. Information will be sent out closer to the day. Last event was held in 2019.

Pie Warmer

Note: Every Friday in Terms 1 and 4 and every day during Terms 2 and 3.

You can bring food like pies, toasties and pizza etc. to be warmed. We do not have the facilities to heat noodles or other foods that need boiling water. You must make sure your item is wrapped in tin foil and has your name and class clearly labelled on it. There will be a place in your class where you can leave your food item when you get to school. It will be collected by a senior student. 

School Grounds

Children may come into the school grounds from 8:30am (unless prior arrangements have been made). Children are not encouraged to remain at school after 2:45pm unless accompanied by a parent. Staff members will not be responsible for children after this time.

School Policies

All areas of the school’s curriculum programme and school management structures are covered by comprehensive school policies and procedures. These are reviewed regularly and are available for parents to view through the office or the Principal.  They can also be viewed on our School Docs website. Click here for access.

Snow Closure

Occasionally the school may have to close due to snow. Below is the procedure for closure during the day, and for closure before the start of the day.

Special Learning Needs

We run learning support programmes throughout the school to cater for a range of different learning needs. We have a number of skilled Teacher Aides who work with groups of children and Boost Literacy Teacher who works with individual children.

We also allow outside agencies to come into school to do private tutoring.

Sports

Mayfield School encourages children to take up a sport – to be involved, to enjoy, to maintain fitness and skills, to contribute as a team member, to play fair and to play for success. Many of our students take part in after school/weekend local competitions (i.e. netball, tennis, miniball, hockey, cricket, soccer and rugby) and throughout the year we have a number of local codes providing skill development sessions during class time. Please feel free to contact the school office if you would like assistance in tracking down a contact number for a local sports club.

Staff Contact Details

Contact details of all staff members can be found on Our Staff page.

Stationery

Detailed information can be found on our Stationery page.

Sunsmart Policy

Mayfield School has a Sunsmart Procedure that makes sunhats compulsory in Terms 1 & 4. Hats should be a bucket or brimmed style. Mayfield School bucket sunhats are available for purchase from the school office. It is important that children take responsibility for wearing and storing their own hats daily. Classrooms have sunscreen available, but this should also be applied at home before school.

Swimming

The Mayfield Community Pool provides a fabulous resource for our students. Swimming is part of the school curriculum with all children expected to take part during the daily swimming times during terms one & four each year.

We also travel in to Ashburton for week long swimming lessons at the EA Networks Centre.

Uniforms

Detailed information can be found on our Uniform page.