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The Hauraki Way

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The Hauraki Way: Self-Discipline in a Supportive Environment

The Hauraki Way expresses the standards of behaviour we have for all students. We believe that young people learn best in an environment where there are non-negotiable boundaries and high expectations with a no blame, no shame, no excuses approach.

The Hauraki Way applies to all times; this includes any time or place when a student of HPC can be identified as such either through uniform, membership of a school team or group or any other means. It includes from the time of leaving until returning home and all other occasions which are school activities or events.

Hands off People and Property: our Safety standard

Except in legitimate sporting activities, any kind of physical contact including pushing and fighting, bullying, gang style handshakes, hugging, theft of property and touching are off limits.

Allow Learning to Happen: our Classroom standard

It is not ok to disrupt the learning of others. Students who are disruptive will be withdrawn from class in the first instance and a behaviour management plan implemented.

Use Appropriate Language: our Respect standard

Swearing, abusive and inappropriate talk is unacceptable, either when communicating with fellow students, to staff, on the sports field, on the street or any other occasion within the hearing of members of the wider school community.

Remember your Manners and RMK: our Character standard

An attitude of respect for self and others is a measure of good character. Manners open doors that even the best education cannot.

Alcohol, Smoking and Drugs (and any other illegal behaviours) are not on: our Legal standard

We have zero tolerance to any behaviours that are illegal and police will be informed. This includes, but not limited to: alcohol, smoking, drugs and vaping, theft, weapons and breaches of the Harmful Digital Communication Act.

Keep it kind. Keep it tidy. Keep it honest: our Integrity standard.

If you can be anything, be kind; don’t be mean. Be a tidy kiwi within our environment. Do the right thing, even if it is the hard thing. This includes academic honesty.

Instructions must be followed; adults are in charge: our Authority standard

Students are expected to follow the reasonable instructions of staff. This ensures an orderly and respectful environment for learning.

Wear our Uniform with Pride: our Identity standard

When it comes to uniform, we sweat the small stuff since uniform is a visual symbol of the collective pride and identity of our school.

Arrive on time and stay within school boundaries: our Right Time and Place standard

We expect students to be in the right place, at the right time with the right attitude.

You are responsible for your own actions: our Accountability standard

We believe that choices have consequences, and that students need to be held to account for inappropriate behaviours. This applies to all behaviours including use of digital technologies.

We take a firm stand on any behaviour which compromises the safety and effective learning of other students, including disruptive behaviour in the classroom, disrespect to teachers and aggressive behaviour such as bullying or fighting.

At the same time, students are given considerable support to make positive behavioural change. We encourage students to put things right if there has been an instance of misconduct and to accept the consequences of their actions. Restorative and strength based practices are an important part of the way we work.

RMK Awards:

RMK rewards are intended to encourage students to show respect, take responsibility and contribute positively to our school community ie live the values of our Charter: Rangatiratanga, Manaakitanga and Kaitiakitanga. Students earn vouchers which contribute to badges that can be worn on students’ shirts or jerseys.

Charter with badges

Uniform Expectations

We offer a smart, reasonably priced uniform. The College expects students to maintain a high standard of dress and personal presentation at all times, including a clean, tidy uniform. It is a condition of attendance at this College (agreed to upon enrolment) that the correct uniform be worn.  Non-regulation items will be held in safe-keeping until the end of term. Individual variations require the approval of the Principal. Any changes to our uniform code must be passed through the Board of Trustees and will be notified on our website and in newsletters.

Hauraki Plains College Information Technology Use:

Hauraki Plains College strives to offer all students’ access to a range of ICT-related resources and courses. The College allows students access to the Internet, as well as to a constantly expanding Intranet system including a specifically designed HPC app.

Students are encouraged to bring their own technology device (Chromebook) but this is not essential presently.

From 2025 we intend to be a ‘Bring your own Device’ school. If you would like anymore information about this please contact:
Hardeep Singh (IT Tech) hardeeps@haurakiplains.school.nz
Jonathan O’Neill (Deputy Principal & ICT) jonathano@haurakiplains.school.nz

Every effort is made to screen or filter out controversial, inappropriate or offensive material and regular monitoring occurs to ensure that students are using information technology resources in an appropriate manner related to their learning. It is, however, impossible to guarantee full time supervision of every single student and students are required to be responsible in IT use including not accessing or distributing inappropriate materials in any form.

Student Information Technology Agreement:

Students and their caregivers are required to use digital technologies in an appropriate and legal manner and for learning purposes. Using digital technologies wisely involves:

  • Respecting self: Using online names and language that is appropriate. Being careful about posting personal information.
  • Protecting self: Being careful about posting personal information, not sharing passwords.
  • Respecting others: Not using electronic means to bully, harass, stalk or shame others.
  • Protecting others: Reporting abuse, not forwarding inappropriate or unkind materials.
  • Respecting intellectual property: Giving credit where it is due, asking permission to use materials.
  • Protecting school property: Taking care with all electronic and digital equipment.


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