Parent Information

Select an option below (or scroll down) for useful information about our school.

School Day

Our school day starts at 8.25am and finishes at 2.25pm.

We recommend that your child is at school by 8.15am, as this gives them time to hang up their bag, catch up with friends and have a run around before the day begins.

Bell Times

8.25am School starts
8.25 – 10.00am Learning Block 1
10.00 – 10.30am Morning tea
10.30am – 12.30pm Learning Block 2
12.30 – 1.15pm Lunch time
1.15 – 2.25pm Learning Block 3
2.25pm School ends

After School

If you usually pick your child up from school and will be later than 2.35pm we appreciate if you let us know by calling the office or sending a message to the school mobile. If you do not speak to someone in person, or we do not reply to your message, please keep trying to ensure we have your message.

If you are going to be later than 3.00pm, you need to enrol your child in After School Care.

If your child is not catching their usual bus, or being picked up by the usual people please send a note with your child or inform the school office.

Office Hours

Our office administrator is Mrs Vivian Anderson.

The school office is open Monday-Friday, from 8.15am to 10.30 am, and 1.15pm to 2.45pm.

2017 Term Dates and Holidays

Term 1

Wednesday, 1 February – Thursday, 13 April (11 weeks)

Public holiday
Waitangi Day – Monday, 6 February

School holidays
Friday, 14 April – Sunday, 30 April
These holidays include Easter Friday, Easter Monday, and Easter Tuesday (an official
school holiday), and ANZAC day (25 April).

Term 2

Monday, 1 May – Friday, 7 July (10 weeks)

Public holiday
Queen’s Birthday – Monday, 5 June

School holidays
Saturday, 8 July – Sunday, 23 July

Term 3

Monday, 24 July – Friday, 29 September (10 weeks)

School holidays
Saturday, 30 September – Sunday, 15 October

Term 4

Monday, 16 October – No later than Wednesday, 20 December (date to be advised)

Public holiday
Labour Day – Monday, 23 October

School holidays
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 (date to be confirmed) – Tuesday, 30 January 2018
These holidays include Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s
Day, the day after New Year’s Day and Auckland Anniversary Day (29 January 2018).

Friday Pie-Day

On Fridays the PTA sells pies for lunch.

Pies are $3, and children must order in the morning and can choose from mince, potato top, or mince and cheese.

Newsletters

Newsletters are sent home on Monday, usually with the oldest child in the family. You can also view all school news online, and you can sign up to receive news by email.

Parent Teacher Interviews and Reports

Parent teacher interviews are an opportunity to talk with your teacher about your child’s needs and progress. We usually hold these in February and July. You are encouraged to bring your child, but some parents/caregivers prefer not to.

If you want to talk to your child’s teacher about any concerns throughout the year you are able to make an appointment with the teacher.

We send written reports home with students in July and December.

Buses

Buses run daily to bring students to and from school. If you are interested in your child catching the bus to school, please enquire at the school office.

We have a Bus User Agreement which outlines behavioural expectations.

If there are changes to the bus your child is taking on any day please inform the school.

Stationery

Stationery is available at the School Office but you are also able to purchase elsewhere.

School Trips

Education outside the classroom, and attending inter-school sports or cultural events are an important part of our curriculum.

When we have a school trip permission slips will be sent home with your child (often with the newsletter), these need to be returned to school as soon as possible.

While the school or PTA subsidise some trips, there are usually some costs that will need to be paid as they arise.

We always need parent help to make these trips happen, both for transport and supervision, and really appreciate when parents/caregivers volunteer to help out.

School Donations

Our school donation is $20 per term per child. This is not compulsory, but is needed to ensure we can offer quality learning experiences and resources.

Did you know you can claim tax credits on school donations?  You can claim a donation tax credit on school donations, as long as they go to the general fund and you have a receipt with the word ‘DONATION’ written on it.

Uniform

Pukekawa School children wear a school uniform. A school uniform order form will be available for download soon.

We sell uniform t-shirts, jumpers and hats at school, and students can choose their own black shorts, trousers, skirts and or tights. Download a uniform order form »

Shoes and sandals must be black.

Some second-hand uniforms are also available at school.

We also supply a sports t-shirt for sporting trips.

Whanau Groups

We have four whanau groups at Pukekawa School – Rata, Rimu, Kauri and Kowhai.

When children start at school they are put into a whanau group, siblings are in the same group.

We believe these groups help students develop a sense of belonging. The whanau groups encourage the older students look after and guide our younger students, and provide our senior students with the opportunity to develop leadership and organisational skills.

After School Care

We have an after school care programme run from Pukekawa School. Learn more about our After School Care »

School Banking

We run a school banking programme through ASB. Children must have a Headstart account with ASB to participate in the school banking programme.

Application packs are available at the school office, and banking day is on Friday.

Complaints Policy

If you wish to make a complaint, please read our complaints policy – Complaints Policy 2017