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 2020:

Term 1            Monday 3rd February              to       Friday 9th April

Term 2            Tuesday 28th April                    to      Friday 3rd July

Term 3            Monday 20th July                    to      Friday 25th September

Term 4            Monday 12th October               to    Wednesday16th December 1.00pm.

Statutory Holidays 2020:

ANAZC                                Monday 27th April

Otago Anniversary Day        Monday 25th March

Queens Birthday                  Monday  1st June

Labour Day                           Monday 26th October

 Absences and Sickness:

If your child is absent from school for any reason, please phone or email the school office before 8.30 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. 


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.    ‘Whole  School   Assemblies’  are  scheduled each Friday. We also have Duffy Assemblies where we may have a 'Role Model' who shares their story about their love of Reading. Additional Whole School Assemblies may be required for special occasions or events. Whole School Assemblies are scheduled for Friday’s commencing at 2:20 pm.

  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.

Year 7-8 Camp - Ruma Rimu:              
      Tuesday 25th  – Friday 28th February                          Pounawea-
Year 7-8 Camp - Ruma Pohutakawa:          Tuesday 3rd  – Friday  6 th  March                              
Year 7-8 Camp - Ruma Rata:                      Tuesday 10th  – Friday 13th March                              

Year 6 Camp:                                               Tuesday 17th  – Friday 20th  March                             Waihola   

Year 4 Camp.                                                                The Overnight Sleepover at the Museum


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.

 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. 


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 either our school facebook page or our 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.

 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:   We are in the process of reviewing our reporting system.

All children will receive two written reports each year, one mid year report and an end of year report. As well as the scheduled meetings for interviews we encourage parents and caregivers to contact your child's teacher if you would like to have a catch up.

Meet and Greet:-   An opportunity for parents & caregivers to meet the teacher at the start of the school year. A family fun night on Tuesday the 11th February from 4.30-6.30  We will run a BBQ for a gold coin donation.

Goal Setting 3 Way Interviews 19th February. We will send home a time for your interview and if you can join us that fine, if not feel free to make contact with your Teacher. If you are unable to attend we will send home your child's goal setting for the 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 will be issued with a safety vest by the class teacher if students are taken on an EOTC activity and they feel wearing a vest necessary. We recommend you purchase a vest for your child if you want them to wear a vest to school to ensure their safety.

 Smokefree School:

Carisbrook School is a smoke free 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 our pool during Term 1 and instruction is provided by Jill Clark Swim School.

 The Year 3&4 and Middle Teams: Their swimming will be held at our pool in Term 3 and instruction is provided by Jill Clark Swim School.

The Senior Team: Their swimming will be held at our pool and at the Mosgiel Pool in Term 3 and instruction is provided by Jill Clark Swim School


Carisbrook School has a uniform for students. Uniforms are sold at NZ Uniforms in Moray Place.
 A uniform list is available from the school office.

 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.


Monday           Sausage in Bread and Sauce                                                           $2.00

Tuesday          Domino Pizza - Meat Lovers or Hawaiian                                          $3.00

Wednesday     School Canteen

Marlow Pie                                                                                                      $2.00  

Hot Bite Noodles – Chicken Flavour                                                             $2.00

Sausage Rolls                                                                                                 $1.20

Popcorn                                                                                                           $1.00

Giant Cookies (Chocolate Chip)                                                                    $1.30  

Frozen Fruit Juicie                                                                                          $0.80  

Frozen Milk Moosie                                                                                        $1.20


Thursday          Rice Ball - Teriyaki, Crispy Chicken or Vegetarian                              $3.00

                          Sushi 5 Pack - Teriyaki, Crispy Chicken or Vegetarian                        $6.00

                           Sushi 6 Pack - Teriyaki, Crispy Chicken or Vegetarian                       $7.20

Friday                Pies                                                                                                     $2.00



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