News & Notices

We endeavour to communicate as effectively and efficiently as possible in regard to all school matters.  Please ensure you read all newsletters, notes home and check the website regularly to keep up to date with any information you may need to know. Please also check our official Facebook page. The name of the page is Coromandel Area School, so please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us on the page to get instant and up to date information, photographs and updates on school achievements. 

This page will show all 'flyers' and 'notices' that go home during the school day (that often get stuck at the bottom of school bags or rubbish bins).

Term 2,2024 Kia ora whānau,

we have a board of trustees by-election coming up this month. Nomination papers and information will be posted to you Friday. If you have moved recently and your postal address has changed, please contact the office to update your details by Friday. It is important we have your postal address correct so that you receive the nomination form, information and dates. Once nominations have closed and are received voting papers will be sent out with voting information and instructions.

Term 2, 2024-Kia ora whānau, a reminder as we begin term 2 tomorrow that phones will need to be ‘away for the day’ in line with government expectations. Please remind students of this, their teachers will also be giving reminders in the morning.

Any messages students need to receive between 9 and 3 can be phoned or emailed to the office to be passed on. Alternatively, we have enabled the chat function on this page and it will be monitored between 9 and 3 daily by office staff.

Urgent Notice re Buses today - Tuesday 9th May

We have made the decision to run all of the buses early so that students don't run the risk of not being able to get home. There is significant flooding in Auckland and we expect this weather to get worse.

The buses will be leaving kura between 1.30 and 1.45pm and we are currently ringing around parents/caregivers of those affected.

If this affects you and you aren't accessible by phone, could you please message this post to let us know you are happy for your child to be taken home early.

If this is an issue, please also connect with us via FB or ring our office - 07 8668893.

All other students will remain at school as usual and be released at 3.00pm, unless parents/caregivers want to pick them up early.

We appreciate your support with this.

Kia ora whānau,

Below is a list of our policies up for review in Term One on School Docs. 

- Legislation and Admistration

- Student Attendance

- Enrolment

- Privacy

- Official Information Requests

- Uniform/Dress Code


To access our policies:

Go to the website

Username: coroarea Password: 3506

Click on Current Review tab at top of the page.  

Click on the policy you want to review. 

Click on Start Your Review (blue box).  

If you wish to do a review by paper, you can pick up a Policy Review Form from the School Office.   

Reviews are due by Thursday 23rd March.  

Colville Bus Update:

Unfortunately, we are no further along in determining if the Colville Bus can operate in the near future.

We understand the road has many issues and these need to be looked into before any heavy vehicles can access it.

Therefore the Colville Bus will not be operating tomorrow - Tuesday 21st February.

GoBus are looking into the alternative route and what this would mean for students in terms of timings.

Please be patient with us as we try to get the most up-to-date and relevant information. 

Colville Bay bus not running on Monday 20th February

Kia ora whaanau

I have just been told by GoBus, our transport provider, that the Colville bus will not be operating tomorrow.

I have requested that they work with NZTA to determine if this will be a longer term issue and whether alternative solutions can be found.

I will ensure this is prioristised by GoBus and will let you know any further information as soon as I do.

I will be asking mentor and homeroom teachers to check-in with those students affected.

I am really sorry for the inconvenience to our students and families up the coast.

Both the Kennedy Bay and Manaia bus routes will be operating.

Nga mihi

Whaea Koren

Kia ora whānau

School will reopen on Monday 20th February and we hope to see as many students as possible. We understand that some roads are not open yet and we will communicate over the weekend with our bus company. Any decisions made by them over whether bus routes can run, will be done with health and safety at the forefront. As soon as we know any information surrounding the bus routes, we will let you all know.

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren 

Important Notice:

Kia ora whānau

We sincerely hope you are all okay and safe.

Today I met with our Health & Safety Officer and our Boarchair. The following decision has been made in order to keep everyone safe.

We have decided to keep our school closed for the remainder of this week and we will make a decision about reopening next week this coming weekend.

Many of our staff are unable to access school and have had much damage to their own properties.  We are also very aware that many of our communities are cut-off due to road damage & slips, and those roads that can be opened may not be safe for our buses to travel over.

Along with that, our actual school property has sustained damage that makes it unsafe for anyone to access it.  We have big concerns with water damage on our field that will require specialists to review it.  There are also huge branches hanging from trees that will need to be taken down and removed prior to reopening.  

Therefore, we are locking all of the gates onto the school property and we ask that public do not try to enter, until we announce it is safe to access again.

These decisions have not been made lightly and we do appreciate that many of our whānau still have to work.  We have connected with the Ministry of Education and they agree that health and safety comes first.

We will also not be engaging with online learning, as power/internet will be an issue for many, and many of our staff are prioritising cleaning up their properties.  Also, our online learning systems as yet have not been prepared due to the short time we have been back at school.

There are some of us in town who have been less affected by the storm and still have access to power.  If any of our whānau are in need of support in any way, please connect with us and we will try to help in anyway we can.

Stay safe, stay connected, and we hope to see you next week. 

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Kia ora whānau,

In keeping with the strong recommendations from the Ministry of Education, we will also be closing school on Tuesday 14th February.  So school is officially closed both Monday and Tuesday this week. We are letting you know now, so you can prepare accordingly.

Stay safe and reach out if you need support of any kind.

We will keep communicating with you as much as we can, and hope we can return to school on Wednesday.

Nga mihi

Whaea Koren

School Closed - Monday 13th February

Out of respect to the incoming storm, and the advice to stay safe and off the roads, we will be closing school on Monday 13th February (tomorrow).  We will make a call about Tuesday tomorrow afternoon, but it is likely that school will remain shut (let's see how we go over the next two days).  

We understand it is an anxious time for people and if anyone needs advice or support please reach out to our kura. Stay connected, stay safe, and hunker down. 

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Kia ora whaanau 

Just to let you know that we are watching the incoming weather closely and will make a decision by tomorrow lunchtime about whether school will be open on Monday. It is looking like we may err on the side of caution and close, but will confirm tomorrow. 

Stay safe and stay connected 

Nga mihi Whaea Koren

Whānau Fun Day - Tomorrow

Normal classes in the morning.  Then from 11.30am till 1.30pm, our whole school will be taking part in fun activities and getting to know each other better.  

All students can wear mufti - including a hat as we will be outside.

Students should bring togs and towel if they want to swim.

We will be having a sausage sizzle at morning tea and will have ice-blocks later in the afternoon. 

Normal lunchtime will be at 1.20pm till 2pm and then we will finish the day with capture the flag and swimming. 

All whānau are welcome to attend.

Y11-13 Course confirmation and Mentor day - Friday 3rd Feb

Tomorrow (Friday) we would love to see as many of our 2023 Y11-13 students as possible. This includes any new Y11-13 students.  We understand some may not be able to make it in due to the roads.  Currently our buses are running but there is a possibility that the Colville route may not be open.  The bus company will be connecting with us as early as possible to let us know if they can't make this run, or if there are any other changes we need to know. 

Students can wear mufti tomorrow and they need to bring their own food.  They will be able to leave at lunchtime if they don't need to wait for bus transport home.

11th December

Y9 & 10 Camp UpdateDue to the rise in covid cases and general sickness with our staff and students, we have had to make some changes to the Y9 & 10 camp in order to ensure the health and safety of all involved.Unfortunately, we will not be able to run the planned overnight stays, so will instead be participating in outdoor activities within our local environment. We will return to CAS by 3pm each day, so students can still catch the bus as required.Y9 & Y10 students should bring the following to school tomorrow:Togs, Towel, T-shirt they don't mind getting wet, covered shoes with good strong grip, rain jacket, warm clothing, personal medication. Students can wear mufti to school that they don't mind getting dirty and wet, but please leave your devices, phones, headphones, speakers etc at home. The next 3 days will still be a technology free experience.If you do not feel comfortable sending your child to CAS at this time, please inform the office they will not be attending.Thank you for your understanding,Whaea Kelly & Whaea Koren

11th December 2022

Kia ora whaanau

Unfortunately, COVID has hit our staff and students again.

We currently have 7 staff out (and counting) and many families with COVID in their homes.

School will remain open tomorrow but please be aware we may be splitting classes and we have relief teachers in, so if you are able to stay home it would help us ease the strain.

If you are feeling sick or have flu-like symptoms, then definitely stay home.

We will post a message about the Y9 and Y10 camp shortly.

We really appreciate your support.

We hope to still finish the year with our Celebration of Learning Evening on Thursday night, at 5.30pm, in the School Hall.

Nga mihi


ERO - CAS Profile Report

Over the past 12 months our kura has been working with the Education Review Office as part of their new evaluation approach called Te Ara Huarau.  This is where ERO and our school work together over time rather than one off reviews (like in the past). 

ERO will maintain a regular review programme to evaluate and report on the education and care of young people in our kura.  Our school worked alongside ERO to write our Profile Report. This type of report will only happen once as part of our initial engagement with Te Ara Huarau.

The profile report reflects our strategic goals and a shared evaluation focus on one or more areas that are important to us as we work together to improve outcomes for all our learners.

ERO, like us, have a strong focus on equity and excellence. Future reporting will show our progress and achievement towards meeting the goals we have set. 

We are excited to show you all our Profile Report.

Here is the link

Kia Ora whānau,

This year we have been working on the following: Developing clear and consistent expectations of being a member of the CAS community.  This has focused around communication home, relationships, expectations and reporting.  We received great feedback in Term One and focused on improving in areas suggested. 

We have now completed Term 2 and 3 and would once again like your feedback!

Please go to this link and fill in this quick survey.

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Wednesday 10th August

Kia Ora parents/caregivers,

Unfortunately, for the remainder of this week we have none of our usual Year 7 and 8 staff able to work.  We have access to relievers for certain lessons; however, we cannot have a teacher in every class.

We are asking that for Thursday 11th August and Friday 12th August, any Year 7 and 8 student who can stay home and engage in online learning, please do so.

However, any student who can’t do this, or would like to attend school, are welcome to come.  Please be aware that the students that turn up will be in a mixed Y7/8 class with a reliever, and they will be following a varied programme.

We thank you for your understanding.

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Kia Ora whānau,

At this stage we can allow all Y1-10 students to return to school tomorrow - Wed 27th July.  Depending on roads reopening, some junior classes may be split & there may be the possibility of the Kennedy Bay bus not being available.  However, we will know first thing in the morning.

See you āpōpō

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Important message about tomorrow - Tuesday 26th July

Due to the weather system we are currently experiencing, and the road closures being put in place by the council, we now have quite a few staff who can’t make it to school tomorrow morning. Further challenges will be created in the morning due to the timing of the next high tide.

Therefore, we are asking that if you can keep your child(ren) home tomorrow, please do so.

Those teachers who are able to will try to connect with learners online via their online learning platforms.

For those unable to keep their child(ren) home, there will be supervision available for children at school but we will be splitting students amongst the teachers that are available.

If students are coming to school please be aware that the Kennedy Bay bus will not be running tomorrow due to the driver being unable to get to Coro Town.

The Manaia and Colville Buses are running at this stage and we will let you know if this changes.

Thank-you for your understanding.

Stay safe out there whānau. 

Weather watch notice - Monday 25th July

With the weather set to worsen this afternoon & evening, we will be keeping a close eye on the roads & will notify whānau of any changes to buses or the school day tomorrow as early as we can. At this stage, school is open tomorrow for Y1-10 students. If the weather causes too many disruptions to travel plans of students & teachers, we may rethink this decision. To keep updated, check your emails, our FB page or website:

The following has just come through from TCDC:

“Stay home and be safe tonight, it’s going to be a rough one”

This storm is set to intensify later this evening with the heaviest rain and gale force winds not abating until early tomorrow morning.

We are expecting slips and flooding to cause further disruption to the roading network, school runs and commutes tomorrow morning. High tides are around 5.30am to 6am and will affect many low lying areas that have flooded.

Power outages have already occurred around the Coromandel and more are likely as the northeasterly wind gusts of up to 110km/hr continue.

Civil Defence is advising everyone to stay put tonight and avoid travel until the Councils Rapid Assessment Teams and roading contractors have reported in at first light tomorrow.

Masking up for the start of Term 3

Cases of COVID-19 are increasing in most parts of the country, and we are also seeing high numbers of other winter illnesses.

For the start of Term 3, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health strongly recommend that all kura amend their mask policy for the first four weeks of term to require mask wearing in all indoor settings for students in Years 4 and above.

This recommendation does not include any situation where mask wearing might not be practicable, such as while eating and drinking, playing certain musical instruments, playing indoor sport, singing or drama performance, and participating in Physical Education. In these situations, particular attention will be paid to ensuring there is good ventilation during the activity, and physical distancing where practicable.

We will continue to promote & encourage other health measures such as, good ventilation, staying home when sick, hand washing and using hand sanitiser.

Please make sure that your child(ren) come to school ready to wear masks. Students should bring masks from home if able too, however we have ordered a good supply of both child and adult size masks.

Thank you for your support in protecting our school community.

Noho ora mai

Whaea Koren 

Important message for Y11 to Y13 students & whānau - Home Learning for Week One Term 3

As of today, we have five senior staff members out for the majority or all of Week One, due to having tested positive for COVID-19. We have booked relievers in to cover some of the classes but are unable to provide cover for others.

We have made the call that all Year 11 to 13 students will be learning from home for the whole of next week. This situation is far from ideal for our NCEA students, so we will be making sure that learning will continue through our online learning platforms.

We have asked our senior teachers to engage with students via email/messaging or phone calls, and to set up Zoom sessions where possible. Any relief work that would have been set by staff away sick will be posted on these platforms also, however these staff will not be expected to engage with students unless they are well enough.

Students should still attend WINTEC and any sports or other extra- curricular commitments that they have.

Across the country schools are being hit hard with winter illnesses which are greatly disrupting learning and Principal associations are currently writing to the Ministry of Education to ask for further support for our NCEA students. We hope that this will be looked into immediately.

If you have any questions or queries about this, don't hesitate to connect with Whaea Koren Hopoi: 

Thursday 30th June

Kia ora whānau

Tomorrow will be home learning for Y9-13 and any Room 18 students (Whaea Toni's class) who are able to stay at home.  For those that come to school, we will have supervision ready. 

At this stage, Rm 8 can return to school tomorrow.

We hope to have all staff back on Monday after a nasty flu has hit many of them.

Nga mihi

Whaea Koren

Important message for Y9-13 students for Wednesday 29th June

Kia Ora whānau,

We have 5 senior staff away tomorrow due to illness (and counting) and we are asking any Y9 to Y13 students who can stay home tomorrow, please do so and connect with your learning through your Google Classrooms or catch up on homework. 

All WINTEC students should still go!

This is not ideal but it is unavoidable.  We just do not have the reliever pool available to cover all the classes. 

For those who can not stay home, please come to school and we will accomodate you.  There will be staff available to supervise you doing online learning.

We appreciate your support and understanding at this time.

Tomorrow afternoon, we will update you about what Thursday will look like.

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Learning from home - Y11-13 - Monday 27th June

Kia ora whanau,

We are experiencing high levels of staff sickness and absence in the school. Unfortunately, we are struggling to cover all our senior classes.

We are using as many relievers as possible.

We are kindly asking any Year 11 to 13 students, who are not going on OED camp or the Classics trips, or who arent involved in the Matariki Show, to learn from home tomorrow (Monday).

Please spread the word.

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Important Notice:

Half-day of school on Thursday 23rd June.

We are hosting a Matariki Ceremony & Breakfast on this day from 6.00am till 8.30am.

All whānau and students are warmly welcome & we hope to see as many of you there as possible for this special occasion.

Please read this notice for all details, including the bus schedule & plans for the day!

Our new school hoodies are selling really well and The Warehouse Thames have ordered more for the shelves as some sizes have sold out already! These will be around 2 weeks away and have been prioritised!

They have also reduced the prices of the polar fleece and anorak jacket - until stock is sold out.

School Anorak Jacket - was over $80 NOW $39.98  - Only Lrge to 4XL and 4Yr old sizes available.

School Polar Fleece - was over $50 NOW $34.98 - most sizes still available.

Our new school hoodies are now in stock at The Warehouse in Thames!

$52.00 for Size 4 to 14 and $57.00 for Size S to 5XL

Hui to plan Matariki kai.

Thursday 19th May 5.00pm - Staff Room

We are planning to celebrate Matariki this year with a morning Matariki celebration on 17th June 2022 starting at 6am with karakia. A shared breakfast is being planned to follow the early morning commemoration. We are holding a hui next Thursday evening, for staff, parents, whānau and community members to come together to plan for the breakfast: what we will eat, plans for the preparation, cooking and serving of the food etc.

We would warmly welcome everyone who would like to assist or has ideas and experience about running a catering event like this to come along with your ideas so we can together create a plan for the morning.

Nau mai haere mai

The Staff of Coromandel Area School

Thank you to everyone who responded to our Whānau Feedback Survey at the end of Term One.   We will now use this, along with student/staff voice and other evidence (engagement, pastoral & achievement data) to support our planning for Term Two.  

We had 32 responses and the main points are summarised below.

75% students enjoy coming to school

16% sometimes enjoy coming to school

9% do not enjoy coming to school

75% students feel safe coming to school

22% sometimes feel safe coming to school

3% do not feel safe coming to school

72% whānau have great relationships with teachers (Rated 4 or 5)

28% whānau have good or poor relationships (Rates 3 and below)

78% are very happy with school rules & expectations (Rated 4 or 5)

22% think rules & expectations are good or poor (Rated 3 & below)

84% think communication is extremely good (Rated 4 or 5)

16% think communication is good or poor (Rated 3 & below)

63% think school culture is great- tone/vibe/feel (Rated 4 or 5)

37% think school culture is good or poor (Rated 3 or below)

Working well:

- Safe and happy environment: we have a ‘whānau feel’ where students and families feel supported

- Expectations are generally clear and communicated home.

- Students are excited about learning: plenty of opportunities & events, great use of environment, good variety of subjects & ways to teach subject content (integration).

- Excellent communication: clear, consistent & great use of a variety of platforms

- COVID response was clear, consistent and appreciated.

Work ons:

- Raise behaviour and learning expectations across all areas of the school: consistency from junior to senior school

- Increase level of engagement in school and learning: no opting out, lunch activities, clear sign-up opportunities, academic support, guest speakers

- Improve wellbeing support: bullying issues, more inclusivity, how to get help, social/emotional support.

- Communicate more about progress in learning and achievement & how whānau can support learning at home.

If any parts of this don't ring true to you, please make sure you engage with our next whānau survey at the end of Term Two.   You can always send your comments/feedback at anytime through our Feedback Form on our school website.

Important Notice from the Ministry of Education - CAS Enrolment Scheme Consultation

The Ministry of Education has identified that Coromandel Area School is likely to be overcrowded and has given the school board notice of this.  After consultation with the board, we have developed a proposed enrolment scheme for Coromandel Area School under section 72 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

As part of this process, we are consulting with the school’s community and with people living in the area for which the school is a reasonably convenient school.  The enrolment scheme could affect which school a student will be entitled to enrol in, or school

transport entitlements.

We will be holding a consultation meeting at Coromandel Area School on Thursday 12 th May at 5:00pm, in the School Staffroom, to provide further information and gather feedback from the school community.

If you have any comments about the proposed enrolment scheme for Coromandel Area School that you would like to be included in the final report about this proposal, please forward

them to by the 27 th of May 2022.

A copy of the proposed scheme can be viewed at 

 We want your feedback on how you think CAS has performed so far this year!

Here is a quick survey that we would love as many whānau members to complete.  Our students will do their own version.

Carwash fundraiser this Saturday!

29th March 

Kia Ora parents/caregivers,

I have had to make the decision to ask our Year 11 to Year 13 students to stay at home for the remainder of the week, and engage with online learning through Google Classrooms.

We have had more staff come down sick and we just don't have the reliever pool to cover these classes. 

If, for whatever reason, you do not want your child staying home, we will allow them to sit in our Library and engage in online learning from there.

Y11-Y13 students involved in the following can still take part:

- Softball tournament in Waihi tomorrow (Wednesday)

- WINTEC on Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

- Level 1 Kayaking OED trip - Friday

We really do appreciate your support with this and we do understand it is not ideal.  We have done well not to roster home until this point and we wouldn't be doing so without a real need.

A reminder that we are also asking Rm 18 and Rm 19 students to remain home tomorrow if they can.  If not, they can attend school but will be put in a junior class. 

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren 

Tuesday 29th March

Kia Ora parents/caregivers,

Thanks for your support through these times.  Tomorrow we are still without a teacher for Rm 18 and Rm 19.  If your child is in one of these classes, and you are able to keep them home to engage with online learning, we would really appreciate it. 

But.... can we ask that if you allow this, please don't send your child on the bus to hang around in town (especially in uniform).  If they are to stay home, it is safer for them, and us, if they are at home and not wandering.  This impacts other students who see this, and we field phone calls about students truanting.

We understand that you may not be home to supervise, so in that case, please send your child to school.  We will accomodate them and they will be placed in classes throughout the school.

This message is for tomorrow (Wednesday).  

All other year levels are still able to attend as per normal.

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Kia Ora whānau,

We have had another positive case confirmed in our student body. An email has been sent to the parents/caregivers of the students in the specific year level concerned.  Thanks once again for all your support with keeping an eye out for symptoms and keeping your child(ren) home if they are sick. 

We are starting to see an increase in cases amongst our staff and students, so it is really important to still do this.  

It is also super important for our students to still wear masks indoors, to help keep themselves and those around them safe.

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Term One Policy Reviews

We invite you to visit our School Docs site at if you wish to read &/or provide feedback on the following policies up for review this Term.

Our username is coroarea and password is 3506.

Health & Safety Management:

Topic: Visitors

Emergency, Disaster & Crisis Management

Topic: School Closure

Topic: Earthquakes

Topic: COVID-19 Information and Procedures

Topic: COVID-19 Red

Topic: COVID-19 Orange (optional)

Topic: COVID-19 Green (optional)

Topic: Contact in an Emergency (optional)

Kia Ora Parents/Caregivers,

Tonight I was advised that we have had our first confirmed COVID-19 case reported.  This was to be expected, with the increase in positive cases throughout our community. The confirmed case is a student in the senior end of our school and we will email parents/caregivers of all students in the specific year group affected.

All students can still come to school, as long as they are not symptomatic. For futher information click on the link.

Be safe and be kind whanau.

Nga mihi nui

Koren Hopoi


Kia Ora whānau

After a big year of consultation in 2021, we are proud to bring you our 2022 CAS Strategic Plan.  We hope that you can see community voice coming through loud and clear.  For a full version, with our 2022 Actions, go to our school website.

Nga mihi nui

Koren Hopoi

Week 4 Notices

There is a lot of information in this weeks notices. 

Please take the time to read through all attachments, as we are preparing for if students need to self-isolate. Having this information at hand will help the school and our whānau to get through this period with as minimal disruption to learning as possible.

17th February 2022

Kia Ora whanau,

As COVID-19 case numbers rise across NZ, and many schools are seeing positive cases, I would like to reassure you all that we have a robust system set up should this occur in our kura. 

This includes identifying close contacts of a positive case, and notifiying those people within hours of us finding out.  The only communications/messages you should be reading and listening too are those directly from our school administration team.  No other staff member will be making notifications home regarding this.

If we need to let students, staff or community members know that they are a close contact, we will email official letters out and/or make phone calls.

We understand there are community members being asked to self-isolate due to being close contacts.  Unless your child(ren) have been identified as being a close contact, they are able to come to school as usual. 

Our aim is to support the continuation of learning within our school

as much as possible.  We have a hybrid model of learning ready to go, which means students can access learning from home, as well as face-2-face at school.   We will engage with those students who have been asked to self-isolate, so their learning can continue.

We thank you all for your understanding and support.

If you have concerns about anything please contact the School Office and you will be directed to the appropriate person.

Nga mihi

Whaea Koren

9th February 2022,


Kia Ora Parents/Caregivers,


We are saddened to inform you that there has been a serious harm incident involving two students outside our school gate just after 3.00pm today.  


One student was airlifted to hospital and police are currently investigating this incident. 


We are not able to make any further comments at this stage. We will provide further information if, and when, we are able too.


Supporting students through this will be our priority.  Classes will run as usual tomorrow but plans are in place to support our staff and students through this.


Take care and be kind.


Nga mihi nui,


Abby Morgan

Presiding Member/Chair

Coromandel Area School

Healthy School Lunches - Term One

We are really happy to show you what your child(ren) can expect for their lunches this Term.  We can't tell you which day each meal will be on as it depends on supply.  Some modifications will happen for the little students if needed. 

If you think your child will need extra food, please send it with them to school.

We would like to thank Jaks Cafe for this epic menu. All meals must be signed off by the Ministry of Education, and you can see the thought that goes into each.


Couscous & Chicken Salad

- Shredded Roast Chicken, couscous, mesculan mix, shredded carrot, capsicum, red onion, low fat dressing.


- Bliss ball made with dates & Cranberry, rice crackers & cheese

Ham Filled Roll

- Oatilicious Roll, shaved ham, low fat cheese, homemade slaw (carrot, cabbage, onion)


- Celery & Carrot sticks, homemade mini muffin

Chicken Wrap

- wholemeal wrap, shredded roast chicken, low fat cheese, lettuce, shredded carrot, low fat dressing


- fruit cup with mixed fruits, chewy apricot bar

Vege Pasta Salad

- Penne pasta, red onion, capsicum, roast kumara, roast pumpkin, grated carrot, tofu, low fat dressing


- Pretzels & yoghurt with fruit

Vege Taco Bowl

- Chilli beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato, shredded lettuce, low fat cheese, reduced fat sour cream, corn chips


- Celery & carrot sticks, mini cheese scone

Ham Savoury Sammie

- wbholegrain bread, shaved ham, low fat cheese, lettuce, shredded carrot, low fat dressing


- Protein calls with cranberry and raisins, popcorn

Teriyaki Chicken on Rice

- Brown Rice, teriyaki chicken, corn, capsicum, low fat dressing, seaweed


- Orange Wedges & pretzels

Beef Stir Fry

- Lean beef, beans, brocoli, cauliflower, shredded cabbage, carrots, hoison sauce, crispy noodles


- Crackers & Cheese & mini mMuffin

Rice & Vege Salad with Chicken

- wholegrain rice, shredded chicken, peas, corn, diced carrot, low fat dressing


- Chewy bar, mixed fruit

Salad Sammie

- Egg, low fat cheese, shredded carrot, lettuce & cabbage, low fat dressing


- Popcorn, fruit & yoghurt

First Day Information

Friday 4th February

We can’t wait to see you all!

Notices about tomorrow:

Prizegiving tomorrow is a no-spectator event.  We will record and upload each segment to both Facebook and our website and let you know when they are up.  We hope to have it all uploaded by tomorrow afternoon.   No letters are going home to tell students about whether they are getting an award this year.  Hopefully all students are coming anyway for their last day of school for the year!

All Year 11 to 13 students are invited and need to be at school by 9.15am.  Full school uniform please.

Reports are going home with students tomorrow and for Y1-8 they will also get a letter letting whanau know what class their child(ren) will be in next year.

There will be no Breakfast Club tomorrow.

Buses will run as per usual at 3.00pm.

Teacher Only Day on Friday. 

Happy Holidays!

Two messages for whanau this morning:

Teacher Only Day - there was supposed to be a TOD next week on our original calendar.  This has been cancelled and the only TOD this term will be the one advertised yesterday on Friday 17th December.

Phone lines - For two weeks we have had issues with our phone lines at school.  The fault is being worked on currently and affects more than just our kura.  Please email for urgent contact, PM our Facebook page, or go through our Contact Us page on our webpage.

Have an epic day!

End of Year Information

The last day for our students this year will now be Thursday 16th December.

On this day we will have our end-of-year prizegiving in the hall during the morning block.  This will be a no spectator event, but we will live stream proceedings.

Students will then have the afternoon to spend with teachers to pack up rooms and have xmas parties & do farewells with teachers and friends.

Lunch will be provided on this day and school will finish at 3.00pm, with the buses running as normal.

There will now be a Teacher Only Day on Friday 17th December, so that staff can attend a workshop run by Mereana Maika on Local Histories & Stories, to support our planning of the NZ Histories Curriculum.

We have purposefully put this late in the term to allow for as much notice as possible to whanau.  This is a Teacher Only Day that we have had to postpone once this Term already.

We thank you for your support and understanding.  

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

We are super excited to announce that we have employed a new Technology teacher for 2022.  Ms Aroha Bell (pictured here with her beautiful daughter Kahlo) is currently teaching at Forrest View High School in Tokoroa.  She has previously done most of her teaching in a kura kaupapa on the East Coast.  Aroha is originally from Whangamata and is moving to be closer to her whanau.  We are excited to have her join us and next year she will be focussing on Food & Hospitality teaching. 

Heads up whanau:

End of year Prizegiving

At this stage, our end of year full school prizegiving will be held during a school day with just teachers and students and no spectators.  Unfortunately, we must do all events within Level 2 restrictions. We are hoping to livestream this and will provide all details once we have plans in place.

Junior Camp

At the end of this year we were hoping to hold our Junior Camp at Tucks Bay, as it was postponed from the start of the year.  Unfortunately, due to Level 2 restrictions, we can’t have an overnight camp but we are working really hard to plan a day trip to Tucks Bay.  All details will come out shortly.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Kia Ora whanau and community,

Recently you may have seen some students riding small motorised bikes around town.  These were made through their WINTEC Mechanical Engineering course over this year.  The bikes are well made and the students should be congratulated for their efforts.

However, in the eyes of the law these bikes are classed as mopeds, which require a rego and a license to drive them.  They are not allowed to be driven through town, on the sidewalks, or anywhere in the public domain, including driving them to and from school.

This morning I cleared up the legal requirements with our local police and have given these messages directly to the students concerned.

We absolutely endorse the great effort and dedication by our young people to complete a year long course and come away with real-world skills and a completed product. 

We don't endorse the breaking of the law. 

If any whanau or member of the public has any concerns regarding this, please see the local police. 

Nga mihi nui

Koren Hopoi

3rd November 2021 - Invitation from the Board of Trustees

Tēnā koutou katoa,

 The Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership team are working on our Strategic Goals and how we can build the positive culture in our kura. 

 We would really love to have your input into this and invite you to complete this brief survey.

There will be the opportunity for group meetings with the Board of Trustees on Tuesday 9th November at 1:30p.m. or 5:30 p.m. at the Coromandel Rugby Club.

 The meetings will be facilitated by Jan Autumn and Jean Ashby and we hope as many of our school community as possible will attend to let us know your thoughts and aspirations for our kura. 


Light refreshments provided.

Food & Nutrition Message

More and more students are bringing energy drinks, fizzy drinks and food that doesn't have a lot of nutritional value.  We are noticing the negative effects this is having on students energy levels, engagement in learning and physical health. 

Energy drinks and fizzy drinks are not allowed at school.  

Our breakfast club is still open every morning and we have school lunches available every day.  We have water fountains that are designed for easy bottle refills.  We would love whanau to support this message and have conversations with their child(ren) about this issue. 

Food and Nutrition Policy

At Coromandel Area School, we promote a healthy lifestyle to our community – students, staff, and families – as part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive school environment and to the National Administration Guidelines.

Educating students about nutrition and encouraging healthy active learning contributes to their personal success and wellbeing, and to a healthier community for everyone.

Our school follows food safety guidelines.

Promoting a healthy food and drink environment

A healthy food and drink environment helps support a young person's wellbeing (hauora), including their immediate physical and mental growth and development. It also helps establish positive behaviours for the future.

At Coromandel Area School, we:

- ensure that any food or drink provided by/through school (e.g. in class or sold at school) aligns with any national food and nutrition guidelines, such as the Ministry of Health's Healthy Food and Drink Guidance – Schools Website link icon

- incorporate nutrition education across the curriculum, including the health programme

- encourage staff members to model healthy food and drink choices

- communicate our nutrition messages to the wider school community clearly and consistently in various ways

- acknowledge the diversity of our community and consider those with special dietary needs (including allergies and intolerances)

- with our nutrition messages and food provided or sold at school

consider our nutrition messages when deciding on class rewards and celebrations, student prizes, special events, fundraising activities, and school camp menus

- actively promote physical activity as the partner of good nutrition

- encourage students taking part in physical activity (e.g. school sports teams, athletics groups) to drink water for hydration and to refuel with healthy snacks.

To help when asked for evidence of vaccination status:

For accessing your vaccination record

The My Covid Record website has launched, and anyone aged 16 and over can now access a record of their COVID-19 vaccinations.

The records include details of the vaccinations you’ve had including date, time, location and batch number. You will initially need to register and create and account.

You can also request proof of your vaccination here.

Access My Covid Record.

Don't forget: 

Y11 to Y13 Parent/Teacher Evening 

This Wednesday!

3.30pm to 6.30pm

School Library

To discuss current progress towards NCEA and set a learning plan for each subject for the remainder of Term 4.

Light refreshments & drink available.

29th August 2021

Morena whanau and students,

I hope that you are all well and staying positive.  Make sure you reach out to those around you if you are not. 

Over the next couple of days, our staff should be connecting with you to check-in and see how you are going.  They will also be asking if you have a device suitable for distance learning and access to the internet.  We are preparing for what might need to be put in place in the near future.

We have good systems set up already for a distance learning scenario and further information will come out about this towards the end of the week.  If students are chomping at the bit for access to learning tasks and activities, let your homeroom/subject teacher know.  Otherwise, sit tight and enjoy doing some real-life learning with your whanau :)

Remember the golden rule to stay home in your bubble, and wear a mask if you do go out to visit essential services.  Get tested if you feel unwell and be kind to one another. 

We miss you all!  Stay in contact!  If there is anyway we can help you please don't hesitate to call.

Whaea Koren


18th August 2021

Morena whanau,

Our focus for the remainder of this week!

The number one priority for our staff is to look after the health and wellbeing of themselves and that of their own whanau. 

The second priority for our staff will be to make contact over the course of this week with families of children in their mentor/homeroom classes.  This check-in will be about seeing how you are all coping and if there is anything we can help with, not about setting learning goals (unless that is what you ask for). 

Once we get through the week we will have a clearer picture of the state of the land and our staff will likely re-focus our efforts moving forward. 

For right now, its about keeping safe, keeping calm, keeping positive, and STAYING CONNECTED. 

We are all in this together whanau and we are here to support if we can. 

Whaea Koren


Kia Ora whanau,

Here is another way to stay connected with our kura and your child(s) progress.  

Please read this letter to learn how to sign into the Edge Caregiver Portal and Edge App.

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Week 1 Term 3 Notices

Plus: Level 3 returning Wintec students need to register interest to Whaea Yvette by the 4th of August.

Kia Ora e te whanau,


Our Matariki Hangi is fast approaching - Thursday 8th July!

We are asking for donations of kai to help with this event. This is not compulsory, but if you are able to support then check out this link for what kai is needed from each class or mentor. Donations are required by next Thursday (1st July).


Nga mihi nui

Whaea Koren

Welcome to Weekly Notices

Term 2 - Week 8

Welcome to Weekly Notices

Term 2 - Week 4 

Kia Ora whanau,

Click here for a special newsletter about our expectations here at CAS.  We hope everyone can read this and support what we are trying to achieve here.  We welcome feedback.

Nga mihi

Whaea Koren

Kia Ora whanau,

Healthy School Lunches will be starting tomorrow (3rd May).  Students in Y1-6 will receive their lunch in time for the first morning tea break, so they can still access fruit, and then save the remainder for lunchtime if they wish.  Students in Y7-13 will get their lunch delivered at the afternoon lunch break.  To give an example of what it will look like, students tomorrow will be getting a ham & vege sandwich, with carrot sticks & hummus and a fruit pottle.  Each day, there will be something similar.  If you think your child will require more food, then please still send it in their lunchboxs.

We will fine tune the roll-out of this initiative over the next few weeks. 

Nga mihi

Whaea Koren

Have your say about teaching and learning at CAS!

 As part of our strategic plan, we are committed to becoming more culturally responsive and relational in our words, actions, and environment at Coromandel Area School. We are always interested to understand more about whānau views and experiences of student learning in their classroom and school as well as whānau perceptions of their experiences when in contact with our kura.  We first conducted this survey in 2019 and we are once again using it is an opportunity to collect whānau views.  The data collected will be used to help us improve teaching and learning experiences for all students, and whānau experiences when dealing with our kura. Along with this survey we will be using evidence from student voice, teacher voice and classroom walkthrough observations.  The survey only takes a minute!           
 If you would like to have your say, please click on this link:

Te Ao Maori at Coromandel Area School Whanau Hui

It was wonderful to see so many families represented when we met in the library on 25th February. There was a desire to continue meeting to maintain momentum. Our next hui is scheduled for 18th March, 5.30pm in the school library. All school and community members are most welcome to come along and be part of our discussion and planning for the future.The main ideas put forward at our last hui were:
  • A desire for staff to receive professional development about the Treaty of Waitangi. (ToW PD is being arranged for the whole staff with an outside provider).
  • Kapa haka being available for all children at our school. Ideally a tutor could be employed to teach this to classes. (Kapa Haka is currently part of our EPIC Culture programme every 3 weeks for Y7-13 as an option. The junior school are discussing plans to make kapa haka available once a week).
  • Reporting to parents about their child’s progress and learning takes place as a face to face conversation rather than a written report.(Reporting is currently in transition. Students are developing digital portfolios of work that they will share with their parents as examples of the work they are developing and producing).
  • Communicating our school values more regularly. (We will start promoting these more through our media channels).
  • Parents want to feel proud of their children both at school and when away on trips.
  • Opportunities for parents to learn so they can keep up with their children. Wananga etc.

Design Challenge - open to any CAS student.

We need symbols designed for our whanau groups and school values to use with the branding of future school products: flags, banners, marquees, letters etc.  Prizes are up for grabs and the winning entries will be sent to our marketing team.  What an epic chance for students to leave their mark on CAS!

Entries due by Friday 26th March.

See the flyer for further details

Senior Athletic Sports 2021

We have Senior Athletics on today.  Good luck to all athletes.  It is just our school competing in this event.  If whanau do come to watch, please remember we are in Alert Level 2 - sign in and out at office, AND scan in, please stay 2m from other spectators & students (other than your own family) and use correct hygiene practices.  We appreciate everyone for following these rules. 

We are very excited to announce our Student Leaders for 2021. 

Head Student - Jaya Houkama

Head Student - Luke McCauley

Wellbeing Leader - Lily-May Taoete

Environmental Leader - Elleson Hamon

Sport Leader - Ihaka Harper-Dent

Kaiārahi - Te Ohaki Angus

Board of Trustees Student Representative - Briea Van Kempen

A big congratulations to all who applied and to Whaea Laraine for leading this kaupapa.

Swimming Sports 2021

We invite and welcome the community to attend the combined Y3 - Y13 CAS and Northern Peninsula Primary Cluster Swimming Sports 2021! This Friday 26th Feb 9.40am - 2.15pm at the Coromandel Community Pool. Come and cheer on our Tamariki and celebrate their achievements in the pool. Look forward to seeing you there!

Loose Parts Needed

Hi all! We are after loose parts for our play based learning classes, please if you have any of the following drop them into the office or come in and see Jamie in Room 1. Much appreciated, thank-you:

bottle caps.


cardboard tubes.

empty containers and bottles- clean.

baby food jars- clean.


packaging products like bubble wrap, wrapping paper and cardboard.

Te Ao Maori Meeting. Thursday 25 February, 5.30pm, School Library:

We have been fortunate as a school community to make appointments that strengthen our capacity to deliver quality programmes that meet the needs of our individual students and our community. With a view to planning for this coming year and beyond, we would like to know what aspects of our Te Ao Maori programmes you would like to see us develop, grow and/or initiate. This coming Thursday 25 February at 5.30pm in the school library, there will be a meeting to very briefly outline what is happening here in the school at present and to then listen to your ideas and aspirations for the future of Te Ao Maori programmes in our school. Your ideas, priorities, and vision for the future will help us target our planning to those areas you see as priorities or current weaknesses in our existing Te Ao Maori programmes.

Nau mai, haere mai. We will begin at 5.30pm with karakia and mihimihi. Staff delivering Te Ao Maori programmes will give a short 3 minute outline of their programmes, after which the floor will be turned over to parents and community members to talk about and discuss the areas they would like to see us grow and further develop.

Members of the School Management team including Koren Hopoi our Principal will be present along with staff who are currently delivering Te Ao Maori programmes.

The meeting is open to all members of our school and wider community in the hope of hearing from as many people as possible: your dreams, aspirations and goals for our children.

25th November 2020

Kia Ora whanau,

I would like to put out a message to our families and community about the expectations we have of our students when at school, and when taking part in school camps and trips. 

To ensure that the health and safety of all students and staff involved in any EOTC or extra-curricular experience is the number one priority, we must ensure that our students understand and consistently meet our EPIC expectations.

When these are not consistently met, it can mean that these opportunities are not provided.

I hope that this line in the sand regarding consistently meeting our expectations is supported by our whanau and community.  Your support will help us to continue to set high standards and ensure that these amazing opportunities and experiences will be a regular fixture in the future.

Nga mihi

Whaea Koren

Reminder: Next Monday!!!

Year 10 NCEA & 2021 Course Information Evening

All current Year 10 students and their families, and all prospective/new students who will be in Year 11-13 in 2021, are invited to come and hear all about NCEA and the new changes, and chat to senior teachers about the courses they are offering for 2021.  Any current Y12-13 students and families are also welcome to come if they would like to understand more about NCEA or speak to staff about 2021 courses at L2 and L3.

When: Monday 23rd November

Time: 5.00pm till 6.30pm

Where: CAS School Library

Light snacks, tea and coffee will be provided

Teacher Only Day - Wednesday 25th November

We are having one final Teacher Only Day on Wednesday 25th November.  On this day there is a Nationwide Secondary Teacher Only Day to prepare staff for changes  to NCEA.  We have decided to close the Primary School also in order to allow our junior teachers to plan and prepare for 2021.

So school will not be open for students on Wed 25th November.

We thank you for your support with this. 

Nga mihi nui, Whaea Koren

End of year study leave for Year 11 to Year 13 students - starts Monday 16th November

Year 11 to 13 students are now on Study Leave as NCEA exams start on Monday and run for the next three weeks. 

There was a letter given to all Y11-13 students on Friday explaining how this will work.

A new senior timetable is running with workshops for all courses.  Students need to pick which days would work best for them to come in to do any catch ups or receive support with exam preparation.  The subjects that your child should be returning for are written at the bottom of their letter.  Some students do not need to return.   

Here is a copy of the letter

Here is the new senior timetable running from Monday 16th November until Friday 4th December

New senior playground announcement!!!

We are excited to let our community know that over the past two terms our Board of Trustees have been working on signing off on a new senior playground.  The senior students have led the decision process through their voting (they got to vote twice). 

The final decision is that we are going to have a Nature Agility Trail that will look similar to the photos & a 100m pump track that will also accommodate 'small wheels'.  We hope to have the pump track started in the near future, but the nature trails playground will be completed by June 2021.  See pics below.

Supporting our amazing Youth Group

The amazing team who run the Coromandel Youth Group are busy redecorating and building up their resources.  Our amazing community have already supplied the following, and we want to say thank you!

Coromandel ITM - $2000 worth of paint

4 Square - 6 new scooters

Richardson’s Realestate - 6 bike helmets

Tara from bead shop - 4 skate boards

Smith whānau - 2 rugby balls

Plus, the Coromandel Lions have offered to build a new basketball hoop and pad.

If there are any other offers of support out there, please contact either our school or the team at Youth Group.  Let's get behind a great cause - that many of us have utilised over the years!

Healthy School Lunches Programme 2021

We are really excited to let you know that our school will be joining the free lunch programme from April 2021, currently being introduced by the Government in schools across NZ.  This will run throughout 2021, and then the programme will be evaluated nationally.

Lunches will be healthy and nutricious and will cater for the diet, health and cultural needs of all of our students. This will be available for any student from Years 1 to 13. However, lunches are not compulsory and you can continue to provide your child's own lunch if you wish. 

Over the next few months we will be working with the Ministry of Education and local suppliers on the best way to meet our school's need and we will keep you updated with our progress. 

Nga mihi

Whaea Koren

2021 Te Ao Māori Class for Year 7 - Year 9 

All current Year 6 to Year 8 students are being asked for expressions of interest to be a part of a Te Ao Māori class in 2021.  This is not a bi-lingual class and tuition will take place mainly in English.  However, Te Reo Māori will be taught and used throughout many of the homeroom programmes, with the intention of growing this capacity as the year develops.   Students will learn through Māori contexts and gently develop understandings of Māori values, tikanga and kawa, growing capacity in reo and waiata, and examining issues through a Māori lens.

Please read this letter that was distributed last week, for futher information.  

An information evening is happening this Wednesday. 

Have your say on school uniform: CAS Uniform Consultation 2020

Click on the link below to fill in a quick survey.

Teacher Only Days

We are holding two teacher only days on Thursday18th and Friday 19th September. So students won't be at school on these days. Due to lockdown this year we have missed important days in which teachers can collaborate and plan for 2021.

We thank you for your understanding and support of our staff with their professional development.

Staffing Announcement

Kia Ora whānauI would like to announce the resignation of Ms Victoria Field, one of our Assistant Principal's, with responsibilities for the Y11 to Y13 students.Victoria Field will be on leave for the remainder of this year.We would like to thank Victoria for her six years of outstanding service to our kura, and we wish her every success for the future.We will in time be advertising for a replacement, but in the interim, myself and other senior staff will be picking up pastoral and curriculum responsibilities for all Y11 to Y13 students.Nga mihiKoren Hopoi

A number of NZ's top providers have come together to give you the expo experience, virtually! 

Attendees will have full access to the Virtual Expo Hall, where you can interact with over 30 exhibitors from across NZ, ask questions, and access useful resources that will help you choose the right path. You can even chat with staff and current students to find out more about each institution.

This event will be held on both 18th and 19th June.

Check out the programme here and register for the event.

Affordable Internet Option to stay connected

A timely reminder to our whānau and community about a way to stay 'connected', through an internet option set up by community, for community. 

Skinny JUMP is a really good option for those that do not currently have an internet connection. You can access it through CILT. The initial signup cost is $5 for 30GB, with further 30GB top ups costing $5. The modems are wireless so do not require a fixed line or long term commitment.  Go and see the team at CILT if you are interested!

Exciting news!

Last week we appointed a new staff member who will be the new teacher of Room 4 from the start of Term 2.

We are proud to announce that Miss Claire Johnson, currently teaching at Waitakaruru School, will be joining our team.

Claire's passion is in performing arts and drama, and we are super excited that she is keen to bring these skills to our kura. We will officially welcome Claire at the start of Term 2.

Due to the restrictions being placed on sports & events of late, the following has occured:

1. Mercury Bay Netball Centre has postponed everything until May 2nd at this stage - under the advice of Netball NZ.No musters or trials will take place until they are given further notice from Netball NZ.  With this in mind, we will wait to hold trials & trainings for our teams until we know more information about the season. 
2. Central North Island Sports Clinic has been cancelled - under advice from NZ Secondary Schools Sport
3. All rugby through school and the Coromandel Rugby club has been put on hold. So no trainings or games - under advice of NZ Rugby.
4. Thames Valley Primary Schools Swimming Sports - 25th March - CANCELLED

Coronavirus Update (9th March):

In order to support schools to send helpful and accurate information about Coronavirus, the Ministry of Education has sent through the facts below. The message is still to not panic, but instead to continue to practice safe hygiene practices. 
The facts as they are known right now:- 80% of confirmed cases of all ages have mild to moderate symptoms- 6.1% of all cases are treated as critical – most of these people have other health conditions- If a child or young person does get confirmed with the case, 97.5% will get mild to moderate symptoms only (0.2% critical)- Recovery time (median) from onset to recovery in mild cases is 2 weeks. For severe and critical cases it is 3-6 weeks- COVID-19 isn’t easily transmitted – it is largely occurring in families (75% - 85% of clusters occur within families), not in the community- Early studies suggest that less than 10% of family members of confirmed cases, have been infected with COVID-19- The people most affected are those over 60 years of age, and those with underlying conditions - As with other illnesses such as flu, the highest mortality rate is in those over the age of 80- At this time the vast majority of people in New Zealand have no risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.- Children and young people under 18 account for only 2.4% of all reported cases of COVID-19 – this means we are unlikely to see widespread cases in schools and early learning services- NZ currently has very few cases of COVID-19 and no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission in our communities- Although asymptomatic infection (people with no symptoms) has been reported, there is emerging evidence that this is rare and not a major driver in spreading the infection- Spread happens through coughing and sneezing by someone confirmed with COVID-19 - COVID-19 does not transmit as efficiently as influenza  The Prime Minister has announced the first case of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health has noted that although we have our first case, the chances of community outbreak remain low. This case was identified because the person affected, and their family did the right thing and got in touch with health authorities.   Coromandel Area School would like to reinforce the messages from the Ministry of Health around hygiene practices and travel. Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence:o wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toileto cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbowo put used tissues in the bin. o students & staff should stay home if unwell & seek medical advice if unsure Travellers or anyone who has been in close contact with travellers: Anyone who has travelled from or transited through the countries listed below, or anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has, and who has similar symptoms, should be tested. Symptoms: fever, cough &/or shortness of breath.
Mainland China, Iran, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Thailand If you are at all unsure, seek advice through the Healthline or your local GP, or go to the Ministry of Health website for further information.


Wheels at CAS

Due to the increase of students riding their scooters, skateboards & skates at break times, we have decided to put some tighter control around this activity.From tomorrow there will be cones placed out at the area that students are allowed to wheel around in. This will form more of a directional track that must be followed. A duty teacher will be present to watch the students. A space for 'doing tricks' on these wheels will be set aside, so that the track is just for straight wheeling.We appreciate that some minor cuts and grazes have occurred, but we are also loving the engagement of our students with this activity, and the 'risky play' that is happening.We hope that all whānau will continue to encourage their children to wear helmets when riding too and from school as this is a school rule & the wearing of helmets is compulsory when using 'wheels' within the playground.We would also like whānau to consider other appropriate safety items, such as wrist guards, as research shows that wrist fractures are the most common injury, caused by falling from these items of equipment."The more risks you allow children to take, the better they learn to take care of themselves" Roald Dahl

School Donations Scheme

Here is everything you need to know about the new School Donations Scheme that our Board of Trustees have opted into for 2020.

School Donations Scheme Notice.pdf
What families need to know about the School Donations Scheme.pdf

Crazy Day 2020

This year the Student Council group at school are holding Crazy Day on Tuesday the 29th of October! Once again each whanau will be split into two even groups.  "Students must come dressed in theme! This is not a mufti day (points will be awarded to the best dressed TEAM). It is Halloween themed! There are whanau points to be won from this event, so make sure to bring your 'A' game. More information about the games, schedule, and teams will be given on the day. This is a whole school event, and it is important to involve everyone in all the games. There is no cost."

Reminder: Year 1 to 8 - Teacher Only Day - This Friday

All students in Year 1 to 8 will not be required to attend school this Friday.  This is to support the Tuia 250 commemorations at Wharekaho.

School is open for all Y9-13 students. Year 9 - 10 students will be taking part in a yachting trip as part of the commemorations (please see separate permission slip that went home, and return to school asap). Buses will run as normal.

Senior Course Evening - Wednesday 23rd October - 5.30pm - School Library

Next week there will be a senior course evening held in the Library, for all Y10 to Y12 students and their whānau.  

There will be a short presentation on NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement), to discuss how it works and answers any questions you may have, especially with the prospective changes over the next 2-3 years. Following this, there will be a presentation on courses offered in 2020, the opportunities and experiences that will be open to students, and career pathway information. Our senior teachers will all be present, and there will be an opportunity to meet with individual staff to discuss courses and subjects. We encourage as many people to attend as possible.  

Some new events to lock into your calendar

Senior Course NCEA & Information Evening - For current Y10 to Y12 students and their whānau - Wednesday 23rd October - 5.30pm - Library

 Teacher Only Day (Final one for the year) - Friday 29th November

Urgent Message: Primary Only (Y1-8) Teacher Only Day - Friday 18th October 

We have decided to have a 'Primary Only' Teacher Only Day on Friday 18th October, in order to allow people to attend the Tuia 250 Commemorations at Wharekaho. All Year 1 to 8 students will not attend school on this day, unless they have been chosen to be part of the Kapa Haka group performing at Te Pōwhiri. All Year 9 to 13 students, not in Kapa Haka, will be required to attend school and there will be secondary staff here to teach them.  If the weather permits, the Y9 and Y10 students will be taking part in a trip on this day, to Wharekaho (details to come soon). We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but the significance of these commemorations is huge, and we would like to encourage everyone to get behind them.

Immunisation Certificates

While checking students' vaccination records on KAMAR, we have noticed many students have not produced an Immunisation Certificate to the office on enrolment.  To make it easier for you, you can send our Office Administrator permission, via email, phone or through our website feedback form, to confirm your child(ren)'s immunisation with the Coromandel Family Health Centre (if this is your family doctor).


External Entries and study Support for Seniors

All senior students were given their external exam entry forms in July and are gradually completing them. These forms show which external exams students wish to take at the end of the year. We are required to have this information ready for NZQA by the 1st September and in order to process each entry we need these forms back by the 16th August. Seniors have also been given a calendar of weeks left until the externals start along with their NZQA login and credit score. Students are asked to plan for their deadlines and make space and time for study and completing internal assessments. Staff have also made themselves available during intervals and lunchtimes to support students should they wish to gain extra support or teaching.  Click here for the teacher availability timetable!

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh International Award scheme is now at Coromandel Area School. This is the world’s leading youth achievement award for students aged between 14 to 24.

Participants complete four sections at each level of Bronze, Silver & Gold: Voluntary Service, Skills, Physical Recreation & Adventurous Journey.  

If you want more information, click on this link to the brochure and see Matua Chris Long.  

Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre Opportunity

Another EPIC opportunity for our ākonga!

Four Coromandel students can apply to attend to attend a 5 day Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre course at Turangi, in December. They just need to be between 14 and 18 years. 

The Spirit of Coromandel Trust pay for all the costs, travel, course, spending money to and from, and any gear that students don't have, they can borrow from OPC - so no excuses to not have a go!

This is on offer because the K2 Cycle Race started and finished in Coromandel last year and the Spirit of Coromandel Trust, who run this event, like to give something back to the community that help with the event each year.

Once all the applications are in they will interview each of the applicants.

Support our youth to be courageous and have a go at this EPIC opportunity!

If students would like support with filling in the application and/or interview techniques, they can see their mentor teacher of Mrs Hopoi. Click here for the application form.

Go to for more information on the course.

New Policies and Procedures website for CAS.

We are excited to announce that the our new Policy & Procedures site is now live and available to our school community. SchoolDocs is where whānau can go to see all our policies and procedures that have been tailored to our school. Click here for more information & how to access the site!  

Community Dental Clinic - Term 3 

The Community Dental Clinic is at our school for all of Term 3. Any 0-18 year old in the community is welcome to attend, free of charge. Open 8.30am till 4.00pm - Monday to Friday. Pop in and make an appointment or call 0800 Talk Teeth and you can get put through to the clinic. 

New Polar Fleece Jumpers

Our new school jumpers have landed at The Warehouse in Thames.  There is limited stock, due to the demand for this black material from other schools. However, another batch will soon be delivered. 

New Whānau Tee Shirts

Our new Whānau Tee Shirts will be landing in The Warehouse in Thames on Monday 8th July.   Sizes 4-16 - $24.50    Sizes S-L - $25.50 

We are signing up to a new product called 'Career Central' that delivers career education through an online platform.  This is currently being used by over 100,000 NZ school students, and we will initially be rolling this out next Term to all Year 9 to 13 students.

Career Central makes it possible for students to take ownership of their career plan and for parents & caregivers to be empowered to have career conversations with their child(ren). Students, parents and teachers will have 24/7 access on any device to this service. Our Careers Coordinator will use this platform to manage student pathways.

In signing up to this service, Career Central will be receiving information about our students. This information is what is stored in our current student information system, and will be under the same privacy policy as that system.  If you have any questions, or would like to opt out, then please contact our school's privacy officer by emailing  

For more information click on the picture.  

Duke of Ed Brochure.pdf

The Duke of Edinburgh International Award scheme is coming to Coromandel Area School. 

We are looking for volunteers from our whānau & community to join a small group of teachers who would lead this programme in our kura. 

This is the world’s leading youth achievement award for students aged between 14 to 24.

If you want more information, click on the link to the brochure. 

If you are willing to join this group message our Facebook page, or send an email to 

Lost Property

There are a LOT of items of clothing & shoes sitting in the school library. All items that were named have been given back to the student.

However, we have Nike, Adidas, Hunting & Fishing clothes & shoes, school jackets, and brand new school shirts, all waiting to be claimed. 

If you can describe what you are missing, and tell us the size, then you can claim it. 

Call Yvette Storey on 07 8668893 ext 211, if you have any questions, or pop in next time you are in the school.