Kelburn Normal School is at the heart of
the village of Kelburn.

A community that has long embraced the power of learning.  The school has a strong history of lifting student achievement via the Arts.  Our role as a normal school continues today where we provide innovative and supportive coaching for New Zealand’s next generation of teachers.

The world of creativity is at our fingertips and we at KNS recognise the place that music, drama, visual art, dance and digital media play in providing child centred ways to explore creativity.  From individual music tuition with our 10 specialist teachers through play and drama to Shakespeare productions, we offer many opportunities for students to develop their creative language potential.

KNS has a supportive and close knit community that supports teaching and learning. We encourage you to visit KNS to see our school in action and see what our school has to offer your child.

Click to review a Curriculum Review undertaken in 2019

Twilight Gala 2019 video



Kia ora whanau,

We are now at Alert Level 2 and this means it is safe for tamariki to be at school. We look forward to getting children back to learning at school, to fun times and to being with their friends and of course back working with their teachers at school from Monday 18 May 2020.

There is a lot of important information to share, and the Kelburn Normal School Procedure Plan for Alert Level 2 can be found below which gives everyone a detailed background to our operations as we welcome the students back to school and develop a new normal for everyone in our school community. Note, this information is based on the Ministries of Health & Education guidelines for schools. 

I have also included the Public Health Statement from Dr Caroline McElnay, Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health (refer news below).

One of the key challenges for the school is developing systems for drop off and pick up. The simple message to adults at the moment is please don’t come into school. 

Wherever possible, please drop your children off rather than coming into school, or even better, have your child bike, scooter or walk to school to avoid congestion. We advise parents to hug, wave and say goodbye a short distance from the school to avoid congestion and the actual school gate.

The official entry to school is via Kowhai St. Any parent coming through the Kowhai St gates must sign in at the office through Vistab for contact tracing. 

The Boundary Rd entrance has been designated as a drop off/pick up space. Adults can come into the school grounds (without signing in) but must not go beyond the yellow line marked on the ground. 

The key principles for Alert Level 2 are to:

  • reduce the risk of someone getting infected in the first place
  • ensure we can identify and contact anyone who becomes infected
  • understand that Level 2 is not business as usual.

Our school will follow detailed Ministry of Health guidelines to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. This includes regular cleaning, handwashing, use of sanitiser, and reminding and helping children with those important habits such as coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying. 

If you have any further questions or comments please feel free to email me –

Thanks again for all your support and understanding over this challenging period. We are all looking forward to welcoming our tamariki and whānau back to school.

Ngā mihi

Andrew Bird


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