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At St Joseph's School, we believe that home and school partnership is the foundation of an high quality education. Effective partnership requires a high level of trust, mutual respect and effective communication. St Joseph's School Papanui prides itself on the variety and quality of communication we provide parents. This communication ensures parents understand how the school operates, are up to date with recent events and have a deep understanding of their children's learning. Communication is a two way process. As a result, the school operates an open door policy where we encourage open communication with parents. Parents are encouraged to have regular dialogue with the teachers and the school. Parents are asked to immediately contact the appropriate teacher as soon as an issue or query arises. 

The school has many communication tools to use to ensure parents can find out information about school operation as well as different events that are coming up or have taken place. These tools include:

Website
The school website includes all the information you could possibly want to know about the school, ranging from Board policies to school lunches. Just in case you misplaced the latest newsletter, all newsletters are archived onto the website for easy access and reference to when required. 

Facebook
Facebook is an effective tool from the school to use to celebrate events and students success. The school's Facebook page is regularly updated with fun photos as well as messages. Click here to view the St Joseph's School on FACEBOOK. 
                                         
Weekly Newsletter 
A school newsletter is produced each week, usually on Thursdays. The newsletter contains important information that allows parents to keep up with the latest events. The newsletter is emailed to all parents on the register as a PDF using School-Links. If you are unable to open the PDF, please view the help-links on the right. The newsletter is also uploaded onto the website.
 
School-links - School-links is the online software that helps schools connect and communicate with students and their caregivers. School-links allows the school to send out group txt and emails quickly. This is essential in an emergency so please ensure you keep the school office up-to-date with your email address and cell phone number.

Emails 
All teachers can be contacted using their school email. Parents should feel free to send a classroom teacher or the school office an email with information or a query. We will always endeavour to respond to your email promptly.

Conversations
Parents may enter the classrooms at any time providing that they do not disrupt the children's learning. Parents are encouraged to approach the classroom teacher before or after school if they would like to discuss any issue. However it is more effective if parents organise a meeting with the classroom teacher to discuss any issue in depth. Teachers can also be contacted by phone through the school office. The best time to contact a teacher by phone is after school. The Principal and Deputy Principal are also available for feedback or to listen to any concerns you may have. 

Absences -
It is essential that parents and / or caregivers advise the school office before five to nine each morning if students will not be attending school that day, or if they will be arriving late.  If you receive a phone call or text about your son/daughter's absence it is for our information and for your child's protection.  A daily check is kept on arrivals and departures and also on punctuality.  If students are leaving during the term for a holiday or for any other reason please advise the class teacher and Principal.  It is very important that students attend school every day unless they are sick.