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.

Belinda Kennedy

"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

Term, Holiday and Teacher Only Day Dates

School Terms 2022

Term One - Tuesday 1 February to Thursday 14 April
Term Two - Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July
Term Three - Monday 25 July to Friday 30 September
Term Four - Monday 17 October to Thursday 15 December
Teacher Only Days (TOD) 2022

Term One - Thursday 27, Friday 28 January and Monday 4 April
Term Two - Monday 27 June
Term Three - Friday 16 September 
Term Four - Monday 14 November (Monday following Canterbury Anniversary Day)
Statutory Holidays 2022

Term One - Waitangi Day (observed) – Monday 7 February, and Easter: Good Friday – 15 April, Easter Monday – 18 April, Easter Tuesday – 19 April (a school holiday)
Term Two - Queen’s Birthday – Monday 6 June, Matariki - 24 June
Term Three - None
Term Four - Labour Day – Monday 24 October and Canterbury Anniversary Day Friday 11 November

School Terms 2023

Learning conferences (Knowing our learner) - 31 January & 1 February
Replaces the traditional Week 5/6 conferences.

Term One - Thursday 2 February to Thursday 6 April
Term Two - Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June
Term Three - Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September
Term Four - Monday 9 October to Tuesday 19 December

Statutory Holidays 2023

Term One - Monday 6 February - Waitangi Day
Friday 7 April - Good Friday
Term Three - None
Term Two - Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC Day, Monday 5 June - King's Birthday
Term Four - Monday 23 October - Labour Day, Friday 17 November - Canterbury Show Day


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