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Term Dates 2018

The following Table shows the term dates for 2018, as approved by the Board of Trustees.

Please take special note of the teacher only day prior to Queen’s Birthday weekend during which time the staff will be engaging in a full-school professional development day. These days have been added onto the end of the school year, meaning we will finish on Friday December 14th (and not Thursday December 13th).   

Russell Street School Term Dates and  Holidays 2018
Term 1 Start Tuesday, 30 Jan To Friday, April 13 (100)
Term 2 Mon, April 30 Fri To July 6

TOD -1 June (96)

Term 3 Mon, July 23 To Fri, Sept 28


Term 4 Mon, Oct 15 To End Friday, Dec 14 (88)


The school will be open until December 14th,  which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half-days in 2018.

384 half days in total
Waitangi Day –falls on Feb 6 (Tuesday)
Easter (30 March- 3 April)– including Easter Tuesday,
Anzac Day (25 April)–falls in the term 1 break
Queen’s Birthday –June 4 (Monday)
Labour Day –October 22  (Monday)



From our planning last year, part of term 2’s Professional Development focus for staff is a Teacher Only Day centred around the Treaty of Waitangi and its significance in today’s society. Please Note…

SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR INSTRUCTION ON FRIDAY JUNE 2nd for all the staff to be able to attend the training day.

We hope you have noted this date on the school calendar (at the top of the TNB and website) and have made arrangements for your child/ren. We have informed out-of-school providers and they are able to offer their service on this day. Kelly Club will be on site.  Please contact Renee ( if you would like more detail on costs and the day’s programme.

As it is Queen’s Birthday weekend we will see the children back at school on Tuesday June 6th.

Join us in building a new school charter

Dear Parents/Caregivers
We’re engaging in further important work as we rebuild our school charter and we invite you to get involved.
In term four of last year, parents took the opportunity to complete ‘School effectiveness surveys’ focusing on the current position i.e. how well we are doing.  We also invited parents to join us for ‘charter chats’ discussing and sharing their vision for the future of learning.  All of this information was valued and welcomed.
We now turn our attention to building a new school charter, an important role undertaken by the Board.
We will also be taking 10 minutes to ask you a few questions around the important person specifications you would like us to consider as we go through the process of appointing new Principal.
We have arranged an open CHARTER WORKSHOP at which time we will examine, discuss and begin prioritising plans/activities for the next 3-5 years.  This workshop is open to all, with specific invites to Supporters’ Club Members, Staff and Board.  The date and time of this workshop is Wednesday, March 8, from 5.45 -8.00 with a light dinner included. You can expect to have a brief homework (preparation) activity and be involved in group discussion/tasks that assist with the development of our charter for the period 2017-2020 on the night. You are very welcome to join us.  To assist with planning we must know if you will be joining us -simply email or advise the office and we will add you to the list.