General Information


If your child is going to be absent for any reason please ring and notify the office before 9am using the Message Service.  It is the school’s policy to account for each pupil each day.  Absences can be texted to 027 492 1794, information to include - child name, room, reason e.g. Sick.

Accidents and sickness at school

If a pupil has an accident or is sick at school we will try to contact the parents caregivers as soon as possible. We ask that you keep contact information up to date at the school office. If your child requires special attention e.g. suffers from asthma,  diabetes, allergies etc please make sure that the school office and the class teacher is aware of this.

Activities Fee

As the school has opted into the Government's Donation Scheme there will be no activity fees in 2020 - excludes uniform and stationery.  Out of school activities e.g. Touch and Basketball remain a cost to parents. 

Dental Clinic

Children are seen on a regular basis.  You can contact the clinic Ph 352 9186.  


Children need to be safe and happy before they can learn.  At Papanui Primary School we have high expectations for children's behaviour but we also acknowledge that children are learning and developing so need support and guidance alongside consequences. 

The staff manage and influence what happens at school by creating a positive school environment with:
* social skills teaching * professional development for teachers * buddies in Whanau time * lunchtime activities and sport

Everyone – children, families and staff - has a role in maintaining the school tone.

Our Papanui Promise, which is as follows:

At Papanui Primary School we will all 
∗     Respect others
∗     Use Stop, Think, Do strategies
∗     Discuss our problems using Restorative Practice
∗     Try my best

If you have any concerns or questions contact your child's teacher immediately.

Donations to the School

The school has opted into the Government's Donation Scheme.  The school is not permitted to solicit donations but is still able to receive donations.

As this is the first year of the scheme there are some unknowns.  One thing we are certain of is the school and the PTA's fundraising will be very important to help meet the costs associated with a broad curriculum - especially bus costs for trips.

Health Nurse

The school receives visits by the Public Health Nurse regularly. 

Information Technology

The school has a comprehensive information technology development plan. We have a range of devices in every classroom and these are networked throughout the school. There is also access to digital cameras, video camera, and data projectors. Each year children and parents / caregivers are required to sign an Internet Use Agreement. 


Our library is a great resource for children and teachers.  It is used regularly by classes and is open three lunchtimes.


We encourage children to bring healthy lunches. No lollies or sweets or fizzy drinks - water is best. 

We have a  Play then Eat  approach.  This means at morning tea the children go outside to play for 20 minutes, they then come inside to eat their morning tea at their desks.  This routine is repeated for lunchtime when they play for 30 minutes.  The benefits have been;
  • Calmer re-entry into class and fewer stragglers
  • More mindful eating
  • Better intake of food therefore better concentration for the next block of learning
  • Less rubbish in the playground


These are emailed every Thursday - make sure you keep the school informed of any changes to your contact details.  A printed copy of the newsletter is always able to picked up from the office. Click here to visit the Newsletters page.

Road Safety

We ask that all pupils and parents / caregivers cross the road only at the supervised crossing on Winters Rd.  This area is patrolled from 8.30 am to 8.55 am and 3 pm to 3.15 pm.  We would like all adults to help reinforce safe road safety skills with children by setting the example.
When collecting or dropping off children we ask that you do not double park as this makes the warden's job harder to see oncoming cars.  
If children are still waiting for parents and caregivers when the road patrol finishes at 3:15pm, they should return inside the school grounds and wait outside the office.

School Hours

Morning School    8.55 am - 1.00 pm
Morning Interval    10.15 am - 10.35 am
Lunch    12.30 pm - 1.00 pm
Afternoon School    1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Children should not arrive at school before 8.30 am and should vacate the grounds by 3:15 pm.

Supervision in the Playground

Supervision is provided during morning interval and lunch time by three staff members.  A signed note is required for any child leaving the school grounds or telephone contact with the office.

Teaching Timetable

Term Dates 2020

Term 1    Wednesday 5 February - Thursday 8  April            
Term 2    Tuesday 28 April - Friday 3 July            
Term 3    Monday 20 July - Friday 25 September           
Term 4    Monday 12 October - Friday 18 December

NO CHANGES TO TERMS 3 or 4 for 2020 (at this point time)