School info

On this page you will find some useful information for parents, caregivers and students of Kelburn Normal school. For syndicate or classroom specific information, please see the syndicates pages.

We encourage you to download the free Kelburn Normal School app (via the iTunes store or Google Play). The app enables instant communications for parents and caregivers as it provides alerts and messages regarding events and links directly to our Google calendar.

A typical day at Kelburn Normal School

Bell times

8:30 am
Signals when school is open for students to enter the buildings (please note staff are often in meetings prior to 8:30 am and will not be on duty in their classroom until this bell sounds).
8:50 am
Signals the start of class (if students arrive after 9:00am they MUST sign in at the office).
10:30 am
Morning Tea.
10:50 am
Students return to class.
12:30 pm
Lunch break starts - Students seated for lunch.
12:40 pm
Students dismissed for lunchtime play activities if they have eaten enough lunch.
1:25 pm
Students return to class.
2:50 pm
Pack up/road patrol bell – pack up time, notices, reflection, reminders – road patrollers need to make their way to the office for their duty.
3:00 pm
End of school – students should leave the school grounds by 3:15pm unless they are supervised by an adult or are officially attending After School Care.

Late Arrival to School

If students arrive to class after 8.50 am, they (or their parents) MUST sign in at the office. This is a ministry requirement so attendances can be confirmed, and is important for the safety of students.

School Absences

If a student is going to be absent from school please call the school on 04 475 9351 and press 2 to report the absence, or use the school app. For extended periods of leave, please email a letter of explanation to and copy your child’s teacher and/or the principal.

School Assemblies

Approximately every second week there is a school wide assembly which parents are welcome to attend. This takes place in the school hall on a Friday between 9.45 am – 10.30 am. Each assembly is hosted by a different syndicate and is advertised in the school newsletter and on the school calendar.

School Newsletter

Newsletters will be emailed out weekly on Friday during the school term - please provide your email address to the office  and advise them if your email address changes. These newsletters are also available on the News page of this website. 

After School and School Holiday Care

For parents requiring after school care for their children, the Kelburn Out of School Care operates out of the school hall. Their hours are: 3:00pm – 6:00pm daily and 8:30am – 6:00pm during school holidays, Monday to Friday. For more information contact Kim Mudgway on 04 475 9212 or check out their page.

KNS Clothing

Kelburn Normal School branded clothing is available – you can order this at the office. Up-to-date product and price lists are available from the office. We try to keep the sports t-shirts in stock at all times as these are required when students play sport in competitions away from school. The polo shirt is also readily available. 

Road Patrol Support

The pedestrian crossings near the school are patrolled from 8:25am – 8:50am and 3:00pm – 3:20pm. This is run by parent volunteers to decrease the cost of paying staff to supervise the students who man the road patrol. Without the volunteers this service is a costly exercise for the school. If you can go on the roster during the year, please contact Kim Mudgway. Year 6-8 students can go on the road patrol – training is given and it operates on a roster basis.

Contacting Teachers & Staff

During school time (8:50am – 3:00pm) staff members will be focused on teaching and learning and will not be responding to emails or telephone calls. If you have an urgent message, or a message about end-of-day pick-ups, please contact the office to deliver this message. If it is not urgent, send an email. Please be aware teachers do attend meetings after 3pm and often do not get the opportunity to check emails until after 5pm or early in the morning.

School Donations

Each year the Board of Trustees needs to determine how much funding is needed to operate the school, and sets a budget accordingly.  Funding is made up of a combination of government funding, international student fees, parent donations and fundraising. Annual parent donations are required to help the school to provide additional resources and meet any shortfall in the operational grant. For further information about parent donations, please see the School Donation page.