This page has specific information useful for Parents and Students of Hapuku School.

Hapuku School hours
Advantages of bilingual education
How to Enrol at Hapuku
What to do if absent from school
The activity fee

School stationery
Our music programme
Lunch orders on Fridays
Bus transport to school
We do trips and outings
We are a sun aware school

School swimming pool
Well equipped library
Ashton Scholastic Book Club
Weekly school newsletter

Our school discipline policy
Reporting to Parents
Hapuku School support agencies


School Hours

School begins:  8.50am and finishes at  2.50pm

Morning break:  10.20am — 10.50 am

Lunch:  12.20pm — 1.20pm

Advantages of bilingual education

  • Research shows that bilingual children have a greater cognitive development, ability to think and problem solve.
  • Children learn more about language structures by comparing two languages and should find it easier to take another language option at secondary school.
  • For Maori children, learning Te Reo Maori affirms cultural identity and fosters self esteem.
  • Bilingual learning promotes closer relationships between people in our school community.
  • Children become less mono cultural, more aware of how other cultures work, and develop cultural tolerance.
  • Children learn about the history and development of  New Zealand.
  • Bilingual competence provides skills needed in the work force, many places of employment require bicultural knowledge and understanding

At Hapuku we are committed to providing quality education in line with the Government’s directed NAGS (National Administration Guidelines) and NEGS (National Education Goals).

In particular our bilingual programme fulfills NEG 9 & 10 as well as supporting NEGs 1, 2 & 3.


Children may begin school at the age of five and pre-enrolment visits are encouraged. This allows your child to become familiar with our routines and environment and also to meet the other children and staff before   formally starting school.

You will be required to complete an enrolment form.

A Birth Certificate and Immunisation Certificate are also needed to be copied and placed in your child’s school file.

Our school does not have an enrolment zone. This means that if you wish to be involved in bilingual, bicultural education your child may be enrolled at Hapuku School.

Enrolment at Hapuku School requires families to be committed to bilingual education and Te Reo Maori initiatives.


If your child is going to be away from school please write a note or telephone the school to let us know why your child is unable to attend. This would be very much appreciated.

School Fees

Activity fee is $10 per child, per term. This fee covers the cost of:

  • Visiting performers
  • Additional activities (art, baking, etc.)
  • Extra expenses not covered by government grants (transport costs)

Paying $15 per term is $20 saved towards our end of year camp.

School fees are a voluntary donation, however your contributions avoid paying smaller amounts for various activities during the year. Fees can be paid in full at the beginning of the year with school stationery or paid term by term if preferred.


All books and stationery items can be purchased from school at the beginning of the year or on enrolment.

Paper Plus in Kaikoura also stock most items. Your child will be given a list of requirements for the year.

For some families this is a big cost. If this creates a problem for you, please do not hesitate to contact Diane to arrange a suitable payment plan.

If your child transfers from another school during the year, we will endeavour to use the stationery that they bring with them from their previous school.


Monday to Friday children will bring home a book to share with you. They all have Home Reading booklet to be filled in and signed  at home (if they have completed the tasks set). There are many excellent suggestions for whanau to support in assisting students with reading within their booklets.

Children will also have specific words,  tables to  learn, research, extension work or an individual research activity.


We have a strong music programme. Mrs Sally Blunt works once a week with all students—singing, musical instruments, theory.

We all enjoy learning and playing the ukulele.

Our waiata and kapa haka programmes are facilitated by Nan, Whaea Ally, Diane, Robyn and Matua Rawiri. We welcome everyone to join us.


Lunch orders are available at school every Friday, we have a sausage sizzle and juicies. Any profits made are banked into fundraising and are used for extras for our students.


Two buses transport children to and from school. Buses arrive at approximately 8.10 am (North bus) and 8.25 am (bus from town). Our transport is funded by the Ministry of Education. Children are required to behave appropriately on the buses.

If  you would like more information please contact the school.

Trips & Outings

It is important to offer our students many experiences in and out of the classroom. This is beneficial educationally and also allows children to interact socially with others of a similar age. Each year we have a 3—4 day camp alternating between a country and a city experience. When a trip or outing is planned parents will be notified in advance by a newsletters detailing specifics about the trip, requesting permission and usually help with transport. If you are transporting please ensure that your vehicle has a current registration, VIC and seat belt for each child being transported. The school has car booster seats for our tamariki taina who need to use them.

Sun awareness

During the summer months we encourage children to wear sunscreen. This is usually supplied to the school by our local Cancer Society. We supply hats  to wear when outside.  Children not wearing a hat are required to remain in the shade. We appreciate your support in this particularly as New Zealanders are exposed to the harmful rays of the sun more than many other countries.


We have an excellent learners’ pool which is well maintained, utilised and enjoyed. Whanau are able to hire a key for the swimming season.

In the swimming season, children swim daily. Children are expected and encouraged to take part in swimming lessons, an important part of the curriculum. We will swim if it is fine. Please ensure that togs and towel are packed every day. If your child is unable to participate (because of illness) a note or phone call is required.


The school has a well equipped library and the children have regular library lessons. Children are able to select two books to take home and share with you. All library books are issued weekly and expected back the following week.

Book Club

About twice a term children will bring home pamphlets from Ashton Scholastic Book Club. It is an opportunity for you to buy books and other resources at a reduced price, should you wish to do so.


A weekly newsletter is sent home each Thursday to keep you informed of events and activities involving our school. Please check your child’s bag for it.

School Discipline

We are all very keen to maintain a safe and happy environment. At the beginning of each year children and staff set school expectations and consequences for behaviour (good and inappropriate). A clear set of rules and a fair consequence system means no surprises for anyone.

As an incentive, a great term results in students being rewarded with a school wide treat at the end  of  the term.

We also have weekly happy point incentives for students to earn other treats and privileges.

On a daily basis, children are acknowledged for “caught being good”.

Reporting to Parents

In February/March, we have Goal Setting Conferences.

The purpose of these is to set goals with the parents, child and teacher for the child to work towards achieving during the year. Conferences are also held in July/August to discuss the child’s progress towards meeting goals and to set any further goals for the remainder of the year.

Students and teachers compile portfolios of work to give you a more detailed picture of how your child is achieving in relation to the National Curriculum. Included are work samples, objectives and  an evaluation grids.

Children self assess their progress and achievement and comment by teachers are in a written report.

In December a report, written by the teacher, summarising the year is sent home.

We have an “open door” policy at Hapuku School. Please feel free to contact us if you have anything you would like to discuss or clarify.

Support agencies

The District Health Nurse is a regular visitor to our school. She ensures that the children see and hear properly and assists us with our Health programme.

Hearing and Vision testing is regularly carried out at school.

We have a permanent Dentist in the district. If your child is needing a check up you will be contacted by him or the dental clinic at Kaikoura Primary School.

Whaea Sue from the Police also assists us with our Health and Safety programmes.

Sue Hennessey is our Resource Teacher of Literacy

Allyson Court is our Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour.

hapuku playground