General Information

School Policies

Our school policies are developed by the Board of Trustees. Copies are available at the school office.

Non-smoking Policy
Kaeo School operates a Smoke Free policy, which is now a legal requirement. There is no smoking in the school grounds or buildings at anytime. This policy is in effect at all times, including out of school hours. Both the school and the smoker can now be fined for a breach of this regulation.

The PTA is the support body for the school. They organise some of the special events that occur around the school i.e. pet day. PTA meetings are held at school, in the staffroom. Meetings are advertised in the school newsletter and all members of the school community are welcome and encouraged to attend and to get involved.

Kaeo Passenger Services operates eight bus runs in the Whangaroa district. Pupils who live further than 2.7 kms from the school are eligible for a place on a bus. Pupils who live some distance from a school bus route may be eligible for transport assistance. Pre-schoolers are not able to travel on school buses at any time. School staff and adult students at Whangaroa College are the only adults who may use the school buses. Although we like to be able to get children to where the parents want them to be, it is not always possible for children to travel on a bus other than their own. Before you make arrangements for your child to travel on another bus, please check with the school to ensure this is possible. Some bus runs are very crowded and are not able to take extras.

Canteen & Breakfast Club
Our canteen operates at the following times:

  • 8:30am – 8:55am order morning tea and lunch orders.

A free breakfast club operates in the mornings before school and is available to all children.

Clothing / uniform
Wearing school uniform is not compulsory at Kaeo School (except a school hat in the summer terms) .  We do have a smart looking uniform for sale which consists of a blue T-shirt and navy shorts for summer and in the winter terms there is a sweat shirt and track pants for the colder days. The uniform is a good quality and good value for money. Swimwear should be brought each swimming day during the season, along with a named towel and a plastic bag for wet gear.

Dental Service
The dental caravan visits our school each year and all children enrolled with the dental service will be seen by the dental therapists.s the dental team is present.

Duffy Books in Homes
Kaeo School is a Duffy School. This involves a number of interesting events and opportunities for the children to meet interesting and inspirational.

Enrolling your child
Should you wish to visit the school, with your child prior to enrolment, please contact the school.

The hot Northland sun makes it important that everyone wears a hat when outside during terms 1 and 4. Only Kaeo School hats are permitted to be worn and these can be purchased at the office for $20. Swimming caps, which are supplied by the school, must be worn for all swimming sessions.

This year stationery packs are being provided free of charge thanks to the governments ‘no school fees’ initiative.  

School Hours
We ask that children arrive at school between 8.15 and 8.45 am. School ends at 3pm each day.

Bell times are:

8.55 am school starts

  • 11:00 Morning tea time.
  • 11:30 am end of morning tea time.
  • 1:00 pm lunch time
  • 1:40 am lunch time ends
  • 3:00 pm end of school day – bus assembly.

Term Dates for 2020
Term 1 Begins 3rd of February ends  27 March
Term 2 Begins 15th April ends 3rd of July
Term 3 Begins 20nd July ends 25th of September
Term 4 Begins 12th of October ends 18th of December.

Collecting Children from School during School Hours
In the event that you need to take your child from school earlier than the close of school, please inform the office and the class teacher of your intention. If your child is to be picked up by a person other than yourself please contact the office before the event. Unless they are being picked up or have a note, children are not permitted to leave the school grounds during school hours.

Visiting Children
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate children visiting for short periods of time. Unless the children are enrolled at our school with the intention of staying, we are unable to admit them to our classes.