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03 3497363 or text  0273507435
163 Gilberthorpes Road
Hei Hei
Christchurch 8042


Starting school is a major event in a child’s life. We try to make this important event as pleasant and enriching as possible. Prior to your new entrant starting school, it is recommended that they visit the school to become familiar with their new surroundings and teacher.

Please contact the school to make time for your pre-entry visits.
When you enrol your child you will meet with the Principal who will provide you with the information you need and together you will complete an enrolment form. Please could you bring with you a birth certificate, and if your child has been immunised, an immunisation certificate.

Click here to use our Linc Ed online enrolment form.

Enrolment for Gilberthorpe School


Our school uniform colour is blue. We do not have our school logo on our uniform so families are able to purchase items from different retail outlets which can work out to be less expensive. There are some variations in how children can put items together.

Click here to go to Mainland Uniforms where you can make purchases online.

Mainland Uniforms for Gilberthorpe


All stationery can be purchased in school lists, costs for the year lists and stationery packs from our office. We encourage Years 4-6 students to purchase a Chromebook.  Senior classes use their devices every day which keeps other stationery costs to a minimum. Our costs for the year are calculated at the beginning of the year and families have the year to pay these off.

Te Ara Takitini Stationery and Costs 2018

Te Ara Whakatau costs 2018

Te Ara Whakatau Costs 2018


Children are encouraged to bring a healthy lunch from home. Children are not permitted to leave the school to go to shops during the lunch time. Parents should advise the school if they wish for their child to go home for lunch.

The school canteen is open Wednesday and Friday morning from 8.30 to 9.00 a.m. for the children to order their lunch.A canteen menu is included on this website.  Orders can be taken in Kea Room.

On the first Wednesday of each month Subway can be ordered through the school. Order forms will be sent home the week prior. Order forms need to be back to the office by 9am on the Tuesday prior to delivery day.
certificate, and if your child has been immunised, an immunisation certificate.

Sushi is delivered to school on Tuesdays.  Orders must be in to the class teacher by 3pm Monday.  Order forms are available from the office and classes.  Ordering starts in week 3.


Classroom teachers will take the roll at 9am and again after lunch. If there is an unexplained absence, families will be contacted.

Regular attendance at school is vital if your child is to maintain a satisfactory standard of learning. It is also important that your child arrives at school on time. If your child is absent or late for any reason we appreciate a telephone call to notify us – phone 349 7363. We also have a cell phone you can text us on 0273507435


The School Donation, which is suggested annually by the Board of Trustees, is a donation made for actual costs incurred by the school in providing school newsletters, school notices and homework assignments. We have tried to keep our suggested donation at a low level.

The suggested donation for the current school year is $40 for a child and $50 for a family regardless of the number of children. This can be paid at the office.


Policies & Procedures

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. This system provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

Policies are monitored by SchoolDocs and updated, modified, or created in response to changes in legislation, significant events, Ministry guidelines, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes and additions and comment on them before they are implemented.

We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.

We invite you to visit the site at