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Whakapau kaha – to be better than before.

It is our goal to establish clear and open communication lines between school and home.

We communicate with our community on a regular basis and in addition to this we urge you to contact us at any time should you have any concerns, no matter how big or small, as it is easier to deal with a minor issue before it becomes a bigger problem. Some things can be fixed by a quick talk with the teacher, before or after school, however, sometimes a longer meeting may be required and these can be arranged at a mutually convenient time, either by face to face or by email.  All details can be found on the staff page.

The Leadership Team of Janine, Alicia and Dawn are always open to meeting with families about any topic.  Please either simply drop into the office when you are in the school to see if we are free there and then, or if you prefer make an appointment through the office via email or phone.

All parents are also encouraged to take the time to meet with Janine Irvine, School Principal, when first starting at our school. Simply make an appointment by clicking on the link below and use the Code provided.  These sessions are available once a fortnight on a Thursday between 11am-12.30pm. If you are unable to make a Thursday just contact the office as above.

For ‘Meet the Principal’ Bookings click here and enter the CODE: dg36h

Parent and Teacher Communication at Cornwall Park District School

Our school believes in fostering a strong partnership between home and school to ensure students receive the best educational opportunities possible while at CPDS.  The school has an “Open Door” policy that encourages parents to work alongside us, and to raise any questions or issues that they may have.

All parents have different expectations of how often a teacher should be available to talk about their child, therefore the school needs to ensure our parent’s needs are met as well as ensuring the demands on our teachers are not unreasonable.

The guidelines below outline what CPDS feels are acceptable levels of communication, especially considering the number of potential meetings a teacher could have for each of their pupils.


  • Teachers to meet with parents when parents have concerns or questions at a time that is mutually suitable to both parties.
  • This will be done in a timely manner.
  • It is reasonable for teachers to request reasonable preparation time for any meeting that involves issues that may need more information/ and or supporting evidence provided.


Teachers welcome the chance to catch up with parents before and after school.  However please be mindful that many parents may want to do the same and therefore we may ask you to make a time to meet with the teacher at another time.

Before and after school is ideal for:

  • Greetings
  • General conversation about anything current that may impact on your child’s day.
  • Very quick catch up to see all has been OK for the day.
  • Celebrations
  • Concerns.  Depending on the nature of these a more formal meeting may be arranged.
  • Seeking general clarification around procedures, homework set etc


  • General goal setting
  • Special needs considerations
  • Progress
  • Development of strategies between home and school
  • Addressing any patterns of behaviour/ socialisation/or work habits that are of concern

As these meetings will involve more in-depth discussions the meeting may take between 15 and 20 mins at a time mutually agreeable to both parties. Occasionally matters of a more serious nature may take longer than this. For the majority of parents one or two meetings of this nature may be all that is required over and above the Parent/ teacher discussions times provided around reporting periods. If parents require more than one meeting of this type within a month then it may be indicative of a wider issue and therefore the teacher will forward this concern on to their Team Leader who will speak to the parents regarding this

If at any stage you feel the meetings you are having with the teacher are not meeting your needs or you would like to raise a concern regarding the programme your child is receiving and/or issues related to the Teacher, you are requested to take these concerns to the Team Leader, Associate Principal or Principal, who will discuss these further with you.

Occasionally parents may face an issue that is very emotional and upsetting for them. If this happens to you, we ask you to come to the office immediately where we can listen in private and discuss what steps we will take to work through the issue presented.  It is our aim to ensure that matters like these can be dealt with quickly and efficiently while maintaining the dignity of all those involved.  It is vital that children do not see angry or emotional exchanges between teachers and parents.

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