Earthquake and Tsunami Procedures

The recent earthquake in Kaikoura has reminded us again to be very aware of our responses in an emergency. 

Our first action in an earthquake is to Stop, Drop and Hold.

  • Teachers all have emergency folders with parent contacts. We have emergency bins with supplies and food.
  • If the earthquake was long (over 1 minute) and strong (can't stand up) we will be GONE! As soon as we are able we will marshall our students, line up and walk right up Meeanee Road to Dolbel Reserve. This is our closest high ground.
  • We would be texting and tweeting parents and families to let you know where we were and you could collect your children when you are able.
  • Our first duty of care is to your children; this is our job. Staff will remain with children for as long as it takes to have them collected. This would be the case if we were at school or evacuated to Dolbel reserve.
  • Please make sure that your contact details and emergency contacts are updated if they change.
  • We practice our drills regulary.

School Hours and Bell Times

We ask that children arrive after 8:25am – this is the time when the Patrol Monitors are on duty at the crossing. Please endeavour to have your child on time to ensure they are ready for an orderly start to the school day.

8.55am – Classes commence

10:30-10:50am – Morning Interval

12:25 -1.20pm – Lunch

3.00pm – End of school day


Parents are asked to inform the school of their child’s absence and reason for the absence by phoning the school before 9.00am and leaving a message on the answer phone 844 2392, send an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 027 872 2333. Class teachers mark attendance registers electronically by 9.10am and 1.30pm daily. If children are late they must come to the office before going to their class.


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School Assemblies

There are two short assemblies on a Monday and a Thursday morning at 8.55 outside Rooms 1 and 2, weather permitting. Parents/caregivers are most welcome to attend these.


The school newsletter will be issued every second Friday to the eldest child in each family and is also available on Facebook and here on our website.


There is limited parking available on our front netball courts, mornings are drop and go only, please be respectful of others when using this area. There are several other choices for parking:
– Windsor Terrace is linked by a walkway to our school
– Nikau Street off King Street is linked by a walkway to Windsor Terrace.
– Lee Road Bowling Club carpark is open and available for parking unless it is very wet
– Peddie Street by the Playcentre is linked to our school field by a walkway also.
Please do not use the staff car park area as a drop off or pick up zone.

Parent Contribution

The school asks each family for a donation each year. The yearly school donation is $80 for the first child and $40 for additional children.

After School Care

Beyond the Bell run before school, after school and holiday programmes in our school hall. For more information please phone Carol Della Barca on 027 231 3160 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lost Property

Lost property is kept in the cloakbay of Room 9. We ask that parents name their child’s clothing – with all children wearing the same garments it is much easier to find the owner and our lost property area doesn’t become congested.


Swimming instruction and water safety are part of the school curriculum in Terms 1 and 4. If a child is unable to swim because of a medical reason, please notify the classroom teacher.

Dental Clinic

The Dental Caravan visits our school yearly. If dental problems occur at any other time, you can contact the Tamatea Hub on 873 4864 and they will connect you to a dental therapist.

Family Profiles

It is important for the benefit of the child that we are notified of any changes in family situations eg. Change of address, telephone number, emergency contacts etc. This can be done at any time throughout the year.


If you have any questions, would like more information or would like to visit our school please don’t hesitate to contact us on (06) 844 2131 or pop in for a visit.