906 Rangitikei Line, RD 5, Palmerston North, 4475
Phone: 06 354 9359 - email@example.com
http://newbury.school.nz - http://facebook.com/newburyschool
Week 2 | Term 4 | 2015
PROSPECTUS & INFORMATION BOOKLET
DEVELOPING LEARNERS WITH DRIVE
Newbury School is a well-established country school which has delivered primary education to Year 0 - 8 students for over 125 years. The school is situated 2 minutes from Palmerston North on Rangitikei Line. The locality of the school ensures a diversity of students and families from the surrounding farms, lifestyle blocks and city.
The school operates 7 classrooms with learning supported by up-to-date resources, a well-stocked library, a new swimming pool, extensive playing fields, courts, and two adventure playgrounds. There are two teaching teams in operation, the Blake and Hillary Teams. The Blake Team is our Junior Team and includes Rooms 1, 2 and 3. The Hillary Team includes our seniors from Rooms 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Our vision of providing a vibrant, caring learning community that captures and values the potential of every child, guides us in all we do - from the provision of exciting, innovative programmes to recognising the individual needs of each child.
We are preparing our children for a future of learning and so we focus on making sure all students are “Prepared for Life”. We also recognise that the attitude teachers and students bring to achieving excellence in learning and in relationships is what makes the difference.
Prepared for Life Kia Kaha
Providing a vibrant, caring learning community that captures and values the potential of every child.
Students at Newbury School aspire to the values as described in the New Zealand Curriculum which are represented through our own school values. We believe our school values represent our beliefs about what is important or desirable in our school and community members. These values are demonstrated through the ways in which our students, parents and staff think and act.
At Newbury School we aim to develop learners with DRIVE.
Learners who are:
Determined and Confident
Visionary - Innovative and Creative
Empowered and Agentic
Our DRIVE values are intertwined with and complimented by
OUR GREAT TEAM
We are privileged to have an awesome team of teachers and support staff at Newbury School.
Principal Simon Marshall
Deputy Principal Jo Wishnowsky
Assistant Principal Mia Broughan
Room 1 (Yr 0/1) Jo Wishnowsky
Room 2 (Yr 2) Susan Thompson
Room 3 (Yr 3) Linda Taylor
Room 4 (Yr 4) Vanessa Eagle
Room 5 (Yr 5) Tere Bissell
Room 6 (Yr 6) Courtney McKay
Room 7 (Yr 7) Tim McLay
Room 8 (Yr 8) Mia Broughan
Release Heidi Morton
Office Manager Lesley Aylward
Teacher Aides Juana Reid
Caretaker Robert Campbell
Board of trustees
We are very fortunate to have a fantastic group of trustees who are committed to the ongoing success of our school with a strong focus on student achievement. The board and principal work together to achieve the best possible learning and teaching outcomes for all students.
Some of the Board’s roles include:
Setting the vision and values of the school.
Developing and reviewing the general policy direction.
Monitoring and evaluating student learning outcomes.
Providing financial stewardship and overseeing resources.
Approving major policies and programme initiatives.
Building a broad base of community support.
Our current Board members are:
Chair Tracey Rowe
Parent Trustees Rua Crofskey
Principal Simon Marshall
Staff Trustee Tim McLay
The school charter sets the direction for teaching and learning at Newbury School. It outlines our long term strategic goals, as well as our annual plans, achievement targets and self review schedules. The charter includes your voice and regular consultation opportunities take place throughout the year. A hard copy of the charter is available in the school office to view, or you can access it via our school’s web site.
Our current strategic goals are to:
To embed the school’s vision and values.
To build productive partnerships between learners, school, whānau, iwi and community.
To improve outcomes for all learners.
To set the direction for students learning.
Our school curriculum has been designed so that it meets the learning needs of our students as well as utilising and building on the diversity, interests, knowledge and skills of our students, school and community.
We have clear priorities in developing a strong foundation in reading, writing and maths and integrate these skills, using an inquiry approach, throughout a range of other curriculum areas including; science, technology, the arts, languages, te reo, social sciences, health and physical education.
Our inquiry approach allows our students to know and understand through learning that is contextual and relevant. This helps to equip students with the skills and attitudes necessary to DRIVE their own learning.
As such, we want our students to be self-regulating learners, able to reflect on and set goals, solve problems, transfer skills
and knowledge to new situations, think creatively and have high expectations of themselves as learners. We expect them to work both independently and collaboratively in groups to achieve their learning goals.
Our curriculum design is open-ended. This allows students to explore concepts, initiate their own learning and design projects. In addition to this, students with academic strengths are encouraged to take part in the ICAS exams, the Australian Maths Competition and the Otago Maths Challenge.
Enrichment opportunities for students are also provided through a variety of other programmes and special projects where activities such as cooking, dance, photography, science, film and art are offered.
Sporting talents are well catered for in our sports programme with our involvement in the Kainui cluster of schools.
We operate a number of support and intervention programmes across the school to support our students and their learning. These take place both in and out of class and are overseen by our SENCO (Special Needs Coordinator).
Class teachers closely monitor their students and adapt learning programmes to meet their individual needs.
We currently have two teacher aides providing in class and special programme support in numeracy and literacy.
Our senior students are expected to take on leadership roles throughout the school and to lead and participate in a range of school wide activities. Each year a head and deputy head boy and girl are appointed as well as house captains for each of our houses. Student leaders work specifically with teachers across the school in their area of leadership. These include;
physical activities team
Our Year 8 student leaders are also privileged to attend an inspirational day at the National Young Leaders Conference.
We have an active house system operating among our four houses of Kowhai (yellow), Kakariki (green), Tawa (purple) and Whero (red). On enrolment, all children are placed in one of the four houses. Children also wear their house colours for some school sports events.
Students earn points for their participation and achievement in a range of activities throughout the year that contribute towards being the winning house each term and the House Shield at the end of the year. Competitions include all school sports such as swimming, cross country and athletics as well as a termly house competitions organised by the house captains.
The school has a range of devices including desktops, laptops and iPads that are used by students to support their learning. We also use a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in our Hillary team where students can bring personal devices to support learning. With a combination of school owned and BYOD, we maintain a 1-1 ration of devices to students in our senior school. Classroom learning is also supported by large screen TVs and a school wide wifi network.
Senior students in the Hillary team can earn points towards the school’s bronze, silver, gold and platinum badges. The badge system promotes goal setting, achievement and perseverance. Points can be earned across the areas of sport, culture, services to school, values and academics.
INTERMEDIATE @ NEWBURY
Our Year 7 and 8 programme is designed to effectively prepare our students for high school and beyond. Our programme places the students at the centre, building on their individual needs and goals to develop an inclusive, responsive and respectful environment for learning.
There are a number of key skills and competencies that need to be established to prepare our learners for High School. We enable this through:
Development of self management skills.
Self managed timetables.
Individual goal setting for learners to track and monitor their own learning progress.
Strong links with local High Schools.
Identifying and fostering individual student passions and interests.
Developing strong ownership levels of their learning.
Careers based learning for identifying future career pathways.
Learning embedded in real world contexts.
Our students benefit from being involved in regular sports and fitness programmes as part of their daily class timetables. Our school sports programme focuses on swimming in Term 1, cross country in Term 2, winter sports in Term 3 and athletics in Term 4. Students also participate in our cluster sports events involving schools from the Kainui cluster.
Other sporting events are available to our students. In the past these have included tennis, rippa rugby and triathlons. Skill development is often supported with coaching sessions by expert coaches including Manawatu Rugby, Central Soccer, Manawatu Hockey and Manawatu Cricket.
The school usually fields teams in the local cricket, hockey, touch rugby, netball and basketball competitions and other sports as interest requires.
Outdoor education opportunities are an important part of our learning programme. For many students they provide new opportunities and challenges they have not faced before. These experiences also allow students and teachers to build on the positive relationships already established in the classrooms. This helps them to further get to know each other in a range of contexts and overcoming barriers together as a unit. The senior classrooms go on camp once a year in Term 1 or 4. Our Year 7 & 8 students go on a ski camp each year, typically in the third term. All classes participate in a variety of field trips throughout the year to support their learning.
Our school-wide Enviro Vision is “Creating Environmental Leaders committed to preserving and improving our environment for future generations.”
We have made it our mission to establish an environmentally-aware school culture that influences all aspects of school life, by developing an effective, integrated and sustainable Enviro Education Program led by the students.
Our vision is realised through:
A highly motivated and student lead Enviro Team.
Whole school involvement in school wide and community environmental projects.
Student driven class projects to make our school more environmentally aware and adopt sustainable practices.
School resources to support environmental education e.g. propagation unit, veggie gardens, native bush areas.
Commitment to sustainable practices within our school e.g. zero-waste, recycling.
REPORTING TO PARENTS
For our Year 4-8 students:
In Term 1, teachers meet with parents and their child to confirm their learning goals together. At this time any formal test results are also reported. Three-way interviews are then held at the beginning of Term 3.
At the end of Term 2 and the end of Term 4, written reports are provided to parents showing student progress and achievement in relation to Newbury Standards, next learning steps and how they can support their child at home.
For our Year 1-3 students:
These students also receive reports twice a year. These are timed to align with the student’s 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36 month anniversaries at school.
Reports are sent home and parents are invited to make a time to meet with and discuss student progress and achievement, next learning steps and how they can support their child at home.
Feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time to discuss their progress and achievement and how you can both work together to support their learning at school and home.
We have a compulsory Newbury School uniform which is to be worn by all students. This uniform is available from Academy Apparel, 306 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North.
As part of the uniform, students are required to wear black shoes. These include sneakers, leather shoes and sandals as long as they are the appropriate colour, together with navy or black socks (any length) or tights.
Parent Group have a small selection of 2nd hand uniforms for sale. Please see the school office regarding these.
Children can change into spare playground clothes at morning tea and lunchtimes during the winter months.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
We have an open door approach to engaging with parents and actively encourage communication between the home and school. Parents are encouraged to visit the school and to keep in contact with their child’s teacher.
School newsletters are sent home with students every Wednesday and notices for events are sent home as they occur. Phone messages can be left via the school office.
The school website www.newbury.school.nz is updated with events, links, learning support and general school information.
Facebook also allows you to keep up-to-date with what is happening at school: http://facebook.com/newburyschool
We also utilise a School phone app which can be downloaded through the Apple App Storeor Android Play Store. Further details can be found at www.newbury.school.nz/school-app/
We are fortunate to have an active Parent Group. This committee aids our school by;
organising school lunches;
helping at events involving our school;
providing opportunities for parents/caregivers to contribute to every day school life.
The group is open to all members of the community and welcomes your involvement. Please support this enthusiastic group which usually meets on a monthly basis.
The school has an enrolment scheme in place which means that students are required to live within an identified enrolment zone to be eligible to attend Newbury School. The school may accept out of zone enrolments through a ballot system depending on the availability of spaces. More information can be found on the school website: www.newbury.school.nz/enrolment/ If you are out of zone and are interested in attending Newbury School, please discuss this with the Principal or Office Manager.
On enrolment at Newbury School, your child will be placed in a classroom appropriate to their current learning level and in line with the school’s Year Group Classification Guidelines.
All enrolment documentation needs to be completed with the Office Manager and a birth certificate, immunisation certificate and, if born outside of NZ, proof of New Zealand citizenship are all required.
NEWBIES TO NEWBURY
Providing a smooth transition to school for your child!
What is NEWBIES to NEWBURY?
Newbies to Newbury is a programme offered to all future five year-olds and their parents who are enrolled to start at Newbury School. Newbies to Newbury will give you and your child an informative, hands-on, fun-filled introduction to Newbury School to ensure a smooth transition for your child.
Newbies to Newbury will give you both an opportunity to:
become familiar with school routines
take part in educational activities and learning
become familiar with the school grounds and the classroom setting
meet other future five year-olds and their families
build relationships with the teachers.
The Newbies to Newbury Programme consists of a range of activities and experiences designed to give you and your child an idea of what to expect when they begin school and also prepare them for the learning that takes place in a new entrant classroom.
For more information about the Newbies programme please contact the school.
A - z guide for parents
If your child is absent please contact the school with an explanation as soon as possible. Contact may be made through:
a phone call (please leave a message if your call is not answered)
a face-to-face explanation
via school stream app
a text message or email to the school or teacher stating:
the student’s name
the date of the absence
and the reason for it
a certificate from a health professional if absent for more than 3 days.
Every child’s attendance is recorded twice daily by electronic register. All unaccounted absences are followed up by the Office Manager.
Accidents & Illness
If a child is injured at school, first aid will be administered by teachers and office staff as required. If a serious accident occurs, staff will look after the best interests of the child and then parents will be notified immediately.
All accidents occurring at school are attended by a trained first aid staff member and the incident recorded. For serious accidents, our first call is to the ambulance service and then the parent/emergency contact.
Children should not be sent to school if they are feeling unwell. If a child becomes unwell at school, the parents or caregivers will be contacted and asked to collect the child. Our practice is aligned to the Ministry of Health recommendations and best practice.
It is important that our records of home, work, doctors and other emergency numbers that may be required, are kept up to date. Please advise the school promptly of any changes.
Administering Medication at School
We have a consent form to be filled out if you require your child’s medication to be administered at school. Appropriate information must be provided. By law, the medical practitioner’s directions must be included on the label of all dispensed medication. This needs to be sighted by the school.
Ag Day (Lamb, Calf & Pet Day)
This rural tradition continues to thrive at Newbury School and is usually held around Labour Weekend. Outdoor judging is for calves, lambs, kids and pets while indoor activities cater for cooking, floral art and a variety of classroom displays.
Allergies or Asthma
Records are kept in the office and sick bay regarding students who require special or immediate attention for any allergy or illness. Should your child require this type of attention, completed asthma and/or allergy forms must be handed to the school office and medication provided.
Assembly - Flag
We hold a brief assembly on Monday mornings at 9am. This time is to come together to sing the National Anthem, give notices for the week ahead and announce the winning house from the previous week.
Assembly - School
We normally have a school assembly every second or third Friday from 2:15 -3:00pm. We sing the School Song, share learning from across the classes, present the Principal’s Award and celebrate students from each class who have made great choices in learning and behaviour with the class merit awards.
Everyone at Newbury School has the right to work and play in a safe, secure and happy environment. Children, staff and parents need to be responsible for their own actions and show respect to each other, their property and their environment. Self-discipline is a learning experience and we will support our students to develop appropriate social skills and personal behaviour.
The school operates a positive behaviour management programme and children are acknowledged for making good choices by receiving a DRIVE ticket. These are placed into the child's house box and go towards their house points. For each DRIVE ticket earned, a marble is added to the DRIVE jar. Once the DRIVE jar is full the school enjoys a DRIVE afternoon to recognise their great behaviour choices.
DRIVE afternoons are organised by the House Leaders from the winning House. Individual classes also have their own ways of encouraging and supporting good choices for learning and behaviour.
Bible in Schools
Newbury School does not have a Bible in Schools programme.
Board of Trustees
The board meets twice a term, usually on the Tuesday of the 2nd and 8th week of the term at 7pm. Parents and community members are welcome to attend. Notice of all meetings will be given to all parents through the school newsletter and via our online school calendar.
Scholastic Book Club order forms are sent out regularly and provide a variety of literature at reasonable prices. There is no expectation that parents must order from this Book Club.
A free breakfast of Weetbix and milk is available some mornings before school in the multipurpose room. Please see office for days operating,
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
All students in our HIllary Team can bring their own device to school. Parents and students are required to sign a BYOD Agreement before this can occur. More information can be found online: www.newbury.school.nz/byod/
All children should be dropped off and collected from the Newbury Hall car park. Please do not pick up and drop off children at our front (Rangitikei Line) entrance as this is a very busy roadway.
Parents are asked to abide by the traffic safety rules we have in this area. Please ensure you park correctly to collect children. When entering the car park, keep to the left and follow around the car park in a clockwise direction.
When leaving the car park, if you are heading towards town (left), please ensure you drive past the school on the throughway before entering Rangitikei Line. Cars heading towards Bulls, please turn right at the carpark exit and remember to apply the right hand rule i.e. cars turning into the car park have right of way over cars turning right leaving the carpark.
Cell Phones (student owned)
If cell phones are brought to school, they are kept in the office during the day and can be picked up by the students at 3:00pm.
Concerns and Complaints
If there are any problems concerning your child and school we encourage you to follow the school’s Concerns Guidelines in these matters. A copy is available online at www.newbury.school.nz/policy-guidelines/ and in the school office.
Our dental service is provided through the clinic at Palmerston North Intermediate School. You will receive an appointment for your child to have a dental check up once a year. If you have any concerns please phone 358 0547
Dogs are not permitted on the school grounds unless by prior arrangement with the principal.
The school has an emergency plan to guide staff and students in the event of an emergency. The assembly area is on the top playing field beside the senior playground. We hold an evacuation drill at least once a term.
The signal is a continuous siren followed by voice prompts to evacuate the building.
Evacuate buildings immediately and proceed to the assembly point.
Close all doors where possible.
Parents are also expected to report to the assembly area.
Teachers conduct Earthquake Procedures in their own classrooms.
All students and adults are expected to drop, cover, hold.
If an evacuation is necessary, the continuous siren and voice prompts will be activated.
Students, team coaches and managers taking part any sporting activity agree to:
play within the rules
respect the referees and umpires
respect the opposition and their supporters
be gracious winners and dignified losers
play hard but play fair.
Each year our senior students organise and host a formal dance. Leading up to the dance they learn formal styles of dance from an outside provider. This is a great occasion and usually takes place in Term 4.
We recommend that shoulder length hair or longer be tied back for safety reasons and to reduce the likelihood of catching or spreading head lice. Head lice are an ongoing issue for schools and your cooperation is required in order to reduce the risk.
The Public Health Nurse visits the school regularly for health, hearing and vision checks, immunisations and supporting health lessons with students. If you have other questions or concerns the Health Nurse can be contacted through the school office.
Home Learning, which is the reinforcing of learning undertaken in the classroom, will be set by each teacher.
Junior students are likely to take readers home regularly, collect news items and some may commence spelling and basic facts.
Year 4-8 students will have a more formal pattern which is likely to involve regular spelling, maths, research tasks and completion of class work. Home learning should not exceed more than 30 minutes per night.
Digital Citizenship Agreements
We ask that parents and student sign a Digital Citizenship agreement in order for students to use the Internet and elearning devices while at Newbury School.
We have a very well-stocked library and all classes usually visit the library once a week. Students are able to borrow two books for up to two weeks. Please ensure that library books are returned when due. Reminders will be sent home for any overdue books, and an account for any damaged books or books held for more than six weeks.
Lollies & Confectionery:
Students are not permitted to have lollies or confectionery at school.
Students and parents are encouraged to name all clothing and belongings to assist with identification. Lost property is returned to the owner when possible and if unclaimed, stored on the rack in the Multi-Purpose Room. At the end of each term uncollected lost property is donated to a charity.
Lunch orders usually take place every week on a Friday throughout the school year. Order forms come home on a Monday and need to be back at school by Wednesday at 3pm. Please put completed orders in the yellow smiley face box in the office foyer.
Lunch and Morning Tea
When eating outside, supervising staff release students after 10 minutes at the beginning of lunch. Students show the supervising teacher their lunch boxes when they are finished eating to ensure they have had sufficient food.
Students release themselves once they have had sufficient morning tea.
Lunchtime Play Change of Clothes
If students wish to play games on the fields during Terms 2 and 3 they are required to change into a spare set of clothes. This keeps their school uniform clean and dry so they can continue the day’s learning in comfort.
Newsletters are issued every Wednesday, and are one of our major means of communication with families. These come home via the youngest member of the family. They are also emailed out to families placed on facebook and the school stream app.
Please ask to see your newsletter - a lot of school information is contained in this communication.
The school office is open from 8.30am - 3.30pm Monday to Friday.
Parents are actively encouraged to be involved in their children’s learning. We invite expressions of interest for parent helpers in classrooms, on trips, for sport and our outdoor education programmes. Please talk to your child’s teacher about how you can help.
When sending any payments to the school, please place in a sealed envelope with the student’s name and class written on it. Please make any cheques out to Newbury School. Please note the school does not have EFTPOS facilities. For direct deposits or internet banking our account number is:
Students are discouraged from bringing personal possessions to school. The school will not be held responsible for the loss or damage of any personal possessions brought to school from home.
The school has a photocopier that may be used by the school community for a minimal fee.
We have a staff member rostered on for playground supervision at morning tea and lunch. After school, one staff member supervises the crossing and carpark until 3:15pm.
In December we hold the school prizegiving. The night is a whole school prizegiving with all classes recognised in some way. Whilst we know that not all children can receive a special prize on this night we ask all families to attend and celebrate the success of others within our school community.
Policy & Guidelines
All current, new or recently changed policies and guidelines are available on our school website. Any suggestions or comments you have can be discussed with the principal or any BOT member.
School Donation & Fees
Donations: The Board of Trustees sets school donations. These are a donation to the school and cover incidental costs. Donations are an important part of the annual budget process. These are currently:
$80 for one student
$30 for second child
$20 for third or any additional children
This donation will appear on your school family account for the year. While this is a donation and not compulsory, we do need additional funds to provide your children with a great education including new resources, library books and sports equipment.
Fees: The school has regular activities and trips that are not part of the day to day running of the school. These need to be funded separately. Rather than charge for each small activity (e.g. $2, $5 or 50 cents) we calculated the average per year was $40 ($10 per term) per student.
Many of the resources we use for students are photocopied and we have a levy per child to help cover this cost. Currently this is $5 per student per year.
There is also a pencil levy for Rooms 1, 2 and 3 to ensure there are always pencils available for learning.
The activity, photocopy and pencil fees will appear on your school account.
Fees, donations and other expenses such as camps can be paid in full or arrangements can be made through the school office for scheduled payments to be made (e.g. $5 per week).
Our school is part of the Fonterra Milk for Schools Programme. All students are able to have milk 3 days a week. A form to indicate whether your child would like milk or not is included in the enrolment pack.
Class, sports, family and individual photographs are normally taken in Term 3 each year. Families will be advised of the exact date when it is set.
The school is a Smoke Free Environment. Smoking in the school buildings and grounds is prohibited at all times.
Sports Uniform Hire
The school has a sports uniform that is hired out each year to the students. There is a $15 annual hire fee. The uniform is used for sporting events and school sporting teams. The uniform consists of a Newbury sports top and shorts which are to be returned cleaned at the end of each year.
At the end of the year, a stationery list is provided to all students for the following year. Parents are expected to send their children ready for school on the first day of Term 1 with all their required stationery. The school currently works with OfficeMax for our stationery needs. Parents are able to buy online or in store at very competitive prices. For new people starting school a stationery list will be provided.
Student Sign-in & Sign-out
If a student arrives at school late during the day or they need to leave school during school hours (eg doctor or dentist appointments) parents must sign them in/out at the school office.
All children must wear a Newbury School sun hat in the playground during Terms 1 and 4. Children who do not have a sun hat will be required to sit in the shade during break times. Year 7 and 8 pupils only can wear the Newbury School cap.
The school is very lucky to have a newly built swimming pool. Passes are available to the community for purchase in the summer season. These can be obtained from the school office.
Year 7 and 8 students travel by bus to the Technicraft Centre at Monrad Intermediate School each Wednesday morning. The students are involved in art, music, ICT, technology, food technology and structures and mechanisms. A fee is charged per student by the technicraft department, added to your school account, to cover the cost of materials used in the course over the year.
Some parents are entitled to receive a conveyance allowance for transporting their children to school. To receive this, a form (available from the school office) must be completed and returned to school together with a deposit slip for each child. This amount is paid per term by the Ministry of Education.
To qualify students from Years 1–8 must live at least 3.2km from their closest appropriate school.
All visitors must sign in and out at the school office when arriving and leaving school.
We are a Zero Waste School. In practical terms this means:
We are seeking to eliminate unnecessary packaging .
We recycle what we can.
We seek to have a minimal impact on our local and wider environment.
We seek to develop a sustainable environment within the school.
You can help by:
Eliminating cling wrap and non-recyclable packaging.
Try using reusable snap lock bags.
Purchase a litter-free lunch box. Any divided container will do.
Reduce other goods that are packaged in non-recyclable packaging.
On behalf of the Staff, Board of Trustees and Parent Group, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your family to the Newbury School community. Developing a positive partnership between home and school is an important goal for us. As always, feel free to contact myself or our staff at any time to discuss any matters of concern or interest.
We look forward to providing a caring, stimulating and exciting environment for your children to learn.
Simon Marshall, Principal
PROSPECTUS & INFORMATION BOOKLET
Determined & Confident
Learners who are: Respectful
Visionary - Innovative & Creative
Empowered & Agentic
2018 PROSPECTUS & INFORMATION BOOKLET