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Whakapau kaha – to be better than before.

We know that as parents and extended family you want the very best for your child at school.

At CPDS we value the input and contribution that you will have with your children’s learning and in the life of the school. By bringing families together and having our families work together we can help forge strong networks that benefit your children, family and the wider school community. There is no better message you can give your child that where they spend the majority of each day is important and that you want to help them and the rest of the children at CPDS.  Click here if you would like to read more research about the impact being involved can have on your child(ren).

See below for opportunities where you can be involved in Term 1.  We welcome all family members including Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles etc

Our regular fundraising and community events include ‘welcome to school picnic’, end of term ‘pie days’, weekly ‘Frozen Fridays’ in Summer and ‘Cupcake Fridays’ in Winter, Winter movie afternoon, and the school disco towards the end of the year. Other extras such as calendar art, entertainment book sales and support with book week, happen with the Friends and Family’s help.

Being a school helper and part of the Friend’s and Family crew means you have an instant school community around you. You’ll be positively influencing your children and their friends’ lives, getting to know the staff and having fun at the same time. We welcome everyone!

If you want to keep up to date with CPDS Friends & Family news? – join their Facebook page here. (Note: this is a parent run page, and not an official school page)

See the form at the bottom of the page to register your interest in helping.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY EVENTS  2022 (Covid regulations dependent)

Frozen Fridays / Cupcake Fridays

CPDS Friends and Family will be selling ice-blocks ( Term 1 and 4 ) and Cupcakes ( Term 2 and 3 ) every Friday outside Te whare Ako on the courts after school.

A range of flavours  –  $1.00 each.
Parents and siblings welcome.

End of Term Jesters Pie lunch

A firm favourite with our children.  If you can give a hour to collate orders,  and/ or deliver baskets to classes, it would be greatly appreciated. Let us know if you can help by filling in the form at the bottom of the page.

Parent help

We welcome any offer of time to help in our school as a parent helper.

Before starting in this role it is important you are aware of all Health and Safety requirements, as well as protocol around being a helper at CPDS, so please express your interested in attending a Parent Help Orientation Session by filling out the form below and we will contact you.

Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus (WSB) assists children to walk to and from school safely.

Parents are rostered to walk with a group of children who are picked up and dropped off along a designated route by a parent ‘driver’ and a ‘conductor’.

There are three Walking School Bus routes at Cornwall Park School. If you would like to find out more information please fill in the form below.

Road Patrol

Each morning to keep our children safe we require two adult supervisors for road patrol to free teachers up to be available in class before school. All training provided.

If you have a free morning each week or fortnight from 8.25-8.55am and wish to help please fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

Have a suggestion?

Any events or suggestions that you would like to organise or for the Friends and Families to consider please provide details here.


Anne Henderson and Nancy Berla summed it up in their book A New Generation of Evidence: The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement, which reviewed the existing research: “When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better.”Their research shows that when parents are involved in their children’s education, the children are more likely to:

  • Make better progress
  • attend school regularly.
  • have better social skills.
  • show improved behaviour.
  • be more positive in their attitude toward school.
  • continue their education.

More Is Better

Parents can serve many different roles in the educational process: home teachers, advocates for their children, volunteers, and fundraisers.

Start Early

When parents get involved early in their children’s education, the results are more pronounced and long-lasting.

At All Levels

Studies indicate that parent involvement in education has a positive effect at all grade levels: primary, intermediate  and high school.

A Significant Difference

One study found that students from families with above-average parent involvement were 30 percent more successful in school than those with below-average involvement. Success was measured by test scores in math, science, reading, and social studies; retention rates; and teacher ratings.

Home and School

A three-year study of 12,000 high school students concluded that “When parents come to school regularly, it reinforces the view in the child’s mind that school and home are connected and that school is an integral part of the whole family’s life.

When parents become involved in their children’s education, the parents are more likely to:

  • be more confident at school.
  • be more confident in themselves as parents and their ability to help their children learn.
  • be held in higher esteem by teachers and have teachers expect more from their children.
  • Enrol in continuing education to advance their own schooling.
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