2021 School Terms
TERM 1 – Wednesday 3rd February to Friday 9th April
TERM 2 – Monday April 28th to Friday 3rd July
TERM 3 – Monday July 20th to Friday 25th September
TERM 4 – Monday 12th October to Friday 18th December
Waitangi Day – Thursday 6th February
Queens Birthday – Monday 1st June
Labour Day – Monday 26th October
Marlborough Anniversary – Monday 2nd November
- 8.30 am – Office opens,
- 9.00 am – Bus arrives
- 9.05 am – Parakuihi/ Breakfast and Karakia
- 9.30 am – Pangarau/ Numeracy
- 10.30 am – Paramanawa/ Morning interval
- 10.50 am – Reo Matatini/ Literacy
- 12.20 pm – Wā Tina/ Lunch time begins
- 1.00 pm – Hautututanga Begins
- 2.30 pm – End of school day/ School Bus Leaves
- 3.30 pm – School closed
Each Paraire/ Friday, we go on a Haerenga/ Learning Excursion creating learning opportunities out in our community.
Students are required to attend school on all days that the school is open. It is very important that students arrive on time for school with enough time to prepare for the day. In the event of your child not coming to school for any reason please ring the school and let us know by 9 am. For student safety, we take a check morning and afternoon and we will ring you if your child is absent without prior notification.
Should your child be required to leave the school during the day, please sign your child in and out at the office.
As part of our enrolment policy our uniform as a compulsory requirement of attendance to foster mana and school tuakiritanga (indentity). Uniform items are listed below.
- Navy Logo polo shirt
- Navy Logo polar fleece
- Black shorts/pants/skirt/skort
- Navy Logo bucket hat (terms 1 and 4)
- Navy thermal and black tights may be worn.
- Black or white school socks
- Shoes – must be black and practical for school. Sandals may be worn in Term 1 and 4. No jandals or scuffs.
All uniform is available to be ordered from the school office. We only keep limited amounts of uniform so you may need to order ahead of time. We do one order per term so please make sure you get order in as soon as possible to ensure your order can be processed in time. Shorts, skorts, pants, tights shoes and socks can be purchased from The Warehouse, Postie Plus, Kmart and other places. These need to be tidy.
Due to our special character, our school has no specific zoning criteria. We ask that you consider whether your whānau support the kaupapa of Māori speaking learning when considering enrolling your tamariki at our school.
Starting School/New Entrants
Before new entrant students begin school we recommend four pre-school visits to provide your child with the opportunity to get to know their teacher and get a feel for what school is all about. These take place on a Thursday morning. Please contact the office to make an appointment for the first visit a month or two prior to them starting school.
Student clothing must be named.
Students and parents are encouraged to check through the lost property box located in the office for any lost items. At the end of each term, clothing left in this box is washed and donated to the community Op Shop.
Newsletters and Pānui
We send out Newsletters, notices and reminders frequently to our whānau and community. These are emailed, sent out to SkoolLoop App and Facebook Link to parents and whānau every few weeks. Newsletters are also available at the Newsletter page. This is the main form of communication between the school and home. A hard copy of the newsletter is kept in the foyer of the school office and available here.
Our swimming pool is currently not heated. Swimming is daily in Terms 1 and 4. We operate a key system for the pool during Christmas Holidays. If you wish to acquire a key, you must purchase from Kura Tari (School Office), sign School Pool contract and pay $50. $20 will be returned when key is returned.
Scholastic Book Orders/Duffy Books in Homes
We are very lucky to be part of the Duffy Books in Homes Programme who’s philosophy behind the programme is simple – to break the cycle of ‘booklessness’. “Kids who can’t read become adults who can’t communicate and that’s a serious disadvantage in a world that operates on the written word”.
Each child receives books of their own choosing throughout the year. These books are given out at Duffy Role Model assemblies. Role models from all over New Zealand come to our school to inspire our tamariki and their love of reading. We have a performance from the Duffy Theatre once a year and you are very welcome to join us at either of these events.
Scholastic catalogues are sent home to each family. All orders are actioned online and the school receives points which are accumulated and used to buy more resources for school – a very easy way to fundraise.
A Ministry of Education funded school bus service operates in the district, Ritchies Blenheim, to bring children to and from school. To be entitled to school transport a pupil must live more than 3.2km from their nearest school. Please enquire at our school office for eligibility.
If a bus pupil is not going home on the bus, they must advise the school office by 2.30pm.
We do not ask for school fees. From 2020 our Board of Trustees has opted into the new MOE School Donation Scheme. For more information go to www.education.govt.nz and search MOE Donations Scheme.
Hāpuku School has adopted and uses School Docs for our Operational Policies and Procedures.
Link to Hāpuku School Docs
School Docs Community username: hapuku
School Docs Community password: 7371