School Terms – 2023
TERM 1 – Tuesday 31st January to Thursday 6th April
TERM 2 – Monday April 24th to Friday 30th June
TERM 3 – Monday July 17th to Friday 22nd September
TERM 4 – Monday 9th October to Friday 15th December
Waitangi Day – Monday 6th February
Kings Birthday – Monday 5th June
Matariki – Friday 14th July
Labour Day – Monday 23rd October
Marlborough Anniversary – Monday 30th October
Students are welcome at school from 8.30am when staff will be on the premises. The school grounds should be cleared by 3.15pm, unless a sports practice is in progress, or prior arrangements have been made.
Office hours are between 8.30am and 3.00pm on Mondays to Fridays during the school terms.
- 8.30 am – Office opens, bus arrives
- 9.00 am – Classes commence
- 10.30 am – Morning interval
- 10.50 am – Morning classes resume
- 12.30 pm – Lunch time begins
- 1.20 pm – Afternoon classes resume
- 2.50 pm – End of school day
- 3.00 pm – School bus leaves
Students are required to attend school on all days that the school is open. It is very important that students arrive on time for school with enough time to prepare for the day. In the event of your child not coming to school for any reason please ring the school or use the Hero App to let us know by 9 am. For student safety, we take a check morning and afternoon and we will contact you if your child is absent without prior notification.
Should your child be required to leave the school during the day, please sign your child in and out at the office.
As part of our enrolment policy at Kaikōura Primary our Board of Trustees adopted our uniform as a compulsory requirement of attendance to foster pride and school identity. Uniform items are listed below.
- Short sleeved easy dry KPS polo shirt
- Navy polar fleece
- Navy shorts/pants/skirt/skort
- Navy bucket hat (terms 1 and 4)
- Navy thermal and navy tights may be worn.
- Shoes – must be practical for school.
All uniform is available from the school office. We only keep limited amounts of uniform so you may need to order ahead of time.
Student clothing must be named.
Students and parents are encouraged to check through the lost property box located in the office for any lost items. At the end of each term, clothing left in this box is washed and donated to the community Op Shop.
This is emailed to parents every week. This is the main form of communication between the school and home. A hard copy of the newsletter is available from the school office.
Our school pool is currently under reconstruction.
Scholastic Book Fair/Duffy Books in Homes
We are very lucky to be part of the Duffy Books in Homes Programme who’s philosophy behind the programme is simple – to break the cycle of ‘booklessness’. “Kids who can’t read become adults who can’t communicate and that’s a serious disadvantage in a world that operates on the written word”.
Each child receives books of their own choosing throughout the year. These books are given out at Duffy Role Model assemblies. Role models from all over NZ come to our school to inspire our tamariki and their love of reading. We have a performance from the Duffy Theatre once a year and you are very welcome to join us at either of these events.
Each year our school holds a themed Scholastic Book Fair and Scholastic orders are also available online each term. The school receives points which are accumulated and used to buy more resources for school – a very easy way to fundraise.
We rely on parents and staff members to provide most of the transport to various extra functions and activities that we consider important for the education of the children in the school. Please make yourself available for this activity when you can.
A Ministry of Education funded school bus service operates in the district, Ritchies Blenheim, to bring children to and from school. To be entitled to school transport a pupil must live more than 3.2km from their nearest school. Please enquire at our school office for eligibility.
If a bus pupil is not going home on the bus, they must advise the school office by 2.30pm.
Children look forward to sharing their success with whanau on Fridays at 9 am. The senior class takes responsibility for the running of assemblies and classes participate with items such as singing, kapa haka, drama and sharing of their classroom accomplishments. We recognise success in sport, social and academic achievements.
We do not ask for school fees. From 2020 our Board of Trustees has opted into the new MOE School Donation Scheme. For more information go to www.education.govt.nz and search MOE Donations Scheme.