The School Day


8.55am                  Children go to classrooms
9.00am                 School Bell – roll call
10.40-11.00am   Morning Interval
12.30-1.30pm     Lunch Break
3.00pm                 End of School

It is expected that parents will have children at school before 8.55am. Punctuality is important. During the first 10 minutes of the day teachers:

  • Greet the class
  • Take the roll
  • Give important notices
  • Set up the plan for the day
  • Review what has been learnt
  • Set the tasks for a lesson

This time is vital for a child to feel settled and connected with their peers, teacher and most importantly their learning. Students need time in the morning to prepare their belongings and make themselves ready for the day. Please keep this in mind when planning your arrival time.


We are a health promoting school and our aim is to instill healthy eating practices in our students. Please help us by providing a piece or fruit or raw vegetable for play lunch and something nutritious for lunch. We encourage children to drink water as a brain drink and ask that sweet and fizzy drinks are not brought to school. Lunch is eaten under the shade sails or verandahs on fine days and inside classrooms on wet/cold days. There are four/five adults on duty during playtime and lunch breaks. We ask parents to send food in containers that can be taken home. We aim for zero rubbish so expect children to place wrappings back into their lunch box or put straight into the bin before going off to play.

Subway lunches can be ordered on Fridays – orders need to be completed on-line before 9.00am –  Lunches are delivered to school at lunchtime.


We have children enrolled at Wānaka Primary School who have potentially life-threatening allergies to both eggs and all nuts. Whilst the children are aware of the need not to share any food or drink and staff are informed of their medical condition, it is helpful if parents do not send food to school with their children which contain egg or peanut butter fillings or nuts of any kind. This is to minimise the likelihood or an adverse reaction.