Term Dates and Events
1st February - 6th April
Teacher Only Day 31st Jan
Waitangi Day 6th Feb
Good Friday April 7th
26th April - 30th June
Teacher Only Day 24th April
ANZAC Day 25th April
Monarch's Birthday 5th June
17th July - 22nd September
Mid Term Break 21st August
9th October -19th December
Labour Day 23rd October
School Swimming Sports
Ohinemuri Swimming Sports
Hockey Big Day Out
Student Leadership Day
School Cross Country
Ohinemuri Cross Country
Mid Term Break
9.00am - 11.00am: Block One
11.00am - 11.30am: Morning Tea
11.30am - 12.30pm: Block Two
12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm - 3pm: Block Three
Our school van is used for the bus service. Currently the van does two loads in the morning, with the second load arriving at 8.45am.
There are three van loads in the afternoon, with the last load departing at 3.40pm.
Bus stops include the L&P bottle, Arney St and the L&P Cafe, Paeroa; and Mackeytown.
Get in touch if you would like to utilise this service, bus tickets are available for return or one way.
Clothing and Uniform
Karangahake School does not require students to wear a daily uniform.
We do ask that all students purchase a school tee shirt when representing the school for any out of school activities paired with their own black shorts or pants.
The school hoodie and tee shirt are available for purchase at the school office. Again this is not compulsory but many children choose to wear it.
Please ensure all clothing is labelled, and a spare pair of clothing is bought to school each day. If your child has lost clothing, please come to school and search through the lost property. Often the lost property is displayed on a Friday for children to check themselves.
At the end of each year, any unclaimed lost property will be disposed or donated.
Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches
Our school qualifies for Ka Ora, Ka Ako (Healthy School Lunches). We receive a great variety of healthy and popular lunches supplied by Subway Paeroa every day. Lunches may include sandwiches, rolls, wraps, butter chicken, pizza, yoghurts, sliced vegetables, muffins and more.
We also receive fresh fruit at least every two weeks from 5+ A Day Charitable Trust, that the children eat. There is great variety over the year and the children eat much of the fruit.
KidsCan provide packaged foods like muesli bar, scroggin, fruit cups etc at the start of each term. We distribute these to children who need them, and for events out of the classroom where children often need a snack to keep them going.
There are three classrooms at Karangahake School catering for Year 0 to Year 8 students. Class rolls are between 16-25, and the classrooms themselves are well equipped with furniture suitable to the age groups, with plenty of resources and access to an art room and literacy resource room. Each class is equipped with touch screen interactive TV's, Ipads and the older two classrooms are issued with Chromebooks. While this technology is available, it is important to the teachers to utlise plenty of non-technology strategies.
We also have two teacher aides who support students and staff where required. Break out spaces are provided for small group teaching, reading recovery or for special education services to spend time with children.
Classes use the library and the senior students are given leadership roles as librarians to assist younger students and teachers. The school hall is used for wet lunches, indoor games, rehearsals and assemblies.
If you have a child starting school soon, are new to the area, or just looking for a change, come and have a look around our wonderful school.
The best way to help you decide if a school is right for your child, is to visit it. Give us a call and come and have a look around, meet our teachers and see what we can offer your child. We pride ourselves on helping your child reach their full potential. New enrolments are always welcome.
Karangahake School has been instructed by the Ministry of Education to manage its roll to prevent overcrowding by using an enrolment scheme.
Download the Enrolment Form below or contact the office for an enrolment pack.
School office: 07 8628097 or
Terry Watton (Principal) 027 562 6438 to make a time to visit or
Attendance & Absences
Sickness & Injury
If a child falls sick during the day we have a Sick-Bay where they can be put to lie down.
Should the child appear to be very unwell or be injured to warrant medical attention, we will call the first priority contact person as soon as possible. If we can not call the first and second priority contacts, we will use the emergency contact supplied at enrolment.
Assembly, Awards & End of Year Prizegiving
Each Friday, we hold assembly at 2.30pm, parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. There may be performances, notices and awards and the whole assembly is student led. Awards are given for star students from each class, principals award and house points are awarded.
At the end of the year we hold our prize giving to celebrate student success and to farewell our Year 8 Leavers. It is usually an after school event held at the Karangahake Hall, supported by the Karangahake Hall Committee and whanau and the community are encouraged to attend
Karangahake School have partnered with Officemax to help parents source stationary lists. Officemax have a full list of what is required, however, if you already have some of the items you do not need to purchase them again, and you are free to purchase from any supplier.
If your child is transferring from another school, you will be asked to purchase items only as they become necessary. Generally the books they have brought from their previous school can be used or adapted to use in their new class.
Some items are sold at the school office, and the teachers may request a student to get a new item during class time. If this arises, the mid year and end of year accounts will be issued to the parent/caregiver detailing the stationery items and costs.
Karangahake School does not charge school fees. However, there are often fees and costs that arise, for example, camp fees, sporting fees, special activities, bus fees, stationery and scholastic book orders and fundraising events.
Every term a bus invoice is issued and is expected to be paid by Week 5 of each term.
Mid year statements are sent home at the end of Term 2, and end of year statements in the middle of Term 4.
Payments are made into the Karangahake School BOT account: 03-1572-0029671-000.
Payment plans and options can be discussed with the school office.
Scholastic Book Club
Twice a term Scholastic New Zealand sends leaflets and order forms for reasonably priced soft-bound books which children and teachers can buy. They are good quality stories, and we recommend them, but it is up to you whether you want to buy them or not. Each time you buy from Scholastic, the School receives bonus points which help us to buy more literacy resources for our classrooms and library.
Special Education Services
Health & Other Services
There is a Public Health Nurse who will help and advise on all aspects of child health. The Public Health Nurse help plan vaccinations at school and come in to give advice to students, teachers, parents/caregivers regarding hygiene, illness awareness or any other matter that may arise.
Bible in Schools
Beginning part way through Term 1 classes in religious instruction are held at school. These run once a week for half an hour for a maximum of 20 hours per year. Volunteer teachers (supervised) who follow the "Launchpad" curriculum come into all the classes and work with the children. Your child’s inclusion in this programme is up to you, they will attend if you opt in. If you don’t want your child to opt in they will take part in the alternative programme for that half hour.
We check our records each year of who has opted in and ask parents/caregivers to fill out an opt in form if they desire. If at any time, you or your child wants to opt out, simply get in touch and we will inform the teachers and update our records.
Contact Karangahake School between the hours of 8.30am – 3.30pm by phone or email at any time.