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School Policies


If there are any major concerns, a complaints policy sets out the procedure for these to be attended to. Please feel free to contact the school principal, or the administration office for further details.


School policy statement Purposes: Children will dress appropriately for school and school activities. Children will be sun smart. Adults in the school will be role models. Our guidelines are:

  • Clothing must be suitable for school avoiding very bare shoulders and midriffs.
  • Children may wear studs in the ears, a watch, taonga and medic alerts items.
  • Items round the neck are to be worn under clothing during physical activity and on play equipment for reasons of safety. We would suggest that precious items are not brought to school.
  • Children may not wear makeup except on special dress-up days or to discos.
  • Shoes will be appropriate for school and its activities. Platform and high heeled shoes are not acceptable.
  • In Terms 1 and 4 only designated school sunhats will be worn.
  • For health and safety reasons, long hair must be tied back.
  • While participating in Outdoor Education activities, guidelines for clothing, given to families, must be followed.
  • Swimming: Long hair will be tied back. Children will wear swimwear sold for the purpose of swimming but avoid brief bikinis for girls. Street shorts (without lining) for boys are not appropriate swim wear for school.


Please ensure your child is at school, unless unwell, or there is some family emergency. School starts at 8.55 a.m. Children who are late for school miss important introductory activities and cause a disturbance when they arrive at class. Please have your child/ren at school in time for the 8.55 a.m. start. If children arrive after the bell they must first report to the school office.


Kindly phone or text the school if your child will be absent. Please state the reason for the absence, as this is a Ministry of Education requirement. Phone 063593337 Text 027 3578156 The email office@centralnormal.school.nzThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it may also be used if sent prior to 8.00a.m. to give an absence note. If a child is not in their classroom by 9.05 and we have not heard from a parent or caregiver it is our policy to phone the home and enquire as to the child’s whereabouts. The truancy office and the Ministry of Education are informed if there is on going unjustified absence from school. Children are not allowed outside the grounds during school hours unless a note from the parent is received.


If a child has an accident or is sick at school, we try to contact the parents or the emergency number as soon as possible, and take care of the child in the best way we can. We do not send children home unless a parent has been contacted and someone is home.


Our school has teamed up with Office Max MySchool. More details can be found here. Throughout the year any requests for additional stationery money will go home in writing from the class teacher.


These operate on the crossings in Featherston Street, Aroha Street\Beresford Street. Children are on duty 8.30 - 9.00 a.m. and 2.55 - 3.10 p.m.


All children are required to wear a school sunhat at school during the Summer months for play and outside activity. The school has the hats for sale at $12 for a new hat or $2 for a second hand hat. Every child will wear their hat when outside during school hours in terms one and four Sun hats must be clearly named. DOGS For health and safety dogs are not permitted on the school grounds


All children riding bicycles must wear an approved cycle helmet. Class teachers will provide a suitable space for these to be stored during the school day. The following rules apply: Aroha Street and Beresford Street entrances are to be used by cyclists. Children are to walk their cycles across Aroha Street/Beresford Street pedestrian crossings. Bicycles are not to be ridden in the school grounds between 8.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. A secure area is set aside for bicycles during the school day. If needing to cross Aroha, Featherston or Beresford Streets, in the interest of safety please use the pedestrian crossings. Please Note: The police monitor Aroha Street periodically and issue $40 fines if there is an infringement on no parking zones.


Children can be picked up and delivered in Aroha Street, Beresford Street, or Featherston Street. As these streets quickly become congested areas please help by not double parking or parking on ‘no parking areas’. We ask parents not to use our Featherston Street entrance to pick up or drop off children. If at all possible park so that your child does not need to cross the road.


Children generally bring their lunch from home. Drinks should be in a plastic container. (please refrain from giving your child drinks with caffeine or a high sugar content). The school is litter free. Children will bring home all their scraps and wrappers (apart from any food scraps kept for composting!). Please ensure that your child/ren have a plastic bag or container with them to put anything messy in to take home. e.g. yoghurt packets, banana peels, core of fruit etc.


Parents are requested to wait in the foyer until the children are dismissed. No child will be detained at school after 3.00 p.m. without contact first being made with a parent. Children involved in after school sports practices will bring home a slip giving details.


For health and safety dogs are not permitted on the school grounds


It is the policy of our Board of Trustees that children do not wear their shoes in classrooms during the winter terms. We encourage them to bring a pair of slippers.


It is essential that all belongings are named. Location of the lost property will be given at the office and parents are invited to view the lost property and reclaim misplaced clothing. No valuable or personal possessions should be brought to school and money should be given to the child’s teacher for safe keeping.


Including Cell phones. Children are not to have cell phones at school unless at the request of a parent/caregiver, for a particular purpose. The cell phone (named) will be handed in at the school office prior to school commencing and can be collected by the child at the end of the day. Children bring any item of value to school at their own risk. If bringing something for a ‘morning talk’ it should be given directly to the class teacher for safe keeping. Children are not to bring toy weapons, knives, matches, trading cards or battery operated toys to school.


Parents are requested to wait in the foyer until the children are dismissed. No child will be detained at school after 3.00 p.m. without contact first being made with a parent. Children involved in after school sports practices will bring home a slip giving details.


First & foremost the child’s safety is paramount. The school will make every effort to contact the parents/caregivers or some family member. If a child is still at school at 5.00 p.m. the police will be contacted. The Board requests parents to ensure children wait within the school grounds.

child protection policy

Please read our Child Protection Policy here.

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