General Information


Every Monday the whole school assemblies at 8.30am in the library to start the week together. We have karakia, himene and mihi led by students. It is an opportunity for teachers to share messages about the week ahead with the whole school.

Every Friday the whole school assemblies in the library for assembly at 1.45pm. This assembly is a celebration of learning and student achievement. It is led by a class who also present an item or share work. Caught Being Good awards and prizes are presented. Parents and whanau are warmly invited to attend these assemblies.

Attendance and Absences

It is your child’s right to attend school whenever school is open. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure their tamariki attends school regularly.
If your child is absent please notify the school. A phone call or PM on Tautoro Kura Facebook is the most convenient way. You can also let us know by note of explanation or a personal visit. If the school has not heard from you, a phone call will be made to you to find out why your child is not at school. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

All children should be at school by 8.30am. It is very difficult for children to get off to a good start to the day if they arrive late. We ask for your co-operation in this. If for any reason your child is late please let the office know of your child’s arrival.


Tautoro School pupils are required to behave well at all times. To be courteous, thoughtful and sensible, showing respect for self, respect for others and respect for property. Staff will work closely with parents if behaviour problems arise. We are committed to a partnership between home and school.

Curriculum Trips

Tautoro School has opted in the the MOE Donation Scheme, all trips in buses based around our school curriculum is free. e.g. Waitangi Trip, Marae Noho, Culture Festival.


Homework is set for each class Monday to Thursday nights. It is beneficial if children have the opportunity to practice reading, spelling and basic facts on a daily basis. Occasionally students will have homework relating to studies being taught in class. If you would like your child to receive homework in addition to literacy and numeracy maintenance please see your child’s classroom teacher.

Lost Property

It is helpful if your children’s clothing is named as this means we can return it to them, should it be left behind.

Parent  |  Caregiver Concerns

Your concerns about the welfare and learning of your children are important to us. Please contact the teacher or Principal immediately if you have any concerns or questions. We cannot fix what we do not know about. Concerns about issues other than these may be directed to the Principal or Board of Trustees Chairperson.

Parent Help

We are really appreciative of parent help in any way: going on trips, helping with the lunchroom, listening to children read, or sharing with us any skills you may have. This is your school. We are committed to a partnership between home and school in order to provide the best opportunities for your tamariki.

Pupil Information

Up to date pupil information includes personal details of importance to school, health concerns and emergency contact person in case of illness etc. This information is kept confidentially on file in the office. For your child’s sake please contact us if there are any changes in this information.

Reporting to Parents

As we recognise that the education of our children is a shared responsibility so we try to keep parents / caregivers fully informed concerning your child’s progress. For this purpose, there are informal interview dates for Year 4-8 tamariki in Term One, interviews in Term Two and written reports at the end of Term Four. Year 1-3 tamariki will have anniversary interviews and reports according to NZ Ministry of Education requirements.

Parents and whanau will be able to keep up to date with their child’s learning through the blog websites, netbooks, and visiting school.
Parents / Caregivers are welcome to arrange an interview at any time if you have a concern.

Stationery Fees

At the beginning of the year teachers will issue a minimal stationery list for their students. All stationery requirements can be purchased at school, however it is not compulsory that you do so. If you choose to purchase them elsewhere please ensure that the books are the same as required by the classroom teacher in terms of lines and size.


Students are discouraged from bringing toys, jewellery, electronic devices or such personal belongings to school, as they can be a distraction from learning. Additionally, students are upset when such belongings are broken or lost at school. The school accepts no responsibility for lost or damaged belongings. We provide a range of sporting equipment, and students are encouraged to engage with each other in sports and play.

Visitors to the School

All visitors are requested to sign in the visitor’s book in order to ensure safety, especially in the event of a fire or emergency evacuation.