Frequently Asked Questions
What is the HPC school uniform?
Junior Girls Uniform (Years 9, 10 and 11)
Senior Girls Uniform (Years 12 and 13)
Junior Boys Uniform (Years 9, 10 and 11)
Senior Boys Uniform (Years 12 and 13)
Physical Education (All boys & girls) ·
What is the uniform for formal occasions?
‘Number ones’ are worn whenever students represent the College, including sports and cultural events and formal occasions such as prizegivings. ‘Number ones’ may be hired through the Hub.
BOYS: Long grey trousers, long sleeved white shirt, college tie, college blazer (not jacket), black standard school shoes
GIRLS: Senior skirt, college girls blouse, college blazer (not jacket), black standard school shoes.
All team uniforms must be approved by the Principal. We endeavour to keep additional costs to a minimum, making maximum use of college standard uniform items.
What are the HPC bell times?
Students are required to be at school by 8:40 am and the final bells rings at 3:20 pm. On a normal school day, lessons and break times are outlined in "Daily Structure Bell Times" document, listed on the right.
My child is absent from school, what do I do?
A young person is required by law to attend school every day on which the school is open until the age of 16 years is reached. A 90% attendance rate is required to achieve the Junior Certificate of Learning, the Junior Diploma of Learning and for Senior Graduation.
Absence for ill health, medical or dental appointments and family bereavements require an explanation from parents / caregivers. We appreciate parents phoning in and leaving a message on any day your child is absent. Parents can also communicate an absence via the school app.
Absence for matters outside the above, especially extended absences require the principal to be informed. Please be aware that in most cases, the Ministry deem absences, such as family holidays, to be unjustified.
Can my child get a pass out of school?
For safety reasons, it is essential that the school knows the whereabouts of pupils at all times during the school day. Pupils who need to leave the school grounds for any reason during the school day need a Street Pass. This is issued by the Duty Dean and requires a written note from home. Street passes are not issued to buy lunch or food downtown.
Students are not permitted to go home or visit the homes of friends during interval or lunchtimes.
Parents calling for students during the school day must arrange to pick them up at the Student Centre.
What if my child is ill during school?
A sickbay facility caters for pupils suffering injury or who are temporarily unwell. Children who are clearly unwell at home should not be sent to school. Staff trained in First Aid are on hand to deal with most minor injuries and illness. In more serious or urgent matters, pupils will be referred to the Health Centre in Ngatea and the College will make every effort to contact parents / caregivers or the emergency contact number. To assist in this, it is essential that an emergency contact phone number is given to the College on enrolment.
Pupils who become unwell during the school day will be directed to the sick bay and in most cases, parents / caregivers or the emergency contact will be contacted for the student to be collected and taken home. Parental consent is required for pain relief medication to be issued.
What are the buses to and from HPC?
To be eligible to travel on school buses, students must live more than 4.8 kilometres from the college and within the school zone. Information leaflets for each bus route are available from the College office and website. Pupils are expected to be at their pick-up point at least 10 minutes prior to the suggested pick-up time.
Notes are required from parents on the preceding day, if for any reason, pupils wish to travel on a different bus. The Bus Controller and Bus Company have ultimate authority on whether a pupil may travel on a different bus and the note requesting permission must be signed by both.
Because the safety of so many people is involved, strict standards of behaviour are enforced on school buses. Students need to be mindful that they may lose the right to travel on a school bus if behaviour is unacceptable. Any queries regarding school transport should be directed to the Bus Controller at the college.
Can my child bring their own car to school?
The safety of students is our first consideration and students are not encouraged to bring vehicles to school. If it is necessary to do so, students need to complete a Vehicle Permit form from the Student Centre requesting permission to do so. Student and parent responsibilities are outlined on this form.
What is the school policy on cell phone use?
Cell phones may also be used for learning purposes only under the direct supervision of a teacher. Please refer to Technology Zones. It is acknowledged that for reasons of safety and / or convenience, parents may wish their child to have a cell phone at school for personal reasons e.g. to phone home when after school sports practice is finished. If it is necessary for a cell phone to be brought to school, it must be turned off at all times and out of sight, unless the student has permission to use it for learning purposes. If a student is found to be using a cell phone during the school day, the cell phone will be removed for safe keeping and returned to the parent or to the student after 7 days.
Parents are welcome to communicate with your child during the school day by phoning the college office. We are happy to pass messages on to students. If the need to use a cell phone arises during school hours, the student must report to the office or student centre to make the call.
The school takes no responsibility for the theft of a cell phone or other personal technology devices at school.
What does it cost to get my child ready for school?
We endeavour to keep additional costs and fees at a level which is mindful of the financial resources of families. To help families, an automatic payment arrangement can be put in place which allows for gradual repayments of costs such as uniform, stationery and subject fees up to the value of $750. Repayments must be set at a rate which will clear accounts by the end of each year. A deposit of 10% is required.
School Activity Donation:
The School Activity donation is $100 per pupil, or $150 for two or more pupils in the family. This covers part of the cost of the school magazine, sporting equipment, fare subsidies, visiting performance groups and other opportunities not covered by to Ministry funding.
Stationery and Textbooks:
The College has a Stationery Shop which provides quality stationery at competitive prices. All pupils new to the College are required to pay a once-only textbook deposit of $20, this is refundable upon leaving school. Pupils must pay for any loan books lost, destroyed or damaged.
Specific Subject Fees:
The school has a responsibility to offer programmes which provide a wide range of experiences and also satisfy national course requirements. We endeavour to do this while keeping subject fees as low as possible. Fees and costs for each subject is provided in the Subject Information Guides.
These are collected on behalf of NZQA (NZ Qualifications Authority) for senior students doing NCEA. They are normally due to be paid by mid-September.
Sports Fees and Costs:
Students participating in co-curricular sporting codes and teams are likely to have fees and costs associated with this. Sports fees are made known through the school newsletter and must be paid at the beginning of the sports season.
Can I place a 2017 stationery order?
Stationery can be prepaid and ordered for 2017 up until Friday 10 February 2017.
To place your order:
1) Download, scan and attach completed stationery list(s)
2) Email the completed list(s) to Kerry Strange: firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Prepay by direct credit to: Hauraki Plains College
02-0380-0011990-00 Ref: student first name / surname
** If you are setting up an AP, you must contact the office either by phone (07 867 7029) or email (email@example.com).