Starting the Year

The 2020 school year starts on Monday 3 February. Beginning a new school can be both scary and exciting. We have listed some things you can do to ease the nerves and help you make the best possible start to the new school year.

Uniform

The Berkley uniform can only be purchased from our suppliers Direct Group who are located at 6 Latham Court, Hamilton. They will be open from 6 January and their operating hours are Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 5.00 pm. There is an online ordering service available at www.directgroup.co.nz. Click on the shop online link at the top right hand corner of the home page.  Scroll to the Berkley logo and click log in.  The user name is Berkley and the password is Uniform.  If you have any problems, please contact the office on 8566537.

Stationery/Printing Contribution/Technology Contribution/Donation/Camp

Berkley issues a standard stationery pack to all students. You will receive details about this pack on the first day of school. You will need to bring your pencil case filled with the normal things – pens (blue and red), pencil, eraser, ruler, gluestick – as well as some paper. This will be enough to see you through to when stationery is required. The cost of the stationery pack for 2020 will be approximately $30.00 and the technology contribution is $80.00. The contribution to school is $160.00 per year or $40.00 per term.  Students will participate in our camping programme in 2020.  The contribution for camp will be approximately $240.00 which covers food, travel and accommodation for the 4 day programme.

Plan your route to school

School begins at 8:45 am. Plan a route that will let you arrive between 8.15 am – 8. 30am.  Only bus students use the Berkley Ave entrance.  There will be a meeting for all bus students in Block 4 held in the Rec. Centre. It is at this meeting where you will be sorted into bus runs and bus lists will be made. It is important that you know the names of the streets or roads around where you live as this will help ensure you are placed on the right bus.

Cars

Students are dropped off at the Mullane Street entrance. Please keep the turning bays free.

Walkers and Cyclists

Remember to use the appropriate underpass and pedestrian crossings.  Cyclists need to walk their bikes down Mullane Street.

The Night Before

Lay out your uniform

Remember that 720+ other students will be wearing the same uniform, so make sure every item of clothing (including footwear) is clearly labelled with your name.

Pack your bag

Make sure you have got everything you need: hat, sunscreen, PE clothes (appropriate mufti shorts and t-shirt), lunch, pencil case and paper.

Set your alarm

Give yourself enough time to wake up, to go through your morning routine and arrive at school between 8:15 am – 8:30 am. Often it’s hard falling asleep the night before. Give yourself time.

Starting the school year /the first day

Prior to starting 2020, all students will receive a letter welcoming them to our school, identifying who their teacher is, which room they will be in and which team they will belong to.   We will have an open day before school returns (Friday 31 Jan 2020 from 8.00 am – 12.00 pm) where students can pop in with their families and meet their teacher, see where their class is located, and discuss any important information that is needed to have a successful first day.
When the bell goes (8.45 am) on 3 February, students go straight to their classes and prepare for our first whole school assembly which will happen at 9.30 am.  During that assembly Mr Nathan Leith, Principal,  will formally welcome our new students and introduce our Berkley Teaching Team. 
Parents are welcome  to join us at our assembly at 9.30 am in the Rec Centre and  are also invited to attend our welcome Powhiri, which will be held early in Term One. Information regarding the Powhiri will be sent home with your child in the first week. 

Worries and Fears

But what if I get lost!

At first Berkley seems like a big school so there will be easy-to-spot duty teachers out and about. Also there are at least 300 other students you can ask for directions. In time you’ll realise it’s easy to navigate your way round.

I’m hungry! When’s break?

This is probably the biggest adjustment you’ll have to make. Good advice is to eat breakfast. You’ll have one 20 minute break and one 10 minute break before lunchtime. The first break is at 10:10am, then another at 11:50am. Sit down lunch is from 12:55 – 1:05pm, then ‘lunch break’ runs from 1:05 – 1:45pm. School finishes at 3:15pm. Use your breaks wisely. Try to eat and drink something each break. Also visit the restrooms during this time.

But I don’t know anyone!

Starting a new school can be scary and exciting. Try thinking of it as a new adventure. True, you may not know anyone at 8:45am but by 10:10am you will have started to get to know at least one classmate. The next break you will at least know two. Keep building up this number. Remember that friendships take time. Being ‘open and friendly’ helps too.

What can I do at lunch time?

Every lunch time at least two sports or game type activities are offered. We call these ‘promotions’. You need to wear your PE gear to take part, and a hat too, if you choose to be outdoors. Promotions can be a great way to get to know people. We have a very cool adventure playground that you could try out, or you could make your own games up on one of the astro-turfs. Or, if you want, you could simply sit and chat with people under the sun umbrellas in the food court. Don’t worry – everyone will be experiencing butterflies in the tummy!