Principal's Welcome

I am very proud to be the Principal of Ilam School. Ilam is a friendly and positive school where children are considerate and supportive of each other. Our children are encouraged to work hard to reach their personal best in a range of areas; academic, cultural and sporting. A unique feature of Ilam is our culturally diverse community. Children from 70 different cultural and national backgrounds attend Ilam, providing a rich and varied environment. 

We strive to provide an engaging learning environment where learners will become highly literate and numerate as well as being curious, creative problem-solvers, good communicators who are skilled at working with others and have strong cultural competencies. We want our children to thrive as they head into their futures, being well-rounded individuals with a richness of experience who have a strong moral ethic to do the right thing. 

Ilam School has a close relationship with our neighbour, the University of Canterbury.  Staff and students from both organisations provide contributions that build upon existing programmes. We are fortunate to be able to use facilities at the university which provide unique and exciting opportunities to enhance learning.   

You are most welcome to come and visit Ilam and get a feel for the school yourself. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more about Ilam or make an appointment so that you can be shown around this very special place.

Paul Dolan 

"At this school leaders and teachers are strongly committed to equity and excellence for all learners. The school has many effective processes to progress the learning and achievement of all children. Leaders and teachers work in inclusive and respectful ways with the diverse learners and cultures within the school. The language, culture and identity of children, families and whānau are highly valued and respected." 2017 Education Review Office Report


The Ministry of Health advises that we have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even with the new variants of the virus, the most important things we can do remain the same: 

While we are at Level 1, we will: 

  • display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • keep our visitor register and attendance register up to date to help with contact tracing if needed
  • be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home
  • encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline (0800 358 5453) or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so
  • reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying
  • reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly

Your whānau will also have good practices to follow to keep yourselves safe:

  • check in using the NZ COVID Tracer app everywhere you go (the sooner you get notified that you were at a location of interest, the easier it will be to keep yourself and your whānau safe)
  • switch on the Bluetooth function on the app (go to the dashboard in the app to do this)
  • always stay home if you are unwell and seek advice from Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your GP
  • get tested if recommended to do so. Testing is free to everyone in New Zealand!
  • wash and dry hands thoroughly and frequently
  • practise good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home
  • wear face coverings on public transport
  • if you think you might have been at a location of interest at a specified time, follow the instructions on the Ministry of Health website or if you are unsure what to do, contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice about getting tested



Term 1 - Wednesday 3 February – Friday 16 April (Waitangi Day – Monday 8 February, Easter – Friday 2 April – Tuesday 6 April)

Term 2 - Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July

Term 3 - Monday 26 July – Friday 1 October

Term 4 - Monday 18 October – Thursday 16 December


Registrations are now open for the 2021 ICAS exams. Like last year the 2021 ICAS is online. The dates for the 2021 examinations are below:

Writing – Monday 9 August 2021

Digital Technologies - Tuesday 10 August 2021

English - Tuesday 17 August 2021

Science - Monday 23 August 2021

Spelling Bee - Wednesday 25 August 2021

Mathematics - Tuesday 31 August 2021

To enrol for ICAS, please click on your child year level and complete registration form.

Bookings and payments must be received by Friday 2 July 2021.  No payment, no entry!  NO CASH PLEASE


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