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Our School 

Kelburn Normal School is a vibrant, creative and highly regarded primary school, situated in an attractive suburb right on the fringe of Wellington’s cultural and business centre.

Kelburn Normal School is a full primary, with a roll of over 300 children aged from 5 to 13 years. We have four teams: Tupu, Whanake, Whānui and Māia with three home learning teams each. Additionally we offer a differentiated programme for some students at Year level 5-8 that challenges students to think abstractly called Additional English, as well as the performing arts.

Our students are consistently above average in academic achievement compared to students of similar schools in New Zealand.  We are continuously identifying ways of further improving teaching programmes to meet the individual needs of students. Evidence shows that when our children go to secondary school they are well prepared to succeed. See Our Kaupapa for more information on our approach to learning.

Everyday School Information

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 Team pages.

A typical day at Kelburn Normal School

8:30 am

The bell rings, when school is open for students to enter the main building from the Link or via the outside stairs. (Staff are often in meetings prior to 8:30 am.) 

8:50 am

The bell signals the start of school. Students arriving after 8:50am, MUST sign in at the office.

11:00 am

Morning Tea.
11:10 am

Break / Play time.

11:40 am

Students return to their team's area for learning time.

1:00 pm

Eating lunch. Lunch options

1:10 pm

Break / Play time.

1:40 pm

Students return to their team's area for learning time.

2:50 pm

Pack up/road patrol – pack up time, notices, reflection, reminders – Road patrollers 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.


Big Beaters (Xylophone Ensemble)
8.30 - 9.30am
Mahler Room

Year 4s, 5s, 6s

8.30 - 9.30am

Year 7’s OR Year 8s


8.30 - 9.30am
Mahler Room

Code Club TBC
1:10 - 1:40pm

Kapa Haka Juniors
1:40 - 2:15pm
Hall or Karaka

Year 1s to 4s


8.30 - 9.30am
Mahler Room

Year 4s, 5s, 6s

Tui Choir

Year 2s and 3s

Chess Club TBC
1:10 - 1:40pm
Māia area

Eco Club TBC
1:10 - 1:40pm


8.30 - 9.30am
Mahler Room

Year 6s, 7s, 8s



Little Xylofun
8.30 - 9.00am
Mahler Room

Year 2s and 3s

Senior Kapa Haka
8.30 - 9.30am

Year 5s - 8s

Our Extra-Curricular Activities

For more details on our performing arts groups please click here.

For sports activities at KNS please click here.

For other opportunities for our students to take an active part in our school community click here.

Late Arrival to School

If students arrive to class after 8.50am, 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 check out details on our contact us page and follow the instructions.

For extended periods of leave, please email a letter of explanation to and copy your child’s teacher and/or the principal in.

            School App

Our school app etap @school mobile can be downloaded:


or access via a browser:

Etap @school caregiver login

Once you received your login details (check the spam folder if necessary) follow these instructions to login and reset your password:

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School App Info
School Newsletter - Bird's Eye View

Our Newsletters are accessible via our @school app (see above), on our Home page and News page.  Team Newsletters are published each term and can be accessed via the app, Home page or Team pages (Tupu, Whanake, Whānui, Māia).

School Assemblies

About 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 10:15a – 11.00 am. Each assembly is hosted by a different team and is advertised in the school newsletter and on our Facebook page.

Term Dates
(also published on our footer)
Term 1 - Wednesday 1 February - Thursday 6 April 2023

Teacher Only Day: Friday 17 March

Public Holiday: Monday 6 February

Term 2 - Wednesday 26 April - 30 June

Teacher Only Days: Monday 24 April, Friday 2 June

Public Holidays: Tuesday 25 April, Monday 5 June

Term 3 - Monday  17 July -  22 September

Teacher Only Day: Friday 22 September

Term 4 -

Monday  9 October -  Wednesday 20 December noon

Public Holiday: Monday 23 October

Teacher Only Day: Tuesday 24th October

After School and School Holiday Care

For parents requiring after school care for their children Kelly Club provides an after school care programme out of the school hall. For more information go to After School Care and Holiday Programme 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 the PTA.

Our Year 6-8 students provide road patrol service – training is usually given at the end of each year for the following year 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 attend meetings after 3pm and often do not get the opportunity to check emails until after 5pm or early in the morning. Further details click here.

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 BOT document.

For any of our other important documents and forms please click here.​

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