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A phone call to the school office is necessary if your child is absent. We appreciate a call before 9.00am. Messages can be left on the school answer phone or text 022 327 5057. As part of our pupil safety procedure, office staff will phone or text parents or listed emergency numbers if we have not been notified.

Bus Transport

A town bus service operates. Families living 3.2km from school may qualify for transport assistance if Oamaru Intermediate School is the closest school. Country students travel on high school buses. Contact Ritchies Oamaru for more information and costs involved ph: (03) 434 7964.

Cycles & Scooters

Cycles and scooters are to be walked into the school. We suggest cycles are locked securely in the bike stands provided. Scooters are parked in a cage that is locked between 9.00am and 3.00pm.

Home Learning/Homework

We feel homework has value in consolidating learning at school, preparing for learning in advance, and in keeping parents informed about their child’s learning. There is an expectation that daily reading will take place and for some children learning spelling and basic maths facts may be necessary.

School Lunches

School lunches can be ordered before school in a named envelope in the office foyer. Our canteen operates daily at morning tea and lunchtime.


You will receive a stationery list in December. The books on the list should last your child all year. We do not sell stationery, however Paper Plus will sell Oamaru Intermediate School book packs at “Back to School” prices in January. All children need to have their books named. They are not required to have them covered but may do so with appropriate material. All children need to have their stationery on the first day of school.

Student Led Conferences

These replace traditional parent interviews. They are held early in Term 2. We have an expectation that all students and parents will be involved. These three-way discussions with students, parents and teachers are key to tracking student progress, celebrating achievement and setting goals.

Valuables/Money etc.

In a school, the possibility that items of property will be lost or go missing exists and the school cannot accept responsibility for them or provide insurance cover. We discourage students from bringing unnecessary valuable items or sums of money to school. All personal items should be clearly named.