Welcome to Cust School. We look forward to working and sharing with you as your child begins their life at Cust School.
Cust School has six classes. We have a separate school / community library and a multi purpose room.
Cust is a full primary school from New Entrants to Year 8.
The teachers in charge of each class are responsible for the teaching and learning that occurs within their class.
Principal Mr Robert Schuyt
New Entrants – Year 1 Mrs Kennys Pester
Year 1 /2 Mrs Kathyrn Winson /Mrs Carolyn Smith
Year 3 /4 Mrs Ros Stringfellow (Assistant Principal)
Year 4 / 5 Mrs Linda Falconer & Mrs Hannah Scott
Year 5 / 6 Mr Eddie Foskett (Assistant Principal)
Year 7 / 8 Mrs Miriam Bell & Mrs AnnMaree Schuyt
Teacher Support Mrs Margaret Alpin
Music Teacher Mrs Sandy Watson
Support staff are:
Mrs Jennifer Thompson, who is Secretary to the Principal and takes the Board of Trustees minutes. Her office hours are: Monday and Thursday mornings, all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Our Teacher Aides are Mrs Lyn Pitcaithly and Mrs Sonya Rodgers. Sonya is also the Library Administrator.
Mrs Julie Wyatt is the school cleaner and Mr Blair Parris is the part time caretaker.
Following is a list of information and policies, which you may find helpful in settling your child into school routines. Please refer to the Information Booklet and other documents linked to this page.
If your child is absent, a written or oral explanation from the parent is required by law. When illness occurs a phone call to the school office would be appreciated.
SCHOOL DONATION / ACTIVITY FEE PAYMENT:
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APPOINTMENTS / INTERVIEWS:
Teachers are happy to discuss your child’s progress at any stage during the year. Please ring for an appointment, allowing some advance notice and advising of the nature or your concern or interest.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
Parents are encouraged to participate in the decision making of the school. The current Board was elected in 2016 for a 3 year term to represent you. Please support them, especially when meetings are called for community input, and make your views known. We will try to keep the community informed of issues and developments through the regular newsletter.
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CHANGE OF ADDRESS / CONTACT DETAILS:
Please notify the office of any changes, including alternative contact telephone number.
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A school and community newsletter will be emailed home every week. Items of general interest to the whole community and school information are contained in the newsletter. Contributions to the newsletter are welcomed, depending on length and space.
NETWORK TEXT / EMAIL AND PHONE SYSTEM:
In the case of an emergency, urgent information or the school being closed for some reason we will contact you via text or email. A network phone system also operates to ensure everyone is advised of the details. (Please keep us informed of any changes to your contact details).
PARENT/TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA):
The aims and objectives are to bring fuller co-operation between the home, school and community.
Evenings are held regularly for parents to participate. These will be communicated via newsletters.
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The school has written policies on a number of areas. We employ SchoolDocs (a nationwide company) to keep up to date and consistent policies in line with other schools.
Please enquire at the office if you would like to see any of them.
REPORTING TO PARENTS:
Pupil progress during the year is reported to parents in the following manner:-
Term 1 - Interview—Goal Setting
Term 2 - Mid Year Report and Interview (Pupil Portfolio)
Term 4 - End of Year Written Report (Pupil Portfolios)
The Principal and teachers are available for interviews at other times during the year. Please make an appointment by telephoning the school office.
8.30am Children may enter school grounds
9.00am School begins
10.40am Morning break
11.00am Classes resume
1.30pm Classes resume
3.00pm School finishes
3.15pm Children must go home
We are able to use the Cust Community Pool for our swimming programme during the summer.
Children are required to take part unless they are unwell and have a note excusing them.
Pupils who are eligible for bus transport, i.e. those who are under 10 and live more than 3.2kms from school, and those over 10 who live more than 4.8kms - will travel on the school bus where practical.
Pupils who are ineligible may travel on the afternoon bus if there are seats available and if the prior consent of the Principal has been obtained.
A map and timetable is available at the office.
Parent help with transport is required on a number of occasions during the year. We appreciate the assistance that is given with this.
If each school family can, where possible, assist with transport from time to time, the burden is not too great for anyone.
Children travelling in vehicles on school trips should wear seat belts and are expected to be well behaved and polite. There is a charge reimbursable to the driver by the school after the trip, for trips to Christchurch or similar destination.
We have a school uniform, which is compulsory for all pupils. Please refer to separate information on school uniform.
Please ensure every article of your child’s clothing is named. This helps with lost property. It is amazing the amount of clothing that ends up in the lost property box and remains unclaimed.
Parents are welcome to rummage for missing clothing any time while school is open.
At the end of each term any unclaimed property is sent to charity organisations.
We look forward to your involvement in our school and trust that your child(ren) will enjoy their time here.