School Rules


1. The School Uniform and Presentation:

Complete and correct school uniform must be worn correctly from when leaving home in the morning until arriving at home in the afternoon

If, for a good reason, it is not possible for a student to wear uniform that is completely correct, the student must bring a note of explanation to be signed by a Deputy Principal. A uniform slip will then be  issued which must be carried around until the correct uniform is worn again.

Please note:

If a student is not in correct uniform, regardless of whether a note is provided from home, the school reserves the right to provide students with the correct item of school uniform.


·    All uniform items must be clean, tidy, with no graffiti and in good repair.

·    Clothing worn under the school uniform must be plain white in colour or not be visible.

·    A plain navy or plain black jacket or coat is appropriate for rainwear or winter. No sweatshirts, polar fleeces, cardigans, non-regulation jumpers or hoodies.

·    A plain black or plain navy or blue and gold Glen Mist saffron scarf is an optional item.

·    Belts worn with shorts/trousers must be plain black or plain navy.

·    The only jewellery permissible is a wristwatch and up to two pairs of small, silver or gold plain studs or sleepers in each ear.

Taonga and necklaces of religious/cultural significance may be worn, provided they are not visible.

·    No facial or body piercing is allowed.

·    All boys must be clean shaven.

·    No visible tattoos are allowed.

·    Hair must be clean, tidy and of a reasonable length, style and one natural colour. No shaved, closely shaved heads or shaved patterns in the hair. Plain black or navy hair accessories.

·    No make-up or nail polish is allowed.

·    Sandals are not to be worn in the workshop areas, only closed leather shoes, not sports style, canvas or ballet flats.

·    Cycle helmets must be worn by all cyclists.

·    Winter is defined as Terms 2, 3, and 4 up to Labour Weekend.

The school aims to encourage high standards of dress and appearance in students and the uniform regulations are produced with this aim in mind. Parents enrolling their children at Tararua College are deemed to have accepted these regulations.


2. Attendance:

Students are required to attend school whenever it is open, unless they are ill or facing a serious family emergency. In this case the school should be informed by telephone on the day stating the reason.

·    Whether or not a phone call has been received by the school, students who are absent must, on their first day back at school, bring a note from their parent/caregiver, to be delivered to their mentor explaining the reasons for their absence. If absent for three days or more, a medical certificate is required.

·    When at school, students are required to attend every period, either in class, or at an activity officially timetabled for that period.

·    Students who wish to see a particular teacher e.g. their Dean, the Guidance Counsellor, or the Principal must make an appointment to do so before or after school or during intervals or lunch hours. They will receive a note which they must produce to their class teacher before keeping the appointment. A student may not simply leave or fail to appear at a class to see another teacher.

·    Students are required to do homework as set by staff.

 These are the basic requirements that all students must meet for effective learning to take place. In the case of truancy, if these measures fail to solve the problem the school will take action.


3. Behaviour:

·    In the classroom, when moving between lessons, in the school grounds and on the way to and from school, students are required to behave in a manner which:

            - is courteous and respectful.

            - reflects credit on the school.

            - acknowledges the rights of other students to learn and of teachers to           teach.

            -  respects the rights of others to move around the school grounds in             safety and comfort.

            -  ensures a safe environment for all.

·    Students are required to bring the correct gear to each class, sit in the seats assigned to them and not move from there without permission, and follow instructions given by all members of the school staff.

·    Students must put litter in the bins provided.

·    Students may not bring any of the following items into the school grounds or use or consume them either at school, at school functions, on school trips or coming to and from school:

      -  drugs, solvents, alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco, matches, lighters, or               aerosol deodorant. 

            - any kind of weapon or fireworks.

            - skateboards

            - pornography.

 Tararua College is committed to providing a safe and caring learning environment.

Behaviour inside  or outside a classroom which distracts student learning or distresses, offends or degrades either students or staff is unacceptable. In these categories we place activities such as bullying, fighting, harassment (including sexual or racial), spitting, threatening, swearing or the use of insulting or belittling language. Students who behave in this fashion or persist in it after warning or counselling will face further consequences. In extreme cases the matter may be placed into the hands of the police.

Students who have in their possession , items which are not permitted at school or any other item which,  in the opinion of the teacher finding them, is likely to be a distraction to learning or a danger to students or staff may have such items confiscated and be subject to impositions or detention.

4. Property:

·  All possessions should be clearly and permanently named. Bags and other gear should not be left unattended.

·  Particularly valuable items ought not to be brought to school but if for some good reason this is unavoidable they should be handed in to the Front Office for safekeeping.

·  Students may not interfere with or unlawfully take possession of the property of other students or of the school without proper consent.

·  Where damage occurs, this must be immediately reported to the Front Office or Senior Staff.


Damage to, interference with or loss of school property may well present a situation of danger to students or a hindrance to student learning. The caregivers of students who cause such damage or loss either deliberately or through poor behaviour may be asked to pay partly or wholly for the cost or repair or replacement, depending upon the circumstances.


5. Students Leaving School during the day:

·     No student may leave the school grounds during school hours unless a note or other suitable explanation has been received beforehand. This note applies only to one occasion and must be for a good reason (e.g. medical appointment).

      Such notes or explanations must be approved by a Deputy Principal before the student may leave. Upon leaving school a student must sign out, at the Front Office - and back in again when returning.

·    Students will not be allowed to leave the school grounds to purchase lunch in town as there is a well resourced cafeteria selling a wide range of healthy food.

·    Students who become ill in school should tell their teacher who will send them to the Sick Bay. From there they will be assessed, and parents/caregivers will be contacted to collect them if necessary.

·    No student can leave the school grounds until their parents/caregivers have been contacted by school staff, permission for them to leave is obtained from the parent/caregiver and they have been issued a note to leave.

·     Only Year 13 students have been granted the privilege of leaving the school grounds (after they have signed out at the office) once a week during the lunch hour. This is a privilege that is reviewed annually.


These regulations are designed to enable the school to carry out its responsibilities to protect and supervise students in its care during school hours. Students who break them are liable for detentions or impositions and may lose their right to leave the school grounds during school hours.


6. Bounds:

The following areas are out of bounds to students without permission:

·    The Front Office area.

·    All laboratories, science store rooms, technology rooms, computer rooms, art room, computer suites, AV room, Whare Waananga and its surrounds, grounds man’s shed and its surrounds and the swimming pool.

·    Bike sheds and their surrounds.

·    Car park areas and driveway between Music Suite and Hall

·     The area behind the Music/Drama Suite

·     Agriculture areas/Primary Technology

·     All trees and shrubs, particularly those along the boundary.

·      Students may not sit 25 metres from the school boundary/main field

·      The area immediately behind S1, B5, B6, between the gym and B2


7. Buses:

·       Students must keep clear of moving buses.

·       Students must wait for, enter and leave school buses in an orderly          fashion.

·       Students must behave on the bus in a considerate fashion and obey all    instructions given by the driver.

·       The bus and its interior fittings must not be damaged in any way.

·       Students must travel on the bus to which they are allocated. If it is          necessary for a student to travel on some other school bus, or if a          student who does not normally travel on a school bus wishes to do so,    permission and a note for the driver must be obtained from the Deputy    Principal in Charge of Buses

·       Students must be wearing complete and correct school uniform, or          they will be refused entry onto the buses. Exceptions are school trips      or Mufti Days.

·       Students who are truant will not be permitted to travel on the bus on      that particular day. Their caregiver will be contacted.


8. Driving to School:

·       A student may not drive to and from school, or to school functions or      on school trips unless:

            - They have a current driver’s licence which permits them to do so.

      - Their caregivers have signed a Permit to Travel by Car form and they       have received a pass from the College.

·       A student may not travel to and from school in a car driven by another    student unless their parent/caregiver has signed a Permit to Travel by      Car form and they have received a pass from the school.

These regulations are designed to enable the school to carry out its responsibilities to protect and supervise students in its care during school hours and to permit free movement and access by staff and visitors. Students who break them may lose their right to travel on a school bus or in a car, or use their own car to come to and from school.