Our Lady of the Snows School, 20 Main Street, Methven 7730
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Term Dates 2018

  • Term 1 - 29th January to 13th April
  • Term 2 - 30th April to 6th July
  • Term 3 - 23rd July to 28th September
  • Term 4 - 15th October to 14th December

Public Holidays 2018

  • Monday 6th February - Waitangi Day Observed
  • Friday 30th March - Good Friday
  • Monday 2nd April - Easter Monday
  • Monday 4th June - Queen’s Birthday
  • Monday 22nd October - Labour Day
  • Friday 16th November - Canterbury Anniversary Day 

Office Hours

The school office is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm weekdays. Messages may be left on the answer machine after hours

School Hours

  • 8.55am - 10.30 Class Instruction
  • 10.30am - 10.50am Morning Tea
  • 10.50am - 11.50am Class Instruction
  • 11.50am - 12.00pm Fruit Break
  • 12.00pm - 1.00pm Class Instruction
  • 1.00pm - 1.45pm Lunch
  • 1.45pm - 3.00pm Class Instruction

Children are allowed to come onto school grounds from 8.30am

Children are not encouraged to be on the school grounds after 3.30pm as staff cannot be responsible for them and this is important planning time for teaching staff.

Bus List

The school has a daily bus list that is checked off each afternoon as children board the shuttle to the bus depot. If children are at school but are not using the bus to return home parents must send a note or call the office so the child can be crossed off the list.


Regular school attendance is important for children’s progress. Please contact the school office before 9.00am if your child is going to be absent. An answering machine is available during non-office hours to record these absences.

On returning to school a child needs to bring a note of explanation for any absence – this is to comply with Government regulations regarding school attendance.

School policies

All areas of the school’s curriculum programme and school management structures are covered by comprehensive school policies and procedures. These are reviewed regularly and are available for parents to view here or via the school office.


Our Lady of the Snows has a successful Behaviour Management Programme, whereby children are encouraged to learn to be responsible for their own actions and behaviour and to respect their own property and that of others.
Parents are contacted if there are any serious matters of concern. We would encourage parents to contact the school if they have any concerns.

Lost Property

Please ensure that all clothing and property is clearly named. The school cannot accept responsibility for lost property but every effort will be made to locate lost items. Items not labelled or named are put in the “lost property” box located in the main office, and you are welcome to check through clothing found and not claimed. At the end of each term any unclaimed property is sent to the Red Cross Shop. Name all clothing!

Money, valuables and personal property

As teachers cannot be responsible for the custody of valuable articles, children are advised not to bring them to School. Toys are discouraged.

Earrings other than studs are not allowed, and watches are to be worn at “own risk”.


Class lists of stationery are available at the school office or alternately from the Class Pages on this site.

Extra school costs

Additional school activities may require money to be sent to school.

A notice will be sent home outlining details of the activities and the amount of money required.
Some possible activities are:

  • Swimming
  • Skiing
  • Class trips
  • School camps
  • Visits
  • Educational touring groups
  • Junior developmental
  • Lunches

Children are encouraged to have a healthy lunch. They will need to bring a piece of fruit for a “fruit break” at 10.00am, as well as sufficient food for morning tea and lunch.

A pie warmer is available for hot food such as a pie, toastie etc. This could be a treat for your child at various times. Lollies, Sports Drinks and Fizzy Drinks are not allowed.

Complaints Procedure

No discussion on any complaints involving pupils or staff should take place in the presence or hearing of pupils.

If you have a complaint about a pupil or pupils, you should refer your complaint to your child’s classroom teacher. If the action or response does not satisfy your concern, please refer your complaint to the Principal.

In the event of a complaint about a teacher, you must first make an effort to discuss the problem with the teacher concerned before you approach the Principal.