Te Tiriti o Waitangi in schools What this chapter covers Te Tiriti in schools How te Tiriti applies, and your rights because of te Tiriti Te reo Māori in the classroom What to do if your school doesn’t offer te reo, and…

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Te Tiriti o Waitangi in schools Te Tiriti in schools Te Tiriti o Waitangi (te Tiriti) is an agreement between the British Crown (founder of the New Zealand Government) and rangatira who signed on behalf of their hapū. Everyone who lives in…

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Te Tiriti o Waitangi in schools Te reo Māori in schools Can I speak te reo Māori in the classroom? Yes. Te reo Māori is one of the official languages of New Zealand. It’s protected as a taonga by te Tiriti. The…

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Enrolment, attendance, and the school system Truancy: Wagging school What can happen to me if I wag school? Education and Training Act 2020 ss 36, 80 It depends. Schools deal with this differently based on their school rules. Some may give you…

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Enrolment, attendance, and the school system Different types of schools In New Zealand, there are three main types of schools: State schools – this includes ordinary state schools, kura kaupapa Māori, “designated character” schools and specialist schools Integrated schools – integrated schools…

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Enrolment, attendance, and the school system What this chapter covers Your right to education Enrolment schemes Rules about enrolment schemes and home zones Attendance requirements When you have to be at school Vaccinations School immunisation register Truancy What can happen if you…

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Enrolment, attendance, and the school system Your right to education Who has a right to free state education in New Zealand? Education and Training Act 2020, s 33 If you’re a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident here, you have the…

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Enrolment, attendance, and the school system Enrolment schemes (school zones) What is an “enrolment scheme” and why do some schools have them? Education and Training Act 2020, ss 71 – 75 If a school has an enrolment scheme, it has to accept…

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Enrolment, attendance, and the school system Attendance requirements Between what ages do I have to go to school? Education and Training Act 2020, ss 35 You must be enrolled and attend school from your sixth birthday until you turn 16. Exemptions from…

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Enrolment, attendance, and the school system Vaccinations Do I have to be vaccinated to go to school? Health (Immunisation) Regulations 1995, reg 12 No. Students who haven’t been immunised (vaccinated) cannot be prevented from enrolling at school. However, the Ministry of Health…

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