As families would be aware, last year the School Board decided to endorse starting the 2020 school year a week earlier (same week as education department schools) and having a three-week holiday in the middle of the year. This decision was made to accommodate the building work at Wairoa as it was felt that it would somewhat ease the disruption for both staff and students, and the builders. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the building work is yet to start at Wairoa, however we are hoping that this will begin in the next couple of months.
We have all felt the impact and the disruption of COVID-19 this year, and in hindsight the three week holiday in the middle of the year couldn’t have come at a better time and enabled us all to have a well-earned break after a stressful, demanding and unsettled first semester.
The Board again discussed the dates for the 2021 school year at its last meeting. On the whole I have had very positive feedback from staff and parents regarding the three-week break and so the Board decided that we will ‘trial’ another year of a three-week break in the middle of the school year. We hope that 2021 will not replicate the disrupted year of 2020 and we will be able to truly ascertain whether or not a three week break will be of benefit to staff, students and families and if indeed we wish to permanently change our school calendar to this model moving forward. This would bring us in line with many other independent schools.
Below are the details of the 2021 school term dates.
I hope this clarifies future dates and assists with future holiday planning for families.
The 2021 School term dates are listed below.
Please Note: The 2021 school year will start on Wednesday 27th January as Monday 25th January will be a pupil free day and Tuesday 26th January is a public holiday.
Term 3 pupil free day will be held on Friday 13th August rather than the start of the term.
Term 1 - Wed 27th Jan - Fri 9th April
(Term 1 Pupil free day = Monday 25th Jan)
Term 2 - Tues 27th April - Fri 2nd July
(Term 2 Pupil free day = Monday 26th April)
Term 3 - Mon 26th July - Fri 24th September
(Term 3 Pupil Free Day = Friday 13th August)
Term 4 - Tues 12th October - Wed 8th December
(Term 4 Pupil free day = Monday 11th October)