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Natural Health advice from people who care:
Recipes for Home & School by Pip Duncan, Food Safety & Nutrition Consultant sourced from the website of Choice Catering Equipment Limited
The Gardening Gnome – In Spring

2016 school terms

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.
Other holidays

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)
Friday 14 April – Sunday 30 April

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)
2 weeks
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:
No later than Thursday 14 December
(86 half days)**


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.

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Mid-September Releases – Great Fiction for both children and adults + some innovative cooking and gardening books.


Children’s Fiction Pick

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner by the fantastically funny but late great Terry Pratchett

An Illustrated collection of short stories by master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, featuring food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks!
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Healthy Living & Cookbook Pick

The Happy Hormone Cookbook, by Emma Ellice-Flint with Jill Keyte

We all have hormones – males and females. They begin changing at puberty and continue to change throughout our lives and can often be found to be the source of imbalance and poor health.
Read more…

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