Preparing learners for now and the future

Our School


Opened in 1927, Pahoia is set on the outskirts of Tauranga City. The school has a genuine flavour of rural community, blended with effective modern learning styles and environments. As a learning community we strive to engage children in active and meaningful learning experiences that develop the skills and qualities children need to reach their full potential in our modern world.

With around 220 children Pahoia is a caring and friendly school community where we provide a safe environment and treat all children with dignity and respect.

Our teachers are proud to be part of a passionate team that fosters a positive learning environment. Our Board, staff and wider school family are committed to the delivery of excellence and achievement in the education of children in our care.

We aim to respond to the needs of the individual, hold high expectations and align everything we do with the values and beliefs that underpin our community.

We value our community of learners: teachers, support staff, children and whānau, and welcome their input.




2019 Term Dates



Term 1
Monday 4th February – Friday 12th April 2019
*Waitangi Day - Wednesday 6th February (school closed)
*Easter (during holidays)
*Anzac Day - Thursday 25th April (during the holidays)

Term 2
Monday 29th April – Friday 5th July 2019
*Queen’s Birthday Monday 3rd June (school closed)

Term 3
Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th September 2019

Term 4
Monday 14th October – Wednesday 18th December 2019
*Labour Day Monday 28th October (school closed)

Pahoia School Charter




Pahoia School Annual Report



Pahoia School Ero Report


Important Information


Absence from school

By regulation, children are required to attend school unless prevented by illness or some special home circumstances. If your child is absent, please ring or text the school before 9:00am. If the school has not been notified of an absence, the school office will call home to confirm the absence.

Ph 07 548 0723 or txt 027 941 2639 or use the Pahoia School App to send an absentee message.

(Load the 'Upschool' App from App Store or Google Play and slect Pahoia School to use this platform)


Agricultural day

This has been an annual event at this school since 1934. All children are encouraged to participate by rearing an animal, planting a vege or flower garden, creating a hanging basket or working on an art, science or research project. The projects culminate on judging day, usually the first weekend in Term 4. This is a day on which all children are expected to attend and participate in. A team co-ordinates this event with parent help essential.


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees are elected every three years and is made up of five parents, a staff representative and the principal. The BOT governs the school in consultation with the staff and community. BOT meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held twice per term at the school and meeting dates are found on the school calendar. Dates of meetings are subject to change should this be needed by the members of the Board.





Scholastic Book Club

The school participates in the Scholastic Book Fair up to twice a year where a comprehensive range of books are displayed. There are also regular bookclub brochures sent home. The school benefits by way of book credits.


Community assemblies

Every second Friday the community is invited along to be a part of our whole school assembly. These start at 2pm and take place in the Community Hall. It is a chance for us all to share and celebrate student achievement, listen to messages and sing. Dates vary for these assemblies, but information is published in the school newsletters.

Car parking

Pupil safety is the prime concern. During the busy times at the start and finish of the day, please do not park in the 'Drop Off Zone’ or in the bus stop. Please do not use the staff car park for dropping off or picking up your child. There is a disabled car park outside the school office for those who require it.



We currently have two Ministry of Education funded bus services contracted to GoBus. The service is funded for eligible pupils only. A fare, set by GoBus, is charged to those ineligible pupils who are picked up outside of the school Transport Entitlement Zone. Bus tickets can be purchased from the school office.

The MOE eligibility criteria states that pupils living less than 3.2km from the school are ineligible. Pupils living north of Wright Road, are also classified as ineligible.

The bus routes will be regularly reviewed by the MOE to ensure the majority of eligible Pahoia pupils have access to the service.

Pupils who go home on the bus are marked off by a teacher on duty. If your child is not going home on the bus, please let the office know.

If the bus is running late, please ring the school office on 548 0723. After hearing from GoBus, we will be able to let you know approximately how much longer the bus will be to your drop off point.


Education outside the classroom (EOTC)

Educational visits and camps are planned as part of the teaching and learning programme. We endeavour to keep costs to a minimum. The school uses a combination of buses and parent transport to support trips throughout the year.




Enrolling a pupil

Pupils living within the school's 'zone' are entitled to enrol at Pahoia School. Prior to your first day our office administrator will fill out enrolment forms with you on the morning of your child’s first day at school. For 5 year olds, proof of age eg. Birth Certificate must be produced. For pupils arriving from another school, we simply complete an enrolment form. Immunisation records will be asked for. New Entrants are able to organise visits with the new entrant teachers before they begin full time.

A visit to the school to discuss a pupil's transition and for a guided tour prior to a pupil starting is encouraged. Please speak to the Principal regarding this.


Enrolment scheme

Pahoia School operates an enrolment scheme. Pupils who wish to enrol at our school and live outside the school's 'zone' need to apply in writing. If the number of 'out of zone' pupils exceeds the number of places available in a term, a ballot system will decide who is able to enrol. Please see below for the school's enrolment zone.

2020 Application deadlines and ballot dates for out of zone places for all year levels in each term are:

Term 1: Thursday 24 October 2019 and Thursday 23 January 2020

Term 2: Thursday 5 March 2020

Term 3: Thursday 28 June 2020

Term 4: Thursday 20 August 2020


Enrolment zone

Description of the enrolment zone: From the Katikati side, our zone, starting at State Highway 2, includes the addresses on Wright Road and all the roads coming off Wright Road.

On the eastern side of SH2, our boundary is the Whatakao Stream down to the coastline.

On the Omokoroa side, starting at the coastline, our boundary follows the Waipapa River up to Francis Road, including the addresses on Francis Road and SH2 up to but not including Omokoroa Road and Youngson Road.

The zone then travels along Youngson Road until Old Highway but does not include the addresses on Youngson Road. From the Old Highway/Youngson Road intersection, the zone goes north and includes the addresses on Old Highway and Waipapa Block Road.

From the end of Waipapa Block Road, the zone links to the Waipapa River, travels south along the Waipapa River and links to the top of Esdaile Road.

From that point, the western boundary is dictated by the base of the Kaimais and includes the addresses on the following roads which all end at the base of the Kaimais - Tim Road, Work Road, Wright Road and all the roads coming off Wright Road.

If you have any queries regarding the zone, plese contact the school office.


Pahoia School Zone 


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Year 0 - 3  Kaimai and Waipapa Pods

The focus of home learning in these early years is to support literacy and numeracy.

Reading -  Should be happening every night and will consist of at least 2 different readers per week

Basic spelling words and number facts can also be worked on four evenings a week. Regular, small amounts usually work better than less frequent, longer sessions.

Other important skills to be developed include: talking and sharing, practising motor skills like throwing, catching and skipping, and time for imaginative play both independently and with others.

Year 3 - 4  Aongatete Pod and Year 5 - 6 Tuhua Pod

Reading – 10 - 15 minutes each school night (school book or a book of choice)

Spelling/ Word Study –  5 minutes provided work each school night 

Basic Facts – 5 minutes provided work each school night

Children are expected to initiate their own homework and try to do some independently, however, we understand that at some levels, parent support might be necessary. Please try to encourage your children to become independent and try to promote self-responsibility in their homework habits!

Here are some ways parents can help with home learning:
Let your child have a bit of time to unwind after school
Discuss how long the home learning will take
Give them a snack and drink before they start
Choose a space that is comfortable and reasonably quiet – some children work better with music or background noise, but turn off the TV
Get them to check they have everything they need before starting
Show an interest in their work
Offer support and guidance when needed
Feel free to mark any spelling and basic facts work before it comes back to school


Lost property

Parents are asked to name all children’s clothing and property and to encourage children to be accountable for their belongings.
 Clothing and shoes for which owners can not be found is located on the field side of the school hall.

At the end of each term clothing is laid out in th hall, after which unclaimed clothing is donated to a charity.



When sending money into the school office, please place it in an envelope with your child’s name, room, amount and what it is for, clearly marked on the front.


Pupil health

The school needs to know if your child requires medication for any reason e.g. bee stings, asthma, allergies etc. Please discuss medication requirements with the classroom teachers. A Medication Agreement is also required.









Religious instruction

The Cool Bananas Religious Education team visit our school every Tuesday afternoon where classes attend a 25 minute session in the hall. Parents who do not wish their children to attend may request exemption in writing.

To view the Cool Bananas programme, please ask at the office.


Reporting to parents/caregivers

Meet the Teacher - Term 1
Goal Setting Conference - Term 1
Three-way Learner Conferences - Term 2
Written Report (in conjunction with Learner Conferences) - End of Term 2.

End of year Written Report  - End of Term 4. 


Our school operates an 'open door' policy where teachers are readily accessible to parents/caregivers. This will facilitate informal reporting.

Newsletters are sent home every second Wednesday with the eldest child in each family.

Community Assemblies - Every second Friday, the community is invited along to be a part of our whole school assembly. This is a chance for us all to celebrate achievement within our learning community.

Parent Information sessions are held occasionally, usually in the evening, to share different aspects of curriculum delivery and information about various programmes.

Our website and FaceBook platform helps our community to stay in touch with class and school happenings.


School donations

Each year the Board of Trustees sets a donation to cover the cost of additional purchases, supplies and human resources not covered by the Operational Grant. Requests for these are made at the beginning of each year - all payments will be receipted. While not compulsory, the school donation provides the finance for a great deal of additional equipment and human resources.

Pahoia School has a School Donation of $90 and a compulsory Resource Levy of $40.

This can be paid for through the School Shop tab at the top of the website or at the school office. Termly payments are also an option.

School hours

Children should arrive no later than 8:50am. Children who do not travel on the bus are are expected to be collected as near to 3:00pm as possible.
School starts 9:00am
Morning Interval 10.30 - 11:00am
Lunch 12:30 - 1:30pm
School ends 3:00pm
Supervision is between the hours of 8:15am and 3:15pm.

It is expected that children have been picked up by 3.15pm.
Staff members are on duty for the afternoon buses.


School property (Damage or Loss)

We have a responsibility to the community for school resources. Fortunately, the majority of children at our school respect and care for school property. On occasions, however, thoughtless or careless action cause damage to property which must be paid for from money which would be more profitably spent on teaching resources.

 If school property is damaged as a result of wilful damage and/or blatant disobedience of a direct instruction or school rule by a student, then an account for the cost of repairs or replacement will be sent to the parents of the child/ren responsible.


School uniform

Pahoia School does not have a compulsory uniform. For sporting, cultural activities and special events however, the Pahoia School T-Shirt is to be worn. Both new and occasionally second hand T-shirts are available for purchase from the school office.

Also available from the office are Pahoia School polar fleeces and bucket style hats.


Pahoia School places a strong emphasis on physical education and physical activity. There are many opportunities for children to engage in both curriculum based and extra-curricular activities. Sports teams that play in competitions outside of school hours include netball, miniball, basketball, volleyball, cricket and rippa rugby.

Inter-school sporting opportunities include swimming, triathlon, cross-country, athletics, gymnastics, soccer, rugby, hockey, netball, cricket and miniball.

The school also organises events throughout the year involving community participation such as cross country, a netball or basketball match, athletics and Splash 'n' Dash Day.


Swimming pool keys

Each year keys to the school pool are made available to the community for a fee (enquire at the school office for the cost). This enables key holders to use the pool outside school hours. We ask that all children are supervised by an adult and pool users respect the rights of other users. The number of keys made available is directly related to what pool maintenance will allow. Keys must not be loaned to other families.


Sun protection

Pahoia School is officially recognised as a Sun Safe School. Wide-brimmed or bucket style hats are compulsory for all staff and pupils during Terms 1 and 4. Pahoia School bucket style hats are available to purchase from the school office.




Unwell children at school

Parents should not send unwell children to school. We are equipped to handle minor injuries that occur at school. In the event of an accident or serious illness, the Principal or teacher in charge will act in 'loco parentis' to arrange for medical treatment if parents cannot be contacted. Please ensure we have up-to-date phone numbers and emergency numbers. If the illness appears to be of a minor temporary nature, children will be monitored and parents contacted if there is no improvement. If parents wish children who are recovering from an illness to be exempt from sport or fitness, a note must be written to the teacher.

Children who have a contagious condition such as nits or school sores MUST stay at home until properly treated.