School Information

At Moanataiari School we aim to develop well rounded students and understand that the interests of children must be fostered and encouraged across all curriculum area.  Besides literacy and numeracy, the school also teaches Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, The Arts and Technology.

Junior School

A major emphasis of the school is to provide authentic and meaningful learning situations which are attached to experiences and life within the community.  For our younger students this may mean involvement in our kitchen and garden, taking advantage of our local resources like Kuranui Bay for environmental, science and art projects or using their skills in the arts to present their perspective.

Senior School

As the children get older there is more of an emphasis on Outdoor Education – with events such as camps and tramps. As far as possible we try and use our very rich local environment and so we have climbed the Pinnacles and camped at Hot Water Beach as well as camps in school grounds. The students operate an Enviro group who oversee the schools progress in the Enviro School programme. The senior students also have the opportunity to take part in sporting competitions over the course of the year including swimming, athletics, cross country and a sevens tournament.

Whanau Participation

Active participation in the life of the school is encouraged. Participation can take a variety of forms including: governance roles on the Board of Trustees, assistance with fundraising, working bees, sports events, in our garden and kitchen, assistance in camps and outdoor education and parent help. Parents are welcome at school to come and talk to us. Parents who wish to be more actively involved are very welcome to see the principal.

A newsletter is released on the school app once a week and is our primary means of keeping in contact with our families. We also use our school notice boards (situated outside our main entrances), our class communication boards, our Facebook page and our website to communicate our key and important messages to our community.

Whanau can also talk to us at any time.

Enrolling your Child at School

If your child is turning five, we welcome regular visits to school as this can make the transition to school life easier. When enrolling children at school there is an enrolment form to complete with relevant details. We ask that a birth certificate be presented, as well as an Immunisation Certificate. 

We run Cohort Entry for our new entrants.  This means your child will start at the beginning of a term rather than on their fifth birthday.  Please find further information here 

New students years 1-8 can also enrol at any time if they are living within our school zone.  We also hold an out of zone ballot four times a year prior to each term.  To register your interest, please contact the school office by:

School Hours and Reporting Absences

Bell Times – School Hours
8:55 am      Bell for school to commence
10:00 am    Fruit break for junior school
10.50 am    Interval starts
11.25 am    Interval ends (Lessons at 11:30 am)
1.20 pm      Lunch starts
1.55 pm      Bell for lunch break to end (Lessons at 2:00 pm)
3.00 pm      School finishes

The school office is attended between 8.30 am to 4.00 pm. 


To ensure bellies are fed to enable learning, students are required to sit for 10 minutes to eat their lunch at the start of each interval break.  This is supervised by classroom teachers.

In summer, lunch is eaten in the shade area. If wet, lunch will be eaten inside. 

On Fridays we hold an assembly which starts at 2.10pm. 

 Attendance and Absences

For our students to be given the best opportunity to maximise learning time each day, it is important they attend school every day and are there ready to start the day before the school bell at 8.55am. 

Recommended arrival time is 8.40am to allow students to be ready and organised for their day of learning. 

If your child arrives after 8:55 am they must sign in on the whiteboard located in the office before heading to class.

If your child is not able to attend school due to illness, bereavement or another reason, it is important to contact the school office to let them know.  Contact by:

  • phone (07 868 6504);
  • email (; or
  • use the ‘Absentee’ on the School App.  Absentee messages are received by the office.  Note responses are not sent. 

Let’s give our students the best learning opportunity by getting them to school each day and on time.

Help us to know our students are safe by keeping us informed of their whereabouts. 

Any unexplained absences will be reported to Thames Truancy Services after 9.15am. 

 After School and School Holiday Programme

SPYC (Supervised Programme for Youth and Children) run an after school and school holiday programme on the school grounds for working whanau.  Contact Ella Turoa on 027 434 6417 or like their Facebook page.

Getting to and from Moanataiari School


If you live in the vicinity of school, we encourage our students to walk with whanau or in a walking group.  We recommend students don’t walk to school on their own until 10 years and over. 


A number of our student’s bike to and from school. We prefer students to be 10 years and over and it is recommended by the police.  At 3pm students are to walk their bikes out of the school grounds and leave by the supervised crossings.

We also have ‘Wheels day’ where students can ride bikes, scooters around the school. Juniors can bring these on Mondays and seniors on Thursdays.

We have designated spaces for bikes at the main entrance on Kuranui Street and for scooters just inside the entrance on Ensor Street.

Drop off/Pick up/Parking

If your child will be dropped off at school, please remember the road rules. 

Please DO NOT:

  • Speed in the vicinity of school. Keep your speed down to 20-30km when travelling the perimeter of Moanataiari School – children often run out in front of cars without looking to cross the road;
  • Park on yellow lines blocking children’s visibility to cross the road safely. There is plenty of parking alongside footpaths and grass areas to not require parking on the yellow lines.
  • Park on the right hand (opposite) side of the road where the driver is next to the kerb - the driver’s visibility when pulling out again is impaired to see what is coming in both directions as the driver is on the wrong side of the road.
  • Park in school driveways unless extreme emergency.

Road Patrols

The school patrol is supervised by a teacher, and operated by our senior children who are on duty from approximately 2.55pm until 3.20pm daily in front of the school. When the signs are up all traffic MUST STOP.  Children should always use this crossing if they need to cross Kuranui Street.

Please encourage your child to use the supervised crossings.  Whanau, please follow the road rules and keep our students safe. 


Accidents/First Aid

On enrolling your child, you will provide information on any health concerns for your child. If there is a change, please contact us so that we can alter our records.

We are fortunate to have trained First Aid staff at school who deal with any first aid matters.

Contact with the home is made for serious injuries.


If children fall sick during the day, they will be taken to the sick bay at the office.  If they are not well enough to return to class after a rest, whanau will be called to collect the child as soon as possible to take them home.

Please contact the office every day your child is not well enough to attend school (refer to attendances/absences above).  

Dental Clinic

The mobile dental clinic visits the school approximately every 12-18 months.  It parks at the school for 1-2 terms until the dental therapists have seen every student.   When the clinic is not operating at the school, please phone 0800 833 844 to find out the nearest location of the mobile clinic.

Health Services

The Waikato District Health Board provides health services to the school to promote and support health and wellbeing of the students. The school’s Public Health Nurse is Wendy King.  She makes regular visits to the school.  Parents with health concerns about their child can contact Wendy directly by mobile 021 341 845 or email:

If you need additional information, regarding other social service agencies e.g. mental health support, Hauraki Child Abuse Prevention Society, Oranga Tamariki etc and who to contact, please enquire at the school office in person or by phone or email.   

Physical Education

Moanataiari School work closely with Sport Waikato and run physical education programmes at the school.

Term 1 has a focus on swimming lessons using our school pool – students will swim approximately four times a week as advised by their teachers.    

Term 2 is a quieter month for sporting events but physical education still plays a role on a daily basis.

Term 3 is cross country which is held in the school grounds for the juniors and around the perimeter of the school and Moanataiari sea wall for the older students.  Daily training is held leading up to the cross country and for those students that go on to represent the school at the Thames School and Thames Valley cross country events. 

Term 4 has a focus on athletics.  Students train in athletic events before the athletics day is held. 

Whanau are invited to attend and support their children in all sporting events.  

Other activities are held such as basketball, tennis, court exercises, jump jam and futsal.  Sporting equipment is available for the juniors and seniors to use during breaks but must be returned to the sporting trolley. 

Hearing and Vision Testing

The Hearing and Vision Technician visits approximately twice a year and tests new entrants and Year 7 students. If at any time you feel a student needs to be referred, please contact the school.

There is also a regular mobile hearing clinic that attends Thames South School.   This is generally twice a term and dates are published in our school newsletter.


Moanataiari School is a smoke free area.


Our school actively supports open and honest dialogue. There will be times when you are unsure of something. If you have a query, please contact the school as soon as possible.

To helps us communicate student achievement to parents, Moanataiari school holds learning conferences with parents, students and teachers.  These are held in terms one and three.  We encourage attendance by all parents at learning conferences and organise food, entertainment and transport for families to help make this possible.

If you would like to see a teacher or the principal, please make an appointment and indicate what you would like to discuss.  Keeping in close contact with your child’s teacher throughout the year is encouraged.  It helps whanau to know what you can do at home to help with your child’s learning.  

Moanataiari Board of Trustees will also keep you informed of outcomes and progress developments agreed at its meetings.

Click here to view our Communication page

Newsletters – School App

These are distributed on Mondays via the school app which come straight to your device.  You can download ‘Skool Loop’ from the App Store and then search on Moanataiari.  If you cannot download the school app, please contact the office and ask staff to add you to an email distribution list or pick up a printed copy from the office.  The newsletter is also available for viewing here.

Notices Home

As well as newsletters for the whole school, individual classes/syndicates send notices home from time-to-time.  Important updates are also sent via alerts using the school app. 

Social Media - Facebook

‘Like’ and follow the Moanataiari School Facebook page to receive regular updates.

Refer to the Communications section for other information. 

Code of Conduct – Agreed Expectations

The school has agreed expectations of behaviour, which sets out the expectations Moanataiari School has. This is displayed for students and reinforced by staff.

We believe in dealing quickly with instances of misbehaviour, including contact with the home if appropriate. We actively encourage a safe, supportive environment and set high standards of behaviour.

Damage to School Property

Students need to be encouraged to take care of school property. If damage is deliberately done to school or anyone else’s property, we have a policy of repair or replacement by whoever caused it.

Education Opportunities

Moanataiari School promotes experiences outside the classroom to enrich class programmes. For safety, extra adult supervision is necessary. Parental permission is sought for walks in our local area. Some trips are made by private car. Where large numbers or longer distances are involved, local bus companies are used – in which case pupils are asked to cover costs. If private cars are used, our transport policy is followed.

Treaty of Waitangi and Promotion of Tikanga Maori

Moanataiari School recognises the Treaty of Waitangi and the principles of Partnership, Protection and Participation. 

The school strategically supports and fosters Maori achievement and educational interests. 

It is a requirement of our charter and the National Curriculum Framework, to positively promote Te Reo me ona tikanga Maori wherever possible. We actively promote Te Reo Maori in all classrooms.

The Board of Trustees and staff are working on a Local Curriculum that will provide enhanced learning opportunities in the future on local Maori history and culture. 

Home Learning

At the beginning of each year the class teacher will outline the homework programme for their class. Your role as a parent/caregiver is one of support and encouragement.  Please contact the teacher if there are any questions or concerns regarding homework and what is required.

Internet Access/Devices

Classrooms have email and internet access. The forms “Acceptable Use of the Internet” and “Permission for Online Publication” are enclosed in the enrolment pack.

We run a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for Years 7 & 8. This is when students are expected to have their own Chromebook Devices for learning.  Further information is provided with stationery lists that are issued at the end of each school year.

Chromebooks run on a Google's Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. At Moanataiari School we use Google Suite including Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and Google Drive. The students will have a school Gmail account which gives them access to these.

If your child brings a mobile phone to school, these must be handed in at the office before school and collected at the end of the school day.  The phones are stored safely in the office.


Our school library is in the process of evolution, which includes; updating our collections, decor, processes and library programmes. To support these changes, we have Caretakers of the Library (voluntary year 7 & 8 students), Student Librarians (year 6 students), Claire (a teacher), and Tracey (librarian). Our focus is to get our school students hooked into reading, support class curriculum and provide opportunities for creativity!


Years 7 & 8 students attend tech at Thames High School on Mondays. There is a fee which is charged and collected directly by Thames High School. Children travel to tech and back by bus.

Moanataiari Garden and Cooking

A unique emphasis of Moanataiari is our Garden to Plate focus. It relates directly to our vision: Learning and growing together – “Kia tupu ngatahi ai e tàtou”. This also incorporates the key values of: Manaakitanga (Caring for people) and Manaaki Papatuanuku (Caring for the earth). The purpose of this school direction has been to promote a holistic view of food and nutrition to children and their families. In practical terms it means our children are involved in growing, cooking and eating fresh produce.

Our children will spend time in the garden developing an awareness and respect for the ability of the land to sustain us. This means they will learn how to maintain a garden.

In our kitchen, the children will have the opportunity to prepare and cook the produce that they have grown and learn relevant culinary skills.

Our children will learn to treat food with respect, not be wasteful and to share and accept cultural differences. The children will be exposed to correct modelling of manners, expression of gratitude and the importance of kai in the community.

School Productions

Every 2-3 years, the school puts on a school production for whanau and friends which the whole school takes part in.  Productions provide many benefits and the children enjoy taking part whether acting or behind the scenes. 

Throughout the year, there are other opportunities for children to partake in the Performing Arts during class time and assemblies.

Individual Targeted Learning Programmes

Speech Therapist

A speech therapist from Group Special Education visits the school from time to time to work with students who require help. If the school or the parent/caregiver have a concern, a referral can be made.

Other Information

School Activity Fees

Moanataiari School do not request school donations as we have recently opted into the governments new school donations scheme. 

There will be requests throughout the year for payment of additional activities such as school trips and visiting experts that will provide additional learning for children. 

Moanataiari’s Bank Account for making automatic direct credit payments is 01 0455 0108122 01.  

When making an automatic payment – please add family name and what the payment is for in the reference/code areas. 

Optional - you can also email the school office at to let staff know you have made a payment. 


At the end of the year a list is sent home for next year’s stationery. Please ensure students always have the correct equipment.


Children are expected to be dressed in the correct School Uniform. We are proud of our identity and like the uniform to be worn correctly both in school and out. Please ensure all uniform items are named. We have a Lost Property Box situated behind the office near the Quadrangle area. Parents and students are encouraged to come and look for lost items.


Students are required to wear sunhats in the sun at playtime, lunchtime and sports time in Terms 1 and 4.


We also encourage children to apply sunscreen at home before school in terms 1 and 4 to protect them from harmful UV rays.  Sunscreen is available to apply before swimming and other outdoor activities where they will be exposed to the sun for long periods. 

Personal Belongings

Leave items that inhibit learning, at home eg. lollies, gum, electronic devices, cell phones etc. Teachers will confiscate these items and parents will be asked to collect the item from the office.


All visitors are required to sign in at the Office on entering the school grounds (parents, caregivers, siblings, contractors, support services, sales people etc).

 Privacy Act

We are bound by this act. You are welcome at any time to see all records held at school on your own child. Just contact us and we will happily provide that information. In addition, you should be aware of the following:

Moanataiari School requires accurate information in order to communicate with parents/caregivers, to determine appropriate educational and pastoral support needs and to complete statistical returns.

The Privacy Act 1993 places rules on the collection, use, storage and access of information that is received at enrolment, and from student academic records. All reasonable care is taken in the collection, storage and security of this information. From time to time it needs to be updated. Individuals have the right of access to personal information through the Principal who is our school’s Privacy Officer. At the discretion of the Principal, under Section 76 and Section 77 of the Education Act 1989, this information may be shared with the following groups of professionals on a need-to-know basis – school staff, Group Special Education, Public Health Nurse and Doctors, Ministry of Education, Children and Young Persons and their Family Service, Police and other professionals approved by the Principal. If you do not wish personal information to be released, then contact with the Principal should be made.



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