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 before 1:30pm.

Office Hours

Our office administrator is Mrs Vivien Anderson.

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

2021 Term Dates and Holidays

Term 1

Monday, 4 February – Friday, 16 April

Public holiday
Waitangi Day – Monday, 8 February

School holidays
Saturday 17 April – Sunday, 2 May

Term 2

Monday, 3 May – Teacher Only Day (EnviroSchool PLD)

Tuesday, 4  May – Friday, 9 July

Public holiday
Queen’s Birthday – Monday, 7 June

School holidays
Saturday, 10 July – Sunday, 25 July

Term 3

Monday, 26 July – Friday, 1 October

School holidays
Saturday, 2 October – Sunday, 17 October

Term 4

Monday, 18  October – 20 December

Public holiday
Labour Day – Monday, 25 October

School holidays

Friday Pie-Day

On Fridays the PTA sells pies for lunch.

Pies are $4, and children must order in the morning and can choose from mince, potato top, or mince and cheese.


Newsletters are sent home via email on Wednesday. (You can arrange to have a hard copy sent home with your child)  You can also view all school news online, and you can also receive news and updates via the Pukekawa School Edge app (search Musac Edge in all app stores).

Parent Teacher Interviews and Reports

Parent teacher interviews are an opportunity to talk with your teacher about your child’s needs and progress. We have a meet the teachers informal school community gathering in February as a ‘Pool Party and Picnic.’  We hold parent/teacher interviews in July.

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. via the office or contacting the teacher through their email.

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


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 is available at the school office but you are also able to purchase elsewhere.

Stationery lists are available for each class at the office from January.

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.  All parents/whaanau assisting with transport will be asked for proof of their full drivers license and current WOF and registration.

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.


Pukekawa School children wear a school uniform.

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 »

PLEASE  NOTE- Prices may change.  Please enquire at school office       HATS- $20

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.

Whaanau Groups

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

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

We believe these groups help students develop a sense of belonging. The whaanau 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 »


Complaints Policy

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