Information for Parents


School assembly is held every Thursday from 2.20pm – 2.45 pm. Parents are welcome to attend this event during Level 1 Covid alert level. At Level 2 and above parents are unable to attend.

New pupils are welcomed to Rosebank School at their first assembly.

Each class presents an assembly item once a year and the dates of the items are advised in the school newsletter.


If your child is going to be absent from school, please contact the school office by 9.00am via:

Please state the reason for your child's absence. This is a requirement from the Ministry of Education.

If your child is arriving late or needs to leave at some stage during the day, please come to the school office and sign the Leave Register.


All children who cycle to school must wear their helmet and walk their cycle into the school grounds before and after school. Cycling is not permitted in the school grounds during school hours and is prohibited in the staff car park at all times. We ask parents to please ensure that your children are capable and competent riders before you allow them to bike to school.


Each classroom has a blog where information about what the students have been up to on a day to day basis is posted. The links for each blog can be found on the "Our Students" page under each classroom photo.

Bus Students

If your child will be travelling to school by bus please phone Ritchie's on 03 4183005. Please inform the school office before 3.00pm if your child is not travelling home on the bus. These students will be given a bus pass also known as a “P”. Any other changes to the normal arrangements for bus students should also be communicated to the school office. All bus students must wear a high visibility vest which are available from the office.

Cell Phones

If it is necessary for a pupil to bring a cellphone to school so they can be contacted after school it must be handed in to their teacher at the beginning of school and collected at the end of the school day. Students are not permitted to have cell phones at school. If a cellphone is used during school hours it will be confiscated and will only be able to be collected from the teacher or the office by a parent / caregiver.

Concerns and Complaints

Home and School

All parents are invited to join the Home and School which provides a link between the school and the community. The Home and School are involved in fundraising, community and social activities within the school. The Home and School usually meet on the first Monday of the month in the Staff Room unless otherwise advertised in the newsletter.


The Rosebank School Library has over 6000 books and resources available for students to borrow. Classes visit the library each week and library books are able to be borrowed for a 2 week period. The library is open at lunch time during Terms 2 and 3.

Lost Property

There is a lost property table at the entrance to the Library where unnamed clothing is placed for the term. At the end of each term all unclaimed clothing is disposed of. It is essential that all belongings are named.

No valuable or personal possessions should be brought to school. Money should be given to the teacher for safekeeping.


Subway: can be purchased through the school on a Wednesday. A notice outlining options and ordering details is available from the school office.

Pie warmer: is available once a week for House Group families to heat lunches during Term 2 and 3. Lunches must be wrapped in foil and named clearly with your child's name and room number. No frozen items. They will be collected from classrooms at 8.55am and returned to each class at lunchtime. The timetable is as follows:

Monday - Hoiho

Tuesday - Kaka

Wednesday - Piwaiwaka

Thursday - Tui

Saveloy Friday: Home and School run Saveloy Fridays during terms 2 and 3.

Sausage Sizzle: Home and School regularly run a sausage sizzle usually on the last Friday of each Term.

Allergies: We have pupils with various allergies attending school so it is important that students do not swap or share lunches.

Newsletters and Notices

Newsletters keeping families informed of school events are emailed weekly. Notices about trips, visits and other activities relating to specific events are also emailed to families. If you do not have an email address please advise the office and arrangements can be made for a hard copy to be collected or you are welcome to use a computer in the library to view all notices. All newsletters are posted on the school website.

Parental Assistance

We encourage parents to help in our school. Notices about activities will invite parents to offer their assistance in a variety of ways such as:

  • Sports coaching and managing

  • Craft and cultural activities

  • Camp parents

  • Transport

  • Classroom programmes

  • Developmental activities

We appreciate any assistance our parents/caregiver/grandparents etc can offer. Please speak to your child's teacher if you would like to know more about helping out in the school.

Parent Concerns

Parents are welcome at all times to contact the school to arrange an appointment to discuss matters of concern. In most cases discussion with your child‟s teacher is all that is required. If you are still concerned then the Principal will discuss your concerns with you.

Payment of Accounts

All camp fees, sports and any other activities requiring payment are to be deposited to the following account:

Rosebank School Activities account - 02 0918 0020339 01

We strongly encourage all school accounts be paid via internet banking using the childs surname and first name as a reference.

Phone Numbers and Parent Contacts

Please advise the school of any changes of address, phone number or parent contact. It is vital that we have up to date records in case of emergencies.

Religious Instruction

A religious education programme is available to those students who's parents sign them up for it. It is an opt-in process and occurs during a lunch break.

Reporting to Parents

We aim to inform parents of their child's progress and achievement throughout the year.

Two parent-teacher interviews will take place each year and will be an honest appraisal of children's progress and achievement.

  • February/March – all parents will be given an opportunity to see teachers and exchange ideas about their child.

  • July/August – all parents will be given an opportunity to see teachers regarding their child's progress and achievements.

All reporting will identify positive attitudes and developments and will identify shortcomings in terms of solutions to be implemented.

  • December – a written report will be sent home and there will be an opportunity for teachers/parents to discuss these if required.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss pupils progress and welfare at any time. Please call the office to make an appointment.

Road Patrol

The school operates a Road Patrol on the pedestrian crossing outside the school. Road Patrol operates from 8.35am - 8.50am and 2.55pm - 3.15pm. Please ensure that your children use this pedestrian crossing when crossing the street.

School Hours

  • 8.25am Siren sounds – students may enter the school grounds

  • 8.35 - 8.50am Road Patrol

  • 8.55 - 10.10am Block One

  • 10.10 - 10.30am Interval

  • 10.30 - 12.30pm Block Two

  • 12.30 - 1.25pm Lunch Break

  • 1.25pm - 3.00pm Block Three

  • 3.00 - 3.15pm Buses depart; Road Patrol operates

  • 3.15pm Grounds should be clear of student

School Stationery

  • Download 2022 Stationery Lists here or get a copy from the school office. It is expected that stationery is purchased prior to starting school and before the start of each academic year.

School Term Dates 2022


Term One: Tuesday 1 February to Thursday 14 April

Term Two: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July

Term Three: Monday 25 July to Friday 30 September

Term Four: Monday 17 October to Wednesday 14 December

Teacher Release

As part of the teachers employment contracts they are entitled to a regular period of release time.


Technology is part of the school curriculum for Year 7 and 8 pupils. Our Year 7 and 8 pupils attend the Technology Education Centre at South Otago High School once a week.