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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.

Communication Infographic
A summative communication infographic. These are digital ways that we connect with whānau.


Seesaw is a platform students use to create their own learning journal. Its an amazing way to capture learning that has traditionally eluded the parent eye. It allows learners to capture learning in all its forms through video, voice recordings, photos and links. 

We strongly encourage every parent to sign up to seesaw so that they can receive notifications when their tamariki makes a learning post. 

Click here to find out more about our Seesaw programme.


Class Blogs

These give you a window into class culture. Hosted by Seesaw, but accessed separately, these blogs will help you see the unique learning environment that exists within each class and let you know what exciting things they have been up to!

Have a look at the "Our Classes" menu, to find your child's class. Each class page has a link to their blog. 

Student Led Conferences

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

These amazing showcases run twice a year and give whānau the opportunity to come and see exhibits that students have created to showcase their learning. They run during evenings and often start with a presentation by teachers or students. Whānau are then welcome to wander through the learning spaces and have a look at the wonderful student creations!


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.

The requirement for schools to use and report on National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori has been removed.   During 2018, The Ministry of Education will be working with the sector, parents, families and whānau to design a new approach that acknowledges a child’s progress, as well as their achievement across the curriculum.

With these changes, it is timely that we investigate what reporting should look like at our school so we have a beneficial model for all parties involved.  In term 2, 2018 we will discontinue reporting at anniversaries and against National Standards. All children will receive a progress report mid year and a summative report at the end of the year.  

Parents will be able to log in to their child’s profile on LINC-ED (Our student management system) to access your child’s goals, evidence of learning, 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

We are excited to be able to celebrate your child’s progress and learning with you, using LINC-ED as a platform.

Further information regarding this will be sent out later in Term 2.


Whānau Picnic

At the start of each year we welcome our whānau into school to enjoy a family picnic. This is a great chance for us all to get to know each other and enjoy a summer evening of play, food and chatting. If you haven't been to one before make sure you pencil it in for next year, it's great fun for everyone.


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 or Mount Atkinson, watch the stars of Matariki rise and sing songs, before returning to school for breakfast, performances from our talented tamariki and an opportunity to visit our learning spaces.

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 Awhina 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 Jackie Taylor at jackiet@kaurilands.school.nz.