Welcome to Waimauku School
We hope that this information booklet will complement the information given when you enrol your child. It is recognised that we cannot include everything in a booklet but we hope that it will answer some of your initial queries.
Student Absences from School - Procedure
Please email your child’s absence to the School Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to 9am if your child is unwell or will not be at school. Alternatively you can telephone the school answer phone service on 411 8222 prior to 9am to leave a message indicating your child’s absence. In the interests of student safety our Office Staff will phone parents or alternatively request support from School Attendance Services (SASH), to assist with any unexplained absence.
– Students who arrive at school after 9am must report to the School Office.
Leaving the School Ground
– Students who need to leave school early (for any reason) must report to the School Office to sign out of school. Parents collecting children must sign this register.
Long Term Absences
– Please apply in writing if requesting leave for an extended period.
Attendance at School
Research has found that regular attendance at school is fundamental to student learning. Students who attend
school regularly are more likely to achieve educational success, and thus increase their life options. The law
says that every child who is enrolled at a registered New Zealand school must attend each day the school is
open. The Ministry of Education requires the school to have systems in place to monitor attendance and
regularly requests information regarding attendance patterns from schools. The majority of parents / caregivers
are aware of these factors and work very hard to get their children to school every day and on time.
Waimauku School has a system in place for you to report and explain your child’s absence. You can do any of
- telephone and speak to a staff member or leave a voice message
- email the office
- write a note
The ability to leave messages means that parents can notify us of absences at any time, night or day. Therefore:
- Whenever possible, parents / caregivers are encouraged to advise the school of an impending absence ahead of time
- When this is not possible, then parents / caregivers will be asked to inform the school as soon as possible after the event
- Child Safety – If a child is absent but the school has not been notified, staff will immediately attempt to contact the parent / caregiver. If this is not successful, the Attendance Service may be sent to the home.
When an absence is noted, the school is required by the Ministry of Education to classify it into various categories.
- If no explanation / report has been given to us by parents / caregivers, then the absence will be classified as Truant
- If an absence is reported to us, and the explanation for that absence is satisfactory, then it will be classified as Explained and Justified
- If an absence is reported to us, but the explanation for that absence is not satisfactory, then it will be classified as Explained but Unjustified
We have listed some examples of justified and unjustified absences for you.
Guidelines – Justified Absences
‘Justified’ absences occur when the explanation for a student’s absence is considered by the school to be a
reasonable, acceptable and defensible reason for the student to be missing out on schooling. Examples are:
Guidelines - Unjustified Absences
- Cultural or sporting representation (regional or national)
- Overseas Students returning to home country with parents
- Bereavement – Tangi
- Force majeure – road closure, flooding, bus breakdown, car accident
- Exceptional family circumstances – the discretion of the school / principal may be required
- Illness (hospitalisation) – details may be confidential. This will be respected by the school
- Medical or dental appointment – for ½ day unless appointment is out of town
- Health appointment, other than medical/dental
- Exam leave – Ballet/music (etc) exam – ½ day absence will be classified as ‘Justified’, more than ½ day as ‘Unjustified’
- Incident at school e.g. bullying – provided follow up is happening at school
- Internal school activities, appointments, school trips – sporting or cultural, camp (these will count as present)
‘Unjustified’ absences occur when an absence is either unexplained or the explanation given is not considered by the school to be a reasonable, acceptable and defensible reason for the student to be missing out on schooling.
- No explanation – truanting
- Lateness – due to family or child sleeping in / left home late / waiting for siblings
- Not wanting to participate in school activities, e.g. cross country, dance performances
- White baiting, deer hunting, attending Field Days
- Lambing season, working in family business
- Family holiday in New Zealand
- Family holiday overseas
- Taking family to the airport
- Recovering from weekend’s activities / shopping / birthday
- Cat / dog run over, taking animal to the vet
- Babysitting siblings
- Mother sick – child doing household duties
- Waiting at home for service people to call
- Staying away from home (caregivers may be away) with no means of transport to school
- Moving house, packing, unpacking
- Travelling and attending sporting events and concerts
- Ballet/music/medical appointments – ‘Unjustified’ if absence is for more than ½ a day
Please note: These guidelines do not preclude the Principal from using discretion over a specific student absence.
Follow-Up to Absences
Because attendance at school is vital for student learning, and compulsory by law, the school is required to follow-up when students are persistently absent without justification. We will be proactive in contacting parents / caregivers.
A family’s attitude to attendance is fundamental to the progress of their children at school. We look forward to working together with you on this important matter.
Lunches can be ordered from Fresh Choice (Friday's) or EZLUNCHES (daily).
Orders for Fresh Choice can be ordered through the classroom ordering system and MUST be completed by 9am.
Children must bring their order and money in an envelope or a small bag, with their name and room number clearly written.
Orders for Pita Pit (through EZLUNCH) can be made via an on-line ordering system, see below.
Pita Pit is delivering to our school! Order through ezlunch.co.nz (easy-lunch), before 9am for delivery at lunchtime. Heaps of options, thousands of
combinations in their design-your-own pitas!
All lunches are delivered clearly labelled with name and room number and arrive at the school office in time for lunch. Payment is by ezlunch account, in advance or pay-as-you-go, with three ways to pay (bank transfer, Account2Account transfer or Credit Card).
or tel. 09-475 5287 term time 8-4pm.
Many of our children make use of the Kaipara Transport Network bus service which is operated by Ritchies. See our Bus Route Maps.
Map of enrolment zone to be inserted
Cash, cheque or eftpos
must be purchased from school.
(PDF files to be added with the individual year level stationary list)
Our modern, well equipped hall is for hire. See the attached conditions for hire.
(PDF - Hall Hire Policy and Agreement)
PDF files to be added with Internet Agreement and BYOD Policy
School Donations will be $220.00 (per child) to cover the whole year, with a $20.00 discount per child if paid prior to the 31st March 2014. We appreciate that some families will not be able to pay the full installment all at once, however we would appreciate payment as soon as it becomes possible.
School Donations may be paid by internet banking into the School’s “School Donation Account” 06 0153 0216435 00
Please use your child's name and Room number as a reference.
Donations can also be paid via Kindo, our on-line school shop or by cash, cheque or eftpos.
Receipts are issued for these donations and can be used for tax deduction purposes.
(2 PDF files to be added – Paying Donations and Donation Information)