As you know the ‘Phones Away for the Day’ directive is mandated for all schools for the start of Term 2. WAS is no exception.

This means that no WAS students will be allowed their phones out at school. This could mean your child could bring their phone to school and have them of in their bag. This is at their own risk. We are also looking at having a system where a student can hand their phone ni to Charmaine at the office, it’s safely stored and collected at the end of the day.

To ensure we’re all on the same page, I will be sending out a ‘Phones away for the Day’ School Policy via
email to you all.

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or queries – please email me at or send me a text 022 4759 607.

Furthermore, we will continue seeking student feedback on possible consequences for non-compliance. I’d imagine nothing will change in terms of our usual discipline procedures.

WAS is very fortunate that we have whanau onboard where we’re working together in the best interests of our tamariki and rangatahi. Subsequently, if you believe your child is eligible for consideration to have their cell phone in use (i.e. an exemption for special needs/circumstances/impairments) during the school day, then you’ll need a doctor’s certificate/something in writing to explain why this would be so.

Thanks in advance for your ongoing partnership.
Nga mihi nui