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Kia ora, Talofa lava, Kia Orana, Bula Vinaka, Malo e lelei, Talofa ni,

Mafola, Namaste, Mingalaba, Saan ka pupunta, Ni hao,

Jom reep sooa,Nabad, Muli bwanji, Hallo, Greetings!


A warm welcome to parents/caregivers.  It is great to have you and your child “on board”.  I trust that you and your child will be enriched through your involvement at Taita Central School.


This page will give you much of the information you may wish to know about the school.  If you would like clarification of any matter or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at school.


Throughout the year we will keep you informed of the school’s activities, as well as keeping you informed of your child’s progress and achievement.  You will also be alerted to any change in the pattern of your child’s development, whether it is emotional, social, physical or academic.  You, on your part, should keep your child’s teacher informed of any home event which is likely to have a bearing on your child’s development.


At Taita Central School we are continually seeking to build an even stronger, united, teaching team.  Our Staff are competent people who genuinely care for the children they teach.  They show this by meeting the children’s needs and offering programmes and an environment where children’s learning and development in academic, physical, social and emotional areas are paramount.  Teachers are always keeping in mind that our children need to be given skills to cope with the needs and stresses of an ever-changing world.


We pride ourselves that we are an ‘Open’ School with an ‘Open-Door’ Policy.  This means that we welcome parents/caregivers visiting classrooms, and that staff will be available to parents/caregivers at the earliest opportunity.

Should you at any time be worried about your child, whether it is related to home or school, please come and see us.  An early warning will often enable us to solve the problem quickly.

We look forward to building a partnership in learning with you.

Kind regards,


Tania Cohen







At Taita Central School, because we want children to learn and be safe, we: 

Ø Walk in classrooms and around buildings

Ø Play ball games outside in approved areas

Ø Have specialized activities in nominated areas

Ø Solve problems peacefully by talking them through and listening to each other

Ø Call people by their proper name

Ø Ask permission of the owner before using their property

Ø Put rubbish in bins and clean up after ourselves

Ø Encourage people when they are trying

Ø Get permission to leave the school grounds during school hours

Ø Are in the right place at the right time

Ø Speak politely to each other

Ø Follow school and classroom rules

Ø Take responsibility for our own actions

Ø Treat others as we would like them to treat us

Ø Do our best with school work and other activities

Ø Care for our environment.


These Expectations have been summarised in our three School Rules:



Ø Show respect to people and property 

Ø Listen carefully to instructions and follow them promptly 

Ø Be in the right place at the right time.




Please ensure the office has an up-to-date Emergency Contact number so you can be contacted in the event of an accident or illness.  Children are cared for in the medical room until an adult in charge arrives. Minor mishaps are dealt with by staff members.


Admission to School

We provide an enrolment package for all new enrolments.  This consists of:

*School Information Booklet    *Health forms (New Entrants Only)  *Cybersafety Agreement       *School contact details magnet

*Nit Busters                       *Magic Card

Allergies and Ailments

Please tell us if your child is allergic to bee or wasp stings, has asthma or any other ailment.  Arrangements can be made at the office for medication to be held.



Parents are welcome to attend our assemblies which are held on most Friday afternoons at 2.30 p.m.


Absences – Attendance

·       Regular attendance of all pupils is required by law.

·       All absences should be explained by a message or text

(022 3512655) to the office before 9.00 a.m. and by a note on the child’s return. 

·       We know there is overwhelming evidence through professional research, and our own evidence within the School, that absences have a negative impact on student learning and achievement. 

·       Our policy is to take action where:

o   A student’s absence drops below an 85% attendance rate (without a justified reason).

o   Absences occur without a satisfactory reason given

o   There is continual lateness.

·       If a child is away for more than about seven days in a term then they will not be achieving the 85%.

·       We also acknowledge excellent attendance.  Each Term we recognise all students who achieve a 100% attendance rate by presenting them with certificates.

·       We have approval from the Ministry of Education to use an electronic Attendance Register, instead of the old paper Register.  This means that Teachers mark attendance/absences on a computer database via their laptop/computer.  One advantage is that we can generate very specific attendance information for each child at the ‘press of a button’.  Approval from the Ministry is given on condition that clear reasons are entered for absences.  If parents/caregivers do not directly indicate (by phone, note, face-to-face) as to why a student is absent then the student could be classified as ‘truant’, in which case the Truancy Service could be informed.  Consequently, it is very important that parents/caregivers inform us if your child is absent.



·       We are very pleased by the attitude and behaviour of our students.  However, to ensure that children are not distracted from their primary task of learning, and to ensure the highest standards of behaviour, we follow the school Behaviour Management Discipline Plan very closely.  To this end, we will contact parents/caregivers if we have any concerns.  We would also ask parents/caregivers to contact us if you have any matters or concerns you wish to discuss.  Working in partnership with you will assist us to provide the best education for your child.  So that you are aware of the School’s

·       Behaviour Management Discipline Plan this is attached at the end of this booklet.  It would be beneficial if you could discuss this with your children.

·       We also have numerous ways of rewarding good behaviour from our students and place huge emphasis on positive reinforcement of good behaviour.

·       If there is a second occasion in a three week period that a child displays inappropriate behaviour the parents/caregivers will be informed in writing, with a copy of any Think Sheet which the child has filled out.


Bicycles at School

·       Children under 10 years of age should not ride a bike to school, unless under adult supervision.

·       All cyclists must wear a helmet.

·       Children should not ride on the footpaths or in the school grounds.

·       Bike stands are provided.


Board of Trustees (BoT) Meeting

·       BoT meetings are held monthly.  Dates are advertised in the School Newsletter.

·       All parents/caregivers are welcome to attend. They are held at 6:30pm in the school staffroom.


Breakfast Club

Currently the Arise Church provide a cooked breakfast for our children every Monday and Wednesday morning from 7.40 a.m. –

8.40 a.m. 


A Senior Camp (for Year 5 & 6 students) is held every second year, usually odd number years (e.g. 2017, 2019, 2021 etc). 

Car Park

The school car park is out of bounds to children.  The car park must not be used to drop-off or pick-up your child because it is dangerous. 

Classroom Help

Parents are encouraged to take part.  Help is often needed, particularly in Kowhai Block. 


Our policy is to have a lower number of children per teacher in their early years at school and gradually increase this number in more senior classes, as students become more independent.  This is to ensure that our children get the best start at school.  Each year, as numbers increase, we may have a reshuffle, usually at the start of term 3 or term 4. 


·       We ask you to name all items of clothing and footwear.

·       Footwear is to be worn at all times outside to protect feet.

·       Lost Property is collected and stored in the Blocks.  Parents are encouraged to check for lost items.  Unclaimed property is donated to charity at the end of each term. 

Dental Clinic

Children will be initially seen in the mobile clinic which visits the school.  For further treatment children will be seen at the new enlarged clinic at Naenae Intermediate. 

Earthquake Drill

An Earthquake Drill is conducted every term to ensure familiarisation in case of the real thing.

Dictionary Agreement

A Dictionary is loaned to each child in Pohutukawa and Matai Block for their exclusive use at school.  

Duffy Books in Schools

As part of the Duffy Books in Schools Programme, each year all children will receive five free books.  The cost of this is shared between the government, the Duffy Foundation, a school sponsor (Scholastic N.Z. Ltd Wellington), and Taita Central School. 

Emergency Contact Information

From time to time you will be asked to fill in an Emergency Contacts Form.  Please ensure we have up-to-date records, particularly if we ever need to contact you in an emergency. 


We have an experienced ‘English for Students of Other Languages’ (ESOL) teacher on our staff, who oversees the progress of these students and teacher aides who work with groups of students.

Fire Evacuation Drill

A Fire Evacuation Drill is conducted every term to ensure familiarisation in case of the real thing. 

Food for Thought

Please ensure that your child has breakfast each morning, and that they have sufficient morning tea and lunch.  Students cannot learn properly if they are hungry. 

Fruit in Schools

We have been part of the Fruit in Schools Programme since October 2006.  (Fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with reduced risk of disease such as heart disease and some cancers.  New Zealand children generally have a low level of consumption of fruit and vegetables).

Every day each child will receive a free piece of fruit.  This fruit is to supplement food from home – not to replace it. 


The Board of Trustees have a policy which makes Taita Central School an ‘Alcohol Free’ area (unless consumption was authorised by the Board of Trustees or Principal).  It has also authorised the Police to act under their authority to inform any person consuming alcohol or acting disorderly within the grounds to leave and/or stay off the property.  The intention behind this policy was not to have a blanket ban on alcohol as such, but to stop drinking troublemakers from vandalising and tagging the school.  You can help us by calling the Police on 111 if you see drinking troublemakers or taggers on school property at the weekend/evenings. 

Head Lice & Nits

As with all schools we occasionally have head lice and nits.  The School Newsletter will carry warnings of this.  Please check your child’s hair regularly, and treat it immediately if needed.  

Suggested treatment:

·       Apply hair conditioner onto dry hair quite thickly and then use a metal comb through the hair.

·       The head lice and eggs stick to the conditioner and make it easier to remove them.

·       After each stroke with the comb, wipe it onto a paper towel – you will see the results.

·       Don’t forget to change bed linen at the same time as bed linen may harbour the nits and lice. 



This may be given to reinforce learning, especially in the reading, mathematics and spelling areas. 

Inter-School Sport

Children take part in inter-school sports as part of the school programme. 


Children are able to borrow books from the school library under class supervision.  Please help care for these books and check they are returned when due. A charge will be made for lost or damaged books. 

Lockdown Drill

A Lockdown Drill is conducted every term to ensure familiarisation in case of the real thing. 

Lucky Book Club

Each term children have the opportunity to purchase Book Club Books. 

Lunches and Lunch Orders

·       Children do not leave the school grounds during the lunch hour unless we have a specific request from parents/caregivers.

·       We may offer Lunch orders from time to time.  Please ensure that you write on, or in, the envelope (containing the money) your child’s name, area number, and order; and place in the blue box by the Admin Block / Quad door by 8.55 a.m.

·       If you need to deliver your child’s lunch please leave it at the school office.


Lost Property

Lost property is collected and stored in the Blocks.  Unclaimed property is donated to charity at the end of each term. 

Mobile Phones

Students are not to have mobile phones at school.  If a student must have one for after school use, they must leave it at the School Office for safekeeping. 

Money & Valuables

·       Money should be in a sealed envelope and clearly labelled.

·       Children are requested not to bring other money or toys to school. 

Netball                                                                     Children have the opportunity to join a school Netball team for  Saturday netball. 


A Noticeboard is situated near the corner of the Admin Block and the

quad.  Please have a ‘glance’ as you come in to pick up your children.  However, the Newsletter is still the primary method of communication with home.



·       To ensure that teachers have an uninterrupted one-hour period for each of reading, writing and mathematics, lunch is 12.25 pm – 1.25 pm.  Morning tea is 10.40 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

·       Students can enter classrooms at 8.30 a.m. to get prepared.  At 8.55 a.m. a warning bell will indicate that all students are to go to class.  All students will actually start lessons by 9.00 a.m.  Please would parents/caregivers ensure that your child is at school by 8.45 a.m.  This will ensure that all students are ready and prepared to start work promptly at 9.00 a.m


New Zealand Curriculum – Overview



The NZ Curriculum


Below is an overview of the main features of the NZ Curriculum which all schools must follow.


Vision:  Young People who will be confident, connected, actively involved, life-long learners.


Values:  Excellence, innovation, inquiry and curiosity, diversity, equity, community and participation, ecological sustainability, integrity, respect.


Key Competencies:  Thinking; using language, symbols and texts; managing self; relating to others; participating and contributing.


Learning Areas:  English, arts, health and physical education, learning languages, mathematics and statistics, science, social sciences, technology.


Principles:  High expectations, Treaty of Waitangi, cultural diversity, inclusion, learning to learn, community engagement, coherence, future focus.


Curriculum Levels:

1:  Years 1 – 3;          2:  Years 2 – 6;          3:  Years 4 – 8;        

4:  Years 6 – 10;       5:  Years 8 – 12;        6:  Years 9 – 13;       

7:  Years 11 – 13;         8:  Years 12+




·       The School Newsletter is sent home with your child every second Thursday, and is numbered and dated.  It is very important that you read it regularly as it is our main method of keeping you up-to-date with school information, activities and events.  A ‘Coming Events’ and a ‘To Action’ section is always included at the bottom of the front page, as a helpful reminder, particularly if you attached the Newsletter to your fridge door, notice board etc.  If the Newsletter is not brought home on a Thursday, please let us know.  If you, or friends or whanau, would like to receive the School Newsletter by email please let the Office know, or email us at

  From time to time there will need to be extra school notices and Block newsletters sent home. 
The School Newsletter is also available on the website www.taitacentral.school.nz

 Parent-Teacher Interviews and Report

§  We provide two formal interview times between parent/caregivers and teachers.

o   In March, there are Goal-Setting Interviews where parents/caregivers jointly set goals for your child, with their class teacher.

o   In August there are Parent-Teacher Interviews where your child’s progress will be discussed.

§  School will close at 2.00 p.m. on these days to allow time for all interviews.

§  Interview times are between 2.10 p.m. – 5.20 p.m. and resume after tea at 6.20 p.m.  – 7.30 p.m.  We aim for 100% attendance, so please keep this time free when it is advertised in the Newsletter.

§  A written Report for Parents/Caregivers is provided by teachers in July and December. 

Parents Visiting Teachers

Parents are asked to talk to teachers about their child before or after school as it can be difficult to have a meaningful conversation if the teacher is teaching a class.  An appointment may be necessary.

Parent Tutor Reading

We run a very successful Parent Tutor Reading Programme which involves parents/caregivers working with some of our senior children requiring extra tuition in their reading.  Results have been outstanding.  If you would like to be involved with this programme (for example: 1 ½ hours one day a week) at a time suitable to you,  please contact school. 

Parking Area

The School car park is out of bounds to children.  The car park must not be used to drop-off or pick-up your child because it is dangerous. 


Each year, there are class photographs taken.  Parents/Caregivers can also order individual photographs which are usually taken on the same day. 

Picking up Children

No child is to be picked up before the 3 p.m. bell, unless a teacher or the office is informed.  This especially applies to Kowhai Block children on Wednesday afternoons during their ‘choosing time’ session.

It is also important that the school is informed if an adult, not known to the class teacher or the school, is to pick up a child.  We need to ensure the safety of all children. 

Reading Recovery

We have a Reading Recovery Teacher on our staff, who works every morning, giving specific reading assistance to some of our younger children. 


Road Patrols

·       Please impress upon your child the importance of crossing where the School Patrol is, and that they must abide by the instructions of the School Patrollers.

·       Patrols are on duty at the Churton Crescent entrance to school                   from 8.30 a.m. – 8.55 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. – 3.15 p.m. daily.

·       Parents are asked to use these patrols with the children.

·       Please observe the yellow dotted lines, blue dotted lines, and don’t          park too close to the crossing areas.


School Levy / Donation

·       The School Levy/Donation is set by the Board of Trustees and is requested each year to supplement the shortfall in funding.  The money is used for Sports Gear, reading resources, audio visual material, library books etc.  We also have to fundraise each term to supplement this income.

·       The annual School Levy/Donation is set at $60 for one child, $80 for two or more children.


Stationery can be purchased through the school at competitive prices.  If you choose to purchase stationery elsewhere, please ensure that it is of reasonable quality.  

Cheap pencils are often difficult to sharpen and don’t last long, which actually make them more expensive

If a child needs items during the year the teacher will give the child a stationery slip.  Items may be bought at the school office.

Study Centre                                                                     

We run a Study Centre on Monday – Thursday 3.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.  Numbers are limited and preference is given to Year 5 & 6 students because of our contract with the Ministry of Education which provides the funding.

As part of our Sun Smart Policy, during summer, we expect students to wear a sunhat for their protection during break times.  Subject to supply, we will issue a sunhat to any student who wants one.  This will be for their use, but it must remain at school.  Obviously, students can bring and use their own sunhat if they prefer. 



Swimming usually takes place in Term 4, however the timing is dependant on pool availability.

Swimming is a very important part of the school curriculum, so we expect all children to take part.  If your child is unable to take part for medical reasons, a note must be sent to school.  Swimming takes place at the Naenae Pool.  Children and teachers are transported by bus to the pool.  There is no cost for the pool or the buses. 

Teacher Registration

·       All teachers employed at Taita Central School are registered with current Practising Certificates,  This also includes relieving teachers that we employ.  Quite simply, we will not employ unregistered teachers.  Every three years all teachers must re-apply to the Teachers Council for a Registered Teacher Practising Certificate.  This is issued following verification of a minimum standard of training, performance, professional development, as well as a Police clearance.

·       All non-teaching staff at Taita Central School have a Police vet every three years.  This is to ensure that students are not exposed to any unacceptable risk.  All our non-teaching staff have satisfactory Police Vets. 


Children are asked not to bring toys to school. Skateboards and Roller blades/Skates may be brought to school on Wednesdays and Fridays.


We welcome parent help on trips.  If Parent transport is used for any trip;                   

·       The parent (driver) must have a current full driver’s licence.                               ·       The vehicle must have current Registration and Warrant of                      Fitness.                                                                                 ·       Every child must wear a seat belt.








Ø Talk to your child about starting school and encourage the use of kindergarten visits prior to starting school.

Ø Help your child learn to put on his/her shoes and do them up.

Ø Have clothing that is easy to manage, i.e. buttons, zip etc.

Ø Label all clothing and footwear as well as other possessions.

Ø Insist on obedience to essential rules at home and school.

Ø Give your child duties to do around home, which need only one or two simple instructions.  This will give your child confidence to complete small tasks.  See that the task is completed.

Ø Read to your child regularly.  Be sure that the child is listening.

Ø Take your child on family outings to give him/her new experiences.

Ø Discourage ‘baby talk’ and talk freely with your child.

Ø Send your child to school on time each day.

Ø Encourage your child by admiring his/her work when he/she brings it home.

Ø Supervise any reading or homework set by the teacher.

Ø Make sure your child has regular rest and sleep patterns.

Ø Make sure your child knows the quickest, safest route to school.

Ø Help your child take responsibility for his/her own school things.  i.e. pack own school bag with lunch, reading folder, library book, etc.

Ø Help him/her to recognise his/her name in written form.




Taita Central Behaviour Management Discipline Plan

All issues will be documented in the ‘Incident notebook’ that the duty teacher will carry them. This will give us an indication of repeat behaviours which would lead to a more serious consequence.

As we are a ‘restorative practice’ school, all students will get the chance to talk through their behaviour with an adult. The severity of the behaviour will dictate who that adult is.  

‘Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by certain types of behaviour. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders (perpetrator/s, victim/s, whanau)’.

Small Issues

  • Arguments over playground equipment

  • Accidental contact (through running games)

  • Name calling

  • Isolating other children

These will be dealt with by the on duty teacher if during interval or lunch time. Or the classroom teacher during class time.

Moderate Issues

  • Playground tussle

  • Swearing (in the playground)

  • Intimidating behaviour towards other students

  • Not following teacher/adult instruction

These will be dealt with by the duty teacher and/or the DP or AP. This may include removal from the playground and/or reflection sheets in our reflection room.

Major Issues

  • Fighting with other students

  • Intentional breaking or damage of school property

  • Swearing directly at staff or visiting adults

  • Absolute defiance of adult instruction

These behaviours will be sent directly to the Principal/DP/AP. Parents will be notified by phone. Student/s will be removed from the playground/classroom and will spend time with a teacher in a restorative meeting. If the behaviour warrants it, parents of both parties will be asked to be a part of the restorative process.

If these behaviours continue, parents will be sent a formal letter outlining the next steps, which may include: stand down, suspension and possibly exclusion.  

We feel that Restorative processes best fit the culture and kaupapa of Taita Central School. We aim to get to the root of any behavioural issues and fix the underlying problems so the behaviours do not continue or re-surface.