Clothing & Behaviour


We do not have any special clothing requirements beyond expecting children to be clean, warm and tidy. Every day all children take part in some sport or fitness activity so it is a good idea to make sure they are not overdressed.

Lost property is kept in the cupboard outside the Library.  Please feel free to look here at any time for missing items.  We are amazed at the amount of property children lose, at how few items are named and at how little effort most children put into finding clothes they have lost. Any lost property items not claimed by 4pm on the last day of each term will be donated to charity. Whaea Siale and Nicola look after the lost property. 

Sunhats: We request that children bring sunhats and sunscreen during summer (Terms 1&4). Children who do not have sunhats are directed to play in the shade by the library. Hoodies are not sunhats!


We expect children to behave well, to work hard and to respect the rights of others. If a child has difficulty in keeping to these expectations, action is taken.  It involves responding immediately, consistently and keeping a clear record in the ‘Blue Book’ the number of times a child misbehaves. Any behaviour that breaks agreed upon rules and the teacher/child has followed the ‘Time Out’ process; the child will be required to attend a ‘Behaviour Meeting’ with the Principal where the incident/s will be discussed. This involves focussing on alternative actions and responsibilities. This has proven to be an excellent pathway to support students to think and consider appropriate behaviours for future.

In-Class Time Out
The Teacher redirects the child in a positive way.  Checks the child can complete the task.  If the child is still not changing their behaviour after two redirections the child is sent to ‘Time Out’ within the classroom.  If a student is in ‘Time Out’ twice in a block the child will be sent to the Principal for ‘Time Out’.
Instant Time Out
We have ‘zero tolerance’ for Bullying and Physical/Verbal – the child will be sent directly to the Principal for ‘Time Out’.  This may involve them losing the playtime in the following break.  They are still allowed to eat their food but are removed from the free time play.
Parents will be contacted if the student appears in the ‘Blue Book’ three times.  Parents are contacted either by the classroom teacher or Senior Management of any incident that may occur involving your child.

2013 TUK Whanau Rumaki Behaviour Support System

There are 4 main tikanga that the whanau rumaki will uphold:
WHAKAMANA WAIRUA – Keeping others’ spirits up
WHAKAMANA TANGATA – Respecting and empowering others
WHAKAMANA REO – Appropriate speaking and listening
WHAKAMANA TAIAO – Caring for the environment

If there are issues with tamariki behaving disrespectfully in any of these areas after one in-class time out, they will be issued with a colour-coded card associated with the above 4 categories as below:
Mana Wairua - Purple
Mana Tangata – Orange
Mana Reo – Red
Mana Taiao – Green

Behaviour Management– Step Four
(Intervention step to support positive redirection of the child before a final warning when the Principal becomes involved and blue book policy will apply)

Time out #2:

  • Child will be sent with card to a buddy class
  • Child will be given a ‘think sheet’ to fill in with a 10 min time limit
  • Upon completion the child will place the think sheet in a designated box in the buddy class and return to their own classroom
  • Think sheets will be passed on to relevant class teachers at the next break for the classroom teacher to refer to in discussion with child and agree on a positive way forward
  • If the child fails to complete their think sheet within the given time frame they will be required to do this during their next break at the first aid table


We understand a growing number of students carry cellphones to school for safety and to alert parents of their arrival or departure as they may use public transport or walk home unsupervised.  All cellphones must come to the office each morning on arrival and be collected on departure each afternoon. This is for safety and protection. Once handed in, we do not answer the phone should it ring.