Students are not hard-wired to learn in different ways – we need to stop using unproven, harmful methodsTeachers need to be critical consumers of research – as with medicine, lives are also at stake – yet with the best will in the world and without the knowledge and time to do so, decisions may be made to adopt new approaches that are not only ineffectual, but can actually do harm. Read more and have your say...
2016 school terms
|START DATE||END DATE|
|Term 4||Monday 10 October;
||ends no later than Friday 16 December for secondary and composite schools|
|ends no later than Tuesday 20 December for primary and intermediate schools|
Or to a day in December which ensures that
the school has been open for instruction
for 380 half-days in 2016.
Section 65C of the Education Act 1989 states that every board shall ensure that all schools it administers are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and on the following days:
• Labour Day
• Christmas Day
• Boxing Day
• and the day observed in the locality in which the school is situated as anniversary day.
2017 school terms and holidays
|Start date||End date||Holidays|
|Term 1 - 10 or 11 weeks||Between Monday 30 January (at the earliest);
and Tuesday 7 February (at the latest)
|Thursday 13 April
(96-106 half days)
|Public holiday: Waitangi Day
School holiday: 2 weeks (includes
Easter and Easter Tuesday and Anzac Day)
|Term 2 - 10 weeks||Monday 1 May||Friday 7 July
(98 half days)
|Public holiday: Queen's birthday
School holiday: Saturday 8 July – Sunday 23 July
|Term 3 - 10 weeks||Monday 24 July||Friday 29 September
(100 half days)
Saturday 30 September – Sunday 15 October
|Term 4 - up to 10 weeks||Monday 16 October||Primary, intermediate and special schools:
No later than Wednesday 20 December
(94 half days)*
Secondary and composite:
Public holidays: Labour Day 23 October, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day
School holiday: 5-6 weeks from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year.
* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for
instruction for 388 half days in 2017.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2017.