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Welcome to Parkside School
Principal's Welcome

Tena Koutou Katoa!  A heartfelt welcome to Parkside School!

Here at Parkside Specialist School we work as a kati tima of students, teachers, teacher aides, therapists, parents, carers and whanau. We all work together to promote and progress the best educational interests of all Tamariki who attend our school.
At Parkside Specialist School every student has their own Individual Education Plan or Transition plan. These centre on the ngakau nui and unique requirements of every student and support their academic work. Our curriculum is an adapted form of the New Zealand curriculum and covers core subjects alongside additional areas of learning that have a strong link to functional skills and developing Manaakitanga and independence for all.
At Parkside we are determined every student is offered the opportunity to become their best self with the tautoko and guidance of our positive, and talented staff. Students are our focus at all times and working together we aim high so our students can reach their sky!
It is a privilege and joy to be the current Principal at Parkside Specialist School. Please come visit – our wonderful students would love to show you their amazing array of pukenga and talent.

Carol Willard

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Parkside School is nationally recognised for working with students who fall into the broad categories of profound, severe and moderate disability. We strive to create the most effective learning programme for students aged from five to twenty-one years, to maximise their potential in preparation for the whole of life. Our Curriculum is designed to respond to an individual student's needs in a holistic way. The core pre-requisite to a Child’s success at Parkside School is the open, co-operative relationship forged between the Family-Whanau and the School.

Term Dates 2023

Term 1 2023
Tuesday 31st January – Thursday 6th April – 9 Weeks (90 days)

Week 1 - 31/01 – 03/02/2023 Closed due to weather conditions 2023 commenced 07/02/2023 under instruction from MOE no makeup day required.

Term 1 Public Holidays
Waitangi Day - Monday - 06/02/2023
Good Friday 07/04/2023
Easter Monday 10/04/2023
Easter Tuesday 11/04/2023

Term One Break - Friday 07/04/23 – Sunday 23/04/23 Including Easter

Term 2 2023
Monday 24/04/2023 – Friday 30/06/2023 – 9 Weeks (96 days)

Teacher only day Monday 24th April 2023

Term 2 Public Holidays
ANZAC Day - Tuesday - 25/04/2023
Kings Birthday - Monday 5/06/2023

Term Two Break - Saturday 01/07/2023 – 16/07/2023 – Includes Matariki 14/07/2023

Term 3 2023
Monday 17/07/2023 – Friday 22/09/2023 – 10 Weeks (100 days)

Term 3 Public Holidays

Term Three Break - Saturday 23/09/2023 - Sunday 08/10/2023


Term 4 2023
Monday 09/10/2023 – Wednesday 13/12/2023 – 10 Weeks (100 days)

Term Four Public Holidays
Labour Day Monday 23/10/2023

Term Four Break Commences Thursday 14/12/2023

1 x Additional Teacher Only Day 2023 date to be advised

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