General Information


8.45am - children arrive at school 

9am - school starts

11 - 11:20am - morning break

12:30 - 1:15pm - lunch break 

2:50pm - end of school day


EVERYONE who goes on the school bus MUST wear a bus vest. Check with Ms Jeffrey (school office) or Mrs Coulter about which bus you will be on.The school uses Ritchies buses. 

A lot of children come to school using the Barton Rural School buses that are run by Ritchies. They run a very efficient and reliable service. We request that in the interests of your child/ren’s safety, that you notify the school of any daily changes to your own transport requirements. If you would like to be on the bus, please contact the school office.

Students have to wear a high-vis vest, both to and from school, if using the bus service. This is important for the safety of your child.

This service is currently a free one. However this is reviewed annually.


Our school newsletter comes out weekly; usually on a Thursday. School assemblies are every second Friday and are advertised in the newsletter. Often they are run by our seniors and are a celebration of learning. Our school facebook page is a key component of our Home, School and Child triangle. If you are on facebook – like our page and ensure you tick following so that you receive all notifications.


School visits start about 6 weeks prior to the start date. This usually includes Friday mornings as this is our Discovery programme as well as a visit on other days  before they are due to start. Some children need / prefer more visits and this is different for everyone. Please talk to Mrs Coupland or Mrs Coulter if you think more visits will help you settle at school.  There are also other opportunities to come along and get involved at school. On Thursday from 2pm we have ‘choosing time.’ Come along and share the afternoon with us.


At lunch, the children sit together and eat. We encourage children to bring 'healthy' foods to eat, as this provides energy for play and learning and makes children more settled in the class.Please ask mum or dad to pack foods that you can manage on your own. Yoghurts, sandwiches, crackers and muffins are great. A water bottle for class is also helpful as this is brain juice. We aim for ‘litterless lunches’. 

Tuesday is hot dog day. Hot dogs are $2 and should be ordered before school. There is a sheet to highlight your name and drop the money off in the office. 

Friday is Hot Food day. This is the day that you can have hot food. Lots of people have pies, toasties or pizzas. Wrap up in tin foil and put your name on it. Some senior children will come and collect it and put into the pie warmer in the hall. 


When you start school, you need to wear your uniform every day. During Terms 1 and 4 you will need to wear your hat whenever you are outside. Many of our tamariki has their name embroided on the brim. School Uniform is avaiable from the school office (second hand uniform) or The Warehouse. It is a red polo shirt, red sweatshirt and polar fleece along with green shorts or trackpants. Comfortable shoes are preferred; we suggest that children wear sports shoes.

Bring your togs during the summer as we try to swim every day.

Stationary list 2018