Communicating with you
Keeping open and honest communication lines is essential to ensuring the partnership between school and home is strong. As a staff, we endeavour to return correspondence or reply to phone calls within 24 hours - and staff are only expected to answer school emails between 8am and 5pm. It is not appropriate to make contact with staff about a school matter via their personal social media accounts or cell phones.
As part of the enrolment process, all parents commit to ensuring they regularly engage with us and read the newsletters and emails we share to stay informed. Please ensure any changes to your contact details are notified to the office immediately.
We issue a whole school newsletter every Friday and you can find it on the Phone App, Hero, the website and our Facebook page. We regard the newsletters as an important contact between school and community and this is reflected in the content and it’s important you read it and ensure you keep yourself informed.
We really recommend you download the Phone App. From here you can make an absence notification as well as get easy access to our newsletter, urgent alerts and reminders, calendar, Term dates there are links to our website and to Hero.
To get the app, go to The App Store or Google Play on your phone or device and search SchoolAppsNZ.
Click on the ‘get’ button, which will turn into ‘install’, and then click again to install. You may need to enter your password to the app store.
When the app has finished installing click ‘open’. Then simply look for Pegasus Bay School... You can connect more than one school to this App (and our local high school - Kaiapoi High School also use it)
The app will ask you for permission to send you push notifications. We’d advise you to select OK because this will enable notifications about alerts in the app.
The app will ask you to select the alerts you want to subscribe to using a range of dropdown menus. If you’re not sure which ones you want to subscribe for off the top of your head, or don’t want to do it right away, you can come back to it later.
Seesaw for sharing learning
We use Seesaw to show the progress of our learners. This environment allows, students, parent and teachers to interact with students learning on an ongoing basis.
Ask your child's home group teacher for access to Seesaw if you don't already have it set up.
See our Reporting to you page for more information on our reporting system.
Kindo - new for 2023!
More information coming soon! This will be where your school account will be, you can order school lunches (sausage sizzles and Subway), register for sports teams and more - all online! Keep an eye on our newsletters for more information.
Hero - Our student management system (SMS)
Via this system you can see all the emails and notices that have been sent out to you - there will never be a lost email or notice again! click the green button to the right for more information about logging in and using Hero.
This is also the tool we use for reporting on your child(ren). See our Reporting to you page for more information on our reporting system.
Usually at 12.20pm on the first school day of each week we have Whānau Hui outside in the quad. It is a whole school gathering where we have a mihi, karakia, acknowledge successes, share notices and highlight what will be happening over the week ahead. You are more than welcome to attend.
Our events calendar is available here and phone app. Keep an eye on it so you can know what’s come up. Often you can click an event and get more information.
In 2022 we have a paper calendar available for sale - for just $10. Pop into the office to pick one up. It includes our Term dates, staff only days, camp dates and you can pop other important events and reminders on it as they are shared via the newsletter.
Our Pegasus Bay Newsfeed is a closed group for parents with children currently at our school only – if you have a child joining us soon, please wait until they have started to join our page.
Only staff can post to this page, and we will share news, events, photos and requests on this page. There is a “lost items” thread for you to add too if your child loses property at school.
If photos of children are shared on the page, please respect the choices of other parents and check with them before sharing images of their children on your own timeline.