What we do to keep healthy, happy, and ready to learn.
Public Health Nurse
Our public health nurse, visits the school regularly. If a staff member has any ongoing health concerns for a child, a referral will be made. Parents will be contacted if attention or treatment is required. Parents are also welcome to visit the Public Health Nurse at school if they have concerns for any of their children including pre-schoolers.
Alongside our school's philosophy of eating healthy, we also stay in connection with the dental nurse. Our dental therapist is now based at Rangiatea Dental Clinic at 131 South Road but a mobile dental unit visits our school twice a year. If the mobile dental unit is on-site at Marfell Community School, we advise parents through our school newsletter. If the dental therapist has seen your child during a school day, a note is sent home. If your child has not already been to see the Dental Therapist prior to enrolment, a consent form will be sent home. You may make contact with the dental therapist on 751 3507 or 027 488 5895.
Head lice are small insects that often affect children. Please check your child's hair for insects and eggs regularly. Using medicated shampoo, which is available from the chemist, easily cures them. Special attention must also be made to the clothing and bedding of the child so that the problem does not recur. Should parents be unable to eradicate head lice in their children’s hair, the Public Health Nurse will be contacted to assist the School. Head lice prevention can be assisted by:
- Brushing hair regularly.
- Tying back or plaiting long hair.
- Avoiding head to head contact.
- Avoiding the sharing of brushes, combs, hats & other items that come into contact with hair.
- Checking the hair of everyone in the family at least once a week.
- Taking action if a child is scratching unusually – check their head carefully.
At Marfell Community School we have worked very hard to provide children with the latest up-to- date computer network for enriching the education of all children. Our Internet security blocks sites that are inappropriate. However it is impossible to block all sites. To that point we try to guide all the children at Marfell Community School on acceptable use of the network. Access to the computers at school will be denied if our computers are used inappropriately.
If a child requires medication at school, their teacher must be informed. All medication, even temporary, are kept in a secure location. Caregivers must complete and sign a consent form from the office requesting administration of medicine at school. The school may act as an agent on behalf of the parent/caregiver. Consent forms will be held on Official School File. Parents wishing the school to administer any form of medication to their child/ren, on their behalf, are to complete the appropriate form each year.
On the advice of teachers and parents, support services will be called in by the Principal to assist children with specific needs. These include:
- Resource Teachers Learning and Behaviour - RTLB
- Resource Teacher of Literacy – RT LIT
- Support Worker in Schools - SWiS
- Speech and Language Therapist - SLT
- Hearing and Vision Testers
- Psychologist – Special Education
- Public Health Nurse
- Oranga Tamariki
- School Advisory Services
- School Attendance Services – Northern Truancy Service
- Community Constable