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We have a number of additional procedures that cover everything from school absences, when your children should arrive at school, parent involvement and student health.

If you are not familiar with these procedures, please take a moment to familiarise yourself with them, as set out below:  




Regular attendance at school is a requirement of the Education Act.  If your child is absent, please telephone the school office to notify the class teacher and please also send a note of explanation on their return to school.


Full school assemblies are held fortnightly in the school hall.  At these assemblies, classes are rostered to lead the school in liturgies, students receive certificates in recognition of achievements and at times guests address all students.  The assembly time is advertised in the school newsletter.  Parents are most welcome to attend these assemblies.

Attendance Dues / Activity Fees

Fee accounts are sent out once a term and comprise of the following:

Attendance Dues

Special Character Levy

School Donation

As fees fluctuate from time to time, actual rates will be advertised in the school newsletter each term.  Fee rates will also be displayed on the accounts that are sent home.  If parents have difficulty in paying these fees, you are encouraged to speak with the school's Accounts Officer about payment options, or alternatively, make an appointment to speak with your Parish Priest.

Change in Contact Details

It is extremely important that parents can be contacted in an emergency.  Please ensure that the school always has up-to-date home and emergency telephone numbers.

Dental Clinic

While all students receive annual dental check-ups, for emergency treatment or change of appointment times, please contact the Dental Therapist, 46 Beach Road, Papakura - Telephone:  (09)  299 8112.

School Hours

Students are encouraged to arrive at school between 8.30 a.m. and 8.45 a.m. with period one commencing at 8.55 a.m.  Morning tea is between 10.40 a.m. and 11.10 a.m. with period two running from 11.10 a.m. until 12.45 p.m.  Lunch is taken between 12.45 p.m. and 1.30 p.m.  Children are dismissed at 2.55 p.m. 

Leaving School Grounds

Students require permission to leave the school grounds.  An adult must sign the Leave of Absence book when a student is taken out of school during school hours.  Should a student return on the same day, the adult must also sign the student back in.

Lost Property

Parents are asked to name all children's clothing.  In the event that items of school uniform have gone missing, parents and students are encouraged to look in the lost property box. 


Newsletters are sent home with the eldest student in each family weekly, and are also posted on our school website.  These newsletters are to keep you informed of school and parish events and at times to show examples of students' work.  Please check your child's bag for these newsletters.  At times we send home a 'flyer', a one page newsletter with specific information.

Parent Appointments

If you would like to discuss any aspects of your child's education outside of the school's formal reporting times, please make an appointment in the first instance with your child's classroom teacher to discuss these.  For wider school issues, parents are welcome to contact the Team Leaders, Director of Pastoral Care and Well-Being, Director of Curriculum or the Principal.

Parent Involvement

The school welcomes parent involvement in many areas of the school's life.  Opportunities for involvement include being a member of the Board of Trustees, Parent Teacher and Friends Association, on road patrol rosters, on our Gala Committee, transporting and helping at specific school events such as productions and sporting events, and making classroom resources or supporting a teacher with activities inside the classroom.

Reporting to Parents

Two formal reports are sent home, one at the end of Term Two which is followed by Parent/Teacher Interviews and a second report sent home at the end of Term Four.  Outside these times, parents are welcome to make an appointment at any time, with their child's teacher to discuss their progress.

School Uniforms

School uniforms can be purchased from the SAS Sports Outlet Uniform Shop located at 28B Wood Street, Papakura - Telephone:  (09)  299 8412.  Shop hours are 9.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.  For a copy of the uniform price list, requirements and policy, please visit our website on  (located under Policies/Uniform).


Stationery lists are given out at the beginning of the year.  Some replacement stationery items are available through the school office.

Student Health

Our Public Health Nurse visits the school on request to monitor our students' health.  Vision and Hearing tests are carried out on all Year One children and then on a follow-up or referral basis.

Head Lice - Are occasionally a problem at any school.  A standard letter is sent home to all parents of a class where head lice are detected, outlining appropriate treatment.

Sick Bay - To provide a place for the treatment of minor injuries occurring at school.  Parents will be notified when their children are unwell and asked to collect them from school.  Parents are always contacted if children have been seriously hurt.  The care and well-being of the students at St Mary's Catholic School is always a priority.

Immunisation - Parents enrolling five year olds are asked to produce a stamped Immunisation Certificate. 

Medication - When students need to be on medication, the classroom teacher should be informed.  Parents whose children require any medication to be taken during the school day are asked to also inform the school secretary, who will ask you to sign a consent form.  All medical supplies will be kept in a secure place.

Health Food - Children have more chance of making the most of learning opportunities if they eat a healthy balanced diet.  For this reason, we discourage sweets, fizzy drinks and highly coloured and flavoured snack foods at school.


David Tennent