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Welcome to Parkside School

Tena Koutou Katoa!  A heartfelt welcome to Parkside School!

Here at Parkside School, we work as a team of students, teachers, teacher aides, therapists, parents, carers and whanau to support excellent educational outcomes for our Tamariki.

Staff ensure every student is supported to become their best self. Each student has their own Education Pathway tailored to their unique requirements.


Our students follow the New Zealand curriculum which is closely connected to our local community and environment. This ensures each day is full of fun opportunities to engage all students on their educational journey.

Students are at the centre at all times and working together we aim high so our students can reach their sky!

Being the current Principal at Parkside Specialist School is a privilege and joy. Please come visit – our wonderful students would be thrilled to share their enthusiasm and their love of learning.


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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-whānau 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)

Whanau Open Evening - Thursday - 27/07/2023 

Teacher Only Day - Friday - 18/08/2023

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

whanau corner

These events and resources may be of particular interest to our parents, carers and whānau.


Family fun days

Recommencing in 2024 

These are a chance for the school community to connect in a safe environment. Bring the whole family along to meet staff, other families and enjoy a range of fun activities.  

Coffee and a Cookie

Social coffee mornings

Returning soon

Social coffee mornings offer a chance for members of our school community to connect socially with one another, to share and seek support in a safe and friendly, non-judgmental  environment.

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whanau open evenings

Twice a year teachers open up their classrooms for our open evenings. This is an opportunity to visit the space, have an informal chat with the teacher about the program, see your child's work and meet other parents and whanau. These took place in February and July this year. 

Agency support

A list of agencies and the support they can provide along with contact or referral details.

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