Okaihau Primary School
The current bus services are operated by CLARKS COACHLINES and KAIKOHE Bus Services covering the following areas:
Te Pua Road, Remuera Settlement Road then Waimate North
Kaikohe via Lake Road
Puketi (Waiare, Lodore Road to Puketi Road)
Mangamuka/Kohukohu which is basically an express through to Mangamuka.
Umawera which does all of the pick-ups through the valley along SH1.
Kaikohe Pay Bus
Our runs are shared with the college. If any parents ever have concerns about children’s behaviour on the bus, don’t hesitate to contact the school. Our liaison officer is Mr Tim Couling.
Children are entitled to catch the bus if they live further than 3.2km from school. School rules apply.
Please remind your children when getting off the bus, to WAIT until the bus has passed TWO POWER POLES, before looking both ways for traffic and crossing the road.
The school provides free yellow bus vests for children who are picked up along main roads, to aid visibility. If you wish your child to have a bus vest please contact the school office.
Children collected by Car
If children are being collected at 3.00pm by car, could parents please use the designated pick up lane outside the school gate. Children will wait on the stage and will need to be collected by the parent.
For safety, do not call your children across the road.
Cycling to School
Children are permitted to ride bicycles to school, with uncovered racks available for bicycle storage.
Parents are reminded that children must by law always wear a helmet.
HealthY school lunches
The Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches programme aims to reduce food insecurity by providing access to a nutritious lunch in school every day. Around a million lunches are provided each week. By August 2022, over 63 million lunches have been delivered in 950 schools and kura to over 220,000 learners.
in 2023 we will be developing our own menus to the Healthy Lunches in Schools guidelines, preparing meals and distributing to classes daily from our own onsite kitchen. We look forward to being more involved with meal planning and catering to our children’s needs.
We recommend bringing a snack for the second break at 1.40pm.
Any medicine must be given to staff upon arrival at school. A written note from the parent/caregiver allowing staff to administer the dosage must also accompany the medicine.
If your child needs to see a Dental nurse, please 0800 MY TEETH for details of a therapist near you. Otherwise the mobile Dental Caravan visits the school annually for checkups.
If children feel unwell or have an accident at school we will utilize the sick bay, although we consider it preferable for children who aren’t well to go home. When possible, parents will be notified to collect children in such circumstances.
Minor accidents, bruises and cuts are treated at school. If staff are concerned about the child or they consider the child to be in pain or in some discomfort, parents will be contacted. In cases of serious injury or illness we may arrange for a Doctor or ambulance officer to attend to the difficulty, in addition to contacting you.
Because of the health and safety provisions we would appreciate parents/caregivers notifying the school when home or work contact numbers change.
Fitness is a part of the daily class program children are required to participate unless a note is received from the parent/guardian.
The Public Health Nurse, Margaret Connolly, visits the school weekly on Wednesdays around 11am and is available for assistance at any time or ring.
0800 746 944 option 5 or direct on 021-221 4006.