Enrolments for 2021

We are currently taking enrolments for Year 7, 2021.

Kirkwood chooses to have no enrolment zone and parents from all over Christchurch make the decision to send their children to us for age and stage appropriate education.

We are still accepting enrolments for 2021.  If you have not yet enrolled your child, we would like you to do so by the end of September.


University of Canterbury student Speech Research

A University of Canterbury Speech Therapy student would like volunteers to assist with her speech research. Details as follows:

Do you have a late talking 3-year-old?

We are looking for 3-year-old children who are later talkers to come and join us on a space adventure. During this adventure, they will have to name some pictures while we measure their brainwaves. They also get to take home a present! We need late talkers and children with typical language development to participate in the study.

You will receive a $30 voucher as appreciation for your time.

Please get in touch with Sarah Hinchey (shi75@uclive.ac.nz) if you would like to receive more information, or would like to refer a child.

Dental Care over the holiday period

Dental Care during the School Holidays

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with our service during the upcoming school holidays.  The clinics will offer treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only.   To make an appointment please call/email our Contact Centre which operates between the hours of 8am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday throughout the holidays.

The following Dental Clinics will be open during these school holidays:

  • Burnside Clinic, 96A Memorial Avenue, Burnside,
  • Hornby Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Hornby,
  • Lincoln Clinic, 35 James Street, Lincoln,
  • Timaru Clinic, Level 1, 18 Woollcombe Street, Timaru

The clinics will offer appointments between 8.15am and 4.45pm for school-age and preschool children requiring treatment.

If your child has dental pain because of an accident, please contact your dentist in the first instance.

To book an appointment at one of our clinics please:         call 0800 846 983

Or email commdental@cdhb.health.nz

Teacher Only Day Friday 29 May postponed

The Teacher Only Day which we had scheduled for Friday 29 May has been postponed.  Because of all the disruption to learning we have experienced recently, the staff have agreed to postpone this day until next term at the earliest.  We will keep you informed via our school newsletters.


Open Day

Instead of our traditional Open Day/Night this year we are hosting small groups by appointment.

Please contact the school via phone or email to arrange a time.

We look forward to seeing you.

Phone No: 348 7718 or Email: school.information@kirkwood.school.nz


COVID-19: Support and Online Safety during COVID-19

Ministry of Health – Support

The Ministry of Health have sent through details regarding welfare support which include tips on looking after your mental wellbeing and information and contacts on how to access support.  Please click on the following link to view: Ministry of Health COVID 19 Welfare Info Sheet

Mana Ake have information on their website which may help families over this time.  Please click on the following link to view:

Mana Ake: Health

Services and Support: Where to go for help

Important information for families on Online Safety during lockdown from the NZ Police.

Increase in Child Exploitation Material and Online Child Sexual Abuse during Lockdown 

Netsafe Stay Connected Stay Safe campaign launch


Further information and support

We know many parents are under pressure these days managing work, child-care and self-care. During this time our relationships with each other may be tested and parents may need some extra support at home.
Families can reach out to Parent Help for support:

Parenting Helpline
For support and advice on any parenting issue; if you need someone to talk to about what is happening in your family, or need some advice on how best to support your family, call our free parenting Helpline on 0800 568 856. Available from 9 am – 9 pm 7 days a week.

Online coaching
Online coaching to develop parenting strategies or coping skills you can implement straight away.

Our parenting coach can support you with strategies to help in chaotic situations, create structured routines that best support your family, suggest strategies to stop unwanted behaviour, create plans to achieve a calmer household and learn how to work together as a team, etc.
30 minute or 60 minute sessions available via Zoom. Call 0800 568 856 to book an appointment or read more here: www.parenthelp.org.nz/coaching

Affordable counselling
We understand that in this strange new environment we are in that all relationships can be tested and we urge you to reach out for support. Our counsellors offer therapy online via Zoom or via telephone. We offer a 30-mins free initial appointment.
Call 0800 568 856 to book an appointment or read more here: www.parenthelp.org.nz/counselling


Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 can include new onset or worsening of one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Temporary loss of smell

Health’s information on who should get tested notes that people with any of the COVID-19 symptoms who are close contacts of confirmed cases, have recently travelled overseas, or been in contact with recent travellers, should get assessed.

If anyone has symptoms but is unsure if they have been exposed to COVID-19, they should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP for advice. Over winter there are many other viruses about that can cause people to feel unwell and have symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.