Caring for Our Learners

At OrmPS our first priority is the well-being of our learners. Each of our learners has an enrolment interview with our Leader of Learning so that we are better able to meet learning needs. This interview is all about getting to know each learner, their interests and to establish a partnership with their family.

Medical

First aid is provided in the school office if needed. We will also have vision/hearing checks through the Ministry of Health. You will have completed an enrolment form with all the necessary details. At age 5 children have Tympanometry, audiometry and vision tested and can be referred for further testing if required.

Dental

OrmPS will have access to the Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) which provides free care for pre-school children who have been enrolled with the service at ARDS clinics throughout greater Auckland. The service also operates from mobile clinics around the region for learners in Years 1-8. If your child starts school and is not already registered with ARDS, you will receive a form as part of the school enrolment process.

Ormi Kids

Our after school programme is called “Ormi Kids”. We are fortunate to have the wonderful team from Jttn Charitable Trust join OrmPS for our after school care programme. They will be providing a personalised programme for our learners who require care after the learning day ends. Ormi Kids staff are an experienced team who create a fun and supportive atmosphere. More information available on their website.

PB4L

OrmPS is a Positive Behaviour for Learning school (PB4L). We have high expectations for our learners. We strive to involve our parents, whānau, learners and Learning Coaches in supporting positive behaviour and promoting Learners’ achievement and well-being. Our school values and principles underpin the development of our Learners’ Behaviour Expectations. PB4L is a systematic and long term initiative that we are committed to, see Ministry of Education Link.

Digital Technologies

We live in an exciting and digital world and we all staff, students, and the wider community, have a responsibility to model acceptable behaviours as successful citizens. We will be a device rich school where learners will have daily access to iPads, Chromebooks, laptops and desktops. In addition, we encourage all learners to bring their own device. Please see our Responsible Use Agreement for more details. As part of our ongoing commitment to educational excellence and our duty of care to ensure students’ safety and well-being, we’re proud to announce that we have partnered with Family Zone.

Family Zone is NZ’s leading provider of comprehensive cyber safety technologies to both schools and parents. They offer a broad suite of services to enable us to deliver digital citizenship programs and manage our access policies across the school network and on student devices. Because they offer both school and parent features, our school and community can work together to ensure children are safe online, both at school, at home, and everywhere in between.

Mobile Zone Cyber Safety Software

Family Zone’s Mobile Zone software keeps kids safe when they are connected to unsafe networks, both during school time (eg using mobile phone data) and outside of school hours (eg using home wifi). The school will be providing access to this software so you can start using Mobile Zone on your children’s devices.

Visit this special website to learn more about how this software is being made available to our families and our expectations regarding devices being brought to school:

https://www.familyzone.com/ormistonprimary-nz

Sustainability

We will endeavour to be an environmentally neutral school. We will have a ‘nudefood’ (litterless lunch) programme and encourage all of the learners within our zone to participate in our Walking School Bus. Our building has a Green Star Rating. W also have other initiatives such as ‘Enviroschools’, food gardens, native plants, composting, worm farms and a naturalized playground.

Ministry of Education Support

The Ministry of Education (MOE) provide additional services to meet the needs of some learners. These learners may be identified by their Learning Coaches as requiring additional resources or support so they can achieve within the New Zealand Curriculum.

If these learners have high and very high needs they are likely to be supported either by verification through the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS), or by the Behaviour and/or the Communication Services.

Learners who have been identified by their Learning Coaches as requiring adaptations and/or differentiations to help them participate and learn within their habitat may be eligible for extra support such as Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), Resource Teachers: Literacy (RT: Lit) or Speech-language therapy (also known as communication services)