School Info

Term Dates

Term 1

9 February - 16 April

Term 2

3 May - 9 July

Term 3

26 July - 1 October

Term 4

18 October - 17 December (Half Day)


Waitangi Day
Saturday 6th February
Monday 8 February (observed)

Week 9: Friday 2 – Tuesday 6th April

Queens Birthday
Week 6: Monday 2 June

Labour Day
Week 2: Monday 25 October

Marlborough Anniversary 
Week 3: Monday 1 November


Teacher Only Days

Term One
Week 9: Thursday 1 April

Term Two
Week 9: Friday 2 July

Term Three
Week 9: Friday 24 September

Operating Times


It is important that children are not arriving at school before 8:30am as school is closed while teachers and staff set up for the day. Before School Care operates via a number of external providers up until this time. It is also equally as important that students are at school before the 8:50am bell as lateness can disturb the learning of the child and classroom which can directly affect school success.


8:30 am

School grounds open for children to arrive at school

8:50 am

School Starts Brain Break in the middle

11:00 am

Morning Tea Break

11:20 am

Classes restart


1:00 pm

Supervised Lunch Eating Time

1:15 pm

Lunch Break / Play

1:55 pm

Classes restart

3:00 pm

School ends

School Donation

Annual Donation $125 (Voluntary)

The Board of Trustees ask that parents make an annual donation of $125 per child. Income is used to supplement the Operations Grant provided by the Government and allows for our school to be well resourced and offer your child the very best learning opportunities.  Please enquire at the school office about paying your school donation in instalments.

Following payment of the donation you will recieve a tax credit note.

Internet Banking Details

How to pay

Many people prefer to pay through internet banking. Please be aware we do not check this everyday however there is a dedicated time for our office staff to go through these.  Make sure you use your LAST NAME and WHAT you are paying for as a reference otherwise we will not know who and what the payment is for.  

This is the school number:  12-3167-0133327-00


How to get a uniform

Witherlea School students wear a uniform that can be purchased through The Warehouse.  A second-hand store operates via our WSPCG in the hall one afternoon per week. 

Please contact the office if you have any queries.

Absentees: Safety Check

Safety details


Resolution Pathway

We have a clear pathway to solve issues and come to either
a shared understanding or a resolution at Witherlea School.

The Teacher

Teachers are the first people to engage with when there is any type of concern. One or two meetings will resolve most issues. However, at times there may need to be an extensive plan of action put in place which will be created together.

Hub Leaders

If the issue cannot be solved by the teacher alone our Hub Leaders will help to create a new plan or way forward through the issue or consern.

Senior Management

After a team approach has not effectively resolved the issue our Senior Managers; Assistant Principals, Deputy Principal and Principal can work through possible next steps or options.

The Board

If parents feel there has been no resolution they can formally write to the Board of Trustees with an official complaint which the board will investigate using the governance lens.

Team Leaders

From time to time matters of concern and/or questions may arise. The first person you should speak to would be your child’s teacher, who will work with you to resolve the issue and find solutions. If concerns persist, the Team Leader may be able to assist and then management could support. Please follow this process to save valuable time and so the right person is dealing with each concern/issue.

Angela Clark

Hazel Halton

Catherine Stringer

Phil Funnell

Matt Robertson

Andrea Harnett

Deputy Principal

Please contact the school office and make an appointment to the
Deputy Principal; Or book an appointment with our Principal, Andrea
 through the school office.

Phil Funnell: 


The following methods are used to communicate information to the school community:


School App

School Website


Meet the Teacher

(term one)


issued every second Monday

WSPCG Meetings

(Tuesday Evening 7:30pm – usually twice per term)

Parent Teacher

Interviews (term two)

Parent Information

Evenings and Open Days

Medical Information


Only medication prescribed by a registered practitioner can be administered at school. A consent form must be completed at the office by the parent / caregiver. Medication is kept at the office, not in classrooms.


In the event of your child being involved in an accident which causes concern at school, we will, if necessary arrange for medical attention and notify you immediately. Please make sure that we always have your up-to-date telephone number, and an emergency back-up number.

Medical Care

We have a sick bay, which is available for first aid, and as a place for ill or injured children to wait for parents to collect them. In case of sickness we will get in touch with you if children need to go home. We have visits from the Public Health Nurse, and she will contact you if there are matters needing further attention.

Cyclingand Wheels

Bikes may be stored on bike racks.  No bikes, scooters or other wheels should be ridden in the playground between 8.30am and 3.15pm – we also ask all students to walk their bikes and scooters down to MaKenzie Street before riding as we have many pedestrians that could be run into.  It is recommended by the Police that those pupils under 10 should not cycle to school.  All cyclists must wear an approved safety helmet and we encourage the use of a reflector jacket.

Before and After School Care Programmes

Many after school activity programmes operate five days per week from 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Children must be enrolled in order to attend these programme. Further information regarding each programme can be found at the office