Year 7 to 13 Catholic Boys School, Auckland New Zealand

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

A warm welcome to 2017 and the beginning of the new school year.

Powhiri

At 9.00am on Monday 13th February, a Mihi Whakatau will take place as a formal welcome to all those new to Liston College. The main entrance and the area outside the school chapel will be used for this. All are welcome.

Inaugural Mass

The Inaugural College Mass for Liston College, with the inauguration of Special Ministers, Head Boy, Deputies and Prefects for 2017 will take place in the College Gymnasium at 11.30am on Monday 20th February. Everyone is welcome.

New Students and Parents BBQ

On Tuesday 15th February from 6.30 - 8.30pm, the Liston College PTFA will host a BBQ for new students and parents. This is an opportunity to meet staff and members of the school’s parent body.

NCEA Information Evening

On Tuesday 21st February at 7.30pm, there will be an opportunity for parents of students entering NCEA, to get an overview of the NCEA system and ask questions about it, meet those staff teaching NCEA subjects and obtain relevant subject course outlines.

Parent’s Handbook

A Parent’s Handbook has been included in this package. This handbook contains valuable reference materials for parents about the College.

Uniform Information

Information regarding Liston College Uniform requirements can be found on an attached sheet and in the Parent’s Handbook.

The school uniform is only available from:
Elizabeth Michael School Wear Shop,
357 New North Road,
Kingsland. phone: 358 1680

Please be aware that students are required to wear the correct uniform at all times. If you are unsure about any aspect of the school uniform, please contact Mr McKenty at the College.

The Liston College school uniform will be sold at St. Dominic’s Catholic College, Sports Centre (entrance by Pinedale Place car park) on Saturday 14th January, 10.00am – 1.00pm.

PE Uniforms for 2017

Year 7-11 students are required to wear a PE shirt in their house colour for core PE lessons. However, Year 7 students will have to wear Mufti clothing for their PE lessons during the first 6 weeks of Term 1 while their house colours are being determined. Their PE shirts will be distributed through the student’s PE class. Years 8-10 students who require an additional or a replacement PE shirt, can pick one up from the PE Department. All costs will be added to the parents School Account for payment.

Liston College Code of Conduct

Please find enclosed a copy of the Liston College Code of Conduct for all students. It is also included in the Parent’s Handbook. Students are expected to be familiar with the contents of this document and abide by it.

Stationery Requirements

Information relating to your son's stationery requirements for 2017 can be found on the enclosed sheets. Students must have their stationery prior to school commencing. Specialised stationery may be purchased from the College. Where there is a fee for materials/equipment, this will need attending to as early as possible in Term 1.

School Diary

This year all students from Years 7 to 13 are required have and use a School Diary. Students will receive this from their Dean or Form Teacher in the first week of term 1. This diary has been specially printed for Liston College and contains information that is relevant to this school. It is a useful tool in aiding students’ time management skills, as well as a means of recording events and homework. It can also be used for two-way communication between parents and teachers.

ID Card

All students must have an ID card. This enables students’ access to the College Library and concessions such as reduced charges for transport as well as being able to use the school photocopiers. Students will be photographed on Tuesday 14th February, with a follow up day for those absent at Tuesday 21st February.

Progress Reports

During the year, you will receive a number of Reports updating you of your son’s academic progress. The first of these will be available on Friday 31 March, and regularly throughout the rest of the year (see the school newsletter / website for dates). On Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th April there will be an opportunity for you to meet the teachers and discuss your son’s progress. Other Parent Teacher interviews are scheduled for Term 3.

Parent Teacher Meetings

For a number of Year levels, there will be an opportunity for you to meet your son’s teachers, in the first three weeks of Term 1. Important information, expectations and course outlines will be presented at this time. Dates and times are listed on the enclosed sheet or on the school website: www.liston.school.nz.

School Starting Time

Please remember that school starts at 8.40am with a Form Period and Prayer. Any student who is late is required to go to the Deans’ Office (until 9.30am), then after this time, to the School Office, to receive a late slip for presentation to their Form Teacher. If your son is absent, please phone the school’s Absentee Line: 837 9807 or email: absentees@liston.school.nzPlease assist us by ensuring that your son(s) is at school on time.

Devices (computers, tablets etc), Cell Phones and other Electronic Devices

The College takes no responsibility for loss or damage to computers / tablets, cell phones or other electronic devices (including MP3 players, Ipods, etc) brought to school by students. All students are to be reminded that cell phones and other electronic devices are to be switched off in all classes (including Form time) unless express permission to use the device, has been given by the teacher. This also includes the wearing of ear phones during these times. Please assist us by reminding your son of this requirement.

Yours in Christ,

C.S. Rooney Principal 
P.D. Houghton Deputy Principal