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 School Rules

  • Follow directions

  • Be considerate - no teasing, put downs or swearing

  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself

  • Respect others, property and our environment

  • Be in the correct place at the correct time with the correct equipment

Term Dates for 2023

Term 1     Tuesday 7 February - Thursday 6 April

Term 2      Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June

Term 3      Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4      Monday 9 October - Monday 19 December

New Entrant Enrolments
Parents enrolling a five-year-old are required to present a birth certificate or passport and an immunization certificate as well as to complete a health card. This will be explained to you when you enrol your child. The school welcomes pre-enrolment visits to help settle 5 year olds into school. Please contact the office. 

We send regular newsletters home to keep you up to date with what is happening in school as well as coming events. You may occasionally need to ask your children if they have been given one lately. They often lurk at the bottoms of bags until they are unreadable. Newsletters go home every second Thursday with the eldest child, they are also emailed out to those on our email list and posted on this website and the SchoolApp and a link notified via Facebook. 

School Hours

8.50am   School opens 
10.25am - 10.50am   Morning Tea 
12:25pm - 1.15pm   Lunch Break 
2.50pm   School closes

School Costs

During recent years our Board has, like many others, recognised the necessity of obtaining extra revenue to ensure that our pupils are given a high standard of education.  The Board has been delighted with the generosity of our parents in paying these donations. The funds enable the BOT to purchase basic teaching requirements and some extra equipment, ICT equipment, mathematics resources, musical instruments, library books, reading books, other textbooks, and art materials.

For the year donations are:      First child                                              $70

                                                                                    Second child (same family)       $60

                                                                                    Third child                "                          $50

                                                                                     Fourth child            "                         $40

                                                                                     Fifth child                 "                         free

These can be paid on a term by term basis or at any time convenient to family budgeting circumstances.  If payment of any school costs are a concern to you at any stage, please feel free to confidentially inform the office so we can work together to resolve any concerns.

School Uniform

School Uniform is compulsory for  Years 7&8 students. Uniform is available from Uniform Hub in Kamo

We also ask parents to pay a classroom learning resources amount of $20 per child, this covers photocopying of worksheets, homework sheets and other class related resources throughout the year.  Start of year stationery costs for each classroom are detailed on the Stationery page of this website.


After School Care Programme

A programme supervising children from 3pm - 6pm daily is available at $4.00 per hour plus $2.00 for afternoon tea.  Children must be enrolled to attend and attendance is both casual or regular. If children are enrolled you can notify the school at any time before 1.00pm for children to attend. This is an OSCAR approved programme so eligible families can access Government Subsidies. 

Parents are required to phone, email or use the school app to notify the school office or teacher by 9.00am if children are not attending. This is for safety reasons. 


School App

The Maungatapere School App is a portal designed to enable easy and reliable communication between school and home. When you have downloaded the app, you will get regular notices and alerts relating to your child and upcoming events.  To download search for “SchoolApp NZ” via the Apple or Andriod app store.

Rubbish Policy
To assist our local community neighbours the school has a policy of children taking any rubbish brought to school home with them at the end of the day. Please ensure children have an appropriate plastic bag or lunch box compartment where they can put their rubbish. We appreciate your support in this matter. 

Buses and Road Safety 
A comprehensive monitoring system ensures children are travelling on the correct bus or in a car and walking lines at the end of each day. If the children have changed travel arrangements it is essential to notify the school by 2.30pm, by sending a note, phoning, emailing or via the school app, to ensure they don't end up in the wrong place. This includes children going home with others. Children who walk home are assisted across Mangakahia Road after school by the duty Teacher. Parents dropping off or collecting children by car need to use the carpark beside the Playcentre to keep the bus bay free for safe bus access. Information about buses and bus routes are available from the office.


Whatatitiri Bus Route

Otaika Valley Bus Route T1 & T2

Otaika Valley Bus Route T3 & T4

Music Tuition 
The school provides the opportunity for pupils to have musical tuition during the school day. We have tutors in piano, keyboard and guitar visit each week. Contact the office if you would like further information.

Parent Library Books 
We have a number of books available for parents to borrow from the school library, these can be withdrawn under your child's name. There are a variety of books on raising children, developmental issues, autism, gluten free diets/recipes and kids activities.  A list of available books is available here parent library books

Contact Details
Our school has an open door policy. Please phone us on 09 434 6743 or visit if you have any questions or concerns. We welcome your feedback.

Our email address is

Please see the Enrolment Info page for new entrant information. 

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