Welcome to the Kelburn Normal School website

Board of Trustees Election

Nominations are invited for the election of six parent representatives to the board of trustees. Nominations received for parent representatives are below.  Candidate statements can be viewed here:

Lisa Moore

Tim Stewart

Martin Read

Andrew Ormsby

Lisale Falema'a

Sarah George

Bill Viggers

John Sneyd

Tracey Conlon

Bob Walker

Matt Christie

Peter Martineau

Poppy Law

Mela Greenslade

Voting papers will be posted on 23 May.  Voting papers are to be returned to the Returning Officer at Kelburn Normal School by NOON Friday 3 June 2016



New Entrant Out of Zone Enrolments July 2016

The Board has determined that up to five New Entrant places are likely to be available for out of zone students eligible for enrolment during July 2016 to September 2016. 

Applications for out of zone places are being invited for those students who will become eligible for enrolment as outlined above.

Kelburn Normal School, Kowhai Road, Kelburn, Ph 475 9351 or email loraineb@kelburnnormal.school.nz


About us

KNS is a busy school where students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of opportunities. We have 18 teachers, 6 support staff and 340 motivated students who come to school with great attitudes towards teaching and learning. It is an exciting place to be part of.

KNS has a team of highly motivated and professional staff who make decisions centred around the students. A range of additional classes are offered in English, mathematics and the performing arts. These additional classes assist to reduce our class sizes and bring like minded students together.

Teachers individual strengths are utilized by offering rotations in sports, visual arts and the sciences. We are also very fortunate to have a number of specialist teachers on the staff. Their skills include the teaching of information literacy and computer programmes, sporting activities, inquiry learning, dance, music, drama and teaching English to our international students.

The KNS Curriculum is based on up to date teaching and learning pedagogy. The school is well resourced, including interactive whiteboards in all classrooms. Teachers use these resources to adapt lessons to meet the individual learning needs of their students.

KNS students are offered a variety of extra curricular activities ranging from chess club, netball and learning other languages through to choirs, Kapa Haka, orchestra, gymnastics club and rock bands.

Leadership roles for students are actively promoted and encouraged throughout the school. We have over 100 trained student librarians, a team of tech angels, class student council representatives, gardening club, house captains and road patrol monitors.

Whether you are already a member of the KNS community or hoping to enroll your child at KNS we hope that you find this website informative. If you have any questions please contact our wonderful office staff for assistance.

Kind regards

Andrew McFarlane

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KNS Strategic Plan 2011-2016

In developing the plan the Board of Trustees used information from community surveys and consulted with the KNS staff and students. Click here to view 2014 Charter. 


New Zealand Curriculum Website

Kelburn Normal School is show-cased on the New Zealand Curriculum Website.


International Student Enrolments

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Click here to view KNS policies and procedures. 

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KNS Strategic Plan 2011-2016

During the second half of 2010 the KNS Strategic Plan was updated. This plan provides guidance for all school operations over the next five years and for each of the five annual plans during this time. In developing the new plan the Board of Trustees used information from community surveys and consulted with the KNS staff and students. A copy of the summary can be viewed by following the link below.

2011 KNS Annual Plan Summary