Crawshaw Drive, Nawton
Hamilton 3200

Kia Ora!

A Warm Welcome to Crawshaw School

Our vision

Give them wings so they may fly

Our Values

Be Respectful
Kia Whakaute
Be Responsible
Kia Taakohanga
Be a Learner
Kia Ako

Nga mihi o te tau hau!!!  Happy new year whanau, we hope you all had a safe and happy break.    We are looking forward to welcoming your tamariki back to school in a few weeks.   Just a few reminders...
1.  Term 1 begins on Tuesday 2nd February.   Gates will be opened  from 8.30am and staff will be there to welcome you and direct you to your classes.   
2.  Team leaders have now posted their stationery lists, the school will not be stocking/selling stationery this year.
3.  Uniforms are compulsory for Years 0-7.   Direct Uniform Group are located at 6 Latham Court Frankton 07 847 6664 or 07 847 6661 Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm NEW LATE NIGHT THURSDAY 7am – 7pm  for January & February.  We are hoping to have Direct Group with us on Tues or Wed of the first week with some uniforms for purchase - TBC
4.   Class lists have been posted outside the office area - you may want to check these out before school begins but please note these may be subject to change in the first two weeks.    
5.   Years 0-2 are in the Library, Rms 7, 8 and 9;   Years 3-4 are in the Hall, Multipurpose Rm and Room 11;   Years 5-6 are located in Rms 10, 5 and Rm 17;   Years 7-8 are located in Rms 12, 13 and Rm 16.

6.    Office will be opened Thurs/Friday of next week (January 28th/29th) 9pm to 3pm (TBC).  

School closes this Friday the 11th December at 12pm.    We wish you a safe and happy break whanau and see you all again in 2021.     A big nga mihi nui to our wonderful teachers, staff and Board who made this year a memorable one.    To Whaea Danielle and Whaea Simone, all the best for your new adventures, thank you for all your hard mahi, you will be missed.      To our wonderful Year 8's, go well on the next part of your educational journey.      

Congratulations to all of our End of Year 2020 prize winners, you have done your whanau and teachers proud - Ka mau te wehi!!! 

4th November 2020

Kia ora Whanau
We hope you received a Student Conference Notice.  A quick reminder that school will be closed for interviews from 1pm Wednesday 11th November (normal day on Thursday).   Please make sure that your children know if they are walking home or picked up on the day.   
Children who attend After School Care will be supervised in the hall from 1pm.   


23 October 2020

Kia ora Koutou 

We are at the end of another productive learning week.   Good news, there will be a Newsletter being sent home today with the eldest child in your whanau.  There are some important dates to note in your calendar.   Please continue to check in here, facebook and School APP for any upcoming events.   

A reminder that school will re-open on Wednesday the 28th October.

Have a fantastic Labour weekend whanau, be safe, be happy and be kind!!!    


School Uniform Compulsory for 2021 - 19/10/2020Kia ora whanau,

Our school uniform is now ready to view and purchase, it looks amazing!!!!     Please click on the link to take you to  Direct Group's page.    There is also an Information sheet from Direct Group Uniforms attached here. A sample of the Uniform will be in the school office this week.          


Tuesday, 27th October 2020


End of Term 3

Reminder whānau that Term 3 finishes on Friday the 25th September (3pm) and Term 4 begins on Monday the 12th October.   Thank you all for maintaining Level 2 COVID 19 regulations, let's hope we move to Level 1 next week. 


Wacky Hair Day T3 Wk 8, 2020

Ngā mihi to all the students and whanau who participated in this year's Wacky Hair Day.   There were some amazing hair do's.   All funds went towards supporting Child Cancer, check out these photos...


12th August 2020

Kia ora Whānau

We are now back at Alert Level 2 from midday today.   Therefore procedures that were put in place previously at Alert 2 will now be implemented schoolwide and will end at midnight this coming Friday.   The NZ Government have issued the following...

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still go to work and school, but you should:

  • keep your distance from other people in public
  • wash your hands
  • sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen
  • wear a mask if you can.

At our school this means...

From tomorrow, there will be two access points for entering our school grounds. One will be at the front of the school by the Pou and the other is at the back fence. Both access points will have sanitizing and sign-in stations. ALL ADULTS coming onto the school premises will be required to sign in at these entrance points OR at the office after 9am.  At 9am the back gate will be locked and re-opened at 2.50pm.    The only access to school grounds will be through the front gate and for tracing purposes gates will be open from 8.30am. Do not send your child to school before these times. Please send a drink bottle with your child from tomorrow. 

                                  NO BREAKFAST CLUB until further notice. 

At school,  hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing (moist breath zone) will be observed .  Each classroom will have sanister, soap and hand towels.  At the end of the day all surface areas will be disinfected.   

If your child shows any symptoms of being unwell, you will be contacted and they will need to be collected and taken home.   Please ensure the office has your current and updated contact details.  

For further information please see 

Let's continue to be safe whānau, we have procedures in place should the Alert level go up and will keep you all posted via this forum, our school app and facebook.       


Matariki Whānau Kai - 6th August 2020 

Today was very special for our Kura, it was a chance to celebrate Matariki, hear fantastic waiata from the tamariki, see some  outstanding learning displayed around the hall from classes and then to sit down with whānau and share the beautiful kai prepared for us by Whaea Vicki, Whaea Danielle and their team of dedicated helpers.   Ngā mihi nui Crawshaw staff for all your hard work, this day would not have been a success without your input and we are sure the community appreciated all your efforts as well.   


Kia orana Whānau

The Breakfast Club runs daily from 7.30am-8.30am in the School hall.  It provides Weetbix supplied by Sanitarium, Milk from Fonterra as well as baked beans from Kids can, along with marmite and peanut butter.     We also receive bread, margarine and milo from donations.   We are truly thankful to those who have donated these items to the Breakfast Club.    We have been very grateful to all who have come on board to provide an essential service to our tamariki each day. Sadly Kids Can is no longer providing baked beans. 

At present we are running on a void of baked beans and spaghetti.  A parent has kindly donated money so I can purchase goods to run a food raffle to help boost our supplies. This raffle will be run on an exchange system i.e.  1 ticket in exchange for 2 cans of either Watties/Oak baked beans and spaghetti.   

The tickets will be available for exchange from Tuesday 4th August through till Friday 25th September (last day of Term 3) when the raffle will be drawn at 12pm. There are 200 tickets available.

Please support our tamariki and Breakfast Club by coming to Room 6 from the 4th August 8.30am onwards for tickets.   Thank you for your support.

Kathy Clark

Breakfast Club Coordinator. 


16th July 2020

News Flash!!   Whānau please keep these dates in your diaries.   

Week 3 - Thursday 6th August - Matariki Kai Celebration - All whānau are welcome to come down and share Kai with us during the day.   There will be three sessions (Jnr, Middle and Seniors) so look out for the panui in the next day or so.   Ensure you fill in the form so you don't miss out whānau.    

Week 4 - There will be a Teacher Only Day on Monday the 10th August so school will be CLOSED.   Please ensure you have made alternative arrangements for your tamariki.   


10 July 2020

Exciting news!!!! We have appointed two new Learning Support Co-ordinators who will collectively work in our Kura for 1 day and 4 days per week.   A big welcome back to Whaea Patrina Benefield who left us for a short while and will be working with our tamariki for 4 days.    Whaea Megan Kay is here for one day per week and will mostly work with our Juniors.  So what are Learning Support Co-ordinators?   Both wahine are experienced teachers who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of learning support.   

Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs)? 

LSCs are an in-school role that will work to ensure all learners – including those with disabilities, neurodiversity, behavioural issues and who are gifted – get the help they need. The LSC is an additional, full time, dedicated role, not an add-on to existing classroom teaching or management responsibilities. They may work across several smaller schools. LSCs will be registered teachers and kaiako with a current teaching practicing certificate.  


3 July 2020

Happy Holidays Whanau!  Hope you all have a well deserved break, keep safe and see you back again on Monday 20th July.     Kia ora to everyone who voted for a school uniform, this has been approved and Crawshaw School will have a new uniform in 2021, more details to come so watch this space.   We welcome back Whaea Kelly who will be opening an extra new entrants/junior class in Rm 20 and Matua Stuart will be back in Rm 3 (multi purpose room) with Year 0-1.     We have a student teacher starting next term for 5 weeks in Rm 3 so a big nau mai haere mai to Matua Jacob Kingi.     


10 June 2020 - COVID update

Kia ora whānau

 I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1.  For us, there will be no major changes to what we are doing and our school continues to be safe to attend, including any staff and children who are considered more vulnerable to COVID. We have a good cleaning routine in place, people who are sick are staying at home and we continue to encourage good hygiene practices.    We will continue to adhere to the office from our Minister of Education and Health Authorities, which is…

Changes from Alert Level 2

The key change for schools and early learning services is that there are no specific public health requirements at Alert level 1. 

Schools are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register, but as is usual practice will continue to keep a visitor register and maintain their attendance register (and will need to work with local health authorities to identify close contacts, should there be a case connected with the school).

Physical distancing is not a requirement but where possible or practicable, is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.

There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.

 There are key public health measures (golden rules) for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools and early learning services this will mean:

  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms)
  • Wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbow
  • Regularly disinfect shared surfaces
  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands should be provided in bathrooms.
  • Support contact tracing efforts by displaying QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.

Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation


9 June 2020

New School Uniform - We want to hear your thoughts around our school having a  uniform, there are many pro's and con's but this came from a recent newspaper article “Uniforms give students a sense of belonging to a particular school and create an identity for the school in the community.”  We encourage you to fill in a form asap and leave in the PINK box at the office OR head over to our Facebook/School APP pages to vote.    Ngā mihi koutou. 


3 June 2020


It was great to read that instances of COVID-19 in New Zealand are very low and here in the Waikato we have no cases, with the last case reported on 10 May.  There are some concerns  that people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. The Ministry of Health has advised us that there is no instance in New Zealand of someone spreading the virus without ever having symptoms. The Ministry of education and Ministry of Health assure us that our school is safe.

As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid’s not measles or chickenpox, it doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone”.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the website:

Even though there is such a low risk of the virus getting in the gates to start with, we will be keeping up our hygiene practices at Crawshaw School (that is, sanitising on entry, only two access points in and out of school, contact tracing continuing, signing in and out of the office, classrooms practising safe sanitising measure and any child or staff with flu like symptoms will be sent home) as well as keeping up to date with current public health measures as an extra precaution.   

Keep checking here, our facebook page, School APP for updates.    Ngā mihi to our Crawshaw community for supporting us during these unprecedented times.   

Haven't received any messages?   Do we have your updated contact details?  Please check whānau it is important that we keep these updated.


3 June 2020

This week we welcome to our Kura Whaea Miria Te Moni who is a our new in school SWiS worker (Social Worker in Schools).   Miria  has lived in Hamilton for  nearly 10 years and has worked in the Catholic Family services branch as well as Family Works.   Social work is a passion and Miria is committed to empowering whānau and individuals to strive for the treasures they value most dearly.    Nau mai haere mai Whaea!

"Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei"

Seek the treasure you value most dearly, and if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.


2nd June 2020

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou! 

Whānau Ōra have kindly gifted our kura with 25 boxes of home cleaning/sanitising products, the box includes soap, disinfectant wipes etc.   If you would like one of these boxes please see Matua Stuart asap (first in first serve).  


22 June 2020

Kia ora Koutou!

Whew! We made it through our first week back at school.   Thank you to our wonderful community and tamariki who have embraced the new 'normal' with our sanitising and sign in routines.   While there have been some hiccups, we are regularly reviewing our processes and procedures to ensure disruptions to your tamariki's learning is kept at a minimum.    

This week  Oxford Pies chose our kura to receive "Kai packages" for our whānau, these were gratefully received and went out to our community yesterday.   Oxford Pies deserves our "Friends of the School" badge, ngā mihi Oxford Pies, thank you very much for your kind donations.   We also need to make a shout out to Good Neighbour in Rototuna for donating 18 bottles of sanitiser to the school.   During the lockdown BIDVEST also donated goods to our families and we are told these packs were AMAZING!!   

DRINK BOTTLES - Reminder to whanau that your child/ren will need to bring a named drink bottle/s with them on Monday.  Drinking fountains will not be available.


14 May 2020

Level 2 Protocols

Kia ora Crawshaw Whanau

The Prime Minister announced that schools will reopen for all students on MONDAY 18th MAY.  Our staff are looking forward to welcoming back all our students and are working hard this week to ensure all public health and safety guidelines are implemented on site.  

According to the Government, schools are not considered mass gatherings and therefore the guidelines around groups of 10 or less do not apply in the school setting, therefore our school is a SAFE PLACE.    

As from Monday, there will be two access points for entering our school grounds. One will be at the front of the school by the Pou and the other is at the back fence. Both access points will have sanitizing and sign-in stations. ALL ADULTS coming onto the school premises will be required to sign in at these entrance points OR at the office after 9am.  At 9am the back gate will be locked and re-opened at 2.50pm.    The only access to school grounds will be through the front gate and for tracing purposes gates will be open from 8.30am. Do not send your child to school before these times. 

At school,  hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing (moist breath zone) will be observed .  Each classroom will have sanister, soap and hand towels.  At the end of the day all surface areas will be disinfected.   

If your child shows any symptoms of being unwell, you will be contacted and they will need to be collected and taken home.   Please ensure the office has your current and updated contact details.    

For further information please refer to the Health Guidelines



Distance Learning at Crawshaw

Kia ora Whanau,

During the lockdown our wonderful teachers were busy developing online learning for your tamariki. However,  Alert Level 2 will look a little different i.e. learning packs are available for whanau to collect; check out our facebook page for learning in each division OR head to the Ministry of Education website for more learning options   We encourage you to make contact with your child's teacher for further updates.   

A reminder that the delivery of the MOE learning packs were out of our control despite our best efforts that these would be delivered during Alert 3, however fingers crossed these might still be delivered in the very near future.  Some of our students have received devices from the Ministry of Education, these are school property and must be returned when your child returns to school  Any questions feel free to contact the school.


 Notice to whanau Alert Level 3 21.2.2020.docx

Breaking News! COVID-19

Kia ora Crawshaw School community, Information supplied to us from the Ministry of Education... When is sick, sick? The messaging remains clear – that if you are feeling unwell please stay home, and the same goes for children and young people. However at the tail end of a cold, there will be runny noses and probably some coughing. This might be worrying for some people who are being vigilant about their own and others’ health. A diagram has been developed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles to assist you when considering symptoms (sent to us by a teacher who found it useful). What it tells us is: A dry cough and a high temperature are common to both flu and COVID-19 Sneezing is not a symptom of COVID-19, however if someone has COVID-19, then sneezing can spread droplets containing the virus. 


Kia Ora, Welcome to Crawshaw School

Crawshaw School is very much a neighbourhood school. We wish to be an integral part of the community and to reflect and enhance the educational aspirations of the parents and caregivers in our community. 

We are a full primary school (Y0-8) situated in the North-west corner of Hamilton City, New Zealand. We have 14 classes catering for approximately 300, mainly local students and both English and Maori enrichment classes are offered. Two satellite classes from Hamilton North School are integrated into the school. We also have a school chaplain, Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour, (RTLB), a Social Worker in Schools, (SWIS), a dental clinic on site and a close relationship with  Hamilton City Council Neighbourhood Advisors and our School Community Constable. Two local churches, St Marks and North West Baptist, give support to the school.

We are a PB4L  (Positive Behaviour for Learning) school and we want every student to SOAR (Be Successful, Be Outstanding, Be Adaptable and Be Resilient).      Please feel free to make an appointment with the Principal, who will be only too pleased to share our story with you and show you around our wonderful Kura. 

Exciting news!! We have a new  School APP - Tītiro mai whānau!