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Home / School Partnerships

Here at Kaurilands School we strongly believe in building partnerships with our whānau. Our open door policy means that whānau are warmly welcomed to share in the learning journey with their tamariki.


Our Seesaw Programme:

Individual Learning Journals/ Portfolios

Seesaw is an amazing way to capture learning that has traditionally eluded the parent eye and is used to show progress that each child is making throughout the year. It allows learners to capture learning in all its forms through video, voice recordings, photos and links.

Each student has their own Seesaw learning journal. They will keep this account for the whole of their time at Kaurilands. Posts in Seesaw will vary depending on student's age and classroom, but the purpose remains the same across the school; to allow students to share and keep a record of their learning.

As a parent or family member you can receive notifications when your child makes a post to their journal, through the Seesaw parent app, free to download on any platform. If you don't have access to your child's portfolio contact your child's teacher. Grandparents, aunts and uncles are also encouraged to join!

Watch this intro video for more information.

Whānau Meetings and Student Led Conferences

At the beginning of each year we meet with all our whānau and children to learn more about them and set goals for the year ahead.

Student led conferences are a time for learners to share their learning progress with the audience that matters most to them, you, their whānau. These conferences are run twice a year. Families book in a time to come to the classroom and sit down with the teacher/s and their tamariki.

If you wish to have a private chat with your child's teacher, you are welcome to book a separate time with them.


Exhibitions of Learning

Whānau will have the opportunity throughout the year to come and see exhibits that students have created to showcase their learning. Whānau are invited to wander through the learning spaces and have a look at the wonderful student creations!

Reporting: Progress and Achievement

There are many different ways that we share information about your child’s learning with you.

Hero allows teachers to share learning anytime, anywhere and this can be viewed on any device. Whānau will be able to log into their child's profile on HERO (our student management system) to access their child's goals, an overview of how your child is progressing and how you can support your child at home. This will be updated for all children mid year and end of year and you will be notified when a new post has been made.

When a child first starts school they receive a School Entry Assessment, the results of which, are shared with whānau in an SEA (School Entry Assessment) meeting.

This year all children will receive a mid year progress report and a summative report at the end of the year.

How to install the Hero App



Arguably the pinnacle of our school calendar, Matariki is an amazing time to take stock as a community and celebrate and reflect on the year that has been. We take a hikoi up our maunga, Titirangi at 6.00am, watch the stars of Matariki rise and sing songs, before returning to school for breakfast and performances from our talented tamariki.

Notification regarding the Matariki date will be sent out via email/notices.

Te Whānau Awhina

Formerly known as the PTA or Parent Teachers Association, Te Whānau Āwhina is our hardworking body of parents and teachers who keep our school shipshape! They organise fundraising and events for our community. If you are keen to get involved email Sarah Van't Hof: [email protected]