Absence, Illness and Accidents
If your child is unable to attend school, then please inform the office on (03) 324-2545, before 9:00am or text the school cellphone 021 02485487. You may also email admin@southbridge.school.nz
If your child spends time in the sick bay during the day, this is recorded. Parents are contacted if their child suffers a knock to the head or is unwell. 
If we feel that your child is not well enough to be at school we will contact you or your emergency contacts. Please ensure that the school has up-to-date contacts and that we have your current cell phone numbers.
If your child needs medication while they are at school, this needs to be arranged through the school office. Please note, we can only give prescribed medicines.

Children living more than 3.2 kilometres from their nearest school are eligible for school transport assistance. For information about this view the information on buses under the Information tab on this page or contact the school office.


A fortnightly newsletter is emailed to each family every second Thursday. If you would like to receive a paper copy please ring the office. We also have a copy of recent newsletters on the Newsletters page of this website.

Children in Years 0&1 are involved in a Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP). The aim of the programme is to enhance the development of children’s fine motor skills through a programme of fun activities which work on hand-eye-coordination and balance.

School Donation
Each family is asked to pay a school donation to help us provide quality education for our students. At present the rate is $30 per child up to a maximum of $90 per family. We accept payment at any time during the year and reminder notices are sent each term. There are draws in Terms 2 & 3 for a family movie pass; all families who have paid their donation are automatically placed in both draws.

School Hours
School hours are officially 9:00am until 3:00pm. Outside of these hours the safety of children is the responsibility of parents. Children arriving from 8:20am in the morning can put their bags away, get their things organised for the day in their classrooms and then find something quiet to do or go outside and play. Interval is at 10:30am and the lunch breaks are from 11:50am-12:20pm and 1:20pm-1:50pm.

At the end of each school year all children are given a list detailing the stationery they will need to have, covered, named and ready to use on day one of the new year. New entrant children will be provided with a pack of stationery when they enrol and parents will be invoiced for this. All other students can either purchase stationery from their preferred provider or order the stationery online from Office Max’s MySchool website.

Support Services
The Public Health Nurse can be contacted directly by parents by phoning 03-307-8378 (Extension 28454) or by emailing angela.harris@cdhb.health.nz. She is available to give help with any health problem you may be experiencing. Dental nurses visit our school regularly. If you require their assistance at a time when they are not at Southbridge, contact our school office for contact details. Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour are teachers specially trained to offer help and assistance to class teachers of children experiencing difficulties. Before referring children to their service, the situation will be discussed fully with parents. A Speech Therapist is available to work with children at our school. If you have a concern about your child’s speech, talk to their teacher and we will arrange a referral if appropriate. Hearing and Vision testers visit our school regularly. All new entrants are screened and children who may be having a problem are monitored regularly. Parents can request the hearing and vision tester re-assess their children at any time there is a concern. Talk to the class teacher about this.

All children are required to wear correct school uniform which is available for purchase through the school. The Uniform Shop (in the School Library) is open from 2.45pm to 3.15pm on Wednesday afternoons. More information can be found on the Uniform page of this website.