General Information

The following information should answer any questions you have about George Street Normal School. If you have further questions or concerns please contact the school. 

School size and type

George Street Normal School is a state funded, co-educational, Decile 9 contributing primary school with a roll that peaks at approximately 500 children each year. We have 21 classes that includes four 'Country Model' classes. 

School times

9:00am: School starts 
11:00–11:20am: Morning Interval
12.30–1:30pm: Lunchtime (Children are seated and eat from 12:30pm until 12:45pm)
3:00pm: School finishes

We welcome children into our classrooms from 8.30am onwards. Children who arrive at school ealier than 8.30am are invited to attend 'Georgies' before school care (7.45am -8.30am) at a cost of $5.00 per day or ($2.00 from 8.15am-8.30am). All children must leave school by 3.25pm but can return to play if they have your supervision.

Children who are sick or who are going to be late to school

Please ring the school absence line and leave a message or use our school app to advise us of your child's lateness or absence.

Notices

Newsletters come home every second Thursday with the oldest child in each family.

Assembly

Assemblies are held fortnightly on Fridays at 2.00 - 2.45pm. Each class hosts an assembly during the year and parents are invited to attend.

School Stationery

Stationery for our new entrant children in the Model or Kindle classes can be purchased through the school. For other classes, the shop Officemax, which is located at 89 Great King Street, stocks all our books and stationery in class packs that parents can purchase in time for the new school year.

School Entry Assessment

When your child has been at school for approximately six weeks they will be tested on a range of tasks making reference to numeracy and literacy. After the test, this assessment task and other classroom observations and assessments will be used as part of a parent teacher conference where goals will be set.

School Donation

The George Street Normal School Board of Trustees asks that each family contribute to the cost of a number of extra and desirable educational opportunities for children this year.

In the past, these have included subsidising the cost of:

  • Trips to the museum and art gallery for all children
  • Providing nationally and internationally recognised visiting performers for all children
  • Professional swimming coaching for all children
  • Providing ICT resources

Put simply, with your help we can do more for your children.

The amount of the requested donation set by the Board of Trustees is $100.00 (or $180 for 2 or more children from the same family) per year.

Bus Trips/Visits

During the year classes may go to various locations in town (museum, art gallery, other schools etc). Information about these trips will be made available by the class teacher. Consent for all trips is requested at the beginning of each year.

Parent–Teacher meetings

Formal Parent–Teacher meetings take place in week three and week six of Term 1 and week 8 of Term 2. There are written reports issued twice per year (June and December). We welcome meetings outside these times if there are any concerns.

Parent Help at School

Parents, caregivers and extended family are welcome to visit the classroom at suitable times or help with selected programmes identified by the teacher. 

Behaviour

Our School has a Code of Conduct which sets out our expectations under two headings:

  • Use common sense
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated

We also have clearly defined procedures and consequences for bullying.

Both these documents are found in the school’s welcome pack or are available from the school office.

Road Patrols and Pedestrian Crossings

Road Patrols are on duty 8.30 – 9.00am and 3.00 - 3.12pm. Parents are requested to use the pedestrian crossing at all times. Bikes are walked to the crossing. Staff and volunteer parents act as road crossing supervisors.

Car Access

Please - NO cars down the Junior classroom block driveway or on school grounds without permission because this puts children at risk. 

Health Nurse

The Health Nurse regularly visits the school. Please let teachers know if you have a health concern about your child. All New Entrants are checked by the Hearing/Vision Nurse.

Dental Care

George Street Normal children attend the Dunedin Dental Hub for oral care.

Medication

If your child requires medication to be taken at school, please ensure a Medication Administration Authority form is filled out at the school office.

Sunsmart

Parents are strongly advised to provide children with sunscreen and bucket-style sunhats. Children will be encouraged have a hat at school during the summer months.

Lunches

Our School lunch break is from 12:30pm until 1:30pm. Children are expected to sit quietly and eat lunch until they are released for play, in their classrooms if wet, otherwise in defined areas outdoors. Most children bring their lunch (and morning tea snack) from home but orders for lunches from the Willowbank Dairy can be made before school at the Dairy (Junior Classes - Monday only). These lunches are delivered to school at 12:30pm.

Winter Weather

In the event of snow falling or possible dangerous ice on streets in Dunedin, there are well-established procedures to follow:

1) If the snowfall is light, schools will open as usual.

2) If the snowfall is heavier, or there is severe frost with icy roads before school begins, our school website and school app messages will be updated as soon we receive information. Alternatively, most local radio stations will broadcast times that schools will open on these winter days.

3) If snow falls during a school day, children will not be sent home early from George Street Normal School.  We will close at the usual time of 3pm.  However, if parents or caregivers wish to collect their children before 3pm, that is quite acceptable.  Please let the classroom teacher know before taking your child.

George Street Normal School Policies and Procedures   

Should you wish to view our school policies and procedures, they are available in the school office to view.