The school hours are as follows: -
9 am Classes commence for the day.
10.30 -11am Morning Interval
12.45 – 1.30 pm Lunch Break
2.45 pm Classes finish
The school office is open during the following times: -
Monday 8.30 – 3.30 pm
Tuesday 8.30 – 3.30 pm
Wednesday 8.30 – 3.30 pm
Thursday 8.30 – 3.30 pm
Friday 8.30 – 3.30 pm
Scholastic Book Club
Once a term, pamphlets are distributed to children advertising suitable books for your child. If you wish to order any of these, please order online at Scholastic using the LOOP system before the closing date. Parents are under no obligation to purchase any books.
School Donations + Fees
While education in New Zealand is 'free' to children attending school, the reality is that schools do not receive sufficient funding to provide everything that we wish the children to experience. Our school is rated decile 10, which means we don't receive as much funding from the Ministry of Education as schools with a lower decile rating. The BOT sets an annual budget based on the priorities identified in the strategic plan and allocates funds accordingly. For the budget to balance, the BOT relies on income from other sources, e.g. grants and donations from individuals or organisations.
The BOT is asking for families to help off-set some of the cost of activities that enhance children’s learning, by way of a donation. This is set at $120 per child for the year. This equates to $30 per term or $3 per week
You can claim tax credits back from making a school donation. This is 33 cents in every dollar paid. Effectively, this means if you pay $120 donation to the school you get $40 back. Follow the link to find out more.
This donation will appear on your school account – payment is voluntary.
School Ski Programme
The school offers an optional 5 week ski/snowboard programme during Term 3 each year. This is run in conjunction with Cardrona, Treble Cone and Snow Farm ski fields. Information on this is sent home closer to the time.
Each class uses the SeeSaw app to share your child’s work and learning directly with you. Your child’s teacher will send home a link with instructions on how to access your child’s account.
Parents need to arrange for the purchase of required books and equipment. We have found Qizzle provides the most efficient and cost effective service. Each class list is listed on the Qizzle school packs website www.schoolpacks.co.nz then look under the Hāwea Flat School tab and then each individual class.
We recommend that you cover your child’s exercise books. This protects them and extends their life. Children are expected to take pride in the presentation of their books and graffiti and writing on covers will not be tolerated.
For emergency use, the school maintains files of all pupils, addresses, telephone numbers and medical information. Should any of these change, please notify the school office.
Daily swimming is part of the curriculum in Term 1, until the pool closes. Children are asked to bring their togs and towel each day during this time. Parent help for swimming lessons is always appreciated. Over the past couple of years we have also been able to source funds to subsidise a week of swimming lessons at the Wanaka pool during Terms 2 or 4.
Hāwea Flat School is a sun accredited school with a Sun Smart policy, which requires all children to wear hats when outside during Terms 1 and 4. These must be bucket or wide brimmed hats or a cap with a flap on the back. Children who do not wear appropriate hats must play in a set shady area.
While we do have sunscreen available for use, we encourage children to have their own in their bag.