A-Z Of Important Information You Need To Know


Absentee & Lateness

There are many reasons why a student may be kept at home for the day and we would ask in each case that parents contact us by telephone or in person to explain the absence. If it is necessary for parents, caregivers to take children out of school, either from class or at break times; we ask that you ensure that the class teacher or duty teacher is informed.

In order to monitor absences of our students, all teachers complete a record of absence every morning which is then sent to the office by 9:10am. This is checked by office staff against the school message diary and if appropriate a telephone call to parents or listed caregiver is made. If your child is to be absent from school please let the office know. If you know how long your child will be away for, please tell us in advance otherwise each day’s absence requires a call to explain. If leaving a message on the answer phone, you need to provide a reason for your child’s absence.

The answer machine is always on or you can talk to a member of staff from 8.30am.


Assembly, Liturgy and Mass

Parents, caregivers, parishioners and friends are always welcome at our various celebrations. We hold shared prayer at the end of every week and our senior classes take it in turns to lead this. On occasions we hold an Assembly at Salisbury Hall and parents will be notified of these. Masses are held in our Parish Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in William Street, Richmond. Classes take it in turns to attend Mass at the Church during term time and on special occasions such as our Feast Day Mass.  Once a term we have a welcome Powhiri at the church for all our new students who are starting at our school.


Dental Clinic

Our newly enrolled students attend the Richmond Dental Clinic located at Henley School. If your child has been attending another clinic in the area, they will continue to attend that clinic.

Saint Pauls Richmond School Dentist

Community Oral Health Service is now OPEN though the term breaks. They are OPEN 8am-5pm if children require relief of pain during this time. Parents can phone and make an appointment on (03) 539 5320.


We believe that e-learning increases engagement having positive impacts on student achievement and we aim to prepare students with the skills to be successful in a future world we can not yet comprehend.

We have a number of digital devices within our school which are used as tools for learning in every classroom.

We strongly encourage our Senior Students Years 5 to 8 to have their own digital device and we recommend a Chrome book or equivalent.  These web browsers represent a very cost effective way to access the class curriculum digitally.  Please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s teacher about the most suitable device.

Students are asked to sign an agreement between them, their parents and the school before their device is able to be used on school grounds. Students are given restricted access to the internet and expected to ensure they have the appropriate learning apps available to use during class time.

Emergency Procedures

Civil Defence measures have been developed at our school. Realistic common-sense procedures have been established among the staff and children so as to decrease anxiety and the possibility of panic in the case of an emergency. Any decision to send pupils home following an emergency will be made by the Principal. No student will be entrusted to anyone other than parents, caregivers or persons nominated by parents or caregivers.



It is expected that every student will have some form of homework every night. This may be reading, basic facts practice, spelling and Religious Education.


International Students at St Paul’s School

WELCOME TO ST PAUL’S SCHOOL – A Message from the Principal

Maureen Phillips

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our friendly and attractive school based in urban Richmond.  We are a Catholic school with strong connections between our school and the local Catholic Parish.  We encourage a strong values-based education and we look forward to you joining our caring and inclusive community.

We are a full primary school with approximately 300 Year 1 to 8 students.  We have a lovely environment with large outside spaces and we are in the process of building a multi-purpose space to add to our existing facilities.  We have close links with our Catholic High School, Garin College who also offer an excellent international programme and boarding hostel.


International Study at St Paul’s School

As part of your stay at Hope School we provide:

  • A comprehensive and personalised orientation programme for you
  • Provide a full assessment of your language skills after your arrival in New Zealand
  • Involve you and your parents in a goal-setting interview in March
  • Provide areports on your progress in July and December for you and your parents
  • Provide on-going support and pastoral care, and refer you to other agencies who can assist you as needed (e.g. counseling, advisory group for special needs, cultural support, translation services, etc.)
  • Facilitate an introduction to the Nelson International Students Association (NISA) which includes international students from other schools and offers a variety of social and sporting activities and provides you with the opportunity to meet other international students from other Nelson schools.

Enrolment Applications 

International students are entitled to apply to enroll at St Paul’sSchool if they are aged between 5 and 11 years. International families are encouraged to make contact with our school as soon as they think their child might attend our school since it will help our planning processes. This involves filling out a enrolment application form and returning it to the school office. 

If a place is available for your child at our school you will receive an “offer of place” letter to confirm your place. This is also a requirement for a student visa application if you require a student visa. Students are entitled to enroll for up to three months on a standard visitor’s visa. 

Enrolment Formalities 

Once your child’s place has been confirmed there will be some additional administration to be completed, this includes: 

  • Completion and signing of a tuition agreement 
  • Copies of the student’s birth certificate, passport and visa/permit details 
  • Parent’s full names and addresses 
  • Parents’ passport and visa/permit details, including passport expiry date and visa/permit type and expiry 
  • Evidence of travel/medical insurance details 
  • Designated caregiver passport and visa/permit details, including passport expiry date and visa/permit type and expiry 
  • Emergency contacts (including a list of cultural support people available who speak the student’s first language) 
  • Current address, accommodation type, and contact phone numbers 
  • Contact details for a suitable person in the student’s home country 
  • Health information, e.g. medical notes, allergies 
  • Fee protection and refund policy (signed by the parent or designated caregiver) 
  • An ICT student agreement 
  • An Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) permission form 

School Visits – school visits are also an option for international students before their enrolment begins. These can be arranged with the school after your arrival in New Zealand


Complaints & Disputes 

We will work hard to ensure your child and your family have a very positive experience at St Paul’s School.  If something does go wrong, we have a thorough complaints policy that provides clear guidelines for the school community in raising and resolving concerns and complaints. 

We have procedures in place that we follow to ensure that complaints are handled appropriately. Our procedures enable us to: 

  • maintain the best learning environment for our students 
  • resolve matters of concern early, if possible 
  • respond to feedback and concerns constructively 
  • deal with complaints fairly, effectively, and promptly 
  • take into account individual circumstances 
  • maintain confidentiality 
  • preserve school/community relationships and communication 
  • monitor and record complaints and concerns about student safety. 

Most complaints can be resolved informally by discussions with the people concerned. Ask for our Guidelines for Informal Complaints. The school also has a procedure for making a formal complaint if informal discussion does not resolve the issue. 

For complaints concerning harassment, see our Harassment policy. For allegations of theft or fraud, see Theft and Fraud Prevention policy

All our policies can be viewed on our policy website  School https://www.schooldocs.co.nz/

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If your complaint is not resolved through our school’s internal complaint procedures, you can contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), who will process their complaint .






Leadership Opportunities


School Councillors

Our Student Council is made up of a class representatives from years 1-7, two class representatives from year 8 and our school ambassadors.  These students are chosen or elected at the beginning of each school year and work together with the Deputy Principal and Principal.  Meetings are held in each term to hear our ‘student voice’.  This team also plans for some of our fundraising events and assists in organising cultural and sporting events.


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The school has a leadership initiative running in Year 7 and 8 and all students in these year groups are asked to rise to the challenges of leadership and win gold, silver and bronze awards. Throughout the year students work within our school and wider community to demonstrate leadership qualities.  Our Year 8 students attend a Leadership Course based at Whenua-Iti where they examine what leadership is and how they can grow as leaders.

The Year 7 and 8 students play an important role in school duties such as library monitors, Road Patrol, Peer Mediators, sports leaders and office assistants during lunchtimes.


School Ambassadors

We have two school ambassadors selected by the staff as the senior leaders of our school.  These students represent our school by leading school assemblies, meeting and greeting important visitors to our school, attending formal functions and visiting people in our community with the Principal.  These students also have the opportunity to attend the Young Leaders Conference held each year.


School library nelson, saint paul's catholic schoolOur beautiful Library was completed and blessed in 2002.  Students have the opportunity through class programmes and lunch times to enjoy our Library including the borrowing of books.

We are always very appreciative of any time parents can give to working in our library, covering books, tidying shelves or sewing bags and cushions.  Let us know through the school office if you have any time or skills to offer.


Healthy Lunches

At Saint Paul’s we encourage healthy eating as we believe this plays a vital role in student’s well being and ability to stay focused and learn. We encourage our parents to provide rubbish free lunch options for their children.  All packaging and food scraps need to be taken home by the child as we are a Rubbish Free School.

When the lunch bell rings at 12.30pm children are allowed to play until 1pm when another bell rings to indicate lunch eating time.  Children return to class settled and ready to learn at 1.15pm.


On Wheel – bikes, skateboards & scooters

Students cycling, skateboarding or scooting to school are encouraged to be safe and sensible on the roads. There are two bike stands for students to leave their bikes safely during school hours. We also have a scooter park for easy storage of scooters.

All bikes, skateboards and scooters are NOT to be ridden once students enter our school grounds for safety reasons.

   School Day

8:30am       Children allowed into classrooms
8:55am       School begins
10:30am     Morning break
10:50am     Lessons resume
12:25pm     Lunch break
1:15pm       Lessons resume
2:50pm       End of school


Parent Involvement

We welcome parent involvement in the life of our school.  Active involvement by parents sends students the message, ‘This is OUR school.  We care about it.’  We need parent support to continue to deliver the high standard of education to our students.

Parents are invited to become involved in all aspects of our school programme, particularly in the following areas:b9dSTTmxThuMzXcs8iIfjK5MoHIYN67Q89diS3YfgpAx0AOWGyZNVrh1yrgt0Jvg9Zt81lQ5SvpdboOM7slfakroHQmXavndOpc9KsmkPPKu1SOO8dhM09X4WKpDK9T9

  • Supporting class and school Masses, Liturgies and Assemblies
  • In classes assisting with class program’s
  • Supporting Religious Education Program’s
  • Coaching and supervising of sports
  • Assistance on sports days
  • Transport and participation in Education Outside the Classroom
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  • Working in the Library
  • Helping to develop our teaching resource areas such as Reading books
  • As an active member of the Friends of Saint Paul’s (FOSP’s)
  • Supporting the many and various school or class functions.

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We are always eager to hear of any special skills that parents, grandparents, parishioners and friends of our school would be willing to share.

If you would like to become involved in a class with any of the above, please make contact with your child’s class teacher.


Parking, Drop offs and Pick ups – Guidelines

The preference of The Board of Trustees and the teaching staff is that parents and auto-736794__340caregivers park their vehicles away from the school in either D’Arcy Street or Arbor Lea and either walk to school to drop off or meet their children or arrange for their children to walk to either of these streets. The Drop Off Zone attached to Waimea College may also be used and children can cross at the patrolled crossing.

The Board is however aware that there will be occasions when parents and caregivers need to drop their children within the school grounds. The following are the guidelines for parents and caregivers to also have this option.

Before School

The turnaround area of the driveway is a “Kiss and Drop” area only. This means that drivers do not get out of their vehicles and all children must exit the vehicle on the left hand side.

If a parent or caregiver wishes to take their child into the classroom, but is unable to park away from the school, (e.g. sick child, baby on board, disability) then in a limited number of cases they may park their vehicle on the grass area of the staff car park.

To take advantage of this concession however, the parent or caregiver must be at school prior to the chain going up at approximately 8:30am or arrive after the chain comes down at approximately 8:50am. The teacher on crossing duty will be responsible for putting the chain up and down in the mornings. If the parent or caregiver arrives prior to 8:30am but when they come to leave, the chain is still across the lane, they must wait in the school grounds until the chain comes down.

This means that, except in the case of an emergency, no vehicles are to stop and remove the chain at any time between 8:30am and 8:50am.

After School

Because we have over 200 children leaving the school grounds at the same time, there will be no parking or pick ups in the turnaround area of the driveway.

Again if a parent or caregiver needs to collect their child directly from the school grounds (for reasons stated above) they must arrive before the chain goes up at approx. 2.50pm and stay until the chain comes down at approx. 3.10pm.

Road Patrol and Buses


BusOur students ride on the Waimea Intermediate buses to Waimea Plains and Coastal Highway. Students from Stoke can catch public buses, but these are not controlled. It is important that you contact Suburban Bus Company in Richmond to arrange for your child to be picked up at a suitable place and time. The students are informed of the procedures of where to collect in the mornings and when to cross at the crossing, on the first day of the term. A register is called every afternoon before the students move across to the Bus Park.  It is very important that students inform the duty teacher if they are not on the bus.

Please note that we are responsible for the road crossing from 8:30 a.m. and no student should cross from the bus park until the signs are operational or a parent crosses with them.

Road Crossing

We are responsible for the road crossing outside our school.  Our Year 6, 7 and 8 students are given the opportunity to volunteer for this duty and are trained by the School Liaison Police Officer at the beginning of the school year. The crossing is operational between 8.30am to 8.55am and 2:55pm to 3.10pm every day.

Sickness and Medicines


In case of sickness or injury, students are sent to the medical room for assessment and further action as required. If the sickness or injury is considered to require treatment and contact cannot be made with the parent or designated caregiver, the student may be taken to the Duty Doctor in Richmond or if it is deemed the injury requires hospital treatment, such as for a broken bone, an ambulance will be called.  Parents will be notified with regard to any steps taken by the school in this area.  It is really important that your contact phone numbers and emergency contacts are kept up-to-date in our office.

The health and welfare of the students in our care is paramount. If a student has a head injury, regardless of its severity, parents will be informed. If the injury or illness is minor, this will be attended to and the student will be returned to class.  If the student appears distressed, parents will be called.


Medicines in school

It may be necessary for students to have medicine available at school on a long-term basis, and we are happy to co-operate if we are informed in writing of the dosage and circumstances. If your child needs medicine for a short time only, it will be preferable for him or her to be kept at home until the course is completed. You, the parent, should hand all medicines in to the Office, with instructions.


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Sports at Saint Paul's Catholic School


Stationery 2020

Stationery Packs for the 2020 school year are available from Office Products Depot, 7 McGlashen Avenue, Richmond. Ph. 5446116

Stationery packs have been made up for each Year level/class and you simply need to ask for your child’s Year Level or Class pack.  If you wish to purchase the stationery items individually please contact the school office for a Stationery list.


Our Year 7 and 8 students attend Technology classes at Garin College.  A Saint Paul’s staff member will accompany the students to and from Garin on Technology days.  The students spend approximately 10 weeks on 1 of 4 different technologies:  Food technology, Hard materials technology, Digital Technology and Fashion and Design Technology.



Young Vinnies

The Society of St Vincent de Paul Vinnies Programme

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Vinnies programme is a programme run at Primary, Secondary and Young Adult levels throughout the country. It offers an opportunity for young people to make a positive difference in their own communities (and quite often further afield) by helping people in need.

The Vinnies programme offered in Nelson is divided into three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold with Vinnies working towards gaining their certificate at the end of the year by meeting the programme requirements each level presents.

In 2011, the Vinnies groups under the umbrella of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Society Nelson Area Council came Runners-up in the TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards Education and Child/Youth Development section.


Nelson Tasman Youth Volunteer Awards

Every year, the Saint Paul’s Vinnies along with Vinnies from other groups around the area meet together at the Nelson Tasman Youth Volunteer Awards to be recognised for their work in the community along with other young people who volunteer in a large variety of organisations. This is a hugely positive event where each young person is presented with a certificate for their community service by the Nelson or Tasman District Mayors. This event is normally held in June to tie in with Volunteer Awareness Week.


Saint Paul’s Vinnies Community Involvement

At St. Paul’s School Year 6 – 8 students voluntarily participate in Vinnies. Vinnies is part of the leadership programme for Senior Students.


Thank you to those who have waited patiently for our Uniform sale. We realise there are only six more days until school starts.

We have arranged with our supplier, NZ Uniforms, to run a Pop-up shop at Nayland College. Map attached with the shop location.
Our Uniform will be available to purchase on the following dates & times.

  • Friday 24 January: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Saturday 25 January: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Monday 27 January – Saturday 1 February: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Monday 3 February: Closed
  • Tuesday 4 February – Wednesday 5 February: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thursday 6 February: Closed
  • Friday 7 February: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Saturday 8 February 10:00am – 1:00pm

During the year if anyone requires uniform we will hold a sizing set at school.You are welcome to try and then order online at http://stpauls-richmond.nzuniforms.com
Below is a reminder of what our uniform is:Girls and Boys – All Year

Polar fleece: maroon with navy blue collar, embroidered school name
Polo tops: unisex blue/maroon
Girls: navy blue skirt, skort or shorts
Boys: navy blue drill shorts

Sports shorts: Black shorts without logo
Sports tee shirt: blue with school monogram (available for purchase through school)
Sports socks and shoes: an option for PE and sport only

Hat: maroon wide brim/cricket style – compulsory in terms 1 and 4

Student footwear must be practical for school – with a safe, sensible heel. (NO slip-ons)
Sandals (terms 1 & 4)
Boys: black or brown with back strap
Girls: black, brown or blue with back strap
Boys & Girls: black shoes (with laces, velcro or buckle)
no Skate (or similar type) shoes
Girls: ankle or knee-high navy blue socks or navy blue tights (Terms 2 and 3)
Boys: ankle or knee-high navy blue socks

Hats, gloves and scarves may be worn to and from school but not during school hours. Request these be in school colours – navy, maroon or black. No nail varnish.
Hair to be tied up (below shoulder length) for girls and boys. Hair bands to be in school colours.