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About Us


Welcome to Tamatea Primary School. At our school we promote the well-being of every child. This means encouraging the highest personal achievement for all pupils in all they undertake. 


School Hours and Bell Times

We ask that children arrive after 8:00am - this is the time when the Patrol Monitors are on duty at the crossing. Please endeavour to have your child on time to ensure an orderly start to the school day. 


8:30 am - Classes commence

8:30 - 10:25 am - Morning Block

10:25-10:35 am - Kai Time

10:35-10:50 am - Play Time

10:55 - 12:00 am- Middle Block

12:00 - 12:35 pm - Play Time

12:35 - 12:55 pm - Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm - Afternoon Block

2:30 pm - End of school 



Parents are asked to contact the school before 8:30am if their child is to be absent from school. All un-notified pupil absences will be followed up by office staff at the start of each day. 



The school newsletter will be e-mailed every 2 weeks and will be available on the school website and Facebook. 


For safety reasons parents are asked to use the Car Park at the Living Waters Church across the road from school when dropping off and collecting children or there is plenty of parking at the Canterbury Street entrance to the school. 

Please do not use the staff car park area as a drop off or pick up zone. The car park can be a busy and dangerous place especially before and after school as our Fairhaven children need to be dropped off at the entrance to their classroom. 


Parent Contribution

We have chosen to be part of the Ministry's $150 School Donation Scheme


After School Care

There is an OSCAR After School Facility at our school. They also offer a terrific action packed Holiday Programme! Check out their page on our website or their Facebook page. For more details phone the School Office 8432147.


Lost Property

Lost property is kept in the Learning Center on a blue trolley. This may be checked by parents during school hours. We ask that parents name their child's clothing - with all children wearing the same clothes it is much easier to find the owner and our lost property trolley doesn't become congested. 


School Uniform

Our school uniform is available from The Warehouse. Except for wrist watches, cultural pieces and ear studs jewellery should not be worn at school. 



Swimming instruction and water safety are part of the school curriculum and all children are expected to take part unless there is a medical reason. If a child is unable to swim because of a medical reason, please notify the classroom teacher. 



Stationary packs are available at Office Products Depot, 44 Wakefield St, Onekawa. 



We are part of the Free lunch in schools. Please make sure your child has morning tea. 


Dental Clinic

Our Dental Therapist can be contacted on (06) 873 4864


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.


Reporting to Parents

Reporting and keeping parents informed takes many and varied formats

* Assemblies - Every second Friday Afternoon at 1:45pm over in the Living Waters Church across the road. 

* Material going home

* Social Events

* Sporting/cultural occasions

* Before and after school ‘chats’ etc.

Special opportunities are scheduled:

* Early Term One - Whanau Chats 

* Mid-Year - Whanau Chats

* End of Term 2 and Term 4 Written reports 


Complaints or Concerns

If you have concerns about something happening at school we ask that you please make an appointment with the class teacher and discuss the issue. If the matter is unresolved or resurfaces, we ask that you please make an appointment with the Principal. If the matter is still unresolved, we ask that you please put the concern in writing addressed to the Chairperson of the Board.



If you have any questions, would like more information or would like to visit our school please do not hesitate to contact us on (06) 8432 147 or pop in for a visit.