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Our Town Motueka

Parklands School is in the centre of Motueka, a rural servicing township in the heart of the Nelson Province and 50 km from Nelson City.

Motueka is a diverse community, with farming, horticulture, commerce, forestry, fishing and tourism being the main contributors to the economic base. The Motueka community (population approximately 6,000) experiences seasonal fluctuations from tourist and seasonal population movement.

An ideal climate boasting high sunshine records, together with close proximity to National and Forest Parks, reserves, rivers, beaches and sporting facilities, make this area very popular for most outdoor recreation pursuits, by local residents and tourists.

Services and facilities available in the town cater for most of the needs of the community. These include a public library, museum, recreation centre, airport, sports and cultural clubs, as well as a comprehensive shopping centre and range of professional services.

 For more information visit www.motuekaisite.co.nz and www.lovemotueka.com

Our School - Parklands

Parklands School is situated in the centre of Motueka, close to the business area of the town. It is also handy to community facilities such as the public library, hall, museum and sports fields, as well as to the early education centres, secondary school and the local marae. Ready access to these community resources enriches the learning programmes provided by the school.

‘Parklands’, as the name suggests, is set in a pleasant park-like environment, with large grassed areas, established shade trees and landscaped gardens. The school has extensive sports fields and playground facilities, as well as a new 25m swimming pool. Teaching spaces include modernised classrooms, library and a new Technology Centre catering for Year 7 and 8 students from Parklands and other local primary schools.

The School encourages high achievement in academic, cultural and sporting activities. Significant features of the School programme include programmes for students with special learning needs or abilities, opportunities for students to learn Te Reo Maori and educational experiences outside the classroom.

Learning Programmes at Parklands

The Parklands School curriculum includes seven essential learning areas:
  • English 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science
  • Technology 
  • Social Studies 
  • The Arts 
  • Health and Physical Education 

Our Mission Statement also expects that, while they are at Parklands School, children will develop the attitudes, skills and understandings associated with ...
  • self esteem and confidence 
  • respect for others 
  • interacting with others in peaceful ways 
  • responsibility for their own learning, actions and well-being 
  • all the essential skills across the whole curriculum to the best of their ability 
  • the ability to work co-operatively with others, as well as independently 
  • curiosity and open-mindedness 
  • respect for differing abilities, backgrounds, cultures and beliefs 
  • respect for the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi 
  • a care for their environment 
In endeavouring to ensure that Parklands children realise these achievements we:
  1. recognise that children differ in their abilities and in the developmental rates at which they learn and mature. 
  2. aim to provide a balanced curriculum that provide opportunities for children to participate in a wide range of learning experiences. 
  3. accept the New Zealand Curriculum Framework and Statements as sound guides for developing appropriate classroom programmes. 
  4. aim to provide equality of opportunity, regardless of gender, race, age or disability. 
  5. recognise the special nature of the partnership inherent in the Treaty of Waitangi. 
  6. aim to provide opportunities for community involvement in the provision of quality learning experiences for children. 
Significant features of the school programme include the Education Outside the Classroom experiences provided for all students, Reading Recovery, programmes for students with special learning needs or abilities, opportunities for students to learn Te Reo Maori and participate in cultural activities, regular fitness and sporting activities, opportunities for students to participate in English, Maths and Science competitions, Art and Music programmes, the Technology programme and facilities for senior students, extra-curricular activities, and our biennial school concert or major production.

Through the support of the school community, fundraising and budgeting by the Board of Trustees, the school has built up a wide range of up-to-date resources and equipment appropriate to each curriculum area and the needs of students. All classrooms are well-equipped with modern teaching aids, including computers with access to e-mail and the Internet. The school has a well-stocked library resource centre which all students can use during class time and intervals. The library is computerised for issues and returns and also for users to search the catalogue.

Enrolment Procedure for International Students

All New Zealand children enrolled at a State School are entitled to a ‘free education’. Children can be enrolled at a New Zealand State Primary School from their fifth birthday. Education becomes compulsory at age six. Children fourteen years and over attend Secondary School. Education for New Zealand children remains compulsory until the age of sixteen.

State schools are funded by the Government and teachers are paid by a Central Government pay service. International students do not qualify for ‘free’ education and are required to pay a fee. Parklands School is a signatory to the New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students and therefore approved for the enrolment of international students. Parklands School policy requires International Students to enrol for a period no less than one term (approximately 10 weeks.)

International Students enrolled at Parklands School must live with a parent or legal guardian for the entire duration of their enrolment.

To enrol at Parklands School you must approach the Principal with a request for enrolment. Parklands is a State School and our first priority is to cater for resident students between the ages of five and fourteen. A request for enrolment can be made by visiting the school or e-mailing the Principal at info@parklands.school.nz .

Complete and return the attached registration form together with a copy of your child’s latest school report and the application fee. Each application is individually considered. If a place is available at your child’s age and class level, you may be offered a place, which may be conditional on New Zealand based assessment. If you are unsuccessful, you will also be notified.

Once we have received your acceptance of a place at our school, you will be asked to complete a Student Enrolment Form and provide further details about your child’s previous schooling, level of achievement, health and information about any special needs that may have to be addressed, including background for ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language). More comprehensive diagnostic tests are conducted once your child has settled into Parklands School and may include an assessment of proficiency in the English language. The assessment will help determine class level and any individual English language tuition your child may need.

All the information you provide will remain confidential. If any of the details you provide at the time of enrolment change, it is your responsibility to notify the school of the change.

On Entry to the School

On arrival at the School, the school is required to check the immigration status of parents and students and retain a copy of entry permits and visa expiry dates. The first instalment of tuition fees must also be paid. Students and parents are asked to sign a contract with Parklands School. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an orientation programme to introduce them to the New Zealand way of life, to Motueka and to the School.

Student Visas

International students studying in New Zealand require a Student Visa.

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at www.immigration.govt.nz .

The details completed in the ‘Offer of a Place’ form provided by the School are required by New Zealand Immigration for the issuing of a Student Visa or Permit.

The School will inform the New Zealand Immigration Service when:
  • Students complete the course for which they have enrolled and return to their home country. 
  • Choose to leave Parklands School to continue their study at another school in New Zealand. In such cases Students fail to attend school on a regular basis (act truant). 
  • Students fail to attend school on a regular basis (act truant). Upon Completing a Course of Study at Parklands School: 
Upon Completing a Course of Study at Parklands School:
  • Students returning to their home country will receive a letter from the school to explain the study course, or Year of Schooling completed, plus a copy of their Cumulative Record. 
  • Students who leave Parklands School to attend another school in New Zealand will be provided with a Transfer Notice with all school records forwarded to the new school when requested.

Attendance Requirements

The School treats international students as it does domestic students and the school policies apply. Attendance of students is monitored daily. Disciplinary procedures will be applied in the event of continuing truancy and the student’s parents will be notified. This may involve visits to the home by the District Truancy Officer. A student’s visa can be withdrawn if the student is not meeting immigration requirements of attendance.

Withdrawal from School

International students who wish to withdraw from Parklands School must provide written approval from their parents.

Fees for International Students

An enrolment fee of NZ $100 must be paid on application. This is non-refundable if you decide against coming, but is deducted from your school fees if you accept a place here.

The fee set by the Parklands School Board of Trustees includes:
  • Full tuition and subject fees 
  • Stationery and text books 
  • Access to all school facilities 
  • Additional tuition if required in English language 
  • Administration costs 
  • Technology materials fee and uniform costs (Year 7 and 8 students only) 
  • Additional charges which include a Crown fee (a charge imposed by the Government for the use of a state owned facility), the annual cost to the school for being a Signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students) and GST (Goods and Service Tax, a Government tax amounting to 12.5% of the total fee) 
The fee does not include:
  • Personal requirements 
  • Costs involved with class excursions 
  • Extra-curricular choices (eg entertainment activities, sports team involvement, etc) 
  • NZ travel costs 
  • Meals 
  • Accommodation 
  • Insurance 
Fees for 2017 (payable by instalments one term in advance)
All Year Levels NZ $8,000 ($2,000 per term)

Health and Travel Insurance

Most students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are:
  • A resident or citizen of Australia; or 
  • A national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand; or 
  • The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more. 
If you do not belong to one of these special categories and you receive medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment.

Therefore, all students must have Health and Travel Insurance for the duration of their stay in New Zealand. Proof of cover will be required as part of the enrolment process. We also strongly recommend that you obtain insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand.

We recommend Uni-Care Educational Travel Insurance Service. Further information and application forms are available on their website www.uni-care.org

Other charges you may have to meet include:
  • The cost of dental treatment 
  • Specialist services, eg Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Services 

Fee Refunds

The minimum course fee is for one term (approximately ten weeks). International Students who leave Parklands School after attending for more than the minimum period will be refunded for the portion of the fees paid but not used, in accordance with the School’s ‘Fee Protection and Refund Policy for International Students’.

Student Welfare

Parklands School, as a signatory to the Code of Practice has a number of obligations relating to the welfare of International Students.
  • The class teacher and Principal will be the first points of contact if an International Student faces difficulties adapting to his/her new cultural environment. 
  • If you, as parents or the designated caregivers for your child, have concerns about any aspect of your child’s schooling, please contact the teacher or Principal. 
  • If you wish to make a formal complaint, please follow the procedures outlined in the school’s policy on ‘Complaints’. 
  • If you have concerns about a breach of the Code, advocacy procedures are outlined in the Summary of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students which is included with this information. 
  • The School will hold current information for each International Student at all times. As well as the information required on the enrolment form, copies of the passport and permits will be included. 
  • As part of the enrolment procedures office staff will establish communication arrangements with you should an emergency arise. 
  • If school personnel are concerned that your child has been, or is likely to be, ill treated, harmed, abused or neglected we are obliged to notify the Child Youth and Family (CYF) or the New Zealand Police. 
  • The Education (Stand–down, Suspension, Exclusion and Expulsion) Rules 1999 apply to all students, including International Students enrolled at Parklands School. 

Grievance Procedures

If you do have a problem please ask for help while it is still a little problem. Do not wait for it to become a big problem. If you are not confident that your English is good enough you can always bring a friend who has better English.

We hope your stay here will be a happy one.
Step 1
  • For problems with your school subjects see your teacher. 
  • For personal problems or problems with other students, see your teacher, another teacher or our School Chaplain, Mr Pickworth. You can make an appointment to see Mr Pickworth at the School Office or contact him on (03) 528 9795 (work hours) or 027 489 6021 (after work). 
  • For problems with teachers or other adults at school, see the Deputy Principal, Mrs Milne, or the Assistant Principal, Mrs Smith. 
Step 2
  • If you still feel your problems have not been solved, bring the issue to the Principal, Mr Munro. 

Step 3
  • If you are still not satisfied, you may ask the Board of Trustees to consider the matter. 

International Education Appeal Authority

If you believe that the school has breached the Code of Practice and you have not been able to settle the matter following the school’s internal procedures, you may contact the International Education Appeal Authority:
International Education Appeal Authority C/o Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666
Wellington
New Zealand

You must be able to show them that you have tried to get the school to act before you contact them. They will consult the school to see if anything can be done to help you.

Review of Code Compliance

To ensure that the Code of Practice is being complied with, the following actions will take place as part of the school’s self review process:
  • All relevant policies will be included in and reviewed as stated in the school’s programme of policy review. 
  • The enrolment information and fees will be reviewed each year under the direction of the Principal and the International Students School Liaison Person. 
All new staff will be issued with copies of the school information pack for international students so that they are conversant with the requirements and procedures.

Summary of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students

Introduction
When students from other countries come to study in New Zealand, it is important that those students are well informed, safe, and properly cared for.
New Zealand educational providers have an important responsibility for international students’ welfare.

This pamphlet provides an overview of the “Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students” (the Code), and provides a procedure that students can follow if they have concerns about their treatment by a New Zealand educational provider or agent of a provider.

What is the Code?
The Code is a document which provides a framework for service delivery by educational providers and their agents to international students. The Code sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of educational providers with respect to international students. The Code applies to pastoral care and provision of information only, and not to academic standards.

When does the Code apply?
The Code commences on the 31st of March 2002. Educational providers then have six months to sign the Code. Between the 31st of March and the 30th of September 2002 you will need to check with the Ministry of Education to see if your provider is a Signatory to the Code.

Who does the Code apply to?
The Code applies to all education providers in New Zealand with students enrolled on international study permits. The Code is mandatory to these providers and must be signed by them.

What is an “international student”?
An “international student” is a foreign student studying in New Zealand on a student permit from the New Zealand Immigration Service.

How can I get a copy of the Code?
You can request a copy of the Code from your New Zealand educational provider. The Code is also available online from www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international.

How do I know if an educational provider has signed the Code?
The New Zealand Ministry of Education will maintain a register of all signatories to the Code. This list will be available from www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international. If the educational provider that you are seeking to enrol with is not a signatory to the Code, you will not be granted a permit from the New Zealand Immigration Service and you will not be able to study at that institution.

What do I do if something goes wrong?
If you have concerns about your treatment by your educational provider or by an agent of the provider, the first thing you must do is contact the principal, the international student director, or another person who has been identified to you as someone that you can approach about complaints at your institution. The Code requires all institutions to have fair and equitable internal grievance procedures for students and you need to go through these internal processes before you can take the complaint any further.

If your concerns are not resolved by the internal grievance procedures, you can contact the International Education Appeal Authority (IEAA).

A summary of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students 
The Code sets standards for educational providers to ensure that: 
  • high professional standards are maintained 
  • the recruitment of international students is undertaken in an ethical and responsible manner 
  • information supplied to international students is comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date 
  • students are provided with information prior to entering into any commitments 
  • contractual dealings with international students are conducted in an ethical and responsible manner 
  • the particular needs of international students are recognised 
  • international students under the age of 18 are in safe accommodation 
  • all providers have fair and equitable internal procedures for the resolution of international student grievances
Full details of what is covered can be found in the Code itself.

The Code also establishes the IEAA and the Review Panel to receive and adjudicate on student complaints.

What will the IEAA do?
The purpose of the IEAA is to adjudicate on complaints from international students. The IEAA will investigate complaints and determine if there has been a breach of the Code. The IEAA has the power to impose sanctions on educational providers who have committed a breach of the Code that is not a serious breach. These sanctions include an order for restitution, publication of the breach, and / or requiring that remedial action be undertaken.
The IEAA will refer complaints that are not about pastoral care to another regulatory body if appropriate.
The educational provider will be given a reasonable time to remedy the breach. If the breach is not remedied within that time, the IEAA may refer the complaint to the Review Panel.
The IEAA can determine if it considers that a breach of the Code is a serious breach. If the breach is a serious breach, the IEAA will refer the complaint to the Review Panel.

What can the Review Panel do?
The Review Panel can remove or suspend an educational provider as a signatory to the Code, meaning that the provider would be prevented from taking any more international students. Only the IEAA can refer complaints to the Review Panel.

What is the International Education Appeal Authority (IEAA)?
The IEAA is an independent body established to deal with complaints from international students about pastoral care aspects of advice and services received from their educational provider or the provider’s agents.
The IEAA enforces the standards in the Code of Practice.

How can I contact the IEAA?

You can write to the IEAA at:
The International Education Appeal Authority, 
C/- Ministry of Education,
PO Box 1666, 
Wellington, 
New Zealand.

Parklands School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz

For further enquiries, email info@parklands.school.nz