- How do you manage class size?
- If children enrol from the local school zone, they are entitled to enrol in KC(English medium unit). We usually have a good sense of what the roll will be each year, but from time to time a group of new children may arrive unexpectedly. In these scenarios, we place the children in the classes as well as we can and use our learning assistants to help meet learning needs.
- Do the children from the different ropu mix with each other?
- Children usually play with other children in their class. Each week, we have house sports and syndicate art programmes whereby the children mix. In the senior school, the children have great opportunities to mix in leadership roles e.g. environment group.
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- Does the current government funding fully cover the RRS operational expenses? How is the shortfall being met?
- No, and it never has. The shortfall is made up by school donations and some fundraising.
- If there is a shortfall, how does this impact on the delivery of the curriculum?
- As the school has regularly balanced its budget, in recent years at least, there is effectively no shortfall.
- If there is a shortfall, how does this affect class sizes?
- Class sizes follow MoE guidelines on 1:15, 1:23 and 1:29 ratios according to Year. If a class falls below this ratio the BOT has to fund a proportion of the teacher.
- What would be required to enable a cap on class sizes?
- The BOT could in theory determine a policy on class maxima, as long as they were above those ratios, but it is questionable if it would be practical.
- What, if any, additional government funding does RRS receive toward the operation of the bilingual units?
- The teaching of all units is funded more or less equally. (Te Whanau Whariki receives more generous funding than the other three units. Following a Waitangi Tribunal decision that te reo Māori is a taonga that is to be protected, Māori Language Programme funding has been made available to all programmes which teach Māori. This additional funding supports three hours of te reo Māori learning in some Kiwi Connection classrooms and the immersion levels of teaching in Te Whānau Whāriki).
- How are the pre-schools funded? Are they subsidised by RRS?
- No, the pre-schools are independent of RRS.
- Are some donations being made that are specifically tagged for any individual unit?
- Schools can’t compel families to pay fees (they are technically “donations”) – does the same apply to out-of-zone families?
- Yes, there is no difference.
- What conditions can the school place on accepting out-of-zone students?
- Any conditions the BOT sees fit that meet the charter and goals of the school.
- Are the operational costs of having 3 bilingual units higher than having a more homogenous school population?
- Yes; it’s a bit like running four small schools in one building.
- What are our bell times?
- 9am – 11am (teaching) / 11am – 11.30am (playtime) / 11.30am – 1.00pm (teaching) / 1.00pm – 1.50pm (lunch) / 1.50pm – 3.00pm (teaching)
- Can I order lunch for my child?
Ezlunch menu and instructions for ordering: Link (Our shop is on the home page)
Subway: order forms in the office hallway.
Fridays: $2 sausages and $1 ice-blocks to fundraise for ICT equipment.