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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

Teacher Only Call Back Days

Wednesday 31/01/2024 and Thursday 01/02/2024


Term 1 2024

Wednesday 7th Feb – Friday 12th April – 10 Weeks (45 days)


Term 1 Public Holidays

  • Good Friday - 29/03/2024

  • Easter Monday - 01/04/2024

  • Easter Tuesday - 02/04/2024


Term One Break – Saturday 13/04/2024 – Sunday 28/04/24 Including ANZAC Thursday 25th April.


Term 2 2024

Monday 29/04/2024 – Friday 5/07/2024 – 10 Weeks (48 days)


Term 2 Public Holidays & Teacher Only Day

  • Kings Birthday - Monday 3/06/2024

  • Teacher Only Day - Tuesday 4/06/2024

  • Matariki – Friday 28/06/24



Family Fun Day - Saturday 15/06/2024

 10-2pm 184 Wellington Street


Term Two Break - Saturday 06/07/2024 – 21/07/2024


Term 3 2024

Monday 22/07/2024 – Friday 27/09/2024 – 10 Weeks (50 days)


Term 3 Public Holidays & Teacher Only Day

  • Teacher Only Day - Monday 22/07/2024


Term Three Break - Saturday 28/09/2024 – Sunday13/10/2024


Term 4 2024

Monday 14/10/2024 – Friday 20/12/2024 – 10 Weeks (49 days)


Term 4 Public Holidays

  • Labour Day Monday 28/10/2024


Term Four Break Commences Saturday 21/12/2024.

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


Family fun days

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.  

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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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