What to do in a fire

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What to do in a Fire or Earthquake


Block wardens must ensure the office is immediately informed if an alarm goes off. The office must then get a message to the DP's and Phil.

For the sake of evacuation, there are two assembly points for the school. These are on the Northlands side and the railway side of the field at the north of the school.

Northlands side
(line up on the back field. Number painted on the tennis courts) people from:

  • Plimsol wing
  • Roper wing
  • Library
  • E block
  • Student support centre
  • Whare & Wharekai
  • Admin block - east
  • Johns wing
  • McBride
  • Gyms & pool

Railway side
(line up on the back field by the caretaker's house. Number painted on edge of the drive) people from:

  • Hinton
  • Fancy
  • Drama
  • Common room
  • Admin block - west
  • Admin block - upstairs
  • Major - B Block

Visitors and all staff not with classes - assemble by the caretaker's house.

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NOTE: If students have to evacuate during class time, they go to the numbered spot for the room they are in with the class at that time.

Should there be an emergency evacuation when classes are not in progress, students go to the number for their Form Room where the form teacher will be responsible for checking rolls

If there is a serious earthquake the first thing to do is to take cover. Keep away from windows or from objects that could fall on you. Stay inside until or unless an evacuation signal is given, when you should follow as closely as possible the procedures set down for fire.

If you discover a fire: activate the alarm in that area, then SEND SOMEONE to the Main Office and report the nature of the emergency. Office staff will phone the emergency services.

Fire or other emergency in of the school will be signalled by a continuous sound of the hooter. Fire will also have a voice telling people to evacuate the building. If an alarm of any sort starts, do NOT try to stop it. It is the caretaker’s responsibility to decide if the evacuation signal should be activated.

NB. The fire alarm will only sound in the block/area where the consol point or sensor has been activated. This minimises the disruption to the rest of the school.

If an evacuation signal goes off in the area you are in:
The Teacher -

  • immediately checks and informs students of their assembly point
  • orders the closing of windows
  • supervises the students as they leave to proceed to their assembly point by the quickest and safest route
  • takes class roll for checking
  • closes classroom door
  • attends to any other duty (eg block warden)
  • checks roll at assembly point and reports to the deputy senior warden in that area

Students -

  • remain calm
  • follow instructions quickly
  • close windows
  • leave the room in an orderly fashion
  • walk - not run taking particular care not to block the exit way for others by pushing, shoving etc.
  • go to the assembly point by the safest shortest route on the day
  • line up at the assembly point and wait quietly till told to leave by the senior warden or a deputy senior warden.

Block Wardens -

  • attend to the safety of the class with you first
  • ensure office knows of the emergency
  • check your block is clear and that windows and doors are shut - remember toilet and resource areas of the block
  • report clearance of the block or any problem there to the appropriate deputy senior warden
  • resume control of your class ( or arrange for a substitute), check roll and report to Deputy Senior Warden.

Form Teachers – If an alarm sounds when classes are not in progress but Students are on site

  • collect copy of the form roll if it is safe and practicable to do so
  • attend to block clearing duties if you are a block warden
  • go to assembly area and check first with appropriate deputy senior warden that you are present, go to your FORM assembly point: check students are accounted for and report to the deputy senior warden.

Deputy Senior Wardens - If the alarm goes when you are teaching in a block where the alarm sounds.

  • attend first to students in your care - follow instructions for class teachers
  • go to the assembly areas
  • hand your class roll to a non-form teacher to take your class - checking duty
  • pick up your evacuation list and loud hailer from the Principal’s secretary or someone from the office.
  • check off block first, then classes
  • when the reports are in, report to senior warden who will give any other instructions

Office - on receiving information about an emergency check whereabouts of DPs and inform them immediately.

In the event of an emergency the DPs will be responsible to ensure student safety.

The Executive Officer, Ground and Maintenance staff are responsible for buildings, directing emergency personnel etc.

The evacuation check lists and loud hailers will be kept in the DP’s office. One loud hailer and the Railway List is given to the Senior Warden in the area outside the caretaker’s house, the other is taken with the Northlands list out onto the back field by the tennis courts.