About Our School

Personnel 2016

Junior: New Entrant - Year 3
Senior: Year 4 - 8

Principal: Jean Saunders
Teachers: Jenny Upsall and Ischelle Stevenson
Reading Recovery: Jean Saunders
Clerical Assistant: Lisa Peehikuru
Teacher Aide Library: Julia Rhodes
Teacher Aide Music: Justine Williams
Cleaner: Jessie Lockhart

Board of Trustees
Chairperson: Seba Illingworth
Principal: Jean Saunders
Staff Representative: Jessie Lockhart
Finance: Michelle Harper
Property: Kylie Willigers
Health and Safety: Dave Warwood
Community Consultation: Jacinta O'Donohue & Hazel Sims
Minutes and Website: Hazel Sims

Coroglen School is a small country school with two classrooms, a library/ multi–purpose room, heated swimming pool, field and adventure playground.  Also in the school grounds is the “Gumtown Room” which is the original school room and well over 100 years old. It has been gifted to the community and is administered by the BOT.
The school first opened on May 20th 1896 when Coroglen was called Gumtown and was populated by Kauri loggers, gum diggers, service providers and early settlers. We usually celebrate the school’s birthday each year with a dress-up day or other fun event. Today the area is mainly a farming community, with many small holdings and life-style blocks.
Some of our school families travel from Mercury Bay to give their children a small country school education. We enjoy a friendly rivalry with neighbouring Whenuakite School, competing each year for the Combined Schools Athletics Shield and sharing other sporting and cultural events.
Each spring we have a Pet Day. The traditional cake stall, sausage sizzle and white elephant stalls are always popular. Ribbons and prizes are awarded for rearing and leading farm animals (lambs, calves and kids), for other pets, for pet projects and a cup is presented for the ‘Most Obvious Pet”.
From the land our strength is our motto and a reflection of our desire to be a sustainable enterprise. We encourage and model recycling, reducing and reusing. The children tend vegetable gardens and we also compost.
Our vision is to work with the community to develop life long learners, who display confidence, curiosity, consideration and creativity – the 4 Cs.  We call our students ‘The Coroglen Cool Kids’ and believe that is who they are.

New entrant children can begin school on their fifth birthday. However, it is advisable to contact the school beforehand to arrange enrolment. On enrolment day you may contact the Principal, who will welcome you to the school and ensure that details about parents and children are recorded. You will need to bring your child's NZ birth certificate or passport with you in order to verify the birth date and immunization records where available. Every care will be taken to ensure your child's introduction to school will be as smooth and pleasurable as possible. Children are not able to be enrolled before their fifth birthday. However, should you wish to familiarize them before hand you are welcome to do so. This can be arranged through the Principal or Junior Class Teacher.
There are no school fees but there is an environment levy – this is $30 per child per year with a maximum of $60 per family. This pays for lawn mowing and some grounds maintenance, but working bees are also held from time to time.

School Hours
School Begins 9.00 am
Morning Break 10.40 am - 11.20 am
Lunch Break 12.50 pm - 1.30 pm
School Closes 3.00 pm
Please ensure children are collected from school by 3.30pm unless by prior arrangement. After school play is not supervised by staff.
Use of the School Phone
Pupils are not permitted to use the school phone without staff permission. The best time to telephone the school is outside of class time – before school 8.30am - 8.55am, during morning interval 10.40am – 11.20am, during the lunch break 12.50pm – 1.30pm, or you can leave a message.
Cell phones: It is school policy that if you require your child to have a cell phone at school, that it remains switched off and in their bag during the day.  Being in a rural area we acknowledge that children may need a phone for emergency situations, changes to travel plans etc. We do not accept responsibility for loss or damage to any expensive items children choose to bring to school.
Please inform staff if your child has a phone and discuss these conditions with your child so that they are not getting mixed messages.
Bought School Lunches
Lunches are available by placing orders before school on Thursdays only. The lunches are ordered from the Coroglen Tavern, price lists will be provided to the children. The correct change and a written order on an old envelope would be appreciated.
Stationery, Photocopying and Laminating
The school operates a stationery store from which the children may purchase their necessary supplies. Credit will be given and accounts forwarded monthly.The school photocopying service is available to the public at a cost of 20c per copy, and laminating at $1 for A4 size, $2 for A3. Please try to come before school, in the lunch hour, or send your order with your child who can hand it in at the office.
Library, Computers & Internet access.
This is a valuable resource and the children visit the library frequently for changing books, browsing, research and publishing work. Books are issued for a fortnight and must be returned by the due date. Lost or damaged books should be either replaced or paid for. Children have access to on-line games and websites only with teacher supervision and are trained to close and report any inappropriate material they encounter. While the network is screened no system is fool-proof.
Scholastic Book Club
The children are given leaflets about books which they can buy through the school. The school gains bonus points from these sales and is able to purchase books from Scholastic for the Library.
All clothing needs to be named. There are no rules governing types of clothing to be worn at school other than common sense.
Clothing should be:
  • Neat and clean
  • Suitable for the weather
  • Hats must be worn during term 1 and 4. (There are school hats available).
  • Appropriate for normal school activities, especially sport and PE.
    Unsafe jewelry must be removed eg: dangly or large earrings and rings.
  • Note: Y7 & Y8 need covered shoes when attending technology classes at MBAS.

Nail polish is discouraged and nails should be kept trimmed and clean.
Please ensure that your child brushes his/her hair regularly as this discourages head lice. Long hair should be tied up.
Lost Property
Lost property is kept in a box in the sick bay. It is displayed at assemblies frequently. Children and parents are welcome to check for missing items. Named property is returned to the owner. Unclaimed property is sent to the church opportunity shop at the end of the year.

At present the school is well resourced to teach music. Children may learn recorder, ukulele, guitar and choral singing. Justine Williams is here every Friday morning for music tuition.
Currently the senior class is receiving a one hour Japanese lesson each Thursday morning.
School Colours
While the school does not have a uniform as such, our colours are blue and yellow. School t-shirts are issued for sports meetings. We ask that they are laundered and returned after use. Coroglen School hats are available and laundered regularly. They may wear their own hat if they prefer.
Swimming and & Pool

All children are expected to swim as it is part of the school curriculum. If you do not wish your child to swim due to sickness, please contact the school by phone or note. The pool is solar heated.
The swimming pool is available for family use out of school hours in the summer season. Keys are available from the school at a fee set yearly. The keys are to be returned at the end of the season.

School Bus
There is one school bus operating;
Morning - After the Secondary School children have been dropped off at the Mill Creek Rd/S.H. 25 corner (8.15am), the bus travels the main S.H. 25 to Rangihau Rd to drop children at school, at approximately 8.30am.
Afternoon - The bus leaves school at 3.10pm and travels north along S.H. 25 to Mill Creek Rd, dropping children off as it goes, and picking up secondary children at Mill Creek Rd (3.30pm).  After turning around at Mill Creek Rd, the bus returns to Upton's gate, dropping off secondary pupils.
Parents are not able to use the school bus. Children who do not usually use the bus may only do so with prior written arrangement and at the discretion of the bus company. Children leaving the bus at a stop other than their usual one should likewise have a note from a parent.
School Newsletter
These come home to families via the youngest family member at school. They are published every Wednesday but it is wise to check with the children each day.
Year 7 and 8 children travel by bus to Mercury Bay Area School each Friday. This enables the children to use the facilities needed for woodwork, sewing, cooking, metalwork, electronics, computer skills and design technology.
Students leave school around 10.00 am and return by 1.30pm. Murphy’s Buses allow the children to eat lunch on the return journey. No yoghurt and no tuck shop food, all rubbish must be taken away.
Vision Problems
We use a vision screening tool called Penny the Pirate to help do basic checks for your child’s vision, and the Vision Hearing testing service come to the school annually.
Medical Problems
Please ensure the class teacher knows of any medical problems your child has e.g. allergies, stings, heart murmurs, asthma, etc. If your child has medication for stings or emergencies, please send it to school in a named bottle and update it regularly.
Health and Safety
Health and safety hazard checks are performed every term and a hazard register kept. If you become aware of a hazard within the school grounds please notify the staff immediately.
In the event of absences, school should be notified by 8.55am as we are obliged to investigate any unexplained absences for the safety of your children.
First Aid
First Aid requirements are kept in the staff room. Teachers will treat for minor first aid. Only staff is permitted to handle materials and administer first aid. Paracetamol may not be administered unless the parents consent has been first obtained. If an emergency arises requiring a visit to the doctor and a parent cannot be contacted, then the named emergency contact will be called. As a last resort an ambulance may be called. Please ensure that contact details remain current. At least one staff member will hold a current first aid certificate.
Head Lice & Infectious Diseases
Unfortunately outbreaks occur from time to time. If you discover your child is infected please notify the school immediately and a note will be sent home advising all parents to check their children. Occasionally we have asked the Public Health Nurses to check heads for lice when there is an ongoing problem throughout the school. Usually it is the parents’ responsibility to check their children's hair or arrange for someone to check it.
Impetigo or School sores and Scabies are also highly infectious and do occur from time to time. Please be vigilant and treat any of these conditions promptly.  Staff, Health nurses or your pharmacist will all be happy to offer advice if you are unsure.
Dental Therapist
All dental appointments come to parents from the Dental Clinic at Mercury Bay Area School.
Junior Room - Each child will be issued with a book bag which is sent home daily. Please hear your child read and return the book(s) in the book bag each day. These bags are to be used for the children's library book and journals also. The older children also have spelling words to learn each week. Poetry books come home on Friday also.
Senior room - Seniors are expected to read each night for 15 minutes from library books or Journals. They have 10 spelling words to learn each week. They have math homework each week, which is due on Fridays. - times tables and Mathletics can be accessed from home) They will also need to complete work and do research or preparation for class studies from time to time. Each child presents a current event item weekly and researches a quiz question.

For Further Information
If you would like further information or wish to visit the school please contact us to arrange a convenient time.

Phone: +64 7 866 3850  |  Email: [email protected]