Are teachers allowed to take my jewellery?
Many schools have a no jewellery rule. Some schools will ask you to remove the item, and others to hand it over. However, under the new law, confiscation can only occur when it meets the criteria. If it’s not likely to be dangerous or negatively impacting the learning environment, it could be difficult for your teacher to justify confiscation. However, the school may take other disciplinary measures.
If your jewellery has a religious/cultural meaning to you, the school isn’t allowed to interfere with your right to wear that item (unless it could affect your or other’s safety, such as wearing a large taonga in P.E.). You must have a genuine religious/cultural connection to the item e.g. you are Maori and wearing a taonga or you are a Christian and wearing a crucifix. For your own convenience, it may make things easier if you talked with the school about this item prior to wearing it at school, if jewellery is banned at school.
Other rules may apply to private schools.