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Because life is diverse

Playground Maintenance

Our playgrounds will be under general maintenance during the second week of our upcoming holidays. This means they will not be available to our school community. We thank you for understanding.

We start with 'Hello'

There are two entrances to Ilam School, and every morning a stream of smiling faces spill through the gates, ready for another day of fun, friendship and learning.

Why is that different from any other school? Because at Ilam School, we have children from 60 different cultural and national backgrounds. This rich tapestry of mixed experiences, beliefs and traditions means our students are learning in a place which mirrors their world; one of everyday diversity.

It’s a humbling feeling to watch our learners skip into school knowing that, as Principal, it’s my responsibility to lead a team of dedicated educators who all want the best for your child. I often think “How did I get so lucky?”

Our team has built a school where children become skilled using words and numbers. Where curiosity is encouraged. Where creative solutions are tested. Where communication and teamwork and respect are the norm. Where your child can be themselves.

Visitors to our school tell us it feels friendly and positive, and that the children are considerate and supportive of each other. That’s just the foundation — from there, we encourage learners to strive for their personal best in a range of areas; from academics to the arts, from sport to cultural appreciation to leadership, and more.

When your child finishes their time at Ilam School, we know they will stride into their future as a well-rounded young person, someone who appreciates the value of diligent work, the fun of exploring new ideas and the delight in helping others.

So, come and say hello! You’re welcome to arrange a visit — we’d love to share our special place with you and welcome you to the Ilam School whānau (family).

Kia ora, nǐhǎo, tālofa lava, konnichiwa, ahlan, welcome!

Belinda Kennedy
Tumuaki / Principal

When are the school terms for 2024?

Learning Conferences (Knowing our Learner)
Tuesday  25 June,  3.15pm  - 8.00pm
Wednesday 26 June,  3.15pm - 6.00pm
Book your conference slot on the School Interviews website, using the code ban9d

Term One
Monday 5 February to Friday 12 April

Term Two
Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July

Term Three
Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September

Term Four
Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December

Staff Learning Days
Friday 31 May  - School Closed
Friday 25 October  - School Closed

When are the public holidays for 2024?

Term One
Tuesday 6 February — Waitangi Day
Friday 29 March — Good Friday
Monday 1 April  — Easter Monday
Tuesday 2 April — Easter Tuesday (for schools)

Term Two
Monday 3 June — King's Birthday
Friday 28 June — Matariki

Term Four
Monday 28 October — Labour Day
Friday 15 November — Canterbury Show Day

Education Review Office report, 2017

"At [Ilam School] leaders and teachers are strongly committed to equity and excellence for all learners. [They] 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."

School Hours

8.30 – 8.55am    Road Safety Patrols operate on Ilam Road + Students may enter their classroom
8.55am    The bell rings and classes begin
10.30 – 10.50am    Morning break
12.50 – 1.45pm    Lunchtime
3.00pm    School ends
3.00 – 3.15pm    Road Safety Patrols operate on Ilam Road

We cannot accept responsibility for any child at school before 8.30am. 

Because our teachers need time before the day starts to prepare for class, please make sure your child does not enter their classroom before the 8.30am bell sounds. Students arriving at school before this time may wait quietly in the Senior School area.

At the end of the school day all children not taking part in a supervised programme or sports practice are expected to be clear of the school grounds by 3.15pm. Any children not collected by 3.15pm should report to the office.

The school office is open from 8.30am to 4.00pm.

Leaving the School Grounds
Children may not leave the school grounds at any time during the day without permission from a parent. Please set a good example for our children by not climbing the fence — use the front or back gates instead.

Use of School Grounds
The Canterbury Japanese School use our buildings and grounds on a Saturday and the school grounds are closed to the general public.

Our playgrounds will be under general maintenance during the second week of our Term 3 holidays. This means they will not be available to our school community. We thank you for understanding. 


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