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Enrolment Scheme

Fairhaven School (1717) Enrolment Scheme
Effective from 1 February 2017

The guidelines for development and operation of enrolment schemes are issued under section 11G (3) of the Education Act 1989 for the purpose of describing the basis on which the Secretary’s powers in relation to enrolment schemes will be exercised.

Home Zone  All students who live within the home zone described below (and shown on the attached map) shall be eligible to enrol at the school.

Starting at the northern end of Seddon Street, head south along Seddon Street, onto Station Road and then into Jocelyn Street. Odd numbers of Seddon Street; Station Road to numbers 16 (even side) and 5A (odd side); and, even numbers on Jocelyn Street are in zone.

Follow Jocelyn Street to the southern end and turn into Boucher Avenue. Follow Boucher Avenue until Otawa Street then head west to Moehau Street. Even numbers of Boucher Avenue to the intersection with Glen Terrace, then both sides of the road south of Glen Terrace are in zone. Glen Terrace is not in zone.

Follow Moehau Street to number 33 then head west to the end of Norrie Place and then to the end of Washer Place. Even numbers of Moehau Street are included to number 32; both sides of the road are included from number 33. All of Norrie Street and Washer Place are in zone.

Head down Washer Place and turn west along Hookey Drive, across the intersection with Cameron Road and into Park Lane. All of Hookey Drive is in zone. Cameron Road from number 96 at the intersection with Gisborne Road is in zone. All of Park Lane is in zone.

From the end of Park Lane, head south to Dudley Vercoe Drive and onto No 2 Road. All of Dudley Vercoe Road is in zone. All of No 2 Road to number 1502, and any side roads south of Dudley Vercoe Drive, including Shaw Road, are in zone.

At the intersection of No 2 Road and No 1 Road, head north along No 1 Road. At number 541 No 1 Road, head east to number 547 Te Matai Road and then further east to the end of Mark Road. All of No 1 Road is in zone. Te Matai Road to number 547 is in zone.

Head north along Mark Road and into Brown Road. Follow Brown Road back to the intersection with the Te Puke Highway (SH 2). All of Brown Road and Homewood Drive are in zone. Te Puke Highway between the intersection with Jocelyn Street and the Kaituna River bridge are in zone.

Follow the western side of the Kaituna River until a point level with the end of Seddon Street and the starting point of the zone.

Unless otherwise specified, both sides of the road and all dead-end side roads are included in the zone.

Special Programmes

Priority will be given to students in the schools special programme and approved by the Secretary for Education: Toitoi Manawa o Fairhaven

Priority will be given to Whānau who:

  • Are committed to our kaupapa and are willing to support the learning of their tamaiti.
  • Have Te Reo Māori at home and/or have come from previous immersion education.

Out of Zone Enrolments

Each year the Board of Trustees will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. The Board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.

Applications for enrolments will be processed in the following order of priority:

First Priority

will be given to students enrolling in the special programme approved by the Secretary for Education. (Toitoi Manawa) * See below

Second Priority

will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.

Third Priority

will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.

Fourth Priority

will be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.

Fifth Priority

will be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.

Sixth Priority

will be given to all other applicants.

 * PLEASE NOTE:   Toitoi Manawa: Priority will be given to Whānau who:

  • Are committed to our kaupapa and are willing to support the learning of their tamaiti.
  • Have Te Reo Māori at home and/or have come from previous immersion education.

If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth or fifth priority groups than there are places available, Selection within the priority group will be by ballot conducted in accordance with instructions by the Secretary. Under Section 11G (1) on the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.

Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.

Transitioning your 4 year old to Fairhaven School


Transitioning your 4 year old to Fairhaven School PDF

4’s at Fairhaven

To prospective families of Fairhaven School

At Fairhaven School we want all of our children to have the best possible start to their schooling life, so we recommend that 4 year old children have 10 transition to school visits, prior to starting school.

What this looks like…

On Friday Morning  from 9:00am until 10:00am, we have a specialist transition to school programme called ‘4’s at Fairhaven’ that is taught by Michelle Paterson.

We advocate that for a successful transition to school that children attend up to 10 visits prior to starting school. This gives your child time to adjust and settle into school life before starting school. It gives you and your child time to meet the teachers and  school staff.

Each child is unique and each child’s transition to school experience will be different. By giving children the opportunity to attend 10 visits before starting school, it is allowing your child time to develop their confidence and knowledge about our school. If your child attends a day care or pre-school and you are working and unable to bring them, we liaise with you and your child’s pre-school to ensure children are able to attend our transition to school programme 4’s at Fairhaven.

Kind Regards,

Paul Hunt, Principal


How to get Involved

Parental Involvement

Parent involvement Is actively encouraged and welcomed inside and outside the classrooms. Support is much valued and appreciated. Contact the office or class teacher if you are able to help.

If you are keen to be involved we have the following:

  • FFA – Fairhaven Fireworks Association – meets once/twice per term (more closer to our Gala),
  • Parents Forum – meets 2 to 3 times per year,
  • Whanau Support Group – meets 2 to 3 times a year,
  • Indian Parent Support Group – meets 2 to 3 times per year,
  • Pasifika Parent Support Group meets 2 to 3 times per year.

Fireworks Gala

Fairhaven’s Fireworks Gala sponsored by ThinkWater BOP

Get ready for the greatest fireworks show in the Bay of Plenty!

Tickets only $6 for adults, $4 for children. Spot prizes at the gate!

Action packed entertainment for the whole family.

A wide variety of food including hangi, hot chips and Food Trucks with items like hamburgers, sausages in bread, hot chips, ice blocks, drinks, tea, coffee and much more!

Plenty of fun rides, great entertainment, activities, glow sticks, raffles and heaps more!

You can find Fairhaven School – 120 Boucher Ave, Te Puke

Turn right at the second roundabout if you’re coming from Tauranga, or left at the second roundabout if coming from Whakatane.

Eftpos available.

No private fireworks permitted as there’s going to be a spectacular professional 20 minute fireworks display after dark!

No alcohol permitted.

See you there!


International Students

International Code of Practice

New Zealand is the only country in the world that has a government ‘Code of Practice’ to protect the safety and rights of all international students. Fairhaven School is a signatory to The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016, thus ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for every student. A summary is available for download at the bottom of this page. Full copies of the Code are available in various languages from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) at:

Fairhaven School welcomes students of all nationalities.

International Students Enrich Learning Environment with Cultural Perspectives.

At Fairhaven School we value the understanding our community gains through the interaction and languages that the international students and families offer.

International students are placed in our mainstream classes and have small group English language lessons.

We are the Kiwifruit capital of the World. Bush, rivers, waterfalls and beach close.  Moderate climate.  Approximately 400 students 5 years old to 11 years old (Year 0 – 6) Qualified and caring supportive staff.  Low class numbers, A bus service

What we offer

  • One International student per class
  • Progress shared with parents
  • Small group English language lessons
  • Excellent facilities on site, including swimming pool, library, large field and playground

Cost of Tuition

The International Student School Fee for the 2023 school year will be $12,750.00 NZD (including GST) per annum(to be paid in advance of enrolment). In addition, a registration fee of $300.00 NZD (one off payment for all new students) and an administration fee of $200.00 NZD is also charged. 

Short term $3,300.00 NZD per Term or $100NZD per day if less than 10 weeks.

  • General tuition (using the New Zealand Curriculum)
  • Costs associated with the school programmes such at Beach Education, Life Education and Swimming
  • Stationery required for the classroom
  • School hat

Additional Costs

There are other compulsory costs to cover activities such as outdoor education programme and school camps.

Additional costs will vary from student to student but may include

  • School trips, events(approx $50 per year)
  • Sports teams ($15- $90 per sport)
  • School camp ($60- $400)
  • Music tuition
  • Travel and medical expenses


In accordance with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, Fairhaven School requires that all International Students live with their parent/s, or a legal guardian.

Enrolment Procedure

To enroll at Fairhaven School please contact either of the Agencies below

International Student Brochure

For more information or questions please contact

Sandra Cross

International School Manager

International Students


Positive Behaviour for Learning - PB4L

Fairhaven School


Expectations in all settings

Whai Whakaaro

Be Respectful


I respect myself, others and the environment.

●     I look after myself

●     I use kind words and actions

●     I respect the privacy of others

●     I follow instructions

●     I walk sensibly through doors and wait for the adult

●     Kaitiakitanga – I respect and care for the environment

Toi te Mana

Be Responsible


I am responsible for my behaviour, belongings and my learning.

●     I am responsible for my actions and how I respond to others

●     I listen and follow instructions from an adult

●     I put things where they belong (like my personal belongings, classroom equipment, rubbish )

●     I am focussed on achieving my learning goals

●     I am ready for learning

Whai Kaha

Be Resilient


I show strength in new and difficult situations and it’s ok to make mistakes.

●     I know there are strategies to help me solve problems

●     I know that mistakes help me learn

●     I take opportunities offered for personal growth

●     I persevere and take responsibility for my next learning goals

●     I build and maintain positive relationships

                                                                DREAM, STRIVE, ACHIEVE
The Resilience Project

This project is committed to teaching positive mental health strategies to prevent mental health strategies to prevent mental ill-health and build young people’s capacity to deal with adversity.

It is an evidence-based Teaching and Learning Program that will be taught throughout the classroom and school.

Teachers and students will engage in weekly lessons and activities around key principles of Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness (GEM) and Emotional Literacy to build resilience.

Link to Parent and Carer Hub at the Resilience Project

Leadership Opportunities

At Fairhaven School all Year 6 students are encouraged and expected to be tuakana and positive role-models.

Leadership groups are formed according to the individual strengths and interests, and targeted workshops are provided by staff and visiting speakers to further develop student’s leadership skills in specific areas including:

  • Ambassadors
  • Sports Leaders
  • Cultural Leaders
  • School Community Leaders
  • Digital Literacy Leaders

There are a wide variety of opportunities and responsibilities.

Policies and Procedures

You can now access all the policies and procedures of the school conveniently online. Simply click here to directly navigate to our comprehensive collection.

To review a policy:

  1. Access the “Schooldocs” platform by clicking on the provided orange link above.
  2. Use the following login credentials:
    • Username: fairhaven
    • Password: kotahitanga
  3. Look for the highlighted red text indicating “currently under review.” It can be found in the middle of the page.
  4. Choose a policy and read it. Focus on the gray text at the top of the page, as the supporting documentation will be reviewed at a later date. (If desired, you can read the supporting documentation by clicking on the red text.)
  5. Click on the “Review Policy” button located in the top right corner of the page, clearly marked in bold black text.
  6. Log in by selecting your category from the drop-down menu. Choose either “Parent,” “Staff Member,” or “Board Member.”
  7. Optionally, provide your name (if applicable).
  8. Fill out the response form.
  9. For families without internet access, you can obtain a review form from the school office.

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We value your participation.


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