From the beginning of 2011 the Rahotu School uniform became compulsory. The uniform consists of a black and white polo shirt and sweatshirt and hat which are ordered through the school. An alternative black and white school jacket is also available but not compulsory. Any queries contact Belinda Allan on 06 7638842. 


Thank you to Karams of Opunake who supply the uniforms. Orders are taken at various times during the year- these are advertised in the school newsletter. Students must wear black on the bottom-skirts, shorts, track pants, tights, and longs. Parents purchase these items. Students can wear any shoes. A neutral coloured thermal can be worn under the polo shirt (no stripes). The school hat is also part of the uniform in Term 1 and 4. 


It is desirable that the school is notified on or about the fourth birthday

of any child who may be enrolled at this school. Pre-enrolment information assists the school to plan for future development. Year One children require a birth certificate for verification of their birth date and their immunisation certificate from your child’s Plunket Book or your G.P. Pre-school visits can be arranged prior to the child's fifth birthday by phoning the school office. Please refer to transition to school.


The only jewellery girls can wear is stud earrings and a watch. Boys can wear a watch only. If your child has a necklace/taonga of special significance you wish them to wear all the time at school please write a letter requesting dispensation. We do not accept responsibility if your child is injured if their necklace gets caught in play equipment or gets broken during play etc.


Transition to school operates in the Year One room on the first

Thursday of the month from 10-15 – 11.40 am. This involves all 4 year old children from the Play Centre and the community. Miss Lashford is the new entrant teacher and she looks forward to getting to know your children. This year transition dates for 2018 are:

March 2nd            April 6th          May 4th                    June 1st          

July 6 th                August 3rd      September 7th         November 2nd

Parents, your child is most welcome to attend half days two weeks before they turn 5. They can attend in the morning for a week and then a week in the afternoon. Parents can stay if they wish but if your child is settled you don’t need to. Children cannot go on the school bus until they are 5.


For safety and attendance reasons, it is important that parents and teachers know where children are. Please let us know if your child is not going to be attending school by contacting us by either phone, text or email. 

At Rahotu School we believe attendance and academic learning go hand-in- hand. Learning and behavioural concerns often have underlying issues of transience, late arrival and poor attendance at school. Having children at school, on time every day, is the only way we can support and turn around their educational outcomes. We aim to do this in partnership between home and school. As an additional support and where deemed necessary we will engage the support of the Truancy Office - Tu –Tama Wahine.


Many schools make a request to parents/caregiver for an annual

donation. This donation is used to support your child's learning through the purchase of essential school equipment/resources. At Rahotu Primary school our we ask for a donation of the following to support student programmes and resources: One child $30.00, two children $50.00 and three or more children $60.00.


Children may only be taken by parents/caregivers from school during

teaching contact hours, with the permission/approval of the Principal.

Parents must report to the office prior to going to their child’s class and

report to the office if they need to leave the school within school hours.


Children must not be sent to school when unwell. Unwell children provide a health risk to others. In the case of illness or serious accident at school, parents will be contacted as soon as possible. In the event of an accident all parents must sign the accident register when collecting their child. If parents are unable to be located, then the emergency contact person will be consulted and/or family doctor if necessary.

Information booklet 2018


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