After looking at forecasts for tomorrow we have made decision to postpone the swimming sports until Monday where the weather looks much better.

So school as normal tomorrow - and we will see you in your house colours on Monday!

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Year 7-10 Meet the Teacher Evening

A big welcome to all our returning students and new students who have started this year.

On Wednesday February 22nd starting at 2.20pm you have an opportunity to meet your child’s Learning Coach (Homeroom Teacher). This is specifically designed to share information and get to know each other, it is not a reporting time.

Families of Year 8’s returning to the same class are not expected to attend, however may do so if they wish.

To book a time with your child’s Learning Coach please visit - http://parentinterviews.co.nz/ and enter the code QCABP.  Bookings will be open online from 2.00pm Friday, February 10th through to 1.00pm, Wednesday 22nd.

If you do not have access to a computer and are unable to make a booking online, please see Kat at the office or phone her on 07 8665916 ext 846.

Chris Johnston                                       Julie Bougen

Deputy Principal Middle Years                   Deputy Principal Middle Years


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School Jackets Y7-13

Jackets are now available to pre-order at a cost of $150 each.  (Same cost as last year)
If you are wanting to purchase a school jacket can you please see the office to pre-order your size and make payment by Thursday  23 February.
The first jacket order will be placed on Friday, 24th and should be available for distribution after 10 March.
If you have any queries, can you please see the office.
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Student Art work online

Throughout the year our student art work is loaded online and you are able to take a look around the virtual gallery. A link to last years work is here. http://publish.exhibbit.com/gallery/285204441/marble-gallery-7425/  This will be updated with 2017 work through out the year.

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A message from Murphy Buses

To whom it may concern,


Although caregivers are responsible for getting students to and from school each day, Murphy Buses is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide bus transport to enable students to attend school.  Murphy Buses is required to transport eligible students to their nearest appropriate school.  On occasions and depending on loading, this may require eligible students to stand on their way to and from school.  However, as part of Murphy Buses contract, we can only transport ineligible students if the following conditions are met:

  • There is excess seating capacity after all eligible students have been taken into account
  • The ineligible students pay an appropriate fee
  • Transportation of ineligible students does not delay the service
  • Transportation of ineligible students does not result in bus deviating from designated route
  • Permission is obtained by any school affected by the operation of the school run


In addition, the ineligible students must:

    • Behave in a socially acceptable way
    • NOT harass or bully students


A student is eligible if:

  • They live too far away from the nearest appropriate school they can enrol (more than 3.2kms for years 1-8 and more than 4.8km for years 9 and above)
  • There is no suitable public transport available.


In recent times we have had concerns that the inclusion of ineligible students on the bus may cause us to breach the above conditions (typically the seating capacity) and as a result we have made a decision that Murphy Buses will no longer accept “new” ineligible students on our services for 2017 onwards.  Murphy Buses will continue to offer existing ineligible fare paying students (ie those who travelled in 2016) the opportunity to travel so they can finish their schooling at their existing school (providing the above terms are met).


We appreciate that this may cause a concern for some parents and schools affected by this decision and we apologise for this.


Note the above change does not affect eligible students (including those who transfer their eligibility under the MoE rules), it is only those students that live too close to their nearest appropriate school that want to catch a ride to another school.


Kind regards


Matt Juby

General Manager




P: 07 868 6265   F:07 868 6745

P O Box 251, Thames 
W: www.murphybuses.co.nz

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