The gates open at 8:30am and close at 3:15pm. Classes start at 8:55am and end at 3pm. Breaks are:

  • morning break 10:30am–11am (children have morning tea in their classrooms at 10.30am)
  • lunch 12:30pm–1:15pm (lunch is supervised from 12.30pm till 12.45pm)
  • little break 2pm–2:10pm

Assemblies are usually held on Fridays at 2.20pm in the school hall. Each assembly is hosted by and has items from different classrooms each week.

Absences can be notified by our school app, phoned in to the school office before 9am, or a note presented by a sibling or neighbour. The school rings homes from 9.30am when a child’s absence is not explained. Text messages to the school can be made to 027 6386 227 (027 nevn abs).


All children eat their lunch in a supervised environment. Before they are released to play must show their lunchbox to the duty teacher.

A PTA lunch is available on Friday. They offer a choice of a sausage, saveloy or vegetarian sausage with bread, onions and sauce for $2. Orders and money need be left at the school office or hall by 9am on Friday.

After School Care

After school care is available from 3pm to 5.45pm. The is $14 per child and includes afternoon tea.
Enrolments are current restricted to school families, which includes older siblings of current pupils.
The after school programme is overseen by Kay Lloyd-Jones, the former head teacher of the Otago University Childcare Association.
Enrolment forms are available at the school office or by emailing

Before School Care

Before school care is in room C1 from 8am onwards. The cost is $4 per session, per child, or $15 for a full week.

Teacher are in their classrooms ready to receive children from 8.30am.

Grounds, Rooms and Facilities

The school has many features which help to ensure children are able to play and explore safely.

One key feature of the school is its many play areas. Along with a sports quad, the school also features three separate playgrounds around the school, two playgrounds, an obstacle course, and countless wee play areas perfect for children to occupy themselves.

Other parts of the school include:

  • 11 classrooms
  • Reading Recovery Room and Centre
  • Library
  • Group Teaching Rooms
  • Gymnasium
  • After School Care Room
  • ESOL classroom
  • Bi-lingual Class
  • Community Garden
  • Community Centre

Community Development

North East Valley Normal School provides facilities that support community activities and initiatives. This work is supported by the school as it helps local families and their children.

Community groups who wish to use our facilities should contact the school secretary, Sara Blackwell on 473 8246.

The Valley Project can be contacted at the community rooms on 473 8614.


  • Soccer teams and coaching
  • Flipperball teams and coaching
  • Netball teams and coaching
  • Futsal teams and coaching
  • Swimming lessons, twice-yearly blocks, whole school
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Cricket coaching
  • Rippa rugby
  • Golf tuition
  • Volleyball lessons
  • Athletics
  • Cross country
  • Daily fitness and Physical Education

Te Taha Māori

  • Mrs Kewene-Edwards is the teacher in charge of Te Reo and Whaea Mel Stojanovich is the bi-lingual class teacher
  • Currently the school offers a full-time bi-lingual classes for year 2 to year 6 pupils
  • Te Reo Māori is used throughout the school
  • The school is committed to finding ways to express biculturalism
  • Karakia and waiata are features of the weekly assembly
  • The school is striving to be a place where ‘waewae tapu’ are welcomed appropriately and hospitality is paramount

Music and Movement

  • All classes participate in local arts and music festivals
  • All classes participate in singing lessons
  • All classes participate in dance and movement
  • Recorder and ukulele lessons are offered for seniors
  • The music room is well-stocked with musical instruments
  • We host artists in residence from time-to-time

School Culture

North East Valley School is a very old school, indeed the second oldest state school in Dunedin and perhaps Otago. To put this into perspective, pupils who attended our school in 1851 would likely have been adults who travelled to Central Otago in the 1860s to mine gold as part of the gold rush of the time.

Therefore the school enjoys a strong culture, holding on to the best of the past, embracing that which is useful in the modern world and preparing children for an unknown but promising future.

What is a school for but learning and learning is the priority – not just the three ‘r’s but what life is about.

Children are immersed in an environment where three simple expectations dominate: respect, responsibility and safety.

The Board of Trustees recognises the richness of diversity in our society, as evident in our community, known as ‘the valley’.

Tolerance and understanding of difference and diversity are embedded in school practice.

Teachers celebrate what children bring to the classrooms, including their uniqueness, ethnicity and background.

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