Frequently Asked Questions


Please ring the school (04 472 4779) before 9 am or even the evening before – please do not email.

Leave a message with:

  • Your name
  • Your child’s name
  • The reason for your child’s absence (e.g. sick, dentist, holiday, etc.)
  • The teacher’s name or room

If no absence message is left the office will ring parents to enquire about the absence. 

The Ministry of Education requires the school to record a reason for your child’s absence.



The school is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am until 3.00 pm. Class starts at 8.55 am.

Bell times are:

  • 8.50 am – First bell – time to go to class
  • 8.55 am – Start of school
  • 10.40 am – Morning tea
  • 11.00 am – Back to class
  • 12.30 pm – Lunch
  • 12.40 pm – Play
  • 1.25 pm – Time to go to class
  • 1.30 pm – Class starts
  • 3.00 pm – End of school


Teacher Only Days: Tuesday 30 January and Wednesday 31 January
Term 1: Thursday 1 February – Friday 13 April
Holidays: Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February, Good Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April, Easter Tuesday 3 April
Term 2 : Monday 30 April – Friday 6 July
Teacher Only Day Friday 1 June, Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June
Term 3: Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September
Term 4: Monday 15 October – Tuesday 18 December
Labour Day, Monday 22 October


Term 1: Monday 30 January – Thursday 13 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May – Friday 7 July
(Teacher Only Day – Friday 2 June)
Term 3: Monday 24 July – Friday 29 September
Term 4: Monday 16 October – Friday 15 December
(Teacher Only Day – Friday 20 October)



Rose Street: Please ask your child to come to the school office to wait for you. When you come to pick them up from the office, you can then sign them out. This is to avoid children being unsupervised at the school entrances.

Weld Street: Please come to Room 1 and ask the teacher to sign your child out.



The office is open from 8.00 am until 4.30 pm Monday to Friday. You can come in and talk to our friendly office staff, phone on 04 472 4779, or email



The office is open from 8.00 am until 4.30 pm Monday to Friday. You can come in and talk to our friendly office staff, phone on 04 472 4779, or email



When a school event is cancelled there are four ways families are notified:

  • School website: Go to the Notices section of the website
  • Email: a short email will be sent to the email address in your child’s contact details
  • Twitter: if you have followed “Wadestown School” and completed the txt message loadings online
  • School phone: ring the school phone (04 472 4779) and select Event updates



Civil Defence Emergency information can be found on this page



Pridelands is an after-school childcare centre that offers a pick-up service from Wadestown School to After School Care at Western Suburbs Rugby Club. There is also a Before School programme run at Otari School in Wilton. If you are interested, please contact Pridelands at 04 907 2225 or check out their website at



For Years 0-1, stationery is charged at time of enrolment and will be supplied to students as needed.

For Years 2-8, stationery requirements are listed on the Office Max MySchool Wadestown Site



Wadestown School is a nut-free school. This is for the safety of a number of children attending Wadestown School who have a life-threatening allergy to nuts. This includes nut-based spreads and products containing whole or crushed nuts. It does not include products that are labelled “May contain traces of nuts” or similar.



Please ensure all your child’s items are clearly named, including sunhats.

Rose Street:  The lost property container can be found in the hallway outside the library. Please check lost property before or after school.

Weld Street:  The lost property container can be found in the hallway outside Room 1. Please check lost property before or after school.

For any other queries please contact the teacher in charge of lost property, Sue Savage.



Chairbags are required in Years 1-3. There is a wide selection available for purchase at Weld Street and Rose Street. Alternatively, you can check out



Sushi Lunches is available on Wednesdays only. Go to and register. You can then select from a variety of flavours and 3 pack sizes, and your order can be one-off or ongoing. Please place your order before 9.00am for lunch on the same day.

Lunchonline provides a website through which you can order from Pita Pit for Rose Street students only on Thursdays.  Go to and follow the instructions. The deadline for ordering is 9am on the day of delivery.  If you have any questions regarding the Thursday lunch orders please phone Lunchonline 0800 LOL LOL (0800 565 565).