Code of Conduct

Behaviour Expectations at Cashmere Primary

The code of conduct defines our commitment to respecting all persons in the school. Below are expectations on staff and students to ensure their actions adhere to the code of conduct so that the children and adults in the school can teach and learn.

Moving from Class to Class during school time

  • Take the path that will cause the least disturbance to other classes
  • Ensure children move in an orderly fashion
  • Be aware classes are working


  • Use courtesy words: Please, thank you, excuse me, etc
  • Greet others in a friendly manner
  • Show kindness and respect


  • Wear correct uniform to school
  • Wear sun hats in terms 1 and 4
  • Wear clothing suitable for the weather when outside
  • Jewellery, make up, label clothing are not to be worn

Bus Routines

  • Children line up in single file at the letterbox and get onto bus as names are called
  • Children fill up the bus from the back first
  • Children face the front during the entire trip with their legs in front (this is for safety).
  • Emphasise that we do not want to disturb the driver for this reason we do not sing, clap or shout
  • When the bus stops children remain seated. Parents leave first. The teacher moves up to the front until about 4-5 rows are in front of them. Ask the children sitting in front of you to exit. Move back another 4 rows and repeat etc.

Lunch Eating Routines

  • We are committed to zero waste at Cashmere Primary. This means:
  • Children eat all food under the supervision of their teacher in the classroom or outside but seated
  • All food scraps and wrappings go home or to the worm farm
  • Children are not to walk around the school eating food
  • Eating time is a chance for the teacher to model social skills and for children to practice these i.e. table manners, including others in conversations, being polite etc

Playing in the playground

  • Be caring, sharing
  • and include others
  • Look after sports equipment and return it when you have finished
  • Be fair and play games to the rules
  • Stay in bounds
  • Know what not to bring to school

Assembly Behaviour:

  • Children line up by epicentre (after they have been taken there by their teacher) in an orderly quiet line.
  • Teachers need to be with their class
  • Children walk in quietly without talking and sit as directed
  • Children remain quiet and follow assembly guidelines or appropriate audience responses
  • This should be the case for team assemblies too, or any time teams meet together in the epicentre.

Before School

  • Children come into school and wait outside office until the electric bell rings at 8.30 . Please direct children to wait outside the office if this bell hasn't rung.
  • The exception is for Totara Children on a Tuesday and Thursday, they can play from 8.15 as they need to be at school to catch the Technology bus which leaves at 8.30 or tostart languages early.
  • The 8.45 or 8.30am  bell will ring as normal for senior classes to start, followed by the second bell at 8.55.

After school

  • Children leave to go home ASAP after the bell goes
  • Children do not play in the play ground unless they are with their parents
  • Children who are booked into the after school care go straight to the epicentre
  • Children walking home go to the crossings and follow the instructions of the duty teacher and road patrollers
  • Children waiting to be picked up by parents and care givers wait by the top gate. If they are late come to the office after 3.10pm and wait there
  • All children are expected to be collected by caregivers asap after the end of day bell at 2.55pm
  • The office closes at 3.15pm

Consistency and aroha is the key. Please follow through with these guidelines in a non-authoritarian manner seeing lapses of behaviour as a teaching opportunity and follow up with an appropriate advice and guidance to the students concerned. Our commitment to restorative justice means we are moving away from punitive methods to restorative practices that ensure children do accept responsibility for their choices and are supported to make changes in their behaviour.

Bicycles and Scooters

The riding of cycles and scooters to school is strongly discouraged because of the special hazards caused by large groups of cyclists on rather steep gradients.

Students bringing money and valuables to school

Children are discouraged from bringing money or any valuables to school. Individual family accounts should mean that money is seldom required to be brought to pay for items. Exceptions to this will be payment for photographs, sausage sizzles, mufti day and the annual Student Council Charity fair