Our School Day


Our School Day

We operate Monday to Friday, from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm. 

Children are welcome in their classrooms and the playground from 8.00 am. Children who arrive after the second bell at 8:30 am are required to check-in at the office before going to their learning space.


Teachers will send children to the buses that leave between 2.15 pm and 2.30 pm. However, if you are picking children up, the teachers will send them out of the learning spaces at 2.30 pm. Please respect the learning time and wait outside the classrooms until the teachers release them.


We must know if your child is going to be away, be it for personal reasons or due to illness.  Please ensure you inform the office or your children's teachers of their absence and expected return, and let us know if they will be away for additional days.


You can do this by informing your child's teacher's prior, or texting the office on 027 389 3256 (do not phone this number). Alternately you can phone the school office 06 368 6015 and leave a message on the answering machine.


Children's property & lost property

Please ensure that your child’s property is clearly marked with their full name. Lost property is collected within teams and held on to.  At the end of each term, lost property is put on display, both physically and on the school Class Dojo app. Smaller valuables, for example, glasses are held at the office.


Children must not bring dangerous items to school e.g. matches, knives, razor blades, firecrackers, etc.


Valuables, including phones, toys, and other personal possessions are allowed but must remain in the child’s bag at all times. The school cannot be responsible for loss or damage to any property brought to school.


School clothing shop

To purchase Poroutawhao Clothing please visit: www.poroutawhaoshop.co.nz

Lunch online orders - Friday

Visit lunchonline.co.nz to make an online order

School Communications

You can contact us, and stay up-to-date with what's happening, in a variety of ways which are detailed below. 


School App: Class Dojo

Class Dojo is our way of sharing live updates with caregivers and providing efficient two-way communication. It is a great form of communication which can include videos, photos, student's work, upcoming events, etc. Messages can be sent school-wide, to some teams, and to individual caregivers, and caregivers can contact teachers through the app.


School email

We send out regular emails to caregivers, including our newsletter as noted further below. We will add your email address to our list and if your details change or you would like to add another family email address to receive these contact office@poroutawhao.school.nz

(Please add: office@poroutawhao.school.nz to your contacts list and check your email settings to ensure that emails are not filtered or blocked by your email provider.)


School newsletter

Newsletters are sent out weekly usually on a Friday via both the Class Dojo app and email. They contain information for upcoming events and general reminders and also collate the week's information so that you have the weekend to put dates in your diaries etc for the coming week.