Our School Day

Our school day runs from 8:30 – 3:00 with many students leaving from 2:30 due to transport assistance. Our days are structured in 3 instructional blocks however as we are on numerous sites, break times may differ slightly.


Sommerville follows the same holidays as primary schools across New Zealand. You can find the holiday dates on the Ministry of Education website.

Beginning and end of year dates can be different from school to school.


Term 4: 12th Oct – 17th Dec(1:30pm)


Term 1: 4th Feb – 16th April

Term 2: 3rd May – 9th July

Term 3: 26th July – 1st October

Term 4: 18th October –

Public Holidays

Waitanga Day(observed): 8th Feb

Easter: Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Mon/Tue 5th-6th April

Queen’s Birthday: 7th June

Labour Day: 25th Oct

Charge for School Activities

Sommerville does not charge for school activities that are linked to the learning programmes of the class. Small donations can be offered toward some activities such as outings and cooking programmes (where food cooked replaces a meal).

Family Support

We believe in working together with families and whanau and can help liaise with other services that may be available to each family. Below are some services that can support you. If you would like more information please ask your teacher or at the office about any support you may need.

Dress Code

Students at satellite classes are expected to wear the host school’s uniform. This encourages interaction and inclusion within the school.

Our base school students do not have a uniform to wear and should come appropriately dressed for the programmes in their classes.

Workplace Experiences

Our students aged 16 and older are looking for interesting work experience opportunities. Our students already access a diverse range of workplaces and have many skills in different areas. All of our placements are supported by our own staff to make sure our students work well and gain the skills needed. Our students adhere to Health and Safety policies of each workplace.

If you are interested in offering some work experiences or would like more information, please contact our office and someone will be in touch.

Satellite Programmes

We have a number of satellite classes located in local mainstream schools which allow for social, locational and functional inclusion opportunities. We work closely with host school principals and teachers to maximise the opportunities for our students. These classes continue to receive the full resource and staffing benefit of Sommerville School.

Primary Aged Satellites

  • Owairoa Primary
  • Riverhills Primary
  • Anchorage Park Primary
  • Sylvia Park School
  • Stonefields School
  • Glendowie Primary
  • Tamaki Primary

Intermediate Satellites

  • Howick Intermediate
  • Pakuranga Intermediate
  • Stonefields School
  • Sylvia Park School

Secondary Satellites

  • Edgewater College
  • Glendowie College 

Over 18 satellite

  • Highland Park shopping district