Term Dates & Times

2018 Term Dates

Term 1 Wednesday 31st January 2018 to Friday 13th April 2018. School closed Monday 5th February 2018.
Term 2 Monday 30th April 2018 to Friday 6th July 2018.
Term 3 Monday 23rd July 2018 to Friday 28th September 2018.
Term 4 Monday 15th October 2018 to Tuesday 18th December 2018.

Teacher Only Days

Monday 3 September 2018

Public Holidays

Auckland Anniversary Monday 29 January 2018
Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February 2018
Good Friday Friday 30 April 2018
Easter Monday Monday 2 April 2018
Easter Tuesday Tuesday 3 April 2018
ANZAC Day Tuesday 25 April 2018
Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June 2018
Labour Day Monday 22 October 2018
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December 2018
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December 2018

School Hours

8.25am Classrooms open for children to arrive at school. Ideally children arrive no earlier than this time.
8.55am School begins.
10.30am Interval with 10 minutes sit down morning tea.
11.00am End of interval.
12.30pm Lunch time with 15 minutes sit down eating time.
12.45pm Students free to leave seated lunch area.
1.25pm Bell goes for students to return to class for afternoon learning.
3.00pm School finishes.
3.30pm Children to be clear of school grounds.

Children should arrive at school no earlier than 8.25am. The Board of Trustees supplies supervision in the school hall from 8.00am for children arriving prior to this time.

After school, any students still on the school grounds after 3.30pm will be taken to after school care, where a small fee may be incurred.

Absentees / Lateness


Parents should contact the school when their child is absent.

  • Use the school’s online absentee form.
  • Leave a message on the school answerphone: 07 856 6122 (ext 1).
  • Send a text message to 021 859 916 stating name, room number and reason for the absence.
  • Send an email to enquiries@hillcrestnormal.school.nz.
  • Send advice by written note to the school office.

A text message is sent out by 9.45am to all parents/caregivers of children who are unaccounted for. This system has been established to ensure the safety of all children and to monitor attendance.

If you are planning on going away on holiday during the school term please fill in the form below and return it to the school office.

NO student is allowed to leave the school grounds without teacher permission.

Parents/caregivers who wish to collect their child for appointments, or for personal reasons, must inform the school office. Parents must first report to the school office before removing any child from the school. No parent will be able to remove a non-family member unless accompanied by a note from the non-family member’s parent/caregiver.


All children who arrive after 9.00am must check in to the school office as soon as they arrive at school.


All parents/caregivers or visitors to the school are required to sign in at the office upon arrival any time between 9.00am and 2.50pm. This is a health and safety issue for us as we need to know who is on site at all times.


We encourage families to choose safety over convenience when dropping off or collecting children from school. Walking to school, even a short distance, is a great way to start or end the school day.

Road Patrol

Hillcrest Normal School operates two patrolled crossings on McCracken Ave and Cambridge Road. Both crossings are patrolled before school between 8.25am – 8.45am and after school between 3.00pm – 3.20pm.

Bikes and Scooters

All children who ride bicycles to school must wear an approved safety helmet, as they are legally required to. It is a police recommendation that children under the age of 10 years old do not ride unaccompanied. The school endorses this recommendation. We also recommend wearing a hi-vis jacket or vest and padlocking your bike at school in the stands provided.

Please share with care if you are using a scooter on the footpath. Scooters must be stored tidily in the racks provided. No scooters or bikes are to be ridden inside the school grounds.


The driveway at the front of the school is a drive through and drop off or pick up only zone between 8.40am – 9.10am and 2.30pm – 3.15pm. Vehicles should not be left unattended.

Cambridge Road outside the school is an extremely busy four-lane highway where traffic travels at speed. There is very limited parking and we advise parking on other streets around the school instead.

Lunch Orders

The school offers a lunch scheme on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Lunch Orders. Our aim is to provide healthy and appetising food choices for children. Orders need to be placed before 8.30am for same day delivery and can be preordered for following days.  Lunches are delivered to the school office for collection by your child at the beginning of lunch. Visit www.lunchorders.co.nz to place a lunch order.


The school strongly encourages all children to wear sun hats when outside in summer. We have two styles of hats available from the school office. Sunblock is also available in every classroom for children to re-apply throughout the day.