EXPLANATORY NOTES

(from the Ministry of Education website, October 2010)

Flexibility of Dates
Schools may exercise flexibility to open for instruction between the day following Auckland Anniversary day and 7 February, the day following Waitangi Day. Schools serving the same community must consult to establish a common opening day for schools in that community. This flexibility of dates will allow schools to accommodate local events more easily. As in previous years, a board of trustees may close a school for teacher-only days, local gala or show days, and in-service training days. This flexibility is restricted to these events. Where a board exercises this flexibility and closes the school, boards must ensure that schools are open for instruction for the prescribed number of half-days in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Teacher Preparation and Teacher-Only Days
Teacher-only days are planning and preparation days. Instruction is not provided for pupils on these days. Teacher preparation and teacher-only days, including jumbo days where a number of schools combine for in-service training, are not included in the calculations of half-days when schools are officially open for instruction.

It is recognised that teachers work on professional development and general school and class room planning during times when schools are not open for instruction, including the period of call-back days provided for in the primary and secondary teacher collective agreements. Dates do not need to be notified to the Ministry of Education.

Boards of trustees do not need to advise the Ministry of their school term dates.

Local Anniversary Day Holiday
If the local Anniversary Day holiday falls within school term dates, a school will need to stay open for an extra day to ensure that it meets the requirement to be open for instruction for the required number of half-days.

Responsibility To Be Open for Instruction
Boards of trustees should notify the school bus operators of school term dates for the following year.

Responsibility to be open for instruction Section 65A(2) of the Education Act 1989 requires that every board of trustees shall ensure that each school it administers is open for instruction every year on the number of half-days set by the Minister of Education. Schools must be open for instruction accordingly.

Under section 65E of the Education Act 1989, a board of trustees may close a school at any time because of epidemic, flood, fire or other emergency. Ministry of Education consent to close a school in an emergency is not required although the local Ministry office should be notified.

However, if the emergency will result in the school not being open for the required number of half-days in that year, approval to reduce the number of half-days open must be obtained from the Manager at the nearest office of the Ministry of Education. Emergencies do not include paid union meetings or strikes.

TERMS AND HOLIDAYS

Please check the TBHS calendar for actual dates the school is open.

Information for this page is taken from the Ministry of Education website.
N.B.
Term and holiday dates can be different for primary and secondary schools. If you wish to know dates for primary schools please visit
http://www.minedu.govt.nz and follow the link on that page. Please check on the Ministry's website for possible changes or updates to the information shown below.

2014 Secondary School Terms

Term 1 Monday 27 January (at the earliest); and
Friday 7 February (at the latest)
To Thursday 17 April
(100-114 half-days)
Term 2 Monday 5 May To Friday 4 July
(88 half-days)
Term 3 Monday 21 July To Friday 26 September
(100 half-days)
Term 4 Monday 13 October To Tuesday 16 December
(94 half-days)*
* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2013.

2015 Secondary School Terms

Term 1 Between Monday 26 January (at the earliest); and Thursday 5 February (at the latest) To Thursday 2 April
(80-96 half-days)
Term 2 Monday 20 April To Friday 3 July
(108 half-days)
Term 3 Monday 20 July To Friday 25 September
(100 half-days)
Term 4 Monday 12 October To No later than Wednesday 16 December
(94 half-days)*
* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2013.

Holidays

Schools must be closed in on Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays:

2014 2015
Waitangi Day Feb 6 Feb 6
Good Friday Apr 18* April 3*
Easter Monday Apr 21* April 6*
Easter Tuesday Apr 22* April 7*
ANZAC Day Apr 25* Apr 25
Queen's Birthday Jun 2 Jun 1
Anniversary Day Sep 22 Sep 28
Labour Day Oct 27 Oct 26

N.B. Dates with * fall during school holidays. Further information can be found on the Ministry of Education website at:
http://www.minedu.govt.nz