Carisbrook School Hours of Operation:

Carisbrook School Daily Timetable:

 School Commences                                9.00 am                     Morning Break             11.00 am

Second Session Commences                  11.30 am                     Lunch                          12.50 pm

Afternoon Session Commences                1.40 pm                     School Finishes             3.00 pm

 * As staff are not on duty before 8.30am, children are asked not to arrive at school before this time. 

Carisbrook School Term Dates:

Term 1                Monday 1st Feb            To                Friday 15th April 

Term 2                Monday 2nd May         To                Friday 8th July

Term 3                Monday 25th July           To                Friday 23rd September

Term 4                Monday 10th October     To                Wednesday 14th December @ 1pm

Statutory Holidays 2016:

The school will also observe the following statutory holidays during the year:-

Otago Anniversary Day                  Monday 21st March
Good Friday                                    Friday 25th March       
Easter Monday                                Monday 28th & 29th March 
Queen’s Birthday                            Monday 6th June 
Labour Day                                     Monday 24th October

 Absences and Sickness:

If your child is absent from school for any reason, please phone or email the school office before 9.30 am.  The school is not equipped to cater for ill children, so please keep them at home so as not to spread infection.

Teachers record pupil attendance twice daily.  All unexplained absences will be followed up by administration staff with parents and caregivers as soon as possible.  If we are unable to contact a parent or caregiver to clarify an unexplained absence the child will be marked as Truant. 

 Truancy Concerns:   Class Teachers will monitor attendance / truancy patterns for their class students. Teachers will contact parents / caregivers if they have any concerns with a pupil’s attendance including lateness. 

 Activities Fee:

The Activity Fee covers the cost of pupil activities for the year excluding school camps (the costs of school camps vary depending on the duration and nature of the camps) and swimming. The activity fee will cover excursions to the Museum, Art Gallery, Edgar Centre, Performances and other excursions. Parents will be sent an invoice early in the term. Fees can be paid off throughout the year, including direct credits. This can be organised by our administration team.

The Activity Fees for 2016 are;

1 child = $40.00 per year.
2 children = $70.00 per year.

3 children or more = $100.00 per year. 


We have various types of assemblies. Assemblies are a great opportunity for students to share their work and skills and to develop their skill of public speaking. School Assemblies are run by students.  Two  ‘Whole  School   Assemblies’  are  scheduled for each term. These will incorporate Duffy Assemblies where possible. Additional Whole School Assemblies may be required for special occasions or events. Whole School Assemblies are scheduled for Friday’s commencing at 1:50pm. 


Credit Union Otago provide opportunities for pupils to bank through the school banking system. Banking needs to be placed in the banking box located in the school office foyer on Wednesdays. Student bankbooks will be returned to the school and placed in teacher tote trays for teachers to disperse to pupils. Students banking 7 out of the 10 weeks each term will earn a movie pass from Credit Union South.

  Breakfast in Schools:
Carisbrook School is registered with the “Breakfast in Schools” programme. We have milk donated by Fonterra and Weetbix by Sanitarium.  If your child would like breakfast they should attend the Breakfast Club held in the kitchen area behind the After School Programme room. Breakfast Club operates between 8.30am and 9.00am each morning. 

Camps are a highlight of school for many students. At Carisbrook School we provide an extensive EOTC / Camp programme that starts at New Entrant level. Parent and caregiver assistance may be required at some of the school camps. 
-Year 7 Camp:          Tuesday 9th  – Friday 12th February                           Berwick

 -Year 6 Camp:             Tuesday 23rd  – Friday 26th February                     Waianakarua   

 -Year 5 Camp.             Tuesday 10th - Friday 12th February                      Waiora

-Year 4 Camp.             Thursday 20th - Friday 21st October                       Tirohanga

 -Year 3 Camp              Thursday 27th - Friday 28th October                      Tahuna Motor Camp

 -Year 2 Camps.           Thursday 11th  August                                             Museum

                                    Thursday 18th August                                               Museum

 -Year 0/1 Camp.          Thursday 8th September                                          School


Please send money in an envelope clearly marked with child’s name and room.  Whenever possible please send correct amount as we have limited change. The canteen options are listed at the bottom of this page.

 Computers in Homes:

Carisbrook   School   is   a   “Computer   in   Homes”   school.   The   aim   of   Computers   in   Homes   is   to   bridge   the   digital   divide with the goal of having a computer and internet access in every home. This enables us to offer those parents and caregivers without a computer in their home the opportunity to receive both computer training and once this is completed a computer and internet access. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet at home please advise our IT Technician Tony Hayward who will ensure that a registration form is sent home. 

 Contact Numbers:

We often have difficulty contacting parents when children are absent.  Please make sure the school is kept up to date with all phone numbers.  This is extremely important due to national and local health & safety concerns.

 Contacting Teachers:

Close contact between home and school helps with children’s progress.  If you have any concerns about your child’s schooling please contact the classroom teacher about it first.  Contact may also be made directly with the Principal.

 Duffy Books in Homes Programme:

In Terms 1, 2 & 3 students will receive two free books from the Duffy Books in Homes Programme. This programme is funded by Scholastic NZ and our Board of Trustees. The book selection will arrive early each term and each class will be timetabled to view the books. 

 Extra School Activities:

There are many extra opportunities for the children to become involved with activities that are run out of school hours by staff or parents. Some of these include Rippa Rugby, Miniball, T-Ball, Netball, Futsal and Choir. Details including costings will be sent out in newsletters. 

 Fruit in Schools:

Carisbrook School is a ‘Fruit in Schools’ school. All students will receive fruit each school day usually starting in week two of each term. 

 High Tech Youth:

Carisbrook School is proud to host the first High Tech Studio in the South Island.  The Carisbrook Design Studio provides after school opportunities for our students to utilise the facilities to work on projects in IT design, movie making, robotics and other creative applications.  A qualified Creative Designer, Jason Boel is employed to support the students with their projects. 


Carisbrook School is proudly supported by KidsCan.  Their mission is to meet the physical and nutritional needs of Kiwi kids so they can be more engaged in their education and have a better chance of reaching their potential in life.  Their tangible programmes, Food for Kids, Shoes for Kids, Raincoats for Kids and Health for Kids concentrate on giving the basics directly to children in need in partnership with the schools they attend.


Occasionally children are required to have medication at school for consumption during the day. If this is the case we ask you to note the following:

Please advise us in writing of the need to have the medicine at school. (Parents will need to fill out a school based medication form which is available at the office). A parent or caregiver must sign the Medicine Administration Register that we have received any medication and the amount received on drop-off. Please do not send medication along to school with your child. 

 Milk in Schools:

Fonterra Milk for Schools aims to give all New Zealand primary-aged children the opportunity to enjoy the goodness of dairy every school day by offering free milk in schools. Carisbrook is part of this programme.


School newsletters are produced each Thursday. We encourage parents and caregivers to receive these electronically or to view these on this website. If this is not possible newsletters will be sent home with your eldest child each Thursday. Please read these carefully to keep up to date will upcoming events that may involve your child. You may also access the newsletter via this website. 

 Pre-school Visits:

We welcome visits to or enquiries from parents of pre-school children. Our preschool school visits are held on Wednesday afternoons from 1:40 3:00pm. The class teachers will organise morning visits for pre-schoolers with  parents  closer  to  the  child’s  5th birthday. 

 Reporting to Parents:

All children will receive two reports each year.  Juniors - after 6 months, 1 year, 18 months, 2 years, 30 months and 3 years at school.  Year 4 to 8 - written reports are sent to parents in Terms 2 and 4.  Parent interviews are organised after the first reports go out but can also be arranged with the class teacher as and when needed.  

Meet the Teacher:-   An opportunity for parents & caregivers to meet the teacher at the start of the school year.

Written Reports – Mid Year:  These reports will be sent out mid year.

 Parent-Teacher Interviews:-     Parent Teacher Interviews will take place imid year.

 Written Reports – End of Year:  These reports will be sent out at the end of year.

 Safety Vests

Each student is issued a safety vest. This is to ensure student safety. This vest should be worn to and from school each day. If the vest is lost a replacement will cost $10.00. 

 Smokefree School:

Carisbrook School is a school.

Stationary packs are available from the School Office or you are welcome to pick up a stationery list and purchase the items elsewhere. 


All children will have swimming and aquatics teaching as part of the school programme. If children are to be excused for medical reasons a note must be sent to the classroom teacher. Our pool is operated to very strict health guidelines and we put emphasis on learning ‘Swimsafe’ techniques and water safety, so please make sure your child has their swimming togs and towel on swimming days. 

 Juniors: Junior swimming is held at main site in Term 4 and instruction is provided by Jill Clark Swim School. 

 Middle: Middle swimming is held at main site in Term 4 and instruction is provided by Jill Clark Swim School.

 Senior: Senior swimming is held at main site in Term 4 and instruction is provided by Jill Clark Swim School.


Carisbrook T-shirt   Year 1-6         

Carisbrook T-shirt   Year 7-8       

Polar Fleece Jacket                       

It is also expected that students wear navy blue or black shorts or track pants as part of the uniform.  

 Canteen Options:

Please send money in an envelope clearly marked with child’s name and room.  Whenever possible please send correct amount as we have limited change.


 Easy Lunch                                     $3.50 or $4.50 (large contains an extra pizza bun)

                                                           (Each Easy Lunch contains a Pizza bun, dessert, piece of fruit, homemade muffin and bag of popcorn)


 Easy Lunch                                     $3.50 or $4.50 (large contains an extra pizza bun)


Domino’s Pizzas                            $ 2.70     Hawaiian      or Meat Lovers                                                               ·                  



 Easy Lunch                                      $3.50 or $4.50


School Canteen                                                              Marlow Pie                                                                  $2.00  

·                                                                                                                                                                        Hot Bite Noodles – Chicken Flavour                          $2.00

·                                                                                            Popcorn                                                                       $1.00

·                                                                                                                                                                        Giant Cookies (Chocolate Chip)                                 $1.30  

·                                                                                                                                                                        Calci Strong Milk – Chocolate or Strawberry              $1.20

·                                                                                                                                                                         Frozen Fruit Juicie                                                        $0.80  

·                                                                                                                                                                          Frozen Milk Moosie                                                     $1.20

·                                                                                                                                                                         Tomato Sauce                                                              $0.20


 Easy Lunch                                                               $3.50 or $4.50


 Easy Lunch                                                                $3.50 or $4.50


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