A - Z Directory of Information


To report your child's absence you can...

  • Use the parent app

  • Ring the school office on 344 4537

  • Ring and leave a message on 0800 854 564

Please note that if no reason is given for why your child is away, their absence is recorded as unjustified.

Arriving Late or leaving early

Arriving Late to School

Please do your best to ensure tamariki arrive at school on time (between 8.30am and 8.50am). If they do arrive late, they must check in at the school office before going to class.

Leaving Early

Every minute of school time is valuable so please try to avoid pulling tamariki out of school early. If it is unavoidable, they do however need to leave early, they must be signed out through the office.

Bell Times - Monday to Friday

8.55am - Start Up (Ruruku, Waiata, Pānui)

9.15am - Roll Call / Daily Fitness

9.30am - Learning Block 1

10.15am - Learning Block 2

11.00am - Break 1 (Kai / Play @ 11.15am)

11.45am - Learning Block 3

12.30pm - Learning Block 4

1.15pm - Break 2 (Kai / Play @ 1.45pm)

2.00pm - Learning Block 5

2.45pm - School Finishes


Available daily in Wai Aio - the new breakfast room from 8.30am to 8.50am. Breakfast is overseen by Whaea Julie Skilton.

Concerns and Complaints Process


Bikes & Scooters

Please use the Carson Street Gate. Bikes and scooters can be parked in the bike shed.

Staff Carpark

Our staff car park is a one way system only. Please enter using the driveway closest to main Carpark side gate and exit via the driveway at the other end. This is an extremely busy area in the mornings.

Fruit in School Programme - 5+ A Day

Fruit and Vegetables are delivered to school twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays). This service usually begins in week 2 of each term. In the meantime, please send a piece of fruit to school with your tamariki.

Lunch in School Programme - Ka Ora, Ka Ako

All tamariki are provided with a free lunch each day from our contracted supplier Pita Pit starting Wednesday 1st February. Please supply a lunch box and drink bottle (water only). An ice-cream container is the perfect size and shape. Lunchboxes are needed for each student to store their daily kai. The menu for the following week will be sent home in the school newsletter. Remember to name your child's lunch box and drink bottle.

Office Hours

The school office will re-open on Thursday 25th January 2023. Daily office hours are 8.00am and 4.00pm.

Phone: 06 344 4537 or freephone 0800 854 564
Email: office@castlecliff.school.nz


Click here to access all our school policies and procedures. The username and password to login is below.

Username: 2346

Password: Castlecliff

School Caregiver App

If you have a smartphone, once your child is enrolled, you will be sent an email with a link to download and set up our school caregiver app on your phone.

With the app, you can:

  • Notify school that your child is going to be away

  • Receive school messages, notices and newsletters

  • Get information about upcoming trips and sign permission forms

We'll be introducing more features this year as well.

School Uniform

Summer - Terms 1 and 2

  • School Polo Shirt

  • School Polar Fleece

  • Navy Blue or Black Skorts or Shorts

  • Black Sandals or Jandals

  • Navy Blue Bucket Hat

Winter - Terms 3 and 4

  • School Polo Shirt

  • School Polar Fleece

  • Navy Blue or Black Skorts or Pants

  • Black socks or stockings

  • Black shoes

Our school polo shirt, polar fleece and bucket hat with logo can only be purchased online from NZ Uniforms.

Click here to purchase now.

Shorts, skorts, pants, sandals, shoes and plain bucket hats can be purchased from wherever they are available. Warehouse and Postie Plus have a reasonable priced range of items available.

Sports Uniform

School t-shirts or singlets are required for all students participating in school sports teams and events. These can be purchased online from All Stitched Up and will be delivered to school.

  • School PE Singlet or T-Shirt

  • Black bottoms

  • Shoes and other items as as required by each sporting code

Stationery Lists

Stationery lists for 2023 are below. If you already have some items from last year only buy what you need. We strongly encourage whānau to recycle and re-use stationery items.


Water Skills for Life is a compulsory part of learning here at Castlecliff School, just like reading, writing and maths. We are a coastal school and we place a high emphasis on ensuring our tamariki are confident and capable in the water. We are very fortunate to have our own swimming pool.

Swimming is timetabled 3 to 4 times per week in Terms 1 and 4. Students must have their own togs and a towel. Hair needs to be tied back / plaited. A swimming cap is a good idea. Googles are not necessary as students must learn to be able to cope with opening their eyes under water. A reminder to name all togs and towels.

Term Dates



Wed 1 February 2023


Thu 6 April 2023



Wed 26 April 2023


Fri 30 June 2023



Mon 17 July 2023


Fri 22 September 2023



Mon 9 October 2023


Mon 18 December 2023


Waitangi - Monday 6 February 2023

Good Friday - Friday 7 April 2023

King's Birthday - Monday 5 June 2023

Labour Day - Monday 23 October 2023