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Learning Extension and Support

An extensive Learning Support programme is in place for students who need extra help, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics. More academically able students are provided with a range of opportunities to provide additional challenge including languages, correspondence and university papers.

The Learning Support Team co-ordinates learning support for students with learning difficulties, gifted and talented needs and others requiring additional learning support.

SENCO - Mrs Jacqui-May Allison-Dodds (jacqui-maya@haurakiplains.school.nz)
Deputy Principal Learning Support - Mrs Laura Dowding  (laurad@haurakiplains.school.nz)
Learning Support Co-ordinator - Mr Brian Woolcock (brianw@haurakiplains.school.nz)

Google Classroom:

Parents are encouraged to sign up for announcements via each Google Classroom. In February, parents/caregivers will receive an invite via email to subscribe to weekly summaries of classroom learning.


Tutorials are offered throughout the year at lunchtimes or after school at no cost. Teachers and senior students are available during these times to provide students with extra help.


In order to consolidate learning at school and develop sound work habits, a reasonable amount of homework is expected from students. It is not intended that homework should be burdensome, but to be of value, it must be regular.

Students are required to maintain a homework diary. Often homework is in the form of a long term assignment. Students can best manage these assignments by spending a little time each night working on them.

At Years 9 and 10, students will be required to do approximately 2 – 3 hours per week, extending to 5 or more hours for senior students. Parents are encouraged to contact the child's Dean if you have a concern about homework.

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