School Policies

Attendance Policy and Procedures

School attendance is the most crucial prerequisite for quality education. We expect our students to attend school when the school is open unless there is a legitimate reason, like a sickness. There is a direct link between attendance and student achievement and wellbeing. 

We follow up with parents if they miss more than two days a term for unjustified reasons. Just so you know, sickness is a justified reason, but we may ask for a doctor's certificate for more than two days a term or intermittent absences. We encourage parents to travel for a holiday during school term breaks. But there may be legitimate reasons why you choose to travel during the school term. In that event, please write a leave application to the principal (admin@tyndalepark.school.nz), giving us the dates and reason for travelling to help us accurately note the attendance with the right code.

When a student is absent more than 20% for unjustified reasons, we will send a letter to remind parents of our attendance policy. If the unjustified absences exceed 20% in two terms, we may withdraw the student's enrollment from our school and notify the Ministry of Education. 

Tuition Fee Payment Policy and Procedures

All tuition fees should be paid when they are due each term. Parents not paying the fee may contact the Business Manager at accounts@tyndalepark.school.nz to discuss payment options agreeable to both parties. The school will inform families sending their children with outstanding tuition fees from the previous term to pay or make an arrangement with the school to continue to attend the school. Students with outstanding payments for two terms may not return to school until all overdue fees are paid. 

We follow up with parents if they miss more than two days a term for unjustified reasons. Just so you know, sickness is a justified reason, but we may ask for a doctor's certificate for more than two days a term or intermittent absences. We encourage parents to travel for a holiday during school term breaks. But there may be legitimate reasons why you choose to travel during the school term. In that event, please write a leave application to the principal (admin@tyndalepark.school.nz), giving us the dates and reason for travelling to help us accurately note the attendance with the right code.

When a student is absent more than 20% for unjustified reasons, we will send a letter to remind parents of our attendance policy. If the unjustified absences exceed 20% in two terms, we may withdraw the student's enrollment from our school and notify the Ministry of Education.

Parents Complaint Policy

The concerns of students, parents/whanau, and school community members must be recognised and resolved biblically (Matthew 5:23-25; 18:15-17, James 4:1-3) and in a spirit of natural justice. In particular, Matthew 18:15-17 tells us that if we have a complaint, it first needs to be raised with the person one has a complaint against.

You can click on the Parents Complaints Policy attached below for full details and procedures.

Open Access Policy

We aim to help parents know what is happening so they can be sure we are teaching their children in a way they are committed to. We welcome parents into the school whenever it is open by making an appointment. You are invited to sit in on lessons and see how we teach. If you want to discuss something with a teacher, be mindful that they might like time to prepare an answer; if your question is more complex, please make an appointment via the school office. Please note this access is a privilege, not a right, and we have a zero-tolerance policy for abuse of our staff.

Zero Tolerance Policy

At Tyndale Park Christian School, abuse of staff by parents or guardians is not tolerated. Abuse can take several forms, such as:

  • Taking up an excessive amount of time for the teacher.
  • Abusive communication of all forms.
  • Aggressive, intimidating and abusive talk.

It is at the principal and Trust Board's discretion to determine when the abuse threshold is met. A warning may be given at the lower end of the scale, and we may ask the parents or guardians to enter a remediation process. We may resort to a trespass notice at the higher end of the scale or ask the parents or guardians to withdraw their child.

Swearing at a teacher will immediately revoke access privileges to our school.

 

TPCS Child Safety Complaint Policy

Tyndale Park Christian School is committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for children and young people. We recognise that children and young people have the right to learn in a healthy environment, without violence and fear. For that reason, child safety is extremely important at Tyndale Park Christian School. Because of their day day-to-day contact with individual children and young people, particularly during the school terms, teachers and other school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse or changes in behaviour in the children and young people. The physical restraint policy and procedures are updated according to Education and Training Act 2020 (Sections 99-101) and Education (Physical Restraint) Rules 2023.

You can click on the Policy attached below for full details and procedures.

TPCS Health and Safety Policy

Providing a safe and healthy working environment is fundamental to Tyndale Park Christian School. This policy sets out procedures and guidelines to maintain a safe work environment for all staff, students and community members on and off site, at all times of the day, as stated in the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015.

The policy details specific responsibilities, required actions and activities for all staff, students and community members. All related procedures in the Tyndale Park Christian School Teachers’ Handbook are to be interpreted with this policy as their foundation.

You can click on the Policy attached below for full details and procedures.

TPCS Privacy Policy

The privacy policy enables us to promote and protect the privacy of all individuals associated with the school, i.e. students, staff, parents, and any others. The policy follows the key principles of the Privacy Act 2020, which describe how we may collect, use, and store personal information. The Act also created the position of Privacy Commissioner to administer it. Among the many functions of the Privacy Commissioner's Office is that of investigating any alleged breaches of the Privacy Act.

You can click on the Policy attached below for full details and procedures.