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The school day begins with the first bell at 8.30am and all students must be in the school when this bell rings.


Except in cases of illness, students are required by law to attend school daily. As well as being a legal requirement, regular attendance provides the best opportunity for students to be successful in their learning.

Minor Illness (one or two days absence)

Parents must notify the school of any absence, specifying the reason by text, telephone or email. This should be sent to the Attendance Officer attendance@eggs.school.nz (970 6718) by 9.00am daily.

If absence of three days or more is likely, parents should communicate with the year level dean or the attendance officer by the third day.

If you are not able to send the information electronically then a letter explaining the reason for the absence and confirming dates must be given to the Attendance Officer on your daughter's return to school.

Unexplained Absence

For safety reasons the school will follow up on any unexplained absence from school.

Instructions for parents or caregivers on how to notify the school can be found under Absence Notification.

When no absence notification has been received by the school, unexplained absences will be followed up by the Dean and you will be contacted by telephone or email.

The Ministry of Education requires us to code all absence from school into 24 different types and therefore we need to know the reason for your daughter's absence in detail.

We encourage parents to help us protect students' learning time at school by limiting interruptions as much as possible. Text messages or calls should be sent at interval and lunchtimes.

Wherever possible, medical and dental appointments should be made out of school time. In exceptional circumstances, where this has proved to be impossible, a note should be presented at the attendance office by 9am on the day of the appointment,, or be brought by the student to the attendance officer as she signs in, if an early appointment necessitates a late arrival at school.

Note: Students cannot be given school permission to leave early or arrive late for any reason:

  • including school classes, clubs, auditions, music or other lessons
  •  transport difficulties that arise because the student lives out of zone
  • discretionary leave, including students in representative teams, must be applied for to the Year level Dean at least 10 days in advance. Parents of senior students should understand that such leave may mean their daughter misses NCEA assessments. Representative school teams have automatic discretionary leave.

If an urgent family matter requires you to contact your daughter during the school day or take her out of school during the day, please contact the school office first. We will assist you to make the necessary contact with your daughter.

Changes of Address, Telephone Number

The year level dean should be notified as soon as possible of any changes, so that our records are accurately maintained. Failure to do so could put your daughter at risk should an emergency arise.

Personal Property

Students are to be responsible for the security of their own property. All clothing and articles must be clearly named. No articles of value are to be brought to school and any large sums of money must be taken to the office for safekeeping. On no account should money or other valuables be left unattended (for instance outside the library, in the gym changing rooms or outside the computer rooms). The school takes no responsibility for laptops, cellphones or ipods.

Leaving Procedures

Students are required to give at least one week's notice of leaving. This is to be confirmed by a parent, and a leaver's form is to be obtained from a dean. All books must be returned and the form signed by all of the student's teachers. The leaver's form is then returned to the dean who issued it, for the completion of leave procedures.

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