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New Entrant Information

Welcome to St Albans Catholic School

We look forward to a long and happy association with both you and your child.

Starting school is both an exciting and busy time so I hope you find the following information helpful.

Pre-School Visits

As part of the enrolment process, times will be arranged for you and your child to have school visits.

Please ensure your child has a:

  • healthy morning tea/snack and a packed lunch on the appropriate days as well as a named drink bottle with water. 
  • sunhat, if your child’s visit is during Term 1 or 4.

School uniform is not required for school visits. 

Catholic Special Character

Listed below are the prayers that are used in Room One and it would be desirable if your child could be familiar with them.  Additionally, your child will occasionally come home with their Religious Education Workbook.

Class Prayer Pack
Your child may occasionally come home with the Room One Class Prayer Pack.  This will include such things as Bible stories, a Mass book, statue, cloth and prayer cards. This Prayer Pack provides an opportunity for you to join together in a special family prayer time. It is used for the week, please return on Friday morning.


Sign of the Cross                                    Children use their right hand.

Morning Prayer

God, my loving Creator, this new day is for you.

Please bless everything I think, I say, I do.   


Our Father (The Lord’s Prayer)

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth,

as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.


Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women.

And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, mother of God,

Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.


Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.


Grace Before Meals

For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful.


Afternoon Prayer

Thank you for this happy day, for all our work and all our play.

Guide us on our homeward way, God our loving Father.


Our School: General Information


Readiness for School

It would be helpful if your child could master some or all of these skills before starting school.

  • can follow simple instructions
  • can recognize/write his/her own name in lower case letters
  • can manage scissors and crayons
  • can hold a pencil correctly
  • has some alphabet knowledge and experience with books

  • can initiate some conversation e.g. even ‘good morning’
  • can handle morning tea and lunch items independently
  • can pack and unpack his/her bags
  • can express him/herself clearly
  • can sit down for a short time and listen

  • is responsible for own personal items
  • can manage the toilet unassisted
  • has basic manners – please/thank you etc.
  • can manage own clothes and shoes (velcro is great!)

For more detailed information please refer to our Junior School information area on our school website.

 School Uniform

Children are expected to be dressed tidily and wear their uniform correctly. 

Uniform sunhats are compulsory wearing outside for Terms 1 and 4 and may be purchased from our uniform suppliers:
* Mainland Uniforms 511 Wairakei Road,
* Susan Ross Schoolwear, 69 Rutland Street,
* Postie outlets.

Sports shoes may be worn for PE/sports sessions only.
           GIRLS UNIFORM
 Culottes, navy monogrammed polo shirt, Villa blue woollen jersey, short  white socks, blue or brown shoes or sandals.


Winter: Tartan Pinafore, Plain white collared shirt or white skivvy, Villa blue woollen jersey, Navy blue tights or long navy socks, Blue or brown shoes.


Girls only: Hair longer than shoulder length must be tied back, with hair accessories of our school colours.
During terms 2 and 3 girls are expected to wear navy shorts for P.E. Please ask for our sports shorts when purchasing from Postie.

 Grey boxer shorts, navy monogrammed polo shirt, Villa blue woollen jersey, Short grey socks, Black or brown shoes or sandals.

Winter: Grey woollen shorts, Navy blue skivvy or grey shirt, Villa blue woollen jersey, Grey socks with two blue bands, Black or brown shoes.

School Lunches

It is expected that the children will have a nutritious lunch with a water bottle each day.

We suggest the use of reusable plastic containers.

Children have the opportunity to buy a sausage and fruit lunch on a Thursday during Term 1 and a Friday during Terms 2 - 4. The cost of this is $2.50.


Reading will be sent home regularly.

Please enjoy the book together and re read any books included in the reading folder. Please ensure your child has their reading folder at school each day.

Room One’s Library session is timetabled for a Wednesday.  The children are issued two books for the week. Please ensure books are returned before the next library session as new books will not be issued until returns are made.


When your child starts school he/she will need the following stationery which can be purchased at any stationery outlet:

1    Reading book bag folder

2   Scrapbooks – Maths/Topic and Reading 

2   1A5 books – Alphabet/Poetry and Homework

1   1F4 – Handwriting

2   U4 – Story writing

2   Lead Pencils – HB

1   Whiteboard marker (black)                         

1   Set of coloured pencils

2   Glue sticks

1   Pencil Sharpener

1   Tennis Ball

1   Box of Tissues

The following costs are to be paid to the school:

EOTC Contribution ($20 per term)                 $80.00                                              

Religious Education Resource                          $10.00

Additional Printing Costs  (per year)               $20.00
Online Maths cost (subsidised by school)        $20.00

EOTC Contribution

This payment is $80 per year per pupil. The payment covers the cost of all Education Outside the Classroom e.g.  the cost of buses, shows, Science Alive lessons etc. The payment does not cover the cost of swimming lessons.

School Website                 www.stalbanscatholic.school.nz

This website is updated regularly with both information and student online learning activities. On the “Our News” page you will find recent school, Parish and R.E. newsletters.

School Banking

Applications for your child to bank with ASB are available in the office.  Banking days on the same day as Sausage sizzle Day i.e. Thursday during Term 1.

We want to make your child’s transition to school as enjoyable as possible and we look forward to working with you and your child.

Please don’t hesitate to approach me with any queries or concerns you may have regarding your child’s day at school - phone the school office on 355-7538 to leave a message and I will reply as soon as possible.

In the meantime don’t forget to complete the enclosed forms and return to Jenni in the school office.

  • Student Information Form
  • Education Outside the Classroom Permission Form
  • Cyber safety Form
  • Fonterra’s Milk for Schools Form

Welcome and Kind Regards,

Mrs Joanne Gill

(New Entrant/Year 1 Teacher)

Room One