8.45 am – 2.30 pm Morning interval
10.15 am – 10.40 am
Lunch 12.30 pm – 1.15 pm
Our classrooms are named after some significant ships – Endeavour, Endurance, Adventure, Discovery and Resolution, which is now our library/learning space due to the addition of our new classroom Maungaturoto, which derives its name from the waka found on a local Tahuna farm and was used to transport flax on the Piako River. It now holds a prominent position in Morrinsville next to the towns public library.
Home learning is set at the teachers discretion, however all children are expected to do some reading, spelling and basic facts learning at home on a regular basis.
Written reports are given out twice a year. Parent and Child, Teacher (PACT) interviews are held twice a year to set and review individual achievement goals.
No daily school uniform exists but children will be supplied with a Tahuna School T-shirt / jacket / pants on sports days and special occasions. Children will need to provide their own black shorts to accompany the uniform. Term 1 and Term 4, Red School hats are compulsory for any outdoor activity including sport days, this is in keeping with our Sun-Smart Policy. There is a charge of $2 in Terms 1 and 4 for the lease of a school hat. This cost covers repairs and maintenance.
A newsletter is placed on the School Stream App every Wednesday afternoon, a paper copy can be requested if preferred. A Community Newsletter is published once a term and distributed by rural delivery.
Parents / caregivers are asked to contact the school before 9 am and validate the reason their child/ren are not attending school that day. We monitor absenteeism and are affiliated to the truancy service. We emphasise the need for children to have the best attendance they can. In the event your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea, a 24 hour clearance is required since the last episode has occurred before returning to school. An answerphone operates if the office is unattended.
Withdrawal of Children During School Hours
Please consider school hours when arranging appointments for your children. Teachers have planned class time for the education of your child. In some cases appointments during school hours are unavoidable. In these cases, please let the school know prior to children being collected, or in times of urgency please telephone the school. When picking children up during school hours please report to the school office before collecting your child. If someone else is collecting your child from school please inform the school ahead of time.
The children attend a number of sporting, social and cultural activities throughout the year. To do this we may require parents to provide transport. When transport is required parents are notified through a notice. Permission from parents / caregivers for pupils to go on trips are requested each time. Generally a signed form is returned to school giving permission.
Stationery can be purchased through the school. The school purchases in bulk so as to keep costs competitive. Children can purchase replacement and incidental stationery from school throughout the year, a note will be send home for payment. As Tahuna School is part of the government donations initative scheme we don’t request donations however if you feel you would like to give to our school this is always appreciated.
Involving parents, caregivers and community in the learning that occurs at Tahuna School is highly valued. We hope you feel welcome in our school environment and encourage you to contribute in any way you feel willing and able. We have an open door policy and welcome your visits to the school. Please sign in at the school office. To ensure the smooth running of learning programmes it may be necessary to make an appointment outside of school hours if you wish to speak more formally with teachers. We acknowledge that many members of our community have tremendous skills and strengths to share with us. We value contributions that assist us to provide a quality learning environment for our students.