Term Dates & Times

Office Hours during holiday

The school office will be open on Thursday 30th & Friday 31st January 2020 between 10.00 am – 2.00 pm.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1 Thursday 31st January 2019 to Friday 12th April 2019.

School closed Wednesday 6th February 2019.

Term 2 Monday 29th April 2019 to Friday 5th July 2019.
Term 3 Monday 22nd July 2019 to Friday 27th September 2019.
Term 4 Monday 14th October 2019 to Tuesday 17th December 2019.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1 Monday 03 February to Thursday 09 April 2020

School closed Thursday 6th & Friday 07 February 2020.

Term 2 Tuesday 28th April to Friday 03 July 2020
Term 3 Monday 20th July to Friday 25 September 2020
Term 4 Monday 12th October to Wednesday 16th December 2020

Teacher Only Days


Public Holidays

Auckland Anniversary Monday 28th January 2019
Waitangi Day Wednesday 6th February 2019
Good Friday Friday 19th April 2019
Easter Monday Monday 22nd April 2019
Easter Tuesday Tuesday 23rd April 2019
ANZAC Day Thursday 25th April 2019
Queen’s Birthday Monday 3rd June 2019
Labour Day Monday 28th October 2019
Christmas Day  Wednesday 25th December 2019
Boxing Day Thursday 26th December 2019

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.

School Tours

School tours are available every Tuesday at 1.30 pm.  If you would like to attend one, please contact the main office to make a booking.

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 everyday through Your Lunch Box. Our aim is to provide healthy and appetising food choices for children.  As Your Lunch Box packs contain enough food for the whole day, they will be delivered to the school office in time for morning tea. Orders need to be placed before 8.00pm the previous Saturday for the week ahead. Please click here to visit the website and read more about the delicious and healthy lunches available.


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.