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We welcome new enrolments here at Heddon Bush School. We operate an enrolment scheme to prevent overcrowding at our school, enrolment packs and further details are available at the school office. All students enrolling as new entrants must have a copy of a NZ birth Certificate or passport. This is required by the Ministry of Education to ensure eligibility to attend a New Zealand State school.
If you have any questions regarding enrolment please contact the office. You are welcome to come and visit school anytime to take a look around our great school.

Term dates

Term Dates for 2019

Term One
Begins - Monday 4th February 
Ends - Friday 13th April

Term Two
Begins - Monday 29th April
Ends - Friday 5th July

Term Three
Begins - Monday 22nd July
Ends - Friday 27th September

Term Four
Begins - Monday 14th of October
Ends - Wednesday 18th December


Reporting Absences

If your child/children are going to be absent from school it is important that you notify us.
Please send a Text message to 022 350 4094
Or leave a voice message on 03 236 1144
In both cases please include your child’s name and reason for the absence. Thank you.


Concerns & Complaints Procedure

A priority for our school is the well-being and safety of everyone. Here at  Heddon Bush School we strive to make sure we provide a positive and safe learning environment however, we understand that occasionally things do not always go to plan. There may even be events that the school is not aware of and needs to know about. We welcome feedback from our school community and see this process as a way in which we can continue to improve and ensure the best for everyone.

If you have a concern of a complaint the flow chart below shows the steps to take:


complaints chart

Child Protection Policy

This policy outlines our commitment to child protection. The board is committed to the prevention of abuse and to the well-being of children and young people under our care. 

In line with section 15 of the Children, Young Person and Their Families Act, any person in our school/kura who believes that any child or young person has been, or is likely to be, harmed (whether physically, emotionally, or sexually) ill-treated, abused, neglected, or deprived may report the matter to a social worker or a constable.

The board delegates responsibility to the principal to ensure that all chid safety procedures are implemented and available to all staff, contractors, volunteers and parents. Therefore, the principal must:


  1. Develop appropriate procedures to meet child safety requirements as required and appropriate to the school
  2. Comply with relevant legislative requirements and responsibilities giving consideration to the  guidelines, further information and sample child protection templates that are available in the Children’s Action Plan guideline Safer Organisations, Safer Children:
  3. Make this policy available on the school’s internet site or available on request
  4. Ensure that every contract, or funding arrangement, that the school enters into requires the adoption of child protection policies where required
  5. Ensure the interests and protection of the child are paramount in all circumstances
  6. Recognise the rights of family/whanau to participate in the decision-making about their children
  7. Ensure that all staff are able to identify the signs and symptoms of potential abuse and neglect and are able to take appropriate action in response
  8. Support all staff to work in accordance with this policy, to work with partner agencies and organisations to ensure child protection policies are understood and implemented
  9. Promote a culture where staff feel confident they can constructively challenge poor practice or raise issues of concern without fear of reprisal
  10. Consult, discuss and share relevant information in a timely way regarding any concerns about an individual child with the board or designated person
  11. Seek advice as necessary from NZSTA advisors on employment matters and other relevant agencies where child safety issues arise
  12. Make available professional development, resources and/or advice to ensure all staff can carry out their roles in terms of this policy
  13. Ensure that this policy forms part of the initial staff induction programme for each staff member
  14. Ensure that a report is provided for the school’s annual report re progress on implementation and compliance with any funding/contracting requirements